A killer classic form of a "drill bit" twin crystal of Cinnabar stands out well on the Dolomite and Quartz matrix. In great condition, no damage and with bright luster, this glows a ruby red when backlit. The photos here do not have backlighting so the look is a bit darker but shows the twin form clearly. The Tongren Mine was a great locality for many years but is no longer producing. This piece is far better than average with a much larger than average crystal and very choice esthetics. At one time before China was opened for export of minerals a top Cinnabar like this was nearly impossible to obtain and close to priceless, being only available from museum collections. One of the great prizes in the mineral world, these are by far the best Cinnabars ever found and this is a super example.
A well formed pale yellow Sapphire crystal that is almost colorless with nice form and a sharp termination. The staggered growth steps on all six sides are very clear and distinct. This crystal is translucent and partly transparent with a very light frosting on the faces. A very nice textbook example of the specie from Mysore India, which is best known for Ruby Corundum, I have only ever seen a few non-red Corundum from this locality
A chantoyant "velvet" Malachite from the Shuli Mine, ex Shields and Frances Flynn collection. The Shuli Mine has on occasion produced some incredible Malachites that are rather like the best material from the Congo yet discernably different. Most good pieces tend to be large blocks, plates or masses, smaller cabinet specimens are quite uncommon. This is a perfectly complete undamaged early piece that is not huge and has the classic look of a fine Shuli Malachite.