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.
Dark red gemmy Sphalerite crystals with typical complex twinning are well exposed on contrasting matrix. Excellent luster, the Sphalerites with backlighting glow a bright red, they can seem very dark without it. From vintage 2003 finds at Shuikoushan in excellent condition with no visible damage. The matrix is druzy quartz that has a reddish hue. Very esthetic, these were once found in large quantities but few were this choice, they are no longer available.
Cassiterite variety Needle Tin
Minera Monserrat, Challapampa, Poopo Province
5.6 x 5.5 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
A very unusual specimen from Boliva that looks like an old Cornish "needle tin". A three dimensional matrix densely covered with delicate accicular crystals of brown Cassiterite. In fine condition as seen, ex. Hitchings collection. Especially impressive under magnification, this is an uncommon habit and a well crystallized example.
Choix, Municipio de Choix
4.3 x 3.8 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
Bright pink Smithsonite in a bubbly habit with no adhering matrix. Fine color and luster in an attractive shell-like cast structure. From the long known prospects at Choix, Simaloa, Mexico. Sadly this locality has had many problems and has stopped producing due to cartel violence. The bright colored Smithsonites from here are now highly regarded as fine specimens.
Hohenstein Massif, Omaruru District
2.3 x 1.8 x 1.5CM (thumbnail)
Brilliant gemmy green Fluorite thumbnail, with intergrown cubo-octahedral crystals on Muscovite. In fine condition as seen, from a small recent (2017) pocket on Hohenstein. Not typical at all, a fine thumb!