Les Farges, Correze
8.3 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
Attractive and well defined, this is classic style pyromorphite from Les Farges. Fine, sharp and distinctive,the largest crystals on this reach 1.8 CM. Color ranges from a reddish-orange thru olive-green and mustard yellow. The crystals are arranged on slender fingers of Geothite which is specific of older Les Farges pieces. There are a couple of broken crystals but all the main, prominent pyros are perfect. The minor damage also keeps this from being a very expensive piece, yet it can be hidden by choice of display angle. Esthetic and affordable for what is often a costly form of Pyromorphite!
SOLD Rhodochrosite (Gemmy)
stock #SOLD 9.1-170
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province
5.6 x 4.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Bright red rhodos are well placed on contrasting matrix. Ex William Pinch Specimen with label. Gemmy and attractive, a fine and esthetic miniature from the famous Peruvian finds of the early 1980's. No noticable damage by naked eye, this is a very very nice miniature!
Rich, deep color purple Adamite is super rare and highly desirable. From the one time find of 1981, This specimen has several fine, sharp glass-like crystals to 1.2 CM long aranged in clusters on a contrasting matrix. Micro crystals of the rare mineral Lotharmeyerite are also scattered about on all sides. In excellent condition damage wise, this is a fine example of one of the "holy grail" species that will not break the bank.
Pitorra Claim, Laranjeiras, Galileia, Doce Valley
5 x 4.1 CM (miniature)
Rose quartz crystalized in a cluster with micro sprays of Eosphorite. Nice color and arrangement. Rose Quartz in crystals is only known from a few places and is very rare in general.
The best USA magnetites are these unique cubic crystals. Good ones are not common. This example has lusterous and fine crystals that reach 1.4 CM. Displayable from several sides, one face has a contrasting Talc that sets off the dark Magnetite well. Far better than average condition, but with damage at the outer edges and contacts/chipping can be seen. Since the magnetite here is exceptionally fragile, this degree of damage is actually very minimal, and the piece is a fine example of a rare form and a classic occurance. Ex. Ernie Schlicter, 1970's vintage.
From the famous find of more than 20 years ago, this is a very good example of deep blood-red Spessartine. It is fully crystallized on all sides ("floater") and shows incredible geometric growth steps of several types. This one is as close to perfect as I have seen, some areas of chipping can be found with magnification but not easilly seen by naked eye. Very good value!
Las Vigas Amethyst is some of the finest and most attractive known. These are modern classics. The location has been intermitantly prolific, which helps make these more affordable compared to most other locales. This one is an attractive older piece with the main crystal being a scepter 3.8 CM tall. Sharp and undamaged, this has good color and sits well.
SOLD Quartz v. Herkimer Diamond
stock #SOLD 7FE-174
Hickory Hill, Fonda, Mohawk township, Montgomery Co.
3.3 x 2.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Gemmy, air clear, sharp and perfect. This is what makes Herkimers so desirable! This is an especially esthetic toenail size and has everything one looks for in one of these. While Herkimer quartz is not rare, perfect examples like this are quite uncommon. From the Hickory Hill locality in Fonda, this is exceptional for that site.