Spessartine - etched gem crystal
stock #18-AX-7 060-(617)
Pederniera Claim, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce Valley
3.5 x 1.6 x 1.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A fine, complete floater of naturally etched gem quality Spessartine from an unusual locale. This is an older piece from the famed Pederneira Mine ex. Larry White collection. Similar to the better known Navegadora Spessartine, we have only seen one other example from this locality. Like a modern cityscape or sculpture, this is a fine example of this Garnet habit. Completely translucent to transparent, this is all gem grade, with backlighting (the photos are not backlit) it glows a bright red. In undamaged condition, the geometric etchings and crystal forms are especially sharp on this toenail sized piece.
Remarkable, super large Bornite crystals in a cluster from Zambia. Bornite is a common ore mineral that is surprisingly rare in crystalized form. Large and distinct crystals are far more rare yet. This cluster of big crystals has a well defined form, sharp edges, striated faces and a nice dark blue patina. There is no matrix, just Bornite. Nachanga is one of the major mines in Zambia, worked for Coper and Cobalt. This locality has produced some exciting and fine specimens but they are only rarely available. This is by far the best Bornite I have seen from this mine.
Silver Bill Mine, Gleason, Dragoon Mts. Cochise County
4.6 x 3.2 x 1.4 CM (miniature)
A very delicate cluster of clear "windowpane" Wulfenites on contrasting dark Gossan matrix. From the Silver Bill mine, a very important Arizona locality that is less often seen available in choice pieces. All the main crystals here are perfect and damage free, only a tiny crystal at one edge is broken. This is in incredible condition given the fragility. The Silver Bill was at one time open to mineral collectors since it shut down, and a few choice things were found on occasion. Mining began here in 1893 and the best specimens were found long ago. Good Wulfenites were never as common as at the more famed mines like Glove and Red Cloud, but they can be impressive and quite unlike specimens from these other localities. Choice.
Epidote -Classic US locality
Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Prince of Wales Island
5 x 2.5 x 1.6 CM (miniature)
A single, deep green crystal of Epidote from Prince of Wales Island. The termination shows the multiple steps that are typical of some from the Green Monster Mountain deposit. The crystal is crudely terminated on the base as well, not many doubly terminated prisms are seen. This piece was obtained by the previous owner from Shortmanns Minerals shop in Easthampton, Massachusetts. They worked closely with Ed Over and Arthur Montgomery selling many of their finds, and they were active on Green Monster. Sadly there is no documentation this is one of their pieces but it is a very nice example from this legendary locality.
An unusual yet attractive Lepidolite, with color and form that is not at all typical. From the great Pegmatite deposits of Virgem da Lapa, ex. Leoben collection. The Lepidolites are in thin stacks of diverging crystals in clusters having a Orange to Pink color. The matrix is white to colorless Clevelandite in crystals and massive plates. Lepidolite is one of the most attractive Mica minerals often taking many diverse forms and vibrant colors. A choice miniature.
stock #SOLD 18-AX-7-080 (650)
4.9 x 4.4 x 4.5 CM (miniature)
Pointed terminations on clear green Apophyllite that sits on snowlike Heulandite crystals. Choice, undamaged and colorful, good Indian Zeolites are perhaps the most attractive yet affordable minerals in the world. Ex. Larry White collection. Larry had great taste and took great care to select clean, perfect examples for his collection. This is a nice example of the HQLP (High Quality, Low Price) concept.
A perfect 360 degree ball of crystallized Azurite from the ancient mining area of Daye, China. A top thumbnail with beautiful form and simple esthetics. In incredible condition with no damage seen by naked eye or 10X magnification. Ex Larry White collection, he obtained this in 2004 when these were more available. They are now uncommon and never in this quality. We know of a few larger specimens but never quite so perfect and complete.
A fine old DeKalb, New York Diopside crystal with exceptional transparency and color. This has a "crown" of altered Tremolite that adds a nice accent. These encrustations were usually removed by mechanical means but this is still intact and I think gives an nice touch to the crystal. Some typical contacting on the rear and one side, overall the condition is excellent with far better than usual luster.