Wulfenite on Mimetite
Ahumada Mine, Los Lamentos
9.8 x 7 x 4 CM (cabinet)
A very fine, attractive Bipyrimidal Wulfenite from Los Lamentos. This famed mine is best known for the tabular habit Wulfenites, but rarely this pointed habit was found, often on a dark green druze of tiny Mimetite crystals. Similar but noticably different from bipyrimidal Wulfs from Mina Ojuella. This specimen is esthetic, large, very colorful and in fine condition. A choice older Mexican classic Wulfenite.
An old Swiss classic Alpine specimen. Complexly structured matrix hosts several minerals in layers with gemmy green Titanites on the top. Beds of Bysollite needles have well crystallized Adularia protruding and micro sprays of Apatite throughout. This displays the complex nature of mineralization in Alpine clefts very well. The Titanites crystals are up to 1 CM though most are smaller. Ex Charles M. Noll and Jim Dufoe collections.
Agate Ps after Aragonite
stock #15.1-1058- (SM598)
Rancho Coyamito, Sierra del Gallego, Mun. de Ahumada
10.1 x 7.6 x 5 CM (cabinet)
A really fine Pseudomorph with a purplish Agate (chalcedony) that has completely replaced a cluster of Aragonite crystals. The hexagonal form of the Aragonite is perfectly preserved. Esthetic, in fine condition damagewise and a a small bonus this is also a natural rattle since a hollow crystal has some trapped material inside. Great form and nice color too.
A bright, striking Dioptase with sizable, perfect emerald green crystals on a etched matrix. From Altyn-Tyube, this is of exceptional quality for that location, and in fact is a choice specimen from anyplace else too. Sharp perfect crystals to 1.3 CM long are clustered in a sizable mass, a few micro tufts of Malachite are also note. Most Altyn-Tyube pieces have much less visual impact.
Inesite with Quartz, Hubetite etc.
Fengjiashan Mine (Daye Copper Mine), Edong District, Daye County, Huangs
7.2 x 7 x 5.2 CM (cabinet)
A fine Chinese Inesite from the Daye mine (Fenguashian Mine). Great esthetic with a very delicate, perfect standing spray of Inesite on top of a matrix of smaller Inesite, Quartz and Hubeite crystals. Excellent form and color, this has the richest red-orange hue that is most desirable. Not much has been found in recent years and little of that has good form or color. An impressive specimen for the mineral and for the locale.
Nicely composed specimen presenting a sharp 4.2 CM Aquamarine. No damage, the Aqua has a almost colorless gem clear tip and a deep blue lower section. A small shiny Schorl crystal is protruding from the Beryl. The Erongo area still produces many specimens so the prices of these pieces tend to be relatively lower than from other locales. This one is much better than typical material, in perfect condition, a good value.
A large and fine old Swiss Orthoclase crystal that is a well formed Manebach twin with fine edge striations. Several older labels included date this back to the 19th century. This Adularia is very large, translucent to transparent and with textbook perfect form. From just the right angle the fine striations make an interesting display of diffraction colors and shows a rich iridescence. Classic and impressive.
Elbaite on Lepidolite
Santa Rosa Mine, Itambacuri
3.8 x 2.4 x 2 CM (miniature)
A colorful jumble of green Elbaite crystals offset by bits of purple Lepidolite. Very nice luster, moderate damage as seen on some crystals keeps this a very affordable specimen.