Almandine (Garnet) on Schist
Wrangell Garnet mine, Petersburg District,Wrangell Petersburg District
9.8 x 7.1 CM (cabinet)
From a classic US locality this is a very fine example of highly lustrous Almandines in a good sized plate of Schist. This was once a prolific locale but little to nothing is seen now. The largest crystal is 2.3 CM. With strong lighting the deep rich red color is seen but at first glance these are dark, almost black. Excellent form and contrast, there is some contacting and edge chipping (probably a result of in-situ events, and not "mishandling") This is still a very displayable specimen with much better quality than is typical.
stock #8 DK-018
Pitorra Claim, Laranjeiras, Galileia, Doce Valley
7 x 6.8 CM (cabinet)
Really attractive and well composed, this is a fine "picket fence" style rose quartz collected over 20 years ago. Excellent color sharpness, luster and condition, this could be priced much higher in the current market. The milky quartz matrix and the depositional banding add a lovely contrast to this specimen. With a strong light and magnification I can find one chipped termination that is behind other crystals so is well hidden. Otherwise perfect.
Great contrast with sharp and lustrous Neptunites against the white natrolite. Dozens of micro crystals are on board with lots of the rare mineral Joaquinite. The largest neptunites reach 2 CM and show reddish highlights with good lighting. Most crystals are perfect and terminated, but there is damage to 2 crystals. These could be removed to make a "perfect" specimen but they are not bothersome to me and the overall impact is fine. Older material collected in the 60s.
Cerussite on Barite
Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province,
7 x 6.4 CM (cabinet)
A really nicely presented cerussite sixling twin crystal sits atop a matrix of orange-red barite blades. Great contrast and excellent condition on the display face. The main cerussite is 2.7 CM across. The mines of Mibladen produced tons of average specimens but this one is far better than typical, an excellent example of a modern classic locality, a very good value.
A big, rich and esthetic specimen presenting a perfect, sharp blue Beryl 4.4 CM across. No damage at all, the top portion of the crystal is gem clear but the rest is translucent "milky" with some white veils. The architecture of this specimen is excellent and the contrast of color and texture is strong. Even with lots of Aquas from Pakistan, this stands out as a very fine and eyecatching specimen. For this quality, the price is very reasonable.
Irai, Alto Urugual region
Rio Grande do Sul, South Region,
8.1 x 6.5 CM (cabinet)
Simply a very esthetic and unusually well formed piece. The "flower" is 7 cm in diameter and the individual "petals" reach 3.8 CM. The color is a gradation from light to dark purple and the whole sits neatly on a quartz matrix. Excellent condition and showy. Irai has been a very prolific location so good specimens can still be found for a reasonable sum. This is well above average for quality and a very good value.
Piedras Parado, Las Vigas
11.4 x 6.1 CM (cabinet)
A very showy and rich plate covered with fine quartz with deep gemmy purple tips. Super luster and no damage except on the perifery which is not visible at all from normal display angles. Individual crystals reach 3.8 CM and the quality is excellent for the locality. Las Vigas was a prolific location but for the last year or so no new materials are to be found. If the location is finished, these are sure to appreciate fast.
7.7 x 7.7 x 6.3 (cabinet)
An impressive, esthetic and FULLY UNDAMAGED Quartz Gwendel on matrix . It is almost impossible to find a good, undamaged all around gwendel that is under 5 figures. This cabinet sized example is simply a fine piece, the quartz is absolutely gemmy but dusted on the exterior with chlorite whith makes it look murky, unless it is backlit. I have not backlit these photos, but it really glows if displayed that way. Sits well and presents from any angle unaided. Alpine cleft quartz really is distinctive and the most sought after are the gwendels. This example has a very smooth walled twist, and is priced below "market".