Neptunite on Natrolite
San Benito Peak, San Benito County
5 x 3.7 x 1.8 CM (miniature)
Neptunite crystals with very high luster reaching 2.3 CM are set on contrasting snow white Natrolite. A very attractive specimen in good condition with textbook terminated crystals some of which show doubly terminated prisms well exposed from the matrix. There will not be any more of these as the locale is finished, this is an older recycled collection specimen.
A perfect complete etched floater Heliodore crystal from the famed (and now gone) Volodarsk deposit. This locale produced these remarkable Beryls in "chamber" pockets which are now highly prized. The complex sculpture of this specimen is impressive and esthetic. 100 percent gem grade, this is all facet grade with no internal flaws or veils, has great color and is a hefty 27.8 grams. In perfect condition with no chips, this can be displayed from any angle with impact far greater than its size.
Greifenstein Rocks, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Erzgebirge
6.1 x 4.1 x 2 CM (cabinet)
An old German classic Apatite with sizable purple crystals on contrasting matrix. Crystals are up to 1.6 CM in size with large transparent sections and sharp form. There is an old repair on this piece that is only seen with good magnification. The crystals are overall in good condition but there are some tiny broken quartz and chipped Apatite that is best seen at 10X magnification. This is in very good condition for its age, and the crystal size is huge for the locale. Esthetic. Ex Jorg Walther collection.
Grossular on Diopside
Eden Mills Quarries, Lowell & Eden
7.8 x 5 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Gemmy bright red garnets contrast with a minty green setting of small Diopside crystals. From the classic, long closed "Eden Mills" locality, these are now quite hard to find (and afford) in good quality. The Garnets (to 8mm) are well exposed and sit up from the matrix. This is not perfect, there are a few contacts, chips, rough spots etc best seen at 10x but the naked eye display quality is quite fine, and this is far less costly as a result.
Beryl v. Aquamarine with Albite
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
6.8 x 4.9 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
Tabular style Aquamarine specimen from Xuebaoding is a modern classic. This one has excellent form and very good color, transparency and glassy luster. In fine condition this has very esthetic display impact. The main crystal is 3.9 CM across.
Cantera Llamas, Duyos, Caravia
1.9 x 1.1 x 1.6 CM (thumbnail)
A small but choice single cube with a tiny bit of matrix from this very interesting location. Excellent clarity (better in person) and sharply beveled corners are features of these Fluorites. This is in fine condition damage wise, small contacts are noted on the backside.
Wulfenite with Mimetite crystals
Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak Dist., Nain Co.
3.6 x 3.3 x 2.1 CM (miniature)
A cute small example of the Orange Wulfenite with small balls of Mimetite from the Chah Milleh discovery. An exciting new find of Wulfenite that has similarities to both the Rowley and San Francisco Mines, but is also clearly different. Those mines had little balls of Mimetite, but this has sharp prismatic crystals that look a bit like the orange Bunker Hill Pyros. For any Wulfenite suite this locality is quite important. Micro sized chipping exists (as in nearly every piece) shown in the photos. As a result this has a far lower cost but still looks good. Several crystal habits of both Wulfenite and Mimetite are seen with magnification, but the naked eye display is quite nice too.
Mimetite (orange coral type)
Chah Milleh Mine, Anarak Dist., Nain Co.
6.9 x 5.8 x 1.5 CM (cabinet)
The red-orange Mimetites from Chah Milleh Mine made a big splash last year as a new find. There were not very many and these were mostly gobbled up quickly. A few have this unusual "coral-like" structure that seems to be caused by several generations of botryoidal deposits and casts after a tabular mineral (Wulfenite?). Whatever the cause these are very attractive, have excellent color and form. This is an well above average example and comparitively affordable.