Calcite w. Marcasite & Dolomite
Benchmark Quarry, St. Johnsville, Montgomery County
4.7 x 3.2 x 2.9 CM (miniature)
Amber colored Calcite crystals are prominently perched on a crystallized Dolomite matrix. In fine condition with rich color and above average clarity, this was collected by Bill Hladysz many years ago. The Benchmark quarry is now something of a modern NY state classic locality. Affordable and pretty.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.6 x 2.8 x 1.1 CM (miniature)
Rich bright purple to pinkish Vesuvianite in fine condition. From the great Jeffrey mine which has produced the worlds best and most colorful of the specie, this is a very attractive small miniature. The backside also displays well but has a more greenish color (as these are bi-color crystals). Fine luster and a sharp series of terminations with no visible damage. A very good value this quality is getting hard to find now that the mine is closed forever.
Apatite (CaF) / Fluorapatite
Megiliggar Rocks Breage, Mount's Bay Dist.
1.8 x .3 x .3 CM (thumbnail)
Gem clear crystal in fine condition from this classic Cornish location. The crystal includes a crude but distinct internal "helix" pattern which adds considerable interest. A fine small specimen with delicate pale blue color and glassy luster.
An old Cornish classic, this pseudomorph is a complete and sharp replacement of the original twinned Feldspar. No damage or missing areas, this is a perfect floater. Textbook form much like a crystal model. Sometimes called "pig's ears" these are not "beauty" type display minerals but they are distinctive and unique to these old finds. Not many turn up for sale, this one is the best and sharpest example we have seen available.
5.4 x 3.8 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
A well formed Tsumeb Smithsonite with individual crystals up to 1 CM. It has become common to refer to all Smithsonite that is yellow to orange as "Cadmian". However, without an analysis to confirm this may not be correct in all cases. This specimen has not been analyzed but it does have a very good color, form and will fit well into a Smithsonite or Tsumeb suite.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.5 x 2.2 x .8 CM (miniature)
Green crystals of translucent Vesuvianite with zones of red-pink on some tips in a spray or treelike cluster. A nice, esthetic example - sadly with some tiny chips (not easily seen but they are there) that keeps the price low. A good, colorful display specimen from the best locale (Jeffrey Mine) that looks like it costs a lot more.
A good, clean, classic Tsumeb Smithsonite that has fine esthetics. The crystals are fully translucent and have a slight zoning as well. These also have the iridescence inside the prisms that is distinctive for fine Tsumeb Smithsonite. In excellent condition damage wise, this is a very good value for such a well formed cabinet specimen.
A nice, affordable Tsumeb Wulfenite showing sharp dark cognac colored crystals on a complex, contrasting matrix. Micro crystals of several species cover the matrix. The Wulfenites are translucent to transparent and have some tiny edge chipping as seen. Inexpensive for this classic locale due to the small imperfections, ex. Clive Queit, with his label.