Silver - wires with Quartz
Cobalt, Gowganda region, Timiskaming District
6.9 x 5.9 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Silver wires with tiny Quartz crystals coating and encasing some of the Silver. From the prolific Cobalt area this specimen is fairly old, it was sold by the Schortmann Brothers in the early 1960 era. The Quartz undermagnification is a sparkling druze of doubly terminated crystals many of which have a Cumberland habit. Close exam of the matrix shows that there is a lot more silver unclosed under layers of Quartz. The exposed area of wires is a dense nest with a few slender hairs rising to about 3 CM long. A choice, delicate and esthetic piece which looks better the more it is examined.
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley
Gilgit, Northern Areas,
5 x 4.8 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A slightly zoned and lightly etched pink Fluorite octahedron from early finds at Chumar Bakhoor. Some of the corners also show a stepped overgrowth with a smoother texture. In fine condition on the display sides, the back is contacted from the matrix and has a little adhering Mica, none of which is seen from the front. The crystal is translucent to transparent and will glow brightly when backlit. Pink Fluorites with this sort of etching are almost exclusively found in Alpine type clefts and this is no exception. In person the color is a more vivid than can be seen in the photos. Good pink Fluorites are prized and often very costly. This is a choice piece and a good value.
Covellite with Pyrite and Quartz
Leonard Mine, Butte, Silver Bow County
4.8 x 4.3 x 3 CM (miniature)
While Covellite is a fairly common Copper mineral, crystals are very rare and good crystals are really only known from two locales (Italy and Butte) both locales are gone forever, these are true classics. A nice old Leonard Mine Covellite with several free standing crystals and choice patina. Our understanding is this is a 1940's or earlier vintage. The Covellites on this piece are of the thin blade type, very delicate and are well-intergrown. The iridescence is a purple to blue with some reddish hints, this displays especially well under strong lighting as the metallic patina is very bright. Much better in person.
Mina Navidad, Abasolo, Rodeo
5.2 x 3.2 x 3.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Radiating cluster of very distinct Creedite crystals that are free standing, reaching nearly 3 CM tall. Aside from the much larger than usual crystals, this has very rich color, some transparency and fine luster. Mina Navidad has been the source of nearly all good orange Creedites, a mineral usually colorless or brown (rarely purple) and usually in much smaller crystals. This is far above average miniature, excellent for the size and especially esthetic.