Pyromorphite - modern classic
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng County, Guilin Prefecture
3.3 x 2.8 x 1.6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Superb toenail Pyromorphite with outstanding rich color and luster. This piece is a flat plate like spray with no matrix, just bright green to yellow-green Pyro. Looks fine on either side. Excellent condition, all of the main crystals are fully perfect when examined with 10x magnification. The finds of this quality at the Daoping Mine have slowed to almost nothing what has been found recently has very dull color or is heavily altered.
An unusual color for Fluellite, this find was, I believe, the only well-defined violet crystals of the specie ever found. An open vug holding lots of small, perfect crystals of both species but mostly Fluellite. The find was late 90's vintage. Ex Charles Noll collection with a few additional previous labels, these were sold in 1999-2000 by Jordi Fabre (Barcelona, Spain) with none like this since.
A very unusual specimen. Vivid Rubellite color, transparent Tourmalines perched on contrasting white blades. A small Smokey Quartz adds a little accent, but the main interest are two perfect etched Elbaites. Both have hollow terminations with thin walls; these look fine from any angle. From a small but unusual find at Paprok in 2015, this piece has great esthetics and color, better in person. No damage, when looking into the open cups of the terminations with a loupe a second internal termination can be seen that is sharp and prismatic.
Most unusual, a colorless Chalcedony that is completely translucent from Iceland. We do not have exact locality details unfortunately. This was in the John Marshall collection, obtained from the British dealers Gregory, Bottley and Lloyd. Their labels are included. With the many basaltic lava flows in Iceland it is not surprising that some very nice cryptocrystalline Silicates like this exist, but we just never see them. Years ago a few Jaspers turned up but nothing like this. This is faintly fluorescent and has a great pearly luster. Nicer than just a "locality piece" it is certainly the best I have ever seen but it is also the only one!
Sphalerite var. Schalenblende
Eagle Mine, Gilman District, Eagle Co.
5.8 x 3.6 x 2 CM (cabinet)
An oddity from Colorado, this unusual botryoidal Sphalerite is a complete floater, with a dark yellow-green color. This variety (Schalenblende) of Sphalerite is known in a very few other specimens from the Eagle Mine; most Sphalerite from there was the more normal lustrous black crystals. In fine condition, from the collection of Skylar Alverson obtained by him from Charlie Bowman in 1984. Excellent for a Colorado collection and a very rare Sphalerite from any place in the USA.
Two main Quartz crystals both with distinct phantoms inside clear prisms. From the finds a few years ago at Orange river, the red color is especially deep on this specimen and the overall esthetics are choice. In excellent condition as seen, this could be trimmed to make a very strong thumbnail but I like this as is. One crystal is much more black in the phantom and the other is mostly red with just hints of black. We understand these are all Hematite inclusions but it is odd that crystals in such close proximity would be so different in color.
Gem clear Grossular Garnets with the deep orange color that is most desired from this iconic locale. The Jeffrey mine Garnets were found in many different styles, habits and colors, they are regarded as among the greatest examples of the specie worldwide. This piece is in fine condition overall with glassy luster and less striations on faces than we usually see. The crystals are perfectly transparent, the matrix can be seen through them. Most of the crystals are clustered or touching each other on edges which is usually considered to be crowding but these do show good independent development and are not as jammed together as is often the case. A very pretty and affordable miniature gem Garnet specimen.
A very delicate, perfectly etched Fluorite corner from the great Elmwood Mine. For some strange reason this rare habit of selective etching and re-crystallization of Fluorite corners was not so rare in Elmwood, these are named for the locale. This example is an unusually slender, complete, undamaged specimen that is impressive on all sides. The overall Fluorite corner is a light purple but much of the piece is closer to a white. A mineralogical marvel.