New Melones Spillway (Dam site), Calaveras County
4.3 x 3.2 x 1 CM (miniature)
A small, super clean matrix plate of perfect, gem clear Axinite crystals. A modern classic from the best find ever made in the USA. Close inspection shows very sharp glassy crystals with several habits many of which are free standing prisms. Smokey red-brown color with fine transparency. Ex collection of Brett Keller, a choice miniature.
A well formed pale yellow Sapphire crystal that is almost colorless with nice form and a sharp termination. The staggered growth steps on all six sides are very clear and distinct. This crystal is translucent and partly transparent with a very light frosting on the faces. A very nice textbook example of the specie from Mysore India, which is best known for Ruby Corundum, I have only ever seen a few non-red Corundum from this locality
Andradite- Ex Carter Rich
Nance Pegmatite mine, Moneta Forest, Bedford County
3.2 x 3.6 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
A single crystal of Andradite Garnet from this little known Virginia locality. Ex Carter Rich specimen, it is rare to see any good pegmatite specimens from this area of Virginia. The crystal is about 70% complete, there is a contact area on one edge and backside but from the front side most faces are sharp and show good form. Cater had offered this specimen for sale in 2009 for 550.00 he considered it significant.
A fine Fire Agate should look a lot like a fire Opal, this piece does, it is an impressive example. This has very bright fire colors with red, green, blue purple and yellow flashing colors, far better in person. These colors come from inclusions of iridescent Hematite in the clear parts of the Chalcedony. A top grade Fire Agate that has a polished facing surface and is sawn on the back, 17 grams. Fire agate of average grade is currently plentiful but this quality is not, and is often nearly as expensive as Opal.
Andradite (var. polyadelphite)
Franklin/ Sterling Hill
4.8 x 4.1 x 3.8 CM (miniature)
Sharp Franklin New Jersey Garnets with the Orange-Brown color that was once called Polyadelphite. This is a Mg rich type of Andradite, but it is not recognized as a separate specie and the name is not used as much now. This is an old specimen, there are several collection numbers and one handwritten label attached. the main Garnet is 2.3 CM across, the form is quite good and relatively complete for one of these. Classic Franklin material this looks like others I have seen from the Buckwheat but there is no further information. A choice Franklin crystal
Scheelite with Quartz and Magnetite
Huanggang Mine, Chifeng Prefecture, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhead League
Inner Mongolia Region,
4.8 x 4.3 x 3.6 CM (miniature)
A fine looking, well formed Scheelite crystal in pyramidal form with a flowerlike Quartz cluster on one edge. Very esthetic, the Scheelite has a glassy, translucent, micro pitted and slightly etched surface that makes a nice contrast. In excellent condition, the matrix at the base of the piece is a mass of Magnetite crystals. The Scheelite and Quartz are in excellent undamaged condition. The Scheelite has a few green coatings and inclusions of Hedenbergite which gives it this color. Far better than the typical Scheelites from here and better in person.
A choice radiating cluster of unusually long crystals with exceptionally deep orange color. From the prolific Mina Navidad which is probably the worlds greatest locale for fine Creedite. These crystals are transparent and show zoning with deeper orange color in the centers. A small but strong display piece from a find in late 2018. In fine condition, these are modern classics and as the mine still produces good quantities, these are still relatively affordable, and excellent value for a very esthetic mineral.
Fornacite on Dioptase (Type Locality)
Reneville Mine, Reneville Kindanba District
4 x 3.3 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
Fantasticly rich, dense clusters of Fornacite crystals on Dioptase crystals. Fornacite is a rather rare mineral but nearly always seen just as micros with very small isolated crystals. This is an amazingly rich specimen with eye visible crystals in groups that are up to 2.5 CM across! The matrix is an attractive mix of Dioptase crystals and balls of Plancheite. The crystals are lath shaped and many are free standing, most are a dark olive green ranging to as brownish yellow with backlight. Under strong magnification a few dark green balls are seen that may be Mottramite but are not identified. From the type locality, this is a superb and important piece for this rarely displayed mineral. None of us have ever seen any piece with so much of the specie and so easily seen.