Prehnite crystals on Diopside
stock #Alec 5-065
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
5.3 x 4.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An exceptional crystallized spray of sharp Prehnite is set on a bright green carpet of accicular Diopside crystals. Excellent condition and with glass-like luster this is an esthetic and fine specimen from this find of a few years ago. Displays very well from several angles.
N'chwaning Mine, Kalahari Fields, Kuruman
5.3 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
A single bright and well formed crystal of Olmiite is nicely perched on the Manganese matrix. Fine condition and well presented, this is a nice single crystal (1.2 CM) on matrix that shows great color, form and luster well. Not just a ball this has well defines crystal faces unlike most specimens. This find has produced many forms of this rare mineral, it is a great time to get examples of this esthetic specie while they are still affordable.
A sharp, elegant slender scepter from the southern Indian area where the Amethyst flowers are found. This scepter has a very slight hint of purple to it (but it is slight) and is really a wispy smokey on top of a clear contrasting shaft. It is the best and largest scepter I have seen from the locality and is a fine piece from anyplace! Nice, distinct striations and fantastic form, in nearly perfect condition. There are 2 micro chips best seen with the help of magnification, everything else is pristine and it displays well. For any suite of quartz or Indian minerals this is a super specimen with textbook form!
Calcite enclosing Chalcopyrite
Faraday Mine, Farady Township, Bancroft District, Hastings County
5.5 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
Ex Joe Stachura. From the one time find about 30 years ago, this is a killer example of this esthetic discovery. A glass clear calcite (optical grade) encloses a garden like array of bright Chalcopyrite in many forms. The impact and condition are great, some minor rough spots exist as seen on the photos but this is still far better than most. Rare to find on the market, these are treasured pieces unlike anything else!
An impressive larger piece with great form and silky luster. Individual crystals to 4 CM long show the shape of the original Azurites fully replaced by rich green Malachite. From the now finished finds at Milpillas, this is already a classic, yet still affordable.
Good Malachite psuedos were never common here, but the good ones were some of the best ever found anyplace. This is a really fine example.
Babingtonite on Prehnite
Meigu County, Liangshan Prefecture
6.5 x 5.2 CM (cabinet)
The Meigu area produced the best Babingtonites in the world. Enough have been found to make affordable pieces available now. The top pieces still sell for huge sums even in China. This is a nice specimen, though not a top piece, offered at an affordable price. If from a US locality USA just 10 years ago it would have sold for 1500-2000$ quickly! These finds give every collector a chance to have a good example. This has crystals to 2 CM with good luster on green Prehnite. More pretty in person.
This is really something different! English Fluorites are famed for the sharp penetration twins and daylight fluorescent glassy crystals. I have never seen a symetrical TRIPLE penetration like this. Nice color and luster, gemmy crystals reach to 1.7 CM with a few minor edge chips here and there, overall in nice shape. The condition is shown clearly in the photos. An oddity for a good Fluorite suite!
Azurite and Mottramite
stock #Alec 5-046
4.6 x 1.6 CM (miniature)
An intense and fine miniature! Superb esthetics and in perfect condition, this has bright glassy lustre and fine color contrast. Tsumeb produced lots of Azurites, but a very small percentage were this good. For the size this is about as pretty as an Azurite can get. A real bargain for this closed, classic location!