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.
Mina Navidad, Abasolo, Rodeo
5.2 x 3.2 x 3.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Radiating cluster of very distinct Creedite crystals that are free standing, reaching nearly 3 CM tall. Aside from the much larger than usual crystals, this has very rich color, some transparency and fine luster. Mina Navidad has been the source of nearly all good orange Creedites, a mineral usually colorless or brown (rarely purple) and usually in much smaller crystals. This is far above average miniature, excellent for the size and especially esthetic.
HOLD Zircon -classic locale
stock #HOLD 17.1-813
Store Kufjord, Seiland Island, Alta
5.4 x 3.7 x 3.4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A complete, perfect and lustrous Zircon crystal sits well exposed on the classic matrix of Store Kufjord. The crystal does not have the cracks, pitting or other flaws seen on most of these. This old locale is one of the most famous for Zircon, every few years a few more pieces are excavated but never very many. This is vividly fluorescent in long wave UV and quite esthetic with a contrast to the white and black matrix.
Choix, Municipio de Choix
5 x 3.2 x 1.4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Top color, a bright pink Smithsonite from an old find at Choix. This small prospect has been the source of some incredible Smithsonites with remarkable colors. This is a really intense "bubble gum" pink even more vivid in person. The delicate botryoidal form is quite three dimensional on this piece. No longer available the locality has become too dangerous for any mining, and in recent years very few good specimens were found as the locale is more or less played out. Great display impact for the size
Ruby (Corundum) on Marble
Mogok, Pyin-oo-Lwin District
5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A sharp, doubly terminated pink to red Ruby sits well exposed on contrasting Calcite/ Marble. The Crystal is 2.3 CM long, and shows bright luster and sharp striations. Vividly fluorescent as well, the crystal is complete despite a few cracks, and has a good translucence.
Elmwood Mine, Carthage
5.3 x 3 x 2.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An especially fine, perfect and odd "Carthage Corner" Fluorite that is almost colorless but with a hint of purple in person. These strange etched crystal corners are quite incredible and distinctive for the Elmwood mines. This one is especially exotic with extra finger-like growths one edge which also look like tiny "corners". The specimen is displayable from all sides and the geometric etchings are as sharp as any I have seen. An American classic and a choice Fluorite for any suite. Even better in person.
A super esthetic older piece from finds made more than 50 years ago (predating the famed Lees pocket). This is in flawless condition the cluster of Barites has fine steel blue color and contrasts with a yellowish Calcite matrix. In addition to the nice arrangement some of the Barite faces show a very unusual etching pattern seen in some photos here. Lots of visual impact for the size, the color is a bit richer than the more recent finds, all in all far better than "above average", an excellent old time Colorado specimen.
A pair of sliced and polished Laguna agates with unusual bright pink, yellow and orange hues. One of the pair is the end piece of the nodule the other is a two sided slice and these match well. Fine and complete all around with no chipping or cracks, Laguna agates are now the most sought after and larger sizes have become very expensive. This is a small cabinet sized older piece that has a strong color palate and reasonable cost.