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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.

Selenite (very clear gypsum crystal)
stock #19.1-238
Naica Mine. Naica, Municipio de Saucillo
Chihuahua, Mexico
5.7 x 3.1 x 1.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $240
Spring 2019

Textbook perfect, sharp and transparent, a single doubly terminated Selenite from the famed Naica Mine. This is a 1970s vintage specimen in fine condition as seen. There are a few wispy inclusions that are not visible on some display angles, the exterior luster is very glassy with a few areas with very minor frosting. Overall this is a choice example. The Naica mine produced a lot of Selenite in its day. Not much that came out was this fine, most had some damage or edge issues. Now that the mine is closed these better specimens are becoming treasures.

Gypsum-
stock #AX-10-811
Kirkby Thore. Vale of Eden
Cumberland, Cumbria, England
6.3 x 4.6 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $140
Worldwide mix summer

A sharp and curious old English specimen of Daisy bed or Daisy Wheel habit gypsum crystals on matrix. Some of the flowers have the rare but desirable Rhombohedral crystal preserved at the center or core of the flowers. The matrix has these flowers displayed on two sides.

Selenite -very clear crystals, classic German locale
stock #17.1-040
Eisleben, Mansfeld Basin
Saxony- Anhalt, Germany
8.2 x 6.6 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $180
Worldwide mix summer

The Eisieben mines date back to the end of the 19th century (or more), worked for Copper and Nickel, but from time to time some excellent Selenite was found. This is a choice piece, in pristine condition, with sharp delicate prisms on matrix. In person the transparency is far more impressive.