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A beautiful, complete-all-around cluster of wulfenite from this classic locality. Such pieces are rare. Most are muddy or included, but this shows a rich, clean butterscotch color. Joe Budd Photos.
Pezzottaite, named after our friend Dr. Federico Pezzotta of Milan who brought it to light, is the only recently identified new species of beryl (2003). It is a red beryl with unique color due to Cesium, apparently. Large crystals were few and far between, and none have been found since 2005. This is a superb, complete crystal except only for a small contacted notch at bottom, and with robust color. It is also highly translucent, more so than the photos indicate because we did not want to add too much backlighting, but with any decent backlighting you really can see this is extremely translucent. Many crystals of this size were cut into cabochons which show a striking color and often a catseye pattern. This crystal is 23 grams. Shown here both with slight backlighting, and without.Joe Budd Photos.
Pezzottaite, named after our friend Dr. Federico Pezzotta of Milan who brought it to light, is the only recently identified new species of beryl (2003). It is a red beryl with unique color due to Cesium, apparently. Large crystals were few and far between, and none have been found since 2005. This is a superb, complete crystal with robust color. Many crystals of this size were cut into cabochons which show a striking color and often a catseye pattern. This crystal is 11 grams. Shown here both with slight backlighting, and without.Joe Budd Photos.
A sharp specimen with several SUPERB crystals to 3.5 cm with really top color and luster for this normally rock-forming material, from the classic ancient locality for Lapiz Lazuli. This was the "stone of kings" since before Biblical times. This is a sharp, freestanding crystal way beyond the normal quality: the major crystal is 3.5 cm across and almost as sharp as these ever get. Also, unlike some, I can assure you that this is not one with pale color that has been buffed to sharpness and then rubbed with blue "cement," of glue and powdered Lapis...a constant danger for the collector to be aware of when shopping for these specimens. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. Ken Roberts
rarely do you get the arsenian pyromorphite from this locality (the orange variety) , in good aesthetic specimens of this style and size. Most tend to form as part of larger plates and masses. This balanced miniature is complete all around, and has a consistent, intense , solid orange color . It is actually completely crystallized all around and can be shown from a number of angles. Superb quality, and pristine condition, typical of the specimens sold out of the longtime collection of dealer Ken Roberts. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. Ken Roberts
A simply stunning fluorite specimen that is like looking into a TV set. This was purched in China by dealer Ken Roberts in summer of 2005, and kept til now in his personal China collection of miniatures and small cabinet pieces (which has been sold off over the last 2 years). It is mesmerizing in person, even better than the photos, really, because the human eye sees it as more transparent than the camera does (due to light refractions captured in the camera lens but missed by our eyes, it is thus even more cleanly transparent in person). The cube is prcisely 3 cm on edge. It is almost complete all around, with just a few little contacts in back that, in context, simply can be lived with because the piece is so great. I was in China recently and I can tell you, things of this quality just ARE NOT coming regularly from the mine any more, and they never were common to begin with. This level of fluorite is just almost impossible to obtain, even at the source. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. Marshall Sussman
Adamite came out in the 1960s through early 1980s here in a variety of habits, and the most classic is perhaps the pinwheel style. However, this piece is a bit unusual, in that it features splaying, individual, fat crystals to 2 cm, with more definition of the individual crystals and of their crystal faces, then you normally see. The piece has a particularly attractive spray atop. This was formerly in the worldwide collection of collector Marshall Sussman, who sold this in 1996 or so as he changed his collection over to all Tsumeb and Namibian minerals. Note, as a bonus, the intense neon green fluorescence under UV light. Joe Budd Photos.
Simply put, this new pocket of January 2012, has produced what most people consider best of species material, yet again even better than last year's brochantites from this same mine. It also happens to be beautiful, with metallic, electric green color and luster. The top few pieces such as this one, are simply unprecedented in how good they are for the species. Pics say it all...Note that the piece , while fragile, can be handled easily by its solid matrix and can be transported for delivery by hand. Joe Budd Photos.
A MAJOR specimen from this old mine, dated to the Colorado gold rush era of the 1880s. It is complete all around and there are no repairs. People knowledgeable about such gold specimens have indicated to me that the rarity of this piece, in such a size and quality range, is not to be underestimated: it is perhaps one of only a half dozen surviving golds of this magnitude. This piece has superb history and provenance, which will be disclosed upon purchase. These are not massive golds - at 98 grams, it should go to th eknowledgeable collector who appreciates the rarity value of such a historic piece, and is not for those who need heft to feel a gold has value. For 2006-2011 it was in the touring exhibit "GOLD!", organized by the American Museum of Natural History. This was seen over 5 years of travelling exhibition in Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans, New York, Chicago, Denver, Anchorage, Tokyo's Mingei Museum, and others. Joe Budd Photos.
I bought this from the little crystal collection in the office of a prominent gem dealer, who had himself got this down in Colombia years ago. It is a very sharp, bright, rich green crystal of emerald with glassy lustre and good translucency. The front is pristine and perfect. The sides and back are contacted, so it slants in and is not completely symmetric around the backside. Nevertheless, it sure looks like it is more pricey and more big, from the front view - hence you get a LOT of emerald for the price, with this specimen. It just glows on a shelf. Joe Budd Photos.
A remarkable gem crystal from recent finds (early 2011) at this famous old locality. Most heliodor from this location is golden, but not so intense and amber-colored as this piece, which is the single gemmiest and most saturated crystal of a series of pockets (so I was told, and so far as I have seen from the others on market). The termination is exquisitely formed and sharp, and the crystal is complete all around, symmetric except only a small ingrown contact where another crystal seemingly intergrew into this one at some time in the past. It is 35 grams. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. David Stoudt
This is a superb, balanced specimen with unusually stunning color to BOTH the species, whereas normally one is good and the other is poor if you are lucky. The crystal is exceptionally fat, gemmy, lustrous, and robust. It is so shiny an dlustrous that it looks polished, but this is natural (the surface actually is slightly curvy, as some of these can be found). Complete all around, this aesthetic specimen stands on its own merits. However, as a bonus, it was featured in the case and the companion issue of Mineralogical Record for the 2008 American Mineral Treasures Exhibition. At that time, it was in the Dave Stoudt collection. Joe Budd Photos.
A gorgeous, classic style of tourmaline from Pech, with gemmy green zoning atop a translucent pink stalk. The termination is sharp, complete, and glassy. 31 grams. Joe Budd Photos.
A sharp, pristine, complete-all-around crystal with an unusually intense pastel green color sitting atop an almost achroite (colorless) stalk. The top half is particularly transparent and gemmy. A special color , combined with unusually good color saturation, makes this piece distinctly Afghani in style but better than most similar crystals from there. 46 grams. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. Matthew Webb
A very color-saturated intense green and pink tourmaline from finds of 2010. The luster on this is fabulous, and the termination is unusually fine and glassy, as well as sharp, pointed and equant in style. The major crystal is nicely accented by small , gemmy sidecar crystals. They are not very big, but their presence adds a lot of visual impact and sets off the big crystal in the center. The top termination is so sharp that it looks carved! Matthew Webb collection. 81 grams. Joe Budd Photos.
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