Topaz - Classic Colorado
Tarryall Mt, Park County
2.9 x 2.3 x 1.9 CM (thumbnail)
A very nice thumbnail with fine provenance. This was in the Warren Johansson Collection since September 1941, he obtained this from the legendary George M White. Warren was a student at that time and was very actively exchanging minerals while working on his Phd. George White is famed for his Topaz finds. This specimen has a flawless clear, undamaged Topaz crystal perched on contrasting matrix. A choice slice of mineral history.
Rhodochrosite with Quartz- Classic
American Tunnel Mine, Silverton, San Juan Co.
7.4 x 5.1 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
Well defined and sharp rhombs of Rhodochrosite from the classic Colorado locale of the American Tunnel in Silverton. This is the "other" Colorado Rhodo locality that was world famed long before the great finds at Sweet Home. The Am Tunnel Rhodos are also not in the same high price bracket as Sweet Home, but can be quite choice. The locality had a long history of producing Rhodochrosite specimens usually a more pale pink or less well formed. This is a unusually attractive specimen with sharp red crystals that are well exposed and esthetic. Three dimensional, undamaged and far better than usual with a contrasting matrix. Ex collection of R and A Palmer, W Hladysz and A Dilldallion.
Fluorite on Smoky Quartz with Microcline
Dreamtime claim, Crystal Peak, Teller County
5.5 x 3.3 x 2.1 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
Late Summer 2018
A classic Colorado pegmatite mineral from a relatively new find at the Dreamtime claim. Cubic deep purple Fluorites are perched on Smokey Quartz with some adhering Microcline. Esthetic presentation, this looks even better with backlight (we have not photographed this with backlight as that can be misleading). In person the Quartz is more transparent. A nice example of the Fluorites in this find very cool find.
Stoneham, Weld County
5 x 3.3 x 1 CM (miniature)
Late Summer 2018
A nice cluster of blue barite in typical flat crystal form from the famed Stoneham, Colorado area. A classic habit and locale, these are immediately recognizable. Complete on all sides, this is an affordable and attractive example 1980 vintage.
Quartz- two generations
Silverton, Silverton District, San Juan County
5.7 x 4.3 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
Worldwide mix summer
Two generations of sharp Quartz crystals make "hedgehog" type clusters on Massive matrix. An old Silverton Colorado p[iece ex Hitchings collection, the catalog lists 1966 as the date he obtained this. Some larger older quartz prisms are completely overgrown with smaller later generation crystals. A few of the original prisms stick out from the mass of small crystals, and show very good transparency. One of the smaller thumbs of Quartz has a break but all the rest is perfect and undamaged. Neat olf piece
A super, small specimen in excellent condition and with top grade color. Sharp form, undamaged and un-repaired, larger specimens with this quality cost thousands. Excellent value for a vibrant, classic USA Microcline.
Rhodochrosite -rare Colorado locale
Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County
3 x 2.8 x 1.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A single rhomb crystal with fine deep red color from a 1960 find in Idaho Springs. Similar to the better know localities of Sweet Home (Alma) and American tunnel (Silverton this came from an unidentified mine (likely the Moose mine or any of several Central city sites). The collectors were the Hitchings (father and son team) on a family trip from Massachusetts to Colorado. They collected 7 specimens from a boulder in a dump, this being the largest rhomb. They were not sure of the mine name and recorded these only as Idaho Springs.
Barite - Phantom crystal
Muddy Creek, Rio Grande Valley
3.6 x 3 x .6 CM (miniature)
new june 17
A simple single crystal of Barite with a dark phantom zone. This also has a druse of tiny sparkling Barites that add a little flash. In good condition and a nice example of the find.