Azurite with Malachite - electric blue
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
5.2 x 4.3 x 3.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
The type of bright electric blue Azurite that was major news in the mineral world. The association of crystallized Malachite adds an strong contrast to the lustrous Azurite crystals. In good condition, there is chipping at outer sides but the center is clean and undamaged. Better in person; when these were first found a specimen of this quality would be priced in the thousands. This was a huge find and so the prices have become much more affordable for a choice Azurite. As of 2014 the Azurite zone is finished and no more is expected.
A really colorful dark green Rosasite with Malachite on a matrix of clear rhombs of Calcite. The specimen is covered with small spheres and botrytoids of velvety Rosasite intermixed with Malachite. The condition is choice and the contrast with the white Calcite crystals sets everything off well. A little different esthetics than the usual Rosasite.
A perfect complete Carthage corner habit Fluorite crystal showing the pyramidal etched growth that is so desirable from the Elmwood mine. A pale-purple hue is seen from some angles but the interior is flawlessly clear and colorless. Naturally etched from the corner section of a large perfect cube this rare habit is best at the Elmwood in Carthage, Tennessee.
Fluorite on Quartz and Muscovite
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
3.9 x 2.7 x 2.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A small bit of perfection, this is a transparent pale-blue cube with purple core phantom perched on a small matrix of Quartz. Classic Yaogangxian Fluorite from finds of 2003 vintage. The condition is flawless. The Fluorite is sharp and more transparent than the photos show. This could be trimmed to thumbnail size for competition but we like it as is. Choice.
An attractive, clean and undamaged cluster of curved crystals of Mimetite resting on Milky Quartz crystals. This cluster has the classic color and habit of Campylite which while not a recognized specie is still very distinctive. Good contrast and presentation.
Hyalite (opal) - gem clear
Tarcal, Eperjes- Tokaj Mountains
3.5 x 2.9 x 2 CM (miniature)
A glass clear bubbly mass of Hyalite Opal perched on matrix. Vivid fluorescence, undamaged and esthetic. It is possible to easily see bubbles inside the Hyalite. Even prettier in person.
Metallic and bright lustrous these very sharp crystals are sprinkled with a few small Quartz and Pyrite crystals. Individual tetrahedrons up to 2.7 CM are jumbled in a complex arrangement on this matrix plate. In fine condition overall for this delicate mineral, only one crystal has an edge bruise, all others are perfect, complete and pristine. Really hard to find this level of quality at any price.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
5.7 x 3 x 1.9 CM (cabinet)
Bright green color botryoidal Adamite from the great Ojuela Mine. In fine condition and with vivid SW fluorescence, Adamites in this form are classics. An attractive older specimen of better quality than newer finds.