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Fluorite on Quartz
stock #AX-20-230
La Viesca Mine, Huergo, La Collada, Siero
Asturias, Spain
6.6 x 4.1 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $260
Late Summer 2018

A multi-color phantom Fluorite nicely perched on a sculptural matrix covered with druzy Quartz crystals. Excellent transparency and in fine condition, there are a few additional Fluorites on the specimen one of which is a slender, highly elongated cube. A classic European locale, the La Viesca Mine is famed for vibrant color varieties and general quality of its Fluorites. This one is a bit unusual but still has the look and style well known from this venerable locality.

Descloizite -unusual form, iridescent
stock #AX-12-055
Berg Aukus, Grootfontein District
Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
5.5 x 4.3 x 2.6 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $190
Late Summer 2018

There are many different habits seen in the Descoizites of Berg Aukus, which is certainly the premier locale for this mineral. This specimen has a rounded series of crystal aggregates that present curved faces and a colorful patina. The iridescence is most striking and at first glance this looks like a fine Chalcocite. Undamaged, pristine condition, and crystalized all around, the underside is a hollow cup holding more traditional forms of small bright red Descloizite crystals. We have handled and seen many fine Berg Aukus specimens but this piece is unique in my experience. Ex William Hladysz collection, his catalog notes "very rare habit, unlike any other".

Chrysocolla - drusy Quartz overgrowths
stock #18.1-433
Inca De Oro, Chanaral
Atacama Region, Chile
4 x 2.6 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
price: $280
Late Summer 2018

Super bright color and sparkling luster, this has a tiny bit of Malachite remaining but most all is pure Chrysocolla. The Chrysocolla shows the elongated forms of primary Malachite crystals which it has replaced. The brilliant blue fingers on this piece are radiating outward from a Gossan matrix and are fully encased with clear, sparkling Quartz. Fine and delicate, in excellent condition and with strong display impact.

SOLD Barite- perfect rosettes
stock #SOLD 18.1-434
La Union Mine, Sierra de Cartagena
Murcia, Spain
5.8 x 3.3 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Late Summer 2018

Remarkable, perfect and esthetic. Free standing rosettes of Barite crystals on a rough matrix arranged in a line. This locale has produced a lot of nice Barite specimens but very few have anything close to this elegant perfection. Under 40X magnification there are no chips or damage seen, which is incredible with such a delicate mineral in thin bladed crystals. Better in person too.

Cassiterite -huge for locale, with Ferberite, Arsenopyrite, Chalcopyrite, Quartz, Muscovite, Stannite, Fluorite etc.
stock #AX-29-046
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
Hunan Province, China
4.8 x 4 x 2.8 CM (miniature)
price: $1600
Late Summer 2018

The very best Yaogangxian Cassiterite I have ever seen, with the largest crystals as well. An excellent multi-specie piece mostly composed of superb Cassiterite. This locale has produced thousands of excellent mineral specimens but Cassiterite is very rare from this famed locale. Sharp lustrous crystals to almost 3 CM are arranged in a radiating cluster on a very complex matrix. I count at least 7 mineral species on this miniature, but the Cassiterite is clearly dominant and is in fine condition as well. A superb modern classic and a very important Yaoganxian specimen.

Beryl var Aquamarine on Albite
stock #6.2-170A
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
Sichuan Province, China
7.1 x 5.1 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $330
Late Summer 2018

An esthetic and sharp edged piece. The Aquas are super clear, mid-range blue, (largest is 4.2 CM across,) tabular crystals consisting of two pinicoids and no prism faces. This is a less common form for Aqua at Pingwu (and very rare worldwide) normally there are prism faces present. The albite is well crystalized and some is quite gemmy too. The piece has a saw marks on base and side (from the collecting) not visible on display side. Displays very well as seen, but is better in person. There are some contacts and tiny edge chipping present that is not distracting yet keeps this from being a far more expensive specimen.

Inesite
stock #AX-10-036
Hale Crek Mine, Mad River Rock, Trinity County
California, United States
8.1 x 6.9 x 6.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $800
Late Summer 2018

Superb old USA (California) Inesite with large and very fine crystals lining an open pocket. Hale Creek Inesites could still be collected about 45-50 years ago, but not recently, they are a US classic, rarely available in this quality. This specimen is in fine condition, with prismatic crystals up to 1.7 CM but most are about 1.2 CM (which is huge for the locale and specie). Displays well from several angles, the open vug shows several differing habits and radiating clusters. Ex William Hladysz and Ara Dildillian collections, this is by far the best California Inesite I have seen for sale in 20 years.

Garnet (Almandine)- Antique specimen
stock #13.1-387
Ziller Valley, North Tyrol
Tyrol, Austria
4.5 x 3.4 x 3 CM (miniature)
price: $140
Late Summer 2018

A very old (18th century) Tyrolian Garnet specimen from the Zillertal. This area has been the source of Almandine for centuries, these were sold and traded worldwide. This comes with an early Julias Bohm label and a much older (crumbling) one as well as an affixed one on the specimen back. The matrix is an unusual one, a complex mix with Actinolite, Hematite, Magnetite, Quartz and more unusual, small Galena and other Sulfides. Not the usual mica Schists we typically see from the Tyrol. The main crystal is well exposed and complete 1.5 CM in diameter and has some good translucent areas.