Azurite with Malachite -Electric Blue
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
5.2 x 4.3 x 3.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
The type of bright electric blue Azurite that was major news in the mineral world. The association of crystallized Malachite adds an strong contrast to the lustrous Azurite crystals. I good condition there is chippining at outer sides but the center is clean and undamaged. Better in person, when these were first found a specimen of this quality would be priced in the thousands. This was a huge find and so the prices have become much more affordable for a choice Azurite. As of 2014 the Azurite zone is finished and no more is expected.
Hyalite (opal) -gem clear
Tarcal, Eperjes- Tokaj Mountains
3.5 x 2.9 x 2 CM (miniature)
A glass clear bubbly mass of Hyalite opal perched on matrix. Vivid fluorescence, undamaged and esthetic. It is possible to easily see bubbles inside the Hyalite. Even prettier in person.
An attractive, clean and undamaged cluster of curved crystals of Mimetite resting on Milky Quartz crystals. This cluster has the classic color and habit of Campylite which while not a recognized specie is still very distinctive. Good contrast and presentation.
Metallic and bright lustrous these very sharp crystals are sprinkled with a few small quartz and pyrite crystals. Individual tetrahedrons up to 2.7 CM are jumbled in a complex arrangement on this matrix plate. In fine condition overall for this delicate mineral, only one crystal has an edge bruise, all others are perfect, complete and pristine. Really hard to find this level of quality at any price.
An old classic Icelandic specimen of the relatively rare Zeolite Epistilbite. This large specimen contains a vug of well protected Epistilbites surrounded by fibrous Mordenite crystals. In undamaged condition with sharp transparent crystals most of which are colorless. An old label is glued to the specimen and seems to date to the 1920 vintage but could be even older. Much better quality, display impact and crystal size than the more recent specimens from Fossarfel, this is an older Teigerhorn piece. Choice.
Fluorite on Quartz
Homestake-Jack Pot Mine, Oatman District, Black Mountains, Mohave County
6.6 x 6.5 x 5.3 CM (cabinet)
A sweet Arizona Fluorite with light satin frosted faces on octahedral crystals. In excellent undamaged condition, the pale mint green Fluorite contrasts well with the white Quartz. A hard to find quality of esthetics for this locality.
A killer cabinet sized Thompsonite with perfect spheres of radial crystals stacked like scoops of ice cream. One of the best pieces (and my favorite) from a small find about 4 years ago. Looks great from all sides, the orange color is uncommon for Thompsonite as well. A great addition to any Indian mineral or Zeolite suite there is no damage at all. Choice!
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
5.7 x 3 x 1.9 CM (cabinet)
Bright green color botryoidal Adamite from the great Ojuela mine. In fine condition and with vivid SW fluorescence, Adamites in this form are classics. An attractive older specimen of better quality than newer finds.