Mineral Specimens with Fluorite|
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A sharp cluster of transparent octohedra to 3.3 cm across, this specimen features a lot of sharp points and green color for the price because of one contact/break on the lower portion of the specimen (facing viewer - its not easy to see, as I said!) that really does not detract so much visually , but admittedly does affect the price. Otherwise, this is pristine on the front display face and shows octohedra of as much quality as you could want. Comes with custom carved lucite base for display.
A "tower of power" of stacked crystals, of the highest quality for lustre, translucency, and color for the find. The crystals are complete all around and so this cluster has incredible elegant geometry! The piece is entirely translucent and shows beautifully in a case from all sides. While not the most expensive (due to smaller size than some giants here and one very small cleave, hard to see, on the back of the top crystal), it is one of my favorites for overall quality and display aesthetics. Comes with custom carved lucite base for display.
A GIANT specimen with impact, for both color and size. It weighs nearly 17 pounds. The color, because of the clarity and yet the thickness combined, is strong and deep even despite the clarity of the crystals , because of the depth through which the color can accumulate to your eyes. This piece is pristine on the display face. These photos simply canot do it justice. Comes with custom carved lucite base for display.
From Namibia now...Only a handful of these so-called "alien-fluorites" came out of the ground, sometime starting last april and extending to another pocket found just before September I am told. However, very few large crystal specimens showed so nicely and in such size as this one, with 3 "alien" phantom faces able to show off at the same time. I had many I sold at the Denver and Munich show already, saving back this one for the web to get a shot, though. It is one of the most impactful fluorite crystals I have ever seen for sheer bizarreness. The color , pattern, and geometry combine to create a startling overall appearance. This crystal is nearly pristine (a few minor dings of no consequence) and is technically complete all around as the back shows a contact/attachment point and no breaks per se. Comes with custom carved lucite base for display. This piece was photographed for show reports.
A giant 7.5-cm-across crystal stands in the middle of this cluster like a multicapped mountain, with really neat multiple serrated terminations atop. There is no damage at all to the display face, and the terminations wrap around the back side for nice effect and depth, though there is contact at the lower-bottom edge and the left periphery. The overall pyramid-like form is dramatic and really stands out because of the depth of color intensity you get form such a nice, thick, translucent crystal.
This style was very rare from the find, and highly valued (I have seen some comparable pieces priced in the several tens of thousands of dollars range!) for the aesthetic appearance of more isolation and association with crystallized quartz. These darker crystals have a matte lustre that contrasts markedly with the quartz. They are translucent, and glow when backlit. The largest octohedron here reaches 3 cm across. Comes with custom carved lucite base for display.
An elegant, complete-all-around, stalactite-like cluster of fluorites that is an unlikely survivor among so many larger and heavier pieces to be collected. This piece is topped by a 1.8-cm crystal (1.8 cm on edge, 2.5 cm across diagonal) that is among the most gemmy and transparent crystals here. This is more obvious in person. The piece is 100% totally pristine, and is so sharply crystallized you can cutfingers on the edges. Small flecks of golden pyrite, perhaps 0.25 mm in size, decorate some crystal edges but are internal, included within, on close inspection. These little sparkling golden flecks provide a cute accent. Overall, despite its smaller size than most pieces of this pocket, its one of the more standout pieces and perhaps gram for gram the finest I have (and pricier because of this fact). Comes with custom carved lucite base for display.
The color on this piece is intense and striking, among the deepest color in the lot and yet the crystals are still very translucent despite this intensity and their thickness. This specimen look slike some green alien attack tripod, with a strange composition formed from two elongated, intergrown crystals that support one another like poles on a tent. The left crystal is 13 cm long, the right crystal 11 cm. They merge into one another, forming a composite cluster of the two that is unusual for its geometry as you see. The crystals are complete in front. and sides, contacted (but not cleaved) on the backside. They stand on the custom lucite base on their tiptoes, so to speak.
This specimen, first off, is REALLY MUCH MORE impressive in person. It is a complex piece with many features to it that are hard to convey - all I can say is you can look at it for a long while counting how the heck these diverse fluorite forms formed (in 2-3 generations of growth!). This specimen has among the deepest color of the entire lot, in a whopping 6 cm GEMMY crystal on top of the right side. In the lower-center spot, it features a VERY STRANGE 3.7-cm-long "bar" of fluorite that is either some weird twin or a weird concatenated crystal of 2 adjoining octohedra. This "bar" is perched below a third major featured crystal habit: a 3.5-cm gem octohedron that looks like almost triangular in form it is so compressed on one axis yet equant on the others. The two large octos are free of secondary coating but on the crevasses between, and on the "bar" , there is a secondary coating of minutely crystallized fluorite that sprinkles over some faces like sparkling sugar, adding lustre and accent to the specimen. Lastly,a thin ridge of translucent tiny fluorite crystals, piled one upon the other and measuring to 6 mm, runs like a wave spray in front of the largest octo, framing it separately from the rest of the specimen and giving the whole piece a more 3-dimensional look as well as yet more sparkle (since they are so bright and gemmy!). The pics just cannot convey all this easily - so trust me on this one, if you are tempted, its all the more a stunning specimen in person. It is complex, riveting in color, and jus tlike no other of this lot I have yet seen.
A dramatic speicmen showcasing a superb symmetry, with a large central octohedron framed so nicely on the specimen. In person it has almost a silky lustre and a good gemminess to it that together comes through in the photos as simply dull and matte compared to the real thing! This specimen is intense green, sharply geometric, and pristine/complete all around. Comes with custom carved lucite base for display.
This dramatic specimen with multiple octohedral "peaks" has a sharp ridgeline that features 5 VERY GEMMY crystals with intense green color. These crystals are to 4 cm, and pop out 3-dimensionally to maximumeffect. They are all pristine and complete all around, as well. The whole cluster leaps out of a mass of matrix that is actually a single large 8 cm crystal, on which they sit. There is a small bit of contacted matrix outcrop in the lower-middle portion, but other than that the whole display face, sides, and top are pristine and fully crystallized all around which makes for both a dramatic display and a piece easy enough to cut your fingers on as they are SHARPly formed. Comes with custom carved lucite base for display.
A very good size and quality from these recent finds, which revolutionized what you can expect in green octos of fluorite! Emplaced on a thin slab of fluorite , elegantly poking up, are four lustrous and translucent octahedra of fluorite to 5 cm in length. The two large crystals are emerald green in color and are pristine on all edges of the display face. Other crystals are only contacted at the bare periphery and the small one to the right is tipped. When backlit, the crystals glow like gemmy emeralds in color. Mesmerizing geometry on this piece, as when set flat it looks like pyramids poking up from the desert (a drusy coating of small quartz crystals). Mounted as you see here, at a 45-degree angle, the piece fills a lot of volume and is visually very impressive. Comes with a custom lucite base for display. NOTE: this has a deeper, rich color in person than the photos are conveying.
This is an unusual combination piece with big, fat quartz points - rare for the locale. At the base is a cluster of lustrous and translucent, milky quartz crystals, to 5 cm in length. Stacked next to an dover-reaching them is an 8-cm-tall cluster of lustrous and gemmy, richly emerald-green fluorite crystals, to 3 cm in length. The color and texture contrasts are striking. The fluorite and quartz BOTH are complete even in back, contacted or microcrystallized rather than showing any breaks. It is a very 3-dimensional piece, hard to convey in photos. Overall , perhaps the most unusual piece here in terms of aesthetics. Comes with a custom lucite base for display.
A major cabinet specimen in every way! This piece has impressive, curving 3-dimenionality to the crystallized quartz matrix upon which the fluorites are growing. The quartz shape is concave, and may in fact be a cast after another mineral. SHARP, transparent octahedrons of lustrous and gemmy, richly emerald green fluorite to almost 4 cm in length are perched on the quartz beneath. All, but one fluorite crystal, despite the 3-D exposure, is amazingly pristine (and that one is at the bottom of the specimen and minor). The crystals literally glow when even just moderately backlit - and one can see all the way through them to the matrix. Overall, this piece, which is complete all around, is one of the most elegant examples of a cluster of these sharp green octos on quartz that I have handled from the deposit (and literally hundreds have gone through us in this mine's heyday a few years back). Comes with a custom lucite base for display.
Perhaps our favorite specimen in this lot, this superb large miniature can be displayed beautifully from any vantage point, and looks fine 360 degrees all around. Emanating from a matrix of drusy quartz is an intergrown cluster of octahedral, lustrous and gemmy, richly emerald-green fluorite crystals supplanted by a single dominant and even more gemmy crystal (measuring 3.5 cm in length). This doubly-terminated crystal, and all the others, are pristine and RAZOR SHARP. When even moderately backlit, the crystals have an otherworldly glow and are completely transparent. One can even see the matrix through the crystals. Exceptional and exquisite, this is literally the top percentile of quality that this find has produced, and is rarified in the extreme! It seems pricey and frankly it is, with good reason; because I also paid a lot to get this stash of perfect, exquisite pieces from the miner who has hoarded them over the 4-year heyday of this locality (which is not tapering off). And this piece, I would judge among the very best of the find over those years for sheer quality, despite many of larger size and price. Comes with a custom lucite base for display.
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