A new find of Imperial topaz with zoned inclusions from the famed Ouro Preto. This late 2016 find was less than a dozen crystals that have deep brown to near black inclusions and "clouds" on the lower areas of the crystals. The tops and terminations are very fine, gem clear and slightly zoned in hues of yellow to orange. This world class locale has produced unique "imperial" Topaz for many decades. This find is very special, a unique habit that is different but still exhibits the well known fine gem crystal that is classic from here. In person this is more transparent, lustrous and undamaged, the top more traditional section of the crystal is well above average for the locale.
A new find of Imperial topaz with zoned inclusions from the famed Ouro Preto. This late 2016 find had less than a dozen crystals but all have deep brown to near black inclusions on the lower areas of the crystals. The tops and terminations are very fine, gem clear and slightly zoned in hues of yellow to orange. This world class locale has produced unique "imperial" Topaz for many decades. This small find is very special, it a unique habit that is different but still exhibits the well known fine gem crystal that is classic from here. In person this is more transparent, lustrous and undamaged
A large and super esthetic Auglaize Fluorite. From the heyday of the quarry production over 20 years ago, this is an eyecatching piece with good iridescence that has to be seen in person to appreciate. The open cavity here holds dozens of small perfect orange-brown cubes that off set larger gemmy purple cubes up to 1.5 CM. This is the best large matrix piece I have seen for sale.
Spessartine on Smoky Quartz
stock #15.1-1030 (SM4660)
Tongbei, Yunxiao County, Zhangzhou Prefecture
7.7 x 5.5 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
An impressive specimen far beyond average with very large Spessartine of deep red- orange color perched on dark Quartz. Strongly esthetic and with a eye catching architecture. The largest Garnets are over 1.1 CM and in fine condition. Some contacts and very minor chipping mostly just on the backside. Ex Charles Noll collection, this quality of Garnet is no longer being found.
Textbook perfect crystals of the rare mineral Kesterite that are coated with green Mushingtonite and perched on a Muscovite matrix. From the prolific locality of Mt Xuebaoding, this is a particularly fine specimen. The crystals reach 1 CM and are undamaged, complete and have some distinct twinning. This area has produced the best Kesterites ever found, and that zone of mining is now closed, there have not been new specimens for a few years and may never again be produced. A modern Chinese classic.
Bright blue complex Caledonite crystal nicely perched on a mix of lead secondary minerals. The contrast with the matrix sets the Caledonite off very well. A very good example from the final collecting at Rowley. The matrix is a complex mix of micro minerals, this includes Phosgenite and Leadhillite seems to be in several spots, but is not confirmed. A very nice Arizona thumbnail.
Beryl var Aquamarine with Schorl
stock #7 AE-097
Erongo mountain, Usakos and Omaruru districts
10.1 x 9 x 6 CM (cabinet)
A very fine well composed large cabinet specimen with perfect Aquamarine crystals to about 3.5 CM. The Beryls are nicely perched, have gem clear terminations and good color. The matrix provides a good contrast and specimen sits well for display. Choice example from the prolific Erongo mountains, this is above average for quality and quite affordable for such an esthetic piece.
Quartz (red phantom) in Calcite
Orange River, Warmbad, Karasburg Dist.
4.7 x 4.2 x 4.1 CM (miniature)
A super odd but esthetic, brilliant red phantom Quartz nested in a cluster of Calcite scalenohedrons. Gemmy zoned red Quartz contrasts with the Calcite and is undamaged. Formerly in the Heini Saultau collection, this is a very differnt from anything we have seen from this legendary locale.