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A huge crystal is center for this really geometric cluster. The radiating large crystal looks simple from the front, but from the side reveals a forest of cogwheel-like growth and flashes of lustre and translucency. Much better in person, this is a miniature very representative of the robust crystals , color flashes, and fantastic geometry of this new pocket.
One of my favorites of these miniatures for the price range, this unusual piece has a vertical, hoppered crystal to 2.8 cm in the middle. It shows excellent lustre on the front display faces, although the back is coated with later overgrowth. The depth and complexity of this frontal view set it apart from others here, as does the attached minor matrix at bottom. Superb, unusual example from this new pocket
A cogwheel-like cluster of fat robust crystals to 1.6 cm, with superb lustre and the orangey color flashes of others from this pocket. It is coated on the back with the same unusual oriented brown inclusions and/or overgrowth that is common in this lot, but in this case does not detract so much as accent the sharpness of the other faces of the crystals where the brown faces roll over to the lower display face. Interestign, geometric piece at a reduced price because it is not all red on front...but at the same time, very interesting for the same reasons.
A single giant composite crystal, 3 cm across, forms the core of this piece. VERY big and impressive crystallographically, it dominates the specimen. As with much of this pocket, the backside is covered by an oriented secondary growth of powdery brown vanadinite. None of this spills over to the side or front, all of which are lustrous faces. From the sides, you see the robust habit and super glassy lustre with yellow-orange flashes that will make this pocket remembered. From the side, the crystals look like cogwheels.
Really outstanding toenail-sized specimen with fat crystals and excellent display. As with much of this pocket, the backside is covered by an oriented secondary growth of powdery brown vanadinite. However, this is lower on the back than on most others, so all major crystals are actually 360-degrees wraparound and red...This piece is, for the size and price range, really fine. It has excellent lustre and flashy side faces, on a bit of matrix. Xls to 1.8 cm
Extremely lustrous, robust crystals to just over 1 cm pile on somehow to a small bit of matrix here, to form a very treelike, upright specimen with a lot of flash. As with much of this pocket, the backside is covered by an oriented secondary growth of powdery brown vanadinite.Complete all around and 3-dimensional.
A single huge, flowery, splayed crystal with incredibly glassy and lustrous side faces, that look completely different than its front face and surprise you when you see the difference in person as I would display this one - so that both features show at an angled display view. Superb crystal with unusual flair, compared to other finds and styles of this species. No damage, complete all around...it is a really unique miniature.
A cluster of lustrous and translucent, gear-like vanadinite crystals reaching 2.5 cm or more across is aesthetically perched on contrasting matrix. The crystals have typical dark red color but additionally have brilliant gemmy highlights in orange and yellow; and several exhibit unusual hoppered growth. As one might expect with a soft mineral there are a few spots with minor dings (2 in front but mostly on the left periphery and really not visible as displayed): however the crystal size, color and specimen size taken together make this an elegant specimen of vanadinite that is quite appealing. Even with so many found before, the overall style of many of these pieces stands out and makes this lot distinct to my eye.
On a sliver of matrix is an intergrown cluster of equant, doubly terminated, lustrous and translucent, gear-shaped, reddish-brown crystals of vanadinite including a huge crystal that is 3 cm across. The crystals exhibit gemmy, orange to yellow highlights and a few exhibit incipient hopper growth, although the large crystal displays incredible hopper growth. A secondary phase of yellowish-tan vanadinite is present on the sides and bases of many crystals which is not as lustrous but actually serves to highlight all the more the front view, which is lustrous and a classic brick-red in color. An outstanding example of Moroccan vanadinite , unusual in its sculptural form and very nearly pristine condition for such a large and exposed specimen.
Without question, the sculptural arrangement of this arched cluster of vanadinite is mind-boggling. I love the way the smaller crystals on the axis of the arch give way to the cluster perched at the center apex. The vanadinite crystals, to 1.5 cm across are mostly equant, doubly terminated, super-lustrous and translucent. No damage to the main cluster , and just a few of the tiny accessory xls have dings on the matrix section. They are gear-shaped, with a reddish-brown color. Gemmy highlights of orange and yellow seem to emanate from the depths of the crystals. The bases and sides of the crystals have a secondary yellowish-tan lustrous phase. A truly aesthetic and amazing mineral specimen with the highest quality of color and lustre for this pocket.
This 3-dimensional cluster is a near floater that can be displayed in any direction. The intergrown crystals to1.5 cm across, are nearly equant, doubly terminated, gear-shaped, lustrous and translucent, and reddish-brown in color. gemmy highlights of orange and yellow appear to emanate from the depths of the crystals. A secondary, lustrous phase of tan on the sides and bases of some crystals as you see, but all the main frontal faces are otherwise bright and lustrous. Definitely a top-notch small cabinet specimen of vanadinite, showing the unusual gear-like and robust style of this pocket.
Perhaps my favorite in this size range, a spectacularly 3dimensional specimen with superb, cogwheel-like aesthetics. Nearly a complete floater, this is an impressive cluster of equant, doubly terminated, glassy and gemmy crystals to 2 cm across. Highlights of orange and yellow are emitted from the depths of the crystals. Incipient hopper growth is also noted on the back sides of some crystals. Complete all around, this piece has the fabulous lustre on nearly all sides. Clearly this specimen quality and form, along with it being pristine, make it a major competition piece.
Another near-floater of exceptional quality, this is a cluster of equant, doubly terminated glassy and gemmy crystals, to 2.4 cm across. The red tones are deep and vibrant. Additionally, orange to yellow gemmy highlights are emitted from the depths of the crystals in flashes of color on the side faces. The specimen exhibits a wonderful sculptural quality with a chasm in the middle setting off the two sections of the cluster. Another fine, pristine, competition quality vanadinite specimen and frankly one of the most impressive miniatures I have seen of the species from ANY pocket or style. It is radiantly colorful and the crystal size, and gear-like arrangement of this pocket, make it distinct.
Formed like an art easel, the two legs of this fine specimen have smaller vanadinite crystals that grow to a crescendo at the top of the specimen with a giant complete-all-around cluster atop. The crystals are equant, gear-shaped, doubly terminated, lustrous and translucent, and reach 2.4 cm across. Orange to yellow highlights are emitted from the crystal depths when viewed with light on side faces. A second , very thing generation of opaque beige colored vanadinite is on the back side of specimen and makes a nice color contrast with the reddish color on the front and sides,accentuating it all the more. This pristine piece is complete all around, and stands with very good geometry and dimensionality that does not come through in the photo as well as I'd wish. It is, really, an outstanding example for this pocket with the obvious habit and colors that stand out to my eye.
One of the best of the pocket, this sculptural matrix specimen features rich vanadinites built up upon a well-trimmed matrix plate. Highlighted by a crystal perched at the apex of the specimen, which measures 2.75 cm across, this fine, pristine matrix specimen of equant, gear-shaped, doubly terminated, lustrous and translucent crystals is stereotypical fo the habit of this new pocket. But it is also a dramatic piece with major, robust vanadinites by ANY previous standard as well. Orange to yellow highlights are evident in flashes off the side faces. All the major crystals are deep red, translucent, and the whole clustre atop is complete ALL AROUND the backside, 360 degrees. The brown coating that appears on some pieces of this pocket is here limited to the bottom of some minor crystals, and to the bottom of the piece (which is itself crystallized under the matrix shard on which the main grouping sits). For the combination of qualies, crystal size, aesthetics overall, and sheer quantity of vanadinite piled upon a good matrix size, this is one of my favorites of the new pocket and it stands out dramatically from the crowd. It is true there are many styles of vanadinite out there but in the past, such large robust crystals tended to be on smaller specimens or without matrix, and the color and geometry combination here makes this one really transcend the ordinary, in my opinion. the photo cannot do it justice. Joe Budd photo
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