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4 5 x 4 2 x 4 0 cm Specimen 0 65 carats 4 75 mm x 4 17 mm Gem Dioptase
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto, Namibia
Miniature, 4.5 x 4.2 x 4.0 cm (Crystal), 0.65 ct (Gem)
4.5 x 4.2 x 4.0 cm (Specimen); 0.65 carats; 4.75 mm x 4.17 mm (Gem) - Dioptase from Tsumeb is one of the most well known entities in the mineral world, and is considered to be one of the most desirable species for collectors in fine specimens. The specimen in this set features classic, sharp, emerald green trigonal crystals with good luster sitting on silvery Calcite on matrix. The largest crystal measures 1.2 cm. The accompanying gem is a really impressive little stone with superb color and clarity, and a traditional "Emerald" cut. With the naked eye, I can't see any notable inclusionsions in the stone, for that reason it's a very worthwhile pickup for anybody who collects this kind of material.
Choice formed lattice classic reticulated twin Cerussite famous Tsumeb
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 4.1 x 3.3 cm
Choice, well-formed lattice of classic, reticulated twin Cerussite from the famous Tsumeb Mine. The 'snowflake' appearance of this twinning is highly desired, and combined with the excellent gemminess and luster, make this a fine specimen. The delicate light brown color is also unusual, but I have seen it before in some outstanding Tsumeb Cerussites. Along the top are dozens of 2 mm, sharp Calcite rhombs. A very good representative example of the thick, complex, lustrous cerussites for which Tsumeb is famous - and better in person.
Attractive pastel colored combination piece known Annabel Lee Mine
Annabel Lee mine, Harris Creek District, Illinois
Cabinet, 12 x 9.5 x 6.2 cm
Attractive, pastel-colored combination piece from the well-known Annabel Lee Mine in southern Illinois. The outer zone of the Fluorites is a medium sky-blue, and the core is classic yellow. The crystals are gemmy, with frosted, stepped faces and cubic form. The largest crystal is 3.9 cm across. The Fluorites are adorned with hundreds of sharp, lustrous, tapered Calcite scalenohedron needles, many of which are doubly-terminated. Also, there are many mm-size, Ruby Jack Sphalerites that are gemmy and lustrous. These are concentrated at one end of the specimen. This cabinet size Fluorite is well-representative of this famous district. Honestly, this is much less expensive to me (and to you) coming out of a Canadian collection than it would be if I had to pay to buy it out of an American collection, these days!
Impressive cabinet specimen Azurite displays tabular crystal habit
Easter Pocket, Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Cabinet, 11.0 x 7.5 x 6 cm
Impressive cabinet specimen of Azurite that displays the tabular crystal habit so characteristic of the famous Easter Pocket find of the early 1990s (the last major azurite find at the mine, if I recall). The Azurites have superb luster and deep blue color, with the largest crystal being about 2 cm. Azurites from this pocket have a unique, totally characteristic, typical habit that is more flattened than other azurite styles. There is some minor edge wear, as normal for exposed Azurites like this, but it has only a nominal effect on the overall beauty and size impact, especially considering the rarity of cabinet pieces today nearly 25 years later. Associated with the Azurites are several reticulated Cerussite twins up to about 4 mm, and there is fluorescent Calcite in the matrix. Because of the sculptural quality of the piece and the matrix association, I would rate the aesthetics of this piece highly. RARE today! Comes with a custom base.
This striking Fluorite Pyrite combination piece Huanzala world s best
Recuerdo Vein, Huanzala Mine, Dos de Mayo Province, Huanuco Department, Peru
Small Cabinet, 7.5 x 6.4 x 4 cm
This is a striking Fluorite/Pyrite combination piece from Huanzala, one of the world's best localities for Pyrite, as well as these rarely seen combinations (see the 1997 MR Peru issue cover, for instance). The octahedral Fluorite is gemmy, very sharp, and up to 3 cm on edge. The Pyrite cubes are lustrous, gently striated, and have slightly beveled edges. The largest of the Pyrite cubes is 2.5 cm. In addition, there is a complementary coating of white Calcite crystals down the center of the specimen. The balance on this small cabinet is excellent. The eye-catching Pyrites provide a good background as the Fluorite octahedron rises out and above. The aesthetics are superb, and even better in person. Art obtained most of his Peruvian specimens himself when down there for work or for research for the magnum opus on the Minerals of Peru, which he edited.
Yellow orange vitreous mereheadite radiating spherulitic aggregates
Torr Works Quarry (Merehead Quarry), Cranmore, Somerset, England, UK
Miniature, 5.0 x 3.0 x 2.5 cm
Yellow-orange, vitreous mereheadite and radiating, spherulitic aggregates of black crednerite within a veinlet of white calcite cutting a beautifully contrasting black matrix. The British Museum of Natural History label that accompanies the piece indicates that the material was collected in 1974 by R. F. Symes and A. J. Criddle. Ex. Paulo Matioli collection. Superb reference specimen with nice provenance
A thick slab micro crystallized sparkling white alstonite matrix
Bethel Level, Minerva Mine #1, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
Large Cabinet, 23.5 x 21.7 x 7.5 cm
A thick slab of micro-crystallized, sparkling, white alstonite is the matrix for five clusters of scalenohedral, lustrous and translucent, tan colored calcite, to 3.5 cm in length. Some damage to calcite tips is evident but this is tolerated due to the rarity and importance of the specimen as a whole for its rich and fine alstonite crystals that have such unusual luster to them. Mined in the 1940's to 1950's according to his label, and from the Ross Lillie collection. RCL#2173.
A huge cluster unusual aesthetics intergrown rosettes lustrous
Rosiclare Level, Minerva Mine #1, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
Large Cabinet, 30.0 x 21.6 x 9.6 cm
A huge cluster of unusual aesthetics: intergrown rosettes of lustrous and translucent, dark amber-colored calcite are highlighted by a huge spherical cluster over 8 cm across in the middle. Mined from the Cross-cut ore body and from the Ross Lillie collection. RCL#0387. This looks great vertically or horizontally. It is a surprisingly decorative and sculptural piece, the likes of which I had not seen before from the District in anything bigger than half this size. It is also in remarkable condition.
Doubly terminated twinned superb calcite specimen beautifully perched
Sub-Rosiclare Level, Denton Mine, Harris Creek Dist., Illinois, USA
Small Cabinet, 9.3 x 5.4 x 4.5 cm
Doubly terminated and twinned, this superb calcite specimen, beautifully perched atop a partial, fluorite crystal, measures 9.3 cm in length. One termination is single while the other exhibits multiple terminations The calcite is lustrous and gemmy with a rich amber color. Twinned calcite crystals are not common from the Illinois-Kentucky fluorite district. Mined December 22, 1983 and from the Ross Lillie collection. RCL#0581.
Acicular scalenohedrons lustrous translucent colorless calcite 1 5 cm
Annabel Lee Mine, Bethel Level, Harris Creek, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 12.2 x 8.3 x 6.5 cm
Acicular scalenohedrons of lustrous and translucent, colorless calcite, to 1.5 cm in length nearly cover an amber yellow fluorite crystal, 9 cm on an edge. Highly unusual iridescent blebs of oxidized chalcopyrite are scattered on the fluorite crystal. Mined in 1986 and from the Ross Lillie collection. RCL#1248. (priced at $2500 formerly, it IS rather unique and unusual!)
A lustrous translucent amber colored fluorite crystal measuring 4 cm
Bethel Level, Minerva Mine #1, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.8 x 4.7 x 3.0 cm
A lustrous and translucent amber-colored fluorite crystal, measuring 4 cm across, is host to globular inclusions of white barite as well as a jackstraw assemblage of white calcite crystals to 1.5 cm in length. Mined April 1995 and from the Ross Lillie collection. RCL#0703. Highly unusual locality and inclusion specimen!
A VERY unique assemblage sided aesthetics size significance makes
Bethel Level, Minerva Mine #1, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 11.7 x 10.5 x 5.4 cm
A VERY unique assemblage, that also has two-sided aesthetics and a size significance that makes it stand out in any collection as an important piece. Benstonite is extremely rare worldwide and the best come from Illinois, I would say. This piece is a wildly different style of attractive and lustrous, deeply-colored benstonite perched to show off. Alstonite is a bonus, here. The shape of this specimen leads to the conclusion that a butterfly twin of calcite was replaced by the gray alstonite. Secondary growth of lustrous and translucent, amber colored benstonite coats large portions of the twinned crystals in an oriented fashion of overgrowth. Rare occurrence: Mined 1950's-1960's and from the Ross Lillie collection. Rcl#2338 (previously ex. Paul Harter and Dan Weinrich). Although not the most expensive thing, this is surely one of the more interesting pieces in the collection. It carries the special yellow tag marked as "museum reserve" which noted pieces under consideration for a deal to the Chicago Field Museum at one time.
This remarkable specimen presents equally desirable display directions
Bethel Level, North-End, Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek Dist., Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 11.3 x 10.5 x 10.3 cm
This is a remarkable specimen but presents two equally desirable display directions. One side is covered in glassy and gemmy small calcite crystals from which rises a superb 7.8 cm in length, nail head calcite crystal which is glassy and gemmy, amber color on some faces and lustrous and translucent, frosted, light amber color ,on other faces. The other display face exhibits glassy and gemmy, rich blue fluorite crystals, to 2.3 cm across that are each wreathed by gemmy, colorless calcite crystals. One answer to please all collectors would be to rotate the specimen on a base, thus displaying both sides almost at once. Mined May 1992 and from the Ross Lillie collection. RCL#2275 (his label notes prices of $3500-3800 on the back). ex. Rick Russell collection.
A central core layer purple fluorite covered cluster lustrous
Sub-Rosiclare Level, Minerva Mine #1, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 13.2 x 11.0 x 6.7 cm
A central core layer of purple fluorite is covered by a cluster of lustrous and translucent, ivory colored scalenohedrons of calcite, to 2.5 cm in length. Some of the crystal tips are colored a light amber color giving the whole specimen a really unique "pincushion" effect. Mined in November 1994 and from The Ross Lillie collection. RCL# 1533. This is a large, beautiful, showy and deceptively "simple" specimen that nonetheless has really good aesthetics.
This stunning combination specimens make collection important A
Rosiclare Level, Denton Mine, Harris Creek Dist., Illinois, USA
Small Cabinet, 8.8 x 6.8 x 5.7 cm
This is another of the stunning combination specimens that make this collection so important! A lustrous and translucent, purple fluorite crystal measuring 7.5 cm across clearly exhibits stepped growth and nice color. Complex growth, lustrous and translucent, amber colored calcite crystals, to 4 cm across are exquisitely perched on the fluorite crystal. The smaller calcites look like little jewels! Mined from the main Denton ore body in 1983. Ex. Ross Lillie collection. RCL#1515.
This rare style gorgeous gems calcite decorating contrasting fluorite
Rosiclare Level, Denton Mine, Harris Creek Dist., Illinois, USA
Cabinet, 11.1 x 8.0 x 7.6 cm
This is a rare style with gorgeous gems of calcite decorating a contrasting fluorite host! Totally covering the display side of lustrous, rich purple fluorite crystals measuring 4.5 cm across, are glassy and gemmy, colorless to amber colored calcite crystals to 1.2 cm across. A few calcite crystals are also doubly terminated. Mined from the Bahama Pod in 1992 and ex. Ross Lillie collection. RCL#1532. This piece SPARKLES in the light, and really is quite unusual for the district in the overall presentation and style.
This uncommon penetration twinned crystal Illinois It lustrous
Sub-Rosiclare Level, Denton Mine, Harris Creek Dist., Illinois, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.3 x 5.3 x 4.2 cm
This is another uncommon penetration twinned crystal from Illinois. It is lustrous and very slightly translucent with a vibrant, deep purple color. Gemmy colorless calcite crystals preferentially cover certain faces of the fluorite crystals which reach 4 cm across. Mined in July 1993 from the northern extension of the Bahama ore body. Ex. Ross Lillie collection RCL# 0462. Unusually dramatic!
Nestled aesthetically flowers white cerussite formed lustrous
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
Miniature, 3.0 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm
Nestled aesthetically among flowers of white cerussite is a well formed, lustrous and translucent, golden yellow crystal of anglesite, reaching 1.5 cm in length. Association of malachite at the base of the crystal provides a green contrast. The unusual color of the anglesite, which really does look like a wulfenite at first glance, may be due to some copper inclusions, but it IS indeed anglesite (I had it probed by RAMAN). The association is typical for Tsumeb, just not with such nice aesthetics. This is simply a unique specimen, the likes of which I haven't seen among literally thousands of pieces from the now-closed mine.
From pocket produced famous red phantom calcite crystals 1998 fine
Fletcher Mine, Reynolds County, Missouri
Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 3.8 x 3.2 cm
From the pocket that produced the famous "red phantom" calcite crystals in 1998, this fine example is lustrous and translucent with a mostly golden amber color, save for the intense reddish orange color zoning in the upper half of the crystal. From the Cynthia Payne calcite collection. The piece is complete all around and actually viewable from all sides, though it has a contact on one face where another crystal was once attached. The termination is complete all around and the inclusion is very sharp for this material.
A red phantom calcite crystal famous 1998 good luster translucence
Fletcher Mine, Reynolds County, Missouri
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 3.7 x 2.6 cm
A "red phantom" calcite crystal from the famous 1998 find, with good luster and translucence and a body color of golden amber. This fine specimen exhibits a gray colored (hematite?) zoning at the left edge which outlines and accentuates the reddish orange coloration in the top half of the crystal. From the Cynthia Payne calcite collection.
This rare calcite inside amethyst geode ancient classic locality We
Idar-Obenstein, Fishbachtal, Germany
Small Cabinet, 6.8 x 6.8 x 4.7 cm
This is a rare calcite inside an amethyst geode, from this ancient and classic locality. We do not see many on the market today. Idar remains today, even after the exhaustion of its famous crystal deposits, the center of world lapidary skill and craftsmanship. Emplaced aesthetically on slightly amethystine quartz is a lustrous and translucent, golden amber colored calcite crystal measuring 4.5 cm in length. A few smaller calcite crystals also adorn the quartz. This is an old classic, and very rare on the market. From the Cynthia Payne calcite collection.
Some beautifully formed calcite crystals occur Malmberget Lappland
Malmberget Mine, Lappland, Sweden
Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 3.3 x 2.7 cm
Some of the most beautifully formed calcite crystals occur at the Malmberget mine in Lappland, Sweden. This particular style came only from one pocket collected nearly 25 years ago, now! This lovely scalenohedron of lustrous and translucent, amber colored calcite is nearly pristine, save for minor contact at the base It is a European classic, and immediately recognizable to any serious calcite lover. They just are not on the market today, after so long out of the ground. Ex. Peter Lyckberg collection (he collected them at the time!), with label. From the Cynthia Payne calcite collection.
Smoky quartz hint pink elbaite albite form matrix doubly terminated
Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan
Miniature, 5.3 x 4.5 x 2.8 cm
Smoky quartz, a hint of pink elbaite, and albite all form the matrix for a doubly terminated, glassy and gemmy, golden calcite crystal measuring 2.8 cm in length. The basal terminations of the calcite crystal exhibit an opaque white surface. Unusual for the locality!
Granular crust brown arseniopleite calcite matrix braunite Ex Paulo
Miniera di Varenche, Saint-Barthelemy, Valle d' Aorta, Piedmont, Italy
Cabinet, 7.0 x 5.0 x 4.0 cm
Granular crust of brown arseniopleite on calcite matrix with braunite. Ex. Paulo Matioli collection.
Elegant best way I beauty The elongated Acanthite crystals 3 cm height
El Bote, Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico
Miniature, 3.6 x 1.7 x 0.9 cm
Elegant is the best way I can describe this beauty. The elongated Acanthite crystals, up to about 3 cm in height, are lustrous, sharp, and well-formed. They have a flowing beauty all their own, and are accented by small, gemmy and frosted Calcites. One of the nicest specimens I have seen from Fresnillo in quite a while. It looks good from both sides!
From mines Peru good representative combination piece The matrix
Atacocha mine,Cerro de Pasco, Pasco department, Peru
Cabinet, 13.9 x 11.5 x 5.0 cm
From the mines of Peru we have a very good, representative combination piece. The matrix is predominantly intergrown, crystalline Tennantite, and it is draped with Sphalerites and decorative Manganoan Calcites. The Calcites themselves are adorned with hundreds of lustrous Pyrite pyritohedrons. The light pink Calcite crystals are about 2 mm in size and they number in the thousands as they cover half the specimen in ridges and mounds. Of course, the Manganoan Calcite has a rich orange-pink fluorescence. This cabinet specimen is in excellent condition, and the balance and aesthetics are very good.
Perfectly symmetrical pair bladed Calcite spheres tinted pretty grey
Herja Mine, Baia Mare, Maramures Co., Romania
Miniature, 4.8 x 2.8 x 2.8 cm
Perfectly symmetrical pair of bladed Calcite spheres tinted a pretty grey color by inclusions of Boulangerite. They are 2.8 cm across, respectively, and the luster of the Calcite blades is very good. This is a near-floater, with only one small contact point. Choice for these particular combinations, this has very good, balanced aesthetics and visual appeal. From the 1990s.
CLASSIC Tsumeb style The architecture cabinet piece really quite
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Cabinet, 9.5 x 9.0 x 4.5 cm
CLASSIC Tsumeb style! The architecture on this cabinet piece is really quite alluring. Sitting on the Duftite-coated plate are actually FOUR clusters of classic, stacked Calcite rhombs. The rhombs are sharp, have good luster, and range from translucent to gemmy. The largest Calcite crystal is 3 cm on edge. Regrettably, there are a few visible dings on the crystals - a few on the faces and a few on the corners. However, the geometry and aesthetics here are so good and so unusual, if you can live with the dings, you get a noteworthy Tsumeb specimen.
GORGEOUS AESTHETIC gemmy doubly terminated twinned Calcite crystal
Elmwood mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA
Cabinet, 12.7 x 7.3 x 4.4 cm
GORGEOUS and AESTHETIC, this gemmy, doubly-terminated and twinned Calcite crystal is from the famous Elmwood Mine. The rich amber color and gemmy terminations are exactly what you look for, and the condition is so good (just very minor edge wear and contacts) that it borders on pristine. There are minor amounts of Sphalerite and Barite, as well. A CLASSIC Elmwood Calcite crystal for form and color, and it even has a modest orange fluorescence as a bonus, which is unusual for the location. Although the mine is currently producing now, it is not giving up crystals of this combination of sharp shape combined with gemminess, color and luster - the new production is superb, but very different.
A large spectacular pristine cluster grey Calcites known Brushy Creek
Brushy Creek Mine, Greeley, Viburnum Trend District, Reynolds Co., Missouri, USA
Large Cabinet, 22.2 x 15 x 7 cm
A large, spectacular, pristine cluster of grey Calcites from the well-known Brushy Creek Mine in Missouri. The condition is excellent, and sparkly Chalcopyrite and Marcasite has coated the recessed areas of the lustrous Calcites, making it exceptionally beautiful (what actually happened is that the original crystal was covered in Chalcopyrite, and then the Calcite began growing again, enveloping the original crystal in some areas and leaving the chalcopyrite exposed in others so this is actually a phantom). Really, the overall aesthetics are stunning and complex - more so in person as the sparkly nature of the coating does not convey well. These are from a major find in the early 1990s..