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79 specimens found
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Cinnabar
stock #ALEC-12-063
Tongren Mine, Wanshan District, Tongren Prefecture
Guizoh, China
5.8 x 5.5 x 4.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $200
Post Tucson 2015

Twinned "drill bit" habit Cinnabar crystals on Quartz matrix with some Dolomite. A Chinese classic, for over a century Cinnabar was the only Chinese mineral seen in the western world. These were prized specimens in top collections and were the worlds best examples of the specie. Things have changed and these are no longer priceless but they are still quite fine and this habit is the most desired. Crystals to 1.8 CM most of which are fully perfect however a small one has a backside cleave not seen on display. The dark color and habit are typical of older material that is not like any of the recent finds.
Elbaite on Lepidolite
stock #Alec 19-320
Urubu Mine, Monte Bello, Itinga, Jequitinhonha Valley
Minas Gerais, Brazil
6.5 x 3.7 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $400
Post Tucson 2015

From a find in the late 1990's this is a zoned "catseye" Tourmaline with gem clear green termination. The bottom termination of the main crystal shows the hollow interior with fine fibrous Elbaite that gives the catseye effect. Very attractive and nicely composed the condition is very good, in the photos most of what may look like chipping is small contacts that show some recrystallization. A good value with a main 5.8 cm Tourmaline well presented.
Grossular on Diopside
stock #Alec-32-047
Eden Mills Quarries, Lowell & Eden
Vermont, United States
4.1 x 3.4 x 3.3 CM (miniature)
price: $1950
Post Tucson 2015

A superb gem Grossular Garnet from the legendary "Eden Mills" (Belvedere-Lowell) locale. Top color and clarity, this specimen hosts several brilliant Grossular with the rich deep red color that is so highly sought after. This could be trimmed to fine competitive thumbnail but to me it is fine as is. This level of quality was never common when the mine was working, these are now almost impossible to find. The largest garnet is 1.2 CM across and is pristine. Other gem garnets on the specimen have inclusions or contacts from Diopside crystals that form most of the matrix. A very fine and choice specimen that is far more eyecatching than its size suggests.
Silver (crystallized wire with
stock #Alec 16-170
New Nevada Mine, Cerro San Antonio, Batopilas
Chihuahua, Mexico
5.1 x 1.5 x 1.3 CM (miniature)
price: $480
Post Tucson 2015

A delicate, elegantly formed Silver wire rising from a nest of smaller wires and and Calcite in an esthetic form. Close examination shows perfect tiny crystals of Silver in dendritic, spinel twin and "herringbone" habits on all the wires. From the Batopilas area which is a modern classic locale, this shows well many of the unique habits that are distinctive from here.
Peridot (Forsterite) large gem crystal
stock #7FE-009
Sappat, Manshera Naran-Kagan Valley, Kohistan District
North West Frontier Province, Pakistan
4 x 3.3 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
price: $550
Post Tucson 2015

A big, hefty (46 grams) compound Peridot crystal with fine color and facet grade interior. Typical of crystals that reach this size there are several areas of edgewear and rounding of corners. The overall form is fairly good and this is an above average quality specimen from this area, vintage 1990's.
Schorl and Goshenite (Colorless Beryl)
stock #Alec 14-279
Erongo mountain, Usakos and Omaruru districts
Erongo region, Namibia
4.9 x 4.7 x 3.2 CM (miniature)
price: $360
Post Tucson 2015

Superb clear colorless beryl (Goshenite) crystals are scattered on a series of radiating sprays of shining black Schorl. The overall effect is striking and the beryl crystals are perfectly clear. Goshenite is surprisingly rare as almost a;ll Beryl has some color. The condition of this is good overall but a few Schorl have tip damage that is seen in the photos. The Beryl however is all perfect and with glasslike luster. Classic and attractive Erongo material.
Spinel
stock #15.1-324
Kayauk-saung
Mogok, Burma (Myanmar)
2.3 x 1.7 x 1.7 (thumbnail)
price: $600
Post Tucson 2015

Superb color, this super sharp octahedron is brilliant Ruby red on contrasting white Marble matrix. Fine classic Mogok thumbnail specimen, this has visual impact far greater than its size. In excellent condition as seen, this level of quality is not common at all.
Elbaite v. Indicolite
stock #ALEC-19-320
Pederniera Claim, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce Valley
Minas Gerais, Brazil
3.8 x .5 x .5 CM (miniature)
price: $325
Post Tucson 2015

Blue color zoned gem Tourmaline in perfect condition and with fine luster. The body of this is a darker blue that needs backlighting to show up well, the tip is a very transparent light blue that grades darker along the crystal. A very nice "steel blue" crystal from the famed Pederneira claim, these are modern classics and not very common at not stratospheric prices.
79 specimens found
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