Brazilianite with Muscovite
Telirio Mine, Linopolis
5.1 x 3 x 2.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Another Brazillian classic. This features a fine sharp, glassy and partly gemmy Brazilianite that is nicely paired with Muscovite showing twin crystal forms. In great condition, the specimen displays very well from several sides. From the major pockets found in 2008, this quality is not being found now. There have been two major finds of fine Brazilianite in the past 70 years, both were different in habit, it may be a long while before the next one if ever. A good value for an esthetic and choice specimen.
Cantera Llamas, Duyos, Caravia
1.9 x 1.1 x 1.6 CM (thumbnail)
A small but choice single cube with a tiny bit of matrix from this very interesting location. Excellent clarity (better in person) and sharply beveled corners are features of these Fluorites. This is in fine condition damage wise, small contacts are noted on the backside.
Beryl v. Aquamarine with Albite
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
6.8 x 4.9 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
Tabular style Aquamarine specimen from Xuebaoding is a modern classic. This one has excellent form and very good color, transparency and glassy luster. In fine condition this has very esthetic display impact. The main crystal is 3.9 CM across.
Grossular on Diopside
Eden Mills Quarries, Lowell & Eden
7.8 x 5 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Gemmy bright red garnets contrast with a minty green setting of small Diopside crystals. From the classic, long closed "Eden Mills" locality, these are now quite hard to find (and afford) in good quality. The Garnets (to 8mm) are well exposed and sit up from the matrix. This is not perfect, there are a few contacts, chips, rough spots etc best seen at 10x but the naked eye display quality is quite fine, and this is far less costly as a result.
Greifenstein Rocks, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Erzgebirge
6.1 x 4.1 x 2 CM (cabinet)
An old German classic Apatite with sizable purple crystals on contrasting matrix. Crystals are up to 1.6 CM in size with large transparent sections and sharp form. There is an old repair on this piece that is only seen with good magnification. The crystals are overall in good condition but there are some tiny broken quartz and chipped Apatite that is best seen at 10X magnification. This is in very good condition for its age, and the crystal size is huge for the locale. Esthetic. Ex Jorg Walther collection.
A perfect complete etched floater Heliodore crystal from the famed (and now gone) Volodarsk deposit. This locale produced these remarkable Beryls in "chamber" pockets which are now highly prized. The complex sculpture of this specimen is impressive and esthetic. 100 percent gem grade, this is all facet grade with no internal flaws or veils, has great color and is a hefty 27.8 grams. In perfect condition with no chips, this can be displayed from any angle with impact far greater than its size.
An old well formed and classic Blackdene Fluorite from the collection of Warren Johansson. Warren obtained this piece in an exchange with Harvard in 1938, so it is clearly a vintage specimen. The cubes reach 4.2 CM in diameter and have good sharp edges. Several crystals display internal cleavage planes but the exterior shapes are intact and in quite good condition. Minor edge wear is noted on the outside edges but the main crystals in the center are undamaged. The Galena is on the reverse side so will not be in any logical dispaly orientation.
From the famed Pseudomorph suite assembled by Ed Swoboda, this is a very odd but well formed piece. The identification was confirmed by the Smithsonian (as noted on the old label). The shape of the original Vivianite crystals is perfectly preserved and the exterior is overgrown with tiny clear Calcites that have bright luster. This is Carbonate Apatite and has replaced crystals up to 4 CM in size.