A very rare MATRIX specimen of Quartz from Herkimer, perched atop calcite crystals! The quartz measures 5 cm across and floats up there, complete ALL around. And undamaged. Incredible! It is also not repaired, as most matrix specimens are. And most of those are just quartz on ugly gray rock! I grew up in the midwest and collected here as a kid, and i can assure you that one does NOT routinely see a Herkimer-type specimen like this!
Featuring a central 2 cm crystal, doubly-terminated and wine-red, this is simply the most aesthetic and attractive miniature form the find I have seen yet. These started trickling out 2 years ago at Munich, and the flow has been pretty thin since. This piece, really, could hol dits own even with the classic Italian pieces said to be the world's best in previous centuries! The piece ALSO displays well from the other angle, with the dt crystal ATOP and the calcite serving as an accent at the base. TURST ME, its MUCH better in person and will blow you away for the quality you get for the price, compared to any previous finds of gemmyvesuvianite of this Italian alpine style.
A super specimen with gem crystals, on matrix, from a surprising and small find of late 2005. These are the best seen in 20 years, of this rare gem species related to ettringite and sturmanite. This piece features a great balance with gemmy calcites overlookin gthe matrix loaded with thaumasites...And, they happen to be gorgeous! In person, there is more lustre. I was able to get some of the cherrypick of the lot, when they were found, and all of these were selected for best quality gemminess and lustre, as well as aesthetics.
A super specimen with gem crystals, on matrix, from a surprising and small find of late 2005. These are the best seen in 20 years, of this rare gem species related to ettringite and sturmanite. And, they happen to be gorgeous! In person, there is more lustre. I was able to get some of the cherrypick of the lot, when they were found, and all of these were selected for best quality gemminess and lustre, as well as aesthetics.
This is one of the finest Meshberger pieces, gram for gram, I have ever seen. I grew up nearby, and saw these in collections with the guys who dug there, and I have seen a LOT of them back in the day. Now, hoever, they are very scarce and hard to come by. This piece exemplifies everything the collector wanted in one - a sharp internal scalenohedral phantom showing inside a gemmy, transparent, outer growth that is a modified rhombohedral habit. The contrast and complexity, when seen in person, is really striking and these are similar in form only to the (gray-white) crystals from Kjorholt, Norway. This piece has incredible glasy lustre! It is, really, just better in person. It comes from the collection of KC Owings and was sold by Neal and Chris Pfaff (well known Ohio dealers specializing in Midwest minerals, and my own mentors), some time ago.
ex. Ernie Schlichter
A neat boxed group of 4 calcite crystals, in a Riker mount. The crystals are very thin (a few mm) but show incredible elongation and complexity on their other axes of growth. This is a classic style from Acushnet, but rarely seen so well developed. The quarry is now inaccessible for specimens, and these are old pieces. Ernie Schilchter collected them on October 1, 1982, on the 10th level of the open quarry.
ex. Marilyn Dodge
Still one of the most attractive of the Michigan specimens, this fine calcite crystal has the copper well exposed within the crystal (it is unusually clear, and nicely exposed externally in the back. An excellent example of the Copper & Calcites!
ex. Marilyn Dodge
Simply first-class. The pics say it all!
ex. Marilyn Dodge
Two sharp and gemmy blades of Calcite resting in a bed of deep green dendritic Mottramite that is classic for Tsumeb. This is an excellent combination piece, and therefore a terrific thumb in its uniqueness.
ex. Marilyn Dodge
Terrific heart twin from the world’s finest and most classic heart-twin calcite locality. This gemmy Calcite has a superb luster and very attractive striations along some of the faces, with characteristic red color due to minor hematite inclusions. Though complete on front and sides, it is admittedly contacted in the back - you don't see it, and it doesn't matter much to me. Overall, it is a true classic for both the species and location and a VERY RARE smaller sized specimen for the thumb collector!.
ex. Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences
An astonishingly good copper by ANY standard, this is also one of unique historical import: according to several people whom I consulted it should be one of the finest surviving early copper country coppers that is well-documented. it is certainly the best known from this old mine. It is a beautiful specimen with a natural old patina, and sharp crystals of several habits accented by calcite. The documentation is ironclad, between the Mine Company presentation label, the old Academy display label, and the labels glued to the specimen. In my mind, this was one of the 5 most important US Classics in the entire Academy collection, especially considering especially how important Michigan's copper country was at the time and the value that economic import lent to preserving specimens of the era. NOTE: NOW BEING DONATED BY BEQUEST TO TEH SEAMAN MUSEUM IN MICHIGAN, WHERE IT REALLY BELONGS, THANKS TO A VERY GENEROUS DONOR!
It is hard to get large dioptase specimens today in any kind of condition unless you want to pay a bloody fortune, six figures in several cases i have seen the last few years. However, I was able to get this as a fixer-upper from an older collector who had obtained it in the 1970s and never prepped it to remove the peripheral damaged parts which were distracting, that I had trimmed down to remove damage and enhance the display...and so now I can offer it for under 50k. I have never had a large diop of this quality, this price . They just have to cost more, almost a priori, normally. This is a massively large specimen to be in such good condition, almost 5 inches across and with dozens of crystals that are almost pristine with just a few teeny dings or damaged spots of no significance. It is the most desirable style in that they diops are both isolated and on white calcite. moreover, the calcite is crystallized and not just druse. I cannot tell you how many diops I have seen that do not possess these qualities! To make this really top, it does have the absolutely highest lustre you could ask for. The crystals are even translucent when backlit.
ex. Evan Jones
An extremely rare specimen from small finds over the years here of beautiful , sparkly, fluorite pseudomorphed after scalenohedral calcite crystals. However, I have not had a specimen with such a large, robust, sharp pseudomorph arranged as aesthetically as this piece - they are normally jumbly. Moreover, the color here is a more saturated grape juice purple, though opaque, than other specimens I have seen which had a lighter lavender color to them. Admittedly, I have seen only a few to make that comparison with - maybe half a dozen? They are not common at all. The sparkle is in part due to an overgrowth of tiny drusy calcite. Excellent , display-quality specimen from the Evan Jones Collection. Evan sold off his Mexico collection in the past, and this then went into the well known fluorite collection of dealer Alain Martaud in France, from whom I obtained it when he sold that collection recently. Joe Budd photos
ex. Dr. Edward David
We have all seen a lot of carrollites from the glory hole finds of around 2000-2002, and a few trickling out later. However, this piece for me has ALWAYS been one of my very favorites, since the day I first bought it from the Gobin brothers in Tucson before the show opened, in 2001. I sold it immediately to Ed David, in whose collection it remained until recently. There were larger crystals (then, not available now still). There were more exposed crystals. But there were VERY few crystals of such mesmerizing surface detail, and of this sharp octohedral habit, even amongst the whole breadth of the find. Of those few, this was the best in the size range available at the time and it remains one I always compare other examples of the species to. It is decidedly unusual, as most people consider a more complex crystal to be the sterotypic habit. Yet it is this unusual simplicity of the overall form, combined with subtle complexity on the faces and bevelled edges, that makes this unique and special even amongst the relatively few larger crystals. Moreover, very few specimens, probably only a few dozen in all, had this level of quality and were perched without repair in accenting calcite matrix. So, overall, I feel that this is one of those specimens that has the qualities of superb examples of its species; but enough individuality to also stand on its own merits as something so far off the normal spectrum as to be in its own category for desirability. I have hoarded it away since I bought the Ed David collection in 2006, and this is its first time presented for sale. Joe Budd photos
ex. David Stoudt
This piece formed from geothite casting over and partially replacing selenite crystals in parallel cluster, which then dissolved (they are water soluble, after all). So, it is hollow and light in weight, though it looks massive somehow, to the eye . We have all seen a lot of this material creep to market over the years, though I suspect much of it actually was a lot older, found in the 1970s and prior. But THIS piece has always stood out to me for many reasons: its sheer sharpness, intense jet black (not gray or brownish) color saturation, wet-looking lustre to the geothite, and that wonderful association with sparkling, colorless calcite atop! I obtained this in an old collection in 2003, and sold it into the Dave Stoudt Mexico collection shortly after. It remains my personal favorite amongst all such examples of this particular material I have handled. Joe Budd photos
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