Esthetic and well formed Kesterites with Mushingtonite coatings in several habits are well perched on the matrix. In perfect, textbook condition this is a very fine example of this rare mineral. Before the discoveries at Xuebaoding, Kesterite was a very rare and unattractive mineral. The finds in 2002 and 2005 changed that forever. There has not been any new production for Kesterites since and the area that produced them is now a protected zone. Now scarce on the market especially in amy quality, this one is an exceptional, quality specimen that will appreciate well. Ex Sheilds Flynn collection via Bert Ottens.
Choice, colorful purple and yellow zoned Fluorite crystals epitaxialy coated on some edges by gemmy scalenohedral Calcites. 1970's vintage specimen ex. Ernie Schichter, this is quite showy and in very good condition. Better in person, these are usually quite a bit more expensive in this quality.
An exciting new find at a classic old mine, gem clear Fluorites in delicate purple contrast with the bright white Celestite crystals. The Tule mine was famed for large Celestite with blocky Fluorites that were usually dark and not clear. This find is different, the crystals are smaller but glass clear and highly lustrous. Affordable yet attractive, undamaged and choice miniature.
Chalcotrichite with Copper
Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts., Cochise Co.
4.3 x 4.2 x2.4 CM (miniature)
Old Bisbee specimen has three vugs with Cuprite V. Chalcotrichite crystals with typical bright red color. Ex. Rocksmith specimen, there are a few tiny bits of Native copper and some calcite crystals that seem to have copper inclusions too. Classic material, this small piece is relatively affordable for one of these.
Grossular on Diopside
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
6.8 x 4.7 x 2.1 CM (cabinet)
Gemmy, sharp and colorful, these garnets are a bright tangerine to pinkish in hue. These contrast with the green Diopside crystals that cover the display face. The main crystals are in perfect condition, there is some minor damage at the outside edges. Displays very well, these Jeffrey specimens are modern classics. The mine is closed forever but these specimens are now prized as some of the best ever found.
Stunning red Rubellite crystals with delicate "castellated" hollow terminations perched on a flowerlike rosette of Cleavlandite. Great form, color and display quality this rare etched habit of Elbaite is from a small recent find. In incredible condition, undamaged despite the delicate structure and attractive from all angles. Better in person, the larger Tourmaline is 4 CM tall, the smaller one is extra gemmy and perfectly hollowed out. An great value for a rare and pretty gem crystal specimen.
A sculptural specimen with a sharp distinct main dodecahedral crystal perched on a copper stalk. Esthetic and choice old piece that oddly looks like a goose from some angles. Ex. Warren Johannsen collection likely pre 1940 vintage.
Choice, bright blue transparent to translucent Willemite clusters covering matrix. Several have well formed crystals in stacks and isolated prisms. Some areas of Duftite provides a nice contrast. Excellent "wet look" luster, this is in fine condition.