Fluorite (pink and clear) on Quartz
Val Cristallina (Cristallina Valley)
4.6 x 3.4 x 1.5 CM (miniature)
A rare old piece (pre-war) from a classic alpine cleft locale, this is rather different from more recent finds. The matrix is a series of parallel quartz crystals covered with a druse of sparkling clear Flourite octahedra that are included by greenish chlorite. There are six bigger pale pink Fluorites scattered on the face, the largest 1.4 CM. Undamaged by naked eye, even at 20x magnification there is almost no damage to find. A relatively affordable and rather different Alpine Fluorite specimen.
Scorodite on Pyrite
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
3.1 x 2.6 x 2.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
At first glance this looks like a mass of pyrite with a little bright blue Scorodite crystal. With closer examination it is nearly all Scorodite with a coating of pyrite. The bulk of the "matrix" is yellow, brown and blue- green Scorodite crystals up to 1.6 CM. Everything is covered with sparkling crystals of Pyrite that hide most of the underlying crystals. In undamaged condition, this is from the one time find at Henzoh about 5 years ago. There have not been more found since then. A very good value for one of these!
An intense red crystal 3 CM across sits on a matrix of Galena. Well exposed, typically rounded and crude but with distinct form with many areas of transparency. The front side displays well with no noticeable damage, there is cleaving on the backside that is not visible. The galena forms some selective coatings and inclusions as is usual for the locality, this adds a nice contrast. Better in person, a good example from this classic locale, likely mined over 60 years ago. Now quite rare or expensive on the market.
Creedite (large purple crystals)
Santa Eulalia, Aguiles Serdan
3.2 x 2.7 x 1.9 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A small specimen but with unusually large, perfect crystals of purple Creedite. An old (pre 1980) specimen from Santa Eulalia, that is now almost impossible to find in any quality. Quite different and much rarer than the orange Creedite from Durango, good Purple Creedite has only been found in crystals over 1 CM in two locations, Kazakhstan and Santa Eulalia. At about 2 CM long these are huge for the specie, undamaged, have great form and displays well from all sides.
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Sanjiang
4.9 x 3.2 x 3 CM (miniature)
A very showy, dense cluster of glassy Mimetite crystals with minimal matrix. This is the quality of Mimetite that made Pingtouling world famous. The individual crystals reach 1.6 CM and are quite transparent with a rich yellow to orange color range. In very fine condition damagewise, some slight chipping can be found on the "underside" and is not visible from most views. This find was finished by 2003, and is considered (along with Tsumeb's gem pocket) as the worlds best for the species. Displays well from several sides. Good examples like this one are now quite uncommon.
Anglesite (Gemmy with natural color)
stock #Alec 18-015
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oujada-Angad Province, Oriental Region,
5.8 x 4.5 x 2 CM (cabinet)
An esthetic, super clear, razor sharp and untreated (natural color) Anglesite. From the great finds in 1980-90 at Touissit, these are now regarded as the worlds best for the specie. Far better in person this is a delicate light greenish yellow hue and from some angles shows fine internal rainbows. Undamaged by naked eye, very tiny chips can be found only with 20X magnification, this is virtually perfect and quite impressive for this very fragile mineral!
The Transbaikalia region has sporadically been the source of some fine tourmalines. When available in good quality these represent a great value as they are distinctive and relatively low priced compared to most other locales. This is a particularly nice example in excellent condition with super color very similar to the classic Jonas Mine (which command a LOT more money!). Composed of two perfectly terminated crystals joining at an angle, this displays well with a lot of impact for its size.
Striking, esthetic and unusual, this is a fine, undamaged piece with an "odd" color hue. The Shaba Dioptase can be quite impressive but rarely this delicate and sculptural with no matrix. The color in person looks almost a Malachite green but with a brilliant glassy luster, there is good transparency too as seen in some of the best Tsumeb Dioptase. A fine specimen from anyplace this is especially nice for Katanga area.