Quartz with Fluorite
Orange River, Warmbad, Karasburg Dist.
4.9 x 3.8 x 2.1 CM (miniature)
Yellow milky Quartz prism with sharp yellow cubes of Fluorite along an edge. A choice and pretty Orange River specimen formerly in the Heini Saultau collection. Unusual for the association and colors, this is very different from typical Quartz from this locale. The main Quartz and Fluorites are clean, undamaged. Cute and choice
Piedras Parado, Las Vigas
6.7 x 3.9 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
From the new (late 2016 early 2017) finds at Las Vigas, a gem clear, incredibly perfect and sharp cluster of Amethyst. Competition grade, the individual crystals reach 4.8 CM and are perfectly transparent, a few internal bubbles are also seen. This classic area has recently produced some superb specimens. This is that rare specimen perfect, undamaged and complete- no issues at all. Far better in person.
Celestite and Calcite
Pugh Quarry, Custar, Wood County
9.8 x 7.1 x 6.1 CM (cabinet)
Excellent bright blue Celestite crystals dominate this cabinet sized matrix. From the Pugh Quarry a classic US source of fine Calcite and more rarely Celestite. There is a broken crystal on the backside of the specimen that is not visible from the front. Otherwise the crystals are in excellent clean condition. A very eye-catching specimen with far better than usual color.
A killer esthetic pseudomorph that has bright flattened Galenas arranged epitaxially and completely replacing large Pyrrhotite crystals. This was previously in the Minette, Loud and Hladyz collections. This is also the very best example of this unusual replacement I have seen, in excellent undamaged condition and impressive from all sides. The original Pyrrhotite crystals shapes are perfectly preserved and reach to 7.5 CM across.
A fantastic Copper after Azurite rosette that is sharp, very large and quite old. An early Wards label (likely 1900-20) is included and one from the Charles Noll collection as well. This habit and style is unique to this locality and this specimen perfectly preserves the form of the Azurite crystals and the rose shaped cluster they grew in. Nice patina and in perfect condition.
Elbaite - gem crystal, classic find
Newry, Oxford County
2.7 x 1.4 x 1.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A classic form from a now classic find. The steep termination of this Tourmaline and the blue-green color is a textbook type for the Newry "big pocket". Nearly all gem grade, sharp and clear with a slight touch of color zoning. While huge amounts were found in this big strike close to 50 years ago, most was cut for gem stock. This large thumbnail has a few tiny crystals of Lepidolite on one edge. Some tiny rough areas as seen in the photos but for the locality this is in very fine condition.
Fluorite octahedron on Matrix
Turkey Creek, Grant County
4.2 x 3.7 x 3.5 CM (miniature)
A perfect, complete and sharp New Mexican Fluorite, ex Marty Zinn. Even though it is not stated on the label this is certainly a Turkey Creek specimen. Violet at the corners and green at the core, this rests on a tiny shard of contrasting matrix. This style and quality are never seen on the market now.
Delicate sprays of perfect transparent Eosphorite crystals are clustered on crystalline Rose Quartz. From the Richard Gaines collection, this is older material from several decades ago. The color contrast and sparkling luster make this often unattractive mineral an attractive display specimen. Even better in person.