A fascinating miniature specimen, both unusual and pretty. A 3.2 CM tall well-formed Apatite crystal is joined by two gem clear Aquamarine crystals. Both Aquas have some unknown inclusions of brown hairlike crystals and negative crystal forms inside. The Apatite has some inclusions too but less visible as it is milky and mostly opaque. A very nice arrangement and no matrix at all. The condition is very good overall, there are very small contacts on the Aquas and the bottoms of the crystals are incomplete, but the terminations are fine. A very nice association specimen.
Carrollite with Calcite
Kamoya, Kambove, Katanga Copper Crescent
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
4.7 x 3.1 x 3.2 CM (miniature)
Carrollite with very bright metallic luster on a nice miniature specimen. There have been no new finds of Carrollite for a few years now, but for a time the Kambove Mine was a prolific source for the best specimens ever found. This bright miniature has sharp crystals to 1.3 CM size, there are some contacts and bruises seen on some angles but they are relatively small. More perfect, larger specimens are now trading for many thousands, this piece is a lot more modest but still has top luster and nice form. An affordable alternative that looks much better than the mine run.
These Vesuvianites are nearly all equant, doubly terminated with a textbook form. Well-exposed by etching from contrasting white matrix these are a pleasing golden hue with lustrous surfaces. Back in the 70s these were all labeled Lago de Jaco, but now the correct locale is known to be Sierra de Las Cruz. Most crystals are quite perfect but several have cracked and rehealed or have cracked and split apart while inside the matrix. A good example with many small crystals up to 8MM.
Anapaite - type locality
Zheleznyl Rog, Anapa, Taman Peninsula
6.6 x 4.9 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
A good color Anapaite from the type location. This unusual Hydrated Phosphate mineral is sometimes found in association with fossil clams. This specimen has a few Clam fossil segments on the matrix but is mostly about the sheaves of sharp crystals in tight clusters. There is some bruising seen with magnification as is typical but many crystals are quite distinct, perfect and show very good green color. An affordable, moderately rare and attractive specimen.
An excellent Tiger Cerussite with classic form, formerly in the Larry White collection, obtained from Shields Flynn. In good condition overall, there is also some chipping damage that can be seen. These bruises are forgivable on such a well-formed classic Arizona piece, especially from Tiger. Essentially all of the specimen is Cerussite in twinned habit, there is a small zone of adhering matrix and a painted number from the Larry White collection.
Calcite - classic British
Bigrigg mine, West Cumberland Iron field
3.1 x 1.7 x 1.6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A clear sharp single scalenohedron from the famed Bigrigg Mine. From an older European collection this is at least 80 years old but likely much older. There is a number attached that could be removed if desired. Quite clean by naked eye but some contacts and rough bits found with magnification, all under 1mm. Not perfect but looks it, and not expensive as is often the case with these old finds.
An outstanding Ojuela Adamite, with sharp glassy undamaged crystals on contrasting matrix. This is not the crumbly type gossan but a solid specimen with the Adamites well-protected in a vug. In person the color is a little deeper and more intense than in the photos. This quality has not been seen for a few years. Former Marty Zinn piece, choice.
Azurite with Malachite - electric blue
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
5.2 x 4.3 x 3.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
The type of bright electric blue Azurite that was major news in the mineral world. The association of crystallized Malachite adds an strong contrast to the lustrous Azurite crystals. In good condition, there is chipping at outer sides but the center is clean and undamaged. Better in person; when these were first found a specimen of this quality would be priced in the thousands. This was a huge find and so the prices have become much more affordable for a choice Azurite. As of 2014 the Azurite zone is finished and no more is expected.