6.8 x 1.6 x 1 CM (cabinet)
A slightly flattened, doubly terminated clear Citrine that is also a bit crude, from newer finds in Zambia. Lightly frosted on all faces but fully transparent this is a yellow brown hue. From sone angles these prisms can look dirty even though these are very clean this due to frosting seen at some angle. The interior of this is actually a very clear facet grade gem best seen when wet. A small chip on the lower termination not seen on most display angles, otherwise in very good condition. A slight gradation to a darker color is noted at both ends. A cute and affordable Citrine prism.
Adamite on Goethite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
5.3 x 3.7 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
Adamite crystals with glassy luster and classic bipyramidal form in dense cluster on Gossan matrix. One "finger" of Adamite has fully encased a knob of Goethite adding a nice 3 dimensional touch. Pale green-yellow color, good fluorescence and damage-free in the center areas with just typical edge breaks on the outer margins. Since the Ojuela Mine has produced so much nice Adamite, good specimens in many colors continue to be a very good value for collectors.
Washington Camp, Patagonia Mts, Santa Cruz County
6.2 x 3.6 x 2.2 CM (cabinet)
A very nice Arizona Amethyst from Washington Camp. Formerly in the Koster Collection. The milky Quartz shafts have a tapering before the purple scepter tops formed and those tips are slightly offset. This makes an unusual form that reminds me of candle flames. In fine condition and displaying well from several angles, a very good example of a classic USA scepter cluster.
Panasquieira Mines, Panasquiera Covilha
Cova da Beira, Centro,
5.5 x 5.7 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Sharp, glassy and transparent green Apatite crystals in a cluster that features a main 3.6 CM crystal perched on top. The Apatites are zoned, vividly fluorescent, and have just a sprinkle of matrix; this is mostly just Apatite. In very good condition, with just tiny edge bruises seen on close exam which keeps the price low for such good form and luster. Nice display quality Apatite from this iconic mine.
A nice branching cluster of prismatic but hollow arms that show the original form of the Glauberite very well. A choice thumbnail from a classic USA locality that is in excellent condition. While good cabinet specimens were known from both the Houdaille and McDowells Quarries here, thumbnails seem to be very rare. This has a good reddish color as well, looks fine from all sides. These are often labeled as pseudomorphs but should more correctly be called Epimorphs as the orginial Glauberite is not replaced but is completely gone.
Quartz- Faden with tabular form
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas,
5 x 3.9 x 1.5 CM (cabinet)
Sharp and complete tabular habit Quartz with wide faces that show well the inner fadden line. Perfect except where this was removed on the base, this from the incredible find in 2017 in Waziristan. This was a large discovery and there were many incredible shapes and habits but just a small percentage were perfect. Better in person the clean clarity is hard to appreciate in photos.
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
2.7 x 1.6 x 1.8 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A highly lustrous, bright deep blue cluster of Azurite crystals showing complex edge and face modifications. In excellent condition as seen this has a few tiny bits of Malachite alterations but is nearly all brilliant Azurite. From early finds at Milpillas, this is unusual since the crystals are complete, doubly terminated and without any matrix.
Large, sharp and glassy Microlite from the classic pegmatite at Amelia, Virginia. An older specimen, this with a very rare Hugh Ford label with his Cambridge MA address, this dates to 1945-6 the first year of his mineral dealership. Ford went on to become a world renown dealer based in NYC working until 1957. He was well known as having superb taste having collected seriously since 1916. Prior to his dealership he was the British consul general to the United States. This specimen has some transparency on edges and much better luster than many. It is reported that some of the brown Microlites from here are Fluorcalciomicrolite upon analysis. More than 80 years ago there was only Microlite and the Amelia area was one of the greatest locales known.