Stacked skeletal cubes and modified cubo-octahedra forming a curved "monster" of Galena. Remarkable geometric structures in a complex structure. This is mostly Galena but dark Sphalerite and white Quartz are a nice contrasting matrix. Matte metallic luster and slightly melted edges on one side of the specimen with a brighter and sharper display on the opposite side. In fine undamaged condition, this is a far better in person, a striking and unusually esthetic Galena from finds in 2015. A choice modern classic.
Deep, vivid color Fluorite cubes are arranged in elongated chained structures having formed over crystals of Stibnite that are now gone. The hollow spaces left by the Stibnite are seen only on the back of the specimen. On the backside the Fluorites are coated with tiny white Calcite crystals. This specimen was illustrated in two mineral publications and in the "Whats new in St Marie" video production. This was a very exciting small find a few years ago but now these are no longer being found. Striking color and wonderful form, a different sort of Fluorite that is a choice addition to any good Suite.
A classic Barite with red Hematite inclusions that is decorated with transparent Calcites. These Calcites are also included by Hematite and are very glassy. The Hematite is selectively deposited or zoned which is distinctive for this old English locality. A little minor bruising keep the price reasonable while the display quality is excellent.
Piedras Parado, Las Vigas
7.8 x 4 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
A sizable, slightly bulging Amethyst crystal on matrix from Veracruz. The habit looks very much like Namibian Quartz but this is from the famed finds at Las Vigas, and is a bit unusual for the locale. In fine condition, no damage at all and filled with internal bubbles, the termination is transparent and slightly zoned. An older specimen that is unlike any of the recent finds and displays very well, better in person.
Fine transparent crystals of olive green Epidote clustered in a pocket on a Rodingite matrix. Ex Glenn Petrie and Brizzi Giancarlo, (labels included), this specimen is dated March 1982. Most crystals are sharply terminated but some are incomplete due to being contacted. The luster is bright and glassy as is expected on any good alpine Epidote.
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
8.7 x 4.8 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
Choice stalactitic Smithsonite "fingers" with good wet looking luster. From Touissit, which some is best known for its fine Lead and Copper minerals, but this locale also produced some world class Smithsonite. The matrix of this piece is a mix of Galena, Cerussite and Smithsonite so the whole piece is quite heavy. The display side of this piece is composed of hundreds of Smithsonite crystals that have rounded faces and blend together in a botryoidal form. There is some periphery damage where this was removed but overall the condition is very good.
Elbaite - gem crystal
2.5 x .9 x .6 CM (thumbnail)
A single clean, terminated gem Tourmaline crystal from very early finds in Namibia. Good green color with a hint of zoning near the termination having a slightly bluer hue. This specimen was in the Warren Johansson collection which he obtained from the Alvan Barrus collection. The recorded date is 1936 Alvan Barrus was the owner of Pegmatites in Goshen, Massachusetts that were the type locale for Goshenite (Beryl). He was an active collector and trader with close ties to both Harvard and Yale. Likely this specimen was obtained in trade and would have been an exciting new locality at that time.
Silver - classic locality
Himmelsfurst Mine, Brand Erbisdorf, Freiberg
8.4 x 3.4 x .5 CM (cabinet)
A long, slender tapering wire Silver from the classic Himmelsfurst Mine. The wire if straightened out would be roughly 18 CM long which is sizable for one of these. Very slender overall, at the very end it is just .2 MM thick while at the base it is about 3mm. there is a bifurcation in the lower section that is rather unusual. Nice patina throughout.