Cabrerite (Magnesian Annabergite)
Kamariza Mines, Aglos Konstantinos, Laviron Mining District, Lavreotiki
6.4 x 5.5 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
Colorful crystals of Cabrerite from the famed mines of Laviron. This rare variety of Annabergite is usually found as micro crystals up to about 2mm. These crystals are still small but reach 6mm so they are huge for this variety. Several sprays, vugs and masses are scattered on the matrix, most are associated with scalenohedral Calcites.
Outstanding and unique esthetics, a super combination specimen from this classic locale, Serifos Island. Slender doubly terminated branching Quartz crystals sprout from Garnet crystals that are perched on Hedenbergite. In exceptional condition this is impressive from every angle. Hard to describe but the photos give a good idea of the arrangement. There is no damage which is just incredible for such a delicate piece.
Olivenite, Conichalcite and Azurite
Christiana Mine, Lavrion District mines, Lavreatiki
Attiki Prefecture Laurion District,
3.5 x 3.1 x 2.4 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Olivenite in very well formed free standing crystals and radiating clusters are well protected in a colorful vug. The cavity is lined with bright blue Azurite prisms and surrounded by light green Conichalcite in discrete balls. In excellent condition, there is no damage found even with high magnification, and the color contrast is vivid. From the ancient locality of Laviron, one of the oldest known mining regions of Europe, this is a recently found (2012) specimen from the collection of Chris Spiromitros. Very impressive under magnification but also attractive as a small miniature display piece.
The Prase type Quartz from Serifos can be especially attractive and is a modern classic. This is a choice small cabinet specimen with good color, form and is in good condition, some chipping is seen on close inspection not visible at several angles but this keeps this price low. A ball of Hematite blades is a nice and rather uncommon addition. The locality still continues to produce some Quartz every few years but these have become quite hard to find at reasonable prices or in anything close to good condition.
A choice Greek Smithsonite with deep color, bright luster and excellent form. In undamaged condition as seen, the fingers and globs of Smithsonite rise from a contrasting gossan matrix. This is from one of the oldest mineral localities on the planet, and is an attractive example of the orange-brown color. Nice sparkle in person.
From the noted collection of Wallace Gould Levison, purchased by him in 1893 from an even older collection obtained by HG Diserow, seemingly pre 1870. Classic translucent Smithsonite from Laurium with fine blue green color, sawn and lightly polished. A photocopy of Levisons handwritten catalog entry page for this specimen is supplied with the piece. Levison was an important Victorian era US collector, inventor (first patent for a movie camera, UV mineral systems etc.) and prolific author.
Aragonite with a classic Copper blue-green coloring from the classic locality of Lavrion. Well-crystallized and esthetic. This can be backlit for a dramatic effect. Minor chipping of some terminations is not easy to notice from most display angles, but it also keeps the price lower for such a nice display specimen.
Kamareza, Lavrion Mines,
Attiki Prefecture Laurion District,
9.1 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
From one of the earth's oldest mineral localities this is a pretty, bright color densely crystallized plate of Cuprian Adamite. In outstanding condition, this thin plate hosts hundreds of perfect crystals. With 10x magification I can find only 2 tiny bumps. A classic locality piece with top color.