Super form and esthetics for this distinctive style apatite! Rich pink Apatite crystals are in stacked epitaxial arrangements. From a small recent find at La Marina emerald mine. The last time this style of Apatite was found was over 8 years ago. We had the good fortune to purchase a pocket at that time and several of those specimens were later illustrated in the Mineralogical Record, Lapis special edition etc. This small lot from the new find is of the same quality and habit as the earlier, now classic and unavailable material. The display face of the specimen is in fine condition, there is a clean contact on the reverse side and a break at the base where this was removed but not visible in any normal display angle. This is the best we have seen of this style from the new find.
Fluorite on Quartz
Huayllapon Mine, Pasto Bueno District
Pallasca Province, Ancash Department,
4.7 x 3.6 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
A very esthetic 90s vintage specimen of very sharp clear Quartz hosting rounded Fluorite crystals with delicate blue color. After this one time Peruvian find there were no more of these and they are now only seen when collections are turned over. The main Quartz had the distinctive three sided termination and a 1.3 CM Fluorite with a yellowish phantom. Choice.
From the now famed La Marina Mine this is a more rare habit of elongated prism Apatite. Sharp, choice, and with great color, this deposit more typically had flattened equant or stretched tabular forms. From the recent find this is the best example of the form we have seen.
Elbaite - gem grade crystal
Resplendor Mine - Doce Valley
4.9 x .8 x .4 CM (miniature)
Sharp, pure gem clear grade with fine green to blue green color. The photos have a very slight backlighting, with a stronger backlight this crystal glows intensely and shows some blue zones as well. In fine condition as seen with top notch glass-like luster internally flawless and super clear. Older material from the famed Resplendor Mine, there has not been any like this available for some time.
A fine, perfect complete floater gem crystal with no damage at all. Fine clarity and color with the elegant etching found only from the Valodarsk Pegmatite. Just under 7 grams and 100 percent facet grade. These have gotten to be very expensive on the market and much less available in affordable smaller specimens.
Smithsonite on Galena
4 x 3.3 x 2.9 CM (miniature)
Outstanding esthetics, in fine condition a very choice Tsumeb piece. The matrix is the classic type of Tsumeb Galena with small areas of Cerussite best seen with magnification. The Smithsonites contrast nicely with the matrix. Colorless to very pale pink hues on crystals reaching 1.7 cm with fine transparency as well. Displays with great impact despite the small size!
A simple esthetic arrangement of Schorl and Fluorite on a plate of tiny Microcline crystals. Nice color contrast, excellent condition and an affordable cute display miniature.
Fluorite in Quartz
Miandrivazo Dept. Menabe region, Tulear
8.3 x 2.3 x 1.7 CM (cabinet)
A sharp Quartz prism hosting many small crystals of purple/blue Fluorite from the find about 12 years ago. Now quite rare but when these were available most were much smaller, damaged and had some faces lapped or ground to show the inclusions. This is fully natural, in good condition and quite large. The Fluorite inclusions are easily seen and the surfaces are nicely etched with geometric patterns visible with magnification.