Aesthetically nestled in a vug of lustrous and translucent, colorless colorless quartz crystals to 1 cm in length, is a single lustrous and gemmy, doubly-terminated octahedron of light emerald-green fluorite. The superb fluorite measures 3 cm in length and glows when backlit. It is totally seethru and pristine. Comes with a custom lucite base for display.
One of the choicest examples in this size we have yet seen from this find, this is a cluster of smaller crystals which accent a magnificent gem octahedron, measuring 3.5 cm in length. The crystals are emplaced on a sparkling druse of quartz. When backlit, one can see down the depths of the large crystal into its matrix. Simply beautiful arrangement, and a pristine condition, make this a top specimen in its size and price class. The piece is pristine, front and back. It sits naturally on a natural pedestal of massive fluorite underlaying the crystals, just as shown. THE CRYSTALS ARE RAZOR SHARP! In person, this specimen just leaps out, way beyond the norm even for this already prductive deposit.
Jauntily perched on a drusy quartz matrix, is a pristine octahedron of lustrous and translucent, emerald green flluorite, measuring 4 cm in length. As an added value, the fluorite exhibits a lovely, faint but observable internal phantom crystal. This is a Very classy miniature! It is completely pristine all around except only one small asymmetry (i think, a contact) hard to see, on one lower tip. Rarely do you see such an isolated octohedron , let alone perched upright. Comes with a custom lucite base for display. I think the minor little flecks inside are minute pyrite inclusions, which would be highly unusual - but I cannot figure what else they may be.
A crust of green fluorite along with drusy quartz is the host for an exceptional octahedral crystal of lustrous and gemmy, rich emerald-green fluorite. The fluorite crystal measures 4.7 cm in length, and exhibits superb gemminess when even moderately backlit (glowing green, flanked by the white quartz). In fact one can see through the crystal all the way. Comes with a custom lucite base for display. This piece is absolutely pristine, and razor sharp in its crystal formation.
This is a impressive cluster of RAZOR SHARP, gemmy, octahedral fluorites with unusually strong emerald-green color (intense even by the standards of this find). The largest crystal, at the top of the cluster, measures 2.7 cm on a side - and all the crystals apper to be pristine, all around 360 degrees! This is as sharp as it gets , the crystals so finely formed, perfect, and see-thru that it is hard to believe its actually this pristine despite its exposed points. Comes with a custom lucite base for display.
A thin crust of quartz, with crystals reaching 1 cm in length, is the matrix for a beautifully nestled octahedral, gemmy, emerald-green fluorite crystal that measures 3.7 cm across. As with others in this pocket, it is RAZOR SHARP, pristine, and completely transparent. When backlit, one can see through the crystal all the way to its matrix. For added measure there is a smaller, finely crystallized fluorite attached to the larger one. The association with quartz, how the fluorite is perched up as if in a tree of quartz, really adds to its appeal as a specimen. Comes with a custom lucite base for display.
A starkly perched, SHARP, forest-green octahedral fluorite is placed aesthetically on a small pedestal of smaller green fluorite coated with colorless quartz druse. This dominating, upright crystal is lustrous and gemmy, with a rich emerald green color, and measures a full to 4.7 cm on edge and about 6 cm in height. When backlit, the crystal literally glows - more intensely than most others here due to a slightly darker color, that is about the most intense this deposit has produced. There is a very slight, shallow but detracting ding on the tip which reduces the price, but otherwise the front face and display terminations are complete and it looks like it should be far more pricy. When backlit the crystal literally glows. Amazing and appealing! This piece is outstanding in its impact, more so in person. Despite the (very small) ding atop, I love this piece for the size and price range. Comes with a custom lucite base for display.
A pristine, SHARP, forest-green octahedral fluorite is perched aesthetically on a crust of smaller green fluorites coated with colorless quartz druse. This starkly upright crystal is lustrous and gemmy, with a rich emerald green color, and measures to 4.2 cm on edge and about 5 cm in height. When backlit, the crystal literally glows - more intensely than most others here due to a slightly darker color, that is about the most intense this deposit has produced. I like the way the finger of crystallized quartz reaching around to cradle the crystal adds stability and contrast. The back side has very minor contact but is technically complete as well. Overall, this is one of the more balanced, appealing pieces in its size range I have handled from this deposit, and is very choice in its qualities. Comes with a custom lucite base for display.
ex. Helmut Bruckner
This is a beautiful , balanced miniature featuring a very large and well-formed, translucent octohedron of classic rose-pink color. It comes from two MAJOR older European collections: first, the very famous Metzger collection from Vienna, known for his choice in aesthetic European classics; then to the Schwethelm Collection. Bruckner purchased this collection and kept some few specimens, which fit his choice miniatures suite, such as this one. This crystal is to almost 3 cm on largest edges! It has a few small contacted or growth-disrupted portions, which do not visually detract. The crystal is contact-repaired back to the matrix as well, but so cleanly you would not know if nothing was said about it (I did not know when I bought it, until the owner told me that he was told this by Schwethelm). ex. Metzger Collection, ex. Schwethelm Collection
ex. Richard Heck
Fluorite octahedrons from Naica have never been common compared to the cubic habit, and less so in green color. The octahedrons reach 3 cm across on a side and are slightly frosted, lustrous, translucent and generally colorless in the outer layers. However, they have a rich green color center that emanates from the bottom of the specimen. Compelling, and unique overall! the piece is complete all around.
ex. Richard Heck
This matrix fluorite specimen exhibits dramatic stepped growth and intense purple color. The composite crystals , to 4 cm across on an edge, are lustrous and translucent - and possess the most spectacular rich grape color we have seen in Mexican fluorite. There is some very minor damage to the edges.
ex. Richard Heck
A matrix of drusy pyrite and galena is nearly covered by frosted octahedrons of lustrous and translucent, pastel green fluorite, to 2.5 cm across. In person this is a very 3-dimensional and sparkly piece
ex. Jason New
Perched aesthetically on matrix, like a halo, are lustrous and transparent GEM crystals of rich, purple-colored fluorites to 2 cm across. The fluorite crystals fluoresce an unusual cherry red color. Tis was one of the very top specimens from a small pocket found in around 2007-2008, which was brought out of Mexico by dealer and collector Jason New. They were expensive even down in Mexico at the time. Once here, he kept nearly all major pieces including this one, and this was in his special exhibit at Tucson of 2010. I later bought the entire case from Jason, including this specimen. A few minor abrasions do not detract from this aesthetic specimen, because of the significance of this find - still unique in quality and style for Ojuela fluorites. The piece has color and impact for its aesthetics, and is one of a very rarified number of Ojuela fluorites that could hold their own in a worldwide fluorite collection. Joe Budd photos (upper row). Note not from the Heck collection as is the rest of this update...INTERESTINGLY, THIS PIECE FLUORESCES RED UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
ex. Richard Heck
Classic old material, the Santa Eulalia pyrrhotites are seldom seen on the market today in any quality. Superb, columnar, doubly terminated, pyrrhotite crystals, to 4 cm in length with good luster and a tan color , are partially covered by a druse of calcite. There are even a few lustrous and translucent, colorless fluorite crystals, to 5 mm across, attached to the pyrrhotite - I had not personally seen this association before out of thousands of Naica pieces I have seen since the 1980s. The crust of calcite fluoresces a dark reddish brown when lit in UV. The piece displays well horizontal or vertical
ex. Richard Heck
Complex once you look closely...A rhombohedral, lustrous, white, calcite crystal of 4.5 cm across is emplaced on a sulfide matrix along with a few crystals of lustrous and translucent, colorless fluorite crystals to 1 cm across. Most of the calcite rhomb has then been enveloped by a doubly terminated, large, second-generation calcite crystal that mesaures 8 cm across, exhibiting numerous dog tooth terminations. This crystals is lustrous and translucent, ivory colored; and as a bonus it fluoresces a superb, deep, reddish- orange color. Oddly, the original rhomb has a surface fluorescence of light purple. This is an interesting and aesthetic specimen
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