Fluorite - highly etched spires
Omehane, Otjinamewa, Dâures
3.5 x 2.3 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Very unusual, highly etched yellow Fluorite from a little known locality in the Erongo Region of Namibia. This was from a small find of just 6 pieces, all with good yellow color (unusual in Namibia) that have been etched into spires. This piece and all the others are nearly pure Fluorite but with a thin band of crystalline Quartz that is the base. We have been hoping to obtain more of these odd Fluorites but nothing else of this sort has been produced. A very different looking (and oddly attractive) piece that will not be like anything else in a Fluorite suite.
Spodumene - Historic, Classic
Walnut Hill, Huntington, Hampshire County
5.2 x 3.8 x 2.6 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A US classic specimen of a sharply defined, terminated Spodumene crystal. This specimen from the 19th century finds at Walnut Hill, Massachusetts shows the form and habit that made big news in the mineral world over 150 years ago. This has an old label from Rutgers College, has some bits of adhering Muscovite, deep striations and is in fine condition. This locality was first documented in 1833 and the specimens were used to describe the crystallography of the specie in 1879 as these were the first well-formed, terminated examples known. The locality was last excavated for specimens by Dr B.K. Emerson and Frank Nason in 1885. At that time the town of Huntington was known as Norwich. Specimens were traded with universities and institutions worldwide, at that time these were the world's best examples. Some years later the big find of gemmy Kunzite Spods in California eclipsed these more plain crystals, but they are still highly respected.
A cluster of Copper crystals of many sizes, most being complex dodecahedrons. Malachite encrusts the Copper making a great color contrast. Scattered small Analcime crystals, a few of which are transparent, add a further contrast. An older specimen, ex. Charles M. Noll collection, this displays well from any angle. Close exam shows the smallest Copper crystals are super sharp, textbook perfect nestled between the medium and large sized crystals that are a little more crude though still distinct. A fine Michigan Copper that is a bit different and is especially showy in person.
Calcite crystals in modified rhombs from the Fluorospar region of Illinois. These are dusted with sparkling crystals of Chalcopyrite and have an epitaxial alignment. In very good condition, most of the crystals are perfect and damage-free. The specimen has a small break on the underside where it was removed and some tiny rough spots (.5 mm) are seen with a loupe. An old label from Ross Lillie (North Star Minerals) is with this piece.
Glassy, clear Calcite crystals in excellent condition are partially included by red Hematite. These were found some years ago at Santa Eulalia, the crystals are transparent to translucent and the Hematite inclusions are cloud-like zones inside. No visible damage, this is a choice Mexican specimen that is similar to very fine specimen of the famed English classics, but far more affordable. Better in person too.
A superb large cabinet specimen of very fine aesthetic composition. A plate of Quartz crystals are entirely encrusted with tiny sparkling prisms of clear Paravauxite and a few scattered balls of Wavellite. In fantastic condition as seen, this is a very rich specimen of these two Phosphates and has a subtle creamy yellow to greenish tint best seen in person. The balls of Wavellite reach 1.5 CM and are composed of creamy radiating crystals with a pearly luster. The Paravauxite crystals are more equant prisms than the typical flat habit, the luster and transparency is excellent. Though those crystals are small the overall display impact and three dimensional architecture is superb for the specie.
A pair of sharp, complete Staurolite crystals that were added to the Levison Collection in 1898. These are labeled as from from Mine Hill, Georgia. This not a known locale but these do look much like some of the more recent Fannin County materials. One is twinned and the other is a single crystal, sharp textbook form. A photocopy of the Levison Ledger page is included as is his printed and handwritten label with the date.
Wulfenite with Mimetite
San Carlos Mine, Municipio de Maunuel Benavidas
4.4 x 3.8 x 2 CM (miniature)
Gem clear "windowpane" type crystals perched on matrix that is sprinkled with tiny Mimetite balls. Excellent dark orange-red color and very sharp edges on the Wulfenites which are in excellent condition with no visible damage. From the 2018 find that made big news at this locale, unfortunately the zone was very small and soon exhausted, there have not been more found since. This looks much more like a Red Cloud (Arizona USA) specimen than anything from Mexico. On close exam it is seen than this habit and find are distinctly unique and not exactly like any other Wulfenites.