Specimens From Tucson 2015

        With Custom Bases

 

 

 

OKL-947

OKL-947     Gypsum (variety Selenite)     Red River Floodway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  These recently acquired specimens (2015) are from the private collection of the field collector who has liquidated his best finds.  Each comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  They view magnificently from any direction so can be placed on the base however you wish.  The large crystals are swallowtail twins, gemmy, amber in color and relatively free of flaws or inclusions (especially when compared to most material from this find). This example measures 11 cm wide and has five large twins.  One tiny tip rub that is in no way distracting, it has the highest luster possible for the species, and is simply impressive!  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.    $450

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-948

OKL-948     Gypsum (variety Selenite)     Red River Floodway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  These recently acquired specimens (2015) are from the private collection of the field collector who has liquidated his best finds.  Each comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  They view magnificently from any direction.  The large crystals are swallowtail twins, gemmy, amber in color and relatively free of flaws or inclusions (especially when compared to most material from this find). This example is huge at 13.5 cm wide and has TEN swallowtail  twins.  Two tiny tip rubs on the crystals the piece stands on (displays totally damage free), has the highest luster possible for the species, and is simply impressive!  Among the very best ever found.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.   $550

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-950

OKL-950     Fluorite on Quartz     De'an Fluorite Mine, Wushan, Jiujiang Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China.  Maybe these crystals get bigger but I've never seen one even close to the size of this monster.  The large crystal measures 11 cm across (8 cm on edge)!  That is simply huge for these specimens.  The piece measures 17.6 x 10 x 8 cm.  The backside has a coating of wax as all these specimens are etched from the quartz to expose the fluorites.  These translucent, grape purple crystals are perfectly exposed and damage free.  Displays great.  An important piece.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  $2,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-951

Largest fluorite

OKL-951    Quartz, Fluorite, Dolomite     Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.  This piece has a wonderfully complex form with a nice mix of species displayed on an oval shaped matrix plate.  It measures 9.5 x 7.8 x 6.5 cm overall.  The scepters are up to 4.5 cm each with the nicest of them standing in a diverging spray central to the specimen.  They are included by what would appear to be chamosite or chlorite.  There is one noteworthy fluorite as well that measures approximately 2 cm with other smaller ones, too.  No damage and can be displayed in several ways on the base.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base. $1,450

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-952

tetrahexahedral?

OKL-952     Fluorite, Calcite, Quartz, Pyrite    Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghauling, Linwu County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  This is new material from the locality that is quite different from previous fluorites and likely amongst the finest and most interesting fluorite to come out of China in quite some time.  An 11 x 8.2 x 4 cm piece with cubic fluorite crystals to 2.2 cm on edge. The edges of the crystals have very strange modifications that I have not seen before that appear as small bevels to the cube intersections.  They can be clearly seen in the images but are rather difficult to describe.  The color is a light green with light blue phantoms in some of the larger cubes.  Also light sprinkles of pyrite as coatings and inclusions.  The calcites are white with "Mercedes Benz" cross shaped pyrite coatings on their surfaces.  Nice luster, no damage... a very fine example of this unusual material.  Some sawing on backside was used to recover or trim the piece.  Very aesthetic and very unusual.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  $750

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-953

ENHYDROS

Calcite on backside of specimen.

OKL-953      Fluorite, Calcite, Quartz, Pyrite      Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghauling, Linwu County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  This is new material from the locality that is quite different from previous fluorites and likely amongst the finest and most interesting fluorite to come out of China in quite some time.  Green octahedrons overgrown with green cubes having some really interesting features... such as tetrahexahedral modifications and ENHYDROS in most crystals.  Many are clearly visible to the eye.  Most crystals have four water inclusions with a nice bubble!  Nice luster, form, and even some interesting calcite on the back.  Blue phantoms!  8.9 x 7 x 4.3 cm.  This is way under priced for all that is here.  No damage and displays great on the custom base.  (mistake on the first pic, yes it is $600)     $600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-956

OKL-956     Fluorite and Quartz     Xiefang Mine, Ruijin County, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China.  This is very uncommon material that I was lucky enough to find in a couple examples this year.  It is most noted for having the two generations of fluorite with cubes following octahedrons.  The cubes are modified by dodecahedrons and the octahedrons faces are modified by cubes.  Wild!  The specimen is a slightly deeper green than the photos and the cubes are clear and have purple phantoms at the octahedron's tips and some even have quartz inclusions.  The color is better represented in the photos (yet still a little dull) but the high luster is not.   6.8 x 6 x 3.5 cm.  Zero damage.  This is very similar to the last specimen (likely the same pocket) and it is difficult to show all that is going on here.   $500

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-957

Bottom

OKL-957    Sphalerite and Quartz    Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  This is old and great material.  The specimen seen here is a damage free floater (very unusual for the location).  There are nicely formed, bright red sphalerites to 1.5 cm each.  The small to medium sized ones display as transparent and the larger translucent.  9.2 x 6 x 5.6 cm.  Entire piece is a druse of quartz.  I believe these rank among the finest sphalerites to be found anywhere and are modern day classics.  Fantastic example.  $600

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-958

 

OKL-958      Fluorite on Quartz     Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.  Beautiful, transparent, slightly purple cubes modified by dodecaherons.  Some crystals have tan colored rhombs of dolomite as small inclusions.  No damage, minor edge contacts.  7.5 x 6.4 x 5.5 cm.  Displays great. Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  A steal at $375

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-960

Top view

Termination striations

OKL-960    Calcite     Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.  Many of us are familiar with the fine, clear calcites from this location seen in single crystals up to 6 cm. When was the last time you saw a cluster from there?!  I've only ever seen two and neither held a candle to this one.  My guess is that this is among the finest specimens of this beautiful calcite recovered from the location.  It has the classic look with the striations on the terminations being less commonly seen.  The specimen has the normal exceptional luster and clarity.  The crystals are up to 3.8 cm each with lots of tiny ones adding a good deal of flash.  7 x 6.8 x 6.5 cm.  This is a top calcite by any standards.  No damage.  Better in-hand.  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.   $3,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-962

Bottom

OKL-962      Azurite       Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico.  This is a nice robust floater crystal with several smaller crystals on one end.  Base has a gravel like appearence but is actually flat faces.  6 x 3.1 x 3 cm and it is basically a single crystal!   Typical "electric blue" color.  No damage.  Impressive example that will hold its value and rank as a modern day classic (as everyone is telling us!).  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.   $1,900

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-963

 

OKL-963     Fluorite     Xiefang Mine, Ruijin County, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China.  This is very uncommon material that I was lucky enough to find in a couple examples this year.  It is most noted for having the two generations of fluorite with cubes following octahedrons.  The cubes are modified by dodecahedrons and the octahedrons faces are modified by cubes.  Wild!  The specimen is a slightly deeper green than the photos and the cubes are clear and have purple phantoms.  The color is much deeper than the other two previously posted specimens.   4.2 x 3 x 2.6 cm.  Zero damage.  Floater!  This is very similar to the last specimens (likely the same pocket) and it is difficult to show all that is going on here. If you like small, attractive, unusual specimens this might be the one for you.  Again, better in hand.   Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.   $350

 

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