Grossular - gemmy
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.4 x 2.4 x 1.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A super attractive Grossular from the great Jeffrey Mine. The matrix is all Garnet, a thin plate of transparent pale Grossular with a cluster of larger deep orange crystals that are very distinct and have fine luster. The main Grossular is 1.5 CM across and all gem. In fine condition this has a nice contrast and gives a good isolation to the main crystals.
Malachite Ps after Azurite
Flubspatgrube, Lichtenberg, Bad Stben, Franconian Forest, Franconia
5.9 x 3.3 x 2.7 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A fine old Pseudomorph with a very well formed main crystal 2.4 CM tall. From the collection of Thomas Fitzpatrick, this is in excellent condition. I have not seen any other of this quality, the separation and contrast with the matrix is superb. There are some smaller crystals on the matrix most with some damage or are fully broken but these are not very obvious. The matrix is largely a dark red to brown Gossan with a few small Goethite spheres. On the bottom of the matrix there seems to be a small zone of Pseudomalachite as well.
A perfect main Arsenopyrite crystal with textbook form well perched above the matrix of Muscovite and Quartz crystals. Brilliant metallic luster, no damage and great esthetics, a very choice miniature for the specie. The main Arsenopyrite is just over 2 CM and has a penetrating crystal (twin) that is in a X form, but is not very evident from the logical display angles. From finds almost 10 years ago at Yaoganxian. Hard to photograph the brilliant luster, this is great in person.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
2.9 x 2.4 x 1.6 CM (thumbnail)
An excellent thumbnail of quite fine Apophyllite from the legendary Jeffrey Mine. World famed for the Garnet and Vesuvianites, Apophyllite is much more rare and almost never available. The crystal here is lustrous and has distinctive well formed striations and stands apart from the matrix well. An worthy addition for a Jeffrey mine suite.
SOLD Quartz Var. Amethyst
stock #SOLD 18.1-568
Piedras Parado, Las Vigas
3 x 1.9 x 1.8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Undamaged, attractive well crystallized mineral specimens are usually quite expensive, but there are a few exceptions. This find of Amethyst is one of them. Choice small Veracruz Amethyst cluster with fine color, clarity and form. One of the last great bargains in the mineral world.