Tanzanite Multi Color zoned crystal
Merelani, Umba Valley, Lelatama Mountains, Arusha Region
3.1 x 2.2 x.9 (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A sharp gemmy crystal with a strong color change and dramatic zoning. Top grade glassy luster and a lot prettier in person, this shows color changes from yellow to green in the top part, and blue, purple and red in the lower part that is hard to appreciate in photos. The overall condition is fine, there are some small contact rough spots on the backside that are not easy to see and are completely invisible from the display side. The front of the specimen is clean, sharp and undamaged. Far better in person and a great value for such a clean example!
From a small find made 2002 this is one of the best single crystals recovered. Undamaged, sizable at over 10CM long, with excellent luster and translucence. The upper half of this shows a distinct Tessin habit but the lower half does not. Similar to some of the recent Himalayan quartz and the classic Greek included quartz, this has a noticably different look and texture.
Striking, esthetic and unusual, this is a fine, undamaged piece with an "odd" color hue. The Shaba Dioptase can be quite impressive but rarely this delicate and sculptural with no matrix. The color in person looks almost a Malachite green but with a brilliant glassy luster, there is good transparency too as seen in some of the best Tsumeb Dioptase. A fine specimen from anyplace this is especially nice for Katanga area.
stock #SOLD 13.1-268
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
5.1 x 3 x 2.1 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A very pale blue to whitish Barite "finger" crystallized 360 degrees around with delicate leafy blades. No damage and quite attractive Barite for this location. Ex Glenn Nichol collection, these have become quite uncommon in recent years from this long closed classic locality.
Grossular on Diopside
Mt Belvidere Quarry (EDEN MILLS) VAG, Lowell and Eden, Orleans and Lamo
3.6 x 2.9 x 2.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Some of the worlds best red Grossular has come from the classic quarries of Eden Mills. Now very hard to find in any quality, this is an attractive small specimen in excellent condition with lustrous, gemmy red brown crystals. The grass green matrix of crystallized Diopside makes a fine contrast for the Garnets and this really displays well. This could also be trimmed to make a fine competitive thumbnail if desired.
A cluster of five main Rhodonite crystals up to 3.3 CM in size are arranged in an attractive cluster. This is an American classic that has become quite scarce on the market in recent years. The condition is excellent and like most of these had some acid etching to expose the Rhodonite well. The color is well above average and this piece is very 3 dimensional.
Daoping Lead-Zinc Mine, Yangshao
7.6 x 5.5 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
Bright lustrous Pyromorphite crystals contrast with the matrix and a druse of secondary Pyros scattered about. Great color, undamaged and real eyecatching. From early 2000 vintage Daoping finds, this type of specimen has not been found for years. This level of quality is typically more expensive when available.
A remarkable, fine small cabinet with an elegant form. A sharp, gemmy 5.7 CM long Elbaite crystal impales a quartz crystal at an angle thrusting its termination into the air. The Tourmaline shows good zoning from green to pink at the tip and has a colorless zone as well. From 2006 season mining in Paprok, there were not many like this found then and none since. The main elbaite is in excellent condition damage wise, the quartz is contacted on the back with some tiny broken elbaites that are not so evident. All in all this displays very well and is a welcome change from the "same old" esthetic of most Tourmalines!