New September New Finds Update 10 September 2021

10 September 2021

IT’S Friday already, so this means part two of our New Finds update. Like on Tuesday, it is an eclectic selection with the localities as varied as the minerals themselves. All size ranges are catered for, from small thumbnail to large cabinet specimens.

It is only fair to say today’s selection does not contain any particularly rare species, but in terms of crystal quality in relation to specimen size, then yes, such magnificent large specimens are few and far between, especially in private collections and we trust you will be impressed by quite a few. For a selection such as this there is no further need for preamble, so let’s get stuck in and take a quick overview.

I’ll begin with the miniatures, which sometimes border on small cabinet size and due simply to its size of crystals and perfection, I must kick-off with a Tsumeb Wulfenite. Yes, yes, yes, we’ve all seen lots of these before, but have you seen one like this?! For starters it is big, measuring 3.5 cm wide by at least 2.5 cm high. The crystal is approximately 5 mm thick at its centre and tapers out to razor-sharp knife-edges around its periphery. It is a highly flattened bipyramid, with four sided pyramidal faces on display. Around the edges it is deep buff, yet as the prism thickens it rapidly grades to deep clove brown and almost black. The Wulfenite crystal is partly embedded in a gossan matrix pervaded with small Wulfenite crystals of a similar colour and from the near surface zone of the Tsumeb ore pipe.

Amongst the miniatures we also have a lovely 5 cm tall Anglesite crystal and a stunning reddish pink Cobaltoan Smithsonite, both from Tsumeb; a fabulous twinned Cassiterite from Huber Stock in the Czech Republic and a stunning miniature of hackly micro-ribbons and wires of Native Gold pervading a milky Quartz gossan matrix from Rosia Montana in Romania, one of Europe’s most historic gold deposits. From the Cínovec-Zinnwald ore field spanning the border between Germany and the Czech Republic, we have a gorgeous single off-matrix Dauphiné Quartz crystal overgrow with excellent octahedral crystals of golden amber Scheelite in broad druses. Our tiniest specimen today is a thumbnail of Cassiterite on Quartz, again from the Czech Republic but from Horní Slavkov. The Cassiterite, attached to a single Quartz crystal, forms an exquisite stellate repeated set of twinned crystals forming a pentagonal star. The Cassiterite is jet black with a brilliant metallic lustre and, although so small, is a beautiful specimen.

Moving up in size, one of our favourites is a beautiful crystallised Native Sulphur with colourless to slightly milky Celestine. The latter forms as long prisms radiating out from bright yellow Sulphurous nodes all over the specimen giving a remarkable resemblance to large daisies with white petals surrounding bright yellow stamens. Another remarkable specimen is a superb Rose Quartz with Eosphorite from the Ilha claim in the Jequitinhonha valley of Brazil. A large cluster of vivid rose to pale fuchsia pink Quartz crystals develop out from a large flattened milky Quartz crystal. The Rose Quartz crystals measure up to 3 cm, many being quite broad, reaching 1.5 cm in width!

From the Cassandra Mines in Central Macedonia, Greece, you should look at the 14 x 12 cm plate of Rhodochrosite as it is a real beauty. Delicate strawberry ice cream pink Rhodochrosite crystals form the most striking spiky cluster with a silky lustre and sharply terminated crystals of between 1 and 2 cm tall. Occasional Rhodochrosite crystals display a hollow central core with a circular toroidal termination. The dense coverage of crystals shows no sign of damage, making this a truly superb specimen for display. Another equally striking specimen is that of Hausmannite from the N'Chwaning Mines in South Africa. This large cabinet specimen is entirely coated in splendid pseudo-octahedral jet-black crystals, some with pagoda-like stacked structures and all with a metallic silky lustre. The crystals are up to 2 cm on edge and cover the entire display surface.

I have a weak spot for Broken Hill minerals from Australia, so must give mention to a stunning intergrown group of large and thick set ‘Jack Straw’ Cerussite crystals; an ex. the Milton Lavers’ Smithsonite and an amazing chocolate brown Pyromorphite. This is from the MMM mine and appears to have at least three generations of crystal growth. It is a busy specimen making your eye jump around and often the almost black Pyromorphite crystals are overgrown by single crystals to 1.8 cm which in turn are often coated in a cactus-like radial growth of spiky Pyromorphite crystals of between 4 to 7 mm long.

And finally, from Baia Sprie in Romania, a large cabinet specimen of Bournonite, Sphalerite and Pyrite. Excellent bright metallic silver Bournonite crystals form equant cogwheel crystals all over this large cabinet specimen. The Bournonite crystals are so uniform and perfect they take me back to my Meccano days and I can even disclose they look like the No. 26 pinion gear wheel! A true classic!

There are many more great specimens to check-out; in this hobby above all others, you should never leave a stone unturned (big groans all round!). So, there you have it, 42 brand new specimens this week from across the entire globe, encompassing the unusual, aesthetic and fascinating. We hope there are many of interest to you with possibly one or two worthy of acquiring for your own collection. Have a great weekend. PT

Here is what you have to look forward to in next week's update:

Tuesday 14th September - Africa

Friday 17th September - The Americas

                                         

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Crystal Classics, and our sister company UK Mining Ventures, will be in attendance at the following shows for the remainder of 2021:

SEPTEMBER 10-18
Colorado Mineral and Fossil Fall Show 2021
Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center 15500 E 40th Ave, Denver, CO 80239, USA

SEPTEMBER 16-19
Hardrock Summit 2021 - Evolution
Colorado Convention Center, Four Seasons Ballroom 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA

OCTOBER 9-10
The Bakewell Rock Exchange 2021
Lady Manners School, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1JA, UK

OCTOBER 22-24
The Munich Show 2021
Exhibition Center Messe München, WEST Entrance, Munich, Germany

NOVEMBER 20
The Sussex Mineral & Fossil Show 2021
Haywards Heath College, Harlands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1LT, UK

NOVEMBER 27
Crystal Classics Winter Open Day 2021
No.1, The Old Coach Yard, East Coker, Somerset BA22 9HY, UK

 

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