A cluster of thick lustrous gem grade Brazilianites from the unusual locality of Conselheiro Pena. In fine condition as seen, only one small edge chip can be found which is not visible on any display angle. The two famed Brazilian localities (Telerio and Corregio Frio both in Linopolis) have a distinctly different look, color and habit from each other and from the less common Conselhiero Pena specimens. This piece has a small amount of matrix but is almost a complete floater. Choice and not often available,
Epidote with Albite
Amis Gorge, Brandburg Complex, Daures
6.8 x 4.8 x 3 CM (cabinet)
Sharp dark green free standing Epidote mixed with contrasting Feldspar (Albite) crystals. From a small find made almost 20 years ago, this is far above average and displays well from any angle. The condition of the crystals is very fine. Unlike any other Epidotes from Namibia and even quite unlike most any location anyplace else.
A super Pseudomorph with an outstanding, long provenance from the early years at Tsumeb. Radiating flower like structure that seems to be fully replaced by Malachite. Close to 100 percent Malachite, there is just a sliver of matrix on the base. An unusual form, as most Malachite Pseudos are clearly replacements of Azurite but this seems to be a replacement of a native copper structure. The bottom or underside has been sawn to make a flat spot so this sits perfectly on display. From the famed Carl Bosch collection (1874-1940) with his handwritten label and "code" to the Smithsonian institution and Charles M Noll, this has belonged in several major collections. The Bosch label code is described in the Mineralogical record, and if I can read this writing correctly it was obtained on July 17,1913 for 300 marks, a costly piece at that time. This is also a quite early specimen as the mine would not yet have reached level 6 at that date (it would eventually reach level 46) and this piece would have been found well before that date. There are relatively few specimens preserved from the earliest discoveries at the worlds greatest mineral locality. This is one.
Amazing form and with very bright red color, Vanadinite crystals scattered on slender stalactites or rods of Geothite. A small find in late 2018 produced a few of these with better form and color than usually seen, these are not found very often unlike the well known (but very different) Vanadinites from Mibladen. In fine condition the individual crystals of Vanadinite are on all sides of these "fingers" and can be displayed from any angle. Sharp lustrous and vivid red in person, the contrast with the black Geothite is remarkable and the overall esthetic is impressive. This is a delicate specimen as can be seen, but it can be shipped with some special packaging.
A fine Fire Agate should look a lot like a fire Opal, this piece does, it is an impressive example. This has very bright fire colors with red, green, blue purple and yellow flashing colors, far better in person. These colors come from inclusions of iridescent Hematite in the clear parts of the Chalcedony. A top grade Fire Agate that has a polished facing surface and is sawn on the back, 17 grams. Fire agate of average grade is currently plentiful but this quality is not, and is often nearly as expensive as Opal.
A very rare and highly sought after Alpine treasure, this is a choice free standing Bazzite crystal on a matrix of Quartz with a few Hematite crystals. Bazzite is the Scandium analogue of Beryl and is classed in that family, most crystals are well under 3mm and are not so easily seen by naked eye. This is a 6 mm crystal with tapered form, some gemmy areas, good blue color and a curve clearly seen without magnification. From a single small but important find in a single tiny pocket in Savoie, France a few years ago. A superb, displayable thumbnail (actually just a hair larger more a toenail size) of a specie almost never available in any size. This is the only the second Bazzite we have ever had for sale and the first that can be seen without a microscope.
Hydroxylpyromorphite on Cerussite
MFouati Mine, Bouenza Department
5.9 x 3.1 x 1.7 CM (cabinet)
A very fine and unusually esthetic specimen of this new and rare mineral. This is a newly recognized specie (2017) and is the Pyromorphite analogue of Hydroxylapatite (Pyromorphite is of course part of the Apatite family). The well formed Cerussite crystal is a super matrix for the white to greenish crusts of micro crystals and masses. This specimen from the Congo is by far the best looking example I have seen. It is uncommon for new or rare minerals to visible to the naked eye and less often colorful or attractive. It remains to be seen if more will be found at MFouati, it is the first find of the specie in Africa. This mineral was previously noted at three localities in Europe and two in the USA as an "unknown, undescribed" specie. In those localities this has been found only in submillimeter crystals and crusts. A superb example with a rich coverage, a superb addition for a Pyromorphite suite.