Simple and attractive, the less common tabular form (flat hexagons) of gem clear Beryl nicely perched on matrix. In most light the Beryl looks white or colorless, but a tiny hint of blue can be seen in some conditions. In my eye it is a colorless Goshenite variety but some may see it as a pale Aquamarine. Either way this presents this special discoidal habit very well. From the modern classic area of Mt Xuebaoding in 2003, this form has not been found for some time. A choice modern Chinese classic and an uncommon crystal habit.
Perfectly formed Chamosite pseudo having the shape of the original Garnet (probably Almandine). Unlike most from this classic find, this is a matrix specimen, and the crystal is not rounded but is very sharp. These were first collected over 130 years ago (at that time called Aphrosiderite, a discredited name) and still are sometimes found, but rarely of good quality. A nice affordable classic pseudomorph.
A large and super esthetic Auglaize Fluorite. From the heyday of the quarry production over 20 years ago, this is an eyecatching piece with good iridescence that has to be seen in person to appreciate. The open cavity here holds dozens of small perfect orange-brown cubes that off set larger gemmy purple cubes up to 1.5 CM. This is the best large matrix piece I have seen for sale.
A new find of Imperial topaz with zoned inclusions from the famed Ouro Preto. This late 2016 find had less than a dozen crystals but all have deep brown to near black inclusions on the lower areas of the crystals. The tops and terminations are very fine, gem clear and slightly zoned in hues of yellow to orange. This world class locale has produced unique "imperial" Topaz for many decades. This small find is very special, it a unique habit that is different but still exhibits the well known fine gem crystal that is classic from here. In person this is more transparent, lustrous and undamaged
A new find of Imperial topaz with zoned inclusions from the famed Ouro Preto. This late 2016 find was less than a dozen crystals that have deep brown to near black inclusions and "clouds" on the lower areas of the crystals. The tops and terminations are very fine, gem clear and slightly zoned in hues of yellow to orange. This world class locale has produced unique "imperial" Topaz for many decades. This find is very special, a unique habit that is different but still exhibits the well known fine gem crystal that is classic from here. In person this is more transparent, lustrous and undamaged, the top more traditional section of the crystal is well above average for the locale.
Almandine -fine crystals on Schist
Stikine River, Wrangell Island, Wrangell-Petersburg Borough
10.3 x 6.4 x 5.5 CM (cabinet)
Exceptional quality Alaskan Garnet well exposed on contrasting schist. Esthetic old specimen with a quality rarely seen, the largest Almandine is 2.7 CM. Some areas of the Garnets are translucent with slight rounded edges and nice growth details on larger faces. In fine condition, the crystals show textbook typical modifications and have a rich purple-red color. A classic US location.
Super rich specimen with sharp and lustrous Lazulite crystals dominating the display face. Good Rapid Creek Lazulite are the best ever found of this specie, and unlike any other location in the world. Magnification shows several of other phosphate minerals including what looks like fine Collinsite and Kulanite crystals. The Lazulites are in most cases transparent to translucent and have rich color. Loaded with other micro minerals this is attractive on a shelf or under a scope. Well above average quality for the locale the Lazulites are very large at over 1 CM.
A fine classic specimen from the Tintic District, ex Northwestern University Museum, Charles Noll, David Crawford etc. Bright Cuprian Adamite crystals sparkle against Azurite and Conichalcite on a gossan matrix with traces of Cuprite. Comes with several labels, is in fine condition, undamaged, and clearly a very old specimen. Almost never seen on the market today, from a significant US locality.