From an amazing small find in late 2012, this apatite has the intense purple color usually only seen in the finest Pulsifer crystals. Aside from the intense color that can not be well captured in photos, the faces are glass like with gemmy areas. In fine condition especially for such a large prism. The intense color is confined to an outer zone, so looking down the termination it is possible to see inside to the crystals grey-green interior. Far far better in person!
Sharp and very esthetic Powellite. The most sought after species from the Deccan Traps, the best Powellites all come from this general area in India, but good ones are still uncommon and often quite expensive. This is a super piece for the size and price. Neatly perched on a twisted arm of drusy quartz that also hosts a few bi-colored Apophyllites. The Powellite crystal is undamged with glassy luster and is very well formed. Distinct elongation on the C axis, the Powellite is 2 CM long.
stock #SOLD 12.1-247
Imiter Mine, Imiter District, DjebelSaghro, Ouarzazate Province
Souss Massa Draa Region,
3 x 2.9 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A very bright and very red crystallized ruby silver specimen from the great Imiter Mine in Morocco. This looks great on all sides and is a really attractive example of this "noble" mineral. Always uncommon especially in this quality, there may not be any more since the mine owners now strictly prohibit any collecting with some miners getting long jail terms.
Malachite Pseudo after Azurite
Morenci Mine, Copper Mt. District, Shannon Mts., Greenlee County
4.1 x 3.6 CM (miniature)
An nice, affordable Pseudo from Morenci, The crystals reach 1.6 CM and show some of the original Azurite color but are mostly now replaced by the Malachite green. This is an older specimen collected over 50 years back yet in excellent condition with no visible damage.
Some of the weirdest habit Silver minerals and especially Acanthites have come out of Morocco from time to time. This is a very nice example with a sizable chain of oriented stacked octahedrons that displays very well. Somewhat crude as are all of these but undamaged and a complete floater. This came out over a decade ago. The new restrictions have cut off most everything from these great silver mines.
Axinite- Classic locale
La Rampe des Commeres, Bourg d'Oisans, Isere
2.4 x 2.1 CM (thumbnail)
A sweet thumbnail of gemmy Axinites perched on a contrasting matix composed of micro crystals of phrenite, diopside etc. From the classic locality of Bourg d'Oisans, this has a lot of flash for its small size. Very affordable for a good, clean example of this classic!
Grossular (fine green color)
stock #Alec 14B-132
Wah Wah Mts, Beaver County
4.4 x 3.4 CM (miniature)
From an small, little known find several years ago from the locale better known for red beryl. This specimen hosts a nicely perched, big (2cm) crystal with great luster and an unusually deep green color. Excellent contrast with the matrix, this crystal has been reattached, like every other example Ive seen. This specimen has by far the best color of any I know and stands out well for the locality and the specie.
Celestite and Calcite
Chittanango Falls, Fenner Township, Madison County
4.9 x 2,8 CM (miniature)
From the American classic locality of Chittenango Falls, this is a bright and perfect miniature specimen. Ex Larry White collection, The blue Celestites are especially gemmy and bright, the Calcites are sharp, undamaged with distinct twinning. Especially esthetic for this locality!