Fluorite - etched plate
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
7.2 x 6.5 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
Orange-yellow color Fluorite crystals with a few purple edges from Southern Illinois. The crystals have some amount of etching on some faces while others are smooth and glassy. Minimal rough spots, though not perfect the overall condition and color are choice. One of the more rare colors for an Illinois Fluorite, this piece dates to the 1960's.
Barite - classic USA
Stoneham, Weld County
4.6 x 3.8 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
A small but esthetic Stoneham Barite in fine condition. A modern US classic from these great finds that produced many choice specimens. Due to the quantity and quality of the discovery nice specimens are still quite affordable. A good value, complete on all sides, no damage.
Very odd, single large etched crystal of Sulphur, complete all around and complexly stepped. Bright color and in perfect condition, this high elevation locality at one time produced a few fantastic world class Sulphur crystals. Sulphur is a common element world wide but there are few good crystal localities. The former mines in Sicily, Russia and Bolivia were the greatest sources and specimens from each are completely different. The legendary Rock Currier was very involved in importing Sulphur specimens from here years ago. When we visited the locality in 2012 it was completely shut down with nobody there. I am not sure if it has worked since. This specimen is from over 25 years ago.
Deer Hill locality, DeerHill, Stow, Oxford County
3 x 1.5 x 12 CM (thumbnail)
Thumbnail sceptered Amethyst with zoning and a deep purple cap. Ex Larry White thumbnail collection, a nice example from this classic Oxford County Maine (USA) locality that is better known for very large crystals, good thumbnails are quite rare. The condition is excellent.
Beryl var. Emerald
6.2 x 4.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Classic Colombian Emerald crystal on matrix. Good transparency, the crystal is fairly thick, glassy with basal termination. The color is a very good green but not quite the top superb color which is of course far more expensive. Sits well and stands out in any sort of display. It is very hard to find sizable crystals on matrix that have not been repaired, faked or otherwise unnatural. This crystal is 2.2 x 1.7 CM and is nicely balanced on the matrix. Good condition, there are micro edge chips but no really bad damage, the "bottom end" of the crystal is contacted and does not show a clear termination. This quality is now very hard to get in Colombia, if mined today this would be treated, infused, cut and sold in the gem market. Some good green glass!
Zagradski Potok Mine, Zagradski Creek, Buscovaca
Central Bosnia Canton,
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2.2 x 2.2 x 2.1 CM (thumbnail)
Sharp and gem-clear crystals of Hyalophane from the most important locality for this odd specie. This is crystallized all around and has fine glassy luster. A Barium rich variety of Microcline, this was a separate specie for many years but is now reclassified. Ex Larry White thumbnail collection. In perfect, undamaged condition.
Cuprite with Malachite
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
2.4 x 2.3 x 1.3 CM (thumbnail)
A cluster of dark red Cuprite crystals with tufts of fibrous Malachite. Some minor contacting on the back but the front and sides are quite fine with no visible damage. The Cuprites are translucent and if backlit will glow to a bright cherry-red. A nice thumbnail from a modern classic locality.
Diamond - cubo-octahedral crystal
Miba Mine, Mbuji Mayi
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
.6 x.6 x .5 CM (thumbnail)
A nice bit of Carbon. Perfectly formed, complete Diamond crystal 2.25 carats showing textbook habit. The color is a green-yellow and the faces shows microscopic stepping and hundreds of small crystal faces. Ex Larry White thumbnail collection, obtained from Stachura Minerals in 1968. The Miba Mine dates back to 1913; it was a Belgian operation for many decades becoming one of the world's largest producers. In the early 60's more than half of the entire worlds supply of Diamonds came from this one site.