Corundum V. Ruby in Schist
Zazatotsy Quarry, Ihosy District, Horombe Region
6.8 x 3.4 x 4.4 CM (cabinet)
new june 17
A big and sharp (2.7CM) main Ruby crystal is well exposed and nicely perched on the matrix. Very good color with some purple hues seen in some lighting that indicates that the core of the crystal may be a blue Sapphire. The crystal habit is the rare flattened habit with one overdeveloped face that dominates the prism. In fine condition with excellent esthetics, this also shows the crossing lines of inclusions that cause a star reflection on the terminations.
A very old, classic specimen mounted on a 19th century wooden pedestal. Old labels are included one of which shows a date of 1810 or 1870 (very hard to read). Either way this is a classic, antique piece with very good condition, form and clarity in the body. Type locality and a great addition to any display of vintage or modern tourmaline.
Intense translucent green Octahedron perfectly set on sharp Quartz crystals. Ata quick glance a fine and attractive piece but the really significant feature is seen on a closer look. All the corners of the Octa have colorless epitaxial caps of Fluorite that is also well crystallized. A textbook perfect and esthetic specimen with incredible form. In undamaged condition and with top color, this was from a small find at Riemvasmaak 3 years ago.
From the 2016 find at the Llamas quarry this is a super clear and glassy Fluorite with sharp edge beveling on all sides. Nicely perched on the Calcite matrix with a few extra tiny Fluorites for extra sparkle. Impressive perfection even under 20x magnification there are no nicks or imperfections. In some photos what appears as an internal cloud or veil is only external microscopic cubic indents on one face. The interior is certainly colorless and absolutely clear. This small location only produces a few nice pieces in any year and rarly this level of perfection.
A perfect composite crystal with alignment of the individual prisms and spraying out from the origin point. This is a perfect condition specimen with fine wet luster and attractive form on all sides. A vintage Bad Ems specimen that comes with old labels and a glass topped box likely late 19th or early 20th century vintage. It is quite rare to find a crystal this large without chips or issues. A choice classic locale German Pyromorphite.
A choice alpine gemmy sea-green octahedron of Fluorite nicely perched on Pegmatite matrix. From the Skardu area of Pakistan, this is more transparent and with deeper green hue than is usually seen. There is a small clean repair on the matrix but the Fluorite is not repaired. Overall in fine condition, the Fluorite has some adhering mica and contacts but no damage. The overall esthetics on this are excellent. Some faces of the Fluorite show more complex growth structures. The photos here are not backlit at all but glows impressively when lit that way.
Duftite on Calcite
9.8 x 7 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
new june 17
A striking cabinet sized plate of sharp Calcite crystals almost totally encrusted with bright sparkling Duftite micro crystals. In exceptional undamaged condition, Duftite is rare in good display quality specimens but this is a very fine and colorful piece. The individual crystals are more distinct and larger than the more typical Tsumeb smudges. Classic form for the underlying Calcite there is some selective coating noted but overall very little of the white calcite is exposed. Choice.
Esthetic and undamaged specimen with violet colors and fine form. Attractive on all sides, a 360 degree piece. The exciting new finds of Indonesian Chalcedony now called purple grape agate has been big news in the mineral world. We looked through literally tons of material but found just a few perfect, complete, colorful and sculptural pieces. Much better than average.