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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.

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.

Adamite on Goethite
stock #17.1-553
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
Durango, Mexico
5.3 x 3.7 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $250
new year 2021

Adamite crystals with glassy luster and classic bipyramidal form in dense cluster on Gossan matrix. One "finger" of Adamite has fully encased a knob of Goethite adding a nice 3 dimensional touch. Pale green-yellow color, good fluorescence and damage-free in the center areas with just typical edge breaks on the outer margins. Since the Ojuela Mine has produced so much nice Adamite, good specimens in many colors continue to be a very good value for collectors.

Amethyst scepters
stock #17.1-083
Washington Camp, Patagonia Mts, Santa Cruz County
Arizona, United States
6.2 x 3.6 x 2.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $330
new year 2021

A very nice Arizona Amethyst from Washington Camp. Formerly in the Koster Collection. The milky Quartz shafts have a tapering before the purple scepter tops formed and those tips are slightly offset. This makes an unusual form that reminds me of candle flames. In fine condition and displaying well from several angles, a very good example of a classic USA scepter cluster.

Apatite (Fluorapatite)
stock #20.1-782
Panasquieira Mines, Panasquiera Covilha
Cova da Beira, Centro, Portugal
5.5 x 5.7 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $420
new year 2021

Sharp, glassy and transparent green Apatite crystals in a cluster that features a main 3.6 CM crystal perched on top. The Apatites are zoned, vividly fluorescent, and have just a sprinkle of matrix; this is mostly just Apatite. In very good condition, with just tiny edge bruises seen on close exam which keeps the price low for such good form and luster. Nice display quality Apatite from this iconic mine.

Quartz after Glauberite (epimorphs)
stock #20.1-781
Upper Montclair, Essex County
New Jersey, United States
3.1 x 2 x 1.3 CM (thumbnail)
price: $55
new year 2021

A nice branching cluster of prismatic but hollow arms that show the original form of the Glauberite very well. A choice thumbnail from a classic USA locality that is in excellent condition. While good cabinet specimens were known from both the Houdaille and McDowells Quarries here, thumbnails seem to be very rare. This has a good reddish color as well, looks fine from all sides. These are often labeled as pseudomorphs but should more correctly be called Epimorphs as the orginial Glauberite is not replaced but is completely gone.

Quartz- Faden with tabular form
stock #AX-25-013
Waziristan Ophiolite, North Waziristan
FATA Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Afghanistan
5 x 3.9 x 1.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $180
new year 2021

Sharp and complete tabular habit Quartz with wide faces that show well the inner fadden line. Perfect except where this was removed on the base, this from the incredible find in 2017 in Waziristan. This was a large discovery and there were many incredible shapes and habits but just a small percentage were perfect. Better in person the clean clarity is hard to appreciate in photos.