A fine and pretty piece from a new find of botryoidal Malachite on contrasting orange-red Quartz. The Malachite balls are very well-defined and have good separation. In excellent condition, the only chipping is the outer edge where this was removed. The center of the specimen is very eye-catching hosting velvety luster green balls on bright sparkling red Quartz. It is a surprise to learn that the color of the Quartz is not due to Hematite as is normal but a much less common effect of Goethite inclusions. As far as I know this is the only example of Goethite coloring red Quartz. No matter the reason the overall effect is striking and especially nice in person.
SOLD Fluorite - USA classic
stock #SOLD 23.1-645
Stoneco Auglaize Quarry, Junction, Paulding County
2 x 1.7 x .9 CM (thumbnail)
A small but choice thumbnail of zoned Fluorite from a find at the Auglaze Quarry of Junction, Ohio more than 35 years ago. Ex collection of Larry White, this has excellent form, condition and very nice zoning. It can be oriented in several ways, there is no damage. A contact with a little matrix on the backside is noted but not seen on display. This is a good example from this important Fluorite locality in the Findley Arch Geologic zone.
The Pingtouling mine in Guangdong China was for a short period the source of incredible Mimetites with world-class color and luster. The mine soon flooded and collapsed, there will never be more from here. This is a very good example of the color, habit and gemmy nature of the Mimetites. A modern classic and highly regarded by collectors as a very distinctive and special find.
Fluorite on Quartz and Pyrite
Akchatau Mine, Akshatau, Shet
9.7 x 5.5 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Exceptional Fluorite on Quartz from the find almost 20 years ago In Kazakstan. This piece has etched purple octahedrons perched on smoky Quartz crystals. In fine condition, the Quartz is transparent and lustrous. The octahedrons reach 3.4 CM across and the textured faces contrast with the glassy Quartz crystals. This was not a large find and very few were available at the time of discovery. This piece is far better than typical for form, esthetics and condition. This has a lighter hue than most of the Fluorites found which were dark purple to almost black. The mine here is in fact several hundred individual excavations in small localized deposits. The mine area is well-known for occasional finds of purple Creedite and several rare species. This habit and style though uncommon is also still easily recognized as a Kazak specimen.
From a small find about 10 years ago, a most unusual but also very esthetic specimen. From the Chinese suite of the Shields Flynn collection, this is an amazing style of Inesite unlike any other. The matrix of this is nearly all Quartz crystals in two generations and a little Pyrite, it is covered with dozens of long slender Inesite crystals most of which are covered by tiny sparkling Apophyllite crystals. The Hubeite crystals are lustrous brown, scattered all over but especially rich on the backside. Overall the specimen is very three dimensional, visually complex and has a superb display impact. There are a few small uncoated Inesites which are bright pink to orange, but the main Inesite are fully covered by clear Apophyllite. In fine condition as seen.
From the recent find at Lead Hill, this is a highly etched cluster of stacked cubes that is crystalized on all sides with no point of attachment. The color ranges from a deep purple to almost colorless. On close exam there are some phantoms as well. The surface is highly etched but still geometric in structure. Some faces have a distinctive melted look. No obvious damage or chipping, this is a complete floater. It is great to see a few nice Fluorites are still being found in Southern Illinois.
Cerussite - Arizona classic
Mammoth -St Anthony Mine, Tiger, Mammoth District, Pinal County
2.5 x 2.3 x 1.9 CM (thumbnail)
A Tiger Cerussite thumbnail with thick habit crystals and minimal matrix. The Cerussite has a light orange to yellow color, not the more typical white. There is chipping on the backside and one edge so not for perfectionists but still a nice thumbnail from the legendary Tiger. The chipping is shown on the last two photos. The largest crystal is 1.6 CM, terminated and has some translucence.