Quartz (very unusual habit)
Itabira, Itabira-Nova Era District
6.5 x 5.9 CM (cabinet)
A very esthetic and very weird quartz! The second generation smoky quartz looks just like a gemmy Cassiterite or a Scheelite from some angles. The crystal is strangely distorted, some faces have grown far out of usual proportions and the whole looks like a very different specie as a result. In any quartz display, this will NOT just blend in! No eye visible damage on the secondary crystal, micro chipping seen at 10X magnification.
Not long ago when China was closed to the west, the only fine minerals we knew from there were twinned Cinnabars. They were the worlds best. They were also unobtainable, only seen in old collections or museums, and worth a fortune. That has changed! This is a fine classic style Cinnabar with good translucency nested in dolomite crystals. Well better than average, this displays well with great contrast. The quality is better than a piece that sold in the early 70's for 20K!
An exceptional and pristine Barite. The locality at Jinkohe was incredibly productive about 5 years ago, with lots of Barites coming out. Most were unimpressive or badly damaged but a few were world class. This piece is undamaged and has 2 main Barites (3.7 and 7.2 CM) with different habits but both with glasslike transparency. Despite being a "white on white" mineral this does display strongly and the delicate form is very fine.
Fengjiashan Mine (Daye Copper Mine), Edong District, Daye County, Huangs
6,8 x 5.5 CM (cabinet)
A wonderfully displayed gemmy calcite (4.2 CM across)sits on a small shard of matrix that is dusted with smaller gemmy calcites as well. Great form and condition, the calcite has some glass clear faces and interior and others with a very light frosting. This looks great from any angle, from one side looking like an old English Calcite and from others like a modern Dalngorsk piece. This is from the Daye mine in Hubei, China which has produced a lot of great calcites, but this one is distinctly different than others we have seen.
A big, rich and esthetic specimen presenting a perfect, sharp blue Beryl 4.4 CM across. No damage at all, the top portion of the crystal is gem clear but the rest is translucent "milky" with some white veils. The architecture of this specimen is excellent and the contrast of color and texture is strong. Even with lots of Aquas from Pakistan, this stands out as a very fine and eyecatching specimen. For this quality, the price is very reasonable.
Cerussite on Barite
Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province,
7 x 6.4 CM (cabinet)
A really nicely presented cerussite sixling twin crystal sits atop a matrix of orange-red barite blades. Great contrast and excellent condition on the display face. The main cerussite is 2.7 CM across. The mines of Mibladen produced tons of average specimens but this one is far better than typical, an excellent example of a modern classic locality, a very good value.
Great contrast with sharp and lustrous Neptunites against the white natrolite. Dozens of micro crystals are on board with lots of the rare mineral Joaquinite. The largest neptunites reach 2 CM and show reddish highlights with good lighting. Most crystals are perfect and terminated, but there is damage to 2 crystals. These could be removed to make a "perfect" specimen but they are not bothersome to me and the overall impact is fine. Older material collected in the 60s.
stock #8 DK-018
Pitorra Claim, Laranjeiras, Galileia, Doce Valley
7 x 6.8 CM (cabinet)
Really attractive and well composed, this is a fine "picket fence" style rose quartz collected over 20 years ago. Excellent color sharpness, luster and condition, this could be priced much higher in the current market. The milky quartz matrix and the depositional banding add a lovely contrast to this specimen. With a strong light and magnification I can find one chipped termination that is behind other crystals so is well hidden. Otherwise perfect.