Quartz - gem
Lasselville, Town of Ephratah, Fulton County
1.8 x 1.4 x 1.2 CM (thumbnail)
A perfect thumbnail of gem-clear Quartz with a form that looks a lot like a Herkimer Diamond but is from the less well-known locality of Lasselville in Fulton County, NY. No damage, with fine esthetics, collected in 1972 by Larry White. This had been in his thumbnail collection for more than 40 years.
A killer quartz "tree" or tangled shrub of slender Quartz crystals with a mint-green color perched on a matrix of large Dolomite crystals. Mined in 2006 at the famed Shangbao Mine, this is a really distinctive display piece. Many of the Quartz are doubly terminated and the condition overall is excellent. Shangbao is justly famous for some of the best Fluorites in the world. However, there were also a few finds over the years of highly esthetic and often odd Quartz. A unique piece that mixes fine quality, good size and display impact.
Doubly terminated Quartz crystals with classic "Cumberland" form in a cluster dusted with small Hematite crystals. In incredible condition, this certainly looks like a superb vintage English specimen but it is much more unusual, being from Chubb Lake in Northern New York, USA. The locality has been closed for some years but during a brief period some amazing specimens were found. This habit was wrongly called "Beta Quartz" for a time and many old labels reflect that. This specimen has fine form, the crystals are undamaged, it is possible to see inside the Quartz through glassy faces to see dense inclusions. Not often available, this was in the William Hladysz collection.
Amazing form and structure on this remarkable specimen. The core of this is a doubly terminated Quartz that has a narrow waist forming the scepter and also has the "jacare" steps and faces along some faces, and some smoother "bending" on others. The addition of the stacked flat Calcites gives contrast and adds a nice pink color. The Quartz are clear to milky but have many inclusions that add a bit of color and interest. The overall form and presentation is unusual even for Huanggang which has produced some wonderful and unusual Quartz over the past few years. Choice.
A USA classic Quartz from Chubb Lake, New York, this is a perfect thumbnail with textbook form. The crystal is complete all around, undamaged, a floater with sharp faces and a sparkling dusting of Hematite in tiny crystals. The Quartz is also included with the same sparkling Hematite which can be seen clearly inside the faces. This locality has been closed for many years and is remarkably similar in its mineralogy to the old British localities of the Cumberland Iron mines., This piece could easily pass as British (and as a very fine piece) but it is actually much more uncommon from this small but significant US locale.
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.
A stout Quartz crystal nested on and included by long crystals of dark green Epidote. The Quartz is a light milky green color but still transparent, the crystals of Epidote are clearly seen inside the Quartz. For ten years we have found occasional Quartz with Epidote from this region, but always badly damaged, still the potential looked exciting. This piece is from a new small find we were able to obtain in Colombia recently, these are by far the best specimens so far, this is a choice example. We hope for more in the future but that could be a long while!
Clear Quartz with intense red to bright orange phantoms caused by Hematite inclusions. These finds at Orange river (aptly named) have been made infrequently over the past couple of decades. This is an especially choice matrix piece in fine condition and with unusually strong color. The terminations are sharp and undamaged which is also quite rare. Esthetic small cabinet size that could be trimmed to a miniature if desired but look great to us as is.