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Selenite - bladed crystals (fluorescent)
stock #17.1-050
Salinas de Otuma, Otuma Village, Paracas, Pisco, Pisco Province
Ica, Peru
6.1 x 6.1 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $150
Spring 23

Gemmy orange blades of Selenite from the find almost 20 years ago at Salinas de Otuma. The condition is excellent and the form is an unusual, flower-like cluster. The edges of each crystal is incredibly thin and almost colorless while the center of the crystal blades is a rich orange. These have become uncommon on the market but they remain attractive and still affordable.

Rhodochrosite pseudo after Barite crystals
stock #8.AE-777
Manuelita Mine, Morococha District, Yauli Province
Junin Department, Peru
11.1 x 11.3 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $700
Spring 23

An attractive and really unusual Rhodochrosite from this interesting mine in Peru, in a small find more than 20 years ago, rather different in style from the other Rhodos found there. The matrix is like a layer cake of Sulfides and Rhodo with the top layer well-crystalized. This shows well the shape of the original prismatic Barite crystals some of which are standing on edge. There are also a few "cylinders" or tubes which are noted in this find. The Barite is completely replaced, this is now all Rhodochrosite with the outer surface composed of tiny, sparkly crystals. The color on this specimen is more vibrant and redder than other pseudomorphs I have seen, an attractive piece.

Apatite (Fluorapatite) with Quartz and Pyrite
stock #22.1-519
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca district
Ancash Department, Peru
4.7 x 3.6 x 1.4 CM (miniature)
price: $350
Spring 23

A matrix plate hosting several sharp, gem clear Apatite crystals from the small find in late 2021 at Huanzala (Peru). In excellent condition, the Apatites are undamaged, a rich lemon-yellow color and brightly lustrous. This was a small find from a famed locality but not well-known for Apatites of such quality. This specimen was selected as one of the few with good condition and well-exposed Apatite from about 40 pieces in this find.

Rhodochrosite on Quartz
stock #22.1-541
Pasto Bueno, Pampas, Pallasca Province
Ancash Department, Peru
4 x 2.1 x 1.6 (miniature)
price: $290
Fall 22

Super cute small miniature of a single terminated Quartz crystal decorated with red-pink Rhodochrosite crystals. The Rhodos are in the rhomb form, fairly sharp with some stepped edges, complete on all sides and undamaged. From the classic finds at Pasto Bueno (Peru), this is an nicely esthetic specimen of a style not seen in a long time.

Hutchinsonite with Barite
stock #22.1-384
Quiruvilca Mine, Santiago de Chuco Province
La Libertad Department, Peru
9x 7.2 x 3.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $390
Fall 22

This rare Thallium specie is almost unheard of in displayable cabinet sided specimens. This is a fine example from an old find at Quiruvilca, with crystals up to 3mm on a huge, (for the specie), Barite matrix. The Barite color and the matrix is a reddish violet, perhaps caused by Realgar and overall there is great luster. It is rare to find a displayable example of this substantial size, it is the largest we have ever seen. Thallium as a dominant element in minerals is not at all common, the crystals of Hutchinsonite are scattered as individuals and sprays most of which are in good condition when magnified but there are some broken zones which is typical of this very fragile mineral.

Rhodochrosite - scalenohedral crystals
stock #8.AE-769
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province
Lima Department, Peru
4.2 x 2.8 x 2.3 (miniature)
price: $180
Fall 22

Sharp, gemmy crystals of Rhodocrosite are perched on contrasting black matrix. From the famed mines at Uchucchacua (Peru) these have fine glassy luster and are in good condition too. The habit is scalenohedral which is classic at this locale. Not perfect but despite some tiny chipping seen with a loupe the quality is nice overall. Much more affordable than typical for this locale (or any other).

Hubnerite on Quartz
stock #8.1-282
Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province
Ancash Department, Peru
9.9 x 7.3 x 3.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $560
New Year 22

A fine modern classic example from the finds over 20 years ago at Pasto Bueno. The Hubnerite crystal is composed of several parallel position crystals that are complete and terminated. This standing cluster is a full 7.5 CM tall. The Hubnerite shows flashes of red under good lighting as is typical of the specie. Perched aesthetically on a spray of Quartz crystals that are also in excellent condition. We need to note there is a small repair on this piece, well-done, and not visible to the naked eye. This keeps the price a good deal lower but has no visible impact on the piece. Looks fine from all sides, an excellent example of the specie.

Chalcopyrite with Sphalerite
stock #7.AE-260
Huaron Mines, Huaron Mining District, San jose de Huayllay District
Pasco Department, Peru
6.3 x 5.4 x 1.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $290
New Year 22

Large well-formed Chalcopyrite crystals surround sharp, bright lustrous black Sphalerites. Ex Gene Meieran collection, this is in excellent condition, from Huaron. An earlier label gives an incorrect locality however this is classic for the mine. The largest complete Chalcopyrite crystal is 4.4 CM across. The display face of this piece is remarkable in that it is undamaged. Chalcopyrite is a very delicate mineral and larger crystals almost always have some "issues". The Sphalerite crystals are complete and undamaged as well, what may look like breakage in some photos is simply complex stepped faces that have epitaxial structures.