A very old piece formerly from collections of Ara Dildalion and William Hladysz, but likely far older. The forms of the original Manganite crystals are very clearly seen are are up to 6.8 C. The luster of the piece is overall a dull "sooty" black but some faces and terminations have a shiny black luster as well. This region is the source of the great classic Manganites that are especially sought after. This sort of Psuedomorph is not especially pretty but they are rare and this one has especially good form
A rare Chinese gem Scapolite with very intense purple color, much of which is clear enough to facet. We see very few specimens of any sort from Xinjiang, this Scapolite was from a small one time find over ten years ago when the deposit was listed as "Daftar". Analysis shows that these are a Marialite variety with some chrome adding the color. This is much deeper hue than most. Some chipping is noted with 10x magnification so this is not for perfectionists but it is still a very good, richly colored crystal that shows some clear dichroism.
A classic specimen from Centreville, Virginia with sharp, well defined white Apophyllite crystals contrasting with green Prehnites. This example is in excellent condition, good display quality for the size and quite affordable for one of these.
Textbook form crystal with classic habit Manebach twin and nice green color. This specimen is repaired (reassembled) as it had split along the twin plane in the pocket. A further growth of the separate parts has prevented the repair from seamless. Despite that the structure and form are very good and this is an excellent, affordable example of the twin law.
The rare Cerium bearing Copper Arsenate mineral Agardite from Tsumeb was found on the 30th level several years ago. This specimen is a fairly rich example with eye visible zones and with a little Duftite as well. The matrix is scattered on several sides with sprays of micro radiating Agardite crystals. The Calcite crystals are rhombohedral form and have unknown inclusions. Not really a cabinet display specimen as the Agardites are so tiny as all are, but nice under the microscope, this piece could make many micromounts.
5.1 x 3.4 x 3.4 CM (miniature)
Post Tucson 2015
South African "cactus" quartz is a popular commodity in the mineral market, but the deeper purple hues are the most rare and few are available. This deep hued specimen is in perfect undamaged condition with great form and shows the termination "star" of zoned purple that is most desirable. Good cactus Quartz is one of the bargains of the mineral world.
Extra intense color for a Microcline, this miniature from Pikes Peak area, Colorado and has much deeper blue green color than most Colorado localities. In fine condition damage wise, there is a nice association of Cleavlandite blades nestled between the crystals. An American classic locality, this is relatively recent find from a small working claim. Better in person, with great display impact in a small size.
Spodumenne var. Kunzite
Darra-I Pech Pegmatite Field
Konar (Kunar) Province,
11.1 x 7.3 x 9.9 CM (cabinet)
Post Tucson 2015
An older, sizable matrix specimen of light blueish Clevelandite hosts a 5.8 CM Kunzite crystal sharply terminated with good color and zoning. Associated are Quartz crystals to over 3 CM and a few scattered Elbaite and Schorl are noted too. The esthetics are quite nice while the Kunzite is nicely etched and in fine undamaged condition. Some chipping and bruises are seen on the quartz which keeps the price quite low but this still displays nicely.