An excellent psuedomorph from Naica with bright, lustrous metallic gold and silver hues. The condition is excellent and the esthetics are far better than most. These have occasionally been found in this famed mine, but never very many and none for some years.
Very striking, esthetic, sharp and sizable Azurite with deep color and areas of Malachite alteration. In excellent condition and with textbook quality form. Despite all the many Azurites from Tsumeb over the past century, such fine examples have always been highly prized and are rarely available. Much better in person.
Big and very lustrous Axinite crystals reaching 6.7 CM in size, with razor sharp edges. Transparent on the edges and translucent elsewhere, this is an older, flashy and eye-catching specimen. These have become quite rare (and very expensive) over the past decade or so, this size and quality was never common even then. Now considered a classic find, this example is a relative bargain. Some slight chipping but far less than most do and displayable without being noticeable.
A killer, world-class and huge Weloganite, one of the largest crystals found, with exceptional display esthetics. The crystal is 4.8 CM tall. For what it is worth, this is the best cabinet matrix specimen that I have ever seen, and I prefer it to the well-known published single crystals. In very good condition, the matrix is sawn on the back and base, not seen on display side. Tiny doubly terminated Quartz and what seems to be Sphalerite micros with some bright golden Marcasite are noted in the vug where this grew. A few small Quartz also are on the right side of the crystal just below the termination and add a little extra sparkle. Fine creamy yellow color and good luster give the Weloganite contrast from the matrix. It is very rare that we offer specimens of such stature on our website, we usually sell this quality at major shows or in private sales. This is an experiment to explore the possibility of presenting more top quality or rare specimens in this way.
Chalcotrichite with Copper
Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts., Cochise Co.
4.3 x 4.2 x2.4 CM (miniature)
Old Bisbee specimen has three vugs with Cuprite V. Chalcotrichite crystals with typical bright red color. Ex. Rocksmith specimen, there are a few tiny bits of Native copper and some calcite crystals that seem to have copper inclusions too. Classic material, this small piece is relatively affordable for one of these.
An exciting new find at a classic old mine, gem clear Fluorites in delicate purple contrast with the bright white Celestite crystals. The Tule Mine was famed for large Celestite with blocky Fluorites that were usually dark and not clear. This find is different, the crystals are smaller but glass-clear and highly lustrous. Affordable yet attractive, undamaged and choice miniature.
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas
8.8 x 4.6 x 5.3 CM (cabinet)
Gem clear, sharp zoned Amethyst crystals in a cluster on a thin matrix sits well for display. A modern classic locale, this is an older specimen of 1970's vintage with a little different look than later finds. Excellent deep purple tips and in fine condition. Veracruz Amethysts are some of the most attractive yet affordable Quartz on the market today. Choice.
Grossular on Diopside
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos (now Val-des-Sources, Estrie,
6.8 x 4.7 x 2.1 CM (cabinet)
Gemmy, sharp and colorful, these garnets are a bright tangerine to pinkish in hue. These contrast with the green Diopside crystals that cover the display face. The main crystals are in perfect condition, there is some minor damage at the outside edges. Displays very well, these Jeffrey specimens are modern classics. The mine is closed forever but these specimens are now prized as some of the best ever found.