SOLD Cinnabar with Stibnite
stock #SOLD 20.1-628
Red Devil Mercury Mine, Red Devil, Bethel Borough
8.8 x 6 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
From the Alaskan locality of the Red Devil Mine, this is a super rich specimen with many Cinnabar crystals on a matrix of Stibnite and Quartz crystals. The coverage is quite dense on this piece, Cinnabars can be seen on every side and part of the matrix. Some are fairly complete and sharp, all have rich red color. The Stibnites are over 4 CM long though a bit crude. Ex Les Hitchings collection; Les lived near this mine for several years and had the best specimens I know of from the locality, this is a top piece and a USA classic but not often seen on the market.
A very rich, sizable specimen of the uncommon Copper Sulfate Spangolite from the famed Blanchard Mine. The Spangolite is covering a quite large area with a few small zones of Brochantite crystals. The mineralized zone on this piece is much larger than the usual tiny patches. This piece has substantial areas of sparkling blue Spangolite with hundreds of tiny, gem clear crystals. The hard rock matrix gives a nice jagged contrast to the mineralized faces. Ex John Buckley collection, this is a far, far better than typical specimen from this classic and well-respected locality. This is one of the very few pieces that looks fine on a display shelf and also amazing under a microscope.
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire
2.5 x 1.9 x 1.7 CM (thumbnail)
Thumbnail of sharp, well-formed transparent milky Catapleiite crystals in a cluster with Aegirine, Siderite etc. From the iconic locality of Mt. St. Hilaire, the largest crystal is just over 1.1 CM across. At this location there were several habits found over the years, most seemed to be stacked, rosette or bladed crystals not often transparent. The euhedral gemmy crystals like this are most desirable as textbook clear examples of the specie.
Fluorite with Calcite
Orismuhle Quarry, Seltisberg, Liestal
7.3 x 3.8 x 3 CM (cabinet)
Not often available for sale, especially outside of Europe, this is a choice specimen from the Orismuhle Quarry in Liestal, Switzerland. The Fluorites are sharp honey-yellow to orange cubes. The Fluorites are set among sharp scalenohedral Calcite crystals that add a good contrast. In good condition overall the largest cube is 1.3 CM across diagonally. The specimen is well trimmed section of a vug that has preserved most of crystals inside well. Excellent addition to a serious world Fluorite suite and certainly unlike most well-known Swiss Fluorites.
Beryl var. Aquamarine
Erongo Mountain, Karibib
2.4 x 1. x 1 CM (thumbnail)
Choice Aqua thumbnail with fine color from Erongo. A single mostly gem-clear Aquamarine crystal stands on a Microcline matrix with some small Schorl crystals as well. In excellent, undamaged condition, most of the Aquamarine is transparent with the top half having fine clarity. These Erongo Aquamarines are found every few years and are good value for quality to price.
Mixite - historic specimen
Mammoth Mine, Tintic Mountains, Juab County
7.6 x 4.5 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
This specimen dates to the famed Levison collection (New York City) acquired in 1899. Mixite is considered fairly rare, an unusual Bismuth Copper Arsenate, almost never seen in display specimens. This is a sizable and complex multi-specie piece with a Barite matrix hosting areas of Mixite, Malachite plus what seems to be Olivenite. There are a few additional small crystals not identified. The Mammoth area of Tintic was a fantastic locality that provided some rare and exotic species including five new minerals. This specimen has a very tattered old label affixed (not easy to read) and we also include a photocopy of the page from his collection ledger for this piece. A nice example in a sizable specimen.
Esthetic small thumbnail that is centered on the spherical arrangement of tiny Prehnite crystals. The ball shows the lathlike crystals well and hosts smaller balls of white Gyrolite. The matrix is crystallized Quartz and is an unusual older specimen for the Decan plateau of India. Ex Larry White collection, he obtained this from Dudley Blauwet (Mountain Minerals) in 1990. The locality information at that time was simply Bombay, India which was the standard locality given at that time for most Indian Zeolites. This is however now called Mumbai, it is in in Maharashtra, our Indian sources say it is from the only find ever with associations and form like this. A sweet thumbnail that is certainly not typical from India.
stock #SOLD 20.1-615
2.4 x 1.7 x 1 CM (thumbnail)
Translucent to transparent Smithsonite crystals on a gossan matrix. Very sharp and perfect form, these scalenohedral prisms are nicely perched and have tiny deposits of Hematite adding color. The orange-red crystals can look a bit like Rhodochrosite at first glance, but this is color from Iron, not Manganese. Attractive and choice thumbnail from the amazing deposits at Tsumeb.