Cuprite with Native Copper
3.2 x 2.6 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A complex mass of well-formed Cuprite octahedrons mixed with a few areas of Native Copper. There also appears to be a few tiny pseudomorphs of Copper after Cuprite best seen under magnification. With strong lighting the deep red of the Cuprites is easily seen but under subdued illumination the color is more brown to black. In excellent undamaged condition, the individual crystals are up to 8 mm though most are much smaller. A choice example from this well-known and venerable Cornish locality. Ex Les Hitchings collection.
Hedenbergite with Arsenopyrite
Huanggang Mine, Chifeng Prefecture, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhead League
Inner Mongolia Region,
6.4 x 4.7 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
Metallic bright Arsenopyrite crystals in clusters and rosettes are the matrix for a radiating spray of Hedenbergite crystals. In fine condition, this displays well from many angles. The Huanggang Mine has become the most prolific source of many diverse mineral species. This is an esthetic example of two of these species.
Brookite on Quartz
Magnet Cove, Hot Springs County
8 x 4.4 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Several very sharp Brookite crystals up to 1.2 CM scattered on Quartz matrix. The Brookites are the mirror bright metallic black type. A classic older Magnet cove specimen in excellent condition, this is accompanied by a label from The Bradleys (Los Angeles, California) which dates this piece in their stock between 1952-1958. An even earlier collection number is pasted on the specimen back Most of the Quartz crystals on this are sharp and complete, unlike much Magnet Cove Quartz with Brookite which are highly etched.
A well-composed pink-red Rhodochrosite with both equant rhombohedral crystals and the flattened habit. In great undamaged condition, there are a few small Fluorites on the display face that are transparent light violet dodecahedral crystals. Very good luster for a Chinese Rhodo, this is a a wonderful esthetic specimen with a great visual pop in person.
Super choice miniature with a perfectly transparent main Apatite nicely perched on a jumble of small Quartz crystals. A few tiny Magnetite and Goethite bits are also scattered, but the focus is the beautiful yellow-green Apatite that is flawless and very impressive in person. This locale has produced many good pieces over the years but this is a standout for quality - a real gem in person.
Corundum var. Ruby
4.2 x 2.8 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
A distinct vivid red Ruby on matrix from Tanzania. The specimen is repaired (re-attached to the matrix) but the Ruby is undamaged and doubly terminated. Moderately translucent, the form is more distinct and better exposed than most from this region. Vividly fluorescent, the repair helps keep the cost low. Ex John Buckley collection, his specimen number is painted on one edge but can be removed if desired.
A very unusual piece unlike typical Wurtzite and from a locale that is not known for the specie. This piece comes from the Fred Meisner collection, the original label is dated 1943. The balls of radiating translucent crystals of Wurtzite are similar to some rare pieces found long ago in the Tri-state Lead-Zinc District, but these are from the Galena, Illinois area. These are also more translucent and a bit more distinct than the Tri-state pieces with a marked resinous luster. With good magnification the elongate nature of the individual crystals is evident. A significant piece for the locality and a nice Wurtzite of this habit.
It is hard not to like the "grape agates" from the finds in and near Mamuju. The best of these are a wet looking cluster of balls with vivid purple color and sometimes with some green balls for contrast. Most have at least some damage or contacts, but this piece seems to be fully perfect. This has fine luster and color from all angles, a floater. One of our favorite finds of the past few years, the location where the best color was found is said to be finished, we hope that is not so.