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88 specimens found
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Chalcedony ps. after Aragonite
stock #ALEC-12-219
Las Plumas, Martires Dept.
Chubut, Argentina
6.8 x 6 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $150
Fall 2015

This quite attractive Psuedomorph has a lot of good provenance, ex Ed Swoboda, Carter Rich, George Loud, and William Hladyz. The shape of the large Aragonite crystals are sharply preserved and the color looks much like an Agate more so than Chalcydony. This is almost a perfect floater and despite a few very minor chips that are not easy to find the condition is still very fine overall. Classic older Pseudomorph not often available and rarely in anything close to this quality and esthetic.
Apatite (Carbonate Apatite -Collophane) ps after Vivianite with Calcite
stock #ALEC-12-602
Astillero Mine, Mapimi, Mun. de Mapimi
Durango, Mexico
9.3 x 6 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $400
Fall 2015

From the famed Pseudomorph suite assembled by Ed Swoboda, this is a very odd but well formed piece. The identification was confirmed by the Smithsonian (as noted on the old label). The shape of the original Vivianite crystals is perfectly preserved and the exterior is overgrown with tiny clear Calcites that have bright luster. This is Carbonate Apatite and has replaced crystals up to 4 CM in size.
Fluorite w. Galena ex. Johansson coll
stock #15.1-648
Blackdene Mine, Weardale
Durham, England
9.5 x 8.6 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $180
Fall 2015

An old well formed and classic Blackdene Fluorite from the collection of Warren Johansson. Warren obtained this piece in an exchange with Harvard in 1938, so it is clearly a vintage specimen. The cubes reach 4.2 CM in diameter and have good sharp edges. Several crystals display internal cleavage planes but the exterior shapes are intact and in quite good condition. Minor edge wear is noted on the outside edges but the main crystals in the center are undamaged. The Galena is on the reverse side so will not be in any logical dispaly orientation.
Azurite w. Malachite
stock #ALEC-3-052
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
Sonora, Mexico
4 x 2.9 x 2.6 CM (miniature)
price: $1450
Fall 2015

Esthetic Milpillas Azurite with a fine sharp, lustrous large main crystal nicely perched atop. From early finds vintage 2007, this displays great and the architecture is especially attractive. Milpillas is now famed as perhaps the greatest source of Azurites in history, which is saying a lot. There are many good pieces on the market and the prices vary from incredibly cheap to seven figures. Finding a fine yet affordable specimen that will stand out from the crowd is not easy. This is that sort of piece.
Apatite on Quartz
stock #15.1-342
Panasquieira Mines, Panasquiera Covilha
Castelo Branco District, Portugal
4.5 x 2 x 1.5 CM (miniature)
price: $600
Fall 2015

A very choice piece, this is a glass clear quartz crystal hosting several purple gem Apatites. The quartz is perfectly terminated, overall sharp and impressive in person, in very fine condition. Strong magnification reveals some tiny Siderite crystals. The Apatites have some slight zonation and have top luster. Not a typical Panasqueira specimen, and far more esthetic than average.
SOLD Fluorite on Sphalerite
stock #SOLD 15.1-515
Elmwood Mine, Carthage
Tennessee, United States
5.5 x 4.4 3 CM (cabinet)
price: $195
Fall 2015

A fine sharp transparent Fluorite cube on a mass of brown to reddish Sphalerite from the Elmwood mine. While this is a small specimen and the Fluorite is just 1.7 CM across, it has a perfection and form that make it stand out. Edge zoning of color and some complex corner growths are quite distinct on this crystal. Any good Elmwood Fluorites have begun to get more expensive recently as so few are found.
Fluorapatite (Pink) with Albite
stock #15.1-586
La Marina Mine, Pauna
Boyaca, Colombia
1.8 x 1.4 x 1 CM (thumbnail)
price: $290
Fall 2015

The Colombian pink Apatites from La Marina are very desirable but very hard to get in any quality. There have been no new finds for the past few years, and the La Marina mine is currently idle. This is an older piece from the 2003-4 era, and has good color. Some of the later Apatites were found to fade and became colorless, but this is the older color-stable type. Minor edge wear is noted mostly on the backside, but overall in very good shape for one of these.
Fluorite and Spessartine w. Hyalite
stock #15.1-592
Tongbei, Yunxiao County, Zhangzhou Prefecture
Fujian, China
3.7 x 2.6 x 2.1 CM (miniature)
price: $160
Fall 2015

The Tongbei finds about 10 years ago produced a few excellent Fluorites in several colors and habits. When associated with Spessartine as is this example, it makes for nice esthetics. A good example here in fine condition, the Fluorite is an elongated octahedron and has clear zoning, slightly etched faces and is transparent.
88 specimens found
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