Outstanding cabinet sized Torbernite with rich green color and incredible crystal form. From the last great finds at Margabal, this is a superb piece in impeccable condition. There are two habits of Torbernite showing two generations on this piece, the largest being the fans of splayed plates. This size and quality is top percentile and the deep forrest green is impressive, but far better in person.
Spangolite with Connellite
La Finosa Mine, Fontana Rossa, Ghisoni Corte, Haute Corse
6.2 x 4.8 x 1.7 CM (cabinet)
A nicely crystallized specimen from this less well known old mine in Corsica. Specimens of this size are very rare and few have crystals that are visible by naked eye. The crystals here are densely packed, cover a sizable area and are brightly colored. The backside is also mineralized but less richly.
Rauenthalite- type locale
Gabe Gottes Mine, Ste-Marie-aux-Mines, Haut Rhin
5.7 x 3.5 x 2.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Late Summer 2018
From the type locale at Ste-Marie-Aux-Mines, several areas of white acicular crystals scattered on matrix. Not an esthetic specie (though not really ugly either...), but rare, and an unusually large piece, most specimens are small, often under 1mm. Ex William Hladysz collection.
Transparent blade crystals of Barite with a white fringe and phantoms inside. Sharp and lustrous from a small but remarkable French find 3 years ago. A choice example, very delicate and in eye-perfect condition. With 10 x magnification the main crystals are pristine. At 20 X a tiny chip is found on a tiny side crystal near the base. A choice example.
Cuprite - pseudo Malachite
Chessy Copper Mine, Chessy-les-Mines, Villefranche, Rhone
1.1 x 1 x 1 CM (thumbnail)
Worldwide mix summer
A very sharp complete "floater" cuprite with an uncommon form. This Cuprite is coated with and altering to Malachite from the classic Chessy-les-Mines. Most of these are octahedrons but this is a rhombic-dodecahedron, much like a Garnet shape. No damage, all faces are complete and present. Exam under the microscope shows that there is still considerable cuprite present here this is not a complete pseudo. Choice
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
A remarkable classic with documented history. A very old Chessy Les Mines piece, from the collection of Wallace Gould Levison, which he obtained in 1865 from mineral dealer Chas. S. Stone of Brooklyn NY. We include for the buyer a photocopy of the handwritten journal entry for this piece. Aside from the early vintage, the specimen is quite fine in its own right, well crystallized with rare electric blue color and clustered bladed rosettes. While not critically perfect, The condition is impressively good despite a century and half of handling. Most of what at a glance look like bruises are in fact undamaged. In 1865, 15 years before Bisbee began to produce these were treasured as the worlds best Azurites. This is still a nice specimen with very good luster and form.
A very odd old French Quartz specimen ex Gilles Emringer collection. The light brown Smokey quartz in clear and colorless at the tips and outer edges but the core is composed of thousands of tiny bubbles like a froth that have a golden brown hue. Previous label calls this a Fadden and it has the right habit to be one, but since I can not find the internal string we are calling this Fadden-like as it seems not to be a true fadden. On the backside is a zone of deeply etched tiny crystals that look like either Bertrandite or Phenakite which both occur on the massif. In perfect, undamaged condition and quite a pretty alpine Quartz that is really different.