Jianshan Mine (stone crack), Ruoqiang County, Bayin gholin Prefecture
Xinjiang Autonomous Region,
6.8 x 6.1 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
Small, sharp and colorful, bright red and orange Wulfenites cover one side of a matrix. In remarkable condition, the crystal edges are clean and nearly every one is complete, undamaged. This find produced many different styles of Wulfenite, the most desirable color being this deep red. The find was large enough that specimens were available at reasonable prices and represent a very good value for collectors.
5.6 x 4.9 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
Very sharp and perfectly formed Andradite Garnets from the famous Mali finds. This specimen was one of a very small number selected from a large lot. A small percentage of these garnets can show very fine perfection and overall esthetics that makes them world class for the specie. This specimen has a dark brown mahogany color and is translucent on the crystal edges. In outstanding condition, the underside is the area of removal but the top and sides are perfectly clean, undamaged.
Datolite with Quartz
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region,
9.2 x 6.1 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
Flattened habit Datolite crystals with green and yellow colors are sprinkled with Quartz crystals. The back and edges are contacted but main face is clean and very lustrous. An affordable example of a colorful Datolite from Dalnegorsk.
Fine vintage specimen. This is not a smokey Quartz, it is colorless, clear and transparent but densely filled with black tourmaline. It looks like a morion dark under normal display conditions. Strong backlighting reveals the transparency. The crystal came from the legendary Ed Over and was sold by Schortmann's minerals. From the original labels, (included), the date this was being sold was between 1939 and 1943. Ed Over worked independently as much as possible during this period but had most of his sales and support from either Arthur Montgomery or the Schortmann brothers. It is not clear if he collected this or obtained it by purchase while in the region. In very good condition, the crystal is doubly terminated, has a sprinkling of Muscovite on some faces, and a bright glassy luster on others. By naked eye the specimen is undamaged, however the smaller termination has a micro chip seen with a good loupe from one angle, the larger termination is perfect. This region of Montana has produced a few of this sort of Quartz from a few different locations, most seen in old collections. This is the best example I have seen for form, luster and condition.
A superb example of this unique find that is now considered a classic. Esthetic free standing main crystal is a zoned replacement of Chrysocolla after Malachite which had previously replaced the Azurite crystal. The crystal itself and the small matrix is also dusted with tiny, gem clear yellow to orange Wulfenites which adds a nice sparkle. In fine condition as seen, these are modern classics and one of the treasures for Copper secondary collectors that are not often available and very rarely as nicely composed as this.
"Jackstraw" habit of pearly luster Cerussite crystals from the famed finds some decades ago at the Flux Mine. Now considered to be Arizona classics, these Cerussites are immediately recognizable and now much less available in good quality. This piece has crystals to almost 4 CM long. Some of these seem to be slightly reticulated but most are simple elongated smooth sided prisms in a jumbled heap. No matrix to speak of this is all Cerussite and in much better condition than most, many crystals have a complete jagged stepped termination. A small wad of clay was added long ago on the bottom of the specimen to allow it to sit on a shelf for display without putting weight on the delicate crystals. We recommend to keep it as it has done its job well but it can be removed if desired. Delicate, but this can be shipped.
One of the most classic of USA psuedomorphs the Wolframite (Ferberite) after Scheelite from Trumbull, Connecticut. This specimen is well documented, passing through the hands of Ex Larry Conklin, Jim Chenard, Leonard Himes and Joe Stachura. This is a sizable piece with several crystals showing the elongated pseudo-octahedral form of the Scheelite in distinctive crude sooty Ferberite. The matrix is largely Scheelite and the specimen is quite rich in Scheelite for the locality. The mining at this locality dates from the 1820's to just after 1900. Some specimens were collected from the dumps years ago but the better pieces date from the working era.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
4.5 x 2.9 x 1.8 CM (miniature)
Radiating bright yellow crystals of Legrandite clustered in a spray partly protected in a shallow vug. On the typical gossan matrix, this specimen also has a few other smaller areas of Legrandite. One of the more sought after species from Mina Ojuela (or any place else) this from the early finds of the 1970's. Although Legrandite is known from about 20 localities worldwide only three finds produced "good" specimens with the very best from Mina Ojuela. As is typical there is some contacting and incomplete crystals but there are also many complete ones with perfectly terminated points. Especially impressive under magnification, this is a nice specimen that is not insanely expensive.