Elbaite - bi-color
Mesa Grande, San Diego Co.
3.3 x 1 x .7 CM (miniature)
Gem clear and quite impressive for the small size, a delicate pastel hue Tourmaline. Formed of two clear crystals one with a perfect termination, the smaller is broken at the tip, hence quite inexpensive. Despite this break the tourmaline still looks quite attractive.
Cuprite (gem) w. Plancheite
Kolwezi, Katanga Copper Crescent
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
5.5 x 4.3 x 3.2 CM (cabinet)
Sharp Cuprites to 1.8 cm are set nicely on a contrasting Malachite and Plancheite matrix. Some natural pitting on the back side but no real damage, the Cuprites are all bright translucent red when backlit. A good value and no longer available.
Parisite on Calcite
Muzo Mining District
4.5 x 4.2 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
An impressive specimen of this rare but usually drab mineral. Super esthetic Parisite crystals in excellent condition are scattered on a druzy matrix. The deep color and waxy luster of these crystals are quite distinctive. Very choice
Wulfenite - unusual elongated crystal
Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mts, La Paz County
3.5 x 2.4 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
An unusual habit Red Cloud specimen with a bright red elongated Wulfenite aesthetically perched on the matrix. In great condition as seen, there is a tiny contact at one corner but no damage. A fine thumbnail.
Diopside on Graphite
Merelani, Umba Valley, Lelatama Mountains, Arusha Region
3.6 x 2.4 x 3.4 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Small yet with incredible impact and esthetics. The combination of the mint-green Diopside gem clear crystals perched on bladed Graphite crystals is impressive. In fine condition, there are unidentified hairlike crystals as well best seen with magnification. A great example of this highly sought after combination, this looks great from all sides.
7.3 x 6.1 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
Fine butterscotch yellow crystals both standing and laying on a Calcite/Smithsonite matrix. For this delicate mineral (in thin fragile crystals) it is in exceptional condition. Micro-chips exist but are very minor. Very good esthetics.
Tongshankou Mine, Daye Co., Huangshi Pref.
5 x 2.1 x 1.4 CM (miniature)
An especially attractive specimen from the now famed finds at Hubai. Fine patina and form with the treelike structure perched on crude Chalcocite crystal base. These have been found in many forms in this find but this habit is especially nice and quite rare.
A sweet and esthetic arrangement of crystals on a 5 CM stalk of Aegirine. Found before 1990 formerly in the Mikel collection via Dave Joyce. A nice yet affordable example of why Mt St Hilaire is one of the world's greatest mineral locales.