SOLD Red Quartz
stock #SOLD 8.1-407
2nd Sovietsky mine,Dalngorsk, Primorsky Kray
Far Eastern Region,
13.5 X 9 CM (cabinet)
Exceptional, large and delicate, an impressive cabinet of super desirable Russian red Quartz. From the late 90's and ending by 2001, these accicular quartz were never very common in good quality. None have been found for the past 7 years, This quartz is immediatly distinctive, there is nothing like it from anyplace else and this is an extremely fine example. Individual sprays exceed 6 cm and there is minimal damage (you can only find some but only after really seaching), All the main areas are pristine, with top esthetics for one of these. The photos give a good idea of the sharpness and quality. The color is a deep peach to red and the white is a second generation Quartz. Sits on its own and looks great from many angles.
This style of Rhodochrosite is exceptionally rare, it's an extreme elongation of the "C" axis of rhombs, and totally unlike the scalenehedral or simple rhombohedral that are typical crystals. I am aware of only two finds of this type worldwide and the most recent (Peruvian) was over 20 years ago. This piece shows many prisms with longest 1.4 CM in size, and the main crystals are all in excellent shape. With 10x magnification a few tiny crystals are found with micro damage, but nothing is eye visible to distract. It could be trimmed to a killer thumbnail is desired. The prisms are gem clear, lusterous and sharp while the black maganese oxides on the matrix make an excellent contrast. For any Rhodochrosite suite this would be a very fine and special addition.
stock #SOLD 8 FE-698
St John's Island, (Zagbargad), Red Sea
2.3 x 1.6 CM (thumbnail)
The rarest and most desirable crystalized Forsterite is from this ancient locality on the Red Sea of Egypt. The style is distinctly different from the Pakistani finds of the 1990's This is the only piece I have ever had for sale and is is outstanding for this location, even better than the piece in Harvard's Peabody Museum collection. The locality was mined as far back as 1500BC it has not produced crystals of any size in modern times, so specimens of this quality are very old and rarely available. Some edge conchoidal fractures can be seen, but the termination and form are excellent - far sharper than any others I have seen. The color is top apple green and it is all clear gem.
With so much Chinese Stibnite on the market it is hard to a fine piece that really stands out and yet is not astronomically priced. This one has fantastic form, esthetics, condition and quality. It is from Xikuangshan and it is NOT typical of that very productive locality. These crystals reach 9.5 CM with top gunmetal steel color and mirror lustre. Well distributed on a solid matrix this has minimal damage and all the main crystals are complete.
Sharp, delicate and clear tabular Goshenites with textbook form are well placed on a classic matrix from Mt. Xuebaoding. Remarkable esthetics and no damage, these are not common by any means and this is very good example. This locality is not producing since the big Sichuan earthquake. The largest of the Goshenites is 2.3 CM wide.
A rare and fine strawberry crystal with a small amount of Sphalerite as a matrix. Sizable and sharp for this location with exceptional color. The display side is eye clean, very minor scuffs are only visible at over 10 magnifivcation. The "backside" is contacted and incomplete. A very striking thumbnail, with backlight it really glows!
Nikolai Mine, Dal'Negorsk
Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region,
8.4 x 6.1 CM (cabinet)
Super esthetic and undamaged rosette of yellow metalic pyrrhotite 4.8 CM in size. This is perched on a well crystallized contrasting matrix. Dalnegorsk has produced what are probably the best Pyrrhotites ever, this one is quite impressive and far better composed than most. I have seen very few pieces that rival the esthetic impact of this one !
A very large, lusterous cogwheel type Bournonite (over 5 CM across) that is complete sitting on Fluorite and Quartz crystals one of which penetrates the Bournonite. A exceptional example from Yaogangxian, recognized as the world's best location for this specie. Some of the fluorite and quartz have damage especially at the edges of the piece, but overall the condition is superb. This sits upright and perfectly without assistance, and the esthetics are top shelf. Given the fragility of large bournonite, the quality and completeness of this crystal is even more remarkable. Add the Fluorite for a color accent (and an uncommon association) the whole is highly desirable.