Sparkly bright red cuprites on matrix with some native copper in classic form from a Cornwall classic locality. A lot of Cuprite here, some in crystals reaching 5 mm. Some damge is found with 10x magnification but many of the crystals are perfect and have very good color.
A sizable, sharp and glassy pair of intergrown Herks that have far better than average clarity. These have some fine bubbles. anthraxolite flakes and tubes included within, but the best is the rare "crystal voids" that are cavities shaped exactly like a small doubly terminated quartz. Contacted on the rear and with a few chips but still displays well and the inclusions are easy to view.
Garnet (Andradite -Topazolite)
Montaju Mine, Traversella, Chiusella Valley, Canavese District, Torino
5.4 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
A bright and well crystalized garnet plate with many translucent dark orange - yellow crystals up to .7 CM covering the surface. In good conditiion overall but with some contacted and damaged crystals as seen in the photos.
5.8 x 3.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
From an old European collection this is a delicate plate of gossan that is host to many fine, sharp and lustrous crystals of Azurite. In fine condition despite the age (pre war) it is not common to see so much coverage of fine crystals on one piece, and this is easily the best Hungarian Azurite I have seen.
SOLDTopaz on Quartz
stock #SOLD AC-093
Schneckenstein cliff, (Konigskrone Mine) Kielberg Mt.Klinginthal, Vogtla
5 x 3.5 CM (miniature)
From the type locality for Topaz, this is a classic older piece showing a gemmy terminated prism just over 2 CM in size. This location was profiled in The Minerological Record (2008) and has a long history. This piece is very good with a large size crystal for the locality. There is some damage especially at the base of the prism but it is relatively pristine and shows well the typical form that the location provided the mineral world in the 17th century.
A remarkable piece from the legendary classic Manganite locality of Ilfeld, this piece has many fine, large crystals to 3.4 CM in size standing out from the matrix and showing the Manganite form perfectly. Collected from a rediscovered 15th century dump and adit area in 2006, the site is now closed and only a small number of specimens were recovered. A fantastic Psuedomorph, a fine Ilfeld piece and a great bit of mineral history, this is a "black rock" with a lot of class and form!
From the oldest known location for Turquoise crystals (for many years the only one) this is a well covered example. Crystal crusts are on several sides of this piece and the color and sharpness is far better than most. The locality is closed and was probably the best site in the world for these. With a little magnification it is easy to see the sharpness and clarity of the triclinic crystals on this piece.
Rutile on Kyanite and Goethite
Graves Mt., Lincoln Co.
6.6 x 4.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A small but fine and esthetic specimen from this great locality. Lustrous clusters and single crystals (to 2.3 CM) are nestled jewel like in a mass of interlocked irridescent plates of Goethite . The contrast is excellent and overall the condition is fine too, but there are some very small edge chips that are not evident without careful examination and magnification. This is an older piece with a great presentation and far higher quality than most anything I have seen from recent mining.