A nice sized vug of rich gemmy blue Scorodites in a hard (not crumbly!) matrix. Micro brownish spheres are noted that are reputed to be Beudantites but look much like Carminites to me, either way, a nice addition. In excellent condition, with magnification it is possible to see through the very clear blue crystals to the brown matrix below! A Mexican classic, these are rare on the market and this is a good example.
A lot of provenance on this old piece! Ex Al Sebella collection, via Schortmann's who obtained this in the Letchner Collection from Austria, also along the way passing through the hands of George Loud, Carter Rich and Bill Hlaydsz! A good druse of sharp (up to 3 mm) blue green Scorodites cover most of the main display surface of this vintage specimen. Sadly there is no mine detail other than "Westphalia". Almost never seen on the market this is a very distinctive specimen!
Ex Bill Hladysz Collection. A Canadian classic with the form of the national symbol! A bright and esthetic specimen of this rare, fragile and remarkable mineral. Dating from the mid to late 1970's finds described in Mineralogical Record, May- June 1983 this is a especially attractive piece. Unusually large (2.5 CM diameter) twin perched on a matrix chunk with minor calcite and quartz. Looks just like a maple leaf with delicate twinning and sharp golden striations. In good condition damage wise and far bigger than average, an excellent display quality piece of this rare specie from the worlds best locality!
Ex. Doug Ervin collection, Ex Collector's Edge. The mineral market is flooded with average quality traprock specimens, so we avoid most Indian Zeolites unless they are especially good. This one is one of those few! Perfect, undamaged, sharp, well composed and a great example of the specie. Far better in person the esthetics are top notch.
stock #A7- 025-220
Chittanango Falls, Fenner Township, Madison County
4.5 x 3.4 CM (miniature)
A superb piece for this classic old Dana locality! Ex Larry White collection. This is simply an esthetic miniature that is in perfect condition and has luster and color far better than 99.9 percent of these! The Lockport Dolomites occasionally give up a small pocket of Celestites but usually with some "issues" like chipping or opacity. Glasslike, sharp and well presented, this is the prettiest of these I have seen.
ON HOLD Pyrargyrite
stock #HOLD A-10-792
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province
1.6 x 1.2 CM (thumbnail)
Ex. Bill Hlaydsz collection. An excellent quality thumbnail of well crystallized Pyrargyrite (ruby silver) with fine form and color. his shows textbook sharp twinning and mirror bright luster. Looks much like a fine old German piece but is a Peruvian specimen and far above average for one of these!
Elbaite (fine intergrown crystals)
Golconda Pegmatite district, Governador Valadares, Doce Valley
4.8 x 1.1 CM (miniature)
A really clean, simple, elegant and eye catching miniature gem crystal! From the Larry White collection, this is a little more gemmy than the photos show. There is one repair on this that is not easily seen. Older material unlike anything found recently, this has bright luster and super esthetics.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
4.4 x 4.4 CM (miniature)
Mina Ojuela has produced loads of nice Adamites, (it is the worlds best locality for the mineral) but really great ones are very uncommon and prized. This one is top quality. The most desirable form of Adamite is the Spherical radiating pinwheel of brilliant lemon-green color from Mina Ojuela. This is a impressive, fine specimen with a lustrous damage-free sphere. Great esthetics and color, this had been in the collection of Ernie Schlichter. A very good value for this quality!