Titanite v. Sphene
5.6 x 5.5 x 5.1 CM (cabinet)
A sharp and "monumental" looking cluster of Titanite in crystals to 3.1 CM. Transparent and with a good green color, some faces are smooth and glass clear and others have micro steps and a more etched look. Unknown inclusions add a little red zoning in a few spots. In very good condition for the specie, esthetic.
Copper and Gold on Quartz
3.6 x 2.3 x 2.1 CM (miniature)
An exceptionally rare combination of well crystallized Gold on well crystallized Copper. This is a nice Copper specimen with elongated spinel twin crystals in esthetic curving "horns" and some distinct texahexahedral crystals. What makes it special is the addition of several areas of well crystallized native Gold. The gold is best seen with a loupe but some is eye visible with well developed branching sprays and bright yellow metallic color tucked in several areas on the specimen. This little known mine is one of the few locales that ever produced Gold on Copper, and by far the most attractive. There were not many pieces in the find, these are are now almost impossible to find. This one is the best I have seen.
A sparkling bright purple matrix is the host for lustrous white Scheelites to 1.5 CM in size. An unusual combination (to me at least) from Yaoganxian, this is in fine condition. A few Dolomite crystals are sprinkled on the Scheelites and on the back of the matrix. Several options for display angle, the color is a little more vivid in person.
Dioptase on Calcite
5.5 x 2.6 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
The classic Tsumeb combination of emerald green Dioptase with snow white Calcite in an esthetic composition. The Dioptase is bright and glassy reaching 1.7 CM in size. There is some contact/damage on the backside but the display face is in fine condition. No other Dioptase from anywhere has the same look as these old Tsumeb specimens.
Smoky Quartz (Alpine)
Cavradi, Tavetsch, Grissons
6.5 x 5.9 x 6.8 CM (cabinet)
Good Alpine Swiss Quartz has a look that is unlike any other. This has a main crystal 6 CM in size that has a warm brownish hue and is gem clear. The main crystal faces are glasslike and lustrous in close to perfect condition- only a very tiny nick as seen in the photos. The matrix is all quartz and has a few partial and complete crystals that offset the main prism nicely.
Celestite on Sulphur
Machow Mine, Tarnobrzeg
9.3 x 6.6 x 4.9 CM (cabinet)
Post Tucson 2015
Bright and gemmy Celestite (Celestine) crystals are in radial sprays on vivid Sulphur crystals. In fine condition, the matrix is an open pocket that has protected the delicate crystals inside. Similar to old specimens from Sicily, the luster and sparkle of this specimen is equal to those.
Pyromorphite elongated xls
Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
3.9 x 1.5 x 1.1 CM (miniature)
Post Tucson 2015
Perfect 360 degree "floater" compound crystal of fine green Pyromorphite from the famed and prolific Daoping Mine. Outstanding hoppered form with distinct striations on all faces. No eye visible damage, micro chips under .1 mm can be found with 20X magnification. This is far better than most of these large crystals and it displays well.
From a little known Chinese locality, These Corundum crystals are well formed and similar but noticeably distinct from the better known Madagascar specimens. Individual crystals reach 1.6 CM and are a blueish hue in daylight but have a more purple-red look in some artificial lights. The color change is subtle but clear. In very good condition, the crystals are well exposed and have a small amount of translucency at the edges.