ex. Lindsay Greenbank
This remarkable specimen is one of the finest hematites recovered from England, for crystal quality, according to both Ralph Sutcliffe and Lindsay Greenbank (who should know!). It is not just specular, druse material as is commonly seen - but features real, sharp, disclike crystals. The lustre is fantastic, like black mirrors. Atop these brilliant blades hangs like decoration a row of sharp quartz crystals of the unusual habit so desirable and unique to this mine (sometimes called beta quartz-like in form). All is atop a thin rind of hematite "kidney ore." This piece was the best specimen of a small pocket blasted into in 1978, by Raymond Clements. He was at the time the underground mine surveyor for this company and selected this specimen for his own collection, while the rest were sadly destroyed. It is very difficult to convey in photos how sparklign and vividly color contrasting this specimen really is, but the piece, winglike in its stretched-out appearance, is stunning in person. Illustrated in "Classic Minerals of Northern England," page 128. (Joe Budd photos)
ex. Martin Lewadny
Superb pair of doubly-terminated, very lustrous Amethyst crystals from the famous locality of Thunder Bay. Each crystal is 2.5 cm in length. What is so rare about these, in addition to the unusual red coloration due to included Hematite, is tha fact that these Amethysts are doubly-terminated. In fact, both are DT'd, and virtually pristine. One of the most aesthetic specimens I have seen from Thunder Bay in any size
ex. Martin Lewadny
This thing is STUNNING, in both lustre and habit - and will put many people off to guessing , i think, before they judge it a hematite. It is a first-class thumbnail! The form is a rare pseudo-scalenohedral crystal habit. These come out but rarely in such quality and Marty picked one from a collection I got in the mid-90s, and has held it all this time. We think its an older piece, yet. The luster is mirror-likeand you can shave in the reflections; and the 2.5 cm length of the crystal is impressive as well - making it major as well as aesthetic. I have rarely seen a hematite thumbnail I loved, as much as this one, for its imposing form and size. MUCH BETTER IN PERSON, i assure you.
ex. Martin Lewadny
The Alps are much more than just pink fluorites and smoky quartzes, with outstanding Hematites being among the other sought-after minerals. This excellent specimen consists of a beautiful lustrous 2 cm fan of Hematite blades growing out of a clear Quartz crystal. The beveled edges of the crystals are stunning, and the mirror-like luster is nicely highlighted by the surface striations. An excellent specimen.
ex. Francis and Patricia Benjamin
This is an exceptional Brandberg specimen because it has such unique qualities: the juxtaposition of the smoky and amethyst zones within making for a striking appearance in color pattern; brilliant luster and glassy surfaces; the sharp red traces of included hematite flashing from within; and the perfection of the piece itself in form. It is pristine, and doubly-terminated, a floater.
A complete floater with GEMMY , glassy lustre and superb form! All tips are pristine, and it has a sparkle in person not coneyed in the pictures. The minute inclusions of metallic hematite throw off specks of light, an dcontrast, that are interesting and accent the sherry topaz color. An older specimen from this classic locale! 4.6 x 4.4 x 1.6 cm
You could not ask for a more bright and metallic hematite than these crystals, with their mirror lustre and stunning contrast to the druses of andradite garnet around them! This is an exceptional, large specimen from finds in the 1980s, now long gone from the market. 10 x 6.8 x 5.0 cm
9.7 x 6.1 x 4.6 cm. The specimens you have seen from this find generally have a small hematite plate with acicular crystals of rutile extending out from it. This is a HUGE specimen for this Brazilian association of platy hematite and rutile, with really BIG hematite crystals being the star rather than the rutile. One of these tabular hematites is 5.5 cm across! To me, the traditional combos are pretty and fine to look at, but pieces like this have more real significance as specimens for the important mineral here. Note that the piece has been gently stabilized with glue, as the large and heavy hematites are held together by the rutile a little gently at the top.
5.4 x 5.0 x 2.0 cm. From near the famous Thunder Bay locality which is renowned for these - a cluster of lustrous amethyst crystals accented by rusty-red inclusions of hematite.
5.9 x 4.1 x 1.3 cm. From the recent finds, with golden acicular crystals of rutile radiating from a center of platy, lustrous hematite. This unusual one is multi-layered, so it has a 3-dimensionality that is uncommon for these.
5.3 x 4.7 x 4.0 cm. Brilliantly lustrous and striated, metallic hematite crystals attractively embedded in massive hematite matrix make for a showy, OLD-TIME Elba Island specimen. Classic material.
5.9 x 3.9 x 2.7 cm. This combo is an English classic. There are three gemmy quartz crystals here, containing bright rust-red inclusions of hematite, on a field of sparkly black specular hematite. A fine and pretty representative mini for this combo, ex. Russell Jones Collection.
15.0 x 11.1 x 7.9 cm. This large and fascinating old English specimen came out of the collection of Gene Meieran, and evidently was in an old German collection at one point before that. On one side is black specular crystalline hematite with a few isolated smoky quartz crystals sticking out of it. On the other side is a bed of large quartz crystals. And along one side of the specimen is hematite of the other characteristic form for this area, called "kidney ore" hematite. Three specimens in one!
10.2 x 4 x 3.6 cm. Spectacular pair of gemmy lustrous calcite-that-looks-like-Quartz crystals set beautifully on a matrix of specular hematite and secondary quartz crystals. The longest calcite crystal is 5.7 cm and doubly-terminated.
5.4 x 4.4 x 4 cm. Distinctive and very sharp example of hematite from the Wessels mine but they LOOK like spinel-twin Galenas! Does hematite spinel-twin?! Each crystal has a lovely silky metallic luster and all the twins range in size from 1-3 cm! Complete all around.
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