A sculptural thumbnail with sharp, glass-clear crystals and deep color. It is possible to fine details in the matrix right through the Garnets. Crystals completely encrust a "thumb" of matrix on all sides. The luster is top notch, and there is no damage. With strong magnification the matrix shows several different micro crystals not identified. Fine striations on every crystal show different structures.
An unusual matrix plate well encrusted with Beryl (both Aquamarine and Goshenite) with fine clarity. The unusual part is the habit here, these are not the typical tabular crystals from Xuebaoding, but elongated prisms with truncated pyramids. Xuebaoding is a world famed locale and had produced many fine Beryls but almost always in a rare tabular habit. In 2006 a small zone with some elongated crystals produced these odd habit Beryl. This is a very good example from that find, there have been no more since.
Wulfenite- on Calcite
Sierra de Los Lamentos, Municipio de Ahumada
4 x 3.7 x 3.2 CM (miniature)
Cute orange to chocolate brown tabular crystals of free standing Wulfenite with glassy luster. Older Los Lamentos specimens like this are quite different from later finds. The main crystals are in perfect condition but chipping exists on the small crystals in outer areas. Choice, affordable small miniature from this classic location.
A perfect 2 CM glassy Analcime crystal is perfectly set on a contrasting green Prehnite. The matrix also hosts tiny Apophyllite, Quartz and Laumontite that add some extra sparkle. The Analcime from Goboboseb is not well known and almost never this large or transparent. Choice and undamaged, a very good value.
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