Striking, esthetic and unusual, this is a fine, undamaged piece with an "odd" color hue. The Shaba Dioptase can be quite impressive but rarely this delicate and sculptural, with no matrix. The color, in person, looks almost a Malachite green but with a brilliant glassy luster, there is good transparency too as seen in some of the best Tsumeb Dioptase. A fine specimen from any place this is especially nice for Katanga area.
From a small find made 2002 this is one of the best single crystals recovered. Undamaged, sizable at over 10CM long, with excellent luster and translucence. The upper half of this shows a distinct Tessin habit but the lower half does not. Similar to some of the recent Himalayan quartz and the classic Greek included quartz, this has a noticeably different look and texture.
A wonderful combination specimen with impressive esthetics. From the Hladysz collection, this is an outstanding example of what could sometimes be found at the Benchmark Quarry 25 years ago. Bill Hladysz had exclusive permission to extract specimens there for decades, this is a gem from his personal collection now being dispersed. No eye visible damage, what may look like a chip on the calcite is not, it is a stepped edge growth.
A super specimen from Erongo which displays very well and has remarkable esthetics. The black Tourmaline has brilliant luster in person and has a prismatic termination at the top and a lower termination of the fibrous type on the bottom. The contrast with the bi-color green and purple zoned fluorite gives this piece its great esthetics. In excellent condition damage wise, the photos do not do this one justice!
A rich combination specimen with lots of bright well-crystallized Caledonite mixed with contrasting bright blue Linarite. The matrix is mostly a highly oxidized Galena and hosts crystals of Anglesite, Cerussite and what may be massive Leadhillite along with a few unknown micros. This could be turned into several very good thumbnails since the specimen has good crystals on every side, but I like it as is.
A remarkable, fine small cabinet with an elegant form. A sharp, gemmy 5.7 CM long Elbaite crystal impales a quartz crystal at an angle thrusting its termination into the air. The Tourmaline shows good zoning from green to pink at the tip and has a colorless zone as well. From 2006 season mining in Paprok, there were not many like this found then and none since. The main Elbaite is in excellent condition damage-wise, the quartz is contacted on the back with some tiny broken Elbaites that are not so evident. All in all this displays very well and is a welcomed change from the "same old" esthetic of most Tourmalines!
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng County, Guilin Prefecture
7.6 x 5.5 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
Bright lustrous Pyromorphite crystals contrast with the matrix and a druse of secondary Pyros scattered about. Great color, undamaged and real eye-catching. From early 2000 vintage Daoping finds, this type of specimen has not been found for years. This level of quality is typically more expensive when available.
A cluster of five main Rhodonite crystals up to 3.3 CM in size are arranged in an attractive cluster. This is an American classic that has become quite scarce on the market in recent years. The condition is excellent and like most of these had some acid etching to expose the Rhodonite well. The color is well above average and this piece is very 3-dimensional.