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Fluorite on Muscovite with Quartz
stock #11.1-W29
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
8.5 x 6.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $1600

There are thousands of Fluorites from the great Yaogangxian Mine, but very few are of this caliber. Incredible quality for the size and perfection. A single 4 CM glass clear, undamaged zoned cube sits on a 3 dimensional matrix perfectly. Top quality esthetics far better in person! This stands out from the rest and while it is a bit more pricey than average specimens, this quality is almost impossible to find in China today. The only comparable specimen I saw recently at a show was well over twice this price!

SOLD Chlorargyrite/Iodargyrite exceptionally well-crystallized
stock #SOLD 0590-JM-2663
Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
7.8 x 5.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $0

Ex Yale University collection and JH Marshall. An exceptional old classic specimen! A big, showy, well crystallized and heavy specimen of these rare Silver Chloride/Iodide species. Broken Hill has produced the very finest of these minerals and both species are well presented in crystals up to 4mm densely packed. A rich yellow to waxy green color, the specimen is sawn on the backside and shows the matrix as a pure translucent green Mass. The old name for this was Cerargyrite which was in use in the 1950s and earlier. Far better in person and price well below the tags we have seen on many lesser pieces.

Rhodonite (large single crystal) with Galena
stock #8-AUS-1049
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
5.5 x 2.7 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $1400

Ex Fred Pough and G. Elling collections. A big, complete, dark red crystal in pristine condition. Translucent with gemmy areas, the Rhomb has the classic association of bright silvery galena on all faces. A classic locale, the best of Broken Hill Rhodonite was unrivaled until the more recent finds in Peru. This is far better than average and with simply super esthetics. These are rarely found on the market today in sizes larger than thumbnails, this is exceptional.

Titanite (Sphene) twinned crystals with minor Dolomite
stock #11.1-W28
Dodo Mine, Prepolar Urals
Western Siberian Region, Russia
6.3 x 5.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $185

The better Titanites from the remote Dodo Mine have become quite rare in this size and quality. Sharp, lustrous and fairly translucent to transparent crystals show classic twinning and sit well perched on the matrix. The main crystals are in excellent condition, fully undamaged. There are small broken crystals on the matrix that can be seen with close inspection but are not distracting. This keeps the price down yet this still displays well.

Calcite enclosing Hematite (2 generations)
stock #11.1-37W
Santa Eulalia, Aquiles Serdan
Chihuahua, Mexico
7.5 x 5.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $360

From a small find in the 1970's this calcite is very esthetic and colorful. The matrix is a sparkling white to light yellow druse of Calcite covered with hills of deep red to black drusy crystals. A single later generation clear crystal is perched on one side and all is well-arranged and eye-catching. A very pretty display quality specimen that is uncommon, unusual, undamaged and still affordably priced.

Grossular (Raspberry Garnet)
stock #10.1-276
Lago de Jaco,Sierra de la Cruz, Municipio de Mojada
Coahuila, Mexico
7x6.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $300

A very fine example of the recent finds at this classic location! An esthetic 'Mountain" of matrix hosts several deep red Grossular crystals up to 2.2 CM. The "summit" is a well exposed sharp 1.7 CM crystal that presents well from all sides. The major crystals are in excellent condition, the backside has some missing/ broken crystals from the area where the matrix was removed, these are not seen from any display angle. Much better than average!

Grossular (Raspberry Garnet)
stock #10.1-274
Lago de Jaco,Sierra de la Cruz, Municipio de Mojada
Coahuila, Mexico
6.6 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $340

From 2009 mining at this classic Mexican location, this is a far better than average example of this rare garnet variant. The main crystal here is 2.3 CM across, very lustrous, dark raspberry-red and in pristine condition. This is quite sizable for the locality and has been carefully exposed so it sits well on the matrix. Some minor crystals have typical damage that shows the dark core of the garnets. Since 1920 these garnets have sporadically been available but good ones have always been rare.

Grossular (gemmy yellow garnet)
stock #11.1-W01
Handan Prefecture
Hubei Province, China
7 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $440

A pure mass of gemmy lustrous yellow garnets crystals densely packed together with no matrix. This is a recent find (2010)from the area that has in the past produced both Grossular and Vesuvianite, but not in this form! This is the best example I have seen so far. Showy glass-like sparkling crystals up to 1.3 cm (average about 4-7 mm) are jammed together as an intergrown mass. Most crystals are complete without damage but several have signs of contacting and a few small points show chipping with magnification. By naked eye this displays very well.