Deep red Spinel (spinel twinned) with good sharrp form, A very eyecatching thumnail, that is not quite a true gemmy transparency but is translucent on the edges. The color of this one is far better than most and the form is distinctive. Attractively priced too.
For even the most jaded quartz collector! This is a very different and attractive quartz that is mostly clear but with some internal milky clouds. Very flat and tabular, average is only 1.3 Cm thick, and resembling a fadden but without any "string" visible. To make it a little more exotic, there is a very slight twist to the crystal so it technically a gwendel but just barely! I have not seen any other quite like this and gwendels that are not from alpine clefts are very rare indeed! Ther are two very tiny hard to find chips on the backside of this otherwise it is absolutely pristine,
A translucent bi color crystal with full undamaged termination and good color. A nice example of a Cruziero from sometime in the mid 80's. Attractive.
Topaz (Imperial gem)
5 x 1.9 x 1.2 CM (miniature)
A classic, rich orange yellow crystal with great form, color lustre and condition. The Ouro Preto topaz is unlike any other in the world. This example is sizable and in much better condition than most, the base and lower shaft have some damage from collecting, most of the rest is very clean except some micro nicks to be found on close examination, What may look like chipping in the photos is all internal reflections of veils inside. Very good value for one of these in this size!
Sparkly bright red cuprites on matrix with some native copper in classic form from a Cornwall classic locality. A lot of Cuprite here, some in crystals reaching 5 mm. Some damge is found with 10x magnification but many of the crystals are perfect and have very good color.
Rhodochrosite and Quartz
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh Pref.
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
6.5 x 4 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
A very pretty and balanced arrange ment of compound Rhodochrosite rhombs sitting on a matrix of drusy quartzon a shard of Dolomitic country rock. Top color for a Chinese rhodo and quite fine from anyplace! The largest rhomb is 2 CM and all are sharp and translucent. This glows with any backlighting but looks fine without .
A fine and sizable classic silver psudo in outstanding condition. Very esthetic, a dense cluster of wires and branches cover the top side of the matrix which has been artfully etched from the enclosing calcite. Presents perfectly, this is an older piece from one of the greatest silver localities in Europe.
Excellent complex array of wires stand up over 3 CM from the matrix in esthetic branches. The matrix is a very rich, heavy ore with many small vugs filled with micro calcites, silvers and what looks like Chlorargyrite. A very fine Silver from a less well known Chinese locale that has not produced much for the past few years. Quite different from the Shanxi Province Silvers that are better known.