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ex. Ron Pellar
A sharp, extremely well-balanced neptunite thumbnail with the best black neptunite (lustre, sharpness!), perched smartly on stark white natrolite matrix. Now, such pieces are hard to come by in this quality and the deposit is basically exhausted for such things. Ex. Ron Pellar thumbnail collection. Joe Budd photos.
A gorgeous, evenly-colored crust of solid austinite, formed up robust radial sprays to 1 cm that are grown together like a mat underneath the sparkling surface. This is for my taste one of the prettiest of the austinites found, of this style, in finds of about 2008-2009. It is also the richest such find of austinite, i am aware of from this or other locales. Ojuela has an on and off history of producing world class examples of rare species, such as this - and such finds are usually not repeated. Joe Budd photos.
ex. Ron Pellar
A sharp hexagonal crystal of the very rare red beryl species only identified in the last decade, and now very hard to come by on the market! No new crystals of this quality have been found since 2003, I am reliably told. This one is not quite complete, with a bit of edge wear on two lower edges, but it is good-sized and showy. It is 29.5 carats. Ex. Ron Pellar thumbnail collection. Joe Budd photos.
A large and relatively complete crystal of blue halite from this old, classic locale, showing deep color and unusually good size for here. I think all faces certainly are legitimate and show the slight imperfections you would expect of natural cubic faces, including a few small dings; and the piece is then complete all around except the backside. Joe Budd photos. Note added From the CalTech website courtesy Dr. George Rossman: http://minerals.caltech.edu: Blue halite is the result of exposure to natural radiation. Initially, if halite (common salt) is exposed to gamma radiation, it turns amber because of F-centers. They are mostly electrons trapped at sites of missing Cl- ions. In time the electrons migrate to Na+ ions and reduce it to Na metal. Atoms of Na metal, in turn, migrate to form colloidal sized aggregrates of sodium metal. They are the cause of the blue color.
ex. Ron Pellar
Although seemingly small, this is really quite a nice little treasure. Not only does this cumengeite crystal have the TOP blue color saturation , and relatively high lustre, but it is untwinned. Most cumengeite found is formed as a twinned growth atop boleite. This crystal is a primary, untwinned, doubly-terminated crystal. Ex. Ron Pellar thumbnail collection. Joe Budd photos.
ex. Ron Pellar
A sharp, aesthetic cluster with tips colored lavender-purple by manganese, from the famous finds of the early 1980s here. Ex. Ron Pellar collection (he was most known for his adamite suite assembled over some 40 years). Joe Budd photos.
This is a large, impressive specimen of Morganite (pink beryl) from THE classic old find in Brazil, dated to 1965. The story of this find is related on page 200 of the book Gem & Crystal Treasures. Few specimens recovered had complete crystals on matrix, and of such transparency. Few have complete hexagonal form not overgrown by ugly matrix. Few are this size and condition. Few are in an aesthetic quality for the advanced collector. This crystal shows sharp hexagonal form, excellent color, bright luster, and transparency. And, it stands straight up from contrasting black matrix of tourmaline that accentuates the pink color and sharp form. These are highly sought after, and to obtain a freestanding single of this size on matrix should be considered a rare chance. Joe Budd photos.
ex. Bruce Oreck
This specimen was pictured on the cover of the Nov-Dec 2009 Mineralogical Record issue containing a long article on this famous gem crystal mine. It is also pictured inside the article, shown after being mined. The piece is gemmier than most, sharper than most in form and termination, and retains a hexagonal shape unmarred by too much etching; and yet enough etching to give it the fantastically complex surface structure we love to see in these beryl crystals. It is absolutely pristine, and is doubly-terminated. Here is a stunning, large specimen of heliodor that is not just gemmy, but is TOTALLY 100% clean and of gem quality - two entirely different uses of the base word "gem" ! 532 grams mass - which is a LOT of treated, cutting-quality aquamarine rough in the gem trade (although one should never cut such a perfect crystal!) . Formerly in the collection of Daniel Trinchillo (known to keep great Russian pieces); and of collector Bruce Oreck. Joe Budd photos.
ex. Marshall Sussman
A riveting specimen of the rare, "sugary" style of intense green smithsonite from Tsumeb, produced in a single pocket in the late 1970s or early 1980s. This piece came from a collection purchased in Africa by the Sussmans, solely to get this specimen. There are few that rival it for size, and they are held by major museums or collectors not releasing them. Of the examples I have seen, even including the Houston Museum example and the piece formerly in the noted smithsonite collection of the Zweibels, this one excels because of its aesthetic edges, dramatic 3-D form, and translucency. There is no damage at all - it is perfect despite the large size. Joe Budd photos.
A gemmy, sparkling, bubbly blue willemite of a quality that I simply never thought to exist, from the remarkable small find of the late 1970s that is regarded by most Tsumeb afficionados as having produced the finest willemite in the world. This piece is 3-dimensional, has great horizons, and is complete all around! It is blue on the front, and red (also willemite) on the backside. Most people whom i showed this to, thought it was a translucent smithsonite. Joe Budd photos.
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