Light pink to apricot color Calcites in delicate strays of radiating, acicular crystals in a three dimensional sculpture. In excellent condition, this looks fine from every angle. Typical of these Calcites, this piece is vividly florescent. The specimen hosts two generations of Calcite, the smaller more recent crystals are a brownish color and give a nice contrast.
A complete half nodule of colorful phosphate minerals from this famed, classic US locality. The nodule has a full mineralized edge rim in perfect condition with no chipping or missing bits which is most desired. The color zoning of the bright yellow to greenish Crandallite is especially distinct on this specimen, it has a clear separation line and contrasts well with the inner white and green interior. This piece is from the early excavations at this site by the legendary team of Over and Montgomery. Choice and better in person.
Roselite - well-crystallized
Aghbar Mine, Aghbar, Agdz Cercle, Zagora Province
6.2 x 3.2 x 3.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Vivid deep color and highly lustrous, these crystals of Roselite contrast with the Dolomite matrix. The finds at the Aghbar Mine of Roselite, and several other fine Cobalt minerals, are considered to have been the best for these species in the world. The crystals here are translucent to transparent, densely deposited in a protected vug 4.6 CM across.
Adamite crystals in pale green balls scattered on a contrasting red Gossan matrix. In fine condition as seen, the balls are in clusters and a few are fully isolated. Good sparkling luster in the spheres and with nicely fluorescent as well. Adamites from Ojuela are incredibly varied in color and habit, some forms do not exist in any other locality world wide. Modern classics this is an affordable yet very pretty specie and specimen.
A modern classic, an early Xuebaoding type Beryl from Pingwu vintage 2004 season. The Beryl is very glassy the broad faces of the tabular crystal have complex geometric facets from both etching and multiple recrystallizations. The outer narrow faces are sharp and glass-like. Just one narrow edge has some damage not visible from most logical viewing angles but overall the condition is outstanding. The most prominent Albite crystal is a blocky type with pearly luster making a nice contrast. This form of tabular Aquamarine Beryl is rare worldwide but this high elevation locale has almost all of its Beryl in this form.
Grossular on Diopside
Orford Nickel Mine, St-Denis-de-Brompton, Estrie
4 x 2.3 x 1.9 CM (miniature)
An unusual and cute Canadian Garnet specimen from the Orford Mine. A 1.7 CM honey-brown Grossular is resting on and included by crystals of Diopside. The Orford Mine is well-known as the source of Chrome green Grossular and Diopside specimens. The usual Grossular from here are micros rarely reaching up to 3mm in size, typically forming a sparkling druse. Larger crystals like this are very rare, I do not know of another this large and complete.
Wulfenite with minor Mimetite
Rowley Mine, (Reliance Mine), Theba, Painted Rock District
5.3 x 3.4 x 1.6 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Delicate and fine windowpane crystals of Wulfenite stand up from the matrix in a complex array. Very sharp, intense color and with glassy luster, the Wulfenites are all fully transparent. A few tiny balls of Mimetite are present but they are minor in comparison to the Wulfenite. In incredible condition which is amazing given the fragility of the crystals. From the final specimen recovery operations at the Rowley. This can be shipped safely (not recommended however for international orders). If requested we can hand deliver at a major mineral show. Much better in person, the bright luster is hard to fully appreciate on a computer screen.
Strontianite on Barite
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
10.6 x 7.7 x 5.3 CM (cabinet)
Superb combination specimen of Strontianite crystal ball-clusters on contrasting Barite blades. A classic southern Illinois specimen that is far more esthetic than typical for these species. The famed Fluorites from this mine tend to overshadow the excellent (and more rare) Strontianites. In perfect, undamaged condition, the Barites are in two generations and have a pale blue hue while the Strontianites in "puffball" form are a pale yellow creme color. In person the luster and sparkle are especially impressive. Strontianite is not usually a very attractive mineral but is respected especially from the classic localities on Europe, but not often an attractive specie. This specimen that is as fine as can be found from the USA and far more attractive than usual.