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Vanadinite
stock #21.1-207
Western Union Mine, Stockton Hill, Mohave County
Arizona, United States
2.7 x 1.7 x .9 CM (thumbnail)
price: $130
Early summer 2021

Slender stepped Vanadinite crystals on a shard of matrix. Several of the crystals show a form much like a reversed scepter. A nice thumbnail from this less well-known mine in Arizona, the Western Union, (also known as the Western or Black and Tan). The long closed mine yielded some very nice small Vanadinites in several habits in the 1980's to some diligent collectors. However this is from a more recent collecting project and the habit of the crystals is noticeably different from the earlier finds. Choice thumbnail.

Grossular var. Hessonite (classic locale)
stock #21.1-198
Ala Valley, Lanzo Valley, Turin
Piedmont, Italy
5.8 x 3.4 x 1.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $650
Early summer 2021

A plate of highly lustrous Garnets from the famed Ala Valley. The color and transparency of these Grossular is outstanding. There are several larger, more isolated crystals that are set in a matrix of much smaller Grossular. The larger crystals reach 1 CM and glow a vivid red when backlit. In normal lighting the color is darker red as seen in the photos. This is a particularly rich piece with a fine color and dense coverage of bright sparkling Garnet. Overall in very good condition, some rough spots are seen with magnification but these are very minor and almost invisible in the context of the piece. Far better than average esthetics and visual impact from the Piedmont region.

Roselite on and in Calcite
stock #21.1-187
Aghbar Mine, Aghbar, Agdz Cercle, Zagora Province
Draa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
7.8 x 3.7 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $550
Early summer 2021

Outside of Morocco, Roselite is a rather rare mineral usually just micro crystals found in Cobalt deposits. In Morocco however are two prolific localities that have provided the world's best specimens. This piece is a matrix of Calcite crystals that have good clarity and have inner phantoms of and crystals of Roselite. These are hard to see by naked eye but on the outside of the Calcite are numerous sprays and clusters of brilliant gemmy red Roselite crystal that are easy to see and are striking. These are super lustrous in person and even more amazing under magnification. The Roselite is in fine condition, as is most of the Calcite but some at the edges has bruising that is not very evident on display. From Aghbar, this is an impressive display piece for the specie. The main Calcites are also gemmy, glassy and lustrous. This rather unusual association is especially well-presented here. Overall a very pretty specimen with vivid color that is eye-catching to say the least.

SOLD Malachite - stalactitic
stock #SOLD 21.1-195
Katanga, Central Area, Katanga Copper zone
Shaba, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
7.4 x 3.1 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Early summer 2021

Looking like a green ice cream cone, a highly decorated Malachite stal with a sparkling exterior luster. Vibrant deep green and quite chatoyant, close exam shows this is composed a many primary Malachite crystals with many different habits shown. Looks great from all sides, the bottom, as shown, was the point of attachment and the rest is in fine condition. A small point at the tip was broken and rehealed, there is no damage. The best of the Katanga Malachites like this are amongst the world's best and are an exceptional value for quality and display impact.

Amethyst - doubly terminated / sceptered
stock #21.1-220
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas
Veracruz, Mexico
5.8 x 5.3 x 3.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $240
Early summer 2021

A super small cabinet specimen of a very sharp single Amethyst crystal on contrasting matrix. From the Veracruz finds at Piedra Parada which have been a fantastic source of beautiful yet affordable Amethyst. In perfect condition, the Amethyst is a deeper purple at the base and is lighter in color at the termination. It is also doubly terminated (part of the lower termination is in the matrix) and a small extension at the lower termination makes this technically a scepter though it is not obvious. The Amethyst is firmly attached to the matrix but only at a tiny point. It is clear from this why so few larger crystals in this area are still on matrix. The matrix is a drusy quartz with a yellow to greenish hue. The rich color and sparkle are hard to capture but they are better in person.

Arsenopyrite - iridescent crystals
stock #8.1-238
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
8.3 x 4.6 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $360
Early summer 2021

Large and lustrous, the Arsenopyrite crystals here have a golden patina on the broad faces and a bright silvery color on the narrow faces. The golden faces have a color play in the patina and are especially attractive. The facing side of the specimen is in great condition. Part of the sides have contacts and there are saw marks on the back as well. None of those distractions are visible in a normal display. This presents deep striations and classic habit, the bigger crystals are over 4 CM and very clearly defined. Tiny bits of Quartz and Fluorite are also present. An older specimen (2008) from the great Yaogangxian.

Molybdenite - rosette habit, unusual locale
stock #20.1-081
Tanyang-gun,
Chungcheongbukdo, South Korea
3.2 x 2.1 x 1.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $260
Early summer 2021

A lovely old thumbnail sized Molybdenite with nice form and luster. From the Pat Barker collection, Pat lived for several years in Korea decades ago and was active in field collecting at that time. The Tanyang Mine is listed in Mindat but Molybenite is not noted from this locale. We feel comfortable with this locality attribution as Pat was a detailed and careful collector and was diligent in documentation. In very good condition.

Cyanotrichite
stock #0014-JM-1551
Peacock Mine, Leadore Mining District, Lemhi County
Idaho, United States
8.5 x 7.3 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $300
Early summer 2021

Rich, bright vivid blue Cyanotrichite covers the display surface of the specimen. An older piece, ex John Marshall collection, and before that from the remarkable collection of Gunnar Bjarby and also David Garske. Five old labels are included. While the druse of Cyanotrichite is composed of very tiny crystals and spherical clusters, the dense coverage is impressive by naked eye. The back side of this piece also has a fair sized area of Cyanotrichite and old labels, collection numbers etc. A rich piece for a lesser known but still classic US locale.