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This trimmed matrix shows large composite crystals splendent metallic
Korshunovka, East Siberis, Russia
Small Cabinet, 7.8 x 6.6 x 5.1 cm
This well trimmed matrix shows off large, composite crystals of splendent, metallic, dark gray hematite crystals, to 6 cm in length, from a rare locality for a good mineral specimen. I have seen only a few of these over the years, out of Russian museums. It is in great shape overall for such a freestanding specimen, with only a small contact to one of the lesser crystals and a small contact at the termination of the main crystal (noted, but they really do not greatly diminish the beauty or importance of the specimen).
An exceptional hematite rose Alpine quality Madagascar This judged
Ambositra District, Amoron'i Mania Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
Miniature, 5.4 x 4.2 x 4.1 cm
An exceptional hematite "rose" of Alpine quality, but from Madagascar! This was judged by the person who had the pocket, to be the finest of the lot for its luster and sharpness, aesthetic form, and nearly pristine condition. It has a fantastic luster that is hard to convey in a photo, though. This is one of a group of 3 choice specimens of similar size which came out in 2014, and were retained by a dealer who sold the larger parcel of generally larger, but less finely aesthetic, specimens. It is one of the finest examples of hematite that I have seen from the locale, though there were many of larger size. The piece is complete all around, 360 degrees, with no damage. Joe Budd photos. (this specimen goes with items 1571 and 1664 as a nice suite of three).
When Hematites discovered Wessels immediately instant classics mid
Wessels Mine, Kalahari manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Small Cabinet, 8.2 x 5.1 x 2.4 cm
When these Hematites were first discovered at the Wessels mine, they immediately became instant classics (mid 1980's, I believe). Their large size and association with red Andradite Garnets made them highly collectible. This particular specimen is one gigantic Hematite crystal. It is tabular in habit, with tiered faces, complex sides, and a contact along the bottom edge. One side is covered with fine, gemmy, lustrous, red Andradites, and on the lustrous exposed side there is a heart-shaped Calcite (thusly so because of a small chip, but it is so exposed I am glad it is there at all - it adds much to the piece). This robust and sharp textbook Hematite crystal has mirror-bright, metallic luster. These are amazing Hematites, and the find is today considered one of the major non-Rhodochrosite finds for the manganese district. Wessels is renowned for this apparently unique combination, justifiably.
This classic alpine eisenrose bright silver metallic lustrous Hematite
Central St. Gotthard Massif, Leventina, Ticino, Switzerland
Thumbnail, 2.2 x 2.2 x 2.1 cm
This is a classic alpine "eisenrose" of bright, silver-metallic, and lustrous Hematite. It is complete all around, extremely lustrous, and the frontal face has two rosettes, making for lots of bright reflections and great visual interest. The blades are complete and beveled. Many alpine Hematite specimens of any size are not as aesthetic as this, nor do they have the sculptural quality of this specimen. Finding one on the market, however, is another story. Few are available that have any sort of beauty and completeness of form. This one is aesthetic, and much better in person!
Large cluster formed prismatic crystals sharp mercedes terminations
Beckermet Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, Cumbria, England, UK
Cabinet, 13.3 x 11.2 x 6.7 cm
Large cluster of well-formed, prismatic crystals with sharp 'mercedes' terminations. The Calcites have a very good, 'watery' luster on the faces, and they are included by Hematite and other, black oxides. These inclusions add color and attractive phantoms to the Calcites. The largest crystal is 4 cm tall, and all the Calcites have a brilliant orange fluorescence. One knob on the piece has a cleaved crystal, and a few of the Calcites have a few small dings (easily touched up), but the complexity and the quality of this cabinet specimen more than makes up for that. Overall, this is a fine example of a classic species from a classic mining district. It is probably from the early to mid 1900s.
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 ilmenite crystal. Ex. Paulo Matioli collection. Initially, we believed this to be hematite, but Dr. Ricardo Scholz, Ouro Preo University, reached out to let us know that he "analised a sample from the same locality and looking like yours and I found an association of ilmenite and titanite."
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 Barytes Frizington true classics The largest crystal 3 5
Frizington, Cumberland, Cumbria, England
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 6.0 x 4.7 cm
The very fine blue Barytes 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 Barytes 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 Baryte 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, 7.0 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 9.0 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 kindey 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 6.0 x 6.0 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 2.0 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 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
N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Thumbnail, 2.6 x 2.0 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).
So reflective face 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 in it (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
Payun volcano, Altiplano de Payun 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 luster, 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 luster 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
Payun volcano, Altiplano de Payun Matru, Mendoza, Argentina
Cabinet, 11.0 x 9.0 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 luster, 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 luster in person than appears here.
Perfect floater Resembling letter T stunning metallic pseudomorph
Payun volcano, Altiplano de Payun 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 luster in person than appears here.
This size floored elegant examples A cluster small octahedrons
Payun volcano, Altiplano de Payun 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 luster in person than appears here.
Spectacular This single HUGE octahedral crystal exhibits major hopper
Payun volcano, Altiplano de Payun 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
Orange 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!