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 very attractive cluster of stacked flattened rhombohedra ("discs") with phantoms inside. The phantoms seem to be due to micro-pyrite inclusions and are oddly enough oriented at exactly the midlines of the discs. Very sculptural specimen!
ex. Martin Lewadny
An amazing and interesting Silver specimen. The beak is a THICK 2.5 cm Silver rope attached to a Calcite head, and the neck band consists of euhedral, partly-gemmy Sphalerite crystals intermixed with more Silver and iridescent drusy Pyrite. A very cool and dramatic specimen from a very famous locality! This is an EXCEPTIONALLY thick silver rope for Pribram, to be compared to its best .
ex. Martin Lewadny
This excellent single octahedron has excellent luster, modified corners, and subtle but very attractive growth patterns along the faces . There is minor attached matrix and some edge wear, as you can see; but that does not detract at all from the piece's importance for locality and form (and it is a VERY large crystal for this locality, too!).
ex. Martin Lewadny
Lustrous and quite beautiful Pyrite composed of sharp octahedrons up to 4 cm on edge, COMPLETELY formed atop a pedestal of smaller crystals. The tips are modified and show very attractive striations, while the luster is split between mirror-like and attractively etched. This is a superior Pyrite specimen. NOT your common quality! In fact, I'd say few, a miniscule percentage under 0.0001% of specimens, are of this quality. IT IS complete all around, STUNNING, AND so far above the normal quality, you cannot believe it.
Wow...what more can you say than the pics convey? this pyrite is PRISTINE all around front and sides, contacted only on the back out of view. The quartz is pristine and complete all around. It is 3-dimensional, dramatic, and just plain unique in overall combinatorial aesthetics! I love the secondary ntricate faces on the pyrite, and how they reflect light in person to make this appear even more starkly metallic against the contrasting matrix. Gene Schlepp obtained this from the Dr. Miguel Romero Collection in trade. Gene then sold it to Ed with whom it has remained. 10.4 x 8.7 x 5.2 cm
This is a superb example of this rare nickel species, with brilliant hulk-green crystals to 1 cm in a protected cavity in a quartz geode. I believe this is the world's best locality for the species....at least, I have not seen good honessite from other places for sale. Honessite is MUCH more rare than the millerite found in geodes from this hard-to-collect locality (I know, i collected there as a kid!). The location is a roadcut along a major state highway, now completely off-limits to collectors. 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.4 cm
5.6 x 4.5 x 2.6 cm. A gorgeous, large, deep cherry-red rhodochrosite rhomb beautifully accented with purple fluorite cubes and tiny pyrite crystals from recent Chinese finds. This huge, flattened rhomb has an overgrowth of secondary rhodochrosite which gives part of it a matte finish, and makes the contrast with the other portions all the more apparent . The backlit photos highlight the super intense cherry-red color when lit up, as good as the best Sweet Home rhodos. This piece does have some cleavages on the edges, but they seem to have been healed over and were thus natural in the pocket in geologic time. A significant, large Chinese rhodochrosite.
2.8 x 1.7 x 1.1 cm. SUPERB crystal sprays of lustrous ludlamite crystals on matrix with pyrite from the Huanuni Mine make for an aesthetic and beautiful thumbnail.
26.5 x 24.8 x 14.3 cm. A monster calcite specimen out of the noted Miller Collection - a huge cluster of gorgeously sharp rhombs, with a faint pink blush from the manganese content. Pyrites and calcite microcrystals add variety to the surface of the rhombs. As you can see, the crystals flouresce a bright cherry red! The crystals measure to 5 cm in each direction. A major piece from a famous calcite collection!
7.2 x 5.9 x 3.9 cm. INTENSELY lustrous, golden pyrite crystals, with larger dodecahedrons (to 1.5 cm) in a sea of smaller ones. This specimen really glitters like gold!
7.9 x 4.1 x 3.5 cm. Terrific Pyrite from what is certainly one of the world’s premier localities. Each cube has gorgeous bright striated faces, and all the edges are beveled, which adds to the aesthetics. Even the corners have a distinct and unusual modification. The largest crystal is 2.6 cm.
9.5 x 9.2 x 3.7 cm. Two attractive complex balls of Pyrite crystals set beautifully against a black shale matrix. The larger ball is about 3.7 cm across, and the smaller perfect sphere is 1.9 cm across. Both are composed of modified cubes, and have excellent metallic luster. Very unusual material! Charlie Key must have loved it, as he bought a flat of it decades ago and put it away.
5.0 x 4.3 x 2.9 cm. This specimen showcases a really nifty, DEEP BLUE, 2.5-cm tall afghanite crystal centered nicely on matrix. These new finds from Afghanistan of the past 5 years have really redefined expectations for the species, formerly almost unknown to collectors.
6.2 x 3.5 x 1.8 cm. Specimen with 2mm crystals of luzonite free-standing and partially embedded on 1 cm enargite crystals!
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