Grossular v. Hessonite
Colle del Paschietto, Balme, Ala Valley, Lanzo, Turin
5 x 3.8 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An old Garnet specimen from the Piedmont that has nice light cinnamon brown Grossular on a contrasting white Feldspar. This locality is very close to the metropolitan city of Turin, in the Ala valley. Ex Sommondetti collection, this is in good condition, the main Garnets are perfect and are up to 1 CM diameter. The Rodingite outcrops of the Piedmont are justly famed for their Epidote, Vesuvianite and especially Garnets. The Garnet color is not typical and the matrix is very unusual as it is usually a Clinoclore and Rodingite mixture.
Elmwood Mine, Carthage
5.2 x 2.2 x 1.7 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A complete 360 degree "Carthage corner" Fluorite with deep purple color that is fully translucent to transparent. Every face of this piece is perfectly etched with tiny stairstep structures from the complex re-crystallization that forms these unique shapes. It is not completely understood why this form of Fluorite that is very rare worldwide has been found so often at the Elmwood mine. Even at this prolific site good, clean undamaged examples are still uncommon. A choice piece with well saturated color.
Hematite (iron Rose) on Adularia
St Gotthard, Central St. Gotthard Massif, Leventina
5.3 x 5 x 2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A bright single flower of bladed Hematite contrasting nicely with sparkling Adularia crystals. An older "Eisenrose" this is sharp and displays well, the main rose being 1.3 CM across. A classic Alpine specimen when these are a bit larger they can be incredibly costly. This is a fine smaller piece (far more affordable) and could be trimmed to a fine thumbnail if desired.
Bornite pseudo after Chalcocite
Levant Mine, Trewellard, St Just,
5.5 x 4.7 x 2.7 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Very fine classic specimen, ex George Robinson collection with sharp, free standing crystals. This specimen is currently pictured on Mindat it is the first specimen in the St Just Bornite section. The shape of the original Chalcocite shows some cyclic twins that are perfectly preserved. Some of the crystals may still have some Chalcocite inside. The exterior shows the patina of Bornite and is quite attractive. In fine condition as seen a choice old classic piece
A choice and quite perfect example of the Yellow Tipped Quartz from the now famous find at Cabiche, Colombia. The Quartz crystals are gem clear with very bright yellow tips and a few wispy white inclusions near the terminations. The esthetics of the arrangement is very impressive in person and in exceptional condition as seen. This small find has been big news in the mineral world, this piece is far above average quality and about as fine a miniature as can be found.
Copper -chain of Spinel twins
Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales,
5.2 x .8 x .4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A perfect elongated spinel twin crystal forms the base for radiating smaller spinel twins that are epitaxially oriented. In pristine, undamaged condition this is a really unusual choice old Broken Hill (Australia) piece. The secondary crystals are mostly oriented in two lines or chains some of which form mirror copies of each other. The smaller crystals reach 1 CM and all have textbook perfect forms.
A well exposed complete doubly terminated Elbaite crystal with a pink termination on one end and a flat blue cap on the other end. In fine condition from the famed Paprock pegmatite, this has several color zones and gradations along the length of the crystal. Magnification shows some needle inclusions that look like Byssolite. A choice older Paprock specimen in good shape and nicer in person.
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley
Gilgit, Northern Areas,
5 x 4.8 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A slightly zoned and lightly etched pink Fluorite octahedron from early finds at Chumar Bakhoor. Some of the corners also show a stepped overgrowth with a smoother texture. In fine condition on the display sides, the back is contacted from the matrix and has a little adhering Mica, none of which is seen from the front. The crystal is translucent to transparent and will glow brightly when backlit. Pink Fluorites with this sort of etching are almost exclusively found in Alpine type clefts and this is no exception. In person the color is a more vivid than can be seen in the photos. Good pink Fluorites are prized and often very costly. This is a choice piece and a good value.