Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
3.6 x 2.2 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A cute, smaller old style Mimetite that looks like a yellow-orange brocolli perched on a sliver of matrix. Good wet luster and sparkle. 1970's era specimen that could be trimmed to a thumbnail but looks fine as is. Good value for a cute Mimetite.
Super crystals of the rare Copper Arsenate Euchorite from the type locality. The color and form are especially nice on this thumbnail, there is a slight translucence and classic waxy luster. Examination with good magnification finds a few tiny rough spots and the backside is incomplete, but by naked eye the condition is excellent. Though not perfect the quality for this rare specie is still very fine and not often available. A slightly bent or curved aspect to some faces is noted as was often the case in the larger crystals in the type locality. These crystals are very large for the locality and for the specie. An older specimen, Ex Rejl collection.
HOLD Fluorite - USA Classic
stock #HOLD 18-AX-20-222
William Wise Mine
6.6 x 4.8 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
A rich deep green frosted octahedral Fluorite crystal from the Wise Mine (New Hampshire, USA). This is one of the oldest Fluorite mines in the Americas and a classic locality known for this unique green color, since the 1870's, mined commercially since the 1890 and closed by 1919. Wise Fluorites are immediately recognizable, the form, luster and color set these apart. This is far better than typical, there are some edge modification faces and a sprinkle of Quartz that adds sparkle. Aside from the area where this was removed (the base is contacted as seen) the condition is very good and excellent for this famed old locale.
Stacked skeletal cubes and modified cubo-octahedra forming a curved "monster" of Galena. Remarkable geometric structures in a complex structure. This is mostly Galena but dark Sphalerite and white Quartz are a nice contrasting matrix. Matte metallic luster and slightly melted edges on one side of the specimen with a brighter and sharper display on the opposite side. In fine undamaged condition, this is a far better in person, a striking and unusually esthetic Galena from finds in 2015. A choice modern classic.
Deep, vivid color Fluorite cubes are arranged in elongated chained structures having formed over crystals of Stibnite that are now gone. The hollow spaces left by the Stibnite are seen only on the back of the specimen. On the backside the Fluorites are coated with tiny white Calcite crystals. This specimen was illustrated in two mineral publications and in the "Whats new in St Marie" video production. This was a very exciting small find a few years ago but now these are no longer being found. Striking color and wonderful form, a different sort of Fluorite that is a choice addition to any good Suite.
A classic Barite with red Hematite inclusions that is decorated with transparent Calcites. These Calcites are also included by Hematite and are very glassy. The Hematite is selectively deposited or zoned which is distinctive for this old English locality. A little minor bruising keep the price reasonable while the display quality is excellent.
Piedras Parado, Las Vigas
7.8 x 4 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
A sizable, slightly bulging Amethyst crystal on matrix from Veracruz. The habit looks very much like Namibian Quartz but this is from the famed finds at Las Vigas, and is a bit unusual for the locale. In fine condition, no damage at all and filled with internal bubbles, the termination is transparent and slightly zoned. An older specimen that is unlike any of the recent finds and displays very well, better in person.
Fine transparent crystals of olive green Epidote clustered in a pocket on a Rodingite matrix. Ex Glenn Petrie and Brizzi Giancarlo, (labels included), this specimen is dated March 1982. Most crystals are sharply terminated but some are incomplete due to being contacted. The luster is bright and glassy as is expected on any good alpine Epidote.