Calcite enclosing Chalcopyrite
Faraday Mine, Farady Township, Bancroft District, Hastings County
5.5 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
Ex Joe Stachura. From the one time find about 30 years ago, this is a killer example of this esthetic discovery. A glass clear calcite (optical grade) encloses a garden like array of bright Chalcopyrite in many forms. The impact and condition are great, some minor rough spots exist as seen on the photos but this is still far better than most. Rare to find on the market, these are treasured pieces unlike anything else!
An impressive larger piece with great form and silky luster. Individual crystals to 4 CM long show the shape of the original Azurites fully replaced by rich green Malachite. From the now finished finds at Milpillas, this is already a classic, yet still affordable.
Good Malachite psuedos were never common here, but the good ones were some of the best ever found anyplace. This is a really fine example.
Babingtonite on Prehnite
Meigu County, Liangshan Prefecture
6.5 x 5.2 CM (cabinet)
The Meigu area produced the best Babingtonites in the world. Enough have been found to make affordable pieces available now. The top pieces still sell for huge sums even in China. This is a nice specimen, though not a top piece, offered at an affordable price. If from a US locality USA just 10 years ago it would have sold for 1500-2000$ quickly! These finds give every collector a chance to have a good example. This has crystals to 2 CM with good luster on green Prehnite. More pretty in person.
This is really something different! English Fluorites are famed for the sharp penetration twins and daylight fluorescent glassy crystals. I have never seen a symetrical TRIPLE penetration like this. Nice color and luster, gemmy crystals reach to 1.7 CM with a few minor edge chips here and there, overall in nice shape. The condition is shown clearly in the photos. An oddity for a good Fluorite suite!