Vanadinite - large hoppered crystal
Mibladen Mine, Upper Moulouya lead district, Midelt, Khenifra Province
3.2 x 2.1 x 2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A super sharp geometric sculpture formed by the hoppered faces of this hexagonal crystal. This year there was a major find of very find Vanadinites in Mibladen, probably the best pocket ever found. Large bright red crystals in large numbers were found in several habits, this has an especially esthetic form and is a textbook example of face hoppering. Excellent color with some faces slightly more intense red than others as is typical in this find.
A complete six ray star of golden Rutile needles radiating from a flat bright Hematite crtystal. Two small additional Hematites with Rutile are also present.Fine Brazilian Rutile twins on Hematite crystals are one of the mineral kingdoms wonders. This can be displayed from either side though the view shown is my preference. A choice textbook example of this wonderful crystal habit.
Fine Brazilian Rutile twins on Hematite crystals are one of the mineral kingdoms wonders. This specimen shows well the mirror bright Hematite crystal with a flat habit hosting radiating golden Rutile needles. In fine condition as seen, the specimen can be viewed from either side and shows textbook quality the star radiating form with epitaxial alignment. Choice.
Barite - Classic locale
Pohla Mine, Schwarzenberg District
6.1 x 4 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
A very attractive Pohla Barite showing the recognizable form of a chisel-tip termination and gemmy golden tops. The very glassy prisms also show the dark inclusions in the lower sections that give a nice contrast. The tips are fully transparent and the main crystal is doubly terminated. Displays well, this looks in good condition but is not perfect (very few are when examined closely) this has some edge chipping seen with magnification that also helps keep the price low. While not for perfectionists it is still a pretty example from a famed German locality and affordable.
A super well formed Variscite from an area of Brazil we see very few minerals from, Matto Grosso, Better known for well crystalized Gold, this province has occasionally produced some impressive small spheres of Variscite. This has top color is gemmy clear and perfect, perched on a large quartz matrix. This can be trimmed of course (we can do so if requested) but as is the matrix shows well the context and setting of this remarkable Phosphate.
Brilliant metallic luster which is impossible to really appreciate in any photograph, from the great Madan mining region. Very sharp, perfect crystals with no damage contrast with the sparkling white matrix. The crystals here have several habits and are mostly modified cubo-octahedral. This particular mine yeilded some of the best Galena specimens found over the past sebveral years and the luster as in this piece can be incredible. An excellent value for the esthetics and quality.
This amazing find of clear Quartz with bright yellow tips was big news in the mineral world recently. The find seems to be finished and these quickly became prized specimens. This piece is a choice example, with a strong display impact far bigger than the small size. In perfect condition the yellow tipped crystals are mixed with several clear, colorless prisms making a nice contrast. This does not have the muddy, brownish color that many have it is very bright and lively. The inclusions are still unconfirmed but the latest idea is Halloysite. No mater the included mineral the esthetic effect is impressive. Top bright luster and super clarity, a fine addition to any quartz suite or just for a spot of color on the shelf.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
4.8 x 4.3 x 2.4 CM (miniature)
Austinite is usuall only seen as micro crystals but the finds at Mina Ojuela were by far the best and largest ever found. This is a superb example of the radial crystals of large size and in perfect condition. Esthetic, bright well perched balls of sparkling crystals stand out on the matrix. This Austinite was part of a single small pocket found in 2018, none had been seen for many years. This is far better than typical material and a very choice example.