specimen of Native Gold on white Quartz with well defined crystals perched
across the top!
Now this is something you definately don't see every day and that's an
Australian Gold specimen with crystals.
Most Australian Golds are semi-crystalline at best and most are found as nuggets
with Quartz or Hematite
stained matrix. This specimen displays half a dozen or so crystals across the
top portion and I was so surprised
when I saw the specimen for the first time that I had to examine it closer with
a loupe to verify what I was seeing.
Apparently there was just enough of an opening inside the Quartz matrix that
crystals were able to form. There's
a slight bit of rounding due to years of weathering in the open field but the
crystals are still sharp and distinct
for the locality. An Australian Gold that is both rare and unique in addition to
being super lustrous with rich color.
From the Gold Field
in Western Australia.
Measures 5.3 cm by 3 cm by 2 cm in total size.
Rare combination of
Caledonite with Linarite crystals on Quartz matrix!
Beautiful classic combo of two varieties of blue mineral crystallization. The
blue Caledonite crystals are situated along
the top right edge while the deep royal blue Linarite crystals are situated
along the lower left of the Quartz matrix.
The crystals are in great shape with an intense glassy-luster reflecting light
as the specimen is rotated side to side.
From the Bliss
Pocket, Reward Mine, Reward, Russ District, Inyo Mts (Inyo Range), Inyo County,
Measures 5 cm by 7.8 cm by 4.2 cm in total size.
Beautifully intricate specimen of Native Wire Silver in "tree"
form from the mines in Freiberg, Germany! This is without a doubt, a very aesthetic Native Silver. Not
only is it incredibly well balanced and graceful,
it's also displayable from both sides! The bottom portion of the specimen is
composed of numerous curling
wires of Silver on an Acanthite base. If you look very closely at the base, you
will also see what appears
to be tiny crystals of golden Pyrite scattered atop and between the wires on
both the front and back sides.
These crystals also impart a slight rainbow iridescence to the lower portion of
the specimen and I also see
what looks like tiny Quartz crystals attached to the back side wires. This is
easily one of the best looking
miniature sized German Silver specimens I've seen recently and definately one of
the most arborescent
in structure. It's untouched with all of its original skin and patina and I
don't detect any old cleaning.
From the Himmelsfürst Mine, Brand-Erbisdorf, Freiberg
District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.
Measures 7 cm by 5.6 cm by 2.1 cm in total size. Ex. Wendel Mineral Collection
Gorgeous specimen of botryoidal Rhodochrosite draped
atop shiny Goethite matrix!
The Rhodochrosite is of the deepest color and contrasts beautifully with the
similiarly botryoidal Goethite.
This classic Rhodo specimen dates to pre-1900 and the locality was once the
world standard for fine Rhodochrosite
specimens. The color is translucent cherry-red and its rolling surfaces are
covered with a fine satiny luster. Very nice!
From the Wolf Mine, Herdorf, Siegerland,
Measures 7 cm by 5.5 cm by 4.7 cm in total size. Ex. Tausch, A. Berger, R.
Metzger, Franz Lammer Collections
featuring gemmy crystals of purple Adamite on Goethite matrix!
Glassy lustrous and gemmy-translucent, these Adamite crystals display chisel
tips of pinkish-purple
with a border of yellow Adamites. The glassy crystals are in excellent condition
with full terminations
and barely a contact anywhere. They sit nestled inside the concave structure of
the brown matrix.
From the Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Mun. de Mapimí, Durango,
Measures 6.2 cm by 4.8 cm by 3.1 cm in total size.
Gorgeous cabinet specimen
featuring elongated Wulfenite crystals surrounded by Green Mimetite!
These appeared last decade and quickly disappeared into private collections.
They are as beautiful as they are interesting.
The orange on green color combination is incredible but the different crystal
habits is just as eye catching I think. This specimen
in particular, features a 2 cm pyramidal Wulfenite crystal! The green botryoidal
Mimetite is satiny lustrous and appears in a
cluster near the center and as isolated nodules scattered about the exterior. In
excellent condition with incredible eye appeal.
From Level 6, San Juan Poniente Vein, Ojuela Mine, Mapimí,
Mun. de Mapimí, Durango, Mexico.
Measures 7.8 cm by 10 cm by 6.3 cm in total size.
Classic specimen of Acanthite cubes in cluster from Germany!
True museum quality Acanthite specimen that is actually from the Smithsonian
Institution Collection! This is a Freiberg
Acanthite, circa mid 1800's, which is every bit as impressive as its provenance.
Specimens of Silver minerals from Freiberg
are European classics, if not world classics. Acanthite is the stable, low
temperature form of the Silver species Argentite.
These crystals are very attractive with their superb luster and varied cubic
forms. The largest complete cube is 1 cm across,
and all are very sharp as they line up perfectly. Bosch and Smithsonian labels
are included, showing off the great provenance.
Himmelsfürst Mine, Brand-Erbisdorf,
Freiberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.
Measures 3.2 cm by 2.1 cm by 1.9 cm in total size. Ex. Smithsonian Institution,
Carl Bosch, Kay Robertson Collections
Absolutely gorgeous and glassy crystals of emerald-green Dioptase
with Calcite on Duftite covered matrix!
One of the prettiest combos you'll ever see from the Tsumeb Mine and in my
opinion, even prettier than
the more common Dioptase on white Calcite specimens. The Dioptase crystals
are in excellent condition
with only a few minor contacts. They are accented by white Calcite crystals
on a matrix surrounded by
yellow-green Duftite. Stunning specimen and very well trimmed. The Dioptase
xls measures to 1.8 cm.
From the Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.
Measures 4.8 cm by 9.2 cm by 4.3 cm in total size.
Lustrous dendritic crystalline fans of Native Silver with Quartz matrix!
Very aesthetic and brilliant, this specimen displays two 1 inch dendritic fans
that are visible
from both sides, making the specimen displayable from both the front and back.
The structure of
the fans is very distinct and both sit atop a base of Native Silver with bits of
Quartz in the recesses.
From the Seneca #1
Mine (Gratiot Mines), Mohawk, Keweenaw County, Michigan.
Measures 4.3 cm by 3.1 cm by 3.6 cm in total size.
Ural Smoky Quartz crystals on Marcasite accented Quartz crystal matrix!
Polar Ural Smoky Quartz is among the finest in the world and specimens are
highly prized for their clarity
and color. They are frequently cut into gemstones but fortunately this large
specimen has been preserved
in its natural state. The luster atop the crystal faces is intense and the
color is a smoky-golden which glows
through incredibly clear interiors. In excellent condition with only a few
very minor contacts scattered about.
From the Dodo Mine, Polar Urals, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Western-Siberian
Measures 10.7 cm by 8.9 cm by 10.6 cm in total size.
Lovely specimen of
rice-variety Blue Smithsonite with Aurichalcite and Barite blades on matrix!
This is a rarer variety of Kelly Mine Smithsonite - much rarer than the
botryoidal variety, and the
luster it exhibits is satiny smooth! The photograph above displays some of the
brilliance but the piece
must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. The rice crystals are in
excellent condition and are well
protected as they are situated in a concave recess, nestled between blades of
Barite. Aurichalcite accents
the bottom portion and back side surfaces of the specimen. In excellent
condition with a great provenance.
From the Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Magdalena District,
Socorro County, New Mexico.
Measures 10.6 cm by 9.8 cm by 4.8 cm in total size. Ex. F. John Barlow, Charles M.
Super lustrous and glassy large Topaz crystal from Colorado!
I don't see too many of these crystals available for sale in the marketplace and
this one came from an
European collection I think. It's a big crystal with a wonderful termination and
incredible surface luster
rolling up and down the striated surfaces. The color is a light sea-green and
the crystal interiors are quite
brilliant. The Topaz is in great shape with some of the normal matrix influence
along the bottom of the back
side and some light etched near the base. If you're looking for a large,
impressive Colorado Topaz, this is it!
From the Topaz
Mountain Gem Mine, Spruce Grove, Tarryall Park, Park Co., Colorado.
Measures 5.5 cm by 4.7 cm by 3.8 cm in total size. Ex. Peter Megaw Collection
Beautiful, frosty green cube of Fluorite on a Calcitic covered matrix!
I love this specimen. The cube is absolutely perfect, measuring nearly 4 cm
across the top corners.
It's best described as a frosty mint-green and it's covered by a satiny luster
along with sparkling Calcite
accents. I just love the way the cube sits on the matrix, especially the bladed
Calcite structures at bottom.
Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray,
Far-Eastern Region, Russia.
Measures 5 cm by 5.4 cm by 5.3 cm in total size.
VERY RARE! An amazing old classic from Arizona
featuring lustrous crystals of Native Silver on both sides!
This is a very rare specimen of crystalline Native Silver and Silver leaf on a
matrix richly impregnated with Silver. Circa 1880's, it's from the famous
Silver King Mine in Arizona. The Silver has incredible luster, both bright and
with excellent patina. The Silver King Mine was discovered in 1873
and was depleted by 1888. This small cab also has an equally rich history,
having been in both the Gathenye and Schwethelm collections previously.
This is a fine piece for an Arizona and or Silver mineral collection. Specimens
from this locality rarely become available so opportunity knock here!
Silver King Mine, Comstock Wash, Pinal Mts, Pinal
Measures 6.8 cm by 5.7 cm by 2.3 cm in total size. Ex.
Herb Obodda, Godehard Schwethelm, A. Gathenye
Very Rare! Beautiful
combination of Rhodochrosite crystals atop Quartz var. Amethyst!
This specimen is AMAZING! It dates back to 1818 and actually still has the
original handwritten label
from 1818 in addition to one from 1909. This was collected in Schemnitz, Hungary
but now the location
is part of Slovakia. The Rhodochrosite appears as elongated, tubular crystals of
a reddish-orange color
and they are evenly scattered about the specimen, draped atop the Amethyst
crystal faces mostly along
the left and upper left sides. There's nothing on mindat that compares to this
and considering that it's nearly 200 years old, I wonder how many of this
variety and combination exist.
From Banská Štiavnica (Schemnitz), Banská Štiavnica Co.,
Banská Bystrica Region, Slovakia.
Measures 6.4 cm by 4.7 cm by 4.2 cm in total size.
Ex. Delar(?), Kay Robertson Collections
Satiny lustrous cluster of coated Calcite
The Calcites are pointed and display very sharp, angular edges. I thought
the specimen might be a cast when I first saw
it but it is solid on the bottom with a white base. This indicates that the very
angular Calcite crystals are actually bright
white beneath the golden-tan druse Calcite coating seen on the exterior. In
excellent shape with full, complete terminations.
From the Droujba Mine (Drujba), Djurkovo Complex, Laki (Luki),
Laki Obshtina, Rhodope Mts, Plovdiv Oblast, Bulgaria. Measures
5.2 cm by 8.2 cm by 5.1 cm in total size.
Very rare and
unusual specimen of Calcite ps after Glauberite crystals with green Copper
This is an interesting specimen with an excellent clustering of blades
and a post-mining green coloration.
These are found near the Camp Verde salt mine and are found as floaters in the
matrix. Classic Arizona!
From Camp Verde, Camp Verde District, Yavapai County,
Measures 6 cm by 7 cm by 4.1 cm in total size. Ex. Ex. Van Tichelen
cabinet display specimen featuring a deep Golden Calcite crystal, doubly
terminated, on Calcite covered matrix!
Easily the finest specimen from the Cumberland Mine that I've seen in a long
time. The Calcite itself measures nearly 12 cm in
size and is doubly terminated at both ends with a deep, deep, golden gemminess
which allows light to easily pass through and
make the crystal GLOW!! The large Calcite sits centered atop a matrix which is
studded, top to bottom, with small golden Calcites.
I know how fussy Calcite collectors can be but let me assure you, this crystal
is nearly pristine with full tips and superb surface luster.
Cumberland Mine, Central Tennessee Ba-F-Pb-Zn
District, Smith County, Tennessee.
Measures 17.3 cm by 13.3 cm by 13 cm in total size. Ex. Barnett Mineral Collection
Comes with a custom made, engraved display base
specimen featuring thick Native Silver
A superb, spinel-twinned Silver crystal,
4.6 cm in length, flares into a flag shape at its termination on this superb
Several spinel twin crystals come off the main crystal at an angle,
imparting a "herringbone" effect. This Silver is definitely competition
quality and stands among the top quality of specimens in its size class for
Batopilas with a unique style. Note that this is NOT from the
more modern finds of the 1980s because those were much thinner and fragile.
This older, more robust style came out in several finds
dating back to near 1910, though it is impossible to say from which one this
came now. A very impressive, lustrous, and sturdy miniature.
From the New Nevada Mine, Batopilas, Andres del Rio District, Mun. de
Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Measures 4.5 cm by 2.5 cm by 2.1 cm in total size.
Amazing specimen featuring Native Copper pseudomorphing and replacing an old
piece of mining timber!
This is the most impressive Copper replacing of wood that I've ever seen. At 20
cm in total length, it's also
the largest piece of Copper replaced wood that I've ever offered on the
website. This specimen is heavily
pseudomorphed down it's entire length as is quite obvious from the front and
back pictures above. Some of
the original wood is still hanging on, giving the specimen further stability but
this is one fine looking pseudo.
From the Pyramid
Mining District, Washoe County, Nevada.
Measures 4 cm by 20 cm by 3.2 cm in total size. Ex. Van Tichelen Pseudomorph