Unusual habit with brilliant red-orange color and many gemmy crystals forming a very attractive Serandite from the great Mt St Hillaire. The largest crystal is 2.5 CM across and is a blocky style, but the smaller crystals show many different habits and terminations. Some of these are Bipyramids or have complex parallel prisms and multiple stepped terminations. The luster is excellent, the condition is overall quite fine there is a break on backside where removed and a few very small wilbers noted on minor crystals only seen with 10X magnification. Classic locale and specie, attractive and unusual.
Barite flowerlike clusters
Rosiclare level, Minerva Mine #1, Minerva Oil Co, Cave-in-Rock district
5.8 x 3.9 x 1.7 CM (cabinet)
Outstanding quality and esthetics with a pale blue color, this is attractive from every angle of view. The Barites were overshadowed by the great Fluorites from the mine and relatively few were collected, they are now scarce in any quality.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
5.9 x 3.1 x 2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Well exposed vug filled with perfect yellow acicular form Legrandites. Unlike many pieces these are free standing crystals not laying in the matrix. A choice piece with strong esthetics and color. Small globs of greenish Adamite are present as well, this is an older specimen dating back to the earliest finds at Ojuela.
Calcite w. Hematite
Daye Iron Mine, Edong Mining District, Huangshi Prefecture
6.1 x 3 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
Hematite included Calcite crystal with fine color, luster and an overall esthetic presentation. This is an unusual form twin that is completely differnet from any others I have seen from Daye. With well developed phantoms, this is in excellent undamaged condition.
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.