A very aesthetic stibnite specimen! The crystals have top silver-metallic mirror luster, and are ALL terminated. The smaller crystals lean out attractively from the two central crystals. A very nice one, well above the average! 8.6 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm
The flattened nature of these crystals and the unusual fanned form of the specimen makes this very "different" for Romanian stibnite - and, quite beautiful. It is certainly not the usual plate with crystals sticking up all over it. The terminations are complete, and contacts are only at the bottom where the cluster was removed. Fine luster and sharpness of crystals! 6.2 x 3.3 x 1.9 cm
This old museum specimen dates back to the late 1800s - large ones are very rare! The unique triangular shape has been created by three intersecting crystals. The lustrous, battleship gray, crystals appear to be doubly terminated. The longest crystal exhibits the sectile nature of this species with a nice bend, two thirds down from termination. Fewer of these great old classics are seen each year. This is a really elegant specimen for its overall form,I think! It was deaccesssioned from the Carnegie Museum in the first or second annual Carnegie Auction in the mid-1990s 17.2 x 6.8 x 2 cm
I can’t remember seeing a more aesthetic example of this combo! First of all, instead of a jumble of stibnite blades and barites, what you have here is a single, transparent rhomb of barite, complete and terminated all around – a floater with no contact (intergrown with a smaller crystal below). The crystal looks frosty in the photos, but is largely TRANSPARENT in reality! Jutting from this fine crystal are two gleaming stibnite crystals. Just has so much more elegance and fineness than the average one of these, for a “refined” collector. MUCH BETTER IN PERSON!! If you like it at all from the photos, you will like it twice as much in person – satisfaction guaranteed. 3.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
A very rare EXAMPLE OF A TRULY DOCUMENTED SINGLE CRYSTAL FROM THE OLD CLASSIC FINDS OF JAPAN IN THE LATE 1800S! This is a superb crystal, in any case, but the label adds a lot of value in my book as a collectible. Wada was the most famous Japanese collector of his time. Ex Berridge collection via the Phoenix Museum.
ex. Carnegie Museum
This old museum specimen dates back to the late 1800s - large ones are very rare! The unique triangular shape has been created by three intersecting crystals. The lustrous, battleship gray, crystals appear to be doubly terminated. The longest crystal exhibits the sectile nature of this species with a nice bend, two thirds down from termination. Fewer of these great old classics are seen each year. This is a really elegant specimen for its overall form,I think! It was deaccesssioned from the Carnegie Museum in the first or second annual Carnegie Auction in the mid-1990s
ex. Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences
Stibnite is quite a rare species from this mine, and this is a solid specimen with a large display face of embeeded crystals and crystal fragments. It was collected in the 4th Vaux-funded expedition of 1929-1930
ex. Peter Bancroft
This old time specimen is uniquely different from most Romanian stibnites because the crystals exhibit much broader spear-shaped form, the classic style you see in old books but so seldom in specimens from the location taken out in the later half of the 1900s. Crystals reach 4 cm in length and nearly all are pristine, with these perfect, textbook terminations. Also, there are a few gemmy, colorless barite crystals, to .7 cm across perched on the stibnite crystals (Very nice and unusual!). Superb small cab specimen of this classic old material, and very hard to get today!
An exceptionally rich specimen coated liberally with the new mineral species Ottensite, from its type locality. This specimen was obtained in trade from one of the authors of the paper describing this new species, Dr. Marcus Origlieri. It is, as far as these go, quite aesthetic in terms of adding a display-worthy ottensite to a collection. (TYPE LOCALITY)
A very rich and impressive specimen from an extremely rare locale, with huge crystals to 3 inches, and pristine! Probably a very old piece. THis is the best Borneo stibnite I have seen for sale recently.
A relatively rich and relatively not-so-ugly-as-usual specimen of this new species, from the type and only location known so far. The stibnites measure to about an inch. Much of this material was lost before it was described, because it was "cleaned" off, and so few large specimens remained to be had. From the type locality, from the collection of Marcus Origlieri who helped analyse the new species.
A relatively rich and relatively not-so-ugly-as-usual specimen of this new species, from the type and only location known so far. The stibnites measure to about an inch. Much of this material was lost before it was described, because it was "cleaned" off, and so few large specimens remained to be had. From the type locality, from the collection of Marcus Origlieri who helped analyse the new species. He tells me that this is the largest fine specimen showing rich ottensite, good stibnite, and matrix, which he had kept for his own collection.
ex. James Zigras
This is old classic material, mined several decades ago. VERY FEW old stibnites from this famous and now defunct district have any kind of modern, world-level aesthetics to them. This one, however, can hold its own against contemporary chinese material collected under better conditions. It is nearly pristine, and has a very aesthetic arrangement of radiating crystals from a common center. The crystals reach 3 cm. Small, sharp, gem-clear barites to 4 mm abound in the crevasses between the crystals. I have also chosen not to overclean this to make it bright and shiny - it retains its original patina.
ex. Dr. Steve Smale
ex. Rob Lavinsky
ex. Wally Mann
This is one of only two such examples of gem, twinned , jewel-like calcite on stibnite that attained this level of perfection, from a small find of late 1999/early 2000 (in fact, the piece is shown in the What's New from Tucson column of May 2000, used to illustrate the find at the time it came to market). The crystal is absolutely pristine and features the richest color saturation and lustre for which this pocket was known. The stibnite is ALSO pristine and complete, all around! The calcite, nearly 2 inches, is perched upon it like a boat on a mountain. The pocket has left an impression , and was never repeated in this quality, though a trickle of further specimens came out. The later specimens were scalenohedral. The twinned habit, such as you see here, was unique to just a few pieces. There was so much mystery and competition surrounding these spectacular combo pieces that THREE TIMES , I was given erroneous information by Chinese and American dealers who were trying to keep it a secret until more mining could be done. Only years later did we learn the true locale. I remember falling in love with this piece (at the time, I was a devoted calcite collector myself, and had been so for 20 years since childhood) , but it was already sold to collector Steve Smale. I pried it out of him in an exchange within a year, and then kept it myself for half a dozen years until Wally repeated the armtwisting trick with me on another specimen i "had to have," as I switched to keeping only larger Chinese cabinet sized pieces for myself. Wally works here at our office helping me with sorting and research, a few days a week; and after two years of him fondling it in my collection, I had given in to the temptation of trading it out. This was, and remains, a favorite of my older collection, however. Now available from the Wally Mann collection, it is up for sale briefly as he wants to use the funds towards another piece. If it doesn't go, he'll keep it. Joe Budd Photos
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