Wulfenite with Mimetite etc
Eureka, Eureka District
5 x 3.8 x 3.9 CM (miniature)
A pretty and complex "mystery" piece, from Schortmann's minerals in the early 1960's. The label locale given is "Eureka, Nevada", which is not well known known for Wulfenite. A bright orange to red aggregate of Wulfenite showing several habits, all on a mix of many unusual micro crystals including Mimetite and 3 unidentified species that look like phosphate minerals. Is this a small or lost locality? There are several mines with other Lead secondary minerals in Eureka. This is different from most all Nevada Wulf. I have seen too. Schortmann's were very careful about correct localities and they did get their stock from many of the great prospectors/collectors of the day. For wulfenite collectors or those who like doing research on oddities, this is a very intriguing specimen.
Fluorite (pink and clear) on Quartz
Val Cristallina (Cristallina Valley)
4.6 x 3.4 x 1.5 CM (miniature)
A rare old piece (pre-war) from a classic alpine cleft locale, this is rather different from more recent finds. The matrix is a series of parallel quartz crystals covered with a druse of sparkling clear Flourite octahedra that are included by greenish chlorite. There are six bigger pale pink Fluorites scattered on the face, the largest 1.4 CM. Undamaged by naked eye, even at 20x magnification there is almost no damage to find. A relatively affordable and rather different Alpine Fluorite specimen.
Scorodite on Pyrite
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
3.1 x 2.6 x 2.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
At first glance this looks like a mass of pyrite with a little bright blue Scorodite crystal. With closer examination it is nearly all Scorodite with a coating of pyrite. The bulk of the "matrix" is yellow, brown and blue- green Scorodite crystals up to 1.6 CM. Everything is covered with sparkling crystals of Pyrite that hide most of the underlying crystals. In undamaged condition, this is from the one time find at Henzoh about 5 years ago. There have not been more found since then. A very good value for one of these!