NEW FIND!! Amazing new find of Beryl var. Emerald on Biotite matrix from
A very small collection of incredibly fine Emerald specimens from Ethiopia
appeared at Tucson this year
and I had the ability to cherry-pick the grouping for the best of the best
specimens. The color of these Emeralds
is superior to anything I've seen from Africa and is better than Emeralds from
Nigeria and Zambia in my opinion.
They are colored by Chromium and have an inner brilliance and color intensity
very similar to what one sees in
Colombian Emeralds. The above specimen was the largest matrix specimen of which
there were less than half
a dozen as most are removed from their matrix by the local miners. It is doubly
terminated and full of glowing
gemminess beneath glassy-lustrous surfaces. The matrix is Biotite covered
Feldspar and there is no damage.
The horizontal Emerald crystal measures 3 cm in length by 2.3 cm in width! It is
bordered by smaller Emeralds
along the front and back side - At least half a dozen in total. This was the
largest and finest matrix piece in the lot.
From Kenticha, Kenticha Pegmatite Field,
Seba Boru District, Sidamo-Borana Province, Ethiopia.
Measures 4 cm by 4.5 cm by 3.3 cm in total size.
Brilliant specimen of
crystalline Native Gold with white Quartz accenting!
This is one great looking specimen of Native Gold -
definately one of the finest from the show.
It measures over 8 cm in height so it's small cabinet in size and I can't stress
enough just how
incredibly bright and flashy the crystalline structure is, top to bottom!
Looking at the specimen
using a 15X loupe reveals dozens and dozens of flattened trigons mixed with
dendrites. Near the very bottom the gold becomes more semi-crystalline as seams
Gold pop in and out of the white Quartz matrix in this area. Smaller accenting
bits of white
Quartz are also present here and there throughout the entire structure. The
the Gold and Quartz is gorgeous and the entire specimen is covered with an
From the Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer County, California.
Measures 8.4 cm by 6.2 cm by 1.5 cm in total size. Ex. J. van den Berg Mineral
Gemmy cluster of deeply colored bluish-purple Fluorite cubes with dark purple
This attractive specimen actually has two layers of Fluorite cubes with a
concave middle which looks
like a Fluorite filled matrix vug. The cubes are super gemmy and glassy with
reflective surfaces towards
the front and satiny-lustrous surfaces at the top. The phantoms are very
distinct through the clear interiors.
From the Shangbao
Mine, Leiyang Co., Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.
Measures 6 cm by 10 cm by 4.8 cm in total size.
Attractive specimen featuring fine crystals of Acanthite and Chalcopyrite on
Quartz atop Silver-rich matrix!
I love the look of this specimen with the fine cubes of Acanthite and bright
golden Chalcopyrite sitting inside
what is probably a Quartz lined pocket that has been opened and exposed. These
crystals sit atop a matrix
that is quite rich and full of Silver mineralization. They are bright and
lustrous with sharp crystal habits.
From the Proano
Mine, Fresnillo, Mun. de Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico.
Measures 6.3 cm by 7.5 cm by 4.8 cm in total size.
Deeply colored Beryl var. Morganite
crystal perched atop Cleavelandite matrix!
I don't see many Morganites with this depth of
color. The crystal itself measures 7 cm in size
and features brilliant, glassy crystal faces. The interior is loaded with gemminess and
could best be described as a deep, vibrant orangy-pink, almost peach color. The color is
throughout the entire Morganite crystal with a light frosting present on the top
horizontal face. The
gem crystal is complete on all sides with only a couple of tiny internal stress lines of
A Morganite of this quality is a rare prize indeed. This would make a great cabinet
From Dara-i-Pech, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
Measures 7.2 cm by 13.3 cm by 8 cm in total size. Price $18,500
specimen of Variscite with Crandallite and Wardite!
The color of this polished section is gorgeous and the ringed patterns are much
better than average. This is a
cabinet sized display slab and the color contrast between the three phosphate
minerals makes for a great centerpiece.
From the Little
Green Monster Variscite Mine, Clay Canyon, Fairfield, Oquirrh Mts, Utah Co.,
Measures 9.6 cm by 11 cm by 1.2 cm in total size.
Rare specimen featuring a doubly terminated Imperial Topaz crystal still
embedded in the host matrix!
Matrix specimen of Imperial Topaz are very difficult to find as most are removed
from the matrix or as loose
crystals. This is a good looking crystal, displaying 3 cm of deep orange
coloration and intermittent gem beneath
glassy surfaces. It sits firmly attached to the Hematite stained matrix. In
excellent condition with no detractions.
From Ouro Preto,
Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Measures 7.2 cm by 6.2 cm by 4.8 cm in total size.
specimen of lustrous,
gemmy, cherry-red Rhodochrosite crystals resting in a vug of botryoidal
The main Rhodochrosite crystal is in pristine condition, and is as lustrous and
gemmy as you could want. The color is also
exceptional. It stands upright within the pocket, and at 1.6 cm tall, it is
quite large. In wonderful condition and pure eye candy.
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department,
Measures 7 cm by 14.5 cm by 6.5
cm in total size. Ex.
Dr. Art Soregaroli Mineral Collection
Gemmy crystals of Andradite
(var. Demantoid) Garnet on matrix!
These represent some of the finest quality Demantoid
Garnets available in the marketplace today.
This specimen features five glassy, gemmy crystals which are transparent all the
way to the matrix!
From the Ghazni Province (Gazni Province), Afghanistan.
Measures 5 cm by 2.6 cm by 1.8 cm in total size. Ex. Brown Mineral Collection
Absolutely gorgeous specimen of tabular orange Wulfenite on greenish-brown
Endlichite accented Calcite matrix!
This is one of the finest small cabinet sized specimens I've seen in years and
it is from the part of the mine which is
under water, making specimens of this quality extremely scarce. The thick
Wulfenite tabs measures to 2 cm in size
and are virtually pristine with a brilliant, glassy luster. The specimen is
beautifully trimmed with well centered crystals.
From the Erupción
Mine, Los Lamentos Mts (Sierra de Los Lamentos), Mun. de Ahumada, Chihuahua,
Measures 4.2 cm by 9 cm by 5.2 cm in total size.
Exceptional Native Wire Silver rising up from a
Quartz crystal vug with Fluorite!
This is an impressive specimen featuring a thick, twisting
wire of Native Silver measuring
4 cm in length. It's also up to 1 cm thick at the base and sits aesthetically atop the
which is mostly Quartz points with a small colorless Fluorite and a green mineral which
be Chlorite . This is one of the finest, 3-dimensional Kongsberg Silver miniatures I've
From the Kongens (Kings) Mine, Kongsberg Silver Mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud,
Measures 4.5 cm by 4 cm by 4.6 cm in total size.
Ex. Lyckberg Mineral Collection
Rare and quite exceptional specimen of
Covellite blades on Pyrite matrix!
Perched aesthetically atop Pyrite matrix are these fine
iridescent blades of Covellite, measuring to 1.8 cm in length.
Covellites from Butte, Montana are widely recognized as being among the best in
the world and a specimen of this calibre
is incredibly rare. I know this because I have searched for them for more than
20 years and I can count the number of high
quality Covellites I've found on just two hands. The quality of this piece with
its sharp individual crystals and highly reflective luster
is in the top 5%! This specimen is Ex. Gene Meieran Collection and was in his
well known sulfide suite when it was illustrated in the
Butte Minerals and Mining special issue of the Mineralogical Record, published
in 2002 (page 50). The Meieran sulfide suite was
broken up around 2005, with much of it being donated to Harvard. This fine
specimen made it out early however and into private hands.
From the Leonard Mine, Butte, Silverbow County, Montana.
Measures 5.6 cm by 3.4 cm by 2.9 cm in total size.
Ex. Gene Meieren, Van Tichelen Mineral Collections
Pictured in Butte Minerals and Mining special issue of the
Mineralogical Record, published in 2002 (page 50)
Beautiful specimen of transparent Hemimorphite blades standing upright blue
The color contrast between the fine Hemimorphite blades and the bright
powder-blue Rosasite is gorgeous
and I'm amazed at how perfect the thin blades are. They are well terminated and
almost all are complete except
for a very few along the outer trimming edge. This is the best example of these
combos that I've seen recently.
From the Ojuela
Mine, Mapimí, Mun. de Mapimí, Durango, Mexico.
Measures 6 cm by 10.7 cm by 4.8 cm in total size.
Sharp crystals of golden Smithsonite ps after Calcite crystals!
This is a beautiful cluster featuring incredibly sharp and distinct crystals
which have perfectly preserved
the original habit of the Calcites. The specimen is in excellent condition with
barely a contact anywhere and
displays a fine, lustrous sparkle that flows across the golden crystal surfaces
in even the faintest lighting.
From the San
Antonio Mine, East Camp, Santa Eulalia District, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán,
Measures 5.2 cm by 9 cm by 4.8 cm in total size. Ex. Webb Mineral Collection
Comes with a custom made, labeled base
Gemmy cubes of Fluorite with dark purple phantoming on Sphalerite crystal
An attractive specimen with lots of flashy eye appeal. The cubes measure to
nearly 3 cm in size and are
very transparent, allowing for light to enter and bounce around, giving the
crystals a strong brlliance.
The darker phantoms are very distinct and the contrast between the Fluorite and
the super lustrous
Sphalerite crystals which form the matrix is stunning. In great shape with only
one tiny corner cleave.
From the Elmwood
Mine, Smith County, Tennessee.
Measures 4.3 cm by 9.4 cm by 4.5 cm in total size.
Large cabinet sized plate from a new find of greenish-lavender Fluorite from
This aesthetic specimen displays numberous bi-colored Fluorite cubes, all of
which display a superb
fluorescence under UV. The cubes are mostly green with some lavender-purple
around the edges and
an accenting of golden-brown Siderite along the bottom with a smaller amount at
top. In excellent shape.
From the Weardale,
North Pennines, Co. Durham, England.
Measures 8.9 cm by 15.7 cm by 3.4 cm in total size.
Glassy crystals of Native Sulfur on matrix!
Very fine specimen of Native Sulfur for the locality, this plate is very similar
to Sicilian Sulfurs but the crystals
are lacking the usual Aragonite or Calcite base. They are clustered atop the
matrix and measure to 1.8 cm in size.
I've seen example of Sulfurs from this locality and larger crystal clusters and
this would rank as one of the best.
From the Machów
mine, Tarnobrzeg, Podkarpackie, Poland.
Measures 5.2 cm by 7.1 cm by 2.8 cm in total size.
Stacked crystals of Calcite perched atop Stibnite crystal sprays!
Aesthetic specimen featuring several glassy opaque Calcite crystals, measuring
to 4.7 cm in length.
The Stibnite crystals are brilliantly lustrous and perfectly terminated. They
are almost all accented by a
secondary coating of bright white Calcite micro-crystals, mostly along the right
edge of each vertical blade.
Per Ross Lillie's comments - This is from a unique pocket and very rare to find
at the Boldut Mine.
Circa 2003 - From
the Boldut Mine, Cavnic, Maramureș Co., Romania.
Measures 7 cm by 9.2 by 5.5 cm in total size.
Stunning specimen of Rhodochrosite on
Quartz needles with Hubnerite!
This is one of the finest Hedgehog miniatures that I've seen recently! The
largest Rhodo rhomb
measures nearly an inch (2.2 cm) in size and displays a vibrance of color that
you usually don't find
in Hedgehog Pocket specimens. All the Rhodochrosite surfaces are lustrous glassy
with some natural facial stepping on the corner. The large reddish-pink rhomb is
From the Hedgehog Pocket, Main Stope Drift, Sweet Home
Mine, Alma, Colorado.
Measures 5 cm by 4.8 cm by 5 cm in total size.
Ex. J. van den Berg Mineral
Superb cluster of Acanthite crystals
with Pyrite on Calcite matrix!
Sharp crystals and an intense luster highlight this
very aesthetic cluster. The Acanthite
crystals are all positioned vertically atop the Calcite which adds to the visual impact.
largest crystal measures just shy of 2 cm in length. Some of the Acanthites display a
hoppering resulting from their quick transition from the higher temperature Argentite.
The specimen is in excellent condition with a back side stabilization along the right edge
to add structural support to the crystals in the area. The matrix is very well trimmed.
From the San Juan de Rayas Mine, Guanajuato, Mun. de
Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Measures 5.4 cm by 4.2 cm by 2.9 cm in total size. Ex. Stoudt Mineral Collection
Golden crystals of gemmy Calcite perched atop matrix from Ohio!
Fine old classic, this small cabinet sized specimen boasts a 6.3 cm, doulby
crystal at atop and at least three additional Calcites of varying size along the
edges and bottom
side of the brown matrix. In excellent condition with no detractions, this would
make a great addition to
any mineral cabinet or Calcite collection. The gemminess and luster is among the
best I've seen from here.
From the Pugh
Quarry (France Stone Co. Custar Quarry), Wood County, Ohio.
Measures 8.5 cm by 6.4 cm by 6.8 cm in total size. Ex. Chris Ascione Collection
Great looking old time Pyromorphite from Idaho!
This is a incredibly good specimen from this locality which although being not
too far from the more famous
Bunker Hill Mine, is very distinct and specimens of this quality are certainly
uncommon. The specimen is
covered with super lustrous, hoppered crystals measuring to 1 cm in size. I must
admit I was surprised by
the quality of the specimen because most Pyromorphites from here are dull and
ugly green. This one is
so good that it almost looks German and it is also in excellent condition. This
is a major American Pyro.
From the Sherman
Mine (Leary Mine), Burke, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho.
Measures 4.8 cm by 6.1 cm by 3.4 cm in total size.
Fine specimen featuring sharp crystals of
Tennantite on sparkling matrix!
The crystals themselves are very distinct with excellent form. The largest measures
2.5 cm in size. The sit atop a druse covered matrix, surrounded by smaller crystals of
Tennantite which climb the center of the specimen. In excellent condition with great
From the Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region (Oshikoto),
Measures 7.3 cm by 6.4 cm by 3.2 cm in total size.
Cute specimen of an elongated pinkish Calcite with Hematite accenting!
This is a locality that doesn't appear at the shows very often and this fine
a 6.3 cm doubly terminated Calcite! The crystal is a light pink, most likely due
to the influence
of Hematite, and is then accented atop the left side surfaces with a dusting of
Hematite as well.
From the Pea Ridge
Mine, Sullivan, Washington County, Missouri.
Measures 7 cm by 2.2 cm by 3.5 cm in total size.
Gorgeous specimen featuring fine
terminated crystals of Barite in cluster!
This is a superb specimen with dozens of
prismatic crystals, measuring to 4.5 cm in
length, arranged vertically with chisel-tip terminations. The crystals are in excellent
condition with a strong golden translucency beneath glassy-lustrous surfaces. In very
good condition overall with well formed tips and no major contacts. An old French classic.
From the Maine Mine, Cordesse, Lucenay-l'Evêque,
Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France.
Measures 6.4 cm by 10 cm by 5.3 cm in total size.
Ex. Trimingham Mineral Collection
Lovely specimen of
This specimen features a wonderful concave structure that protects several
powder-blue botryoids inside a rind
of pure blue Shattuckite. These lovely specimens are from a find in 2014 and
have quickly left the marketplace.
From the Tantara
Mine, Shinkolobwe, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of
Measures 12.7 cm by 7.9 cm by 4.9 cm in total size. Ex. J. van den Berg Mineral
Selenite blades cluster!
This specimen glows under lighting and is also very fluorescent and
phosphorescent! From what I've been told,
this locality is not producing much of anything these days and specimens are
becoming hard to find at the shows.
This lovely specimen displays gemmy blades of deep golden brown on all sides and
in is excellent condition.
From the Red River
Floodway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Measures 9.6 cm by 6.1 cm by 4.2 cm in total size.
rich specimen of Native Silver leaves and dendrites in and on white Quartz
This is a heavy cabinet sized specimen that is literally a block of Native
Silver. Large leaves can be seen to the top left
and these change over to a large mesh of Silver mixed with fine dendrites. the
specimen is covered by Silver on all sides,
including the bottom and displays a handwritten label on the back side which
reads Brady Lake, Silver Miller, Cobalt. This
locality was mined in the 1947-1950's period to recover ores beneath the lake
and produced over 7,000,000 ounces of Silver!
From the Silver
Miller Mine, Coleman Township, Cobalt Area, Cobalt-Gowganda Region, Timiskaming
District, Ontario, Canada.
Measures 10.5 cm by 13.7 cm by 8.3 cm in total size. Ex. Bishop Mineral Collection