Gem clear, bright and lustrous Rhodochrosite crystals from the now classic Uchucchacua Mine in Peru. The main crystal on the matrix is just over 2 CM long and there are several other smaller crystals as well. Protected in a narrow vug the main crystal is quite perfect and damage free. While Rhodochrosite can be found all over the world there are no more than 3 places that have ever produced crystals of this size, quality and habit. Of those localities Uchucchuacua is the only place that still is an occasional producer. Well beyond average quality yet still relatively affordable for a fine Rhodo.
Elmwood Mine, Carthage
5.3 x 3 x 2.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An especially fine, perfect and odd "Carthage Corner" Fluorite that is almost colorless but with a hint of purple in person. These strange etched crystal corners are quite incredible and distinctive for the Elmwood mines. This one is especially exotic with extra finger-like growths one edge which also look like tiny "corners". The specimen is displayable from all sides and the geometric etchings are as sharp as any I have seen. An American classic and a choice Fluorite for any suite. Even better in person.
Apophyllite - pink
Guanajuato, Municipio de Guanajuato
8.7 x 6.8 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
A fine crust of Apophyllite crystals with a light pink color and glassy luster. An older piece from Guanajuato with the typical Quartz matrix having amethyst zoning. From the Stanek collection (Brno, Czech republic) we do not see many Guanajuato specimens available, most Mexican pinks are from Zacatecas or Charcas but these were found long before those later finds. In super fine condition.
Epidote -classic Austrian
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachal Valley
Hohe Tauern Mts. Salzburg,
3.3 x 2.8 x 1.5 CM (miniature)
A choice small miniature of Knappenwand Epidote crystals perched on a sliver of matrix. Showing brilliant glassy luster, these are translucent with a dark yellow green when backlit but more green-black in normal light. In excellent condition the free standing crystals are just under 2 CM tall. All the crystals are in the classic alignment as they are standing in a tight parallel row. Every few years a few more Epidote are recovered from this most classic Alpine locale. These mountains do not give up these treasures often.
Lubietova, Slovenske Rudohorie Mts,
Banska Bystrica Region,
9 x 7.7 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
Large and superb, rich old specimen of Pseudomalachite from the ancient mining area of Lubitova. This locality was called Libethen by the Germans and Libetbanya by the Hungarians, but is now in Slovakia, and is Lubitova. Mined since the Bronze age and closed in 1863, this is one of the great locales of Europe and this specimen is an outstanding Pseudomalachite which has formed on and arround a gossan type matrix. In addition to the large botryoidal green masses there are hundreds of tiny spheres and a few stalactitic fingers in a dense mass of deep green. Very fine piece for the specie and for the locality.
Siegenite on Galena
West Fork Mine, Reynolds County
4.3 x 3.7 x 4.4 CM (miniature)
Rich growth of Siegenite crystals on Galena which is in cubes, modified cubes and octahedrons. Quite esthetic for this rare mineral (Cobalt Nickel Sulfide). Ex collections of Steven Chamberlain obtained from the Lendall Hill collection. Fine contrast and with many excellent display angles.
Uraninite -large cube
Cardiff U Mine, Wilberforce, Halliburton
8.8 x 6.2 x 5 CM (cabinet)
A large Fluorite and Calcite matrix with a very big (1.6CM) single cube of Uraninite well exposed on the top edge. This cube is a bit unusual as it shows some corner modifications. The Luster is moderate to dull as were most of the larger crystals from this area, and there is a repair with a crack visible from some angles but the crystal seems still quite solid. The price is adjusted as a result of the repair, so a bit more affordable as a result. As this is a quite radioactive specie there are limits on shipping but we can make hand delivery to major shows or use a special courier (more expensive) for shipping. This locality has been reclaimed and there will never be more of these.
A super esthetic older piece from finds made more than 50 years ago (predating the famed Lees pocket). This is in flawless condition the cluster of Barites has fine steel blue color and contrasts with a yellowish Calcite matrix. In addition to the nice arrangement some of the Barite faces show a very unusual etching pattern seen in some photos here. Lots of visual impact for the size, the color is a bit richer than the more recent finds, all in all far better than "above average", an excellent old time Colorado specimen.