SOLD Kyanite (translucent gem crystal)
stock #SOLD A7-079-637
Barra De Salinas Mining District, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha Valley
6.8 x 3 CM (cabinet)
There have been a lot of Kyanites dug up in past decades, but good color, sharp form, complete terminations and nice esthetics are hard to find. This is a good, clean, brilliant blue specimen, that is nicely presented. With a little backlighting this glows an almost electric blue. The main crystal is undamaged, it grows from a shard of quartz with a few bits of Kyanite. A fine example of a quality mineral that can be very affordable!
A very delicate and elegantly crystallized silver with exceptional for for the locality. From the Kearsarge lode this is not typical at all and is a remarkably well prepped and presented tree of fine spinel law crystals and feathery branches. ex Larry White collection, a fine old time piece!
From an old small find of these exotic, tapered habit gem beryls, this is a very nice, clean example. Excellent condition, with great texture, color and form, this is not a typical Beryl at all! Ex Larry White collection.
Elbaite (rubellite tourmaline)
Aracuai, Jequitinhonha Valley
3 x 2.4 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Brilliant, sharp glassy Elbaite with intense red color in a small, esthetic cluster. Ex Larry White's collection, a good example of a fine mineral specimen without a huge price! Displays well, this could pass for a Jonas mine piece but it is from Aracuai. Most crystals show basal terminations, but there are other forms as well. Even with 20x magnification there is no damage on the display side (there is contacting on the back side out of sight).
Fluorite (complex cubo-octahedral)
Xianghauling Tin Mine, Linwu County, Chenzoh
6.6 x 3.1 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An older (2001 vintage rather unusual form of fluorite from a location that was once prolific. We see almost nothing now from Xinghauling and this small find had unique esthetics. Excellent condition and color, displays well from every side, with bright luster.
Khalahari Manganese Field
Northern Cape Province,
7.5 x 6.8 CM (cabinet)
An unusually esthetic and perfectly undamaged specimen of this remarkable and previously very rare, mineral. Excellent luster and sparkle, this shows textbook perfect bowties 2.5CM (1 inch) nicely placed on matrix. Far better than the average quality, displays very well.
stock #Alec 12-283
La Marina Mine
2.6 x 2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A bright. clean gem clear apatite with excellent color. From the important find about 8 years ago at the La Marina Mine in Colombia that is best known as an important Emerald locality. The tabular apatites are elongated, stacked in a parallel growth and have glasslike luster. These are quite hard to find in this undamaged quality and the form is unique to this small mine.
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Sanjiang
8.3 x 5.9 CM (cabinet)
A big, well crystallized, lustrous Mimetite from the great find in the 1990's at Pingtouling. There is some debate if the Chinese or the Tsumeb Mimetites are the best ever. Both can be very impressive and fine, both are different in form and both are now hard to find in good quality. This is a nice one with bright shiny orange color crystals that have bright yellow highlights. In good condition with all major crystals in perfect condition and only very minor bruising that is not easily noticed. No new specimens have been found in the past 12 years. Old specimens like this are rarely available and always far more expensive.