Casapalca Mine, Casapalca, Huarochiri Province
4.3 x 3.3 x 1.9 CM (miniature)
A cluster of Tetrahedrite crystals showing classic forms and with fine patina. From the famed Casapalca mine, this has sharp form with crystals penetrating each other at all angles. Minimal chipping is noted on on some outer edges, most crystals are complete and undamaged.
From what is commonly called Eden Mills, this is a very unusual combination. A single scalenohedron of Calcite hosts a lustrous Epidote crystal and sprays of clear Natrolite crystals as well. In good condition overall, the Epidote is broken on one end but fine otherwise, good magnifications reveals chipping on the Natrolites but is not naked-eye visible.
Serandite with Natrolite etc.
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire
4.3 x 2.8 x 2.7 CM (miniature)
Colorful and complex specimen with several Serandite crystals in different habits mixed with an assemblage of classic MSH minerals. Loaded with many small crystals on all sides this has the deeper orange color of early finds that is unlike the later pinkish ones.
A fine small specimen of a gem grade Tourmaline from this classic locale famed for purple Apatites. Collected by Warren Johansson his original label reads "Collected 1935 at old tool house near the Keith Quarry". The Elbaite is crudely terminated, it may have been recrystallized. Some chips are noted with 10X magnification. With great color and clarity and a bit of history too.
Fluorite w. Quartz
Cantera Llamas, Duyos, Caravia
2.5 x 2.3 x 1.8 CM (thumbnail)
Simple cube of transparent Fluorite with modified edges with a small matrix of Quartz. Pale color and some internal clouding but as seen a nice example of the find at Llamas Quarry in quite good condition. Small natural contacts as seen and a cleave on the bottom where removed that is not seen on display. Better in person too.
Calcite on Quartz fingers
Banpo Mine, Dushan Co., Qiannan Pref.
5.6 x 4.7 x 4.4 CM (cabinet)
Green Calcite in flattened disk-like crystals are perched on slender fingers of Quartz. When these were found the color was attributed to copper salts in the calcite, this was never confirmed though it is likely. An older specimen obtained in 2002 at the mine and formerly in the Shields Flynn collection. A very good example in fine condition from the one time discovery.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.6 x 3 x 1.6 CM (miniature)
A colorful, bright and fine small miniature of glass-like Vesuvianites from the Jeffrey Mine. The color, luster and esthetics are excellent. This quality in a cabinet specimen would be several thousand dollars. Some areas of contact are noted with magnification and some old recrystallized breaks as well. All the main crystals are pristine and undamaged. Better in person
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales,
4.3 x 3.2 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
Transparent Pyromorphite crystals scattered on a contrasting dark matrix from Broken Hill. The dark matrix is often labeled as Coronadite but this is not confirmed in this specimen. Most crystals are pristine but some damaged or broken prisms are seen with magnification. Pyros about 5mm, bright green-yellow hue from a classic locale.