2.5 x 1.8 x 1.3 CM (thumbnail)
Sharp scalenohedral crystals of Smithsonite with a pale yellow color perched on a Sulphide matrix. Tsumeb Smithsonites were found in every color and form possible, this is a choice thumbnail in fine condition as seen.
A "needle" of sharp gem-clear Beryl in perfect condition. The sides are etched along the "C" axis and the termination is the uncommon pointed, tapered type. Ex Larry White collection; this dates to the late 70's early 80's vintage.
Fine blue color and gem transparency on this Erongo thumbnail of Aquamarine. Nice contrast with the black Schorl crystals that are the only matrix. The Beryl is very sharp, complete and undamaged. This find of Aquamarine about three years ago was quite large. We selected a small number of the most perfect small pieces from that large lot. This has above average color and quality.
A complete and perfect fossil Gastropod that is fully and sharply replaced by Agate. This Silicate replacement has preserved all the details of the shell except for the internal opening, this is no longer hollow as it is solid Agate. Even for those of us who are not collectors of fossils, this form of Quartz is really attractive.
A super thumbnail of very sharp, complex Silver crystals from the Elura Mine (Australia). Most of the crystals are elongated spinel twins but there are also flattened octahedra and other forms in a sculptural cluster. The patina ranges from near black to bright silver metallic. In perfect condition, there is no damage and the whole is a complete floater with no matrix. A 360 degree piece that looks fine from any angle, and with magnification is an incredible array of elegant textbook perfect crystal forms.
Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County
1.4 x 1.2 x .8 CM (thumbnail)
A single Rhodochrosite crystal which is a rather small thumbnail but is quite unusual, having a "melted" surface with etching and coming from an uncommon locality. This was collected in 1966 by Les Hitchings, he gives only Idaho Springs, Colorado as the locality, he collected three thumbnails there while on an extended trip, he was very proud of these pieces. The crystal is mostly transparent and gemmy, has good luster and a nice red color.
3.1 x 2 x .9 CM (thumbnail)
The Baryte locality of Somers Connecticut (USA) is not very well-known outside the Northeast US region. The well-defined Barite crystals are some of the best in the region, and not often available. This is a well-composed thumbnail with the main crystal perched on top. Mostly a creamy butterscotch color with a few reddish highlights, the crystal has some pitting but is in quite nice condition.
stock #SOLD 20.1-605
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.3 x 2.1 x 1.6 CM (thumbnail)
A jumble of small, vivid crystals of Vesuvianite that is sometimes labeled "Manganoan". It seems that analysis does not show any Manganese so the purple color is a mystery, but no matter these are still incredibly pretty. One of the rarest of colors for Vesuvianite, the intensity of the deep magenta-purple is almost impossible to see on a computer screen. In person it is a bit lighter than a grape purple and very lustrous. The crystals are transparent, slightly zoned and in excellent condition. The display side of this shows no damage under 10x magnification which is remarkable. From the Jeffrey Quarry which is as far as I know the only place in the world where this deep purple Vesuvianite has been found, and only ever in a few pockets.