ex. Sam Nasser
a rare combo from the locale, cannot say i have seen before.
The major crysatl here is 4.5 cm , or almost 2 inches, tall! EVERYTHING is a consistent, deep red, cherry color that is tops for the locality. Lustre is very high, and the surfaces are not pitted as you sometimes see on large crystals from Peru. The sharp terminations stick out every which way and you can display this as shown, upside down or right side up, or vertically with the major crystal pointing up and the others pointing to the left and out. There is no damage showing form the display face, and only a small bit of contacting, and that on the periphery. It is very 3-dimensional and dramatic, any way you look at it! The small, dodecahedral fluorites aadd a nice accent. This thing GLOWS in a showcase.
This is another monster crystal for the update, weighing in at 6.8 pounds or just over 3 kilos! These massive large crystals were found, I am told, in the 1930s. Many are attributed to Sir Arthur Russell though its hard toknow if this was one of his pieces. It is composed of two brilliantly lustrous, deep purple, penetration-twinned crystals to 10.5 cm on edge. The lustre is like glass, and the color is as deep and rich as you could want for the locality. They also fluoresce like a banshee (see upper-right pic). Of course, given teh size and age, some damage is expected but honestly its just minute edge wear, which I am OK with in context. I have only once before seen so massive a crystal from the mine for sale, and it cost a lot more money, so I regard this as a pretty good deal I am passing on. It comes from a well-known collection (info on purchase).
This fluorite specimen features gorgeous, deep green fluorite octohedra to almost 5 cm on edge, perched on contrasting white matrix of CRYSTALLIZED quartz. The combo is very distinct, and classic for this locale. This is a rare specimen from a locality that is older than, and much more collectible now that it is gone, than Dalnegorsk. I am told that it is probably from the 1950s or 60s, and is certainly one of the best of its kind. It is a piece I first saw about 10 years ago and recently was able to get back from the collector I sold it to at the time. I was told at the time that it was from the collection of noted Russian collector Vladimir Pelepenko, although I do not have a label to that effect.
ex. Joseph Freilich
This is a specimen I first handled in the late 90s and had tried to get back for years, before I was able to trade it back from Joe Freilich around 2002. Then I sold it again and got it back again, last month. It is SPECTACULAR! This specimen is one of my absolute favorites from the find of ice-clear, water-clean, transparent fluorites that camne out briefly from this mine. It is a large, impressive piece with extremely high-quality crystals, showing good relief. The largest crystal measures to 4 cm on edge! There are pristine, or as near to as you could ask for anyhow. The fluorites rest on a beautfiful matrix culminating in an elegant and contrasting galena crystal that is elongated and twists from left to right behind and underneath the fluorites. You can look right through the fluorite to the galena. MOST specimens from this pocket were simply "on matrix" and but this is on matrix with STYLE. I had not seen others even remotely similar. Also, most specimens from this pocket were stacks of closely touching crystals and this is unusual for the isolation of the crystals, and their relative individuality. It is a spectacular specimen for a colorless crystal, and has always been one of my alltime favorite Dalnegorsk specimens
ex. Dr. Edward David
ex. Dr. Steve Neely
This has, like the above, a bit of sentimental history for me. It is a piece I have known about and followed for a long time, and always regarded as one of the finest for its type, if not the biggest or most expensive out there. I finally own it now, from the Ed David collection. He had bought it from Collectors Edge in 1997 when it came out of Steve Neely's incredibly fine and noted Elmwood collection suite. It features three gorgesou, colorful crystals to 2 inches (5 cm) on edge, perched gracefully and isolated on contrasting sphalerite matrix. The sphalerite is in turn perched upon a shard of dolomite rock that becomes a perfect natural pedestal for the piece as displayed on a custom lucite base we have made for it. Moreover, the style of the fluorites is worth commenting on. This type, with the glassy smooth corners , is among the rarest style of Elmwood fluorite to find on matrix and truly oustanding specimens like this one are few and far between! This one was already owned in the last 15 years by two of the great collectors of our time, both good friends of mine. I would love to see it find a third home and continue to add to its pedigree! The pics do not convey, by the way, the brilliant sparkle and lustre of the underlaying sphalerite knoll. BETTER AND MORE 3-DIMENSIONAL IN PERSON!
ex. Dr. Gary Hansen
A phenomenal Aussie specimen...This just has to be one of the best Tasmanian fluorite specimens around, considering that none of the mines have ever been really noted for fine fluorite and here is a CABINET piece with an in-your-face huge crystal atop a mound of smaller crystals. The single largest face is more than 5 cm across! It has a stunning seafoam-green-blue color to it, excellent lustre, and very good transparency right down to the matrix underneath. The crystal is complete on the display face and sides, slightly contacted on the rear edges and the back only. The matrix piece features stepped growth, light pastel green, lustrous and gemmy, fluorite crystals.
A remarkable large matrix plate featuring classic German yellow fluorites to just about 1 cm. This specimen is not to be confused with similar yellow fluorites from Freriberga totally different region. Note the gradation to purple color around the perimeter, contrasting the yellow nicely!
This is, for quality, one of the best specimens recovered in a small find of the past summer. It features a very attractive 1.3 cm purple fluorite surmounting a sparkling matrix of quartz and smaller fluorite cubes!
A beautiful specimen, liberally coated with sharp, gemmy fluorite cubes, from a small find of last summer.
We have all seen inumerable examples of fluorite from this new find, trickle to market over the last 2 years . There haven't been THAT many really oustanding ones, though. For my taste, this is the best I have yet seen, and its cheaper than bigger and more unwieldy pieces I have seen for sale. It is the right size, the right aesthetics, an dhas phenomenal sharpnes and form. The crystal is 4 cm on edge, and sharp all around. In person, it alternates between purple and green/blue hues depending on the lighting and the angle of display. Comes with a lucite base already made for it, for ease of display
Quite simply a whopper! I had never seen a GREEN fluorite from this region of such size. Jesse Fisher confirmed for me that it is one they mined in the recent reworking of the old Rogerly Mine in Durham, and was among the largest found . It blew me away - I had never seen one even half the size. Not only is it big, but it is 3-dimensional, perfectly formed and pristine all around!
This remarkable large specimen has huge crystals for the locality, of high quality. It is pretty evident from the pics, I think, how good it is. Aveyron is a classic French locale, but few specimens of this calibre ever leak to market beyond the hands of the French fluorite fanatics who are after them constantly. One such collection sold recently in Europe and I got to it early on a recent trip, from which I was able to highgrade this specimen. In person, it is much more lustrous and gemmy, and has a fantastic rich amber-yellow hue.
ex. Martin Zinn
This is easily one of the finest and gemmiest fluorite groups I have ever seen from Illinois. Limpid, transparent, lustrous, pastel lilac, fluorite cubes, to 2.0 cm across, are highlighted by deep purple crystal centers. Absolutely mesmerizing! This is a supremely beautiful and gemmy specimen!
This remarkable oldtimer features GEMMY purple cubes of the HIGHEST glassy lustre and best color. They are just gorgeous, and pics cannot convey it, given the size of the plate. The largest fluorite , an interpenetration twin, is 2 cm across. The display face is completely covered with these gorgeous crystals, and also a few galenas scattered about. This is a true classic, from the locality which provided the specimens from which the very word FLUORESCENCE was coined in the early days of mineralogy. One seldom sees such pristine, large plates today. It is, of course, HIGHLY fluorescent a neon purple color under UV light.
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