Big and very lustrous Axinite crystals reaching 6.7 CM in size, with razor sharp edges. Transparent on the edges and translucent elsewhere, this is an older, flashy and eyecatching specimen. These have become quite rare (and very expensive) over the past decade or so, this size and quality was never common even then. Now considered a classic find, this example is a relative bargain. Some slight chipping but far less than most do and displayable without being noticable.
Autunite (fine xls)
Daybreak Mine, Spokane County
5.3 x 3.8 x 1.5 CM (cabinet)
An outstanding, classic Daybreak mine Autunite. Bright green to yellow green crystals in fine condition in clusters and radiating sprays. Vivid fluorescence. In excellent condition which is rare for this delicate mineral, this can be displayed from several angles. Choice.
Topaz & Quartz
Gilgit, Gilgit district
6.2 x 4.9 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
Superb, absolutely gem clear Topaz crystals with glasslike luster sprout from the quartz crystal matrix. Outstanding condition and esthetic form. From the Gilgit area that has produced so much great Topaz, this has just a slight hint of color.
An older specimen from circa 2002, the location we have is shown here, but is similar to more recent materials from Jiangxi Province. Some crystal faces are seen but much o9f the form is typically from filling voids in the veins and so are casts of negative space. Pure and hefty Bismuth.
Two generations of sharp and gemmy Analcime crystals in perfect condition. Ex Terry Szenics collection, these crystals range from colorless white to light pink, all have glasslike luster. There is no matrix at all, this is simply a mass of Analcime crystals in all sizes packed together. Unusual and attractive
A killer, world class and huge Weloganite, one of the largest crystals found, with exceptional display esthetics. The crystal is 4.8 CM tall. For what it is worth, this is the best cabinet matrix specimen that I have ever seen, and I prefer it to the well known published single crystals. In very good condition, the matrix is sawn on the back and base, not seen on display side. Tiny doubly terminated quartz and what seems to be Sphalerite micros with some bright golden Marcasite are noted in the vug where this grew. A few small quartz also are on the right side of the crystal just below the termination and add a little extra sparkle. Fine creamy yellow color and good luster give the Weloganite contrast from the matrix. It is very rare that we offer specimens of such stature on our website, we usually sell this quality at major shows or in private sales. This is an experiment to explore the possibility of presenting more top quality or rare specimens in this way.
Fluorite on Sphalerite
Elmwood Mine, Carthage
5.9 x 4 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Deep purple cubes with zoning and fine luster sit on shining Sphalerite crystals. Simple and classic, Elmwood specimens are still sporadically available and relatively inexpensive compared to every other Fluorite locale. The Fluorites here are sharp, translucent to transparent with complex face modifications in cubic steps. Contacted on the back but perfect from the front view. The Sphalerites have good luster, translucency and deep red to black hue.
Red Beryl (bixbite) on matrix
Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County
4.7 x 2.8 x 2 CM (miniature)
A single intense red Beryl crystal protruding from contrasting matrix. In fine condition and more gemmy than usual this has excellent luster as well. In recent years these have been marketed as "red emeralds" but most are quite milky, opaque or have less strong color. Good examples are much more rare than similar sized Emeralds. This is a very good specimen from 1990 vintage finds, and a very good value at this price.