Xiayang, Yongchun County, Quanzhou Prefecture
3 x 2.8 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A superb toenail sized Fluorite is very fine condition with amazing color. New find that has been making big news, very few of these are damage free or have such well defined faces all around. These have been called by some "Tanzanite" Fluorite due to the similar color and dramatic color change to deep purple under incandescent light. An outstanding small specimen with lots of display impact, choice and with color unlike any other Fluorite known worldwide!
Dravite- Classic locale
Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County
4.3 x 3.8 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
A stunning classic Dravite specimen with honey brown lustrous crystals nicely exposed on matrix. Ex Carter Rich and Bill Hladysz, this is in remarkable condition, with only contacts on the back and one side but no damage at all. These old Gouverneur specimens (St Lawrence County, NY) rarely have such sharp form, warm color and strong esthetics.
Anhydrite with Calcite
Naica Mine. Naica, Municipio de Saucillo
7.6 x 6.2 x 3.5 CM (cabinet)
Exceptional quality and esthetics, these blue Anyhydite crystals in the flat blade form are dusted with small sparkling Calcites. Older specimen from Naica, that produced some of the worlds best Anhydrite crystals, now quite uncommon on the market and very rare in this quality. Sharp undamaged terminations and baby-blue color. The tiny Calcites are mostly colorless transparent, doubly terminated scalenohedrons but some have dark unknown inclusions as well. Ex Hitchings collection, this in an early 1960 vintage piece. Naica is now flooded and seems it will not again be worked.
A fine old classic Freiburg Fluorite specimen ex. Yale and JH Marshall collections. The Fluorites are zoned with clear to deep purple colors and have rotated phantoms. Sharp corners and edges these are good condition despite some small bruising. Some old damage is on the Quartz some of which has rehealed, but this is overall quite fine and can be displayed (or trimmed) so damage is not noticable. Not typical of the majority of specimens we have seen, there are a few areas of crystallized Sulfides as well.
Super colorful multi-specie specimen from Tsumeb. In fine condition with excellent luster and sparkle throughout. The Calcite rhombs are dusted with micro crystals of Dioptase which gives a sugar cube texture but with emerald green color. Very good display impact in person.
Very showy cluster of orange to yellow Sphalerite crystals with complex forms. Minor Dolomite is also present but nearly all of this is Sphalerite. No damage and a choice example of this find from many years ago, the crystals reach 1.5 CM across. Very uncommon on the market today these were among the most attractive mineral specimens from Ontario at one time.
Galena on Dolomite
Buick Mine, Bixby, Vibernum Trend, Iron County
4.9 x 2.4 x 2.4 CM (miniature)
A choice miniature Galena with classic habit cubo-octahedral crystals from the Buick mine. Displays perfectly, no damage and with an esthetic composition. This is an older specimen 1970 vintage ex. Larry White collection. This mine has been prolific and has produced many types and habits of Galena which are modern classics. These are excellent values especially when perfect like this.
Apatite CaF (Fluorapatite) on Muscovite
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley
3 x 2.7 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Classic Chumar style pink Apatite with a sharp, gemmy crystal well positioned on minimal matrix. Super glassy luster and good transparency. The front display surface is in excellent condition, there is contacting on the back/ underside but no breakage. Presents well. Ex Sal Avella, these have become quite scarce in this better quality.