A very sharp thumbnail featuring a roseate, flower-shaped cluster of vivianite blades radiating from the matrix. Very good clarity, color and luster give this specimen excellent aesthetics. PRISTINE! FEW THUMBNAILS WERE THIS GOOD!
Lovely intricate cluster of crystals to 3 cm emerging out of the matrix creating a very attractive vertical specimen. The crystals are very clear, with excellent deep green color and very good luster. It is even better in person because of the clarity of the crystals.
A stratling and dramatic specimen with a long (6.9 cm) and thick crystal that sits very aesthetically on matrix. The single crystal has excellent luster and good clarity. Both terminations are partly intergrown with matrix but nonetheless complete (if partially formed on the back edges). For the size, in particular, it is a very nice specimen. BETTER IN PERSON
A wonderful miniature featuring a single 3.1 cm crystal (1.2 cm thick and yet all gem!) rising from a bed of very fine little gem vivianites, all on matrix. The large crystal, and many of the small ones, have superb luster, excellent clarity, very good terminations. EXCEPTIONALLY BRIGHT SPECIMEN
A single 5 cm crystal partially embedded in matrix so that it both stands and displays fully. It has a strange, interesting "bend" about its waist but is not broken or damaged in any way. Very good luster (better in person).
CHOICE, SHARP 4 cm crystal on a bed of fine crystals and matrix. All the crystals have excellent luster and transparency (where light can pass through). A real cutie with much pizzazz!
WOW! The pictures really do say all on this vivianite. Lustrous, WATER-clear, and sharp, this 5.2 cm crystal stands perfectly on matrix. In person, actually, it sits a bit more symmetrically than shown here and does in fact sit on its own. It is a truly wonderful specimen of competition-quality aesthetics, both in context of this find and compared to other vivi's from around the world. The crystal is over 1 cm thick and yet is GEMMY throughout! Minor outward foliation (bending) typical of the species is present on one corner, but in no way detracts from the beauty of this small cabinet-sized piece. ONE OF THE BEST LARGE CRYSTALS IN THE FIND!
Very nice, lustrous, transparent 3.7 cm crystal lying flat across the matrix. Good luster and color but more importantly how perfect is this display?! Minor damage to the leftmost termination, where it is missing a bit of the back and has a tiny ding, but this does not detract much tip.
A superb, dramatic example of this old American classic from teh 1950s-60s, with sharp, elongate, transparent purple crystals. The color is distinct, and makes these unique in teh vivianite world to my knowledge compared to material from other locales.
This majestic specimen is one of the very finest pieces to come from this find of 2003. It came out of "back channels" and was not associated with the relatively large quantity of the material which came out in Tucson earlier that year. I had bought this vivianite from 4 different sources and seen the material from another two (apparently it was quite the vivianite party down there), but have not seen another of anything near its equal to date. It consists of a beautiful pair of lustrous and glassy crystals that cross very dramatically on matrix. The upright crystal is GEM-CLEAR and transparent, measuring in at 4 cm tall and 2 cm wide by 1.75 cm deep. The doubly-terminated crystal crossing it at the base is a full 9 cm tip to tip. It is, again, DOUBLY-terminated and pristine on the front. It has some contacts to matrix on the back ends of each termination, but that is not damage per se and certainly does not detract from the front view. Note how the cluster is perched SECURELY on well-trimmed limonite matrix. Unlike pyrite-affiliated matrix specimens from previous finds at other locales, this material is stable because the matrix has no traces of the pyrite that is somehow responsible for the gradual decomposition of the matrix (in those vivianite pieces from other localities).
These throw me for aloop whenever I see them! This is a GEM vivianite that is shaped almost like a tourmaline, especially when looking head-on. Fool your friends, stick it in with the tourmies! This crystal is entirely gemmy and is MUCH MUCH more bright and lustrous and gemmy in person.
ex. John White
A fairly large, rich specimen with sharp crystals of ludlamite, nicely isolated on matrix and to 6 mm in size. A partial vivianite crystal is off to one side, and small smaltite (by xray) crystals accompany. Classic old material from the 1960s era of mining here! Purchased in 1968 towards the end of the productive years when the mine was open. I personally think these discrete ludlamite crystals characteristic of the locale, nicely spaced on matrix, are among the finest for the species.
ex. Martin Lewadny
Attractive sprays of lustrous and gemmy deep blue-green blades. The crystals, which range up to 2 cm, are very aesthetically distributed, as they rest on the matrix as either radial sprays or individual upright blades. A very nice small cabinet piece from a very well-known locality.
ex. Martin Lewadny
Beautiful sprays of sharp lustrous blades of blue Vivianite, some of which exceed 1 cm in length! This is the classic United States locality for Vivianite, and from the excellent aesthetics of this piece, you can see why.
11.4 x 6.3 x 4.4 cm. Though the crystals are rather dull and coated, this specimen is notable not for crystal quality so much as for its prodigious size - this is just an amazingly thick "book" of vivianite crystals - 6 cm thick of densely-packed, ultra-thin layers - cannot say I have ever seen one like it! And, the specimen is DOUBLY-TERMINATED! There are small balls of childrenite here and there on the specimen. Ex. James Zigras collection.
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