An intergrown cluster of minty green
fluorite crystals and jet black schorl. The
fluorites are mostly translucent, with cubic
to octahedral to more complex crystal forms.
Many of the crystals in this specimen are
incomplete. Sits perfectly for display without
needed a stand due to its naturally flat base.
This began as a cluster of azurite or
gypsum crystals (exactly which remains a matter
of debate)) which over time was replaced by
light pastel blue-green, opaque chrysocolla, but
the original azurite crystal shape was retained.
The largest distinct 'crystal' is 4.9 cm in
length, and lies along the front of the
specimen. In places the chrysocolla cores can be
seen. An affordable example of a classic
pseudomorph from a classic pseudomorph locality.
This specimen is a large, fat black
tourmaline crystal (most likely schorl but one
cannot determine tourmaline species solely based
on color), with a contact termination on one end
(left on first picture) and broken on the other.
Accented with scattered white albite and a bit
of muscovite. Other than the incomplete
termination this specimen has no damage to speak
of. Personally collected November 2004.
This specimen probably started as a
single spodumene crystal which through natural
etching and fragmentation became many smaller
pieces, now cemented together with a beige
mica (probably muscovite). An interesting
snapshot in the life of a spodumene crystal,
one of those minerals highly prone to natural
etching. A few of the smallest spodumene
fragments on the very ends have broken edges,
but overall, nothing I would call noticeable
or detracting damage.
A large and somewhat oddly shaped
aquamarine beryl, translucent to opaque, with
a light blue color. A few naturally-etched
regions on the display face but around the
edges. Two small chips are noted --neither on
the display face -- and overall in quite nice
A sharply terminated, deep green to black
tourmaline is nestled in a cluster of white,
translucent cleavelandite blades. The very tip
of the tourmaline termination is gemmy and
nearly colorless. Edges of some cleavelandite
blades have a white crusty coverage, like
snow. Excellent color contrast, sits perfectly
for display without needing a stand, and not
A group of lightly frosted, translucent
fluorite crystals. As is often seen in
fluorite, color depends upon light source. For
example the cluster appears a light blue under
one of my white LED lamps, but more purplish
A sharp and faithful example of this
classic but now uncommon pseudomorph. (Mindat includes just one
example from this locality.) This must
have been a rather large
childrenite/eosphorite specimen in its past.
The locality is noted for all sorts of
uncommon phosphates. No damage. Accompanied by
an old Ernie Schlichter dealer label.
Of main interest here is a rich crust of
light yellow, botryoidal faustite, an uncommon
hydrated basic zinc aluminum phosphate, ZnAl6(PO4)4(OH)8
. 4H2O. Scattered about the
faustite crust are small but sharp and
colorless hemimorphite crystals. A partial
layer of metallic molybdenite lies underneath.
An interesting association specimen from one
of the largest and highest-grade porphyry
orebodies in the world. Displays quite nicely
without a stand.
(epimorphs) after Glauberite Paterson, Passaic County, New
Large cabinet - 14 x 11 x 9 cm (5.5 x 4.5 x 3.5
inches) ex Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
Specimen status: Sold
Miniature - 3.6 x 2.3 x 1.7 cm (1.4 x
0.9 x 0.7 inches)
Specimen status: Sold
Silver wire sprays to about 5 mm on the
edge of a quartz crystal-lined pocket on a
scrap of quartz/mixed sulfides matrix. This
'toenail' specimen could probably be trimmed
to a thumbnail without significant loss. No