A sharp, textbook perfect triplet or macle twin of Sphalerite on contrasting Dolomite. From the classic Romanian locale of Baia Mare, this is highly lustrous in person. The main twin is a prominent 1.8 CM triangle nicely centered in the center of this cute miniature specimen. Sphalerite is a mineral that is very often twinned, but this habit of triple joining is quite unusual.
Multi-specie specimen with at least 8 minerals present, the most significant being a cluster of Semseyite from this type locality. This is a complex matrix holding milky Quartz crystals that are surrounded by Siderite and Pyrite. Semseyite in radial form sits on one edge and Galena, Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite and Dolomite are evident too. Baia Sprie is the type locality for Semseyite, but it was more more commonly found at Baia Mare. Semseyite is fairly rare at Baia Sprie. Long known as Felsobanya, this locale had been mined since the 14th century, so by any definition the locality and this specimen are classics. The mines have all been closed since 2006. Ex Ernie Schlichter, this is a good example and especially interesting with magnification.
Sharp edged saddle shaped crystals of Calcite with curved or bent faces in a stacked cluster. The Calcites are a flattened rhomb habit with every face showing the curved plane but most strongly visible on the largest crystals. The Calcites are a very light grey color and in good condition, some minor edge roughness exists and most of the Calcite has a matte luster on the surface that looks textured but several parts also have a brighter smooth surface as well. An odd habit that is a lot like saddle-shaped curved Dolomite but this form is not at all common in Calcite.
A classic form from the Herja Mine in Romania, this is a flawless and very sharp Stibnite ball. The individual crystals are highly lustrous, gun metal blue-black to silver that reflect colorful highlights in person. The matrix is a solid crystalline Silicate that is a complete floater, micro crystallized on all sides. Unusual and especially eye-catching in person. The ball is 2.3 CM across and impressively undamaged.
A superb and very hard to find Barite with the sharp color zoning of red to orange Realgar inclusions that makes remarkable phantoms. This classic mine has been closed now for a long while, there will never be more of these and there were never many. Most of the Realgar included Barite found was not so transparent and the red color filled the entire crystal. This piece has excellent clarity and the inner zoning is very sharp and well-defined. Overall in fine condition for such thin and delicate crystals, these are also far larger and better isolated than most crystals. There are very small rough areas as seen in the photos but this is never the less a superb display specimen, and a standout in any suite of Barites.
Andradite -classic locale
Dognaczka, Banat Mountains
Caras Severin Co.,
6.4 x 4.6 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
Glassy isolated crystals of Andradite with some Calcite presenting several habits. Some Garnet crystals here show uncommon cubic faces, and reach to 2.1 CM. An older specimen dating back to the era when this was part of Hungary.
6.7 x 5.2 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
An esthetic classic Romanian Stibnite crystal cluster with colorful patina on several crystals. This is a radiating group of metallic crystals that is damage free and looks good on all sides. This is an older specimen (30 years or more) from the Cavnic mines that have been closed for a few years. These older stibnites are unique in their habit and look and are clearly recognizable being unlike those from other localities.
Bertierite w. Stibnite
Herja Mine, Chiuzbala , Baia Mare
15.7 x 6.2 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
A super, large display specimen of a specie that is not often considered as a display-worthy mineral! A brushy tree like spray of well defined Berthierite with fine steel- grey color and very bright luster. In perfect condition and good looking on all sides, this is an older piece from the Herja Mine, ex Carter Rich and William Hladysz. This area of Romania produced what are by far the worlds best of the specie and this is a top percentile specimen that is certainly among the very best pieces. Now that the mines are closed this is certainly to be considered a classic. Much better in person.