Roselite on Calcite
Aghbar Mine, Aghbar, Agdz Cercle, Zagora Province
3.3 x 1.8 x 1.2 CM (thumbnail)
A well crystalized thumbnail sized Roselite with fine color and gemmy crystals. In very good condition as seen, from the great finds at Aghbar Mine which produced some of the very best Cobalt minerals of all time.
Microcline var. Amazonite
Lake George area, Teller County
7.3 x 4.6 5 CM (cabinet)
Pale-green blocky crystals of Amazonite in a classic cluster from Colorado. The main crystals are complete and perfect condition, the outer edges are broken as is typical when removed from a shattered pocket. An affordable specimen from this famed region, attractive on all sides.
The "grape agate" or ball formed Amethyst from this region is incredible, pretty and affordable. One of the mineral kingdom's best bargains, the color and forms are a great value. This piece is undamaged, has many complete chains of the balls and has the wet sparkling luster that makes these so attractive.
Wulfenite with Calcite etc.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
3.6 x 3.3 x 2.6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Late Summer 2021
Older blocky style Wulfenite crystals with small Calcites on gossan matrix. The majority of the large crystals are complete and slightly distorted with a burnt orange color and good luster. In good condition overall, some minor damage exists but is not very evident. Another modern classic from Ojuela.
Gemmy and bright small Adularia crystals in two generations on a thin matrix plate. This specimen comes in an antique handmade display box of cardboard that has had a round hole cut into the top and a glass sheet installed. Old labels are included. The specimen is in excellent condition, the labels reference an early alpine locality now known as the Greiner area of Schwatz, Tyrol. All of the Adularia are transparent on close exam. Unfortunately it is impossible to know the exact vintage of this piece or the names of the early collectors but it is still a very nice antique presentation.
Pyrite - altering to Hematite/Goethite
Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Prince of Wales Island
3.5 x 3.1 x 2.6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Late Summer 2021
From the famed Green Monster Mountain (Alaska) a Pyrite crystal partially pseudomorphed by Iron Oxide species. This locale is well-known for fine Epidote but the Pyrite pseudos are seldom seen. The Pyrite on this has good somewhat iridescent luster on some faces. Several faces also have some fissures and and stepped zones. The pyrite form is distinct and the specimen seems to be solid and stable.
Hohenstein Massif, Omaruru District
1.7 x 1.2 x .6 CM (thumbnail)
Late Summer 2021
A simple, cute small blue Topaz crystal with a tiny druse of micro Topaz that is orange-red in color. From a find in 2017 on the Hohenstein, these small Topaz were in fractured pockets on a crumbly matrix and most were found as loose crystals. We obtained several from the miners in Namibia at that time. Most of the Topaz in the find was colorless but some were this light sky blue. This is undamaged, complete and doubly terminated.
A rather sharp, well-striated Garnet crystal with several edge and face modifications. The exterior is a mahogany brown but a gemmy green interior is seen in several geometric pits on the crystal where smaller Garnets were attached. This intermediate form of Garnet can be a mixture, or in this case, zoned with both species. The old name for this was Grandite and some have called these Mali Garnet. An affordable example of this interesting type of Garnet.