Malachite Pseudo after Azurite
Morenci Mine, Copper Mt. District, Shannon Mts., Greenlee County
4.1 x 3.6 CM (miniature)
An nice, affordable Pseudo from Morenci, The crystals reach 1.6 CM and show some of the original Azurite color but are mostly now replaced by the Malachite green. This is an older specimen collected over 50 years back yet in excellent condition with no visible damage.
Imiter Mine, Imiter District, DjebelSaghro, Ouarzazate Province
Souss Massa Draa Region,
3 x 2.9 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A very bright and very red crystallized ruby silver specimen from the great Imiter Mine in Morocco. This looks great on all sides and is a really attractive example of this "noble" mineral. Always uncommon especially in this quality, there may not be any more since the mine owners now strictly prohibit any collecting with some miners getting long jail terms.
Cassiterite on Quartz
stock #Alec 12-417
Amo Mine, Ximeng
4 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
The Amo mine in Ximeng county (Yunnan, China) used to produce a few spectacular Cassiterites. They were immediately prized and have practically disappeared. Unlike this mineral from any other location, these had a unique, recognizable style that could be very esthetic. This fine example is sharp, well formed, nicely perched on a cluster of quartz crystals that have some green inclusions as a bonus. The Cassiterites are gemmy and have the brightest possible luster (which makes them hard to photograph). In great condition there is contacting only on the back side not in view and very affordable for one of these.
Some of the weirdest habit Silver minerals and especially Acanthites have come out of Morocco from time to time. This is a very nice example with a sizable chain of oriented stacked octahedrons that displays very well. Somewhat crude as are all of these but undamaged and a complete floater. This came out over a decade ago. The new restrictions have cut off most everything from these great silver mines.
Grossular (fine green color)
stock #Alec 14B-132
Wah Wah Mts, Beaver County
4.4 x 3.4 CM (miniature)
From an small, little known find several years ago from the locale better known for red beryl. This specimen hosts a nicely perched, big (2cm) crystal with great luster and an unusually deep green color. Excellent contrast with the matrix, this crystal has been reattached, like every other example Ive seen. This specimen has by far the best color of any I know and stands out well for the locality and the specie.
Axinite- Classic locale
La Rampe des Commeres, Bourg d'Oisans, Isere
2.4 x 2.1 CM (thumbnail)
A sweet thumbnail of gemmy Axinites perched on a contrasting matix composed of micro crystals of phrenite, diopside etc. From the classic locality of Bourg d'Oisans, this has a lot of flash for its small size. Very affordable for a good, clean example of this classic!
Brookite on Quartz
stock #Alec 7- 191-207
Magnet Cove, Hot Springs County
5.1 x 4.6 CM (miniature)
Brookite is not usually an esthetic mineral from the USA, but this one is far better than most from the classic locale of Magnet cove. It is unusual to see so many very large (about 1 centimeter) Brookites closely clustered together on a small matrix and with excellent bright luster. The matrix is mostly composed of weathered looking quartz crystals and everything is in fine condition. Ex. Larry White collection.
Celestite and Calcite
Chittanango Falls, Fenner Township, Madison County
4.9 x 2,8 CM (miniature)
From the American classic locality of Chittenango Falls, this is a bright and perfect miniature specimen. Ex Larry White collection, The blue Celestites are especially gemmy and bright, the Calcites are sharp, undamaged with distinct twinning. Especially esthetic for this locality!