A new find of Imperial topaz with zoned inclusions from the famed Ouro Preto. This late 2016 find was less than a dozen crystals that have deep brown to near black inclusions and "clouds" 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 find is very special, 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, the top more traditional section of the crystal is well above average for the locale.
Almandine -fine crystals on Schist
Stikine River, Wrangell Island, Wrangell-Petersburg Borough
10.3 x 6.4 x 5.5 CM (cabinet)
Exceptional quality Alaskan Garnet well exposed on contrasting schist. Esthetic old specimen with a quality rarely seen, the largest Almandine is 2.7 CM. Some areas of the Garnets are translucent with slight rounded edges and nice growth details on larger faces. In fine condition, the crystals show textbook typical modifications and have a rich purple-red color. A classic US location.
Super rich specimen with sharp and lustrous Lazulite crystals dominating the display face. Good Rapid Creek Lazulite are the best ever found of this specie, and unlike any other location in the world. Magnification shows several of other phosphate minerals including what looks like fine Collinsite and Kulanite crystals. The Lazulites are in most cases transparent to translucent and have rich color. Loaded with other micro minerals this is attractive on a shelf or under a scope. Well above average quality for the locale the Lazulites are very large at over 1 CM.
A fine classic specimen from the Tintic District, ex Northwestern University Museum, Charles Noll, David Crawford etc. Bright Cuprian Adamite crystals sparkle against Azurite and Conichalcite on a gossan matrix with traces of Cuprite. Comes with several labels, is in fine condition, undamaged, and clearly a very old specimen. Almost never seen on the market today, from a significant US locality.
Cassiterite on Muscovite
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
6.3 x 5.2 X 3.8 CM (cabinet)
Incredibly lustrous, super, sharp Cassiterite twin crystal set nicely on contrasting Muscovite matrix. The Cassiterite is 1.8 CM in diameter and has no damage or chipping even under 20X magnification. From finds in 2003 at Mt Xuebaoding, this quality of Cassiterite is simply not being found anymore. High esthetics and display impact for a small size specimen.
A complete crystal of Apatite that is bright blue to blue-green, is transparent in places, and doubly terminated. No damage but there are some contacts and "melting" on one edge. Very glassy luster and really choice for this location. There are several areas that could be faceted but much of the interior has some veils and inclusions. Ex. Tom Fitzpatrick collection, collected over 20 years ago
A very fine well composed large cabinet specimen with perfect Aquamarine crystals to about 3.5 CM. The Beryls are nicely perched, have gem clear terminations and good color. The matrix provides a good contrast and specimen sits well for display. Choice example from the prolific Erongo mountains, this is above average for quality and quite affordable for such an esthetic piece.
Bright blue complex Caledonite crystal nicely perched on a mix of lead secondary minerals. The contrast with the matrix sets the Caledonite off very well. A very good example from the final collecting at Rowley. The matrix is a complex mix of micro minerals, this includes Phosgenite and Leadhillite seems to be in several spots, but is not confirmed. A very nice Arizona thumbnail.