6 x 4.5 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
An older Afghan gemmy Spodumene crystal that seems to be color stable as this is over 15 years old. This blocky compound crystal has 3 distinct terminations at one end and a crude complex termination on the other. Overall in very good condition damage wise there is some minor contacting. The "hiddenite" name is often used for green Spodumene but that name should be reserved for the type locality. A rather big gem crystal of 164 Grams, this is much larger than could be found from the original locality. A very good value.
Barite on Quartz
Jinkouhe town, Ebian
6.8 x 4.5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Nice form and composition with a pleasing color contrast. The Jinkouhe locality in Ebian has produced tons of Barite some well crystallized. Usually this Barite is pure white sitting on white quartz with weak esthetics and little contrast. A few rare colored pieces have been found and this is a good one. A rich yellow zone in the Barite makes a fine contrast to the gemmy clear quartz crystals. The main quartz are undamaged but the matrix has some small broken stubs that are not very noticable. The Barite is complete and grown around the quartz. It sits and displays well. There is minor edge rub on the Barite and contacts on the back, but overall a very cute and esthetic arrangement.
A very odd old French Quartz specimen ex Gilles Emringer collection. The light brown Smokey quartz in clear and colorless at the tips and outer edges but the core is composed of thousands of tiny bubbles like a froth that have a golden brown hue. Previous label calls this a Fadden and it has the right habit to be one, but since I can not find the internal string we are calling this Fadden-like as it seems not to be a true fadden. On the backside is a zone of deeply etched tiny crystals that look like either Bertrandite or Phenakite which both occur on the massif. In perfect, undamaged condition and quite a pretty alpine Quartz that is really different.
A really cute, bright specimen covered in sharp, gem grade Demantoid Garnets offset by a Quartz crystal. Finds of these Garnets have been sporadic and very few have had this sculptural form, grown on a Diopside base. The garnets fully cover the matrix on all sides, the smallest are a yellow color and the largest as seen are the Demantoid green. In great condition, damage-free and very lustrous, this is much better in person.
Top rich purple color, fine form and in excellent condition, this is a very choice Karur flower. These radiating clusters of crystals are distinctive, and unlike "flowerlike" radiating groups found anyplace else, top pieces can have gem clear deep colored crystals and brilliant luster. This is one of that calibre. Few have such perfect condition and intense color, there is only one tiny spot of chipping on the backside, the front is fully perfect. In addition the crystals are rutilated, with magnification they are densely filled with red needles of Rutile. Several crystals show scepter forms or the rare hollow hexagonal cavity in the terminations. Very exotic, unusual and pretty specimen.
A delicate sculptural Serandite specimen with a delicate salmon color. Ex Larry White collection, this is composed of the uncommon bladelike habit crystals intergrown in parallel arrangement. Collected in 1980 by Ernie Schlicter, this is unlike most Serandite, the flat crystal form is very rare, and with the mine closed there are no more to be found. The spikelike crystal of Aegirine is a nice accent.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County
10.8 x 5 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
An especially fine, esthetic multi-specie specimen from Yaogangxian. The matrix is a complete, doubly terminated crystal of quartz that hosts a mass of bright gemmy Scheelites and masses of red-black Hubnerite crystals. As a crowning touch a perfect delicate pastel colored rose of Calcite is nicely perched. Excellent contrast and display impact. The Hubnerite is a rather rare specie from Yaogangxian (there was far more Ferberite found) and these are especially good. The smaller crystals are translucent and are quite redwith good light. The largest Hubnerites reach 3 CM. Formerly in the Shields Flynn collection, a great earlier vintage Chinese classic.
A killer miniature with outstanding form. From the Karur area comes all sorts of unusual quartz and this is a very fine example. The fingers of Amethyst are reaching up from a pale crystalline base that adds a nice contrast. The deep purple amethyst crystals are in several habits most are also rather crooked and twisted. The whole effect is almost like a gothic cathedral. Very clearly not a typical Indian specimen!