A pretty and fine specimen that is a rather hard to describe and to photograph. A cluster of transparent garnets with a tiny bit of matrix. It is easy to see the matrix through the clear Grossular, and with magnification individual crystals of Clinochlore and what looks like Diopside can be seen inside the crystals. Undamaged, clear and with very, very glassy luster, this has outstanding deep color and is far better in person.
This thumbnail Acanthite shows textbook forms and habits in sharp, undamaged crystals that have very good luster. A modern classic locale, the San Juan de Reyes mine has been the source for some outstanding silver minerals, this one is an excellent example.
A killer quality gem clear Diopside cluster with a light sherry color is perched on a contrasting matrix of white Diopside and bright green Vesuvianite. In outstanding condition this has fine eyecatching esthetics, showing the tabular crystals in a perfect stack. Good Diopside from this locale is sought after, these are very uncommon in such quality and condition as they are fragile. An excellent addition to any suite from Jeffrey Mine and a a fine Diopside from anyplace
Vesuvianite -exceptional color
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
2.2 x 1.9 x 1.1 CM (thumbnail)
pre Tucson 2015 update
Rare color and perfect form making this a serious competition grade thumbnail. Even more rare, no damage at 30X magnification can be found. This deep violet to pink purple zoned crystal cluster has great luster and stands out in a display . This is the sort of color and quality that has made the Jeffrey mine a world class locale. This level of quality is rarely available and much sought after.