Fluorite with calcite
stock #Alec 14B-126
Cantera Llamas, Duyos, Caravia
6.3 x 3.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A super esthetic, sharp and gemmy Fluorite that has top color and form. From the small but incredible finds at the Llamas locale in Asturias, Spain, this is a fine example. In exceptional condition the main crystals are perfect, some damage is noted on the outer edges and back side, but nothing distracting. You can see through the clear Fluorites into the matrix below, over all a great addition to any suite of Fine Fluorite.
Galena- Classic location
Neudorf, Harzgerode, Harz
5.1 x3.6 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Perhaps the most classic locale for Galena is the very old mines of Neudorf in the Harz Mts. This is a distinctive and well formed example from the dedicated German collection of Ernie Schlichter. The display side is in perfect condition, undamaged the luster is not mirror bright but it is good, dark and attractive. There is no matrix, only the intergrown Galena that present some of the typical forms that make Neudorf so distinctive. A great classic and more affordable than any example I know of.
Fluorite (complex cubo-octahedral)
Xianghauling Tin Mine, Linwu County, Chenzoh
6.6 x 3.1 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An older (2001 vintage rather unusual form of fluorite from a location that was once prolific. We see almost nothing now from Xinghauling and this small find had unique esthetics. Excellent condition and color, displays well from every side, with bright luster.
Smithsonite with Mimetite
stock #Alec 11-049
5.4 x 4.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A fine, showy Tsumeb piece that has real character! Ex Edward Zimmelman collection, acquired in 1982, this is a nicely composed cluster of stacked, flattened rhombs of smithsonite that are in places dusted with a few white dolomite crystals. The main attraction is of course the profusion of Mimetite crystals, up to 1.1 CM long, a delicate orange yellow color. These are selectively coated in turn by tiny glass clear calcites so it really sparkles. The display face is in exceptional, undamaged condition, the rear is also displayable but close exam (20X magnification) shows some chipping. With magnification it is also possible to see that some of the terminations of the Mimetite are not coated by the calcite and are a deep red-orange color. Overall strong esthetics and in fine condition for such delicate species.
Prehnite crystals on Diopside
stock #Alec 5-065
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
5.3 x 4.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An exceptional crystallized spray of sharp Prehnite is set on a bright green carpet of accicular Diopside crystals. Excellent condition and with glass-like luster this is an esthetic and fine specimen from this find of a few years ago. Displays very well from several angles.
Sharp, pretty and impressive! This specimen has it all, form, color and bright glass like luster - a great example of why collectors love Brandburgs! The bright sparkling green ball of Prehnite adds great contrast to the purple phantom. This is a Goboboseb specimen, in extraordinary condition and far better in person.
A well crystallized example of this rare, delicate classic from the original Woods Chrome mine location in Pennsylvania. These are hard to find in any condition and this example is especially fine. The individual crystals are almost 2 centimeters in size, many showing sharp hexagonal form. This specimen was part of an old library collection supplied by Pennypacker well over 100 years ago. The recent Minerological record article describes this find in great detail. Some minor scuffing can be seen in the photos but for such an old, delicate piece the condition is exceptional! The color is a pearly white with a hint of green tinge that shows better from some angles.
6.2 x 5.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Exceptional, a lustrous half shell of bright Shattuckite on quartz matrix. This is not a typical specimen! Well formed botryoidal blue Shattuckite is composed of fibrous micro crystals. No damage, killer esthetics and top display quality. This is from the small find that produced thevery best ever seen of this mineral.