These were found recently, in the end of 2009. And, this is a rather large and complete spinel for the find with unusual hot pink-red color and good symmetry (rare in this size).This crystal is 89 grams and complete all around. And NOTE when cut, the finest of this locality of the hot strawberry pinks bring up to $25,000 a carat! There are probably gem zones inside if you cob it, small ones anyhow. But most specimens from this find are small and partial. Large crystals like this were exceedingly rare. This is one of the largest my sources know of from the find, in complete and worthy specimen quality
From a famous find of 2006, this is a superb example of spinel-twinned copper crystals from a one-time erratic find. All came from a single large boulder found by Stan Esbenshade, and carefully trimmed out. This is, for the size , unusually thick - much more robust than most. Note the layer of secondary crystallization like wings along most of the central spinel twin. The clear spokes of the central twinned copper crystal provide several sharp flanges to give it added visual impact and size appeal. This was a onetime find, and now these are hard to find for sale today. This is a complete floater, terminated all around and formed in a spongy mass of strange copper float material.
ex. William Larson
A 17-gram GEM petalite with a most unusual, champagne color to it?! This is a total gem, floater, crystal. It has a large gem rough value to it, as well. From the James Zigras collection, and previously from the Bill Larson Mogok collection. Highly unusual and significant, for the Mogok or REE collector, I would think
A large, intensely lime-green crystal from important finds here over the last few years. This is a fat and robust, 13 gram, crystal. It looks bigger than it masses, because the back is crossed by a contact where it grea against another crystal, and is thus thinned in places. It is complete all around and has moderate translucence. In color, this one is a little bit of a darker hue than the previous two specimens from the same mine, and it makes for a stunning single display crystal.
This is a particularly elegant cluster of unusually gemmy, unusually lustrous, and unusually transparent lime-green diopside from a famous pocket of mid-2008. The quality of these things is like from no other pocket from the mine, and the diopsides from here do, i think, rank at the top of their food chain. Clusters are quite uncommon compared to singles. This cluster is complete all around, and has minor associated graphite. Note the unusually sharp termination on the specimen...it is beyond the ordinary quality.
A showy and excellent specimen of sparkly, rich teal-blue langite microcrystals on matrix from Ireland! Langite is a copper sulfate, rare overall, and known at its prettiest from this classic locale. This miniature is sparkling, like blue sugar, and is a very appealing example of the species
This is an old classic, rarely seen today! It is a DOUBLE PSEUDOMORPH, consisting of chrysocolla that replaced malachite, which itself replaced azurite blades. They come from the old Whim Well area of Australia. It is a beautiful, intense, deep blue color in person, though appears a few shades lighter in the photos for some reason
ex. Robert Nowakowski
This is a large cluster of zircon with unusually fine form and bright lustre, for the lcoale. It has a wonderful cinnamon color to it, and actually displays quite well. It is hefty at 1225 grams! The piece is nearly pristine, with just a few minor bits iof edge wear, and is even complete, though contacted, around the backside. It is a MAJOR specimen for the locale, which I am entitled to say is among the biggest and best known (as generously confirmed for me by folks at both the Museum of Victoria and the South Australian Museum). Few of thiss ize, I am told, have both lustre and color along with complete crysatllography. From the REE collection of geologist, Robert Nowakowski
ex. E. Mitchell Gunnell
This is a major, museum-sized specimen with 5 inch brucite crystals, transparent! It is an important piece, of the kind of thing one rarely sees for sale in any size, let alone gigantic. Complete on both sides, this is one of the most displayable old examples I have seen. They were mined in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This one, as you can see, has a long history and was in the prominent collection of EM Gunnell. Although somewhat esoteric to the majority of collectors, I consider these to be prized rarities and major United States classics. For the price, you get one of the best, unarguably, of this species and locality - and the sad fact is one cannot say that about many species' acquisition today. I believe this to be one of the more significant US specimens I have been able to offer, in terms of worldwide or museum import, even if its not as sexy as a tourmaline.
I had the chance to cherrypick pieces from a small pocket of this new, pink, glassy tourmaline from a find in the fall of 2009. This is one of the largest good crystals I saw, and is 168 grams. No repairs! This specimen is very glassy and transparent throughout 75% of its height, translucent through the rest. It is complete all around except for 1 small sidecar crystal that has a chipped termination (and is trivial in context). The termination is pristine. It is hard to convey in photos , but the color here really is quite different than normal for other Pakistani and Afghani locales. It is a combination of color and lustre, more like Nepalese material. This is clearly from a "new " locality and visually, in person, this is more evident - we do not often see large, somewhat different tourmalines, from new locales such as this! Comes with custom lucite base for display
I had the chance to cherrypick pieces from a small pocket of this new, pink, glassy tourmaline from a find in the fall of 2009. This is one of the largest good crystals I saw, and is 159 grams. No repairs! It is transparent in its upper half and translucent below. It is very statuesque, and complete all around except for 2 small sidecars that have slightly chipped terminations. The main, stairstep terminations are all pristine. It is hard to convey in photos , but the color here really is quite different than normal for other Pakistani and Afghani locales. It is a combination of color and lustre, more like Nepalese material. This is clearly from a "new " locality and visually, in person, this is more evident - we do not often see large, somewhat different tourmalines, from new locales such as this! Comes with custom lucite base for display
ex. Dr. Steve Neely
Firstly, this specimen is NOT REPAIRED as so many of these classic combos are, today on the market. Also, it is from the older classic locales near Florissant, near to but not from the modern Smoky Hawk claims. It is probably 1960s-1970s vintage, but no way to tell for sure now. The specimen has all the qualities you would want in a combo from here, but without the typically high prices they go for (all things being relative) as i exchanged it from a collection at a fair trade price: great color amazonite; great color smokies; translucence to the quartz; and overall good aesthetics. AND, it has no repairs, which i find remarkable. It is pristine and undamaged, with a great horizon edge to any display angle. At 5 inches across, its of good size, too. A modern specimen of such aspect (with repairs) might run around 20k on the open market these days. ex Steve Neely collection, with label.
This specimen hosts a HUGE crystal for the species, measuring 2.8 cm - over an inch long! It is up to 8mm width. The crystal face is complete and undamaged, and the crystal shows off its end-terminations at top and bottom. A major crystal for the species, of some importance, and well above anything you typically see from the locale. This is an older piece that has been in a private German collection for some time. I have not seen a larger example for sale. To be sure about it, i had this tested every which way by Bart Cannon's lab in Seattle, to prove to his satisfaction that it is rathite , and not the slightly more common lengenbachite or baumhauerite.
Raspite is an extremely rare species, a dimorph of Stolzite. This is the type locality for the species. This particular specimen is a large, beautiful display piece with butterscotch-yellow crystals of stolzite (to 8mm) all over its display face - they are so gemmy and squarish that they look like yellow wulfenite! This is an EXCELLENT display piece for the species, for stolzite. But even more rare, and more valuable here, are the large associated raspite crystals. The doublet crystal , perhaps twinned, is standing vertically exposed and is 1.2 cm long! It is decorated with litlte stolzites for color contrast. A second, lesser raspite cluster exists elsewhere on the specimen. For the species, this is one of the best I have known of for sale. It is from the old workings, undoubtedly, at this old mine. I am told it should have been found prior to the 1950s. Recently the specimen was in the collection of tungstate collector Stretch Young, of Austin, Texas. It came from an old collection.
ex. George Kunz
This is a spectacular locality piece, for what it is, surely dating to the late 1800s. The piece features gemmy, root-beer colored crystals to an inch! They are glassy and lustrous, and mostly undamaged! This specimen is a major locality piece, as such rich specimens are still only rarely found, to this day. The specimen label is in the handwriting of George Frederick Kunz, who supplied it to the NY State Mineralogical Museum in the late 1800s or early 1900s.
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