A rich combination specimen with lots of bright well crystallized Caledonite mixed with contrasting bright blue Linarite. The matrix is mostly a highly oxidized Galena and hosts crystals of Anglesite, Cerussite and what may be massive Leadhillite along with a few unknown micros. This could be turned into several very good thumbnails since the specimen has good crystals on every side, but I like it as is.
A remarkable, fine small cabinet with an elegant form. A sharp, gemmy 5.7 CM long Elbaite crystal impales a quartz crystal at an angle thrusting its termination into the air. The Tourmaline shows good zoning from green to pink at the tip and has a colorless zone as well. From 2006 season mining in Paprok, there were not many like this found then and none since. The main elbaite is in excellent condition damage wise, the quartz is contacted on the back with some tiny broken elbaites that are not so evident. All in all this displays very well and is a welcome change from the "same old" esthetic of most Tourmalines!
Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
7.6 x 5.5 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
Bright lustrous Pyromorphite crystals contrast with the matrix and a druse of secondary Pyros scattered about. Great color, undamaged and real eyecatching. From early 2000 vintage Daoping finds, this type of specimen has not been found for years. This level of quality is typically more expensive when available.
A cluster of five main Rhodonite crystals up to 3.3 CM in size are arranged in an attractive cluster. This is an American classic that has become quite scarce on the market in recent years. The condition is excellent and like most of these had some acid etching to expose the Rhodonite well. The color is well above average and this piece is very 3 dimensional.
Grossular on Diopside
Mt Belvidere Quarry (EDEN MILLS) VAG, Lowell and Eden, Orleans and Lamo
3.6 x 2.9 x 2.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Some of the worlds best red Grossular has come from the classic quarries of Eden Mills. Now very hard to find in any quality, this is an attractive small specimen in excellent condition with lustrous, gemmy red brown crystals. The grass green matrix of crystallized Diopside makes a fine contrast for the Garnets and this really displays well. This could also be trimmed to make a fine competitive thumbnail if desired.
A very fine, sharp and esthetic specimen! These Cuprites came out over 20 years ago, there have really been none since. Unlike any of the more recent Russian Cuprites, these Congo Piees are now classics. Most were damaged or at least chipped, so pristine pieces were rare then and unavailable now. This one is especially elegant, it has a sharp and sizable main crystal perched perfectly on the contrasting matrix. In exceptional condition. This was not photographed with a backlight, so it looks as it would in a normal display, HOWEVER these are a rich ruby red color with careful lighting. Better in person!
Little Giant Basin, San Juan County
6 x 4.5 CM (cabinet)
A very nicely formed piece with light purple tips all arranged in a row. This came from an older collection with labels stating (unbelivably) it is from Creede District, Colorado. Checking this with Colorado specialists confirms that this is actually a fine Little Giant Basin piece from San Juan County, Colorado. Overall in great shape, only slicht chips noted with a careful exam and not easily seen on display. Most of these scepters were found as separated singles, such clusters are rare.
Brilliant bright Green crystals of several habits densely cluster on the top and sides of this matrix. From the Larry White collection, this is an older piece and in pristine condition. Not just a "locality" specimen, this is very esthetic and not often available.