A crazy, complex specimen that is composed of several generation of well crystallized Vesuvianite in a riot of colors. From deep emerald green to magenta, yellow and more this single specimen seems to have most of the brightest color spectrum for Vesuvianite. The crystals are sized from druzy sprays to prisms of 3 CM and are in several habits, many are also bicolored. This is fully crystallized on all sides, overall in great condition, some contacts and minor chipping can be found on a few areas , but the best display faces are free of damage. Over the years it was working, the Jeffrey mine produced the worlds best and most colorful Vesuvianites in many habits and colors. This specimen provides many of the colors that collectors search for from here, presented in a sizable, complex piece that invites gazing. Far better in person too.
Royalston Massachusetts is a legendary classic locality for gem Beryl with occasional finds over the past 180 years. This specimen shows the typical habit with a single crystal 5.4 CM long that is nearly all gem clear. The crystal also shows an old break that is rehealed with a thin line of Quartz dividing the prism into two sections. Much prized by collectors of classic minerals, these are not often available. One old repair is noted on close exam but nearly all of these have at least one.
stock #SOLD A-21-046
Rowley Mine, (Reliance Mine), Theba, Painted Rock District
3.2 x 2.6 x 1.6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
new june 17
A perfectly perched main Wulfenite crystal on a delicate finger of matrix. Top color and brilliant luster and no damage even under 20X magnification. From the final series of mining efforts, this has the killer esthetics that made this locale an American classic.
Big and fine, isolated Garnets to 1.5 CM (well above average for these) with excellent color and luster. In good condition overall, there is typical contacting on the backside and some chipping on one garnet but the largest main crystal is completely perfect. This could be trimmed to a competition grade thumbnail if desired but this small miniature size as is presents very well. A little addition of small Diopside crystals adds a nice touch. Classic form and with distinct separation of crystals that is so sought after from top grade Jeffrey Garnets. As the mine is now gone forever these have become almost impossible to get in good quality.
Vivianite - Gemmy Crystals
Tomokoni Mine, Machacamarca District
4 x 2.6 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
new june 17
A nice transparent pair of deep transparent green Vivianites with some small bits of adhering red matrix. From older finds at the Tomokoni Mine this is an affordable specimen that has the classic transparency and color that makes these quite desirable. No damage or chipping, with very sharp terminations.
Fluorapatite w Albite and Chlorite
Acushnet Quarry (Warren Bros.) Acushnet, Bristol County
3.5 x 2.7 x 1.9 CM (miniature)
new june 17
Apatite on Adularia from the Acushnet Quarry are not often available, and are prized by Northeastern US collectors and Apatite lovers worldwide. A classic Alpine cleft find these look identical to some European specimens. This has a complete floater Albite crystal coated with Chlorite and hosting a compound Apatite crystal almost 2 CM across. Collected by the legendary Ernie Schlichter probably in the early 1980s. Undamaged and complete, the color is yellow-green grading to white, and little richer in person.
Azurite -textbook form crystals
stock #17.1-AL- 24-299
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Cananea
3.9 x 2.1 x 1.4 CM (miniature)
new june 17
A top esthetic Milpillas Azurite presenting an elegant cluster of perfect, sharp, crystals on contrasting matrix. Not a typical specimen, this form and habit are quite rare from Mexico. Textbook prismatic crystals reach 2 CM in size and are undamaged. Milpillas produced many great specimens while it was producing but specimens like this were never common. Choice.
A killer small miniature (toenail) with rich deep purple color and zoning in gem clear crystals. In fine condition as seen, this has the slightly beveled edges on the cubes that is distinctive of the Llamas Quarry and many Asturias area mines. This locale has never been very productive in terms of quantity but the quality - as in this specimen are world class.