Fengjiashan Mine (Daye Copper Mine), Edong District, Daye County, Huangs
6,8 x 5.5 CM (cabinet)
A wonderfully displayed gemmy calcite (4.2 CM across)sits on a small shard of matrix that is dusted with smaller gemmy calcites as well. Great form and condition, the calcite has some glass clear faces and interior and others with a very light frosting. This looks great from any angle, from one side looking like an old English Calcite and from others like a modern Dalngorsk piece. This is from the Daye mine in Hubei, China which has produced a lot of great calcites, but this one is distinctly different than others we have seen.
An exceptional and pristine Barite. The locality at Jinkohe was incredibly productive about 5 years ago, with lots of Barites coming out. Most were unimpressive or badly damaged but a few were world class. This piece is undamaged and has 2 main Barites (3.7 and 7.2 CM) with different habits but both with glasslike transparency. Despite being a "white on white" mineral this does display strongly and the delicate form is very fine.
Not long ago when China was closed to the west, the only fine minerals we knew from there were twinned Cinnabars. They were the worlds best. They were also unobtainable, only seen in old collections or museums, and worth a fortune. That has changed! This is a fine classic style Cinnabar with good translucency nested in dolomite crystals. Well better than average, this displays well with great contrast. The quality is better than a piece that sold in the early 70's for 20K!
Quartz (very unusual habit)
Itabira, Itabira-Nova Era District
6.5 x 5.9 CM (cabinet)
A very esthetic and very weird quartz! The second generation smoky quartz looks just like a gemmy Cassiterite or a Scheelite from some angles. The crystal is strangely distorted, some faces have grown far out of usual proportions and the whole looks like a very different specie as a result. In any quartz display, this will NOT just blend in! No eye visible damage on the secondary crystal, micro chipping seen at 10X magnification.
Epidote and Quartz
Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Prince of Wales Island
8.8 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
An American classic, old style Epidote on quartz from Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. One of the harshest collecting areas in the USA, this site has been worked sporadically for almost 100 years. This is a beautiful example of why folks still try to go there. Displays well on either side, this has 2 main crystals to just over 4 CM that show good form and luster. Fine condition overall and a good value.
Bright pink-red bladed crystals reaching 1 CM cover the crest of this matrix. The find of this Rhodonite was big news a few years ago. This is a good representation of the better style of bladed crystals that came out then. There is some damage as there is on almost all of these, but it is limited and not on the most important crystals. Attractive specimen.
A sizable and very rich specimen of crystallized Silver that contrast well with the dark matrix. Old classic material Ex. Wein Collection (Stuttgart) and John Marshall Collection. Shows several forms of silver including several good herringbone clusters to 2.4 CM long.
Tourmaline (Gemmy Elbaite)
stock #8 -BRA-685
Barra de Salinas Mining District, Coronel Murta
7.5 x 2.9 CM (cabinet)
A big, glassy gem crystal of rich deep green color and attractive form. The termination is a complex series of separate peaks that looks much like a cityscape. Formerly in the Smale collection, the crystal looks rather dark until it is backlit and it really glows a rich deep green color. The front and sides present well, the rear has some chipping (that's why its the rear) which is not visible from the display side. A very fine older Barra de Salinas piece, probably worth more as gem rough!