Serandite on Albite
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire
2.5 x 1.9 x 1.2 CM (thumbnail)
A thumbnail specimen with perfect, lustrous Serandite crystals scattered on a Albite matrix. These are true Serandites and not Schiziolite which was for many years confused and mislabeled. Excellent color, translucent to slightly transparent and in fine condition, these Serandites are tiny but choice from the classic Poudrette Quarry at Mt. St.-Hilaire.
A rounded mass of nearly pure Zincite embedded in a matrix of Calcite and some bits of Willemite. From Franklin NJ. Zincite was a common ore mineral but usually in granular masses or veins, and of course the crystals were very rare. On this piece the form is quite odd, looking melted and a bit like a snail. I have not seen another quite like this, it is like a nodule, the surfaces are quite smooth and the thin white veins in the red Zincite are not identified.
Topaz - classic locale
Schneckenstein cliff, (Konigskrone Mine) Kielberg Mt.Klinginthal, Vogtla
4.3 x 3.7 x 2.7 CM (miniature)
One of the oldest and most classic localities for Topaz is the Schneckenstien Cliff in Germany. At this locality Topaz were collected, drawn and described more than 200 years ago. The area is a protected zone today so all specimens are quite old. This piece shows the classic habit well with several clear yellow crystals on the typical matrix. The specimen has some tiny clear Quartz crystals as well but the Topaz is the main thing here. Several terminations show the modifications that these were famed for.
Corundum var. Ruby
Zazatotsy Quarry, Ihosy District, Horombe Region
5.3 x 4.6 x 3.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Ruby Corundum on a matrix of schist and Quartz that is well formed and has the flat termination type. The crystal is vividly fluorescent as is common with Ruby from this locale. With strong lighting the Ruby is translucent.
stock #SOLD 20.1-467
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
6 x 5.9 x 4 CM (cabinet)
Bright white radiating sprays of bladed crystals rising from a gossan matrix. In outstanding condition with no damage, this flower-like specimen shows the form that made these Hemis world famous. This specimen from the Les Hitchings collection was purchased in 1968. At that time these large well-defined crystals were unlike any others and great news in the mineral world. This piece is of a choice quality not often seen any more, and very unlike more recent finds.
A cluster of dark red Spessartine crystals on a Galena matrix showing bright luster. The Garnets are up to 1.8 CM across and most show some distinct separation. The backside of the specimen has breakage where it was removed but the display face is quite good with only minimal bruising seen by loupe. These are remarkable specimens the association of a Garnet family specie intergrown with Lead Sulphide is simply bizarre. This specimen dates from the early 1960's the Garnets are translucent to transparent but overall are an opaque wine red. On a few edges the interiors of the Garnets have a slightly orange color that shows through and may look like damage in photos, in person it does not.
4.1 x 2.1 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
It is almost impossible to capture the brilliant luster and deep color of a fine Dioptase. This small miniature has perfect, undamaged crystals with that top color and luster. Some very minor bits of Calcite add a little contrast otherwise just nice bright Dioptase from the great Tsumeb Mine.
A classic specimen from Mount Antero, this matrix holds several small Phenakite crystals the largest being 5 mm. Close exam with a loupe finds several other tiny Phenakites and some Fluorite octahedrons. Mount Antero is a remarkable high elevation pegmatite best known for some important finds of Aquamarine. However it has been long known as a source of other minerals, including Phenakites, it is certainly the most important USA locality for this specie.