Quartz Scepter showing epitaxy
Boron Pit, Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo
4.8 x 2.2 x 2 CM (miniature)
A new find from the great Dalnegorsk (this from the Bor pit). Choice sceptered quartz in excellent condition, with no chips or dings that hosts smaller Quartz crystals in epitaxial arrangement. The shaft of the scepter is composed of hundreds of tiny oriented small Quartz crystals stacked in perfect epitaxial alignment. These crystals and the "accessory" crystals are of the Cumberland or "Beta" type with little or no prism faces just two terminations joined. The smaller accessory quartz are also epitaxially oriented and have some inclusions and adhering matter that gives them a yellowish color. Some have called these Citrine but I think this color is simply a result of these inclusions. A few tiny crystals of Hedenbergite are on the base of the shaft as well. A choice, undamaged example and a nice scepter with amazing structure when examined closely.
N Chwaning Mine, Kalahari Fields, Kuruman
Northern Cape Province,
3.8 x 3.4 x 2.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A cute specimen of Olmiite crystals in spherical form on contrasting matrix. Nice luster and fair pink color, these were once all labeled as Poldervartites (a rare mineral at the time of the find) later re-studied and classified as Olmiite (also at that time a rare mineral). This discovery was sizable and enough good specimens found to allow collectors to own a nice piece without major financial pain. In good condition and a good value.
Okatjimukulu Farm 56, Karibib Region
3.1 x 3 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Flattened hexagonal crystal of deep purple zoned Apatite without matrix. From the finds several years back in the Karibib area of Namibia, this has an etched, frosted luster and good translucency. The crystal is not complete on all edges (typical for this find) but it is undamaged and shows complex recrystallization on some edges. The color is super intense in person, a very nice sizable purple Apatite.
Babingtonite on Prehnite
Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu County, Liangshan Yi Pref.
5.1 x 4.2 x 3.1 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
Well perched sharp and lustrous Babingtonite crystals on contrasting green Prehnite. The finds of these incredible Babingtonites in Meigu redefined this specie and are considered by far the worlds best. The clear form and bright black luster gives this specimen a strong presence. Esthetic and in fine condition there are a few clear Quartz crystals scattered about adding a nice sparkle as well. Damage free and esthetic.
A superb, unusually well formed classic German specimen from the famed Schneeberg mines. The quality is top notch, see the outstanding recent Mineralogical record article on this locale. Sharp, well isolated individual crystals (reaching over 2 CM) contrast with small patches of Cumberland habit druzy Quartz and what seems to be Wendwilsonite. This is ex John Marshall collection piece acquired by him over 50 years ago. The crystal forms on this are well pronounced and show clearly the cubo-octahedral forms with curved faces. These are far more distinct and three dimensional than typical. The display face is in fine, undamaged condition, which is remarkable for this brittle mineral. The only damage to note is on part of the outer edge. Very rare to find any decent specimens available but this one is far beyond that, as fine as any major piece, yet not insanely expensive for a classic..
A fine example of the radiating habit of flat tip green Apophyllite crystals in flowerlike form. The stalk of Stilbite is a choice contrasting matrix for the gem clear Apophyllites. in perfect, undamaged condition the Apophyllites are water clear at the tips and nearly colorless, they grade to a fine mint green lower down and the color is transmitted through the entire crystal. very good value from the second well pocket (there have been at least 4 in 12 years, each a little different). This was a unique small pocket with the fingerlike stalks of Stilbite in stalactitic form.
Sphalerite -gemmy red on Quartz
Shuikoushan Lead Zinc Mine, Changning, Hengyang Pref.
5.6 x 3.4 x 2.5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Perfect Sphalerite crystal is esthetically displayed on contrasting druzy Quartz. No damage, this is bright, sharp and far better in person, this crystal glows a rich ruby-red with backlighting, yet still looks fine under normal conditions. An older Shuikoushan specimen with outstanding luster and presence. Excellent value for a clean small cabinet specimen with character.
Three chisel tip Peridot crystals in a line like mountain peaks. A choice older specimen with fine color and transparency. With any backlight this will really glow. Nearly all good cutting grade, there are virtually no inclusions to be seen. Some minor bruises can be seen but they are very minor, and the naturally frosted faces soften them even more. This is unusually well formed and sizable for a Sopat Peridot which are often very degraded or damaged. Far better in person, a very good value.