This specimen is the more typical style for Le Chang, with some of the hematite coloring the quartz through minute inclusions. All the major crystals here are terminated ot, in teh case of the large one, contacted atop but cleanly so. The hematite is also in great shape. The only damage is peripheral. This is an unusually LARGE cluster, with several unusually dramatic and long quartz crystals to 4 inches in size. It has exceptional 3-dimensionality, and is MUCH better in person!
This complete, pristine quartz crystal is good on its own for the locality, but within features a nest of BRILLIANTLY LUSTROUS, SHARP, terminated arsenopyrites to 3 cm in length! I have never seen such large arsenopyrite inclusions within quartz, and from this classic locality it is all the more significant. In person, MUCH MUCH more dramatic....hard to photograph.
OK...where to start? This specimen features a forest of tourmaline inside, except the tourms are now hollowed cores, except for their tips having been replaced by quartz . Why the green tips remain, I cannot say. In one of those hollowed-out tourmalines that is now quartz, a VERY evident water bubble serenely goes back and forth. its amazing to watch, inside its cage. The replaced tourmaline and others, empty of bubbles, all float within the core of this large polished quartz crystal. This is one of those rare polished inclusion pieces that I just fall in love with despite not generally liking polished pieces. When the inclusion is rare enough to warrant it, or spectacular enough like here, I'll take it!
Sometimes Mother Nature provides us with amazing oddities. This specimen of talc after quartz is a prime example. Here, the softest mineral has replaced one of the hardest. The 2.0 cm tall, well formed, ivory colored, former quartz crystal rises vertically out of the matrix. This was probably collected in the 1800s or early 1900s , as most were. Most specimens I have seen are very jumbly - this piece appeals to me so much because you almost never see a nice single isolated crystal showing its full form, and the contrast here is striking. Rare and exotic!
This find of the mid 1880s set the standard and still does, for the species. Aesthetically perched on white quartz is a cluster of splendent, black, crystals of manganite, to 3.5 cm in length. There is NO DAMAGE to the display face, only one break facing the back, and one to the left periphery. As far as Iím concerned, this miniature, with its superb color contrast, is as good as I have ever seen, for its size. You almost never see upright manganites ON MATRIX, sticking up and out so dramatically. On contrasting and crystallized matrix no less?! This piece has survived intact for more than 100 years and to me this is remarkable.
This specimen consists mostly of neon green, botryoidal crusts of the very rare nickel, magnesium, silicate, nepouite. Associated with the nepouite are sparkling, minute clusters of quartz crystals. Never seen one for sale before, so I bought it, simple as that. Its a rare, pretty nickel mineral that doesn't cost a lot....and is from a neat locale. I wish I could get more!
ex. Francis and Patricia Benjamin
This is a gloriously aesthetic specimen of French quartz, in colorless, transparent, parallel growth, with arching and descending crystal size. The quartz, has a distinct faden, or thread, which goes right through the length of the specimen. In fact every quartz crystal is doubly terminated. This is a rare form and style for a French locality. From the quartz and french collections of Francis Benjamin.
This unusual pseudo features a diverging, half moon spray of dark gray, laumontite crystals which has been totally replaced by quartz colored brown by inclusions of (i am told) delessite. The crystals average 3.0 cm in length. It is overall very elegant and interesting, and is complete on both sides and very 3-dimensional. I have seen some of these clusters of similar style labelled as pseudo after anhydrite but the color was different, and the robustness and weight slightly different, so I am inclined to believe this identification after laumontite to be valid.
Vividly green crystals, to .5 cm across, of the rare nickel, magnesium, silicate, nepouite are associated with tiny clusters of colorless quartz. Never seen one for sale before, so I bought it, simple as that. Its a rare, pretty nickel mineral that doesn't cost a lot....and is from a neat locale. I wish I could get more!
This find of the mid 1880s set the standard and still does, for the species. This matrix specimen is extremely unusual, primarily because the manganite crystals are separate and discrete. The lustrous, black crystals, to 2.3 cm in length, including one that is doubly terminated, are nestled in a vug of crystallized quartz. This association is very unusual, and results in a great contrast for the aesthetic value of the piece.
The island of Serifos is justly famous for quartz crystals that are heavily include by hedenbergite, thus giving them a variegated green appearance. This matrix specimen has several of the translucent, green, crystals, to 5.0 cm in length. These have remarkable translucency and quality! Additionally, there are rosettes of dark gray, lustrous, hematite, which reach .5 cm across, sprinkled on the quartz. This is a rare association
ex. Dr. Eugene Meieran
ex. Eric Asselborn
Fluorite crystals to 1.4 cm in size surmount a cluster of smoky quartz, one doubly-terminated, in this supremely good small cab from the famous 1991 find at Point Kurtz. This is one of a few select specimens at the top of the find for quality of aesthetics, form, and condition. Eric Asselborn purchased the lot, and this piece was sold soon after to Gene Meieran with whom it remained for some time. It is one of the better pieces for balanced fluorite richly coating the smokies, that I have seen for sale...but I also have their word on it from seeing the whole lot in context. There is no damage of note, and the piece is complete all around. It "glows" with color, when well lit. The smokies under the fluorite are also quite gemmy. This pocket has remained the pinnacle of Alpine fluorite collecting for 16 years now, and a specimen of this calibre should remain both a good investment and a desirable thing to own for the future, I would think. They are, I admit, pricey...but then this goes with the territory because they are so desirable and hard to obtain today, coming out only from the collections where they have been generally for a decade or more. I bought this back recently from a collector I sold it to after trading for it from Gene Meieran around 2001, and I would buy it back a second time too, even at a high price, because one simply cannot get them any other way and to me they stand out so dramatically from teh crowd of other Alpine fluorites as THE best pocket for many tastes.
Deeply colored, transparent crystals of amethyst, with an included bubble, display themselves aesthetically. The longest crystal is 2.6 cm with great form and luster
On a matrix of granite and smoky quartz crystals, is perched a 1 cm grayish-white, gemmy-to-translucent, phenakite with a waxy luster. It is sharply and wonderfully twinned! This is from high up on 14,000'+ Mount Antero.
This bright, lustrous, molybdenite crystal clearly exhibits its hexagonal form. The metallic silver color is as bright as it can be. Excellent locality piece!
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