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Chrysocolla stalactites - coated by Quartz
stock #21.1-214
Ball Park Bench, Ray Mine, Scott Mountain, Pinal County
Arizona, United States
4.1 x 1.6 x .9 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $750
Early summer 2021

Fine form and vivid color in this cluster of translucent stalactitic form Chrysocolla. From a recently rediscovered old stock of the 1978 find at the Ray Mine, this is a choice example of a quality rarely available. A classic for Arizona and the USA this piece comes from the Ball Park Bench find. The Quartz is a milky to clear overgrowth that is translucent and gives a very special look to the blue forms. This piece has 5 conjoined fingers, 4 being perfect with one having a tip chip. the chip can be concealed by the display angle.

Scheelite on Quartz
stock #21.1-241
Tae wha Mine, Neungam-ri, Angseong-myeon, Chungju
Chungcheongbukdo, South Korea
3.8 x 3.2 x 2.2 CM (small miniature)
price: $80
Early summer 2021

A Scheelite octahedral crystal perched on some clear Quartz crystals from the famed Tae Wha Mine in Korea. There are some chips on the Quartz but the Scheelite is in good condition. In strong light the Scheelite is translucent to transparent.

SOLD Sanidine - classic Italian
stock #SOLD 9.1-267
Monte Somma, Somma-Vesuvius Complex, Ercolino, Naples,
Campania, Italy
7.8 x 5.8 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Early summer 2021

A blocky matrix that holds several gem clear Sanidine crystals. Ex Lechner collection (Austria) and Schortmann's minerals. Largest of the crystals is 1.1 CM and very clear, colorless and defined. The Schortmann label dates this 1950's vintage after their purchase of the huge Lechner collection. The Lechner collection itself was begun more than 70 years before that so this is likely a far older specimen. The Schortmann label calls this Ryacolite, which is an obsolete name, and only gives Vesuvius as the locality. These were found more exactly in the Mt Somma-Vesuvius complex, in the Ercolano area quarries. Although Sanidine is not a very rare specie, such good, gem clear and well-defined crystals are quite rare in crystals larger than micros.

SOLD Calcite wirth Hematite inclusions
stock #SOLD 18.1-435
Mine 884, Leiping, Guiyang County, Chenzoh Prefecture
Hunan Province, China
7.8 x 5.3 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Early summer 2021

Several gem clear optical Calcite crystals are perched on a matrix of smaller bright red Calcites. From the find over a decade ago at Leiping Mine (China) these look very much like the famed English Calcites found over 100 years ago. The English Calcites are highly prized and expensive when available, these more recent Calcites are far more affordable. The quality of better pieces like this one are simply superb. The largest crystal here shows a zoning of clear to red-orange color but is still very transparent. Despite the delicacy and obvious fragility this is in superb condition. An excellent cabinet sized example of this rare and desirable Calcite habit. This mine has been closed for a few years now, these Calcites are now scarce, modern classics.

Fluorite on Schorl
stock #17.1-525
Hohenstein Massif, Omaruru District
Erongo Region, Namibia
5.8 x 3.3 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $290
Early summer 2021

Complex rounded ball-like crystals of Fluorite perched on Schorl crystals from Erongo. The Fluorites are lightly frosted, partly glassy and transparent. Most are included with tiny needles of Schorl and are in excellent condition. This region of the Hohenstien Massif has often yielded single pockets with unique character and mineral combinations. This is from one such pocket found in 2017 by a group of "small miners" from the area. Looks fine from most any angle.

Pyrrhotite with Galena
stock #19.1-784
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Russia
5.7 x 5.3 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $290
Early summer 2021

A bright metallic, flat crystal of golden Pyrrhotite that is perched on a little Galena. From the prolific finds at Dalnegorsk, this looks nice from either side, and is in very good condition. The crystal is undamaged, has no chips but is contacted and recrystallized on one edge. The wide flat face shows some multiple stepping as well. The crystal has some patina and slightly variegated luster.

stock #21.1-240
La Morita Mine, Sierra Mojina District
Chihuahua, Mexico
4.4 x 3.7 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
price: $680
Early summer 2021

Brilliant, lustrous yellow crystals of Wulfenite in perfect, undamaged condition, in a cluster with no matrix. The front or logical display side is very sharp, glassy and sits well on its own, presenting a well-defined main crystal 2.2 CM across at the top. The backside is less lustrous, but it has several large compound or twinned crystals in a pleasing cluster. There is no matrix at all this is pure Wulfenite and amazing for such a delicate piece that it is pristine. From the important new finds at La Morita, this locality has recently produced a sizable number of excellent pieces which allows these to be very reasonable in cost. When the first specimens were found this level of quality was very rare and prices were several times higher. We hope the locality will continue producing for a while but inevitably it will be finished of course. This one is far better in person and an excellent value for the find and for the specie.

Quartz - Japan law / La Gardette law twins
stock #21.1-204
Duquesne-Washington Camp, Patagonia Mts. Santa Cruz County
Arizona, United States
7.8 x 7.1 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $630
Early summer 2021

A pair of juxtaposed Quartz twins from this classic US locality that were found in the past year. The broad, flat crystals are partially covered with a skin of frost-like sparkling Quartz druse, but some areas do show good transparency. The Quartz at this locality is often dull or frosted, this one has quite good luster by comparison. The longest arm of one twin is 6.1 CM, overall in good condition with only a small chip on the backside of one crystal. Displays well and a very composition of the two twins.