Wulfenite with Mimetite
stock #17.1-AX- 21-052
Rowley Mine, (Reliance Mine), Theba, Painted Rock District
4.6 x 3.4 x 2.4 CM (miniature)
An excellent, fine, delicate and colorful specimen of windowpane Wulfenite on matrix. A few tiny bits of Mimetite are found on close inspection. In incredible condition for such a delicate mineral, with good magnification I can find only one tiny chipped crystal that is out of sight anyway, essentially perfect. This was found in the last mining attempts at Rowley, that project is now finished and there may never be any more of these. A clean, classic and very esthetic specimen.
An older, choice (vintage 2002) Sheelite from early finds on Mt. Xuebaoding. The glassy luster and deep orange color makes this a strong small cabinet specimen, although it could be trimmed to miniature size without problems. These Scheelites rocked the mineral world when they were first found, they were the best ever seen. Now the original locale is closed down, nearby mining still produces some Scheelite but not with this color or style. A modern classic, there is chipping at the outer edge and contacting of the main Scheelite, not very distracting but it is there. So this is not right for perfectionists but if perfect it would be many times the price. Displays well and is a lot more affordable as a result of these issues.
A classic daylight fluorescence Fluorite from Weardale. In fine condition with a large twin (2.8 CM diagonal) prominently on top of a mound of smaller, sharp Fluorites. Good transparency and luster, there are a few phantoms in the larger crystals. A choice example from this once prolific region and a fine textbook quality twin.
Fluorite - complex etched cube
Madoc, Centre Hastings, Hastings County
5.8 x 4.9 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
A complete cube, fully transparent of a pale green Fluorite that has stepped, etched and recrystallized geometric hills on all faces. From old finds at Madoc, this was in the John Marshall collection. One back corner has a tiny bit of matrix adhering and some contacting too, the front and sides are in perfect, undamaged condition. Display well, few Fluorite collections have this nice a specimen of this classic locale.
A complete "floater" of doubly terminated Vesuvianite that is textbook perfect, from what was long called Lago de Jaco in Coahila, Mex. but is now considered to be Sierra de la Cruz. This has a fine and long pedigree, it has labels from Neal Yedlin, Ron Bentley, Bud Webster etc. No damage, a few crude Grossular are sprinkled on the prism faces. Likely vintage 1960s, no more have been found for decades.
A really attractive and different sort of Fluorite. The Emerald mining area at Penas Blancas has produced a very small number of highly etched Fluorites over the past 2 decades. Most are cubes a a few are Octahedra, most are colorless and a few are pink. These are usually very deeply etched and re-crystallized and sometime have emerald green globs in the center or corner of the crystal. This is a pink corner of an octrahedron that is naturally etched and has a nice green spot in the center. Gemmy enough to be faceted, this unusual habit is I belive only in a small prospect about 250 meters higher above than the Penas Blancas Emerald zone. A very good example of a rare form.
A pair of balls composed of the the terminations of greenish Calcite crystals. A complete floater group with no points of attachment or matrix, in fine condition. All the Calcites are the nailhead form with three termination faces pointing outwards. A mint green color perhaps from inclusions of Hedenbergite as is common at the Huanggang mine.
A choice single scalenohedral Rhodo crystal with a small bit of matrix adhering to the back and bottom. Super bright color and sharp, glassy prism faces. The lower termination has some contacts on the back side but otherwise this is in super fine condition and the front side displays very clean as seen. An excellent Peruvian thumbnail that looks a bit like a South African. Choice.