Grossular - two colors
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.3 x 2.3 x .6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A thin plate of matrix hosts two generations of sharp, gem Grossular. The larger crystals are the well known orange hue but the smaller crystals are colorless to light pink. A nice and uncommon contrast. This is in fine condition, no damage seen at 10X magnification. Excellent glassy luster, sharp striations and quite three dimensional.
Quartz- Tabular Faden habit
stock # 18.1-AL-25-030
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas,
5.3 x 2.4 x .4 CM (cabinet)
A perfect "floater" that is crystallized all around and is remarkable, in perfect undamaged condition. From the finds in 2014 in Waziristan that produced some of the best Fadens ever found. This is a textbook example, fully transparent with bright luster and sharp edges. The Faden or string inside is distinct, bright and clear see from any angle. We have seen and handled many from these finds, undamaged floaters with such sharp details were very few.
A bright, sparkling old Mexican Rhodo with Scalenohedra that are covered by clear tiny quartz crystals that add a bright luster. The rich pink color of the Rhodocrosite is clearly seen through the druzy Quartz. Some typical sulfides make up the rest of the matrix, the dark colors adding contrast. In very good condition, a few old breaks are noted and seem at least partly revealed, however as seen this is still a very fine display piece.
Fluorite on Quartz (older Chinese)
Xianghualing Mine, Linwu County, Chenzhou Pref.
6.9 x 5.7 x 4.4 CM (cabinet)
Beautiful light green transparent Fluorite crystals in modified Cube-Octahedral forms perched on a matrix of Massive Fluorite and Quartz crystals. Exceptional in person, a very choice and quite unusual habit, no longer seen for sale. The Quartz has an Iron tinge and so adds a nice color contrast. Displays well from several angles. The Xianghauling mines produced just a few of this habit in 2004-5. We obtained several at the mine and sold them all long ago, including this one that has come back in a collection purchase. The mine is non producing for many years now.
Sharp and perfect Topaz (4.4 CM across) with an unusual but very esthetic morphology. Glassy luster and esthetically exposed, this is a very choice piece that is far better in person. The Topaz presents with an elongated termination facing outwards and the form and presentation is not a typical one. Damage free and for a non-colorful specimen this is really different and eye-catching in a display.
Grossular on Prehnite
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
1.7 x 1.5 x 1.3 CM (thumbnail)
An unbelievable killer "bonsai tree"! This small thumb from the great Jeffrey mine is unique. Perfect display and undamaged all around. The Garnets are the deep emerald green color that are called "Chrome Grossular" and are gem clear. The Trunk of the tree is a single complete Prehnite crystal of the elongated prismatic habit. We have handled quite a few bright green Grossular but have never even seen such an esthetic combination. Simply extraordinary for the locality and for the specie. Top notch competition level, really a once in a lifetime thumbnail.
Quartz with Fuchsite Phantoms
stock #18-11-AX 186
8.8 x 6.3 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
Sharp and perfect clear terminations of Quartz crystals presenting distinct well-defined green phantoms. While Fushsite phantoms from this location have been found before, only one pocket had clear terminations and very bright phantoms near the tips that are so clearly seen. Outstanding in person, this is from that one find and is far above average quality. Nothing like it has been found since. Displays great from several angles, there are 5 crystals with green phantoms in the cluster and 3 without any. We have seen a few of these mislabeled as Papagoite and Ajoite inclusions, often at very high prices. This is however classic Fuchsite or chrome mica in the Quartz but a rare and attractive form.
Wonderful esthetics! Slender wires in branches holding spinel twinned Copper crystals in Herringbone arrays. A very old specimen from the famed Phoenix mine, in perfect condition. A superb, textbook example of these habits that is much more delicate than most Phoenix specimens. Under magnification it seems a small dab of Silver is present as well as a small modified cube. It is remarkable that this piece has remained intact.