Elbaite (Rubellite) with Lepidolite
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill,Mesa Grande District, San Diego County
2.1 x 1.5 x 1.2 CM (thumbnail)
new year 2021
A fine, super colorful thumbnail Tourmaline from the Larry White collection. Great condition, gemmy transparency and vivid pink to red color that contrast with the purple Lepidolite. This is currently mounted on one of Larry's handmade wooden bases but it can easily be removed if desired. A slight bend near the termination and some color zoning add extra interest. In addition the crystal shows a very good dichroic color shift in polarized light. Choice small thumbnail. A classic USA gem crystal, esthetic, and even nicer in person.
SOLD Luzonite with Pyrite
stock #SOLD 20.1-913
Chinkuashih Mine, Ruifang District
New Taipei City,
4.9 x 4.1 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
new year 2021
An excellent specimen of this uncommon Copper specie with dozens of crystals in close association with Pyrite. In some spots the Luzonite has completely encased the Pyrite crystals. Many of the crystals resemble Stannite clusters; Luzonite is a member of the Stannite group so the resemblance is not that surprising. In fine condition with several sharp and complete crystals up to 3 MM that are well-defined. This was previously in the William Hladysz collection. An attractive specimen of this fairly rare mineral only known in good crystals from very few localities.
The rare mineral Herbertsmithite has its type locality in Chile but was previously found in Anarak, Iran, and was called Anarakite. This was never well studied or described until later when it was found to be the newly described Herbertsmithite. The specie has made a lot of news recently as it has been found to have unique properties that some are calling a new form of matter. Aside from that fame this is an attractive mineral here in bright green sparkling micro crystals. The matrix is a gossan with Wulfenite and other species adding contrast. There is some Gypsum as well, crystallized over some of the Herbertsmithite which is visible inside. There is a lot of interesting reading available online about the properties of this very odd and rare mineral. This is a nice and affordable example. Ex Andy and Ruth Palmer collection.
Imiter Mine, Imiter Mining Dist., Tinghir Province
10.2 x 7.1 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
A large specimen richly covered on both sides with hundreds of brilliant Proustite crystals. This shows perfectly why this specie is called Ruby Silver, the crystals are all transparent, gemmy and sparkling red. The vivid color and bright luster of the transparent prisms stands out against the dark matrix. Ex David Lloyd collection, in outstanding fine condition with a few small blebs of Silver seen with magnification. From the early finds of Proustite at Imiter that were a great sensation in the mineral world. Prior to this find Proustite was only available from a few old classic Silver localities in Chile and Europe, they were (and are) treasured and expensive rarities. The Moroccan find had allowed collectors with less deep pockets to have fine specimens of this "noble" mineral.
A superb and complex specimen of Wulfenite from the important find of 2018 in Yazd Province, Iran. The Wulfenite crystals are quite large for this find, up to 2.8 CM across. These are now partly coated by White Calcite and dusted with tiny black crystals of Plattnerite and a few small Mimetites. The Wulfenites from this ancient Lead mine are unique in the world, the forms and associations are different from any others. This is in remarkably fine condition as very few were so intact. The form is quite sculptural and the complexity adds a lot of visual interest. An excellent addition to any suite of Wulfenites or Lead minerals.
Wulfenite with Calcite
Ahmad Abad Mine
6.2 x 5.1 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
Very thin, delicate crystals of yellow Wulfenite with some orange centers. Small balls of white Calcite are scattered on these blades and in some cases there are tiny lines of crystals on the edges of the Wulfenites. In fine condition, despite the obvious fragility all of the main crystals and most of the small ones are perfect and undamaged. This is from the unusual discovery at a small, ancient lead mine in Yazd Province, Iran. The crystals have several habits and are both pointed and with flat edges. The color in person is quite vivid. This was an important find and the Wulfenites were huge mineral news when these emerged, these are unlike any others ever discovered. This piece is far above the average quality and choice for the locale.
A large, complete Prehnite ball that is well-crystallized on all sides. The radiating crystals are quite lustrous, mostly a dark blue- green and with a few scattered clear Calcites adding extra contrast. The largest individual Prehnites are almost 2 CM, though most are about 1 CM. The condition is exceptional, undamaged and the overall esthetics are impressive from many angles. This piece is from the major find in 2018 and well above average for quality.
Hedyphane on Calcite
stock #20.1 -885
San Carlos Mine, Municipio de Maunuel Benavidas
7.8 x 4.7 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
A rich and fine specimen of rarely seen specie from a find in the late 1960 era. Lustrous, bright yellow Hedyphane crystals are clustered in radiating groups and tufts on Calcite. The San Carlos Mine has had some sporadic and typically small discoveries of fine minerals over the last 70 years. Most recently were the world class Vanadinites found in 2018. Hedyphane is quite rare here, it is known mostly in nice micro crystals but almost no "naked eye" specimens exist. This piece is an exception with clearly visible sparkling crystals on a large area. For any suite of Mexican, Lead, or San Carlos minerals this is a very nice addition. From the Ruth and Andy Palmer species collection that was gathered in collaboration with Dr. Joe Manderino.