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.
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.
Classic Mt. St. Hillaire specimen of a cream Analcime crystal nicely perched on a salmon color Serandite and or Schiziolite cluster. The Serandite is broken at one end but terminated (crudely) on the other. It has been recently determined that some but not all of this habit Serandite is in fact Schiziolite and requires testing. It seems that some crystals are also zoned and have both species present. This one has not be analyzed. 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.
Mahalza, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra
6 x 5.1 x 3 CM (cabinet)
A well-exposed Rhodizite crystal stands on a complex Pegmatitic matrix. The Rhodizite has some gemmy areas and is fairly lustrous, this is a very large sized crystal at 2.8 CM in diameter. Close exam shows a crack and chipping mostly on the backside of the Rhodizite. Still for the size of this crystal it is in quite good condition which is uncommon. Ex. William Hladysz collection and Carter Rich, from the great find over 15 years ago, these were by far the worlds best crystals of this quite rare mineral.
Shengus (Shingus) Haramoush Mts. Skardu District
Baltistan, Northern Areas,
3.3 x 2.4 x 1.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Blocky type crude crystals of Manganotantalite in a cluster that show the red-brown color very well. An older piece from Skardu that has several intergrown crystals these are in quite good condition and most of the faces have very clear striations. Typically this specie has rounded, crude form crystals, often indistinct especially as they get larger. However this is a good deal sharper than most and there is only one spot with a very small contact, otherwise complete on all sides, a floater specimen.