A hefty cabinet-sized Scorodite specimen with very lustrous crystals from the earlier find at Mina Ojuela. At first glance the Scorodites look dark almost black but under strong lighting they are a dark transparent blue with a few green and yellow-green crystals mixed in. Unlike many Scorodites from Ojuela this does not have a crumbly matrix, this is a solid piece with no hint of degeneration. An excellent value, this piece from the earlier find in the 1970's is very different from the 2015-16 find, and these are rare on the market.
Adamite - purple
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
4.4 x 3.7 x 3 CM (miniature)
A pretty yet affordable miniature of the rarest color of Adamite, a good deep magenta-purple. Ex Les Hitchings collection, this has larger crystals with purple to white zoning and smaller crystals with a more vivid purple. As is typical of these Adamites the color is more concentrated and vivid at the terminations. The matrix holds a bonus some micro slender Legrandite crystals on the backside in a small vug of the Goethite matrix.
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
3.6 x 2.2 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A cute, smaller old style Mimetite that looks like a yellow-orange brocolli perched on a sliver of matrix. Good wet luster and sparkle. 1970's era specimen that could be trimmed to a thumbnail but looks fine as is. Good value for a cute Mimetite.
Super crystals of the rare Copper Arsenate Euchorite from the type locality. The color and form are especially nice on this thumbnail, there is a slight translucence and classic waxy luster. Examination with good magnification finds a few tiny rough spots and the backside is incomplete, but by naked eye the condition is excellent. Though not perfect the quality for this rare specie is still very fine and not often available. A slightly bent or curved aspect to some faces is noted as was often the case in the larger crystals in the type locality. These crystals are very large for the locality and for the specie. An older specimen, Ex Rejl collection.
Stacked skeletal cubes and modified cubo-octahedra forming a curved "monster" of Galena. Remarkable geometric structures in a complex structure. This is mostly Galena but dark Sphalerite and white Quartz are a nice contrasting matrix. Matte metallic luster and slightly melted edges on one side of the specimen with a brighter and sharper display on the opposite side. In fine undamaged condition, this is a far better in person, a striking and unusually esthetic Galena from finds in 2015. A choice modern classic.
Deep, vivid color Fluorite cubes are arranged in elongated chained structures having formed over crystals of Stibnite that are now gone. The hollow spaces left by the Stibnite are seen only on the back of the specimen. On the backside the Fluorites are coated with tiny white Calcite crystals. This specimen was illustrated in two mineral publications and in the "Whats new in St Marie" video production. This was a very exciting small find a few years ago but now these are no longer being found. Striking color and wonderful form, a different sort of Fluorite that is a choice addition to any good Suite.
A classic Barite with red Hematite inclusions that is decorated with transparent Calcites. These Calcites are also included by Hematite and are very glassy. The Hematite is selectively deposited or zoned which is distinctive for this old English locality. A little minor bruising keep the price reasonable while the display quality is excellent.
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas
7.8 x 4 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
A sizable, slightly bulging Amethyst crystal on matrix from Veracruz. The habit looks very much like Namibian Quartz but this is from the famed finds at Las Vigas, and is a bit unusual for the locale. In fine condition, no damage at all and filled with internal bubbles, the termination is transparent and slightly zoned. An older specimen that is unlike any of the recent finds and displays very well, better in person.