Truly COMPLETE stalactite clusters from the classic Ray Mine are uncommon and go for a premium already, painting or no painting. This piece is a particularly aesthetic miniature, complete all around, with surreal "reaching" stalks that are translucent and slightly curving as they reach out from the matrix base. This would be an older specimen, from the 1970s or early 1980s. Most specimens from the modern finds here just look different, and also tend to consist of smaller stalactites on larger matrix. I love how the quartz coating on the chrysocolla "dimples out" at the tips, creating a clear translucent cone atop each stalactite. Price includes specimen, painting, and custom lucite base for display.
ex. Wally Mann Collection This is a very fine cabinet piece from 2005 mining at this important amazonite district. It features a nearly 2 inch smoky quartz leaping out from surrounding amazonite. The stark contrast of color and form has always made these combination pieces treasured classics, and admittedly the world's best come only intermittently from a small area of Colorado! This specimen was purchased by the previous collector as soon as it was put on the shelf for sale by Joe Dorris, who mined it. We all thought it was mispriced, clearly as good or BETTER than pieces marked $12-15k and more with Joe and with his mining partners at another dealership. Like all of these clusters, it is multiply repaired but this goes with the territory and as long as the repairs are clean (which they are) , posed no objection when he brought it into a crowd of about 6 Dallas area collectors in the hallway at the Denver show that year to get a vote on it (which was unanimous). So my friend, collector Wally Mann, jumped on this at the time when he had not previously owned a good one that met his criteria for quality and aesthetics at this price range. However, I traded this from him last year in early 2008, and Gamini took it right off my shelf, as soon as he saw me putting it out. He, like I, loved the stark contrast, and the aesthetics of the dominant smoky atop the "blue mountains" - you can see that in the painting he tried to emphasize that effect of making the amazonites look like natural mountains as much as crystals. There are many amazonites out there to choose from, I admit. But this one I thought was first of a very good aesthetic balance and color; and secondly we all liked the price which was surprisingly reasonable (and remains nearly the same as what he paid). For under 10k, for a cabinet amazonite with good color, I think the paintingis basically a freebie and the piece is shockingly good for the price range. I'd happily take it back later , even, as I cannot get another like it for the price barring another price anomaly from the miners. Price includes specimen, painting, and custom lucite base for display.
Quartz crystals, to 2.5 cm in length surround green crystals of augelite, to 1.5 cm. This is one of the few specimens with associated anything, let alone quartz.Large and impressive overall, it provides a fine display for a half dozen good augelite crystals
This is a showy radiating quartz specimen with 2 beautiful, gemmy green Augelite crystals to 1.5 cm in length perched atop. This is one of the few specimens with associated anything, let alone quartz. It makes for a nice display, and the isolation of the crystals is uncommon here.
ex. Evan Jones
I must say upfront that aquas from Mexico are rare to non –existent, making this matrix specimen unusually good. I DID NOT BELIEVE IT WHEN I FIRST SAW IT - BUT IT WAS EVAN'S, AND HE IS really an expert and longtime collector of Mexican goodies. I also verified with others - it is rare, legit, and probably among the very best of its kind. The large aqua measures about an inch atop the quartz, but is technically 4.5 cm in length (extending through the quartz as it does), nestled in a matrix of smoky quartz crystals to 1.5 cm in length. The aqua, is lustrous, translucent, sky blue, with a core of colorless goshenite beryl. The termination, while rough, is comprised of tiny incipient faces and thus terminated quite fully. It is actually doubly-terminated Note the phantom core! . Minor damage or contact does exist, but compared to the significance of the specimen, is unimportant. I was able to get this from Evan directly in a trade. labels from Evan and the Schlepp’s accompany this old timer.
ex. Les and Paula Presmyk
ex. Martin Zinn
A mass of solid andradite garnet opens into a vug containing many, translucent, lustrous olive green dodecahedrons, .5 cm across, surrounded by frosted, translucent, colorless quartz crystals, to 4.0 cm in length. Formerly in the collections of Martin Zinn and Les Presmyk. Great color contrast! This is one of the finest examples of the material I know of
ex. Martin Zinn
This specimen is remarkable for several reasons. The color is a wonderful aquamarine blue, from the cryptocrystalline core to the surface of the specimen. There was a secondary growth of azurite, in crystals to 2.5 cm across, which was later pseudomorphed by sparkling quartz druse. In spite of minor damage to the largest crystal, this piece is rare and exquisite.
Very closely resembling a rocket, ready for liftoff, this unusual and super matrix, amethyst crystal is doubly-terminated, very lustrous, and exhibits a lovely, rich lilac color. To me the most fascinating characteristic of this amethyst is the fairly uniform hopper growth on all the pyramidal faces. Most unique. From the collection of R.F. Denicourt. This is one of the very largest speicmens I have seen of any single crystal from the locality!
I preface the word AMETHYST by the adjective to emphasize how DIFFERENT these are from anything you have ever seen from the mine before. these are BETTER...glassier and gemmier...than any other Guerrero find I know of. This is one of the best Guerrero amethysts I have seen in any size. A single, large, intensely bi-colored, transparent, amethyst crystal, to 4.5 cm in length, is girdled by a cluster of smaller amethyst crystals. From Colorado dealer, Dennis Beals, who handled this small pocket several years ago. This is absolutely one magnificent specimen!
I preface the word AMETHYST by the adjective to emphasize how DIFFERENT these are from anything you have ever seen from the mine before. these are BETTER...glassier and gemmier...than any other Guerrero find I know of. This amethyst specimen is very similar to the specimen preceding it. The large, intensely bi-colored, transparent crystal, is 7 cm in length. It too is surrounded by smaller amethyst crystals. There is extremely minor chattering at the termination of the large crystal, but it is insignificant in context. From Colorado dealer, Dennis Beals, who handled this small pocket several years ago.
ex. Charlie Key
Wonderful single crystal with perfect termination. Very nice luster. Goes from light amethyst to dark amethyst with smoky phantom in glass clear quartz. Superb!
ex. Charlie Key
A nice, very rich colored amethyst from Brandberg, Namibia. This specimen has wonderful flashes of red and is a stunning thumbnail.
ex. Charlie Key
A cute little scepter with a very interesting amethyst center.
ex. Charlie Key
Clear quartz with hematite inclusions and a fantastic double phantom, one being amethyst, the other smoky. A nice extra touch is the beautiful rainbow within. Seen MANY miniature brandbergs and few leap out like this one, so clean and clear it could be made of glass.
ex. Charlie Key
A sweet little quartz with a firework effect of red hematite inclusions within, making for a thumbnail that is just outstanding.
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