From a small and very unusual find, this is an unusual and esthetic combination piece. The powder blue spheres are perched on needle crystals of deep green Malachite for a very nice contrast. The blue balls are mostly in clusters but some are also well-isolated. No damage and displayable from any angle, this find was quickly exhausted, there has been no more found. A different and distinctive form for Shattuckite, this habit is unlike anything from any other locality.
Bear Creek Canyon, Colorado Springs area
4.3 x 3.2 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
A nice, colorful Amazonite crystal collected by the late Dr. Warren Johansson in 1945 just prior to his induction in the US Army. He had treated himself to a solo mineral collecting tour of the US Western regions while awaiting being shipped out overseas. He wrote a nice memoir about that adventure some 65 years later. The color is a little richer than most seen from this locality, the condition is quite good, there are several clean contacts but there is no damage or bruising. A classic US specie from Colorado, with some extra provenance.
Unusual flower-like group of radiating crystals which are about half Pyromorphite (yellow) and half Plumbogummite (powder blue). The pseudomorphing is roughly frozen in the middle of the process. Seen on one side the crystals all look like yellow Pyro and on the other side the blue color is dominant. The radial arrangement of the crystals makes this a nice esthetic miniature and a fine example of this classic pseudomorphing. The Plumbogummite of Yangshao Mine/ Daoping are widely considered to be be the best ever found in the world.
Really different and super attractive. Balls of blue Shattuckite sitting on crystals of bright green Dioptase. The color and contrast are very fine, this is in superb condition. We have handled a few nice Shattuckite balls in the past year but they are always on Malachite, never like this on lustrous Dioptase. This was the only specimen we saw of this quality and condition. It is much more vivid in person too, a very unusual and striking piece that displays well from most any angle. From a recent find at the Onderra Mine (Namibia), we had hoped there would be more but it seems this was a one time find.
Elbaite with Orthoclase and Quartz
Beni Bouzra, Chefchaouen Province
Tanger-Tetouan-Al Haceima Region,
4.4 x 4.1 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
From the newest finds in Morocco, this is a superb red (Rubellite) Tourmaline with top color, luster and great esthetics. The first finds of Moroccan Elbaites made huge news a few years ago. Recently a new series of pockets was found with a much richer red color and impressive form. This miniature has a small, clean repair that is essentially invisible, it was professionally done. Nearly every piece needed some repairs in this find as the pockets were shattered long before the discovery. The habit, associations and style is very much like a classic Elba Tourmaline but the color is more intense. A killer from almost any angle.
A "purple cap" Tourmaline crystal set on contrasting white Cleavelandite. In fine condition, the termination is perfect and clear while the body of the crystal is dark and opaque. The Elbaite is 4 CM tall and the luster is very bright. Depending on the lighting used to display the piece the cap can look almost colorless or has a slight blue hue though in most settings the cap is a light violet. These are modern classics and as far as I know unique to this locality.
A very unusual Meteorite that is unlike any we have seen before. This is a Pallasite with many clustered Olivene blobs with minimal amounts of rusted iron "cement" which is magnetic. This makes this look like a conglomerate but close exam shows the Olivene and Iron are highly weathered but there are a few still bright spots. The Olivene inside the crusts is gemmy, from a yellow-orange color to some areas that are almost colorless. The Sericho fall produced some large and important pallasites, this one is unusual as there is much less Iron and a very high percentage of Olivene. Very different look that at first does not look like any typical meteorite! 25 Grams
A remarkable and unusual secondary Copper piece; a hollow cast that shows the form of the original Anhydrite crystal that was replaced by bright blue Shattuckite. The Shattuckite is covered with a mint green layer of Plancheite making a nice contrast. The whole piece has the form of the original Anhydrite crystal and maintains a central void with the same shape. Reminiscent of the shape of Azurite casts from the Apex Mine in Utah, this is an even more rare replacement found just once about 20 years ago at the M'sessa Mine of the Katanga Copper Crescent.