Mamuju area, Sulawesi Barat province
8.5 x 4.9 x 4 CM (cabinet)
Pre Holiday 2017
There is a lot of Manakarra "grape" Chalcedony in the market, but some specimens do stand out. This is complete piece, a floater, undamaged and with fine form. The color ranges from a brilliant wet look purple to a more subdued lilac hue. A dusting of tiny green Quartz adds extra sparkle. Very affordable for this quality, displays well on all sides
Rhodochrosite with Stilbite
Starnitsa Deposit, Davidkovo, Rhodope Mts.
4.4 x 4.2 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
Pre Holiday 2017
A well formed, brightly colored Rhodochrosite with the unusual associated Stilbite crystals. This comes from the Bulgarian region better known for metallic sulphides and fine Galena. This is from a small find in 2009, but not available to the market until 2015. In excellent condition, the contrast and bright pink color make an attractive display unlike most Bulgarian minerals that are not very colorful. The supply of these is now exhausted and
Gem blue-green crystals of Indicolite (Elbaite) standing free from contrasting matrix from early finds at Pederneira. Esthetic arrangement, the Tourmalines have complex multi-pointed terminations that may be recrystallized. One smaller crystal is broken and there is what looks like one small repair, but the larger prisms are fine and undamaged. Nearly all of these have many repairs but this smaller one seems a lot more intact than most. The longest crystal is 3.7 CM. Larger specimens of this color and habit are seen in top collections and sell at the very top of the spectrum. This more modest piece has a strong display character and is an excellent value.
Anglesite -gemmy single crystal
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
1.6 x .8 x .4 CM (thumbnail)
Pre Holiday 2017
Perfect, transparent single Anglesite crystal with the top 2/3 rds bright yellow. From the great finds at Touissit that produced the very best Anglesites even found. Choice thumbnail, the color on this is fully natural. Some of these were treated to enhance color in the 1980s but the results left a telltale dull luster. This is a clean glassy, natural thumbnail with no issues!
From a late 2015 find at this old mine, came some fine yellow Fluorites with dark phantoms. On this piece, many faces are dusted with tiny Chalcopyrite crystals adding an extra sparkle. In very good condition on the display side the back is contacted and incomplete. The small plate of matrix adds a nice contrast, and the corners and edges are sharp and clear. Largest cube is 3.3 CM diagonal in size and glows well with backlighting.
A well formed cluster of Pyrrhotite crystals showing the in process alteration on several faces. The terminations are unaltered and have the typical brassy color. This is a 1960 vintage specimen from Santa Eulalia which at that time produced many Pyrrhotites. These are now rare on the market. In good complete condition although the main crystal shows separations from altering, and would have eventually split apart, so this shows well a midstage transition.
Attractive and with an unusual esthetic, this is a densely packed matrix of lilac color Apatite. An older specimen from the classic Harvard Quarry in Maine, The druzy Quartz matrix hosts hundreds of small but perfect Apatites most being doubly terminated. In perfect condition and showing well the paragenesis of this locale, this was in the collection of the late Larry White. Two older labels give the locality as Mt Apatite (a more famous locale often incorrectly cited) but those labels are not correct, it is confirmed by Dr. Carl Francis and others as absolutely a classic Harvard piece. Choice and very rare in such fine quality.
A fine, vintage classic specimen of very large Pyromorphite crystals that are partly altered to Galena but are mostly still Pyro. The Kautenbach mine is one of the most distinctive of all European locales and the Galena Pseudomorphs are highly prized. Pyromorphite in sharp hexagons to 2.5 CM across with some zones of Galena coatings and alterations. The oldest label lists a date of 1880, and this is in remarkable condition given that age. Most crystal faces are sharp and complete but some minor edge wear is present. Excellent patina, the Pyro crystals are huge for the location and about as large as were found. Perhaps not a "beautiful" mineral specimen but to many collectors these old Pyros are real treasures. Choice.