This is not at all a typical Kyanite, the crystals are vivid blue, gem clear and are sharply terminated. Well presented on a massive Quartz matrix, these crystals are perfectly exposed and brilliant in person. With backlighting this glows an intense blue hue. Some zoning is noted with the "stripes" of clear and deep blue running along the C axis of the crystals. Huge amounts of Kyanite come out of Brazil but super gem grade display pieces are very rare, this is a superb example with a lot of display impact. Better in person.
A super choice thumbnail (just barely fits the specs) with fine form, color and luster. From Newry, the Rose Quartz is in ball like clusters and seems to have formed on an earlier colorless Quartz druse. Looks fine from several angles, the condition is excellent, undamaged. While massive Rose Quartz is rather common, it is surprising how few good crystalized R Q specimens are found worldwide, most finds seem to be very small.
An important and choice Almandine on pegmatite matrix from the 1974 Dagenais Pocket (named for Rene Dagenais). This specimen was in the collection of John Marshall who was at that time one of the owners of the locality. According to John it was the best Garnet he had seen from Mt Mica. The specimen retains his painted on label and collection number M-19. The Almandine is mostly complete with dark red higlights. There is an area of damage on the backside but the front is clean and presents well. Garnet is rather common at the famed Mt Mica, but any well formed crystals are especially rare. A significant specimen from a famed pocket and important for the locality.
Aragonite crystals with a violet core perched on matrix from the type locality in Aragon, Spain. Matrix crystals from this prolific locality are incredibly rare and the purple zones are the most desirable. The matrix is quite fragile which helps to explain why most specimens are single loose crystals. An older specimen from the Ara Dildilion collection with original label.
Fluorite on Quartz
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
9.3 x 4.8 x 3 CM (cabinet)
An unusual etched gemmy cube of Fluorite is perched on a clean white crystalized Quartz matrix. Overall in fine condition as seen, the Fluorite has a hopper-like form with complex structure best seen in person or under magnification. A large amount of fine Fluorite has come from Yaoganxian over the years but this habit is very unusual. Strong blue color and high luster make this a nice choice.
A complex specimen from the famed Langban locality with several species well represented. This features several large areas black Langbanite with some sharp crystals to several MM in size. Also nestled in a shallow vug are blocky crystals of pink Rhodonite that are vividly Fluorescent. Most Rhodonite worldwide is not at all fluorescent but this has intense red to orange red response in long wave. This Langbanite is of course from the type locality, it is a quite rare Manganese Silicate specie and not very often available. Ex John Marshall collection, his label is included.
Almandine in schist
Stikine River, Wrangell Island, Wrangell-Petersburg Borough
8.4 x 5.3 x 4.4 CM (cabinet)
A large and crisp Garnet is well exposed on the Schist matrix. The crystal is in fine condition, it has the typical slightly rounded edges and faces but excellent color and quality. The crystal is 2.7 CM across, large for the locality. Close exam shows the more complex growth faces and structures on the larger faces. A modern USA classic locale, the Stikene River (Alaska) had in the past produced many impressive garnets. It has been known since the 1860's and was commercially mined starting in 1907 until the 1930's by an all woman corporation, a first. Today this continues to be an accessible locality that has been set aside for children to collect. However as no power tools are permitted the production is not like it was many years ago and specimens of this quality are almost never seen.
Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region,
6.9 x 4.1 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
Dark but gemmy Andradite Garnets well exposed on the matrix. The color is a dark red but with strong lighting an oil green to yellow color is seen on some crystals. This locality is well known for the great Quartz crystals often included by Hedenbergite, but the Garnets are also quite choice. These are arranged in both tight clusters and also more isolated. In person the luster is excellent, bright and glassy. Some small rough edges and contacts but overall in very nice condition.