An attractive Sphalerite crystal cluster that has flower-like form is perched on a contrasting matrix. The color looks black at first glance but with strong lighting it is a translucent dark red-brown (rubyjack) color. The luster is extra glassy bright and the quality is fine. The front of the specimen is in excellent shape damage wise, the back and one edge is contacted which is not seen from the display side.
Sphalerite specimens from Elmwood are common, but esthetic specimens of this caliber are quite rare to find. A lot of display impact for the size.
An olive green crystal plate from this venerable old locale that is densely covered with free standing crystals. The condition is overall excellent but with magnification some very small damage can be found, mostly at the edges where this was removed. The Pyromorphites themselves show several habits including hoppered and tapered terminations. This specimen is a little lighter in hue than is most Pheonixville specimens, but it has the classic luster that is distinctive.
Amethyst -zoned crystals
Amatitlan, Municipio de Zumpango del Rio
4.1 x 2.1 1.9 CM (miniature)
pre Tucson 2015 update
An attractive miniature showing the distinctive habit of Guerrero Amethyst. This shows both the classic esthetic arrangement and shape of crystals with the zoning that sets these apart from all other Amethyst. In good condition, there is some chipping to be found with magnification so this is not for the perfectionist. Far better than average and much more affordable than larger pieces. Vintage about 1955.