A complex cluster of deep red hoppered and elongated Vanadinite in epitaxial arrangements perched nicely on a base of Barite blades. An older Mibladen specimen, the branching, tree-like form makes it very eyecatching. Undamaged by naked eye but magnification does find some small chipped spots. An unusual piece that is quite elegant and well composed.
Fluorapatite on Muscovite
Panasquieira Mines, Panasquiera Covilha
Castelo Branco District,
5.4 x 3.2 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
Sharp purple Apatites are scattered on a finger of fine grained muscovite in an esthetic grouping. Crystals reach 1.7 CM and most show good color zoning. A choice small cabinet specimen that displays well from the classic mines of Panasquiera. One small contact can be found on a lower edge otherwise this is in perfect undamaged condition.
Gersdorffite with Annabergite
Alt Ahmane, Bou Azer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province
Souss Massa Draa Region,
4.2 x 3.5 x 2.7 CM (miniature)
Gersdorffite in good or sizable crystals has been super rare until this one small discovery. This is a very fine piece and is the best example we have had from the world class 2014 Bou Azzer find. Sharp lustrous octahedra in a cluster with contrasting green Annabergite shows this Nickel specie well. A brittle mineral, this has some cracks and chipping on some crystals but overall is in exceptional condition. Sharp crystals to 2.3 CM is quite impressive for this specie.