ex. Dr. Werner Paar Collection Scheelite is a rare associate in the Romanian polymetallic deposits. The Paar collection has several nice examples of this material, of which this is a VERY choice larger specimen (not so common), and with crystallized calcite matrix. The crystals reach 1.1 cm in size (1.1 and 0.9 cm) and are pristine on the front display faces as shown (although each is contacted on the edge facing to left or right). They show an intense deep blue color when backlit.
ex. Eric Asselborn
Scheelite from this classic locality is highly desired and rare on the market. This is a sharp orange crystal measuring 2.4 cm, on matrix with other partial crystals embedded as well. ex. Jean Behier and Eric Asselborn Collections
ex. Eric Asselborn
A very cute, gemmy, translucent thumbnail with yellow-orange color, fromn this classic old locality. ex. Jean Behier and Eric Asselborn Collections
ex. Miguel Romero
A very gemmy, translucent, glowing crystal of scheelite from the mountains of Sonora (no specific locale was attributed, but it is classic for the region). Complete all around with only minor edge wear, this specimen stands as a very fine example of the species from Mexico. In person it has a unique yellow-orange color that does not come through well in the photograph. This specimen from the Dr Miguel Romero collection was on loan exhibition to the University of Arizona Museum for over a decade, until my purchase of this collection in 2008. It was on display in special cases at the museum, and has since been featured in the book "The Miguel Romero Collection of Mexico Minerals" which we sponsored as a special supplement book (published by the Mineralogical Record in December of 2008).
This material came out over 100 years ago, and is considered one of the most classic of East Coast "black uglies," quite hard to obtain today! This is one of the largest examples, and certainly the best and largest single crystal that I have seen for sale myself by a long run. It is remarkably complete, if a bit crude on some faces, all around.
ex. Dr. Steve Smale
Translucent, extremely lustrous, rich orange, pseudo-octahedral crystals of scheelite, are intergrown, forming an aesthetic specimen. All terminations are present, rarely seen in these beautiful scheelites from China. The largest crystal measures 3.5 cm across. The piece is actually a floater: completely crysatllized, if irregular in growth, even on the backside!
Translucent, lustrous, pseudo-octahedral crystals of orange scheelite, to 1.0 cm across, are nestled among colorless, transparent, quartz crystals, the longest of which measures almost 3 cm. This is from a new find in Pakistan, which I got ahold of recently! I have not seen others for sale, at least as of this time. NOTE: THIS IS NOT the same locality as previously known for Pakistani scheelite.
This is a new Asian deposit for scheelite. At this early stage of development it is difficult to know whether the scheelite crystals will ever grow as large and as fine as those from China. On this specimen a single, lustrous, orange scheelite crystal measuring 1.2 cm across, is perched on top of glassy, colorless quartz crystals, to 1.5 cm in length.
This piece features several, brownish-orange, lustrous, translucent, scheelite crystals, to 1.6 cm across, which have crystallized in and among acicular, glassy, colorless quartz crystals to 2.0 cm in length. Lots of color for the price!
A cluster of orange,lustrous, translucent scheelite crystals, to 1.3 cm across, sit on matrix among colorless, lustrous, gemmy crystals of quartz, to 1.5 cm in length.
ex. Dr. Steve Smale
This is a really oustanding piece because it has excellent symmetry, good color, high lustre, and most importantly sits upright on just the right amount of attractive crystallized matrix with ALL display terminations exposed and showing! It measures 8 x 7 x 7 cm. Usually more than one termination is buried in the matrix. Here, all but the bottom and rare is freestanding and shooting out at you. The tips are very GEMMY, not just translucent, with exceptional lustre to them. In the photos, i know it looks like just another big scheelite on matrix, but I can tell you its of exceptional quality, that you do not often see. Steve Smale has been highgrading the flow of these out of China since the mid 90s, from his base in Hong Kong when he taught there. I was fortunate to be able to complete a large trade at Tucson and delve into his stash of specimens culled out of the "glory days" of this mine. The rumour mill says this mine has its days numbered (and is already shut down for really intense explorative mining), because its adjacent to a panda preserve and threatening that land with environmental impact and population pressure. I think, looking back on the 90s, these scheelites will be remembered as one of the great Chinese classics and people were realize that there simply were not as many great ones around as we thought. This IS a great one, of high calibre, and I think in a very fair price range for one of such quality and size.
A glowing fiery-orange cluster of scheelite of top color, complete all around, and VERY pretty in a case. It has about the richest color you can get, and displays nicely. It is complete and pristine all around save for a tiny contact on the rear edge of the top termination, hard to see. For the price, I rarely find scheelite that impresses me this much today on the market.
THIS IS NOT FROM PING WU! It is, instead , one of the finest scheelites I have seen from the Yaoganxian Mine where the mineral is quite rare. It has a 3 x 3 x 4 cm crystal perched aesthetically on a natural pedestal of matrix. The color is reminiscent of Ping Wu, but different. The highlights at the tip add a bit of flare. The crystal is undamaged and pristine all around, very 3-dimensional, save only a tiny contact or ding on the back as shown in the left pic (or upper-rear as shown in the rightmost pic)
ex. American Museum of Natural History
ex. Lawrence Conklin
Scheelite from this locale, before the discovery of Chinese material in modern times, was considered by most collectors to be the best of color for the species. Crystals were far and few between, and traded as if they were platinum among sophisticated collectors. This is a large crystal for the locale, bigger than the very few I have seen and handled in the past by quite a bit. Most are on the order of 1 cm or smaller. This is robust in size, form, and has a deeply saturated orange-red color to it. This is a MAJOR locality specimen! ex American Museum of Natural History, by exchange to collector/dealer Lawrence Conklin in the 1980s. Joe Budd photos
This large display specimen is a very rare example of Russian scheelite from this historic mining locality. As well, it has cassiterite also, on the same piece, all nicely balanced by and hosted on beautiful quartz crystals! The scheelite is just under 3 cm across. An important Russian combination piece, found in the old Herb Obodda dealer stock. Joe Budd Photos.
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