from the TUCSON and MUNICH shows
A beautiful specimen of 3-dimensional quartz matrix hosting bright, waxy-lustrous crystals of grass-green pyromorphite. This came from a big surprise find in April, 1997 at this old locality. I had bought the specimen at the time from a German dealer, and lost track of it here (as pathetic as this sounds...) until we found this old flat turn up in our recent move (May of 2010). It is a superb and colorful example for the size rage, and locale. Few , I was told, had such rich coverage
Book Description: London. T. Cadell., 1773. 2nd edition (revised from 1772). H/b. 8vo. iv, 179pp. 5 engraved plates. Beautiful foldout map included. Original board binding. Edge-worn and scuffed. Front board cracked but holding and not parted from the pages. Map has tear but no loss (old tape on back). The author, Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803) , was a diplomat and archaeologist who witnessed the 1776 &1777 eruptions of Vesuvius and wrote several works detailing his observations of volcanos and earthquakes. (His young wife Emma was later to become the mistress of Horatio Nelson). This book turned up in an old collection and I thought made a nice companion to the above specimen: TUC104-16 Vesuvianite , from Vesuvius, from the same era. Note a similar book is for sale , on abebooks.com in may 2010, for $1500.
This is a very aesthetic cluster of brilliantly-metallic chalcopyrites with an unusual reddish-coppery color,perched on quartz-druse on rock matrix. It is much better in person, and comes from an old German collection I have made purchases from. It is , in person, MUCH more impressive and quite different in style from other German chalcopyrite I have seen. Said to be an old specimen
This is a type locality specimen , and a very rich one at that, of papagoite from the New Cornelia Mine, Ajo, Arizona. It is handsized, nearly cabinet in size class. Although the crystals are individually micros, there is a huge and rich carpet of them upon matrix, on a dark vein of the same material. The piece is also sprinkled with aquamarine-blue ajoite microcrystals amidst the papagoite. Ajoite was discovered in 1958 and papagoite was discovered in 1960 at this locality. This must have come out at or near that time, as it comes with a label from the Valluzzo collection, on which is hadnwritten the note "new species." A good combo specimen of these very rare species! Today, one can get specimens of each, but generally only as inclusions within quartz from South Africa's Messina Mine.
A large, rich specimen from this rare pyromorphite locality, that has been intermittently collected through modern times. I am told this piece was found prior to the 1970s, and I obtained it from an old German collection. It is a massive, heavy, colorful specimen of 247 grams. In person, in fluorescent lighting, this has a deeper, waxy-green color to it.
A sharp, BRILLIANTLY COLORFUL chalcopyrite specimen from this classic locale. It has a natural lustre that is so metallic and so bright, it looks chemically induced (but is not!). This specimen features pagoda-like clusters of crystals to 1 cm, in aggregation on massive matrix. It has some damage to the bottom portion, but the upright towers of crystals are the focus. For the locality, a stunning specimen
I had personally never seen a California Hubnerite before. This was a total surprise to me, when I noted the label. I am still surprised, as I lived in California for 8 years and never heard of such a thing. But here one is, and cabinet sized no less. It was obtained by dealer Scott Kleine from an old collection recently, and seems legit - it certainly looks like no hubnerite I have seen from elsewhere, for combination of style and matrix. The matrix matches that described on MINDAT as: a hydrothermal vein deposit hosted in andesite, rhyolite, tuff, basalt, and sedimentary breccia (http://www.mindat.org/loc-3431.html). A curiosity for the collection of US minerals and tungstates! NOTE - i was recently told that collector Neil Prenn supplied many of these to the market in the 1980s, when working the property as a mining consultant.
This specimen presents isolated, intense yellow crystals of sufur on stark white matrix of spiky little aragonite crystals. The crystals are to 3 cm in size, and pristine despite the age, and the softness of fragile sulfur crystals. This is a display-quality example of this CLASSIC material, now seldom seen in this quality for sale. A lot of more recently mined sulfur specimens was available briefly in the 1970s, and also some notorious fakes created around the same time. This piece, however, dates back firmly to a major multigenerational collection of Milan that was assembled in the second half of the 19th centruy. It has been confirmed as a valid historic specimen by Dr. Federico Pezzotta of the MUSEO DI STORIA NATURALE in Milan, which has an extensive comparative collection. Comes with custom lucite display base
Rarely do you see a rubellite from this locale in matrix! Most often, they are just singles, or have some minor attached matrix at base. This, however, is a doubly-terminated, pristine, 5.8 x 3 x 2 cm crystal that is perched aesthetically still on its matrix. This is a frozen doubly-terminated crystal! It COULD be pried cleanly out of matrix (and as a floater, worth more?), but these are so rare, I would not want to. This was collected around 2003-2004. Comes with custom lucite display base
ex. james houran
A sharp, very aesthetic , cluster of two elongated kunzite crystals. Clusters such as this are uncommon, usually being found just as singles. This piece has classic pink color, not intense but not pale either. It is especially notable, though, for the razor sharp terminations from a locale where most kunzite terminations are etched and not as sharp. It is pristine, and complete all around. Formerly in the Jim Houran collection, of Dallas, TX. This piece is illustrated in book IKONS: Classic and Contemporary Masterpieces, by Wayne Thompson , 2007 (shown in a travelogue section as an acquisition made on one of his many buying trips to Pakistan in the 1980s-1990s).Comes with custom lucite display base
This is one of the larger and most colorful specimens overall, in a lot I obtained at Tucson from this small 2009 find. Really quite remarkable for both species AND for a locale from which we never suspected or saw such things before! The purple coquimbite is included with internal specks of bright blue chalcanthite crystals. I have not seen this before and even in this find, it is not common. These crystals are among the world's best of species now, for both form and the robust purple color. This crystals are so well-developed, and so fine, some of the best of these look more like an Afghani apatite than any coquimbite i have seen from other locales, and many people were saying they are now among best of species material at the show. I am told a limited number came out. From the several hundred specimens we saw, we selected a few dozen of which this, although small overall, is one of my favorites.
This is a colorful specimen that is an excellent representative for the species, a good example from this small 2009 find. Really quite remarkable for both species AND for a locale from which we never suspected or saw such things before! The purple coquimbite is included with internal specks of bright blue chalcanthite crystals. I have not seen this before and even in this find, it is not common. These crystals are among the world's best of species now, for both form and the robust purple color. This crystals are so well-developed, and so fine, some of the best of these look more like an Afghani apatite than any coquimbite i have seen from other locales. From the several hundred specimens we saw, we selected a few dozen
This is one of the sharpest large, individual barrel-shaped crystals in a lot I obtained at Tucson from this small 2009 find. Really quite remarkable for both species AND for a locale from which we never suspected or saw such things before! These crystals are among the world's best of species now, for both form and the robust purple color. This is much better in person! The minute dusting of yellow crystals is copiapite and the small white sprays are alunogen. This crystal is so well-developed, and so fine, it looks more like an Afghani apatite than any coquimbite i have seen from other locales, and many people were saying they are now among best of species material at the show. I am told a limited number came out. From the several hundred specimens we saw, we selected a few dozen of which this, although small overall, is one of my favorites.
A sharp, balanced specimen of chalcedony stalactites, from a most unusual locality. New finds from Tucson 2010 show.
This is from a small find of hematite that I was told was collected 3 years ago, stashed and put away til now. It came to the Tucson show, and there I got much of the pocket. The hematite is jet black - not silvery as usual but really jet black, and so metallic and reflective you cannot believe it. These specimens BLOW AWAY the lustrous hematites from other localities and really are the most lustrous examples of the species I have seen - yes, blasphemy though it be, more so than Swiss or other previous Kalahari (Wessels Mine) hematites. The crystals are so brilliantly and naturally lustrous, they dull even with a simple gentle touch of fingerprint (and associated small oils from the skin which normally ENHANCE lustre on other species and yet here can only hide the real lustre underneath). In fact, you can see in the photo we intentionally did not clean the fingerprint off to emphasize this fact, to show how these are so lustrous in nature. And yet, the photos fail to convey, in the end, how good these specimens are. Trust me, its unlike any other hematite you have seen, in overall brilliance, in person. The crystals on this specimen are all pristine on the display face, and reach 3.2 cm in size. Interestingly, as a bonus, the small dark-black, pagoda-like crystals with lesser lustre , that set off the larger crystals by accenting them, are hausmannite. This is a new combo on me, and quite distinctive for the pocket.
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