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1282 specimens found
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Tourmaline (Gemmy Elbaite)
stock #8 -BRA-685
Barra de Salinas Mining District, Coronel Murta
Minas Gerais, Brazil
7.5 x 2.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $2400


A big, glassy gem crystal of rich deep green color and attractive form. The termination is a complex series of separate peaks that looks much like a cityscape. Formerly in the Smale collection, the crystal looks rather dark until it is backlit and it really glows a rich deep green color. The front and sides present well, the rear has some chipping (that's why its the rear) which is not visible from the display side. A very fine older Barra de Salinas piece, probably worth more as gem rough!
Calcite on Fluorite with Dolomite
stock #5.1-074.3
Shangbao Pyrite Mine, Leiyang
Hunan, China
8.2 x 5.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $160


One of the best reasons to collect Chinese minerals are wonderful association pieces that are attractive, interesting and affordable. Here some "pineapple" style yellow calcites grow on a light purple field of sparkling Fluorite that is also decorated with small saddle dolomite crystals and quartz. Pretty, undamaged and not going to break the bank. Fine minerals do not always have to be expensive!
SOLD Pyrrhotite with Sphalerite
stock #SOLD 12.1-033
Santa Eulalia, Aguiles Serdan
Chihuahua, Mexico
3.8 x 2.1 CM (miniature)
price: $0


A very esthetic small miniature with really neat form. The Pyrrhotite is a sharp well terminated crystal that has a deep brassy patina and surface striations at right angles. It is nicely decorated by small, sharp lustrous sphalerites. A small contact is on the back/ base and minor chipping can be found with 10X magnification. By eye there is no damage from any display side. A nice specimen from this classic Mexican locale.
Spinel (octahedron on Spinel law twins)
stock #8 DK-161
Luc Yen
Yen Bai Province, Vietnam
6.8 x 6 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $280


A purplish-red large Spinel twin over 5 cm across is the base for a smaller octahedron and some additional crystals. Shows typical etched surfaces and has some very glassy faces. An attractive display piece that is also quite instructive, it presents the twinning in a textbook form with a non twinned example as a contrast.
Almandine (Garnet) on Schist
stock #10.1-337
Wrangell Garnet mine, Petersburg District,Wrangell Petersburg District
Alaska, United States
9.8 x 7.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $250


From a classic US locality this is a very fine example of highly lustrous Almandines in a good sized plate of Schist. This was once a prolific locale but little to nothing is seen now. The largest crystal is 2.3 CM. With strong lighting the deep rich red color is seen but at first glance these are dark, almost black. Excellent form and contrast, there is some contacting and edge chipping (probably a result of in-situ events, and not "mishandling") This is still a very displayable specimen with much better quality than is typical.
Rose Quartz
stock #8 DK-018
Pitorra Claim, Laranjeiras, Galileia, Doce Valley
Minas Gerais, Brazil
7 x 6.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $400


Really attractive and well composed, this is a fine "picket fence" style rose quartz collected over 20 years ago. Excellent color sharpness, luster and condition, this could be priced much higher in the current market. The milky quartz matrix and the depositional banding add a lovely contrast to this specimen. With a strong light and magnification I can find one chipped termination that is behind other crystals so is well hidden. Otherwise perfect.
Neptunite in Natrolite with Joaquinite and Crossite
stock #AC- B10-200
Benitoite gem mine, Iridia, San Benito Co.
California, United States
6 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $250


Great contrast with sharp and lustrous Neptunites against the white natrolite. Dozens of micro crystals are on board with lots of the rare mineral Joaquinite. The largest neptunites reach 2 CM and show reddish highlights with good lighting. Most crystals are perfect and terminated, but there is damage to 2 crystals. These could be removed to make a "perfect" specimen but they are not bothersome to me and the overall impact is fine. Older material collected in the 60's.
Cerussite on Barite
stock #9.1-374
Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province,
, Morocco
7 x 6.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $300


A really nicely presented cerussite sixling twin crystal sits atop a matrix of orange-red barite blades. Great contrast and excellent condition on the display face. The main cerussite is 2.7 CM across. The mines of Mibladen produced tons of average specimens but this one is far better than typical, an excellent example of a modern classic locality, a very good value.
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