Selenite (gemmy golden)
Salinas de Otuma, Otuma Village, Paracas, Pisco, Pisco Province
5.8 x 3.4 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
The yellow to orange "golden" Selenites from Ica were rather common at mineral shows 20 years ago. There have not been new finds for some time and good, undamaged examples are now quite scarce. These still represent a very good value for a colorful, display quality specimen. Sharp, glassy transparent Selenite blades are up to 2.6 CM long. A small amount of typical soft matrix is present as a support for the crystals.
Serandite w. Aegirine etc
Mont Saint-Hilaire, Monteregie
5.7 x 4.3 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
Serandite crystals up to 3.2 CM with an unusually intense, rich color. This choice piece has a vivid rose pink that looks close to a Rhodochrosite red and contrasts well with the complex matrix. In excellent undamaged condition, the Serandites also have very bright luster. These are also fully translucent and transparent on thin edges. Serandite was never a common mineral and it turns out that many (perhaps most) Serandites in collections are in fact Schizolite and not Serandite. This is a real confirmed Serandite, with top color and form. Outstanding for the size and quality, The classic locality of Mt. St. Hillaire is THE place for this specie, no place else in the world ever had crystals of this size and quality.
An excellent vintage Copper in Calcite from the famed Philadelphia Academy collection, and retains their original label. This also has labels from Collectors Edge and Carter Rich, and was for a time in the William Hladysz collection. The matrix here is mostly clear Calcite in clusters of crystals more or less aligned. The clear Calcite are colored red-brown by large amounts of included copper easily seen inside the crystals. In several areas the Copper crystals extend outside the Calcite. The main crystal is 1.2 CM and very well formed. In excellent condition, and much better looking in person.
Grossular v. Hessonite
Colle del Paschietto, Balme, Ala Valley, Lanzo, Turin
5 x 3.8 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An old Garnet specimen from the Piedmont that has nice light cinnamon brown Grossular on a contrasting white Feldspar. This locality is very close to the metropolitan city of Turin, in the Ala valley. Ex Sommondetti collection, this is in good condition, the main Garnets are perfect and are up to 1 CM diameter. The Rodingite outcrops of the Piedmont are justly famed for their Epidote, Vesuvianite and especially Garnets. The Garnet color is not typical and the matrix is very unusual as it is usually a Clinoclore and Rodingite mixture.
Topaz -Rare purple
2 x .9 x .7 CM (thumbnail)
Gemmy thumbnail crystal of imperial Topaz with the very rare pink-purple color. From the classic locality of Ouro Preto which has produced vast amounts of yellow and light orange Topaz over many decades. The purple and pink-purple colors are unique in the world. At Ouro Preto these are very rare and highly sought after, there has not been any new finds of purples in many years. Some similarity is seen with pink Topaz from Katlang, the only other source that ever came close, but the purple color from Ouro Preto is quite different, and treasured as gem rough and especially as specimens. This crystal is fully transparent, complete and lustrous.
Sphalerite on Dolomite -Classic USA
Pelican Mine, Picher, Tri-State District, Ottawa County
6.6 x 5.2 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
An old Tri-state USA Sphalerite with complex twinned crystals in an intricate cluster. No damage at all, the Sphalerites are complete on all sides (which is rare) and have many distinct penetration notches and ridges. Super presentation and esthetics ex. John Buckley collection, this is far from being a "black ugly" the form is incredible.
Complete on all sides and edges, damage free doubly terminated gem clear Kunzite in textbook perfect form. From the large find at Laghman a few years ago, this is fully transparent with deep striations on the widest flat sides and no striations on the narrow edges or terminations. This helps to show the dichroic nature of a good Kunzite like this. 116 Grams, and all gem grade. A choice example of the specie with classic form typical of the find.
Tamminen Mine (Quarry), Greenwood, Oxford County
2 x 1.6 x 1.4 CM (thumbnail)
A thumbnail cluster of Hydroxylherderite crystals up to 1.6 CM in size. This specimen was collected in the mid sixties by Les Hitchings. The Waisanen Quarry is part of the legendary Oxford County, Maine pegmatite zone and is well known to local collectors but less so farther afield. The quarry has yielded some many rare minerals, many Phosphates and and occasional gem crystal but is best known for the Herderites. A nice thumbnail, these are not often available.