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Pyromorphite on Coronadite - classic locale
stock #19.1-817
MMM Mine, Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
11.4 x 7.5 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $800


A large and rich cabinet sized Pyromorphite on Coronadite from Broken Hill. A classic locality and a classic association from this iconic mine. The matrix is very three dimensional, a botryoidal black background for hundreds of very lustrous olive green Pyromorphites. Under the Coronadite is massive Galena and a little Cerussite that is not seen from the display side but adds a heft to the specimen. In exceptional condition, very hard to appreciate in photos but an excellent classic in person.

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.

Cassiterite on Quartz
stock #8.AE-1048
Elsmore Tin Mine, Elsmore, Gough Co.
New South Wales, Australia
9.1 x 8.2 x 5.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1850
new year 2021

An exceptional specimen of top quality gemmy Cassiterite crystals scattered on a wide Quartz crystal. A classic Australian locale where mining began in 1871, this piece is the best I have seen personally and is a fine Cassiterite from any place. The crystals all show twinning, some are contacted but not broken, and all are super lustrous. Crystals are up to 2.3 CM across. The Quartz crystal is broken and contacted on the backside, the front has some edge contacts and rough areas but nothing distracting from the bright Cassiterites. These look black without strong light, but when well lit, they are a golden brown color, translucent to transparent and contrast well with the Quartz matrix.

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.

Copper -chain of Spinel twins
stock #AX-19-167
Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
5.2 x .8 x .4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $390
Spring 2020

A perfect elongated spinel twin crystal forms the base for radiating smaller spinel twins that are epitaxially oriented. In pristine, undamaged condition this is a really unusual choice old Broken Hill (Australia) piece. The secondary crystals are mostly oriented in two lines or chains some of which form mirror copies of each other. The smaller crystals reach 1 CM and all have textbook perfect forms.

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"