Axinite with Prehnite
Grey Cloud Claim
5.5 x 3 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A colorful and unusual Canadian specimen, sharp glassy Axinite crystals -some of them gem clear- contrast with bright Prehnite crystals. This looks just like some classic Alpine European specimens (Bourg de Oissans etc) but also a bit unique too. The Prehnite crystals show curved faces and are colorless, white and light green some also have a chlorite coating adding more color. Ex Les Hitchings, this was collected in 1960. Close exam finds some edge chipping so this is not fully perfect but it is a very esthetic and well crystalized specimen the best I have seen from this locale, and a choice example.
Epidote -vintage, classic Swiss
5.4 x .3 x .3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A fine, vintage classic Epidote prism in perfect condition with outstanding provenance. Ex Clarence Bement, American Museum of Natural History, Jeff Glover and the Larry Conklin collections with other labels as well. The slender prism is transparent, sharp, lustrous and well terminated. This sort of Epidote is rare from Switzerland and this one (donated to AMNH in 1910) was collected well over 100 years ago. The Bement collection was at one time considered the finest ever assembled in the Americas, it later formed the heart of the AMNH collection. Bement pieces are rarely available and this Swiss Alpine specimen is a choice one. One last note there are discrepancies among the old labels regarding the location, several list Zermat as the source, but research by later collectors indicates this is a Grisons (Grischun) piece.
Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region,
5.1 x 4 x 3.1 CXM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A perfect, killer miniature. Top intense color, brilliant luster and elegant form in an undamaged specimen. Even though many of these were found since the first finds in 2000, very few were this well formed and esthetic. This specimen comes from a small recent pocket, that gave the first Pyromorphites of any quality in more than 4 years. These are modern classics and the best Daoping Pyros like this one are quite prized as they stand out from the average pieces. This presents well on every side and angle, the crystals show several habits but are mostly elongated freestanding hexagons some with central hoppers. The smaller, slender crystals are a little less bright green and are also perfect in radiating clusters. Minimal matrix, a perfect large miniature with a display impact much larger than this size. It is incredible this is so perfect and undamaged, even better in person.
Fluorite - new find
Fluorite Quarry, Jebel tighemi, Taourirt, Taourirt province,
l Oriental Region,
5.1 x 4.6 x 3.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A very fine, ultra clear and sharp pair of Fluorite cubes on matrix from the new find of Moroccan Fluorites. This find has produced a lot of larger, somewhat crude cubes, most being opaque to translucent only. Very few have come out with this perfection and transparency. No damage and displayable from almost any angle, the Fluorites are well exposed and just barly connected to the matrix being perched on small pedestals of crystallized matrix. The Fluorite itself does look a bit like a fine Llamas Quarry piece but is also differnt on close exam. Some faces show a slight frosting that under magnification shows a beautiful recrystallized texture with a melted look. The matrix is easily seen right through the Fluorite.
Langite PS after Molybdenite
Jardinera #1 Mine, Inca de Oro, Chanaral Province
5.3 x 3.7 x 2.7 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An incredible, rare and exotic pseudomorph, Langite replacing bladed crystals of Molybdenite. This was collected by Terry Szenics at the Jardinera #1 mine (where he discovered his namesake mineral Szenicsite). This was X-ray confirmed in 2009, and retains the Szenics label. There are areas of a dull grey material which seems to be altered Molybdenite that has not yet been replaced by the Langite. This is a remarkable, odd and rare specimen, the best example I have seen, very few were found and all were collected several years ago. The green blades reach 1.6 CM across and are distinct. A fine addition for any collection of Pseudomorphs.
A large glass clear Barite crystal that is complete and perfectly transparent. In very good condition and complete except on the bottom, this has a faden-like line seen in the center of the prism. Sharp and lustrous, a choice example from this less well known mine.
Ferberite (rosette) and Quartz etc.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County
5.5 x 4.4 x 3.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A 360 degree specimen hosting a delicate cluster of Ferberite crystals pointing in all directions and slender Quartz prisms. Very tiny Muscovite and a few Scheelites are also on the piece as is typical from Yaogangxian where complex multi specie specimens were typical. The longest slender Quartz is 4.2 CM and doubly terminated. Some contacting that is not very noticeable, several terminations are a ragged, complex type that adds some esthetic complexity. Very displayable and a choice piece from the locale.
Malachite Ps after Azurite
Flubspatgrube, Lichtenberg, Bad Stben, Franconian Forest, Franconia
5.9 x 3.3 x 2.7 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A fine old Pseudomorph with a very well formed main crystal 2.4 CM tall. From the collection of Thomas Fitzpatrick, this is in excellent condition. I have not seen any other of this quality, the separation and contrast with the matrix is superb. There are some smaller crystals on the matrix most with some damage or are fully broken but these are not very obvious. The matrix is largely a dark red to brown Gossan with a few small Goethite spheres. On the bottom of the matrix there seems to be a small zone of Pseudomalachite as well.