An unusual Beryl crystal, from a find several years ago (1960's) that produced these odd specimens. Bright glassy luster, a deep translucent bluish white zone at the base changes to a clear blue green near the termination. There is micro chipping on some edges, as all pieces had from this find, despite this the specimen is the most pristine I have seen of this style. A very different Beryl that is certainly rare!
Brilliant rich blue color, densely deposited crusts on matrix. The Chrysocolla is in the form of rounded tube like structures and plates. From J. Hyrsl minerals (Czech Republic) who ascribes the form to a pseudomorph of Atacamite. Very attractive deep color.
A Colorado classic, the Eagle mine has provided many fine specimens over the years. This is a very good Rhodo with individual sharp rhombs to 2 CM covering most of the surface. Scattered Sphalerites on the display side (and many more on the reverse side) add extra sparkle. It is rare to find examples this good from the location. This old timer is in exceptional condition, all the main rhombs are perfect. A great addition for a Colorado collection or a rhodochrosite suite.
Fluorite on Barite
4.5 x 3.6 CM (miniature)
A very attractive miniature specimen with the main Flourite of 2 CM perched on top of a Barite matrix. Pristine on the display face but contacted on the back side, this is a very well formed Fluorite from an important Canadian location.
An older specimen of sharp, deep purple Fluorite on matrix from the Mina Ojuela. Close examination shows pristine clear Wulfenites, as well as several other species. The Fluorites are undamaged and present well. FL pale red.
Linopolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Doce Valley
8 x 5.1 CM (cabinet)
A cluster of pure Brazilianite in stacked crystals reaching 4.6 cm. This is an older piece from the mid 1960's when the early materials from Linopolis were first available. The display face of this piece is pristine, undamaged and very sculptural, it is contacted on the backside which is not visible on display. The crystals are glassy and translucent but have many cloudy inclusions so are not gemmy except on thin edges. Since these are not the top dollar gem crystals this is a very affordable and attractive piece!
An important old piece from the Legro Collection (Pre 1879 although this specimen is likely much older) from Martins Station Virginia. Martin's Station in Lees County
was on the wilderness trail to Boonestown. Specimens from this location date to the frontier era. A least 2 generations of Hemimorphite are presented in botroidal form.
From the one time find in 2007, this is something of a modern classic association. The Shimen Mines have produced many impressive calcites but only this one find of Calcite was coated with sparkling Orpiment crystals. These are now quite hard to find in good quality. This specimen is sharp, well formed, is fully terminated and has no damage on the main display areas (cleaving/ contacts are found on base, lower sides and rear that do not distract from display faces). Far better esthetics than the average. A very good value and destined to appreciate well.