Sherlova Gora, Adun-Cholon Range, Nerchinsk, Chitinskaya Oblast
3.1 x 2.7 x 2.8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A single transparent Russian Topaz with a very light blue hue. Nice but not perfect, there are contacts on the back and a few small edge nicks but still displays very well. Russian Topaz from Sherlova Gora is a classic, the area was producing Topaz back into the early 1700 era. This has better clarity than typical for the locale.
Sceptered Quartz in excellent undamaged condition with the cap having no prism faces. The shaft of the scepter has several tiny Cumberland habit crystals arranged epitaxially, and which also have a yellow zoning. An attractive Quartz specimen of unusual habit from a find in 2018, this looks great from any side.
Beryl var. Emerald -Classic locale
Malyshevo, Ekaterinburg, Ekaterinburgskaya Oblast
4.5 x 3.2 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
From this famed old locale in the Urals, a terminated Emerald crystal on matrix with deep green color. A few smaller Emeralds are also present but the main crystal (1.7x 1.5 CM) is dominant on the specimen. The large flat termination face is dusted with a sparkling dusting of Mica that adds some interest as well. The history of the minerals from this region is an incredible story that is still ongoing today.. This is a good representative piece with some edge translucence but not cutting worthy. Not at all a common item in the mineral marketplace, yet quite affordable..
Quartz Scepter showing epitaxy
Boron Pit, Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo
Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region,
4.8 x 2.2 x 2 CM (miniature)
A new find from the great Dalnegorsk (this from the Bor pit). Choice sceptered quartz in excellent condition, with no chips or dings that hosts smaller Quartz crystals in epitaxial arrangement. The shaft of the scepter is composed of hundreds of tiny oriented small Quartz crystals stacked in perfect epitaxial alignment. These crystals and the "accessory" crystals are of the Cumberland or "Beta" type with little or no prism faces just two terminations joined. The smaller accessory quartz are also epitaxially oriented and have some inclusions and adhering matter that gives them a yellowish color. Some have called these Citrine but I think this color is simply a result of these inclusions. A few tiny crystals of Hedenbergite are on the base of the shaft as well. A choice, undamaged example and a nice scepter with amazing structure when examined closely.
A complex older Dalngorsk specimen that displays very well from several angles. These Calcites are gemmy clear and some have sharp mushroom like caps on the terminations of Scalenohedrons. The face details and ice-like etching makes these especially impressive in person. In excellent condition as seen, this is not anything typical and certainly a great addition for any Calcite collection or Dalngorsk suite.
Cerussite on Azurite
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Cu-Zn-Pb deposit, Rudnyl Altai
5.2 x 3.3 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
The fantastic finds of Cuprites at Rubtsovskoe was huge news a few years ago, and made the region famous. Recently some very attractive Azurites have turned up but only a few associated with Cerussite. This example has a reticulated cluster well placed on contrasting crystallized Azurite. Excellent color and form, a fine addition to any copper suite and will fit well with the Cuprites and coppers that are so well known from here.
SOLD Sphalerite -
stock #SOLD 16.1-175
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region,
5.7 x 1.5 x 1.2 CM (cabinet)
A super exotic, rare habit for Sphalerite to be in a column. Often called Stalactitic (not technically correct as there is no sign of a hollow central canal) these are very rare and the crystals are aligned in a remarkable way. In fine undamaged condition and with mirror bright luster, in person a slight twist can be seen as well. Choice and a modern classic from the great Dalnegorsk.
Amethyst -zoned scepter
Murzinka Mine,Sarapulka Dist., Sverdlovskaya Oblast, Middle Urals
2.7 x 2.2 x 1.9 CM (thumbnail)
Late Summer 2018
A sharp scepter of zoned Amethyst from the Urals. There are what looks like two tiny stems on this crystal , but there is really just one with an ingrown second crystal. In very good condition, ex William Hladysz collection, a choice thumbnail from this classic locality.