Malachite Ps after Azurite
Flubspatgrube, Lichtenberg, Bad Stben, Franconian Forest, Franconia
5.9 x 3.3 x 2.7 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A fine old Pseudomorph with a very well formed main crystal 2.4 CM tall. From the collection of Thomas Fitzpatrick, this is in excellent condition. I have not seen any other of this quality, the separation and contrast with the matrix is superb. There are some smaller crystals on the matrix most with some damage or are fully broken but these are not very obvious. The matrix is largely a dark red to brown Gossan with a few small Goethite spheres. On the bottom of the matrix there seems to be a small zone of Pseudomalachite as well.
A perfect main Arsenopyrite crystal with textbook form well perched above the matrix of Muscovite and Quartz crystals. Brilliant metallic luster, no damage and great esthetics, a very choice miniature for the specie. The main Arsenopyrite is just over 2 CM and has a penetrating crystal (twin) that is in a X form, but is not very evident from the logical display angles. From finds almost 10 years ago at Yaoganxian. Hard to photograph the brilliant luster, this is great in person.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
2.9 x 2.4 x 1.6 CM (thumbnail)
An excellent thumbnail of quite fine Apophyllite from the legendary Jeffrey Mine. World famed for the Garnet and Vesuvianites, Apophyllite is much more rare and almost never available. The crystal here is lustrous and has distinctive well formed striations and stands apart from the matrix well. An worthy addition for a Jeffrey mine suite.
Outstanding cabinet sized Torbernite with rich green color and incredible crystal form. From the last great finds at Margabal, this is a superb piece in impeccable condition. There are two habits of Torbernite showing two generations on this piece, the largest being the fans of splayed plates. This size and quality is top percentile and the deep forrest green is impressive, but far better in person.
Calcite balls with Quartz and Actinolite
Huanggang Mine, Chifeng Prefecture, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhead League
Inner Mongolia Region,
7.2 x 5.5 x 3 CM (cabinet)
A remarkable and strange Calcite formed of spherical clusters of flat crystals. The balls are connected in a chain and these are covered with bright sparkling Quartz in tiny doubly terminated clear crystals much like Herkimer Diamonds. A scattering of Hairlike Actinolite crystals are seen with magnification impaling both the Quartz and Calcite. Choice and in excellent condition, the esthetics are impressive. Another of the mineral wonders from the incredible deposits at Huangang.
Cerussite on Azurite
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Cu-Zn-Pb deposit, Rudnyl Altai
5.2 x 3.3 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
The fantastic finds of Cuprites at Rubtsovskoe was huge news a few years ago, and made the region famous. Recently some very attractive Azurites have turned up but only a few associated with Cerussite. This example has a reticulated cluster well placed on contrasting crystallized Azurite. Excellent color and form, a fine addition to any copper suite and will fit well with the Cuprites and coppers that are so well known from here.
Cobaltoan Calcite and Malachite
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi, Katanga Copper Crescent
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
6 x 4.4 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
The Cobaltoan Calcites of Mashamba have been gone for more than a decade now, but they are still considered to be some of the best and most intensely colored ever found. This specimen has the most desirable contrast with a small matrix of green Malachite and has several generations of pink to clear Calcite displayed. Sadly there are some edge cleaves or contacts but the overall specimen condition is very good and still displays well. The best Scalenohedral crystals are remarkably clean and free of chipping. There are several possible display angles. Now very hard to get in the mineral market these are unique and quite sought after.
Axinite with Quartz and Calcite
Nandan, Hechi Prefecture
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
6.5 x 4.3 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
Well defined, sharp Axinite crystals from a find over 10 years ago in the little known mines of Nandan. At the time these were the first Axinites found in China and as far as I know are still the only good quality specimens found so far. No damage but a few contacts are noted, the crystals are free standing and reach over 1.5 CM.