SOLD Fluorite -classic zoned Illinois
stock #SOLD 9.1-095
Rosiclare level, Minerva Mine #1, Minerva Oil Co, Cave-in-Rock district
7.8 x 5.8 x 3.9 CM (cabinet)
A choice old Minerva mine specimen with strong purple to yellow zoning. In very fine condition and with wonderful details of stepping and complex face planes. The photos have a little backlight to show the color and zoning with stronger backlight they are far more dramatic, brighter and intense but not typical of a normal display. Without any backlighting the zoning is visible but subtle. A few tiny Chalcopyrites are evident too.
Hemimorphite on Willemite
Mindouli - Mindouli District
9.7 x 6 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
Super intense blue Hemimorphite grading to a whiter hue sits on a crystalline Willemite matrix. Displays very well, this is damage free, and very attractive in person. The Hemimorphite is especially three dimensional and the botryoidal spheres are impressively well formed. Fine Hemi specimens like this have been only sporadically available, and only a few specimens at a time. We have seen nothing new come out recently. These are among the worlds best Hemimorphites for color for form.
Elbaite- gem crystal cluster
Paprok, Kamdesh District
5.2 x 1.1 x .8 CM (cabinet)
100 percent gem Tourmaline in a joined cluster of prisms having 4 separate terminations on the "top". The crystal is doubly terminated so there is a fifth termination (flat type) on the bottom. I count 4 colors in zones but two are rather small and not distinct. The whole is perfectly transparent and facet grade, there is no damage even under good magnification. This is from a major find at Paprock some years back that has since dried up. These polychrome crystals are very distinct and are immediately recognizable from that find.
Aurichalcite with Hemimorphite
79 Mine, Hayden, Banner District, Gila County
4.7 x 4 x 3.8 CM (miniature)
An outstanding Copper specondary specimen, a miniature Aurichalcite from the famed 79 Mine. The condition is exceptional and the display impact is also top notch. Some of the best Aurichalcites ever found came from this small mine years ago but are not often available in this quality. In incredible undamaged condition, remarkable for such a delicate specimen. A few small clear balls of radiating Hemimorphites add a nice contrast too. Brilliant color and luster give this a great display impact much bigger than the size. Really far better in person.
Epidote -classic Italian
2.2 x 2.2 x 1.8 CM (thumbnail)
Bright lustrous Epidote crystals in a cluster that are topped with a larger compound prism on the top. Largest prisms reach 1 CM which is very large for this locale. The crystals are all gemmy and the largest are in fine condition, a 20X magnification finds some very tiny chips but perfect by naked eye. The Bellacombe area is one of the great classic locales best known for great Garnets, Vesuvianites etc. The Epidote here can be a bright yellow color when small and grades to a honey brown as they get larger. This is a nice example that is well above average for size and esthetics.
Euclase - Gem crystals with blue zoning
stock #18.1- 745
Alto de Giz Pegmatite, Equador, Borborema mineral province
Rio Grande do Norte,
2.4 x 1.8 x 1.5 CM (thumbnail)
Gemmy sharp and lustrous cluster of transparent, colorless Euclase crystals showing the deep indigo blue zone inside. An older specimen from finds years ago at Alto Do Giz. The crystals are doubly terminated, textbook sharp and nicely striated. In very good condition though some cleaving is noted on the backside but this presents very well and shows no damage on display. A nice clear Brazilian Euclase with the most desirable color inclusion.
Analcime on Serandite
Mont Saint-Hilaire, Monteregie
2.7 x 1.7 x 1.1 (thumbnail)
Classic Mt. St. Hillaire specimen of a cream Analcime crystal nicely perched on a salmon color Serandite cluster. The Serandite is broken at one end but terminated (crudely) on the other. As is typical on specimens from this locale, there are other species present as micro crystals too, a Polylithonite rosette and a small cluster of Rhodochrosite. Nice combo thumbnail.
Orpiment on Calcite crystal
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
3.1 x 2..1 x 1.9 CM (thumbnail)
From the Chinese finds made more than 15 years ago at Shimen. This is a fine thumbnail sized Gemmy Calcite crystal coated on several sides with slender crystals of Orpiment in orange and yellow colors. These were big news when first discovered and the supply dried up very quickly. There were very few good thumbnails since most of the Calcites were much larger. In fine condition the specimen is better in person and now a modern classic. We obtained this piece in China at that time and sold it shortly after. Glad to see it back and have one to offer today.