Sierra de la Cruz, Municipio de Sierra Mojada
7.3 x 6 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
Blocky habit Vesuvianite crystals that are doubly terminated are studding a contrasting Rhyolite matrix. From very old finds at the locality once called Lago de Jaco, now Sierra de la Cruz. The Vesuvianites are well exposed from the matrix and are nearly all bi color. This habit of Vesuvianite was collected before 1980, there have been no more in recent years.
A rare doubly terminated, complete enstatite (Hypersthene) crystal 2 CM long on bright red Alamandine. From the famed Gore Mt Garnet locality that produced huge masses of Almandine years ago. Hypersthene was also fairly common but mostly massive or very poorly formed. This Enstatite is crude but with clear form with a melted edge look. The crystal is perfect, undamaged and nicely perched on the Garnet matrix, this is not typically a pretty mineral but this crystal has charm. This is the best formed and most distinct Enstatite I have seen from the locale, a fine thumbnail for the region.
Barite rosette form
Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
4.5 x 3.6 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
Delicate rosette of sharp Barite crystals from the Cave in Rock Fluorite region of Southern Illinois. Translucent sharp blades are up to 1.8 CM there is some edge transparency and zoning. In unusually fine condition, all the main crystals are complete and undamaged. Ex Larry White collection. Surprisingly few good Barites of any size were collected at the time the mines were working. This is a choice and affordable example.
A sharp and distinct pair of Rutile crystals are penetration twinned on matrix. An older Graves Mt. specimen, the red color and satin luster are very fine for the locale. Textbook forms and a nice display specimen, the front side seen on display is perfectly damage free but the underside and one edge (out of sight) have contacts. Choice.
Pyrargyrite on Manganoan Calcite
Pachapaqui District, Bolognesi Province
7 x 4.9 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
Pyrargyrite crystals in small clusters and individuals are scattered on a pink Manganoan Calcite matrix. Individual crystals are up to 7MM. Some of the edge crystals have some chipping but the center portion is pristine. A few of the small clusters have the "raspberry" form and are hollow crystal aggregates best appreciated with magnification. A nice ruby Silver specimen that has a nice colored micro crystalline matrix as a contrast.
Super thumbnail of gem Tourmailne with the steep termination from the world famed Dunton pocket at Newry. A classic US Elbaite with sharp form, bright luster and 100 percent gemmy clear. A small Quartz crystal adds a nice accent, the crystal is also dichroic and damage free. One of the most significant tourmaline discoveries of all time, the Dunton Quarry pocket is legendary. The steep terminations on some green crystals like this were unusually distinctive. These have become quite scare in this quality.