ex. E. Mitchell Gunnell
This is a world class quartz specimen from England of all places. It is a beautiful combination piece, displayable 360 degrees, showing brilliant and very large hematite crystals for the location (the old English Iron District). Hematite from here rarely forms big crystals, and these reach 1 cm as opposed to the usual sparkly druses of 1-3 mm crystals. The large quartz crystal is nearly 2 inches tip to tip and sits atop, doubly terminated and exposed nicely on the cluster - undamaged, i might add. Only a few small dings mar the periphery of smaller crystals, which hosts the big one atop. It was likely mined in the mid to late 1800s (see below) and from all I have seen in collections and museums abroad has to be one of the finest aesthetic examples of the so-called "beta quartz" from England. This is by modern standards, a competition quality piece: dramatic small cabinet specimen, complete all around, with brilliant lustre to both species. I love it when history and quality converge! Note that I am told these are not true high-temperature beta quartz on a technical level, but they LOOK like it at first glance, certainly, and are often termed thus. The AE Foote label is probably 1880-1895 according to the Mineralogical Record's label archives: http://www.minrec.org/labels.asp?page=2&colid=477. Then the piece was in the collection of Mitch Gunnell by 1935 - and he was known for having an excellent English suite. A superb specimen in many regards, this is one of my favorites of the update
ex. Robert Whitmore
This is a classic hematite and quartz combo specimen from England, from the classic old English Iron District. It is most likely from the Florence or Beckermet Mines, or the Cleator Moor area. It is a beautiful combination piece, displayable at any orientation , and showing off sharp clear quartzes upon brilliant and very sparkly hematite crystals to 2mm . This is a fine large example of the so-called "beta quartz" from England: Note that I am told these are not true high-temperature beta quartz on a technical level, but they sure LOOK like it at first glance, certainly, and are often termed as such. Large, dramatic, classic combo! Hard to find in such quality today.
These absolutely stunning rutile crystals are nearly 6 cm in length, and shooting straight up from a platy hematite at the bottom – one of the more aesthetic specimens from this find I have seen. These are often sort of clunky, with jumbles of hematite and smaller rutiles. Specimens with good aesthetics are generally small ones. This one has size AND perfection! And it is robust enough, it can even be shipped. It is a mesmerizing thing in a case, looking manmade, not natural.
ex. Jeffrey Starr
Elba is famous for fine Tourmalines, but over the years it has also produced large, very impressive Pyrites associated with Galena. They are highly desired, especially pieces with the combination to sparkling blades of hematite such as this one (found in the 1970s, if I recall). There are three distinct pyritohedrons on Galena matrix. The largest is about 6 cm, and the others between 5-6 cm. Incredible size and quality! The specimen is contacted in the back, but the presentation side is superb. The great form and luster of the Pyrites is dazzling and contrasts with hematite. The pics are good, but Pyrites are hard to shoot. It is even better in person. An amazing specimen for what it is and I usually see these at much higher prices
A brilliantly metallic specimen of hematite of the highest quality, featuring a complexly terminated 2.5 x 2.5 x 2 cm crystal on matrix of hematite with an entirely different habit , itself then on matrix. This is as close to a "jewel-like" appearance as I think you will ever see for an opaque metallic species!
Superb stacked cluster of two 3-dimensional hematite crystals, mirror-bright and sharp all around except a smal lcontact in back
A stunning miniature, of this classic combination of species for Wessels. Few are found with such a wonderful and aesthetic combination of the garnet coating on hematite! this is essentially one large,elongated crystal of hematite, complete all around save for small contacts near the base.
Another stunning miniature, of this classic combination of species for Wessels. Few are found with such a wonderful and aesthetic combination of the garnet coating on hematite! The hematite here is 2.7 cm and is sharply twinned, as you can see from the reflections . More andradite could be picked off, as the owner wishes, to expose more hematite along the righthand edge, but I like the coating the way it is covering all the crystal but the shockingly fine twin planes facing out..
Two mirror-lustrous, 3-dimensional, just brilliantly jewel-like metalli chematite crystals sits on matrix accented by sparkling white calcite. Exceptional quality miniature! The crystals are undamaged except the very bottom base of the lower one , pointing down; and a tiny slight ding on the back of the upper crystal. The crystals are 2 cm tall.
An elegant specimen with a strangely flattened, tapering, 2.5-cm hematite crystal popping up in the middle of the matrix, coated on one side completely by andradite garnet.
A brilliantly metallic cluster of sharp hematite crystals to 1.7 cm, accented by tabular, phantomed, BARITE to 2 cm. You rarely see this association, and in such an aesthetic combination as well! This is a very beautiful miniature with a lot more visual pizzazz than even the pictures indicate.
Andradite garnet here completely coats on all sides, like a drape, the underlaying hematite crystal which has perfect crystallography and now looks like a sparkling red hematite more than anything! That crystal is 2.7 cm tall. Pristine and complete, this is a most unusual display specimen!
So reflective that you can see your face i nit (or the hand of our photographer as you see here), this is a brilliantly mirror-lustrous, COMPLETE crystal of hematite, that makes for a dramatic miniature. The large crystal is perched on two small crystals at its base, and is a floater. It has some contact asymmetry on the backside, but is not damaged and is crystallized all around. We did not clean the back, leaving some pocket clay on to prove this point. The sides are as razorsharp and lustrous as the front, and as bright! It displays in a case like a reflective mirror, and is one of the finest, if not the priciest, hematites in the update.
ex. Lindsay Greenbank
Superbly formed, this is a particularly fine example of the reniform or mammaliary hematite variety kidney ore, for which these mines are so famous. It has fine luster and a deep red-rust color. Once plentiful on the market, specimens of this quality from the Cumbrian iron mines are now rarely seen for sale. Mined in the 1970's.
ex. Lindsay Greenbank
A brilliantly sparkling , sugary plate of hematite composed of a flattish plate of reniform kidney ore (hematite) that has been overgrown by a second and very pretty generation of hematite; this time sparkling, black druse of specular hematite. The contrast shows through in a few spots, and the rolling kidney ore beneath makes the sparkling carpet look three-dimensional. One can easily see the hummocks from the underlying kidney ore outlined through the sparkle. Recovered in 1971 by the mine manager, F. Johnston. Spectacular and much better in person!
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