Brazilianite (on albite)
Telirio Mine, Linopolis
6.4 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
A clean, bright, sharp and colorful specimen of clustered gemmy Brazilianites on a tiny shard of Albite matrix. The crystals reach 3.5 CM and are in fine condition. From 2009 finds in Linopolis, this is far above average and has a great esthetic, but at an affordable price.
A FINE classic American Tourmaline specimen, Ex Frank Hess collection. Undamaged, unrepaired, doubly terminated Elbaite (3.5 CM) is penetrating the termination of a compound quartz crystal. A small green zone is visible at one termination but mostly this is just fine raspberry hue. This specimen dates from pre 1950 Pala area finds, it was sold by Schortmann's minerals but no mine attribution is given, it may have been from any of several small prospects or one of the more famous mines. Classic form and far better than average quality and esthetics for a fine San Diego pegmatite specimen!
A fine and attractive example of this rare Lead, Silver, Antimony "black ugly" mineral! Until the 2004 find, Andorites were one of the rarer Sulfosalts and crystals were always quite tiny. This piece is from that discovery and a very good value for the size, condition and form. The metallic luster and steel to brassy hues are as good as these ever get. Ex Kosnar, there are now very few of this caliber to be found, lesser pieces are typically far more expensive!
A very fine and very attractive specimen! Elbaites with vivid color and gem clear quality reach 5.5 CM in a jackstraw cluster. There is practically all tourmaline with no matrix, only a few areas of minor Cleavelandite. The better Paprok Elbaites have become highly respected for distinctive color and glassy faces. This specimen is top tier, it is a rich, sharp, colorful glassy and in outstanding condition.
An exceptional, well formed Sphalerite from a long gone classic locality. Big, textbook clustered crystals reach 3.6 CM and show elegant twinning. This is far better than most "good" specimens from Tri state, it is admittedly more expensive but a very good value for the price. While this is a "black, ugly" mineral the overall esthetics and luster on this one makes this an remarkable and desirable addition for any collection.