Resuperferolitica Mine,Santa Eufemia
8 x 6 CM (cabinet)
Ex. John Marshall collection, a very well crystalized Santa Eufemia Pyro with large individual crystals that exceed 1.6 CM. This is overall in excellent condition and is crystallized on 2 sides with large vugs filled with sprays and freestanding individual crystals. A super display peice from a very important locality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A remarkable piece from the legendary classic Manganite locality of Ilfeld, this piece has many fine, large crystals to 3.4 CM in size standing out from the matrix and showing the Manganite form perfectly. Collected from a rediscovered 15th century dump and adit area in 2006, the site is now closed and only a small number of specimens were recovered. A fantastic Psuedomorph, a fine Ilfeld piece and a great bit of mineral history, this is a "black rock" with a lot of class and form!
SOLDTopaz on Quartz
stock #SOLD AC-093
Schneckenstein cliff, (Konigskrone Mine) Kielberg Mt.Klinginthal, Vogtla
5 x 3.5 CM (miniature)
From the type locality for Topaz, this is a classic older piece showing a gemmy terminated prism just over 2 CM in size. This location was profiled in The Minerological Record (2008) and has a long history. This piece is very good with a large size crystal for the locality. There is some damage especially at the base of the prism but it is relatively pristine and shows well the typical form that the location provided the mineral world in the 17th century.
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.