A classic and fine old specimen of the Adularia variety Valencianite. Ex Harvard University, Ken Hollman and Terry Szenics collections. From the Valenciana Mine(Guanajuato, Mexico) this has sizable crystals to 2.7 CM,and is in perfect undamaged condition. A dusting of small clear Quartz crystals and a few micro Sulfides ads some character as well.
Uvite on Magnesite
10.3 x 7.4 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
Bright green gemmy Uvite Tourmalines on a contrasting Pink Magnesite crystallized matrix. From finds in Brumado by the late Luis Menezes a decade ago, a very choice specimen that is no longer available in this fine quality. In excellent undamaged condition this is a lustrous, showy cabinet display piece.
A big and very showy 1950 vintage Rose Quartz crystal cluster from Plumbago Mt. Newry, Maine. Several rosettes of Eosphorite and an unidentified specie are also present. Excellent condition, with deep color and in dense esthetic aggregates. From the late Les Hitchings collection, this quality and size are very rare.
A very exotic and attractive combination specimen from a little known locale. The Galena is well crystallized in several habits including hoppered Octahedrons, Spinel twins etc. These are covered with micro crystals of secondary minerals (Cerussites, Sphalerites etc) the small area of matrix is a fine grained green Danburite, and there are several areas of white crystallized Nordenskioldine with some unidentified things as well.
In excellent condition, while this may be a "dark ugly" to some it is mineralogically rich and has great 3 dimensional form. Choice.
A perfect, top notch Pyromorphite with killer form, top color and luster. This came out of the ground in 2000 one of the first and best ever finds at Daoping. This locality is now rightly regarded as perhaps the best source ever of Pyros worldwide. This top quality and rich color is no longer found and rarely available. A modern classic, damage free with sizable crystals, this is a fine competition grade miniature.
A large gem clear Quartz that is a light smoke brown with coatings and inclusions of Schorl Tourmaline. Complex multi faced sides with ramparts make this a statuesque crystal. In excellent condition the overall look is an alpine type habit. In exceptional undamaged condition a few areas show a coating of Hyalite opal as well. Especially fine and choice for the locale this is far better in person.
Fluorite on Schorl/ Elbaite
Hohenstein Massif, Omaruru District
6.6 x 3.8 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
A pair of Tourmaline crystals decorated with several globular Fluorites. The Fluorites are included by hairlike Tourmalines that are a light green hue. From The slopes of the Hohenstein Massif in the Erongo, this is a likely a mixture of green Elbaite and Black Schorl Tourmaline. A very unusual arrangement and a nice setting for the transparent Fluorites.
An old, somewhat crude cluster of small colorless and larger purple Apatite crystals. The biggest Apatite is 1.8 CM across which is the largest I know of for the locale. From the Mount Rubellite Quarries an old but less famous Maine location for Apatites. Some chipping, crude edges and contacts are noted but the color, huge crystal size and low price help compensate for imperfections.