Chain-like stack of arborescent and spinel twin crystals from New Mexico. Ex collections of Buck Keller and William Hladysz, this has just a hint of matrix adhering, but is mostly a sculptural tower of Copper. No damage and with a nice patina, this is an older piece that predates the Chino mine find that became famous in 2001. This piece almost certainly came from the Chino mine zone too, but that is not recorded on the previous label and we do not like to attribute without certainty. The Chino is a huge pit that has now encompassed other smaller mines, so many details of locality have gotten lost over time. A very nice copper from anyplace.
Kerr McGee Mine,Calesbad Potash District, Eddy County
3.2 x 2.2 x 1.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A royal blue Halite cube is nicely perched on contrasting matrix. In undamaged condition this is a very attractive large thumbnail (toenail) from the now famous finds near Carlsbad New Mexico. The cube is transparent and has some distinct color zoning in person. The cube shows very well the "melted" surface texture.
Kelly Mine, Magdalena
5.6 x 5.3 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Kelly Mine Smithsonite with the most desirable wet look luster and good blue color. Ex Hitchings collection this is in fine condition a few of the outer edges show where this was removed but all the display surface is perfect clean and undamaged. A few areas of the white mottling are present which adds a nice contrast. This is a pre 1970 specimen. These have become American classics and there is no other Smithsonite worldwide that has just this look, color and luster.
Fluorite -unusual form, classic locale
Mex-Tex mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Soccoro County
6.3 x 6.1 x 2.1 CM (cabinet)
Late Summer 2018
A rounded highly etched crystal mass that seems to have grown on a flat surface (Barite?) and later come off. Translucent to transparent, this is a multi hued piece and multi stepped as well, this has tones of green, purple and blue. Ex Hitchings collection, obtained in 1967. An unusual piece, the front display surface is finely detailed and remarkably in excellent condition. The back is cleaved and in part re-crystalized, none of which is visible on display. A very attractive Fluorite, better in person, this is not typical for the locale, there is also a dusting of small Quartz crystals that add some sparkle. With any backlighting this glows a good green to purple.
Quartz - Pseudocubic form
stock # 18.1- 102 A
Artesia, Eddy County
2.6 x 2 x 1.8 CM (thumbnail)
A sharp and complete crystal of the very rare "pseudocubic" habit Quartz, which is also very large for the form. The form is more correctly a skewed cube with overdeveloped rhombohedral faces that are not at 90 degrees but can look like it from several angles. No damage. This was incorrectly attributed to a small Arizona find but it is now confirmed as a very choice New Mexican specimen.
An unusual and esthetic pale Amethyst that is scepter-like but with ten terminations on the cap. Some colorless secondary growths are evident and the condition is quite choice, the only damage is at the bottom or base where this wqas removed. Collected some decades ago by Paul Yung, this is a clean, odd but attractive US Quartz. The color is a little deeper in person.
Dundasite with Allophane
Juanite Mine, Magdalena
5.8 x 4.2 x 4.4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Worldwide mix summer
A vuggy matrix hosts balls of crystalized Dundasite (white acicular needles in spheres) and bright blue and green Allophane. From the Juanita mine, in the famed Magdalena district of New Mexico, this is a moderately rich specimen that has several zones with tiny Dundasite balls. We do not see this material very often, this older piece was in the Hladysz collection.
Smithsonite with Calcite
Kelly Mine, Magdalena
8.8 x 6.3 x 3 CM (cabinet)
A very pretty, classic Smithsonite from the famed Kelly mine. Nice wet look luster and three dimensional surface. In fine condition, undamaged on the display side, sawn on the back and sits well for display. These have become quite prized over the past few years and this is a particularly good value for this quality. The large knob that protrudes from the concave area is 3.2 CM across and has a few small Calcites on the surface.