SOLD Rosalite (unusually large crystals)
stock #SOLD 11.1-W13
Aghbar Mine,Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Quarzazate Province
Souss- Massa- Draa Region,
7.1 x 3.6 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
The worlds best specimens of Roselite have come sporadically from Morocco, but only a small percentage of these are superb. It is a rare mineral from anyplace else but can be an attractive specie. This one is exceptional in quality and esthetics, with the biggest crystals I have seen- up to 1.5 cm and sharp! The color and luster are also excellent. There is tiny chipping seen with the aid of 10x magnification to a few crystals and crystals at the outer edges show damage from where the piece was removed but the center and all the major crystals are perfectly undamaged and gemmy. Overall it is very showy and outstanding for the specie.
Orpiment on Matrix
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine
6.1 x 6.1 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An esthetic cluster of deep orange Orpiment crystals sprouts from a contrasting matrix. There have been lots of Orpiment crystals from Shimen, but not much is really interesting. This piece has character and sits well, no damage and nice form. Aside from Shimen and the defunct Twin Creek mine, Orpiment in good crystals is very rare and never this size.
An extraordinary, sharp and brilliant Chalcopyrite from the classic Creede district. Chalcopyrite is a delicate, brittle mineral that rarely survives without damage, it is quite rare to find really good crystal specimens. This is a very fine example with rich patina and form, individual crystals reach 2.2 CM and the overall condition is outstanding, no eye visible damage! Fine piece for the locality and for the specie.
Spinel on Marble
stock #8 -GC-822
Yen Bai Province,
5.8 x 3.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A sharp, bright red Spinel octahedral crystal perched perfectly on a white marble/calcite matrix. No damage, fine esthetics and overall very attractive presentation. well above average quality and sharpness.
Sara Alicia Mine, San Bernardo, Mun. de Alamos
6.2 x 4.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An older, bright, delicate and nicely crystallized Mexican Erythrite. This has a deeper red-purple color than is seen on the more common Morrocan examples. Very good for the locality, ex John Marshall collection circa 1960.
A fine old silver specimen that is nearly a solid mass of yellow-green crusts and crystals. Micro silver and sulfides are also evident. Old Wards label gives only the county location, Breckenridge was listed by John Marshall as the more precise locality. Rich and heavy piece.
Cinnabar on Dolomite
stock #7 CNA 522
Chatian Mine, Fenghuang
6.5 x 5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A very fine gemmy 1.3 cm main crystal of Cinnabar sits well in an exposed vug of crystallized Dolomite. It is rare to find this form, tabular and untwinned in any but micro crystals. The color is the richest possible red and is in good condition. Close examination shows a hairline crack in the prism but it seems solid and does not detract at all. This is far above the usual quality!
A very bright, doubly terminated, deep green emerald well positioned on a druzy calcite matrix. Excellent condition, good transparency, color and form. Obtained in Colombia in 2011, this is a very good value in a gem crystal specimen, this quality has become much harder to find at affordable prices.