Exceptional specimen featuring deep cherry-red rhombs of Rhodochrosite nestled
atop Tetrahedrite, Galena, and Pyrite matrix!
This is a gorgeous Sweet Home specimen which exhibit the color that collectors
dream of in a top quality Rhodochrosite. The large
rhombs are further enhanced by the dark Sulfide matrix which always make for the
best background for gemmy Sweet Home Rhodos. The rhomb at the very top is see through since it
terminated against matrix which was removed during the extraction and trimming
The middle rhomb is super glassy and gemmy, with an intensity of color that
rivals the best of the best. The huge rhomb along the bottom
measures 5 cm in width which is HUGE for a Sweet Home specimen. It is bordered
by smaller rhombs along the left and top left and is
also quite gemmy. There are interior lines that correspond to surface stepping
and this is typical of huge rhombs which tend to subdivide
as they grow larger and larger into one enormous crystal. The rhombs are all
glassy surfaced and mirror-like with a strong, wet luster.
The three Rhodochrosite rhombs measure 5 cm, 3.5 cm, and 3 cm in size. The rhomb
along the bottom was separated from the matrix
and it is this part, the bottom edge, that sits in the display base. If you're
looking for a gorgeous Sweet Home Rhodochrosite specimen
that looks like a 6 figure piece at a much more reasonable price, then this is
the specimen for you. This was recently appraised at 95k.
From the Gerhard’s
Pocket, Mini King Raise, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Park County, Colorado.
Measures 7.3 cm by 7.6 cm by 5.5
cm in total size or small cabinet. Ex. Sela Mineral Collection Comes with a custom made, labeled
specimen featuring cubes of purple Fluorite with Rhodochrosite and Pyrite on
fines Quartz needles!
To go along with the specimen above, this is something you don't see every day -
A Fluorite plate from the Sweet Home Mine.
This gorgeous plate is covered by Quartz needles and glassy-lustrous Fluorite
cubes from one side to the other. The Fluorites
are translucent with vivid phantoming in addition to some frosting inside some
of the cubes. There's a rhomb of Rhodochrosite
peeking out from beneath several of the center Fluorites, as if to attest for
the specimen's locality. In excellent condition.
From the Jelly
Pocket, Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Park County, Colorado.
Measures 6.6 cm by 13.1 cm by 4.3 cm in total size.
Exceptional combination specimen
featuring two pink Morganites with Spodumene, Tourmaline, Quartz and Microlite
This specimen is one of my favorites from the show. The Morganite is beautifully
formed with a transparent-gemmy window in the
front that allows one to see the Albite matrix behind the crystal. It has better
than average depth of color for a Morganite and there
is a smaller Morganite behind the larger one. In the foreground is a
yellowish-green Spodumene crystal, fully terminated and gemmy.
Along the top right edge is a horizontal green Tourmaline and pillars of Albite
crystals rise up above the Morganites where they are
capped off with a perfect Quartz crystal of a flattened habit. By the way, along
the far left edge at 10 o'clock is a small reddish-brown
Microlite crystal. This is a fine cabinet plate which is one of the finest
Pegmatitic combinations I've seen in year. In excellent condition.
From Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province,
Measures 5.5 cm by 7 cm by 6.8 cm in total size.
Unique and bizarre specimen
of a broken brown bottle with Selenite crystal overgrowth!
This is one of the oddest specimens I've seen from the Tsumeb Mine. It's
obviously post-mining as an old glass
bottle was left inside the mine by a miner, broken, and then overgrown by
Selenite crystals which grew over and
around the broken glass, holding the various pieces together. The brown bottle
sits upright by itself and appear to
have been round as the bottom is ringed and mostly intact. The Selenite crystals
are in excellent condition and
exhibit a flashy luster when the specimen is rotated side to side. Very nice and
definately a conversation piece.
From the Tsumeb
Mine (Tsumcorp Mine), Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.
Measures 8.6 cm by 6.8 cm by 6.6 cm in total size. Ex. Voelter Mineral Collection
Exceptional plate of brilliant
green Pyromorphite crystal on matrix!
This lovely plate of lustrous green Pyromorphite crystals is quite exceptional
and displays a myriad of hoppered
crystals across the entire surface. I've examined the specimen under 16x magnification
and saw dozens and
dozens of super glassy, terminated crystals. One thing I didn't see however was broken
points and damage.
If there are any, they are very small and unnoticeable. The green is a bright
green with a touch of olive.
From the Daoping Mine, Gongcheng Co., Guilin Prefecture,
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.
Measures 7 cm by 9.8 cm by 5.4 cm in total size.
Ex. Webb Mineral Collection
The perfect Elmwood combo
plate! Pristine Fluorite Surrounded by Sphalerite crystals with a Calcite on
Dolomite covered matrix!
This is an incredible specimen. All the crystals are perfect and lustrous with
the yellow Calcite being doubly terminated. They
sit atop a matrix covered with white Dolomite crystals. The only thing that
could make this specimen better would be a Barite.
The Fluorite measures 3.7 cm across the corners and exhibits a beautiful
internal phantom beneath glassy transparent surfaces.
The Sphalerite crystals look white in the photograph but that's because their
surfaces are blindingly reflective and lustrous!
From the Elmwood
Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee.
Measures 9.5 cm by 8.6 cm by 4.8 cm in total size.
glowing Calcite crystal set atop the center of a Calcite "striped" matrix with
Super glassy surfaces highlight this pristine Golden Calcite which sits
in the center of a Calcite striped plate
alongside two smaller Calcites in the background. The interiors are super gemmy
and the faces are so lustrous
that they almost appear to be wet! The bands of small crystals running left to
right are a really neat feature.
From Daye County, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China.
Measures 10 cm by 9.4 cm by 4.8 cm in total size.
Gorgeous specimen of Kämmererite
(Chromian Clinochlore) on matrix!
There are very few minerals that can match the color intensity of Kämmererite.
This specimen has
a good number of the lustrous crystals measuring to 1.1 cm in size. The crystals
are gemmy and
glow a deep reddish-purple. They sit atop a sparkling matrix which is covered by
of Kämmererite. The area in the front which appears flattened is where the
specimen was in contact
with matrix and the crystals are more druse-like. It does not detract from the
From the Kop Krom mine, Kop Daglari, Erzurum Province,
Eastern Anatolia Region, Turkey.
Measures 7.4 cm by 11 cm by 4 cm in total size.
amazing Calcite specimen which is actually a pseudomorph after fossilized Coral!
This is an extremely rare specimen from Key Largo, Florida. From a very
small find that I am told consisted
of only a single boulder that was broken up into a small collection of
specimens. The coral structure has been
very well preserved with even the finest of details intact. This is BY FAR, the
finest of these specimens that
I've ever seen. It's also the largest example. In excellent condition with a
flashy, resinous surface luster.
From Key Largo,
Monroe County, Florida - Dates back to the Pleistocene age.
Measures 11.5 cm by 9.5 cm by 10.9 cm in total size. Ex. Graeber Collection
Glassy crystals of Manganoan Smithsonite on matrix!
Seldom available, these pieces came from a small, one-time find in 1984. The
crystals on this small cabinet piece range
up to about 1.2 cm. This specimen is attractive and 3-dimensional overall,
with good isolation of the crystals. This is one of the
rarest of all Smithsonites with crystals which are distinctive for shape and
color, as well as luster. Very nice with few contacts.
From the Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.
Measures 5.3 cm by 4 cm by 2.7 cm in total size.
Classic old-timer of reddish Cuprite cubes on Native Copper with Native
Silver from Bisbee!
This is an impressive specimen. The Cuprite cubes are super sharp with
excellent color. The surfaces
are lustrous with dendritic Native Silver wires and fine Silver crystals
located along the back side.
I don't see Bisbee Cuprites of this quality very often and the addition of
the Silver wires is rare!
From the Old B Mine, Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mts, Cochise County,
Measures 4.7 cm by 6 cm by 2.5 cm in total size.
Beautiful specimen featuring a heart-shaped
twinned Calcite with Calcites on matrix!
One's eye is immediately drawn to the absolutely pristine Calcite twin along
the top left.
It measures 3.3 cm in size and is glassy-lustrous and translucent to light.
crystals of varying habit accompany the twinned crystal and all sit atop a
matrix which is
covered by small golden Calcites. In excellent condition save for one nearly
From the Frederico Westphalen Mine, Alto Uruguai region, Rio Grande do Sul,
Measures 6 cm by 6 cm by 5.2 cm in total size.
Stunning geode filled with botryoidal
Chalcedony and fine Millerite crystal sprays!
A spectacular example of metallic needles from one of the world's premier
The Chalcedony lined vug completely protects the lustrous, brassy Millerite
and provides a beautiful border for the specimen! The mining locality for
is now closed making fine quality specimens of Millerite very rare in
From Halls Gap, Lincoln County, Kentucky.
Measures 5.6 cm by 5.7 cm by 4 cm in total size.
Ex. Kalaskie Mineral Collection
rich specimen of Native Silver leaves with Acanthite in and on white Quartz
This is a heavy cabinet sized specimen that is loaded with Native Silver. The
Silver appears in a mosaic-style pattern
in the stark white Quartz matrix. The leaf structure is probably the result
of the host matrix and most are quite angular in
appearance. This locality was mined 1905-1971 and produced about 7,000,000
ounces of Silver. A great looking, historic Silver!
From the Penn Canadian Mine (Glen Lake Mine), Cobalt area, Cobalt-Gowganda
region, Timiskaming District, Ontario, Canada.
Measures 8.4 cm by 11.7 cm by 6.2 cm in total size.
Ex. Bishop Mineral Collection
specimen of violet Fluorite cubes on brilliant Sphalerite with a host Barite
One of the most impressive Elmwood plates I've seen recently, this piece is in
overall with only the normal peripheral contacts along the outer trim line. I
love the deep color of
the Fluorite cubes as they climb the top edge of the very lustrous Sphalerite
crystals. The white Barite
cluster along the lower right side on which everything sits is the perfect touch
for this beautiful specimen.
From the Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee.
Measures 9.2 cm by 14 cm by 7 cm in total size.
Amazingly long and thick wire of Native Copper with scattered Native Silver
What an incredible Michigan Copper! My almost seven year old daughter saw this
while I was working on the
update and asked me if it was a Harry Potter magic wand. I must admit, I thought
the same thing when I first
came across the specimen in Denver. I've never seen a Copper wire of such width
and length and the structure
has more than its fair share of character with all the sharp angles and curves.
The thicker portion of the wire
to the far right even looks like a handle while the left side comes to a point.
Covered by a beautiful antique
patina and original, lustrous surfaces, this is easily one of the most unique
Michigan Coppers from the show.
From the White Pine
Mine, White Pine, Ontonagon County, Michigan.
Measures 33 cm in length by 4.8 cm in width (at the handle). Ex. Severance, Lillie Mineral
Super lustrous combo
featuring bronze Stannite crystals with Arsenopyrite atop a transparent Quartz!
This is a brilliant specimen. These amazing combos appeared in the early 2000's
and have virtually
disappeared from the current marketplace. This specimen features a super sharp
cluster of lustrous
Arsenopyrite crystals along the front side of the Quartz, measuring to 2.7 cm in
size. They are well
terminated and incredibly reflective in even the faintest lighting. The slightly
golden color of the Stannite
crystal contrasts beautifully with the nickel colored Arsenopyrites and
transparent interiors of the Quartz point!
From the Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou
Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.
Measures 6 cm by 6 cm by 5.8 cm in total size.
Very fine example
featuring Boleite cubes with green Paratacamite on hard white Quartz matrix!
Well over a dozen small, lustrous blue crystals accompany the largest Boleite
cube which measures
a full 1 cm in size. All are stable on the matrix and there is no damage to
speak of except for trivial
bumps. The largest Boleite is clean and sharp. It sits perfectly atop a lighter
colored matrix near the
center. Blue can be seen at the corners under lighting. In excellent condition
with exceptional aesthetics.
From the Amelia Mine, Arroyo de la Soledad, Boleo
District, Santa Rosalía, Baja California Sur (BC Sur), Mexico.
Measures 4.5 cm by 6.4 cm by 8.6 cm in total size. Ex. Stoudt Mineral Collection
Superb specimen of
crystallized Gold var. Electrum specimen!
This entire specimen is composed of crystals in all shapes
and sizes! There are even
some spinel-twins in the mix and thick wires that bend back towards the Quartz
The luster is excellent and the color suggests a Silver content of at least 30%
I love quality Electrums from Nevada and this is one of the finest I've seen
from the show.
From the Round Mountain Mine, Round Mountain District, Nye
Measures 3.1 cm by 2.5 cm by 1.8 cm in total size. Ex. Brown Mineral Collection
Very rare specimen
featuring a large black Calcite sitting high atop large Dolomite crystals with
This is easily the finest of these specimens I've seen. It
features a large black Calcite crystal, included by shale
atop bluish-grey Dolomite crystals which are quite large in their own right!
This is one those special rarities that
I always look for when they appear at the shows. Fine Calcite specimens from the
Emerald Mining District of
Colombia are few and far between and this is the only specimen I've seen that
hosts a HUGE 9 cm Calcite crystal!
It sits atop glassy Dolomite crystals and is complete on all sides with Pyrite
crystal accents. In excellent condition.
From the Chivor Mine, Mun. de Chivor,
Guavió-Guatéque Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia.
Large cabinet at 14.5 cm by 14 cm by 12.4 cm in total size.
Pink Precious Topaz crystal on hard Calcitic matrix from Katlang!
Pink Topaz crystals from Katlang are extremely rare and
specimens that have not been
repaired or reattached are even rarer. The super gemmy, terminated Pink Topaz
1.7 cm in size. It displays glassy-brilliant crystal faces which allow for the internal
makes these pink gems world famous. In excellent condition with no detractions
From Katlang, Mardan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
(North-West Frontier Province), Pakistan.
Measures 6 cm by 7 cm by 6.3 cm in total size.
rare combination featuring a large Golden Calcite with blue Anhydrite crystals
attached to both sides!
This is a very rare specimen, the likes of which I haven't seen in many years.
Very few were discovered and they are
almost impossible to find in the marketplace. This piece, like almost all that
appear for sale in today's marketplace,
is from an older collection. Matrix specimens with aesthetics and isolated
crystal sprays like this one are a true prize!
From Mantos Mixtos, Naica Mine, Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Measures 10.2 cm by 11.5 cm by 9 cm in total size.
Comes with a custom made, labeled
Super aesthetic display of Native Silver
wires with Calcite rising high above the matrix!
This fine "Kongsberg-style" Silver is actually from China and it has
all the visual presence
of a larger Silver at a reduced size. The wires have a lovely antiquish
patina and quite a bit
of surface luster. They are intermingled with the partial rhomb of Calcite which
can be seen
atop the center of the twisting and curling wires. This is an
exceptional miniature Silver!
From the Hongda Mine, Lingqiu Co., Datong Prefecture, Shanxi Province,
Measures 4.2 cm by 3.1 cm by 2 cm in total size.
TremendoGemmy Green Fluorite octahedron perched atop Quartz crystal covered matrix!
This is a very good combination piece from the famous mining district of
Dal'negorsk. The quality, mint-green
modified cuboctahedron of Fluorite is 3 cm across. Aside from a beautiful
fluorescence, the crystal exhibits
preferential faces - as in the cubic faces are smooth and glassy while the
octahedral faces are finely stepped.
From Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Siberia, Russia.
Measures 7.3 cm by 5.5 cm by 4.8 cm in total size.
Lustrous cluster of golden
Calcite scalenohedrons in a large cabinet display!
This is a beautiful centerpiece cluster of large, terminated golden Calcite
crystals rising vertically atop grey host matrix.
The picture above shows the rolling luster quite well but it doesn't quite
capture the true depth of this very impressive plate.
The Calcite crystals in the cluster are quite large, with most measuring well
over 10 cm in length. They are well terminated
with glassy-lustrous surfaces and the few crystals which are not terminated are
well hidden within the arrangement.
From the Milliken
Mine, Ellington, Viburnum Trend District, Reynolds County, Missouri.
Measures 20 cm by 26.5 cm by 18.3
cm in total size.