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Fluorite included by Boulangerite
stock #8.1-164
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
8.2 x 5.9 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $470
new year 2021

A dark purple cluster of Fluorite cubes with slightly rounded faces that are thickly packed with masses of Boulangerite hairs. In many places the Boulangerite is protruding from the Fluorite making complex nests of metallic wire-like crystals. The specimen is an older (2004) vintage piece from Yaogangxian and is a super example of this association. The Fluorite is transparent to translucent and with magnification the Boulangerite inside the crystals is seen as straight hairs, curved wires and coiled spirals, loops and rings. This find of included Fluorite was remarkable and this specimen is a superb, large example. The specimen is a mix of larger cubes up to 2.5 CM to masses of tiny curved cubes in clusters.

Scheelite with Calcite
stock #16.1-395-(CN3488)
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
5.4 x 5.1 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $650
new year 2021

A very fine Scheelite from the famed Yaogangxian Mine, ex Charles M. Noll collection. The Scheelite is very sharp and glassy, very large for this locality, and has a color that looks like a brown stout or root beer hue in reflected light. When backlit with a strong light source the color is more reddish-purple. Transparent on the edges but translucent overall the Calcite adds a very nice accent. The bottom of the piece is broken where it was attached but some of that area is recrystallized. Fine luster and great striations on the glassy faces help set this piece apart. From the "golden years" at Yaogangxian this is really fine for the locale and a choice dark Scheelite from any place.

Vayrynenite (type locale) with Topaz, Gilertite (var. of Muscovite
stock #20.1-816
Erajarvi, Finland
6.4 x 4.8 x 2.7 CM CM (cabinet)
price: $50
new year 2021

Vayrynenite in pink platey masses mixed with glassy massive Topaz and a silky white Muscovite (Gilertite), with a few unknowns as well. From a very complex, exotic pegmatite in Erajarvi, Finland which is the type locale for the rare Berylium Phosphate mineral Vayrynenite. This is a fairly rich specimen though it is not showy at all. An affordable rarity from the type locale, from the R and A Palmer rarities collection.

Malachite - classic, historic
stock #AX-35-142
Copper Queen Mine , Bisbee, Cochise County
Arizona, United States
5.8 x 5.3 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $390
new year 2021

A deep green botryoidal Malachite ex Wallace Gould Levison collection (NYC), obtained by him in 1894. Levison' usual affixed label has not survived, we have only his notes from the collection ledger regarding this specimen. A photocopy of that page is included. Specimen # 1379 "Malachite, Bisbee, Arizona C.Q. Mine. Bought for 25 cents from Niven at 1st avenue and 37th st. NY. June 6, 1894..." It is very possible that this is NOT from the Copper Queen mine itself as the Copper Queen Mining company ran many mines in Bisbee and often specimens from Morenci at that time were moved to and sold in Bisbee. These were all often labeled as from the Queen mine. Regardless of the accuracy of the attribution this COULD be a Copper Queen piece but no matter it is a fine old specimen with great provenance. Niven was William Niven who had an active and major business in collector Minerals by 1886. 25 cents was a lot on money at that time, normal appreciation of minerals doubling in price every 7-10 years would make this a rather expensive specimen today, by those terms this is a nice esthetic classic piece and very reasonable.

Vesuvianite - bicolor gemmy crystals
stock #AX-30-053
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
Quebec, Canada
2.7 x 2.6 x 1.4 CM (thumbnail)
price: $550
new year 2021

A very colorful and choice thumbnail of fine violet Vesuvianite crystals with zones of yellow to green in a lustrous cluster. The color pallet on this piece is quite special and very uncommon. Although Vesuvianite is a fairly common mineral, the unusual and vivid colors like this were limited to just one place on earth, the Jeffrey Mine, often from just one pocket or seam. This combination is striking in person, the condition is perfect and clean by naked eye, strong magnification shows some minor outer edge contacts that are not in any way degrading. Even for collections with several good Vesuvianites from this prolific locality this is a nice addition as the combination of hues and the overall form is unusual.

Aurichalcite in Calcite
stock #15.1-678
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
Durango, Mexico
5.3 x 4.1 x 3.4 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
price: $330
new year 2021

A very colorful Aurichalcite specimen that was in the collection of Warren Johannson. The Aurichalcite is seen through a lustrous clear layer of Calcite that has crystallized on top. The Aurichalcite is clearly seen through the Calcite and the whole is vividly colored. An older Ojuela specimen from the late 1960 era.

Elbaite - two specimens - classic USA
stock #0990-JM-N127-2
Newry, Oxford County
Maine, United States
4.8 x 3.8 x 3.2 CM, 1.3 x 1.1 x .8 CM (miniature)
price: $300
new year 2021

A pair of Elbaite specimens from the now famed Newry Mine of Maine. One is a small thumbnail the other a miniature. These come from the collection of John Marshall, who was one of the investors in what later became one of the greatest mineral finds of all time. These two pieces date to before that big strike. The set includes a matrix specimen with a gemmy Elbaite and crystals of Lepidolite on a blocky Albite crystal. The second specimen is a gemmy bi-colored Elbaite that is very clear and lustrous. The single crystal is not terminated but shows on one end a "nodule" or ball like mass which were noted at this locale as the most desirable gem grade. The matrix specimen has John's hand-printed collection number on one side. This material is quite unlike the later finds but which was an encouraging sign of the potential in the quarry at that time.

Barite (Baryte) - large zoned crystals
stock #7.AE-476
Jinkouhe town, Ebian
Sichuan Province, China
10 x 5.6 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $280
new year 2021

A cluster of three main Barite crystals that are translucent, phantomed and have areas of gemmy over-growths. Somewhat crude but complete and recrystallized on many faces. The blocky terminations have several faces that are zoned, with inclusions of white and pale yellow that is likely all Barite as well. In excellent condition, near the base is a small chip and the bottom was the point of attachment. Older specimen vintage 2004 from Jinkouhe in the Ebian area, Sichuan, China. An architectural habit with the crystals in a parallel growth that has the look of a skyscraper.