obvious in the photos. This is on the bottom in my preferred orientation, and eclipsed by the quality and sharpness of the other crystals.

                                                        #FCS-015        $45

Wulfenite with Mimetite on Quartz

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

3.0 X 1.8 X 1.5cm

One of very few specimens I saw on white matrix, with yellowish orange to deep orange, flashy crystals of wulfenite and tiny orange mimetite on a sparkling quartz druse. The contrast is outstanding and caught my eye immediately. Note: this and the other specimens listed from Rowley are thumbnail-sized, and the wulfenites here are 

Wulfenite

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

2.0 X 1.5 X 1.2cm

Sharp "windowpane" crystals of yellowish orange to deep orange wulfenite crystals, all in a fairly robust little cluster. One of the larger crystals is broken, 

Vanadinite

Pure Potential Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mountains, La Paz County, Arizona, USA

2.4 X 1.5 X 1.1cm

​Glassy hopped vanadinite crystals ranging from yellowish orange near the base to fire-engine red at the top, with notable translucence that increases from the lighter colored, nearly opaque base through almost gemmy sections in the more deeply red-colored terminations of the main hoppered crystal.  

                                        #FCS-008          $65

Wulfenite with Mimetite

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

2.8 X 1.8 X 1.4cm

Yellowish orange mimetite on yellowish to reddish orange wulfenite "windowpane" crystals. Minimal damage, and more robust than it might appear.

                     #FCS-013         SOLD

Orpiment

Cut 20, Twin Creeks Mine, Potosi District, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA

8.3 X 6.3 X 5.1cm

Bright yellow orange to deeper amber-orange orpiment from the famous find extracted and presented by Collector's Edge in the late 1990s to early 2000s. This is from the second zone (Cut 20), which is generally characterized by smaller crystals but with generally better color than the first (Cut 62). Damage only on trim-edges.

                                               #FCS-006          $495

SOLD

Gold with Quartz

Eagle's Nest Mine, Michigan Bluff District, Placer County, California, USA

2.6 X 2.2 X 2.0cm

Classic arrangement of lustrous octahedra and hoppered spinel twins of gold with snow-white quartz, with a modified spinel-twin forming a small wire sticking off the right side in the photograph on the middle-right. Some of the quartz is clear.

                                                       #FCS-001          $2,750

Sulfur

Steamboat Springs District, Washoe County, Nevada, USA

6.0 X 5.0 X 4.5cm

Old-time, intensely canary yellow sulfur crystals to 2.0cm, on a beige matrix. The isolated crystals show well-developed, hoppered spinel-twins. Minor contacting along the edges; the crystals are in excellent condition.     #FCS-003     $125

Gold with Quartz

Eagle's Nest Mine, Michigan Bluff District, Placer County, California, USA

4.8 X 3.5 X 2.6cm

Robustly inter-grown gold and crystalline quartz from a classic American locality. As with the other golds in this update, this can be "cleaned" further, but is from my personal reference collection, for which I wanted no enhancements. Specimens from this part of California, as well as Canada, Australia, Brazil, etc. are from similar types of gold deposits, and can be very difficult to distinguish from one another if completely "cleaned" to "butter" gold in "snow-white" quartz. I prefer the display face shown in the photos on the upper and lower left, featuring the 5mm high open end of a hoppered gold crystal. There are more crystals visible in voids between quartz crystals, and the back shows heavy exposure of more "hackly" crystalline gold, with a partial fragment of pyrite pseudomorphed by brown goethite.

                                         #FCS-009          $3,500

RED, GOLD, ORANGE, AND YELLOW!

Gold with Quartz

Eagle's Nest Mine, Michigan Bluff District, Placer County, California, USA

2.8 X 2.0 X 1.6cm

A partially iron oxide-stained quartz matrix forms a perfectly proportioned pedestal for a 1.9cm-wide cluster of cavernous, hoppered spinel twinned gold crystals up to  

Sulfur

Steamboat Springs District, Washoe County,  Nevada, USA

5.8 X 5.5 X 3.5cm

Old-time, intensely canary yellow sulfur crystals to 1.7cm, on an orangish white matrix. No damage to the strongly hoppered crystals, which also show triangular faces and general octahedral to spinel-twinned forms. This was collected in the 1960s and protected since, and the crystals are bright and flashy. They are generally translucent to clear, but the extreme hoppering prevents any of them from being fully "gemmy." 

                                         #FCS-007          $100

Mimetite with Wulfenite

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

1.9 X 1.5 X 1.2cm

A bizzarre-looking network of yellowish orange to locally cherry-red spherules of mimetite on a matrix of wulfenite crystals. The basal matrix is mostly contacted, but a couple of terminated ends are protected deeper within the mimetite, and the tiny blemish on the front is barely noticeable in person, representing tiny exposure of an earlier wulfenite crystal overgrown by the mimetite. This small thumbnail is very sculptural, and some may imagine biomorphic or other forms present.

                                                               #FCS-016         SOLD

SOLD

Wulfenite with Mimetite

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

3.0 X 2.1 X 1.0cm

Isolated "windowpane" crystals of yellowish orange to deep orange wulfenite crystals on a smartly contrasting, sparkling druse of light purplish white micro-crystals of unknown (but not likely "exotic") composition. Very minor damage; the photographs really speak for this one! 

                                                                                                                                    #FCS-017         $85

Gold with Quartz

Eagle's Nest Mine, Michigan Bluff District, Placer County, California, USA

2.1 X 1.6 X 1.2cm

A sharply crystallized cluster of gold juts out every direction from white quartz matrix, with the dominant hoppered spinel standing nearly 6mm above the inter grown quartz. This specimen can be "cleaned" further, including removal of the quartz; in this case, I think this would be very similar to specimens from Mina Zapata, Venezuela, which are easily found on the current market.

                                                    #FCS-011          SOLD

Wulfenite with Mimetite

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

2.1 X 2.0 X 1.3cm

Mostly gemmy "windowpane" crystals of wulfenite with mostly yellow coral-like growths of mimetite on a light bluish white, chrysocolla stained matrix. The main crystal is thick for the locality, and the entire cluster is much less fragile than it may appear. Very minor damage, obvious as tiny "mouse-bites" one corner of the main crystal. This is emphasized in the photographs, but more difficult to spot in person, and can be oriented so that it is not (or barely) visible from the better display angles.

                                                                      #FCS-021         $65

Wulfenite with Mimetite

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

2.6 X 2.0 X 1.6cm

Sharp yellowish orange to deep orange "windowpane" crystals of wulfenite with small, coral-like crystals of orange to yellow mimetite on a bluish white matrix. These are early-stage mimetite crystals, as later growths on other specimens show increasing transition through orange into deep red shades (purportedly due to elevated chromium-content). The specimens on the bluish white matrix came out during the later stages, and were much more rare than most other matrix types. It is possible the blue represents one of the rarer species present at Rowely, but is presumed here to be chrysocolla. Very minor damage confined to a contacted corner on the largest crystal, obvious in the photographs.

                                                         #FCS-018         $95

1.1cm on a side. Note: this can easily be "cleaned" further, but was long-held in my personal reference collection, for which I wanted no enhancements. This preserves original textures (like the crystalline nature of the quartz, including small crystals near the center of the gold cluster), and original patinas.

                                               #FCS-005         $975

SOLD

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Mimetite with Wulfenite

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

1.9 X 1.3 X 0.5cm

Deep red spherules of chromian mimetite with small, mostly incomplete wulfenite blades. 

                                                           #FCS-014         $60

SOLD

​only a few mm wide.​ Regardless of size, this one has a special "pop," even inside a Perky box.

                                         #FCS-012         SOLD

Wulfenite with Mimetite on Quartz

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

2.8 X 2.5 X 1.7cm

One of the best thumbnail-sized specimens from the entire effort, this "box-buster"  features yellowish orange "windowpane" crystals of wulfenite with deep orange to bright cherry red mimetite scattered across a rolling quartz druse. The quartz has a slight pinkish tint, probably reflecting some amethystine quartz, but also at least partly allowing the purplish gray matrix to show through. There are a few broken crystals in the mix; I tried to feature them in the photographs, but they are barely noticeable in person.

                                                                                                                                   #FCS-020         $100

SOLD

Orpiment

Cut 20, Twin Creeks Mine, Potosi District, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA

5.0 X 3.1 X 2.4cm

Before extolling the virtues of this exceptional piece, it must be mentioned that it is NOT as red as shown in the photos, despite best efforts to modify them. It IS, however, the most deeply saturated, vibrant deep orange specimen we have seen from the finds of the late 1990s to early 2000s, hence its selection for the American Mineral Treasures Exhibition for the 2008 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. From the Scott Kleine collection, with both commemorative labels from the Tucson display. Additional photos can be sent on request.

                                         #FCS-002          $2,500

Vanadinite

Pure Potential Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mountains, La Paz County, Arizona, USA

1.8 X 1.5 X 1.1cm

Hoppered crystals of orangish red to fire-engine red vanadinite showing an interesting pattern of repetitively divergent crystals. No damage for this fine thumbnail-sized specimen. 

                                          #FCS-010          $45

21 Specimens added November 22, 2016

Wulfenite and Mimetite Specimens from the Rowley Mine, Maricopa County, Arizona

     As of this year, all operations at the Rowley Mine have been shuttered indefinitely by MSHA, the mining-equivalent of OSHA. MSHA regulates all operations identified as a "mine" based on their criteria, and is in a constant effort to oversee too many operations for their limited resources. As a result, a simple decision was made to shut-down all small, "mom-and-pop" mining operations that detract from oversight of major operations that provide both significant numbers of jobs and taxable incomes at all levels. Note: if you want to permit an operation at any level, e-mail us first, as we have significant experience in this arena, and would have kept this off MSHA's list.

     For three years at the Fall Denver Show, Apex shared a room with various representatives for the recent specimen recovery efforts at Rowley, and was able to view the entirety of the array of specimens produced. Despite specimens selling in the five- to six-figure range, the operators were exceedingly aware of damage in their pricing structure, as damage exists on every piece recovered. Over the last three years, Apex selected around 20 pieces from the entirety of the displays based on: 1) general aesthetics, 2) affordability, 3) preferred association of wulfenite with the rare red mimetite (reportedly due to an elevated chromium content), and 4) preferred association with the even rarer, highly contrasting, white to light purplish gray matrix covered by quartz +/-???. The first results of this selection process are presented below...

Mimetite with Wulfenite

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

3.1 X 2.4 X 1.5cm

One of the best examples I saw of the deep orange to bright cherry red mimetite spherules overgrowing an interconnected matrix of wulenite blades. The wulfenite matrix is heavily contacted, but has little to do with the focus of this piece, comprising lustrous "balls" of chromian mimetite. The resemblance to certain caviars/roes cannot be missed, even in the photographs. A couple wulfenite blades are complete.

                                 #FCS-019         SOLD

Vanadinite

Pure Potential Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mountains, La Paz County, Arizona, USA

2.0 X 1.5 X 1.3cm

​Glassy hopped vanadinite crystals ranging from orange near the base to fire-engine red at the top, with marked translucence. 

                                 #FCS-004          $50