An odd but very attractive, zoned Tourmaline crystal that is clearly bent. Doubly terminated and with three color zones this in fine condition. A cluster of Cleavlandite blades is the only matrix. One termination is an uncommon slanted habit. This is an early Pakistan specimen from some of the earliest finds (1970s) that looks a bit like later Stak Nala material, but is from Gilgit area. A good value for a rare habit and nice esthetics.
A rich red Ruby crystal that is transparent, has a slight color zoning and more purple core. This stands nicely from the encasing Calcite matrix. A second corundum crystal on the backside is broken and more blue, it is not seen from the display side. There is one clean repair that is not seen without help of 20X magnification, otherwise the Ruby is perfect and complete. The crystal is partially enclosed on the calcite with 1.9 CM exposed and seems to be about 2.8 CM overall. Very fine form and color, Mogok Ruby has been regarded as the best in the world for centuries, yet few good specimens are seen. Mined in 2016, it is now illegal to export uncut gems from Mynamar.
An excellent 3.2 CM gem crystal of Diopside is well positioned on a Tremolite matrix. A classic US specimen From the very old locale of Dekalb New York, this is an early specimen of a type that has not been found for many years. Sharp form, good luster, transparent-gem with fine color and in great condition. Rarely seen on the market and never available in this quality. An excellent value.
Intense salmon-orange color Serandite crystals are nicely perched on a contrasting white matrix. From pre 1980 finds at Mt. St Hillare, later specimens were not so bright. The Serandite at the "top" of the piece is doubly terminated, has a few contacts and great luster. Other crystals on the piece are a little cruder and more encased in the matrix, but are sizable. The worlds best specimens all came from this quarry and now that it is closed there will be no more. A classic mix of Alkali minerals on this specimen that are actually attractive. Ex S Alverson collection.
An exceptional specimen the most perfect, colorful and gemmy Calcite I have seen from the closed Rucks Pit fossil clam locality. From early finds at this now classic location, an ex Arkenstone specimen, the luster and transparency are hard to capture in a photo. A small amount of the original clamshell fossil forms the base of this piece, the crystals had grown inside the clam but are now exposed. Unlike most of the thousands of specimens from here this is in the top .001 percent!
An attractive, delicate and rich color Gibbsite is host to dozens of sharp Wulfenite crystals. This is the only specimen of this rare association that I have ever seen. Ex. Shields Flynn collection which he obtained from Bert Ottens. In perfect condition, this would be a really fine Gibbsite even without the Wulfenites. Displays well from many angles. Choice!
6 x 4.5 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
An older Afghan gemmy Spodumene crystal that seems to be color stable as this is over 15 years old. This blocky compound crystal has 3 distinct terminations at one end and a crude complex termination on the other. Overall in very good condition damage wise there is some minor contacting. The "hiddenite" name is often used for green Spodumene but that name should be reserved for the type locality. A rather big gem crystal of 164 Grams, this is much larger than could be found from the original locality. A very good value.
Barite on Quartz
Jinkouhe town, Ebian
6.8 x 4.5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Nice form and composition with a pleasing color contrast. The Jinkouhe locality in Ebian has produced tons of Barite some well crystallized. Usually this Barite is pure white sitting on white quartz with weak esthetics and little contrast. A few rare colored pieces have been found and this is a good one. A rich yellow zone in the Barite makes a fine contrast to the gemmy clear quartz crystals. The main quartz are undamaged but the matrix has some small broken stubs that are not very noticable. The Barite is complete and grown around the quartz. It sits and displays well. There is minor edge rub on the Barite and contacts on the back, but overall a very cute and esthetic arrangement.