Beryl- Highly etched gem crystal
Hohenstein Massif, Omaruru District
8.8 x 2.6 x 2.2 CM (cabinet)
Pre Holiday 2017
A very odd, beautiful and choice gem Beryl that reminds of the famed Ukrainian Heliodore, yet this is an Erongo specimen. In fine condition, all sides of this crystal are stepped and etched with complex, faceted faces. Close to 100 percent facetable gem grade transparency and 44 grams of green to yellowish color, like a midpoint between Aquamarine and Heliodore. We recently (2017) obtained this in Namibia where it was the best and largest of a single pocket. So far there seems to be no more. Doubly terminated (crudely) and in our experience, unique.
An American classic, sharp Fluorite with excellent color and form from the Minerva #1. Complex cubic stepping and hoppers on several faces and a few Chalcopyrite crystals add a nice accent. The Fluorite cubes are very sharp, in fine condition, colorful and translucent to transparent. Looks great from several angles and with backlighting is really dramatic. The photos here are NOT backlit so it looks as it will in a typical display without special lighting. Sadly such quality Illinois Fluorites are fast becoming rare and expensive. No damage except on the underside where it was attached, this is choice and clean on all display faces.
A fine and unusual Brandburg type amethyst crystal in perfect condition, with the very rare addition of Apophyllite crystals on some faces. Classic and esthetic, this is the best example I have seen of this uncommon association. The Apophyllite is gem clear and sharp, most are doubly terminated and all are very lustrous. In the Quartz, movable internal bubbles (enhydro) are a nice bonus. The Goboboseb region has produced lots of Amethysts but the quality, esthetics, condition and the Apophyllites make this one stand out from the crowd. Choice.
A bright, sharp and lustrous Garnet cluster from the early finds at Huanggang. In fine condition the individual Andradites are up to 1.5 CM though most are a bit smaller. The color is a deep mahogany brown that can look nearly black in some light. A choice small specimen from the now famous Inner Mongolian mineral belt.
A wild an complex Quartz that is both attractive and exotic. Very striking green phantom zones in an otherwise perfectly clear crystal. A transparent window near the bottom of the prism show the inner core loaded with golden and red Rutile needles. The exterior of the quartz has some bizzare growth structures and striations that are not typical at all. The termination also shows a hint of a scepter. The main prism is on a crystallized matrix and undamaged. From early finds at Ganesh Himal, a very fine "Himalayan" type quartz with unique features and strong display esthetics.
Erythrite - accicular form clusters
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province
5.3 x 3.4 x 2 CM (cabinet)
Pre Holiday 2017
A superb, delicate and bright mass of slender crystals of Erythrite in exceptional condition. Sharp elongate crystals in radiating masses and loose sprays are densely packed on matrix. Not at all typical esthetics, this is a striking, attractive specimen. The worlds best Erythrite used to come from Bou Azzer, now rare to see in this quality level. Choice.
A fine sharp blue Topaz crystal from the old classic St. Anne mine in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia). Especially clear and mostly gem grade throughout, the termination is complete with some complex pitting that shows geometric stepping and faces this may look like damage in photos but is not. The blocky habit is distinctive and has very lustrous faces, this is 5.2 CM across the diagonal, and weighs a stout 99.5 grams. Pre 1970 vintage but likely far older, these were at one time the worlds best natural, untreated blue topaz and few survived cutting. A choice specimen from this historic locale. In person the blue color is a little deeper than the photos show.
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Sanjiang
3.3 x 2.9 x 2.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Pre Holiday 2017
A well formed cluster of undamaged Mimetite crystals on matrix from the famed finds in 2003-4 at Pingtouling. Since the mine collapsed some years ago these specimen have become highly desirable and much appreciated. This is a choice and undamaged toenail or small miniature with excellent orange yellow color and perfect form. A modern classic.