A fine old Cornish specimen with a large spray of Torbernite (4 CM across) nicely perched on matrix. Great history with previous owners Hugh Ford, J. Cilen, Larry Conklin and John H. Marshall collections. This was advertised for sale by Larry Conklin for 250.00 fourty years ago. The specimen is certainly older than these collections (the Ford Label can be dated between 1946-1957). This mine dates back to the 1500 era as a copper mine later worked for Tungsten. Many other species were found there in later years including a few fine Torbernites many of the best can be seen in the British Museum. This piece is quite choice.
Spangolite with Brochantite, Barite etc
Blanchard Mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Socorro County
8.2 x 6.3 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
A complex specimen with a mix of bright blue Spangolite crystals in several patches mixed with Brochantites. The Spangolites are sharp and gemmy under good magnification, the matrix is quite colorful and more rich than typical from this great USA locality. Typically Spangolite is a micro mineral in most collections, this has enough good coverage to be visible by naked eye but certainly far more beautiful under magnification.
A large plate of complex Fluorites crystals mixed with multiple minerals including Rhodochrosite Rhombs, Sphalerite, Quartz and misc Sulphides. The Fluorites are mostly a pale purple to almost colorless but a few smaller crystals have a distinct pink color caused by being formed on top of Rhodochrosite. Nearly all the crystals on this plate are lightly frosted and have a slightly "melted" look. This locality is located on the same mountain as the famed Sweet Home and Detroit City Mines. This locality is a small propect with minimal devolopment has been worked for specimens by a small crew for a few weeks each year. They choose to not name or provide exact location of the site to protect it. The Fluorites are clearly different in habit from most that come from the mountain and the overall esthetics of this piece are quite choice.
A super example of this classic Pseudomorph with excellent sharp form and intense blue-green color. The Chrysocolla has completely replaced the Malachite which had replaced rosettes of Azurite. These rosettes are perfectly preserved. As a bonus the matrix on this is heavily sprinkled with small, gem clear Wulfenite crystals. The last find of this habit was in 1985, the mine is long closed and no more are to be had. These Chrysocolla rosettes have excellent sharp detail, waxy luster and the incredible color. Choice.
Witherite on Fluorite
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
2.8 x 2.6 x 1.8 CM (thumbnail)
A complete ivory colored Witherite crystal sitting on a blue crystalline Fluorite showing classic form. From the famed Minerva #1 Mine, this is a well formed thumbnail specimen in very good condition. The faces of the Witherite have the characteristic tiny stepped structures that are so definitive for this locality.
A cluster of thick lustrous gem grade Brazilianites from the unusual locality of Conselheiro Pena. In fine condition as seen, only one small edge chip can be found which is not visible on any display angle. The two famed Brazilian localities (Telerio and Corregio Frio both in Linopolis) have a distinctly different look, color and habit from each other and from the less common Conselhiero Pena specimens. This piece has a small amount of matrix but is almost a complete floater. Choice and not often available,
Epidote with Albite
Amis Gorge, Brandburg Complex, Daures
6.8 x 4.8 x 3 CM (cabinet)
Sharp dark green free standing Epidote mixed with contrasting Feldspar (Albite) crystals. From a small find made almost 20 years ago, this is far above average and displays well from any angle. The condition of the crystals is very fine. Unlike any other Epidotes from Namibia and even quite unlike most any location anyplace else.