A really fine, rare Erongo specimen with textbook spinel twin form and great esthetics! Better in person by far, this piece is nicely composed with a divergent group of Shorl Tourmaline that host and penetrate into the Fluorites. The Fluorites are spinel twinned and show delicate zoning. These are stacked like a shishkabob on the Shorl. It is easy to see the dark Tourmalines inside the Fluorite. Undamaged and displays great, an excellent piece for the Fluorite cabinet or in an Erongo suite.
Elbaite -(unusual gem crystal)
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill,Mesa Grande District, San Diego County
2.8 x 1.4 CM (small miniature)
This looks at first glance like a cute beryl crystal with a mint green color, but it is an unusual older Tourmaline from the Himalaya Mine. Sharp, complete, glassy and odd! In some light it looks more blue green and is 100 percent gem grade. Ex. Larry White collection, and not a typical California Elbaite at all!
Scheelite on Muscovite
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
8 6.8 CM (cabinet)
A fine yellow-orange crystal perched perfectly on the muscovite matrix. A modern classic, Pingwu has produced the worlds best scheelites, this is a much better than average piece. Well exposed, sharp and in fine condition, the Scheelite is 4.6 CM across with bright glassy luster. By naked eye there is no damage at all but with 10x magnification a very tiny bit of edge scuffing is seen. The form is an elongated psudo-octahedron and the forward facing termination is unusually gemmy and transparent. Good examples in this condition have become very hard to find.
A fine old, classic Pyro from the Sherman Mine in Burke, Idaho found long before the modern discoveries at the Bunker Hill mine. From the remarkable John Marshall Pyromorphite collection. Unlike other Idaho pyros, this has a distinctive color and habit that could pass for an early Pheonixville Pennslyvania piece! In excellent condition, the crystals reach 1 CM in size, filling a vug so densely the specimen is just about 100 percent pyromorphite with just a little matrix. Rare to see any of this material on the market and super rare in this quality! The last photo shows the crystallized backside of the specimen that is nice but not the better display side by far.
Prehnite crystals on Diopside
stock #Alec 5-065
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
5.3 x 4.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An exceptional crystallized spray of sharp Prehnite is set on a bright green carpet of accicular Diopside crystals. Excellent condition and with glass-like luster this is an esthetic and fine specimen from this find of a few years ago. Displays very well from several angles.
N'chwaning Mine, Kalahari Fields, Kuruman
5.3 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
A single bright and well formed crystal of Olmiite is nicely perched on the Manganese matrix. Fine condition and well presented, this is a nice single crystal (1.2 CM) on matrix that shows great color, form and luster well. Not just a ball this has well defines crystal faces unlike most specimens. This find has produced many forms of this rare mineral, it is a great time to get examples of this esthetic specie while they are still affordable.
This is really something different! English Fluorites are famed for the sharp penetration twins and daylight fluorescent glassy crystals. I have never seen a symetrical TRIPLE penetration like this. Nice color and luster, gemmy crystals reach to 1.7 CM with a few minor edge chips here and there, overall in nice shape. The condition is shown clearly in the photos. An oddity for a good Fluorite suite!
Babingtonite on Prehnite
Miegu County, Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture
6.5 x 5.2 CM (cabinet)
The Meigu area produced the best Babingtonites in the world. Enough have been found to make affordable pieces available now. The top pieces still sell for huge sums even in China. This is a nice specimen, though not a top piece, offered at an affordable price. If from a US locality USA just 10 years ago it would have sold for 1500-2000$ quickly! These finds give every collector a chance to have a good example. This has crystals to 2 CM with good luster on green Prehnite. More pretty in person.