A Massachusetts rarity, from the John Marshall collection from a one time find over 40 years ago, during the construction of I 495. Two large, complex pyrites to 4.4 CM are perched on a jumble of micro crystals mostly Magnetites with numerous Xenotime. The right side crystal is in perfect condition, the left shows an old stress crack that is partly rehealed. An exceptional example of this find, I have not seen any better ever. Displays well.
A quite sizable (7.9 CM) and impressive Chinese Emerald with the typical color from this find. This Beryl is not gemmy except on thin edges and not colored by Chromium as are the Colombian Emeralds. Despite that this is still attractive and affordable. The crystal has been repaired (1x) and shows also a natural break and re-healing. A very good addition to a suite of Beryl, Chinese minerals or just as an attractive display piece.
A great multi specie Rhodochrosite and Silver piece that has lots to look at! The Rhodo rhomb is 1.6 CM in size, sharp with rich red color. It is resting on a mass of crystalized Sulfide minerals, Sphalerite and Acanthite being the main ones and has native Silver in wires and curling clusters scattered. The rare associations are well presented, few Wudong area Rhodos have Silver associated, and few of those are esthetic.
Classic calcite on sulfide and dolomite matrix from the great discoveries at Shullsburg. Esthetic and well presented, the calcites reach 3.2 CM. The backside isalso displayable. The front display face appears damage free (magnification finds micro nicks)there is contacting on the reverse but all in all it looks pristine. These are well respected as great and distinctive specimens, this is a good affordable example.
A big, bright blue sparkling specimen with Azurite crystals densely packed on the display faces. The copper deposits in this area of Anhui province have been mined for thousands of years, probably the longest continuous operation on earth. Small scale mining lets specimens escape the huge crushers that are used elsewhere. Very attractive and affordable.
Super deep rich color, no damage and large size from mining in the late 1950's. These are already cherished classics for their color and luster. Much more green than the usual blue color, displays well and a very good value
Cinnabar on Dolomite
stock #7 CNA 522
Chatian Mine, Fenghuang
6.5 x 5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A very fine gemmy 1.3 cm main crystal of Cinnabar sits well in an exposed vug of crystallized Dolomite. It is rare to find this form, tabular and untwinned in any but micro crystals. The color is the richest possible red and is in good condition. Close examination shows a hairline crack in the prism but it seems solid and does not detract at all. This is far above the usual quality!
Impossibly bright and lustrous, these modified cubes make a very eyecatching specimen. The fantastic Bulgarian Galenas are already noted as some of the best ever found. There are many forms and associations, but the most impressive are those with an intense metallic luster that is almost impossible to photograph. Damage free, this is a great value.