Amazing form! The Galenas here show many unusual habits, the epitaxial chains are most eyecatching but the hoppered and skeletal crystals are also very fine. Remarkable too is the lack of any visible damage. We have handled a lot of fine Bulgarian specimens but this one stands out as a very choice piece for esthetics and combinations of well crystallized but bizzare forms. From finds in 2014 I have not seen any newer material quite like this.
A fine and esthetic cluster of zoned Fluorite cubes in a delicate array. Minimal matrix, the cubes are very well separated and freely formed. Some faces show a light frosting others are more transparent and inside the cubes are swirls of deep purple with many inclusions of micro quartz prisms. With good magnification small movable bubbles are noted and the interior landscape is impressive too. Overall in outstanding condition damage wise, the corners and edges show some stepped growth but no damage. Several angles for display work well and have a quite treelike form. From mining in 2006 this style of specimen is no longer produced.
Sharp Fluorite with classic form of complexly stepped cubes (distinctive of some Asturias specimens) is the base for a spray of flat Barite crystals. Choice display specimen that is better in person, the Fluorite has a pale violet-blue color and a few purple phantoms. In fine condition damagewise, the delicate Barite blades are surprisingly all intact. Looks good from all sides this has no point of attachment it is fully crystallized on all faces. A remarkable specimen from all angles.
A very fine, old Pyro having two generations and two colors of crystal growth. A significant specimen, Ex John Marshall Pyromorphite collection, collected prior to 1900. John obtained this in 1972 at the Boylston Massachusetts Library auction of a collection originally donated in 1900. It took him a lot of research and trips to the British museum to clarify the locality. This is described on his detailed collection card included with the specimen. Nearly perfect, very little bruising as seen, most crystals are well defined and lustrous. A very choice example from a less well known classic locale.
Cuprite- gemmy red crystals
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
6 x 4.4 x 1.7 CM (cabinet)
Pre Holiday 2017
A well formed, bright stack of Cuprite crystals from the great Milpillas mine, better known for world class Azurites. This find of Cuprites created a big stir 2 years ago, but few were undamaged or had crystals much over a few millimeters. This piece is far better than average, in excellent condition damage wise and the crystals are stacked in an esthetic epitaxial arrangement. These octahedrons all will glow bright red with focused light passing through them, the photos here are only made with typical display lighting, so as not to be misleading. When these were first found the prices being charged were incredibly high, this is a lot more reasonable, yet a fine quality piece, by comparison a really good value.
A super thumbnail with a very sharp, lustrous Anatase estheticly perched on matrix. In fine condition as seen, there is one minor contact on a backside but no damage. Norwegian Anatase are some of the best in the world and are now classics. Choice.
Fluorite on Quartz with Calcite
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County
10.7 x 6 x 4.4 CM (cabinet)
Pre Holiday 2017
An impressive Yaoganxian specimen with gem clear Zoned/ phantom Fluorites scattered on sizable clear Quartz crystals. Ex Charles Noll collection, an older specimen. Very 3-dimensional with top quality color and sharpness for the Fluorites. The backside and base of this are contacted and broken where it was removed which can not be seen on display. The display side is in impeccable undamaged condition which is rare. One of the worlds top mineral locales, Yaoganxian now produces almost nothing, this type of quality is only found in older collections.
Fluorite - zoned - with Calcite
Annabel Lee Mine, Bethel Level, North End, Hardin County
6.5 x 5.3 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
Pre Holiday 2017
A classic Cave in Rock Fluorite with yellow and orange cores and purple outer zoning. Some well defined etching and pitting contrasts well with the sharper corners and edges. The Calcites are distinctive of the Annabelle Lee mine, and quite a nice esthetic addition. The condition of the display face is very good the only damage or contacting is the outer edges and backside where this was removed. A lot of good display impact for the size. Choice Fluorites of this quality are fast becoming very very expensive. As the mines have now been closed for decades, there will never be more of these and only turn up in older collections.