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Vivianite - Ukraine classic
stock #0656-JM-1553
Kerch Penninsula, Crimea Penninsula
Crimea Oblast, Ukraine
7.3 x 6.2 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $350

A very well-crystalized Vivianite from the John Marshall collection, obtained in 1989. This was at one time a great locality for good Vivianites, this one is above average by far with no damage and free standing crystals to 3 CM. The crystals are well-terminated and lustrous, they grew protected in the vug of this Limonite matrix. These vugs were actually the voids inside fossil shells in this iron rich bedrock. The size of the crystals were limited by the size of the fossil voids; this one is especially large and choice. The color is quite dark, nearly black, except with strong light the dark green color is seen. Some of the Kerch Vivianites were unstable and matrix could crumble in a few years. This is absolutely solid and has no issues. Recent finds of Vivianites in both Europe and Brazil have been very impressive yet these older Ukrainian specimens have a somewhat different habit and look. These are of course completely unavailable now and may not be available for a long time - if ever.

Anapaite - crystals in Fossil Clam Shell
stock #22.1-235
Kerch Penninsula, Crimea Penninsula
Crimea Oblast, Ukraine
4.8 x 4 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
price: $490
Post Tucson 2022

A fine miniature of bright green crystal clusters of Anapaite nestled in a fossil clam shell. A modern classic, these fossil shells from the Crimea in Ukraine are unique in the world and are considered the best examples of this specie. They have become scarce in recent times. The crystals are lustrous, translucent and in excellent condition, contrasting with the black inside of the vug. A very choice piece that displays well and has a custom made acrylic base that holds this at an esthetic angle. Far better than the average of the find and a very good value.

Beryl var. Heliodor
stock #14.1-229
Zhytomyr Oblast', Ukraine
5.4 x 3.4 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $4200
Early summer 2021

A perfect, complete floater gem crystal with superb etching on all sides and both terminations. From the famed chamber pegmatites of Volodarsk which are unique in the world and the source of the world's best Heliodors. This crystal is pure gem grade, 52.5 grams, flawless inside and undamaged outside. It is like a piece of partly melted yellow ice. The color is the top greenish-yellow that this locale is known for. The two terminations are different in habit with one having several pointed tips which are highly sculptural. This specimen is superb for this locality, as fine a small cabinet as possible to find, and an incredible Beryl from anyplace in the world.

Heliodor - gemmy, etched Beryl
stock #14.1-230
Zhytomyr Oblast', Ukraine
4.9 x 3.1 x 2 CM (miniature)
price: $1700
Fall 2015

A complete etched floater Heliodor crystal from the famed (and now gone) Volodarsk deposit. This locale produced these remarkable Beryls in "chamber" pockets which are now highly prized. The complex sculpture of this specimen is impressive and esthetic. 100 percent gem grade, this is all facet grade with no internal flaws or veils, has great color and is a hefty 27.8 grams. In perfect condition by naked eye but I must mention that one edge at 20X magnification does have an very tiny rough point. That is not visible on display but needs to be mentioned. This can be presented from any angle with impact far greater than its size. These are considered by many collectors the best Heliodor in the world.