Elbaite (very unusual form)
stock # A7-253-(263)
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill,Mesa Grande District, San Diego County
5.8 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
A remarkably formed Elbaite "lollypop tourmaline" from early mining at the Himalaya (San Diego CA). Ex Larry White collection, this is said to be an illustrated/ published specimen in both a pen and ink drawing illustration and a black and white photo, but I do not know where this was published. If anyone knows I would love to find out. The piece is formed of 2 complete crystals that grew flat on a matrix (they are undamaged but the entire backside is a natural contact) to form an esthetic sculpture. The top crystal termination faces forward perched in notch atop a pink and green stalk. Resembling a stop sign or a lollypop this is clearly a very different arrangement! Good color with gemmy areas, nice luster and with a form that will stand out even in a crowded collection of tourmaline.
Very fine, glass clear, sharp, undamaged Thaumasite with a light yellow green color and no visible point of contact. This is the much rarer calcium silicate related to ettringite that was only been found once in such perfect, large crystals. Far better than average sharpness and clarity for this find.
Anemzi Village, Midelt Province
6.5 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
From a new small find about 60KM from Imilchil this was my selection as the very best specimen. Fine, sharp "asperagus" Apatites scattered on contrasting pink feldspar crystals. Well prepped and trimmed esthetically, the large Apatite is 2.3CM standing and super gemmy. Nearly all Moroccan Apatites have easily noticable damage, cloudy areas or other "issues" This is not at all like that, and is unusual for the attractive matrix which very few examples have. We have a few other examples from this find in the 200-300$ range that are good, but this specimen is exceptional!
Spessartine on Quartz
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas,
2.8 x 1.9 CM (thumbnail)
An especially bright, lustrous garnet sits on a small hill of quartz, tourmaline and feldspar. Bright red color with complex faces, this is an attractive and affordable gem crystal. The main garnet has some adhering quartz contacts but is otherwise in fine condition
From an amazing small find in late 2012, this apatite has the intense purple color usually only seen in the finest Pulsifer crystals. Aside from the intense color that can not be well captured in photos, the faces are glass like with gemmy areas. In fine condition especially for such a large prism. The intense color is confined to an outer zone, so looking down the termination it is possible to see inside to the crystals grey-green interior. Far far better in person!
Sharp and very esthetic Powellite. The most sought after species from the Deccan Traps, the best Powellites all come from this general area in India, but good ones are still uncommon and often quite expensive. This is a super piece for the size and price. Neatly perched on a twisted arm of drusy quartz that also hosts a few bi-colored Apophyllites. The Powellite crystal is undamged with glassy luster and is very well formed. Distinct elongation on the C axis, the Powellite is 2 CM long.
Malachite Pseudo after Azurite
Morenci Mine, Copper Mt. District, Shannon Mts., Greenlee County
4.1 x 3.6 CM (miniature)
An nice, affordable Pseudo from Morenci, The crystals reach 1.6 CM and show some of the original Azurite color but are mostly now replaced by the Malachite green. This is an older specimen collected over 50 years back yet in excellent condition with no visible damage.
Some of the weirdest habit Silver minerals and especially Acanthites have come out of Morocco from time to time. This is a very nice example with a sizable chain of oriented stacked octahedrons that displays very well. Somewhat crude as are all of these but undamaged and a complete floater. This came out over a decade ago. The new restrictions have cut off most everything from these great silver mines.