A large, heavy mass that's nearly all silver minerals, this is a rich specimen covered with the ropey wires and radiating arrays of Kongsbergite and dull black Acanthite showing a few crystals but mostly in masses. Kongsbergite is a mercury rich silver (only about 5% the rest is silver) it is relatively uncommon, and some of the wires here may be pure silver as well. There are only a few tiny bits of quartz to be found on this otherwise it is an all silver specimen.
Hilltop mine (Hand Mine),Rustier Park, Chiricahua Mts. Cochise Co.
7.1 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
Outstanding rich yellow color crystals to 2 cm from this important, classic American mine. Hilltop Wulfenites are quite desirable and the best have this lemon to orange- yellow color. This one was part of the famous find by Ed Over that was sold as a lot to the Schortman Brothers thru Arthur Montgomery who then distributed these worldwide. The piece has some damaged crystals that are visible in the photos but it still has an attractive presentation. Top examples of these are incredibly hard to find and very expensive, this one with some damage is still far above average and at a very reasonable price.
A very attractive light lilac/ violet gem crystal of Scapolite from this important locality. This is actually 2 crystals grown together with the terminations staggered and showing great glasslike luster. No damage by naked eye but with 10X magnification there are some very tiny contacts and a very insignificant chip that need to be mentioned. A very nice example of a mineral that is usually quite nondescript!
Fine and damage free cabinet of rich violet fluorites showing several types of modifications. Overall this is an attractive and clean piece and the main crystals are all pristine. There are some neat structures where the cubes have stacked geometrically. A super value on a very good Spanish Fluorite likely found about 1960.
stock #7 BRAZ 212
Irai, Alto Urugual region
Rio Grande do Sul, South Region,
12 x 9 CM (cabinet)
Two of the most perfect radiating clusters (suns) I have ever seen are joined together in an impressive and esthetic piece of glasslike quartz. No damage at all, a fine purple hue that grades to a clear outer edge the piece is fully transparent and glows with even a hint of backlight. Do not confuse this with some of the mine run examples that are typical of this material, this is a very fine mineral specimen and a fantastic quartz for a fine collection.
stock #7 AC-134
Huayllapon Mine, Pasto Bueno District
Pallasca Province, Ancash Department,
12.8 x 8.8 CM (cabinet)
A large and fine single Octahedron of mint green Fluorite with the very desirable "stipple faced" or melted look on the crystal faces. This Alpine Fluorite is sizable and impressive from a location that has not produced good material for many years. Pasto Bueno Fluorites are quite highly regarded, and and also rather distinctive. This one is in fine shape on the display side but it is cleaved where it was removed on the underside. Displays very well and a bargain for such a large crystal.
A very gemmy alpine style quartz with an unusual flattened habbit. This is a superb prism and quite unlike any others from this find, it has only a minimal dusting of Chlorite or epidote on two faces the rest is like fine optical glass. This could pass for a top European alpine quartz, but it is Asian. With fabulous form this will be welcomed in any fine suite of quartz.
stock #7 COLO-502
Lake George, Park County
6.4x 5.5 CM (cabinet)
A single crystal of the "white stripe" find showing excellent color and form. No damage (except on the base where it was removed) and just a tiny hint of matrix. This is a very good American classic locality and an esthetic crystal.