Classic calcite on sulfide and dolomite matrix from the great discoveries at Shullsburg. Esthetic and well presented, the calcites reach 3.2 CM. The backside isalso displayable. The front display face appears damage free (magnification finds micro nicks)there is contacting on the reverse but all in all it looks pristine. These are well respected as great and distinctive specimens, this is a good affordable example.
SOLD Sphalerite on Quartz
stock #SOLD 6.2-120
Shuikoushan Lead Zinc Mine, Kangjianwan, Changning
10.8 x 8.8CM (cabinet)
This is simply a really, really good Sphalerite. Crystals reach 3.7 CM and have excellent translucence, with backlighting they glow deep ruby-red. Excellent color contrast to the matrix, minimal damage (mostly on the outside edges). Incredible luster and lots of visual impact, far better than most from this important location. Thanks to the prolific finds in 2008, these are still very affordable. Expect these better pieces to appreciate well.
A very fine and esthetic Aqua from the prolific discoveries on Mt Xuebaoding. Since the devastating earthquakes that were centered in this part of Sichuan Province, there has not been much new material of good quality. This is very good older piece from 2006. The classic tabular form is well developed to 4.1 cm,overall in fine condition some contacting on outer edges that is not visible from display side. Very good value.
A big, bright blue sparkling specimen with Azurite crystals densely packed on the display faces. The copper deposits in this area of Anhui province have been mined for thousands of years, probably the longest continuous operation on earth. Small scale mining lets specimens escape the huge crushers that are used elsewhere. Very attractive and affordable.
Amethyst (ex John Marshall)
San Juan de Rayas Mine, Municipio de Guanajuato
11 x 7.9 CM (cabinet)
Pristine, sharp and well composed example from this important Mexican mine. Vintage about 1967, this quality is not seen now. There are 2 generations of quartz on the plate which add a lot of sparkle. Very fine for the locality.
Super deep rich color, no damage and large size from mining in the late 1950's. These are already cherished classics for their color and luster. Much more green than the usual blue color, displays well and a very good value
A striking combo, with a big (8 CM) doubly terminated Calcite nestled in a forest of slender needle like quartz. Excellent esthetics, this is from a find in 2007 that was limited in size and has produced nothing like this since. The Calcite has a slightly melted look (probably due to the higher temperature quartz deposition) the rear termination has a small cleave, otherwise all is perfect and damage free. Something very different for any good suite of Calcite.
Spinel on Marble
stock #8 -GC-822
Yen Bai Province,
5.8 x 3.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A sharp, bright red Spinel octahedral crystal perched perfectly on a white marble/calcite matrix. No damage, fine esthetics and overall very attractive presentation. well above average quality and sharpness.