Calcite on Flourite
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
6.8 x 5 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Delicate and esthetic slender crystals of calcite are perched in a jackstraw jumble on purple Fluorite. Despite a few cleaved tips this still displays super well. Classic old time specimen, this sort of material is now quite uncommon.
Inder B deposit & salt dome
9 x 6 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
An unusually large and very colorful crystallized plate of Hydroboracite from Kazakstan. Hydroboracite is usually an unimpressive specie, pale in color, but this has considerable eye appeal for a rare mineral. Ex Marshall Sussmann this has by far the most intense color I have seen.
An older (2008) piece from a find of unusual Fluorite at Xinghaulin. A cluster of stacked, mostly oriented crystals, translucent to transparent and with nice contrast to the quartz. The back of the specimen is contacted but the front displays well from several angles. By naked eye this looks very clean damagewise but some edge roughness is found at 10X magnification.
A very esthetic specimen ex. Shields Flynn Collection that presents several disk-like sharp Rhodo crystals (up to 2.6 CM) nicely perched on large quartz prisms. This was from the one time find at Lamo Mine (Quanxi, China)in 2003. Very good contrast and color, the Rhodos are in fine condition as are most of the quartz crystals (only one has some tip bruising). Later finds some 20 KM from this mine produced fine Rhodochrosite which became quite famous but none with this look. This piece was sourced by Bert Ottens and is excellent for this find.
Epidote (gemmy, prismatic)
Hachupa (Hashupi). Shigar Valley, Skardu District
6.4 x .8 x .7 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A single sharp complete Epidote crystal that is nicely terminated, clear and glassy. Unlike many of the Pakistani Epidotes which are flattened in cross section, this is a pencil like prism that also shows color zoning from greenish brown to yellow. Very good condition and a nice, simple yet affordable gem crystal.
Barite with Malachite inclusions
Likasi, Katanga Copper Crescent
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
5.9 x 3.2 x 4 CM (cabinet)
pre Tucson 2015 update
Esthetic, sharp green and glassy Barites are perched on a matrix along with some small zones of Malachite in an attractive specimen. From the famous finds of the 1980-90's this is a very colorful Barite with several nice angles for display. In very good condition, there is a little minor chipping mostly on the backside and not noticable without magnification. A good value, these have become quite expensive and few are this attractive.
Topaz with, Elbaite, etc.
Murzinka Mine,Sarapulka Dist., Sverdlovskaya Oblast, Middle Urals
3.6 x 2.6 x2.4 (small miniature)
A small but very esthetic version of classic light blue topaz from the Urals. A gem clear crystal with pale blue color at 1.9 CM in size is neatly perched on contrasting matrix. Small additional crystals of Tourmaline are on the matrix adding interest. Very good condition damage wise this presents nicely.
An older, well formed amber colored Barite from the Sulcis area of Caligari in Sardinia. Ex. Mineral Gallery (K. Ward) This shows several good phantoms with backlighting, and has a second generation overgrowth in some areas. Over all in fairly good condition there is contacting on one side and at the rear, small edge chipping is present but not easily seen from the logical display angle. A nice, good color piece from a classic local with the main crystal reaching 4.8 CM.