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.
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 fine Fire Agate should look a lot like a fire Opal, this piece does, it is an impressive example. This has very bright fire colors with red, green, blue purple and yellow flashing colors, far better in person. These colors come from inclusions of iridescent Hematite in the clear parts of the Chalcedony. A top grade Fire Agate that has a polished facing surface and is sawn on the back, 17 grams. Fire agate of average grade is currently plentiful but this quality is not, and is often nearly as expensive as Opal.
Hematite (iron Rose) on Adularia
St Gotthard, Central St. Gotthard Massif, Leventina
5.3 x 5 x 2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A bright single flower of bladed Hematite contrasting nicely with sparkling Adularia crystals. An older "Eisenrose" this is sharp and displays well, the main rose being 1.3 CM across. A classic Alpine specimen when these are a bit larger they can be incredibly costly. This is a fine smaller piece (far more affordable) and could be trimmed to a fine thumbnail if desired.
A choice Michigan specimen with sharp black-silvery crystals that are a perfect replacement of Manganite. Most likely from the Taylor mine but there is no documentation of that detail. From the Palmer collection that was assembled in conjunction with the late Dr. Joe Mandarino for use in his research and publications. The crystals are quite sharp and lustrous reaching to 1 CM some are also free standing.
Azurite -rosette nodule
4.6 x 4.4 x 3.9 CM (miniature)
From the brief attempt to reopen the great Tsumeb mine for specimen extraction this is a fine example of a rosette nodule. From the 5.1 sublevel of the west 4 stope this specimen shows unusually large crystal blades and classic radiating form that is much more distinct than were most that were found. In fine condition, complete and quite unlike most of the Azurite from Tsumeb.
Mina Navidad, Abasolo, Rodeo
5.2 x 3.2 x 3.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Radiating cluster of very distinct Creedite crystals that are free standing, reaching nearly 3 CM tall. Aside from the much larger than usual crystals, this has very rich color, some transparency and fine luster. Mina Navidad has been the source of nearly all good orange Creedites, a mineral usually colorless or brown (rarely purple) and usually in much smaller crystals. This is far above average miniature, excellent for the size and especially esthetic.
Rutilated Quartz and Hematite
3.8 x 2.4 x 1.8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A cute toenail sized rutilated Quartz that sits on bladed Hematite crystals that are also Rutilated. The Rutile hairs are bright golden color and very sharp, clearly seen both inside and out of the Quartz. Rutile on Hematite and Rutile inside Quartz are both often available, but it is quite uncommon to see both together like this.