Beryl var. Aquamarine with Albite
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
6.8 x 4.9 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
Tabular style Aquamarine specimen from Xuebaoding is a modern classic. This one has excellent form and very good color, transparency and glassy luster. In fine condition this has very esthetic display impact. The main crystal is 3.9 CM across.
Grossular on Diopside
Eden Mills Quarries, Lowell & Eden
7.8 x 5 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Gemmy bright red garnets contrast with a minty green setting of small Diopside crystals. From the classic, long closed "Eden Mills" locality, these are now quite hard to find (and afford) in good quality. The Garnets (to 8 mm) are well exposed and sit up from the matrix. This is not perfect, there are a few contacts, chips, rough spots etc best seen at 10x but the naked eye display quality is quite fine, and this is far less costly as a result.
Greifenstein Rocks, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Erzgebirge
6.1 x 4.1 x 2 CM (cabinet)
An old German classic Apatite with sizable purple crystals on contrasting matrix. Crystals are up to 1.6 CM in size with large transparent sections and sharp form. There is an old repair on this piece that is only seen with good magnification. The crystals are overall in good condition but there are some tiny broken quartz and chipped Apatite that is best seen at 10X magnification. This is in very good condition for its age, and the crystal size is huge for the locale. Esthetic. Ex Jorg Walther collection.
A perfect complete etched floater Heliodor crystal from the famed (and now gone) Volodarsk deposit. This locale produced these remarkable Beryls in "chamber" pockets which are now highly prized. The complex sculpture of this specimen is impressive and esthetic. 100 percent gem grade, this is all facet grade with no internal flaws or veils, has great color and is a hefty 27.8 grams. In perfect condition with no chips, this can be displayed from any angle with impact far greater than its size.
An old well formed and classic Blackdene Fluorite from the collection of Warren Johansson. Warren obtained this piece in an exchange with Harvard in 1938, so it is clearly a vintage specimen. The cubes reach 4.2 CM in diameter and have good sharp edges. Several crystals display internal cleavage planes but the exterior shapes are intact and in quite good condition. Minor edge wear is noted on the outside edges but the main crystals in the center are undamaged. The Galena is on the reverse side so will not be in any logical dispaly orientation.
From the famed pseudomorph suite assembled by Ed Swoboda, this is a very odd but well-formed piece. The identification was confirmed by the Smithsonian (as noted on the old label). The shape of the original Vivianite crystals is perfectly preserved and the exterior is overgrown with tiny clear Calcites that have bright luster. This is Carbonate Apatite and has replaced crystals up to 4 CM in size.
This quite attractive psuedomorph has a lot of good provenance, ex Ed Swoboda, Carter Rich, George Loud, and William Hladyz. The shape of the large Aragonite crystals are sharply preserved and the color looks much like an Agate more so than Chalcedony. This is almost a perfect floater and despite a few very minor chips that are not easy to find the condition is still very fine overall. Classic older pseudomorph not often available and rarely in anything close to this quality and esthetic.
Elmwood Mine, Carthage
7.1 x 6 x 1.9 CM (cabinet)
As simple gem-clear Calcite twin sits lightly connected to a flat limestone matrix. The Calcite shows zoning from Cognac to almost colorless. Sharp, perfect and incredibly lustrous. A small and quite affordable example of what has made Elmwood famous for world class Calcites! A second smaller Calcite is on the matrix that has a cleave on it, but it is hidden behind the main Calcite. Choice.