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Apatite (Fluorapatite)
stock #21.1-486
Slyudyanka, Lake Baikal area
Irkutskaya Oblast, Prebaikalia, Russia
9.9 x 3.3 x 2.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $800

Large and fine prism composed of two main crystals that are joined (and look to be twinned). Excellent blue color with bright luster and the classic "melted" look on the etched part of faces. This is the best single prism of Russian Apatite we have ever had, the termination is especially sharp and there is no damage at all, the lower section shows some deep etching and dissolution white the top is textbook perfect, even gemmy in areas. An older piece (1990's vintage) from this interesting skarn, the size, color and overall quality make this an especially great addition to any fine Apatite suite or single crystal collection.

Pyrrhotite with Galena, Siderite and Sphalerite
stock #21.1-470
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Russia
6.8 x 6 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $650

A complete and perfect elongated crystal of Pyrrhotite is perched on a complex crystalized matrix. The Pyrrhotite looks very much like two crystals side by side but is in fact a single crystal. Fine stepped growths and silky patina on all sides of the specimen. The Galena and Sphalerite are both very lustrous and the whole piece is damage-free. An older specimen from Dalnegorsk, this is vintage about 1996.

SOLD Calcite (Manganoan) radiating crystal sprays
stock #SOLD AX-12-245
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Russia
7.8 x 5.6 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Late Summer 2021

Light pink to apricot color Calcites in delicate strays of radiating, acicular crystals in a three dimensional sculpture. In excellent condition, this looks fine from every angle. Typical of these Calcites, this piece is vividly florescent. The specimen hosts two generations of Calcite, the smaller more recent crystals are a brownish color and give a nice contrast.

Quartz with Hedenbergite inclusions and Andradite
stock #8.AE-920
Sinerechenskoe, Kavalerovo mining district, Primorsky Krai
Far Eastern Region, Russia
5.2 x 3 x 2.4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $220
Late Summer 2021

A nice combination specimen of dark green (nearly black from some angles) Quartz clustered on Andradite. The Garnets are tiny sparkling orange color and make a nice contrast. In very good condition as seen, the Quartz shows the classic form where it gets wider toward the termination, yet is not a scepter. Presents well from several angles with a good balance.

Orpiment and Barite
stock #8.AE-976
Elbrusskiy Arsenic Mine, Elbrus Mt
Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia
9.4 x 6.8 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $390
Late Summer 2021

Rich color and sparkling luster from red-orange Orpiment crystals that form a mound on this cabinet sized specimen. There are several white to clear Barite crystals scattered on the Orpiments adding a nice contrast. These are mostly rather small but reach up to 1 CM. With magnification the Orpiment crystals are very gemmy sharp prisms but by naked eye it is just a glittering carpet of tiny red crystals. The specimen is sawn on the bottom from when it was removed from the host rock but that is not visible. As a result it sits well for display on its own. The outer edges of the Orpiment are a yellow to orange color and several radiating fans or bursts of the crystals form the outer edges of the more red core of this piece. This find was quite important and was made in 2002, The intense color of these Orpiment was unusually vivid and it seems these are color stable as well so they are still vibrant. Not often available now, this discovery seems to have been unique in its character.

Cuprite with Miersite and Marshite
stock #10.1-085
Rubtsovsky Mine, Rubtsovshy District
Altaiskii Krai, Russia
4.3 x 3.7 x 2. CM (miniature)
price: $875
Early summer 2021

This is mostly a fine Cuprite specimen with a main octahedron over 3 CM across, which is very sharp and defined. There are several other smaller crystals and between them are some excellent small crystals of Miersite that are bright yellow, gemmy and well-formed. The Marshite is smaller and less distinct but still a nice addition. From the great find at Rubtsovskly Mine in 2010, these were instant classics when found. The Cuprite is especially lustrous and has geometric growth structures well displayed on the larger faces. Aside from the unavoidable broken area where this was removed, the specimen is perfect, the main crystals are in undamaged condition and are in textbook forms.

Chrysoberyl var Alexandrite- type locality
stock #16.1-394-(CN1031)
Izumrudnye Kopi, Malysheva, Ekaterinburg, Swerlovskaya Oblast, Mid Urals
Urals Region, Russia
3.1 x 2.6 x 1.9 CM (thumbnail)
price: $750
Early summer 2021

From the classic, type locality this is a cluster of Alexandrite crystals with excellent color change from green to red. This is nearly all Chrysoberyl with just a minor Mica and Quartz matrix. The crystals all show twinning and the largest is a sixling twin. From the collection of Charles M Noll, the edges of all crystals are translucent and in person the color is quite vibrant. It is quite hard to find any Alexandrite from the Urals and especially from the type locality. This is certainly a fine example.

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.