Daoping Mine, Gongcheng County, Guilin Prefecture
10 x 6.4 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
A sizable, deep green color Pyromorphite from the modern classic locale of Daoping. From the now famous finds that started in 2000, this is an older specimen of a style that is no longer being found. This habit came from the lower adits that have been closed for a while, some newer specimens come from the upper areas but most recent finds are altered to Plumbogummite. In fine condition, the only damage is a few chipped crystals on the outer edges, but the rest of the specimen is in fine condition and has bright wet-look luster. The deep forest green color is not seen in recent finds, this is a choice example of what was probably the greatest Pyromorphite discovery of all time. Better in person.
Andradite- Ex Carter Rich
Nance Pegmatite mine, Moneta Forest, Bedford County
3.2 x 3.6 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
A single crystal of Andradite Garnet from this little known Virginia locality. Ex Carter Rich specimen, it is rare to see any good pegmatite specimens from this area of Virginia. The crystal is about 70% complete, there is a contact area on one edge and backside but from the front side most faces are sharp and show good form. Cater had offered this specimen for sale in 2009 for 550.00 he considered it significant.
A fine old Cornish specimen with a large spray of Torbernite (4 CM across) nicely perched on matrix. Great history with previous owners Hugh Ford, J. Cilen, Larry Conklin and John H. Marshall collections. This was advertised for sale by Larry Conklin for 250.00 fourty years ago. The specimen is certainly older than these collections (the Ford Label can be dated between 1946-1957). This mine dates back to the 1500 era as a copper mine later worked for Tungsten. Many other species were found there in later years including a few fine Torbernites many of the best can be seen in the British Museum. This piece is quite choice.
Spangolite with Brochantite, Barite etc
Blanchard Mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Socorro County
8.2 x 6.3 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
A complex specimen with a mix of bright blue Spangolite crystals in several patches mixed with Brochantites. The Spangolites are sharp and gemmy under good magnification, the matrix is quite colorful and more rich than typical from this great USA locality. Typically Spangolite is a micro mineral in most collections, this has enough good coverage to be visible by naked eye but certainly far more beautiful under magnification.
A large plate of complex Fluorites crystals mixed with multiple minerals including Rhodochrosite Rhombs, Sphalerite, Quartz and misc Sulphides. The Fluorites are mostly a pale purple to almost colorless but a few smaller crystals have a distinct pink color caused by being formed on top of Rhodochrosite. Nearly all the crystals on this plate are lightly frosted and have a slightly "melted" look. This locality is located on the same mountain as the famed Sweet Home and Detroit City Mines. This locality is a small propect with minimal devolopment has been worked for specimens by a small crew for a few weeks each year. They choose to not name or provide exact location of the site to protect it. The Fluorites are clearly different in habit from most that come from the mountain and the overall esthetics of this piece are quite choice.
A super example of this classic Pseudomorph with excellent sharp form and intense blue-green color. The Chrysocolla has completely replaced the Malachite which had replaced rosettes of Azurite. These rosettes are perfectly preserved. As a bonus the matrix on this is heavily sprinkled with small, gem clear Wulfenite crystals. The last find of this habit was in 1985, the mine is long closed and no more are to be had. These Chrysocolla rosettes have excellent sharp detail, waxy luster and the incredible color. Choice.
Witherite on Fluorite
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
2.8 x 2.6 x 1.8 CM (thumbnail)
A complete ivory colored Witherite crystal sitting on a blue crystalline Fluorite showing classic form. From the famed Minerva #1 Mine, this is a well formed thumbnail specimen in very good condition. The faces of the Witherite have the characteristic tiny stepped structures that are so definitive for this locality.