Galena on Dolomite
Buick Mine, Bixby, Vibernum Trend, Iron County
4.9 x 2.4 x 2.4 CM (miniature)
A choice miniature Galena with classic habit cubo-octahedral crystals from the Buick mine. Displays perfectly, no damage and with an esthetic composition. This is an older specimen 1970 vintage ex. Larry White collection. This mine has been prolific and has produced many types and habits of Galena which are modern classics. These are excellent values especially when perfect like this.
Apatite CaF (Fluorapatite) on Muscovite
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley
3 x 2.7 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Classic Chumar style pink Apatite with a sharp, gemmy crystal well positioned on minimal matrix. Super glassy luster and good transparency. The front display surface is in excellent condition, there is contacting on the back/ underside but no breakage. Presents well. Ex Sal Avella, these have become quite scarce in this better quality.
A classic style Belvidere mountain (Eden Mills) Garnet on Diopside and Calcite matrix. The main crystal is 1 cm across and sharp, glassy and a fine red-orange color. This long closed location is legendary for these Grossular which are now quite scarce in good quality piece. A few smaller Grossular and some remains of damaged crystals are also on the matrix, but the primary visual feature is the well exposed main crystal. Gemmy and choice.
Axinite (Fe) etched gem crystal
Khaplu, Ghanche District
3.9 x 3.5 x .7 CM (miniature)
A choice gemmmy clear tabular Axinite single crystal with etched edges and sharp centers. Especially glassy luster with elegant growth patterns etced in the lage flat faces. From the Ganchu district in Gilgit area, Pakistan, this was a small but wonderful find. The color in most lighting is a root beer brown with highlights of yellow-orange to red-purple. Somewhat dichroic as well, this changes color and darkens in Polarized light or even when rotated in from of a computer monitor. In fine condition the outer edge may look rough in the photos but it is all complexly recrystallized and etched in a delicate pattern. Distinctly different from Axinites from most other locales, this is an excellent Alpine specimen.