Rhodochrosite with Hematite
Montreal mine. Gogebic Range, Iron County
5.9 x 4.7 x 4 CM (cabinet)
A really nice example of an open Rhodochrosite vug from the Wisconsin (USA) Iron region. The Vug is richly packed with sharp Rhombs of a rose-pink color some of which are partly transparent and zoned. Mixed in are sparkling clusters of dark Hematite crystals which adds contrast. A choice older Wisconsin specimen from the famed Montreal Mine, This locale started in 1886 and was quite active until 1950, Final shutdown was 1963. Now a classic locality with any Rhodo specimens rarely available usually from older collections.
A choice Michigan specimen with sharp black-silvery crystals that are a perfect replacement of Manganite. Most likely from the Taylor mine but there is no documentation of that detail. From the Palmer collection that was assembled in conjunction with the late Dr. Joe Mandarino for use in his research and publications. The crystals are quite sharp and lustrous reaching to 1 CM some are also free standing.
Silver - wire mass
Dzhezkazgan Mining District
4.8 x 3.1 x 1.6 CM (miniature)
A choice, dense mass of thick and thin wires (some flattened) forming a cluster of curls. From finds about 20 years ago in Kazakhstan, this is a far better than typical specimen with good form, character and a nice dark patina. Ex Ernie Schlichter, these are just not seen anymore and are quite distinctive, a very nice Silver with classic form.
A well exposed complete doubly terminated Elbaite crystal with a pink termination on one end and a flat blue cap on the other end. In fine condition from the famed Paprock pegmatite, this has several color zones and gradations along the length of the crystal. Magnification shows some needle inclusions that look like Byssolite. A choice older Paprock specimen in good shape and nicer in person.
Azurite -rosette nodule
4.6 x 4.4 x 3.9 CM (miniature)
From the brief attempt to reopen the great Tsumeb mine for specimen extraction this is a fine example of a rosette nodule. From the 5.1 sublevel of the west 4 stope this specimen shows unusually large crystal blades and classic radiating form that is much more distinct than were most that were found. In fine condition, complete and quite unlike most of the Azurite from Tsumeb.
SOLD Grossular -
stock #SOLD 13.1-151
Sierra de la Cruz, Municipio de Sierra Mojada
5.7 x 3.9 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
A super piece with crystals over 2 CM across that are well exposed and present a very three dimensional effect. In very good condition overall the main crystals are all complete, undamaged and have just a few contacts. The color is top for the locale, a deep cranberry red with hints of purple tones. The Garnets contrast well with the white matrix. This locale has not produced anything for a few years, and is now a modern classic. The color and habit of these Grossular is unique.
Silver - wires with Quartz
Cobalt, Gowganda region, Timiskaming District
6.9 x 5.9 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Silver wires with tiny Quartz crystals coating and encasing some of the Silver. From the prolific Cobalt area this specimen is fairly old, it was sold by the Schortmann Brothers in the early 1960 era. The Quartz undermagnification is a sparkling druze of doubly terminated crystals many of which have a Cumberland habit. Close exam of the matrix shows that there is a lot more silver unclosed under layers of Quartz. The exposed area of wires is a dense nest with a few slender hairs rising to about 3 CM long. A choice, delicate and esthetic piece which looks better the more it is examined.
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley
Gilgit, Northern Areas,
5 x 4.8 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A slightly zoned and lightly etched pink Fluorite octahedron from early finds at Chumar Bakhoor. Some of the corners also show a stepped overgrowth with a smoother texture. In fine condition on the display sides, the back is contacted from the matrix and has a little adhering Mica, none of which is seen from the front. The crystal is translucent to transparent and will glow brightly when backlit. Pink Fluorites with this sort of etching are almost exclusively found in Alpine type clefts and this is no exception. In person the color is a more vivid than can be seen in the photos. Good pink Fluorites are prized and often very costly. This is a choice piece and a good value.