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SOLD Vanadinite crystals on Nerinea (Snail) fossil
stock #SOLD 23.FC-024
Mibladen Mine, Upper Moulouya lead district, Midelt, Khenifra Province
Draa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
6.7 x 2.3 x 2 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Spring 23

An incredible Vanadinite. This remarkable specimen is one of the very best from a single small find in 2022. The matrix is a complete elongated snail fossil with clusters of bright red, sizable Vanadinite crystals perched mostly on the tip area. The amazing mines at Mibladen are certainly the world’s best localities for this specie, and the huge quantity of production is amazing. However among tens of thousands of pieces extracted over the past decades, no fossils hosting good Vanadinites like this have ever been seen. We are only aware of a few pieces found two years ago with tiny druses on some marine fossils but those were micro-sized crystals. The Snail hosting these bright red crystals is complete and undamaged. Even in a collection with many Vanadinites this would be really different and a fine fusion of Mineralogy and Paleontology.

Vanadinite crystals on Pholadaomia (Clam) fossil
stock #23.FC-021
Mibladen Mine, Upper Moulouya lead district, Midelt, Khenifra Province
Draa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
6 x 4.4 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $950
Spring 23

An incredible Vanadinite. This remarkable specimen from a very small find in 2022, the matrix is a complete Clam fossil with clusters of bright red Vanadinite crystals. The amazing mines at Mibladen are certainly the world’s best localities for this specie, and the quantity of production is amazing. Among tens of thousands of pieces extracted over the past decades no fossils hosting good Vanadinites like this have ever been seen. We are only aware of a few pieces found two years ago with tiny druses on some marine fossils but those were micro-sized crystals. In excellent condition and complete on all sides.

Elbaite - Bubble gum pink tourmaline
stock #23.1-276
Tsanigal Pegmatite, Pachigram
Nuristan, Afghanistan
4.5 x .9 x .7 CM (miniature)
price: $480
Spring 23

Gemmy bubble-gum pink Elbaite crystal from a new find in a little known pegmatite in the Pachigram (Afghan) area. Unlike earlier finds nearby, the crystals in this single pocket are more slender in proportion and can have a slightly colorless or blue zone at the termination. This is in excellent, undamaged condition, it is even fully recrystallized on the bottom end, so it is techically doubly terminated. Most of these were broken from their matrix in natural events long ago, but some like this have rehealed the original connection point. An attractive Tourmaline from an unusual locality.

Scholzite - exceptional fine crystal sprays
stock #23.FC-094
Reaphook Hill, Flinders Ranges
South Aegean, Australia
7.3 x 6.1 x 5.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $2950
Spring 23

A remarkable and pristine example of this rare Phosphate from what is unquestionably the best locality for the specie (Reaphook Hill, Australia). This has the very best esthetics and coverage of perfect slender crystals we have seen, including top collections and museums. It certainly is among the very top specimens of the specie. These crystals average 1 CM and the radiating structures are up to 3.3 CM in diameter. These were found in the 1960-70 era, nothing since has been seen. Pieces of this quality are only available from old collections.

Axinite - gemmy crystals
stock #10.1-298
Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast
Pre Polar Ural region, Russia
5.5 x 3. x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $650
Spring 23

Very sharp, complete and glassy, this is a flawless Axinite with many transparent sections. From the now famed discoveries in the Polar Urals, this is far more striking in person. Very few localities in the world ever produced Axinites of this calibre, the edges on this are razor sharp, it could easily cut skin or be cut as faceted gems. Usually crystals of this size have jagged edges or tiny chips, this one does not. The main crystal is 5.5 CM across. Backlighting adds a fine glow as well, but these photos are not backlit, this gives a true presentation of the specimen in a "normal" display. These have become quite uncommon over the past two decades and are now usually quite expensive. A very good value for quality in this size.

Quartz on Calcite on Aurichalcite
stock #17.1-557
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
Durango, Mexico
7.3 x 5.7 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $380
Spring 23

An unusual specimen ex Les Hitchings collection, obtained in 1963 as noted in his ledger; one of his earliest pieces. This is quite different from more recent pieces and has a fine composition overall. The Calcite and Quartz have a light mint-green color caused by the underlying copper minerals. A small area of Aurichalcite is noted on the matrix. The taller fingers or towers grade to a white to pale yellow color at the tips. Overall in excellent condition, the sparkle and luster are excellent. This dates back to the early years of Mexican mineral specimens being exported to the USA.

Rose Quartz
stock #17.1-643
Alto da Pitorra, Laranjeiras, Galleia, Doce Valley
Minas Gerais, Brazil
6.3 x 3.9 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $1200
Spring 23

Cluster of terminated rose Quartz crystals with very good color and transparency. An older piece from the Alto da Pitorra (Brazil) with most crystals having a slight divergence though mostly in parallel growth. In very good condition, the main terminations are sharp and undamaged, there is a contacted area on the back but not seen on display. Rose Quartz crystals are not known from very many localities and large, fine crystals like this are very rare indeed. Choice.

SOLD Cerussite and Malachite - modern Irish classic
stock #SOLD 16.1-582-(CN2124)
Tynagh Mine, Loughrea, Killmore
County Galway, Ireland
9.7 x 8.9 x 6.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Spring 23

Outstanding large Cabinet specimen with fine green color, luster and rich composition. One of the very best examples we have seen from this closed locality, it has a great provenance, collected in 1980 by Richard Barstow during the very breif period when fine specimens could be collected. Later in the collections of Nick Carruth (Cornwall, UK) and Charles Noll (USA). The specimen has good exposures of Cerussite on all sides, the most attractive of which contrast with the vivid green Malachite. It seems this locality was "discovered" late in its life by collectors. Some specimens of this quality were found early on, but the mine soon closed and since then nothing much other than micromounts were seen. The locality is known for some excellent small rarities but large specimens are only seen ion early collections. This would be an attractive, colorful specimen from anyplace but is especially choice being green and from Ireland.