A ball or nodule of rhombohedral Arsenic crystals from this famed Japanese locality. In fine condition on all sides, this is not beautiful to many people but these balls are considered to be the world's best Arsenic crystals, loved by collectors of native element crystals. This specimen is a bit sharper than average, fairly sizable (the largest are only a few MM larger) and has a good color and luster, many are very dull or have a whitish coating.
Stibnite - classic Japanese locale
Ichinokawa, Saijo , Ehime Prefecture
6.4 x 3.1 x 2 CM (cabinet)
Worldwide mix summer
A fat, gun-metal silver blue compound crystal from the very old find at Iyo. This was a gift to the collector Wallace Gould Levison of New York City in 1915. His label does not survive but the gift is recorded in his ledger. This crystal is very complex and recrystalized, it looks at quick glance like a badly broken piece but on inspection the termination is complete and most of the rough faces are in fact fully crystalized. There is only one area of da,
mage and that is limited to the backside. The Patina is the perfect, classic look of a vintage Japanese Stibnite and the complex form is oddly attractive too.
Kamioka Mine, Hida-shi, Gifu Prefecture, Chuba Region,
6.3 x 3.9 x 2 CM (cabinet)
pre Tucson 2015 update
A rich crystallized plate of uncommon Japanese Pyromorphite, ex John Marshall collection. John obtained this specimen about 1962 as he was building his famed suite of worldwide Pyros. It is likely much older. These are rare to see on the market, and quite prized when available. The crystal coverage is dense over a 5 CM area, with a nice olive green color. Maximum size of individual crystals is 6 mm, the average perhaps 3-4mm with moderate luster. The backside of the specimen is also covered with crystals, tho not as dense and with smaller individuals so it is the back. A skilled trimmer could make 2 specimens if wanted. The condition of the front side crystals is mostly good but magnification shows a few broken crystals. Despite this it is a fine display piece from an uncommon locale.