Amethyst- conjoined scepters
Orange River, Namakwa
2.1 x 1.4 x 1 CM (thumbnail)
A sweet thumbnail of sharp transparent Amethyst scepters that share a single stem. Both crystals show a double termination and grade to colorless lower down. From a find a few years ago at Orange River (Namibia), there were not many of these. In fine condition as seen, and a bit nicer in person too.
Fluorite and Quartz
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
6.3 x 5.6 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
The main Fluorite cube is very sharp, multi colored (blue, green and with amorphous zones of a violet purple). The main cube is 4.7 CM on edge and has very sharp corners. The Fluorite is perched on a pair of Quartz crystals and is contacted / incomplete on the back side but undamaged and choice from the front and sides. A zone of golden colored suphide druse is noted on one face that adds a nice contrast. Good rich color and transparency, a nice Yaoganxian specimen from the period when the mine was still working at full capacity.
Enargite -classic Butte, USA
Leonard Mine, Butte, Silver Bow County
4.8 x 3.9 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
A Butte, Montana classic, well crystallized miniature. This has a more metallic silvery color than the usual sooty black and the crystal definition is very sharp. What may look like damage in a few crystals in the photos is not damage just the result of multiple faces that are very lustrous, in person the condition is clean. Ex Fred Meissner collection. With old Butte pieces it is especially good to have detail of the exact mine locale. This has more detail in the label than most specimens it is noted as from the 3200 foot level in the Leonard Mine. Sharp crystals up to 2.3 CM long, a choice copper sulphide specimen that is actually attractive and better in person.
Scheelite on Muscovite
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
10.4 x 7.5 x 4.5 CM (cabinet)
Three perfect and sharp crystals of light orange Scheelite are arranged in a connected chain on matrix. Well exposed and nicely nested in the surrounding crystals of Muscovite, this is a a far better thasn typical specimen from the great finds at Xuebaoding almost 20 years ago. The crystals have the classic pseudo Octahedral form and have great luster, some transparency and no damage. Most faces also show complex growth structures and multi stepped zones that are epitaxially aligned. All in all a very clean early Chinese Scheelite with very strong display impact. Sawn on the back from when this was removed, the saw marks are not visible from any display view.
Hematite with Rutile
Cavradi, Tavetsch, Grissons
3 x 1.7 x 1.4 CM (thumbnail)
Swiss Hematite with very well formed blades standing on minimal matrix. A close exam shows some tiny but brilliant red Rutile crystals on some faces. A nicely composed thumbnail (or toenail) that looks good from both sides. In excellent condition, a very lustrous and classic Alpine specimen. This specimen was originally labeled as from St Gotthard, but we are assured this habit with the epitaxial Rutile is unquestionably from Cavradi and is distinctive for the Cavradi Gorge.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
4.7 x 3.6 x 2.9 CM (miniature)
Highly esthetic cluster of radiating fans and "pinwheels" of bright Adamite crystals with minimal matrix. In superb condition, damage free and displayable from several angles. The Ojuela mine has been operating for hundreds of years and has a well earned reputation for exceptional minerals many of which are worlds best. The Adamites from here are unquestionably the worlds best and come in many colors, forms and associations. The vivid lemon-green balls, fans and free standing pinwheels are one of the most desirable (and uncommon) forms. This is an older ex Ernie Schlichter specimen and a superb miniature with top brilliant luster. Vintage about 1975, this quality level has never been common and is now even more rare.
Andradite -classic locale
Dognaczka, Banat Mountains
Caras Severin Co.,
6.4 x 4.6 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
Glassy isolated crystals of Andradite with some Calcite presenting several habits. Some Garnet crystals here show uncommon cubic faces, and reach to 2.1 CM. An older specimen dating back to the era when this was part of Hungary.
Beryl var. Aquamarine
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
6.6 x 4.7 4.1 CM (cabinet)
A big (4.3 CM) Aquamarine crystal rises above the Muscovite matrix and is unusually well exposed. This is the wide tabular crystal habit that is rare worldwide but at Mt. Xuebaoding was the normal form. This is an older piece from mining in the 2004 season. Later digging restrictions (for Panda habitat protection) have closed most of the higher elevation areas above Pingwu where this came from. Other mining continues in the region but the mineral production is different. These Beryl are modern classics and while they were rather commonly available 6 years ago they are now quite rare on the market. This specimen is well better than average for the clarity, form and esthetics. In fine condition as seen this is better in person too.