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Scheelite on Quartz with Calcite, Cassiterite etc
stock #6.2-896
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
7.8 x 6.3 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $440
Spring 2014

If you know or collect Yaogangxian, you can see this is a VERY fine Scheelite multi-specie piece! In excellent undamaged condition, this is densely packed with bright, lustrous and transparent/translucent Scheelites with honey brown color. This quality and esthetic is a rare for the locality. We selected this piece at the mine in 2006. There is nothing like this on the market now. Yaogangxian is the most famous and significant locality in China for collectors. Good Scheelite was always rare from there, this one is exceptional and the mine is now closed.

Malachite psudo after Azurite (huge crystal)
stock #AX-3-408
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
Sonora, Mexico
8.5 x 5.7 x 3.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $1180
Spring 2014

An extremely large (over 3-1/2 inches) single compound crystal of Azurite is partly altered to a silky green Malachite, yet still has large areas of deep blue. Somewhat blocky and crude but with strong and clear form this is an impressive piece and one of the largest single crystal pseudos that have come from this prolific location. Esthetic and with strong display presence, this was mined in 2011. A very good value.

Andradite with Calcite
stock #AX-14-385
N Chwaning Mine, Kalahari Fields, Kuruman
Northern Cape Province, South Africa
2.8 x 2.5 x 1.4 CM (thumbnail)
price: $330
Spring 2014

An unusually good, sizable crystal aggregate of Kalahari Andradite Garnet. The great N'Chwaning Mine is famous for its red colored minerals, especially the Rhodochrosites. Many other less colorful species from here are dusted with tiny bright red Andradites, typically micro crystals. This piece shows well-formed distinct and colorful crystals very sizable not like what is usually seen. In excellent condition.

Realgar in and on Calcite
stock #4.2-107
Shimen (Jiepiayu) Mine, Shimen County, Changde Prefecture
Hunan Province, China
7 x 5.5 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $145
Spring 2014

A very attractive bright specimen that has become sort of a modern classic from the Realgar Mine at Shimen. The Calcite is milky-white to clear-yellow and glassy, while the Realgar is brilliant red. This is clearly seen inside the Calcites and extending to the surface in sharp form. In good condition with some bruising that is not distracting, specimen like this one are a great value for building collections with attractive pieces that are fine yet affordable.

Cerussite (gemmy V twins)
stock #AX-12-072
Otjikoto Region, Namibia
5.2 x 4 x 2.1 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $540
Spring 2014

Tsumeb Cerussite can be incredible, but its usually very damaged or crazy expensive. This is a far better than average piece (but not perfect with inspection) with glassy luster, elegant striations, and is formed by 2 "V" twins that abut each other. The main large crystals are in good undamaged condition, there is chipping on the bottom and end of the small crystals that is seen. The chipping is not glaring, only noted if you look carefully. The clarity is gem grade and very sharp, with a warm smokey color. Not perfect, but not 8,000.00$ either!

Gratonite (rare Lead-As Sufosalt)
stock #13.1-379
Excelsior Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Pasco Province
Pasco Department, Peru
5.4 x 3.2 x 2 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
price: $400
Spring 2014

Gratonite, when available, is usually in thumbnail sized pieces. This is a more sizable piece and well-crystallized. The best were found over 50 years ago and Pasco is the only source for fine specimens. Branching crystal aggregates to 2.5 CM cover most of a sulfide matrix, composed of 3-5 mm sized individuals. The Gratonite has the dull to slightly lustrous lead-silver color that is classic for these.

Fluorite (pink and clear) on Quartz
stock #13.1-404
Val Cristallina (Cristallina Valley)
Grischun (Grisons), Switzerland
4.6 x 3.4 x 1.5 CM (miniature)
price: $450
Spring 2014

A rare old piece (pre-war) from a classic Alpine cleft locale, this is rather different from more recent finds. The matrix is a series of parallel quartz crystals covered with a druse of sparkling clear Flourite octahedra that are included by greenish Chlorite. There are six bigger pale pink Fluorites scattered on the face, the largest 1.4 CM. Undamaged by naked eye, even at 20x magnification there is almost no damage to find. A relatively affordable and rather different Alpine Fluorite specimen.

Scorodite on Pyrite
stock #AX-18-054
Henzoh Prefecture
Guangxi Province, China
3.1 x 2.6 x 2.5 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $320
Spring 2014

At first glance this looks like a mass of pyrite with a little bright blue Scorodite crystal. With closer examination it is nearly all Scorodite with a coating of pyrite. The bulk of the "matrix" is yellow, brown and blue- green Scorodite crystals up to 1.6 CM. Everything is covered with sparkling crystals of Pyrite that hide most of the underlying crystals. In undamaged condition, this is from the one time find at Henzoh about 5 years ago. There have not been more found since then. A very good value for one of these!