Andradite -classic locale
Dognaczka, Banat Mountains
Caras Severin Co.,
6.4 x 4.6 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
Glassy isolated crystals of Andradite with some Calcite presenting several habits. Some Garnet crystals here show uncommon cubic faces, and reach to 2.1 CM. An older specimen dating back to the era when this was part of Hungary.
6.7 x 5.2 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
An esthetic classic Romanian Stibnite crystal cluster with colorful patina on several crystals. This is a radiating group of metallic crystals that is damage free and looks good on all sides. This is an older specimen (30 years or more) from the Cavnic mines that have been closed for a few years. These older stibnites are unique in their habit and look and are clearly recognizable being unlike those from other localities.
Bertierite w. Stibnite
Herja Mine, Chiuzbala , Baia Mare
15.7 x 6.2 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
A super, large display specimen of a specie that is not often considered as a display-worthy mineral! A brushy tree like spray of well defined Berthierite with fine steel- grey color and very bright luster. In perfect condition and good looking on all sides, this is an older piece from the Herja Mine, ex Carter Rich and William Hladysz. This area of Romania produced what are by far the worlds best of the specie and this is a top percentile specimen that is certainly among the very best pieces. Now that the mines are closed this is certainly to be considered a classic. Much better in person.
Excellent deep red crystals of Realgar are both laying on and standing up from Quartz rich matrix. There are numerous areas of tiny needles of Stibnite throughout and a very thin seam that seems to contain a small bleb of crystalline Gold (seen at 40-80X). The main event here is the Realgar from the finds of more than a decade ago. In excellent condition overall but some edge bruising is seen with magnification on the smaller crystals. A very nice example from this find from a defunct location that is esthetic and reasonable.
For many collectors, the most desirable Barites (Baryte) are the rare, classic Romanian specimens colored bright red by Included Realgar. This is a choice old specimen in excellent condition with delicate orange-red Barites on contrasting matrix. The crystals show sheaf-like bundles and rosettes well separated from the matrix and free standing. Crystallized on both sides this has very strong display impact. Almost impossible to find today even average specimens have become very expensive.
Glassy, clear and sharp prismatic crystals of Cerussite in a protected vug. This was collected back when Rezbanya was in Hungary, now called Baita, which is in Bihor, Romania. There are references to good Cerussite specimens in 19th century mineral texts but these are almost never seen even in old collections. Attractive and in fine condition, the Cerussites have a light cognac color and are transparent. From an old collection in the Czech Republic, this is a significant, vintage Roumanian specimen
From an older European collection, these are well formed, fine Chalcopyrites with some complex Galena all dusted with Calcites. The original label lists this as from Rodna, but it is unlike any other example we have seen from the locale, and unlike any of the better known Romanian localities (Cavnic, Turt etc). As often happens with old collections we can not always fully trust the locality information, but if correct this is especially fine for the locality and a significant older Roumanian piece with character. Undamaged. The Chalcopyrites reach 2.6 CM and are textbook sharp.
Stibnite- tabular crystals
7.6 x 6.2 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
Choice old Cavnic Stibnite with the rare type of flattened crystals. Sharp and clean, fine metallic luster and very three dimensional. These mines are closed and specimens of this quality are not often available. Even more impressive in person.