Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
3.4 x 3.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
The worlds best Adamites have come from Mina Ojuela, there have been so many that it is hard to find specimens that stand out. This is a very esthetic "toenail" sided piece with multi-color crystals, glassy luster and in fine condition. The mix of the yellowish, pink and purple hues in the crystals helps make this a very nice display piece. The largest crystal is 1.8 CM tall which is quite sizable for the specie.
A textbook example of twinning is well displayed on this unusually attractive specimen. The matrix is also unusual and contrast well with the Cinnabar. This comes from a small, little known mine in the Tongren area of Guizoh Province. Just 30 years ago such specimens were only known in the West from collections built well before 1909, they were legendary and unavailable. Even today with excellent sources this quality is far better than what is normally on the market. Far better in person.
Simply a very esthetic and bright shiny Arsenopyrite with first rate presentation. EX Irv Brown Collection. Good Huanggang minerals are now the most sought after Chinese specimens and this is a particularly well composed piece in excellent condition. Displays well from all angles.
Grossular from the defunct Jeffrey mine is considered some of the worlds best, especially in the rarer colors. Pink is particularly desirable and quite uncommon. This specimen is especially bright, lustrous and has strong color. The small crystals are well formed, sharp and distinctly aligned in sheets and plates giving a nice overall arrangement. Displays well from several angles, most crystals are perfect with only a few damaged ones found with magnification, and not at all noticable. A very good value.
Brazilianite (older USA specimen)
GE Smith Mine (Chandler's Mills) Newport, Sullivan County
5.8 x 3.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Brazilianite crystals of any size from outside Brazil are rare. This New Hampshire USA specimen has a main crystal prism 1.3 CM across and many smaller in a cluster that is about 3.2 CM across. For a non Brazilian piece this is darned good speciemn of this unusual phosphate. Collected in the late 60's these are not seen very often anymore.
An older stacked growth multi-color crystal cluster ex Larry White collection. There are several individual terminations on this piece and all are perfect, undamaged. With good magnification it is also possible to see several tiny side car crystals that have blue terminations! The color sequence and habit is unusual for the Himalaya mine, the blue terminations however are distinctive. This specimen is at least 45 years old.
An impressive, fully crystallized "tree" with elegant form and very sharp Spinel twin branches. Very few examples are so well formed, sharp and distinct. A relatively old piece (pre 1965's) from the classic White Pine Mine. The habit and form is unmistakable from this unique deposit. Excellent esthetics and top notch quality that is impossible to find on the market today. Far better in person!
A big, (4.5 CT) complex Diamond crystal with a fine glassy, vitreous luster. An older specimen, vintage 1980's that presents well and shows some very intricate crystal modifications. Also note there is a distinct color shift from yellow to a green or brown green hue in different light sources. A very good crystallized example of the element (Carbon) that humans are made from!