A very nice Brazilian specimen from the find of the late 1960's at the Dos Antas tunnel. At that time these were big news in the mineral world and many considered these to be the worlds best green Apophyllites. They are notably different from anything that came out later in great floods from India. This is an esthetic, undamaged example from a somewhat obscure locality. A nice addition for any Zeolite or Brazilian collection.
Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer
Souss-Massa-Draa region, Ouarzazate Province, Tazenakht,
6 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
A especially choice piece from the best find of Cobaltian Calcites in Morocco in almost 20 years! This is a striking, fine and really well formed "flower". Composed of scalenohedral and hoppered scalenohedral crystals up to 2 CM long this has an electric intense pink color that is easily noticed in any lighting. A great impact specimen, it reminds me of a N'chwaning Rhodochrosite but with a cobaltian color. In very good condition overall, the only notable damage is at the outer edges, the main central crystals are excellent.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
4.5 x 3.4 CM (miniature)
One of the most desirable rare minerals from Ojuela, Legrandite well displayed in a radiating burst of distinctive yellow. This is filling a shallow pocket in the gossan matrix,2.8 CM across. Several prismatic crystals are compleet here but there are several broken ones too (legrandite is especially brittle and and there are almost no specimens of any size without some damage). Despite the damage this is still well above average. None has been found for over 20 years now, this is an early piece last sold in the 1970s.
Fluorite -mult- color phantom
Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek, Hardin County
5 x 4.2 CM (miniature)
A very sharp, glassy lustrous cube cluster with distinctive zoning and good color. The great Annabel Lee Mine was one of the greatest Fluorite producers and its specimens were distinctive. The mine is long gone and no other location has quite the same look to it. This glows well with backlighting showing a rich yellow to orangy color core and a deep purple rim. Relatively pristine, the display face looks undamaged by naked eye but a carefull exam with loupe finds some very tiny chips, The back is incomplete as it was contacted byother crystals but it is not damaged. There is no matrix, quite esthetic.
stock #Alec 9-097
Kamareza, Laviron Mines,
Attiki Prefecture Laurion District,
9.1 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
From one of the earth's oldest mineral localities this is a pretty, bright color densely crystallized plate of Cuprian Adamite. In outstanding condition, this thin plate hosts hundreds of perfect crystals. With 10x magification I can find only 2 tiny bumps. A classic locality piece with top color.
A classic old locality! This is quite a nice and rare combo, from the Lane Quarry in Massachusetts. Cut and rough combo with a fine faceted stone of light yellow color and excellent clarity. Datolite is a rare gemstone and it is difficult to cut as the hardness varies in different orientations, but when done well they are brilliant! Datolites can have a dispersion greater than diamond. The crystal is bright, sharp and un-dinged on the display side, contacted on back and broken on the base, it displays well. Very uncommon to see a Massachusetts Datolite combo like this!
THIS IS NOT CHINESE! A very fine old Lane Quarry (Massachusetts) specimen that has great esthetic presence. The Lane Babingtonite were considered to be the best in the world until the newer Chinese finds were made. These have a distinctly different crystal habit that does not occur in China, and are far rarer! The Prehnite ball adds a nice balance and the luster overall is exceptional. Ex Larry White Collection, a very attractive piece!
A very delicate and elegantly crystallized silver with exceptional for for the locality. From the Kearsarge lode this is not typical at all and is a remarkably well prepped and presented tree of fine spinel law crystals and feathery branches. ex Larry White collection, a fine old time piece!