Wardite -superb matrix crystals
Rapid Creek, Dawson Mining District
8.3 x 4.4 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
From the noted John Marshall collection, this is an killer Wardite with fine, sharp and lustrous crystals perfectly arrayed in a distinct line. The Marshall collection card from 2003 states " Superb crystals on matrix, the display specimen in the British Museum is nowhere as good as this". Obtained from Gregory, Bottley and Lloyd, A great Wardite from anyplace the crystals reach 1.7 CM and are transparent in parts.
A stout Quartz crystal nested on and included by long crystals of dark green Epidote. The Quartz is a light milky green color but still transparent, the crystals of Epidote are clearly seen inside the Quartz. For ten years we have found occasional Quartz with Epidote from this region, but always badly damaged, still the potential looked exciting. This piece is from a new small find we were able to obtain in Colombia recently, these are by far the best specimens so far, this is a choice example. We hope for more in the future but that could be a long while!
A complex open vug in crystalized Albite hosts bright red gem clear Manganoneptunites along with Pectolite needles and Siderite, Rhodochrosite etc. While the individual crystals are best appreciated with magnification, this ihas color enough to be a display specimen, a good addition to any St Hillare suite. Often Manganoneptunites are dark, almost black or are crude crystals, but these are bright and perfectly formed.
Exceptional and super esthetic, the baby blue druse of clear Quartz crystals are richly colored by Shattuckite balls they have grown on and are included by. These contrast nicely with the bright green Malachite crystals. Looks even better in person, this from the find five years ago at Kaokoveld, nothing quite like this has come up since. A super display piece for any cabinet this Copper secondary specimen has top color, luster and form.
A fine well crystalized example of this rare and usually unattractive specie. From the Scalisi collection, there are just not many of these in existence, this has large somewhat etched and crude crystals with a few tiny rough spots seen with magnification. With very strong (40X) magnification some very tiny Rhodochrosite rosettes and what seems to be Shigaite are spotted. The largest crystal is 1.6 CM across . The habit of this piece on one side looks like the type from Franklin NJ, but the other side looks from the Kalaharie Mn fields. Not a beautiful mineral to most people, but a good example and very hard to find
Copper -chain of Spinel twins
Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales,
5.2 x .8 x .4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A perfect elongated spinel twin crystal forms the base for radiating smaller spinel twins that are epitaxially oriented. In pristine, undamaged condition this is a really unusual choice old Broken Hill (Australia) piece. The secondary crystals are mostly oriented in two lines or chains some of which form mirror copies of each other. The smaller crystals reach 1 CM and all have textbook perfect forms.
A super choice old Wulfenite found over 40 years ago with rare green color. The Wulfenites blades are likely a transparent yellow color inside but the overgrowth and inclusion of green acicular Mimetites adds the coveted green color. The Wulfenites are also overgrown with clear Calcite and some reddish Calcites on the ridges aded a nice color contrast. In excellent condition, these are almost never available. Displays well on several sides, the main crystals are complete and undamaged but there is a peripheral broken blade seen on just one side. Excellent bright sparkling esthetics and a nice addition to any serious Wulfenite suite.
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.