On a matrix of massive sphalerite is a large plate of fine, translucent, color zoned, purple fluorite cubes, to 6.0 cm across. The fluorite is also the host for three clusters of ivory colored barite and a few gemmy little calcites. THIS MONSTROUS PLATE has very little damage, almost none. It is much more appealing in person where you will see that backlighting shows off some internal translucence and phantoms...difficult to show in our photos of such a large piece.
The pics say it pretty well...this is daramatic enough. BUT they cannot convey the stark contrast of the metallic, lustrous sphalerite with the crystallized stark white barite ball, that you see in person. A sphere comprised of ivory colored barite crystals, 7.0 cm across, is perched on a cluster of splendent, brownish-black, sphalerite crystals, to 4.0 cm in length, that exhibit reddish-orange highlights. As a bonus, there are even a few, gemmy golden calcite crystals, to .9 cm across, as accents on both the sphalerite and the barite. Out of allthe rocks here, for the combination of qualities, this to me strikes me as most unique among them. Just love it...
This large matrix cabinet piece features a perfectly situated , doubly-terminated, 5-cm-long crystal perched atop. It is uncanny, how it just hangs there so fully exposed, as if placed gently down, and now anchored by the soft Oyelite and showing both terminations. The crystal is a soft lemon-yellow color, translucent, and complete all around. The matrix is gorgeous and unusual: This is a VERY heavy specimen, as the rolling carpet of soft Oyelite hides a hematite-rich matrix underneath. On the backside , it is nearly covered with sharp bladed barite crystals atop the hematite, unusual for this locality.
ex. Frank Valenzuela
If you only saw the photo, you would think this was a thumbnail specimen...rather, it features a 2.4-cm across and 6mm-thick wulfenite on classic Rowley matrix. This is the largest, fattest, crystal I have seen from here. It is an electric orange color , not orange-red as they usually are, and it has superb lustre. This shockingly large crystal is unbelieveable for Rowley and is perhaps the largest known for the mine (at least, according to Frank, to what I have seen, and to what a noted Arizona collector also told us). Frank traded it from a collector who found it in the 1960s, he recalls. It has a thin crack running diagonally at the lower, left edge of the crystal, but is not repaired - the surrounding barite anchors the crystal securely at multiple attachment points on the left, right sides, and with little blades reaching up behind the crystal to attach it solidly to the matrix. The barite itself is a little friable and has been stabilised lightly with glue behind the wulfenite, on only a small portion of the rear of the matrix where cracks exist (behind and to the right of the crystal). It is trimmed exceptionally well, to make a balanced, important miniature. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. Cranbrook Institute
ex. Neal Yedlin
ex. Richard Hauck
. This monstrous copper crystal cluster is , as you can see, LARGE and impressive. It is a "fan" style, with elongated branches growing out from a central winding stalk. However, again, look at the size...you realize this is no flimsy thin copper plate! It is a thick, robust, sculptural, heavy specimen with no fragility at all as with some typical copper fansprays. I personally think its a bargain - the reason being that although its incredible for a museum, few collectors have the space or size of cabinetry to display it! But then, that is why it is all the more significant an dimportant as a historic specimen - few of such size and quality have been rpreserved over time. BOTH SIDES are equally displayable and FULLY crystallized throughout, with minor barite and minor zones of oxidized green patina scattered within the copper. Comes with custom lucite display base.
ex. Richard Heck
A cute miniature from mid-1970s finds here! The bladed crystals of white barite and yellow wulfenite compliment each other beautifully. The lustrous, white barite to 8 mm across nearly surrounds the window pane blades of lustrous and translucent, yellow wulfenite, to 2.5 cm across. Additionally, at the base of the wulfenite crystals are small orengey spheres of mimetite, to 3 mm across. Minor edge wear on one of the wulfenite crystals ( to be expected in such things), but otherwise complete all around
The mineral, barite, is a rare constituent of the trap rocks of India, so this specimen, from a new find, is important. It has silky, waxy luster and good translucence, along with a slightly gray color. Most Unusual!
The Asturias localities are best-known for fluorites, but also produced wonderful barites; you often see them in association with one another, though the fluorites are usually the "star". However, here, on this very large specimen, it is beautiful blue-grey barites in the starring role, on a field of amber fluorites. The barites are attractively isolated in rows and fansrays on the fluorites rather than massed together. They measure to 3.5 cm tip-to-tip. This is an older specimen that came out of the Rolf Wein Collection of Germany, which contained a lot of European classics in addition to a concentration in Alpine specimens. Big, showy and spectacular for what it is.
ex. George Elling
This barite crystal is doubly-terminated, and quite unusual in its sharp form and its phantom! The crystal is perched on a small bit of calcite matrix. Aesthetic pieces of barite from these mines, in this size range, are simply hard to come by, today - they date to the mid or late 1800s and damage accumulates over time unless they are locked up in museums (as this one was, ex Harvard). The label indicates a date of 1893-1898, based on George English's business locations (courtesy of Mineralogical Record label archives:http://www.minrec.org/labels.asp?page=3&colid=319) Ex. George Elling collection. Joe Budd photos.
ex. Jack Halpern
This is a crystal of a very rare, small find of gorgeous amber-colored barites that came out over 10 years ago. Few were available and this is one of just several i have seen recycled back onto the market in recent years. The color is do deep, and so glassy, that it just doesn't "look" like barite at first.
A cabinet-sized matrix, a FLOATER, covered all the way around with gemmy cubes of fluorite with deep purple phantoms inside. An area of bladed Barite adds a beautiful accent. You can actually display this specimen any number of ways, because the crystals are literally all over it, and there are no contacts or damage!
A fine spray of gemmy crystals of South Dakota barite, with light coffee color. The crystals are attached to a thin plate of calcite in back. The terminations are complete, with one area of natural pocket contact on the upper right side.
These glassy, bladed barites from Peru are about as glorious as barites could possibly be, from anywhere. And this is SUCH a good one! The crystals are as clear and lustrous as windows, with razor-sharp edges. The specimen was trimmed out to perfection, with the supporting matrix cupping the crystals in back, but pared down to allow the light to come through them all around – and with no damage to the crystals! EXCEPTIONAL!
ex. Jeffrey Starr
This is a competition level miniature of the finest tier, a glassy cluster of the famous bladed Barites from the well-known discovery at the Meikle Mine in Nevada. The luster and gemminess of these crystals is amazing. From the late 90s production, still the best out of all pockets! They are sharp, clear, and strong. The largest of these is about 1.7 cm on edge. In fact, the cluster is so rich and complex, it is hard to get a good visual with the camera. Even more impressive in person.
ex. Jeffrey Starr
Very attractive specimen from the recent (around 2008) finds in Peru. It features an entire fan of sharp, tabular, highly lustrous, gemmy, grey Barite crystals. The smaller anterior Barite blades beautifully frame the main 2.6 cm blade. These Barite crystals are known from this locality for their amazing form and color, and you can see why. This is a great piece from this recent find.
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