From an old small find of these exotic, tapered habit gem beryls, this is a very nice, clean example. Excellent condition, with great texture, color and form, this is not a typical Beryl at all! Ex Larry White collection.
Fluorite (complex cubo-octahedral)
Xianghualing Tin Mine, Linwu County, Chenzhou
6.6 x 3.1 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An older (2001 vintage rather unusual form of fluorite from a location that was once prolific. We see almost nothing now from Xinghauling and this small find had unique esthetics. Excellent condition and color, displays well from every side, with bright luster.
A nice sized vug of rich gemmy blue Scorodites in a hard (not crumbly!) matrix. Micro brownish spheres are noted that are reputed to be Beudantites but look much like Carminites to me, either way, a nice addition. In excellent condition, with magnification it is possible to see through the very clear blue crystals to the brown matrix below! A Mexican classic, these are rare on the market and this is a good example.
Ex. Doug Ervin collection, Ex Collector's Edge. The mineral market is flooded with average quality traprock specimens, so we avoid most Indian Zeolites unless they are especially good. This one is one of those few! Perfect, undamaged, sharp, well composed and a great example of the specie. Far better in person the esthetics are top notch.
Elbaite (fine intergrown crystals)
Golconda Pegmatite district, Governador Valadares, Doce Valley
4.8 x 1.1 CM (miniature)
A really clean, simple, elegant and eye catching miniature gem crystal! From the Larry White collection, this is a little more gemmy than the photos show. There is one repair on this that is not easily seen. Older material unlike anything found recently, this has bright luster and super esthetics.
Mina Ojuela has produced loads of nice Adamites, (it is the world's best locality for the mineral) but really great ones are very uncommon and prized. This one is top quality. The most desirable form of Adamite is the Spherical radiating pinwheel of brilliant lemon-green color from Mina Ojuela. This is a impressive, fine specimen with a lustrous damage-free sphere. Great esthetics and color, this had been in the collection of Ernie Schlichter. A very good value for this quality!
A fine alpine cleft Pink Fluorite that is NOT Swiss or French but a much rarer Italian Piedmont piece! With magnification this is especially striking, the octahedrons are glassy, sharp and show complexities, they are set in a vug lined with spikey Clinozoisites and glassy rhomb form Adularia. All with a sprinkle of bright green Clinoclore (Amesite?). Very rare to see any of these for sale this is an especially nice older specimen of pre 1960 vintage. Ex Bill Hlaydsz collection.
Cuprite coated by Malachite
stock #Alec 11-226
Onganja Mine, Windhoek District
4 X 3 CM (miniature)
An important classic, the find of these fantastic Cuprites was made 45 years ago, there have been none since. These are now very rare on the market and this one is in fine condition. On the base and in one corner the malachite coating did not form and the bright red Cuprite is clearly seen. Some chipping is present on backside and underneath but the display side is clean and undamaged. Great color and textbook sharp form are what sets the best old Onjanga Cuprites apart.