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Hemimorphite - intense blue
stock #21.1-009
Sa Duchessa Mine, Oridda Valley, Domusnovas, South Sardinia Province
Sardinia, Italy
4.2 x 2.7 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
price: $180
new year 2021

A small but vivid blue Hemimorphite with a sparkling luster from the classic Sa Ducessa Mine. In fine condition save at the outer edge where this was removed the display side is perfect and undamaged. This is a fairly old specimen (over 25 years at minimum) and since the color is still excellent it seems to be fully color stable. The deeper blue grades to a lighter powder blue on some of the botryoids. Unlike the recent fake Hemimorphites from Mexico which were a darker blue this is full natural and a nice example from this famed locale.

Pyromorphite- Mimetite series, Classic locale
stock #18.1-220
Donori, Calagari Province,
Sardinia, Italy
5.9 x 4.7 x 3.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $280
Worldwide mix summer

Choice, quite lustrous green Pyromorphite (originally labeled as Mimetite) from the old locality at Donori, Sardinia. Very good coverage and deep apple green color, a few small crude crystals are seen with strong magnification, but overall this is a botryoidal specimen. Quite three dimensional and in fine condition, this is much richer than most I have seen from the locality. These are now often labelled as being Pyromorphite- Mimetites as it seems there are both species in the deposit and may be zoned.

Calcite & Quartz (Cumberland habit)
stock #AX-20-155
Sa Duchessa Mine, Oridda Valley, Domusnovas, South Sardinia Province
Sardinia, Italy
5 x 3.7 x 3 CM (miniature)
price: $200
pre Tucson 2015 update

An odd yet attractive very old Sardinian Calcite specimen with a second generation of Quartz in "Cumberland habit". The Quartz also has numerous inclusions and some is in stacked groupings. There is considerable Hematite on and in many crystals here, adding nice color contrast. In good condition and attractive, most everything is doubly terminated.

Barite (gem clear w. phantoms)
stock #AX-19-230
Sulcis
Sardinia, Italy
5.5 x 3.5 x 2.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $245


An older, well-formed amber colored Barite from the Sulcis area of Caligari in Sardinia. Ex. Mineral Gallery (K. Ward) This shows several good phantoms with backlighting, and has a second generation overgrowth in some areas. Over all in fairly good condition there is contacting on one side and at the rear, small edge chipping is present but not easily seen from the logical display angle. A nice, good color piece from a classic local with the main crystal reaching 4.8 CM.

Phosgenite (exceptional)
stock #AX-16-196
Monteponi Mine, Iglesias, Carbonia
Sardinia, Italy
4.4 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
price: $3500


A real prize winning miniature! (First Prize miniature category at MTL Mineral EXPO). It is impressive, esthetic gemmy and has classic form, from the most classic locality, Monteponi. An older specimen from this long closed mine, it is composed of 3 main intersecting crystals. Close exam finds very minor chipping mostly just on the base and backside, it can be displayed "eye clean". For this delicate mineral it is "virtually perfect". From an older collection, this quality is simply not for sale today. An older collection number is on the reverse side, it can be removed if that side is to be displayed. Choice!