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Hemimorphite - finger-like growth
stock #16.1-628
Wenshan County, Wenshan Autonomous Prefecture
Yunnan Province, China
4.8 x 3.2 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
price: $475
Spring 2017

An exceptionally esthetic botryoidal growth of Hemimorphite with a rich blue-green color. Looks a lot like a Smithsonite. This is in undamaged condition, has perfect wet-look luster and a coating of micro clear Hemimorphite crystals to add a little sparkle. Wenshan has become a world class producer of Hemimorphite but this habit is not at all typical, a very choice miniature.

Barite on Rhodochrosite
stock #AX-27-248
Cerro Warihuyn - Miraflores, Huamalies Prov.
Huanuco Department, Peru
4.4 x 2.3 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
price: $160
Spring 2017

Glass clear Barite blades in perfect condition sitting on crystallized pink Rhodochrosite. From the prolific finds at Cerro Warihuyn, which produced some of the best Barites found in decades- esthetic, attractive and very affordable. There are a lot of these on the market but this is well above the average miniature, way better in person. The locality is supposedly almost exhausted, which will be a great loss to the mineral world!

Scheelite on recrystallized Quartz with Fluorite
stock #AX-12-404
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
7.6 x 5.5 x 1.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $290
Spring 2017

A very unusual Yaogangxian specimen with the matrix a flattened Quartz shard that has recrystallized with one face coated with these clear Scheelites, the opposite side is dusted with clear tiny Fluorites. In fine condition, the Scheelites are bright and glassy, micro Pyrites are seen on some Scheelite crystals. Formerly in the Shields Flynn collection, this is quite choice (and certainly not typical) for this famed locale. Attractive.

Calcite
stock #13.1-118
Mine 884, Leiping, Guiyang County, Chenzoh Prefecture
Hunan Province, China
3.6 x 2.5 x 2.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $330
Spring 2017

A perfect toenail of incredible gem clear Calcite from the finds in 2000 in Leiping. This find was huge news in the mineral world because the Calcites were so much like the prized 18-19th century British specimens. This find too has been finished and these are already modern classics. Far better than the photos show - top luster, glass clear transparency and textbook perfect form. A tiny bit of Hematite is noted on the matrix.

Fluorite with epitaxial Calcite
stock #AX-15-270
Dongpo Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzohou prefecture
Hunan Province, China
10.5 x 7.8 x 5 CM (cabinet)
price: $670
Spring 2017

Like snow on mountains, Fluorite crystals with sharp phantoms are selectively coated with Calcite rhombs. Ex. Shields Flynn collection, a choice display piece from the little known Dongpo Mine. In excellent condition overall, the only damage is unseen at the bottom outer edges where this was attached, the Fluorites and Calcite are pristine. Some cubes show complex corner modifications that are distinctive for this mine. Not the usual Chinese Fluorite!

Andradite var. Demantoid, gem crystals with color change
stock #17.1-006
Antetezambato, Maherivaratra, Ambanja District
Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
6.5 x 4.9 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $900
Spring 2017

Top color and luster, bright sparkling gem Garnets are perched on a contrasting matrix of micro Garnets from white to pale green. In perfect condition damage-wise, this is far better in person as the crystals are more brilliant than can be photographed. The color change from daylight to incandescent is also quite striking, daylight (or good led lighting) brings out an intense apple-green as seen, the last photo shows the color by incandescent lighting. We searched out and examined a lot of the best Demantoids from Madagascar and only a few we consider great values. This is one that stands out.

Sheelite with Fluorapatite on Muscovite.
stock #AX-15-167
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
Sichuan Province, China
8.3 x 5 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $720
Spring 2017

A really nice combination specimen, with typical Xuebaoding matrix of Muscovite that hosts several yellow-orange Scheelite crystals and a single pink Fluorapatite. The apatite is well-exposed and mostly transparent. The matrix was sawn on the back to remove it from the cleft. In good condition, there are very small chips on some Scheelites and the Apatite has a contact on the backside. Fine luster and better in person. Formerly in the Shields Flynn collection of Chinese minerals, vintage 2004 and obtained from Bert Ottens, this type of combo is no longer found. A modern classic.

Fluorapatite on Beryl var. Aquamarine
stock #16.1-167
Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
4 x 2.7 x 1.9 CM (miniature)
price: $280
Spring 2017

A fascinating miniature specimen, both unusual and pretty. A 3.2 CM tall well-formed Apatite crystal is joined by two gem clear Aquamarine crystals. Both Aquas have some unknown inclusions of brown hairlike crystals and negative crystal forms inside. The Apatite has some inclusions too but less visible as it is milky and mostly opaque. A very nice arrangement and no matrix at all. The condition is very good overall, there are very small contacts on the Aquas and the bottoms of the crystals are incomplete, but the terminations are fine. A very nice association specimen.