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Brazilianite - classic Northeastern USA
stock #AX-KR-032
Chandler Mills Mine, Newport
New Hampshire, United States
7.1 x 4.6 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $750
new year 2021

This locality produced some important phosphate minerals, including Brazilianite, long before it was first found and described from Brazil. While not like some of the best Brazilian pieces, this small mine produced what are probably the very best specimens that did not come from Brazil. This is one of the best pieces I have seen in many years from here. It is richly covered on both sides with well-formed crystals in several habits. The largest are over 1.6 CM and quite blocky, most being exposed well from the matrix. There is a second generation of tiny Brazilianite crystals between many of the large prisms, these are transparent and lustrous, the larger crystals are less glassy but translucent. In fine undamaged condition this can display from almost any angle. An excellent US classic that ranks among the best not from Brazil.

HOLD Beryl var. Emerald - classic USA
stock #HOLD 20.1-179
Rist Mine, Hiddenite, Alexander County
North Carolina, United States
1.1 x .5 x .3 CM (thumbnail)
price: $280
new year 2021

A USA Emerald thumbnail from the Rist Mine in Hiddenite. Good deep green color and typical form make this a a nice example from this region. For all practical purposes this area in and near Hiddenite is the only decent source of Emeralds in the USA. This is an older specimen from the 1960's which was found before some of the greatest discoveries were made. Slightly etched on one side but still quite lustrous, this is doubly terminated and translucent to transparent.

Serandite on Albite
stock #AX-27-095
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire
Quebec, Canada
2.5 x 1.9 x 1.2 CM (thumbnail)
price: $90
new year 2021

A thumbnail specimen with perfect, lustrous Serandite crystals scattered on a Albite matrix. These are true Serandites and not Schiziolite which was for many years confused and mislabeled. Excellent color, translucent to slightly transparent and in fine condition, these Serandites are tiny but choice from the classic Poudrette Quarry at Mt. St.-Hilaire.

SOLD Topaz - classic locale
stock #SOLD AC-092
Schneckenstein cliff, (Konigskrone Mine) Kielberg Mt.Klinginthal, Vogtla
Saxony, Germany
4.3 x 3.7 x 2.7 CM (miniature)
price: $0
new year 2021

One of the oldest and most classic localities for Topaz is the Schneckenstien Cliff in Germany. At this locality Topaz were collected, drawn and described more than 200 years ago. The area is a protected zone today so all specimens are quite old. This piece shows the classic habit well with several clear yellow crystals on the typical matrix. The specimen has some tiny clear Quartz crystals as well but the Topaz is the main thing here. Several terminations show the modifications that these were famed for.

Corundum var. Ruby
stock #18-AX-19-334
Zazatotsy Quarry, Ihosy District, Horombe Region
Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
5.3 x 4.6 x 3.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $120
new year 2021

Ruby Corundum on a matrix of schist and Quartz that is well formed and has the flat termination type. The crystal is vividly fluorescent as is common with Ruby from this locale. With strong lighting the Ruby is translucent.

Spessartine on Galena - classic
stock #19.1-786
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
6.3 x 3.7 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $650
new year 2021

A cluster of dark red Spessartine crystals on a Galena matrix showing bright luster. The Garnets are up to 1.8 CM across and most show some distinct separation. The backside of the specimen has breakage where it was removed but the display face is quite good with only minimal bruising seen by loupe. These are remarkable specimens the association of a Garnet family specie intergrown with Lead Sulphide is simply bizarre. This specimen dates from the early 1960's the Garnets are translucent to transparent but overall are an opaque wine red. On a few edges the interiors of the Garnets have a slightly orange color that shows through and may look like damage in photos, in person it does not.

Dioptase
stock #8.AE-891
Tsumeb
Otjikoto Region, Namibia
4.1 x 2.1 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
price: $190
new year 2021

It is almost impossible to capture the brilliant luster and deep color of a fine Dioptase. This small miniature has perfect, undamaged crystals with that top color and luster. Some very minor bits of Calcite add a little contrast otherwise just nice bright Dioptase from the great Tsumeb Mine.

Phenakite on Feldspar, Muscovite with Fluorite
stock #AC-149
Mount Antero, Chaffee County
Colorado, United States
7 x 4.9 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $140
new year 2021

A classic specimen from Mount Antero, this matrix holds several small Phenakite crystals the largest being 5 mm. Close exam with a loupe finds several other tiny Phenakites and some Fluorite octahedrons. Mount Antero is a remarkable high elevation pegmatite best known for some important finds of Aquamarine. However it has been long known as a source of other minerals, including Phenakites, it is certainly the most important USA locality for this specie.