5.8 x 3.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
From an old European collection this is a delicate plate of gossan that is host to many fine, sharp and lustrous crystals of Azurite. In fine condition despite the age (pre war) it is not common to see so much coverage of fine crystals on one piece, and this is easily the best Hungarian Azurite I have seen.
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province
Souss- Massa- Draa Region,
6.5 x 5.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A very rich, estheticly presented and fine specimen of the rarest of the Ruby Silver minerals, Proustite. A large 4.6 CM crystalized mass of nearly pure proustite in association with minor acanthite crystals rises from the matrix. There is no visible damage even under 10x magnification. The individual proustites are brilliant ruby color, lustrous and well formed up to 3 mm in size and arranged on clusters. A great piece that shows the specie well from a great Silver locality, While this is not going to compete with the best old German and Chilean examples, it is affordable and pretty. This is one of the best I have seen from Morocco, likely from the Imiter Mine but I can not confirm the locality beyond the Bou Azzer region.
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.
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.
Xianghuapu Mine, Linwu, Chenzhou District
6 x 5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Fast becoming a classic, these are glass clear modified cubes ((cubo-octhedral faces) from the 2004-5 finds at Xinghuapu. By naked eye this is damage free, but with magnification some minor chips can be found, this display well with just a sliver of matrix. This find was prolific and so many good pieces were found that the price was far lower than any other locale. It is now recognized as one of the top discoveries ever made and there is much less of this type to be found on the market. This one has the old price on it, this will be worth far more as the supply dries up.
A very old piece from a classic locality that is also very attractive. A dense mass of rich red garnets that are mostly with top luster are the main event with micro crystals of Clear to white diopside and several good examples of the Clinochlore variety Penninite. Many of the garnets are quite perfect and sparkling up to 3mm or so, but there is damage to some especially at the perifery. Still very attractive and a true classic at a reasonable price for one of these.
Chabazite with Stilbite
stock #8.1-298 AC
The Storr, Portee, Trotternish
Isle of Skye, NW Highlands, Inverness-Shire,
6.6x 5.5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
This is the most attractive and well crystallized Scottish Chabazite I have ever seen. With an old Shortmann label as a bonus, the glasslike Chabazites are up to 1.8 CM. Very clean from damage, sharp and lusterous- this was sourced from a pre war European collection. A great addition to any UK collection or a worldwide Zeolite suite. The 1940's price of $2.50 was a quite substantial for a small specimen at that time!
Ex Sorbonne Collection and the Elmer Rowley collection, this is the most attractive New York Danburite I have seen. An excellent example (collected 1951 according to the Rowley label) there are many sharp, lustrous and even transparent crystals to 1.4 CM, quite clean of damage, these are virtually never available for sale . While not as showy as Mexican specimens, these are far rarer and the best Danburites ever found in the US and very rare.