Fluorite -new find
Hameda, Jorf, Er Rachidia Province
7.9 x 5.8 x 3.9 CM (cabinet)
Glassy bright yellow Fluorite with sharp transparent cubes in an esthetic cluster. From a new find in the Hamada area that has produced much better than previous specimens. Choice display specimen with distinctive habit and color. All of the main crystals are perfect, undamaged which is rare in a Moroccan Fluorite.
A choice single scalenohedral Rhodo crystal with a small bit of matrix adhering to the back and bottom. Super bright color and sharp, glassy prism faces. The lower termination has some contacts on the back side but otherwise this is in super fine condition and the front side displays very clean as seen. An excellent Peruvian thumbnail that looks a bit like a South African. Choice.
A really attractive and different sort of Fluorite. The Emerald mining area at Penas Blancas has produced a very small number of highly etched Fluorites over the past 2 decades. Most are cubes a a few are Octahedra, most are colorless and a few are pink. These are usually very deeply etched and re-crystallized and sometime have emerald green globs in the center or corner of the crystal. This is a pink corner of an octrahedron that is naturally etched and has a nice green spot in the center. Gemmy enough to be faceted, this unusual habit is I belive only in a small prospect about 250 meters higher above than the Penas Blancas Emerald zone. A very good example of a rare form.
A complete "floater" of doubly terminated Vesuvianite that is textbook perfect, from what was long called Lago de Jaco in Coahila, Mex. but is now considered to be Sierra de la Cruz. This has a fine and long pedigree, it has labels from Neal Yedlin, Ron Bentley, Bud Webster etc. No damage, a few crude Grossular are sprinkled on the prism faces. Likely vintage 1960s, no more have been found for decades.
Fluorite - complex etched cube
Madoc, Centre Hastings, Hastings County
5.8 x 4.9 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
A complete cube, fully transparent of a pale green Fluorite that has stepped, etched and recrystallized geometric hills on all faces. From old finds at Madoc, this was in the John Marshall collection. One back corner has a tiny bit of matrix adhering and some contacting too, the front and sides are in perfect, undamaged condition. Display well, few Fluorite collections have this nice a specimen of this classic locale.
A classic daylight fluorescence Fluorite from Weardale. In fine condition with a large twin (2.8 CM diagonal) prominently on top of a mound of smaller, sharp Fluorites. Good transparency and luster, there are a few phantoms in the larger crystals. A choice example from this once prolific region and a fine textbook quality twin.
An older, choice (vintage 2002) Sheelite from early finds on Mt. Xuebaoding. The glassy luster and deep orange color makes this a strong small cabinet specimen, although it could be trimmed to miniature size without problems. These Scheelites rocked the mineral world when they were first found, they were the best ever seen. Now the original locale is closed down, nearby mining still produces some Scheelite but not with this color or style. A modern classic, there is chipping at the outer edge and contacting of the main Scheelite, not very distracting but it is there. So this is not right for perfectionists but if perfect it would be many times the price. Displays well and is a lot more affordable as a result of these issues.
Hematite coated by Andradite
N'Chwanning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Filed
Northern Cape Province,
5.8 x 3.4 x 3.2CM (cabinet)
A Kalahari classic, sharp and lustrous Hematite crystals are nearly covered with blood red Andradite Garnets. In very good condition the only damage to note is on the outer edges. From a find made over 20 years ago, these coated Hematites are now rarely seen on the market. In person the red hue is deeper than the photos show. A few areas of mirror bright Hematite are exposed where the garnet layer has come off. From the famed NChwaning mine that is more famed for the great Rhodochrosites. A very desiable specimen of this unique find.