A fine old DeKalb, New York Diopside crystal with exceptional transparency and color. This has a "crown" of altered Tremolite that adds a nice accent. These encrustations were usually removed by mechanical means but this is still intact and I think gives an nice touch to the crystal. Some typical contacting on the rear and one side, overall the condition is excellent with far better than usual luster.
Spessartine on Quartz
Shengus (Shingus) Haramoush Mts. Skardu District
3.2 x 2.5 x 1.7 CM (thumbnail)
Super esthetic, an outstanding thumbnail of etched Spessartine showing fine geometric forms. Dark red translucent Garnet with some color zoning on edges. The front display side is in excellent undamaged condition, the back side has contacts with recrystallization so is less distinct. The Garnet faces are showing growth structures which are especially clean and attractive. Similar to the well known Brazilian Spessartine from Navegadora, this is unusual for a Pakistani Garnet. Choice.
Elbaite on Quartz
Paprok, Kamdesh District
3.3 x 1.9 x .9 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A cute thumbnail featuring a zoned Elbaite crystal 2.3 CM long. Complete, undamaged and terminated, the color is a mint pastel green. With strong magnification a tiny Hambergite crystal is seen on one face of the Tourmaline.
An incredible geometric maze made with interlocked stepped cubic crystal structures. A super thumbnail or toenail (it will fit in a TN box) from a 2018 find at the September Ninth Mine in Madan. This one shows intricate examples of epitaxial growth, hoppering and cubic stacking. This small find produced what may be the best ever hoppered skeletal Galena crystals. This is even more impressive in person, and displays well from most any angle. This specimen has some associated Sphalerite that acts a small matrix and gives contrast for the metallic Galena.
A choice thumbnail with good presence from the newer finds of Titanite in the Tormiq Valley. These are sometimes exceptionally transparent and have some color zoning as well. Quite different from the prolific finds in Brazil, these stand apart and are distinctive. This is an excellent example that is in fine condition as seen. Presents well from several angles, with fine color, luster and flash.
Herold, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Erzgebirge
9.4 x 7.1 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
Rich well crystalized German Berthierite from Saxony. An older specimen with several previous labels, this has very distinct crystals and bright luster. This is noticeably different from better known Romanian Berthierite due to a much brighter luster and vivid golden- silver colors. The specimen has an unusually detailed locality information, roughly translated as the 115M level on track 15, new camp area of the Herold mine. Berthierite is not usually considered as an attractive mineral but this is far more flashy than typical.
Apatite- gem clear in Calcite
Liscombe Deposit, Monmputh, Haliburton County
3.2 x 2.4 x 1.4 CM (thumbnail)
A killer thumbnail from the Liscombe Deposit in Ontario, Canada which in the seventies produced a few exceptional gem Apatites. Some of the best were in a contrasting light pink Calcite. This is a small, perfect example, doubly terminated (the terminations are typically a little rounded as seen) and fully transparent. The faces have a bright glassy luster and the color is vibrant. This does fit in a thumbnail box and is in perfect condition, unrepaired and better in person.
A fine large thumbnail with a perfect gem Beryl nicely perched on rounded Albite crystals. Additionally there are some inclusions of radiating accicular crystals of what are reported to be Ferro-Columbite. These are not tested by us, but do seem to match others that have been. No damage and looks fine from many angles. A great example from this famed Pegmatite zone.