Epidote -classic Austrian
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachal Valley
Hohe Tauern Mts. Salzburg,
3.3 x 2.8 x 1.5 CM (miniature)
A choice small miniature of Knappenwand Epidote crystals perched on a sliver of matrix. Showing brilliant glassy luster, these are translucent with a dark yellow green when backlit but more green-black in normal light. In excellent condition the free standing crystals are just under 2 CM tall. All the crystals are in the classic alignment as they are standing in a tight parallel row. Every few years a few more Epidote are recovered from this most classic Alpine locale. These mountains do not give up these treasures often.
Lubietova, Slovenske Rudohorie Mts,
Banska Bystrica Region,
9 x 7.7 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
Large and superb, rich old specimen of Pseudomalachite from the ancient mining area of Lubitova. This locality was called Libethen by the Germans and Libetbanya by the Hungarians, but is now in Slovakia, and is Lubitova. Mined since the Bronze age and closed in 1863, this is one of the great locales of Europe and this specimen is an outstanding Pseudomalachite which has formed on and arround a gossan type matrix. In addition to the large botryoidal green masses there are hundreds of tiny spheres and a few stalactitic fingers in a dense mass of deep green. Very fine piece for the specie and for the locality.
Siegenite on Galena
West Fork Mine, Reynolds County
4.3 x 3.7 x 4.4 CM (miniature)
Rich growth of Siegenite crystals on Galena which is in cubes, modified cubes and octahedrons. Quite esthetic for this rare mineral (Cobalt Nickel Sulfide). Ex collections of Steven Chamberlain obtained from the Lendall Hill collection. Fine contrast and with many excellent display angles.
Bright, lustrous, colorful and incredibly well formed gem Garnet from the Jeffrey Mine. A tiny bit of Diopside matrix and a small side car crystal are the only additions. In fine condition as seen, a quite superb thumbnail with well defined striations and a glass-like look. Single complete and well isolated crystals of this size are especially desirable. There were never many of top quality Grossular when the quarry was working but now these are just never seen.
Uraninite -large cube
Cardiff U Mine, Wilberforce, Halliburton
8.8 x 6.2 x 5 CM (cabinet)
A large Fluorite and Calcite matrix with a very big (1.6CM) single cube of Uraninite well exposed on the top edge. This cube is a bit unusual as it shows some corner modifications. The Luster is moderate to dull as were most of the larger crystals from this area, and there is a crack visible from some angles but the crystal seems still quite solid. As this is a quite radioactive specie there are limits on shipping but we can make hand delivery to major shows or use a special courier (more expensive) for shipping. This locality has been reclaimed and there will never be more of these.
A super esthetic older piece from finds made more than 50 years ago (predating the famed Lees pocket). This is in flawless condition the cluster of Barites has fine steel blue color and contrasts with a yellowish Calcite matrix. In addition to the nice arrangement some of the Barite faces show a very unusual etching pattern seen in some photos here. Lots of visual impact for the size, the color is a bit richer than the more recent finds, all in all far better than "above average", an excellent old time Colorado specimen.
Dioptase very large crystal
3.1 x 1.3 x 1.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A fine large single prism composed of two main parallel crystals that are joining in a single shared termination. Super lustrous with brilliant color, in fine overall condition. The base has a few tiny adhering crystals that are not complete and it is possible to see the break where this was removed from the host mass of Dioptase where this grew. Aside from the matrix the main large crystal is in perfect undamaged condition. From finds a few years ago in the Kaokoveld, large prisms like this were just not known from other locations. A choice example of this find
Stefanie Mine, Bad Blieburg, Gailitaier Alpen and Karnish Alpen
9.3 x 6.8 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
A very well crystalized Wulfenite from the area of the original discovery of the specie (Bad Blieburg). The area mining began in the 1500s and was extensive, producing a wide variety of habits and occasionally some extraordinary pieces. The Stefanie mine was the last to close and quite famous as a productive locale. This piece is well above average, the crystals to over 1.3 CM and most show sharp edge and or corner modifications. In fine condition overall, however a very close inspection can find some tiny edge bruises that are not really noticeable in normal display. The color and luster are excellent and stronger in person. A choice older specimen.