Axinite with Prehnite
Grey Cloud Claim
5.5 x 3 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A colorful and unusual Canadian specimen, sharp glassy Axinite crystals -some of them gem clear- contrast with bright Prehnite crystals. This looks just like some classic Alpine European specimens (Bourg de Oissans etc) but also a bit unique too. The Prehnite crystals show curved faces and are colorless, white and light green some also have a chlorite coating adding more color. Ex Les Hitchings, this was collected in 1960. Close exam finds some edge chipping so this is not fully perfect but it is a very esthetic and well crystalized specimen the best I have seen from this locale, and a choice example.
A very fine, large block of matrix well crystalized on the two largest sides with lustrous blue Lazulite crystals. One side has the association of many transparent golden Siderite crystals and clear Quartz, the other side has more Wardite crystals also very clear. with colorless to blue green hues. The rare phosphate deposits at Rapid creek are famed for the incredible Lazulite and this is a very fine showy example. The overall condition is excellent, strong magnification shows just a few chipped crystals in one area but by naked eye it is perfect. Especially under strong lighting the color is an intense electric blue, and the sparkling luster is brilliant. The Rapid creek Lazulltes are not the largest but they are the finest, sharpest, most colorful worldwide, and are especially gemmy. An excellent display cabinet specimen.
Lazulite with Siderite and Apatite
Rapid Creek, Dawson Mining District
8.2 x 7.4 x 3 CM (cabinet)
Worldwide mix summer
A superb cabinet sized Lazulite covered with sharp, bright crystals with brilliant luster. The display side is well decorated with a dusting of sparkling light blue to white Apatite crystals much like snow on a hillside. The Rapid creek Lazulites are unique, well regarded as the best crystals of the specie and impressively esthetic in fine specimens like this. Hard to photograph, this is more impressive in person. An older piece from the early finds, top quality, undamaged specimen with excellent presentation.
A very exotic and attractive combination specimen from a little known locale. The Galena is well crystallized in several habits including hoppered Octahedrons, Spinel twins etc. These are covered with micro crystals of secondary minerals (Cerussites, Sphalerites etc) the small area of matrix is a fine grained green Danburite, and there are several areas of white crystallized Nordenskioldine with some unidentified things as well.
In excellent condition, while this may be a "dark ugly" to some it is mineralogically rich and has great 3 dimensional form. Choice.
Lazulite on Quartz with Siderite
Rapid Creek, Dawson Mining District
3.1 x 2 x 1.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Pre Holiday 2017
Bright and sharp Lazulite crystal cluster perched on a Quartz crystal matrix from Rapid Creek. This zone in the Yukon has produced some of the most incredible Lazulite crystals on earth, with this type of deep indigo blue color and shining luster. A nice example, some contacts on one back edge but displays well without that being seen. A lot of display impact for the size and a good value.
A sizable and well composed plate fully covered with lustrous crystals. The Rapid Creek find of Lazulite is certainly the most gemmy and attractive crystals ever found of the specie, and this is a fine example. Sharp, glassy individual indigo prisms reach 1 CM. All are in a complex cluster sprinkled with white and colorless Apatite and golden gemmy Siderites. Lots of sparkle and pop, this is well better and larger than average, a good value from a modern classic.
Super rich specimen with sharp and lustrous Lazulite crystals dominating the display face. Good Rapid Creek Lazulite are the best ever found of this specie, and unlike any other location in the world. Magnification shows several of other phosphate minerals including what looks like fine Collinsite and Kulanite crystals. The Lazulites are in most cases transparent to translucent and have rich color. Loaded with other micro minerals this is attractive on a shelf or under a scope. Well above average quality for the locale the Lazulites are very large at over 1 CM.