Chalcedony- purple Stalactitic finger
Manakarra, Mumuju area, Sulawesi Barat Province
5.5 x 2 x 1.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An impressive, perfect purple stalactitic Chalcedony finger with wet luster that is viewable on all sides, a 360 degree piece. The exciting new finds of Indonesian Chalcedony or grape agate has been big news in the mineral world. We looked through literally tons of material but found just a few perfect, complete, colorful and sculptural pieces. This one is from that top .001 percent, pristine and pretty.
A killer thumbnail of conjoined scepters with amazing form and perfection. The scepter heads have many tiny inclusions that look like rutile but could be lepidocrocite or similar material. The delicate purple color is softly zoned and all is fully transparent. No damage, from recent finds at Karur, we are very active seeking good materials from this locality, it has great potential but produces very few fine pieces like this. Exceptional for the locale or from anyplace. Choice, esthetic and really unusual.
As fine as it can get! Perfect crystals of gem clear Rhodochrosite studding a slender finger of Sulphide matrix which gives great contrast. Elegant crystal arrangement with top color and luster, simply a top miniature specimen that is 360 degrees viewable. The terminations of the Rhodos are all quite perfect too, even under strong magnification. Clearly a fine competition grade miniature. Ex M. Budil, F Gaboury, from a find at Uchucchacua, Peru in 1999. It is incredible that even with this many crystals the specimen is still perfect and undamaged.
A nice classic Franklin, New Jersey Willemite crystal well exposed on Calcite. Vivid fluorescence, sharp prism faces and not acid etched out of the matrix (which was usually done but looks melted and is less desirable). The crystal is typically crude and slightly rounded on some edges with natural cracks but no repairs.
An older, quite attractive Pakistani Beryl that is almost has a Heliodore hue but not quite. The two prisms are well terminated and have an unusual melted look . There is Rutile as well in several spots. Attractive arrangement, no breaks or repairs.
Probably the most desirable and rarest form of the mineral Apophyllite is the so called disco ball habit. Originally found some years ago while digging a well in Rahuri, these created a sensation. More recently a nearby well yielded a smaller find, all quickly sold. This specimen is from the first well, collected by the Maki family. Excellent esthetics with glass clear undamaged crystals, with two separate radiating hemispheres (over 3.5 CM) nicely perched on the crystallized matrix. A choice example.
Barite - Included by Malachite
Likasi, Katanga Copper Crescent
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
5.1 X 5 X 4 CM (miniature)
Clear Barite crystals with some blebs and wisps of bright green Malachite inside and on the prisms. from the great Shaba Crescent area, this is a nice example. As is typical for this locale, magnification shows several bruises but most of the main crystals are in reasonable clean condition. Though not right for a perfectionist, this is still a good display specimen and these are no longer coming out from the Congo.
Very good form and color, a single terminated crystal of classic Pala area Elbaite. A single clean repair is noted, so much more affordable than usual. 12.4 grams, pretty much all gem grade with 3 separate color sections. Fully transparent, we did not backlight the photos, so it will be better in person. This had an older price of 775.00.