A deeper colored , flat plate of amethyst on a karst quartz matrix. Rough at edges, but the display face is quite pristine!
The best in the lot for its undamaged, 3-dimensional, rolling surface and intense coloration! Very translucent, and very unusual !
This is a very complexly crystallized galena specimen , quite mesmerizing in person, with an acecnting drapery of siderite. THe old label notes that there are some twinned crystals here, and seems to indicate that the piece was illustrated , naming page and figure number for a book or article. This is a fine, aesthetic, AND classic old example of galena from this important mining district. Noteably, good galena is actually more rare on the market today from Freiberg than silver minerals, because so little of it was saved compared to silver species.
The old label seems to indicate an origin in 1874, and aesthetically I just cannot believe that this beautiful plate survived so well! Sharp crystals to 1.25 cm of classic Neudorf, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany galena are emplaced on beautiful siderite, sparkling quartz, and very 3-dimensional. The siderite is translucent and sharp. This is one of the most stunningly aesthetic Neudorf, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany pieces I have seen. I have seen a number of them, as well, at the Munich show and elsewhere priced at 5000 euros and up when in this quality, and undamaged. This one is pristine except for a slight cleave on one lower siderite.
A razor-sharp, isolated galena crystal of classic Neudorf form, 1.3 cm across, sitting on brilliantly lustrous golden siderite. Classic for the locality, these are old and desirable specimens hard to find today!
This is a really 3-dimensional, elegant cluster of splaying quartz crystals, decorated at their junctions with small pyrites, from a classic old locality.
Another beautiful old 1800s-era combination piece, from the famous finds at Neudorf that produced the most desirable (and pricey) galena crystals of their day. To this day, teh form and habit of these galena crystals makes them still as desirable, and they are very hard to come by. This collection was rich in such pieces, including this one with galena to 1.5 cm on matrix with brilliantly sparkling quartz and siderite. A gorgeous combination piece from this classic find, much more colorful and displayable than many.
A beautiful locality specimen with sharp gemmy spahlerites to 6 mm on drusy, sparkling calcite, all atop large fat milky quartz points. Although this specimen has no label withit, it was sight-ID'd by German-specialist/collector Herb Obodda.
A GORGEOUS SPECIMEN with intense, maroon-red crystals of radiating erythrites set against sparkling quartz. This old find, from the mid-1800s and maybe earlier, has always set the standard for the species for sheer color and lustre. These crystals, to 13 mm, exemplify the best of those qualities. Additionally this piece has a nice significance as it is from the type locality for the species. Note the date of 1860 on the label.
A beautiful association specimen from this classic locale, with sharp , translucent golden-amber siderites to about 1 cm in size.
A stunningly beautiful, sparkling cluster of bright yellow fluorite draped by bright white quartz crystals, for a pretty combo. This is a classic and very old locality for fluorite of course, but few such combination specimens of such beauty are around to own - I have not seen any for sale quite like this one.
Classic Cumbria sphalerite, one would think at first....but I am told that when on the quartz and isolated in this style, it is actually a typical old Derbyshire association. This piece is beautiful , regardless, for the sharp isolated lustrous crystals (to 1 cm) on sparkling quartz background.
An attractive large specimen with fat white quartz, draped upon by dolonite, in which sharp 1-cm arsenopyrite crystals are perched and peek through. Neat combo from an old locale.
ex. Al Ordway
The presence of mirror-bright faces on a well formed 1.9 cm long, dark gray, anatase crystal, help make this specimen an unusually aesthetic piece . In addition, the anatase is aesthetically emplaced on a druse of nearly colorless quartz crystals. A minor bruise on the back of the anatase termination is not visible when the specimen is properly oriented, and overall this is a superb miniature.
ex. Al Ordway
Nestled in a vug along with minor colorless quartz, in crystals to, 1 cm in length, are extremely lustrous, blue black crystals of lazulite that exhibit gemmy flashes of neon, teal blue. The largest lazulite crystal measure 1 cm in length. Al self-collected these fantastic Canadian specimens himself over several trips in the 1970s-1980s. This is a large, pretty specimen aside from its quality for the species
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