From a find about 12 years ago in Yunnan Province, China. Pink Tourmalines with redder caps that came from the pegmatites of Gaoligong Shan is what seems to have been a mix of Elbaite and Liddiacoatite perhaps in zones. This piece shows the typical morphology of the find and has a nice bubble-gum color. The outer edges have contacts and chipping but there are several complete terminated crystals with no damage, the largest being 1 cm tall.
Light purple Fluorites with penetration twinning on miniature matrix. Vivid fluorescence which is typical for Fluorite from this region, and some fluorescence in daylight as well. The Fluorites are transparent and have a deeper purple core. Classic habit and in very good condition, these were found for many decades, and are unlike Fluorite from any place else.
An open vug or pocket lined with Hematite blades that are the matrix for several Pyrite crystals in Pyritohedal form. Classic Elba specimen that shows well the contrast between the two species and the crystal habit that is famed from Elba. This is an older piece with the Pyrite having maintained very good luster.
This is a smaller than usual thumbnail but an exceptional, complete, perfect, gem clear and sharp crystal of Carletonite. Carletonite is a rare mineral that is also beautiful and is only found at one locality, Mt St. Hilaire. It has been more than two decades since any specimens were found, these now only come from the breakup of old collections. Some few crystals exist that are larger but almost never gemmy or complete.
Beryl var. Goshenite
Erongo Mountain, Karibib
5.8 x 5.7 x 3.2 CM (cabinet)
White to colorless Beryl (Goshenite) in elongated crystals in a cluster with only a tiny sliver of matrix. Translucent to transparent, glassy and sharp, the crystals are terminated with flat basal tops. From the Erongo Mountains, it is surprising how rare colorless Beryl is compared to some of the many colored varieties. This is a nice addition to an Beryl suite. Most Goshenite we see from Erongo are tiny crystals usually with Schorl or Feldspar. This piece having pure Goshenite in good size (to 2.6 CM) is very unusual and significant.
Eosphorite on Rose Quartz
Pitorra Claim, Laranjeiras, Galileia, Doce Valley
4.7 x 4.6 x 3.4 CM (miniature)
Dense clusters of golden- brown Eosphorite needle crystals on contrasting Rose Quartz. The Eosphorite is transparent and very lustrous. The condition is excellent which is impressive for these slender, delicate crystals. The Rose Quartz is also well crystalized, the largest prism is over 1 CM though most are smaller. An excellent example of the specie which is also attractive and undamaged.
Azurite - rose form
Shilu Mine, Yangchun County, Yangjiang
6.4 x 5.7 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Flower-like hemisphere of Azurite crystals that are sharp, perfect and geometrically arranged. Rosettes from the Shilu Mine rarely were this perfect in form and there have not been any of this sort found for many years. Close exam of this piece shows that the crystals have slightly curved faces and are arranged in slightly curved lines. We have handled many of these rosettes, we obtained many in China over the years. This one stands out as among the very best regardless of size. There are some small balls of Malachite on a few edges but overall this is a pure blue mass of bright Azurite.
York Stone Quarry, York, York County
5.4 x 4.2 x 2.5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Transparent Calcite crystals with highly lustrous faces and in choice condition. From the York Quarry which is a famed locality for fine Calcites. This piece has especially good color and the display side is perfect, undamaged, there is a contact and bruise only on the backside not seen in any normal angle. The striations of the faces are very distinct. A very slight melted look is noted on some corners as was common at this locality.