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Quartz var. "Herkimer Diamond" from Ace of Diamonds Mine, Middleville, Herkimer County, New York, USA [http://img.irocks.com/pics/02edd64na.jpg]
Ace of Diamonds Mine, Middleville, Herkimer County, New York, USA
Small Cabinet, 9.0 x 8.5 x 3.3 cm
This is a particularly aesthetic cluster of herk's, with real elegance to it instead of the "jumbliness" we so often get in larger chain clusters of these gem crystals. For that matter, the piece has crystals of a uniform gemminess and clarity , not marred by the usual ugly duckling in the midst of most clusters of several crystals or more. Taken together, these qualities make it a very special piece. Ed loved these, and had over 15 examples in the collection, more than any other variety of quartz. All, like this one, were carefully chosen by somebody who's seen literally hundreds over the years, to be extra special. I should say that, as with generally ALL large herkimer clusters, this piece is multiply repaired (by the collectors, usually). Comes with custom base.
Dolomite and Pyrrhotite on Quartz from Morro Velho Gold Mine, Nova Lima, Minas Gerais,  Brazil [http://img.irocks.com/pics/102fa.jpg]
Morro Velho Gold Mine, Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 9.4 x 5.5 x 5.1 cm
Dolomite crystals of this quality are rare from any location, and these translucent blades are heavily decorated by minute crystals of iridescent pyrrhotite (and some cubanite) to make them stand out. A very 3-dimensional specimen, overall! Bladed rosettes of lustrous, translucent dolomite to 4.5 cm across, are aesthetically emplaced on a colorless, gemmy, 7.0 cm across, quartz crystal. Usually one sees gemmy green siderite with minor dolomite but this is a superb PRIMARILY-dolomite specimen from one of the world’s deepest gold mines, and a fine source for good specimens as well (though miners bring them out at risk of losing their jobs!)
Quartz var. Agate ps. Barite from nr. Fruita, Mesa County, Colorado, USA [http://img.irocks.com/pics/3d43a.jpg]
nr. Fruita, Mesa County, Colorado, USA
Thumbnail, 1.8 x .8 x .8 cm
A doubly-terminated Barite completely and attractively replaced by agate. A petrified Barite, if you will. Cool.
Quartz (Japan Law) from Holland Tunnel, Patagonia Mts., Arizona, USA [http://img.irocks.com/pics/3d73a.jpg]
Holland Tunnel, Patagonia Mts., Arizona, USA
Thumbnail, 3 x 2.7 x 2.4 cm
One set of twins is nice, two is pretty rare, but three is amazing, especially when it is the dramatic appeal you find in a large thumb! Three sets of Japan Law twins set in one tight cluster. The quartz crystals are frosted to gemmy, with an equally frosted to glassy luster. Fortunately, there are only a few dings, but they do little to detract from the specimen. Even better in person. Rare to find these so small, that a thumb can be taken out...
carbonate-FLUORAPATITE on Quartz shard from Sapo Mine, Goiabera, Minas Gerais, Brazil [http://img.irocks.com/pics/apa26a.jpg]
Sapo Mine, Goiabera, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 10.2 x 7.3 x 2.2 cm
At 6.5 cm, this crystal on the right is the largest single crystal that I am aware of from the find. The crystal on the left side is 4 cm tip to tip (and is not damaged...it just has an odd ingrown face at that "hole" which is not distracting in person at all. The apatites sit flat on a flat quartz shard, which is a floater, complete all around! Because of the thin nature of the piece, it is translucent to light and shows extremely well when backlit.
carbonate-FLUORAPATITE on Quartz shard from Sapo Mine, Goiabera, Minas Gerais, Brazil [http://img.irocks.com/pics/apa31a.jpg]
Sapo Mine, Goiabera, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Large Cabinet, 8.8 x 8.4 x 2.2 cm
A cascade of deeply colored crystals to 1.75 cm stands on top of this slender quartz shard! For some reason, it is these few crystals on quartz that have the best and deepest color and lustre. Better in person!
Smoky Quartz from Papachacra, Belen Dept., Catamarca, Argentina [http://img.irocks.com/arg09/fly03abg.jpg]
Papachacra, Belen Dept., Catamarca, Argentina
Cabinet, 10.1 x 7.8 x 6.5 cm
An original core of milky quartz was later overgrown by a dark, lustrous and translucent, intensely smoky quartz crystal measuring 9.5 cm in length. When backlit, the milky core becomes an otherworldly phantom. A nice color contrast to the smoky quartz is the associated beige colored feldspar matrix. The termination has a few, tiny, insignificant sub-mm bits of wear but i would call it "essentially pristine," and anyhow it is the largest really good smoky quartz point in this condition from this find, that I have yet obtained.
Fluorite on Quartz from Mine El Gaudo, Talampaya, La Rioja, Argentina [http://img.irocks.com/arg09/fly09b.jpg]
Mine El Gaudo, Talampaya, La Rioja, Argentina
Small Cabinet, 6.9 x 5.7 x 3.4 cm
A thin septa of sparkling, colorless, quartz druse has allowed crystals of frosted, translucent, sea foam green, fluorite octahedrons, to form above and below the plate. Very 3-dimensional!!! . Average crystal size is 1.0 cm across but the cluster atop is about 3 cm. Under fluorescent light, the fluorite is an intense, neon purple. Very aesthetic specimen, elegant, and rich with this new fluorite.
Augelite with Quartz from Ortega Prospect, Northern  Ancash Dept., Peru [http://img.irocks.com/pics/au16a.jpg]
Ortega Prospect, Northern Ancash Dept., Peru
Small Cabinet, 8 x 6 x 4.5 cm
Quartz crystals, to 2.5 cm in length surround green crystals of augelite, to 1.5 cm. This is one of the few specimens with associated anything, let alone quartz.Large and impressive overall, it provides a fine display for a half dozen good augelite crystals
Augelite on Quartz from Ortega Prospect, Northern  Ancash Dept., Peru [http://img.irocks.com/pics/au18a.jpg]
Ortega Prospect, Northern Ancash Dept., Peru
Small Cabinet, 8 x 5 x 2.5 cm
This is a showy radiating quartz specimen with 2 beautiful, gemmy green Augelite crystals to 1.5 cm in length perched atop. This is one of the few specimens with associated anything, let alone quartz. It makes for a nice display, and the isolation of the crystals is uncommon here.
Amethyst from Vera Cruz, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/pics/azmex32a.jpg]
Vera Cruz, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 9.6 x 6.0 x 5.0 cm
Very closely resembling a rocket, ready for liftoff, this unusual and super matrix, amethyst crystal is doubly-terminated, very lustrous, and exhibits a lovely, rich lilac color. To me the most fascinating characteristic of this amethyst is the fairly uniform hopper growth on all the pyramidal faces. Most unique. From the collection of R.F. Denicourt. This is one of the very largest speicmens I have seen of any single crystal from the locality!
Quartz enclosing Smoky Quartz phantom from Gobobos, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/bb122a.jpg]
Gobobos, Namibia
Cabinet, 9.7 x 7.3 x 7.2 cm
Here is your chance to own a fabulous gem quartz with a smoky phantom. This specimen has been repaired to a sawn base, but was replaced as it originally grew. If you do not like the base it would be easy to remove the crystal and have one of the best smoky phantom singles in the collection...still worth the $300 on its own merit. But, we left it on, as Charlie did, for the overall impact.
Smoky Quartz (sceptred and hoppered) from Gobobos, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/bb124a.jpg]
Gobobos, Namibia
Cabinet, 14.6 x 11.6 x 7.3 cm
A dramatic, complex, massive smoky quartz with glassy luster and a hint of amethyst on select faces of . This monster shows skeletal and hopper growth, and is much more dramatic in person. It is very 3-dimensional and complete all around!
Soddyite from Swambo, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo [http://img.irocks.com/pics/bb19a.jpg]
Swambo, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
Miniature, 5.2 x 4.8 x 2.8 cm
Eye visible sub-mm crystals of soddyite, which is very rare , especially so nicely isolated on matrix as this cluster is.
Quartz with Smoky quartz and Amethyst phantoms from Gobobos, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/bb41a.jpg]
Gobobos, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 6.3 x 2.4 x 1.5 cm
A stunning quartz with incredible lusrte AND clarity - and with sharp amethyst and smoky phantoms . Note the additional, interesting faces on the termination's right edge, which add more to separate this piece from so many others.
Smoky Quartz sceptre from Gobobos, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/bb43a.jpg]
Gobobos, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 6.9 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm
This almost textbook scepter has a clear shaft and a smoky head. A very small doubly-terminated accents the side of one face. A faint blush of purple inside is a nice accent as well.
Amethyst on Quartz from Brandberg, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/bb55a.jpg]
Brandberg, Namibia
Miniature, 4.7 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm
This amethyst specimen from the Brandberg mountains is a great example of amethyst but a very atypical example of quartz! Note the secpters to the lef tand right, on quartz cores. Yet, the middle crystal grades elegantly into the amethyst termination WIHTOUT creating a sceptre effeect. Bizzare, on the same specimen!? In any case this is a lovely, 360 degree group of dark purple amethyst on top of milky quartz, technicalities of uniqueness aside.
Quartz with Amethyst from Gobobos, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/bb56a.jpg]
Gobobos, Namibia
Miniature, 5.6 x 4.3 x 2.9 cm
A gorgeous, 3-D, splayed matrix group of light amethystine quartz. Note that while two of the crystals are show reverse scepter form at their tips (n either edge), the core crystals in the center show normal terminations - a neat contrast!
Smoky Quartz from Gobobos, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/bb62a.jpg]
Gobobos, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 7.8 x 2.9 x 2.2 cm
Truly unusual reverse-scepters from the Gobobos, one piled next to another! The milky quartz bottom with two smoky reverse scepters make this one of a kind.
Smoky Quartz from Gobobos, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/bb66a.jpg]
Gobobos, Namibia
Miniature, 4.5 x 2.7 x 2.1 cm
A very sharp single crystal of smoky quartz with a small shaft showing scepter growth atop.
Quartz var. Amethyst from Gobobos, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/bb71a.jpg]
Gobobos, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 9.3 x 5.8 x 4.3 cm
Delicious grape color just visually leaps out of this large amethyst crystal. The color is DEEPLY saturated and the lustre is high, making this one of the outright prettiest pieces here. The photos cannot show the internal , almost-red flashes. Must see to appreciate! Truly wonderful specimen of no fancy habit (actually unusual for this locale!) , but complete all around and eye-appealing
Quartz with Amethyst & Smoky Phantoms from Gobobos, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/bb80a.jpg]
Gobobos, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 6.3 x 1.8 x 1.8 cm
Cute, doubly-terminated amethyst/smoky-included quartz which has also a small water bubble within.
Quartz with Hematite inclusions from Gobobos, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/bb88a.jpg]
Gobobos, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 9.2 x 5.2 x 3.0 cm
A large clear quartz, brilliantly lustrous! It has dramatic accent with all thos emiute red hematite inclusions at the bottom.
Quartz (skeletal) from Gobobos, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/bb89a.jpg]
Gobobos, Namibia
Cabinet, 11.6 x 6.5 x 4.8 cm
Very large, extremely interesting smoky/amethyst quartz crystal with a very deep skeletal termination showing 5 deep holow clefts into the core of the crystal. A major specimen from the Gobobos, for this rare habit. Complete all around the termination, though incomplete on the bottom and lower rear.
Quartz with bubble from Gobobos, Namibia [http://img.irocks.com/pics/bb99a.jpg]
Gobobos, Namibia
Cabinet, 9.4 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm
A large smoky/amethystine, enhydro, scepter ! This crystal has stunning lustre. It is a perfect, gemmy crystal with an obvious enclosed (enhydro) water bubble crossing the main face of the crystal. Wonderful eye appeal.
Scheelite on Quartz from Zinnwald, Bohemia, Czech Republic [http://img.irocks.com/pics/bem-44a.jpg]
Zinnwald, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Miniature, 5.5 x 4.0 x 1.7 cm
The scheelite is exceptional for Zinnwald ...this is CLASSIC old scheelite from a classic locality, with crystals to 9mm, perched on a terminated quartz shard. This is very beautiful and aesthetic!. ex. American Museum of Natural History and shows a Bement collection numbering on the bottom, along with the "arrow" that the AMNH curator Gratacap used to show alignment of specimens on a display shelf. This indicates the piece was on display after the donation of the Bement collection around 1910, by JP Morgan
Brazilianite on Quartz from Telírio claim, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil [http://img.irocks.com/pics/bg03a.jpg]
Telírio claim, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Cabinet, 11.2 x 9.5 x 7.8 cm
A most unusual specimen with a 2.5-cm brazilianite crossing the termination of a gorgeous, jewel-like quartz crystal , totally water-clear and perched in albite matrix. The quartz measures about 8 cm tall and its termination is freestanding save for the crossing brazilianite atop. VERY dramatic and unusual specimen!
Topaz on Quartz from Sakangyi, Mogok, Burma [http://img.irocks.com/new2012/BC16j.jpg]
Sakangyi, Mogok, Burma
Cabinet, 13 x 11.4 x 7.9 cm
This very large combo specimen is composed of a 13 cm-long colorless quartz crystal attached to a doubly-terminated, glassy and gemmy, light champagne-colored topaz measuring 7 cm in length. The asssociation is unlikely, in such size and geometry, but there you have it. The topaz is actually complete, with an old break on the bottom grown over by later deposition of topaz. The basal termination on the bottom now is "healed", and it features many individual faces.The top termination is crystallographically interesting with its sharp steep faces in which you can find pyramids, prisms and a dome shape. There is very minor and insignificant bruising on the lower right hand side of the topaz. This is a major combo specimen from Mogok that weighs 824 grams (over 2 pounds). From the Burma collection of "Burma Bill" Larson, who has for decades brought out gems and then minerals as this region opened up to the trade in specimens.
Feldspar with Quartz from Sakangyi, Mogok, Burma [http://img.irocks.com/new2012/BC17a.jpg]
Sakangyi, Mogok, Burma
Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 4.3 x 3.5 cm
An aesthetic combo specimen features a 6 cm long ,lustrous, cream-colored microcline crystal that has two lustrous and translucent, smoky quartz crystals, to 2.7 cm in length, at the base of the feldspar. Sharp and geometric, this piece has a porcelain-like beauty to it. There is even a secondary overgrowth on the back side of the larger microcline. A tiny ding at the termination of the microcline crystal does little to detract from the specimen. From the Burma collection of "Burma Bill" Larson, who has for decades brought out gems and then minerals as this region opened up to the trade in specimens.
Topaz on Quartz from Sakangyi, Mogok, Burma [http://img.irocks.com/new2012/BC18c.jpg]
Sakangyi, Mogok, Burma
Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 5.8 x 3.2 cm
Erupting straight up from two glassy and gemmy, colorless quartz crystals to 4.5 cm in length, is a limpid, glassy and gemmy, colorless topaz crystal. This gem is bright and pretty - 2 inches (just over 5 cm) in length in total. The topaz is superbly centered high on its matrix. The mass is 114 grams. From the Burma collection of "Burma Bill" Larson, who has for decades brought out gems and then minerals as this region opened up to the trade in specimens.