A venerable German classic- this matrix plate hosts several sharp gem clear Barites to 2 CM. In very good condition, the matrix has some minor Fluorite and Pyrite but is mostly composed of sparkling Quartz. Displays well as is or could be trimmed to make several fine miniatures. Previous dealer labels included (with 500.00$ price tag).
A complete 2.9 CM crystal of Rhodonite is perched above a smaller 2.3 CM crystal resting on Calcite matrix. Nicely exposed, the Calcite has not been acid "melted" so this is fully natural. An affordable classic specimen with good color, form and in nice condition, these are getting quite
One of the most exciting new finds this year are these very colorful Pseudomorphs from the Congo. This specimen is especially well formed with big (up to 6.2 CM) sharp crystals showing Azurite form. The crystals are now hollow casts with a small amount of residual Malachite seen inside with magnification. The entire specimen is covered with tiny, sharply terminated crystals of deep blue Chrysocolla. In fine condition esthetic and eyecatching.
Diaboukara, Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe
4.9 x 3.1 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
A relatively new find from Mali, the spherical "flowerlike" aggregates have recently been confirmed as Stellerite while the bowtie shaped crystals are Stilbites. This is a fine condition example with great form. Deep green Epidote crystals are up to 3.3 CM, overall a very attractive piece with top form.
A well formed Russian Sapphire cluster in rosette form that is well exposed on the Marble/Calcite matrix. The Corundum cluster is 3.2 M across and has a subtle color zoning. Contrasts well with the matrix, a clean and distinctive specimen.
Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mts, La Paz County
4.7 x 3.3 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
The Red Cloud mine is rightly legendary and highly regarded as a source of great Wulfenite. This example has a main crystal that is undamaged, has fine color and sits perfectly on the matrix. Remarkably, all the tiny associated Wulfenites and Calcites are in fine condition even under 10X magnification. The base and rear of the specimen was sawn flat to enable collection without damage. The saw marks are completely hidden from any display angle and the piece sits well by itself.
Calcite w. Marcasite
Brushy Creek Mine, Greely, Viburnum Trend District, Reynolds County
8.3 x 7 x 7.8 CM (cabinet)
A castle like structure of sculptural calcite crystals that have sharp phantom of Marcasite. Elegant form and in perfect condition, this is an old Brushy Creek specimen unlike anything seen in decades. Some areas of golden Marcasite are nestled in alcoves between crystals. The calcite spires are undulating in cross section with a vitreous luster and good translucence. A striking and unusual Calcite.
Dioptase on Quartz
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
3.8 x 2 x 1 CM (miniature)
A large slender Dioptase crystal stands a full 3.3 CM tall on a contrasting matrix. The matrix is small gemmy quartz crystals that are clear enough to see the color of the host rock below, likely a Cuprite rich matrix. The Dioptase is brilliant in color, with glass-like luster. One side has a jagged contact that shows some micro crystals overgrowing on it. This has esthetics that stand out and there is no chipping or damage even with 20X magnification.