Unusual habit with brilliant red-orange color and many gemmy crystals forming a very attractive Serandite from the great Mt St Hillaire. The largest crystal is 2.5 CM across and is a blocky style, but the smaller crystals show many different habits and terminations. Some of these are Bipyramids or have complex parallel prisms and multiple stepped terminations. The luster is excellent, the condition is overall quite fine there is a break on backside where removed and a few very small wilbers noted on minor crystals only seen with 10X magnification. Classic locale and specie, attractive and unusual.
Quartz -orange phantom
Orange River, Namakwa
7.3 x 7.5 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
new june 17
A very unusual Orange River Quartz, with the center piece being a doubly terminated crystal with a sharp deep colored phantom and clear exterior. The matrix is also crystallized quartz with additional phantoms but more pale in color. Ex. Heini Saultau collection, this is in excellent condition with the dark phantom crystal well presented.
Realgar on Calcite
stock #Alec 19-309
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
9 x 7.9 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
new june 17
Brilliant red and gemmy crystals of Realgar are growing from a cluster of phantom Calcite crystals from Shimen. This mine produced many of the very best Realgar specimens ever found, they have the brightest luster and the color is excellent. This specimen has been kept in the dark for more than 10 years since found so it is has a fresh unfaded look. In fine condition, the Calcite makes an excellent contrast and a also has a few bit of Realgar inside. A classic Chinese combination that is now quite rare on the market in this quality.
stock #8 AE-923
Hachupa (Hashupi). Shigar Valley, Skardu District
Baltistan, Northern Areas,
6.6 x 4.3 x 1 CM (cabinet)
new june 17
Sharp, gemmy undamaged and esthetic as well,this is a fine epidote showing a good olive green color. Looks a lot like a classic Austrian specimen but it is from Shigar. Display equally well from either side, a really great value for a good alpine style piece.
A nice classic Jeffrey mine Vesuvianite with fine color, good transparency and a very glassy luster. No damage seen by naked eye and even under 10X magnification. The main crystal is formed with a smaller prism alongside that is separately terminated.
Amethyst- flower form
stock #Alec- 24-412
8.4 x 6.4 x 3 CM (cabinet)
new june 17
Bright luster, rich color and with very fine esthetics, this is a choice Amethyst flower from Karur. This form of Quartz is known from just a few locations (Brazil etc) but by far the best color, clarity and sharpest habits are from Tamil Nadu in Karur, India. This locality produces small numbers of specimens in a good year, some years there are almost none. This is far better than average, better in person. Close examination shows most crystals are thickly included with golden needles, much like Rutile but usually identified as Lepidocrocite.
The ball like stepped cubo-octahedral Fluorites from Shangbao have become highly desirable and often quite expensive. This is an excellent and unusal specimen with fine display surfaces on front and back, almost a perfect floater. The individual Fluorites reach 2.7 CM and are a little deeper green than seen in the photos. In the square central windows of the crystals the interiors can be clearly seen as mostly glass clear, gemmy. Distinctive specimen from the finds vintage 2005, ex Terry Szenics collection. Very three dimensional and far better in person, this came from a short period when these could be obtained, prior and later specimens are quite different and to my eye not nearly as unique.
Very fine, sharp bi-colored Stilbites from the Malmberget Mine that is world famed for a great find of gemmy Calcite. This is a rather old specimen with a few very small near colorless Fluorites and associated minerals. The Stilbites are quite sharply terminated reaching over 2 CM long and with bright luster. In excellent condition, no visible damage.