Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
2.3 x 1.2 x .8 CM (thumbnail)
A sharply terminated bi-color crystal of glassy Vesuvianite from the great Jeffrey Mine. Gemmy in some areas this grades from a light pink-violet hue to a green top. No damage and a good, affordable Vesuvianite with classic form.
San Luis Potosi,
2.1 X 1.6 x .8 CM (thumbnail)
A pair of perfect small Fluor Buergerite crystals are laying on contrasting matrix. From the type locale, this rare member of the Tourmaline group is only available from older pieces like this, none has been found for decades. No damage, a well composed thumbnail.
Mont Saint-Hilaire, Monteregie
.9 x .8 x .8 CM (thumbnail)
A super sharp, perfect gemmy zoned Carletonite crystal from the only locality where these were ever found, Mont St Hillaire. Glassy luster and some complex growth structures on a few faces add interest. A rare yet sometimes beautiful mineral, Carletonite has not been found for many years, it seems the one small zone that produced these was unique and there will likely never be more. Very few Carletonites were this clear, sharp and undamaged, most of the larger crystals were far more crude or had considerable damage. This small crystal is 1.2 CM diagonal, looks great on all sides and is a killer for the speci
A bright, rich chantoyant blue Sapphire crystal that has one face polished to reveal the six rayed star of the trapiche type inclusion. An excellent and unusually large example of a very uncommon habit for Sapphire, this is more commonly seen in Colombian Emeralds. This one is the largest example I have seen that shows the inclusion well, and by far the best I have seen from New South Wales. The specimen dates back over 20 years, it is a complete crystal crudely doubly terminated and showing the trapiche on the back side but much less clearly. There is considerable alluvial rounding of the crystal though so typically not super sharp either. A striking example of this form and with a lot of brilliant color on the polished face.
Deep red small crystals of Proustite scattered on a complex mix of tiny yellowish Quartz crystals. A nice thumbnail of a "noble" Silver mineral that has several different habits showing. With magnification some broken areas are noted which is typical for most Proustites but all in all this is a cute and fairly rich specimen from a classic locale. Ex. Wm. Hladysz collection, he acquired this in 2003.
Super clear, a transparent purple cube with flat proportions and edge bevels. Very attractive and lustrous, the condition is very fine, there are old contacts on some edges and faces as seen that have fully recrystallized and show fine stepped etching, there is no chipping or normal damage. A choice and richly colored single crystal fro the Llamas Quarry, this is an excellent very gemmy example.
A choice, lustrous single prismatic Epidote crystal from the famed Vaux collection, #5961. Good thumbnails like this are rare from that era and this is in excellent condition, very clean and complete all around. The label dates this to March 1892 when it was acquired. The habit is not the elongated type usually associated with Untersalzbach but a thick, stout crystal with pronounced striations.
A perfect complete octahedron of the classic Chessy, French Cuprite form pseudomorphed into Malachite. This is the most iconic habit of this famed locale, and this specimen has the very distinctive hoppered faces that are so unique on these old specimens. No damage and all sides display well, this is a 360 degree piece. An excellent thumbnail with wonderful form.