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Pyromorphite with Stolzite
stock #21.1-275
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
5.8 x 4.3 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $425
Late Summer 2021

A rich, classic Pyromorphite specimen with several areas of orange Stolzites in tiny crystals. There are two generations of light and darker brown Pyro crystals reaching over 3 CM, all are quite glassy. As can be seen there are a number of broken crystals though several are complete. The Pyromorphites are in a jumbled mix resting on a small zone of matrix where the Stolzites are located. The Stolzite and some of the lighter Pyromorphite are fluorescent in long to mid range UV. The damage on this piece keeps it from being far more costly, but it is still an attractive Australian Pyro, the damage can be minimized by display angle. Nearly every Broken Hill piece we have handled has had at least some tip damage on close inspection, it seems they grew in small voids where extraction was difficult due to contact with the pocket walls. These crystals are all transparent to translucent with bright luster. This still looks quite nice but not for perfectionists. However with the Stolzites added this is a rare and desirable association.

Bustamite, Calcite, Sphalerite, Chalcopyrite etc.
stock #13.1-283
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
2.1 x 1.8 x 1.3 CM (thumbnail)
price: $90
new year 2021

A cute thumbnail with the focus being one larger crystal of Bustamite. The specimen also includes some very tiny Spessartine as well as the Sulphides listed above. The Bustamite has the typical crude or melted look on some edges but is distinctly terminated and well-defined. Broken Hill is a famed locality that is on every short list of world class deposits and is certainly a classic.

Pyromorphite
stock #8.AE-1059
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
7.3 x 6.1 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $330
new year 2021

Bright yellow-green crystals of Pyromorphite on a contrasting manganese oxide matrix. In excellent condition overall, the previous label calls the matrix Galena, but this is incorrect. Broken Hill is perhaps the most famed, classic Australian mineral locale. Many types of Pyromorphite have been found there over many years, most being a distinctive brown or white color. The yellow, and especially the green colors, are more rare and sought after.

Spessartine on Galena - classic
stock #19.1-786
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
6.3 x 3.7 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $650
new year 2021

A cluster of dark red Spessartine crystals on a Galena matrix showing bright luster. The Garnets are up to 1.8 CM across and most show some distinct separation. The backside of the specimen has breakage where it was removed but the display face is quite good with only minimal bruising seen by loupe. These are remarkable specimens the association of a Garnet family specie intergrown with Lead Sulphide is simply bizarre. This specimen dates from the early 1960's the Garnets are translucent to transparent but overall are an opaque wine red. On a few edges the interiors of the Garnets have a slightly orange color that shows through and may look like damage in photos, in person it does not.

Spessartine on Galena
stock #19.1-857
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
5 x 4.3 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $3200


A killer bright red well formed Spessartine Garnet perched on classic Galena matrix from Broken Hill. The Garnet is nearly 2.5 CM across the long dimension, which is huge for this locale and the color, luster and condition are superb. No damage or repairs, the back of the Garnet has a clean contact but is complete and with no chipping even under 30X magnification. Sits well for display without props, this is far better in person. This almost certainly came from the North mine but the old labels are not specific, so we are listing it as simply "Broken Hil"

Bustamite on Calcite
stock #19.1-340
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
3.4 x 2.3 x 2.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $240


A nice old Broken Hill specimen with a complete Bustamite crystal nicely perched on matrix. Previously labeled as Rhodonite this was a common mistake seen on early labels. This crystal is partly color zoned, has some translucence and has the classic slightly rounded edges. The Bustamite is doubly terminated and the matrix of Calcite is strongly fluorescent.

Anglesite pseudo after Cerussite -Classic
stock #15.1-477
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
4.3 x 3.1 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
price: $350
Worldwide mix summer

A rare and elegant pseudomorph, the twinned crystals of Cerussite have been fully replaced by Anglesite and the outer surface is covered on all sides by sharp small Anglesites. The specimen is in exceptional condition and is a floater, with no attachment point, crystallized all around. These Pseudomorphs were found long ago in the early upper mine workings. This choice example is remarkable for perfection and classic form, a rarity almost never available.

Pyromorphite
stock #15.1-565
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
4.3 x 3.2 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
price: $160
Fall 2015

Transparent Pyromorphite crystals scattered on a contrasting dark matrix from Broken Hill. The dark matrix is often labeled as Coronadite but this is not confirmed in this specimen. Most crystals are pristine but some damaged or broken prisms are seen with magnification. Pyros about 5mm, bright green-yellow hue from a classic locale.