8.6 x 7.6 X 4 CM (cabinet)
A choice, very old English specimen with a long provenance. Ex James G. Manchester collection (author Minerals of NY City and its Environs) later in the John Marshall collection. Green clear Fluorite crystals are dusted with tiny sparkling transparent doubly terminated Quartz. Some well formed small Galenas add a nice contrast. In very good condition, most of the main Fluorites are damage free and a very few others have tiny bruises. For the age this is in incredible shape.
Rich red, lustrous and in very good condition, this is a fine thumbnail from Red cloud that is fully terminated on all sides. Complete crystals like this are quite rare. There are two tiny (under 3 MM) areas of attached matrix that were the points of attachment for this to form from, a near perfect "floater". One tiny contact from another Wulfenite is noted on one side but no chipping or damage. An American classic with textbook form.
Bright metalic large crystals in an esthetic cluster well exposed and isolated on matrix. Nearly pure Skutterudite with just a few specks of contrasting white Calcite. Modern classics, Moroccan specimens of this calibre are world class, and by far the best of the specie. Better in person this is a striking piece in hand with sharp definitions.
A striking and odd habit, the "jigsaw puzzel faced" Fluorites from a small find in 2002 at the Taolin mine. An incredible form- these faces are 3 dimensional, zoned and etched and have color epitaxially on the outsides of the etched forms. We obtained just a few of these in China at that time, but I never saw more. We sold all of those specimens many years ago and this one recently returned in a collection. Contacted on the back but the front and sides are in fine condition, undamaged. Very strange and rare early vintage Chinese specimen.
A very well formed, sharp, transparent yellow Fluorite with purple and blue zoning. From a classic Erzgebirge area mine but from a recently collected picket. Better in person this backlights very well too, (strongly backlit photos are quite misleading, these photos are more typical of normal display conditions). Well composed and esthetic this is an excellent German Fluorite.
Fluorite on Barite
Madoc, Centre Hastings, Hastings County
4.5 x 3.6 CM (miniature)
A very attractive miniature specimen with the main Flourite of 2 CM perched on top of a Barite matrix. Pristine on the display face but contacted on the back side, this is a very well formed Fluorite from an important Canadian location.
Xiayang, Yongchun County, Quanzhou Prefecture
3 x 2.8 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A superb toenail sized Fluorite is very fine condition with amazing color. New find that has been making big news, very few of these are damage free or have such well defined faces all around. These have been called by some "Tanzanite" Fluorite due to the similar color and dramatic color change to deep purple under incandescent light. An outstanding small specimen with lots of display impact, choice and with color unlike any other Fluorite known worldwide!
Dravite- Classic locale
Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County
4.3 x 3.8 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
A stunning classic Dravite specimen with honey brown lustrous crystals nicely exposed on matrix. Ex Carter Rich and Bill Hladysz, this is in remarkable condition, with only contacts on the back and one side but no damage at all. These old Gouverneur specimens (St Lawrence County, NY) rarely have such sharp form, warm color and strong esthetics.