Three chisel tip Peridot crystals in a line like mountain peaks. A choice older specimen with fine color and transparency. With any backlight this will really glow. Nearly all good cutting grade, there are virtually no inclusions to be seen. Some minor bruises can be seen but they are very minor, and the naturally frosted faces soften them even more. This is unusually well formed and sizable for a Sopat Peridot which are often very degraded or damaged. Far better in person, a very good value.
A transparent gem crystal of bright red Rhodo from the classic N Chwanning #1 mine. This is part of a small find made late last year, the result of years of digging in an attempt to find more of the legendary scalenohedral Rhodos last found over thirty years ago. Those are now some of the most highly prized mineral specimens in the world. This new find was small as were most of the specimens, but the quality was excellent. The Rhodo crystals are perfect, lustrous and with top intense red. This specimen has a series of face modifications not seen in older materials. Condition is perfect, very few of the old find were so completely undamaged. Big display impact for the small size.
Silky "catseye" luster in these bicolor crystals makes a complex but impressive cluster. Most every crystal in this specimen is doubly terminated with one end pointed the other a flat basal termination. In impressive condition this is an older (25 years plus) Brazilian gem. The darkest colored areas are mostly opaque but the majority of the prisms are translucent and on thin edges transparent. With backlighting the crystals all show several areas of zoning, but in normal display these seem to have two main zones and silky texture is pronounced. Most of the faces have many tiny accicular crystals attached at jumbled angles, adding a nice sparkle in person. The longest crystal in this cluster is 8.5 CM. An excellent example of this style and habit not often available.
Topaz- Imperial gem
7.3 x 1.9 x 1.5 CM (cabinet)
A sizable and fine elongated imperial Topaz from Ouro Preto with classic bright orange color. In person this is fully transparent and has glassy luster, a perfect pyramidal top termination and a more crude lower termination (doubly terminated) a chip is on the lower corner where this was removed it is not seen on most logical display angles, A contact along one edge is completely healed and recrystallized, overall this is in remarkably fine condition for such a large crystal. Wispy dark inclusions are noted and in the center of the crystal is the nice rose color that is especially desirable. Choice and better in person too.
Fluorite -classic zoned Illinois
Rosiclare level, Minerva Mine #1, Minerva Oil Co, Cave-in-Rock district
7.8 x 5.8 x 3.9 CM (cabinet)
A choice old Minerva mine specimen with strong purple to yellow zoning. In very fine condition and with wonderful details of stepping and complex face planes. The photos have a little backlight to show the color and zoning with stronger backlight they are far more dramatic, brighter and intense but not typical of a normal display. Without any backlighting the zoning is visible but subtle. A few tiny Chalcopyrites are evident too.
Hemimorphite on Willemite
Mindouli - Mindouli District
9.7 x 6 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
Super intense blue Hemimorphite grading to a whiter hue sits on a crystalline Willemite matrix. Displays very well, this is damage free, and very attractive in person. The Hemimorphite is especially three dimensional and the botryoidal spheres are impressively well formed. Fine Hemi specimens like this have been only sporadically available, and only a few specimens at a time. We have seen nothing new come out recently. These are among the worlds best Hemimorphites for color for form.
Strontianite - classic locality
Oberdorf an der Laming, Laming valley, Bruck an der Mur
6.8 x 6.3 x 2.9 CM (cabinet)
Complex, perfectly formed clusters of Strontianite crystals from Oberdorf. The better old Styrian Strontianites like this are considered to be the best for the specie. Sharp, free standing hexagonal crystals up to 1.5 CM and are in perfect condition. This esthetic piece shows the septums and thin walled cast structures that hold the Strontianites by very tiny points of attatchment. This is from the collection of Terry Szenics and retains his label. The recent Mineralogical record article explains very well the locality and specie. An excellent specimen of a common mineral that is not often well crystalized
100 percent gem Tourmaline in a joined cluster of prisms having 4 separate terminations on the "top". The crystal is doubly terminated so there is a fifth termination (flat type) on the bottom. I count 4 colors in zones but two are rather small and not distinct. The whole is perfectly transparent and facet grade, there is no damage even under good magnification. This is from a major find at Paprock some years back that has since dried up. These polychrome crystals are very distinct and are immediately recognizable from that find.