Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas,
6 x 3.8 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
Sharp, gem clear and in perfect condition, a fine distorted Quartz cluster showing a distinct faden line or string inclusion. This is a cluster of three main Quartz prisms, each of which has a different habit, yet all have faden strings. The main prism is nicely perched and is the focal point, displays well from any angle and has an unusual tabular form. In excellent condition there are no chips or bruises visible by naked eye, 20X magnification inspection finds only incredibly small rough spots, this is essentially perfect. This find in Waziristan was big news in the mineral world, superb, world class and prolific. The large quantities found have kept the cost of a fine piece very reasonable. This specimen is far better than average, better in person.
The Prase type Quartz from Serifos can be especially attractive and is a modern classic. This is a choice small cabinet specimen with good color, form and is in good condition, some chipping is seen on close inspection not visible at several angles but this keeps this price low. A ball of Hematite blades is a nice and rather uncommon addition. The locality still continues to produce some Quartz every few years but these have become quite hard to find at reasonable prices or in anything close to good condition.
Lazurite - crystals in Calcite
Khash and Kuran Wa Munjan District
4.3 x 2.1 x 2 CM (miniature)
Top grade, intense blue color of well formed Lazurite crystals that are nicely exposed from the contrasting matrix. A super attractive miniature specimen that has the main crystal perched perfectly on top. No damage though there is contacting on the back that is not visible on any normal display angle. This is far better than typical for the excellent color and form, as a display specimen this has a lot of impact for the size.
A fine classic Chessy Malachite replacing Cuprite crystals. The stacked hoppered Octahedral crystals show fine stepped growth, skeletal structure and are quite sharp, fully undamaged on matrix. Attractive on all sides these are compound crystals with the longest crystal edge over 3 CM which is quite huge for this famed location. This type of pseudomorph is on the "short list" of highly desirable classic European minerals and this piece is far better than average. super addition to a suite of pseudomorphs, copper minerals or pseudos.
Wulfenite - Chromian
Chapacase Mine, Tacopillia Dist, Tacopilla Province
4.2 x 3.2 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
Excellent, intense orange-red color crystals of rare Chrome Wulfenite. The white matrix contrasts well with the Wulfenite all in excellent condition with no damage. This is from a small find made years ago by Terry Szenics in Chile. Chrome Wulfenite is only recognized from three locations world wide, it was described in 1871 as a variety of Wulfenite with the Chrome substituting for or replacing some of the normal Molybdenum. These crystals have remarkable textbook perfect form and are outstanding under the microscope. No longer available.
Sceptered Quartz in excellent undamaged condition with the cap having no prism faces. The shaft of the scepter has several tiny Cumberland habit crystals arranged epitaxially, and which also have a yellow zoning. An attractive Quartz specimen of unusual habit from a find in 2018, this looks great from any side.
Epidote on Quartz
Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Prince of Wales Island
4.6 x 2.6 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
A choice tabular habit Epidote from the legendary finds at Green Monster Mountain in Alaska, USA. The Epidote is a complete textbook form crystal and quite lustrous. Deep green to brownish yellow hues nicely contrast with the clear colorless Quartz so the specimen stands out well. A fine specimen from the short list of great classic US locales.
Wheal Edward, Botallack, St. Just
6.8 x 4.1 x 1.3 CM (cabinet)
Rich, brilliant blue masses of Connellite richly covers a double sided matrix plate. Classic Cornish material, this rather rare Copper mineral is usually seen in specks and areas measured in millimeters, not dense multi centimeter masses. A lighter blue area of Langite is present also, but far more of this is Connellite. From the Ruth and Andy Palmer systematic collection, this are mostly massive, with colorful crusts but strong magnification shows very tiny crystals in a few area. Bright and impressive for this uncommon Copper specie.