Fluorite -Classic New York cube
Penfield Quarry, Penfield, Monroe County
3.2 x 2.2 x 3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Sharp purple-blue cube of Penfield NY. Fluorite, with both glass clear and lightly frosted faces. A much sought after locality, these few Fluorites are highly prized. Totally transparent and in far above typical condition, this had been in the Francesco Spertini collection since the sixties. With magnification some interesting growth structures can be seen on faces and inside the cube. The display side is clean and damage free but the underside has a cleave and matrix contact. That underside can be seen through the clear crystal but is easily hidden as it is the obvious base or bottom of the crystal. A good value, these are typical very costly when available.
Epidote/ Clinozoisite on Calcite
VAG Mine, Lowell & Eden
3.8 x 2.8 x 2.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Sharp translucent Epidote/ Clinozoisite crystals to 2.1 CM well exposed from Calcite matrix. The main crystals are damage free, well terminated and have very good luster. C nice example from a classic locale, not many matrix specimens of Epidote were recovered. Could trim to thumbnail size if desired.
A large matrix specimen with big sunburst habit Adamite crystals prominent on contrasting matrix. The radiating crystals are also multicolored, with yellow, magenta and greenish hues. Aside from some small contacts the condition is fine. The largest cluster is sizable at 3.7 CM in diameter. A great example of the specie and a very attractive Ojuela piece as well. Several small sprays of multicolored Adamites are scattered on the back and edges but the main sunburst is the main feature by far.
Fluorite -Spherical form
Caolou Mine, Huoqui Co. Luan Prefecture
8 x 7.8 x 6.8 CM (cabinet)
A big purple ball on matrix from finds at Anhui Province in the 2004-5 era. Ex Shields Flynn collection obtained from Bert Ottens at that time. Some translucency is seen with strong backlighting, the ball is 5 CM diameter has a soft matte luster. Some mottling is on the surface adds a little texture. The isolation of the ball and condition are very good, this quality is not available now. An excellent addition to any good Fluorite collection, this habit is rare worldwide and this is a choice example.
A pair of well formed, isolated Prehnite crystals are nicely perched on a matrix of slender Diopside crystals. Excellent contrast and an unusual combination that is very esthetic. The display face of fully crystalized and fully damage free, which is remarkable with delicate Diopsides. Jeffrey mine has over the years produced the best Prehnite crystals in the world in many habits and colors. This miniature is remarkable for the perfection of form, a super Prehnite specimen from anyplace and quite fine even among good Jeffrey pieces.
Extraordinary mint-green acicular needle crystals form a sparkling mass on green and colorless Grossular crystals. This is the only example we have seen of green Pectolite from Jeffrey, or from anyplace for that matter. A few tiny Diopsides are also seen with magnification. Very bright and attractive. Some of he Pectolite needles are the typical white color close to the terminations but green near the base. Displays well from several angles, really different and special from the great Jeffrey mine.
Choice Val Malenco Garnet specimen with several waxy green rounded Demantoid crystals perched on typical Amphibole matrix. The elongation of the 2.1 CM main crystal is impressive, and shows complex rounded faces. Classic specimen, these have always been prized and this is an older piece, sawn on the back as is common to enable collecting intact. The matrix has some cracks that may be old repairs or typical weakness in the fibrous structure of the matrix. Well above average quality best appreciated in person
Runderoth, Grunblieberg Mine, Gummersbach, Bergisches Land
8.9 x 6.1 x 4 CM (cabinet)
A cabinet sized Pyromorphite densely covered with dark green crystals in good condition. An older specimen Ex. John Marshall collection of Pyromorphites, obtained by him in 1994 in Munich. The locality given of Runderoth seems to be a specific point in or near the old Grunblieberg (Green lead Mountain) mining area. Nearly all of the matrix shows at least a few Pyros, but the main display face has a 5 CM diameter dense patch of well formed crystals. John was a fanatic collector of Pyros and was on a mission to obtain the best he could find from every locality in the world. He was not able to upgrade from this one during the next 20 years of collecting.