An American classic, sharp Fluorite with excellent color and form from the Minerva #1. Complex cubic stepping and hoppers on several faces and a few Chalcopyrite crystals add a nice accent. The Fluorite cubes are very sharp, in fine condition, colorful and translucent to transparent. Looks great from several angles and with backlighting is really dramatic. The photos here are NOT backlit so it looks as it will in a typical display without special lighting. Sadly such quality Illinois Fluorites are fast becoming rare and expensive. No damage except on the underside where it was attached, this is choice and clean on all display faces.
A fine and unusual Brandburg type amethyst crystal in perfect condition, with the very rare addition of Apophyllite crystals on some faces. Classic and esthetic, this is the best example I have seen of this uncommon association. The Apophyllite is gem clear and sharp, most are doubly terminated and all are very lustrous. In the Quartz, movable internal bubbles (enhydro) are a nice bonus. The Goboboseb region has produced lots of Amethysts but the quality, esthetics, condition and the Apophyllites make this one stand out from the crowd. Choice.
A bright, sharp and lustrous Garnet cluster from the early finds at Huanggang. In fine condition the individual Andradites are up to 1.5 CM though most are a bit smaller. The color is a deep mahogany brown that can look nearly black in some light. A choice small specimen from the now famous Inner Mongolian mineral belt.
A wild an complex Quartz that is both attractive and exotic. Very striking green phantom zones in an otherwise perfectly clear crystal. A transparent window near the bottom of the prism show the inner core loaded with golden and red Rutile needles. The exterior of the quartz has some bizzare growth structures and striations that are not typical at all. The termination also shows a hint of a scepter. The main prism is on a crystallized matrix and undamaged. From early finds at Ganesh Himal, a very fine "Himalayan" type quartz with unique features and strong display esthetics.
Erythrite - accicular form clusters
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province
5.3 x 3.4 x 2 CM (cabinet)
Pre Holiday 2017
A superb, delicate and bright mass of slender crystals of Erythrite in exceptional condition. Sharp elongate crystals in radiating masses and loose sprays are densely packed on matrix. Not at all typical esthetics, this is a striking, attractive specimen. The worlds best Erythrite used to come from Bou Azzer, now rare to see in this quality level. Choice.
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Sanjiang
3.3 x 2.9 x 2.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Pre Holiday 2017
A well formed cluster of undamaged Mimetite crystals on matrix from the famed finds in 2003-4 at Pingtouling. Since the mine collapsed some years ago these specimen have become highly desirable and much appreciated. This is a choice and undamaged toenail or small miniature with excellent orange yellow color and perfect form. A modern classic.
A superb, specimen from a classic locality, Ex Harvard University , Dr L.C. Wyman and Doug Ervin collections. Perfect and sharp textbook form Sphalerite crystal 3.3 CM across is perched estheticly on matrix. Complete on all sides this has excellent display impact. Classic Tri-state specimen that turns a black mineral into a striking presentation.
Otavi-Bergland district, Oshikoto,
3.2 x 1.6 x 1.8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Pre Holiday 2017
The rare intense color most desired for a fine Cobaltoan Smithsonite. Well crystallized and in perfect condition this is a classic Tsumeb specimen with first rate esthetics. Rich purple-pink hue and 360 degree display ability give this thumbnail top marks. Choice and better in person.