Topaz - doubly terminated
Tepetate, Municipio de Villa Arriaga
San Luis Potosi,
5 x 1.8 x 1.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A large gem clear topaz with rich cognac color and a glassy luster. In fine condition, this is a doubly terminated crystal with some color zoning and a little Hyalite Opal adhering on a few spots. From Tepetate in San Luis Potosi which produced this habit of Topaz in the sixties, this is abnormally large and especially gemmy for this locale. A top quality piece from anyplace, but superb for Mexico..
A long list of species on this early (2000) Yaogangxian specimen that features a prominent bright purple Fluorite. The Fluorite is a stepped cube that shows perfectly the stairlike form of this habit. In excellent condition, this has an intense deep color and contrasts with the other species on the specimen. Esthetic and an unusual habit for this famed locality, the stepped form is better known in Green crystals from Shangbao (Hunan Province) but very rare at Yaoganxian.
Barite with Stibnite
Xikuangshan, Lengshijiang, Loudi Prefecture
10.1 x 6.8 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
A series of lustrous crystals in alignment that forms a cluster much like a winged figure. A few Stibnite crystals are on and in the Barite, but the main attraction is the Barite itself. The crystals show epitaxial arrangement and have stepped modifications on terminal faces. In good condition overall, there are very minor edge rubs found on a few edges but not evident without magnification. A very nice example of this important find and an esthetic arrangement of good transparent Barites.
A classic, well formed English Fluorite that has a prominent, isolated main crystal that is dominant on this specimen. Chalcopyrite and small Quartz crystals are scattered on the display surface. Strong deep color, in fine condition and vividly fluorescent, ex Hitchings collection. This is a pre 1970 specimen and possibly much older, a classic Weardale piece that displays well.
Large, perfect gem clear crystals of Albite with fine textbook form. Ex Rock Currier collection (label # 3856) this shows well the quality of esthetics that Rock was well known for. It is surprising how few collections or even Pegmatite suites we see have a good example of this common Feldspar. These are almost never so esthetic as seen here, this is a striking piece. Albite/ Cleavlandite is a common mineral, but crystals of this size and perfection are just very rare. These crystals are formed as thin hexagonal plates with beveled edges and transverse striations. The whole group is stacked as an epitaxial cluster and shows brilliant glasslike luster. A killer Feldspar, some edges have a dusting of small rosettes of Muscovite that add a nice contrast. Better in person, the individual crystals exceed 5 CM diameter.
Fluorite with Quartz
Cantera Llamas, Duyos, Caravia
2.5 x 2.1 x 2.1 CM (thumbnail)
Pristine thumbnail of Fluorite cubes having clean beveled edges and a delicate purple hue. The cubes are fully transparent with a slight frosting on some faces which under strong magnification seems to be a complex recrystallization. In perfect condition damage wise, this is a nice example from this small but important locality that has been sporadically producing small numbers of specimens but sometimes of very fine quality. The matrix is perfectly visible through the crystals and the Fluorite is nicely perched at a nice display angle.
A fan of terminated crystals of dark colored Samarskite nicely perched on a typical Pegmatite matrix. The crystals reach 3.5 CM and seem to be doubly terminated (lower termination is partly hidden by matrix). A nice example of this rare earth mineral from North Carolina, these are not often seen on the market from anyplace. Some adhering Mica is seen on a few faces which could be removed but it seems to add a very nice contrast to the dark Samarskite. In fine condition, usually these are rather crude crystals but this specimen is quite well defined.
SOLD Malachite -stalactitic
stock #SOLD 19.1-285-(6533)
LEtoilie du Congo (Star of the Congo) mine, Lumbashi
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
6.5 x 3.7 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
Ex Rock Currier collection, a killer small cabinet of perfect, bright Malachite stalactites. Bright sparkling luster and vibrant green color (not the typical dark green) are especially striking on this piece. There is no damage, contacts or rubpoints either, this can display from any angle or side. Rock was able to select for his personal collection the best and most perfect pieces from this locale. His label (#6533) is included. Much better in person, this is very far beyond the normal quality of Congo Malachite and a competition grade display piece.