A cabinet sized specimen well crystalized on front and back with fine Cerussite. These crystals are green (likely caused by copper or Chrysocolla inclusions) and yellow (often called Chromian Cerussite). This is from a series of pockets found at the famed Daoping mine near Yangshao in 2004-5. Overall in fine condition, no damage seen by naked eye but a few micro dings can be seen with 10X magnification, and that only on outer edges. Since Cerussite is so delicate this peice is amazingly pristine. This sort of Cerussite has not been found for a few years, and now is being recognized as a significant find. There has been discussion (argument) as to weather or not to label these are Chromian Cerussites or Cuprian or nothing at all. It seems there have been differing results in analysis. As we await resolution we simply call this Cerussite.
A completely transparent cluster of Garnets that has no matrix and yet also has good isolation of the largest crystals. A relatively three dimensional specimen that has an unusual "etched" or melted look to several crystals. With strong magnification this is seen as complex modifications to edges and very fine striations that are not typical. An attractive and (in my experience) rare oddity that is also affordable. Internal clarity is near 100 clean facet grade gem.
A big, complete Garnet crystal with honey brown color from an uncommon locality, Zulova in the Moravian area of Czech Republic. This is quite exceptional for this old locale and the condition, size and quality are top. Some surface alterations are seen on faces with a deeper red color beneath. Matt luster overall but some faces have a glassy surface as well. All examples I know from this location are much smaller, darker and usually have considerable damage or wear. One old label is included.
Fluorite -Classic New York cube
Penfiled Quarry, Penfield, Monroe County
3.2 x 2.2 x 3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Sharp purple-blue cube of Penfield NY. Fluorite, with both glass clear and lightly frosted faces. A much sought after locality, these few Fluorites are highly prized. Totally transparent and in far above typical condition, this had been in the Francesco Spertini collection since the sixties. With magnification some interesting growth structures can be seen on faces and inside the cube. The display side is clean and damage free but the underside has a cleave and matrix contact. That underside can be seen through the clear crystal but is easily hidden as it is the obvious base or bottom of the crystal. A good value, these are typical very costly when available.
Epidote/ Clinozoisite on Calcite
VAG Mine, Lowell & Eden
3.8 x 2.8 x 2.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Sharp translucent Epidote/ Clinozoisite crystals to 2.1 CM well exposed from Calcite matrix. The main crystals are damage free, well terminated and have very good luster. C nice example from a classic locale, not many matrix specimens of Epidote were recovered. Could trim to thumbnail size if desired.
A large matrix specimen with big sunburst habit Adamite crystals prominent on contrasting matrix. The radiating crystals are also multicolored, with yellow, magenta and greenish hues. Aside from some small contacts the condition is fine. The largest cluster is sizable at 3.7 CM in diameter. A great example of the specie and a very attractive Ojuela piece as well. Several small sprays of multicolored Adamites are scattered on the back and edges but the main sunburst is the main feature by far.
Fluorite -Spherical form
Caolou Mine, Huoqui Co. Luan Prefecture
8 x 7.8 x 6.8 CM (cabinet)
A big purple ball on matrix from finds at Anhui Province in the 2004-5 era. Ex Shields Flynn collection obtained from Bert Ottens at that time. Some translucency is seen with strong backlighting, the ball is 5 CM diameter has a soft matte luster. Some mottling is on the surface adds a little texture. The isolation of the ball and condition are very good, this quality is not available now. An excellent addition to any good Fluorite collection, this habit is rare worldwide and this is a choice example.
A pair of well formed, isolated Prehnite crystals are nicely perched on a matrix of slender Diopside crystals. Excellent contrast and an unusual combination that is very esthetic. The display face of fully crystalized and fully damage free, which is remarkable with delicate Diopsides. Jeffrey mine has over the years produced the best Prehnite crystals in the world in many habits and colors. This miniature is remarkable for the perfection of form, a super Prehnite specimen from anyplace and quite fine even among good Jeffrey pieces.