Liroconite- Rare classic
Wheal Gorland, St Day, United Mines, Gwennap. Camborne, Redruth-St. Day
3.7 x 3.2 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
Intense blue color Liroconite in masses and crystal aggregates from the famous locale, Wheal Gorland. One of the mineral holy grails, Liroconite is usually painfully expensive and is highly coveted. This example has a few complete crystals, massive areas most of which have damage seen with a loupe. Not for a perfectionist and not priced in the 4 figures either. Despite the inevitable flaws on this delicate mineral it is a fine colorful specimen and rich in terms of quantity of Liroconite. Far, far more affordable than most!
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.
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.
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.
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.
stock #Alec 2-055
Piedras Parado, Las Vigas
8.8 x 4.6 x 5.3 CM (cabinet)
Gem clear, sharp zoned Amethyst crystals in a cluster on a thin matrix sits well for display. A modern classic locale, this is an older specimen of 1970's vintage with a little different look than later finds. Excellent deep purple tips and in fine condition. Veracruz Amethysts are some of the most attractive yet affordable Quartz on the market today. Choice.
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.
A really unusual and attractive Fluorite stalactite with a central canal that was where a Stibnite crystal grew. A tiny remnant of the Stibnite is in place still. This is a deep purple with the richest color at the tip and displays very well. From a recent find at Xikuangshan (Lengshuijiang)in perfect condition with fine form. This was one of the first to come out, very few were found and the prices are already far higher. For any good Fluorite suite this is a fine addition.