An incredibly rich and sizable specimen that is covered with hundreds of slender glassy crystals of Valentinite. Ex John Marshall collection, with previous labels from Shields Flynn and Pequa Rare Minerals, this is an excellent cabinet sized display piece, by far the largest and very best we have ever seen from this locality and outstanding from practically anyplace. Typically Valentinite is seen as Micro specimens or thumbnails, such a large dense carpet of crystals is very rare. Despite the delicacy, this is in excellent condition.
Bright color and luster on dozens of sharp Mimetite crystals from the now famed find years ago at Pingtouling. These are now regarded as some of the world's best examples of this specie, and this is a rich piece in very good condition. This mine was closed by a collapse roughly 20 years ago, nothing has been recovered since. Glassy standing hexagonal crystals range from dark-orange to a more yellowish color on a soft Gossan matrix. Very eye-catching in person, these have become very scarce on the market and quite sought after.
Hubnerite on Quartz
Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province
9.9 x 7.3 x 3.9 CM (cabinet)
New Year 22
A fine modern classic example from the finds over 20 years ago at Pasto Bueno. The Hubnerite crystal is composed of several parallel position crystals that are complete and terminated. This standing cluster is a full 7.5 CM tall. The Hubnerite shows flashes of red under good lighting as is typical of the specie. Perched aesthetically on a spray of Quartz crystals that are also in excellent condition. We need to note there is a small repair on this piece, well-done, and not visible to the naked eye. This keeps the price a good deal lower but has no visible impact on the piece. Looks fine from all sides, an excellent example of the specie.
Kolwezite - early find 1978
Kolwezi, Katanga Copper Crescent
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
5 x 4.2 x 2.4 CM (miniature)
New Year 22
A rich specimen of Kolwezite in ball-like masses and botryoidal crusts. This was collected in 1978, before this was a described mineral specie. Still considered a rather rare mineral this is an unusual Copper and Cobalt specie. Nearly pure Kolwezite, there is a little Plancheite on the back side matrix as well. In fine condition.
Fluorite - classic zoned Illinois
Rosiclare Level, Denton Mine, Haris Creek Sub-district, Hardin County
5.5 x 5 x 2.4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
New Year 22
A cute and colorful zoned Fluorite from the Victory Mine from the Fluorospar region of southern Illinois. This has good deep colors and a cloud-like phantoms along with the geometric edge phantoms. The backside is broken or contacted but the front side is quite sharp and clean. The edges and corners are very distinct. It backlights very well.
A small cabinet Legrandite with great color contrast and many gemmy crystals. The red gossan matrix has a main open vug that is filled with bright yellow to orange crystals of Legrandite sitting on a light green druse of copper rich Austinite. Close exam with good magnification finds some tiny Kottigite, Adamite and other micro crystals as well. The main interest however is the Legrandite. The largest crystal sprays (which reach 2 CM) are pocket bound and so are not as well-defined, however the smaller crystals are impressively complete and perfect, many are free standing, sharply terminated, lustrous and transparent. Good Legrandites from Mina Ojuela are highly regarded, they are by far the best in the world and have only been found a few times in small numbers. This one is from the Benny Fenn find so is an early example and a good value.
Chalcopyrite with Sphalerite
Huaron Mines, Huaron Mining District, San jose de Huayllay District
6.3 x 5.4 x 1.8 CM (cabinet)
New Year 22
Large well-formed Chalcopyrite crystals surround sharp, bright lustrous black Sphalerites. Ex Gene Meieran collection, this is in excellent condition, from Huaron. An earlier label gives an incorrect locality however this is classic for the mine. The largest complete Chalcopyrite crystal is 4.4 CM across. The display face of this piece is remarkable in that it is undamaged. Chalcopyrite is a very delicate mineral and larger crystals almost always have some "issues". The Sphalerite crystals are complete and undamaged as well, what may look like breakage in some photos is simply complex stepped faces that have epitaxial structures.
SOLD Galenobismutite on Quartz
stock #SOLD AX-15-145
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
6.4 x 5 x 3.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
New Year 22
A very fine rarity from Yaoganxian, this is a rich, significant and esthetic Galenobismutite. It is the most attractive specimen of the specie that I have seen. Ex Shields Flynn collection, obtained from Bert Ottens some years ago who confirmed the specie, this is superb from this famous classic location. This visually looks much like a fine Boulangerite and would be an excellent specimen of that but the analysis shows this to be much more rare. It seems that there may be other specimens labeled as Boulangerite that are Galenobismutite. The matrix is a cluster of clear Quartz crystals showing two generations. The metallic needle crystals are in large masses on several faces of the specimen and are also included inside the largest, earlier Quartz prisms. In excellent condition. Mindat lists Galenobismutite from Yaogangxian but there is not yet a single photo from there.