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Elbaite on Quartz
stock #7.1-009
Chamachu, Haramoush Mts.
Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
9.1 x 5 x 6 CM (cabinet)
price: $490
pre Tucson 2015 update

A big, clear to milky terminated Quartz crystal is the host for two color zoned Elbaite tourmalines that are both doubly terminated. The Elbaites are undamaged and each shows two different habits of termination. An early Skardu piece, this style just is not found anymore.

Fluorite on Quartz
stock #AX-27-216
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
8.9 x 1.1 x 4.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $260
pre Tucson 2015 update

A choice, sharp, clear Fluorite cube is neatly sitting like a jewel on a flattened Quartz plate that is itself complexly crystallized. An older, classic style Yaogangxian specimen Ex. Terry Szenics collection, this better quality is no longer produced and the mine is shut down.

Vesuvianite (rare color, classic, closed location)
stock #17.AL-496
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
Quebec, Canada
4.6 x 3.5 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
price: $1950
pre Tucson 2015 update

Intense emerald green color (not the usual deep green) often labeled as Chrome Vesuvianite is one of the rarest and most desirable. Jeffrey Mine Vesuvianites are without peer in the mineral world, the color array is incredible and this green example is first rate. The main crystals are up to 2.5 CM, and doubly terminated but smaller ones are only singly. The terminations on most of the crystals are an unusual flat or multi-stepped type that may look like damage with a quick glance. There is some damage on this piece seen when studied carefully and some evidence of re-crystallization on a few zones. Still overall this is a fine display piece as nearly all of these that exist do have at least a little damage. Far better in person.

Vanadinite
stock #7.AE-247
Mibladen, Midelt Province
Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
3.2 x 3.3 x 3.2 CM (miniature)
price: $230
pre Tucson 2015 update

A nice specimen with large, stout crystals from the greatest locale of all time for Vanadinite, Mibladen. At 2.9 CM, the biggest crystal is quite large for the specie and is well perched on the smaller supporting crystals. Good color and luster, the backsides of the crystals are also complete but have the typical tan color, so the bright red is the logical display side.

Orpiment and Calcite
stock #AX-15-207
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
Hunan Province, China
8 x 6.8 x 7.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $380
pre Tucson 2015 update

Sharp white Calcite scalenohedrons make a wonderful contrast to the orange-red crystals of Orpiment. The Orpiment is sharp and well-terminated with translucent to gemmy area. In excellent condition for such a delicate mineral, this displays well from all sides. These came on the market 8-9 years ago but have been getting scarce now, especially in this higher quality specimen. From the Shields Flynn/ Frances Trafford collection.

Serandite with Analcime
stock #12.1-238
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire
Quebec, Canada
3.7 x 2.6 x 1.4 CM (miniature)
price: $225
pre Tucson 2015 update

A sharp salmon-pink Serandite crystal is almost completely covered with small, sparkling gem clear Analcimes much like a coating of ice. The few larger Analcimes growing from some faces are the typical milky white and are a nice contrast to the Serandite. A very nice example from mining over 30 years ago at Mt St Hilaire. Excellent condition.

Calcite over Stibnite
stock #13.1-233
Qinglong Mine, Qinglong Co., Qianxinan Pref.
Guizhou Province, China
7 x 5.2 x 6.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $90


An odd, strangely attractive specimen with an interesting form, This is a series of finger-like growths studded with scalenohedral Calcite crystals. These have grown over slender crystals of Stibnite which are now completely covered by the reddish Calcite. It is possible to see on the bottom where this was broken off the Stibnites remain.

Prehnite (classic alpine crystal habit )
stock #14.1-194
Cavradi gorge, Tujetsch, Surselva Region
Grischun (Grisons), Switzerland
3.2 x 2.4 x 2.2 CM (thumbnail)
price: $240
pre Tucson 2015 update

A very distinctive thumbnail with excellent crystal form that is typical of fine alpine Prehnite. Ex. Wendy Melanson's great thumbnail collection, her locale lists Cavradi Gorge Tavetsch, however it is likely that this came from Tavetsch but maybe not in Cavradi itself, but it right for that area. No matter what this is an elegant piece showing well crystallized colorless "pinwheel" forms in an attractive 3 dimensional arrangement. No damage, great luster.