An old Schortmann's specimen circa 1948-50 from the Paterson New Jersey area. The radial ball of Stilbite is 3.2 cm across and nicely exposed. This sort of esthetic is not very common from this classic locale best known for Prehnites. In fine condition.
Garnet Hill, Calaveras County
3.9 x 1.9 1.3 CM (miniature)
A single sharp and well formed Epidote crystal from the Garnet hill locale in California's Gold country. Undamaged as seen, there are some tiny secondary Epidotes encrusting some faces. A very good example from this interesting locale.
A fine and gemmy Citrine pair of sharp crystals from a find made in Colombia in the 1970s. There have not been more since these came out, and this is a good example of the quality of the find. An extremely small chip is noted on this, otherwise in fine condition with delicate lemon color. Where the two crystals are joined there are interesting wispy inclusions some of which are curved and hairlike. The location has always been given as the "Santander Pegmatite" of which there are many. Recent attempts to relocate this find have so far failed.
A venerable German classic- this matrix plate hosts several sharp gem clear Barites to 2 CM. In very good condition, the matrix has some minor Fluorite and Pyrite but is mostly composed of sparkling Quartz. Displays well as is or could be trimmed to make several fine miniatures. Previous dealer labels included (with 500.00$ price tag).
A complete 2.9 cm crystal of Rhodonite is perched above a smaller 2.3 CM crystal resting on Calcite matrix. Nicely exposed, the Calcite has not been acid "melted" so this is fully natural. An affordable classic specimen with good color, form and in nice condition, these are getting quite hard to find in any decent condition.
One of the most exciting new finds this year are these very colorful pseudomorphs from the Congo. This specimen is especially well-formed with big (up to 6.2 cm) sharp crystals showing Azurite form. The crystals are now hollow casts with a small amount of residual Malachite seen inside with magnification. The entire specimen is covered with tiny, sharply terminated crystals of deep blue Chrysocolla. In fine condition esthetic and eye-catching.
Diaboukara, Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe
4.9 x 3.1 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
A relatively new find from Mali, the spherical "flower-like" aggregates have recently been confirmed as Stellerite while the bow-tie shaped crystals are Stilbites. This is a fine condition example with great form. Deep green Epidote crystals are up to 3.3 cm, overall a very attractive piece with top form.
Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mts, La Paz County
4.7 x 3.3 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
The Red Cloud Mine is rightly legendary and highly regarded as a source of great Wulfenite. This example has a main crystal that is undamaged, has fine color and sits perfectly on the matrix. Remarkably, all the tiny associated Wulfenites and Calcites are in fine condition even under 10X magnification. The base and rear of the specimen was sawn flat to enable collection without damage. The saw marks are completely hidden from any display angle and the piece sits well by itself.