Dioptase - type locality
Altyn-Tyube, Kirghiz Steppes
5.8 x 4.1 3.6 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
Like green eggs in a nest, a pair of very well-exposed Dioptase crystals from the classic Altyn-Tyube Mine. This is the type locality for the specie. The crystals are complete, well-formed, doubly terminated and undamaged. The overall esthetics are super for the locality and at 1.3 cm these are bigger than average.
Geometrically aligned Galena crystals dominate this complex multi-specie piece from the famed Madan area. We have been awed by the diversity and quality of Galenas and Sphalerites from Madan, which is probably the world's best source for these. Every few years a new habit or style is found. This was mined in 2009, it is in perfect, undamaged condition. The Galena Luster is dull metallic which is contrasted by the bright Sphalerite and Chalcopyrite. It is easy to understand why some collectors love Sulfides and especially Galenas.
Mefis, Taouz, Errachidia Province
4.3 x 3.3 x 1.2 CM (miniature)
new year 2021
Glassy and transparent, a thick tabular habit Barite with inclusions. This find a few years ago produced some large crystals that were mostly milky and somewhat crude. We obtained a few that were more sharp, defined and clear though smaller than average from the find. These sold quickly but we have this piece back via a collection purchase. This is one of the best.
Super bright Barite crystals from Jinkouhe Ex. John Marshall collection. John obtained this in 2003 when the first and best finds had just been made. In incredible condition, no damage seen by naked eye but with magnification some very small edge scuff are found, really close to perfect. The crystals are all transparent with a nice bright color, most have cloud-like inclusions as phantoms in some. Previous labels and collection card are included. I have seen nothing like this from China for a long time.