Red Quartz with Fluorite
Orange River, Namakwa
Northern Cape Province,
3.1 x 1 x .9 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
An outstanding thumbnail of bright red quartz (included by Hematite) that is decorated with deep purple cubes of Fluorite. Eyecatching esthetics and strong color the Quartz is in excellent condition showing some zoning and no damage. 20 X magnification finds a few micro rough areas on the Fluorites but that is not seen by naked eye. Choice and very unusual. From a small find a few years ago in the Orange River near the Namibian Border.
Vivianite -Single gemmy crystal
Tomokoni Mine, Machacamarca District
4.5 x 2.3 x 1.3 CM (miniature)
A gem clear single crystal with excellent dark green to bluish color, and glasslike luster. Sharp and elegant, this is at its best with some backlight to bring out the inner colors. On the backside some small matrix is adhering, but mostly this is a single, loose crystal. Typical curving of the termination can be seen at some angles. Choice older specimen from 1980 vintage finds, excellent condition.
Rhodochrosite -rare Colorado locale
Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County
3 x 2.8 x 1.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A single rhomb crystal with fine deep red color from a 1960 find in Idaho Springs. Similar to the better know localities of Sweet Home (Alma) and American tunnel (Silverton this came from an unidentified mine (likely the Moose mine or any of several Central city sites). The collectors were the Hitchings (father and son team) on a family trip from Massachusetts to Colorado. They collected 7 specimens from a boulder in a dump, this being the largest rhomb. They were not sure of the mine name and recorded these only as Idaho Springs.
Simply a killer with perfect form, zoned crystals are arranged in a radiating cluster. These three species are found together as zoned sections of individual crystals at this site. This find at Huanggang (Inner Mongolia) have redefined these species and are widely regarded as the worlds best. The tips of these crystals are translucent and show some internal zoning but the overall display quality of this piece is why this is so exceptional. Helvite and Genthelvite are fairly rare but known from several locales. However good Danalite is ultra rare worldwide these rank as world class crystals.
A classic and fine old specimen of the Adularia variety Valencianite. Ex Harvard University, Ken Hollman and Terry Szenics collections. From the Valenciana Mine(Guanajuato, Mexico) this has sizable crystals to 2.7 CM,and is in perfect undamaged condition. A dusting of small clear Quartz crystals and a few micro Sulfides ads some character as well.
Uvite on Magnesite
10.3 x 7.4 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
Bright green gemmy Uvite Tourmalines on a contrasting Pink Magnesite crystallized matrix. From finds in Brumado by the late Luis Menezes a decade ago, a very choice specimen that is no longer available in this fine quality. In excellent undamaged condition this is a lustrous, showy cabinet display piece.
A big and very showy 1950 vintage Rose Quartz crystal cluster from Plumbago Mt. Newry, Maine. Several rosettes of Eosphorite and an unidentified specie are also present. Excellent condition, with deep color and in dense esthetic aggregates. From the late Les Hitchings collection, this quality and size are very rare.
A very exotic and attractive combination specimen from a little known locale. The Galena is well crystallized in several habits including hoppered Octahedrons, Spinel twins etc. These are covered with micro crystals of secondary minerals (Cerussites, Sphalerites etc) the small area of matrix is a fine grained green Danburite, and there are several areas of white crystallized Nordenskioldine with some unidentified things as well.
In excellent condition, while this may be a "dark ugly" to some it is mineralogically rich and has great 3 dimensional form. Choice.