Mineral Specimens with Vanadinite|
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This is a complex, doubly-terminated, single, vanadinite crystal highlighted by super luster and translucence on the thin prism faces (facing up and to sides) and semi-lustrous basal terminations (facing front). It shows unusual hopper growth, where the edges of the crystal grew faster than the center, resulting in this oddly elongated form. The crystal color is reddish-brown whit gemmy orange to yellow highlights. When viewed along the prism (side) faces, the crystal appears gear-shaped. Almost pristine, this is one of the largest crystals recovered and stands on its own as a fine miniature - though it is quite a bit better in person
Aesthetically perched high on its contrasting matrix, is a flower-like spray of intergrown, doubly terminated, lustrous and translucent, brick-red vanadinite crystals, to 1.5 cm in length. Orange to yellow gemmy highlights are clearly evident along with the gear-shaped form characteristic for this pocket and perhaps more evident in person than in the photo. A secondary coating of beige, semi lustrous, vanadinite appears on the back side of the specimen but does not effect the front display, and the same thin coating on the underside of the major crystals serves to highligha dn accentuate their color all the more, giving sharper definition to the lower face edge boundaries. Pristine! Complete , and BETTER IN PERSON!
This is a sculptural assemblage on matrix of dozens of fat, lustrous and translucent, gear-shaped, crystals of vanadinite to 1.7 cm across. Gemmy highlights of orange and yellow emanate from the crystals - which are mostly doubly-terminated and upright. The starkly upright crystals are unusual, from previous finds, against contrasting matrix. This is a lovely, nearly pristine specimen of vanadinite with just the most trivial of micro-dings here or there, hard to spot, and miraculous given the size and exposure of the specimen. A fine, large cabinet piece.
This huge plate of vanadinite, in crystals to 1.5 cm across, is a near floater, with crystals covering the front, back and sides of the matrix. The crystals on the display (front and sides) face are equant, doubly terminated, gear-shaped and generally look like littlle red jewels. Lustrous and translucent, they are a reddish-brick color. Gemmy highlights of orange and yellow are present along with incipient hopper growth visible in the side faces of nearly all the crystals. Although there are minor dings on a few crystals (espeically a few at bottom), none of the dings is on a major crystal and in teh context of a piece the size of a football with hundreds of pristine larger crystals, ther eis no visible detraction from the persnickety dings that did come to be. The overall quality and size is very impressive, impactful, and simply colorful in a case. I have seen few large vanadinites as impressive as this for sheer visual impact, in fact, that were not priced at several times this amount. Note that the piece is actually more impressive in a case vertically, but for a photo the optimal angle was horizontal to try to optimize the focus and depth of field. It can certainly be displayed either way, though
Topped by a large vanadinite crystal measuring 3.0 cm in length, and exhibiting dramatic hopper growth, this solid mass of intergrown, doubly terminated, lustrous and translucent, gear-shaped , brick-red crystals is really unique! Gemmy highlights of orange and yellow abound when looked at head on as in the photo, and the view from the backside is almost as interesting as the front. The thin tan coating that covers some of the pieces in this pocket preferentially coats some faces, particularly the undersides. However, this actually (luckily) serves to accent and define face boundaries all the better without interfering with the burst of color you want to see in the front view. The piece is a floater, complete all around and with no point of contact.It is pristine save only a small ding. Nearly a floater this is a major vanadinite specimen that should easily be coveted by serious collectors if seen in person. It is MUCH more 3-dimensionally dramatic than a photo can easily convey and I value this highly as a shockingly original small cab vanadinite, that stands out amongst so many thousands I have seen in the past.
Complete floater composed of only solid vanadinite, this outstanding small cab features lustrous and translucent, gear-shaped, reddish-brown crystals reaching 2.7 cm across.Orange to yellow gemmy highlights are present along with incipient hopper growth. Most of the crystals are doubly-terminated. There is on the base and back of many crystals in this pocket, a not-so-lustrous secondary phase of powdery vanadinite: but on this specimen the coating is confied to the back side entirely and all front-facing and side-facign crystals are red or red-toned all over. Just a superb display specimen of unusual habit, robust and geometric like few others here. It looks good from MANY angles and is one of my favorites of this new pocket. Joe Budd photo.
A huge, isoalted, 3 cm crystal dominates the matrix on this unusual matrix specimen. Unusual in the fact that such sharp hexagonal vanadinties rarely come in sparse coatings on matrix plates…usually they are jumbled up together. This plate is remarkable for the separation, therefore, of the crystals. The color is good, although a bit darker than most in the pocket. The crystals are moderately translucent, and have superb form and geometry. A few very small scratches on the surface of the main crystal do detract a bit though, hence the bargain price for such an otherwise top-level specimen. It is still important, and not damaged elsewhere on the main crystals, so if the very small scratches can be lived with it is a real bargain for the impact. Joe Budd photo.
This specimen looks at the same time both flower-like and machinelike, with complex hoppered faces running its length. The large crystals are 4 cm across, front to back, but the best viewing of the piece is this way - with the gear-like edges of higher lustre facing at the viewer. It is a mesmerizing effect, all the more so because there is no damage to distract the eye. The lustre on these faces is extremely high, and internal reflections or orange and yellow hues clearly leap out. One of my favorites of the miniatures in this pocket. Joe Budd photo.
This is the single best piece of the pocket, so far as I know (and I did buy the lot, hopefully all of it!). It is a robust, tree-like mound of crystals that literally seems to be leaping off the matrix. The matrix is a good contrast, but not overwhelming to the freestanding 3-dimensional clusters atop it. The crystals (to 2.5 cm) uniformaly have excellent deep red color with fiery orange and yellow flashes on their side faces. The gear-like crystal stand one atop another in linked geometry, and all i can say is that this is simply mesmerizing in person in a way the photo cannot convey. We have all seen THOUSANDS of vanadinite specimens over the last 20 years and this one, it would rank up there even in the heyday of the mines here. It is a very different style than most past pieces, and you can own this and still want one of the classic on white barite (with smaller crystals by far). This piece, with its sculptural style, is so much more impactful and rich than you normally see on large vanadinite specimens, that it stands on its own merit quite apart from judging it by the standards of previous pockets. It is "different". Again, more so in person. Joe Budd photo.
Rising up from a triangular-shaped natrual pedestal of matrix is a huge, statuesque, mound of intergrown, brick-reddish vanadinite crystals to 1.7 cm across. This assemblage of robust barrel-shaped crystals exhibits fairly uniform dark brick-red color and moderate if not highest lustre, although the front-facing faces are more lustrous than side faces. The back is complete nd the whole piece is wonderfully 3-dimensional, like a spreading bush of brick-red, fat vanadinite crystals. The color is darker than most others of the pocket, but still attractive. It sits up (and photographs) dramatically, as if the crystals are coming out at you. Rarely do you see so much pristine, large, crystallized vanadinites piled up in one place before! But this tree-like specimen on matrix really does impress. Joe Budd photo.
This specimen has super-lustrous, sharply equant, doubly-terminated, translucent crystals of vanadinite to 1.5 cm across starkly isolated (this is important!) on the matrix. The brick-reddish crystals exhibit orange to yellow highlights which makes this pocket so distinct. The larger crystals have enough separation which allows them to viewed in their best light and highlights the geometry so splendidly. As with most of the pocket I present here, the piece was removed and trimmed to be as close to pristine as you can really get for something this big and exposed, a remarkable feat of collecting
Rising up from the matrix is a huge, statuesque, mound of intergrown, lustrous and translucent, reddish-brown vanadinite crystals to 2 cm across. This assemblage of gear-shaped crystals exhibits occasional orange to yellow highlights and the front-facing faces are lustrous although the back or underside of many crystals has a powdery brownish-yellow coating: which, while not your classic coloration, is very interesting in its oriented effect and accent of the more lustrous faces, adding to the unique look of the specimen. The back side is coated fully and, thus, not red. I cannot say I have ever seen so much pristine, large, crystallized vanadinites piled up in one place before! But this tree-liek specimen on matrix really does win for sheer quantity in one volume.
Almost covering the underlying matrix is a rich carpet of equant, lustrous, deep-red vandinite crystals, reaching 1.5 cm across. Most of the crystals are doubly terminated and some also show a cogwheel or gear-like form. A notable large cabinet specimen! Facing back, away fro mthe display face on the rear of the crystals, many exhibit a beige, powdery secondary coating of vanadinite which does not detract from the display face. In general these crystals are extremely robust and lustrous. There are on all the plate just a very few, small, insignificant bits of damage amidt over 50 sharp crystals. A very impressive large cabinet specimen for the price!
Highlighted by a magnificent 2.9 cm vanadinite crystal perched near the apex of this cluster of intergrown crystals, this is nearly a complete floater. It has the beauty and form of a exceptional specimen, very sculptural. The crystals are both tabular and more equant, extremely lustrous, and many feature the reddish core color with gemmy yellow to orange highlights that are characteristic of this pocket. Several crystals exhibit the cogwheel or gear-like form that is also so unusual, for this pocket. A lustrous, beige secondary coating of vanadinite is on the back side of many crystals but does not detract from the display faces as you can see. Despite the exposure of this specimen in the pocket, it is nearly pristine with only the most minute few micro-dings on close inspection, and one more noticeable but still small ding on the large crystal edge at lower-left. Aesthetics in form, color and luster make this specimen outstanding for the size.
This superfine miniature cluster of intergrown vanadinite crystals, to 2.2 cm across exhibits tabular and equant forms with superb luster . Many Crystals feature the reddish core color with gemmy yellow to orange highlights that are characteristic of this pocket. Several crystals exhibit the cogwheel or gear-like form that is also so unusual, for this pocket.. Incipient hopper growth has added to the complexity of these gear-like, interlinked crystals. Very aesthetic, superb miniature that we consider one of the best of the pocket in its size class!
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