Ximeng County, Pu'er Prefecture
5.8 x 3.5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Glass like gemmy Cassiterites up to 1.8 CM set on a contrasting matrix. It has become hard to find good Ximeng Cassiterites, they are distinctive and desirable, with higher luster than most any other locations. This is a good example that really shines in good light.
Epidote and Quartz
Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Prince of Wales Island
4.2 x 3.5 CM (miniature)
A small but very pretty Alaskan Epidote. The largest crystal is 3.2 CM long, glassy bright and decorated with quartz crystals. There is contacting on the perimeter and rear of the specimen but the main crystals are sharp and undamaged. A nice, affordable example of an American classic.are
A fine, undamaged and esthetic specimen featuring a 4.2 CM gem crystal of glasslike yellow-green Brazilianite. Aside from simply enjoying a beautiful mineral, this is a good time for collectors to obtain a fine Brazilianite. Before the recent finds at Linopolis, these were very rare, expensive and highly sought after. They will certainly become rare again, and above average specimens will appreciate well.
From the William Pinch collection, a fine, undamaged and attractive Barite from the now classic finds at Huanzala. Dozens of delicate glassy Barites to 2 CM across densely cover the sulfide matrix. No damage, several of the Barite blades are dusted with sparkling pyrites. A choice specimen that is also affordable.
Glassy, gemmy pale aqua crystal with classic flattend form from the great finds at Xuebaoding. A nice clean example that is affordable and esthetic. These were plentiful just a few years ago but are now much less common and more expensive when available. Good value.
Ferberite on Quartz
Yaogangxian Tungsten Mine, Yizhang County
5 x 3.5 CM (miniature)
A very cute, esthetic, sharp and undamaged Ferberite on quartz. From the display side the ferberite crystals are growing out of the termination of a quartz prism. An older piece originally sold by the Rocksmiths in the first wave of Chinese discoveries. Fine luster and architecture that is also affordable, and show why Yaoganxian has become a world class supplier of good sulfide minerals.
A very pretty small miniature with sharp glassy crystals. Micros of Goyazite as well as gemmy rhombs of Magnesite complete the specimen. In fine condition, this find at Brumado has produced some fantastic examples of this tourmaline family member. Good value.
Erythrite (fine crystals)
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province
Souss- Massa- Draa Region,
5.3 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
From the Wm. Pinch Collection, a superb small specimen. Bright lustrous, undamaged Erythrite crystals to 1.3 CM in size on contrasting matrix. The sharp dark purple-magenta colored prisms are gemmy and perfectly terminated. Really fine Bou Azzer Erythrites are the best ever found for the species, and far less expensive than lesser specimens from the old classic locations. A great value.