Brookite on Quartz
stock #Alec 7- 191-207
Magnet Cove, Hot Springs County
5.1 x 4.6 CM (miniature)
Brookite is not usually an esthetic mineral from the USA, but this one is far better than most Brookite from the classic locale of Magnet cove. It is unusual to see so many very large (about 1 centimeter) Brookites closely clustered together on a small matrix and with excellent bright luster. The matrix is mostly composed of weathered looking quartz crystals and everything is in fine condition. Ex. Larry White collection.
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!
Calcite (included by Copper)
stock #Alec 12-560
Cliff Mine, Pheonix, Keweenaw County
3.6 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
Sharp glassy scalenohedral calcite richly included by native copper some of which is also crystallized. The crystal itself is glass clear and it is easy to see inside to the arborescent growths well displayed there. Very clean of damage by naked eye, very minor bruises can be found with 10X magnification. Displays well and a cute American classic.
Fluorite -mult- color phantom
Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek, Hardin County
5 x 4.2 CM (miniature)
A very sharp, glassy lustrous cube cluster with distinctive zoning and good color. The great Annabel Lee Mine was one of the greatest Fluorite producers and its specimens were distinctive. The mine is long gone and no other location has quite the same look to it. This glows well with backlighting showing a rich yellow to orangy color core and a deep purple rim. Relatively pristine, the display face looks undamaged by naked eye but a carefull exam with loupe finds some very tiny chips, The back is incomplete as it was contacted byother crystals but it is not damaged. There is no matrix, quite esthetic.
Impressive and a Northeastern US classic! Sharp, clear and bright gemmy Datolites up to 2.4 CM with selective faces colored a nice cognac hue sit on a contrasting green Prehnite. As esthetic as you can find, the main crystals are in perfect condition but non detracting damage is noted on a few smaller crystals and at the edges. Despite this it displays very well and is a striking specimen from this old locale.
A classic old locality! This is quite a nice and rare combo, from the Lane Quarry in Massachusetts. Cut and rough combo with a fine faceted stone of light yellow color and excellent clarity. Datolite is a rare gemstone and it is difficult to cut as the hardness varies in different orientations, but when done well they are brilliant! Datolites can have a dispersion greater than diamond. The crystal is bright, sharp and un-dinged on the display side, contacted on back and broken on the base, it displays well. Very uncommon to see a Massachusetts Datolite combo like this!
THIS IS NOT CHINESE! A very fine old Lane Quarry (Massachusetts) specimen that has great esthetic presence. The Lane Babingtonite were considered to be the best in the world until the newer Chinese finds were made. These have a distinctly different crystal habit that does not occur in China, and are far rarer! The Prehnite ball adds a nice balance and the luster overall is exceptional. Ex Larry White Collection, a very attractive piece!