Three chisel tip Peridot crystals in a line like mountain peaks. A choice older specimen with fine color and transparency. With any backlight this will really glow. Nearly all good cutting grade, there are virtually no inclusions to be seen. Some minor bruises can be seen but they are very minor, and the naturally frosted faces soften them even more. This is unusually well formed and sizable for a Sopat Peridot which are often very degraded or damaged. Far better in person, a very good value.
Sharp, bright gemmy red Realgar with intense color. This specimen has minimal matrix and has not been displayed in bright light so it is still very impressive. This was mined in 2005 so it has held its color very well. Minimal bruises on a few edges are not easily seen by naked eye and the main crystals are in fine shape. The Shimen mine was at one time a prolific source of super (maybe the worlds best) Realgars, but it is no longer operating. The backside of the specimen has just a hint of matrix on it and is contacted where it was attached but the rest is very well crystallized and nearly all crystals show double terminations. Unusually fine for one of these.
Textbook sharp crystals in a cluster from the classic Italian locality of Mt Somma. From several angles this looks like a single crystal with Dodecahedral form but when rotated it is clear that this is a cluster of three intergrown crystals that are perfect and complete. Leucite is not a very rare mineral but sizable, perfect crystals like this are rather uncommon. This is a fine example, much better than usual.
Aurichalcite with Hemimorphite
79 Mine, Hayden, Banner District, Gila County
4.7 x 4 x 3.8 CM (miniature)
An outstanding Copper specondary specimen, a miniature Aurichalcite from the famed 79 Mine. The condition is exceptional and the display impact is also top notch. Some of the best Aurichalcites ever found came from this small mine years ago but are not often available in this quality. In incredible undamaged condition, remarkable for such a delicate specimen. A few small clear balls of radiating Hemimorphites add a nice contrast too. Brilliant color and luster give this a great display impact much bigger than the size. Really far better in person.
A small miniature / toenail sized cluster of classic Manganite crystals with no matrix in fine condition. Good Ilfeld Manganites have always been considered the best of the specie and are usually very expensive in larger sizes. This smaller piece is in undamaged condition and shows the crystal form that is so distinctive from this classic old Harz Mountains locality.
SOLD Chalcedony / Amethyst
stock #SOLD 18.1-742
Mamuju area, Sulawesi Barat province
3.9 x 2.4 x 1.6 CM (miniature)
A fine miniature specimen of this now famous material from Indonesia. The best of these new Agates are esthetic, richly colored, have bright luster, no staining, and are very 3 dimensional like this piece. The find has been large enough that the cost of a really good example is now quite affordable. We are told that the area producing the best quality is now more or less exhausted and so these will soon be more scarce. This piece was purchased from a small lot of selected lapidary grade pieces. We are pleased it can now survive in its natural form.
Copper in Calcite
Onganja Mine, Windhoek District
4.9 x 3.8 x 3.5 CM (miniature)
An exceptional (and very unusual) Copper in Calcite from the great Onganja Mine. A large sharp transparent Calcite 3.8 CM across sits on and is included by Copper. The matrix is partly Copper, Malachite and Chalcotrichite. The Calcite is unlike most from Onganja as it is a simple modified rhomb without the complex habits or twinning that is typical from here. This displays well from most any angle, in very good condition with only very minor rub spots. The Onganja mine was once a prolific source of fine Coppers, Cuprites etc but the Calcites were always especially rare and sought after. The mine has been closed and flooded for years. This specimen is quite striking in person and a significant Copper.
A neat miniature hosting a fine Dauphine twin Quartz that has gem clear transparency. A New England classic, these are often compared with the well-known Colorado specimens but are quite different in person. the matrix is well crystallized Amazonite, with the blue green color most desirable from New Hampshire. Ex Ernie Schlichter collection, this was collected by him in the heyday of the Government pit digging. The luster is excellent and glassy on the Quartz and a pleasant matte finish on the Feldspars making a nice contrast.
These are from an old stash and are not at all common on the market