Violet crystals of Fluorite with complex rounded faces most of which are on and included by Schorl crystals. A scattering of small Quartz and Goshenite. In excellent condition, bright and lustrous, the Fluorites have color zoning in areas with a darker red-purple and these all glow with any backlighting. A clean and attractive Erongo piece that can be displayed from almost any angle.
Quartz with Fuchsite phantoms
11.5 x 6.7 x 6.1 CM (cabinet)
Choice, esthetic, colorful and in fine condition. From the single find a few years ago of the Quartz with clear tips and sharp green phantoms inside the terminations. Other green Fuchsite Quartz were found in the past but this unique find had the distinct phantoms clearly visible in the transparent top parts of the crystals, not lower in the milky bodies as was known before. This piece has an array of over a dozen free standing crystals in exceptional condition. Only one small crystal has a little contact on the backside, otherwise the terminations are pristine, undamaged. Not many specimens were recovered in this fine condition especially in this size. A great addition to any Quartz suite or just as an esthetic collection piece.
Incredible color and esthetics from the amazing find of 2010 at M'Ssici (Morocco). Since then only a small find in 2017 produced any specimens those with a very different habit. This cluster of stalactitic growths is encased by small sparkling crystals and rosettes of bright blue Azurite with some small Malachite balls. The matrix is a mix of green Malachite and red Hematite gossan. The Malachite is replacing textbook sharp Azurite crystals and rosettes. Excellent condition, the blue stalactites are standing up to 5.5 CM tall above the green. This locality produced many specimens of Azurite encrusting Quartz crystals but very few pure (hollow) stalactites where there is no inner Quartz crystal. In terms of color intensity, form and condition this is one of the best pieces and is far better in person.
A rare specimen of Phosgenite from the Gibbas Mine of South Sardinia. This mine was active in 1851-1882 and flooded by 1890. Phosgenite is a rather uncommon Lead Chloride but specimens from this famous old locale are super rare (there are none on Mindat). Several milky white Phosgenite crystals from 1 to 2 CM across are clustered in a vug of altered Galena. This piece comes from the remarkable collection of Ruth and Andy Palmer and later William Hladysz. This was the study collection for Dr. Joe Mandarino's work and held many unusual and rare locality specimens. The Phosgenites are vividly fluorescent and are well-formed with a thin surface alteration. This is the only example from this location I have seen outside of a museum and is a quite a nice Phosgenite.
A cluster of Copper crystals of many sizes, most being complex dodecahedrons. Malachite encrusts the Copper making a great color contrast. Scattered small Analcime crystals, a few of which are transparent, add a further contrast. An older specimen, ex. Charles M. Noll collection, this displays well from any angle. Close exam shows the smallest Copper crystals are super sharp, textbook perfect nestled between the medium and large sized crystals that are a little more crude though still distinct. A fine Michigan Copper that is a bit different and is especially showy in person.
A superb large cabinet specimen of very fine aesthetic composition. A plate of Quartz crystals are entirely encrusted with tiny sparkling prisms of clear Paravauxite and a few scattered balls of Wavellite. In fantastic condition as seen, this is a very rich specimen of these two Phosphates and has a subtle creamy yellow to greenish tint best seen in person. The balls of Wavellite reach 1.5 CM and are composed of creamy radiating crystals with a pearly luster. The Paravauxite crystals are more equant prisms than the typical flat habit, the luster and transparency is excellent. Though those crystals are small the overall display impact and three dimensional architecture is superb for the specie.
A superb and very esthetic old "Eisenkiesel" that looks like a volcano showing bright red Quartz in the crater. The Hematite is a big heavy hemisphere on the outside, but the inside display side has the open oval void that is filled with sparkling blood red crystals mimicking lava. A small amount of the red Quartz seems to be flowing down one of the volcano sides. Looks great from most any angle, the color is more vivid than others I have seen from the UK and the form is exceptional, a top example from anyplace. In great condition, there is no damage. Classic.
A USA classic from the Walworth Quarry. Perfect, glass-clear transparent Fluorite sits exposed on Dolomite matrix. The cube is 2.3 CM diameter and several flat needle like crystals of Anhydrite are clearly seen inside. The Fluorite has the most desired blue color and the matrix is seen perfectly through the crystal. This specimen is sawn on the base which is commonly done to collect these without damage in the very hard matrix. The saw marks are not really noticeable in most display positions. We can arrange for a prep lab to use pneumatic tools to roughen the sawn surface if desired though this is certainly not needed, and incurs a cost. Walworth Fluorites are highly desired in fine condition like this, some many have at least some damage. These are a modern classic, the quarry is still operating and twice each year collecting is allowed for one day. Some years little or nothing good is found, such good undamaged specimens are very rare and highly prized.