Smithsonite var. Cobaltoan

Thumb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

6.0 X 4.2 X 3.7 cm

Sharp rhombs of saturated pink Cobaltoan Smithsonite on a gray sulfidic matrix of Galena and Sphalerite.

This piece has rhombs to 1.0 cm across the longest dimension, and no notable damage. Any irregularities visible on the edges of the Smithsonites are actually stepped-growth.

A Tsumeb classic!

                                  #DWS-006       $325


Lemon Tree Pocket, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil

4.7 X 3.0 X 1.3 cm

Top-quality miniature specimen from this nearly mythical occurrence, notable for its combination of pink crystal barrels with golden yellow tips. The luster and clarity are obvious in the photos.

This was originally sold to me by a notable mineral dealer as "undamaged;" several years later I was embarrassed to learn that while there is no surface damage whatsoever, the two main crystals had been reattached where they joined. I've since had this professionally repaired, and added a custom acrylic Sunnywood base to compliment this exquisite piece.

                                                                                             #DWS-007       SOLD

2017 Worldwide Specimens

10 Specimens added May 9, 2017

Apatite with Schorl Tourmaline, Albite, and Muscovite

Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

3.7 X 2.5 X 1.9 cm

largest Apatite is 1.7 X 1.7 cm

Wulfenite with Mimetite on Druzy Quartz

Rowley Mine, Theba, Painted Rock District, Painted Rock Mountains, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA

4.9 X 2.9 X 2.6 cm

Stunning contrast between electric-orange, yellowish to fiery orange wulfenite to 0.9cm, and fiery orange to orangish red mimetite to 0.2cm balls, all set against a vaguely purplish to grayish white matrix of druzy Quartz. The main Wulfenite crystals in great condition, with very minor chipping in the lesser crystals, focused on the trim edge.

I partly acquired this piece on a wager that I could trim this nearly pristine miniature from a larger specimen with that had significant damage...

Clearly, I won the bet...

#DWS-001       $1,500

Cuprite on Native Copper

Rubtsovskoe Cu-Zn-Pb Deposit, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Krai, Western-Siberian Region, Russia

6.0 X 4.2 X 3.7 cm

Lustrous Cuprite to 1.0 cm on edge, on a matrix of Copper and Copper pseudomorphs of an earlier Cuprite generation to 0.7 cm on edge.

The matrix has a varied patina, mostly with the classic patina associated with Copper specimens from Michigan, USA, but there are preferential faces that are silver colored.

Native Silver occurs at Rubtsovskoe, and these may very well be Silver, but I'm not assuming it is and it is not factored into the price.

High-graded from the very first and best lot of this type of material.

                                   #DWS-004       $195

Apatite on Aquamarine Beryl

Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

6.2 X 5.8 X 3.2 cm

Dynamic combination piece featuring thin pink Apatite crystals to 1.0 cm cascading over a matrix of crystalline Aquamarine like an ocean wave breaking on a beach.

The terminated Aquamarine crystals are obvious in the photos, with smaller ones under the capping Apatites, and the largest one at 5.8-cm long is the lower left crystal in the upper photo. The biggest Aqua, on the right in the upper photos, is incomplete, but it is matrix for this piece, not a feature.

There are small bits of white Feldspar here and there, but the focus is clearly the central and upper parts of the piece. No damage on the Apatites.

                                                #DWS-010       $185

Spessartine Garnet

Navegadora Claim, Penha do Norte, Conselheiro Pena, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
5.6 X 5.0 X 3.9 cm

Complete and extremely well articulated, wine-red Spessartine from the neo-classic find at Navegadora in the earliest 2000s. I saw this piece back then and thought it was one of the top percent in terms of quality, but couldn't afford to buy it at the time. Imagine how happy I was when it came back around to me a decade later! I've seen a few bigger, but none better. So good, I finished it with a custom Sunnywood acrylic base.

I am struck by how complete and equant this piece is for its size; you can pick out each complex face of the dodecahedron the crystal is trying to complete, despite the heavily stepped growth. Also, there are only three minimal, sub-millimeter contacts that I can't even point out in the photos.

These are not etched, as some have surmised. Instead, their growth (also exhibited in hoppered crystals) exceeded the entire crystal's ability to "keep-up," resulting in areas of enhanced vs. repressed growth, and providing a "stepped" appearance.

                                          #DWS-009     SOLD

Spessartine Garnet with Mica

Nani Hill, Loliondo, Ngorongoro District, Arusha Region, Tanzania

6.2 X 4.5 X 4.0 cm

A large undamaged Spessartine, measuring 4.7X3.8X2.8cm, is perched on a matrix of Mica with a strong purplish red coloration. I acquired this when they first came out, and I've only seen very few matrixes like this. Most likely it is Mica with another mineral inter-grown, such as Hematite, but I've not seen any analysis to support this.

The Spessartine ranges from fiery orange to brownish orange in areas, and the specimen comes with a complimentary, custom acrylic base from Sunnywood.

Note: the tiny linear features seen on the crystal faces are where former Mica crystals were initially enclosing the entire crystal. The separation occurred in the ground due to weathering, allowing the Garnets from this locality to be collected easily at first. Once past the weathered "rind," the rock would break through the crystals, allowing for gem-grade recovery, but not specimens.

                                                                       #DWS-003       $2,500

Grossular Garnet on Phlogopite

Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Québec, Canada

5.1 X 3.5 X 1.9 cm, 1.6cm largest crystal

Glowing orange Grossular crystal from the famous quarry at Jeffrey, featuring a 1.6 cm wide Grossular with smaller pale Grossulars on a blackish to silvery green matrix of proudly freestanding, complete crystals of Mica. The mica in this case is likely Phlogopite, given the color, but Muscovite is also reported from the mine. Regardless, these types of matrix pieces are much more rare than those on Diopside.

The main Garnet is simply a jewel, and could likely be worn unadorned by silver or gold, and still garner the same attention...

#DWS-002       $1,250


Three complete Apatite crystals to 1.7 cm across on a matrix of black Schorl Tourmaline, white Albite, and silvery Muscovite. The Apatites are pale pink in color in the light system I use in all my photographs, but appears more deeply pink in other spectrums. This a very cute, high-quality miniature that could be trimmed to a killer thumbnail...

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"Imperial" Topaz

Topaz Mine, Antônio Pereira District, Ouro Preto, Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Brazil

2.5 X 1.0 X 0.6 cm

Glassy orange to pink "Imperial" Topaz from one of the two best localities for these fancy-colored Topazes (the other is in Pakistan). In the grand scheme, these orange and pink specimens are generally only surpassed in color by the fully pink to fully purple crystals, which are very rare and very expensive.

This is a great thumbnail featuring strong luster and nice pink coloration, especially in the central and bottom portions of the crystal. A minor bit of separation is visible on the upper right shoulder. If this were not present, I would list this as $350; instead I've decided to drop it from its original $250 show price to $175.

Classic and hard to find, at a price lower than what I originally acquired it for!

                                                                         #DWS-005       $175