A classic daylight fluorescence Fluorite from Weardale. In fine condition with a large twin (2.8 CM diagonal) prominently on top of a mound of smaller, sharp Fluorites. Good transparency and luster, there are a few phantoms in the larger crystals. A choice example from this once prolific region and a fine textbook quality twin.
An older, choice (vintage 2002) Sheelite from early finds on Mt. Xuebaoding. The glassy luster and deep orange color makes this a strong small cabinet specimen, although it could be trimmed to miniature size without problems. These Scheelites rocked the mineral world when they were first found, they were the best ever seen. Now the original locale is closed down, nearby mining still produces some Scheelite but not with this color or style. A modern classic, there is chipping at the outer edge and contacting of the main Scheelite, not very distracting but it is there. So this is not right for perfectionists but if perfect it would be many times the price. Displays well and is a lot more affordable as a result of these issues.
Hematite coated by Andradite
N'Chwanning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Filed
Northern Cape Province,
5.8 x 3.4 x 3.2CM (cabinet)
A Kalahari classic, sharp and lustrous Hematite crystals are nearly covered with blood red Andradite Garnets. In very good condition the only damage to note is on the outer edges. From a find made over 20 years ago, these coated Hematites are now rarely seen on the market. In person the red hue is deeper than the photos show. A few areas of mirror bright Hematite are exposed where the garnet layer has come off. From the famed NChwaning mine that is more famed for the great Rhodochrosites. A very desiable specimen of this unique find.
Tenkergin Mine, Iuttinskly Mining Complex
Chukotskil Autonomous Okrug,
4 x 3.2 x 4 CM (miniature)
A nice, partly gemmy, complex Scheelite crystal from an uncommon locality. Displays well but some chipping can be found and the backside has a large clean contact where another crystal had formed. A few of the corners show red clear areas or darker zones and the faces show many sharp steps. Very rare to find on the market, this specimen is over 30 years old.
Fluorite on Dolomite
Walworth Quarry, Walworth, Wayne County
4.7 x 3.9 x 1.9 CM (miniature)
A sharp, remarkably transparent, glassy Fluorite cube is perched on a bed of dolomite crystals. From the near legendary Walworth Quarry, this is an unusually stepped cube in fine condition. A few smaller crystals are also on the same matrix. Colorless but in some light a faint hint of blue is noted.
A choice small cabinet specimen of blue Hemimorphite from Wenshan. Very nice sparkling luster and good blue color, this is similar to some older Mexican material. Sawn on the backside, the matrix also shows layered deposition and stacked vugs of Hemi. This is a very good piece from this current, prolific find. There are several lots of these on the market so the cost for a nice specimen is unusually low.
A nice Cassiterite is perched atop a quartz crystal matrix. Dark opaque black with good luster the condition is very good but there is some chipping on the front and contacts on the backside (not seen on display) From the unusual locale at Gaoligong Shan, a well developed Cassiterite.
Hubeite, Apophylliteand Quartz
Daye Iron Mine, Edong Mining District, Huangshi Prefecture
6.4 x 6.3 x 4 CM (cabinet)
A great composition cluster with gemmy clear Quartz crystals hosting clear tabular crystals of Apophyllite and hundreds of rosette form Hubeites. These are not usually pretty minerals but this is an fine exception. In impeccable condition, very few specimens reached this level of quality, and none are not coming out now. From the type locality for Hubeite this is as fine as these crystals ever found, and the coverage is very dense. Better in person, this piece is Ex Shields Flynn collection obtained from directly from Bert Ottens.