A sharp, glassy and partially gemmy single crystal of deep purple spinel. Not a common color or hue this is quite a good value for a very cute toenail. The backside of the crystal is imperfect at one upper edge. Though it is not visible from display side, the price is very attractive as a result.
Sparkly bright red cuprites on matrix with some native copper in classic form from a Cornwall classic locality. A lot of Cuprite here, some in crystals reaching 5 mm. Some damge is found with 10x magnification but many of the crystals are perfect and have very good color.
An incredibly strange and truely unique gem crystal! A slightly modified and etched prismatic crystal with a natural cavity near the top from which grew an extension of the main crystal. The "extended termination" is 7MM long shows some chanels and growth etching as well. A very fine mineral oddity with fine esthetics and minimal damage (other than the attachment area at the base there is no naked eye visible damage)
Rhodochrosite and Quartz
Wudong mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh
6.5 x 4 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
A very pretty and balanced arrange ment of compound Rhodochrosite rhombs sitting on a matrix of drusy quartzon a shard of Dolomitic country rock. Top color for a Chinese rhodo and quite fine from anyplace! The largest rhomb is 2 CM and all are sharp and translucent. This glows with any backlighting but looks fine without .
From this small but remarkable find in 2005-6 came a lot of fine Fluorites. I had the rare opportunity to be at the site as the pocket zone was emptied and selected a suite of the best pieces. This was one. Some later pockets did not reach this quality and had a lot of damage. This is in person, this is a killer, perfect, undamaged. I sold it in 2006, it is exceptional, with strong magnification there is NO damage. The crystals are all complete, razor sharp, gemmy with clearly seen zoned clay phantoms. We are very glad to have this piece back to resell!
A fine and sizable classic silver psudo in outstanding condition. Very esthetic, a dense cluster of wires and branches cover the top side of the matrix which has been artfully etched from the enclosing calcite. Presents perfectly, this is an older piece from one of the greatest silver localities in Europe.
Excellent complex array of wires stand up over 3 CM from the matrix in esthetic branches. The matrix is a very rich, heavy ore with many small vugs filled with micro calcites, silvers and what looks like Chlorargyrite. A very fine Silver from a less well known Chinese locale that has not produced much for the past few years. Quite different from the Shanxi Province Silvers that are better known.
A superb Chinese Rhodo that could pass for a Sweethome piece! Top cherry red color, fine glassy lustre, large sharp rhombs to 2.4CM size and a bit of purple Fluorite for color contrast! Super showy with brilliant color and in remarkable condition, this is simply exceptional. Minimal matrix on the reverse side - this is nearly all Rhodochrosite so it can be backlit for an extra red glow. The photos here are NOT backlit, to give a true idea of the quality and color on this.