A unique specimen, like none I have seen before from this region. It features a superb, gemmy, transparent, twinned calcite measuring 3 cm across, perched with smaller calcites cascading down the termination of a deep purple amehtyst point. It is amazing such a thing survived being found and cut out of the enclosing amethyst cathedral in which it surely grew. The lustre, and contrasting colors, the complex form of the calcite...all combine to make this a really stunning and unique piece.
A vivid, colorful piece with unusual aesthetics, comprised of sharp red rhodo rhombohedra draping over small, sparkly quartz sprays, themselves perched on teh edge of a large twinned sphalerite. The overall composition is really striking!
One of the best examples from a new find of fluorite in northern South Africa, on the road to Namibia, that was brought to my attention by Desmond Sacco at the Munich show. This elegant specimen features a single large egg of fluorite in a nest of quartz, making for great aesthetics. the alternating faces of this fluorite are either pebbly or smooth, making for a striking, complex appearance to the crystal. It is very transparent internally, through the clear frontal face. This is an attrractive and highly unusual specimen, and is one of the better examples for its size from the find (more will come down the road, I am sure, but this should always be among the better ones, I would think, from the representative material I have seen so far)
ex. Dr. Frederick Pough
This is the only such specimen I have ever seen, of brazilianite from the original 1940s finds associated with smoky quartz. The contrast is striking! The brazilianite is exceptionally lustrous and gemmy as you would want for a specimen from the older finds, still not beaten by anything found later on at several other locales in Brazil. This is a unique, competition-quality miniature from an old collection in Europe, from whence I got it in trade.
An unusually large and rich specimen, with thick clusters of tinzenite in radiating balls, on a small bit of attached matrix. This is the largest and richest piece, by weight of the material, that I have had. Despite its size, it is in good shape, with just a few very minor dings to it.
A really attractive, balanced miniature with sharp crystals showing unusual isolation, to 8mm.
A gorgeous 1.5 cm spherical crystal ball of wavellite perched on quartz! Classi cmaterial, but rare in such aesthetic quality. Also the lustre of the wavellite is unusually high.
An outstanding, gemmy, brilliantly lustrous tourmaline nestled within and against a quartz! This aesthetic piece is really special, because they just do not often come like this, from Mogok. Usually you get matte-finish or opaque crystals....very rarely lustrous and gemmy as of Brazilian calibre! The tourmaline and its termination are complete.
This specimen has several things going for it. It is aesthetically perched on colorless, to pastel purple, quartz crystals, to 1.0 cm in length. The amethyst cluster is deeply colored, well formed, and gemmy, with the largest crystal being 4.0 cm in length. To top it off, the amethyst crystals are sceptered. Very nice! Add on the loclaity value of it being from Mexico (and unusual in form for Mexico), and it becomes really quite desirable.
This is a classic example of one mineral species replacing another. A druse of colorless, quartz crystals has totally pseudomorphed a classically formed, tabular crystal of barite. This is easily one of the nicest examples I have ever seen of this process involving these two species.
Although not large by common fluorite standards, this specimen has a lot going for it. On a matrix of drusy quartz are fluorite cubes, to 1.6 cm across. They are transparent, and a light golden color. However, what really makes this piece special are the exquisite bands of purple zoning, one around the perimeter and one at the center of the crystals. One edge of the large crystal has minor damage but that is off to one side. It is a beautiful specimen said to be from a "small find" a few months ago. I am still trying to track down the mine location, but for now there really DOES appear to have just been a few and they are keeping it quiet while trying to find more. This was the best of the lot I saw.
ex. Uli Bahmann
This exceedingly rare species occurs as hackly, black crystals, to .5 cm across, associated with .5 cm in length, colorless quartz crystals. Both of these species are on earlier formed, blocky, dark gray crystals of tennantite, up to 1.0 cm across. True furutobeite is VERY rare and analysis must be performed by a skilled individual to establish its identity solidly. This specimen has exceptional crystals, starkly perched on contrasting matrix because of the quartz sprays. Analsysis was performed by Dr. Marcus Origlieri.
Perched on a matrix of drusy sugilite is a pristine, transparent, quartz crystal measuring 2.25 cm in length. Included within the quartz crystal is sugilite, which is an incredibly beautiful, rich, lilac color. WOW! Incredibly rare piece!!!
Not only is this well formed quartz crystal the host for included ajoite, but it clearly exhibits a fine, internal, phantom. Additionally, the ajoite appears to preferentially include the quartz on every alternate face. Superb!
The inclusion in this colorless quartz specimen is rich, royal blue, papagoite (possibly shattuckite). This specimen also has vaguely formed phantoms, highlighted by a thin line of papagoite at the terminations.
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