Inesite, Calcite & Quartz
Fengjiashan Mine (Daye Copper Mine), Edong District, Daye County, Huangs
6.2 x 3.3 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
A sizable red to pink "bowtie" spray of well formed crystals is nicely perched on Calcite crystals. From the collection of Shields Flynn and supplied by Bert Ottens, this is a way above average quality Inesite from the great finds in 2002. The main spray is 4.1 CM tall which is unusually big, and the condition is excellent with no visible damage. This location was once quite prolific but we have seen nothing in the past few years. A choice specimen of a modern classic.
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.
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.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.5 x 2.2 x .8 CM (miniature)
Green crystals of translucent Vesuvianite with zones of red-pink on some tips in a spray or treelike cluster. A nice, esthetic example - sadly with some tiny chips (not easily seen but they are there) that keeps the price low. A good, colorful display specimen from the best locale (Jeffrey Mine) that looks like it costs a lot more.
5.4 x 3.8 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
A well formed Tsumeb Smithsonite with individual crystals up to 1 CM. It has become common to refer to all Smithsonite that is yellow to orange as "Cadmian". However, without an analysis to confirm this may not be correct in all cases. This specimen has not been analyzed but it does have a very good color, form and will fit well into a Smithsonite or Tsumeb suite.
An old Cornish classic, this pseudomorph is a complete and sharp replacement of the original twinned Feldspar. No damage or missing areas, this is a perfect floater. Textbook form much like a crystal model. Sometimes called "pig's ears" these are not "beauty" type display minerals but they are distinctive and unique to these old finds. Not many turn up for sale, this one is the best and sharpest example we have seen available.
Apatite (CaF) / Fluorapatite
Megiliggar Rocks Breage, Mount's Bay Dist.
1.8 x .3 x .3 CM (thumbnail)
Gem clear crystal in fine condition from this classic Cornish location. The crystal includes a crude but distinct internal "helix" pattern which adds considerable interest. A fine small specimen with delicate pale blue color and glassy luster.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.6 x 2.8 x 1.1 CM (miniature)
Rich bright purple to pinkish Vesuvianite in fine condition. From the great Jeffrey mine which has produced the worlds best and most colorful of the specie, this is a very attractive small miniature. The backside also displays well but has a more greenish color (as these are bi-color crystals). Fine luster and a sharp series of terminations with no visible damage. A very good value this quality is getting hard to find now that the mine is closed forever.