An elegant specimen with flowerlike crystal sprays on a powder blue matrix. The crystals are in several stages of pseudomorphing from Pyromorphite to Plumbogummite. These are in excellent condition, complete and undamaged which is very rare in these specimens. Many of the free standing crystals are light blue on one side and yellow-green on the opposite side. These amazing Plumbogumites from China were big mineral news when these were first found, they have been recognized as the worlds best.
A very old or "vintage" specimen, previous label notes it to have been collected 1830-40 era. The labels call the associated crystals Mimetite although it looks to me like the larger greener ones are Pyromorphite with some yellow Mimetites as a second generation. This specimen is pictured on Mindat and it is labeled Pyromorphite there. Ex Ben Shumer collection, this is a small but pretty and colorful miniature. Under good magnification it is quite incredible, delicate and the blue Plumbo balls sparkle. Quite three dimensional, a nice classic specimen from this famed locale. Before the great Chinese Plumbogummites were found recently. English pieces (from Roughton Gill and Dry Gill) were the worlds best, prized in top collections all over the world. Despite the beauty of new Chinese pieces these old English specimens are still very special and quite different too. This mine was last worked in 1869, and was one of the worlds most important mineral localities.
A well proportioned Scepter of Quartz that has a milky phantom in the head sits on a mix of smaller crystals. Overall very esthetic and looks great from all sides, this is in outstanding condition. Vintage 1992-3 from the Verkhnil (Verhniy) Mine at Dalngorsk, this miniature has nice display impact. Ex William Hladysz collection.
Olesna, Horovice, Beroun District
Central Bohemia Region,
7.1 x 6 x 4.4 CM (cabinet)
A black ugly, nearly pure, globular Lithiophorite that is a very good example of the specie and the locality. From an old Czech collection, this Manganese Oxide mineral (with Aluminum and Lithium) is never a "pretty" mineral, but it is uncommon and this a rich specimen.
Dolomite with Quartz
Traversella, Chiusella Valley, Canavese DistrictMetropolitan city of Tur
5.3 x 3.5 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
A cute and unusual Dolomite that is in translucent blocky rhombs nestled with clear Quartz crystals. A vintage specimen with old labels ex Pallanza collection. Very good luster and condition, Dolomites from this area of the Piedmont are known in many habits and styles, this one look much more like a French Alpine specimen but is really from the Piedmont.
Killer thumbnail of sharp Manganoan Adamite crystals clustered like a crown on a base of lemon yellow to green Adamites. The Manganoan crystals have light purple and reddish-pink zones with glassy luster, transparent in areas. . Ex collections of Willard Perkins (inventor of the Perky box) and Kay Robertson. In excellent condition, the display side is perfect and competition grade, the backside is contacted where it grew on host rock. With all the fine Adamites to come out of Ojuela it can be hard to find one that is exceptional or stands out. This one is top level with a unique form.
Wulfenite with Mimetite
Rowley Mine, (Reliance Mine), Theba, Painted Rock District
1.7 x .9 x .8 CM (thumbnail)
Small but incredibly esthetic, a perfect window pane Wulfenite with a single bright red Mimetite ball. From the last work at the Rowley Mine which is now closed for safety reasons, this is a classic association. Very few of these were in such perfect condition. The color, form and condition of this are top quality, despite the small size this has a big visual impact. In person the color and luster are more vibrant than the photos show. This specimen is understandably delicate but is still shippable.
Diopside -single crystal
Orford Nickel Mine, Brompton Lake, Sherbrooke
5 x 1.6 x .8 CM (miniature)
Exceptional, perfect, partly gemmy and with glassy luster this is a great Orford Diopside. There were larger crystals found years ago but few were so well defined. This has the desirable honey yellow color and looks better in person. A modern classic with top quality, perfectly undamaged and looks fine from every angle.