A beautiful specimen consisting of rich velvety malachite as a secondary generation atop a large barite crystal that has itself been replaced by malachite. I had not seen an example of such size before
ex. Phil Scalisi
These strange replacement pseudomorphs are extremely rare, and usually rather unattractive and dull. This, however, is a rather elegant cluster of stark white, sharply hexagonal witherites that have been replaced by barite now. These are old specimens , generally 19th century and early 1900s material. Seldom do you see even a reference example for sale, let alone such an aesthetic, display-quality piece. Formerly in the collection of noted US collector, Phil Scalisi
ex. Robert Whitmore
Once considered its own species, this sphaerosiderite is now considered to be a microcrystalline, botryoidal variety of siderite. It is classic and unique material, though, and comes at its best from this old mine in Romania. This specimen is complete all around, and is a gorgeous and rich example of both the species variety, and of the classic association from this particular mine. I have seen these pop up from time to time in old collections, but never one so good as this one.
ex. Marilyn Dodge
Save for India, you donít often see one mineral coating another in such an aesthetic manner (the Fluorites on Stibnite from Thailand come to mind). The delicate Barites are very well-crystallized, have a pleasant yellow color, and they completely cover the Stibnite. This thumb has a lot going for it.
ex. Marilyn Dodge
The quality of this Barite cannot be denied: the light golden color is complemented by excellent luster and superb doubly-terminated habit. This is an uncommon specimen for a common species, in that it is really a truly fine thumbnail in and of its own aesthetics....even if it were bigger, couldnt be better!
ex. Marilyn Dodge
Nice cluster of four gemmy and lustrous Barites, the largest of which is doublt-terminated. Considering the location and the quality of the crystals, this is a very fine specimen. BETTER IN PERSON. Classic from teh 1980s
ex. Marilyn Dodge
Simply first-class. The pics say it all!
Golden barites from this odd locality are found, rarely, inside large septarian nodules. Gem crystals such as this, in cluster no less, are seldom found and rarely aboe to be preserved in one piece due to the tough nature of the rock matrix. This is an exquisite, unusually clean and gemmy cluster of sharp crystals. It is pristine save only a small contact on the back termination of the smallest crystal, and a broken termination on the lower-right crystal. The main crystal is perfect, intact, and particularly transparent.
Most of these specimens are either greenish barites free of matrix, or on clunks; or alternately beautiful velvety malachite matrix with little smears of barite upon them. THIS PIECE, though, has balanced aesthetics where both species are nicely formed, and in balance with one another to create a more beautiful whole. It has to be among the better ones I have seen and I do clearly remember when they came out in the late 1980s and just amazed us all. This piece has subtle-pastel colored barites to an inch, splaying out and drawing the eye into the velvety, rounded malachite core. Each species complements the other. This particular find has not been repeated since and to my knowledge remains a unique association not present at other malachite-producing localities that I can think of. I regard this specimen VERY highly as a beautiful piece, but also as a significant example from a unique find. Which is the more important depends on one's point of view, I suppose, about value in minerals. To me, they are equally important when in the same specimen.
Only on rare occasions are there more than one or two terminated calcites on matrix from Elmwood. This specimen has four terminated calcite crystals on white sugary barite. The largest glassy, cognac-colored calcite measures 10.0 cm in length. Only very minor edge wear occurs on the two vertical crystals on the right side. The flat lying twin does have damage where it contacts the barite, however, when properly aligned, this does not show anyhow. Overall, a super specimen!
This is a huge, twinned, glassy, SUPER-GEMMY, cognac colored calcite on barite and very minor sphalerite.
Rich purple-zoned, translucent fluorite, to 4.5 cm across is emplaced on sugary white barite and a doubly terminated, glassy, tan crystal of calcite, 7.0 cm across. The only SLIGHT damage is at the left termination of the calcite, and is unimportant to the overall quality of the specimen. The piece is remarkably terminated ALL AROUND because it fell from the pocket well at one time, and then secondary microcrystallization covered over the backside, so that this is really a floater now.
Cubes of translucent, rich purple fluorite, to 2.0 cm across have been overgrown by hemispheres of tan, sugary, barite, to 7.0 cm across. Nicely displays with fluorite on barite or vice versa, as you wish!
Intergrown crystals of splendent, black sphalerite, to 1.7 cm across have been overgrown by hemispheres of sugary barite, to 4 0 cm across.
On a matrix of black sphalerite, are emplaced several spheres of sugary, ivory colored barite, to 7.0 cm across. The color and textural contrasts are very evident. The barite is crystallized , not jsut drusy or ball-shaped, and this is very good for this mine in quality.
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