from the TUCSON and MUNICH shows
This is a superb, very lustrous and 3-dimensional miniature that is complete all around and without damage. The large crystal atop is about 1 inch. The piece is robust, sturdy, and of about the top quality you can get in an arsenian pyromorphite from this locality, if you want large and fine crystals. The pieces rarely have such isolation of the major crystal, as well. This is a large miniatire/borderline small cab. Most arsenian pyros have a hard time matching their green and yellow brethren from this mine in visual impact and quality both, but this manages just fine, and is a superb example of the find from the mid-1990s. ex Bruce Oreck Collection, a trim from a larger piece of this noted pocket.
ex. Bob Hopper
A sparkling specimen composed of a thin layer of bright orange pyromorphite draped, smothering, an earlier generation of classic, barrel-shaped crystals> This was a particularly uncommon and rare style, found in the mid-1990s. This would be considered a fairly large example, as well, for the style. It is colored orange due to a high arsenic content as the crystals formed. The combination of sparkle, color, and sharp geometric crystals is particularly striking on this cabinet specimen. It is from the personal collection of mine owner and collector, Bob Hopper - I obtained the highlights of this collection in 2007.
This is one of the largest crystals of the species, so far as I know. I have never personally seen one so elongated and complete. Not only is it big, it is miraculously pristine - which if you have seen a number of these, you know how rare that fact is. The large crystals spray up vertically from a thin shard of matrix at the base. Overall, this is extremely aesthetic AND important, for the species. It is not the typical example , by any means, and I was enormously impressed when I first saw this in a collection nearly a decade ago.
A relatively rich example of this extremely rare species from its type locality. This piece features several discrete areas of microcrystalized, intense blue spertiniite, on contrasting white matrix.
ex. Dr. Eugene Meieran
This is an oldtimer, showing classic twinned sphalerites with a dark but translucent yellow-brown color. The intersecting sphalerite twins are perched on quartz, and accented with sharp and brassy golden chalcopyrite crystals. A fine display quality specimen from this very old mining district, long in the Gene Meieran sulfide collection (his label dates it back more than 30 years).
This is a very elegant cluster of cuprites, that have been partially replaced by malachite. This is a classic, ancient locale. Few old specimens are available. My understanding is that specimens like this are still found in small pockets, from time to time - but usually singles and small crystals, not a big piece like this. You can tell by the weight that the replacement is only partial, and cuprite remains at the core of the specimen. But on the surface, it is solid malachite. A rare, interesting locality piece!
ex. Robert Nowakowski
A major, large, crystal from this hard to obtain locale, collected long ago from near-surface deposits in this remote area (now a wildlife reserve). This is a large, single, equant crystal. These have superb, waxy lustre to them
ex. Robert Nowakowski
An old zircon, collected long ago from near-surface deposits in this remote area (now a wildlife reserve). This is a large, single, equant crystal. These have superb, waxy lustre to them
ex. Charlie Key
People underestimate truly fine prehnites, I think. They are thought of as common,perhaps. But well crystallized pieces are not, and this piece is not only well crystallized, but aesthetically arranged in interconnected clusters like bubbles. It is complete all around and pristine. I LOVE it! I do not say that often about the species, either. The sparkling luster, and pleasing pastel color, plus the 3-dimensionality, make this a special piece. it is especially good for this region, though, where although much prehnite is found, most is just secondary to the amethysts and other minerals here. This piece, though, would would not be out of place at all alongside fancier and more expensive species such as the Erongo aquamarines and amethysts. Comes with custom display base
A brilliantly colorful miniature of top tier quality, with riveting yellow-orange color, large botryoidal growths, and good 3-dimensional form. The piece formed coating a ridge of matrix, now gone in the middle. So, it is complete on all sides except the bottom. A fine miniature from this famous, one-time find of 1968 of very high quality. If displayed vertically, this looks like a stalactite, but it is not a true stalactite per se
This stunning, sky-blue aquamarine measures 9 x 3 x 2.5 cm in size. It has a superior glassy lustre and a totally gem upper half , that is transparent. I love the little "button" sticking out the top! The aqua is NOT repaired, which is miraculous given its perch on the side of a crystallized feldspar matrix. The feldspar crystals (over an inch in size) are unusually blocky and geometric, adding to the appeal of the specimen by their contrast. Overall, one of the most stylish and impressive, unrepaired matrix aquamarines I have been able to sell without breaking the $10,000 mark, and one I am proud to offer without having to...though it could easily look more expensive, on a shelf, I feel.
ex. Robert Nowakowski
A sharp hexagonal crystal of pink morganite beryl, showing high transparency through the core of the piece, and extremely well-developed bevelled edges. All front faces and side faces are sharp, though the sides are tapered and so the piece is thin in depth. This makes it all the more transparent to light The back is contacted where it grew against matrix, but is techinically complete and not broken in any place. The crystal is so symmetric, and shows its gemminess so well, that it has considerable impact for the price.
This is an exceptionally well-crystallized and rich specimen of the rare species austinite. From Gold Hill, in particular, such a piece is a real surprise. It is from an old collection, and is frankly the best example I have seen for sale of this rare species from a locale much more famous for adamite than for austinite.
This is a sharp, very gemmy and translucent crystal cluster showing the gemminess and lustre that make these cassiterites so desirable. IT IS RAZOR SHARP! You can see if you look for it, the twinning plane....this is the only such complexly twinned example I have seen from here. The angles and geometry are MORE mesmerizing in person, even. For overall aesthetics, this is just a superb miniature. You could not really ask for more in one of these, in this size range.This small and remote deposit has produced the gemmiest cassiterites of China, and since the old Bolivian material of olden days. But, it remains seldom known and specimens very few compared to those from Ping Wu in Sichuan Province - which have another habit entirely. NOTE last shot shows the piece strongly backlit.
This small and remote deposit has produced the gemmiest cassiterites of China, and since the old Bolivian material of olden days. But, it remains seldom known and specimens very few compared to those from Ping Wu in Sichuan Province - which have another habit entirely. This is a sharp, very gemmy and translucent crystal cluster showing the gemminess and lustre that make these cassiterites so desirable. This aesthetic crystal is mounted on a natural pedestal, and is complete on 3 sides. It is gemmy and you can look right into its depths. For overall aesthetics, this is a superb miniature with very dominant features and 3-dimensionality. NOTE last shot shows the piece strongly backlit.
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