A fine classic Chessy Malachite replacing Cuprite crystals. The stacked hoppered Octahedral crystals show fine stepped growth, skeletal structure and are quite sharp, fully undamaged on matrix. Attractive on all sides these are compound crystals with the longest crystal edge over 3 CM which is quite huge for this famed location. This type of pseudomorph is on the "short list" of highly desirable classic European minerals and this piece is far better than average. super addition to a suite of pseudomorphs, copper minerals or pseudos.
Wulfenite - Chromian
Chapacase Mine, Tacopillia Dist, Tacopilla Province
4.2 x 3.2 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
Excellent, intense orange-red color crystals of rare Chrome Wulfenite. The white matrix contrasts well with the Wulfenite all in excellent condition with no damage. This is from a small find made years ago by Terry Szenics in Chile. Chrome Wulfenite is only recognized from three locations world wide, it was described in 1871 as a variety of Wulfenite with the Chrome substituting for or replacing some of the normal Molybdenum. These crystals have remarkable textbook perfect form and are outstanding under the microscope. No longer available.
Sceptered Quartz in excellent undamaged condition with the cap having no prism faces. The shaft of the scepter has several tiny Cumberland habit crystals arranged epitaxially, and which also have a yellow zoning. An attractive Quartz specimen of unusual habit from a find in 2018, this looks great from any side.
Epidote on Quartz
Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Prince of Wales Island
4.6 x 2.6 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
A choice tabular habit Epidote from the legendary finds at Green Monster Mountain in Alaska, USA. The Epidote is a complete textbook form crystal and quite lustrous. Deep green to brownish yellow hues nicely contrast with the clear colorless Quartz so the specimen stands out well. A fine specimen from the short list of great classic US locales.
Wheal Edward, Botallack, St. Just
6.8 x 4.1 x 1.3 CM (cabinet)
Rich, brilliant blue masses of Connellite richly covers a double sided matrix plate. Classic Cornish material, this rather rare Copper mineral is usually seen in specks and areas measured in millimeters, not dense multi centimeter masses. A lighter blue area of Langite is present also, but far more of this is Connellite. From the Ruth and Andy Palmer systematic collection, this are mostly massive, with colorful crusts but strong magnification shows very tiny crystals in a few area. Bright and impressive for this uncommon Copper specie.
Orpiment on Calcite
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
11.5 x 9.9 x 5.3 CM (cabinet)
A very large specimen of fine Calcites richly coated with bright needle Orpiment crystals. Most of the Calcites are twinned and in fine condition, the matrix is a large shard of the same Calcite. A few areas of Realgar are noted too. With backlighting the some of the Calcites show bright red realgar inclusions. Ex Shields Flynn collection, these were a major find about 12 years ago, none since, and the mine is now inactive. A modern Chinese classic not often available in this size or quality. Esthetic.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
2.3 x 1.2 x .8 CM (thumbnail)
A sharply terminated bi-color crystal of glassy Vesuvianite from the great Jeffrey Mine. Gemmy in some areas this grades from a light pink-violet hue to a green top. No damage and a good, affordable Vesuvianite with classic form.
A fine large old Tourmaline crystal from Barra de Salinas, formerly in the famed Smale collection. Deep green color, excellent gem clarity this weighs 84 grams. Best displayed with some backlighting as it is dark without. The complex termination is a series of staggered chisel tips looking like a skyline. The front display side is in very good condition, the backside (last photo) has contacts/chipping that are not seen from the front or sides. The architectural structure of the main prism, very glassy luster and deep striations makes this stand out as a choice Brazilian gem.