SOLD Linarite on Barite
stock #SOLD 20.1-630
Blanchard Mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Socorro County
5.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 CM (cabinet)
Dense cluster of electric blue Linarite crystals laying on a Barite and Quartz matrix. A classic USA locality, the Blanchard Mine was one of the world's best sources of Linarite. This is a nice example, with unusually rich coverage and with crystals to almost 2 CM in an intergrown mass. Collected by Les Hitchings in 1967, the striations on the long Linarite crystals have a bright wet look luster and are highly reflective.
A fine Yaogangxian multi-specie specimen hosting a prominent Siderite crystal perched on sparkling purple Fluorites. In excellent condition, we do not see much good Siderite from this famed locale that is better known for world class Fluorites and Sulfides. There are small crystals of several other species present as well as is typical from this locality, a comprehensive label can get quite long! Ex Shields and Frances Flynn collection, an excellent example of the specie from this iconic locale.
Amethyst - Grape Chalcedony/Agate
Manakarra, Mumuju area, Sulawesi Barat Province
6.3 x 5.7 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
One of the most exciting and attractive finds of the past few years were these "Grape Agates" or Chalcedony spheres from Sulawesi. Now more correctly called botryoidal Amethyst, this material is unique in the mineral world and can be incredibly attractive. This is a select piece, well-formed on all sides with the desirable bicolor (green and purple) areas. The color on this piece is a good deep grape purple and the "front" is also covered with drusy Quartz that adds the most desired sparkling luster. In fine condition as seen, better specimens from this find are among the best values on the mineral market today, however recent mining has not been producing much of the higher quality.
Cinnabar with Stibnite
Red Devil Mercury Mine, Red Devil, Bethel Borough
8.8 x 6 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
From the Alaskan locality of the Red Devil Mine, this is a super rich specimen with many Cinnabar crystals on a matrix of Stibnite and Quartz crystals. The coverage is quite dense on this piece, Cinnabars can be seen on every side and part of the matrix. Some are fairly complete and sharp, all have rich red color. The Stibnites are over 4 CM long though a bit crude. Ex Les Hitchings collection; Les lived near this mine for several years and had the best specimens I know of from the locality, this is a top piece and a USA classic but not often seen on the market.
A very rich, sizable specimen of the uncommon Copper Sulfate Spangolite from the famed Blanchard Mine. The Spangolite is covering a quite large area with a few small zones of Brochantite crystals. The mineralized zone on this piece is much larger than the usual tiny patches. This piece has substantial areas of sparkling blue Spangolite with hundreds of tiny, gem clear crystals. The hard rock matrix gives a nice jagged contrast to the mineralized faces. Ex John Buckley collection, this is a far, far better than typical specimen from this classic and well-respected locality. This is one of the very few pieces that looks fine on a display shelf and also amazing under a microscope.
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire
2.5 x 1.9 x 1.7 CM (thumbnail)
Thumbnail of sharp, well-formed transparent milky Catapleiite crystals in a cluster with Aegirine, Siderite etc. From the iconic locality of Mt. St. Hilaire, the largest crystal is just over 1.1 CM across. At this location there were several habits found over the years, most seemed to be stacked, rosette or bladed crystals not often transparent. The euhedral gemmy crystals like this are most desirable as textbook clear examples of the specie.
Fluorite with Calcite
Orismuhle Quarry, Seltisberg, Liestal
7.3 x 3.8 x 3 CM (cabinet)
Not often available for sale, especially outside of Europe, this is a choice specimen from the Orismuhle Quarry in Liestal, Switzerland. The Fluorites are sharp honey-yellow to orange cubes. The Fluorites are set among sharp scalenohedral Calcite crystals that add a good contrast. In good condition overall the largest cube is 1.3 CM across diagonally. The specimen is well trimmed section of a vug that has preserved most of crystals inside well. Excellent addition to a serious world Fluorite suite and certainly unlike most well-known Swiss Fluorites.
Beryl var. Aquamarine
Erongo Mountain, Karibib
2.4 x 1. x 1 CM (thumbnail)
Choice Aqua thumbnail with fine color from Erongo. A single mostly gem-clear Aquamarine crystal stands on a Microcline matrix with some small Schorl crystals as well. In excellent, undamaged condition, most of the Aquamarine is transparent with the top half having fine clarity. These Erongo Aquamarines are found every few years and are good value for quality to price.