A bright and esthetic cluster of quartz showing several forms and reaching over 6 CM. There are also fluorites (white to 1 CM size), pyrite, dolomite and small bismuthinites as well but the main attraction is the greenish "artichokes" that are famous from Shangbao. Most of the main crystals are in excellent condition but some minor damage is visible on smaller side crystals with magnifcation. This can be displayed without any damage visible at all. Some terminations at first glace seem damaged but with magnification it becomes clear that they are fully terminated with either an unusual cupped and cavernous structure or many tiny fibrous parallel growths which are in turn terminated. Some small scepters are here too. The color for these is usually referred to as Green, but depending on the light and the viewer, the color can be more blueish. Either way this is very attractive and lustrous piece.
Clear Fluorites (very light green) are the matrix for Native silver, Acanthite and other silver minerals. Some of the Fluorite is included by these minerals - it is best appreciated with magnification. A single sharp Sphalerite crystal is partially coated with acathite and a film of silver. Micro crystals that appear to be polybasite are also noted. A very different sort of Silver specimen!
A very fine, large (3.9 CM) sharp and glassy Sphalerite sits on the matrix of Dolomite coated with quartz and minor calcite. When backlit the Sphalerite glows Orange Red. The crystal is complete with no damage. Very esthetic.
Quartz- Black Stemmed Scepter
Treasure Mountain, Little Falls, Herkimer County
3.5 x 1.7 CM (small miniature)
The most desirable style of Herkimer "diamonds" is the the Black Stem scepter. These only occur in a single small zone and are not currently being found. This is a good, clean and undamaged example collected in the early 90's. Very distinct phantoming and lots of interesting inclusions.
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province
Souss- Massa- Draa Region,
6.5 x 5.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A very rich, estheticly presented and fine specimen of the rarest of the Ruby Silver minerals, Proustite. A large 4.6 CM crystalized mass of nearly pure proustite in association with minor acanthite crystals rises from the matrix. There is no visible damage even under 10x magnification. The individual proustites are brilliant ruby color, lustrous and well formed up to 3 mm in size and arranged on clusters. A great piece that shows the specie well from a great Silver locality, While this is not going to compete with the best old German and Chilean examples, it is affordable and pretty. This is one of the best I have seen from Morocco, likely from the Imiter Mine but I can not confirm the locality beyond the Bou Azzer region.
A remarkable piece from the legendary classic Manganite locality of Ilfeld, this piece has many fine, large crystals to 3.4 CM in size standing out from the matrix and showing the Manganite form perfectly. Collected from a rediscovered 15th century dump and adit area in 2006, the site is now closed and only a small number of specimens were recovered. A fantastic Psuedomorph, a fine Ilfeld piece and a great bit of mineral history, this is a "black rock" with a lot of class and form!
Garnet (Andradite -Topazolite)
Montaju Mine, Traversella, Chiusella Valley, Canavese District, Torino
5.4 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
A bright and well crystalized garnet plate with many translucent dark orange - yellow crystals up to .7 CM covering the surface. In good conditiion overall but with some contacted and damaged crystals as seen in the photos.
Xianghuapu Mine, Linwu, Chenzhou District
6 x 5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Fast becoming a classic, these are glass clear modified cubes ((cubo-octhedral faces) from the 2004-5 finds at Xinghuapu. By naked eye this is damage free, but with magnification some minor chips can be found, this display well with just a sliver of matrix. This find was prolific and so many good pieces were found that the price was far lower than any other locale. It is now recognized as one of the top discoveries ever made and there is much less of this type to be found on the market. This one has the old price on it, this will be worth far more as the supply dries up.