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1282 specimens found
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Pyromorphite -Vintage two toned from Classic locale
stock #1028-JM-486
Alston Moor
Cumberland, Cumbria, England
8.8 x 7 x 3 CM (cabinet)
price: $2200


A very fine, old Pyro having two generations and two colors of crystal growth. A significant specimen, Ex John Marshall Pyromorphite collection, collected prior to 1900. John obtained this in 1972 at the Boylston Massachusetts Library auction of a collection originally donated in 1900. It took him a lot of research and trips to the British museum to clarify the locality. This is described on his detailed collection card included with the specimen. Nearly perfect, very little bruising as seen, most crystals are well defined and lustrous. A very choice example from a less well known classic locale.
Barite on Fluorite with stepped faces
stock #17.1-690
Emilio Mine, Lorone, Colunga
Asturias, Spain
9.3 x 7.8 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $690


Sharp Fluorite with classic form of complexly stepped cubes (distinctive of some Asturias specimens) is the base for a spray of flat Barite crystals. Choice display specimen that is better in person, the Fluorite has a pale violet-blue color and a few purple phantoms. In fine condition damagewise, the delicate Barite blades are surprisingly all intact. Looks good from all sides this has no point of attachment it is fully crystallized on all faces. A remarkable specimen from all angles.
Fluorite with Quartz and Dolomite
stock #17.1-689
Shangbao Pyrite Mine, Leiyang
Hunan, China
4.6 x 3.2 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
price: $780


A fine and esthetic cluster of zoned Fluorite cubes in a delicate array. Minimal matrix, the cubes are very well separated and freely formed. Some faces show a light frosting others are more transparent and inside the cubes are swirls of deep purple with many inclusions of micro quartz prisms. With good magnification small movable bubbles are noted and the interior landscape is impressive too. Overall in outstanding condition damage wise, the corners and edges show some stepped growth but no damage. Several angles for display work well and have a quite treelike form. From mining in 2006 this style of specimen is no longer produced.
Rhodochrosite - Scalenohedral gemmy group
stock #17.1-639
Hotazel Mine, Kalahari Mg Field
Northern Cape Province, South Africa
2.2 x 1.3 x 1.3 CM (thumbnail)
price: $490


Brilliant red color and perfectly transparent gem crystals in a cluster with unusual form. This specimen has grown in close contact with many other crystals (now gone) that have created the unusual geometry of this piece. Unsually contacts are not esthetic but these are in an odd way very sculptural. Some very small edge rubs are seen with magnification and one cleaved spot is eye visible so this is not a perfect (or expensive) piece that can be still be displayed without any of imperfections showing. Recently even poor examples of this sort of Rhodo have become incredibly expensive. This reasonably priced but intensely red crystal has an odd form and just a few rough spots. Very good value for one of these.
Galena- Skeletal and chain growths with Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite and Quartz
stock #WAM-17.1-688 (27-134A)
9th of September Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
6.9 x 4.5 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $1150


Amazing form! The Galenas here show many unusual habits, the epitaxial chains are most eyecatching but the hoppered and skeletal crystals are also very fine. Remarkable too is the lack of any visible damage. We have handled a lot of fine Bulgarian specimens but this one stands out as a very choice piece for esthetics and combinations of well crystallized but bizzare forms. From finds in 2014 I have not seen any newer material quite like this.
Calcite with Sphalerite and Quartz etc.
stock #A-27-132
Borieva Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
4.6 x 3.9 x 3.5 CM (miniature)
price: $170


A delicate specimen in excellent condition with very pale pink (mangano) Calcites on a matrix of needle Quartz, lustrous Sphalerites and Pyrite. An attractive and nicely composed specimen from the great Madan deposits of Bulgaria. To my taste the Sulfide deposits of this region have produced the most esthetic examples of many species. This is a small but striking piece with quite remarkable slender Quartz that are decorated with tiny crystals of Sphalerite as well.
Sphalerite var Cleiophane with Galena on Quartz
stock #A-27-120
9th of September Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
4.1 x 3.2 x 2.2 CM (miniature)
price: $260


A nice miniature with excellent gem clear Sphalerites in perfect condition perched nicely on contrasting matrix. Fine color and very glassy luster. This find produce some excellent specimens most of which were very expensive (but worth it I think) this small piece is a mini version of those fine large pieces but far less costly and with no apologies for quality!
Sphalerite (gem clear var. Cleiophane) w. Galena and Quartz
stock #WAM-16-309A
Borieva Mine, Madan, Rhodope Mts.
Smolyan Oblast, Bulgaria
6.1 x 3.3 x 2 CM (cabinet)
price: $190


A fine small cabinet matrix hosting several perfect gem clear Sphalerites on needle Quartz with minor Galena, Pyrite etc. The largest cluster is 1.6 CM and all are glassy yellow green color that is classic for this material. From finds in 2014. The name Cleiophane is not an approved specie of course but it is perhaps the most desirable variety of Sphalerite.
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