Cerussite on Azurite
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Cu-Zn-Pb deposit, Rudnyl Altai
5.2 x 3.3 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
The fantastic finds of Cuprites at Rubtsovskoe was huge news a few years ago, and made the region famous. Recently some very attractive Azurites have turned up but only a few associated with Cerussite. This example has a reticulated cluster well placed on contrasting crystallized Azurite. Excellent color and form, a fine addition to any copper suite and will fit well with the Cuprites and coppers that are so well known from here.
SOLD Red Beryl (Twinned?)
stock #SOLD 13.1-333
.9 x .8 x .7 CM (thumbnail)
A doubly terminated red Beryl (Bixbite) from the Thomas Range that looks like a true penetration twin. Twinning in Beryl is very rare, some writers say it never occurs, most often twins are actually joined parallel growths . This specimen certainly looks like an actual twin, the structure is correct and the original collector who had this specimen had exhibited it widely in his displays of twin types. We have not had an xray study done but are passing this on with a question mark on the twinning question. For the right collector this can be a fun bit of research and is a nice Beryl no matter what the form is. The crystal is complete and has no damage but a few micro contacts and natural pitting on edges. Red Beryl is of course rare itself and a twinned specimen (if so) is quite special.