Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer
Souss-Massa-Draa region, Ouarzazate Province, Tazenakht,
6 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
A especially choice piece from the best find of Cobaltian Calcites in Morocco in almost 20 years! This is a striking, fine and really well formed "flower". Composed of scalenohedral and hoppered scalenohedral crystals up to 2 CM long this has an electric intense pink color that is easily noticed in any lighting. A great impact specimen, it reminds me of a N'chwaning Rhodochrosite but with a cobaltian color. In very good condition overall, the only notable damage is at the outer edges, the main central crystals are excellent.
A very nice Brazilian specimen from the find of the late 1960's at the Dos Antas tunnel. At that time these were big news in the mineral world and many considered these to be the worlds best green Apophyllites. They are notably different from anything that came out later in great floods from India. This is an esthetic, undamaged example from a somewhat obscure locality. A nice addition for any Zeolite or Brazilian collection.
Roselite (well crystallizedl)
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province
Souss- Massa- Draa Region,
6.8 x 4.6 x 5 Cm (cabinet)
An especially "electric" colorful specimen with large well defined crystals and outstanding luster. The matrix is a block of pinkish dolomite/ calcite with some of the altered serpentine country rock adhering. The Roselites are in a shallow depression and contrast well with the host matrix. Very striking specimen with great impact. Bou Azzer Roselites are by far the best ever found and this is a quite fine example.
Mimetite (classic wet botryoidal)
San Pedro Corralitos, Municipio de Casas Grandes
3.8 x 2.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
From the most desirable early find (1968-69) at San Pedro Corralitos, this is a very lustrous "wet" looking yellow Mimetite. A little larger than a thumbnail, this specimen has a lot of eye appeal despite its size. No damage, great color and form, the quality of these first specimens was never seen since then- despite more than 40 years of looking!
A dense cluster of shining crystals with some mixed sulphides sits on a crystallized calcite matrix. Color is fairly dark but good light on some areas picks up the expected red colors of the Pyrargyrite. The Calcites also have red inclusions that may be ruby silver too. Largest xls are about 4-5mm, many are damage free. The loupe also finds one very small elongated red crystal near the bottom that looks more like a Proustite. A good European classic location piece.
Kamareza, Laviron Mines,
Attiki Prefecture Laurion District,
9.1 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
From one of the earth's oldest mineral localities this is a pretty, bright color densely crystallized plate of Cuprian Adamite. In outstanding condition, this thin plate hosts hundreds of perfect crystals. With 10x magification I can find only 2 tiny bumps. A classic locality piece with top color.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
4.5 x 3.4 CM (miniature)
One of the most desirable rare minerals from Ojuela, Legrandite well displayed in a radiating burst of distinctive yellow. This is filling a shallow pocket in the gossan matrix,2.8 CM across. Several prismatic crystals are complete here but there are several broken ones too (legrandite is especially brittle and and there are almost no specimens of any size without some damage). Despite the damage this is still well above average. None has been found for over 20 years now, this is an early piece last sold in the 1970s.
A classic old locality! This is quite a nice and rare combo, from the Lane Quarry in Massachusetts. Cut and rough combo with a fine faceted stone of light yellow color and excellent clarity. Datolite is a rare gemstone and it is difficult to cut as the hardness varies in different orientations, but when done well they are brilliant! Datolites can have a dispersion greater than diamond. The crystal is bright, sharp and un-dinged on the display side, contacted on back and broken on the base, it displays well. Very uncommon to see a Massachusetts Datolite combo like this!