An unusual old specimen from Cave in Rock, southern Illinois. Etched Yellow Fluorite with a hint of purple zoning is the matrix for a treelike spray of slender spikey Calcite crystals that are coated with secondary aragonite. Some of the Calcites have stair-stepped epitaxial growths along the prisms. Ex Larry Conklin with his label, This looks very much like some Minerva #1 mine specimens but Conklins laberl only lists Cave in Rock. A delicate, sculptural piece that is also somewhat fluorescent.
The Auglaize Quarry of Ohio is a famed locality in the Finley Arch zone. It is famed for small pockets of Fluorites that can be very sharp and iridescent. This is a nice example of the this locale which is no longer open for collecting. The Fluorites are very lustrous, those that are in the protection of the vug are in fine, undamaged condition. All have the classic "root beer" brown color and show multi color iridescence. As is usually the case these are also brightly fluorescent.
Beryl V. Aquamarine
Shigar, Skardu District, Baltistan
2.9 x 2.4 x 2 CM (thumbnail)
A clean thumbnail of gem clear Aquamarine on an Albite matrix. The Beryl is flattened along one axis and has the classic flat termination. In perfect condition, super transparent, the crystal faces are mostly flat with minimal striation. Overall a choice small gem from the great Shigar pegmatite zone.
Sassi, Gilgit district
3.9 x 2.3 x 1.9 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A shard of feldspar matrix hosts a glassy green Herderite crystal in fine condition. Intensely fluorescent, the crystal shows sharp edge modifications and striated faces. From a find in 2005, the crystal here is 2.3 CM in diameter and transparent to translucent. Choice with no visible damage.
Spessartine - etched gem crystal
stock #18-AX-7 060-(617)
Pederniera Claim, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce Valley
3.5 x 1.6 x 1.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A fine, complete floater of naturally etched gem quality Spessartine from an unusual locale. This is an older piece from the famed Pederneira Mine ex. Larry White collection. Similar to the better known Navegadora Spessartine, we have only seen one other example from this locality. Like a modern cityscape or sculpture, this is a fine example of this Garnet habit. Completely translucent to transparent, this is all gem grade, with backlighting (the photos are not backlit) it glows a bright red. In undamaged condition, the geometric etchings and crystal forms are especially sharp on this toenail sized piece.
Epidote -Classic US locality
Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Prince of Wales Island
5 x 2.5 x 1.6 CM (miniature)
A single, deep green crystal of Epidote from Prince of Wales Island. The termination shows the multiple steps that are typical of some from the Green Monster Mountain deposit. The crystal is crudely terminated on the base as well, not many doubly terminated prisms are seen. This piece was obtained by the previous owner from Shortmanns Minerals shop in Easthampton, Massachusetts. They worked closely with Ed Over and Arthur Montgomery selling many of their finds, and they were active on Green Monster. Sadly there is no documentation this is one of their pieces but it is a very nice example from this legendary locality.
An unusual yet attractive Lepidolite, with color and form that is not at all typical. From the great Pegmatite deposits of Virgem da Lapa, ex. Leoben collection. The Lepidolites are in thin stacks of diverging crystals in clusters having a Orange to Pink color. The matrix is white to colorless Clevelandite in crystals and massive plates. Lepidolite is one of the most attractive Mica minerals often taking many diverse forms and vibrant colors. A choice miniature.
A perfect 360 degree ball of crystallized Azurite from the ancient mining area of Daye, China. A top thumbnail with beautiful form and simple esthetics. In incredible condition with no damage seen by naked eye or 10X magnification. Ex Larry White collection, he obtained this in 2004 when these were more available. They are now uncommon and never in this quality. We know of a few larger specimens but never quite so perfect and complete.