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Pyromorphite - fine, large classic Chinese
stock #6.2-550
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng County, Guilin Prefecture
Guangxi Province, Chile
9.8 x 8 x 5.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $2600

An impressive large forest-green Pyro from the era of the best finds at Daoping mine (early 2000's) This is all Pyromorphite and displays incredibly well with slightly matte luster and a deep varied green color. The condition overall is fine but a very close inspection finds only a few small spots of tip roughness. Displays well and the imperfections are almost unnoticeable, yet they do keep the price lower. This style of Pyro was found from about 1999 to 2003 and not since. Later finds had different colors and habits, but this is the most classic. The better Chinese Pyromorphites are now highly respected as some of the best found over the past few centuries. These have become very expensive and rare in this size and quality, this one is from a newly released collection and a very good value (IMHO)!

Fluorite richly included by Boulangerite on Arsenopyrite
stock #8.1-078
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, Chile
9.3 x 7.7 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $850

A fine and sizable classic Yaogangxian Fluorite. From a find in 2005, deep purple cubes of Fluorite are filled with silver needles of Boulangerite, some of which protrude from the faces. The cubes are up to 4.3 CM lustrous and quite sharp. The mass of fine crystals inside the cubes gives a blue to grey color in some areas, other parts are more vibrant purple. From the great Yaoganxian Mine, this is the world’s best locality for Boulangerite in Fluorite. This is far better and more esthetic than most, this quality has not been seen in recent finds. Displays an unusually rich inclusion density with a contrasting silvery matrix of nearly pure Arsenopyrite crystals.

Stellerite with Quartz
stock #22.1-626
Tatatila Municipality
Veracruz, Mexico
5.5 x 4.8 x 2.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $190

Bright orange balls and some smaller yellow balls are scattered with a few Quartz crystals on this matrix. A choice and colorful example with a "wet look" on the orange balls. From 2022 finds at Tatatila (Mexico) most Stellerite is not this attractive and the color is unusually rich on these. The find seemed to be quite small and no more have come out.

Barite - unusual locality
stock #24.1-192
Tses Baryte Prospect, Brukkaros Complex, Berseba Townlands Farm 426, Ber
Il Karas Region, Namibia
2.7 x .8 x .6 CM (thumbnail)
price: $140

Single crystal of Barite (Baryte) from an unusual locality the Tses Propect in the Il Karas of Namibia. This shows a distinct golden to orange color transition. Nice thumbnail that is in fine condition and perfectly terminated. This seems to have been a one time find. these are more or less impossible to find except from older collections.

Amethyst - unusual cactus style
stock #23.1-435
Boekenhoutshoek, Mkobola
Mpumalanga, South Africa
7.5 x 6.8 x 4.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $440

An unusual form of especially choice quality that is a variation of the famed South African "cactus" Quartz. "Cactus" Quartz has been a staple at mineral shows for the past few years, so it takes something unusual to draw attention. This one does. Relatively slender prisms with dark purple terminations are covered with lighter violet druse of tiny Quartz. The druse is oriented in aligned rows of deeper and lighter colors, best seen in person. The purple prisms are on a matrix of orange to yellow drusy Quartz which adds a nice contrast and is an unusual combo. In fine undamaged condition all the tips are intact and sharp. The "cactus" Quartz supply has been sporadic for years and for more than a decade no new finds were made. Despite the quantity that has been found, really good or unusual pieces are quite special and deserve our respect. There is nothing else like these in the entire world and that is saying a lot since Quartz is so common in general.

Selenite - optically clear stacked crystals
stock #20.1-128
Naica Mine. Naica, Municipio de Saucillo
Chihuahua, Mexico
7.8 x 4.5 x 2.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $390

Sharp and transparent crystals of Selenite in an aligned cluster. These are textbook perfect in form, and oddly enough show no signs of true twinning which is the more common habit. As seen this is in fine condition, no damage but some very minor edge wear is noted just to be comprehensive. Selenite is not rare at all but super fine clear crystals like this are really uncommon. The stack of individual crystals is perfectly oriented and a nice example of epitaxy.

Fluorite with Sphalerite and Dolomite
stock #22.1-265
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County
Tennessee, United States
5.8 x 4.5 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $390

Dark vivid purple cubes on a matrix of Sphalerite and sparkling white Dolomite. A nice Elmwood specimen that is of the sort that has made this the great and highly respected locality that it is. In fine condition overall the cubes show the small but well-developed geometric etching that is classic for this mine. The locality has produced many good specimens but better pieces like this are especially choice. Nicer in person.

Fluorite and Dolomite
stock #6.2-210
Shangbao Pyrite Mine, Leiyang
Hunan Province,
9.4 x 5.4 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $520

For almost 3 decades the Shangbao Mine has produced some fine and diverse Fluorites. Every few years a new style is found and older styles disappear. This is a vintage 2003 specimen with glass clear Fluorites and pinkish Dolomites in fine condition. The Fluorites are cubes with beveled edges and clear glassy central faces. Excellent esthetics, this displays well from many angles and shows both species in a nice balance. Shangbao is one of the greatest Fluorite localities in the world. Later finds were also incredible but of very different style and habit. A choice example of an earlier era, this is a nice addition to any Fluorite collection and especially to a Chinese suite.