An exceptional, well formed Sphalerite from a long gone classic locality. Big, textbook clustered crystals reach 3.6 CM and show elegant twinning. This is far better than most "good" specimens from Tri state, it is admittedly more expensive but a very good value for the price. While this is a "black, ugly" mineral the overall esthetics and luster on this one makes this an remarkable and desirable addition for any collection.
A very fine and very attractive specimen! Elbaites with vivid color and gem clear quality reach 5.5 CM in a jackstraw cluster. There is practically all tourmaline with no matrix, only a few areas of minor Cleavelandite. The better Paprok Elbaites have become highly respected for distinctive color and glassy faces. This specimen is top tier, it is a rich, sharp, colorful glassy and in outstanding condition.
A fine and attractive example of this rare Lead, Silver, Antimony "black ugly" mineral! Until the 2004 find, Andorites were one of the rarer Sulfosalts and crystals were always quite tiny. This piece is from that discovery and a very good value for the size, condition and form. The metallic luster and steel to brassy hues are as good as these ever get. Ex Kosnar, there are now very few of this caliber to be found, lesser pieces are typically far more expensive!
A FINE classic American Tourmaline specimen, Ex Frank Hess collection. Undamaged, unrepaired, doubly terminated Elbaite (3.5 CM) is penetrating the termination of a compound quartz crystal. A small green zone is visible at one termination but mostly this is just fine raspberry hue. This specimen dates from pre 1950 Pala area finds, it was sold by Schortmann's minerals but no mine attribution is given, it may have been from any of several small prospects or one of the more famous mines. Classic form and far better than average quality and esthetics for a fine San Diego pegmatite specimen!
A big, colorful and unusual piece from Shangbao. I purchased a small lot of these at the mine in China in 2003, and I now wish I had bought many more, I have not seen any others since. Nice sharp pink rhombs reach 2.4 CM and are scattered on a bright sparkling Fluorite matrix composed of modified cubes (typical form at Shangbao). These are gemmy in some areas, lightly frosted in others and quite attractive everywhere. Minor quartz and pyrite are present too. Displays well from several angles, we took this back in trade and are able to offer it at the old 2003 price!
Brazilianite (on albite)
Telirio Mine, Linopolis
6.4 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
A clean, bright, sharp and colorful specimen of clustered gemmy Brazilianites on a tiny shard of Albite matrix. The crystals reach 3.5 CM and are in fine condition. From 2009 finds in Linopolis, this is far above average and has a great esthetic, but at an affordable price.
An important Chinese specimen and a rarity, this Hubnerite is from the one time small find at Yaoganxian in 1998. It seems these are also the largest Hubnerite crystals known from China, at 9.4 CM! Ferberite (the analog) is famous from Yaoganxian, it has produced some of the worlds best. However, verified Hubnerite is only known in a few specimens. The crystals here are attractively perched on a long Quartz prism and this displays well from either side. The color is a lustrous black to a deep brownish-red. Strong lighting shows red translucence on thin edges of the crystals as is typical for Hubnerite. The crystals are complete, somewhat jagged showing parrellel growth with full terminations. A dusting of micro Helvites (not confirmed) add a color contrast. Remarkably this specimen has no noticable damage on the delicate Hubnerite crystals. For any comprehensive Chinese collection or a Yaoganxian suite, this is something really special!
A Tsumeb classic, a Galena matrix hosts fine sharp Smithsonite crystals up to 3 CM in size. The color is between a salmon pink and a light cognac hue depending on the lighting used to view it. The largest crystal has a cleave on the right rear edge that keeps this very affordable. Fortunately it can be hidden completely by the angle of display and the specimen looks like it cost many times this price!