A very fine, sharp and esthetic specimen! These Cuprites came out over 20 years ago, there have really been none since. Unlike any of the more recent Russian Cuprites, these Congo Piees are now classics. Most were damaged or at least chipped, so pristine pieces were rare then and unavailable now. This one is especially elegant, it has a sharp and sizable main crystal perched perfectly on the contrasting matrix. In exceptional condition. This was not photographed with a backlight, so it looks as it would in a normal display, HOWEVER these are a rich ruby red color with careful lighting. Better in person!
An impressive, fully crystallized "tree" with elegant form and very sharp Spinel twin branches. Very few examples are so well formed, sharp and distinct. A relatively old piece (pre 1965's) from the classic White Pine Mine. The habit and form is unmistakable from this unique deposit. Excellent esthetics and top notch quality that is impossible to find on the market today. Far better in person!
An older stacked growth multi-color crystal cluster ex Larry White collection. There are several individual terminations on this piece and all are perfect, undamaged. With good magnification it is also possible to see several tiny side car crystals that have blue terminations! The color sequence and habit is unusual for the Himalaya mine, the blue terminations however are distinctive. This specimen is at least 45 years old.
Brazilianite (older USA specimen)
GE Smith Mine (Chandler's Mills) Newport, Sullivan County
5.8 x 3.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Brazilianite crystals of any size from outside Brazil are rare. This New Hampshire USA specimen has a main crystal prism 1.3 CM across and many smaller in a cluster that is about 3.2 CM across. For a non Brazilian piece this is darned good speciemn of this unusual phosphate. Collected in the late 60's these are not seen very often anymore.
Grossular from the defunct Jeffrey mine is considered some of the worlds best, especially in the rarer colors. Pink is particularly desirable and quite uncommon. This specimen is especially bright, lustrous and has strong color. The small crystals are well formed, sharp and distinctly aligned in sheets and plates giving a nice overall arrangement. Displays well from several angles, most crystals are perfect with only a few damaged ones found with magnification, and not at all noticable. A very good value.
A big, (4.5 CT) complex Diamond crystal with a fine glassy, vitreous luster. An older specimen, vintage 1980's that presents well and shows some very intricate crystal modifications. Also note there is a distinct color shift from yellow to a green or brown green hue in different light sources. A very good crystallized example of the element (Carbon) that humans are made from!
A nice, clear, sharp undamaged small specimen that won't break the bank! ex Larry White collection, the tip of the Beryl is glass clear and the main shaft has a milky internal zone. It still is possible to find an affordable specimen that is a perfect condition, esthetic miniature.
A really esthetic example from the great find of 2012 which was the best in nearly 20 years. This find had many average pieces but very few that were fine. These are now unavailable in this quality and condition. Great color and fine form, these scalenohedral crystals are in some cases hoppered or hollowed cavernous spikes in a radiating cluster. Some damage is noted mostly on the outer edges, but the central main display area is pristine.