Topaz & Quartz
Gilgit, Gilgit district
6.2 x 4.9 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
Superb, absolutely gem clear Topaz crystals with glasslike luster sprout from the quartz crystal matrix. Outstanding condition and esthetic form. From the Gilgit area that has produced so much great Topaz, this has just a slight hint of color.
Two generations of sharp and gemmy Analcime crystals in perfect condition. Ex Terry Szenics collection, these crystals range from colorless white to light pink, all have glasslike luster. There is no matrix at all, this is simply a mass of Analcime crystals in all sizes packed together. Unusual and attractive
A killer, world class and huge Weloganite, one of the largest crystals found, with exceptional display esthetics. The crystal is 4.8 CM tall. For what it is worth, this is the best cabinet matrix specimen that I have ever seen, and I prefer it to the well known published single crystals. In very good condition, the matrix is sawn on the back and base, not seen on display side. Tiny doubly terminated quartz and what seems to be Sphalerite micros with some bright golden Marcasite are noted in the vug where this grew. A few small quartz also are on the right side of the crystal just below the termination and add a little extra sparkle. Fine creamy yellow color and good luster give the Weloganite contrast from the matrix. It is very rare that we offer specimens of such stature on our website, we usually sell this quality at major shows or in private sales. This is an experiment to explore the possibility of presenting more top quality or rare specimens in this way.
SOLD Red Beryl (bixbite) on matrix
stock #SOLD 7AED-129
Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County
4.7 x 2.8 x 2 CM (miniature)
A single intense red Beryl crystal protruding from contrasting matrix. In fine condition and more gemmy than usual this has excellent luster as well. In recent years these have been marketed as "red emeralds" but most are quite milky, opaque or have less strong color. Good examples are much more rare than similar sized Emeralds. This is a very good specimen from 1990 vintage finds, and a very good value at this price.
SOLD Liroconite- Rare classic
stock #SOLD 15.1-875
Wheal Gorland, St Day, United Mines, Gwennap. Camborne, Redruth-St. Day
3.7 x 3.2 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
Intense blue color Liroconite in masses and crystal aggregates from the famous locale, Wheal Gorland. One of the mineral holy grails, Liroconite is usually painfully expensive and is highly coveted. This example has a few complete crystals, massive areas most of which have damage seen with a loupe. Not for a perfectionist and not priced in the 4 figures either. Despite the inevitable flaws on this delicate mineral it is a fine colorful specimen and rich in terms of quantity of Liroconite. Far, far more affordable than most!
Chalcotrichite with Copper
Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts., Cochise Co.
4.3 x 4.2 x2.4 CM (miniature)
Old Bisbee specimen has three vugs with Cuprite V. Chalcotrichite crystals with typical bright red color. Ex. Rocksmith specimen, there are a few tiny bits of Native copper and some calcite crystals that seem to have copper inclusions too. Classic material, this small piece is relatively affordable for one of these.
An exciting new find at a classic old mine, gem clear Fluorites in delicate purple contrast with the bright white Celestite crystals. The Tule mine was famed for large Celestite with blocky Fluorites that were usually dark and not clear. This find is different, the crystals are smaller but glass clear and highly lustrous. Affordable yet attractive, undamaged and choice miniature.
Choice, colorful purple and yellow zoned Fluorite crystals epitaxialy coated on some edges by gemmy scalenohedral Calcites. 1970's vintage specimen ex. Ernie Schichter, this is quite showy and in very good condition. Better in person, these are usually quite a bit more expensive in this quality.