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Topaz - classic Russian, on Feldspar, Quartz
stock #ARET 16.1-597
Murzinka Mine,Sarapulka Dist., Sverdlovskaya Oblast, Middle Urals
Urals Region, Russia
5.4 x 3.2 x 3 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
price: $560
Pre Tucson

A 2.5 CM tall gem clear colorless Topaz crystal rises above the contrasting Matrix. The Topaz is undamaged, in impeccable condition, the matrix has some bruising but it is the matrix and not at all a detriment. A very nice composition over all, good Topaz from the Urals is something of a mineralogical prize and highly respected by collectors. A very good value for the quality and esthetics.

Carminite and Beudantite with Hematite pseudo after Magnetite
stock #19.1-902
Tsumeb
Otjikoto Region, Namibia
5.1 x 4.2 x 3.7 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
price: $480
Pre Tucson

A serious specimen of Carminite from Tsumeb. This has a super rich zone of free standing Carminite crystals easily seen by naked eye. These show the bright scarlet color that is so distinctive and contrast well. The Carminites are mixed with lustrous Beudantite crystals that look almost black by naked eye but with strong lighting or good magnification they show very well their color. There are three older labels in addition to ours with this specimen; only one (Pequa rare minerals) indicates the source. This is an old piece from prior to 1965 but it is not clear how much older this is. Though the Carminites here are quite visible by naked eye (which is not common) they are amazing under a microscope.

Barite (Baryte) with Realgar phantoms - classic locale
stock #20.1-887
Baia Sprie
Maramures, Romania
5.2 x 4.2 x 1.7 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
price: $1750
new year 2021

A superb and very hard to find Barite with the sharp color zoning of red to orange Realgar inclusions that makes remarkable phantoms. This classic mine has been closed now for a long while, there will never be more of these and there were never many. Most of the Realgar included Barite found was not so transparent and the red color filled the entire crystal. This piece has excellent clarity and the inner zoning is very sharp and well-defined. Overall in fine condition for such thin and delicate crystals, these are also far larger and better isolated than most crystals. There are very small rough areas as seen in the photos but this is never the less a superb display specimen, and a standout in any suite of Barites.

Aurichalcite in Calcite
stock #15.1-678
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
Durango, Mexico
5.3 x 4.1 x 3.4 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
price: $330
new year 2021

A very colorful Aurichalcite specimen that was in the collection of Warren Johannson. The Aurichalcite is seen through a lustrous clear layer of Calcite that has crystallized on top. The Aurichalcite is clearly seen through the Calcite and the whole is vividly colored. An older Ojuela specimen from the late 1960 era.

Olivenite on Quartz - classic Cornwall
stock #12.1-022
Wheal Carpenter, Fraddam, Gwinear-Gwithian
Cornwall, England
5.1 x 3.9 x 4.1 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
price: $690
new year 2021

Well-crystallized Olivenites are protected in a shallow vug lined with Quartz crystals. In excellent condition, ex Don Shultz collection. The Olivenites are deep green, glassy lustrous and many are doubly terminated. From Wheal Carpenter according to the original label, this is a small mine that operated sporadically from 1792-1855. We have never seen another example from this locality. This specimen is similar to other Olivenites from this region, though the crystals here are a bit larger than others we have seen.

Euclase -blue crystals with Quartz
stock #13.1-288
Lost Hope Mine, Mwami, Karol District
Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe
5.2 x 3.7 x 2.7 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
price: $950


A sizable cluster of Euclase crystals and sections of crystals on a nearly pure Euclase matrix. The color ranges from a light blue to a deep inky blue and the scattered Quartz crystals add a contrast. From the Lost Hope mine of Zimbabwe, this was found more than 40 years ago. The largest crystal is 2.6 CM in size but it must be noted it is closely encased in the matrix with only a few faces showing, and the better display angles do not present the best color zones. This is a sizable mass of Euclase with some gemmy areas and some nice striations on the larger faces, although the edges do have lots of cleavages and rough zones. Relatively affordable, the photos to me look a little bit better than the specimen in person but they are real with no photoshop tricks. A good value for this often very costly gem mineral.

Galena with Ankerite -old English specimen
stock #16.1-568
Nenthead, Alston Moor District
Cumberland, Cumbria, England
6.2 x 3.8 x 1.6 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
price: $130
Spring 2019

A dark Galena cube with complex face structures rests on a mix of Ankerite and druzy Quartz. The Ankerite is in two generations the older is translucent the newer is nearly black with inclusions and some faces are iridescent. A cute small cabinet (or large miniature) in perfect, undamaged condition from the historic mines of Nenthead.

Babingtonite on Prehnite
stock #8.1-233
Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu County, Liangshan Yi Pref.
Sichuan Province, China
5.1 x 4.2 x 3.1 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
price: $600
Spring 2019

Well perched sharp and lustrous Babingtonite crystals on contrasting green Prehnite. The finds of these incredible Babingtonites in Meigu redefined this specie and are considered by far the worlds best. The clear form and bright black luster gives this specimen a strong presence. Esthetic and in fine condition there are a few clear Quartz crystals scattered about adding a nice sparkle as well. Damage free and esthetic.