From another classic locale this older miniature has well formed orthohombic crystals in an esthetic and oriented arrangement. These mines are long closed and have produced some of the best Sulpher ever found. This is a good example of the crystal form that made this location famous and is affordable compared to most.
Elbaite (tourmaline group)
stock #13-F 312
Santa Rosa Mine, Itambacuri
3 x 2.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A sharp and bright gem crystal with an electric green termination. With even a touch of backlight this glows. Although this is broken at the base where it was removed from the rock, the rest is reasonably clean. By naked eye there is no damage to the main crystal, but with 10X magnification chipping can be seen. The same is true for the tiny sidecar crystals. A good piece for a reasonable price.
Yaogangxian Tungsten Mine, Yizhang County
3.5x3 CM (small miniature)
Very bright, metalic and with fine luster, this bournonite miniature shows excellent form with a pleasing contast to the matrix. Much better than usual condition for this delicate, brittle mineral, however there is some chipping and contacting like all of these have. The main crystal shows a fantastic cogswheel form. Since well crystalized Bournonite is very uncommon, the better Chinese examples are already becoming classics. For now, this is a bargain!
A pre-1930's piece from the classic location of Bad Ems, best known for fine pyromorphites. This is a sharp, glassy cerussite with only minor edge chipping. It is rare to see minerals of this quality available from these old European locations.
stock #AC-224 SOLD
Florence Mine, Egremont
3.4 x 3.2 CM (miniature)
This stalactitic form or "nipple Hematite" is a British classic, the form is distinctive and uncommon. Looking like an oversized nipple on a stalactite of hematite, this was one of a small suite sold by the Schortman brothers, this one was purchased from them in the late 60's. I have only seen two others in the past 10 years offered for sale.
Barite on Calcite
Stoneham, Weld County
4.2x4.1 CM (miniature)
Nice light blue Barite, standing on a contrasting yellow crystaline calcite. The main crystal is 2.7 CM and sharp with no damage. There are some very small crystals scattered on the matrix that do show damage but they are not distracting. An attractive piece from this classic American locality, at an attractive price.
stock #SOLD AC-Cera 2
2 CM wide (thumbnail)
A very esthetic and neat thumbnail! From a small lot we obtained that had been in the Schortman brothers stock (famouse East coast dealers) in 1962. The handwritten label only credits the local as Thomas Mts. Utah, but I can not find any references to good cerussites from the Thomas. Based on other materials it does seem likely this locale is correct but it is not definate. So these pieces are a small mystery but still very pretty and presentable American Cerussites and at a very reasonable price! largest xl is .9 cm
A fine, sharp and gemmy crystal of this rare mineral! Excellent condition with a good blue color and a slight hint of color zoning. There are only two significant finds of this mineral in such fine crystals, both in Africa. The older has been exhaused for years the the more recent finds in the Erongo have not produced much, mostly rather small crystals. This one is much better and larger than most. Collected 2004.