Mineral Gallery II
ALMANDINE GARNET, a large, sharp crystal on MUSCOVITE.
Russell, Hampden County, Massachusetts.Measures 3 x 2-3/4 x 1-1/2 inches. A large (2x1-1/2 inch), sharp crystal on a crystallized muscovite matrix. Many of these old-time matrix specimens were faked by skilfully gluing the loose crystals on a rock matrix. When the crystals occur in a muscovite matrix their genuineness is usually assured. This specimen is guaranteed unrepaired and unrestored in any way.
SPODUMENE, a very large, model-like crystal with a smaller crystal attached.
Huntington, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
Measures 4x3-1/2x2-1/2 inches. A very old, classic specimen
Price on request.
QUARTZ (IRIDESCENT or IRIS) agate slice. Published specimen
Ojo de Laguna, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Measures 2-3/8x2x1/16 inches. A breathtakingly beautiful specimen when viewed with a single, incandescent light source, sunlight or even a candle. It is illustrated in The Beauty of Banded Agates by Michael Carlson, on page 16.Aside from two other specimens that I saw (but could not buy) many years ago, this is the finest example of iris agate that I know of. Possibly the finest example known.
SPINEL, a very large, octahedral crystal.
Monroe, Orange County, New York.
Measures 3-3/8 x 2-1/2 x 2-3/8 inches.
IDOCRASE (VESUVIANITE), a very large, brilliant, doubly-terminated, tabular crystal. Somewhat, naturally incomplete at bottom-rear.
Olmstedville, Essex County, New York.Measures 2-1/8 x 1-1/2 x 1 inches.This specimen was collected in the 1950s from an old, classic locality that was first exploited in the 19th century.
NAGAYGITE in very large crystal plates virtually covering matrix with a little RHODOCHROSITE.
Nagyág (Sacaramb), Transylvania, Romania. (Type locality.)
Measures 2-3/4x1-7/8x1-1/2 inches. Retains an old holograph label. An exceptional specimen. From Herbert Obodda by exchange on July 23, 2003.
CALCITE, a most unusual and spectacular, step-like group of crystals partly invested with oriented crystals of SIDERITE. An unusual “architectural” specimen.
Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.
Measures 4x3x2 inches.
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