A really fine, rare Erongo specimen with textbook spinel twin form and great esthetics! Better in person by far, this piece is nicely composed with a divergent group of Shorl Tourmaline that host and penetrate into the Fluorites. The Fluorites are spinel twinned and show delicate zoning. These are stacked like a shishkabob on the Shorl. It is easy to see the dark Tourmalines inside the Fluorite. Undamaged and displays great, an excellent piece for the Fluorite cabinet or in an Erongo suite.
Elbaite -(unusual gem crystal)
Himalaya Mine, San Diego County
2.8 x 1.4 CM (small miniature)
This looks at first glance like a cute beryl crystal with a mint green color, but it is an unusual older Tourmaline from the Himalaya Mine. Sharp, complete, glassy and odd! In some light it looks more blue green and is 100 percent gem grade. Ex. Larry White collection, and not a typical California Elbaite at all!
Scheelite on Muscovite
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Huya
8 6.8 CM (cabinet)
A fine yellow-orange crystal perched perfectly on the muscovite matrix. A modern classic, Pingwu has produced the worlds best scheelites, this is a much better than average piece. Well exposed, sharp and in fine condition, the Scheelite is 4.6 CM across with bright glassy luster. By naked eye there is no damage at all but with 10x magnification a very tiny bit of edge scuffing is seen. The form is an elongated psudo-octahedron and the forward facing termination is unusually gemmy and transparent. Good examples in this condition have become very hard to find.
A large matrix covered with brilliant dark red, glass clear gemmy Rhodochrosites that are not the usual scalenohedrons. These are a mix of equant crystals and modified rhombs that sit well on the contrasting matrix. Top grade for luster and intense color. Unusual for the locale and a striking display specimen, the matrix is a mix of tiny quartz xls with contrasting black sulfides. Sawn on the back and one side edge, not visible from display side. Overall in good condition, the main largest crystals are in perfect shape, there is some damage on the crystals at the outer edges as is expected, but not a distraction at all. Great value.
An very old, unusual and significant early New Jersy specimen. Ex John Marshall Collection,with earlier labels including the Boubee (Paris) label from the mid to late 1800's. Very clear quartz showing a distinctive flattened parallel habit. In excellent condition overall with all terminations complete and undamaged which is remarkable for the age of this piece. This specimen presents a mystery as it is not like anything known from current sites and possibly comes from early construction of the city of Hoboken. The exact site would be wonderful to rediscover!
A fine old, classic Pyro from the Sherman Mine in Burke, Idaho found long before the modern discoveries at the Bunker Hill mine. From the remarkable John Marshall Pyromorphite collection. Unlike other Idaho pyros, this has a distinctive color and habit that could pass for an early Pheonixville Pennslyvania piece! In excellent condition, the crystals reach 1 CM in size, filling a vug so densely the specimen is just about 100 percent pyromorphite with just a little matrix. Rare to see any of this material on the market and super rare in this quality! The last photo shows the crystallized backside of the specimen that is nice but not the better display side by far.
Serandite with Analcime
stock #Alec 5 -061
Poudrette Quarry, Mont St. Hilaire, Rouville Co.
3.8 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
From the great now closed St Hillare locality, a well formed Serandite is completely covered with micro crystals of glass clear Analcime crystals. A few larger Analcimes are perched on the edges and the overall esthetic is strong. A good salmon color and sparkling luster make this a fine specimen for the size.
Prehnite crystals on Diopside
stock #Alec 5-065
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
5.3 x 4.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An exceptional crystallized spray of sharp Prehnite is set on a bright green carpet of accicular Diopside crystals. Excellent condition and with glass-like luster this is an esthetic and fine specimen from this find of a few years ago. Displays very well from several angles.