over 70 new worldwide mineral specimens
New Finds & Old classics!
ex. George Vaux
A sparkling, extremely lustrous smoky quartz showing a dramatic twisting effect ("gwindel"). The color here is just incredible - not the typical "smoky" you usually see, but a richer and more saturated color that is dark and yet beautiful. The piece is totally transparent, with an inner sparkle and brilliance to the quartz you do not always get. It is complete on the front and tops, and shows a small amount of edge wear , and one small broken tip, on the sides...acceptable in context of age, overall quality, and price. This piece was formerly in the collection of George Vaux , (1863-1927), the noted collector of Philadelphia, and comes with his handwritten label. also recently in the Richard Hauck Quartz Collection. Joe Budd photos.
ex. George Elling
This barite crystal is doubly-terminated, and quite unusual in its sharp form and its phantom! The crystal is perched on a small bit of calcite matrix. Aesthetic pieces of barite from these mines, in this size range, are simply hard to come by, today - they date to the mid or late 1800s and damage accumulates over time unless they are locked up in museums (as this one was, ex Harvard). The label indicates a date of 1893-1898, based on George English's business locations (courtesy of Mineralogical Record label archives:http://www.minrec.org/labels.asp?page=3&colid=319) Ex. George Elling collection. Joe Budd photos.
An intense-blue, very color-saturated aquamarine from new finds in Vietnam. The color is EXTREME, and reminds me only of a very few Jos aquamarines I have seen in the past, quite more robust than aquas from Pakistan or Brazil. This 28-gram crystal is complete all-around, 360 degrees. It is pristine and has a fancy, pyramidal termination characteristic of this pocket (from which I understand only about a dozen specimens were recovered). The exact locale is not yet able to be released, but it IS a new location distinct from the current locale which produces flat-topped aquamarines of a lighter, more typical hue. Joe Budd photos.
ex. Richard Heck
A very large, pastel green fluorite crystal sits perched on a nest of small , lustrous sphalerites here. Large octos from Naica are much more rare than the cubic forms, and seldom seen in this quality. The crystal measures 3 inches on a line. Actually, is frontal face terminates not in an octohedral point, but in a modified cubic termination (as coming out of the screen). One of the highlights of this fine old Mexican mineral collection. Joe Budd photos.
This unusual, elongated and pointed-tipped crystal of phenakite is from a small find made in about 2004, which was brought out by Italian dealers and experts in Madagascar minerals, Emanuele Marini and Federico Pezzotta. It was at the time, the best matrix example from the pocket, which they had for sale. To this day, despite finds of the mineral at other localities, i have never seen another quite like this. The crystal is actually doubly-terminated, and is 5 cm long. It is not repaired, and was expertly exposed in this matrix of calcite. Joe Budd photos.
ex. Ron Pellar
Like many of Ron's top pieces, he found just a smashing example of a relatively common species and sat on it for 20-30 years or more. While dioptase thumbnails are common enough, this piece just has a perfect balance and a sharpness to it, that few have. The dioptase crystal is 1.9 cm from tip to tip, and sits perfectly on a well-balanced matrix, showing all terminations. It is RAZOR sharp. I first saw this on exhibit in the Pellar collection competitive cases when I lived in California in the early 1990s. It is complete all around, and is more than just a "small example", transcending to be superb thumbnail way beyond the norm for a relatively common species. Purchased by thumbnail collector Ron Pellar in 1984, right at the height of the dioptase production from Tsumeb, he picked this and kept it since. At the time he bought it, the price paid was probably a near record for a thumbnail from this find, as much was coming out for 2 years, and smaller pieces were often sold inexpensively. But this is one of the great ones! Joe Budd photos.
ex. Richard Heck
This jewel-like cluster features brilliantly clustrous, clear fluorites showing cuboctohedral crystals. They are perched on equally sparkling galena, making for a stark contrast that really just leaps out , despite not having the traditional pastel color hues most Naica fluorite has. Minor white calcite acts as an accent, and by its opacity , highlights the separation of individual fluorite crystals. The overall look of this combination piece is just different, and more brilliantly lustrous, than most Naica specimens. It stands on its own merits for quality, and is more than another locality piece. Despite the good photos, it is even better in person. One of the special fluorites among many in this fine old Mexican mineral collection. Joe Budd photos.
ex. Dr. Edward David
Although common enough, truly fine galenas that have that extra form, luster, or style from this classic mining district are hard to get ahold of. This is a really showy, well-balanced specimen with sharp modified crystals to 4 cm on edge. They are cubes, with slight octohedral modifications on the tips. The piece, despite its size and weight, is nearly pristine with only a few trivial little dings or chips. It is 3-dimensional, and although heavy it is not "too heavy" for a specimen to go amongst other pieces. ex Ed David collection. Joe Budd photos.
ex. Carlton Davis
A classic neon-green pyromorphite form the early 1980s finds here, with that unique, saturated color that to most people is still unequaled. Although the crystals are smallish, the piece overall is very pretty and elegant, sparkling like glass from all the little reflections. The pyromorphite covers a tentacle of gossan matrix, and is in excellent condition. From the collection of Carlton Davis of Ohio. Joe Budd photos.
ex. Richard Heck
This specimen has the deepest green color saturation I have seen in a Naica fluorite, combined with sparkling luster! The crystal is a complex octohedron with many-stepped faces reflecting light, perched up on galena. It is 4 cm across. One of the special fluorites among many in this fine old Mexican mineral collection. Joe Budd photos.
ex. Ron Pellar
Rarely do we get good specimens of this classic, replacemend of azurite by sparkling bright chrysocolla. Atop it all, is a thin layer of drusy quartz which adds sparkle, and protects the underlaying blue chrysocolla as well. Most are large clusters, in any case. This is one of the VERY few thumbnail specimens I have seen of this material, and it really just leaps out for sheer color. It is complete all around, and is more than just a "small example", transcending to be superb thumbnail of a very hard thing to get. Ex Star van Scriver collection, in 1983, to thumbnail collector Ron Pellar. Joe Budd photos.
ex. Ron Pellar
A sparkline, gorgeous rosette of adamite on a small bit of matrix, just a well-balanced miniature of this classic style. Ex. Ron Pellar collection (he was most known for his adamite suite assembled over some 40 years). Joe Budd photos.
ex. David Stoudt
A 3-cm-across, sharp, dramatic, textbook crystal of wine-red garnet sits here on a well trimmed matrix. This is an old and rare style, for the locality, quite different from the generally matte finish crystals you usually see from here in a variety of browns and orange colors (and, from one large find of the past, in pink). The crystal is well excavated without any repairs, and is nearly pristine (just the tiniest little dings are present, in context on such a sharp, exposed crystal). The piece is a significant Mexican garnet specimen and has the aesthetics you would want in garnet from other lcoalities, but seldom see in the lumpy matrix characteristic of this particular location. ex. Dave Stoudt Mexico Collection, and previously in the Evan Jones Mexico Collection (both being very notable for the suites assembled). Joe Budd photos.
Although seemingly common on the market for the last few years, this is a particularly choice piece, with what I felt was uncommonly good aesthetics and balance for its size and price range. The garnets here are bright and sparkling, and have a slightly deeper red color than appears in the photos in halogen lights. The quartz is particularly gemmy ans symmetric, amking for a very striking combination piece - these are sure to be "classics" someday! Joe Budd photos.
ex. Ron Pellar
A relatively large crystal of this very rare species, which only has been found in a few places in the world in such crystals. Of those, these large hexagonal crystals are the only ones a collector can even really expect to see periodically on the market, though even then it is a rare thing (they were brought out by Carlos Barbosa, I think, in the late 1980s or early 90s). Ex. Ron Pellar thumbnail collection. Joe Budd photos.
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