Prehnite -sharply crystalized
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
2.9 x 1.8 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A textbook form presented in a cluster of sharp crystals. Well crystallized prismatic Prehnite is quite rare and the best in the world are from old finds at the Jeffrey mine. This specimen is perfect by naked eye with only very tiny contacts and chipping found with 10X magnification. A delicate pale green that looks almost white in some light, this is just a whisker too large to be a thumbnail but could be trimmed to fit if desired. No stains or encrustations, just lustrous bright Prehnite.
Hubeite, Apophylliteand Quartz
Daye Iron Mine, Edong Mining District, Huangshi Prefecture
6.4 x 6.3 x 4 CM (cabinet)
A great composition cluster with gemmy clear Quartz crystals hosting clear tabular crystals of Apophyllite and hundreds of rosette form Hubeites. These are not usually pretty minerals but this is an fine exception. In impeccable condition, very few specimens reached this level of quality, and none are not coming out now. From the type locality for Hubeite this is as fine as these crystals ever found, and the coverage is very dense. Better in person, this piece is Ex Shields Flynn collection obtained from directly from Bert Ottens.
Brucite on Andradite
N'chwaning Mine, Kalahari Fields, Kuruman
Northern Cape Province,
7.8 x 6.4 3.2 CM (cabinet)
A pearly blue ball of Brucite crystals sits neatly on top of a contrasting Andradite matrix. An attractive setting for this usually unimpressive mineral, this is quite esthetic and in fine condition. The matrix is well crystalized on all sides, so it is a floater and the Garnets are especially lustrous on the back side. This would be a really nice specimen of Andradite on its own, but with the Brucite this is especially choice.