Barite - Phantom crystal
Muddy Creek, Rio Grande Valley
3.6 x 3 x .6 CM (miniature)
new june 17
A simple single crystal of Barite with a dark phantom zone. This also has a druse of tiny sparkling Barites that add a little flash. In good condition and a nice example of the find.
7.3 x 5.6 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
new june 17
From the find 3 years ago in the almost unpronounceable locale of Boekenhoutshoek, Mkobola. This is the sought after deep purple color that has not been found in more recent digging there. This small cabinet piece has excellent form and color. "Cactus" habit quartz are usually much more pale or are not even purple. The royal purple this piece has is the most uncommon and most desired. In fine undamaged condition,
A crazy, complex specimen that is composed of several generation of well crystallized Vesuvianite in a riot of colors. From deep emerald green to magenta, yellow and more this single specimen seems to have most of the brightest color spectrum for Vesuvianite. The crystals are sized from druzy sprays to prisms of 3 CM and are in several habits, many are also bicolored. This is fully crystallized on all sides, overall in great condition, some contacts and minor chipping can be found on a few areas , but the best display faces are free of damage. Over the years it was working, the Jeffrey mine produced the worlds best and most colorful Vesuvianites in many habits and colors. This specimen provides many of the colors that collectors search for from here, presented in a sizable, complex piece that invites gazing. Far better in person too.
An esthetic cluster of well formed leaf-like pink Serandite with contrasting white Analcime crystals. A classic association from Mt St Hillaire, the only locale where sizable, fine crystals were found. Minor black Aegirine is also noted. A lot of visual impact for a small specimen. In excellent condition.
stock #17.1-279 (A7)
2.8 x 2.6 x 2.2 CM (thumbnail)
new june 17
Choice, classic thumbnail of flesh colored Pyromorphites showing fine Barrel shaped crystal form and hoppered terminations. A small bit of adhering Barite is noted but mostly this is all Pyro. A nice arrangement very three dimensional with good luster. Magnification shows the main crystals are undamaged but areas at the edges have some chipping, not visible by naked eye. A good, affordable German specimen.
An outstanding cabinet display piece of fine, large (to 4.5 CM) crystals of iridescent Chalcopyrite on contrasting Sphalerite. Although Chalcopyrite is a common mineral, great crystals especially large ones are surprisingly rare. The patina and metallic color play make this especially attractive. An older Casapalca specimen in fine condition overall, with a few small chips mostly on outer edges. As Chalcopyrite is very brittle it is rare to have such large crystals in this fine condition.
A sculptural arrangement of elongated crystals of Apophyllite with green inclusions and some zoning due to Celedonite inclusions. In fine condition and with great form this stands out among the many average pieces from the famed Deccan traps of India. As fine minerals from many locales have become so incredibly expensive, it is still possible to build a suite of top notch Indian minerals for a relatively modest investment.
Thumbnail specimen of gemmy Eosphorite crystals in a radiating spray on Quartz matrix. As is sometimes the case there are micro crystals of Zanazzite associated. The condition is excellent and by naked eye perfect. At 20X magnification one small crystal can be found that has some termination damage. Remarkable for this delicate mineral in such long, slender crystals. great value.