Well-defined and sharp rhombs of Rhodochrosite from the classic Colorado locale of the American Tunnel in Silverton. This is the "other" Colorado Rhodo locality that was world famed long before the great finds at Sweet Home. The Am Tunnel Rhodos are also not in the same high price bracket as Sweet Home, but can be quite choice. The locality had a long history of producing Rhodochrosite specimens usually a more pale pink or less well-formed. This is a unusually attractive specimen with sharp red crystals that are well-exposed and esthetic. Three dimensional, undamaged and far better than usual with a contrasting matrix. Ex collection of R and A Palmer, W Hladysz and A Dilldallion.
Fluorite on Smoky Quartz with Microcline
Dreamtime claim, Crystal Peak, Teller County
5.5 x 3.3 x 2.1 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
Late Summer 2018
A classic Colorado pegmatite mineral from a relatively new find at the Dreamtime claim. Cubic deep purple Fluorites are perched on Smokey Quartz with some adhering Microcline. Esthetic presentation, this looks even better with backlight (we have not photographed this with backlight as that can be misleading). In person the Quartz is more transparent. A nice example of the Fluorites in this find very cool find.
Stoneham, Weld County
5 x 3.3 x 1 CM (miniature)
Late Summer 2018
A nice cluster of blue barite in typical flat crystal form from the famed Stoneham, Colorado area. A classic habit and locale, these are immediately recognizable. Complete on all sides, this is an affordable and attractive example 1980 vintage.
Rhodochrosite -rare Colorado locale
Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County
3 x 2.8 x 1.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A single rhomb crystal with fine deep red color from a 1960 find in Idaho Springs. Similar to the better know localities of Sweet Home (Alma) and American tunnel (Silverton this came from an unidentified mine (likely the Moose mine or any of several Central city sites). The collectors were the Hitchings (father and son team) on a family trip from Massachusetts to Colorado. They collected 7 specimens from a boulder in a dump, this being the largest rhomb. They were not sure of the mine name and recorded these only as Idaho Springs.
Barite - Phantom crystal
Muddy Creek, Rio Grande Valley
3.6 x 3 x .6 CM (miniature)
new june 17
A simple single crystal of Barite with a dark phantom zone. This also has a druse of tiny sparkling Barites that add a little flash. In good condition and a nice example of the find.
Zircon- classic Colorado find
North Cheyenne Canyon, El Paso County
3.4 x 2.6 x 2 CM (miniature)
new june 17
A very sharp group of Zircon crystals with a great history. Collected in Cheyenne Canyon in 1945 by the late Warren Johansson in the last weeks before he was drafted. While awaiting his call up, Warren went on a series of legendary bucket list mineral hunting trips. He had been clued in by Clarence Coil that, long ago, some Zircons had been found in that area but the locale was lost. Warren located this spot and dug several nice pieces, some of the best ever found. This specimen was one of Warrens favorites and was pictured for his memoir. Warren passed in 2015
still active collecting in his 90s. This specimen is a fine Colorado classic from a great field collector.
Extra intense color for a Microcline, this miniature from Pikes Peak area, Colorado and has much deeper blue green color than most Colorado localities. In fine condition damage-wise, there is a nice association of Cleavelandite blades nestled between the crystals. An American classic locality, this is relatively recent find from a small working claim. Better in person, with great display impact in a small size.
Phenakite on Adularia
Mt. Antero, Chaffee Co.
3.4 x 2.5 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
pre Tucson 2015 update
A nice, sizable Phenakite from Colorado. The old labels say Phenakite on Adularia, they are somewhat transparent and glassy. The main crystal is big for the locale at 1.1 CM, it has a fine glassy luster and is in good condition With magnification it seems to show some twinning and has unusually curved faces formed from several offset faces. A nice affordable Mt. Antero specimen.