Sharp phantom of red Quartz seen inside this old specimen from Bamle (Telemark) Norway. As seen the crystal has some bruises and so is not for a perfectionist, but it is a nice colorful piece from this locale famed for Barites. Inside the Quartz there are dark spheres (Pyrite?) and deeper red clouds of Hematite. Pre 1935 vintage with an old French label, these are never seen for sale.
Fluorite -color change
Xiayang, Yongchun County, Quanzhou Prefecture
6.3 x 3.1 x 2.2 (cabinet)
Late Summer 2018
From this great new find, this is a superb small cabinet specimen of sharp, undamaged and very colorful Fluorite. The color shift on these Fluorites is striking, it goes from a royal blue to a deep purple depending on the light source. The crystals are wonderful modified cubes, transparent and have a fine contrast to the matrix. We examined hundreds of pieces from this find and selected just a few, there were many damaged pieces and this level of perfection was not common. The discovery of these in Fujian province was an exciting new find last year and has now already dried up.
Large, sharp, and very translucent, this single crystal of Parisite is exceptional. The bright red brown color and glassy luster make this stand out. Parisites have been found sporadically at the Emerald mines near Muzo, but usually much smaller, damaged or opaque. This is a textbook example of the tapering habit seen at Muzo. Perfectly eye clean for damage but very tiny chip can be found with 20X magnification. In 15 years of travel and worki with Colombian minerals, this is the best single crystal of Parisite we have had.