Free-standing crystals of reddish-brown Pyromorphite cover the top of this matrix like a forest. An older Bad Ems specimen (Germany) this is in remarkable condition. Despite the obvious delicate nature of these slender crystals most are in perfect condition, what damage exists is small and not distracting as seen. While the largest crystals are the focal point, the matrix also holds dozens of tiny needle-like crystals with bright luster so the whole sparkles in good light. A choice piece for any sort of collection but especially for a Pyromorphite suite or classic German array.
Dioptase on Shattuckite
3.8 x 2.7 x 2 CM (miniature)
Bright blue shell of Shattuckite hosts dozens of emerald-green Dioptase crystals. In perfect condition, the color and form are excellent and better in person. A choice miniature the back side is a hollow cast with the shape of Quartz crystals, thought the front is the pretty part. Quite a lot of the Kaokoveld Dioptase is a little dull but this has the desirable glass-like luster.
Elmwood Mine, Carthage
4.4 x 2.7 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
An esthetic miniature specimen ex Larry White collection. The purple phantom cubes contrast well with the light colored matrix. The Fluorites also have a sharp exterior ridge-line frame on the outside of the cubes that adds some extra interesting geometry. Nice miniature from the great Elmwood Mine that is quite different from the usual mine run. All of the Fluorites are transparent, the matrix also has a druse of tiny colorless cubes as well. Elmwood was one of the last world class specimen mines in the USA and is certainly a modern classic locale.
Kyanite on Quartz
Barra do Salinas Mining District, Coronel Murta
12.5 x 7.9 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
Terminated and gemmy, bright blue Kyanite crystals are well exposed on a Quartz matrix. The Kyanites are transparent and most have a deeper blue "racing stripe" down the center of the flat blades. Many of the crystals are doubly terminated and reach 10 CM long. Kyanite is a fairly common mineral but it is certainly not common in such an esthetic, delicate array. Exceptional color and quality, it is hard to capture the luster of the crystals in photographs. When this is backlit the intense blue color is incredible.
The Payún Volcano is a very unusual locality and the Hematites from this area are unusual too. This piece is a stack of octahedral crystals that had been Magnetites but are pseudomorphed to Hematite and are now coated with small sparkling Hematite crystals (Specularite type). On some of the octahedral faces it is easy to see the red Hematite crystal surface below the black sparkling crystals. The sculptural form of this miniature piece is quite elegant and there is no damage. This find of Hematites seems to be finished, they will rank as exceptional and are destined to be considered as classics.
Wulfenite with Mimetite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
4.7 x 3.8 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
Elongated orange Wulfenites crystals free standing on a mixed matrix of Mimentite and gossan. From the epic discoveries in 2017 at Mina Ojuela, this sweet miniature has fine color, luster and is in excellent condition. This was a large find and produced a lot of specimens but few small pieces presented this well.
Super lustrous black Sphalerite crystals on contrasting crystals of Siderite. This piece is from the noted Cornish collection of Lewis Barton (his label is included), and is a superb Sphalerite from anyplace in Cornwall and likely the best known from the Ale and Cakes Mine (which is a great name for a mine)! Despite a few edge nicks and contacts the overall quality and condition is really fine. A choice addition for any good Cornish or UK suite.
Cantera Llamas, Duyos, Caravia
2.7 x 1.6 x 1.8 CM (thumbnail)
Transparent violet Fluorite with an unusual edge modification that is only seen on two adjacent edges. A nice looking thumbnail with some light face frosting and no damage, this is a fine example for the habit and locality. Cubes with edge modifications are not very unusual BUT a cube with just one or two edges beveled is quite uncommon. There are no corner modifications either, simply some edges are cleanly beveled. Even without the odd crystallography this is a nice thumbnail.