Fluorite on Schorl/ Elbaite
Hohenstein Massif, Omaruru District
6.6 x 3.8 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
A pair of Tourmaline crystals decorated with several globular Fluorites. The Fluorites are included by hairlike Tourmalines that are a light green hue. From The slopes of the Hohenstein Massif in the Erongo, this is a likely a mixture of green Elbaite and Black Schorl Tourmaline. A very unusual arrangement and a nice setting for the transparent Fluorites.
An old, somewhat crude cluster of small colorless and larger purple Apatite crystals. The biggest Apatite is 1.8 CM across which is the largest I know of for the locale. From the Mount Rubellite Quarries an old but less famous Maine location for Apatites. Some chipping, crude edges and contacts are noted but the color, huge crystal size and low price help compensate for imperfections.
A rosette like cluster of flat blocky style Apophyllite crystals to 4.5 CM diameter. Glassy and lustroust with pleasing form and in fine condition from an old collection, this is pre 1950 but likely much older. Classic style and locality, this is a choice, esthetic example.
8.6 x 7.6 X 4 CM (cabinet)
A choice, very old English specimen with a long provenance. Ex James G. Manchester collection (author Minerals of NY City and its Environs) later in the John Marshall collection. Green clear Fluorite crystals are dusted with tiny sparkling transparent doubly terminated Quartz. Some well formed small Galenas add a nice contrast. In very good condition, most of the main Fluorites are damage free and a very few others have tiny bruises. For the age this is in incredible shape.
Rich red, lustrous and in very good condition, this is a fine thumbnail from Red cloud that is fully terminated on all sides. Complete crystals like this are quite rare. There are two tiny (under 3 MM) areas of attached matrix that were the points of attachment for this to form from, a near perfect "floater". One tiny contact from another Wulfenite is noted on one side but no chipping or damage. An American classic with textbook form.
Bright metalic large crystals in an esthetic cluster well exposed and isolated on matrix. Nearly pure Skutterudite with just a few specks of contrasting white Calcite. Modern classics, Moroccan specimens of this calibre are world class, and by far the best of the specie. Better in person this is a striking piece in hand with sharp definitions.
A striking and odd habit, the "jigsaw puzzel faced" Fluorites from a small find in 2002 at the Taolin mine. An incredible form- these faces are 3 dimensional, zoned and etched and have color epitaxially on the outsides of the etched forms. We obtained just a few of these in China at that time, but I never saw more. We sold all of those specimens many years ago and this one recently returned in a collection. Contacted on the back but the front and sides are in fine condition, undamaged. Very strange and rare early vintage Chinese specimen.
A very well formed, sharp, transparent yellow Fluorite with purple and blue zoning. From a classic Erzgebirge area mine but from a recently collected picket. Better in person this backlights very well too, (strongly backlit photos are quite misleading, these photos are more typical of normal display conditions). Well composed and esthetic this is an excellent German Fluorite.