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1491 specimens found
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Proustite
stock #7-MOR-210
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province
Souss- Massa- Draa Region, Morocco
6.5 x 5.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $860


A very rich, estheticly presented and fine specimen of the rarest of the Ruby Silver minerals, Proustite. A large 4.6 CM crystalized mass of nearly pure proustite in association with minor acanthite crystals rises from the matrix. There is no visible damage even under 10x magnification. The individual proustites are brilliant ruby color, lustrous and well formed up to 3 mm in size and arranged on clusters. A great piece that shows the specie well from a great Silver locality, While this is not going to compete with the best old German and Chilean examples, it is affordable and pretty. This is one of the best I have seen from Morocco, likely from the Imiter Mine but I can not confirm the locality beyond the Bou Azzer region.
Fluorite
stock #6.2-758
Xianghuapu Mine, Linwu, Chenzhou District
Hunan, China
6 x 5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $225


Fast becoming a classic, these are glass clear modified cubes ((cubo-octhedral faces) from the 2004-5 finds at Xinghuapu. By naked eye this is damage free, but with magnification some minor chips can be found, this display well with just a sliver of matrix. This find was prolific and so many good pieces were found that the price was far lower than any other locale. It is now recognized as one of the top discoveries ever made and there is much less of this type to be found on the market. This one has the old price on it, this will be worth far more as the supply dries up.
Celestite (Barian Celestine)
stock #AC 313
Girgenti
Sicily, Italy
9.7 x 7.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $325


A beautiful glassy spray of powder blue crystals radiating upward from a massive base. This is a very old specimen from the classic Sulfur locality that has been mined for many centuries. This type of celestite with the blue color has sometimes been labeled as Barite but often on analysis is found to be Celestite with some Barium, The piece is attractive despite chips and damage to a few crystals. Very uncommon to find material this attractive on the market, the blue color is especially desirable.
Twinned Calcite on Sphalerite
stock #8.1-270
Elmwood Mine, Carthage
Tennessee, United States
12 x 10 CM (cabinet)
price: $950


Perfect jewel-like amber cognac color calcites (largest is 7.7 CM) set on a dark red to black matrix of crystalized sphalerite. No damage and only one tiny contact on one of the smaller calcites, this is a pristine piece that has top notch luster. The main crystal is the sort of twin sometimes described as a "frog" where one half of the twinned pair develops selectively and makes a froglike crystal. An Elmwood classic that is far better than you could usually expect in this price range.
Epidode and Apatite (Fluorapatite) on Byssolite
stock #8.1-304 AC
Knappenwand, Untersulzbachal Valley
Salzburg, Austria
9 x 6.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $125


From the most famous of Epidote localities this is a cabinet sized crystalized example. This is NOT a pristine, perfect piece, since great specimens of this sort can be incredibly expensive, this one is very affordable. Many epidode crystals are broken but some prisms are 2 CM in length, witha few clear apatites scattered in the mix. Some artfull trimming could improve this if desired but it is offered as is. A good reference piece with an old Shortmann label it was priced at $7.50 in the 1950's which was a sizable sum then!
Smithsonite
stock #8.1-300
Moresnet, (Altenberg) Kelmis, Plombieres-Vielle Montagne, Verviers
Liege Province, Belgium
4.6 X 4.4 CM (miniature)
price: $300


A fine antique specimen from an old German collection of the 1700's. A small but well crystallized crust of sparkling yellow - orange smithsonite covers this matix. Magnification shows sharp rhombs dominate the crust and despite the age of the piece there is minimal damage. Comes with a hand painted label typical for the period. A very nice addition for a Smithsonite suite, German collection or just for historic interest!
Goethite Xls on twisted quartz (gwindel-like)
stock #AC-128
Florissant, Teller county
Colorado, United States
13 x 7.5 x 4 CM (cabinet)
price: $200


Is this a Colorado Gwindel? A radiating ball of goethite crystals sits on a single flattened quartz crystal composed of several parellel growths that have a pronounced twist . The form is "gwindel like" but as the back side is less twisted I am not certain if this can be classified as one. I have asked some quartz experts and they are divided mostly because the crystal tappers to a wedge like form and is thus not fully typical. Whatever it can be classified as, it is unusual and a Colorado classic locality piece. This was broken and repaired many years ago (it was in a collection by the 1930's) and it is visible on both sides (more so in the back). There is some chipping and damage to the geothites, but it overall is in good condition.
Blue Spinel
stock #AC-259
Von Aoker
, Sweden
7x5.4 (cabinet)
price: $65


A sizable old location piece with a Dr. Krantz in Bonn label (a little different than most Krantz labels we have seen) there are several sharp octaherdral crystals etched from a calcite matrix. This is not a highly esthetic piece but it is a classic vintage and it does show the blue to purple octahedrons well.
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