Fluorite in clusters of etched, rounded octahedral crystals with rich 'jelly bean' green color on a complex matrix. Crystals are transparent to translucent and glow brightly when backlit. Overall in fine condition there is just a small cleaved crystal on the edge of the back side, the display face is perfect. These etched Fluorites from the Hohenstein pegmatite are unique and can have some remarkable forms. This cluster is displayable from several angles and offers an unusual yet esthetic composition. The specimen was extracted with hard hand labor by the 'small miners' collective in 2017. Super attractive in person.
Meteorite (Iron Meteorite) 536 Grams
Meteor Crater (Canyon Diablo Crater), Windslow, Coconino County
9 x 4.8 x 3.9 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
A sizable and hefty (536 grams) chunk of Iron (Canyon Diablo) from the famed Meteor Crater of Arizona. This was collected April 3rd, 1940 by Severn Brown, at that time this was called Canyon Diablo hence the name of the Meteorites from this locality. Nice patina overall and some bright metallic areas. Some oxidation is noted, this is usually removed by wire brush when these are sold but we have left this as is in the natural state. This famed locality had produced many Meteorite fragments over the past 110 years, these are now rather uncommon in larger sizes like this. Specimens can be found on line priced from $1.00-8.00 per gram in smaller sizes, larger pieces are usually quite a lot more..
A well-crystallized plate of Fairfieldite crystals with fine, well-formed platy habit. In very good condition overall, these are quite large crystals for the specie and the locality. Below these are barrel shaped Apatite crystals with a brown to pink hue. The Apatite is fluorescent. This piece was in the Ruth and Andy Palmer collection and later in William Hladysz collection. The Foote Mine had at one time produced many different rare Phosphates and some of the best Fairfieldites of the USA, these in many habits. The mine was also well-known for diverse and excellent Apatites. The Fairfieldites are unusually large and choice for the Foote Mine..
Kyanite on Quartz
Barra do Salinas Mining District, Coronel Murta
9 x 6.4 x 2.2 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
Intense bright blue crystals of Kyanite are clinging to a small matrix of Quartz and Kyanite. These crystals are transparent to translucent, they glow an intense blue with just a little backlight. The specimen is shown with a mild backlight in these photos. In excellent condition these have sharp terminations and some slight color zoning. Kyanite is not a rare mineral and quite a lot comes from Brazil, but such fine, complete undamaged crystals that are so well-positioned are quite rare. Far better impact in person, a very choice Kyanite from the find a few years ago at Barra do Salinas in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
A choice, flawless crystal that is fully transparent and has complex internal crazing. Incredibly lustrous. A competition level thumbnail that is undamaged on all sides. The color of this Vesuvianite is unlike nearly all greens from the Jeffrey Mine, it is a dark asparagus green with yellow highlights. Jeffrey Mine Vesuvianites are thought by many to be by far the best in the world. The locality has produced many habits and vivid colors, this will be a fine addition to any Jeffrey suite or just as a fine quality thumbnail.
Grossular - gemmy crystals
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
2.2 x 2 x .6 CM (thumbnail)
new year 2021
Thumbnail specimen of fine transparent Garnet. These are well-defined, isolated and brilliantly lustrous. The Garnets are perched on a very thin plate of matrix, all show glassy striations on the larger faces. From the great Jeffrey Mine, this thumbnail is a fine but scaled-down version of larger specimens that can cost a fortune when available.
Quartz - optically clear
Peñas Blancas, San Pablo de Borbur
5.3 x 3.7 x 2.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
new year 2021
Some of the world's clearest and most perfect Quartz has come from the finds in the ridge above the Peñas Blancas Emerald Mines in Boyacá, Colombia. This is an incredibly clean highly lustrous example, one of a small carefully selected suite we obtained at the mine. The luster is brilliant and almost impossible to see in a photograph. This zone has recently produced a lot of good to fine Quartz but very close exam finds that there are very few truly perfect examples, nearly all have at least some chips or rough spots on terminations. This is a remarkably limpid and flawless piece that can act as a prism to make rainbows. Nothing like the average material from here, this is textbook perfect. As is sometimes seen at this locale this piece has some extra faces in corners adding some nice modifications.
A chain of linked line of apple-green Garnets on a Rodingite/Serpentine matrix. The specimen is from the old locality of Val Malenco and was collected prior to 1905. The form and color of these Andradites are classic and immediately recognizable. In very good condition as seen, just one very small chip is noted, the crystals reach up to 1.3 CM in a 4.7 CM line. The luster is waxy and the crystals are all transparent to translucent. In person the color is close to a good deep Peridot hue.