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A very aesthetic miniature, especially as it is highly unusual to find such nice blue barite from here balanced on matrix. And in the miniature size, just in great proportions, it makes this one of the better small-sized blues for my taste. The crystals are complete all around and on both sides, nearly pristine (just a few very minor edge wear bits). The old label has no date but this collection was not being added to after 1910 or so and it very probably dates from the late 1800s heyday at this mining district.
A highly unusual style of brilliantly sparkling, deep blue, ball-like azurite crystals from Chessy, quite different than othres I have seen. Neat old label, probably from teh mid 1800s.
A very rich specimen with many 1-cm sprays of rich, deep red kermesite from this classic old locality. Note the neat old label dated 1846! Significant , rich specimen from the TYPE LOCALITY for this species!
This old zeolite specimen features sharp , stark white analcime crystals with a high ceramic-like lustre, and minor yellowish bladed apophyllite in association.
An outstanding specimen of this rarity, probably collected in the late 1800s. The specimen has SHARP crystals to 1.5 cm, translucent and lustrous, which are of exceptional quality. I have not cleaned it, so it retains an "antique look" , being a bit dirty, on purpose - and makes for a sharper contrast for the upright crystals to the smaller ones comprising matrix. Significant for both species and locale, this is also nicely displayable. Initially, because of the sharp crystals and overall quality, I and others I consulted here in the US thought (assumed!) this to be from Greenland. Thanks to Knut Eldjarn who corrected us that "Stocko" refers to this old locality in Norway, rather than a garbling of some location in Greenland as we assumed: You also list an old specimen of alleged "Epididymite from Narssarsuk". The label says "Stockö" which is one of the islands in the Langesundsfjord of Norway and the specimen resembles very much good crystals of Eudidymite from that area ( minor Epididymite may also be present) To me it does not look like a Narssarssuk piece. It is still a very antique and rare specimen of a quality not found in recent times. To be correct it is probably: Eudidymite crystals from Stokkøya, Langesundsfjorden, Larvik, Vestfold, Norway. I guess it must have been collected about 1880.
Sharp, gemmy, razor-thin crystals of transparent leadhillite, grown inside a protective vug of heavy galena which seems to be partially altered to cerussite. This is a whole nodule or vug, with the inside pocket intact.
Sharp crystals to 1.3 cm of this rare mercurian-rich varietal of tetrahedrite, from the classic locality for this species in Europe. Once, this was a valid species in its own right, actually. A rich specimen, this is actually fairly aesthetic because of the nice contrast to the talc matrix!
A gorgeous, sparkling vug of deeply colored azurite crystals in matrix, from a classic old locale. Better in person!
Sharp little crystals with high lustre, and larger, rounded ballshaped aggreagates of dark red-black pyrargyrite, all perched on massive and hefty arsenic matrix. Neat old label says more, but I can't make it out...
Sharp crystals to 1 cm of this rare mercurian-rich varietal of tetrahedrite, from the classic locality for this species in Europe. Once, this was a valid species in its own right, actually. A rich specimen, overall, that frankly displays better vertically compared to how it is shown
A 1.5 cm blue topaz on a really fine cluster of sharp hexagonal muscovite crystals, from this classic locality that has been important since the early 1800s as a maor source of gem topaz. Matrix specimens are few and so I will pardon a repair at the right price. Note that this topaz is repaired back onto the specimen, although we are fairly confident this is where it originally grew. Perhaps, though, this specimen is even more interesting as an example of a Mursinka muscovite....in person these have a rich lavender/purple color and are MUCH more interesting geometrically than the photos can convey.
A VERY HEFTY galena specimen with rounded, but recognizably cuboctohedral crystals, to 3.5 cm on edge. In person, it has a bit more 3-dimensionality to it, I assure you. This is a fine, all-around complete cluster of large galenas from the lcoality circa mid-1800s. It has minor associations of fluorite and sphalerite.
Although many crystals are broken, there are some intact ones protected in this vug and in any case this is a very colorful piece with great lustre, and rich color, for a Tsumeb wulfenite. An old label, typed, says that this is from the 2nd oxidation zone, and thus wsa probably one of the last pieces added to this collection.
Note the wonderful old labels, one dated 1860 and the other dated September of 1855! THis is from the type locality for the species, where it was first scientifically described from! The specimen is bright and shiny, with lots of crystals. Although some are broken, quite a few 1 cm, sharply terminated crystals are present. I love the crystallography studies accompanying it, rich in detail
A gorgeous, intensely colored specimen of sharp doubly-termianted azurites to 1.5 cm, perched on evergreen-colored massive bayldonite. The solid mass of bayldonite is in part pseudomorphous after mimetite, I would guess, as there are small pockets of sharp replaced crystals within the larger mass. In any case, a beautiful combo piece almost certainly from teh first and oldest mined oxidation zone of Tsumeb.
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