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!
The relatively rare pyramidal or "4 sided pointed chisel tip" termination is well displayed on this stibnite and the matrix is almost pure cubic Fluorite included by stibnite. Some stibnites display a brassy and blue irridescent alterations. The largest crystals are perfect but there is minor damage elsewhere and a broken stib near the center that can be seen depending on the angle of display. That said it is still very displayable, esthetic and shows a rarer crystal form and a great association.
EX. Ernie Schlichter. Bornite is not a rare mineral but in good crystals it is is super rare! The best have come from Kahzakstan, and this is an esthetic and above average example with sharp crystals reaching 2.3 CM on contrasting matrix. Displays great with excellent patina of Blue-Black-Silver hues. By naked eye the condition is quite fine, there are chips found with magnification and typical hairline cracks are noted as seen in the photos. This is in great condition overall for such a delicate mineral, and very attractive for this usually drab specie!
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
3.4 x 2.3 CM (small miniature)
Cute azurite rose on a small piece of matrix from a destined to be classic locality. Lustrous and sharp with very minor malachite.
Flambeau Mine, Ladysmith, Rusk County
7.5 x 4.5 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Large bright iridescent crystal aggregate, undamaged from finds in the 1990's. Individual complex crystals up to 3.3 CM showing purple, blue and yellow iridescence primarily. Looks better in person, holds well among chalcocites from any location. Not just black and ugly!
Datolite-color change & Heulandite
Prospect Park Quarry, Patterson, Passaic County
5.0 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
The yellow to green color change occurs between incandescent, flourescent and daylight. Lusterous crystals the largest measuring 2.9 CM with contact on the bottom of the crystal. From a 2009 find.