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Black sub metallic formed crystals cechite Adelite Descloizite Group
Outcrop of the Posepny vein, Vrancice, Pribram, Central Bohemia Region, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Miniature, 6.0 x 3.5 x 3.0 cm
Black, sub-metallic, well-formed crystals of cechite (Adelite-Descloizite Group) with quartz and earthy iron oxides in a vug within a coarse-grained carbonate matrix. Ex. Joseph Vajdak personal collection. Very rarely seen for sale!
A formed reclined gemmy lime green translucent 3cm titanite
Campo do Boa mine, Capelinha, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 9.0 x 7.5 x 3.0 cm
A well-formed, reclined, gemmy, lime green, translucent, 3cm, titanite is accompanied by yellow-green, subhedral, translucent, 0.5 to 3cm titanite crystals that grace a large, 7.5cm, splendent, silvery-gray specular hematite crystal. Ex. Paulo Matioli collection.
Dark reddish brown subhedral crystals althausite 3cm serpentine talc
Tingelstadtjern deposit, Modum, Buskerud, Norway
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 4.0 x 3.0 cm
Dark reddish brown, subhedral crystals of althausite to 3cm in a serpentine-talc matrix with dark gray subhedral hematite crystals and aggregates to 2cm. A very good example for the species and from the type locality! Ex. Paulo Matioli collection.
A fine example species uncommon Arizona locality A sided metallic
Bouse, Plomosa District, Plomosa Mts, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA
Miniature, 3.0 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm
A very fine example for the species from this uncommon Arizona locality. A two-sided, metallic-bright, sharp Hematite crystal is nicely accented with a Quartz crystal. This is likely older material from the 1960s or 1970s. The Hematite is contacted in the back, and the Quartz has lost its termination, but this is still a good, representative piece from this mine and the crystal is robust, so that it displays very well!
The fine blue Barites Frizington true classics The largest crystal 3 5
Frizington, Cumberland, Cumbria, England
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 6 x 4.7 cm
The very fine blue Barites from Frizington are true classics. The largest crystal here (3.5 cm) is doubly-terminated, as are a number of the other crystals. The luster is outstanding, and the grey-blue color is both delicate and dazzling in its own way. The Barites rest on a bed of lustrous, curvaceous Dolomite crystals, and these are decorated by thousands of iridescent, micro Specular Hematites. The aesthetics are truly distinctive, and it displays vertically or horizontally. The overall form and shape hides the fact that one Barite on each side, low and out of the way, has been cleaved, although it is hard to spot in the overall 3-dimensional frontal presentation. This piece is that good, that if perfect, it would command several times higher a price. As it is, it still displays wonderfully and looks like it should cost far more. It is a truly classical example of these fine old specimens, in just the right size! Better in person.
Cavradi Hematites classic treasured collectors strahlers alpine
Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Grischun, Switzerland
Small Cabinet, 7 x 4.2 x 3.7 cm
Cavradi Hematites are a classic, treasured by collectors as well as the strahlers who find them in alpine mountain clefts in the summer seasons. This stellar small cabinet specimen features pristine, lustrous, and striated blades that reach up to 2.4 cm across. These Hematite blades stand beautifully upon the gneiss matrix, and the geometry is such that the specimen looks great from virtually any angle. Unrepaired specimens of upright crystals on matrix like this, are frankly hard to come by. An absolute killer with 360-degree aesthetics and SHARP crystallization on contrasting matrix, this is about as good for this habit and locality as I have seen available in many a year.
Very glassy lustrous Smoky Beta Quartz crystals 2 cm dominate choice
Florence Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumbria, England, UK
Cabinet, 13.5 x 9 x 4.5 cm
Very glassy and lustrous Smoky "Beta Quartz" crystals to 2 cm dominate this choice, old plate from the famous Florence Mine. The Quartz crystals are sharp and in very good condition (nearly pristine except only one crystal) with the unusual habit which I am told reflects high temperature origins. They have clusters of sparkly, black Hematite blades intermixed throughout, and this association adds greatly to the interest and value of the piece. The hematites are sharp and lustrous, much better than the usual style in association of frilly, or tiny, hematite crystals. The matrix is fascinating, being a thin plate of Hematite kidney ore, decorated with bright, sparkly Specularite, no less. This is an excellent, showy representation of a CLASSIC, OLD-TIME specimen from one of the most famous historic locales on the planet. This complex of mines is responsible for the iron age of Britain, and has been mined for specimens for the collector for 300 years. We have seen so many quartz and hematite combination pieces from this district, but this one would really rank highly in quality for the hematite size and luster, combined with the gemminess and quality of the quartz.
Notable dimensional spray gemmy Calcites really remarkable The
Bigrigg Mine, West Cumberland, Cumbria, England
Small Cabinet, 7.4 x 6 x 6 cm
Notable and very three-dimensional, this spray of gemmy Calcites is really rather remarkable. The hexagonal prisms are completely gemmy with great luster, and in cross section they range from equant to tabular. What is quite fascinating is that the faces of the terminations, and only the terminations, are striated. The Calcites are tinted with Hematite, which is a famous association for this location. The longest Calcite is about 2.7 cm. Normally, you see mostly scalenohedrons from here, so this this habit another quality aspect of this small cabinet specimen that makes it stand out. This old-timer likely dates back to 1900 or earlier and was obtained in the 1970s from the Birmingham (England) museum in trade. Calcite specimens from the famed and historic Bigrigg Mine of Cumbria are always much sought after. Much better even in person, due to the exceptional gemminess!
Tinzenite member Axinite Group rare borosilicate The layered crystals
Tinzen, Val D'Err, Switzerland (Type Locality)
Small Cabinet, 7.4 x 5.7 x 2 cm
Tinzenite, a member of the Axinite Group, is a rare borosilicate. The layered crystals, which are up to 1.6 cm in length, have superb vitreous luster. The Tinzenites are set in a matrix of fluorescent Calcite and very fine Hematite. This is the Type Locality for Tinzenite, and the overall piece is a fine, representative specimen with great mineralogical interest.
Lustrous pair bladed Hematites shot needles shiny golden red Rutile
Zagi Mountain, near Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 5.7 x 4.7 x 1.7 cm
Lustrous pair of bladed Hematites, shot through with needles of shiny, golden-red Rutile. The largest Hematite is 5.7 cm across, and it is fronted by a second Hematite blade that is 4.2 cm. The lusters are mirror-like, and they are complemented nicely by the radiating sprays of Rutile crystals. A very good Pakistani combination piece and highly unusual for the locality!
Complexly terminated crystals hematite 2 6cm massive hematite matrix
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, pseudo-cubic 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.
superb unusually thick 3 D crystals VERY CHOICE
Via Grande Mine, Quartzsite, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA
Thumbnail, 2.8 x 1.4 x 0.8 cm
superb, unusually thick and 3-D crystals. VERY CHOICE!
A complete floater GEMMY glassy luster superb form All tips pristine
Topaz Mountain, Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah, USA
Miniature, 4.6 x 4.4 x 1.6 cm
A complete floater with GEMMY, glassy luster and superb form! All tips are pristine, and it has a sparkle in person not conveyed in the pictures. The minute inclusions of metallic hematite throw off specks of light, and contrast, that are interesting and accent the sherry topaz color. An older specimen from this classic locale!
This superb Hematite locality These twinned crystals fabulous
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!
This complete mirror bright formed cluster hematite crystals The
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 pseudo-cubic, that are possibly twinned.
THis early Thunder Bay amethyst form late 1800s Foote label glued 100
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 5.8 x 5.2 cm
THis is an early Thunder Bay amethyst form the late 1800s, with a Foote label still glued to the bottom 100-plus years later! While broken off matrix, this crystal is complete all around and pristine save a few tiny dings...remarkable for the age of it. This early material has obviously a much deeper and more interesting color than most of what is found there today, and impressed me with its intense color (more obvious, perhaps, in person).
Well defined extremely lustrous sides lovely blade hematite classic
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. luster 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!
So reflective face I nit hand photographer brilliantly mirror lustrous
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 razor-sharp 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.
I seen MANY quartz combos years strike deeply did I saw It balanced
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 looks pretty nice too, and shows more quartz, though one quartz in the lower-middle is broken off.
This superb miniature rounded colorless calcite rhombs bright orange
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
We seen 6 7 years spurts trickle national park area surprise sharp
Payún volcano, Altiplano de Payún Matru, Mendoza, Argentina
Cabinet, 11.8 x 5.6 x 4.4 cm
We have all seen these over the last 6-7 years, in spurts, trickle out of this national park area and surprise us with the sharp symmetry of these replacements. However, for the first time, this new batch which came to market has real lustre, not just a metallic sheen on a battleship-gray surface but really lustrous and sparkly. I do not know what particular quick of geological conditions caused this, but the particular groups which came to the show THIS year are just superior to previous finds in the lustre department. Of them, this was one of the best for my taste, a complete-all-around stack of geometrical shapes perched unlikely , one atop another. Along with the stunning sculptural form of the original magnetite crystals, in both sharp octahedrons and exquisite hopper growth, this specimen has outstanding luster which is hard to convey in the photos. The largest octahedron measures 2.2 cm in length and, by the way, this is a complete floater - no contact points anywhere, complete all around! I will admit that this is pricier than most but its also bigger and better than most...but for this reason, I HAD to have it. It is incredible, in person, and leaps out from the crowd.
This superb large cabinet piece perfect floater complete elongated
Payún volcano, Altiplano de Payún Matru, Mendoza, Argentina
Cabinet, 11 x 9 x 3.5 cm
This superb large cabinet piece is a perfect floater, complete all around, and with elongated crystals covered by a secondary growth of sparkling, lustrous hematite. Along with 25A, this is one of the best large examples of thismaterial I have yet seen in over 6 years of on-and-off production from this highly restricted collecting ground. For reasons i cannot explain, this new find of late 2007 has incredible lustre, a real sparkle and not just a metallic sheen to it. This piece floored me because of the form, a central symmetry which devolves into such opposite forms on the left and right. Few mineral specimens have such geometric contrast on one piece as these - this one in particular. I admit Bill Larson beat me to this one and I had to trade him out of it (at this price, I did not raise it otherwise so its not a 2X markup or anything like that). This is a pristine floater, complete all around, with better lustre in person than appears here.
Perfect floater Resembling letter T stunning metallic pseudomorph
Payún volcano, Altiplano de Payún Matru, Mendoza, Argentina
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 5.5 x 4.2 cm
Perfect floater! Resembling the letter "T", this stunning metallic pseudomorph of hematite after magnetite features several sharp, very lustrous, octahedrons to 2.5 cm across perched on an elognated stalk. There is also evidence of incipient hopper growth on this floater specimen. But, overall, for the size it is remarkable in that the octohedra are not hoppered as so many larger ones have been in the past, from this deposit. One of the more impressive examples for the size I have seen. This is a pristine floater, complete all around, with better lustre in person than appears here.
This size floored elegant examples A cluster small octahedrons
Payún volcano, Altiplano de Payún Matru, Mendoza, Argentina
Small Cabinet, 8.3 x 3.1 x 2.3 cm
This one, for the size, floored me as one of the most elegant examples. A cluster of small octahedrons of lustrous , dark metallic hematite after magnetite forms the base for an elongated, hoppered crystal measuring 6.25 cm in length, which is crowned by a tiny octahedron. Stark and beautiful contrast of different crystal forms of the same material on the same piece making for a really nuanced whole! This is a pristine floater, complete all around, with better lustre in person than appears here.
Spectacular This single HUGE octahedral crystal exhibits major hopper
Payún volcano, Altiplano de Payún Matru, Mendoza, Argentina
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 4.9 x 4.7 cm
Spectacular! This is a single, HUGE, octahedral crystal that also exhibits major hopper growth. It is also a complete floater and is doubly terminated. The luster is top shelf and the whole dark metallic specimen sparkles with a secondary druse of hematite capping the pseudomorph itself. For stark geometry, this one leaps out.
This dramatic sceptered quartz crystal milky stem sprinkled hematite
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 scepter 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!
A milky white quartz crystal overgrown generation parallel growth
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 the front and right side, contacted in back.
This small hematite I told collected 3 years ago stashed away till It
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 till 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 luster on other species and yet here can only hide the real luster 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 luster, that set off the larger crystals by accenting them, are hausmannite. This is a new combo on me, and quite distinctive for the pocket.
This unusual cluster calcite crystals shows sharp colors contrasts The
Banana Slide, Haile Moor Mine, Egremont, Cumberland, Cumbria, England
Small Cabinet, 7.9 x 6 x 5.5 cm
This unusual cluster of calcite crystals shows sharp colors and contrasts. The crystals, to 4 cm in length, are prismatic and have dispersed and attractive red hematite staining the lower 3/4 of the crystals. The terminations are colorless and transparent, but have sharp black dendritic manganese inclusions which add a very unusual accent to the piece. From the infamous Banana Slide area, Haile Moor Mine. Obtained from miner Arthur Scoble, purchased in 1994. Illustrated in "Classic Minerals of Northern England, " page 124
Elba famous fine Tourmalines years produced large impressive Pyrites
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