Aurichalcite with Hemimorphite
79 Mine, Hayden, Banner District, Gila County
4.7 x 4 x 3.8 CM (miniature)
An outstanding Copper specondary specimen, a miniature Aurichalcite from the famed 79 Mine. The condition is exceptional and the display impact is also top notch. Some of the best Aurichalcites ever found came from this small mine years ago but are not often available in this quality. In incredible undamaged condition, remarkable for such a delicate specimen. A few small clear balls of radiating Hemimorphites add a nice contrast too. Brilliant color and luster give this a great display impact much bigger than the size. Really far better in person.
Gemmy sharp and lustrous cluster of transparent, colorless Euclase crystals showing the deep indigo blue zone inside. An older specimen from finds years ago at Alto Do Giz. The crystals are doubly terminated, textbook sharp and nicely striated. In very good condition though some cleaving is noted on the backside but this presents very well and shows no damage on display. A nice clear Brazilian Euclase with the most desirable color inclusion.
Classic Mt. St. Hillaire specimen of a cream Analcime crystal nicely perched on a salmon color Serandite and or Schiziolite cluster. The Serandite is broken at one end but terminated (crudely) on the other. It has been recently determined that some but not all of this habit Serandite is in fact Schiziolite and requires testing. It seems that some crystals are also zoned and have both species present. This one has not be analyzed. As is typical on specimens from this locale, there are other species present as micro crystals too, a Polylithonite rosette and a small cluster of Rhodochrosite. Nice combo thumbnail.
Orpiment on Calcite crystal
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
3.1 x 2..1 x 1.9 CM (thumbnail)
From the Chinese finds made more than 15 years ago at Shimen. This is a fine thumbnail sized Gemmy Calcite crystal coated on several sides with slender crystals of Orpiment in orange and yellow colors. These were big news when first discovered and the supply dried up very quickly. There were very few good thumbnails since most of the Calcites were much larger. In fine condition the specimen is better in person and now a modern classic. We obtained this piece in China at that time and sold it shortly after. Glad to see it back and have one to offer today.
Mahalza, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra
6 x 5.1 x 3 CM (cabinet)
A well-exposed Rhodizite crystal stands on a complex Pegmatitic matrix. The Rhodizite has some gemmy areas and is fairly lustrous, this is a very large sized crystal at 2.8 CM in diameter. Close exam shows a crack and chipping mostly on the backside of the Rhodizite. Still for the size of this crystal it is in quite good condition which is uncommon. Ex. William Hladysz collection and Carter Rich, from the great find over 15 years ago, these were by far the worlds best crystals of this quite rare mineral.
Shengus (Shingus) Haramoush Mts. Skardu District
Baltistan, Northern Areas,
3.3 x 2.4 x 1.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Blocky type crude crystals of Manganotantalite in a cluster that show the red-brown color very well. An older piece from Skardu that has several intergrown crystals these are in quite good condition and most of the faces have very clear striations. Typically this specie has rounded, crude form crystals, often indistinct especially as they get larger. However this is a good deal sharper than most and there is only one spot with a very small contact, otherwise complete on all sides, a floater specimen.
Kelly Mine, Magdalena
5.6 x 5.3 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Kelly Mine Smithsonite with the most desirable wet look luster and good blue color. Ex Hitchings collection this is in fine condition a few of the outer edges show where this was removed but all the display surface is perfect clean and undamaged. A few areas of the white mottling are present which adds a nice contrast. This is a pre 1970 specimen. These have become American classics and there is no other Smithsonite worldwide that has just this look, color and luster.
Xiafu, Zhoaping Co. Henzoh Prefecture
7.8 x 6.4 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
A colorful and very well formed knob of botryoidal Smithsonite with good yellow color. Choice and three dimensional, this looks great from most any angle. Except at the base where this was removed, there is no damage or bruises on any surface. The satiny luster is especially rich. These have been marketed as "Cadmium" Smithsonite but there have been some different analysis that conflicts with this and some claim that none of the yellow Smithsonites from any deposit owe their color to Cadmium. I suspect the truth is someplace in the middle. I do not know if Cadmium is involved in this specimen or this find but this is the sought after "Cadmium'" color. Excellent eye appeal and overall esthetics, no matter the color source. An excellent value for one of these complete knobs which are quite uncommon and priced far higher when available.