SHARP and lustrous, translucent xls on contrastin quartz matrix. Old material from 1970s
ex. Marilyn Dodge
Crystallized Rose Quartz is rare enough, but here it is combined with very attractive resinous brown Eosphorite crystals. They are arranged in such a way as to resemble a petrified log place aesthetically on a bed of crystals. An outstanding thumb for rarity and classy combination.
We have all seen eosphorite on RQ combos , of course. These were a mainstay of the mineral market from the late 1970s, and still trickle out on occasion. But THIS superb competition-level specimen has such aesthetics and contrast, it just zoomed out at me the first time I saw it on a colelctor's shelf and I always wanted it since. I exchanged it from them and now have it for sale, years later. The eosphorite spray is what makes the piece unique - so many of these have lots of eosphorite crystals, but widely dispersed on the matrix and thus lacking the impact you see here of the contrast of both color and geometry. ex. Dick and Mary Nelson collection.
ex. Ernie Schlichter
This is a classic example of the fairly rare phosphate, eosphorite, with unusually individualized crystal rising from crystallized rose quartz which is itself draped over a matrix of crystallized clear quartz. This combination from Brazil came out at the heyday for this locality more than 25 years ago - none of this type have been found since and they remain a highly desirable classic. The light brown eosphorite crystals, to 1.5 cm, are sprinkled liberally over the top of the specimen and stand starkly - most such specimens have much less relief to them. In addition, I really like the color contrasts. Note that the piece can be displayed vertically, as well.
Eosphorite is one of the less common phosphate minerals that can be cut into collector's gems. This stone, despite some eye visible inclusions, does have a very attractive peachy-orange color. These stones are by no means common on the market, especially in gems over 1 carat like this "Pear" cut gem. Keep in mind that the vast majority of facet grade Eosphorite comes from Brazil, and is almost never 100% clean.
5.2 x 1.2 x .4 cm. Truly exceptional crystal of Eosphorite. Aside from being the largest one I have seen, it has excellent luster, lovely striated faces, it is gemmy, and, above all, it is doubly terminated!
3.8 x 3.1 x 2.0 cm. This is a superb specimen of a very rare phosphate from a world-famous locality. Zanazziite is a hydrated calcium magnesium iron aluminum beryllium phosphate and some of the crystals of this species are found at this locality. This piece has a scattering of large, semi lustrous, well-formed, translucent, green spheroids of the rare phosphate Zanazziite associated with golden-brown, gemmy crystals of Eosphorite which are sitting on gemmy, crystallized Rose Quartz and white Quartz matrix. This specimen is over 25 years old and is from the ORIGINAL find from the 1970’s that was brought to the United States by Richard Kosnar. Ex. Kosnar Collection.
8.4 x 5.3 x 3.9 cm. An OLD-TIME and showy specimen of dark brown eosphorite crystals surrounded by carbonatian apatite-(OH) on cleavelandite matrix from the renowned pegmatites at Newry, Maine. A glassy, green elbaite crystal on the end, next to the eosphorites is a very nice accent. Ex. George Elling Collection, Ex. John Albanese.
4.6 x 3.0 x 3.0 cm. This is a superb specimen of a very rare phosphate from a world-famous locality. Zanazziite is a hydrated calcium magnesium iron aluminum beryllium phosphate and some of the crystals of this species are found at this locality. This piece has a scattering of large, semi lustrous, well-formed, translucent, green spheroids of the rare phosphate Zanazziite associated which are sitting on translucent crystallized Rose Quartz and white Quartz matrix. The aesthetics and superb quality of the Zanazziite spheres on this specimen make it a great treasure. This specimen is over 25 years old and is from the ORIGINAL find from the 1970’s that was brought to the United States by Richard Kosnar. Ex. Richard Kosnar Collection.
8.4 x 5.0 x 3.2 cm. Watermelon tourmaline 4.5 cm jauntily placed on the front of a large eosphorite crystal. The blue-green indicolite tourmaline with the pink core is beautiful, in itself. The combination with the well-formed eosphorite is indeed, remarkable.
4.6 x 1.7 x 0.9 cm. A fine, sharply terminated, gemmy and lustrous, honey-brown eosphorite crystal from Linopolis, Brazil. This is CLASSIC, OLD material from the Ed Swoboda Collection. This is a large crystal of this rare phosphate.
2.8 x 1.1 x 0.7 cm. A gemmy, sharp, honey-brown esophorite crystal with a very fine pyramidal termination. This pristine, fatty is from a MOST UNCOMMON Brazilian locality - Lavra do Criminoso in Minas Gerais. The UNRETOUCHED backlit photo highlights the gemminess and color saturation. Another specimen from this locality is featured in John Barlow’s fine book. Ex. George Elling Collection.
3.7 x 3.3 x 1.5 cm. Olive-green microcrystals of zanazziite are beautifully peppered on a gorgeous mounded matrix of glassy rose quartz crystals and supremely accented by a small comb of brown eosphorite blades on the middle, left side.
10.2 x 6.6 x 3.9 cm. A really elegant, castellated piece comprised of stair-step rose quartzes shooting up off clear or milky quartzes, all sprinkled with really sharp, elongated, translucent eosphorite crystals to almost 1 cm in size. It is not a killer rose quartz, perhaps, because the intensity is a little dark - but it IS a very , very good piece, quite impressive, and a fabulous example of this particular old find (associated with the eosphorite) from the late 1970s. Ex. Richard Hauck Collection.
4.6 x 2.2 x 1.7 cm. A fine specimen of the rare phosphates zanazziite and eosphorite, on vibrant pink and glassy rose quartz crystals from the famous Lavra da Ilha pegmatite located on an island in the Jequitinhonha River of Minas Gerais. Lavra da Ilha is the Type Locality for the olive-green zanazziite microcrystals.
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