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1491 specimens found
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Parisite - single crystal
stock #15.1-197
Muzo Mining District
Boyaca, Colombia
2.4 x 1.6 x 1.2 CM (thumbnail)
price: $950


Large, sharp, and very translucent, this single crystal of Parisite is exceptional. The bright red brown color and glassy luster make this stand out. Parisites have been found sporadically at the Emerald mines near Muzo, but usually much smaller, damaged or opaque. This is a textbook example of the tapering habit seen at Muzo. Perfectly eye clean for damage but very tiny chip can be found with 20X magnification. In 15 years of travel and worki with Colombian minerals, this is the best single crystal of Parisite we have had.
Grossular V. Hessonite
stock #18.1-317
Monte Argentea, Arenzana, Genova
Liguria, Italy
4.5 x 3.3 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
price: $160


Super bright lustrous Garnets on a matrix plate from this Italian alpine area. Choice piece with sharp crystals up to 7 mm. It appears the matrix was split and repaired along a crack seen on the backside, the front display side shows no evidence of any repair. Small bits of Clinochlore and Calcite are on the display face but mostly this is a dense with Hessonite crystals many of which seem to have some epitaxial alignment. A good vaule for a nice Italian Garnet
SOLD Bisbeeite etc.
stock #SOLD 18.1-167
Azurite Mine, Pinal Mts., Gila County
Arizona, United States
6.2 x 4.6 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $160


Bisbeeite is a rare, poorly studied copper mineral that is currently accepted as a separate specie but may prove to be a variant of Plancheite or Shattuckite. This specimen is sizable and hosts the Bisbeeite in pale blue, green and nearly white colors. The most visible crystals are a greenish white. This specimen was in the reference collection being studied by the late Dr. Joe Mandarino. Other Copper minerals are evident as well (Chrysocolla etc).
Fluorite -color change
stock #17.1-193A
Xiayang, Yongchun County, Quanzhou Prefecture
Fujian, China
6.3 x 3.1 x 2.2 (cabinet)
price: $480


From this great new find, this is a superb small cabinet specimen of sharp, undamaged and very colorful Fluorite. The color shift on these Fluorites is striking, it goes from a royal blue to a deep purple depending on the light source. The crystals are wonderful modified cubes, transparent and have a fine contrast to the matrix. We examined hundreds of pieces from this find and selected just a few, there were many damaged pieces and this level of perfection was not common. The discovery of these in Fujian province was an exciting new find last year and has now already dried up.
Quartz- Red Phantom, classic locale
stock #18.1-316
Bamble (Bamle)
Telemark, Norway
2.8 x 1.5 x 1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $45


Sharp phantom of red Quartz seen inside this old specimen from Bamle (Telemark) Norway. As seen the crystal has some bruises and so is not for a perfectionist, but it is a nice colorful piece from this locale famed for Barites. Inside the Quartz there are dark spheres (Pyrite?) and deeper red clouds of Hematite. Pre 1935 vintage with an old French label, these are never seen for sale.
SOLD Cyanotrichite - historic Lettsomite
stock #SOLD 18.1-164
Cap Garrone, Le Pradet, Var
Provence-Alpes- Cote d Azur, France
6 x 4.6 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $110


An old Cyanotrichite specimen with early labels all indicating "Lettsomite" (now Cyanotrichite). The copper mine at Cap Garrone stopped in 1917, and it did produce a fine array of rare Cu species in its heyday. This piece has a few other species on it that are not identified. The crystals are in typical accicular sprays and there seems to be a large massive zone of Cyanotrichite mixed with several other copper minerals. Old specimen numbers on this piece and vintage labels included.
Fluorite - purple, blue, yellow etc
stock #18-AX-18-064
Rosiclare Level, Denton Mine, Haris Creek Sub-district, Hardin County
Illinois, United States
8.1 x 6 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $490
Worldwide mix summer

A choice, sharp old Rosiclaire, Illinois Fluorite dusted with a little sparkling Quartz. Very good translucency, this backlights very well and shows multiple internal colors. In sunlight or daylight balanced light sources this is a nice blue with hints of yellow and some red internal color. Incandescent lighting turns this a more purple color. Overall in very good condition, a close exam finds some very tiny edge bruises but these are clearly not distracting yet keep the price low. Better in person, strong display and now getting very hard to find this quality at reasonable costs.
Cordierite - classic locale
stock #8.1-293
Richmond Soapstone Quarry, Cheshire County
New Hampshire, United States
6.2 x 4.2 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $225
Worldwide mix summer

A classic Northeastern US Cordierite crystal on matrix 4.2 CM tall. The termination is the usual flat top habit but with some edge modifications. Far better than most of these, the crystal is well defined somewhat sharp and unusually distinct but also clearly a bit crude as are these old Cordierites. . Nice mahogany brown color, good size and waxy luster on all the faces. Choice yet affordable example not often available in this quality.
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