Fluorite with Barite
9.4 X 5.6 X 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Clear and very sharp zoned violet Fluorite cubes mixed with Barite blades. Classic Berbes type specimen in excellent condition. The bright luster and overall arrangement make this a much better than typical specimen. Better in person.
An old specimen from Houghton County with sizable (2 CM) distinct yet crude crystals standing above a mostly Copper matrix. Some sharp faces are seen but overall the crystals are very distorted. A few spots of Native Silver are also seen with magnification.
Smithsonite with Calcite
Kelly Mine, Magdalena
8.8 x 6.3 x 3 CM (cabinet)
A very pretty, classic Smithsonite from the famed Kelly mine. Nice wet look luster and three dimensional surface. In fine condition, undamaged on the display side, sawn on the back and sits well for display. These have become quite prized over the past few years and this is a particularly good value for this quality. The large knob that protrudes from the concave area is 3.2 CM across and has a few small Calcites on the surface.
Simple and attractive, the less common tabular form (flat hexagons) of gem clear Beryl nicely perched on matrix. In most light the Beryl looks white or colorless, but a tiny hint of blue can be seen in some conditions. In my eye it is a colorless Goshenite variety but some may see it as a pale Aquamarine. Either way this presents this special discoidal habit very well. From the modern classic area of Mt Xuebaoding in 2003, this form has not been found for some time. A choice modern Chinese classic and an uncommon crystal habit.
Perfectly formed Chamosite pseudo having the shape of the original Garnet (probably Almandine). Unlike most from this classic find, this is a matrix specimen, and the crystal is not rounded but is very sharp. These were first collected over 130 years ago (at that time called Aphrosiderite, a discredited name) and still are sometimes found, but rarely of good quality. A nice affordable classic pseudomorph.
A large and super esthetic Auglaize Fluorite. From the heyday of the quarry production over 20 years ago, this is an eyecatching piece with good iridescence that has to be seen in person to appreciate. The open cavity here holds dozens of small perfect orange-brown cubes that off set larger gemmy purple cubes up to 1.5 CM. This is the best large matrix piece I have seen for sale.
SOLD Almandine -fine crystals on Schist
stock #SOLD AX-19-310
Stikine River, Wrangell Island, Wrangell-Petersburg Borough
10.3 x 6.4 x 5.5 CM (cabinet)
Exceptional quality Alaskan Garnet well exposed on contrasting schist. Esthetic old specimen with a quality rarely seen, the largest Almandine is 2.7 CM. Some areas of the Garnets are translucent with slight rounded edges and nice growth details on larger faces. In fine condition, the crystals show textbook typical modifications and have a rich purple-red color. A classic US location.
A fine classic specimen from the Tintic District, ex Northwestern University Museum, Charles Noll, David Crawford etc. Bright Cuprian Adamite crystals sparkle against Azurite and Conichalcite on a gossan matrix with traces of Cuprite. Comes with several labels, is in fine condition, undamaged, and clearly a very old specimen. Almost never seen on the market today, from a significant US locality.