There has been some great Galena from Madan over the past 20 years or so, but this and the few following pieces really stand out as something different and fine. An exceptional and super esthetic multi-specie specimen with no damage. Outstanding arrangement and presentation from several angles. Future classic to be sure, the stacked galenas are textbook and overall the luster is very good. Fantastic for the specie and athe locality!
From a very new find, this is a superb complete and undamaged Zircon that is a big 3.4 CM across and perfectly perched on matrix. Nice color with some gemmy areas as well as being elongated and doubly terminated. Good Zircons are not common at all, this one preents incredibly well and is a very good value
Fluorapatite (Apatite CF)
Cerro de Mercado, Victoria de Durango
5.2 x 3.9 CM (miniature)
The Cerrro de Mercado apatites are a Mexican classic, and now its quite hard to find nice ones. I try to purchase any decent piece I see since I think these are still undervalued and destined to be good investments. These were once plentiful, although undamaged crystals and good matrix piece were never very common. This example is in very good condition and an esthetic matrix piece as well. The main 3.4 CM crystal is quite sharp, gemmy and is well placed on the matrix. The small specimen has good presence and glass like luster. There are a few other tiny crystals scattered about although some are damaged they are not visible from the display side.
SOLD Prehnite (cast / Pseudomorph)
stock #SOLD 7 NJ- 188
Fanwood Quarry, (Weldon Quarry) Watchung, Somerset County
11.9 x 5.8 CM (cabinet)
A sparkling and delicate complex cast after what looks like jumbled Calcite rhombs but there are several other species that these can cast after. The green color and sharpness are excellent on this and there is no damage. This Weldon quarry piece is much like the more famous Patterson casts but it is also a little brighter and has a little better definition than most others. A very good example of a classic New Jersey mineral.
A fine example of golden Rutile sprays on metalic silver crystals of lusterous Hematite. This association from Brazil has become an instant classic, better specimens like this one are now much harder to find at a reasonable price. The sunbustas reach over 3 cm with very sparp and distinct form. Both sides display well and damage is mostly limited to the perifery.
A fine zoned green gem crystal with a remarkable and rare termination. This looks like a reversed scepter as the inner termination rises above the base prism. Very sharp and clean, there are some very tiny chips on a few edges but not distracting at all. Pretty much all gem with green color ranging from yellowish to a deeper bottle green color.
Razor sharp and esthetic example this slender green quartz style from Seriphos is now a classic. Little of good quality has been found for several years and pieces that are this elegant were never common. Larger specimens command very high prices, but this small cabinet piece is relativly affordable yet is of fine quality. The main crystals are over 5 CM long, and are pristine. Minor contacting and chipping is on the base and backside and not visible from the best display positions.
SOLD Tourmaline (elbaite)
stock #SOLD 8.1-451
Conselheiro Pena, Doce Valley
6.5 x .9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A sharp and very well terminated crystal that a very subtle range of colors, it is light blue to clear but also has a few pink spots. It is quite pale and so needs good lighting to bring out the color. Despite the dull color, this is a nice, sizable, well formed, glassy and gemmy tourmaline that won't break the bank.