Mineral Gallery IV
QUARTZ and AMETHYST QUARTZ scepter.
Jerome Street, Hopkinton, Washington County, Rhode Island.Measures- length: 1-3/4, and width at “orb” is 1-1/8 inches. A fine and rare scepter of amethyst on milky quartz collected around 1980. This is one of the best balanced examples of the many that went through my hands around 1980.Price $3,500
PYROMORPHITE, a small superb mass of large, sharp green crystals with a little matrix.Wheatley Mines, near Phoenixville, Chester County, Pennsylvania.Measures 1-3/4 x 1-1/4 x 3/4 inches.
FLUORITE, a large, pink, octahedral crystal with chlorite and muscovite.Tormiq area, northwest of Skardu, Pakistan.Measures 2x2x1-3/4 inches.Price $2,500.
BERYL (AQUAMARINE), a superb, large group of blue, terminated crystals in, more-or-less, parallel position.Nager, Near Aliabad, Hunza Valley, Pakistan.Measures 4x3-5/8x3-1/2 inches.
With smaller, secondary crystals (all terminated) and muscovite. From Herbert Obodda by exchange in 2004. At one point in time Herb sold this specimen for $75,000 but had to repleven it for lack of payment.Price on request.
BOURNONITE, a superb, very important, old-time historic, group of terminated crystals. No matrix.Noche Buena mine, Mazapil, Zacatecas, Mexico.Measures 2 x 1-1/2 x 1 inches.This is an extremely old, important and historic specimen and although the paper documentation is now lost, it came from the collection of Robert Ferguson of Raith (1770-1840) for whom fergusonite was named. According to Brian Lloyd, who dispersed the Ferguson mineral collection, this specimen entered Ferguson's collection before 1810 and it could easily have been collected from the mine in the 18th century; thereby making it one of the earliest collected North American specimens to survive until today.From Herbert Obodda by exchange on 9-30-04.Price on request.
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