Boleite -large single crystal
Santa Rosalia (El Boleo), Boleo, Municipio de Mulege
.9 x .8 x .7 CM (thumbnail)
A big, sharp and complete Boleite crystal from finds in the early 70s. The diagonal measurement is 1.3 CM, with great color and in pristine condition, the photos pretty much show it well. It is now quite hard to find crystals with such sharp edges, bright luster and large size.
Epidote and Quartz ex Ed Over
Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Prince of Wales Island
7.3 x 5.9 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
A fine classic Epidote from Green Monster that was collected by Ed Over, formerly in the Warren Johansson collection. From the legendary find by Over more than 70 years ago, this has fine doubly terminated Epidote crystals over 4 CM in size. Nicely sprinkled with Quartz crystals some of which have green Epidote inclusions. In excellent condition, a very choice specimen that is more impressive in person.
Vesuvianite -hot pink cap
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
2.1 x 1.6 x 1.1 CM (thumbnail)
An amazing color crystal from the golden years when the Jeffrey mine was producing the worlds best- and most colorful Vesuvianites. Electric purple-pink termination on a small but lustrous crystal. Contact and breakage on the back and underside but clean on the display side of the piece. This is one of the most rare and desirable colors. For anyone building a suite of Jeffrey Vesuvianites (in all imaginable colors) this intense piece is a must.
The recent finds at Cantera Llamas have provided some sweet, well formed tabular Fluorites that can be gem clear. This one is in super fine condition, bright, glass clear and colorless. Smaller Fluorites and quartz crystals form part of the matrix, the rest is a pale yellow scalenohedral Calcite. The main crystal shows also the "Asturias" style right angle inset with edge bevels all around. Choice.
Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
7.4 x 3.9 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
An strong impact display specimen undamaged and bright Pyromorphite from the earlier Daoping finds. This is the intense green Pyromorphite that looks like it is flourescent. Only a few places ever produced fine crystallized pyros with such strong color. Daoping had world class finds in 2000, 2002 and 2007. This piece is of that type, far better than average, it has dozens of lustrous sharp hoppered crystals that are undamaged.
A choice small Rhodo specimen with nice color and in fine condition. The matrix is a dark Goethite that is covered with tiny colorless Fluorite crystals that look black due to the matrix showing through. The Rhodos are mostly scalenohedral with truncated tips some of them showing some "wheat sheaf" habit. Good coverage as well makes this a nice display piece.
A single stout wire of native Silver showing the ropey textures that are typical of Kongsberg wires. Very nice patina and with some extra delicate offshoots, the thickest part of the wire is about 5mm. An attractive classic Kongsberg Silver.
A choice deep red Rhomb habit crystal with a small amount of Fluorite and Pyrite. This looks very much like a good Sweet Home Mine specimen but it is from the Wuton Mine. A small percentage of these were quite fine as seen here. Sharp, well formed, complete and undamaged this has a nice frosted surface showing etching surfaces. Choice and attractive but far less expensive than a comparable USA specimen. This quality has not been coming out in the past few years.