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1219 specimens found
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Cerussite (gemmy V twins)
stock #Alec 12-072
Tsumeb
Otavi-Bergland district, Oshikoto, Namibia
5.2 x 4 x 2.1 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $540
Spring 2014

Tsumeb Cerussite can be incredible, but its usually very damaged or crazy expensive. This is a far better than average piece (but not perfect with inspection) with glassy luster, elegant striations, and is formed by 2 "V" twins that abut each other. The main large crystals are in good undamaged condition, there is chipping on the bottom and end of the small crystals that is seen. The chipping is not glaring, only noted if you look carefully. The clarity is gem grade and very sharp, with a warm smokey color. Not perfect, but not 8,000.00$ either!
Gratonite (rare Lead-As Sufosalt)
stock #13.1-379
Excelsior Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Pasco Province
Pasco Department, Peru
5.4 x 3.2 x 2 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
price: $400
Spring 2014

Gratonite when available is usually in thumbnail sized pieces. This is a more sizable piece and well crystallized. The best were found over 50 years ago and Pasco is the only source for fine specimens. Branching crystal aggregates to 2.5 CM cover most of a sulfide matrix, composed of 3-5mm sized individuals. The Gratonite has the dull to slightly lustrous lead-silver color that is classic for these.
Wulfenite with Mimetite etc
stock #6.2-1090
Eureka, Eureka District
Nevada, United States
5 x 3.8 x 3.9 CM (miniature)
price: $200
Spring 2014

A pretty and complex "mystery" piece, from Schortmann's minerals in the early 1960's. The label locale given is "Eureka, Nevada", which is not well known known for Wulfenite. A bright orange to red aggregate of Wulfenite showing several habits, all on a mix of many unusual micro crystals including Mimetite and 3 unidentified species that look like phosphate minerals. Is this a small or lost locality? There are several mines with other Lead secondary minerals in Eureka. This is different from most all Nevada Wulf. I have seen too. Schortmann's were very careful about correct localities and they did get their stock from many of the great prospectors/collectors of the day. For wulfenite collectors or those who like doing research on oddities, this is a very intriguing specimen.
Fluorite (pink and clear) on Quartz
stock #13.1-404
Val Cristallina (Cristallina Valley)
Grischun (Grisons), Switzerland
4.6 x 3.4 x 1.5 CM (miniature)
price: $450
Spring 2014

A rare old piece (pre-war) from a classic alpine cleft locale, this is rather different from more recent finds. The matrix is a series of parallel quartz crystals covered with a druse of sparkling clear Flourite octahedra that are included by greenish chlorite. There are six bigger pale pink Fluorites scattered on the face, the largest 1.4 CM. Undamaged by naked eye, even at 20x magnification there is almost no damage to find. A relatively affordable and rather different Alpine Fluorite specimen.
Scorodite on Pyrite
stock #Alec-18-054
Henzoh Prefecture
Guangxi, China
3.1 x 2.6 x 2.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $320
Spring 2014

At first glance this looks like a mass of pyrite with a little bright blue Scorodite crystal. With closer examination it is nearly all Scorodite with a coating of pyrite. The bulk of the "matrix" is yellow, brown and blue- green Scorodite crystals up to 1.6 CM. Everything is covered with sparkling crystals of Pyrite that hide most of the underlying crystals. In undamaged condition, this is from the one time find at Henzoh about 5 years ago. There have not been more found since then. A very good value for one of these!
Rhodonite (doubly terminated crystal included by Galena)
stock #13.1-314
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
4.6 x 3.3 x 2.9 CM (miniature)
price: $450
Spring 2014

An intense red crystal 3 CM across sits on a matrix of Galena. Well exposed, typically rounded and crude but with distinct form with many areas of transparency. The front side displays well with no noticeable damage, there is cleaving on the backside that is not visible. The galena forms some selective coatings and inclusions as is usual for the locality, this adds a nice contrast. Better in person, a good example from this classic locale, likely mined over 60 years ago. Now quite rare or expensive on the market.
Creedite (large purple crystals)
stock #Alec18-006
Santa Eulalia, Aguiles Serdan
Chihuahua, Mexico
3.2 x 2.7 x 1.9 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $880
Spring 2014

A small specimen but with unusually large, perfect crystals of purple Creedite. An old (pre 1980) specimen from Santa Eulalia, that is now almost impossible to find in any quality. Quite different and much rarer than the orange Creedite from Durango, good Purple Creedite has only been found in crystals over 1 CM in two locations, Kazakhstan and Santa Eulalia. At about 2 CM long these are huge for the specie, undamaged, have great form and displays well from all sides.
Mimetite
stock #10.1-334
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Sanjiang
Guangdong, China
4.9 x 3.2 x 3 CM (miniature)
price: $950
Spring 2014

A very showy, dense cluster of glassy Mimetite crystals with minimal matrix. This is the quality of Mimetite that made Pingtouling world famous. The individual crystals reach 1.6 CM and are quite transparent with a rich yellow to orange color range. In very fine condition damagewise, some slight chipping can be found on the "underside" and is not visible from most views. This find was finished by 2003, and is considered (along with Tsumeb's gem pocket) as the worlds best for the species. Displays well from several sides. Good examples like this one are now quite uncommon.
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