Diaspore - classic US
Chester Emery Mine, Chester, Hampshire County
4.4 x 3.3 x 2.4 CM (miniature)
Nearly pure, this is almost all Diaspore crystals with a small area of Amesite matrix, a classic Chester Emery Mine specimen with good lilac color. Typical tightly bundled crystals that have showing over 2 CM across. A single red Rutile needle is also present, Choice condition the Diaspore of this mine were for a time the best known in the world and were very sought after. Later finds eclipsed these but the Chester habit is still unique and it is the type locale for Amesite. A nice specimen that is better than just a locality piece, classic and choice.
Sharp, glassy, with catseye effect luster and very well formed, a pure mass of Tremolite crystals. From the now classic Pierrepont locality in St Lawrence county New York, this has fine deep olive green color and is in excellent condition. Collected more 40 years ago by S. Alverson, the chantoyance or catseye effect is striking in person.
A lustrous cluster of mostly Pyargyrite crystals that at first glance appear a silvery black color. Strong light shows some brilliant red zones of ruby silver, and with magnification are some classic twinned Polybasite crystals as well. Minimal matrix, the associated Sulphides are only seen with magnification. Some edge chipping is noted, not easy to see by naked eye (this is a brittle mineral ) but the main crystals are in fine condition, some with textbook forms. The Pyrargyrites have some unusual habits on this piece, it is an attractive small miniature with very bright flash., could trim to a very strong thumbnail if desired
Linopolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Doce Valley
7.8 x 5.3 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
A sculptural tower of Brazilianite crystals most of which are doubly terminated. An early 1970 vintage specimen with no matrix at all just several generations of Brazilianite in several habits nicely composed as a zigzag arrangement. In excellent condition, all the main crystals are undamaged, with 20X magnification, only a tiny chips are found in spots that are not seen on display, perfect by naked eye. The smaller crystals are transparent, gemmy and very lustrous, the larger ones have inclusions that are seen just inside the faces and give a more matte look but still have glassy faces outside. Not typical, the esthetics are fine and far better in person.
Copper -spinel twinned
Emke Mine, Onganja, Seiis
3.9 x 1.2 x .4 CM (miniature)
A spire of interlocked spinel twin Copper crystals with side branches and sharp terminations. From the now classic, closed Emke mine at Oganja, this is the style and habit that are distinctive for this locale. No damage, nice patina and especially nice under magnification. Larger examples from this locale are highly desired and now very expensive. This is a choice smaller piece that is perfect and affordable. .
An "air clear" colorless Topaz crystal with perfect form from the famed Mogok gem region of Myanmar. The termination has additional face modifications and the condition is perfect, undamaged and with no internal cleaves. The Topaz of the Sakangyi can sometimes have an exceptional level of optical clarity, but most have some clouds or cleaves. Competition grade miniature that is especially impressive in person. So clear and glasslike it is difficult to photograph.
stock #SOLD 18-AX-22-172
San Juan de Rayas Mine - Level 407
1.7 x 1.5 x .7 CM (thumbnail)
A choice bright metallic Acanthite showing what seem to be twinned crystals and with a bright luster. No damage, no matrix and no contacts. A fine thumbnail with the main elongated cube of 1.2 CM. A neat small Guanajuato specimen from the most legendary old deposits of the Mexican Silver belt.
An attractive combination specimen from the remarkable finds at the Christmas mine. This is the type locale for Ruizite and one of the best locales for Kinoite. There are several vugs that are hold very tiny Ruizite in reddish balls. and much larger bright blue Kinoite mostly of covered by clear Apophyllite crystals. By eye it also looks like there is a few areas of Apacheite (powder blue) but this is not confirmed.