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Beryl var. Emerald in Schist
stock #AX-12-379
Tokovaya River, Malyshevo Ekaterinburgskaya Oblast
Urals Region, Russia
7.5 x 4 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $750
Fall 2015

A classic old Russian Emerald specimen with a sizable (2.7 cm) terminated prism that is well-exposed on its Schist matrix. The crystal is quite transparent with a few inclusions. Some additional Beryl crystals are also on the matrix. We have photographed this with "normal" display lighting, if it is backlit it displays with clarity.

Arsenbrakebuschite with prismatic Mimetite, Tsumcorite? and Descloizite
stock #13.1-040
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
Durango, Mexico
8.8 x 6.5 x 3.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $320
Fall 2015

Cabinet specimen well-crystallized with many prismatic gemmy hexagons of Mimetite to about 8mm that are set on and mixed with yellow to orange tufts of Arsenbrackebuschite. The prisms of Mimetite are a more rare habit at Ojuela. There is also what seems a perfect match for Tsumcorite (which has also been found in this assemblage), but this was not tested. A few Mimetites have some damage (not seen by my naked eye) but most are perfect with a yellowish to transparent grey color. This would make many thumbnails and micro-specimens if split up. As is, a rich cabinet specimen for these rare minerals.

Bismuthinite inside Fluorite on Arsenopyrite
stock #AX-15-243
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
4.2 x 3.2 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
price: $285
Fall 2015

A attractive miniature with a prominent Fluorite cube that is densely filled with needles, hairs and curls of metallic Bismuthinite. Since the Fluorite rests on a well-crystallized cluster of Arsenopyrite, the overall contrast and esthetic structure is excellent. As with many fine Yaogangxian specimens, there are many associated species, this has Sphalerite, Stannite and Quartz. Better in person, this is an older specimen from the Shields Flynn collection.

Vesuviantite with Diopside
stock #15.1-309
Otjihorondo (26 Km. NE of Uis)
Erongo Region, Namibia
4.2 x 2.9 x 2 CM (miniature)
price: $650
Fall 2015

An odd, old Namibian specimen that is unlike any we have seen before. Dark red-brown Vesuvianites to 3.5 CM are fully terminated with an unusual stepped indentation. These are sprinkled with deep green Diopside crystals and the whole thing is quite esthetic. In fine condition damagewise, this is of uncertain vintage but was in the previous collection more than 15 years. Choice.

stock #15.1-310
Gilgit, Gilgit district
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
5.1 x .7 x .9 CM (cabinet)
price: $900
Fall 2015

An unusual and fine gem crystal from Pakistan that came out over 20 years ago. Ex Herb Obodda and Chris Amo collection, this is sharp, lustrous and clear dark green. An excellent Diopside from anyplace, and outstanding from Pakistan. In excellent condition damagewise, this needs good lighting to help show well the rich color and transparency, without it is very dark. Our photos use a small amount of backlight to help show the clarity. This has the best luster, color and overall condition of any I have seen from here.

Inesite, Calcite & Quartz
stock #AX-15-276
Fengjiashan Mine (Daye Mine), Daye County, Huangshi Pref.
Hubei Province, China
6.2 x 3.3 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $420
Fall 2015

A sizable red to pink "bowtie" spray of well-formed crystals is nicely perched on Calcite crystals. From the collection of Shields Flynn and supplied by Bert Ottens, this is a way above average quality Inesite from the great finds in 2002. The main spray is 4.1 cm tall which is unusually big, and the condition is excellent with no visible damage. This location was once quite prolific but we have seen nothing in the past few years. A choice specimen of a modern classic.

Calcite on Marcasite w. Dolomite
stock #AX-17-1074
Benchmark Quarry, St. Johnsville, Montgomery County
New York, United States
4.8 x 3.1 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
price: $45
Fall 2015

Very cute, affordable and in good condition from the Benchmark quarry collected by Bill Hladysz many years ago. A single Calcite prism is perched on a Dolomite and Marcasite matrix with a few micro Pyrites as well. These are modern NY classic specimens.

Calcite w. Marcasite & Dolomite
stock #AX-17-1073
Benchmark Quarry, St. Johnsville, Montgomery County
New York, United States
4.7 x 3.2 x 2.9 CM (miniature)
price: $95
Fall 2015

Amber colored Calcite crystals are prominently perched on a crystallized Dolomite matrix. In fine condition with rich color and above average clarity, this was collected by Bill Hladysz many years ago. The Benchmark Quarry is now something of a modern NY state classic locality. Affordable and pretty.