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A vibrant, complete toenail-sized cluster of 3-dimensional crystals. The side edges have yellow-orange flashes of internal gemminess that are striking. As with much of this pocket, the backside is covered by an oriented secondary growth of powdery brown vanadinite. Xls to 1.5 cm
A vibrant, complete miniature-sized cluster of 3-dimensional crystals. The side edges have yellow-orange flashes of internal gemminess that are striking. As with much of this pocket, the backside is covered by an oriented secondary growth of powdery brown vanadinite. Xls to 2.2 cm tall
This unusual specimen has a 3.3-cm giant crystal perched atop a cluster of smaller ones. It is complete all around. As with much of this pocket, the backside is covered by an oriented secondary growth of powdery brown vanadinite , and in this case the right side also has this feature. The oriented coating serves actually to accentuate the geometry
Highlighted by a magnificent 2.9 cm vanadinite crystal perched near the apex of this cluster of intergrown crystals, this is nearly a complete floater. It has the beauty and form of a exceptional specimen, very sculptural. The crystals are both tabular and more equant, extremely lustrous, and many feature the reddish core color with gemmy yellow to orange highlights that are characteristic of this pocket. Several crystals exhibit the cogwheel or gear-like form that is also so unusual, for this pocket. A lustrous, beige secondary coating of vanadinite is on the back side of many crystals but does not detract from the display faces as you can see. Despite the exposure of this specimen in the pocket, it is nearly pristine with only the most minute few micro-dings on close inspection, and one more noticeable but still small ding on the large crystal edge at lower-left. Aesthetics in form, color and luster make this specimen outstanding for the size.
This is the single best piece of the pocket, so far as I know (and I did buy the lot, hopefully all of it!). It is a robust, tree-like mound of crystals that literally seems to be leaping off the matrix. The matrix is a good contrast, but not overwhelming to the freestanding 3-dimensional clusters atop it. The crystals (to 2.5 cm) uniformaly have excellent deep red color with fiery orange and yellow flashes on their side faces. The gear-like crystal stand one atop another in linked geometry, and all i can say is that this is simply mesmerizing in person in a way the photo cannot convey. We have all seen THOUSANDS of vanadinite specimens over the last 20 years and this one, it would rank up there even in the heyday of the mines here. It is a very different style than most past pieces, and you can own this and still want one of the classic on white barite (with smaller crystals by far). This piece, with its sculptural style, is so much more impactful and rich than you normally see on large vanadinite specimens, that it stands on its own merit quite apart from judging it by the standards of previous pockets. It is "different". Again, more so in person. Joe Budd photo.
This specimen looks at the same time both flower-like and machinelike, with complex hoppered faces running its length. The large crystals are 4 cm across, front to back, but the best viewing of the piece is this way - with the gear-like edges of higher lustre facing at the viewer. It is a mesmerizing effect, all the more so because there is no damage to distract the eye. The lustre on these faces is extremely high, and internal reflections or orange and yellow hues clearly leap out. One of my favorites of the miniatures in this pocket. Joe Budd photo.
Complete floater composed of only solid vanadinite, this outstanding small cab features lustrous and translucent, gear-shaped, reddish-brown crystals reaching 2.7 cm across.Orange to yellow gemmy highlights are present along with incipient hopper growth. Most of the crystals are doubly-terminated. There is on the base and back of many crystals in this pocket, a not-so-lustrous secondary phase of powdery vanadinite: but on this specimen the coating is confied to the back side entirely and all front-facing and side-facign crystals are red or red-toned all over. Just a superb display specimen of unusual habit, robust and geometric like few others here. It looks good from MANY angles and is one of my favorites of this new pocket. Joe Budd photo.
A huge, isoalted, 3 cm crystal dominates the matrix on this unusual matrix specimen. Unusual in the fact that such sharp hexagonal vanadinties rarely come in sparse coatings on matrix plates…usually they are jumbled up together. This plate is remarkable for the separation, therefore, of the crystals. The color is good, although a bit darker than most in the pocket. The crystals are moderately translucent, and have superb form and geometry. A few very small scratches on the surface of the main crystal do detract a bit though, hence the bargain price for such an otherwise top-level specimen. It is still important, and not damaged elsewhere on the main crystals, so if the very small scratches can be lived with it is a real bargain for the impact. Joe Budd photo.
Topped by a large vanadinite crystal measuring 3.0 cm in length, and exhibiting dramatic hopper growth, this solid mass of intergrown, doubly terminated, lustrous and translucent, gear-shaped , brick-red crystals is really unique! Gemmy highlights of orange and yellow abound when looked at head on as in the photo, and the view from the backside is almost as interesting as the front. The thin tan coating that covers some of the pieces in this pocket preferentially coats some faces, particularly the undersides. However, this actually (luckily) serves to accent and define face boundaries all the better without interfering with the burst of color you want to see in the front view. The piece is a floater, complete all around and with no point of contact.It is pristine save only a small ding. Nearly a floater this is a major vanadinite specimen that should easily be coveted by serious collectors if seen in person. It is MUCH more 3-dimensionally dramatic than a photo can easily convey and I value this highly as a shockingly original small cab vanadinite, that stands out amongst so many thousands I have seen in the past.
One of the best of the pocket, this sculptural matrix specimen features rich vanadinites built up upon a well-trimmed matrix plate. Highlighted by a crystal perched at the apex of the specimen, which measures 2.75 cm across, this fine, pristine matrix specimen of equant, gear-shaped, doubly terminated, lustrous and translucent crystals is stereotypical fo the habit of this new pocket. But it is also a dramatic piece with major, robust vanadinites by ANY previous standard as well. Orange to yellow highlights are evident in flashes off the side faces. All the major crystals are deep red, translucent, and the whole clustre atop is complete ALL AROUND the backside, 360 degrees. The brown coating that appears on some pieces of this pocket is here limited to the bottom of some minor crystals, and to the bottom of the piece (which is itself crystallized under the matrix shard on which the main grouping sits). For the combination of qualies, crystal size, aesthetics overall, and sheer quantity of vanadinite piled upon a good matrix size, this is one of my favorites of the new pocket and it stands out dramatically from the crowd. It is true there are many styles of vanadinite out there but in the past, such large robust crystals tended to be on smaller specimens or without matrix, and the color and geometry combination here makes this one really transcend the ordinary, in my opinion. the photo cannot do it justice. Joe Budd photo
Another near-floater of exceptional quality, this is a cluster of equant, doubly terminated glassy and gemmy crystals, to 2.4 cm across. The red tones are deep and vibrant. Additionally, orange to yellow gemmy highlights are emitted from the depths of the crystals in flashes of color on the side faces. The specimen exhibits a wonderful sculptural quality with a chasm in the middle setting off the two sections of the cluster. Another fine, pristine, competition quality vanadinite specimen and frankly one of the most impressive miniatures I have seen of the species from ANY pocket or style. It is radiantly colorful and the crystal size, and gear-like arrangement of this pocket, make it distinct.
Perhaps my favorite in this size range, a spectacularly 3dimensional specimen with superb, cogwheel-like aesthetics. Nearly a complete floater, this is an impressive cluster of equant, doubly terminated, glassy and gemmy crystals to 2 cm across. Highlights of orange and yellow are emitted from the depths of the crystals. Incipient hopper growth is also noted on the back sides of some crystals. Complete all around, this piece has the fabulous lustre on nearly all sides. Clearly this specimen quality and form, along with it being pristine, make it a major competition piece.
Composed of nearly equant, intergrown, glassy and translucent, gear-shaped, reddish-orange crystals to 2.0 cm across, this vanadinite specimen is also competition quality. Gemmy highlights of orange and yellow emanate out of the depths of the crystals. Surprisingly, pristine. This is a fine, quality specimen!It shows very interesting geometry, and a mix of simple and complex crystal habits with gear-like cogs interconnecting them.
The composition of this aesthetic mound of nearly equant, intergrown, glassy and translucent, gear-shaped , reddish-brown crystals, is highly sculptural. It is pure vanadinite. Highlights of orange and yellow emanate from the crystal depths. Many crystals, to 1.5 cm across, are doubly terminated and a few exhibit incipient hopper growth. The underside and back side of the crystals have a secondary vanadinite phase of yellowish-tan color, with the yellow being lustrous. These oriented growth coverings serve to all the more accentuate the front face which is shockingly lustrous as you can see.The specimen is pristine and complete all around (although as I said, coated on other faces).
Complete floater composed of only solid vanadinite, this outstanding miniature features lustrous and translucent, gear-shaped, reddish-brown crystals reaching 2 cm across.Orange to yellow gemmy highlights are present along with incipient hopper growth. Most of the crystals are doubly-terminated. There is on the base of many crystals, a lustrous secondary phase of vanadinite while on the back side (out of view) is a non-lustrous tan phase. Just a superb miniature of unusual habit
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