Silver - wires with Quartz
Cobalt, Gowganda region, Timiskaming District
6.9 x 5.9 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Silver wires with tiny Quartz crystals coating and encasing some of the Silver. From the prolific Cobalt area this specimen is fairly old, it was sold by the Schortmann Brothers in the early 1960 era. The Quartz undermagnification is a sparkling druze of doubly terminated crystals many of which have a Cumberland habit. Close exam of the matrix shows that there is a lot more silver unclosed under layers of Quartz. The exposed area of wires is a dense nest with a few slender hairs rising to about 3 CM long. A choice, delicate and esthetic piece which looks better the more it is examined.
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley
Gilgit, Northern Areas,
5 x 4.8 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A slightly zoned and lightly etched pink Fluorite octahedron from early finds at Chumar Bakhoor. Some of the corners also show a stepped overgrowth with a smoother texture. In fine condition on the display sides, the back is contacted from the matrix and has a little adhering Mica, none of which is seen from the front. The crystal is translucent to transparent and will glow brightly when backlit. Pink Fluorites with this sort of etching are almost exclusively found in Alpine type clefts and this is no exception. In person the color is a more vivid than can be seen in the photos. Good pink Fluorites are prized and often very costly. This is a choice piece and a good value.
Euclase -blue crystals with Quartz
Lost Hope Mine, Mwami, Karol District
5.2 x 3.7 x 2.7 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
A sizable cluster of Euclase crystals and sections of crystals on a nearly pure Euclase matrix. The color ranges from a light blue to a deep inky blue and the scattered Quartz crystals add a contrast. From the Lost Hope mine of Zimbabwe, this was found more than 40 years ago. The largest crystal is 2.6 CM in size but it must be noted it is closely encased in the matrix with only a few faces showing, and the better display angles do not present the best color zones. This is a sizable mass of Euclase with some gemmy areas and some nice striations on the larger faces, although the edges do have lots of cleavages and rough zones. Relatively affordable, the photos to me look a little bit better than the specimen in person but they are real with no photoshop tricks. A good value for this often very costly gem mineral.
SOLD Covellite with Pyrite Quartz
stock #SOLD 18-AX-30-047
Leonard Mine, Butte, Silver Bow County
4.8 x 4.3 x 3 CM (miniature)
While Covellite is a fairly common Copper mineral, crystals are very rare and good crystals are really only known from two locales (Italy and Butte) both locales are gone forever, these are true classics. A nice old Leonard mine Covellite with several free standing crystals and choice patina. This has a vintage label (1940 era?) from Continental minerals. The Covellites on this piece are of the thin blade type, very delicate and are well intergrown. The iridescence is a purple to blue with some reddish hints, this displays especially well under strong lighting as the metallic patina is very bright. Much better in person.