Sharp, gem-clear bi-color Vesuvianite crystal from the great Jeffrey Mine. The range of color and habit of Jeffrey Vesuvianites is incredible, they are considered the world's best and quite prized. This is a well-formed thumbnail with fine luster and an unusual color palette.
The Daoping area finds of Plumbogummite have been extraordinary, by far the best quality ever seen. This specimen is an esthetic treelike cluster of former Pyros which are sizable and well-formed. The replacement with a powder blue to yellow-green Plumbogummite seems to be complete. In excellent condition, a choice piece of a modern classic find.
Calcite on Quartz (Amethyst)
Mina Peregrina, Guanajuato
8.4 x 6.4 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
Bright glassy clear crystals of light pink-violet Calcite perched on a contrasting Amethyst matrix. Classic material from Guanajuato, this is quite eye-catching. In excellent condition, there is a single clean repair that is super hard to find, that needs to be mentioned. This keeps the price low yet this displays like it cost far more.
A fine, sharp pink Apatite from the well-known finds at the La Marina Emerald Mine. Delicate transparent to translucent crystals with bright glass-like luster are in a faden-like stack. Small but very pretty and in fine condition.
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
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.