Malachite- Stalactititic "cauliflower"
stock # Alec 24-096
Luishia Mine, Katanga Province
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
5.3 x 4 x 1.5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Unusual form, attractive and elegant small cabinet specimen of Malachite from the Congo. Malachite is a rather common mineral and often not given very much respect since it is so abundant. It takes a very good specimen to get noticed. The copper belt of the Congo has yielded some of the most beautiful Malachites of all time. The best show a wetlook luster, are chantoyant chantoyance, have rich color and attractive form. This has all that and is in excellent condition.
A particularly esthetic specimen of curved-face rhomohedral Calcite crystals neatly perched on a spray of Celestite. From a great, classic US locality this has an impressive and fine form. The calcites are undamaged, ex. Doug Ervin collection.
Exceptional bright luster and contrast on this esthetic specimen from the Madan area. The condition is excellent, this is clearly not a typical piece and displays very well. Black Sphalerite is not normally an eycatching mineral, this one is mirror bright and well composed, the calcite add a fine contrast.
Mimetite with Wulfenite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
6.4 x 2.8 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
Mina Oujela has been working for centuries and still has surprising finds every so often. Last year the bright Mimetites were big news, many as good as the best San Pedro pieces and with great form. Most were very damaged but some were of much better quality than the mine run. This piece is quite good, has the desirable "wet" luster, bright yellow color and a delicate form. There is also a scattering of wulfenite blades. It is not damage free but in far better condition than 99.9 percent (edges have some chipping, some tiny bruises that are not easy to see), so its not for a perfectionist. Otherwise this displays great, has killer form, great color and is far more affordable than usual for this quality.
From a new, exciting small find of bright Rhodochrosite from the famed N'Chwanning Mine. This locale is world famed for the great finds made over 20 years ago. Good pieces from the old pockets are now some of the most expensive mineral specimens on the planet. The new zone was very small, it had a similar look (but with some differences) to some earlier finds. The color is a deep pink-red that can be almost electric under some lighting.
This is a fine example with distinctive, sharp spheres of bright, sparkling Rhodo. Very good display quality that looks great from several angles.
Prehnite, Stellerite & Epidote
Diamonkara, Bendougou Diako, Bafoulabe Circle
4.2 x 3.7 x 2.9 CM (miniature)
A very esthetic surprise from recent finds in Mali, yellow and green Prehnites with associated Epidote in a colorful arrangement. The Prehnites are distinctively crystallized and have great 3 dimensional form, the Stellerites were recently identified by x ray, they look soemwhat like Stilbite. Very nice luster and a great value as Mali is now much less productive.
Barite on Quartz
Jinkouhe town, Ebian
7.7 x 5.2 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
pre Tucson 2015 update
A delicate mineral sculpture with very sharp form. This presents outstanding form and arrangement that is unusually eyecatching for a colorless specimen! Older (about 2004) Chinese specimen with gemmy Barites some of which have white phantoms. The condition is pristine and that is quite amazing given the delicacy of this piece.
Epidote & Prehnite
5.9 x 4.6 x 3 CM (cabinet)
The Mali Prehnites with Epidote can be wonderfully esthetic and this is great example of fine form and color. Even though the location has been very productive for a few years it now seems to be tapering off. The better pieces from this find are destined to appreciate and become classics. Meanwhile this is quite affordable for such a pretty and pristine specimen.