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Selenite - optically clear stacked crystals
stock #20.1-128
Naica Mine. Naica, Municipio de Saucillo
Chihuahua, Mexico
7.8 x 4.5 x 2.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $390


Sharp and transparent crystals of Selenite in an aligned cluster. These are textbook perfect in form, and oddly enough show no signs of true twinning which is the more common habit. As seen this is in fine condition, no damage but some very minor edge wear is noted just to be comprehensive. Selenite is not rare at all but super fine clear crystals like this are really uncommon. The stack of individual crystals is perfectly oriented and a nice example of epitaxy.

SOLD Selenite -Classic Mexican locale
stock #SOLD AX-19-144
Naica Mine. Naica, Municipio de Saucillo
Chihuahua, Mexico
7.8 x 5.2 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $0


From the famed Naica mines of Chihuahua Mexico, a fine cabinet sized spray of thin transparent crystals on a massive gypsum matrix. In excellent condition, a delicate and attractive piece on all sides. This mine is famed for producing very large sized crystals and such smaller pieces in fine shape like this were quite uncommon. One special aspect is the unusual white phantoms inside some of the colorless clear crystals.

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.

Selenite
stock #20.1-265-(LH1132)
Red river floodway, Winnipeg
Manitoba, Canada
6.1 x 3.7 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $90
new year 2021

An unusual habit from this famed Canadian locale, a spherical rosette of small bladed crystals hosts a cluster of larger twinned Selenites. I have been informed that at one time some pieces were heated or baked to make this selective white areas on the golden selenite, so this is not fully natural but human modified. Not sure why this was done as the golden color is quite nice on its own but theoverall effect is esthetic in a different way. Overall this looks fine from any angle. The crystals are a golden to orange-yellow color except at the terminations which are a milky white. In fine condition, we have handled a lot of Selenite from this locale but this piece is quite different in style. As is usual for Selenite from the Red River this is strongly fluorescent.

Gypsum v. Selenite - twinned, classic
stock #15.1-1023- (CN353)
Eisleben, Mansfeld Basin
Saxony, Germany
12 x 4.9 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $750
new year 2021

Large and with textbook perfect form, this is a killer old German Selenite ex. Lazard Cahn, Charles Noll and others. Lazard Cahn (1865-1940) had a long and highly regarded career as a mineral collector and dealer. His label is vintage 1908-1940, the mine itself is even older, type locale for two species and a classic locale by any definition. The Gypsum is fully transparent, sharp and internal structures and clouds can be clearly seen inside. From some angles the internal structures seem to show a phantom but it is faint. The main crystal twin is doubly terminated and looks fine from any angle but the second photo shows the best view in my opinion.

Selenite (golden gemmy)
stock #20.1-124
Salinas de Otuma, Otuma Village, Paracas, Pisco, Pisco Province
Ica, Peru
3.6 x 3.8 x 2.9 CM (miniature)
price: $260
Spring 2020

The yellow to orange "golden" Selenites from Ica were rather common at mineral shows 20 years ago. There have not been new finds for some time and good, undamaged examples are now quite scarce. These still represent a very good value for a colorful, display quality specimen. This piece is from a small lot that has been in storage since the mid seventies. Sharp, glassy transparent crystals to 2.5 CM tall stand out from the matrix. In perfect condition, in person this is far more clear and very lustrous.

Selenite (gemmy golden)
stock #20.1-123
Salinas de Otuma, Otuma Village, Paracas, Pisco, Pisco Province
Ica, Peru
4.3 x 3.3 x 2.4 CM (miniature)
price: $120
Spring 2020

The yellow to orange "golden" Selenites from Ica were rather common at mineral shows 20 years ago. There have not been new finds for some time and good, undamaged examples are now quite scarce. These still represent a very good value for a colorful, display quality specimen. This piece is from a small lot that has been in storage since the mid seventies. Sharp, glassy transparent Selenite 2.5 CM tall stands on a base of small crystals. The main crystal shows well the "duckbill" twin habit.

Selenite (gemmy golden)
stock #20.1-122
Salinas de Otuma, Otuma Village, Paracas, Pisco, Pisco Province
Ica, Peru
5.8 x 3.4 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $150
Spring 2020

The yellow to orange "golden" Selenites from Ica were rather common at mineral shows 20 years ago. There have not been new finds for some time and good, undamaged examples are now quite scarce. These still represent a very good value for a colorful, display quality specimen. Sharp, glassy transparent Selenite blades are up to 2.6 CM long. A small amount of typical soft matrix is present as a support for the crystals.