A really large, pure Stephanite specimen that shows complex crystal faces on every side. In exceptional condition, besides being large this has a brilliant bright Silver luster. Stephanite is one of more rare Silver minerals and is soft (2-2.5) brittle and so not usually seen in such fine condition.
An older Fresnillo specimen this locality only rarely produced any specimens larger than thumbnails, and for that matter this is a large piece from anyplace. The intergrown sections of crystals are still very sharp with well defined striations and what seems to be many twin planes. A fine addition for a serious Silver suite or Mexican mineral collection.
Vesuvianite -Gem clear
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
2.2 x 1.6 x .8 CM (thumbnail)
Thumbnail of Gem Vesuvianite that has an unusual side crystal. On this a slender off shoot crystal juts out at an angle. It is not so unusual to see very tiny crystals encrusting the sides of Vesuvianites but this sort of prismatic crystal is very rare. in fine condition as seen, no damage or chipping, a clean prismatic contact is on the back side of the main crystal. The Jeffrey mine at one time produced many good Vesuvianites, but very fine pieces were always rare, and now there are no more of any quality.
Milpillas Azurite with well defined crystals having top luster and electric blue color. Far more striking in person, these crystals show the curved faces that are distinctive from the last pockets found. All are clustered in a complex array and the specimen displays well from many angles. In exceptional condition, a few bits of Malachite are present but this is nearly pure deep blue Azurite. Thanks to the large finds that were preserved from this mine it is possible to find superb Azurites for a a cost far less than it was 10 years ago which is not at all normal in the mineral world.
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.