A very attractive (and genuine natural) Sulfur with a sharp, well formed 3.2 CM crystal nicely perched on a calcite/ aragonite matrix. There are petroleum inclusions in the Sulfur that prove that this is natural and not one of the common fakes. An older (pre 1960's) piece with great composition, there are some tiny edge chips visible so this is not for a perfectionist. If perfect the price would be far more, but it is still an attractive, reasonable cost classic mineral specimen.
A well composed, classic Rhodonite specimen from the great Franklin New Jersey that has fine form and color. This cluster has some well terminated crystals up to 3.3 cm long and is above average. Collected over 50 years ago, this has the classic form of blocky, red-pink, somewhat crude crystals with minor calcite associated. At one time these were found in any good USA collection, but they are now quite scarce in any quality.
Rhodonite (gemmy crystals) on Galena
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales,
3.1 x 2 x 1.9 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A single, brilliant dark red gemmy Rhodonite crystal is exposed in a mass of silvery Galena. The Rhodonite is 2.3 CM across, and has very bright luster. Typical crude but complete edges are undamaged. This is the classic form for Broken hill Rhodonite,but the gemmyness, size and deep color are far better than average.
A killer miniature with a perfect 3 CM fluorite (complete all around) neatly perched on calcite matrix. Great architecture and esthetics, but what sets this apart is the faces have alternating colors! The slightly frosted deep blue faces offset from the glass clear faces that have a white to lilac-purple color. The interior is seen clearly through the unfrosted windows and is almost colorless. Looking closer the inside is loaded with bubbles, the larger ones are frozen inside negative crystals but some very tiny bubbles move slowly in their oil filled cavities. There are also complete internal cubes and partial cubes to be seen with magnification. Absolutely fascinating, attractive and even better in person. Even after seeing thousands of Huangang specimens this one is a significant standout.
Malachite- Stalactititic "cauliflower"
stock # Alec 24-096
Luishia Mine, Katanga Province
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
5.3 x 4 x 1.5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Unusual form, attractive and elegant small cabinet specimen of Malachite from the Congo. Malachite is a rather common mineral and often not given very much respect since it is so abundant. It takes a very good specimen to get noticed. The copper belt of the Congo has yielded some of the most beautiful Malachites of all time. The best show a wetlook luster, are chantoyant chantoyance, have rich color and attractive form. This has all that and is in excellent condition.
A particularly esthetic specimen of curved-face rhomohedral Calcite crystals neatly perched on a spray of Celestite. From a great, classic US locality this has an impressive and fine form. The calcites are undamaged, ex. Doug Ervin collection.
Exceptional bright luster and contrast on this esthetic specimen from the Madan area. The condition is excellent, this is clearly not a typical piece and displays very well. Black Sphalerite is not normally an eycatching mineral, this one is mirror bright and well composed, the calcite add a fine contrast.
Mimetite with Wulfenite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
6.4 x 2.8 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
Mina Oujela has been working for centuries and still has surprising finds every so often. Last year the bright Mimetites were big news, many as good as the best San Pedro pieces and with great form. Most were very damaged but some were of much better quality than the mine run. This piece is quite good, has the desirable "wet" luster, bright yellow color and a delicate form. There is also a scattering of wulfenite blades. It is not damage free but in far better condition than 99.9 percent (edges have some chipping, some tiny bruises that are not easy to see), so its not for a perfectionist. Otherwise this displays great, has killer form, great color and is far more affordable than usual for this quality.