An excellent, highly esthetic, sharp and lustrous specimen from the first great find of Helvite in China. The Leichang mine produced several good to great Helvites in the 2002-3 era, later examples tended to be dull and small in size. This fine example with super sharp crystals to 2.2 CM was sold by Carter Rich in 2003 to George Loud who later sold it back to Carter, it went then to the William Hladysz collection. Old labels and collection cards are included with the piece. Overall in good condition despite the obvious delicate nature of the slender quartz. Some broken Quartz crystal can be see at some angles and micro chips are on a few edges of the Helvite. Not distracting from display impact this is a very good value for an impressive specimen. Not for an ultra picky perfectionist, and not 5-7K!
Af ine and colorful piece from the great but short lived location at Pingtouling. Many collectors rank these Mimetites in the running for best of specie. Glassy sharp and clean of damage this displays well, has the most desirable orange color and is quite a good value.
An exceptional, elegant Pseudomorph ex. Ed Swoboda's fine collection of Psuedos. Likely mined pre 1970, there is nothing like this on the market. Tapered, curving crystals of the original Pyrrhotites formed a very esthetic cluster and reached to 5.3 CM long. The replacement by Arsenopyrite seems to be complete and has a brilliant sparkling luster. Minor associated Sulphides are seen but this is almost entirely Arsenopyrite/ Pyrrhotite. In great condition as seen, this displays well from all angles. A fine addition to any Pseudo collection, Mexican or Sulphide suite,
Cripple Creek District
6.75 x 4.9 x 4 CM (cabinet)
A very well crystallized example of this Gold Telluride, from the Ruth and Andy Palmer collection. Older material, this specimen dates before 1940. The matrix also contains micro crystals of other un-identified tellurides, but the main event here is the 4.5 CM large zone of crystallized Sylvanites. The largest of these reaches 1.5 CM most are 1 CM or less. A sharp and distinct specimen in excellent condition.
Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
5.1 x 4.5 x 2.1 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A nicely etched "mushroom" like crystal of multi-color Fluorite. An esthetic piece, the core is distinct yellow with a blue overgrowth and a few zones of light purple making for a colorful display. A few tiny Calcites add nice accents. Better in person, this is a nice example with good form, color and in fine condition.
A superb example of this very special find with a sharp, sparkling rhomb of Siderite (3.4 CM) perched perfectly on a mix of Quartz, Chalcopyrite, Galena etc. In perfect condition with nice architecture and contrast, this displays very well from every angle. Ex John Marshall collection, these were never common and have been very hard to find now for many years.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
5.4 x 3.7 x 2.4 cm (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Very pretty "wet look" bright Mimetite from the late 2012 finds at Mapimi. When these were found everyone compared them to the legendary Mimetites of San Pedro de Coralitos from the 70's. Many considered these to have better form, color and luster. The largest and most perfect specimens sold quickly for huge sums and there have been none since. We have a few smaller, very nice pieces that will not break the bank and display very well. Nearly perfect this specimen has very minor damage that can only be seen with a careful in hand study. Great display impact for the size, this is a fraction of the price for a mediocre San Pedros piece yet has a lot more eye appeal.