Sparkly bright red cuprites on matrix with some native copper in classic form from a Cornwall classic locality. A lot of Cuprite here, some in crystals reaching 5 mm. Some damge is found with 10x magnification but many of the crystals are perfect and have very good color.
A sizable, sharp and glassy pair of intergrown Herks that have far better than average clarity. These have some fine bubbles. anthraxolite flakes and tubes included within, but the best is the rare "crystal voids" that are cavities shaped exactly like a small doubly terminated quartz. Contacted on the rear and with a few chips but still displays well and the inclusions are easy to view.
Garnet (Andradite -Topazolite)
Montaju Mine, Traversella, Chiusella Valley, Canavese District, Torino
5.4 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
A bright and well crystalized garnet plate with many translucent dark orange - yellow crystals up to .7 CM covering the surface. In good conditiion overall but with some contacted and damaged crystals as seen in the photos.
A remarkable piece from the legendary classic Manganite locality of Ilfeld, this piece has many fine, large crystals to 3.4 CM in size standing out from the matrix and showing the Manganite form perfectly. Collected from a rediscovered 15th century dump and adit area in 2006, the site is now closed and only a small number of specimens were recovered. A fantastic Psuedomorph, a fine Ilfeld piece and a great bit of mineral history, this is a "black rock" with a lot of class and form!
A beautiful glassy spray of powder blue crystals radiating upward from a massive base. This is a very old specimen from the classic Sulfur locality that has been mined for many centuries. This type of celestite with the blue color has sometimes been labeled as Barite but often on analysis is found to be Celestite with some Barium, The piece is attractive despite chips and damage to a few crystals. Very uncommon to find material this attractive on the market, the blue color is especially desirable.
Perfect jewel-like amber cognac color calcites (largest is 7.7 CM) set on a dark red to black matrix of crystalized sphalerite. No damage and only one tiny contact on one of the smaller calcites, this is a pristine piece that has top notch luster. The main crystal is the sort of twin sometimes described as a "frog" where one half of the twinned pair develops selectively and makes a froglike crystal. An Elmwood classic that is far better than you could usually expect in this price range.
From the most famous of Epidote localities this is a cabinet sized crystalized example. This is NOT a pristine, perfect piece, since great specimens of this sort can be incredibly expensive, this one is very affordable. Many epidode crystals are broken but some prisms are 2 CM in length, witha few clear apatites scattered in the mix. Some artfull trimming could improve this if desired but it is offered as is. A good reference piece with an old Shortmann label it was priced at $7.50 in the 1950's which was a sizable sum then!
Moresnet, (Altenberg) Kelmis, Plombieres-Vielle Montagne, Verviers
4.6 X 4.4 CM (miniature)
A fine antique specimen from an old German collection of the 1700's. A small but well crystallized crust of sparkling yellow - orange smithsonite covers this matix. Magnification shows sharp rhombs dominate the crust and despite the age of the piece there is minimal damage. Comes with a hand painted label typical for the period. A very nice addition for a Smithsonite suite, German collection or just for historic interest!