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Dolomite from this locality twins in interesting patterns, forming fat pseudo-triangular crystals. This is a cluster of twins, all sharp and interesting, with gemmy cores. Unusual, and from a find several years ago. Joe Budd Photos.
This is a rarity that appeals from multiple levels as a specimen, that happens to be both beautiful for the species on a worldwide basis AND significant for Canada at the same time. I had never seen the like. It comes from a small, remote mining district called Deception Bay (map at: http://www.traveljournals.net/explore/canada/map/m796543/deception_bay.html), possibly from the Raglan Mine . Situated in the Nunavik territory of Northern Quebec, Canada, this is a nickel and copper mining district. This is the only piece I have ever seen or heard of from here, and it happens to be a cabinet display piece with incredible blue color. I would not believe it myself, though, if I had not gotten it from the Canadian rarities expert and dealer, Jon Levinger. It came out of an old Canadian collection. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. George Elling
This is a large specimen of a classic style, featuring sharply pointed calcite scalenohedra with internal phantoms due to minute hematite specks, dispersed throughout. The contrasting color is classic and striking, and was once highly treasured for this locality. This piece is aesthetic and 3-dimensional, nearly complete all around with just a few minor dings and one cleaved tip (acceptable, considering the price point and that it is likely from the late 1800s!). Joe Budd Photos.
This large display specimen is a very rare example of Russian scheelite from this historic mining locality. As well, it has cassiterite also, on the same piece, all nicely balanced by and hosted on beautiful quartz crystals! The scheelite is just under 3 cm across. An important Russian combination piece, found in the old Herb Obodda dealer stock. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. John Barlow
Exceptional crystals for this locality, of this rare zeolite species. Seldom found at any US locality in good size, let alone from the historic copper mines of Northern Michigan. In fact, this is a highly unusual environment and association for them to form in, but there they are. The crystal in center is 3 cm, not counting the sidecar to its left. Seldom do you see a crystal of this magnitude, though. From the late Ernie Schlichter's noted Copper Country subcollection. Joe Budd Photos.
A riveting, intense yellow-orange miniature, from this important and one-time-only 1969 find. This has big yellow balls, and looks like an inflating balloon. Complete all around. About the best color you ever see in the material. As well, undamaged examples like this turn up only seldom. Joe Budd Photos.
A colorful and rich miniature-sized piece with sharp, deep magenta crystals of the rare species roselite. The crystals here show unusual separation , instead of the usual overgrown carpet style we commonly see. This is an older piece, from the late 1990s. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. James and Dawn Minette
A superb rarity that also happens to be beautiful and unique in quality to a few small pockets at this location, 30-40 years ago, legrandite is highly desired by collectors today. This is a sharp, very well-terminated cluster of unusually sharp legrandite crystals, from the classic old finds here (late 70s, early 80s). This piece is a very large thumbnail or small miniature, stood upright. It has for decades in the noted world-class thumbnail collection of Jim and Dawn Minette. It was in their competition cases on at least several occasions that i can recall, and still retains the special lucite, labelled display base which they had for some exhibits. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. California Institute of Technology
A sharp and uusual replacement of complex cuprites to 7mm, replaced completely by copper, and on a copper matrix. Extremely rare, although reported classic for this locality. I personally had not seen another as rich as this. An old specimen from the Cal Tech collection, bequeathed by Harry Ziesemer. From the number, you know it was been there a LONG time (probably 75-80 years at least). From the Cal Tech collections, by authorised exchange to a private collector a few years ago. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. David Stoudt
xxxxxxxxx. Ex Dalton and Consie Prince collection. Sold by their daughter in a private auction to collector Dave Stoudt, bidding against major private collector buyers and a dealership in 2005. Joe Budd Photos.
This large specimen was mined in 1998-1999 from a newer specimen locality near to the more famous Kongsberg Mines, though in the same district. It is a dramatic, arborescent and treelike cluster of solid silver with a mass of 238 grams, that has very impressive display qualities. The piece is crystallized entirely, all around, front and back. I sold this piece perhaps a decade ago, and was happy to see it come back in this collection. It remains the best large example from this mine shaft that i have handled; and since I have seen no more of this quality/style on the market since that time, i would feel pretty confident about handling it again. Since the mine does not have the pedigree of the old King's Mine, nearby, the cost is also much reduced compared to what large Norwegian silvers might normally command. Joe Budd Photos.
A gorgeous plate of hot pink calcite crystals, in unusually robust condition and with heavy color saturation for this locality. We have seen many, and this one is simply among the better end, recognizably so in person. If you have waited to acquire one of these modern cobaltian calcites, now is the time. Each year, only a few truly good ones are found amidst lesser pieces. Joe Budd Photos.
Vesper Peak was a legendary locality that was difficult to reach, and difficult to collect. Few large specimens ever came out, and this was self collected by Karl Faddis (we got his collection in 2011). Karl Faddis was a local legend himself, and built a superb collection of self-collected Washington and Northwest regional material. This piece, from his collection, is a whole pocket of brilliantly lustrous, gemmy garnets perched on quartz. Although there is some peripheral damage, the core display area is mostly intact and this is an important locality specimen. Joe Budd Photos.
I obtained this from a miner's agent in the early 2000's. It is a large and interesting specimen with veins of herringbone-fine gold strewn through the natural matrix. It is very illustrative of how gold crystals form in vein cavities, as well as a rich display piece in its own right. Note in the closeups how finely formed the small, elegant crystals are : present in several distinct habits, as well. This piece was borrowed from me starting in 2007 for the Houston Museum/American Museum of Natural History GOLD! Exhibition. It then toured as part of the AMNH-organized exhibit for 4 years, coming back to me only in mid 2011 as the travelling exhibit ended at the Chicago Field Museum. This prominent exhibit was shown in Tokyo's Mori Museum, and also in Atlanta, Denver, New York City, Chicago, New Orleans among other cities. Documentation provided. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. Marshall Sussman
A highly unusual specimen exhibiting SINGLE CRYSTALS of olmiite, arranged as if feathers draping a cap over the cluster of extremely glassy, large, very lustrous calcite scalenohedra at the core of this cluster. Discrete, individualized crystals like this are uncommon even amongst this large find. Illustrated in the "Connoisseurs Choice" article on Olmiite, in the March-April issue of ROCKS & MINERALS magazine. Joe Budd Photos, shot in halogen light...they are more red-colored in standard room fluorescent lighting.
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