A very good example from this now classic find in Rhode Island. Light purple cap to the piece has very minor chipping but is far better than most which have easilly noticed damage. The milky shaft provides great contrast and the overall impression is excellent. These scepters are quite rare on the market and this is a good one.
The most desirable style of Herkimer "diamonds" is the the Black Stem scepter. These only occur in a single small zone and are not currently being found. This is a good, clean and undamaged example collected in the early 90's. Very distinct phantoming and lots of interesting inclusions.
A sizable, sharp and glassy pair of intergrown Herks that have far better than average clarity. These have some fine bubbles. anthraxolite flakes and tubes included within, but the best is the rare "crystal voids" that are cavities shaped exactly like a small doubly terminated quartz. Contacted on the rear and with a few chips but still displays well and the inclusions are easy to view.
From the oldest known location for Turquoise crystals (for many years the only one) this is a well covered example. Crystal crusts are on several sides of this piece and the color and sharpness is far better than most. The locality is closed and was probably the best site in the world for these. With a little magnification it is easy to see the sharpness and clarity of the triclinic crystals on this piece.
Rutile on Kyanite and Goethite
Graves Mt., Lincoln Co.
6.6 x 4.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A small but fine and esthetic specimen from this great locality. Lustrous clusters and single crystals (to 2.3 CM) are nestled jewel like in a mass of interlocked irridescent plates of Goethite . The contrast is excellent and overall the condition is fine too, but there are some very small edge chips that are not evident without careful examination and magnification. This is an older piece with a great presentation and far higher quality than most anything I have seen from recent mining.
Sphalerite on amethyst
Commodore#5 Mine, Amethyst Vein, Creede District, Mineral County
8 x 6 CM (cabinet)
Very attractive, classic Colorado association with the main Sphalerite crystal of 2.9 CM size on a contrasting purple matrix. No damage, displays nicely, and the Sphalerites are translucent under strong light and are a deep yellow color.
A fine locality specimen with a great history as well. This comes with a old Shortmann label with the old address, and stamped on the back "from the 1947 sale at Hotel Lexington, NYC". These sales were done in conjunction with Arthur Montgomery and are often credited as being the first mineral shows in the USA. The Bannock or Bannack city locality was already long finished as a mine by the time of the sale (it was a ghost town). The mines were begun in 1863 and were noted as a source of auriferous Pyrite and Galena. Few specimens of any minerals survive in collections from this important district, and while there are examples of several lead, silver and gold minerals noted, this is the only Vanadinite I can find a record of. It is sizable, distinctive, attractive, well crystalized, undamaged and frankly important as a locality specimen.
SOLD Fluorite color zoned cubes
stock #SOLD 7AE- 313
Denton Mine, Harris Creek Sub District, Hardin County
5.5 x 4.4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A super sharp, lustrous and colorful miniature. that is far better than most from this closed mine that was once one of the greatest Fluorite producers. Like most of this typoe fluorite the backside is contacted where it grew on the matrix, on the display face there is one nearly invisible nick on one corner otherwise the piece is perfect. This has excellent form and color with the main crystal being a much more 3 dimensional cube than usual. A worthy small piece.