Classic locality specimen with well formed Garnets up to 1.9 CM across. These brown crystals contrast well with a blue Calcite and Feldspar matrix. This locality has produced both Adradite and Grossular in the skarn and this was previously identified as Grossular but it likely is zoned and has at least some Andradite. The main crystals are complete and in undamaged condition. There are some smaller and one has damage though it is not distracting. The matrix on this is especially nice and the isolation of the crystals is far better than any other I have seen .
Gem clear, bright and lustrous Rhodochrosite crystals from the now classic Uchucchacua Mine in Peru. The main crystal on the matrix is just over 2 CM long and there are several other smaller crystals as well. Protected in a narrow vug the main crystal is quite perfect and damage free. While Rhodochrosite can be found all over the world there are no more than 3 places that have ever produced crystals of this size, quality and habit. Of those localities Uchucchuacua is the only place that still is an occasional producer. Well beyond average quality yet still relatively affordable for a fine Rhodo.
Elmwood Mine, Carthage
5.3 x 3 x 2.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An especially fine, perfect and odd "Carthage Corner" Fluorite that is almost colorless but with a hint of purple in person. These strange etched crystal corners are quite incredible and distinctive for the Elmwood mines. This one is especially exotic with extra finger-like growths one edge which also look like tiny "corners". The specimen is displayable from all sides and the geometric etchings are as sharp as any I have seen. An American classic and a choice Fluorite for any suite. Even better in person.
A new find of classic habit from pockets opened in late summer 2019. These very richly colored and well crystalized Amazonites follow in the fine tradition of fine Colorado Feldspars. Well above average intense deep blue-green color and bright luster, these crystals are translucent and the condition is fine.
A new find of classic habit from pockets opened in late summer 2019. These very richly colored and well crystalized Amazonites follow in the fine tradition of fine Colorado Feldspars. Well above average intense deep blue-green color and bright luster, these crystals are translucent and the condition is fine. This piece has rich color zoning in person and the edges are remarkably distinct, sharp and clean.
A very rich and well formed Silver sulphide specimen with a mass of Stephanite crystals, many showing the six sided habit that looks a lot like Polybasite. Fine luster and a nice contrast with the slender Quartz prisms some of which are doubly terminated. The Stephanites are in remarkable condition for such an obviously old specimen of this delicate mineral. Especially impressive under magnification. The St Andreasburg mines are some of the greatest historical Silver mines in the world. The Harz mountains were already being worked in the middle ages, even in the 10th century, while St Andreasburg began in the 1600 era and became a major site, with very deep workings. Between 1910 and 1930 most all the mines were finished, we have sonly such specimens to reflect on this era.
Apophyllite - Pink
Guanajuato, Municipio de Guanajuato
8.7 x 6.8 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
A fine crust of Apophyllite crystals with a light pink color and glassy luster. An older piece from Guanajuato with the typical Quartz matrix having amethyst zoning. From the Stanek collection (Brno, Czech republic) we do not see many Guanajuato specimens available, most Mexican pinks are from Zacatecas or Charcas but these were found long before those later finds. In super fine condition.
Epidote -classic Austrian
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachal Valley
Hohe Tauern Mts. Salzburg,
3.3 x 2.8 x 1.5 CM (miniature)
A choice small miniature of Knappenwand Epidote crystals perched on a sliver of matrix. Showing brilliant glassy luster, these are translucent with a dark yellow green when backlit but more green-black in normal light. In excellent condition the free standing crystals are just under 2 CM tall. All the crystals are in the classic alignment as they are standing in a tight parallel row. Every few years a few more Epidote are recovered from this most classic Alpine locale. These mountains do not give up these treasures often.