stock #8 UT THUMB 788
2.9 x 2.7 CM (thumbnail)
A lusterous thumbnail with several sizable and sharp bixbyites, on a matrix of topaz (cystallized with "sand" inclusions). The crystals all have some contacting and included topaz and the matrix topaz is somewhat crude. Despite this the largest crystal of Bixbyite is sizable at 1.4 CM and very bright, and this is well over the average in general quality.
stock #8 PAK-743
4.6 x 3.5 CM (miniature)
Attractive and sharp miniature presenting 2 terminated pale pink to clear (achroite) tourmaline posed esthetically on matrix. No damage is visible to the naked eye, a very tiny chip is found under 10X magnification. The bigger crystal is 3.1 CM long. A very good value for such a clean and pretty specimen.
stock #7 PAK-007
Chitral, Chitral Valley
North West Frontier Province,
4.4 x 3 CM (miniature)
A sharp, attractive Kunzite with an unusual form caused by two parellel crystals with staggered terminations. Deep color, fine luster, and a more "prismatic" look than most Spodumene. Some slight edge wear is visible but it is very minor, not distracting to this nice gem crystal.
A large (3.7 CM) rhomb of bright red Rhodo sits neatly on a contrasting matrix made up of Acanthite crystals, Native Silver in wires, Sphalerite, Pyrite and Fluorite. If that list is not long enough to clog a label, there are other dark sulfides one of which may be Stephanite but have not been confirmed. A super example of the Rhodo from this find and the association with Silver minerals is very special. Really attractive overall and one of the best I have seen for the relation to Silver.
A Viburnum trend rarity, a stacked series of elongated spinel twin Galena form chain like structures. These reach over 6 CM in length and average 7 mm wide. Decorated with sparkling Pyrite and Dolomite they quite attractive. I do not know of any similar form found anyplace else, and I have not seen any available for some time. A must for a serious Galena collection!
Diaspore with Rutile
Chester Emery Mine, Chester, Hampshire County
4.3 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
A well crystallized and distinctive Chester Diaspore. From an historic American classic location, this is a fine miniature showing good violet color and crystals to over 2 CM. Micro crystals of Rutile are scattered as well. Not often available and rarely with distinct or freestanding crystals, this is a very good example for the locale. As is typical for the location, most larger crystals have intergrown and contacted each other so the only "textbook" forms are the micros.