Calcite - intense red
Santa Eulalia, Aguiles Serdan
9.7 x 5.7 x 3.1 (cabinet)
A stunning piece from the collection of Rock Currier, his label number 6035 is included. The fingers of Calcite reach up to 5 CM and host many hundred of transparent crystals that are included with intense red Hematite. The glittering effect is really impressive in person and this is a superb Santa Eulalia specimen with great visual impact. In fine condition as seen, the red fingers contrast with the colorless Calcite of the matrix. With magnification the Calcite are seen to be in several habits and many have red phantoms inside. A few later generation colorless Calcite twins are perched on the red crystals adding a nice accent.
An excellent addition to any good Mexican suite or Calcite collection. A well chosen pieces, these do not get any more colorful than this.
Gem clear scepters of very sharp and lustrous Amethyst are arranged in a ridge-like line on matrix. From the amazing finds at Karur in Tamil Nadu (Southern India) a few years ago, this is in perfect condition. The matrix has a vertically layered appearance and adds a good contrast. This deposit yielded several various types of Amethyst including some delicate and fine scepters like these. A few specimens still trickle out today but not of this sort. Choice.
Vesuvianite -2 generations
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.1 x 2.6 x 1.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A killer for the size, this is a perfect 360 degree undamaged specimen of bright and colorful Vesuvianite. The main crystal is an intergrown cluster of striated green prisms that are all sharing the same termination. This is perched on some smaller green crystals which are partly coated with smaller light purple-violet Vesuvianites. These are also very lustrous and have lots of sparkle. Vesuvianites from the Jeffrey Mine are by far the most colorful and attractive of the specie. They are also wonderfully diverse and this one is quite unusual as well as a fine display piece.
Dassu, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan
2.8 x 1.8 x 1.5 CM (thumbnail)
Esthetic thumbnail pink Apatite in a sculptural arrangement. The previous owner called this "The policeman" since with imagination at several angles it looks like a human figure. No matter the anthropomorphic ideas, it is a fine complete cluster of well formed, undamaged Apatite crystals, vividly fluorescent. All are doubly terminated. The terminations all show a fine edge modification having a bevel across all faces. Absolutely one of a kind, I consider it a competition grade thumbnail.
Small, perfect, gem clear, brilliantly lustrous tabular habit Quartz. From the recently described (May-June 2019 Rocks and Minerals magazine) Devils Den locality. These alpine style Quartz are not often available and are not well known outside the Northeastern USA. An excellent thumbnail example from this location and an attractive Quartz from anyplace. In fine condition as seen.
The Quartz of Devils dens on Mt Tabor was recently (May-June 2019) described in a fine article in Rocks and Minerals. Not well known outside the Northeastern USA, these Quartz can take many habits and are often gem clear, alpine style. This doubly terminated example is very unusual with a Gwindel like twist or rotation, a series of almost aligned terminations and a wide Faden line or string through the center. There has been some discussion if these can be called Gwindels and they do seem to meet the basic definition. In excellent condition, very clear and sharp.
Quartz -"Mt Tabor type"
Devils Den, Mount Tabor, Rutland County
3.2 x 2.2 x .6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Gem clear, doubly terminated Quartz from Devils Den that has a slight faden line, and several terminations in a line that share the same tabular prism faces. Some of this sort have been called "Mt Tabor Twins" though these are likely not a unique twin law but are quite distinctive and very unusual. The June 2019 Rocks and Minerals article describes the locality well and these alpine style USA Quartz are not often available on the market.
Quartz- faden, USA locality
Devils Den, Mount Tabor, Rutland County
3.8 x 3 x 1.1 CM (miniature)
The faden Quartz from the long known locality of Devils Den, Mt Tabor, Vermont is rarely seen. This site was recently described in the June, 2019 issue of Rocks and Minerals, and illustrates several unusual habits of Alpine style Quartz not often seen in the USA. This tabular transparent Quartz crystal shows a very distinct faden string as well as offset growth structures and recrystallized breaks. Some chipping exists at one end but the rest is undamaged. A nice gemmy transparent Faden from the USA not often available.