A very fine plate of Cerussite crystals with minimal matrix from the great Daoping mine, which is world famed for great Pyromorphites. These crystals are in excellent undamaged condition and many are untwinned or are stacked vertically in parallel arrangements with is quite rare. Ex Shield Flynn collection obtained from Bert Ottens, during the period when this area was producing. No more have been available for a few years now Cerussite are up to 2 CM long, translucent yellow and lustrous.
A single Imperial Topaz crystal with traditional color and far above average clarity. In fine condition and mostly gem grade. The color is yellow-orange with a slight hint of red zoning. From the Antonio Pereira area of Ouro Preto, this locality has almost two centuries of history for Topaz finds. This has the most classic and distinctive look for the area but is considerably better than typical quality, form and color.
Fluorite -Stacked cast with Barite
Weishan Co, Dali Prefecture
5.1 x 2.2 x 1.6 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
new june 17
Deep purple color Flourite cubes in a chain arrangement. From the recent find of stacked or stalactitic Fluorites which had originally formed over Stibnite crystals that no longer present. Some edges have an epitaxial coating of Barite that makes a nice contrast. In fine condition and very esthetic. This was a very small find and few had this intense color.
From the original Karlsbad, this is a perfect Carlsbad twin of Orthoclase. The twin is a complete floater 360 degrees without contact. There is a second twin perched in the center of the specimen, making this a twin-twin to coin a phrase. This habit got its name from early finds at Karlsbad and this is a textbook perfect example from an old Czech collection.
Bournonite on Quartz
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
8.8 x 4 x 3.2 CM (cabinet)
new june 17
A lustrous Bournonite is perched on one end of a doubly-terminated Quartz crystal from Yaogangxian. Remarkably, the entire specimen is fully crystallized and complete on all sides, it is a floater. A modern classic specimen- vintage 2004, the great era of Yaogangxian production. The Bournonite has well defined crystal faces on the front side, however the back side is less distinct, more complex, yet still perfect and undamaged.
A profusion of Tourmalines with minimal matrix making a complex but esthetic array. The Elbaite crystals are a clear light blue grading to pink and red colors. The main crystals are all perfectly terminated but some of the smaller ones have damaged parts that are not easily noticed. The crystals reach 3.7 CM and are quite three dimensional. An older Pederneira specimen with a form and color palate that is not like more recent material. Choice.
A fine and very unusual type of of Smithsonite specimen from Tsumeb. Ex John Schneider collection, this has light pink to violet transparent crystals of Smithsonite densely covering 3 parallel fingers or stalactites of Galena. In excellent condition with wonderful esthetics, this is a really weird but choice Tsumeb specimen.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
4 x 4.1 x 2.9 CM (cabinet)
new june 17
A free-form sculpture of velvety Rosasite from Ojuela. This seems to have formed over a gossan matrix most of which has been etched away leaving this botryoidal mass of Rosasite. Fine color, this is nearly all Rosasite not just a thin coating. From a find in 2012 that was one of the best pockets of Rosasite seen in decades, this is a very attractive piece in great condition.