Rich, deep color purple Adamite is super rare and highly desirable. From the one time find of 1981, This specimen has several fine, sharp glass-like crystals to 1.2 CM long aranged in clusters on a contrasting matrix. Micro crystals of the rare mineral Lotharmeyerite are also scattered about on all sides. In excellent condition damage wise, this is a fine example of one of the "holy grail" species that will not break the bank.
Pitorra Claim, Laranjeiras, Galileia, Doce Valley
5 x 4.1 CM (miniature)
Rose quartz crystalized in a cluster with micro sprays of Eosphorite. Nice color and arrangement. Rose Quartz in crystals is only known from a few places and is very rare in general.
The best USA magnetites are these unique cubic crystals. Good ones are not common. This example has lusterous and fine crystals that reach 1.4 CM. Displayable from several sides, one face has a contrasting Talc that sets off the dark Magnetite well. Far better than average condition, but with damage at the outer edges and contacts/chipping can be seen. Since the magnetite here is exceptionally fragile, this degree of damage is actually very minimal, and the piece is a fine example of a rare form and a classic occurance. Ex. Ernie Schlicter, 1970's vintage.
From the famous find of more than 20 years ago, this is a very good example of deep blood-red Spessartine. It is fully crystallized on all sides ("floater") and shows incredible geometric growth steps of several types. This one is as close to perfect as I have seen, some areas of chipping can be found with magnification but not easilly seen by naked eye. Very good value!
A fine, bright and glassy Apatite CaF sits esthetically in a nest of Muscovite. From the high elevation locality of Xuebaoding best known for great Scheelites, these are now very hard to find in such good condition. The main crystal is over 2 CM across (this is large for the locality) and has excellent pink-violet color. Strongly fluorescent and gemmy, a very attractive example.
Cuprite and Copper
Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts., Cochise Co.
6.6 x 4 CM (cabinet)
A beautiful, scuptural specimen of well developed Cuprite decorating branching native copper. The Cuprite has excellent fresh red color and shows both single octahedra and flattened elongated octahedra in chains to over 2.5 CM. Individual crystals show bright glassy faces and the whole has a super esthetic form. Bisbee Cuprites are rarely this attractive.
Brilliant, deep emerald green Dioptase sparkles on a contrasting multicolored matrix. There are several different micro crystals covering the specimen. A very pretty yet affordable miniature from this classic locale. No damage, fantastic color.
Sharp. lusterous and with deep purple-red color, this is a fine Spinel with strong form. Gemmy with glass-like surfaces, the transparency is above average for such a large crystal. The faces alternate from a melted or rounded form to sharp prismatic. The crystal shows well "spinel twinning" and is exceptionally sharp for its size. No damage, displays well.