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1256 specimens found
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Fluorapatite (Apatite CaF)
stock #17.1-701
La Marina Mine, Pauna
Boyaca, Colombia
1.4 x 1 x .6 (thumbnail)
price: $320
Pre Holiday 2017

A small but incredible gem clear Apatite crystal with the desirable bright pink color. From the La Marina mine in the Emerald belt of Boyaca province that is known for world class Euclase. This has a thin white line inside much like a fadden string which has been noted rarely from this locale. The crystals in the mine often have elongated or widened, distorted prisms, which is seen on this one as well. Very sharp, a very small chip is on one back edge but overall visually clean on the front display side. We visit Colombia several times each year looking for Apatites like this. The production is very sporadic and never large, some years none are seen. This is well above average for color, clarity, form and condition.
Malachite - polished stalactitic section
stock #17.1-700
Katanga, Central Area, Katanga Copper zone
Shaba, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
6.8 x 5 x .4 CM (cabinet)
price: $350
Pre Holiday 2017

Sections of stalactitic Malachite can be quite esthetic, especially when the form is more complex and with good color banding. This is an excellent example cut from materials collected in the 1990s. Far better quality and form than average for this sort of slab. The double eye on this piece is especially striking. Polished on both sides but the "back" as seen was near to top knob of the malachite form and so has much more rind. Complete with great form and contrast.
Malachite -stalactitic form, cross section slab
stock #17.1-699
Katanga, Central Area, Katanga Copper zone
Shaba, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
5.6 x 3.6 x .4 CM (cabinet)
price: $280
Pre Holiday 2017

Sections of stalactitic Malachite can be quite esthetic, especially when the form is more complex and with good color banding. This is an excellent example cut from materials collected in the 1990s. This style is now becoming rare with the "cauliflower" form. Complete edge rind all around, and polished on both sides.
Anglesite - Gemmy crystals on Galena
stock #16.1-337
Touissit, Toussit District
Oujada-Angad Province, Oriental Region, Morocco
3.7 x 3.3 x 2.4 CM (miniature)
price: $320
Pre Holiday 2017

The type of Anglesite that is the most desirable from Touissit (or anyplace) are bright lemon yellow, gem clear prisms. This is a nice small specimen of that type, with fine color and contrast on the Galena matrix. There is a small chip on the largest crystal that is reflected in the price but this is not a big distraction. The clarity of the Anglesite is excellent, this is a facet quality crystal at a relatively affordable price.
Rhodochrosite- Sharp Rhombs with Quartz, Pyrite and Calcite
stock #17.1-AXA-22-058
Wudong mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh
Guangxi, China
7.2 x 6 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $2600
Pre Holiday 2017

Intense red color and fine translucent Rhombs from early finds at the Wudong (Wutong) mine. This is one of the few pieces that can match the color and style of some good Sweet Home Mine specimens. Choice and in great condition as seen. The rhombs are just over 2.5 CM (an inch) and very esthetic in their placement. The Pyrite adds a golden sparkle and the overall display is very eyecatching. Later finds produced more pale red and flatter crystals. A less expensive alternative to a similar Colorado specimen but still a fine Rhodo!
Quartz included by Bismuthinite
stock #Alec-15-048
Shangbao Pyrite Mine, Leiyang
Hunan, China
5.5 x 2.9 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $190
Pre Holiday 2017

A strange but remarkable specimen of Bismuthinite crystals included in clear Quartz prisms. Ex Shields Flynn collection which he obtained from Bert Ottens. The Shangbao mine is best known for world class Fluorites which were occasionally included by Bismuthinite. Quartz with Bismuthinite is however much rarer. This is a choice example because the needles are rather thick and the Quartz is very clear so these are easy to see well. Collected in 2003 I do not think any of these have been found for at least a decade.
Calcite with Pyrite and Pyrrhotite
stock #16.1-706
Cavnic (Kapnic)
Maramures, Romania
8.2 x 6.5 x 4.6 CM (cabinet /museum)
price: $690
Pre Holiday 2017

Colorful and with a flowerlike form, this is an excellent Calcite from the famed Cavnic mine of Romania. Sharp scalenohedral crystals radiating in a spherical mass have been coated with small Pyrite crystals and have internal coloring perhaps from Hematite. The back of the mass is broken where it was removed but the front display side is quite fine and undamaged. Lots of impact and far better in person.
Grossular- with minor Diopside
stock #Alec-10-947
York River Skarn, Bancroft, Hastings County
Ontario, Canada
4.7 x 3.6 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
price: $180
Pre Holiday 2017

A main large orange-red Garnet (3.3 CM) with a few smaller crystals and green Diopside from this important Skarn. The major crystal is sharp, lustrous, translucent larger and sharper than others I have seen from York River. The smaller crystals are gemmy in areas. Contacts and breaks are on the back and edge where this was attached, but that is not seen on the the display side which is in fine condition. Collected in the 1960s, formerly in the William Haladyz collection.
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