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Ray Mine, Pinal County, Arizona, USA
Thumbnail, 2.7 x 1.9 x 1 cm
RARE LOCALITY PIECE! Very interesting cluster of intergrown blades (largest to .5 cm) that exhibit an excellent zoning from the middle to the edges. The one blade that has any real damage is hardly noticeable. With such good luster and fine zoning, this is an excellent specimen.
N’Chwaning Mine, Kalahari Manganese Field, South Africa
Miniature, 3.8 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm
This is an amazing combination piece. Imagine, lustrous, razor-sharp Barites to .9 cm on edge, gemmy pink 1 mm Rhodos completely coating the top of the matrix, and the incredibly rare Gageite undeerlaying and poking out here and there (brown microcrystals).
La Cabana area, Berbes, Asturias, Spain
Cabinet, 11.6 x 9.7 x 4.1 cm
Both barite and Fluorite are famously known from these now-closed mines. However, gettin a great combination piece, where both are equally balanced and add to the whole, is very difficult. This specimen I find one of the most aesthetically appealing of all I have seen of this material, for the combination. I like the stark contrast of the forms of the barite and the fluorite, which Gamini emphasized in his painting. In person, the fluorites are more gemmy and transparent than they appear in either the photos or the painting. Price includes specimen, painting, and custom lucite base for display.
Herja Mine, Kisbanya, Baia Mare, Maramures Co., Romania
Small Cabinet, 9.5 x 6.0 x 4.9 cm
Once considered its own species, this sphaerosiderite is now considered to be a microcrystalline, botryoidal variety of siderite. It is classic and unique material, though, and comes at its best from this old mine in Romania. This specimen is complete all around, and is a gorgeous and rich example of both the species variety, and of the classic association from this particular mine. I have seen these pop up from time to time in old collections, but never one so good as this one.
Schlema, Saxony, Germany
Miniature, 3.5 x 2 x .8 cm
The quality of this Barite cannot be denied: the light golden color is complemented by excellent luster and superb doubly-terminated habit. This is an uncommon specimen for a common species, in that it is really a truly fine thumbnail in and of its own aesthetics....even if it were bigger, couldnt be better!
Elk Creek, Meade County, South Dakota
Miniature, 5.4 x 2.8 x 1.7 cm
Golden barites from this odd locality are found, rarely, inside large septarian nodules. Gem crystals such as this, in cluster no less, are seldom found and rarely aboe to be preserved in one piece due to the tough nature of the rock matrix. This is an exquisite, unusually clean and gemmy cluster of sharp crystals. It is pristine save only a small contact on the back termination of the smallest crystal, and a broken termination on the lower-right crystal. The main crystal is perfect, intact, and particularly transparent.
Nchwaning Mines, Kalahari Fields, South Africa
Cabinet, 13 x 10 x 5 cm
This large matrix cabinet piece features a perfectly situated , doubly-terminated, 5-cm-long crystal perched atop. It is uncanny, how it just hangs there so fully exposed, as if placed gently down, and now anchored by the soft Oyelite and showing both terminations. The crystal is a soft lemon-yellow color, translucent, and complete all around. The matrix is gorgeous and unusual: This is a VERY heavy specimen, as the rolling carpet of soft Oyelite hides a hematite-rich matrix underneath. On the backside , it is nearly covered with sharp bladed barite crystals atop the hematite, unusual for this locality.
Rowley Mine, Theba, Painted Rock District, Painted Rock Mts, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA
Miniature, 5.5 x 4.9 x 3.7 cm
If you only saw the photo, you would think this was a thumbnail specimen...rather, it features a 2.4-cm across and 6mm-thick wulfenite on classic Rowley matrix. This is the largest, fattest, crystal I have seen from here. It is an electric orange color , not orange-red as they usually are, and it has superb lustre. This shockingly large crystal is unbelieveable for Rowley and is perhaps the largest known for the mine (at least, according to Frank, to what I have seen, and to what a noted Arizona collector also told us). Frank traded it from a collector who found it in the 1960s, he recalls. It has a thin crack running diagonally at the lower, left edge of the crystal, but is not repaired - the surrounding barite anchors the crystal securely at multiple attachment points on the left, right sides, and with little blades reaching up behind the crystal to attach it solidly to the matrix. The barite itself is a little friable and has been stabilised lightly with glue behind the wulfenite, on only a small portion of the rear of the matrix where cracks exist (behind and to the right of the crystal). It is trimmed exceptionally well, to make a balanced, important miniature. Joe Budd Photos.
San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico
Miniature, 3.4 x 2.8 x 2.4 cm
A cute miniature from mid-1970s finds here! The bladed crystals of white barite and yellow wulfenite compliment each other beautifully. The lustrous, white barite to 8 mm across nearly surrounds the window pane blades of lustrous and translucent, yellow wulfenite, to 2.5 cm across. Additionally, at the base of the wulfenite crystals are small orengey spheres of mimetite, to 3 mm across. Minor edge wear on one of the wulfenite crystals ( to be expected in such things), but otherwise complete all around
Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India
Small Cabinet, 8.1 x 6.2 x 2.9 cm
The mineral, barite, is a rare constituent of the trap rocks of India, so this specimen, from a new find, is important. It has silky, waxy luster and good translucence, along with a slightly gray color. Most Unusual!
Frizington, Cumberland, England, UK
Miniature, 5.6 x 4.5 x 2.2 cm
This barite crystal is doubly-terminated, and quite unusual in its sharp form and its phantom! The crystal is perched on a small bit of calcite matrix. Aesthetic pieces of barite from these mines, in this size range, are simply hard to come by, today - they date to the mid or late 1800s and damage accumulates over time unless they are locked up in museums (as this one was, ex Harvard). The label indicates a date of 1893-1898, based on George English's business locations (courtesy of Mineralogical Record label archives:http://www.minrec.org/labels.asp?page=3&colid=319) Ex. George Elling collection. Joe Budd photos.
Meikle Mine, Elko County, Nevada
Miniature, 4 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm
This is a competition level miniature of the finest tier, a glassy cluster of the famous bladed Barites from the well-known discovery at the Meikle Mine in Nevada. The luster and gemminess of these crystals is amazing. From the late 90s production, still the best out of all pockets! They are sharp, clear, and strong. The largest of these is about 1.7 cm on edge. In fact, the cluster is so rich and complex, it is hard to get a good visual with the camera. Even more impressive in person.
Cerro Warihuyn, Miraflores, Huanuco Dept., Peru
Small Cabinet, 6.1 x 4.8 x 3.3 cm
Very attractive specimen from the recent (around 2008) finds in Peru. It features an entire fan of sharp, tabular, highly lustrous, gemmy, grey Barite crystals. The smaller anterior Barite blades beautifully frame the main 2.6 cm blade. These Barite crystals are known from this locality for their amazing form and color, and you can see why. This is a great piece from this recent find.
Frizington, Cumberland, Cumbria, England
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5.7 x 5.0 cm
Sculpturally aesthetic, this dolomite and hematite matrix specimen features three glassy and gemmy, pastel-blue barite crystals to 6.5 cm in length. The two larger crystals are multi terminated. Minor bruising can be seen at or near the terminations, but this is still a fine old specimen that displays excellently. An old label from Germany as well as an earlier Lindsay Greenbank collection label accompany the specimen, which they have owned for a very long time. It is prominently featured in the book, Minerals of Northern England, shown on page 134. the coloration is complex, and changes slightly in different lighting. All of these photos seem accurate to us, in person, though they show coloration differences. The top photo is perhaps most accurate overall, and shows how some regions appear more yellow or bluish.
Katsuyama Mine, Hiyama, Hokkaido, Japan
Thumbnail, 2.7 x 2.6 x 1.4 cm
Barytes this clear and gemmy are not found as often as you would think, especially from an exotic locality such as Hokkaido. These tabular crystals, which have excellent luster, are somewhat reminiscent of many of the German Barytes. This is an excellent thumbnail.
New Raymer, Weld Co., Colorado, USA
Thumbnail, 2.3 x 2.2 x 2 cm
The highlight of this matrix barite is the impression of a smaller barite phantom one sees when looking through the display face of the main crystal. The label notes the yellow traces are due to strontium (??). On the back side, it is evident that there is the hollow remnant of a negative crystal of barite. Very cool! The main crystal is glassy, has great luster and measures nearly 2.5 cm in length.
Buckshot Mine, Morgan Co., Missouri, USA
Small Cabinet, 7 x 4.7 x 4 cm
Translucent, cream colored, tabular barite crystals occur on matrix in this specimen. The largest crystal reaches 3.00 cm in length. Most crystals from teh mine are much smaller, thus making this piece a rarity. There is only minor bruising which does not detract from the specimen.
Silius, near Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Large Cabinet, 16 x 12 x 9 cm
Imposing large cabinet specimen consisting of massive white to purple Fluorite, covered with dozens of sharp Barite crystals. The prismatic Barites are straw-colored with gemmy golden terminations. The largest is 7 cm long, and doubly-terminated. The Barites have a mild fluorescence, while the Fluorite has a strong fluorescence. What is fascinating is that the UV light reveals the complex banding in the Fluorite, very much like you see in the well-known Chinese fluorite slabs. An excellent effect, and a very good piece overall.
Grube Pohla, Pohla, near Schwarzenberg, Saxony, Germany
Small Cabinet, 8 x 4.5 x 4 cm
Yellow Fluorites from Germany are one of the well-known and sought-after colors from this region, but combined with these golden Barites they create a very appealing specimen. The Fluorites are cubic, gemmy, and up to about 3 mm in size. There are many that populate the matrix. On top of these, and the matrix, are a dozen or so lustrous Barites that range from a rich yellow to a gemmy golden amber along the edges. Super attractive, this color combination looks a lot like the famous Barite/yellow Calcite nodules from Elk Creek. Again, we had simply not seen any barites from here before, associated with the fluorite, but it stands on its own merit anyhow.
Ilfeld, Thuringia, Germany
Small Cabinet, 6.8 x 5.5 x 4.3 cm
A supre specimen from the mid-1880s finds at Ilfeld, which STILL to this day represent the best of species to most folks. This specimen has SHARP, doubly-terminated, unusually pointy manganite crystals to 1.5 cm in size, and they are unusually perched on contrasting matrix of thick, platy barites! It is highly unusual to get such a combination, and the aesthetics here make it one of my favorites for the size and price range, that I have seen. It is so unusual in aspect, I think many people would have a hard time guessing this is a German manganite at first glance.
Cheshire, New Haven Co., Connecticut, USA
Cabinet, 16.3 x 10.7 x 5.8 cm
This is one of the largest Cheshire barites I have personally seen in anything resembling good form, to survive from the mid to late 1800s era of mining here. Apparently the deposit was quite rich in barite, but I cannot imagine based on the survivors I have seen that such a large piece as this was very common in good form. And, remarkably, it IS largely intact, and has made it through unrepaired. There is some VERY MINOR edge wear, only. To preserve the antique look, I have not cleaned the piece and in fact it still has original pocket clay material adhering. It really seems microcrystallized or contacted but terminated, almost all around - except on the bottom where it is cleaved off a large matrix mass. A historic, remarkable specimen of barite from one of the early USA's more important mining locales! Thank you to James Zigras, who found in an old pamphlet published by the Chesire Historical Society the following information: the exact locale is the JINNY HILL MINE and it operated from 1838-1877. The first barite mine in the US , it was mined for the manufacture of paints in NYC. It was discovered by Benjamin Silliman (of Yale) and noted by him in 1813. He claims the mine was named for "an elderly negress who lived in that area." The vein was followed for a depth of 480 feet and several miles of tunnel were mined. At its height of production in the mid-1800s, it employed 200 people.
Cheshire, New Haven Co., Connecticut, USA
Cabinet, 12.1 x 11.2 x 2.6 cm
An unusually robust single crystal of barite from this locality, with good gemminess and high lustre. It has not been cleaned, to preserve the antique look. It is cleaved on the sides (one side bearing the Vaux label, though!), and has a little damage to the top-left termination portion. However, it displays well , overall, and has great brightness to it. From the noted collection of William S. Vaux
Wuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
Miniature, 5.7 x 4.4 x 2.3 cm
A SHARP, beautiful cherry-red , elongated disc-shaped crystal from this small find. Most unusual in form, compared to other worldwide rhodo locales where you may see this habit, but not in such sizeable crystals. This is a particularly fine example for this locality because of the size, good color, overall form, and completeness all around. Both sides shown - it is almost a floater with just a small attachment point on the bottom. Also, the barite association is a novel and nice touch!
Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 5.3 x 4.4 cm
This is a superb, balanced specimen with unusually stunning color to BOTH the species, whereas normally one is good and the other is poor if you are lucky. The crystal is exceptionally fat, gemmy, lustrous, and robust. It is so shiny an dlustrous that it looks polished, but this is natural (the surface actually is slightly curvy, as some of these can be found). Complete all around, this aesthetic specimen stands on its own merits. However, as a bonus, it was featured in the case and the companion issue of Mineralogical Record for the 2008 American Mineral Treasures Exhibition. At that time, it was in the Dave Stoudt collection. Joe Budd Photos.