Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill,Mesa Grande District, San Diego County
5.6 x 1.4 x 1.1 CM (miniature)
Unusually clear gem grade and with muche better than usual color intensity. This is the classic look and habit of the Himalaya mine, but in exceptional condition and quality. No repairs and very close to perfect condition damagewise (just one chip about .5 millimeter that is clearly not distracting or easy to see). This is an old specimen, far better in person, and far better than most of this size and type.
Calcite over Stibnite
Quincy Mine, Hancock, Houghton County
7 x 5.2 x 6.2 CM (cabinet)
An odd, strangely attractive specimen with an interesting form, This is a series of fingerlike growths studded with scalenohedral calcite crystals. These have grown over slender crystals of Stibnite which are now completely covered by the reddish calcite. It is possible to see on the bottom where this was broken off the Stibnites remain.
A very neat, clean and colorful example of this find from about 8 years ago at Fengjiashan. In fine condition the Amethyst shows multiple growth steps and has excellent transparency and luster. The tabular apophyllite covering 3 faces has nice crystals to 1.5 CM and a dusting of micro minerals including Hubeite.
Calcite on Sibnite
Dachang Ore Field, Nandan
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
6.9 x 4.8 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Aa attractive and rather unusual habit of Calcite on Stibnite from the less well known locality of Nandan. The main Calcite is a sharp scalenohedron 3.5 CM long that seems to be heavily included by stibnite giving it a dark, cloudy interior. The overall composition and esthetics are very good, there is nice contrast with the metallic stibnite crystals. Not typical, this is quite differenet from other such combos I have seen.
Bright gem clear white Beryl crystals are studded on a 3 dimensional array of shiny black Schorl crystals. In excellent condition, this is a fine Erongo specimen and far better in person. 2012 vintage, this material has not been seen since.
A sharp multi-color pastel Fluorite with good clarity and phantoms. The crystals show excellent growth patterns and have sharp crystals of golden Chalcopyrite included inside. This looks fantastic with good lighting. A classic locale, the Denton Mine once produced a lot of good Fluorites, but is now gone forever. Some color changing based on light source, the core color is a pale yellow with blue to purple outer phantoms.
Calcite and Realgar
stock #6.2- 1010
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
9.1 x 6.3 x 5.8 CM (cabinet)
From the incredible finds of 2002, this piece has a big gemmy lustrous compound twin Calcite crystal that stands nicely on a partial Calcite that makes a perfect base. The front side is dusted with micro xls of opaque white calcite and some brilliant red, gemmy crystals of Realgar that reach 2 CM. There is some chipping on this piece so it is very affordably priced as a result. Still it displays well and has good visual quality.
A big, sharp and well-formed single crystal of the rare "Mt St. Hilaire habit" of Rhodochrosite. Due to the thin nature of this piece it will fit in a thumbnail catagory but it looks bigger in person. The color is a brownish that can glow deep red with a backlight. In good condition damagewise, there are just some very tiny edge chips seen at 10x magnification on the front face and a bigger chip on the backside. For this delicate thin habit this piece is remarkable. A great addition to any good suite of Rhodochrosites or Canadian minerals.