A big, glassy single crystal deep intense pink to lilac in color. What may look like broken edges in the photos are all INTERNAL veils seen through the transparent faces. There is a small chipped corner that is not easily noticed but keeps the price low for such a brilliant crystal. The backside/ base has contacting that is not visible on display. Excellent overall condition otherwise this looks like a $2500+ crystal!
Clear mint green Fluorites to 2.4 CM have sharp equant cubes modified by octahedral faces. The crystallized quartz provides a color contrast and sets the greens off nicely. From older finds (2005-6), this is in excellent condition on the display faces, the rear and sides are broken from removal which is not visible when displayed. A really nice and different style of Fluorite that is not often available!
A Tsumeb classic, a Galena matrix hosts fine sharp Smithsonite crystals up to 3 CM in size. The color is between a salmon pink and a light cognac hue depending on the lighting used to view it. The largest crystal has a cleave on the right rear edge that keeps this very affordable. Fortunately it can be hidden completely by the angle of display and the specimen looks like it cost many times this price!
An impressive, sharp and attractive (for a dark"ugly"!) Tsumeb Tenantite. Ex. Van Scriver and Dyck Collections. This very delicate specie is rare in such large (5.2 CM) undamaged crystals. This has bright luster as well and is quite tapered, with unusual very acute sharp edges. Typical face cracks are noted and are very stable naturally-healed. Undamaged examples of this size are very desirable.
Two fine gemmy Apatites are perched esthetically on a well crystallized Muscovite matrix. The crystals have good deep pink to purple color shift, glassy faces and are in excellent condition. Far better than average for the Xuebaoding locality and a fine Apatite from anyplace!
From the prolific Shangbao Mine in Hunan province, a find of weird, exotic Quartz was made in 2008. This specimen is a great example, with a tree like spray of delicate, complex and striking crystals perched on a blocky Dolomite crystal cluster. In excellent condition, this is a fine, attractive and really different quartz specimen!
Quartz (fadden habit)
FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Area)
9.5 x 1.5 CM (cabinet)
With textbook perfection, a delicate, thin gem clear quartz displays the fadden habit and the central "string" running the entire length. Sharp and clean, this is a perfect example of this strange and uncommon Quartz form.
Far above average quality! A fine, bright Tsumeb miniature that is well crystallized and host loads of associated micro crystals. A few of the Cuprian Adamites are in the process of psudomorphing and being replaced by unknown minerals. Great color, sharpness and in perfect condition. These Adamites reach over 1 CM and cover the specimen densely.