We have seen and handled a lot of nice Kazakhstan Coppers, which can be very fine. This small cabinet specimen is my personal favorite so far. Textbook sharp linked chain of crystals in a perfect floater with a tree-like spray on top of the elongated spinel twins. Fantastic form, no damage at all and with a nice patina. A worthy and esthetic piece that is incredible in person.
A single slender dark purple Amethyst (7.3 CM long)rises from a small cleft in a pale green Prehnite layer. A nice example of a typical habit Goboboseb specimen. Some zoning in the Quartz and in very good condition.
One of the colorful and desirable minerals from Tsumeb, a nice specimen of bright red Chalcotrichite. The specimen vug has several tufts of red hair crystals and a mass of Calcite that is bright red colored by included Chalcotrichite. The cavity in this specimen is also lined with tiny Dolomite crystals and provides a good protection for the delicate crystals inside.
A classic Tyrolian Andalusite, several sharp crystals are well-exposed from enclosing Quartz. These old Austrian specimens are some of the best examples of this specie, which is usually not very impressive. This is in fine condition and has strong esthetics. With several old labels, this is a about as sharp and perfect as these crystals get.
A complex cluster of deep red hoppered and elongated Vanadinite in epitaxial arrangements perched nicely on a base of Barite blades. An older Mibladen specimen, the branching, tree-like form makes it very eye-catching. Undamaged by naked eye but magnification does find some small chipped spots. An unusual piece that is quite elegant and well-composed.
Fluorapatite on Muscovite
Panasquieira Mines, Panasquiera Covilha
Castelo Branco District,
5.4 x 3.2 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
Sharp purple Apatites are scattered on a finger of fine grained Muscovite in an esthetic grouping. Crystals reach 1.7 CM and most show good color zoning. A choice small cabinet specimen that displays well from the classic mines of Panasqueira. One small contact can be found on a lower edge otherwise this is in perfect undamaged condition.
Gersdorffite with Annabergite
Alt Ahmane, Bou Azer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province
4.2 x 3.5 x 2.7 CM (miniature)
Gersdorffite in good or sizable crystals has been super rare until this one small discovery. This is a very fine piece and is the best example we have had from the world class 2014 Bou Azzer find. Sharp lustrous octahedra in a cluster with contrasting green Annabergite shows this Nickel specie well. A brittle mineral, this has some cracks and chipping on some crystals but overall is in exceptional condition. Sharp crystals to 2.3 CM is quite impressive for this specie.
A group of three Diamond crystals, each with a slightly different color hue and very different crystal habits. From an old collection, these total 1.55 Carats. The largest crystal is a penetration twin cube the middle size is a cube with half of its faces having hopped indents and half with growth hillocks and the thirst seems like a cyclic discoidal twin. Under magnification many small modifications and extra faces are seen. Sharp and a nice suite of Carbon!