A very old piece formerly from collections of Ara Dildalion and William Hladysz, but likely far older. The forms of the original Manganite crystals are very clearly seen are are up to 6.8 cm. The luster of the piece is overall a dull "sooty" black but some faces and terminations have a shiny black luster as well. This region is the source of the great classic Manganites that are especially sought after. This sort of pseudomorph is not especially pretty but they are rare and this one has especially good form
Spinel - classic old locale
Amity, Orange County
3.3 x 3.2 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
Post Tucson 2015
A very good example of Amity NY Spinel that was world famed when first found in the 1840's. The exact locale is now lost today, but occasional small finds are made in the area. This is an old specimen in fine condition, sharp, complete and with a nice contrast to the matrix.
Fluorite & Quartz
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
5.2 x 4.5 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
Post Tucson 2015
Sharp and clear Fluorites with some unusual (for Yaogangxian) frosted faces sit nicely on unusual flatted Quartz crystals. Obtained in China in 2002 at the peak of Yaogangxian's productivity. In excellent condition, this has a different look than most YGX pieces and is quite esthetic.
Spodumene var. Kunzite
Darra-I Pech Pegmatite Field
11.1 x 7.3 x 9.9 CM (cabinet)
Post Tucson 2015
An older, sizable matrix specimen of light blueish Cleavelandite hosts a 5.8 cm Kunzite crystal sharply terminated with good color and zoning. Associated are Quartz crystals to over 3 CM and a few scattered Elbaite and Schorl are noted too. The esthetics are quite nice while the Kunzite is nicely etched and in fine undamaged condition. Some chipping and bruises are seen on the Quartz which keeps the price quite low but this still displays nicely.
Extra intense color for a Microcline, this miniature from Pikes Peak area, Colorado and has much deeper blue green color than most Colorado localities. In fine condition damage-wise, there is a nice association of Cleavelandite blades nestled between the crystals. An American classic locality, this is relatively recent find from a small working claim. Better in person, with great display impact in a small size.
The rare Cerium bearing Copper Arsenate mineral Agardite from Tsumeb was found on the 30th level several years ago. This specimen is a fairly rich example with eye visible zones and with a little Duftite as well. The matrix is scattered on several sides with sprays of micro radiating Agardite crystals. The Calcite crystals are rhombohedral form and have unknown inclusions. Not really a cabinet display specimen as the Agardites are so tiny as all are, but nice under the microscope, this piece could make many micro-mounts.
A classic specimen from Centreville, Virginia with sharp, well-defined white Apophyllite crystals contrasting with green Prehnites. This example is in excellent condition, good display quality for the size and quite affordable for one of these.
A rare Chinese gem Scapolite with very intense purple color, much of which is clear enough to facet. We see very few specimens of any sort from Xinjiang, this Scapolite was from a small one time find over ten years ago when the deposit was listed as "Daftar". Analysis shows that these are a Marialite variety with some chrome adding the color. This is much deeper hue than most. Some chipping is noted with 10x magnification so this is not for perfectionists but it is still a very good, richly colored crystal that shows some clear dichroism.