Sharp, gem-clear bi color Vesuvianite crystal from the great Jeffrey mine. The range of color and habit of Jeffrey Vesuvianites is incredible, they considered the worlds best and quite prized. This is a well formed thumbnail with fine luster and an unusual color palette.
The Daoping area finds of Plumbogummite have been extraordinary, by far the best quality ever seen. this specimen is an esthetic treelike cluster of former Pyros which are sizable and well formed. The replacement with a powder blue to yellow green Plumbogummite seems to be complete. In excellent condition, a choice piece of a modern classic find.
Set like a pink jewel in a cluster of Calcite crystals, this equant Danburite is in outstanding condition. What may look like damage is simply internal veils seen inside the crystal. Very esthetic, this displays well from several angles. There is chipping on some calcite mostly on the underside and back, but not seen on the logical display side. A modern classic, choice.
Calcite on Quartz (amethyst)
Mina Peregrina, Guanajuato
8.4 x 6.4 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
Bright glassy clear crystals of light pink-violet Calcite perched on a contrasting amethyst matrix. Classic material from Guanajuato, this is quite eyecatching. In excellent condition, there is a single clean repair that is super hard to find, that needs to be mentioned. This keeps the price low yet this displays like it cost far more.
Legrandite -single crystal
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
2.1 x .5 x .4 CM (thumbnail)
A sharp and clean crystal of Legrandite with intense lemon yellow color. In undamaged condition even at 20X magnification, this is from the first find at Ojuela that produced the best of the specie. Legrandites have become something of a trophy specie and often very expensive even for average specimens. An outstanding thumbnail.
A fine, sharp pink Apatite from the well known finds at the La Marina Emerald mine. Delicate transparent to translucent crystals with bright glasslike luster are in a faden-like stack. Small but very pretty and in fine condition.
Elbaite Bi color
Mesa Grande, San Diego Co.
3.3 x 1 x .7 CM (miniature)
Gem clear and quite impressive for the small size, a delicate pastel hue Tourmaline. Formed of two clear crystals one with a perfect termination, the smaller is broken at the tip, hence quite inexpensive. Despite this break the tourmaline still looks quite attractive.
Cuprite (gem) w. Plancheite
Kolwezi, Katanga Copper Crescent
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
5.5 x 4.3 x 3.2 CM (cabinet)
Sharp Cuprites to 1.8 CM are set nicely on a contrasting Malachite and Plancheite matrix. Some natural pitting on the back side but no real damage, the Cuprites are all bright translucent red when backlit.A good value and no longer available.