Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales,
4.3 x 3.2 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
Transparent Pyromorphite crystals scattered on a contrasting dark matrix from Broken Hill. The dark matrix is often labeled as Coronadite but this is not confirmed in this specimen. Most crystals are pristine but some damaged or broken prisms are seen with magnification. Pyros about 5mm, bright green-yellow hue from a classic locale.
Fluorite on Quartz
Cantera Llamas, Duyos, Caravia
3.8 x 3.3 x 1.6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Small but elegant miniature with a "cityscape" form with gem clear small Fluorite cubes perched on the "towers". This could be trimmed to thumbnail if desired but I like it as is. In exceptional undamaged condition and quite differnt from most specimens from this small but outstanding locale.
Beryl var. Emerald in Schist
Tokovaya River, Malyshevo Ekaterinburgskaya Oblast
7.5 x 4 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
A classic old Russian Emerald specimen with a sizable (2.7 CM) terminated prism that is well exposed on its schist matrix. The crystal is quite transparent with a few inclusions. Some additional Beryl crystals are also on the matrix. We have photographed this with "normal" display lighting, if it is backlit it displays with clarity.
A very clean and sparkling specimen from the one time find of "sugarcube" habit Barites. In fine condition, this displays well from several angles and has a slightly grey color on some faces with a more white on others. The largest crystal is 3.5 CM across. Choice.
Cabinet specimen well crystallized with many prismatic gemmy hexagons of Mimetite to about 8MM that are set on and mixed with yellow to orange tufts of Arsenbrackenbuschite. The prisms of Mimetite are a more rare habit at Ojuela. There is also what seems a perfect match for Tsumcorite (which has also been found in this assemblage), but this was not tested. A few Mimetites have some damage (not seen by my naked eye) but most are perfect with a yellowish to transparent grey color. This would make many thumbnails and micro specimens if split up. As is, a rich cabinet specimen for these rare minerals.
A attractive miniature with a prominent Fluorite cube that is densely filled with needles, hairs and curls of metallic Bismuthinite. Since the Fluorite rests on a well crystallized cluster of Arsenopyrite, the overall contrast and esthetic structure is excellent. As with many fine Yaogangxian specimens, there are many associated species, this has Sphalerite, Stannite and Quartz. Better in person, this is an older specimen from the Shields Flynn collection.
Vesuviantite with Diopside
Otjihorondo (26 Km. NE of Uis)
4.2 x 2.9 x 2 CM (miniature)
An odd, old Namibian specimen that is unlike any we have seen before. Dark red-brown Vesuvianites to 3.5 CM are fully terminated with an unusual stepped indentation. These are sprinkled with deep green Diopside crystals and the whole thing is quite esthetic. In fine condition damagewise, this is of uncertain vintage but was in the previous collection more than 15 years. Choice.
Gilgit, Gilgit district
5.1 x .7 x .9 CM (cabinet)
An unusual and fine gem crystal from Pakistan that came out over 20 years ago. Ex Herb Obodda and Chris Amo collection, this is sharp, lustrous and clear dark green. An excellent Diopside from anyplace, and outstanding from Pakistan. In excellent condition damagewise, this needs good lighting to help show well the rich color and transparency, without it is very dark. Our photos use a small amount of backlight to help show the clarity. This has the best luster, color and overall condition of any I have seen from here.