Erythrite (fine crystals)
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province
Souss- Massa- Draa Region,
5.3 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
From the Wm. Pinch Collection, a superb small specimen. Bright lustrous, undamaged Erythrite crystals to 1.3 CM in size on contrasting matrix. The sharp dark purple-magenta colored prisms are gemmy and perfectly terminated. Really fine Bou Azzer Erythrites are the best ever found for the species, and far less expensive than lesser specimens from the old classic locations. A great value.
A much better than average tri-state classic, ex John Marshall collection. Crystals to 3.6 CM on a thin matrix plate range in color from translucent ruby red to black. Pitcher Field produced huge numbers of Sphalerites 40+ years ago, it is now rare to see good ones. In fine condition, well composed and far more attractive than is typical.
Proustite (ruby- silver crystals )
Imiter Mine, Imiter District, DjebelSaghro, Ouarzazate Province
Souss- Massa- Draa Region,
6.7 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
Proustite is a "noble" silver mineral. It is rare, sometimes beautiful, expensive and highly desirable. From the classic locations in Germany and Chile good pieces often sell for more than double their weight in gold. Recent finds in Morocco produced a lot of low end, affordable specimens but only a few fine pieces. This specimen stands out as fine, with unusually large crystals, excellent ruby color and dense coverage. The largest crystal here is about a centimeter in size, but most are smaller. The matrix is a silver rich Galena/ Acanthite. A real attractive, fine piece well below market for a good example of this "holy grail" specie!
Azurite with minor malachite
stock #7-MOR- 209
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oujada-Angad Province, Oriental Region,
7 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
A cluster of highly lustrous sharp Azurites to 3.4 CM in size with scattered accents of green Malachite. From the 1980 vintage finds at Touissit, this is a very eyecatching and attractive example. The largest crystals are in excellent condition chipping and contacts do exist however that can not be seen from the main display angle. The luster is glasslike, far better than most Touissit pieces.
Pyromorphite on Malachite
stock #11.1 -W51
Brown's open pit, Rum Jungle
10.4 x 7.2 CM (cabinet)
A fine, large specimen from the epic 2010 find that was the mineral discovery of the year. A very rich example of the "emerald pocket) the matrix has numerous malachite spheres scattered on a bed of deep grass green velvety malachite. The surface is covered with hundreds of sharp olive green to lemon green Pyromorphites. Bright luster and in great condition, this has a striking color contrast. Well better than average for this find, and it now seems that there will be no more. Very attractive and destined to be a classic.
From the personal collection of Paul Melville one of the discoverers, this is a killer for this find. The best specimen I was able to obtain in trade with Paul from his display at Tucson. Brilliant color (typical for the best of Emerald pocket pieces) and a rolling landscape like form help this stand out. Pristine condition and far better in person. The densest coverage of pyromorphite is preferential on certain zones which helps make it look "topographic". Since this find the mine has been flooded and 9 months of intensive pumping have failed to re open it. The best of these are certain to be classics and appreciate well!
Big (up to 4.2 cm), sharp shining metallic silver crystals clustered on matrix. Esthetic with better than average presentation, this is excellent specimen of this cobalt arsenide. Without doubt the Bou Azzer area produced the very best of the specie, prior to these the best were German, rare, expensive and far less pretty. The display side of this is in excellent condition. It is contacted on the right side and has damage at the rear where it was removed, not seen in normal display. This locality still produces a few good pieces every few years but it will not last forever. These are future classics especially when they are this good.
A fine, fibrous crystallized primary malachite from the prolific mines of Katanga. Excellent color, satin sheen and luster, no damage. Malachite crystals over 3 CM abound. The recent finds of this material have been well appreciated, affordable and very attractive. Not all fine minerals are expensive!