This is a nice quartz crystal with good clarity and luster. What makes it so unusual is that it has a vivid green phantom in it that is complete AND 3-dimensional as if it was laser-carved! Often you just see selected surfaces coated, but this phantom has the termination and the sides! There is minor damage to the tip of the oputer crystal but honestly who cares in this case ?? ...it in no way detracts from how neat the phantom is.
ex. Charlie Key
The highlight of this two crystal quartz specimen is the incredible phantom of dark gray chlorite inside the colorless termination. The crystal measures 3.0 cm in length. Unusual!
ex. Marilyn Dodge
Very sharp interpenetrating twinned crystals that are gemmy and have an attractive coating of Chlorite on most of the surfaces. Even so, the luster on this superb thumb is excellent.
ex. Ernie Schlichter
This is a complex crystal of fluorapatite with multiple stepped growth terminations. The near colorless crystal has outstanding mirror bright luster on its central faces. The edge faces are enhanced by chlorite growth. There is no apparent damage although the specimen has been contacted at the base where it was wrested from the earth. This is the largest such crystal I have seen for the locality and is MUCH MUCH BETTER IN PERSON.
This well-balanced matrix galena specimen is covered by a bed of green, chloritic to colorless, gemmy, lustrous quartz crystals, to .75 cm across. Perched aesthetically on the quartz are three lustrous, skeletal, battleship-gray galena crystals, to 2.5 cm across. They are more elegant than boxy, if that makes sense to say, though they are technically boxwork in form. It appears that the largest crystal was octahedral in form rather than the more ubiquitous cubes. Truly dramatic and unusual! More 3-dimensional in person, too!
ex. Helmut Bruckner
Helmut said he got this from an engineer who works in a current tunnel project, and that it was a totally unique piece from a small pocket hit only a few years ago. It is really a unique thing...I have seen chlorite-included or coated gwindels , as have we all. They tend to be not so attractive. But this one, it has subtle microscopic inclusions of chlorite within that impart a green color to the crystal without numbing the lustre or brightness by being macro-inclusions. As a bonus, this is a complete floater crystal, pristine all around; and has a little gem apatite at its base, underneath, as well.
A cluster of tall, slender, elegant quartz crystals, sparkling with little apophyllites, and with phantoms of green fluorite inside the terminations. A sizeable and dramatic Dalnegorsk piece!
ex. Robert Metger
A striking and unusual specimen from this very old mining region, and finer than any such calcite I have seen over the years on the market in terms of both quality and form. It is an exquisite calcite specimen, but also an important European classic! A few minor dings do not detract at all, given the transparency and exceptionally interesting crystallography here.
4.2 x 3.9 x 3.3 cm. A visually striking, transparent, polished quartz crystal with really neat, layered or chevron-shaped chlorite inclusions. Rotating this showy piece gives an ever-changing interior view! The piece is from a city made famous by high quality quartz crystal diggings - Corinto, Minas Gerais. Ex. Marty Lewadny Collection.
14.8 x 9.9 x 6.9 cm. The crystal form is recognizable, but certainly not the color! This calcite crystal was richly included with green chlorite, forming this striking specimen! The crystal measures 6 cm tip to tip.
13.1 x 7.5 x 7.1 cm. To start, the quality of these quartz crystals is just fabulous. The large, fat crystal is perfectly symmetrical, sharp as a razor and clear as glass. Near is termination is intergrown a more slender, DOUBLY-TERMINATED crystal. The beautiful inclusions that make this specimen so interesting are a reddish chlorite (with a bit of green chlorite as well) and, here and there, some clay. The way these crystals sit up naturally on the underside contact face is a piece of luck - very aesthetic!
10.9 x 9.9 x 7.1 cm. This is a huge quartz crystal with glass-clear faces that give a window into a scenic "garden" in the interior, consisting of sericite, chlorite and little thin needles of schorl tourmaline. Ex. J.R. Glover Collection. This is spectacular, like a garden inside!!! . The interior looks almost like a mossy hill with new snow on it! These "picture quartzes" from Brazil are really unique and fascinating, but so many of them are polished because the natural faces are not in good shape. This one is both in its natural state, and unusually large!
10.1 x 1.8 x 1.4 cm. Some phantoms are hard to make out. Then there are crystals like this - WOW! The quartz crystal inside was richly included with red chlorite before being engulfed by later growth and becoming this incredibly striking phantom crystal. There is some small angled-back damage to the termination on top, but it is the phantom that matters here anyway and the piece is showy as heck, if not pristine as you wish. This is an old and well known find from the early 1990s, and specimens are uncommon today.
6.2 x 4.9 x 3.4 cm. These chlorite-included apophyllites from Mahodri have a unique look, as you can see. The dense chlorite inclusions give the blocky crystal an opaque, marble-like look. Here, the back of the crystal has grown against a thin sheet of matrix, stopping its growth and giving it a naturally stepped form.
5.3 x 4.4 x 2.4 cm. This well-balanced matrix galena specimen is covered by a bed of green, chloritic to colorless, gemmy, lustrous quartz crystals, to .75 cm across. Perched aesthetically on the quartz are three lustrous, skeletal, battleship-gray galena crystals, to 2.5 cm across. They are more elegant than boxy, if that makes sense to say, though they are technically box-work in form. It appears that the largest crystal was octahedral in form rather than the more ubiquitous cubes. Truly dramatic and unusual! More 3-dimensional in person, too!
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