An impressive deep red, complete, exceptionally large singe crystal that is undamaged. A complete floater- there is no visible point of attachment, and the architectural structure is remarkable. Displays well on any side (I personally prefer the "back" side. This was found early (in the 1980's when the first important finds were coming out) and is not like anything seen today.
Superbly crystallized with bright color, a very fine thumbnail of French Autunite. The older labels do not give the exact mine name but it seems to be a perfect match for the famed Les Oudets quarry. Distinctive and showy this is an especially pretty Autunite and of course is vividly fluorescent too. No damage.
Amethyst (zoned scepter)
Mangatabohangy Commune, Ambatofinandrahana District, Amoron'i Mania
3.2 x 1.6 CM (miniature)
From the Larry White collection, a small, perfect condition, gem clear scepter with a wispy zoning of purple. I have seen several larger scepters from this locale but never with such clarity, sharpness or bright luster. very cute piece and better in person.
A dense cluster of shining crystals with some mixed sulphides sits on a crystallized calcite matrix. Color is fairly dark but good light on some areas picks up the expected red colors of the Pyrargyrite. The Calcites also have red inclusions that may be ruby silver too. Largest xls are about 4-5mm, many are damage free. The loupe also finds one very small elongated red crystal near the bottom that looks more like a Proustite. A good European classic location piece.
Mimetite (classic wet botryoidal)
San Pedro Corralitos, Municipio de Casas Grandes
3.8 x 2.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
From the most desirable early find (1968-69) at San Pedro Corralitos, this is a very lustrous "wet" looking yellow Mimetite. A little larger than a thumbnail, this specimen has a lot of eye appeal despite its size. No damage, great color and form, the quality of these first specimens was never seen since then- despite more than 40 years of looking!
Roselite (well crystallizedl)
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province
Souss- Massa- Draa Region,
6.8 x 4.6 x 5 Cm (cabinet)
An especially "electric" colorful specimen with large well defined crystals and outstanding luster. The matrix is a block of pinkish dolomite/ calcite with some of the altered serpentine country rock adhering. The Roselites are in a shallow depression and contrast well with the host matrix. Very striking specimen with great impact. Bou Azzer Roselites are by far the best ever found and this is a quite fine example.
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
7.5 x 6.3 CM (cabinet)
An esthetic, perfect condition Malachite from the great finds in the Congo circa 1990. The color and luster are good but it is the elegant form that makes this a very good display piece. No bumps or bruises, a fine example of an affordable yet good quality specimen.
An attractive small cabinet specimen of butterscotch yellow fluorite on a quartz matrix. Good translucent cubes with a very slight frosted luster. These contrast with the milky quartz xls that grew over a darker fluorite that gives a pale lilac color. Looks undamaged by naked eye but good magnification show some very tiny bruises that may bother the perfectionists. Displays nicely and relatively affordable for this classic English locality.