Celestite and Calcite
Pugh Quarry, Custar, Wood County
9.8 x 7.1 x 6.1 CM (cabinet)
Excellent bright blue Celestite crystals dominate this cabinet sized matrix. From the Pugh Quarry a classic US source of fine Calcite and more rarely Celestite. There is a broken crystal on the backside of the specimen that is not visible from the front. otherwise the crystals are in excellent clean condition. A very eye-catching specimen with far better than usual color.
A killer esthetic pseudomorph that has bright flattened Galenas arranged epitaxially and completely replacing large Pyrrhotite crystals. This was previously in the Minette, Loud and Hladysz collections. This is also the very best example of this unusual replacement I have seen, in excellent undamaged condition and impressive from all sides. The original Pyrrhotite crystals shapes are perfectly preserved and reach to 7.5 CM across.
Bright and colorful, this is a very rich specimen of the rare mineral Kolwezite. Original labels list Spherocobaltite as well, this is hard to confirm visually, there is certainly lots of Cobaltoan Dolomite present which can look somewhat similar. In excellent condition, formerly in the Ruth and Andy Palmer rare species collection and the William Hladysz collection as well.
A fantastic Copper after Azurite rosette that is sharp, very large and quite old. An early Wards label (likely 1900-20) is included and one from the Charles Noll collection as well. This habit and style is unique to this locality and this specimen perfectly preserves the form of the Azurite crystals and the rose shaped cluster they grew in. Nice patina and in perfect condition.
Elbaite -Gem crystal, classic find
Newry, Oxford County
2.7 x 1.4 x 1.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A classic form from a now classic find. The steep termination of this Tourmaline and the blue green color is a textbook type for the Newry "big pocket". Nearly all gem grade, sharp and clear with a slight touch of color zoning. While huge amounts were found in this big strike close to 50 years ago, most was cut for gemstock. This large thumbnail has a few tiny crystals of Lepidolite on one edge. Some tiny rough areas as seen in the photos but for the locality this is in very fine condition.
Fluorite -Octahedron on Matrix
Turkey Creek, Grant County
4.2 x 3.7 x 3.5 CM (miniature)
A perfect, complete and sharp New Mexican Fluorite, ex Marty Zinn. Even though it is not stated on the label this is certainly a Turkey creek specimen. Violet at the corners and green at the core, this rests on a tiny shard of contrasting matrix. This style and quality are never seen on the market now.
Delicate sprays of perfect transparent Eosphorite crystals are clustered on crystalline Rose quartz. From the Richard Gaines collection, this is older material from several decades ago. The color contrast and sparkling luster make this often unattractive mineral an attractive display specimen. Even better in person.
A classic USA Beryl Var. Morganite with nice form and a peachy-pink color that contrasts well with the deep purple matrix. Small green Elbaite Tourmalines are scattered on the matrix giving extra color. The largest crystal is 3.8 CM across and quite lustrous. The backside is partly contacted and has adhering quartz, so the best display is as shown. Attractive, in good overall condition and from the renowned White Queen Mine, this was collected more than 20 years ago but likely is a lot older. A good value for one of these