Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.5 x 3 x 1.5 CM (miniature)
The Grossular Garnets of the Jeffrey Quarry are highly respected and desired. Top specimens can command huge sums. This small miniature is fine, gem clear with good color, form and condition yet is quite affordable. The crystals are gem clear and have super bright luster. A few small Pectolite crystals are seen on the back side as well. In excellent condition, at 10X magnification the Garnets are undamaged.
From a one time find at the Jeffrey Mine came some unusual gemmy pink Grossular garnets. This specimen is in fine condition, the main display face is undamaged, a few edge crystals have chips seen only with 10X magnification. This small display piece has bright glassy luster and good transparency on the crystals.
A finely crystallized Tsumeb specimen that has many twinned cogs-wheel form crystals well-perched on the contrasting matrix. Treelike clusters of green Malachite are on the edges and the whole is quite three dimensional. Cerussite is a very delicate mineral usually with much chipping or other damage, these are in excellent condition even at 10X magnification. A good classic specimen.
A significant and exceptionally fine cabinet specimen of well-crystallized Olivenite-Zn from Tsumeb. The surface is densely covered with tabular hexagonal crystals which is a rare Olivenite habit typical of zinc rich varieties which is chemically very close to Cuprian Adamite. The crystals are clustered in rows, stacks, sheaves and rosettes. The condition is excellent and by naked eye perfect, 20X magnification finds just a few very tiny rub spots. The matrix is massive Cuprite and the esthetics, color and display quality are all top notch. This is an exceptional and important Tsumeb specimen that will be a fine addition for a top quality suite.
Neptunite on Natrolite
San Benito Peak, San Benito County
5 x 3.7 x 1.8 CM (miniature)
Neptunite crystals with very high luster reaching 2.3 CM are set on contrasting snow white Natrolite. A very attractive specimen in good condition with textbook terminated crystals some of which show doubly terminated prisms well-exposed from the matrix. There will not be any more of these as the locale is finished, this is an older recycled collection specimen.
Brazilianite with Muscovite
Telirio Mine, Linopolis
5.1 x 3 x 2.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Another Brazilian classic. This features a fine sharp, glassy and partly gemmy Brazilianite that is nicely paired with Muscovite showing twin crystal forms. In great condition, the specimen displays very well from several sides. From the major pockets found in 2008, this quality is not being found now. There have been two major finds of fine Brazilianite in the past 70 years, both were different in habit, it may be a long while before the next one if ever. A good value for an esthetic and choice specimen.
Cantera Llamas, Duyos, Caravia
1.9 x 1.1 x 1.6 CM (thumbnail)
A small but choice single cube with a tiny bit of matrix from this very interesting location. Excellent clarity (better in person) and sharply beveled corners are features of these Fluorites. This is in fine condition damage-wise, small contacts are noted on the backside.
Beryl var. Aquamarine with Albite
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
6.8 x 4.9 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
Tabular style Aquamarine specimen from Xuebaoding is a modern classic. This one has excellent form and very good color, transparency and glassy luster. In fine condition this has very esthetic display impact. The main crystal is 3.9 CM across.