Telirio Mine, Linopolis
8.5x7 CM. Xls to 2CM (cabinet)
A fine spray of sharp, lustrous and brilliant yellow-green Brazilianites wrap the matrix in an esthetic arrangement. Outstanding gemmy quality, all the main crystals are perfect, however there is some damage at the edges to small crystals that is not distracting. A very fine, esthetic matrix piece of what is perhaps the best quality find of this mineral in decades.
Urumqui, Kuruktag Mts.
Xinjiang, Uygur region,
9.8x7.6 CM (cabinet)
Brilliant red wulfenite from this new discovery, crystals reaching 1.7 CM densly cover the gossan matrix. There are 2 different unknown micro crystals coating some areas and the Wulfenites show a selective coating of what looks like quartz on some faces. There is some damage on some crystals which is true of all the larger pieces from the find, but the overall impact is still excellent. There is disagreement over the correct location details on this find, we will keep everyone informed as we try to sort this out and confirm the source.
A very nice miniature with a well formed tabular aqua sitting perfectly on matrix. A great value too, the Aqua is a sizable 4.5CM and has a nice pale blue color, with no damage at all. Hot glued on a plastic base for display this is easily removed if desired.
Changmenshan Copper Mine, Jiulang
12.4 X 11 CM (cabinet)
A very large and striking example of this find, this ball like cluster has distinct and sharp crystals of Azurite reaching 2 CM with deep blue color. This is less "rose like" than some other examples and more a spherical aggregate of blocky crystals. There is minimal damage (some very small bruises not immediately seen and not in the better display areas) but the overall impact is very strong. One of the very best we have seen from this mine.
Large, lustrous crystals of undamaged Sphalerite perched on a contrasting quartz matrix. Individual crystals to 3.8 CM that are complex and intergrown with many distinct faces. The color is a dark red to brown-black and the smaller crystals are gemmy translucent while the larger ones are only on the edges. This is really worth far more than the price!
Fluorite on Quartz
19.8X15 CM (cabinet /museum)
A very large cabinet plate of Quartz and Fluorite layers with the top covered with fluorite octahedra of purple to violet color. Very esthetic and different from the usual fluorites from this location. The quartz has been etched to expose the fluorite and the result is impressive. Crystals exceed 3.4CM and there is no damage.
Changmenshan Copper Mine, Jiulang
8.5x8.5 CM (cabinet)
A very well developed almost spherical aggregate of blocky azurite crystals up to 1.4 CM and some smaller flattened rhomb forms. This piece is also encrusted with many lemon yellow micro crystals of an unknown mineral (awaiting analysis we will send results if you wish). Quite attractive and a good value.
A matrix of reddish muscovite provides a good contrast to these Goshenite crystals. The largest is 3.8CM and is partly gemmy with a very sharp tabular form. This form is also different from the usual tabular beryl (aquamarines) from this location, and are far less common. Goshenite is one of the rarer types of beryl and these are very fine examples, not often available. The underside of the matrix is sawn which is common in collecting these, this one has a crack that seems to be a repair of the matrix, it is completely invisible on the display side.