Two main Quartz crystals both with distinct phantoms inside clear prisms. From the finds a few years ago at Orange river, the red color is especially deep on this specimen and the overall esthetics are choice. In excellent condition as seen, this could be trimmed to make a very strong thumbnail but I like this as is. One crystal is much more black in the phantom and the other is mostly red with just hints of black. We understand these are all Hematite inclusions but it is odd that crystals in such close proximity would be so different in color.
Gem clear Grossular Garnets with the deep orange color that is most desired from this iconic locale. The Jeffrey mine Garnets were found in many different styles, habits and colors, they are regarded as among the greatest examples of the specie worldwide. This piece is in fine condition overall with glassy luster and less striations on faces than we usually see. The crystals are perfectly transparent, the matrix can be seen through them. Most of the crystals are clustered or touching each other on edges which is usually considered to be crowding but these do show good independent development and are not as jammed together as is often the case. A very pretty and affordable miniature gem Garnet specimen.
A very delicate, perfectly etched Fluorite corner from the great Elmwood Mine. For some strange reason this rare habit of selective etching and re-crystallization of Fluorite corners was not so rare in Elmwood, these are named for the locale. This example is an unusually slender, complete, undamaged specimen that is impressive on all sides. The overall Fluorite corner is a light purple but much of the piece is closer to a white. A mineralogical marvel.
The find of Iranian Descloizites that are altered to Willemite and Cerussite was huge news in the mineral world. The find was short lived but from it came some incredible things like this. The structure shows typical Descloizite stacked crystals and herringbone patterns that have completely altered to Willemite. The structures are sprinkled with hundreds of tiny yellow-orange gemmy Mimetite crystals. Several faces are also covered with a late generation of Cerussite crystals in a multitude of habits. Nothing like this has ever been found any place else and it seems there are no more. This piece is in fine condition, undamaged and a complete floater. Displays well from most any angle and is really incredible under magnification; this is loaded with outstanding tiny crystals.
Jianshan Mine (stone crack), Ruoqiang County, Bayin gholin Prefecture
Xinjiang Autonomous Region,
6.8 x 6.1 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
Small, sharp and colorful, bright red and orange Wulfenites cover one side of a matrix. In remarkable condition, the crystal edges are clean and nearly every one is complete, undamaged. This find produced many different styles of Wulfenite, the most desirable color being this deep red. The find was large enough that specimens were available at reasonable prices and represent a very good value for collectors.
5.6 x 4.9 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
Very sharp and perfectly formed Andradite Garnets from the famous Mali finds. This specimen was one of a very small number selected from a large lot. A small percentage of these garnets can show very fine perfection and overall esthetics that makes them world class for the specie. This specimen has a dark brown mahogany color and is translucent on the crystal edges. In outstanding condition, the underside is the area of removal but the top and sides are perfectly clean, undamaged.
Datolite with Quartz
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region,
9.2 x 6.1 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
Flattened habit Datolite crystals with green and yellow colors are sprinkled with Quartz crystals. The back and edges are contacted but main face is clean and very lustrous. An affordable example of a colorful Datolite from Dalnegorsk.
Fine vintage specimen. This is not a smokey Quartz, it is colorless, clear and transparent but densely filled with black tourmaline. It looks like a morion dark under normal display conditions. Strong backlighting reveals the transparency. The crystal came from the legendary Ed Over and was sold by Schortmann's minerals. From the original labels, (included), the date this was being sold was between 1939 and 1943. Ed Over worked independently as much as possible during this period but had most of his sales and support from either Arthur Montgomery or the Schortmann brothers. It is not clear if he collected this or obtained it by purchase while in the region. In very good condition, the crystal is doubly terminated, has a sprinkling of Muscovite on some faces, and a bright glassy luster on others. By naked eye the specimen is undamaged, however the smaller termination has a micro chip seen with a good loupe from one angle, the larger termination is perfect. This region of Montana has produced a few of this sort of Quartz from a few different locations, most seen in old collections. This is the best example I have seen for form, luster and condition.