Wulfenite with Mimetite
San Carlos Mine, Municipio de Maunuel Benavidas
4.7 x 3.3 x 3.2 CM (miniature)
Gem clear, sharp and glassy bright red Wulfenite from the new find (2017-18) at the San Carlos Mine. The Wulfenites are associated with small balls of Mimetite that are both yellow and Orange in color. The large main crystal is 1.5 CM diagonal and sits perfectly on the matrix. Some bits of adhering matrix and tiny contacts are noted but not significant, and there is no chipping or damage on any of the main crystals. The Wulfenites at San Carlos were mostly yellow and orange but a few reds were found, this is in person a super intense red color as fine as any top Red Cloud Wulfenite. The crystals are unusually transparent and have brilliant luster on the faces. Better in person.
A single, sharp terminated crystal of Epidote. At this locale these are often found to be zoned with Clinozoisite but usually not more than 50% hence the Epidote label. From the long closed now classic locale of the VAG mine in Northern Vermont, USA. A fine clean translucent to transparent crystal in fine shape from the Rodingite zone famed for world class Garnets. Lustrous, undamaged and with distinctive striations, a choice little classic Northeastern US piece.
Tarbuttite and Pyromorphite
Kabwe Mine (Broken Hill Mine) Kabwe
6.5 x 3.1 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
Two habits of Tarbuttite crystals are contrasted by distinctive green Pyromorphites. An unusual combination of species, I have not seen these together before. The Tarbuttite is very sharp and in distinct crystals, the Pyromorphite has the unusual habit of pointed pinacoid terminations (many are doubly terminated) and are color zoned with a transparent area in the center. This locality (Kabwe) was known as the Broken Hill mine of Northern Rhodesia, from 1906 until 1964. This is an older specimen.
These Hematite pseudos when they are good have an incredible form. This specimen is one of the very best I have seen, perfect, complete all around and with well developed faces. Marcasite is an unstable mineral that can decay over time but these pseudos are perfectly stable. The detail of growth is perfectly preserved and presented on all the faces and the form looks like a leaf. These are sporadically available but very few are of this size and sharp development. A superb pseudomorph and an very esthetic piece.
Cerussite and Dundasite
Modra Stola, Ziate Hory, Olomouc Region
6.9 x 6.4 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
A rich specimen of accicular Cerussite that is covered with tiny needles and micro balls of greenish to white Dundasite. The whole piece has a pleasing minty green hue due mostly to the Dundasite. Dundasite is a rather rare mineral and usually seen as an associate of Cerussite. This locality is an ancient abandoned mine dating to the fifteenth century which produced some good lead secondary minerals from the oxidized zone to modern (1980 vintage) collectors. Close exam of the Cerussite shows that the individual needles are sixling twins with a star-like cross section. Choice and very fine for the locale.
stock #18-AX-15-051 (C085)
Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
7.4 x 5.3 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
Outstanding small cabinet specimen of very well crystallized Pyromorphite from the "golden years" of the great Daoping Mine. Ex. collection of Frances and Shields Flynn, this is a now classic habit that has grown on a hollow cast of pure Pyromorphite that is seen on the backside. In super clean condition with rich deep color, many of the crystals show hoppered terminations but others have tapered or flat tips. This locality became instantly famous in 2000 when the first good pieces can out. The "golden years" that followed produced what many feel were the best ever Pyros. Production is now minimal and sporadic, this quality and size is no longer to be found. This specimen was exhibited in 2005 in the Tucson (TGMS) China display. Excellent value for this quality.
A remarkable Barite from anyplace but especial exotic being from India. The core of this piece is a single elongated Barite prism that has been overgrown with oriented clear Barites in perfect alignment. In fine undamaged condition, this was from a small recent find. The Barites from this find have been called "scepters" but they seem to be more complex than that and more an epitaxial chain habit.
Bright lustrous Garnet crystals fully cover the front of this matrix plate. From an older find at Tongbei, there is some minor Hyalite opal as well, but mostly this is a Spessartine that has dozens of sharp, perfect crystals. No damage seen at 10 x magnification, the color is a dark red that is best seen with strong lighting. These represent a great value for the price as this locality had produced so many fine pieces when it was operating.