Eosphorite on Rose Quartz
Pitorra Claim, Laranjeiras, Galileia, Doce Valley
4.7 x 4.6 x 3.4 CM (miniature)
Dense clusters of golden- brown Eosphorite needle crystals on contrasting Rose Quartz. The Eosphorite is transparent and very lustrous. The condition is excellent which is impressive for these slender, delicate crystals. The Rose Quartz is also well crystalized, the largest prism is over 1 CM though most are smaller. An excellent example of the specie which is also attractive and undamaged.
A fine and attractive specimen of this rare Lead, Silver, Antimony "black ugly" mineral. Until the 2004 find, Andorites were one of the rarer Sulfosalts and crystals were always quite tiny. This piece is from that discovery and unusually esthetic, excellent for the size, condition and distinct form of these crystals. The metallic luster and steel to brassy hues are as good as these ever get. Ex Kosnar, there are now very few of this caliber to be found. An outstanding example of this rare Silver specie.
Azurite - rose form
Shilu Mine, Yangchun County, Yangjiang
6.4 x 5.7 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Flower-like hemisphere of Azurite crystals that are sharp, perfect and geometrically arranged. Rosettes from the Shilu Mine rarely were this perfect in form and there have not been any of this sort found for many years. Close exam of this piece shows that the crystals have slightly curved faces and are arranged in slightly curved lines. We have handled many of these rosettes, we obtained many in China over the years. This one stands out as among the very best regardless of size. There are some small balls of Malachite on a few edges but overall this is a pure blue mass of bright Azurite.
York Stone Quarry, York, York County
5.4 x 4.2 x 2.5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Transparent Calcite crystals with highly lustrous faces and in choice condition. From the York Quarry which is a famed locality for fine Calcites. This piece has especially good color and the display side is perfect, undamaged, there is a contact and bruise only on the backside not seen in any normal angle. The striations of the faces are very distinct. A very slight melted look is noted on some corners as was common at this locality.
Dozens of tabular Apatite crystals are clustered on a contrasting crystallized Pyrite. These Apatites are a pale pink to violet color and vividly fluorescent. In choice condition, this specimen was collected in 2010 in what seemed to be a small but impressive find. The Huanzala Mine is famed for the incredible Pyrites and Fluorites that it has produced over the years. There have been a few small finds of Apatites however each discovery has been very different in terms of habit, color and form.
Prehnite on Epidote
Djouga Diggings, Bendougou Village, Arrondissement of Daikon, Bofoulabe
7 x 5.9 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
The Prehnites from Mail have been one of the best newer discoveries of recent years. The various diggings have produced tons of specimens but the top percentage of esthetic and undamaged pieces is quite small. This is a very choice piece with fine, lustrous undamaged Epidote crystals that are the matrix for two complete Prehnite balls. A neat sculptural specimen that looks great from several angles.
Colorful, sparkling sprays of radiating Chrysocolla filling a vug in ore. The drusy Quartz covers the Crysocolla and there is a zone of light blue druzy as well. In fine condition, this deposit has been exhausted for many years these Chrysocolla are modern classics.
Elbaite - pink core Indicolite
Santa Rosa Mine, Itambacuri, Doce Valley
3 x 1.4 x 1.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A glassy, transparent single crystal of Elbaite from the famed Santa Rosa Mine. The red core of the crystal is slightly offset with a slight yellow halo that is surrounded by blue to greenish blue zones. When viewed through the termination a perfect watermelon zoning is seen. Minor edge chips are noted but they are quite small and can be minimized by display angle. This is choice gem grade with a nice color intensity best appreciated in person. 10.5 grams, this is priced below gem rough value.