Two generations of Quartz with the later growth of Amethyst being unusual bent scepters. Excellent color and in fine condition the contrast with the white Quartz is excellent and the purple is nicely zoned, intense and lustrous. From the remarkable Amethyst discoveries in Karur, this has an especially delicate and eyecatching appeal but the real uniqueness is the unusual scepter form.
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.
A fine classic Chessy Malachite replacing Cuprite crystals. The stacked hoppered Octahedral crystals show fine stepped growth, skeletal structure and are quite sharp, fully undamaged on matrix. Attractive on all sides these are compound crystals with the longest crystal edge over 3 CM which is quite huge for this famed location. This type of pseudomorph is on the "short list" of highly desirable classic European minerals and this piece is far better than average. super addition to a suite of pseudomorphs, copper minerals or pseudos.
Millerite- fine hairs in Quartz Geode
Halls Gap, Lincoln County
3.7 x 2.9 x 2.4 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Fine golden hairs of Millerite are thickly clustered in a Quartz geode or vug. The classic USA locality at Halls gap is one of the few significant sources of Millerite that still are occasionally found. Very few vugs have any hairs at all, this density is quite rare and in excellent condition. Far better than usual especially for the size.
A fine twinned Sphene crystal is perched like an arrow on the matrix. Small adhering crystals of Schorl, Adularia and Clinoclore add some extra sparkle. The Titanite is very sharp, lustrous and gemmy in areas. Very fine condition, magnification finds some small contacts but otherwise in great shape and damage free.
Beryl v. Aquamarine, Schorl and Albite
Shigar, Skardu District, Baltistan
3.7 x 2.3 x 2.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A neat toenail of gem clear Beryl set on snow white Albite and glassy black Schorl Tourmaline. From recent finds at Shigar, this is a classic combination. The Schorl has a hoppered termination at one end and the Aquamarine is glass clear and perfect on all sides. An excellent specimen that could be trimmed to thumbnail size if desired but is fine as is.
Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mts, La Paz County
3.3 x 3.2 x 3.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A nice pretty small miniature Red Cloud Wulfenite matrix with a free standing main crystal that is a deep red-orange. The standing crystal is damage free, this is an esthetic small piece that could be trimmed to fine thumbnail if wanted. From a small scale mining attempt in 2017. The matrix is not the crumbly sort and has many small Calcite crystals scattered as well.
Kerr McGee Mine,Calesbad Potash District, Eddy County
3.2 x 2.2 x 1.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A royal blue Halite cube is nicely perched on contrasting matrix. In undamaged condition this is a very attractive large thumbnail (toenail) from the now famous finds near Carlsbad New Mexico. The cube is transparent and has some distinct color zoning in person. The cube shows very well the "melted" surface texture.