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 sharp, elegant slender scepter from the southern Indian area where the Amethyst flowers are found. This scepter has a very slight hint of purple to it (but it is slight) and is really a wispy smokey on top of a clear contrasting shaft. It is the best and largest scepter I have seen from the locality and is a fine piece from anyplace! Nice, distinct striations and fantastic form, in nearly perfect condition. There are 2 micro chips best seen with the help of magnification, everything else is pristine and it displays well. For any suite of quartz or Indian minerals this is a super specimen with textbook form!
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.
N'chwaning Mine, Kalahari Fields
5.3 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
A single bright and well formed crystal of Olmite is nicely perched on the Manganese matrix. Fine condition and well presented, this is a nice single crystal (1.2 CM) on matrix that shows great color, form and luster well. Not just a ball this has well defines crystal faces unlike most specimens. This find has produced many forms of this rare mineral, it is a great time to get examples of this esthetic specie while they are still affordable.
Simply incredible! A perfect series of parallel growth spinel twin galenas with mirror bright luster are grouped esthetically and decorated with contrasting white quartz crystals. This is from the find in 2010 and is one of the top examples for its size. To me, the better Bulgarian Spinel twins are the most attractive ever, far eclipsing the Russian examples. This specimen was selected from the best of the find and is far, far better than most that have made it to the market. The form is a thin, delicate flattened geometric structure like an architectural model of a futuristic city. This galena is also complete and undamaged, a real miracle, and every major quartz crystal is perfect too, some tiny quartz have damage but are not easy to see. Stunning in person, but very hard to photograph with the brilliant metallic luster. All in all this is a killer display specimen worthy of any top collection!
stock #SOLD Alec 4-182
Goboboseb Mts., Brandberg area,
8.9 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
A super sharp, clear zoned crystal cluster that is doubly terminated and forms a perfect "rocket"! There are internal water bubbles as well and the condition is exceptional. Brandburgs (Goboboseb area) of this quality are uncommon and a great example of why they are so desirable. The glassy luster and clarity are hard to capture, this is far better in person. No damage too.
This is really something different! English Fluorites are famed for the sharp penetration twins and daylight fluorescent glassy crystals. I have never seen a symetrical TRIPLE penetration like this. Nice color and luster, gemmy crystals reach to 1.7 CM with a few minor edge chips here and there, overall in nice shape. The condition is shown clearly in the photos. An oddity for a good Fluorite suite!
Babingtonite on Prehnite
Miegu County, Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture
6.5 x 5.2 CM (cabinet)
The Meigu area produced the best Babingtonites in the world. Enough have been found to make affordable pieces available now. The top pieces still sell for huge sums even in China. This is a nice specimen, though not a top piece, offered at an affordable price. If from a US locality USA just 10 years ago it would have sold for 1500-2000$ quickly! These finds give every collector a chance to have a good example. This has crystals to 2 CM with good luster on green Prehnite. More pretty in person.