Maynard's Claim, Thomas Range, Juab Co., Utah, USA
Miniature, 3.7 x 2.5 x 1.4 cm
Ex. Charlie Key
This is a rare cluster of GEMMY "gem crystals" showing unusually complete clarity without the inclusions of rhyolite matrix that so cloud them up. There is a slight contact on one back edge, as you can see in the upper-right photo, but the piece displays best with that to the rear anyhow and is otherwise symmetrical and complete all around. This is a near-floater cluster with a small bit of attached matrix, but showing clearly both terminations on the main crystal. These crystals Charlie had put away back in the 1960s after a good trade with dealer A.L. McGuiness, they simply GLOW with color and are, for combination of color and clarity, the finest I have seen for sale. This piece is a floater with a small bit of attached matrix in the cluster. The quality is simply AMAZING and the glassy luster combined with intense color is, no hyperbole here, stunning and absolutely first rate. NOTE: This specimen was featured in the 2008 AMERICAN MINERAL TREASURES EXHIBITS at Tucson, and retains its custom label from that megashow exhibition. Joe Budd photos