Cobaltoan Calcite with Malachite
Kolwezi, Katanga Copper Crescent
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
4 x 3.7 x 3.5 CM (small miniature)
A small, colorful and cute specimen from the Katanga Crescent (not the more common Moroccan type). There are two separate vugs on this piece with brightly sparkling purple-pink crystals and a few sprays of green Malachite adding contrast. Some bruising on edges is noted but still a pretty and affordable small piece.
Quartz- included by Hematite
Orange River, Namakwa
Northern Cape Province,
3.4 x 1.8 x 1.3 CM (small miniature)
Late Summer 2018
A choice small specimen of Orange Rive Quartz that presents perfectly on all sides. The transparent Quartz prism is colored orange to red from the included Hematite. Nicely perched on the matrix, this is from the big Orange River find in 2013. These have since dried up. Far better color and condition than is usual, display well.
Gold in Quartz
Henderson Mine, Chibougamou
3.8 x 3.7 x 2 CM (small miniature)
Gold in crystals, sheets and massive zones densely filling a veined Quartz matrix. From the Henderson mine in Chibougamou, this is an especially rich specimen from the locale that is famed for the worlds best Cubanites. Very few specimens of Gold have been preserved from this locality, Ex Glenn Petrie, and Les Hitchings collections. The Gold is visible on every surface of the matrix, and under magnification the richness and complex delicate structures are very elegant. Total weight of 34 grams I would guess the bulk of that weight is Gold.
Calcite -complex twinned
Gralex Quarry, Mont-sur-Marchienne, Charleroi
3.4 x 3.4 x 2.3 CM (small miniature)
A choice small specimen from this noted locale. The Calcite is undamaged, mostly transparent and shows complex twinning. This locale produced many habits and some top pieces over the years, but it is now finished. This is a small, cute, affordable piece from this important locality with a nice arrangement.
Dark Tourmalines (deep green- brown to black) that are translucent and very lustrous with a green Fluorite crystal. Small Quartz crystals and Albite are also present. In excellent condition as seen the terminations are sharp and complete. It is likly that this Tourmaline is a mixture of both Elbaite and Schorl in zoned growth. The Fluorite is a modified octahedron and the combination is very attractive. A choice small miniature from the amazing pegmatites of Stak Nala.
A very bright, clear and perfect little gem from the great Jeffrey Mine. A fine small miniature / toenail, this could also be trimmed to make a competition thumbnail. The matrix is a mix of clinochlore crystals and small clear grossular that are pale pink or colorless. The main Garnet is cinnamon orange-red, well positioned on the plate and is complete all around. You can see through it perfectly.
Even before this legendary locale closed for good the garnets had become scarce and very expensive when of top quality.This is far better in person and a real bargain for the quality and esthetics.
Topaz with, Elbaite, etc.
Murzinka Mine,Sarapulka Dist., Sverdlovskaya Oblast, Middle Urals
3.6 x 2.6 x2.4 (small miniature)
A small but very esthetic version of classic light blue topaz from the Urals. A gem clear crystal with pale blue color at 1.9 CM in size is neatly perched on contrasting matrix. Small additional crystals of Tourmaline are on the matrix adding interest. Very good condition damage wise this presents nicely.
Elbaite -(unusual gem crystal)
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill,Mesa Grande District, San Diego County
2.8 x 1.4 CM (small miniature)
This looks at first glance like a cute beryl crystal with a mint green color, but it is an unusual older Tourmaline from the Himalaya Mine. Sharp, complete, glassy and odd! In some light it looks more blue green and is 100 percent gem grade. Ex. Larry White collection, and not a typical California Elbaite at all!