A sizable, sharp and glassy pair of intergrown Herks that have far better than average clarity. These have some fine bubbles. anthraxolite flakes and tubes included within, but the best is the rare "crystal voids" that are cavities shaped exactly like a small doubly terminated quartz. Contacted on the rear and with a few chips but still displays well and the inclusions are easy to view.
A bright and esthetic cluster of quartz showing several forms and reaching over 6 CM. There are also fluorites (white to 1 CM size), pyrite, dolomite and small bismuthinites as well but the main attraction is the greenish "artichokes" that are famous from Shangbao. Most of the main crystals are in excellent condition but some minor damage is visible on smaller side crystals with magnifcation. This can be displayed without any damage visible at all. Some terminations at first glace seem damaged but with magnification it becomes clear that they are fully terminated with either an unusual cupped and cavernous structure or many tiny fibrous parallel growths which are in turn terminated. Some small scepters are here too. The color for these is usually referred to as Green, but depending on the light and the viewer, the color can be more blueish. Either way this is very attractive and lustrous piece.
Clear Fluorites (very light green) are the matrix for Native silver, Acanthite and other silver minerals. Some of the Fluorite is included by these minerals - it is best appreciated with magnification. A single sharp Sphalerite crystal is partially coated with acathite and a film of silver. Micro crystals that appear to be polybasite are also noted. A very different sort of Silver specimen!
A very fine, large (3.9 CM) sharp and glassy Sphalerite sits on the matrix of Dolomite coated with quartz and minor calcite. When backlit the Sphalerite glows Orange Red. The crystal is complete with no damage. Very esthetic.
Quartz- Black Stemmed Scepter
Treasure Mountain, Little Falls, Herkimer County
3.5 x 1.7 CM (small miniature)
The most desirable style of Herkimer "diamonds" is the the Black Stem scepter. These only occur in a single small zone and are not currently being found. This is a good, clean and undamaged example collected in the early 90's. Very distinct phantoming and lots of interesting inclusions.