ex. Irv Brown
An interesting and showy specimen with a cluster of quartz crystals hanging off the back of this tourmaline! Not only is the tourmaline unusually blue for this locality, but it is of excellent translucency for the size and has a sharpness you do not often see at the CG. Word has it that the mine is now pinching out after just a few years of prospecting. Each pocket, though small, was quite different from the last. It is a shame to see this mine go the way of odler SD localities! That being said, this piece, because it is so unique in aspect, should be a good investment
ex. Irv Brown
THis is a stellar example of pink montmorillonite included in quartz, which is classic for this locality. It is also a nice quartz specimen in any case!
ex. Irv Brown
This is a rather unusual beryl, consisting of a "bubbly" hexagonal barrel perched on quartz. The morganite is complete all around, and is quite gemmy and translucent, but has odd etchings and patterns characteristic of beryls form the Ukraine for those who have seen them, and seldom seen in California beryls. It is oddlooking, I admit, but all the more interesting for that fact. The morganite is repaired back to its natural matrix and the repair is a good one.
One of India’s sensations of recent years has been these spherical Fluorites, which are unparalleled for size and attractiveness. This particular specimen consists of three intergrown spheres (4 cm across!) that have a lovely medium honey color and are quite gemmy. Factor in the unusual association with amethystine quartz matrix, and you have an aesthetic and unusually displayable specimen.
How often do you ever find 15 cm Amethyst–lined Chalcedony vugs from India, let alone one with a stunning 2-inch (5-cm) hemispherical Fluorite sitting smack in the middle of it? Almost never, I would say. This Fluorite has two generations of quartz growth on it; one is a very fine druse that gives the crystal orb a very distinctive sparkle, and the other is a flat white growth that creates an appearance of clouds from space creeping over the globe of fluorite. VERY VERY NEAT EFFECT IN PERSON! It coulda been ugly, I admit, and its on the borderline of "weoird", but erred on the side of "cute" and not on the side of being too covered with the secondary quartz to call ugly. IN person, it sparkles like SUGAR. This is truly an incredible specimen, the likes of which I have not seen before from India
This terrific specimen consists of three Fluorite spheres (to 1.3 cm) and a 2-cm scalenohedron of Calcite, all perched on literally ropelike stalactites of translucent quartz crystals. Many of the quartz crystals actually comprise very attractive and visually delicate stalactites within the Chalcedony/basalt vug (the piece preserves some of the natural concavity in person, though it is sawed o nthe back to reduce the matrix weight). Given these ingredients, you could hardly put them together in a more aesthetic combination. A simple killer!
This is an unbelievable 6 cm (!!) spherical, honey-colored Fluorite with shiny, silky luster and a gemmy core. And...it is resting on Amethyst for amazing contrast! Very rarely will you find an Indian Fluorite this good, for both quality and size. It also happens to be perched in a well-balanced, colorful matrix. One of my favorites of all I have seen mined to date
This 2-inch (5 cm !) spherical Fluorite is a rarity – it has a true glassy luster which allows you to see that the crystal is actually gemmy virtually the entire way through. It is from a new locality in Jalgaon area, I am told, different than the previous Mahodari site. In fact, I’m not sure I have ever seen one of these Fluorites with such qualities, I would say otherwise...but in person the color and texture is subtly different, and the matrix of larger quartz points really stands out uniquely compared to the more flat matrix quartz of the Mahodari material we have seen before. The back and sides have been sheared off with diagonal sawcuts, you cannot see form the front, to reduce the mass. This material seems to come out of a deposit with much thicker quartz rinds, and also much larger quartz crystals, than the other material. It is thus necessary to reduce the specimen considerably from the raw state to get it to a size we can lug around. Considering the size, luster, gemminess, and good light-honey color, this is clearly a superb specimen.
Natrolite is a rather rare mineral from India. For symmetry and perfection, you will likely have to search a long time to find one as aesthetic as this 2.8 cm spray. The way the Natrolite delicately nestles among the Quartz crystals is simply marvelous. This specimen is exquisite in every way.
This is really quite a superb combination piece, featuring a perfect 4 cm doubly-terminated green Apophyllite.Both tips are extraordinary and complete. The luster and the gemminess are excellent. There are also numerous light-pink Stilbite blades with gorgeous pearly luster – many are doubly-terminated themselves! These crystals primarily rest on two masses of very attractive drusy quartz, which themselves rest on the matrix. When you start looking at it closely, you realize that those "masses" of quartz are in fact flattened calcite rhombohedra, completely replaced by the quartz! This is a fabulous and aesthetic specimen.
Very attractive pair of curved Quartz on Chalcedony stalactites that make a superb combination, very reminiscent of a Henry Moore sculpture! The stalactites are thicker than normal, and with such appealing aesthetics, this is a superior piece.
A visually dramatic piece featuring a 4 cm salmon/red-colored Heulandite that has great luster and superb gemminess for the species. The color is unusually intense. The large Heulandite rests in a forest of very fine Chalcedony "straws," which helps create the incredible aesthetics of the piece. The several smaller Heulandites add accents to the piece. Truly wonderful specimen with unique aesthetics!
This unusual stalactitic specimen of chalcedony was formed around slender threads of another mineral, resulting in a very pleasing sculptural configuration. At the top, chalcedony has replaced a scalenohedral calcite crystal , as well. The chalcedony is lustrous, translucent, with a colorless to gray color. The longest stalactite measures 8.0 cm in length. There are also a few crystals of pearlescent, white stilbite attached. The largest of these measures 2 cm across. Odd, yet beautiful!
The matrix for this unusual specimen is basalt which later hosted a layer of gray chalcedony. From that layer emanated several, stalactitic forms of colorless, translucent, chalcedony, to 5.0 cm in length. Attached to the stalactites are a few doubly terminated, translucent light pink crystals of stilbite. The largest of these measures 3.0 cm across. This is a fine example of what happens in that open space in a cooling lava.
Nestled down in a basaltic vug is a most beautiful "puff ball" of Mesolite, undamaged and sharp! The stark white Mesolite , which measures 4.5 cm across, is actually composed of fine acicular crystals.
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