Azurite - rosette nodule
4.6 x 4.4 x 3.9 CM (miniature)
From the brief attempt to reopen the great Tsumeb mine for specimen extraction this is a fine example of a rosette nodule. From the 5.1 sublevel of the west 4 stope this specimen shows unusually large crystal blades and classic radiating form that is much more distinct than were most that were found. In fine condition, complete and quite unlike most of the Azurite from Tsumeb.
SOLD Grossular -
stock #SOLD 13.1-151
Sierra de la Cruz, Municipio de Sierra Mojada
5.7 x 3.9 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
A super piece with crystals over 2 CM across that are well exposed and present a very three dimensional effect. In very good condition overall the main crystals are all complete, undamaged and have just a few contacts. The color is top for the locale, a deep cranberry red with hints of purple tones. The Garnets contrast well with the white matrix. This locale has not produced anything for a few years, and is now a modern classic. The color and habit of these Grossular is unique.
Silver - wires with Quartz
Cobalt, Gowganda region, Timiskaming District
6.9 x 5.9 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Silver wires with tiny Quartz crystals coating and encasing some of the Silver. From the prolific Cobalt area this specimen is fairly old, it was sold by the Schortmann Brothers in the early 1960 era. The Quartz undermagnification is a sparkling druze of doubly terminated crystals many of which have a Cumberland habit. Close exam of the matrix shows that there is a lot more silver unclosed under layers of Quartz. The exposed area of wires is a dense nest with a few slender hairs rising to about 3 CM long. A choice, delicate and esthetic piece which looks better the more it is examined.
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley
Gilgit, Northern Areas,
5 x 4.8 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A slightly zoned and lightly etched pink Fluorite octahedron from early finds at Chumar Bakhoor. Some of the corners also show a stepped overgrowth with a smoother texture. In fine condition on the display sides, the back is contacted from the matrix and has a little adhering Mica, none of which is seen from the front. The crystal is translucent to transparent and will glow brightly when backlit. Pink Fluorites with this sort of etching are almost exclusively found in Alpine type clefts and this is no exception. In person the color is a more vivid than can be seen in the photos. Good pink Fluorites are prized and often very costly. This is a choice piece and a good value.
SOLD Covellite with Pyrite Quartz
stock #SOLD 18-AX-30-047
Leonard Mine, Butte, Silver Bow County
4.8 x 4.3 x 3 CM (miniature)
While Covellite is a fairly common Copper mineral, crystals are very rare and good crystals are really only known from two locales (Italy and Butte) both locales are gone forever, these are true classics. A nice old Leonard mine Covellite with several free standing crystals and choice patina. This has a vintage label (1940 era?) from Continental minerals. The Covellites on this piece are of the thin blade type, very delicate and are well intergrown. The iridescence is a purple to blue with some reddish hints, this displays especially well under strong lighting as the metallic patina is very bright. Much better in person.
Mina Navidad, Abasolo, Rodeo
5.2 x 3.2 x 3.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Radiating cluster of very distinct Creedite crystals that are free standing, reaching nearly 3 CM tall. Aside from the much larger than usual crystals, this has very rich color, some transparency and fine luster. Mina Navidad has been the source of nearly all good orange Creedites, a mineral usually colorless or brown (rarely purple) and usually in much smaller crystals. This is far above average miniature, excellent for the size and especially esthetic.