Wulfenite with Calcite
Ahmad Abad Mine
6.2 x 5.1 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
Very thin, delicate crystals of yellow Wulfenite with some orange centers. Small balls of white Calcite are scattered on these blades and in some cases there are tiny lines of crystals on the edges of the Wulfenites. In fine condition, despite the obvious fragility all of the main crystals and most of the small ones are perfect and undamaged. This is from the unusual discovery at a small, ancient lead mine in Yazd Province, Iran. The crystals have several habits and are both pointed and with flat edges. The color in person is quite vivid. This was an important find and the Wulfenites were huge mineral news when these emerged, these are unlike any others ever discovered. This piece is far above the average quality and choice for the locale.
A large, complete Prehnite ball that is well-crystallized on all sides. The radiating crystals are quite lustrous, mostly a dark blue- green and with a few scattered clear Calcites adding extra contrast. The largest individual Prehnites are almost 2 CM, though most are about 1 CM. The condition is exceptional, undamaged and the overall esthetics are impressive from many angles. This piece is from the major find in 2018 and well above average for quality.
Hedyphane on Calcite
stock #20.1 -885
San Carlos Mine, Municipio de Maunuel Benavidas
7.8 x 4.7 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
A rich and fine specimen of rarely seen specie from a find in the late 1960 era. Lustrous, bright yellow Hedyphane crystals are clustered in radiating groups and tufts on Calcite. The San Carlos Mine has had some sporadic and typically small discoveries of fine minerals over the last 70 years. Most recently were the world class Vanadinites found in 2018. Hedyphane is quite rare here, it is known mostly in nice micro crystals but almost no "naked eye" specimens exist. This piece is an exception with clearly visible sparkling crystals on a large area. For any suite of Mexican, Lead, or San Carlos minerals this is a very nice addition. From the Ruth and Andy Palmer species collection that was gathered in collaboration with Dr. Joe Manderino.
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..
Fairfieldite on Apatite - USA classic
Foote Mine, Kings Mountain District, Cleveland County
8 X 5.3 x 3 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
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.