ex. Marilyn Dodge
Well-defined and extremely lustrous on both sides, this is a lovely blade of hematite with classic form for the locality. Lustre is super! The natural contact on the left edge does not detract at all (and points back anyhow), and the red rutiles add to the overall aesthetics. A very showy thumb!
The photos say it all, here. This is a spectacular specimen of upright, pristine and mirror-bright hematite perched on stunningly gem clear, bright, perfect quartz crystals, all on a granite matrix. The hematites are 3-dimensional and fat, not slender and brittle as so many can be. They show complex surface patterning, only marred by a few small specks of deep red rutile perched atop. Such specimens are quite nearly impossible to collect and find in the high Alpine clefts where strahlers literally risk their lives going after them. Many matrix pieces are repaired - this is not. Many matrix pieces are big and clunky - this has perfect aesthetics and is complete all around. The accenting cascade of small, mirror-bright hematites like a waterfall down the front-right adds to the eye appeal and sparkle in a case. Quite simply, for "American tastes" of perfection and display quality, this is one of my absolute favorite Cavradi pieces I have seen over the years. From a well-known collection in the US. Joe Budd photos
ex. Ernie Schlichter
Looking very much like cactus growth, this ELEGANT calcite specimen features translucent, hematite included crystals to 7 cm in length. In addition, the piece exhibits chocolate brown color and the high luster that make the find unique. Old material, from the late 1980s - I remember as i owned one when i was a kid and they were coming out.
Only a very few specimens in this pocket seem to have caught the nearby hematite crystals, and come out in association. This piece is dramatic! It features a doubly-terminated 4.4-cm crystal, inset with a small cluster of glistening jet black hausmannite, ON the hematite-covered plate. On the other side, it is covered by soft white oyelite, so either side offers great contrast for the display of the specimen. The hematites, to 1.7 cm, are mirror-bright, so shiny and reflective you can shave in them. This is a unique piece from a unique pocket, with singular aesthetics.
ex. James and Marjorie Ferguson
A unique combination piece from a small one-time pocket, totally unique in Tsumeb mining! This specimen has GEMMY, jewel-like, V-twins of cerussite to several centimeters in size perched ON elongated scalenohedral smithsonite crystals! the smithsonites are colored red by minute inclusions of hematite. Thus, this is unique for the color contrast, the combination, and the visual juxtaposition compared to any other ceru/smith association I am aware of.
ex. James and Marjorie Ferguson
A gorgeous radial cluster of traditional Tsumeby-style rhombohedra, that are almost curved with extra faces, and attractively dusted by included specks of red hematite grains. Good lustre, excellent transparency into the crystals, and overall just VERY PRETTY! and, unique to Tsumeb
This is quite simply one of the most dramatic "topaz crosses" I have ever seen, collected probably in the 1980s or early 90s when this remote claim was worked more actively by a group including a few Dallas investors. The cluster is PERFECT and pristine. It is RAZOR SHARP. The tips and the parts that matter are gemmy although the interior is, as is typical, included with sandy. Note the little bright rosettes of metallic hematite which have replaced the garnet previously there. Just a SUPERIOR miniature that I think will stand the test of time.
ex. Helmut Bruckner
Two growth stages of SHARPLY crystallized, twinned dolomite make for a really superb floater cluster. The bottom crystals are included with hematite, and are red; while the larger crystal perched symmetrically atop is water-clear. The twinning planes here are sharp enough they could have been carved, and the piece is gemmy and mostly transparent....Better in person! For what it is, it is the finest dolomite in its size range I have handled.
ex. Richard Heck
Crystals of brilliantly lustrous, metallic hematite, to 2.4 cm in length, exhibit mirror bright faces and exceptionally unusual crystal form. Most hematite from this locale is rather thin and frilly. This is a robust, very mirror-like crystal of high calibre
ex. Richard Heck
Aesthetically perched on an ocherous matrix are hematite-included crystals of equant, twinned calcite, to 3 cm across. The crystals are lustrous, partially translucent, and exhibit a rich brownish red coloration. Very pretty! This particular material tends to form flat plates, and a piece like this is hard to obtain for its aesthetics. from old finds here in the 1970s
ex. Richard Heck
A matrix of reddish-brown, massive hematite hosts a sparkling druse of brilliant little red calcites, all colored a solid red with hematite inclusions. Atop the sparkly layer, are several very sharp, very glassy, and slightly translucent calcite rhombohedrons to about an inch across. The crystals are heavily included by finely disseminated reddish hematite dust, which gives them their color. This is from classic old finds here. Some has also been found more recently, but not with such intense color as the best of the old material. And of this older material, VERY few pieces have such luster as this does...equally as important as the color. Also, the plate has no damage and is pristine (yet again, uncommon for the material)
ex. Richard Heck
There have been many hundreds of these calcite specimens sold over the years, and it is a classic style I recall always wanting when I was a young (calcite) collector. They came out , I am told, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They are composed of SHARP calcite twins, featuring two separate generations of calcite, to some degree included with hematite. But this is one of the finest I have seen. Three razor-sharp, lustrous and translucent calcite crystals, to 6.8 cm in length, are centrally displayed. They have hematite inclusions inside, exhibiting clear color zoning where you see red phantoms as a result. They are partially covered by a second generation of lustrous and translucent, amber colored calcite, intricately intergrown with the reddish crystals. A wonderfully colorful and complexly-crystallized calcite specimen, tis is just a superb example of a very unique style to this one locality.
One of India’s sensations of recent years has been these spherical Fluorites, which are unparalleled for size and attractiveness. This particular specimen consists of three intergrown spheres (4 cm across!) that have a lovely medium honey color and are quite gemmy. Factor in the unusual association with amethystine quartz matrix, and you have an aesthetic and unusually displayable specimen.
This unusual specimen is not only a complete floater, with no visible point of attachment, but the intergrown, crystals of blocky, fluorapophyllite, to 2.0 cm across, have been infused by both, olive green, mozartite, a recently described, calcium, manganese, silicate and also by dark red hematite. This is definitely a different breed of Fluorapophyllite !
ex. Howard Belsky
A stunning , glassy, sparkly example of this old English classic! This piece is a knoll of bright crystals, almost completely pristine on the display face, of calcite stained red by minute inclusions of hematite in oriented faces. I have seen many of these, but few seem to come up of this size with the quality here - in terms of lustre and condition. I collected calcites as a child, and always dreamed of owning a good one of this style (for color if nothing else), but they came up for sale so seldom and were always expensive. I have thus paid a lot of attention to pieces of this style when they DO come up, and this one for sheer beauty is one of my favorites of the examples I have handled in recent years - if not even the most expensive. It is just "prettier" than most - more sparkly, more bright. From the recently unveiled collection of Howard Belsky, a dealer who tragically passed away at an early age several decades ago. Joe Budd photos
All Content and Design ©1996-2012 The Arkenstone
Powered by http://mineralwebsites.comMineral Specimens by species; or by specimen id.