A very bright, clear and perfect little gem from the great Jeffrey Mine. A fine small miniature / toenail, this could also be trimmed to make a competition thumbnail. The matrix is a mix of clinochlore crystals and small clear grossular that are pale pink or colorless. The main Garnet is cinnamon orange-red, well positioned on the plate and is complete all around. You can see through it perfectly.
Even before this legendary locale closed for good the garnets had become scarce and very expensive when of top quality.This is far better in person and a real bargain for the quality and esthetics.
Kamioka Mine, Hida-shi, Gifu Prefecture, Chuba Region,
6.3 x 3.9 x 2 CM (cabinet)
pre Tucson 2015 update
A rich crystallized plate of uncommon Japanese Pyromorphite, ex John Marshall collection. John obtained this specimen about 1962 as he was building his famed suite of worldwide Pyros. It is likely much older. These are rare to see on the market, and quite prized when available. The crystal coverage is dense over a 5 CM area, with a nice olive green color. Maximum size of individual crystals is 6 mm, the average perhaps 3-4mm with moderate luster. The backside of the specimen is also covered with crystals, tho not as dense and with smaller individuals so it is the back. A skilled trimmer could make 2 specimens if wanted. The condition of the front side crystals is mostly good but magnification shows a few broken crystals. Despite this it is a fine display piece from an uncommon locale.