Tag Archives: Miniature
Micro crystals of sugilite liberally covering both sides of the matrix. Ones side is also sprinkled with tabular clear apophyllite crystals and groups and single crystals of the very rare mineral ruizite. The ruizite is plentiful and runs thought the specimen but is heavily concentrated around the apophyllites.
Location: N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Kuruman, South Africa
Dimensions: 6 x 4.2 x 3.4cm
Brilliant grass green barrel shaped crystals of pyromorphite (some with beveled edges) to 1.8 cm on a tan stalactitic matrix. Some of the crystals (including the larger ones) are doubly terminated. Choice miniature.
Location: Daoping Mine, Gongcheng County, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
Dimensions: 4.1 x 2.2 x 1.9cm
During the summer of 2012, a small lot of the deep blue aquas appeared on the market and were thought to be Vorobyevite. After analysis by Dr. Federico Pezzotta in Milan, they were confirmed to be a cesium included beryl, but not rich enough to be vorobyevite. Most of the crystals found were under 2.5 cm wide, so this one would be in the top percent for quality color and crystal size (3.4 cm!). No more have been found.
Location: Deo Darrah, Khash, Badakhshan, Afghanistan
Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.1 x 3cm
An exquisite specimen of bright deep green grossular crystals are generously scattered on a light green matrix of diopside needle-like crystals. One of the sweetest miniatures I have seen from this now closed locality.
Location: Jeffrey Mine, ASbestos, Quebec, Canada
Dimensions: 4 x 3.6 x 3cm
Locality: North America