Vesuvianite- single Crystal
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.2 x 1.1 x 1.0 CM (miniature)
Pre Holiday 2017
The Vesuvianites that came out of the Jeffrey Mine are the most colorful and desirable in the world. This crystal has a two tone green color, gem clear areas and a sharp, perfect termination. Close examination shows what may be parallel growth or complex twinning. Overall a fine condition, undamaged prism with excellent color and bright luster. Found in 2002. Relatively affordable for this level of quality. Since the mine closed, these are fast becoming rare and very expensive when available.
Apatite on Muscovite
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley
Gilgit, Northern Areas,
5.5 x 4.5 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
A prism of pink Apatite (Fluorapatite or Apatite-CaF)is nestled in a Muscovite matrix. The crystal is 2.1 CM across and has distinctive modifications of the edges of the termination. From the earlier finds of Apatite at Chumar Bakhoor, this is in excellent condition. Esthetic contrast with the matrix, the Apatite looks fine from all angles.
A starburst of glassy Hemimorphite crystals with the extra attraction of being a nice pale blue color. From 2015 finds in Mina Ojuela, this is an especially fine and esthetic specimen. Some of the best Hemimorphite ever found comes from this locale, but very little ever had this most desirable blue color. The individual prisms are up to 1.1 CM long and have a bright glassy luster. Choice and very rarely available in this quality.
A big, blocky Microcline (Amazonite) crystal with several faces sprinkled with clear Topaz Crystals. A fine Erongo specimen that comes from the hard labors of the small miners on Hohenstien. The Topaz are up to 8MM in sizesharp, gemmy and most are colorless. The back of the specimen is contacted but the front and sides are in excellent undamaged condition and displays well. The green color of the Amazonite is not very often seen from this area, it makes a fine setting for the clusters of Topaz.