Dozens of tabular Apatite crystals are clustered on a contrasting crystallized Pyrite. These Apatites are a pale pink to violet color and vividly fluorescent. In choice condition, this specimen was collected in 2010 in what seemed to be a small but impressive find. The Huanzala Mine is famed for the incredible Pyrites and Fluorites that it has produced over the years. There have been a few small finds of Apatites however each discovery has been very different in terms of habit, color and form.
Prehnite on Epidote
Djouga Diggings, Bendougou Village, Arrondissement of Daikon, Bofoulabe
7 x 5.9 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
The Prehnites from Mail have been one of the best newer discoveries of recent years. The various diggings have produced tons of specimens but the top percentage of esthetic and undamaged pieces is quite small. This is a very choice piece with fine, lustrous undamaged Epidote crystals that are the matrix for two complete Prehnite balls. A neat sculptural specimen that looks great from several angles.
Colorful, sparkling sprays of radiating Chrysocolla filling a vug in ore. The drusy Quartz covers the Crysocolla and there is a zone of light blue druzy as well. In fine condition, this deposit has been exhausted for many years these Chrysocolla are modern classics.
Elbaite - pink core Indicolite
Santa Rosa Mine, Itambacuri, Doce Valley
3 x 1.4 x 1.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A glassy, transparent single crystal of Elbaite from the famed Santa Rosa Mine. The red core of the crystal is slightly offset with a slight yellow halo that is surrounded by blue to greenish blue zones. When viewed through the termination a perfect watermelon zoning is seen. Minor edge chips are noted but they are quite small and can be minimized by display angle. This is choice gem grade with a nice color intensity best appreciated in person. 10.5 grams, this is priced below gem rough value.
Brazilianite - older find
Corrego Frio Mine, Linopolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Doce Valley
4.6 x 2.7 x 1.9 CM (miniature)
An older specimen of Brazilianite with the blocky habit crystals. There is no matrix, this is pure Brazilianite (25.7 grams) translucent to transparent with very glassy luster on the crystal faces. The back and some edges are contacted but there is no damage per se.
Fluorite - etched plate
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County
7.2 x 6.5 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
Orange-yellow color Fluorite crystals with a few purple edges from Southern Illinois. The crystals have some amount of etching on some faces while others are smooth and glassy. Minimal rough spots, though not perfect the overall condition and color are choice. One of the more rare colors for an Illinois Fluorite, this piece dates to the 1960's.
Barite - classic USA
Stoneham, Weld County
4.6 x 3.8 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
A small but esthetic Stoneham Barite in fine condition. A modern US classic from these great finds that produced many choice specimens. Due to the quantity and quality of the discovery nice specimens are still quite affordable. A good value, complete on all sides, no damage.
Very odd, single large etched crystal of Sulphur, complete all around and complexly stepped. Bright color and in perfect condition, this high elevation locality at one time produced a few fantastic world class Sulphur crystals. Sulphur is a common element world wide but there are few good crystal localities. The former mines in Sicily, Russia and Bolivia were the greatest sources and specimens from each are completely different. The legendary Rock Currier was very involved in importing Sulphur specimens from here years ago. When we visited the locality in 2012 it was completely shut down with nobody there. I am not sure if it has worked since. This specimen is from over 25 years ago.