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Fluorite on Muscovite with Quartz
stock #6.2-568
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
10.4 x 6.4 x 5.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $880
new year 2021

A choice old Yaogangxian specimen with fantastic contrast. Purple phantom Fluorites in a cluster set like jewels on matrix, the largest crystal about 2.5 CM diameter. Transparent to translucent Fluorites with a glassy to waxy luster, these look fine from just about any angle. In fine condition overall, by naked eye there is no visible damage, just some minor rough spots. With a good loupe some small bruises are seen, this is not distracting and is lost in the bigger context. The color ranges from the "grape purple" phantoms to a lighter violet-blue in the crystal bodies, glows great if backlit. This is 2006 vintage, from the "golden years" for Fluorites at Yaogangxian.

Dolomite - iridescent
stock #20.1-814
Tsumeb
Otjikoto Region, Namibia
3 x 2.4 x 2.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $120
new year 2021

An unusual and attractive thumbnail of Dolomite crystals from Tsumeb with iridescent sheen. An older piece originally labelled "Cobaltoan Dolomite, Tsumeb SWA", however, this does not look at all like the usual Cobalt coloring and doubt the accuracy of that. This is however unusual looking for Tsumeb the crystals are sharp, slightly curved and have reddish-purple highlights.

SOLD Tephorite - crystalized with Willemite etc.
stock #SOLD 20.1-640
Franklin Mine, Franklin Mining District, Sussex County
New Jersey, United States
3.4 x 2.6 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $0
new year 2021

A Franklin, New Jersey classic, a mass of Tephorite crystals with green Willemite crystals and some small areas of what seems to be Hodgkinsonite and Friedelite. This is an old specimen that was for many years in several European collections, those labels are included. Tephroite in massive form is not very rare at Franklin, but the tiny, sharp and gemmy crystals are quite rare and not often available.

Vanadinite
stock #13.1-224
Mibladen Mine, Upper Moulouya lead district, Midelt, Khenifra Province
Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
4 x 2.4 x 2.7 CM (miniature)
price: $140
new year 2021

Vanadinite crystals with both brilliantly lustrous red faces and some faces that are a mustard color. The form and esthetics are choice and looks fine from several angles. Vanadinite from Morocco has been rather plentiful for the past few years and the costs are still reasonable for such an attractive specie.

Apatite, Siderite, Quartz and Pyrite
stock #17.1-054
Panasquieira Mines, Panasquiera Covilha
Castelo Branco District, Portugal
11.1 x 8.3 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $390
new year 2021

A complex mix of sharp gemmy Apatites with Quartz crystals that are in turn covered with small Siderites and a sprinkle of Pyrite. From the famed Panasqueira Mine, this is both esthetic and has an unusual presentation. The Apatite (Fluorapatite) is vividly fluorescent and in fine condition.

Barite (Baryte) on Calcite
stock #AX-10-179
Elk Creek, Dalzell, Meade County
South Dakota, United States
6.4 x 5.9 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $140
new year 2021

Gemmy, very sharp amber color Barites rise from the bed of small Calcite crystals covering the face of this matrix. From the classic Elk Creek locality these Barites are distinctive and unlike any others worldwide. This locality has been sporadically productive for decades and these specimens are one of the best values in esthetic USA minerals.

Rutile on Kyanite with Hematite - vintage Classic
stock #20.FC-143
Graves Mt., Lincoln Co.
Georgia, United States
8.2 x 6.7 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $1350
new year 2021

A superb vintage specimen. A jewel-like Rutile crystal (twinned) is set in a cluster of Kyanite blades that are coated with reddish Hematite and a bit of Goethite. This comes with an F. Pisani label, the famed Paris mineral dealer, vintage 1870's but possibly much older. The rutile is brilliantly lustrous and perfect on all sides. The remarkable Rutile of Graves Mountain was highly desired by European collectors of the late 1800's who had the means to purchase the very best specimens. It is hard to appreciate the brilliant luster of this Rutile in photos, this is far beyond any typical specimen from here.

Citrine
stock #20.1-808

North-Western Province, Zambia
6.8 x 1.6 x 1 CM (cabinet)
price: $80
new year 2021

A slightly flattened, doubly terminated clear Citrine that is also a bit crude, from newer finds in Zambia. Lightly frosted on all faces but fully transparent this is a yellow brown hue. From sone angles these prisms can look dirty even though these are very clean this due to frosting seen at some angle. The interior of this is actually a very clear facet grade gem best seen when wet. A small chip on the lower termination not seen on most display angles, otherwise in very good condition. A slight gradation to a darker color is noted at both ends. A cute and affordable Citrine prism.