A fine large old Tourmaline crystal from Barra de Salinas, formerly in the famed Smale collection. Deep green color, excellent gem clarity this weighs 84 grams. Best displayed with some backlighting as it is dark without. The complex termination is a series of staggered chisel tips looking like a skyline. The front display side is in very good condition, the backside (last photo) has contacts/chipping that are not seen from the front or sides. The architectural structure of the main prism, very glassy luster and deep striations makes this stand out as a choice Brazilian gem.
A fine twinned Sphene crystal is perched like an arrow on the matrix. Small adhering crystals of Schorl, Adularia and Clinoclore add some extra sparkle. The Titanite is very sharp, lustrous and gemmy in areas. Very fine condition, magnification finds some small contacts but otherwise in great shape and damage free.
Beryl v. Aquamarine, Schorl and Albite
Shigar, Skardu District, Baltistan
3.7 x 2.3 x 2.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A neat toenail of gem clear Beryl set on snow white Albite and glassy black Schorl Tourmaline. From recent finds at Shigar, this is a classic combination. The Schorl has a hoppered termination at one end and the Aquamarine is glass clear and perfect on all sides. An excellent specimen that could be trimmed to thumbnail size if desired but is fine as is.
San Luis Potosi,
2.1 X 1.6 x .8 CM (thumbnail)
A pair of perfect small Fluor Buergerite crystals are laying on contrasting matrix. From the type locale, this rare member of the Tourmaline group is only available from older pieces like this, none has been found for decades. No damage, a well composed thumbnail.
A cluster of dark red doubly terminated crystals on just the smallest sliver of matrix. The color and luster are quite fine, a few minor edge rubs are noted but are very small. Not for perfectionists but in far better than average condition, the crystals are especially remarkable for such a soft and delicate mineral. The largest crystal is 2.9 CM long. An older Shimen specimen, this locale is no longer producing, but is considered to be the greatest source of Realgar crystals ever. Affordable and esthetic.
Orpiment -Gemmy crystals on Calcite
stock #6.2 x 532
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
5.6 x 3.7 x 3.5 CM (cabinet)
Brilliant luster on transparent crystals of Orpiment that are free standing on white Calcite. Top quality for the mineral and for this world class locale, this is damage free and far better in person. Some crystals have an internal chantoyant zone while other are simply transparent. No discoloration or crumbling, this is an older piece that has not been treated with acids or enhanced, it is from 2005 vintage mining. The Shimen mine has been closed for a while and no more specimens are coming. These have been considered to be the worlds best of the specie and are unique in the mineral world. This example is far beyond average, top quality with sharply terminated crystals just over 2 CM tall.
Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mts, La Paz County
3.3 x 3.2 x 3.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A nice pretty small miniature Red Cloud Wulfenite matrix with a free standing main crystal that is a deep red-orange. The standing crystal is damage free, this is an esthetic small piece that could be trimmed to fine thumbnail if wanted. From a small scale mining attempt in 2017. The matrix is not the crumbly sort and has many small Calcite crystals scattered as well.
Mont Saint-Hilaire, Monteregie
.9 x .8 x .8 CM (thumbnail)
A super sharp, perfect gemmy zoned Carletonite crystal from the only locality where these were ever found, Mont St Hillaire. Glassy luster and some complex growth structures on a few faces add interest. A rare yet sometimes beautiful mineral, Carletonite has not been found for many years, it seems the one small zone that produced these was unique and there will likely never be more. Very few Carletonites were this clear, sharp and undamaged, most of the larger crystals were far more crude or had considerable damage. This small crystal is 1.2 CM diagonal, looks great on all sides and is a killer for the speci