Mefis, Taouz, Errachidia Province
4.3 x 3.3 x 1.2 CM (miniature)
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.
Calcite on Galena and Chalcopyrite
Sweetwater Mine, Reynolds County
5.1 x 4.8 x 3.7 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A flawless, gem clear Calcite crystal sits well-exposed on a crystallized Galena and Chalcopyrite matrix. From the Sweetwater Mine (Missouri, USA) Ex. Larry White collection, the Calcite is clear enough that the matrix is seen through the crystal. Sweetwater Mine is famed for its Calcites which often have slightly curved faces. This specimen has some but most faces are perfectly flat and have glassy luster. Best appreciated in person, a fine miniature and great value.
Free-standing crystals of reddish-brown Pyromorphite cover the top of this matrix like a forest. An older Bad Ems specimen (Germany) this is in remarkable condition. Despite the obvious delicate nature of these slender crystals most are in perfect condition, what damage exists is small and not distracting as seen. While the largest crystals are the focal point, the matrix also holds dozens of tiny needle-like crystals with bright luster so the whole sparkles in good light. A choice piece for any sort of collection but especially for a Pyromorphite suite or classic German array.
Dioptase on Shattuckite
3.8 x 2.7 x 2 CM (miniature)
Bright blue shell of Shattuckite hosts dozens of emerald-green Dioptase crystals. In perfect condition, the color and form are excellent and better in person. A choice miniature the back side is a hollow cast with the shape of Quartz crystals, thought the front is the pretty part. Quite a lot of the Kaokoveld Dioptase is a little dull but this has the desirable glass-like luster.
Elmwood Mine, Carthage
4.4 x 2.7 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
An esthetic miniature specimen ex Larry White collection. The purple phantom cubes contrast well with the light colored matrix. The Fluorites also have a sharp exterior ridge-line frame on the outside of the cubes that adds some extra interesting geometry. Nice miniature from the great Elmwood Mine that is quite different from the usual mine run. All of the Fluorites are transparent, the matrix also has a druse of tiny colorless cubes as well. Elmwood was one of the last world class specimen mines in the USA and is certainly a modern classic locale.
Kyanite on Quartz
Barra do Salinas Mining District, Coronel Murta
12.5 x 7.9 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
Terminated and gemmy, bright blue Kyanite crystals are well exposed on a Quartz matrix. The Kyanites are transparent and most have a deeper blue "racing stripe" down the center of the flat blades. Many of the crystals are doubly terminated and reach 10 CM long. Kyanite is a fairly common mineral but it is certainly not common in such an esthetic, delicate array. Exceptional color and quality, it is hard to capture the luster of the crystals in photographs. When this is backlit the intense blue color is incredible.
The Payún Volcano is a very unusual locality and the Hematites from this area are unusual too. This piece is a stack of octahedral crystals that had been Magnetites but are pseudomorphed to Hematite and are now coated with small sparkling Hematite crystals (Specularite type). On some of the octahedral faces it is easy to see the red Hematite crystal surface below the black sparkling crystals. The sculptural form of this miniature piece is quite elegant and there is no damage. This find of Hematites seems to be finished, they will rank as exceptional and are destined to be considered as classics.