The most esthetic Chinese Goshenite I have seen! The matrix plate (sawn on underside) is completely covered with sharp, tabular Goshenites with bright lustre and transparency. The largest crystal is 4 CM across and textbook perfect. It is surprising that well-crystallized colorless Goshenite Beryl is much rarer than Morganite, Aquamarine and Heliodore!
Azurite with Malachite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
6.6 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
An excellent electric blue Azurite from the modern classic locale of Milpillas. No damage, great esthetics and contrast with the matrix. Crystals reach 2.6 CM and are well placed. Some zones of the Azurites show alteration to silky Malachite which adds additional color flash. This mine has produced many fine pieces, but as the opertions are now finished with the Azurite bearing zone, these are already appreciating quickly.
An odd and beautiful Tsumeb piece! A gossan matrix hosts several Cerussite crystals with different habits and yellow-orange phantoms. These are selective inclusions of an unknown yellow mineral. The Cerussites are undamaged and they reach 1.6 CM. There are also several vugs with micro Arsentsumebite and other secondaries.
A sculptural matrix hosts clear pale yellow Fluorites the largest 2.3 CM in size. From mining in the 1970's, this is a fine gem like crystal from an important but small find. By naked eye these are perfect, only with 10x magnification can some tiny edge roughness be seen. An excellent example of an uncommon locality and look for an American Fluorite.
Apatite (CF) (Fluorapatite)
Panasquieira Mines, Panasquiera Covilha
Castelo Branco District,
7.1 x 5.2 CM (cabinet)
An older (pre 1975) classic Panasquira piece! Fine, bright glassy crystals are piled on a muscovite and quartz matrix. The largest crystal is 2.6 CM across. All are quite gemmy, and in very good condition, what may look like chipping in the photos is internal veils that are clearly seen through the transparent crystal faces. The color is a little deeper green than is seen on some monitors, a very fine example.
Wulfenite with Calcite
stock #Alec 2-016
Ahumada Mine, Los Lamentos
8.4 x 6.9 CM (cabinet)
A fine and showy classic Los Lamentos specimen of lustrous butterscotch to orange wulfenite scattered on contrasting sparkling calcite. The Wulfenites are very sharp and glassy, reach 1.5 CM plus and are in some cases selectivly coated on the edges with a rind of calcite crystals. From an older collection, this is a less common style of Wulfenite for Los Lamentos, probably from the deepest zones. The major crystals are perfect damage wise, but some edge zones have minor damage showing. Despite this, for such a delicate, older specimen this is in exceptional condition and displays well.
Hachupa (Hashupi). Shigar Valley, Skardu District
Baltistan, Northern Areas,
6.6 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Sharp, gemmy undamaged and esthetic as well,this is a fine epidote showing a good olive green color. Looks a lot like a classic Austrian specimen but it is from Shigar. Display equally well from either side, a really great value for a good alpine style piece.
A Tsumeb classic. Esthetic radiating cluster of sharp, free standing crystals that perfectly show the form of the original Azurites. Undamaged, with excellent velvet textures and deep color, the individual xls reach near 3 CM. As a good old Tsumeb piece, there are loads of micro crystals of several Copper secondaries, Cuprian Adamites and a scattering of Cerrusites as well. A rich display piece!