A pure mass of gemmy lustrous yellow garnets crystals densely packed together with no matrix. This is a recent find (2010)from the area that has in the past produced both Grossular and Vesuvianite, but not in this form! This is the best example I have seen so far. Showy glass-like sparkling crystals up to 1.3 cm (average about 4-7 mm) are jammed together as an intergrown mass. Most crystals are complete without damage but several have signs of contacting and a few small points show chipping with magnification. By naked eye this displays very well.
A cluster of intergrown, rich deep green gem crystals perched on a crystalline matrix. From the major find made in 2006, these were quickly absorbed into the market and disappeared. A very esthetic example of this uncommon variant, the largest crystal is 1.5 cm and is perched on other crystals. Far better in person! These show complex, lustrous faces and are undamaged.
A rare variation of the classic British Campylite from Dry Gill, this small, esthetic piece features a curved chain of Mimetite crystals. Lustrous and in excellent condition damage-wise, the chain has a central hollow canal running its length. The matrix also hosts small botryoidal crystals of yellow, green and orange Mimetite. A fine small miniature!
A Massachusetts rarity, from the John Marshall collection from a one time find over 40 years ago, during the construction of I 495. Two large, complex pyrites to 4.4 CM are perched on a jumble of micro crystals mostly Magnetites with numerous Xenotime. The right side crystal is in perfect condition, the left shows an old stress crack that is partly re-healed. An exceptional example of this find, I have not seen any better ever. Displays well.
A quite sizable (7.9 CM) and impressive Chinese Emerald with the typical color from this find. This Beryl is not gemmy except on thin edges and not colored by Chromium as are the Colombian Emeralds. Despite that this is still attractive and affordable. The crystal has been repaired (1x) and shows also a natural break and re-healing. A very good addition to a suite of Beryl, Chinese minerals or just as an attractive display piece.
A great multi specie Rhodochrosite and Silver piece that has lots to look at! The Rhodo rhomb is 1.6 CM in size, sharp with rich red color. It is resting on a mass of crystallized Sulfide minerals, Sphalerite and Acanthite being the main ones and has native Silver in wires and curling clusters scattered. The rare associations are well presented, few Wudong area Rhodos have Silver associated, and few of those are esthetic.
Classic calcite on sulfide and dolomite matrix from the great discoveries at Shullsburg. Esthetic and well presented, the calcites reach 3.2 CM. The backside isalso displayable. The front display face appears damage free (magnification finds micro nicks)there is contacting on the reverse but all in all it looks pristine. These are well respected as great and distinctive specimens, this is a good affordable example.
Azurite with minor Malachite
Tongshan Mine, Guichi Dist., Chizhou Pref.
7.4 x 6.7 CM (cabinet)
A big, bright blue sparkling specimen with Azurite crystals densely packed on the display faces. The copper deposits in this area of Anhui province have been mined for thousands of years, probably the longest continuous operation on earth. Small scale mining lets specimens escape the huge crushers that are used elsewhere. Very attractive and affordable.