An "air clear" colorless Topaz crystal with perfect form from the famed Mogok gem region of Myanmar. The termination has additional face modifications and the condition is perfect, undamaged and with no internal cleaves. The Topaz of the Sakangyi can sometimes have an exceptional level of optical clarity, but most have some clouds or cleaves. Competition grade miniature that is especially impressive in person. So clear and glasslike it is difficult to photograph.
An attractive combination specimen from the remarkable finds at the Christmas mine. This is the type locale for Ruizite and one of the best locales for Kinoite. There are several vugs that are hold very tiny Ruizite in reddish balls. and much larger bright blue Kinoite mostly of covered by clear Apophyllite crystals. By eye it also looks like there is a few areas of Apacheite (powder blue) but this is not confirmed.
3.1 x 2.7 x 2.4 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A choice early Azurite from Tsumeb formerly in the Johannson collection obtained in trade with Harvard before 1933. Thick rectangular blades in a mass on minimal matrix. Excellent luster and a somewhat unusual form, this has some chipping and some rehealed areas that can hidden by angle of display. The edge modifications and faces on this Azurite are very unusual for Tsumeb and in fact for any locality.
For the Ahumada mine (los Lamentos) this is a huge crystal of Anglesite for that mine, and is partly altered to Cerussite on the surface. Ex Johansson collection, this is an older piece, pre 1940. In very good condition and well terminated as seen, (crudely doubly terminated) the crystal has retained the textbook form of the Anglesite. Los Lamentos is world famed for fine Wulfenite, Vanadinite and Descloisite but other Lead secondaries have been found over the long history of the mine. Large crystals of Anglesite are usually up to 2 CM, but at 4.3 CM this is one of the largest I have ever seen. A choice and substantial Mexican classic.
Rosasite on Smithsonite with Calcite
Silver Bill Mine, Gleason, Dragoon Mts. Cochise County
4.3 x 3.8 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
Spheres of blue Rosasite scattered on Smithsonite and some Calcite. A good locality piece that is especially fine under magnification. The Silver Bill mine has a long history but is not very well known outside of Arizona. It has been a source of Wulfenite and other species as well as Rosasite.
A very fine, large block of matrix well crystalized on the two largest sides with lustrous blue Lazulite crystals. One side has the association of many transparent golden Siderite crystals and clear Quartz, the other side has more Wardite crystals also very clear. with colorless to blue green hues. The rare phosphate deposits at Rapid creek are famed for the incredible Lazulite and this is a very fine showy example. The overall condition is excellent, strong magnification shows just a few chipped crystals in one area but by naked eye it is perfect. Especially under strong lighting the color is an intense electric blue, and the sparkling luster is brilliant. The Rapid creek Lazulltes are not the largest but they are the finest, sharpest, most colorful worldwide, and are especially gemmy. An excellent display cabinet specimen.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
2.7 x 2 x 19 CM (thumbnail)
Late Summer 2018
An especially esthetic, sharp flowerlike burst of Manganoan (purple-magenta tipped) Adamite. This cluster rests on a solid gossan matrix like an icecream cone, and has excellent proportions. Fine luster and condition, in person a little more purple color is noted. Ojuela produced only a few of these that looked this good, a quality, competitive thumbnail. Collected pre 2000, perhaps much older.
Spodumene Var. Hiddenite -Classic
Stony Point, Alexander County
2.4 x 1.7 x .5 CM (thumbnail)
Late Summer 2018
A superb, intense color USA Hiddenite, from the collection of Warren Johannson which he obtained in trade from Harvard in in 1934. Unlike the typical slender crystals, this is a wide and stout example, a complete floater with the top quality brilliant "Emerald" green color, weighing 17.7 ct. Complete all around, complexly etched and doubly terminated, this is a killer thumbnail that is hard to fully appreciate in photos. The Alexander County NC Hiddenites are of course the "real" thing, unlike green Spodumene from Pakistan or Brazil these do not fade, are not irradiated and can have this rare unique color unlike any others. Gem clear and lustrous, a true Hiddenite (the town of Hiddenite is about 6 KM from Stony point, the zone where this was first discovered in 1879). Classic specimen from a classic locale of a rare quality.