Mineral Gallery I
CORUNDUM (SAPPHIRE), an unusual, waterworn crystal from a rare locality.
Kono near Sefadu, Sierra Leone.Measures 2-3/4 x 1-3/4 x 1-3/4 inches. A most unusual, flesh-colored, waterworn crystal that shows good chatoyance and unusual intergrowth that is probably twinning.Price $1,500
UVAROVITE (andradite garnet) densely, minutely and brilliantly crystallized on CHROMITE.
Saranowskii Mine, Saranowskaya Village, Gorozawod, Permskaya Oblast, Urals, Russia.Measures: 4 x 3-1/2 x 1/2 inches. There is some crystal development on the rear of the matrix. This large, important specimen went to the Harvard Mineralogical Museum as a gift of C.T. Diedrich in 1924; then to Hugh A. Ford. The Harvard and Ford labels survive.Price $3,500
SPINEL, a compound, gemmy, octahedral crystal of good, deep red, color.
Mogok, Burma (Myanmar.)Measures 2-1/4x2x1-1/4 inches. A deep red, natural “half-crystal" with a surface that has a “melted” look.Acquired by personal exchange with "Burma Bill" William Larson in 1998. Price $2,000
CASSITERITE, a superb, extremely rare group of three twinned-crystals or a sixling.
Zinnwald, Bohemia, now Cinvald, Czech Republic.Measures 1-3/8x1-3/8x1 inches. An exceptional. old-time group of “gun-sight” crystals with no matrix. The locality is now called Cinvald, Czech Republic. I have never seen a finer example. This specimen came to me first around 1960. I sold it at that time to Alex Mann from whom I reacquired it on March 10, 2003.Price on request.
POLLUCITE, a very large, superb, complex crystal on a small ALBITE matrix.
Shigar Valley, northeast of Skardu, Pakistan.Measures 3-1/4x2x2 inches. The large (2-1/4x2x1-3/4 inch) crystal, because of its multi-faceted nature, looks much like an oversized golf-ball. Pictured in Mineralogical Record, May-June, 2007 on page 205.Price on request.
EPIDOTE/CLINOZOISITE, a large, superb, flat, transparent, brilliant, terminated crystal.
Hashupa, Shigar Valley, northeast of Skardu, Pakistan.Measures 3-1/2x1x1/4 inches.Price $7,500.
CHRYSOBERYL, a large, superb, multiple-twinned crystal.Itaguassu, Espirito Santos, Brazil.Measures 1-5/8x1-1/4x1-3/8 inches.
BERYL (GEM AQUAMARINE), a superb, stout, modified, tabular, transparent crystal of fine blue color with a “negative” crystal inclusion, on matrix.
Pech, Nuristan, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.Measures 3-3/4 x 2-1/2 x 2 inches. The aquamarine crystal measures 2-1/4 x 1-3/4 x 1 inch (thick) and the tabular habit is rare in aquamarine. It came from Herbert Obodda by exchange on July 23, 2003.
Price on request.
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