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HOLD Cobaltoan Calcite
stock #HOLD 20.1-830
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province
Draa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
5.9 x 4.1 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $440
new year 2021

Choice, vivid magenta-pink Calcite crystals free standing on a bedrock matrix. The display faces on this piece are perfect and undamaged, highly lustrous and sparkling. The individual Calcites are transparent hexagons with three equal termination faces, some are also slightly zoned. The Bou Azzer Mine had two important finds of fine Cobaltoan Calcite about 16 years apart, this is from the second find in 2015. While that was a large find, a high percentage were damaged, good clean pieces like this were never plentiful. Cobaltoan Calcite is surprisingly rare worldwide, there are really only two localities that have ever had fine pieces, and neither Bou Azzer or the Congo are current producers.

Calcite
stock #AX-22-173
Pony Express Mine, Gold Hill District, Ouray County
Colorado, United States
5 x 3.8 x 3 CM (miniature)
price: $60
new year 2021

Scalenohedral Calcite crystals from this Ouray county mine are quite different from others in this famed region. This is a sharp, distinct example of stacked and bundled scalenohedral crystals that are partly coated and included by Goethite. This is an older specimen from the William Hladysz collection, not often seen for sale.

Pyrrhotite with Quartz and Sphalerite
stock #16.1-384-(CN5015)
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Russia
4.9 x 4.3 x 3.4 CM (miniature)
price: $320
new year 2021

Nicely composed miniature from the great Dalnegorsk deposits, ex Charles M. Noll collection. The Pyrrhotite crystal is perfectly perched, the wide terminal face is a brassy, slightly subdued hue and the edges are a brilliant golden with mirror bright luster. In perfect condition with no damage seen even with magnification. There have been many good Pyrrhotites found at Dalnegorsk yet it can be hard to find a miniature with standout quality and esthetics. Better in person.

Rosasite inside Gypsum on Dolomite
stock #20.1-829
Bou Beker, Touissit -Bou Beker mining district, Jerada Province
Oriental Region, Morocco
7.8 x 5.7 x 2.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $260
new year 2021

From a very unusual find a few years ago at the Bou Beker Mine in the Touissit complex in Morocco. A Matrix of pink Dolomite crystals is the background for colorless gypsum in two generations with both prismatic clear crystals and colorless balls. The spherical globs are colored by inclusions of blue-green Rosasite and a few small spots are a darker green from Malachite crystals best seen under magnification. In perfect, undamaged condition, this is a much more dense and colorful example than usual from the find. Previously in my personal collection, these were plentiful at one time and very affordable, they are still a very good value. Early on some dealers had labeled these as Devilline inclusions, but that was incorrect. Choice and colorful, a lustrous and unusual specimen of a sort that is just not found any place else and now rarely available in any quality.

Dioptase with minor Calcite
stock #6.2-923
Tantara Mine, Shinkolobwe, Kambove District
Haut- Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
6.2 x 5 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $800
new year 2021

Brilliant gemmy Dioptase crystals with intense emerald green color cover the face of the matrix. From the Haut Katanga area of the D.R.Congo, this fine older specimen has the top luster and color more like that sought after in Tsumeb specimens. More recent Dioptase finds tended to be more matte luster or had stepped faces, with much less flash. This is great for the locality and a classy Dioptase from any place. The crystals are very well-defined and reach 1.3 CM. In person this is a strong display specimen with color that is impossible to appreciate on a computer screen. Overall in very good condition, there is some chipping at the outer edges but most of the important crystals are perfect and the display impact is not diminished.

Rose Quartz with Eosphorite
stock #13.1-180
Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhanha Valley
Minas Gerais, Brazil
5 x 3. x 3.7 CM (miniature)
price: $750
new year 2021

Unusually large, choice and well-defined Rose Quartz crystals in a radiating cluster. An excellent example of this specie with individual prisms up to 4.1 CM long and sprinkled with Eosphorite crystals. Formerly in the collection of William Hladysz his label note he obtained it from Richard Kosnar in 1977, it dates to the early finds at Itinga and is not like more recent specimens. Rose Quartz in such large crystals are remarkably rare.

Diopside (Chrome rich crystals)
stock #15.1-672
Orford Nickel Mine, St-Denis-de-Brompton, Estrie
Quebec, Canada
4.5 1.9 x 1.3 CM (miniature)
price: $280
new year 2021

A cluster of yellow-green Diopside crystals with a brilliant luster and sharp form. From the well-known Orford Nickel Mine, this specimen was in the Warren Johansson collection it is a 1960's vintage piece. This is very well defined for this locality where most of the green or "Chrome" crystals are frozen in matrix or are much smaller and incomplete. The locality was also known for some large Diopside crystals with a tabular habit and a brown color. This habit is completely different, transparent to translucent and not often seen.In good condition, one termination is contacted but the others are sharp and well-defined.

Fluorite with Barite overgrowths
stock #19.1-090
Aouli. Midelt, Khenifra Province
Draa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
9.3 x 5.9 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $350
new year 2021

A very attractive cluster of yellow Fluorite cubes with a blanket covering of bright pink Barite. From a small find two years ago in Aouli, Morocco, these were first sold incorrectly as being Rhodochrosites on Fluorite. Despite the wrong information, these Fluorites are very colorful and have unusual color contrast. I have not seen any like this since.