Dolomite on Quartz
Williamsville Quarry, Poplar Bluffs
6 x 4 x 3.2 CM (cabinet)
A very colorful Dolomite, bright yellow to Orange bladed crystals contrast well with a dark druzy quartz matrix. I have not seen another specimen like this piece from this locale, better known for Calcites. Super showy and in fine condition.
Fluorite with Barite
9.4 X 5.6 X 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Clear and very sharp zoned violet Fluorite cubes mixed with Barite blades. Classic Berbes type specimen in excellent condition. The bright luster and overall arrangement make this a much better than typical specimen. Better in person.
An old specimen from Houghton County with sizable (2 CM) distinct yet crude crystals standing above a mostly Copper matrix. Some sharp faces are seen but overall the crystals are very distorted. A few spots of Native Silver are also seen with magnification.
Smithsonite with Calcite
Kelly Mine, Magdalena
8.8 x 6.3 x 3 CM (cabinet)
A very pretty, classic Smithsonite from the famed Kelly mine. Nice wet look luster and three dimensional surface. In fine condition, undamaged on the display side, sawn on the back and sits well for display. These have become quite prized over the past few years and this is a particularly good value for this quality. The large knob that protrudes from the concave area is 3.2 CM across and has a few small Calcites on the surface.
Simple and attractive, the less common tabular form (flat hexagons) of gem clear Beryl nicely perched on matrix. In most light the Beryl looks white or colorless, but a tiny hint of blue can be seen in some conditions. In my eye it is a colorless Goshenite variety but some may see it as a pale Aquamarine. Either way this presents this special discoidal habit very well. From the modern classic area of Mt Xuebaoding in 2003, this form has not been found for some time. A choice modern Chinese classic and an uncommon crystal habit.
Perfectly formed Chamosite pseudo having the shape of the original Garnet (probably Almandine). Unlike most from this classic find, this is a matrix specimen, and the crystal is not rounded but is very sharp. These were first collected over 130 years ago (at that time called Aphrosiderite, a discredited name) and still are sometimes found, but rarely of good quality. A nice affordable classic pseudomorph.
A large and super esthetic Auglaize Fluorite. From the heyday of the quarry production over 20 years ago, this is an eyecatching piece with good iridescence that has to be seen in person to appreciate. The open cavity here holds dozens of small perfect orange-brown cubes that off set larger gemmy purple cubes up to 1.5 CM. This is the best large matrix piece I have seen for sale.
A new find of Imperial topaz with zoned inclusions from the famed Ouro Preto. This late 2016 find had less than a dozen crystals but all have deep brown to near black inclusions on the lower areas of the crystals. The tops and terminations are very fine, gem clear and slightly zoned in hues of yellow to orange. This world class locale has produced unique "imperial" Topaz for many decades. This small find is very special, it a unique habit that is different but still exhibits the well known fine gem crystal that is classic from here. In person this is more transparent, lustrous and undamaged