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333 specimens listed
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Wurtzite - very unusual locale and form
stock #19.1-339
Blackjack Mine, Galena District, Jo Daviess County
Illinois, United States
5.3 x 4 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $440
new year 2021

A very unusual piece unlike typical Wurtzite and from a locale that is not known for the specie. This piece comes from the Fred Meisner collection, the original label is dated 1943. The balls of radiating translucent crystals of Wurtzite are similar to some rare pieces found long ago in the Tri-state Lead-Zinc District, but these are from the Galena, Illinois area. These are also more translucent and a bit more distinct than the Tri-state pieces with a marked resinous luster. With good magnification the elongate nature of the individual crystals is evident. A significant piece for the locality and a nice Wurtzite of this habit.

Amethyst / Chalcedony - grape Agate
stock #17.1-210
Mamuju area, Sulawesi Barat province
Sulawesi Island, Indonesia
5.6 x 5.2 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $280
new year 2021

It is hard not to like the "grape agates" from the finds in and near Mamuju. The best of these are a wet looking cluster of balls with vivid purple color and sometimes with some green balls for contrast. Most have at least some damage or contacts, but this piece seems to be fully perfect. This has fine luster and color from all angles, a floater. One of our favorite finds of the past few years, the location where the best color was found is said to be finished, we hope that is not so.

Boltwoodite
stock #17.1-306
Goanikontes Claim, Goanikontes, Arandis
Erongo Region, Namibia
7.7 x 5.3 x 4 CM (cabinet)
price: $320
new year 2021

Several balls of radiating Boltwoodite crystals are nestled in an open vug lined with Quartz. The specimen shows both the bright yellow and red-orange colors of the Boltwoodite and has a nice contrast with the dark Quartz. The largest sphere is a centimeter across and is showing the starburst of tightly packed needle crystals and a color zoning. A nice example of the specie.

Pyrrhotite
stock #13.1-395
Santa Eulalia, Aquiles Serdan
Chihuahua, Mexico
5.5 x 3.7 x 3.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $190
new year 2021

A stack of aligned Pyrrhotite crystals with an unusual dull golden luster. These crystals have signs of some alteration and micro voids forming along striations, but the whole specimen is very solid and sculptural. An older specimen from Santa Eulalia these are quite different from the usual Dalnegorsk pieces.

Pyromorphite - modern classic
stock #20.1-598
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng County, Guilin Prefecture
Guangxi Province, China
3.3 x 2.8 x 1.6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $340
new year 2021

Superb toenail Pyromorphite with outstanding rich color and luster. This piece is a flat plate like spray with no matrix, just bright green to yellow-green Pyro. Looks fine on either side. Excellent condition, all of the main crystals are fully perfect when examined with 10x magnification. The finds of this quality at the Daoping Mine have slowed to almost nothing what has been found recently has very dull color or is heavily altered.

Fluellite with Metavariscite
stock #16.1-232-(CN3917)
Cantera Azcarate, Eugui
Navarra, Spain
9.1 x 5 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $290
new year 2021

An unusual color for Fluellite, this find was, I believe, the only well-defined violet crystals of the specie ever found. An open vug holding lots of small, perfect crystals of both species but mostly Fluellite. The find was late 90's vintage. Ex Charles Noll collection with a few additional previous labels, these were sold in 1999-2000 by Jordi Fabre (Barcelona, Spain) with none like this since.

Sphalerite var. Schalenblende
stock #AX-35-108
Eagle Mine, Gilman District, Eagle Co.
Colorado, United States
5.8 x 3.6 x 2 CM (cabinet)
price: $240
new year 2021

An oddity from Colorado, this unusual botryoidal Sphalerite is a complete floater, with a dark yellow-green color. This variety (Schalenblende) of Sphalerite is known in a very few other specimens from the Eagle Mine; most Sphalerite from there was the more normal lustrous black crystals. In fine condition, from the collection of Skylar Alverson obtained by him from Charlie Bowman in 1984. Excellent for a Colorado collection and a very rare Sphalerite from any place in the USA.

Quartz - with red and black phantoms
stock #16.1-722
Orange River, Namakwa
Karas Region, Namibia
3.6 x 2.9 x 2.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $230
new year 2021

Two main Quartz crystals both with distinct phantoms inside clear prisms. From the finds a few years ago at Orange river, the red color is especially deep on this specimen and the overall esthetics are choice. In excellent condition as seen, this could be trimmed to make a very strong thumbnail but I like this as is. One crystal is much more black in the phantom and the other is mostly red with just hints of black. We understand these are all Hematite inclusions but it is odd that crystals in such close proximity would be so different in color.