Wulfenite on Mimetite -New find
San Carlos Mine, Municipio de Maunuel Benavidas
3.2 x 2.6 x 1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A killer toenail of fine orange-red Wulfenite with perfect, textbook form. The contrasting matrix of Mimetite adds a great contrast. From the new find at San Carlos Mine, this is unusual as it is perfect, undamaged and well trimmed. This was a small but important find, the mine previously was known only for some fine Vanadinites decades ago, these new Wulfenites were a big surprise. This was the best in this size that we saw and it is much more impressive in person. Can be trimmed to a fine competition grade thumbnail, but certainly looks fine as is.
From the exciting new finds at the San Carlos Mine, choice gem clear Wulfenites resting on glass clear Calcites and yellow Mimetites balls. The Mimetites are also included inside the Calcite, especially impressive under magnification. In perfect condition by naked eye, micro damage can be seen at 20X magnification, this is certainly not significant and is essentially perfect especially for this delicate mineral habit of the beveled edge blades. We have handled a lot of this find and this habit, color and association is unusual and very esthetic. Better in person too.
Sphalerite on Quartz
Clinton, Onieda County
3.5 x 2.7 x 2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A bright lustrous Sphalerite crystal perched above a sparkling Quartz matrix. From an important 1987 find in Clinton, NY. this is an excellent clean example. The Sphalerite shows the complex form that is typical with multiple twinning and is translucent, light passing through gives a rich yellow to rootbeer color. Can be trimmed to a thumbnail if desired. A modern classic from the Northeastern USA not often available.
Beryl var Goshenite- elongated crystals
Hohenstein Massif, Omaruru District
3.6 x 3.1 x 2.9 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A superb toenail sized Erongo Goshenite. Perfect colorless Beryl crystals sprout from a Feldspar matrix in an attractive array. Excellent luster, clarity and with a slender habit all the crystals are terminated with the flat top and some tiny pinnacoid faces. An older specimen of a type almost never available. No damage at all, the specimen could be trimmed to a fine competition thumbnail but also looks great as is.
Fluorite - etched cube with
Penas Blancas, Bourbur
3.4 x 2.3 x 1.6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A perfectly etched cubic Fluorite with the unique emerald green corners of Penas Blancas. This rare zoning has now been attributed to the same Chromium that colored the world class Emeralds found just a few hundred meters lower on this mountain. This is transparent and mostly colorless like an ice cube with complex crystallized. etched surfaces on all sides. There is no damage or chipping A very fine example that is choice, complete and shows the selective color in the corners perfectly.
Rhodochrosite (new find at classic locale)
N'chwaning Mine, Kalahari Fields, Kuruman
Northern Cape Province,
3.2 x 2.1 x 1.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A superb large thumbnail/ toenail Rhodo that has exception bright luster, color and is perfectly undamaged. This is part of a small find made late last year at the famed Nchwaning #1 mine. The result of years of digging in an attempt to find more of the legendary scalenohedral gem clear Rhodos last produced over thirty years ago. Those are now some of the most highly prized mineral specimens in the world. This new find was small but the quality was excellent. The Rhodo crystals are small but perfect, lustrous and with top intense red. This specimen has a mix of habits and forms all with a luster that is almost impossibly bright, best appreciated in person.
A few tiny Hematite crystals are scattered on the piece as well otherwise this is all pure gem Rhodochrosite. We had the opportunity to select a few of the very best pieces from the find as they were unveiled at the Munich show, this is one of them.
A very rare color and habit of Swiss Fluorite in a choice toenail. Bright red center cubo-octahedrons in a cluster of very gemmy crystals. In excellent condition and with a strong esthetic, these are nearly impossible to find on todays market. The strong red color is seen in the core of each crystal most strongly visible in the square faces. The rest of the fluorite is a light pink to colorless that allows the red core to be very visible. Choice and very attractive.
Elbaite on and in tabular Quartz
Cruzeiro Mine, Sao Jose de Safira
3.3 x 2.6 x 1.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A dark green to bluish pair of Elbaite crystals are laying on the flat face face of this tabular Quartz crystal. Very unusual and presenting an unique esthetic. The Tourmalines look nearly black in some light but with strong backlight the color and translucence is more distinct. The larger Tourmaline is contacted on one end but well terminated on the other, the smaller is doubly terminated. Aside from minor edge chipping the specimen is in fine shape. The Quartz is especially clear, completely transparent, doubly terminated and very glassy. Best appreciated in person.