Pyromorphite on Malachite
stock #11.1 -W51
Brown's open pit, Rum Jungle
10.4 x 7.2 CM (cabinet)
A fine, large specimen from the epic 2010 find that was the mineral discovery of the year. A very rich example of the "emerald pocket) the matrix has numerous malachite spheres scattered on a bed of deep grass green velvety malachite. The surface is covered with hundreds of sharp olive green to lemon green Pyromorphites. Bright luster and in great condition, this has a striking color contrast. Well better than average for this find, and it now seems that there will be no more. Very attractive and destined to be a classic.
From the personal collection of Paul Melville one of the discoverers, this is a killer for this find. The best specimen I was able to obtain in trade with Paul from his display at Tucson. Brilliant color (typical for the best of Emerald pocket pieces) and a rolling landscape like form help this stand out. Pristine condition and far better in person. The densest coverage of pyromorphite is preferential on certain zones which helps make it look "topographic". Since this find the mine has been flooded and 9 months of intensive pumping have failed to re open it. The best of these are certain to be classics and appreciate well!
Big (up to 4.2 cm), sharp shining metallic silver crystals clustered on matrix. Esthetic with better than average presentation, this is excellent specimen of this cobalt arsenide. Without doubt the Bou Azzer area produced the very best of the specie, prior to these the best were German, rare, expensive and far less pretty. The display side of this is in excellent condition. It is contacted on the right side and has damage at the rear where it was removed, not seen in normal display. This locality still produces a few good pieces every few years but it will not last forever. These are future classics especially when they are this good.
A fine, fibrous crystallized primary malachite from the prolific mines of Katanga. Excellent color, satin sheen and luster, no damage. Malachite crystals over 3 CM abound. The recent finds of this material have been well appreciated, affordable and very attractive. Not all fine minerals are expensive!
Grossular (gem Garnet)
stock #11.1 -W63
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
7.4 x 6.9 CM (cabinet)
The type of incredible garnet that made the Jeffrey Mine famous. A sizable matrix specimen with dozens of sharp, gem clear crystals that reach 1.5 CM. Top color and glass-like luster. Most crystals are fully perfect with delicate striations but there is damage or contacting on some crystals with most chipping at the edges and backside. Despite that, the overall impact is outstanding, and the cost is far less than the astronomic prices that fully perfect pieces command.