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Adamite - gemmy balls
stock #10.1-172
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
Durango, Mexico
5.3 x 4.3 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $330
Early summer 2021

Lustrous green spherical clusters of Adamite crystals contrasting with a dark gossan matrix. An esthetic yet affordable Adamite, this is also intensely fluorescent. Adamites have been found for decades at Mina Ojuela and are common in the mineral market. Good complete balls are much more rare and the vivid green is especially choice. These balls are translucent to transparent, glassy, apple green and have a "wet-look" luster. A choice piece and better in person.

Phosgenite - vintage, classic locale
stock #17.1-854
Gibbas Mine, Villaputzu
South Sardinia Province, Italy
7.1 x 6.6 x 6.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $880
Early summer 2021

A rare specimen of Phosgenite from the Gibbas Mine of South Sardinia. This mine was active in 1851-1882 and flooded by 1890. Phosgenite is a rather uncommon Lead Chloride but specimens from this famous old locale are super rare (there are none on Mindat). Several milky white Phosgenite crystals from 1 to 2 CM across are clustered in a vug of altered Galena. This piece comes from the remarkable collection of Ruth and Andy Palmer and later William Hladysz. This was the study collection for Dr. Joe Mandarino's work and held many unusual and rare locality specimens. The Phosgenites are vividly fluorescent and are well-formed with a thin surface alteration. This is the only example from this location I have seen outside of a museum and is a quite a nice Phosgenite.

Spessartine on Smoky Quartz
stock #20.1-204
Tongbei, Yunxiao County, Zhangzhou Prefecture
Fujian Province, China
7.7 x 3.4 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $490
Early summer 2021

Bright orange-red Spessartines on all sides of a single Quartz crystal. A modern classic from Tongbei (China); when first found these were huge mineral news, unlike anything else known before. For a few years ago these were fairly common in the mineral market but as the zone became exhausted there are almost none found now. The prices have also been increasing. This specimen has larger than typical Garnets with the crystals reaching to 7 mm. Excellent condition and esthetics, the color and luster are a bit brighter in person.

stock #16.1-243
Otjikoto Region, Namibia
4.2 x 3.6 x 2.1 CM (miniature)
price: $170
Early summer 2021

Pink Smithsonite in rhombic crystals from Tsumeb. Sharp, gemmy and very lustrous, this is a small miniature (toenail) in fine condition. Tsumeb pink Smithsonites are distinctive, nothing like these are known from anyplace else, and the mine will never again produce these.

SOLD Lazulite and Quartz - very fine crystals
stock #SOLD AX-27-009
Rapid Creek, Dawson Mining District
Yukon Territory, Canada
7.6 x 4.4 x 2.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Early summer 2021

Super brilliant luster on these deep blue crystals. A modern classic from Rapid Creek in the Yukon considered by many as the world's best of the specie. These crystals are in a rich cluster, well-developed, very sharp and show good separation. The Quartz crystals are also very sharp and gem clear. A nice contrast. In any good lighting the color is especially bright and rich. In very good condition overall though not perfect, there are some tiny bruises found on close exam (loupe) that are not very noticeable. This does keep the cost much lower and yet looks like a far more expensive piece. The backside is also crystalized but is more Quartz with less Lazulite. A fine display piece.

Fluorite - highly etched spires
stock #21.1-070
Omehane, Otjinamewa, Dâures
Erongo Region, Namibia
3.5 x 2.3 x 1.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $480
Early summer 2021

Very unusual, highly etched yellow Fluorite from a little known locality in the Erongo Region of Namibia. This was from a small find of just 6 pieces, all with good yellow color (unusual in Namibia) that have been etched into spires. This piece and all the others are nearly pure Fluorite but with a thin band of crystalline Quartz that is the base. We have been hoping to obtain more of these odd Fluorites but nothing else of this sort has been produced. A very different looking (and oddly attractive) piece that will not be like anything else in a Fluorite suite.

Copper with Malachite and Analcime
stock #16.1-450-(CN4044)
Cliff Mine, Pheonix, Keweenaw County
Michigan, United States
6.9 x 5.8 x 5.9 (cabinet)
price: $1250
Early summer 2021

A cluster of Copper crystals of many sizes, most being complex dodecahedrons. Malachite encrusts the Copper making a great color contrast. Scattered small Analcime crystals, a few of which are transparent, add a further contrast. An older specimen, ex. Charles M. Noll collection, this displays well from any angle. Close exam shows the smallest Copper crystals are super sharp, textbook perfect nestled between the medium and large sized crystals that are a little more crude though still distinct. A fine Michigan Copper that is a bit different and is especially showy in person.

Calcite with Chalcopyrite - USA Classic
stock #21.1-069
Bethel Level, Annabel Lee Mine, Ozark-Mahoning Co.
Illinois, United States
6.7 x 6.7 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $80
Early summer 2021

Calcite crystals in modified rhombs from the Fluorospar region of Illinois. These are dusted with sparkling crystals of Chalcopyrite and have an epitaxial alignment. In very good condition, most of the crystals are perfect and damage-free. The specimen has a small break on the underside where it was removed and some tiny rough spots (.5 mm) are seen with a loupe. An old label from Ross Lillie (North Star Minerals) is with this piece.