Rhodochrosite (new find at classic locale)
N'chwaning Mine, Kalahari Fields, Kuruman
Northern Cape Province,
3.2 x 2.1 x 1.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A superb large thumbnail/ toenail Rhodo that has exception bright luster, color and is perfectly undamaged. This is part of a small find made late last year at the famed Nchwaning #1 mine. The result of years of digging in an attempt to find more of the legendary scalenohedral gem clear Rhodos last produced over thirty years ago. Those are now some of the most highly prized mineral specimens in the world. This new find was small but the quality was excellent. The Rhodo crystals are small but perfect, lustrous and with top intense red. This specimen has a mix of habits and forms all with a luster that is almost impossibly bright, best appreciated in person.
A few tiny Hematite crystals are scattered on the piece as well otherwise this is all pure gem Rhodochrosite. We had the opportunity to select a few of the very best pieces from the find as they were unveiled at the Munich show, this is one of them.
Killer esthetics from a small new find. This piece is from a a single pocket of Apophyllite in flowerlike clusters with pointed terminations that are all colored a deep green from Celadonite inclusions. In perfect condition, undamaged and far more impressive in person. There have been several other finds of Apophyllite included like this but they have all been of blocky or flattened habit crystals and none have had this habit or arrangement. The pocket yielded about 40 good specimens with seven top perfect pieces of which this is one. Even though the Deccan Plateau has been excavated intensely for decades, it still sometimes produces something new and impressive. The rich green of these Apophyllites is very intense and hard to render, it is more or less a Malachite hue and very different from any other Zeolites. Very striking geometry, color and display impact.
An extraordinary, esthetic Tsumeb Azurite with crystals in compound clusters much like flattened rosettes and curved prisms. Presents well from all sides and in perfect, undamaged condition. Similar in some ways to a few specimens we have seen with this habit from the famed Easter pocket, this piece is not attributed to that find but reportedly is from an older discovery. Far better in person, the blue is an intense deep hue that is almost impossible to render on a computer screen.
A very rare color and habit of Swiss Fluorite in a choice toenail. Bright red center cubo-octahedrons in a cluster of very gemmy crystals. In excellent condition and with a strong esthetic, these are nearly impossible to find on todays market. The strong red color is seen in the core of each crystal most strongly visible in the square faces. The rest of the fluorite is a light pink to colorless that allows the red core to be very visible. Choice and very attractive.
A choice Sri-Lankan specimen. Crystals of elongated Zircons that are reddish purple in color are up to 2.6 CM on a complex matrix. The specimen includes Sphene crystals to 3.5 CM. Despite some small broken crystals and contacting the piece still presents very well. The luster is a slightly "melted" look but still glassy and bright. Ex collection of Chris Amo, this is a very well formed example of the elongated habit of these Zircons.
An older very fine Fluorite that is a pure mass of oriented crystals all of which are modified cubo-octahedral or dodecahedrons. In fine condition, the display sides are choice and undamaged only the backside is contacted. The larger crystals are fully transparent and have very good luster. Dispalys well from several angles, this style and habit has not been available recently except from older stock (as this is). A modern Chinese classic.
An eye-catching complex cluster of very sharp crystal forms that show clearly the original shape of the Azurite crystals that were altered to Malachite and are now nearly all Chrysocolla. A few of the smaller crystals have broken section that show the core of unaltered Malachite. Other crystals are now hollow as well, reaching up to 3.2 CM long. Overall this is a delicate specimen that is very 3 dimensional and a choice cast form . One of the mineralogical discoveries that made big news about 2 years ago, these are now quite scarce on the market.
A main gem clear Tremolite prismatic crystal sticks straight up from a complex mix of Tremolite, Diopside and Calcite crystals. From the classic locality of Pierrepont in St Lawrence County, New York, this was found a few decades ago by the late Skylar Alverson, a legendary collector in the area. In excellent condition the main crystal is well terminated and has a pleasing blue-green color. The matrix is sawn on the back and bottom to allow it to be collected intact, the cut marks are not visible on display. A very fine example of the specie and is typical of a choice specimen from the famed Skarn gash veins of the region.