Illustrated specimen from the recent Min. Record article on Variscite! From the great early finds by Ed Over in Fairfield, Utah, this is an attractive nodule of colorful and uncommon phosphates. Most pieces like this were sawn and polished to show off the zoning and fortifications, it is rather hard to find a good natural nodule. Very nice colors and loaded with micros, this is classic material and a very good example.
Another classic Bisbee association, in an unusually fine specimen this is almost all native Copper in crude crystals. The Copper is a psuedomorph after Cuprite, with some unaltered zones and small Cuprite octahedrons that still have red color. Fibrous crystallized Malachite sprays add a rich green color. Magnification reveals some Calcite that is green colored due to the Copper. The definition of this piece is excellent, it is quite old it was sold by Schortmanns in the 60's and comes with that old label.
A fantastic, lusterous and large Cassiterite cluster on matrix from the important Xuebaoding location. Most Cassiterite from here is highly twinned showing few recognizable faces and is typically opaque. This piece has some translucency and exceptionally large sharp crystal faces of discrete prismatic crystals. As a bonus, there is a cluster of sizable albite crystals which adds a nice accent. The Cassiterite prisms show twin reentry planes and have the highest possible luster for a Cassiterite. Esthetic and displayable from several angles with minimal damage and contacting that is not distracting. Prices for fine Xuebaoding Cassiterites are very high even in Cina and climbing fast as they are no longer being produced. Many consider these the worlds best . This fine specimen is well below the typical price point for this quality level and a very good value.
A large and nicely textured chunk of Native Arsenic is loaded with vugs and zones of sparkling small crystals of brilliant red Proustite. From the famous old location of Schlema, this would be a very good specimen of Arsenic all on its own. The addition of bright Proustite makes it quite special. Many of the Proustites have damage as seen on magnification but some of the crystals are pristine and complete. They have not lost the Ruby Silver color so this makes a nice contrast
A sizable matrix plate is the host for 5 main octahedra of pale pink Fluorite. A few smaller crystals are also included. The crystals reach 1.8 CM and are sharp, undamaged and distinct. From a brief period of productivity in Chumar Bakhoor, there has not been new finds for the past 2-3 years. Good pink Fluorite is uncommon and sought after. With few exceptions the best pinks have all come from Alpine clefts which by their nature are small and hard to find. This is such an Alpine piece, the color is not the most treasured deep pink, but it is still quite good and very well composed. Priced very well for the quality, rarity and size.
Mimetite (Botryoidal Yellow)
San Pedro Corralitos, Municipio de Casas Grandes
6.7 x 5.7 CM (cabinet)
From the earliest finds of several years ago this is a classic San Pedro Corralitos Mimetite. More recent finds never reached the quality of the original discovery. The very best classics have a wet-look luster, super bright color and very high price tags when available. They are world class.. This piece is pretty good ( far better than recent specimens) but does not reach the top color or luster that would add a zero to the price. The form on this is excellent and displays well but luster and color are not quite the level of the best pieces.
stock #8 ARIZ 792
Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mts, La Paz County
1.5 x 1.3 CM (thumbnail)
A small Red Cloud thumbnail that is simply esthetic! essentially perfect, there is no damage that can be seen by naked eye, very tiny edge chip is found at 20X magnification. The matrix hosts a sharp deep orange-red Wulfenite that is 9 mm in size, and has some micro calcite rhombs on it as well. Small but sweet.
Galena on Quartz
Krushev Dol Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
7.1 x 5.7 (cabinet)
Another gem from Madan, this is a shining Galena with outstanding form on a greenish quartz matrix. This large crystal (5.9 CM) has excellent hoppering on the triangular faces and the luster is fine. Sits well for display, there is no damage or chipping on the display face it is contacted in the back. It is possible to see a hairline crack in part of the Galena which is common at this locality, It is not damage per se but likely a side effect of cooling. If you like Galena you should love this one it is different and esthetic!