Proustite-classic ruby Silver
Shaft 207, Niederschelm, Schelma, Schlema-Hartenstein District, Erzgebir
1.6 x .7 x .6 CM (thumbnail)
Late Summer 2018
A complex single crystal of bright red Proustite and just a tiny speck of adhering matrix. Classic Ruby-Silver, from the German Erzgebirge, this has very good luster and the red color shows no sign of fading. Close exam with magnification finds some chipping but most of the crystal faces show good form with glassy striations. Much better in person, this is a choice thumbnail at a very reasonable cost for this highly desired Silver mineral.
An old Saxony specimen with several lustrous Cassiterites to 2 CM mixed with a hundreds of small, gemmy Topaz crystals and Apatites as well. Ex Charles Noll Collection, with a very esthetic addition of what seems to be rich green Allophane encrusting both species. I have only seen one other similar old specimen (19th century vintage). Vintage label included. In very good condition, some minor chipping seen only with magnification. Crystallized on all sides.
A very well formed, sharp, transparent yellow Fluorite with purple and blue zoning. From a classic Erzgebirge area mine but from a recently collected picket. Better in person this backlights very well too, (strongly backlit photos are quite misleading, these photos are more typical of normal display conditions). Well composed and esthetic this is an excellent German Fluorite.
From a late 2015 find at this old mine, came some fine yellow Fluorites with dark phantoms. On this piece, many faces are dusted with tiny Chalcopyrite crystals adding an extra sparkle. In very good condition on the display side the back is contacted and incomplete. The small plate of matrix adds a nice contrast, and the corners and edges are sharp and clear. Largest cube is 3.3 CM diagonal in size and glows well with backlighting.
Greifenstein Rocks, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Erzgebirge
6.1 x 4.1 x 2 CM (cabinet)
An old German classic Apatite with sizable purple crystals on contrasting matrix. Crystals are up to 1.6 CM in size with large transparent sections and sharp form. There is an old repair on this piece that is only seen with good magnification. The crystals are overall in good condition but there are some tiny broken quartz and chipped Apatite that is best seen at 10X magnification. This is in very good condition for its age, and the crystal size is huge for the locale. Esthetic. Ex Jorg Walther collection.
A venerable German classic- this matrix plate hosts several sharp gem clear Barites to 2 CM. In very good condition, the matrix has some minor Fluorite and Pyrite but is mostly composed of sparkling Quartz. Displays well as is or could be trimmed to make several fine miniatures. Previous dealer labels included (with 500.00$ price tag).
A fine, old German Torbernite from the Dr. Moritz Lechner collection (his number 7258 is attached), This important collection was begun in the 1850's and the number indicates this was likely added in about 1890. The collection was built from other significant old collections he purchased during those years, so this piece may be even older. The first descriptions of the mineral from here date to the 1770's. Ex John Marshall collection, this piece has a good relatively dense coverage of sharp plates with a nice deep green color. This locale is known for great Mimetites and some rarities, but it is also the type locality for Torbernite.
A dense cluster of shining crystals with some mixed sulphides sits on a crystallized calcite matrix. Color is fairly dark but good light on some areas picks up the expected red colors of the Pyrargyrite. The Calcites also have red inclusions that may be ruby silver too. Largest xls are about 4-5mm, many are damage free. The loupe also finds one very small elongated red crystal near the bottom that looks more like a Proustite. A good European classic location piece.