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stock #12.1-094
Karur
Tamil Nadu, India
5.7 x 4.9 x 1.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $280
new year 2021

A radiating circular spray of Amethyst crystals that forms a flower-like form. These flowers or suns, as they are also called, are well-known from Irai in Brazil but less well-known from Tamil Nadu in India. The Indian examples often have richer color and brighter luster, but are smaller than the Brazilian pieces. This is a choice Indian piece with excellent form, vivid color and luster, in excellent condition. Very close examination will reveal that many of the crystals a included with tiny needle crystals of golden and red color Rutile. These are still sometimes found in small quantities but the best were found in 2012, this piece is from that period.

Quartz - doubly terminated tessin habit
stock #15.1-502
Ganesh Himal
Dhading, Nepal
4.2 x 2.8 x .8 CM (miniature)
price: $80
new year 2021

Very slender Tessin habit Quartz included by Chlorite. A very delicate specimen with the main crystal doubly terminated and hosting two branching smaller crystals. In excellent condition as seen, the proportions are remarkable too, the thickest part of the main crystal is just 2.5 MM. This piece is from a find in 2015 in the incredible Alpine clefts of Ganesh Himal. There were quite a few nice Tessins in the find but most had damage or were not complete. This is a textbook example of this rather uncommon habit.

Cerussite and Anglesite on Galena
stock #16.1-527
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oriental Region, Morocco
8.9 x 7.3 x 2.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $350
new year 2021

Cerussite has an incredibly bright refractive index (greater than diamond) so this plate of gemmy, unaltered crystals is striking in person. From Touissit the condition is superb, the crystals have glassy faces, a multitude of forms and contrast well with the dark matrix. There are a few Anglesite crystals present as well and the matrix is a heavy mass of Galena. Most Cerussite is milky or has an altered surface, but gemmy crystals like this are only found in a few localities (all of which are closed). Impossible to capture the brilliant sparkling in a photo but in person this is really impressive.

Barite (Baryte) - gemmy crystal included by Coronadite
stock #16.1-077
Rosh Pinah Mine, Rosh Pinah, Luderitz District
Karas Region, Namibia
5 x 3.8 x1.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $300
new year 2021

A golden Barite single crystal with excellent clarity and glassy luster. From finds about 5 years ago at Rosh Pinah, this crystal is included by dozens of perfectly spherical Coronadite balls, and a few are also seen on the exterior as well. These are best appreciated with some magnification which also reveals the zoned nature of the inclusions. Most of the Barite at Rosh Pinah were slender or leafy crystals, this is unusual from just one pocket with this stout form. In excellent condition, some contacting on the lower parts is noted but no damage, the faces are sharp and glassy.

Creedite (purple crystals)
stock #12.1-236
San Antonio Mine
Chihuahua, Mexico
5.3 x 4.7 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $320
new year 2021

A well-crystallized older purple Creedite from the 1970 vintage find at Santa Eulalia in the San Antonio Mine. The individual Creedite crystals are glassy lustrous, transparent, in perfect condition and unusually well isolated. The matrix is a dark gossan that adds a nice contrast to the bright Creedites. Ex Glenn Nicol collection. The dark matrix is unusual from this locale, I have only ever seen one other example. Mexican Purple Creedites are far more rare than the orange crystals from Navidad, and good pieces are very hard to come by in recent years.

SOLD Microcline var. Amazonite
stock #SOLD 15.1-599
Bear Creek Canyon, Colorado Springs area
Colorado, United States
2.1 x 2 x 1.6 CM (thumbnail)
price: $0
new year 2021

A bright blue green thumbnail of top color. A Colorado classic this was in the Warren Johansson collection obtained in the late 1930's. An older label from J.P. Osborne and son of Colorado Springs accompanies the specimen. The locality of Bear Springs Canyon in the area of Colorado Springs is not a known or published source of Microcline, so this may be an old error or a rare specimen from a lost locality. Either way this has a very bright deep color that is not typical and more vivid in person.

Mimetite var. Campylite
stock #16.1-367
Dry Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells
Cumberland, Cumbria, England
4.9 x2.8 x 1.4 CM (miniature)
price: $130
new year 2021

A cute miniature specimen with classic curved crystals of mustard-green Mimetite. The Mimetites contrast well with the matrix and have a good "wet" luster. From the famed Dry Gill locality that was at one time the most important source for the Campylite habit. These are now classics in the mineral world and this is an good value for textbook example of the curved barrel shaped crystals.

SOLD Malachite on Cuprite
stock #SOLD 20.1-870
Onganja Mine, Windhoek District
Khomas Region, Namibia
4.3 x 3.9 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
price: $0
new year 2021

A modern classic, a sharp Cuprite octahedron is coated by a druse of crystalline Malachite, and rests on a contrasting Calcite matrix. The Cuprite crystal has very three dimensional relief from the crystallized Calcite background. Close exam of the matrix Calcite crystals shows many are included by bright red Cuprite and a few small bits of native Copper. The Malachite encrustations are a bit thicker and more sharply crystallized than the usual thin coatings. Onganja Cuprites are unique and are often quite expensive, matrix specimens are much less common. Choice and in fine condition.