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
From finds in 2007-2008, this is a really superb small cabinet piece featuring three crystals laid next to each other, with minor accenting celestine. The piece is complete and 3-dimensional all around, except for some very minor edge wear on the back. Most of these specimens have contact problems, from how they were recovered and chopped out of the surrounding rocks. This, however, is in unusually good condition for the size and style. This material is HIGHLY fluorescent, a ghostly blue-white color under UV light. Moreover, it phosphoresces strongly as well, after the light is removed. Joe Budd photos
ex. Marshall Sussman
From the Sussman fluorite collection, which was sold off in around 2002, this is a very sharp and old example from the locality, quite different in appearance from recent finds here. The face modifications and phantoms, combined with the color saturation, make it special and aesthetic compared to so many of the flat plates we see from the mining zone today. Better in person!
An unusual association! This specimen hosts an absolutely gem , water-clear crystal f goshenite (colorless, with no trace of blue to my eye), associated with a fluorite on muscovite matrix. The goshenite crystal is really quite nice - exceptional in clarity, lustre, and brightness. The association is just a bonus
ex. Dr. Edward David
An extremely elegant, 3-dimensional specimen of this classic! This piece features a red-pink octohedraon sitting smack in the middle of VERY gemmy smoky quartz crystals which serve to frame it and highlight the color! This remarkable specimen was acquired from the collection of the strahler who found it, Otto Werther. For its size and price range, I think it is one of the best out there on the market and it was one of Ed's more well-known specimens in its original state (by which I should clarify - it was a larger plate with damage in the middle, and so I trimmed it to release this piece, and another which will be shown later featuring two slightly smaller fluorites on a plate about twice this size).
Rich purple-zoned, translucent fluorite, to 4.5 cm across is emplaced on sugary white barite and a doubly terminated, glassy, tan crystal of calcite, 7.0 cm across. The only SLIGHT damage is at the left termination of the calcite, and is unimportant to the overall quality of the specimen. The piece is remarkably terminated ALL AROUND because it fell from the pocket well at one time, and then secondary microcrystallization covered over the backside, so that this is really a floater now.
Cubes of translucent, rich purple fluorite, to 2.0 cm across have been overgrown by hemispheres of tan, sugary, barite, to 7.0 cm across. Nicely displays with fluorite on barite or vice versa, as you wish!
SUPER Miniature! Two nearly equant, translucent, rich, lavender colored crystals of fluorite, to 2.5 cm across are perched on crystals of splendent, black, sphalerite. There is one bruise on the center edge of the large fluorite, but it does not affect the visual quality of the piece (though in my mind, I halved the price as a result).
Several cubes of translucent, pastel purple fluorite, to 3.0 cm across, are perched on sphalerite with orange highlights. The specimen is nearly pristine.
A sprig of limestone studded with tiny calcite crystals is the matrix for a single, equant, translucent, very dark purple cube 2.7 cm on a side. There are stepped faces at one corner and at that point there is a tiny, unimportant bruise. Some people do not like these when so dark that they are more black than purple, which is frankly why so few have survived. I personally do not like them, if expensive, but at the price this is a really nice locality specimen and a nice part of a suite containing gemmy crystals as foils.
A large, single crystal of translucent, rich purple, measuring 4.5 cm across sits on a matrix of splendent sphalerite with orange highlights. There is very minor contact/corner cleave on the back side near the matrix, if you sit the piece up with the sphalerite on the bottom; or the partial corner is rather on the bottom as shown here. Either way, it does not detract too much from the display options, and the piece is quite nice for the price and size range.
A matrix of translucent, red-flecked, sphalerite with crystals to .7 cm across, is the host for two, large, translucent, pastel purple cubes of fluorite, to 4.2 cm across. The fluorite crystals have varying luster and the large crystal even has a few colorless calcite crystal on it that reach .4 cm across. The fluorites are very interesting and unusual in that they are so colorless - few fluorites from this locality are not some shade of deeper purple. Dramatic large piece, I think!
A plate of intergrown, splendent, black, sphalerite is the matrix for an equant, translucent, doubly-terminated fluorite crystal measuring 4.2 cm across. A front edge has minor chipping about 1 cm long and there is a tiny contact on the back side, hence the low price.
A cube of translucent, purple fluorite, with some stepped faces, is perched on splendent, dark sphalerite. The fluorite measures 3.0 cm across. Sharp miniature!
This nearly equant cube of fluorite is so color saturated that the very deep bluish-purple barely can be seen. It is pristine except for a minor contact on the back side. An older style, these of the dark habit, rarely saved.
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