Galena on Dolomite
Buick Mine, Bixby, Vibernum Trend, Iron County
4.9 x 2.4 x 2.4 CM (miniature)
A choice miniature Galena with classic habit cubo-octahedral crystals from the Buick mine. Displays perfectly, no damage and with an esthetic composition. This is an older specimen 1970 vintage ex. Larry White collection. This mine has been prolific and has produced many types and habits of Galena which are modern classics. These are excellent values especially when perfect like this.
Apatite CaF (Fluorapatite) on Muscovite
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley
3 x 2.7 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Classic Chumar style pink Apatite with a sharp, gemmy crystal well positioned on minimal matrix. Super glassy luster and good transparency. The front display surface is in excellent condition, there is contacting on the back/ underside but no breakage. Presents well. Ex Sal Avella, these have become quite scarce in this better quality.
A classic style Belvidere mountain (Eden Mills) Garnet on Diopside and Calcite matrix. The main crystal is 1 cm across and sharp, glassy and a fine red-orange color. This long closed location is legendary for these Grossular which are now quite scarce in good quality piece. A few smaller Grossular and some remains of damaged crystals are also on the matrix, but the primary visual feature is the well exposed main crystal. Gemmy and choice.
Axinite (Fe) etched gem crystal
Khaplu, Ghanche District
3.9 x 3.5 x .7 CM (miniature)
A choice gemmmy clear tabular Axinite single crystal with etched edges and sharp centers. Especially glassy luster with elegant growth patterns etced in the lage flat faces. From the Ganchu district in Gilgit area, Pakistan, this was a small but wonderful find. The color in most lighting is a root beer brown with highlights of yellow-orange to red-purple. Somewhat dichroic as well, this changes color and darkens in Polarized light or even when rotated in from of a computer monitor. In fine condition the outer edge may look rough in the photos but it is all complexly recrystallized and etched in a delicate pattern. Distinctly different from Axinites from most other locales, this is an excellent Alpine specimen.
Fluorite- Elongated gemmy cubes
Cantera Llamas, Duyos, Caravia
3.7 x 2.4 x 2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Pre Holiday 2017
A super clear, nearly colorless (with a very slight tinge of purple) cluster of two elongated cubes. The crystals are in epitaxial orientation as well. The Fluorites from Llamas are almost always beveled on the edges and often elongated, sometimes on two different axis as is this one. No matrix at all, the back and underside were contacted and recrystallized, and one old cleavage break has also had some regrowth. The facing side for display is almost air clear, sharp and lustrous. A very good example of this small but impressive locality.
Vanadinite- USA classic locale
Pure Potential/ N. Geronimo Mine, Silver dist., Trigo Mts, La Paz County
2.7 x 1.6 x 1.4 CM (thumbnail)
Pre Holiday 2017
An intense red thumbnail of gemmy, perfect condition prismatic Vanadinite. From the modern classic locale of the Pure Potential mine, these crystals are lustrous, transparent and have both prisms and hoppered forms.
Cligga Mine, Cligga Head, Perranporth, Perranzabuloe, St. Agnes District
11.9 x 8.8 x 4.9 CM (cabinet)
Pre Holiday 2017
A very large specimen of lustrous Botallackite from Cornwall. In several habits but mostly accicular free standing crystals in several vugs. This could be trimmed to make several specimens if desired, but is fine as is to my eye. A Cornish classic copper specie, a paramorph of Atacamite and Clinoatacamite, this specimen seems to have a druse of Langite (not x-rayed) as well. Botllackites is quite rare and when from other localities are not nearly as attractive as these.
Very sharp transparent and bright green Octahedral Fluorites are in an esthetic cluster. The main crystal is very well isolated and absolutely perfect which is quite rare. The matrix is all crystallized milky quartz that makes a good contrast with the Fluorites. Riemvasmaak octahedrons are highly respected and among the worlds best, they have been found sporadically for about 10 years, currently there is no new production. Choice pieces of this quality can be very expensive, however, this is especially reasonable from the last good finds in 2014.