6.7 x 4.7 x 4 CM (cabinet)
Pre Holiday 2017
A stacked habit style of Calcite from a 2016 find in Fujian, China. Resembling a pagoda or a stack of umbrellas, this habit is very distinctive, and this small cabinet specimen is in excellent condition. A delicate pink to tan color, this turns a vivid red in SW ultraviolet light. The cap or top of the stack has an especially odd form with a zoned inclusion.
A radiating ball like spray of blue hued Hemimorphite crystals from the famed Mina Ojuela. The individual sheaves reach 1.3 CM and are somewhat zoned, a hint of green copper secondaries are seen as well. Unlike most of the Hemimorphites from this locale, these are opaque crystals and the luster is subdued overall but have a sparkling secondary coating of smaller clear Hemi crystals. The display area in in fine condition but the back and underside have some damage or contacting. Some minor Goethite is also present as small spheres. Not typical at all, this is an odd yet pretty specimen.
Incredible form, with large sharp crystals showing classic Azurite shape covered by silky Malachite. In exceptional condition, the biggest crystal in this cluster is textbook habit, doubly terminated and 6.3 CM long. A few areas of Azurite remain, with Balydonite and Olivenite present as well. Ex N.Collins and A. Edwards collections. Impressive display impact, in clean undamaged condition, this is a top quality Tsumeb piece likely from the 1920-30 vintage years.
Big, zoned purple Fluorites crystals with sharp edges and classic face modifications. As is typical of some english Fluorites like this there is daylight fluorescence. The outer edges of the cubes are clear while the center is a milky white to pale purple. In exceptional condition damage wise, there are a few dull Galena crystals with Goethite overgrowth that adding contrast. From an older collection, this was collected long prior to 1970. The largest cube is over 5 CM diagonal and the condition is excellent damage-wise.
Bright green Diopside with emerald green micro Grossular in an esthetic cluster from the famed Orford Mines. The Orford Nickle mines produced some excellent Diopside crystals but mostly grey or pale green in color. These very bright green crystals were often called "Chromian" for the color, but now are considered to be colored by Nickle instead. No matter the source these are an especially rich green and this specimen has many well formed, sharp and esthetic prisms to 1.5 CM tall. Very attractive and quite rare.
Catapleiite and Aegirine
Mont Saint-Hilaire, Monteregie
7.4 x 2.8 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
Pre Holiday 2017
A fine sculptural cluster of big (over 2.5 CM) Catapleiite crystals in rosettes are well placed on contrasting Aegirine crystals. Mont St Hillaire Catapleiites are considered the best ever found, although the Lovozero find was also world class, these had a sharp glasslike form unequaled. This is one of the most desirable St Hillaire species, and this is a far above average quality specimen. Well composed with several rosettes, all well formed and lustrous. A modern classic, these are very hard to get in this larger size and sharp quality. These are now almost never available like this.
Vesuvianite- single Crystal
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.2 x 1.1 x 1.0 CM (miniature)
Pre Holiday 2017
The Vesuvianites that came out of the Jeffrey Mine are the most colorful and desirable in the world. This crystal has a two tone green color, gem clear areas and a sharp, perfect termination. Close examination shows what may be parallel growth or complex twinning. Overall a fine condition, undamaged prism with excellent color and bright luster. Found in 2002. Relatively affordable for this level of quality. Since the mine closed, these are fast becoming rare and very expensive when available.
Apatite on Muscovite
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley
Gilgit, Northern Areas,
5.5 x 4.5 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
A prism of pink Apatite (Fluorapatite or Apatite-CaF)is nestled in a Muscovite matrix. The crystal is 2.1 CM across and has distinctive modifications of the edges of the termination. From the earlier finds of Apatite at Chumar Bakhoor, this is in excellent condition. Esthetic contrast with the matrix, the Apatite looks fine from all angles.