An older, well formed amber colored Barite from the Sulcis area of Caligari in Sardinia. Ex. Mineral Gallery (K. Ward) This shows several good phantoms with backlighting, and has a second generation overgrowth in some areas. Over all in fairly good condition there is contacting on one side and at the rear, small edge chipping is present but not easily seen from the logical display angle. A nice, good color piece from a classic local with the main crystal reaching 4.8 CM.
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
8 x 7.4 x 5.9 CM (cabinet)
A well placed cluster of lustrous Cassiterite perched on the classic Muscovite matrix of Mt. Xuebaoding. Very nice presentation and contrast, the Cassiterite is just over 4 CM across and in very good condition. By naked eye there is no damage but good magnification shows slight edge chips that are not at all distracting on display.
An early piece of well formed multi-color tourmaline from the now famous deposits at Luc Yen, Vietnam. Very sharp and with glassy luster, this is in superb condition with no visible damage to the crystal. Better in person and a little more gemmy than the photos show. This is quite likely a mix of Elbaite and Liddicoatite but has not been analyzed to determine this. Ex John Marshall collection, this is well above the quality of the vast majority of these Tourmalines, and a nice addition to any suite.
Flux Mine, Patagonia
3.6 x 3.1 x 2.4 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A very esthetic, 3 dimensional specimen with well formed delicate crystals from the great finds of the 1980's at the Flux Mine. These are all quite delicate and usually show considerable damage, but this is an unusually pristine example. The sprays of Cerussite contrast with the black matrix very well. This can be packed and shipped but we recommend insurance since it is so delicate. Now an American classic this is a far above average toenail specimen.