Fluorite -stairstep habit
5.5 x 4.4 x 3 CM (cabinet)
A mass of colorless Fluorite fringed with dozens of aligned small cubes with color zoned edges. The smaller cubes are translucent to transparent and have a righ purple hue. In fine condition overall, strong magnification finds only a very few slight edge rubs, not visible by naked eye. This specimen is lit only from the front in the photos but with backlighting it really glows. Ex Larry White collection obtained in 1975. A pretty specimen that is better in person.
An exceptionally fine galena that was mined when Silesia was part of Germany. This locality is best known for Schalenblende specimens but few good Galenas are seen from these old mines. This one is the best I know of in any collection. Crystals reach 2.5 CM and are mostly very modified Octahedra. In excellent condition, with a great patina and presentation. A well traveled piece, six earlier labels and a catalog card document some of the long provenance. Previously in the collections of John Marshall, M. Chervet, F.W. Cassierer, A. Carion and others.
A choice deep red Rhomb habit crystal with a small amount of Fluorite and Pyrite. This looks very much like a good Sweet Home Mine specimen but it is from the Wuton Mine. A small percentage of these were quite fine as seen here. Sharp, well formed, complete and undamaged this has a nice frosted surface showing etching surfaces. Choice and attractive but far less expensive than a comparable USA specimen. This quality has not been coming out in the past few years.
A single stout wire of native Silver showing the ropey textures that are typical of Kongsberg wires. Very nice patina and with some extra delicate offshoots, the thickest part of the wire is about 5mm. An attractive classic Kongsberg Silver.
A choice small Rhodo specimen with nice color and in fine condition. The matrix is a dark Goethite that is covered with tiny colorless Fluorite crystals that look black due to the matrix showing through. The Rhodos are mostly scalenohedral with truncated tips some of them showing some "wheat sheaf" habit. Good coverage as well makes this a nice display piece.
A great new locality the Sepon mine in Laos has been producing a few unusual and very fine Azurites. This is a very distinctive specimen with electric blue bladed crystals standing free of the matrix. In perfect condition, some of the Azurites are zoned with a slight alteration to Malachite. Very lustrous and sharp, the matrix is a mix of malachite balls and spheres of slightly irridescent Goethite. An excellent, esthetic miniature.
Scapolite (purple gem crystal)
Sar-e-Sang District, Koksha Valley
2.6 x 2.4 x 2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A deep, intense purple, very lustrous Scapolite crystal from Badakhshan Afghanistan. Tranparent to translucent and in very good condition this is a particularly choice small gem crystal. Classic habit for these rare crystals from Badakhshan, which are world class for the specie.
A rare example of a Yaoganxian Cassiterite that is well crystallized. One of the most prolific mineral mines on Earth, Yaoganxian has produced many fine specimens of many species, but almost no Cassiterite. This small specimen is the best example we have seen. There are a few small Arsenopyrite crystals as well and this has some well defined twins. Compared with the world class Cassiterites from the famed Pingwu and Ximeng mines this is a modest piece, but for a Yaoganxian suite this is a killer.