An old, somewhat crude cluster of small colorless and larger purple Apatite crystals. The biggest Apatite is 1.8 CM across which is the largest I know of for the locale. From the Mount Rubellite Quarries an old but less famous Maine location for Apatites. Some chipping, crude edges and contacts are noted but the color, huge crystal size and low price help compensate for imperfections.
Apatite CaF (Fluorapatite) on Muscovite
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley
3 x 2.7 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Classic Chumar style pink Apatite with a sharp, gemmy crystal well positioned on minimal matrix. Super glassy luster and good transparency. The front display surface is in excellent condition, there is contacting on the back/ underside but no breakage. Presents well. Ex Sal Avella, these have become quite scarce in this better quality.
Apatite on Muscovite
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley
Gilgit, Northern Areas,
5.5 x 4.5 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
A prism of pink Apatite (Fluorapatite or Apatite-CaF)is nestled in a Muscovite matrix. The crystal is 2.1 CM across and has distinctive modifications of the edges of the termination. From the earlier finds of Apatite at Chumar Bakhoor, this is in excellent condition. Esthetic contrast with the matrix, the Apatite looks fine from all angles.
Attractive and with an unusual esthetic, this is a densely packed matrix of lilac color Apatite. An older specimen from the classic Harvard Quarry in Maine, The druzy Quartz matrix hosts hundreds of small but perfect Apatites most being doubly terminated. In perfect condition and showing well the paragenesis of this locale, this was in the collection of the late Larry White. Two older labels give the locality as Mt Apatite (a more famous locale often incorrectly cited) but those labels are not correct, it is confirmed by Dr. Carl Francis and others as absolutely a classic Harvard piece. Choice and very rare in such fine quality.
Fluorapatite (Apatite CaF)
La Marina Mine, Pauna
1.4 x 1 x .6 (thumbnail)
Pre Holiday 2017
A small but incredible gem clear Apatite crystal with the desirable bright pink color. From the La Marina mine in the Emerald belt of Boyaca province that is known for world class Euclase. This has a thin white line inside much like a fadden string which has been noted rarely from this locale. The crystals in the mine often have elongated or widened, distorted prisms, which is seen on this one as well. Very sharp, a very small chip is on one back edge but overall visually clean on the front display side. We visit Colombia several times each year looking for Apatites like this. The production is very sporadic and never large, some years none are seen. This is well above average for color, clarity, form and condition.
A classic and esthetic Pulsifer Apatite with the distinctive habit crystals. From the vintage Terry Szenics mining project, there is minimal matrix here, mostly all purple Apatite with some minor Lepidolite. Much better than average with very good form and naked eye appeal but this is not a specimen for perfectionists. There is some edge wear and smaller crystals are chipped or broken on the base area. The price reflects this but still the overall quality is far better than typical. These Apatites are legendary, now very scarce in this level of quality.
An excellent Apatite crystal cluster from the older finds at the Sapo mine. Far better than most that came out, The color and luster and condition are first rate. These amazing but odd habit Apatites have had many names (Crullers, Snakes, Tubes, Medusas etc) and are fantastic examples of epitaxial growth; These have prisms in a chain or parallel growth that is built around a hollow tube composed of many stacked crystals. A really fine, textbook quality specimen in excellent condition. There is a separate smaller branch growth and very good transparency, color and luster on this. No damage or repairs which is rare in any piece of this size, this is even better in person, to me this is a real mineralogical marvel.
A complete, sharp transparent alpine style Apatite prism loaded with Byssolite needles that give the transparent colorless crystal a deep green hue. Very similar in form and look to Austrian and other European cleft Apatite. There is no damage and the whole is a floater with no point of attachment. Some of the edges show very complex multi faced crystallization and a few conjoined smaller crystals.