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Topaz Mountain, Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah, USA
Miniature, 4.6 x 4.4 x 1.6 cm
A complete floater with GEMMY , glassy lustre and superb form! All tips are pristine, and it has a sparkle in person not coneyed in the pictures. The minute inclusions of metallic hematite throw off specks of light, an dcontrast, that are interesting and accent the sherry topaz color. An older specimen from this classic locale!
Oranje River, Namibia
Cabinet, 10.4 x 8.0 x 5.1 cm
A milky white quartz crystal has been overgrown by a generation of parallel growth, translucent, hematite included, brownish-red, quartz. The largest of the secondary crystals measures 1.5 cm in length. The color contrast is striking and it LOOKS complex, even though its only a simple pattern repeated endlessly! The net effect is really like no other here, visually. Complete around hte front and right side, contacted in back.
Oranje River, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 3.6 x 2.7 cm
This dramatic sceptered quartz crystal has a milky stem sprinkled with hematite specks. A second generation of hematite inclusions has permeated the superb and well developed sceptre head on this specimen. In fact, a close inspection reveals individual hematite flakes within. It is very 3-dimensional and complete all around. Not your every day scepter!
Oranje River, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 7.5 x 6.6 x 4.5 cm
This specimen consists of several, rather equant, glassy and gemmy, amethystine crystals that were partially included by hematite, on preferential faces, giving the whole specimen an alternate brown, purple effect. The large crystal, in the center, is 4.0 cm in length.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
Miniature, 4.7 x 4.3 x 2.1 cm
This is a superb miniature of rounded, colorless, calcite rhombs with bright orange hematite inclusions which don’t quite reach the terminations, giving the crystals vivid color zoning highlighted by the transparent edges thus. The crystals are lustrous, translucent, and reach 2.5 cm across. A super fine Tsumeb calcite of a rare habit!
N’Chwaning Mine, near Kuruman, Kalahari Manganese Field, South Africa
Thumbnail, 2.6 x 2 x 1.5 cm
This is a superb Hematite for any locality. These twinned crystals (the fabulous termination belongs to the dominant crystal) have a fantastic mirror-like luster, which makes it devilishly hard to photograph. This is a terrific thumb, and far better in person!
Cavradi, Graubunden, Switzerland
Thumbnail, 2.8 x 2.4 x .8 cm
Well-defined and extremely lustrous on both sides, this is a lovely blade of hematite with classic form for the locality. Lustre is super! The natural contact on the left edge does not detract at all (and points back anyhow), and the red rutiles add to the overall aesthetics. A very showy thumb!
Maynard Claim, Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah, USA
Miniature, 5.5 x 4.4 x 2.9 cm
This is quite simply one of the most dramatic "topaz crosses" I have ever seen, collected probably in the 1980s or early 90s when this remote claim was worked more actively by a group including a few Dallas investors. The cluster is PERFECT and pristine. It is RAZOR SHARP. The tips and the parts that matter are gemmy although the interior is, as is typical, included with sandy. Note the little bright rosettes of metallic hematite which have replaced the garnet previously there. Just a SUPERIOR miniature that I think will stand the test of time.
San Carlos, Chihuahua, Mexico
Miniature, 2.9 x 2.0 x 0.9 cm
Crystals of brilliantly lustrous, metallic hematite, to 2.4 cm in length, exhibit mirror bright faces and exceptionally unusual crystal form. Most hematite from this locale is rather thin and frilly. This is a robust, very mirror-like crystal of high calibre
Cleator Moor, Cumberland, England
Small Cabinet, 7.6 x 6.0 x 5.1 cm
This is a world class quartz specimen from England of all places. It is a beautiful combination piece, displayable 360 degrees, showing brilliant and very large hematite crystals for the location (the old English Iron District). Hematite from here rarely forms big crystals, and these reach 1 cm as opposed to the usual sparkly druses of 1-3 mm crystals. The large quartz crystal is nearly 2 inches tip to tip and sits atop, doubly terminated and exposed nicely on the cluster - undamaged, i might add. Only a few small dings mar the periphery of smaller crystals, which hosts the big one atop. It was likely mined in the mid to late 1800s (see below) and from all I have seen in collections and museums abroad has to be one of the finest aesthetic examples of the so-called "beta quartz" from England. This is by modern standards, a competition quality piece: dramatic small cabinet specimen, complete all around, with brilliant lustre to both species. I love it when history and quality converge! Note that I am told these are not true high-temperature beta quartz on a technical level, but they LOOK like it at first glance, certainly, and are often termed thus. The AE Foote label is probably 1880-1895 according to the Mineralogical Record's label archives: http://www.minrec.org/labels.asp?page=2&colid=477. Then the piece was in the collection of Mitch Gunnell by 1935 - and he was known for having an excellent English suite. A superb specimen in many regards, this is one of my favorites of the update
Cabinet, 12.2 x 9.7 x 3.7 cm
This is a classic hematite and quartz combo specimen from England, from the classic old English Iron District. It is most likely from the Florence or Beckermet Mines, or the Cleator Moor area. It is a beautiful combination piece, displayable at any orientation , and showing off sharp clear quartzes upon brilliant and very sparkly hematite crystals to 2mm . This is a fine large example of the so-called "beta quartz" from England: Note that I am told these are not true high-temperature beta quartz on a technical level, but they sure LOOK like it at first glance, certainly, and are often termed as such. Large, dramatic, classic combo! Hard to find in such quality today.
Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy
Cabinet, 12.5 x 9.2 x 6 cm
Elba is famous for fine Tourmalines, but over the years it has also produced large, very impressive Pyrites associated with Galena. They are highly desired, especially pieces with the combination to sparkling blades of hematite such as this one (found in the 1970s, if I recall). There are three distinct pyritohedrons on Galena matrix. The largest is about 6 cm, and the others between 5-6 cm. Incredible size and quality! The specimen is contacted in the back, but the presentation side is superb. The great form and luster of the Pyrites is dazzling and contrasts with hematite. The pics are good, but Pyrites are hard to shoot. It is even better in person. An amazing specimen for what it is and I usually see these at much higher prices
Wessels Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, South Africa
Miniature, 5.1 x 4.3 x 2.0 cm
So reflective that you can see your face i nit (or the hand of our photographer as you see here), this is a brilliantly mirror-lustrous, COMPLETE crystal of hematite, that makes for a dramatic miniature. The large crystal is perched on two small crystals at its base, and is a floater. It has some contact asymmetry on the backside, but is not damaged and is crystallized all around. We did not clean the back, leaving some pocket clay on to prove this point. The sides are as razorsharp and lustrous as the front, and as bright! It displays in a case like a reflective mirror, and is one of the finest, if not the priciest, hematites in the update.
Lechang Mine, Lechang Co., Shaoguan Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
Small Cabinet, 7.6 x 6.8 x 5.1 cm
On a sliver of matrix are two large rosettes, to 4.5 cm across, formed by bladed crystals of lustrous, black hematite. Emerging from the hematite are a few transparent colorless quartz crystals, to 3.3 cm in length. This is a very fine combo specimen featuring differing colors and textures, way beyod the normal quality expected of material from this still-producing locale. For the size, it is among the best of its type I have seen for 3-dimensional balance and aesthetics, and the absolute gemminess of the quartzes which are usually more cloudy and dull from this location.
Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 6.9 x 6.2 x 2.8 cm
Complexly terminated crystals of hematite to 2.6cm on a massive hematite matrix. The crystals have incredible mirror luster and are sharply formed, pseudocubic in fact. Some twinning appears to have occurred to some of the crystals. Nice display angle for the piece adds to the pizzazz. Minor edge wear is present on a few crystals but for the most part the crystals are in very good condition.
Congonhas di Campo, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature, 3.7 x 3.0 x 2.5 cm
This is a complete, mirror bright, well formed cluster of hematite crystals. The longest crystal is 3.0 cm in length. Minor damage around the periphery is insignificant in context, really. It is a very dramatic piece, with crystals I want to call pseudocubic, that are possibly twinned.
Lechang, Guangdong Province, China
Small Cabinet, 9.0 x 5.1 x 4.7 cm
I have seen MANY of these quartz combos over the last few years but few strike me deeply, as this did, when i saw it. It is a very balanced specimen, with amazingly pristine hematite rosettes nestling the spear of quartz that shoots up and out. the front is pristine, as shown in the left photo. The back side look spretty nice too, and shows more quartz, though one quartz in the lower-middle is broekn off.
N'Chwaning Mines, near Kuruman, Kalahari Fields, South Africa
Small Cabinet, 8.8 x 4.0 x 3.8 cm
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.
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 8.5 x 6.0 x 4.7 cm
This is a very elegant and unusual cluster of stalactites made of hematite, that look just like chalcedony in the overall form and nature of the growths. The piece is certainly very old, as it came out of the Gerald Herfurth collection (he started his collecting in the 1940s). The dealer/collectors Cal and Kerith Graeber had kept it for their own Mexican collection as the Herfurth collection was disbursed; and only later sold it to Dave Stoudt. I purchased the Stoudt Mexico suite recently. This remains, to me, a particularly interesting Mexican mineral specimen. If it were "said to be" English, with the prices seen on those older-still pieces, this could fetch a multiple of the price. Joe Budd photos
Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 7.8 x 7.4 x 5 cm
We have all seen innumerable quantities of these aesthetic, dramatic combination pieces come out over the years. BUT, few have ever just stunned me for the sheer beauty and symmetry as this piece. It displays dramatically perched on a custom made lucite base which raises it into the air, to appear floating. Note this is somewhat fragile, and therefore hand delivery is a must for this specimen. Nevertheless, once put on a shelf, or in a drawer, it is safely at home! I paid a bloody fortune for this piece compared to what they usually go for, just because it is so striking, so balanced, and appealed to me when I usually ignore most of them. Joe Budd photos
Brumado (Bom Jesus dos Meiras), Bahia, Brazil
Cabinet, 10.2 x 7.8 x 3 cm
At 540 grams, this is a robust, very large example of the famous "hematite roses" that came out of here in the 1950s-1970s , in sporadic pockets. Some are still found today, rarely - but not of such size. This is an older piece from a European collection. It is not pristine - there is some minor edge wear - but this is trivial in context and impact for such a large, impressive, "rose-shaped" example. Most such rosettes are only 1-2 inches. This is fully 4 inches across! Joe Budd photos