Opal - precious opal
Carbonera Mine, La Trinidad, Tequisquiapan Municipality
5.1 x 3 x 1.5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Unusual locality for this sort of opal that looks very Australian. The Carbonara mine in Mexico has produced mostly a reddish "Fire Opal" but small amounts of precious Opal with a milky white base have been found over the years. This piece has quite good fire with red, green, blue and some orange color flashes.
Sphalerite -gemmy red on Quartz
Shuikoushan Lead Zinc Mine, Changning, Hengyang Pref.
5.6 x 3.4 x 2.5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Perfect Sphalerite crystal is esthetically displayed on contrasting druzy Quartz. No damage, this is bright, sharp and far better in person, this crystal glows a rich ruby-red with backlighting, yet still looks fine under normal conditions. An older Shuikoushan specimen with outstanding luster and presence. Excellent value for a clean small cabinet specimen with character.
Enargite -Classic locale
Leonard Mine, 3800 foot level, Butte
5.2 x 4.8 x 3.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A cluster of unusually bright, lustrous and sharp Enargite crystals with a few small Pyrite and Quartz on the edges. In excellent undamaged condition with Enargites free standing up to 1.7 CM. A choice, classic Leonard Mine (Butte, Montana) specimen from the golden age of mining there. The flashy luster on this black Copper Sulphide is quite esthetic (and even attractive for a black mineral)compared with the more usual sooty black specimens.
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 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.