A fine alpine cleft Pink Fluorite that is NOT Swiss or French but a much rarer Italian Piedmont piece! With magnification this is especially striking, the octahedrons are glassy, sharp and show complexities, they are set in a vug lined with spikey Clinozoisites and glassy rhomb form Adularia. All with a sprinkle of bright green Clinoclore (Amesite?). Very rare to see any of these for sale this is an especially nice older specimen of pre 1960 vintage. Ex Bill Hlaydsz collection.
Mina Ojuela has produced loads of nice Adamites, (it is the world's best locality for the mineral) but really great ones are very uncommon and prized. This one is top quality. The most desirable form of Adamite is the Spherical radiating pinwheel of brilliant lemon-green color from Mina Ojuela. This is a impressive, fine specimen with a lustrous damage-free sphere. Great esthetics and color, this had been in the collection of Ernie Schlichter. A very good value for this quality!
Elbaite (fine intergrown crystals)
Golconda Pegmatite district, Governador Valadares, Doce Valley
4.8 x 1.1 CM (miniature)
A really clean, simple, elegant and eye catching miniature gem crystal! From the Larry White collection, this is a little more gemmy than the photos show. There is one repair on this that is not easily seen. Older material unlike anything found recently, this has bright luster and super esthetics.
A really fine, rare Erongo specimen with textbook spinel twin form and great esthetics! Better in person by far, this piece is nicely composed with a divergent group of Shorl Tourmaline that host and penetrate into the Fluorites. The Fluorites are spinel twinned and show delicate zoning. These are stacked like a shishkabob on the Shorl. It is easy to see the dark Tourmalines inside the Fluorite. Undamaged and displays great, an excellent piece for the Fluorite cabinet or in an Erongo suite.
Cuprite coated by Malachite
stock #Alec 11-226
Onganja Mine, Windhoek District
4 X 3 CM (miniature)
An important classic, the find of these fantastic Cuprites was made 45 years ago, there have been none since. These are now very rare on the market and this one is in fine condition. On the base and in one corner the malachite coating did not form and the bright red Cuprite is clearly seen. Some chipping is present on backside and underneath but the display side is clean and undamaged. Great color and textbook sharp form are what sets the best old Onjanga Cuprites apart.
Scheelite on Muscovite
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
8 6.8 CM (cabinet)
A fine yellow-orange crystal perched perfectly on the muscovite matrix. A modern classic, Pingwu has produced the worlds best scheelites, this is a much better than average piece. Well exposed, sharp and in fine condition, the Scheelite is 4.6 CM across with bright glassy luster. By naked eye there is no damage at all but with 10x magnification a very tiny bit of edge scuffing is seen. The form is an elongated psudo-octahedron and the forward facing termination is unusually gemmy and transparent. Good examples in this condition have become very hard to find.
Elbaite -(unusual gem crystal)
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill,Mesa Grande District, San Diego County
2.8 x 1.4 CM (small miniature)
This looks at first glance like a cute beryl crystal with a mint green color, but it is an unusual older Tourmaline from the Himalaya Mine. Sharp, complete, glassy and odd! In some light it looks more blue green and is 100 percent gem grade. Ex. Larry White collection, and not a typical California Elbaite at all!
A fine old, classic Pyro from the Sherman Mine in Burke, Idaho found long before the modern discoveries at the Bunker Hill mine. From the remarkable John Marshall Pyromorphite collection. Unlike other Idaho pyros, this has a distinctive color and habit that could pass for an early Pheonixville Pennslyvania piece! In excellent condition, the crystals reach 1 CM in size, filling a vug so densely the specimen is just about 100 percent pyromorphite with just a little matrix. Rare to see any of this material on the market and super rare in this quality! The last photo shows the crystallized backside of the specimen that is nice but not the better display side by far.