Barite on Calcite
Stoneham, Weld County
4.2x4.1 CM (miniature)
Nice light blue Barite, standing on a contrasting yellow crystaline calcite. The main crystal is 2.7 CM and sharp with no damage. There are some very small crystals scattered on the matrix that do show damage but they are not distracting. An attractive piece from this classic American locality, at an attractive price.
Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
2.4x2.5 CM (thumbnail)
A very well formed and sharp cluster of hoppered crystals with good color. These are from the early 2001 finds and are simply great Pyromorphites at a super price.
Native Silver on Acanthite
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh Pref.
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
3.2 x 2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
An exceptional silver / acanthite from an unusual locality in China better known for Rhodochrosites . This has very well formed acanthites (largest reaches 1 cm) that host a mass of silver wires of several forms. A very nice silver in general and the very best I have seen from this locale. This can be displayed to feature either the silver or the acanthites, both are well presented. 2007 find.
A very well presented apatite crystal of 2.7 CM (2.3 CM wide) dominates this small miniature. Shows great form and some transparency, the color changes somewhat from a pinkish hue to a greenish grey depending on the light type. Very esthetic and yet reasonably priced.
5 X 3.1 CM (miniature)
A classic from the worlds greatest source for crystalized manganite. This piece is probably well over 150 years old and shows the most desirable crystal form, luster and style that has made the Ilfield manganites famous. These are rarely available at this price level, I expect this will not last long. There is some damage at the edges (see the photos) and on some crystals but is not distracting, and it still displays well. If perfect this would easily command 1500.00 or more. A very attractive miniature and a great piece of mineral history!
stock #7 CNA-434
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Sanjiang
4.3 x 3 CM (small miniature)
A very fine small miniature or toenail of excellent quality. The Pingtouling Mine mimetites are legendary and considered by many to be the best ever found. The mine has been closed for years and nothing new found since. This has fine color and form, displays well and is priced below market levels
Sphalerite on Quartz
stock #7 CNA-492
Shuikoushan Lead Zinc Mine, Changning, Hengyang Pref.
13 x 10.6 (cabinet)
Deep red complex crystals of Sphalerite sit on a plate of sparkling reddish quartz. Some are claiming the quartz is red due to inclusions of Sphalerite, I am not sure about that. There is galena here too and the back of the piece is crystalized calcite. The largest crystal is 3.3 cm and with good backlight it glows a rich red. No damage and great luster, this looks like globs of jelly on matrix. Way above average!!
stock #7CNA -457
Xianghualing Mine, Linwu County, Chenzhou Pref.
13 x 11 CM (cabinet)
The large Octahedron here is over 7 CM, undamaged, lustrous and esthetically perched with others on a contrasting matrix . The crystalas all show the "micro stepping" being composed of hundreds of tiny fluorite crystals that are arranged together in the octahedra. A deep green that can backlight well, this piece is a very fine example of an older style of fluorite from Xinghauling not often available anymore.