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.
A very nice Brazilian specimen from the find of the late 1960's at the Dos Antas tunnel. At that time these were big news in the mineral world and many considered these to be the worlds best green Apophyllites. They are notably different from anything that came out later in great floods from India. This is an esthetic, undamaged example from a somewhat obscure locality. A nice addition for any Zeolite or Brazilian collection.
Fluorite (2 generations)
Huanggang Mine, Chifeng Prefecture
Inner Mongolia Region,
4.9 x 4.2 CM (miniature)
Superb miniature of brilliant sharp purple octahedral Fluorites that are decorated with a second generation of white fluorite. This has the very hard to find intense color, strong esthetics and no damage. The new finds in Inner Mongolia have produced some exceptional pieces and this is a good example of such a top quality specimen. While there have been many nice pieces in the past year, very few are of this caliber, it is far better in person.
A sizable complete crystal of this uncommon mineral with incredible textbook form. An esthetically placed dark green crystal of Aegerine provides a nice accent. The whole is dusted with sparkling crystals of clear, sharp Xenotime-Ce. In great condition. Parisite from Malawi is typically altered and this is too, but seems to be mostly on the surface, it still has a high specific gravity. This has wonderful form with distinctive striations and is far more attractive than most of these!
Agoudal Mine, Bou Azzer
Souss-Massa-Draa region, Ouarzazate Province, Tazenakht,
6 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
A especially choice piece from the best find of Cobaltian Calcites in Morocco in almost 20 years! This is a striking, fine and really well formed "flower". Composed of scalenohedral and hoppered scalenohedral crystals up to 2 CM long this has an electric intense pink color that is easily noticed in any lighting. A great impact specimen, it reminds me of a N'chwaning Rhodochrosite but with a cobaltian color. In very good condition overall, the only notable damage is at the outer edges, the main central crystals are excellent.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
4.5 x 3.4 CM (miniature)
One of the most desirable rare minerals from Ojuela, Legrandite well displayed in a radiating burst of distinctive yellow. This is filling a shallow pocket in the gossan matrix,2.8 CM across. Several prismatic crystals are compleet here but there are several broken ones too (legrandite is especially brittle and and there are almost no specimens of any size without some damage). Despite the damage this is still well above average. None has been found for over 20 years now, this is an early piece last sold in the 1970s.
Fluorite -mult- color phantom
Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek, Hardin County
5 x 4.2 CM (miniature)
A very sharp, glassy lustrous cube cluster with distinctive zoning and good color. The great Annabel Lee Mine was one of the greatest Fluorite producers and its specimens were distinctive. The mine is long gone and no other location has quite the same look to it. This glows well with backlighting showing a rich yellow to orangy color core and a deep purple rim. Relatively pristine, the display face looks undamaged by naked eye but a carefull exam with loupe finds some very tiny chips, The back is incomplete as it was contacted byother crystals but it is not damaged. There is no matrix, quite esthetic.