An old classic, a dark schist matrix hosting several vivid green hexagonal crystals. Very good transparency on the most prominent prism, these tiny gem crystals are nicely scattered, exposed and terminated with flat faces. An old collection number (313) on the specimen indicates this was likely from the Lechner Collection. The original European labels are lost but this has the Immer Cook label from the early 1960's when he was the neighbor to the Schortmann Brothers mineral dealership. One small crystal is bi-colored with a white zone. Though the crystals are tiny they stand out well from the dark matrix.
Cubanite with Calcite
Henderson Number 2, Chibougamau
1.8 x 1.5 x 1.1 CM (thumbnail)
new year 2021
A fully twinned Cubanite crystal from the great find at Chibougamau almost 25 years ago. This Cubanite has a small spray of flat Calcite crystals on one corner giving a nice accent. There is no matrix. A circle of an iridescent alteration in the very center of the radiating arms is quite unusual. This patina is the classic brassy golden metallic. The front side is complete all around with the radiating point off center but crystallized on the fat edge. The back is contacted though not broken and about 50% complete. One small chip is noted on the display face that is visible by naked eye but can be hidden by creative mounting. Cubanite is very delicate and some damage is normal, this is not perfect but has far less than most. The find at this mine (Henderson #2) was by far the greatest ever with the best Cubanite crystals ever seen. These are only available from old collections and the most desirable are the flat twinned crystals that show the radiating or star striations.
Vesuvianite - emerald green
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.5 x 2.7 x 1.6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
new year 2021
Two generations of deep green Vesuvianites. The larger crystals are a mid to dark green with darker cores. The smaller crystals are a deep emerald green with pointed terminations. All of these crystals have brilliant glassy luster and are transparent to translucent. Vesuvianite of this intense color is only known from one locality, the Jeffrey Mine of Quebec. The emerald green is one of the rarest colors from this legendary locality. This has sometimes been called Chrome Vesuvianite though there is no clear proof that Chrome causes this color. The largest crystals have some old breaks or contacts that have rehealed and recrystallized at the terminations so from some angles they look broken. Some smaller crystals have damage seen with a loupe but the specimen still looks very good by naked eye. Usually Vesuvianites of this color is very expensive, this piece is priced well bellow the market in consideration of the imperfections but it still displays well.
Elbaite (Rubellite) with Lepidolite
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill,Mesa Grande District, San Diego County
2.1 x 1.5 x 1.2 CM (thumbnail)
new year 2021
A fine, super colorful thumbnail Tourmaline from the Larry White collection. Great condition, gemmy transparency and vivid pink to red color that contrast with the purple Lepidolite. This is currently mounted on one of Larry's handmade wooden bases but it can easily be removed if desired. A slight bend near the termination and some color zoning add extra interest. In addition the crystal shows a very good dichroic color shift in polarized light. Choice small thumbnail. A classic USA gem crystal, esthetic, and even nicer in person.
SOLD Luzonite with Pyrite
stock #SOLD 20.1-913
Chinkuashih Mine, Ruifang District
New Taipei City,
4.9 x 4.1 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
new year 2021
An excellent specimen of this uncommon Copper specie with dozens of crystals in close association with Pyrite. In some spots the Luzonite has completely encased the Pyrite crystals. Many of the crystals resemble Stannite clusters; Luzonite is a member of the Stannite group so the resemblance is not that surprising. In fine condition with several sharp and complete crystals up to 3 MM that are well-defined. This was previously in the William Hladysz collection. An attractive specimen of this fairly rare mineral only known in good crystals from very few localities.
The rare mineral Herbertsmithite has its type locality in Chile but was previously found in Anarak, Iran, and was called Anarakite. This was never well studied or described until later when it was found to be the newly described Herbertsmithite. The specie has made a lot of news recently as it has been found to have unique properties that some are calling a new form of matter. Aside from that fame this is an attractive mineral here in bright green sparkling micro crystals. The matrix is a gossan with Wulfenite and other species adding contrast. There is some Gypsum as well, crystallized over some of the Herbertsmithite which is visible inside. There is a lot of interesting reading available online about the properties of this very odd and rare mineral. This is a nice and affordable example. Ex Andy and Ruth Palmer collection.
Imiter Mine, Imiter Mining Dist., Tinghir Province
10.2 x 7.1 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
A large specimen richly covered on both sides with hundreds of brilliant Proustite crystals. This shows perfectly why this specie is called Ruby Silver, the crystals are all transparent, gemmy and sparkling red. The vivid color and bright luster of the transparent prisms stands out against the dark matrix. Ex David Lloyd collection, in outstanding fine condition with a few small blebs of Silver seen with magnification. From the early finds of Proustite at Imiter that were a great sensation in the mineral world. Prior to this find Proustite was only available from a few old classic Silver localities in Chile and Europe, they were (and are) treasured and expensive rarities. The Moroccan find had allowed collectors with less deep pockets to have fine specimens of this "noble" mineral.
A superb and complex specimen of Wulfenite from the important find of 2018 in Yazd Province, Iran. The Wulfenite crystals are quite large for this find, up to 2.8 CM across. These are now partly coated by White Calcite and dusted with tiny black crystals of Plattnerite and a few small Mimetites. The Wulfenites from this ancient Lead mine are unique in the world, the forms and associations are different from any others. This is in remarkably fine condition as very few were so intact. The form is quite sculptural and the complexity adds a lot of visual interest. An excellent addition to any suite of Wulfenites or Lead minerals.