stock #7 -13-082
Konar (Kunar) Province,
5.4x3.3 (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A big and glassy crystal with a very dark blue green shaft becomes a lighter blue towords the top, grades to a water clear zone and ends with a thin pink-red cap. Great luster and in very good condition, with only very tiny
bits of edge wear that is not easy to find and a small inobtrusive chip to the back aside of the termination. While not distracting, this damage exists and makes the crystal much less expensive yet it looks like it cost far more.
stock #CALIF- 183
Himalaya Mine, San Diego County
4.6x2.4 CM (miniature)
A richly zoned crystal that is very sharp and damage free. This is the classic bicolor for this mine showing a sharp flat termination. It has much richer than usual color depth and really glows with any backlight.
Zoisite var. Tanzanite
Merelani, Umba Valley, Lelatama Mountains, Arusha Region
2.7 x 1.2CM (small miniature)
A bright gem crystal showing outstanding trichroic color change. This is basicly 100% gem grade with a few inclusions. The deep blue and purple are on the front and sides the end view has a reddish color that indicates little or no heat treatments were made on this crystal. There are some micro inclusions on one edge of an unknown metalic mineral and a few grains of what looks like pyrite. A few tiny edge chips, not easly seen by naked eye. Overall in fine condition and priced below gem rough.
stock #SOLD 7 AE-168
Mogok, Sayaing district
2.3x1.4 CM (thumbnail)
Sharp, lustrous gemmy, and very clear phenakite. Except for the point of attachment on the base, this terminated crystal is
perfect with no damage. From a remarkable find in Burma in 2005-6, phenakite of this size and quality is quite rare.
Telirio Mine, Linopolis
8.5x7 CM. Xls to 2CM (cabinet)
A fine spray of sharp, lustrous and brilliant yellow-green Brazilianites wrap the matrix in an esthetic arrangement. Outstanding gemmy quality, all the main crystals are perfect, however there is some damage at the edges to small crystals that is not distracting. A very fine, esthetic matrix piece of what is perhaps the best quality find of this mineral in decades.
Kelly Mine, Magdelena district
8.7x7 CM (cabinet)
Good Kelly Mine Smithsonite has become an important American classic, and good examples have become both expensive and hard to find. This is a very good piece with that excellent blue green color and "wet" luster that make this locale so desirable. Pieces of this quality have been fetching far more $ recently, This one is certainly a very good value.
stock #7- CALIF -065
Eagles Nest Mine, Placer County
6.8x3.9 CM 48 grams (small cabinet/large miniature)
A very fine, classic California crystalized gold with minor offsetting milky quartz . Almost 7 CM across, and over 48 grams this is a substantial flat piece that displays well from either side. A close looks shows complex forms, wires and stretched octahedra. Slightly darker and with a more matt luster compared to some other Eagles Nest gold, this is very esthetic. Based on weight and size alone it is a fine value!
Urumqui, Kuruktag Mts.
Xinjiang, Uygur region,
9.8x7.6 CM (cabinet)
Brilliant red wulfenite from this new discovery, crystals reaching 1.7 CM densly cover the gossan matrix. There are 2 different unknown micro crystals coating some areas and the Wulfenites show a selective coating of what looks like quartz on some faces. There is some damage on some crystals which is true of all the larger pieces from the find, but the overall impact is still excellent. There is disagreement over the correct location details on this find, we will keep everyone informed as we try to sort this out and confirm the source.