Mimetite var Campylite- classic locale
Dry Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells
3 x 2.7 x 2.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A nice small example of the Campylite habit of Mimetite that is so famed from Dry Gill. This ancient (it was already old in the 17th century) locality once was world renowned, every serious collection had specimens from here.
Now closed for many years it is a true classic locale. Good luster, a nice Botryoidal form, and a light orange to green color. The display side is in fine condition, it is contacted on the back.
Freihung, Grafenwohr, Upper Palatinate
5.7 x 4.6 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
An older Bavarian Pyromorphite with very dense coverage collected before 1962. Glassy luster and good sparkle. This locality is now part of a military base and collecting is not possible. Crystals to 4mm cover the face of the sandstone matrix. Good color and transparent crystals in fine condition.
A very big blocky Diopside crystal that is a perfectly formed, has a good color and some translucence. Ex Steve Chamberlain, A. Edwards, and Canning collections, this is remarkably perfect, undamaged and about as clean as can be. Several faces show complex growth patters and have a nice silky luster. Choice for the specie and excellent for the locale.
Excellent stacked hoppered crystals in fine condition with contrasting yellow-green terminations. The branching "V" of the two main crystal arms show off the elongated crystal structures well. Older specimen from Les Farges the crystals reach to 2.5 CM freestanding which is large for the locality. The color ranges from olive green to a mustard color and has orange hues under some lights. Strong display despite the small size
Perfect isolated gem clear garnets nested on contrasting matrix. This large thumbnail shows exactly the form and habit that is most desired from Jeffrey mine. This sort of isolation and quality have become iconic specimens in larger sizes. Those larger plates are rare and coveted, they sell for mid 6 figures. This is a scaled down model of that style of specimen, choice and esthetic but smaller and far less costly.
Fluorite- Zoned classic
Annabel Lee Mine, Bethel Level, North End, Hardin County
7.5 x 6.1 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
Great zoning of orange/yellow to purple cubes with very fine translucency. Classic old specimen from the Anabelle Lee mine in a complex cluster of jumbled elongated cubes that displays well on several angles. Small edge bruises and etched contacts keep this from being a super expensive specimen, but it is forgivable with such rich color, habit and geometry. Relatively affordable, beautiful and classic.
Good quality gem clear emeralds on matrix from this seldom seen locale. This mine closed in 1909 after just 10 years, and produced a few good Gem crystals but was not productive enough to compete. It is possible today to visit the dumps and a few Emeralds have been found but usually much smaller than this one. Norwegian Emeralds of quality are very rare in the market. The largest crystal here is 1.4 CM long with very good color and clarity, but not terminated, with chipping and broken areas as seen. Despite the damage it is far better than typical from this locale and this is a choice piece for the area. The color here is due to Vanadium, not Chrome as seen in Colombia. The quality is better than typical Vanadium Beryls at other localities.
A sharp, gem clear Goboboseb Amethyst that has a good sized movable bubble and excellent zoning. Unlike most of these so called Brandburgs, this one has no chips or dings, and is far better in person. The Goboboseb area is a very harsh place for digging Quartz, and the small miners camped there do not often find crystals this clean. These Quartz are one of the mineral kingdoms best values.