Celestite and Calcite
Pugh Quarry, Custar, Wood County
9.8 x 7.1 x 6.1 CM (cabinet)
Excellent bright blue Celestite crystals dominate this cabinet sized matrix. From the Pugh Quarry a classic US source of fine Calcite and more rarely Celestite. There is a broken crystal on the backside of the specimen that is not visible from the front. otherwise the crystals are in excellent clean condition. A very eye-catching specimen with far better than usual color.
Top color and luster, bright sparkling gem Garnets are perched on a contrasting matrix of micro Garnets from white to pale green. In perfect condition damage wise, this is far better in person as the crystals are more brilliant than can be photographed. The color change from daylight to incandescent is also quite striking, daylight (or good led lighting) brings out an intense apple green as seen, the last photo shows the color by incandescent lighting. We searched out and examined a lot of the best Demantoids from Madagascar and only a few we consider great values. This is one that stands out.
Fluorite with epitaxial Calcite
Dongpo Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzohou prefecture
10.5 x 7.8 x 5 CM (cabinet)
Like snow on mountains, Fluorite crystals with sharp phantoms are selectively coated with Calcite rhombs. Ex. Shields Flynn collection, a choice display piece from the little known Dongpo Mine. In excellent condition overall, the only damage is unseen at the bottom outer edges where this was attached, the Fluorites and Calcite are pristine. Some cubes show complex corner modifications that are distinctive for this mine. Not the usual Chinese Fluorite!
Mine 884, Leiping, Guiyang County, Chenzoh Prefecture
3.6 x 2.5 x 2.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A perfect toenail of incredible gem clear Calcite from the finds in 2000 in Leiping. This find was huge news in the mineral world because the Calcites were so much like the prized 18-19th century British specimens. This find too has been finished and these are already modern classics. Far better than the photos show -top luster, glass clear transparency and textbook perfect form. A tiny bit of Hematite is noted on the matrix.
Wulfenite with Mimetite
Rowley Mine, (Reliance Mine), Theba, Painted Rock District
3.2 x 2.9 x 1.8 CM (miniature)
A classic, fine Rowley mine Wulfenite with brilliant orange crystals scattered on bright Mimetite. A delicate piece with great luster it is remarkably undamaged and pristine. From the "last gasp" mining of 2 years ago, the locale is now shut down and will likely never be re-opened. A great American classic locality, the Wulfenites from here are like no others and immediately recognizable. Small but very choice.
A very unusual Yaogangxian specimen with the matrix a flattened Quartz shard that has recrystallized with one face coated with these clear Scheelites, the opposite side is dusted with clear tiny Fluorites. In fine condition, the Scheelites are bright and glassy, micro pyrites are seen on some Scheelite crystals. Formerly in the Shields Flynn collection, this is quite choice (and certainly not typical) for this famed locale. Attractive.
Barite on Rhodochrosite
Cerro Warihuyn - Miraflores, Huamalies Prov.
4.4 x 2.3 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
Glass clear Barite blades in perfect condition sitting on crystallized pink Rhodochrosite. From the prolific finds at Cerro Warihuyn, which produced some of the best Barites found in decades- esthetic, attractive and very affordable. There are a lot of these on the market but this is well above the average miniature, way better in person. The locality is supposedly almost exhaused, which will be a great loss to the mineral world!
Hemimorphite- Finger like growth
Wenshan County, Wenshan Autonomous Prefecture
4.8 x 3.2 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
An exceptionally esthetic botryoidal growth of Hemimorphite with a rich blue green color. Looks a lot like a Smithsonite. This is in undamaged condition, has perfect wet-look luster and a coating of micro clear Hemimorphite crystals to add a little sparkle. Wenshan has become a world class producer of Hemimorphite but this habit is not at all typical, a very choice miniature.