Red Quartz with Fluorite
stock #Alec 14-TMP A
Orange River, North Cape Province
3 x 1.3 CM (thumbnail)
An incredible TN specimen from the Orange River that really stands out. This locality is famous for red and orange color Quartz crystals, but a small, recent find had sharp deep purple Fluorites scattered on the red quartz like little jewels. We got a very small parcel of these and can not find anymore, it seems these were a very small one-shot find. Quite special!
Celestite and Calcite
Chittanango Falls, Fenner Township, Madison County
4.9 x 2,8 CM (miniature)
From the American classic locality of Chittenango Falls, this is a bright and perfect miniature specimen. Ex Larry White collection, The blue Celestites are especially gemmy and bright, the Calcites are sharp, undamaged with distinct twinning. Especially esthetic for this locality!
Carter County (Pierre Shale Nodule area)
5.1 x 3.6 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
These unusual Calcites have been sporadically available in limited amounts and are quite desirable, some selling for quite high prices. Often called "stalactitic" due to the shape, but these are not true stalactites, they form in Shale concretions and do not have concentric growth structures, central canals and other aspects of a true stalactite. They are however very pretty, this example is an especially nice small specimen with only outer edge damage, the main area is in perfect condition, even under magnification. Unusual and esthetic Calcite!
A pure, fully crystallized mass of branching, leaf-like silver from the famous White Pine mine. Classic material ex Larry White Collection, in perfect condition, with great form and mottled patina. A fine Copper country piece!
From an exciting 2012 find, a single bright Scheelite (3.6 CM) is neatly perched on contrasting matrix. An important note: there has been recent discussion about the yellow green color of some Scheelites with rumors of faking by dyes or other chemicals. This is not certain and may well not be true, but it does have to be considered. Color aside, the form, habit, luster and presentation of these Scheelites are just incredible. In great condition overall, the Scheelite is quite transparent and inclusions of silvery Lollingite are noted with magnification. This find will certainly be remembered as exceptional for the species and the prices of these are already increasing fast even in China.
Top color, luster and with great esthetic form, these Pyros are up to 2 CM free standing above the contrasting matrix. There are 2 generations here, the smaller, lighter green crystals have a unusual prismatic pyramidal termination that is very uncommon. The larger deeper "electric" green crystals exhibit the hoppered form and "veil" structures that are classic for this location. In perfect condition by naked eye, with 10x magnification some very tiny broken crystals can be found. Displays well from all sides, this is a the sort of quality that made Daoping Pyros world famous.
A sweet miniature with exceptional sharp free standing crystals. The crystals are up to about 3 CM tall most of which is aerial. No damage by naked eye on the display face which is incredible for such a delicate mineral. 10 x magnification finds some minor edge chips that are just not noticeable. the back of the matrix has been sawn in order to collect this without damage. Bou Azzer is unquestionably the worlds best locale for many Cobalt minerals and especially for Erythrite. This is far above average.
Fluorite on Barite
Emilio Mine, Lorone, Colunga
6.2 x 4.5 CM (cabinet)
Glass clear, perfect Fluorites on a bladed Barite with classic form from the famous Emilio Mine. In person the Fluorites have a slight pale blue color and the Barite is a cream hue. The Fluorites are up to 1.4 CM in size and are perched high on the Barites so they stand out well. For any collection but especially for a Fluorite suite, this specimen is a fine addition.