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ex. Herb Obodda
This is one of the single best examples I have seen of the so-called "mushroom" tourmalines from late 1990s finds in Mogok. Herb Obodda had this piece tucked away when I bought his collection, and it has a great balance to it in form. It has saturated, intense magenta color, and a bit of sparkle that some of these simply lack. The rubellite spray grew around a schorl core, and from underneath you can see that schorl in the middle, with a bit of albite host matrix as well. Comes with custom display base. Joe Budd Photos.
I am not aware of other fine fluorite locales in California - this seems a freak-of-nature deposit. These green fluorites were collected by the Gochenour brothers in the early 1990s, and are seldom seen on the market even within California. The vein was very small, and hard to work. It was tucked into a now-inaccessible canyon in a suburban development within the greater LA area, and can be considered a mineral from a very urban locale! This particular piece is a rare , large matrix specimen which I bought directly from Dana Gochenour in the mid-1990s and sold to a collector. It was trimmed down to this size from a more massive piece, to isolate the fluorites and make it more aesthetic, and remains one of the few large matrix pieces I am aware of. the fluorite is loosely adhering to the matrix and was "wiggly", so it was stabilized with glue both before and after the trimming. It is not repaired, but should be labelled stabilised. Few of this size, in good condition, were ever found. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. Al Ordway
I am not aware of other fine fluorite locales in California - this seems a freak-of-nature deposit. These green fluorites were collected by the Gochenour brothers in the early 1990s, and are seldom seen on the market even within California. The vein was very small, and hard to work. It was tucked into a now-inaccessible canyon in a suburban development within the greater LA area, and can be considered a mineral from a very urban locale! This particular piece is very gemmy and translucent, with excellent color. Few of this size, in good condition, were ever found. Ex Al Ordway Collection. Joe Budd Photos.
A beautiful contrast of sharp, intense blue veszelyite crystals perched on rolling carpets of saturated, turquoise-blue hemimorphite! Although such association was found in abundance at one time, few specimens featured discrete crysatls like this, and had both species in good color and quality. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. David Stoudt
Sharp, textbook crystals of this intense raspberry-colored garnet measure to 2 cm across on this cabinet piece. Although small pieces and large plates with jumbly masses were around briefly when these came out in the late 1990s, very few larger specimens had quality of aesthetics AND quality of crystals on the same piece. These crystals have a sharp form, saturated color, and are wonderfully isolated on matrix. Few specimens of this quality were found, and fewer still can be had on the market. To this day, these remain a unique, beautiful garnet find that is unlike any found elsewhere. A Mexican classic, but also a very fine and colorful garnet specimen by any standard. ex Dave Stoudt Mexico collection (purchased from me originally in 2007 when it came up to market). Joe Budd Photos.
ex. David Stoudt
A superb amethyst from this locality, with an unusually robust crystal centered nicely on matrix. The crystal is 5.5 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm. Interestingly, this was purchased from the childhood collection of Dr. Joel Bartsch, current president of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. Sir Robert Ferguson
I LOVE THESE THINGS! WHAT A NEAT EXAMPLE OF INTERESTING MINERALOGY, having talc replace a hard mineral like quartz !?! This is an incredibly rare pseudomorph of talc after quartz, on massive talc, from old Germany. Such large pieces are almost impossible to find. These pseudomorphs are quite old, and this one dates to the collection of Sir Robert Ferguson (1769-1840). He was amember of Parliament and the nobility from Kirkaldy, Scotland (he had stopped collecting by 1810, it is thought). I purchased it in London when hs colleciton was dispersed in 1998, and sold it to a collector at that time. Unique to this location, the crystals are very sharp and have a soft vitreous luster. One of the hardest pseudomorphs to find in any condition and this piece is nearly perfect, AND OF LARGE SIZE. As you can imagine, this is a "must have" for any pseudomorph collector or historic mineral lover - and the two old labels are a bonus. For more on Robert Ferguson, click here: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1820-1832/member/ferguson-robert-1769-1840 Joe Budd Photos.
An unusual specimen in that it features one single sharp, isolated ferberite crystal as opposed to the usual clusters which form here. The crystal is textbook sharp, perfect, and stands beautifully and dramatically from a cluster of quartz crystals backing it and nestling around its base. In fact, the piece even stands up on its own. Note the fine luster and interesting surface patterning. Joe Budd Photos.
This is one of the larger crystals I have seen from the locale, from finds of the late 1990s and early 2000s, featuring a freestanding robust crysatl of 4 x 3 x 2 cm. The coloration varies from blue to purplish, depending on the lighting spectrum used. In my office fluorescent lighting, there is distinctly more purple to the blue color shown here. Seldom do you get such large crystals in their natural matrix, though loose ones are seen around. Impressive, and complete all around. Joe Budd Photos.
An unusual floater crystal of deep purple fluorite from this classic district, complete all around with steplike crystallized faces even running around the backside. While not symmetric in back, it is completely crystallized. It has unusual stepped and bevelled edges to the modified cubic crystal which add character. The color is a very rich, beautiful purple with blue core. Overall, an unusual specimen apparently from older finds here. From the noted European fluorite collection of Dr. Jan Buma, Netherlands. Joe Budd Photos.
This is a significant US amethyst specimen: An exceptional large cluster with grape-juice purple crystals, from major finds of the early 2000s here. This piece is dramatic, complete all around, and just stunning. The major crystals are all gemmy at the tips. While other pockets are deservedly famous from this mine, and feature different styles (generally with less intense purple but on quartz matrix in some cases), this particular pocket was always the most impactful to me. I recall seeing the case on exhibit on the main show floor at tucson around 2000 or 2001, and being blown away. Few were found of this size, and quality. I should mention here that the piece is nearly pristine, and there isn't a ding at all on any major crystals despite its size and 3-dimensionality. I have known about it for a decade and always regaded it as one of my favorite major Amethysts from this locality. It is complete all around. When found in the pocket, as told to me by Terry Ledford, it was "wiggly" and so they dripped glue down the middle and you would consider this stabilised/repaired although it has never come apart, per se. The original owner who bought it from the miners has added a sealant base to the bottom, at the midpoint, to be sure to support the weight and keep the cluster solidly together as an extra precaution. I have followed this piece through 2 collections (from the original miner/owner) for a decade, and am proud to have it now. Joe Budd Photos.
This is a major cabinet specimen worthy of any fine collection, and quite a level above the usual sort of sulfur you see (of which even small ones of superb color are now going for five figures). A stunning specimen from an old collection, this piece is two-faced. One side shows an incredible, almost unique, metallic-lustrous sulfur crystallization that forms an interlinked display face of bright crystals. The color is INTENSE and as saturated as I have ever seen in sulfur, but it is the LUSTER that makes this side special, and dramatic. I have seldom seen luster like this, and only on a few smaller specimens (as well as one illustrated in a recent issue of the MR, of similar habit but smaller size). The other side is more traditional, with larger, fat and 3-dimensional, golfball-like crystals growing out from a mass of smaller crystals. It is beautiful as well, though entirely different in style from the other side of the piece. The entire specimen is a floater, complete all around. It has almost no damage (a few very minor rubs you have to look to find, only), remarkable given its size. This piece was in an old collection in Italy for decades, and is the only such example I have seen on the market for this style, in good condition. As good as the photos are, the piece is simply glowing with color in person and so saturated in color, that it is hard to believe it is real. It is THAT good. Joe Budd Photos.
From the famous 1991 find here, this is a killer thumbnail with large, translucent, lustrous crystals to just over an inch in cluster. Only this find had such large crystals with such sharp , isolated temrinations and rich color, though later finds produced more quantity of other styles. Complete all around, and gorgeous. Joe Budd Photos.
This is a superb, exceptionally sharp twinned calcite from the famous Leiping Mine (where the more well-known V-twins were found in the late 1990s). This habit is fairly uncommon and usually the crystals are included, off-center, or otherwise marred. This piece is a perfect miniature with symmetry you could only wish for in most calcite specimens. It is gemmy and lustrous, and complete all around. Joe Budd Photos.
A very elegant, yet robust single crystal of pyromorphite showing deep hoppering growth. It is complete all around, and has a waxy luster combined with pleasing grass-green color. From 2010 finds. Joe Budd Photos.
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