A super well formed Variscite from an area of Brazil we see very few minerals from, Matto Grosso, Better known for well crystalized Gold, this province has occasionally produced some impressive small spheres of Variscite. This has top color is gemmy clear and perfect, perched on a large quartz matrix. This can be trimmed of course (we can do so if requested) but as is the matrix shows well the context and setting of this remarkable Phosphate.
Brilliant metallic luster which is impossible to really appreciate in any photograph, from the great Madan mining region. Very sharp, perfect crystals with no damage contrast with the sparkling white matrix. The crystals here have several habits and are mostly modified cubo-octahedral. This particular mine yeilded some of the best Galena specimens found over the past sebveral years and the luster as in this piece can be incredible. An excellent value for the esthetics and quality.
This amazing find of clear Quartz with bright yellow tips was big news in the mineral world recently. The find seems to be finished and these quickly became prized specimens. This piece is a choice example, with a strong display impact far bigger than the small size. In perfect condition the yellow tipped crystals are mixed with several clear, colorless prisms making a nice contrast. This does not have the muddy, brownish color that many have it is very bright and lively. The inclusions are still unconfirmed but the latest idea is Halloysite. No mater the included mineral the esthetic effect is impressive. Top bright luster and super clarity, a fine addition to any quartz suite or just for a spot of color on the shelf.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
4.8 x 4.3 x 2.4 CM (miniature)
Austinite is usuall only seen as micro crystals but the finds at Mina Ojuela were by far the best and largest ever found. This is a superb example of the radial crystals of large size and in perfect condition. Esthetic, bright well perched balls of sparkling crystals stand out on the matrix. This Austinite was part of a single small pocket found in 2018, none had been seen for many years. This is far better than typical material and a very choice example.
Vanadinite -New Find
San Carlos Mine, Municipio de Maunuel Benavidas
3.4 x 3.2 x 2 CM (miniature)
This year there was a major find of exceptional Vanadinites at the San Carlos Mine (Chihuahua, Mexico). A small number of superb pieces with great form, color and luster are now considered to be the best Vanadinites ever found in Mexico and for that matter in North America. This is a choice miniature with especially fine rich color and top bright luster. In fine condition with no damage, this is displayable from any side. The area where these were found was quickly mined out and there will be no more. Choice and very attractive, destined to be a highly desirable Mexican classic.
Mina Navidad, Abasolo, Rodeo
3.5 x 3.2 x 2.9 CM (miniature)
A complete radiating cluster od sharp transparent Creedite crystals from the famed Mina Navidad. Perfect condition all the crystals are complete and intact. The color overall is a reddish orange to yellow hue, there are some inclusions as well. One of the mineral worlds best values, fine Mexican Creedites can be affordable and very choice. An excellent example.
Raipa Mine, Aija Province
7.7 x 3.9 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Superb cluster of classic form Axinite crystals with no matrix at all. The largest crystal here is about 6 CM long and the condition of all is excellent, with no damage. These are translucent with a few areas of transparency and the luster is very glassy. The purplish-brown color is distinctive from this find and this is an excellent esthetic cluster with many perfect, choice crystals in all directions. This was a large and important discovery which has provided some excellent quality pieces that were relatively affordable. Excellent value.
Barite on Malachite
Shangulowe Mine, Katanga Copper Crescent
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
3.7 x 3.1 x 2.1 CM (miniature)
A pair of chisel tipped Barite crystals perched on a velvety green Malachite. The Barite crystals have some inclusions of Malachite as well which gives some green color to the milky prism. Classic material from the 1970-80 era, these Barites are unique and are no longer being found. Very good condition and quite attractive, a very unusual association that is a modern classic.