A small miniature with big color and fine form. Rich red -orange crystals over 2 cm across with lusterous faces show excellent growth structures and "faceting". For such a delicate form the condition is excellent, however there is minor edge chipping and some broken tiny crystals as seen in the photos, but the display side presents well and is excellent for the locale.
A very good combination piece consisting of 2 intersecting cogswheels of Bournonite surrounded by sharp Siderites with a flattened Rhomb habit. The underlying matrix is nearly pure pyrite. The Bournonites are damage free with a gunmetal luster and reach 1.8 CM. I have not seen good specimens of this combination for years, this would be a good addition to a sulphide suite or Bolivian collection.
stock #SOLD 8 AE 733
Touissit, Toussit District
Oujada-Angad Province, Oriental Region,
9.9 x 6.9 CM (cabinet)
A large plate with heavy coverage of sharp, sparkling orange pyromorphites to almost 1 cm in size. Very good quality and color, and excellent for the locality. Presents well, this could pass for a Bunker hill piece (and be worth far more)! Tousit Pyros have not been seen lately on the mineral market
Galena with Calcite
Krushev Dol Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
6.9 x 6.4 (cabinet)
The mines of Madan have produced some incredible and strange Galenas. This is certainly one unusual and attractive example. Galena crystal faces with growth hillocks and hoppered zones are like modern art, decorated with calcite rhombstacks and drusy aggregates. The Galena is mirror bright with gleaming luster. If you like interesting and esthetic galena this will be a welcome addition to your collection.
Wulfenite w. minor Cerrusite
Tuokexun (Toksun) Tulufan Prefecture
Xinjiang, Uygur region,
5 x 4 CM (miniature)
Brilliant red-orange wulfenites to 2.3 CM are packed together on a small shard of gossan matrix. Fantastic luster and overll very eyecatching! For such a delicate piece this is in rather good condition, the largest prominent crystals are nearly pristine. There is some typical broken edges on the smaller crystals and at the edges, but this can be displayed to feature the better areas. An excellent example of this style of Wulfenite and unquestionably a very attractive specimen.
An elegant and delicate miniature displaying brilliant red edges. Selective coatings of Cerrusite on the flat faces set this off well. This style is the rarest of the Xinjiang Wulfenites, and the hardest to transport as well! Almost no matrix, this is all fragile crystals that reach 1.6 CM. Many perfect crystals but also some damage as seen in the photos. Considering the fragility this is a nice specimen despite the broken parts, but it is far less expensive as a result.
A very sharp, gem clear and undamaged prism of Phenakite that exhibits the rare twin form that I believe was only found at this location once about 8 years ago. The termination has the small re-entrant notches and extra faces that are a textbook example of a rotated twin. Granted this type of twinning does not leap out at you, but it is distinct and clear. Even without it, the crystal is a very good Phenakite on its own.
Albite on Muscovite
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Huya
5.9 x 5.1 CM (miniature)
From Xuebaoding this is rather unusual. We all expect fine Sheelites cassiterites etc but Albite is usually only seen in small, nondescript crystals. This is a very fine Albite for the area. Great to complete a locality suite with a good, sharp, undamaged and esthetic piece. The crystals are gemmy at the terminations too.