A nice bit of natural mineral sculpture. This single gem crystal is doubly terminated with the "jagged mountain peak" habit and is beautifully etched. The whole has been completely recrystallized and is a perfect floater, there is no damage. Fully transparent with striated prism faces, this looks great from any angle and of course has the strong dichroism that this type of Spodumene is known for.
A crazy unusual Fluorite that has an incredible odd crystallization. The whole piece is a mixture of slightly twisting "strands" of linked chain-like growths of crystals that looks "melted". Some of the strands host larger, textbook examples of spinel-twinned Fluorites some of which are color zoned. The whole mass is transparent to translucent, and when backlit is a mixture of purple, green and yellowish colors. This was found on the Hohenstein Massif in Erongo in 2017, part of a small pocket of very strange yet beautiful(to me, at least) Fluorites. This is a complex specimen, interesting from most any angle, very hard to describe but for any lover of Fluorite this is a amazing piece.
Multi-specie thumbnail from Mont Saint-Hilaire with a small blocky habit Serandite perched on top. The Serandite has a good orange color and is nicely set on a rosette of Polylithonite. This is a late 1960's vintage specimen.
Amethyst scepter - older Korean
South Gyeongsang Province,
3.1 x 2.3 x 1.8 (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
new year 2021
Zoned Amethyst scepter with a darker purple tip. The shaft is partly hidden from some angles but it is a darker smoky Quartz. From Eonyang in South Korea, Ex John Buckley collection which he had obtained from Pat Barker who once had spent some years living in and collecting the minerals of Korea. Minor chipping is noted that is almost impossible to see without magnification, This is in much better condition than typical. Just a hair too large to be a thumbnail, but could be trimmed to meet the standard if desired.
SOLD Cuprite with Native Copper
stock #SOLD 20.1-602
3.2 x 2.6 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
new year 2021
A complex mass of well-formed Cuprite octahedrons mixed with a few areas of Native Copper. There also appears to be a few tiny pseudomorphs of Copper after Cuprite best seen under magnification. With strong lighting the deep red of the Cuprites is easily seen but under subdued illumination the color is more brown to black. In excellent undamaged condition, the individual crystals are up to 8 mm though most are much smaller. A choice example from this well-known and venerable Cornish locality. Ex Les Hitchings collection.
Hedenbergite with Arsenopyrite
Huanggang Mine, Chifeng Prefecture, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhead League
Inner Mongolia Region,
6.4 x 4.7 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
Metallic bright Arsenopyrite crystals in clusters and rosettes are the matrix for a radiating spray of Hedenbergite crystals. In fine condition, this displays well from many angles. The Huanggang Mine has become the most prolific source of many diverse mineral species. This is an esthetic example of two of these species.
Brookite on Quartz
Magnet Cove, Hot Springs County
8 x 4.4 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
Several very sharp Brookite crystals up to 1.2 CM scattered on Quartz matrix. The Brookites are the mirror bright metallic black type. A classic older Magnet cove specimen in excellent condition, this is accompanied by a label from The Bradleys (Los Angeles, California) which dates this piece in their stock between 1952-1958. An even earlier collection number is pasted on the specimen back Most of the Quartz crystals on this are sharp and complete, unlike much Magnet Cove Quartz with Brookite which are highly etched.
A well-composed pink-red Rhodochrosite with both equant rhombohedral crystals and the flattened habit. In great undamaged condition, there are a few small Fluorites on the display face that are transparent light violet dodecahedral crystals. Very good luster for a Chinese Rhodo, this is a a wonderful esthetic specimen with a great visual pop in person.