Susanna Mine, Leadhills, South Lanarkshire
7 x 5.2 x 3 CM (cabinet)
Late Summer 2018
An impressive dense mass of small Pyromorphite crystals encrusting all sides of the matrix. From the classic Susanna Mine Leadhills, Scotland, this was in the John Marshall collection. Collected by him in 1970 such fine specimens have not been found for decades, it was the end of an era of richly productive field collecting. In fine condition with a deep green color this is simply an attractive, sparkling specimen from a classic locale.
Sharp phantom of red Quartz seen inside this old specimen from Bamle (Telemark) Norway. As seen the crystal has some bruises and so is not for a perfectionist, but it is a nice colorful piece from this locale famed for Barites. Inside the Quartz there are dark spheres (Pyrite?) and deeper red clouds of Hematite. Pre 1935 vintage with an old French label, these are never seen for sale.
Fluorite -color change
Xiayang, Yongchun County, Quanzhou Prefecture
6.3 x 3.1 x 2.2 (cabinet)
Late Summer 2018
From this great new find, this is a superb small cabinet specimen of sharp, undamaged and very colorful Fluorite. The color shift on these Fluorites is striking, it goes from a royal blue to a deep purple depending on the light source. The crystals are wonderful modified cubes, transparent and have a fine contrast to the matrix. We examined hundreds of pieces from this find and selected just a few, there were many damaged pieces and this level of perfection was not common. The discovery of these in Fujian province was an exciting new find last year and has now already dried up.