Apatite on Albite with Clinochlore
Tormiq Valley, Haramoush Mountains, Skardu District
5 x 4.1 x 4.4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
New Year 22
Compound crystal of Apatite CaF 4.7 CM across is perched nicely on a snowy white Albite matrix sprinkled with Clinochlore. Well-defined faces, good luster and with nice striations, the crystal is a cream-yellow color and transparent in parts. Good fluorescence also. An alpine style habit and association, this from Pakistan though, it really looks like a fine Austrian piece. Older labels included, Ex Nick Carruth (Cornwall, UK) David Crawford and Charles Noll (USA). In very good condition no obvious damage and better in person too.
Microcline var. Amazonite
Lake George area, Teller County
7.3 x 4.6 5 CM (cabinet)
New Year 22
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.
A remarkable and unusual secondary Copper piece; a hollow cast that shows the form of the original Anhydrite crystal that was replaced by bright blue Shattuckite. The Shattuckite is covered with a mint green layer of Plancheite making a nice contrast. The whole piece has the form of the original Anhydrite crystal and maintains a central void with the same shape. Reminiscent of the shape of Azurite casts from the Apex Mine in Utah, this is an even more rare replacement found just once about 20 years ago at the M'sessa Mine of the Katanga Copper Crescent.
A sharp and fully transparent gem crystal of Cerussite that is in exceptional, undamaged condition. This has a champagne colored phantom that is only seen on a few angles, otherwise the crystal has a very limpid interior. The termination is a complex, stepped chisel type and most of the faces are both lustrous and have some complex growth patterns that are well-defined. A Tsumeb classic that has the clarity and color like a fine Kombat Mine piece but has the habit of Tsumeb. Far better in person.
Mauldin Mountain, Montgomery County
5.1 x 3.3 2.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
New Year 22
An isolated, distinct hemisphere of Wavellite on contrasting matrix. A USA classic from Mauldin Mountain, the sphere is composed of tightly packed crystals that have a nice sheen in person. In excellent condition, the color is a little deeper than the photos show. An older specimen, these Wavellites are considered by many as the best from the USA and yet still quite affordable for a nice piece.
An incredible Yindu Fluorite with a glass-clear blue crystal that has a deep purple cloud inside and a fine edge phantom as well. Super sharp and resting on Calcite the Fluorite has impeccable bright luster. The overall effect is like looking into an aquarium. Good Yindu Fluorites are now very much admired and sought after, as they are both beautiful and unlike most any other Fluorite. One edge of this elongated cube is contacted where it was on matrix but there is no damage, breaks or chips. This rests on a crystalized mass of white Calcite and the contrast is excellent. Better in person too.
Scorodite with Pyrite
Baishiding Mine, Zhongshan Co, Hezhou Prefecture
4.6 x 3.6 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
New Year 22
Bright gemmy blue and purple Scorodite mixed with Pyrite on a Scorodite matrix. The matrix looks brown in some lighting but the color is from inclusions inside many small Scorodite which are both massive and crystalized. The main crystals are very defined, lustrous and have a very intense color. Overall in fine condition exam with 10-20X magnification finds some tiny rough areas but no serious damage is seen by naked eye. From the find at Henzoh almost 10 years ago, we have not seen any Scorodite from China since, it seems this was a one time find. Scorodite is known from many localities but only a few have good, sizable, bright crystals like these and those are never common.
A complete floater, crystallized on all sides with slender blade-like crystals of Frankeite radiating in clusters and ball-like aggregates. An incredibly rare mineral, all the best specimens known came from just a few small finds in Bolivia, this is a superb example from what may be the best of those discoveries about 35 years ago. Not long ago Frankeite was often called the rarest Sulfosalt in the world. That may have been true then but today that statement is not true though it is still very super rare. The well-formed balls and clusters are distinctive for this special find at the San Jose Mine. In excellent condition, this displays well from any angle. Ex Dr. Eugene Sensei Collection. As far as we know there have been no more found since about 2005.