Textbook sharp crystals in a cluster from the classic Italian locality of Mt Somma. From several angles this looks like a single crystal with Dodecahedral form but when rotated it is clear that this is a cluster of three intergrown crystals that are perfect and complete. Leucite is not a very rare mineral but sizable, perfect crystals like this are rather uncommon. This is a fine example, much better than usual.
Pink Fluorite crystal with fine clarity, light frosting and distinctive form. No damage, the Fluorite is nestled among sharp Muscovite crystals and is well protected. The habit is a highly modified octahedron with complexity that adds to visual interest. A 1.5 CM gem clear Fluorite that is better in person. A really good example of Pakistani pink alpine Fluorite that will not break the bank.
Epidote -classic Italian
2.2 x 2.2 x 1.8 CM (thumbnail)
Bright lustrous Epidote crystals in a cluster that are topped with a larger compound prism on the top. Largest prisms reach 1 CM which is very large for this locale. The crystals are all gemmy and the largest are in fine condition, a 20X magnification finds some very tiny chips but perfect by naked eye. The Bellacombe area is one of the great classic locales best known for great Garnets, Vesuvianites etc. The Epidote here can be a bright yellow color when small and grades to a honey brown as they get larger. This is a nice example that is well above average for size and esthetics.
Axinite with Prehnite
Grey Cloud Claim
5.5 x 3 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A colorful and unusual Canadian specimen, sharp glassy Axinite crystals -some of them gem clear- contrast with bright Prehnite crystals. This looks just like some classic Alpine European specimens (Bourg de Oissans etc) but also a bit unique too. The Prehnite crystals show curved faces and are colorless, white and light green some also have a chlorite coating adding more color. Ex Les Hitchings, this was collected in 1960. Close exam finds some edge chipping so this is not fully perfect but it is a very esthetic and well crystalized specimen the best I have seen from this locale, and a choice example.
Sphalerite on Quartz
Clinton, Onieda County
3.5 x 2.7 x 2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A bright lustrous Sphalerite crystal perched above a sparkling Quartz matrix. From an important 1987 find in Clinton, NY. this is an excellent clean example. The Sphalerite shows the complex form that is typical with multiple twinning and is translucent, light passing through gives a rich yellow to rootbeer color. Can be trimmed to a thumbnail if desired. A modern classic from the Northeastern USA not often available.
A neat miniature hosting a fine Dauphine twin Quartz that has gem clear transparency. A New England classic, these are often compared with the well-known Colorado specimens but are quite different in person. the matrix is well crystallized Amazonite, with the blue green color most desirable from New Hampshire. Ex Ernie Schlichter collection, this was collected by him in the heyday of the Government pit digging. The luster is excellent and glassy on the Quartz and a pleasant matte finish on the Feldspars making a nice contrast.
These are from an old stash and are not at all common on the market
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.
Calcite -Gem clear with phantom
Leiping Mine, Leiping, GuiyangCo., Chenzhou Prefecture
4.1 x 3.6 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
Bright luster, exceptional clarity and sharp form, a choice miniature from the now famous Leiping mine. In perfect, undamaged condition, this mine is famous for these superb Calcites and the bright Hematite phantoms. Very few have been available in recent years. Similar in form and habit to the classic English Calcites from the Iron fields in Egremont, these are far less expensive yet just as attractive.