Gemmy bubble-gum pink Elbaite crystal from a new find in a little known pegmatite in the Pachigram (Afghan) area. Unlike earlier finds nearby, the crystals in this single pocket are more slender in proportion and can have a slightly colorless or blue zone at the termination. This is in excellent, undamaged condition, it is even fully recrystallized on the bottom end, so it is techically doubly terminated. Most of these were broken from their matrix in natural events long ago, but some like this have rehealed the original connection point. An attractive Tourmaline from an unusual locality.
A remarkable and pristine example of this rare Phosphate from what is unquestionably the best locality for the specie (Reaphook Hill, Australia). This has the very best esthetics and coverage of perfect slender crystals we have seen, including top collections and museums. It certainly is among the very top specimens of the specie. These crystals average 1 CM and the radiating structures are up to 3.3 CM in diameter. These were found in the 1960-70 era, nothing since has been seen. Pieces of this quality are only available from old collections.
Axinite - gemmy crystals
Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast
Pre Polar Ural region,
5.5 x 3. x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
Very sharp, complete and glassy, this is a flawless Axinite with many transparent sections. From the now famed discoveries in the Polar Urals, this is far more striking in person. Very few localities in the world ever produced Axinites of this calibre, the edges on this are razor sharp, it could easily cut skin or be cut as faceted gems. Usually crystals of this size have jagged edges or tiny chips, this one does not. The main crystal is 5.5 CM across. Backlighting adds a fine glow as well, but these photos are not backlit, this gives a true presentation of the specimen in a "normal" display. These have become quite uncommon over the past two decades and are now usually quite expensive. A very good value for quality in this size.
An unusual specimen ex Les Hitchings collection, obtained in 1963 as noted in his ledger; one of his earliest pieces. This is quite different from more recent pieces and has a fine composition overall. The Calcite and Quartz have a light mint-green color caused by the underlying copper minerals. A small area of Aurichalcite is noted on the matrix. The taller fingers or towers grade to a white to pale yellow color at the tips. Overall in excellent condition, the sparkle and luster are excellent. This dates back to the early years of Mexican mineral specimens being exported to the USA.
Alto da Pitorra, Laranjeiras, Galleia, Doce Valley
6.3 x 3.9 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
Cluster of terminated rose Quartz crystals with very good color and transparency. An older piece from the Alto da Pitorra (Brazil) with most crystals having a slight divergence though mostly in parallel growth. In very good condition, the main terminations are sharp and undamaged, there is a contacted area on the back but not seen on display. Rose Quartz crystals are not known from very many localities and large, fine crystals like this are very rare indeed. Choice.
Outstanding large Cabinet specimen with fine green color, luster and rich composition. One of the very best examples we have seen from this closed locality, it has a great provenance, collected in 1980 by Richard Barstow during the very breif period when fine specimens could be collected. Later in the collections of Nick Carruth (Cornwall, UK) and Charles Noll (USA). The specimen has good exposures of Cerussite on all sides, the most attractive of which contrast with the vivid green Malachite. It seems this locality was "discovered" late in its life by collectors. Some specimens of this quality were found early on, but the mine soon closed and since then nothing much other than micromounts were seen. The locality is known for some excellent small rarities but large specimens are only seen ion early collections. This would be an attractive, colorful specimen from anyplace but is especially choice being green and from Ireland.
Two joined Quartz crystals with very distinct and vibrant inclusions of blue-green Ajoite. These are fully natural crystals which is quite rare (very often faces were polished or ground down to show the inclusions better). This has no such alterations, polishing or repairs of any sort and the crystal tips are sharp and complete. A custom made Acrylic display base is included as well. There have been no new finds of Ajoite like this for more than 15 years, these have become highly prized and usually very expensive. An excellent value for a modern classic.
Mimetite var. Campylite
Dry Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells
6.6 x 2.7 x 2.1 CM (cabinet)
Esthetic, classic and unusual British "Campylite" from the vintage locality of Dry Gill. Well-crystalized Mimetites are clustered on a dark gossan cast that is hollow on one side. Especially intriguing is the outside facing half of the crystals are a dark olive green but the inner half are reddish orange. In excellent condition, this is the type of Mimetite that made this small mine world famous. Ex Hitchings collection, obtained by trade in England in the 1970 era but almost certainly a far older specimen from the golden years at the mine. This site began formal working in 1846 and operations ceased in 1869. While the mine produced best in those years there have been some good pieces collected about a half century ago as well.