Textbook perfect crystals of the rare mineral Kesterite that are coated with green Mushingtonite and perched on a Muscovite matrix. From the prolific locality of Mt Xuebaoding, this is a particularly fine specimen. The crystals reach 1 CM and are undamaged, complete and have some distinct twinning. This area has produced the best Kesterites ever found, and that zone of mining is now closed, there have not been new specimens for a few years and may never again be produced. A modern Chinese classic.
Spessartine on Smoky Quartz
stock #15.1-1030 (SM4660)
Tongbei, Yunxiao County, Zhangzhou Prefecture
7.7 x 5.5 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
An impressive specimen far beyond average with very large Spessartine of deep red- orange color perched on dark Quartz. Strongly esthetic and with a eye catching architecture. The largest Garnets are over 1.1 CM and in fine condition. Some contacts and very minor chipping mostly just on the backside. Ex Charles Noll collection, this quality of Garnet is no longer being found.
Quartz with Fluorite
Orange River, Warmbad, Karasburg Dist.
4.9 x 3.8 x 2.1 CM (miniature)
Yellow milky Quartz prism with sharp yellow cubes of Fluorite along an edge. A choice and pretty Orange River specimen formerly in the Heini Saultau collection. Unusual for the association and colors, this is very different from typical Quartz from this locale. The main Quartz and Fluorites are clean, undamaged. Cute and choice
Piedras Parado, Las Vigas
6.7 x 3.9 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
From the new (late 2016 early 2017) finds at Las Vigas, a gem clear, incredibly perfect and sharp cluster of Amethyst. Competition grade, the individual crystals reach 4.8 CM and are perfectly transparent, a few internal bubbles are also seen. This classic area has recently produced some superb specimens. This is that rare specimen perfect, undamaged and complete- no issues at all. Far better in person.
A super odd but esthetic, brilliant red phantom Quartz nested in a cluster of Calcite scalenohedrons. Gemmy zoned red Quartz contrasts with the Calcite and is undamaged. Formerly in the Heini Saultau collection, this is a very differnt from anything we have seen from this legendary locale.
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.