An amazingly long, curved chain growth of Pyromorphite that is a fine 360 degree display piece. Sharp, lustrous and in great condition this is a great example of this rare and esthetic habit. From finds at Daoping in 2008 this type of Pyro was a big surprise in the mineral world, the habit is uncommon and never before in such large crystals. Every side shows complex striations and the piece is a floater , it has crystallized on every side. Already a classic locality, this mine has reset the world standard for fine pyromorphite.
Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
3.5 x 2.3 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
A 360 degree floater cluster of sharp, intensely colored Pyromorphites with an esthetic arrangement. A small treasure from the great Daoping mine, this has very fine luster and is translucent to transparent. Overall in fine condition a tiny zone of damage is noted that can be seen with close inspection, so this is not for perfectionists. For everyone else this is a very pretty and affordable Pyro with an unusual habit.
Wulfenite & Mimetite
Ojuela Mine, Mapami
6 x 3.5 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
A bright, delicate and colorful Wulfenite with rare greenish yellow color. Bright green balls of Mimetite decorate the piece from from Vintage 1960's finds. Despite the exceptional delicacy of this piece the condition is quite good, there are some broken parts of a few crystals but they can be minimized or hidden by display angle. Overall this has a of of impact for its size. This color and habit are no longer available, something special for any Wulfenite suite or Mexican suite.
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.