Azurite & Malachite
Liufengshan Mine, Guichi Dist., Chizhou Pref
8 x 5.5 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
Bright colors, well crystallized and in excellent condition, this is far better than most Chinese Azurites. Ex Shields Flynn collection, the luster and structure is similar to some Milpillas specimens, but with careful examination the Anhui "look" is seen. Very three dimensional and with a rich wet look that is very eyecatching.
Perfectly exposed and elegantly perched Apatite crystal 3.6 CM in diameter contrasts with the stepped crystals of Albite. In fine condition and with bright luster the Apatite is a light salmon pink with yellowish central areas. Transparent (but with internal veils) the crystal is complete and the front and sides are perfect, undamaged. The backside has some minor contact damage that is out of sight in any display angle. Esthetic and distinctive.
Scapolite - Purple gem crystal
Kukurt, Pamir Mts
Viloyati Mukhtori Gorno-Badakhsha,
3.2 x 1.6 x 1.4 CM (miniature)
A rich deep purple gemmy Scapolite from the finds in the 1990s. The color is a bit hard to capture but in person it has a strong impact for size. One edge has some contacts that are not seen on display the overall condition is quite fine. These are now quite uncommon in the market, this one has a good gem interior and could facet a sizable stone or two.
Pyromorphite (Arsenian color)
Bunkerhill Mine, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shosone County
2.7 x 2.6 x 2 CM (thumbnail)
Sweet and choice wet-look deep orange reddish Pyromorphite from the classic Bunker Hill. Distinct botryoidal crystals with clear faces can be easily seen. In fine condition with great luster the form is a little like a mushroom. Excellent toenail size with fine impact for the size.
A bizzare association, well formed slightly translucent Cassiterites sitting on Quartz with a crude 5 CM Stibnite crystal along one edge. The question was recently asked if this is Stibnite or Bismuthinite, and we have not yet made an analysis. The Cassiterites have good luster and form, very three dimensional. Ex Shields Flynn collection, via Bert Ottens, I have never seen another of these. There is a matrix repair that is not visible.
From the now classic finds at Brumado, a very well composed cluster of glassy deep green crystals. In fine condition with a few tiny flecks of adhering quartz otherwise this is all Uvite. Prior to these finds almost all known Uvite was black. There seems to be little to no new production now.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.8 x 3.2 x 1.4 cm (miniature)
A bright, two sided plate that hosts several fine gem clear crystals. In excellent condition as seen, all the crystals are well formed and isolated. A small version of the The "front" has the uncommon white matrix of crystallized Prehnite that gives a fine contrast to the Garnets. Choice example that is a small version of the finest cabinet specimens that sell for huge sums.
Ferberite & Dolomite
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County
5.3 x 3.3 x 3.8 cm (cabinet)
Lustrous black Ferberite crystals with sharp terminations contrast with the snow white Dolomite crystals. A nicely composed cluster that looks great from many angles. All the main crystals are in fine condition, there is a contact on one lower side edge that is not seen on display.