Slyudyanka, Lake Baikal area
Irkutskaya Oblast, Prebaikalia,
9.9 x 3.3 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
New Year 22
Large and fine prism composed of two main crystals that are joined (and look to be twinned). Excellent blue color with bright luster and the classic "melted" look on the etched part of faces. This is the best single prism of Russian Apatite we have ever had, the termination is especially sharp and there is no damage at all, the lower section shows some deep etching and dissolution white the top is textbook perfect, even gemmy in areas. An older piece (1990's vintage) from this interesting skarn, the size, color and overall quality make this an especially great addition to any fine Apatite suite or single crystal collection.
Scheelite with Apatite on Muscovite
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
9.3 x 7.2 x 5.2 CM (cabinet)
New Year 22
A fine early Xuebaoding piece ex Bert Ottens and Shields Flynn. A prominent well-formed orange octahedron of Scheelite is surrounded by a scattering of gemmy Apatite crystals, all set on Muscovite blades with a little Calcite as well. The Apatites are transparent and glassy with a pale color, in some light sources they look slightly pink or violet and in other light they are almost colorless. The Scheelite, Apatite and Calcites are all vividly fluorescent and the combination of yellow, pink and bright red is especially vibrant. The Scheelite has sharp, gemmy corners and excellent luster throughout, most faces show well-defined geometric growth structures as well. No damage, a fine Chinese classic.
Amazing geometric form on this Halite from the recent find at Polkowice (Poland). The crystals are in perfect condition, sharply formed with stepped hoppering that looks great from all sides. No damage, the color is in part from Tolbachite inclusions, an uncommon simple Copper Chloride. A very esthetic example and a textbook perfect specimen. of stacked, hoppered cubes, a very elegant salt!
SOLD Fluorite, zoned cubes
stock #SOLD 21.1-471
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarango District
5.6 x 3.6 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
New Year 22
A choice older specimen of phantom Fluorite from the famed Okorusu Mine (Namibia). The main crystals are especially fine, sharp edged, and transparent. Color zoning is also very distinct with the overall hue a mid range blue with phantoms being a more deep blue to purple color. We have seen huge amounts of Fluorite from this mine over the years but very few were in such good condition with prominent zoning. The mine has been inactive for several years now, these are becoming modern classics.
Roselite on Calcite
Aghbar Mine, Aghbar, Agdz Cercle, Zagora Province
3.3 x 1.8 x 1.2 CM (thumbnail)
New Year 22
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.
A half nodule from the famed Variscite locality of Clay Canyon. This is quite an unusual nodule, it has complex zoned "eyes" showing these three Phosphates in concentric circles. An impressive illustration of the sequential deposition and alteration of these minerals, the details are especially striking. With good magnification it can be seen that there are small open cavities between some of the rings which contain micro crystals of other unidentified species. An early piece from the classic finds by Ed Over and Arthur Montgomery. In excellent condition, the color is a little brighter in person, overall a choice and mineralogically interesting piece of a type I have never seen before.
A complete and perfect elongated crystal of Pyrrhotite is perched on a complex crystalized matrix. The Pyrrhotite looks very much like two crystals side by side but is in fact a single crystal. Fine stepped growths and silky patina on all sides of the specimen. The Galena and Sphalerite are both very lustrous and the whole piece is damage-free. An older specimen from Dalnegorsk, this is vintage about 1996.
A very esthetic and unusual specimen from the remarkable finds at the Rudna Mine. A radiating spray of sharp, transparent bladed crystals of Gypsum are on a green matrix that has been determined to be in part Paratacamite. In excellent condition, many of the blades show fishtail terminations indicating that most are twinned. A fine example from recent discoveries, this can be shipped but we can also deliver to any of the major mineral shows that we attend.