Elegant form of flower-like Amethyst from the amazing collection of Rock Currier (his label number 4990) . Perfect, 360 degree specimen with the fine esthetics that Rock was well-known for. He imported large quantities of Amethyst from this area and kept just a small but choice selection, of which this is one. The Quartz casts have the square cross section and are hollow as is typical of Anhydrite replacements. This is not exactly the typical form from here and that certainly helped make this a desirable piece for Rock.
N'Chwanning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Filed
Northern Cape Province,
3.1 x 2.6 x 2.1 CM (thumbnail)
A sharp and very choice thumbnail of Thaumasite crystals on matrix in excellent condition. The crystals all have a pale color and are transparent with a slightly milky look at some angles. The largest prism is just under 2 CM long. No damage. The best of this uncommon specie was found a few years ago at NChwanning, and those are now quite scarce. This piece is from that find.
A pair of sliced and polished Laguna agates with unusual bright pink, yellow and orange hues. One of the pair is the end piece of the nodule the other is a two sided slice and these match well. Fine and complete all around with no chipping or cracks, Laguna agates are now the most sought after and larger sizes have become very expensive. This is a small cabinet sized older piece that has a strong color palate and reasonable cost.
Elbaite -unusual form
Jove Lauriano claim, Linopolis, Divinio das Laranjeiras
5 x 1.4 x 1.2 CM (miniature)
An attractive but unusual Elbaite from a little known locality in Minas Gerais, the Jove Lauriano claim. A tapering crystal with a dark top that spreads out holding many tiny terminations. The shaft of the crystal is a translucent to transparent gemmy deep green, it looks dark at first glance but with backlighting the translucency is very evident. It is common to find transparent tops on dark opaque shafts but this is the reverse of that. No damage, a choice yet atypical Elbaite from the Larry White collection, his number 464, according to his catalog obtained from Tony Thurston in 1983. This locality is not well documented but produced a few nice crystals of this habit long ago.
Quartz with Fuschite Phantoms
8.3 x 5.7 x 5 CM (cabinet)
Superb example of the sharp green phantoms in clear quartz terminations from this interesting locale. The Quartz cluster is in excellent condition, the top sections of the crystals are transparent, with well defined mint green phantoms. The majority of this find were a much more milky quartz and the phantoms tended to be very low in the crystals so they were murky and not distinct. Only one pocket held this quality and clarity, this is a super esthetic specimen from that pocket that has lots of display impact.
Unusually large, sharp lustrous and very well defined Cubanite. Although Cubanite has been found at several locales in the world, the only source of fine crystals was the Henderson Mine, now long closed. There will never be any more of these which are by far the worlds best Cubanites. This specimen has a super dispaly face with very sharp striations and clear twinning. Some contacting on the back but the front displays very well. Specimens of this quality can only be had from old collections being recycled, and this size is almost never seen.
Quartz included by Hollandite stars
Ambatofinandrahana Department, Amoroni Mania Region
10 x 5.6 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
A pair of closely joined Quartz prisms showing star inclusions of Hollandite. The main crystals growing from a cluster of smaller Quartz and are clear enough to clearly see the radiating bursts of dark Hollandite crystals. From finds over 15 years ago, these are not being found anymore as far as we know. The Quartz is also in very good condition, most of the other specimens in the find had significant chipping. A nice addition to a Quartz suite or any collection of inclusions.
A sharp, bright starburst sixling of golden rutile needles sprouting from a shiny metallic Hematite crystal. A clean and clear textbook quality example of Epitaxy, this is from the great find at Novo Horizonte a few years ago. The thin plate-like crystal of Hematite shows very smooth faces on both sides, a few growth structures are also noted. The Rutile is in single hairs and clumped bundles oriented on the twin forms that define these. In remarkable condition, this looks fine from both sides. Much better in person, these are amazing minerals and modern classics.