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Pyrite with Dolomite
stock #0725-JM-2882
Niccioleta Mine, Massa Maratima, Grosseto Province
Tuscany, Italy
9.6 x 9.5 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $300


A fine and well-developed cluster of Pyrite crystals showing deep striations and bright luster. Ex John Marshall collection, this is a vintage piece from a locality we rarely see, but which was famed for fine Pyrite crystals and some other Sulphides (Stibnite etc). In excellent condition the Pyrites are in clusters and also in well-isolated crystals. This is a solid and stable piece there is no sign of any degeneration or oxidation.

Klebelsbergite on Stibiconite with Stibnite, Quartz etc.
stock #17.1-415
Pereta Mine, Scansano, Grosseto Province
Tuscany, Italy
7.2 x 5.5 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $330
Late Summer 2021

Three dimensional vuggy matrix with several altered Stibnite crystals that are now the matrix for blood red Klebelsbergite crystals. There are also some sprays of colorless needles and small yellow balls that are not identified though we suspect the needles are also Klebelsbergite. Most specimens of this mineral are micromounts and not so well visible as this. The crystals of Stibnite/ Stibiconite reach to a little over 3 CM long and are well-protected in the vugs. Ex collection of Glenn Petrie and Brizzi Gioncarlo (Florence, Italy). The older labels mention Kermesite which is not known from this locality. I can not see anything that looks like this specie and suspect it is an error, but it could be possible in tiny crystals. . The Pereta Mine is not well-known outside of Italy but it is an important and rich old locale that has been the source of many rare Antimony minerals. This is a rich example of several alterations of Stibnite and while very impressive under magnification it is also attractive as a normal, eye visible display specimen.

Pyrite - classic form and locality
stock #AX7-438-(81A)
Rio Marina, Elba Island, Livorno Province
Tuscany, Italy
10 x 6.8 x 4.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $350
new year 2021

A cluster of Pyritohedral Pyrite crystals with sharp and lustrous faces. From the famed finds on Elba Island, this is an older specimen Ex Larry White collection. The specimen was acquired from Joe Stachura in 1967. The age is important because despite more than a half century out of the ground there is no sign of tarnish, degradation or "pyrite disease" which was an issue with some from this locale. It is a brilliant golden metallic luster that is hard to appreciate on a computer screen. The crystals are clustered in an epitaxial arrangement and are in fine condition, there is just one small attachment point that sits under the specimen and it can be displayed from several different angles.

Pyrite and Hematite - classic locale
stock #17.1-608
Elba Island, Livorno Province
Tuscany, Italy
6.6 x 4 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $190
new year 2021

An open vug or pocket lined with Hematite blades that are the matrix for several Pyrite crystals in Pyritohedal form. Classic Elba specimen that shows well the contrast between the two species and the crystal habit that is famed from Elba. This is an older piece with the Pyrite having maintained very good luster.

Metastibnite, Klebelsbergite, Peretaite, Valentinite, Sulphur, etc
stock #17.1-284
Pereta Mine, Pereta, Scanbsano, Grosetto Province
Tuscany, Italy
7.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $160
Pre Holiday 2017

An old Italian specimen that is loaded with several well crystallized rarities. Included older labels have misidentified the Metastibnite as Kermesite which it does indeed look like. Aside from that, this hosts well developed crystals of Klebelsbergite in several forms, Peretaite, Sulphur, Stibnite, Valentinite and possibly Ottensite and Minyulite. A real treat under the microscope, but the largest metastibnite crystal is 2.8 CM and needs no magnification.

Elbaite -Vintage Black cap or Moorshead form, Type locale
stock #16.1-230
Elba Island, Livorno Province
Tuscany, Italy
1.3 x .6 x .5 CM (thumbnail)
price: $440
new june 17

A very old, classic specimen mounted on a 19th century wooden pedestal. Old labels are included one of which shows a date of 1810 or 1870 (very hard to read). Either way this is a classic, antique piece with very good condition, form and clarity in the body. Type locality and a great addition to any display of vintage or modern tourmaline.

Stibnite
stock #A7-531-(698)
Grosseto Province
Tuscany, Italy
5 x 4.6 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $260


A nice Italian Stibnite from Grosseto, with a great gunmetal silver luster. Crystals up to 3 CM long are in sprays on a dark sulfide matrix. Our labels from previous collections do not list the mine but this is a very good match for the Pereta mine in Scansano. Mostly undamaged showing a variety of terminations, some minor damage is noted but not easily noticed. Ex Larry White collection 1960's vintage but likely collected long before then. This is much nicer in person