Calcite- classic British
Bigrigg mine, West Cumberland Iron field
3.1 x 1.7 x 1.6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A clear sharp single scalenohedron from the famed Bigrigg mine. From an older European collection this is at least 80 years old but likely much older. There is a number attached that could be removed if desired. Quite clean by naked eye but some contacts and rough bits found with magnification, all under 1mm. Not perfect but looks it, and not expensive as is often the case with these old
An excellent Tiger Cerussite with classic form, formerly in the Larry White collection, obtained from Shields Flynn. In good condition overall, there is also some chipping damage that can be seen. These bruises are forgivable on such a well formed classic Arizona piece, especially from Tiger. Essentially all of the specimen is Cerussite in twinned habit, there is a small zone of adhering matrix and a painted number from the White collection. Q
Anapaite- type locality.
stock #Alec 12-192
Zheleznyl Rog, Anapa, Taman Peninsula
6.6 x 4.9 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
A good color Anapaite from the type location. This unusual Hydrated Phosphate mineral is sometimes found in association with fossil clams. This specimen has a few Clam fossil segments on the matrix but is mostly about the sheaves of sharp crystals in tight clusters. There is some bruising seen with magnification as is typical but many crystals are quite distinct, perfect and show very good green color. An affordable, moderately rare and attractive specimen.
These Vesuvianites are nearly all equant, doubly terminated with a textbook form. Well exposed by etching from contrasting white matrix these are a pleasing golden hue with lustrous surfaces. Back in the 70s these were all labeled Lago de Jaco, but now the correct locale is known to be Sierra de Las Cruz. Most crystals are quite perfect but several have cracked and rehealed or have cracked and split apart while inside the matrix. A good example with many small crystals up to 8MM.
Wulfenite on Mimetite
stock #Alec 11-245
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
5.3 x 4.3 x 2.4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
The color contrast of pointed orange Wulfenites and mossy green Mimetite is outstanding. Over the past many decades only a few finds of this habit have been made at Ojuela. This is from the most recent in 2013 and is a killer for the small size. In very good condition as seen the Wulfenites are delicate but protected in the cavity here they are in far better condition that usual. One of the better quality recent mineral finds,no more have been found since then.
Fluorite on Quartz and Muscovite
Yaogangxian Tungsten Mine, Yizhang County
3.9 x 2.7 x 2.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A small bit of perfection, this is a transparent pale blue cube with purple core phantom perched on a small matrix of Quartz. Classic Yaogangxian Fluorite from finds of 2003 vintage, The condition is flawless. The Fluorite is sharp and more transparent than the photos show. This could be trimmed to thumbnail size for competition but we like it as is. Choice.
A perfect complete Carthage Corner habit Fluorite crystal showing the pyramidal etched growth that is so desirable from the Elmwood mine. A pale purple hue is seen from some angles but the interior is flawlessly clear and colorless. Naturally etched from the corner section of a large perfect cube this rare habit is best at the Elmwood in Carthage, Tennessee.
A really colorful dark green Rosasite with Malachite on a matrix of clear rhombs of Calcite. The specimen is covered with small spheres and botrytoids of velvety Rosasite intermixed with Malachite. The condition is choice and the contrast with the white Calcite crystals sets everything off well. A little different esthetics than the usual Rosasite.