Sharp crystals of Smithsonite cover a matrix of Cerussite with some twinned crystals showing. The Smithsonites are all perfect and undamaged. A nice association the milky white Smithsonite crystals have nice contrast to the grey Cerussite.
Yellow-hued crystals of transparent Smithsonite up to 2.5 CM long are sticking out in all directions on this complex yet esthetic piece. In outstanding condition overall, there is one crystal with a broken termination that will be hidden on most logical display angles. All of the other crystals are quite perfect. Without analysis I am not sure if this should be called Cadmian Smithsonite as many yellow examples are labelled. Choice and attractive.
A super and unusual thumbnail gem crystal with a clear red Rubellite exterior that lets the green-blue inner core be seen like a racing stripe. Choice and better in person, there is a tiny bit of adhering matrix and one small clean contact with no damage. This crystal is also dichroic with a good color shift seen when rotated in front of a light source like a computer screen. Small but with a good display impact far larger than the size!
Kermesite with Calcite
Caiwa Mine, Danfeng Co. Shangluo Prefecture
6.5 x 5.5 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
A very nice display specimen of Kermesite crystals on matrix from the one time find that produced the best ever. Typical crude terminations on sharp crystals to nearly 3CM tall standing up from the matrix. In person the red glints of the Kermesite is very evident. Micro crystals of an unknown mineral that seems to be Valentinite are a bonus. Delicate and fine, these are now very hard to find and expensive when available. A fine value ex Shields Flynn collection obtained from Bert Ottens.
Clean and rich pink Apatite crystals in stacked epitaxial arrangements. From a small recent find at La Marina emerald mine. A few of the intersections and backsides are coated with unidentified micro crystals of what seems to be 2 differnt minerals, presumably Phosphates. The last time this style of Apatite was found was over 8 years ago. We had the good fortune to purchase a pocket at that time and several of those specimens were later illustrated in the Mineralogical Record, Lapis special edition etc. This small lot from the new find is of the same quality and habit as the earlier, now classic and unavailable material. Fine glassy luster and in very good condition as seen.
Super form and esthetics for this distinctive style apatite! Rich pink Apatite crystals are in stacked epitaxial arrangements. From a small recent find at La Marina emerald mine. The last time this style of Apatite was found was over 8 years ago. We had the good fortune to purchase a pocket at that time and several of those specimens were later illustrated in the Mineralogical Record, Lapis special edition etc. This small lot from the new find is of the same quality and habit as the earlier, now classic and unavailable material. The display face of the specimen is in fine condition, there is a clean contact on the reverse side and a break at the base where this was removed but not visible in any normal display angle. This is the best we have seen of this style from the new find.
Fluorite on Quartz
Huayllapon Mine, Pasto Bueno District
Pallasca Province, Ancash Department,
4.7 x 3.6 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
A very esthetic 90s vintage specimen of very sharp clear Quartz hosting rounded Fluorite crystals with delicate blue color. After this one time Peruvian find there were no more of these and they are now only seen when collections are turned over. The main Quartz had the distinctive three sided termination and a 1.3 CM fluorite with a yellowish phantom. Choice.
From the now famed La Marina mine this is a more rare habit of elongated prism Apatite. Sharp, choice and with great color this deposit more typically had flattened equant or stretched tabular forms. From the recent find this is the best example of the form we have seen.