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These ultimate Cornwall classics totally unique day I seen articles
Great Onslow Consols, St. Breward, Cornwall, England, UK
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 2.8 x 2.2 cm
These are one of the ultimate Cornwall classics, totally unique to this day. I have seen articles complaining about how they were priced higher than gold, in the early 1800s! To own one was considered a benchmark in any Cornish collection by the mid-1800s. This specimen was exchanged out of the Plymouth Museum to Peter Golley, and sold to Nick Carruth long ago. It is remarkably aesthetic and in go... Read more
A gwindel twisted quartz great Swiss classics This finest miniature
Val Nalps, Tujetsch, Graubunden, Switzerland
Miniature, 3.7 x 3.5 x 1.2 cm
A gwindel, or twisted quartz, is one of the great Swiss classics. This is one of the finest miniature size quartz "gwindel" specimens I have seen in its size and style peer group, as clear ones with no color are actually more uncommon than the traditional smoky colored gwindels. This open gwindel (as the terminology goes for how it forms) is glassy and gemmy and absolutely limpid with total clarit... Read more
Swiss quality Brazil Exquisitely emplaced matrix lustrous translucent
Brumado Mine, Brumado, Bahia, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 6.1 x 3.5 x 2.0 cm
Swiss quality, from Brazil?! Exquisitely emplaced on a matrix of lustrous and translucent, colorless quartz crystals to 1.7 cm in length, is a splendent cluster of dark jet black hematite crystals to 1.7 cm across. Just lovely! This is one of the prettiest examples of a Brumado hematite I have seen. Although "eisen rosen" rosettes are common from here in the past, they tend not to have good luster... Read more
A single waxy luster translucent greenish yellow sphalerite crystal
9th of September Mine, Madan District, Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria
Miniature, 2.8 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm
A single, waxy-luster, translucent, greenish-yellow sphalerite crystal, measuring 2 cm across, is nicely perched on a bed of drusy, sparkling, colorless quartz crystals. Balanced and competition quality for the size (toenail or small miniature), it is a gorgeous example from older finds here of the early 2000s, now seldom seen. I picked it from a dealer's old stock because of the unusually good sy... Read more
Prior 1991 fine rhodonite specimens known localities Franklin New
San Martin Mine (1991 pocket), Chiurucu, Ancash, Peru
Miniature, 4.5 x 4.1 x 2.6 cm
Prior to 1991, fine rhodonite specimens were known from only two localities: Franklin, New Jersey and Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. The style of new rhodonites from Chiurucu is different than that of the old classics. This Chiurucu rhodonite is bladed into parallel or subparallel groups reaching 2.5 cm in length. The luster and translucence is excellent, and the crystals exhibit an inte... Read more
A solid mass lustrous rich buttery sponge gold soft crystals
Cavnic, Maramures, Romania
Small Cabinet, 5.8 x 4.3 x 3.1 cm
A solid mass of lustrous, rich, buttery, "sponge gold" - soft crystals intermeshed with one another, is 5 cm across. This is monstrous size for the locality! The gold is dramatically displayed and is superbly emplaced on a matrix of massive white quartz. Gold specimens from Cavnic are generally subservient to those from Verespatak, but this wonderful specimen is a rare display-quality exception. M... Read more
This beautiful specimen sparkling smoky colored gem quartz showing
Val Giuf, Tavetsch, Grisons, Switzerland
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5 x 3 cm
This is a beautiful specimen of sparkling, smoky-colored, gem quartz showing a dramatic Gwindel (twisted) growth, totally classic from these high Swiss alps. Somehow, these just sparkle in a way that normal quartzes seldom do. Prized by the people who risk life and limb to find them (see Bancroft's 1984 book Gem & Crystal treasures for stories!), they tend to be priced higher in Europe than when I... Read more
From world s greatest quartz locales rarely produces twins textbook
Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 9.5 X 9.2 X 1.7
From one of the world's greatest quartz locales that rarely produces twins, this is a textbook "off-center" twin of the Japan Law habit, from Diamantina. Usually, the twin wings are equant and balanced, but this one shows unusual growth in which one wing is more developed than the other. Although one would expect that not to be the most aesthetic choice, in this case it actually works: It displays... Read more
important quartz United States shows Japan Law twin habit right middle
Collier Creek Mine, Mt Ida, Montgomery Co., Arkansas, USA
Cabinet, 12 x 10 x 8 cm
this is an important quartz from the United States, as it shows a Japan Law twin habit right in the middle of a gorgeous cluster, from Arkansas. Such pieces are extremely rare, less than 1 in 10,000 probably. Over the years, I have seen a number of smaller examples, and a very few larger examples, all from this one famous mine which seems to produce more than its nearby brethren localities. In add... Read more
These highly unusual surreally sculpted quartz crystals formed result
Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 8.2 x 5.1 x 4.4 cm
These highly unusual, surreally sculpted quartz crystals formed as a result of dissolution effects in a pocket, where a sharp crystal was later exposed to new hot fluids that removed molecules from the quartz bit by bit, to create these bizarre surface effects (this is different from etching, as we normally know that term). Normally, the result would be a mushy mess of quartz with little collector... Read more
This brilliantly lustrous quartz cluster bright inclusions hematite
Goboboseb Mtns., Erongo, Namibia
Cabinet, 16.0 x 5.4 x 3.9
This is a brilliantly lustrous quartz cluster with bright inclusions of hematite and crocidolite, amethyst caused by minute iron inclusions, and other subtle zoning effects. It shows off three crystals with incredibly sharp terminations that pop up and out, 3-dimensionally (better in person! this is hard to convey!). It has no repairs and no damage to any of the main crystals. Few large clusters o... Read more
Yellow layers complex phantoms lots complexity close inspection hide
Corinto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 13.5 x 9.4 x 6.3
Yellow layers of complex phantoms with lots of complexity upon close inspection, hide inside each of these exceptionally sharp, gemmy, colorless quartz points. The overall aspect is unique and unusual - specimens from this find of the mid-2000s (2005?) are immediately recognizable for this look, in fact. Clay inclusions in quartz are well known from Brazil, but this presents a cluster of stunningl... Read more
A cute specimen mushroom soft pastel rose quartz sceptered actually
Sapucaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 5.6 x 3.7 x 3.1 cm
A very cute specimen with a "mushroom top" of soft pastel rose quartz, sceptered actually, perched atop a single elongated white quartz crystal. The piece looks like an ice cream cone, more than anything. Complete all around, this is just a very showy miniature from a modern classic locale for Rose Quartz, from a few years ago. ex. Rolando and Bruno Gioia collection
A glassy water clear beautiful purple veils phantoms exceptional
Goboboseb Mtns., Erongo, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 9.1 x 4.0 x 3.1 cm
A very glassy and water clear with a beautiful purple veils and phantoms, this is an exceptional specimen from the old Charlie Key quartz collection, which he built over the life of this find, from start to about 2005. He then sold the collection to Marshall Sussman, and this came out as a duplicate to quartz collector Rick Hottel, who owned it for nearly a decade. The photos are very clear, about... Read more
Tessin quartz showing classic sharp tapering habit familiar finds high
Rist Mine, Hiddenite, Alexander Co, North Carolina, USA
Cabinet, 11.0 x 4.3 x 2.3 cm
Tessin quartz, showing this classic sharp tapering habit, is familiar mostly from finds in the high Swiss alps. I am told that the formation of Tessin type crystals is rather rare in nature, and due to specific conditions in the pocket as the crystals form. Certainly, the best I have seen in my life have all come from Switzerland. This, however, was an anomaly. I obtained this directly from the mi... Read more
This specimen stark jet black smoky quartz natural pedestal accent
Smoky Hawk claim, Crystal Peak area, Teller Co., Colorado, USA
Cabinet, 13.2 x 6.1 x 6.0 cm
This specimen of stark jet black smoky quartz, with a natural pedestal accent of the brightest blue amazonite, is from some of the earlier finds by the Dorris family at the famous Smoky Hawk claim. It sits smartly, stands on its own, and is complete 360-degrees. It has just enough accent of blue at the base to be dramatic, and presents very elegantly. The larger quartz seems to have a slight curve... Read more
Photos difficult convey lustrous surface undulations unusual vertical
Grieswies, Rauris, Salzburg, Austria
Cabinet, 10.9 x 4.6 x 3.8 cm
Photos are difficult to convey the lustrous surface and "undulations" of this unusual vertical quartz specimen. It was collected in the Austrian alps sometime in the early 2000's, and was brought to market by Anton Watzl at the time at one of the Munich shows. Purchased by USA quartz collector Rick Hottel, and now long in his collection, I still have not seen more of such habit since that time.
From old family collection I bought Brazil stunning HOT PINK rose
Pitorra Mine, Laranjeiras, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 6.9 x 6.5 x 5.3 cm
From an old family collection I bought in Brazil, this is a stunning HOT PINK rose quartz specimen that has color beyond the typical, so saturated that it just blows most other locales' production out of the water. This came up in around 2010, and this fine, complete small cabinet piece was one of the best of its size at the time. The rose quartz looks like frozen pink "waves" cascading on the qua... Read more
This old specimen style immediately recognizable River Island finds
Lavra da Ilha, Taquaral, Aracuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 10.4 x 6.5 x 3.4 cm
This is an old specimen of a style immediately recognizable as being from the "River Island" finds of the 1960s, so well documented in Peter Bancroft's book, Gem & Crystal Treasures (1984). Rose quartz is the rarest and most prized quartz varietal, and good specimens are always sought-after by collectors, particularly when they show a fine aesthetic quality as this one does. This is an exquisite "... Read more
Clay inclusions quartz known Brazil presents cluster stunningly
Paulista District, Presidente Kubitschek, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 11.9 x 7.3 x 5.4 cm
Clay inclusions in quartz are well known from Brazil, but this presents a cluster of stunningly lustrous and gemmy crystals, with surreal clay inclusions running around inside. Three dimensional, unusual, and extremely hard to photograph. Better in person! From the inclusions quartz collection of longtime dealer and collector, Ken Roberts.
From recent finds Sulawesi Island exceptional specimen number reasons
Mamuju, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
Small Cabinet, 8.7 x 7.3 x 4.7 cm
From the recent finds in Sulawesi Island, this is an exceptional specimen for a number of reasons: color saturation, luster, shapely form, and lack of significant damage. Although literally tonnage was found here, very few specimens are "worthy" to a sophisticated quartz collector as more than just representative. This piece has sculptural form that makes it look organic, combined with the other q... Read more
Very aesthetic Arkansas quartz cluster rare association adularia
Hamilton Hill Mine, Garland County, Arkansas, USA
Cabinet, 14.0 x 9.3 x 7.6 cm
Very aesthetic Arkansas quartz cluster with a rare association to adularia matrix, which is very rare from a new 2012 find in an old obscure mine worked in the 1800's called "Hamilton Hill" in Garland County. A friend of mine (James Zigras) saw specimens of adularia in the Smithsonian museum, dating to the 1890's, and went and tracked this location down. He pulled out one big pocket of these gorge... Read more
Quartz included Dioptase rare nature known small handful localities
Christoph Mine, Kaokoveld, Namibia
Cabinet, 11.9 x 10.2 x 9.1 cm
Quartz included with Dioptase is very rare in nature, known only from a small handful of localities. This monster is the largest complete crystal I have seen, and is chock-filled with inclusions of brilliant green dioptase! It is 895 grams, and complete all around. One side is completely carpeted by a surface sparkle, ingrown into the surface. Other faces show the inclusions. In person, it is glo... Read more
This superb small cabinet specimen Charlie Key collection Orange River
Orange River, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 9.6 x 8.4 x 7.6 cm
This is a superb small cabinet specimen from the Charlie Key collection of Orange River quartz, assembled between 2000 and 2010, and probably the best such collection to be build in the heyday here, this was ONE OF THE BEST OF THE LOT! This matrix specimen consists of a cluster of rather equant, translucent quartz crystals to 5 cm in length. The color is incredible: The glassy crystals are heavily... Read more
A glassy water clear beautiful purple veils phantoms exceptional
Goboboseb Mtns., Erongo, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 7.2 x 2.9 x 2.2 cm
A very glassy and water clear with a beautiful purple veils and phantoms, this is an exceptional specimen from the old Charlie Key quartz collection, which he built over the life of this find, from start to about 2005. He then sold the collection to Marshall Sussman, and this came out as a duplicate to quartz collector Rick Hottel, who owned it for nearly a decade. The photos are very clear, about... Read more
A sparkling water clear gem quartz showing dramatic Gwindel twisted
Val Gief, Graubunden, Switzerland
Cabinet, 11.2 x 8.8 x 3.2 cm
A sparkling, water-clear, gem quartz showing a dramatic Gwindel (twisted) growth, totally characteristic of these high Swiss alps. It seems that clear gwindels like this are much more uncommon, at least in quality, than the traditional smoky quartz gwindel specimens. For whatever reason, they also seem to be less expensive, not more, though I find them just as beautiful and I like the rarity aspec... Read more
Lustrous emerald green Pseudomalachite coated matrix Quartz crystals
Cornwall, England, UK
Small Cabinet, 5.6 x 5.3 x 3.3 cm
Lustrous, emerald green Pseudomalachite has coated a matrix of Quartz crystals with a rich, colorful druse. The central, and largest, Quartz crystal is 4 cm in length. This old-time specimen, attractive and balanced, is from the heart of Cornwall. Most unusual, the only one I have seen like this is from the Old Gunnislake Mine (which I am assuming this also would be). Old Ward's Label included.
The Hagendorf North Pegmatite Bavaria Germany Type Locality
Hagendorf North Pegmatite, Waidhaus, Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, Germany
Thumbnail, 2.7 x 1.7 x 0.9 cm
The Hagendorf North Pegmatite in Bavaria, Germany is the Type Locality for Phosphophyllite. This is a nice cluster of light blue Phosphophyllites that are lustrous, gemmy, well-formed, and reach up to 3-4 mm in size. The cluster is nestled in a Mica and Quartz matrix. Phosphophyllite was discovered in 1920, and this piece most certainly dates back to the early 1900's. Although not one of the famou... Read more
Mined late 1850s early 1880s historical Herodsfoot Bournonites
Herodsfoot Mine, Liskeard District, Cornwall, England, UK
Small Cabinet, 5.6 x 3.8 x 3.2 cm
Mined from the late 1850s to early 1880s, historical Herodsfoot Bournonites are a worldwide classic. This fine specimen features lustrous, gunmetal-gray Bournonites that are intergrown, with glassy and reflective, textbook, di-pyramidal Quartz crystals. The Bournonites are stout, blocky to slender, and they have the beginnings of the renowned cogweel habit. Quartz helps them contrast and stand out... Read more
Tetradymite uncommon bismuth tellurium sulfosalt This good locality
Jilove Gold mining District, Central Bohemia Region, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Small Cabinet, 6.6 x 4.1 x 3.5 cm
Tetradymite is an uncommon bismuth, tellurium sulfosalt. This good locality piece has bright, tin-white microcrystals, as well as more sheet-like Tetradymite, in a Quartz matrix. Adding to the interest of the piece are small amounts of Gold. There are two mines in the Jilove District that this small cab could be from. In any case, an extreme rarity in combination, and in Kay's drawer of "special p... Read more