Grossular - gemmy crystals
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.7 x 3.1 x 1.2 CM (miniature)
new year 2021
Gem clear Grossular Garnets with the deep orange color that is most desired from this iconic locale. The Jeffrey mine Garnets were found in many different styles, habits and colors, they are regarded as among the greatest examples of the specie worldwide. This piece is in fine condition overall with glassy luster and less striations on faces than we usually see. The crystals are perfectly transparent, the matrix can be seen through them. Most of the crystals are clustered or touching each other on edges which is usually considered to be crowding but these do show good independent development and are not as jammed together as is often the case. A very pretty and affordable miniature gem Garnet specimen.
A very delicate, perfectly etched Fluorite corner from the great Elmwood Mine. For some strange reason this rare habit of selective etching and re-crystallization of Fluorite corners was not so rare in Elmwood, these are named for the locale. This example is an unusually slender, complete, undamaged specimen that is impressive on all sides. The overall Fluorite corner is a light purple but much of the piece is closer to a white. A mineralogical marvel.
The find of Iranian Descloizites that are altered to Willemite and Cerussite was huge news in the mineral world. The find was short lived but from it came some incredible things like this. The structure shows typical Descloizite stacked crystals and herringbone patterns that have completely altered to Willemite. The structures are sprinkled with hundreds of tiny yellow-orange gemmy Mimetite crystals. Several faces are also covered with a late generation of Cerussite crystals in a multitude of habits. Nothing like this has ever been found any place else and it seems there are no more. This piece is in fine condition, undamaged and a complete floater. Displays well from most any angle and is really incredible under magnification; this is loaded with outstanding tiny crystals.
Jianshan Mine (stone crack), Ruoqiang County, Bayin gholin Prefecture
Xinjiang Autonomous Region,
6.8 x 6.1 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
Small, sharp and colorful, bright red and orange Wulfenites cover one side of a matrix. In remarkable condition, the crystal edges are clean and nearly every one is complete, undamaged. This find produced many different styles of Wulfenite, the most desirable color being this deep red. The find was large enough that specimens were available at reasonable prices and represent a very good value for collectors.
5.6 x 4.9 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
Very sharp and perfectly formed Andradite Garnets from the famous Mali finds. This specimen was one of a very small number selected from a large lot. A small percentage of these garnets can show very fine perfection and overall esthetics that makes them world class for the specie. This specimen has a dark brown mahogany color and is translucent on the crystal edges. In outstanding condition, the underside is the area of removal but the top and sides are perfectly clean, undamaged.
Datolite with Quartz
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
9.2 x 6.1 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
Flattened habit Datolite crystals with green and yellow colors are sprinkled with Quartz crystals. The back and edges are contacted but main face is clean and very lustrous. An affordable example of a colorful Datolite from Dalnegorsk.
A superb example of this unique find that is now considered a classic. Esthetic free standing main crystal is a zoned replacement of Chrysocolla after Malachite which had previously replaced the Azurite crystal. The crystal itself and the small matrix is also dusted with tiny, gem clear yellow to orange Wulfenites which adds a nice sparkle. In fine condition as seen, these are modern classics and one of the treasures for Copper secondary collectors that are not often available and very rarely as nicely composed as this.
"Jackstraw" habit of pearly luster Cerussite crystals from the famed finds some decades ago at the Flux Mine. Now considered to be Arizona classics, these Cerussites are immediately recognizable and now much less available in good quality. This piece has crystals to almost 4 CM long. Some of these seem to be slightly reticulated but most are simple elongated smooth sided prisms in a jumbled heap. No matrix to speak of this is all Cerussite and in much better condition than most, many crystals have a complete jagged stepped termination. A small wad of clay was added long ago on the bottom of the specimen to allow it to sit on a shelf for display without putting weight on the delicate crystals. We recommend to keep it as it has done its job well but it can be removed if desired. Delicate, but this can be shipped.