Fluorite with Sphalerite
Elmwood Mine, Carthage
10.2 x 8.6 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Classic Elmwood purple Fluorite on Sphalerite in a very three dimensional piece. Most cubes show good zoning as well with color from very deep purple to some pale violet nearing white. Some corner cleaves are here, but most all the cubes are complete and perfect. Due to the cubes being well above the matrix base most also pass light very well which makes a bright presentation. This looks like a much more expensive specimen but the cleaves keep it reasonable. Now that the mine is closed these are the last of Midwestern US Fluorites and are sadly missed in the mineral world.
Dramatic miniature with brilliant deep red gemmy Scaleneohedral Rhodos in perfect condition. An outstanding Uchucchacua piece with top luster and form. No chips, dings or cleaves even under strong magnification, which is very rare. Older specimen that is much better in person, this may remind you of a fine Wessels mine specimen. A very choice, competition grade miniature.
Prehnite crystals -Vintage Swiss
Muotta Naira, Piz Lai BlauNalps Valley, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein
11.3 x 6.4 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
A matrix plate with clear light green Prehnite crystals to 1.4 CM scattered with smaller Prehnites and some tiny Epidote and Byssolite. Classic specimen, ex Charles Noll collection and a much older label from an unknown collection. In fine condition overall, the main crystals are pristine. Some crystals are also on the underside but the view shown is the logical display face.
Incredible form on this Indian specimen. A radiating burst of amethysts is the base for perfect scepters that are very slender, twisted and have lepidocrocite needles inside some tips with a red color. In pristine condition, no damage seen even with 10x magnification. from the amazing finds at Karur in Tamil Nadu, this level of perfection and esthetics is very very rare. Better in person this piece was selected from many hundreds of good pieces as on a quality level of its own.
Barite -window pane type
Cerro Warihuyn - Miraflores, Huamalies Prov.
7.8 x 4.7 x 4.5 CM (cabinet)
Transparent, sharp and lustrous Barites in rosette form on minimal matrix. Undamaged and with a light smoky color this has several excellent display angles with good impact. The digging at Cerro Warihuynan has been a major discovery of fine Barites. Even in the flood of good specimens, this piece is far better than typical, a very choice example with a price to quality value ratio that is hard to find these days.
Resuperferolitica Mine, Santa Eufemia
8 x 6 cm (cabinet)
Ex. John Marshall collection, a very well crystallized Santa Eufemia Pyro with large individual crystals that exceed 1.6 CM. This is overall in excellent condition and is crystallized on 2 sides with large vugs filled with sprays and freestanding individual crystals. A super display piece from a very important locality.
A cabinet sized specimen well crystalized on front and back with fine Cerussite. These crystals are green (likely caused by copper or Chrysocolla inclusions) and yellow (often called Chromian Cerussite). This is from a series of pockets found at the famed Daoping mine near Yangshao in 2004-5. Overall in fine condition, no damage seen by naked eye but a few micro dings can be seen with 10X magnification, and that only on outer edges. Since Cerussite is so delicate this peice is amazingly pristine. This sort of Cerussite has not been found for a few years, and now is being recognized as a significant find. There has been discussion (argument) as to weather or not to label these are Chromian Cerussites or Cuprian or nothing at all. It seems there have been differing results in analysis. As we await resolution we simply call this Cerussite.
A completely transparent cluster of Garnets that has no matrix and yet also has good isolation of the largest crystals. A relatively three dimensional specimen that has an unusual "etched" or melted look to several crystals. With strong magnification this is seen as complex modifications to edges and very fine striations that are not typical. An attractive and (in my experience) rare oddity that is also affordable. Internal clarity is near 100 clean facet grade gem.