Topaz on Rhyolite (classic / historic)
Topaz Mountain, Thomas Range, Juab County
3.3 x 3.2 x 2.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Collected by the famed Ed Over in 1932, later in the George White collection, then sold by Kristalle to John Marshall in 2003 (his card and labels are included). A cute, gemmy sherry colored crystal with nice contrast to the matrix. A small rough area is noted where there has been a contact but otherwise a fine small piece with an antique turned wooden stand included (not seen in the photos). A choice piece of US mineralogical history.
SOLD Red Beryl (Twinned?)
stock #SOLD 13.1-333
.9 x .8 x .7 CM (thumbnail)
A doubly terminated red Beryl (Bixbite) from the Thomas Range that looks like a true penetration twin. Twinning in Beryl is very rare, some writers say it never occurs, most often twins are actually joined parallel growths . This specimen certainly looks like an actual twin, the structure is correct and the original collector who had this specimen had exhibited it widely in his displays of twin types. We have not had an xray study done but are passing this on with a question mark on the twinning question. For the right collector this can be a fun bit of research and is a nice Beryl no matter what the form is. The crystal is complete and has no damage but a few micro contacts and natural pitting on edges. Red Beryl is of course rare itself and a twinned specimen (if so) is quite special.
Variscite- pure gem nodule
Utahlite Hill, Lucin, Lucin Sistrict, Pilot Range, Box Elder County
11.4 x 8.5 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
A big polished half nodule of very choice gem grade Variscite with top grade color. Some patterns showing faintly but overall a strong and even color. 328 grams nearly all gem grade with just a thin skin on the exterior, super rich. This is an old piece from the less well known Utahlite Hill that had a more pure Variscite than the better known Clay Canyon locale.
Brochantite on Malachite -historic
Frisco, San Francisco Mts. Beaver County
5.4 x 4.4 x 3 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
Worldwide mix summer
A vug of well protected Brochantite crystals ex John Marshall collection that has an excellent provenance. John bought this from Johnathan Smith (NYC mineral dealer) in Feb 1994. Jonathan had obtained this from the Alan Green collection who had gotten this from the Schortmann brothers at their famed sale in NYC in 1950, at the Hotel Lexington. This is the period where the Schortmans were selling minerals collected by Ed Over and Arthur Montgomery. All the original labels for this are included. In good condition, a cute Utah Copper specimen with pedigree.
Red Beryl on Rhyolite
Wah Wah Mts, Beaver County
1.6 x 1.2 x .7 CM (thumbnail)
Worldwide mix summer
A bright red thumbnail with rich color saturation and sharp form. The Beryl is translucent and in parts transparent. Doubly terminated (crudely on one end) the prism has a crack near the bottom that seems to be natural separation and the related chipping is not damage per se, the crystal is well anchored in this way to the matrix. Red Beryls (sometimes called red Emeralds) are still only found at this one locality and can be incredibly pricy. This a very good value for the specie.
Gem clear sharp Cognac color Topaz crystals from the prolific Thomas Mountains. This piece is much more clear than most we see from the locale and has the desirable light sherry or cognac color (depending on your preferences). Formerly in the Les Hitchings collection. A fine thumbnail in excellent condition and choice form, a Utah classic.
Bixbyite on Topaz
2.6 x 2.2 x 1.7 CM (thumbnail)
Bixbyite crystals with some complex faces up to 1.4 CM across on contrasting Topaz crystals. The Topaz is heavily included as is typical and several of the Bixbyite faces have a dusting of micro Topaz which are very clear. A very nice representative thumbnail of this classic locale. Some chipping seen with magnification mostly on edges, some crudeness to crystals too but still lustrous and sizable.
A fine classic specimen from the Tintic District, ex Northwestern University Museum, Charles Noll, David Crawford etc. Bright Cuprian Adamite crystals sparkle against Azurite and Conichalcite on a gossan matrix with traces of Cuprite. Comes with several labels, is in fine condition, undamaged, and clearly a very old specimen. Almost never seen on the market today, from a significant US locality.