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.
Piedras Parado, Las Vigas
6.7 x 4.2 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
Lots of good Amethyst has been found from time to time over the past decades in Vera Cruz, Mexico. This piece is far better than most of this size with the most desirable white matrix and perfectly zoned crystals. In undamaged condition, the specimen is much better in person, the glassy faces and color are hard to capture in photos. We selected this piece and a few others from the finds of 2016 when they first arrived in the USA.
Lazulite with Quartz
Rapid Creek, Dawson Mining District
5.4 x 3.5 x 1.7 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Lustrous blue-green crystals of Lazulite cover one side of a a small cabinet (or large miniature) specimen. The phosphate minerals that have been found at Rapid Creek (Yukon, Canada) are world famed and the most attractive of those are the Lazulites. From this locality the crystals are smaller than some other locales but these are far sharper, more glassy and perfect. This piece has that type of crystals and these are transparent to translucent, with brilliant glassy faces. In fine condition.
A complete and undamaged Kunzite crystal that is doubly terminated with good color. The terminations on each end are of different habits, both are very sharp and distinct. The crystal is very transparent, it is possible to read through the center of the prism. Kunzites have a very deep violet color when viewed on end but much more pale pink on the prism faces, this piece has an especially strong color gradation. Fine Afghan specimens like this are a good value.
About 12 years ago an amazing but small find of bladed Stibnite crystals (clusters, fans and flowerlike arrangements) was made in Nandan (China). The find was quickly exhausted and the mines are now all shut down. The habits are similar to an older find in Romania that is also long gone. On close examination these are clearly a bit different. This piece is in remarkable condition, aside from the outer edges it is undamaged. Displays well,the crystals have a bright metallic luster on the flat faces and a dark almost black look on the narrow edges. The blades reach 2.5 CM and are mostly free standing. This is a very choice display grade Stibnite from any place and an a super fine example of this discovery. We can ship this piece with special packaging which will involve a slightly higher cost.
Peñas Blancas, San Pablo de Borbur
6.1 x 4.8 x 4.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A deep emerald green corner phantom in a white to colorless Fluorite crystal. From the workings just above the now famous Quartz crystal locality and Emerald mines at Peñas Blancas, this shows well the color and habit of this unique find. We obtained a small lot of these at the mine last year and selected the best condition pieces available. The fluorite itself is typically incomplete and has contacts and chipping on the base and backside. It has been said by some that the brilliant green color is due to Chromium content as are the Emeralds from nearby. This may be true but it is not confirmed as far as I know. The majority of the Fluorites from this deposit have the "green emerald" corners and this is quite unique, distinctive for this small site.