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Galena Ps. Pyromorphite - classic
stock #13.1-412
Kautenbach, Traben-Trarbach, Hunsruck
Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
7.1 x 6.2 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $650
Late Summer 2018

One of the most respected European classics are the Pyromorphites that were pseudomorphed by Galena from Kautenbach. This specimen has very sharp and distinct hexagonal crystals that in some cases are fully pseudomorphed to Galena and a few have a later regrowth of an outer layer of Pyromorphite. The crystals are well exposed and stand up above the matrix. Very clean damage wise, the crystals on this specimen are small but much more distinct than usual from this classic locale. Ex Seaman museum, most specimens of this sort we have handled had larger crystals but also far larger price tags, usually in the 4-8K range. This is a good example of this treasured classic that is affordable but still choice.

Amethyst -zoned scepter
stock #AX-12-193
Murzinka Mine,Sarapulka Dist., Sverdlovskaya Oblast, Middle Urals
Urals Region, Russia
2.7 x 2.2 x 1.9 CM (thumbnail)
price: $110
Late Summer 2018

A sharp scepter of zoned Amethyst from the Urals. There are what looks like two tiny stems on this crystal , but there is really just one with an ingrown second crystal. In very good condition, ex William Hladysz collection, a choice thumbnail from this classic locality.

Wulfenite -classic
stock #13.1-079
San Francisco Mine, Cucurpe
Sonora, Mexico
3.2 x 2.5 x .6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $725
Late Summer 2018

A large complete crystal (with several coating both sides) in fine condition from the famed finds at the San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico. Colorful and transparent, the luster is glassy and the lack of damage is remarkable. These Wulfenites with large crystals like this were all collected more than two decades ago. They were (and are) very fragile, so fine complete larger crystals were uncommon. A choice and showy crystal, these have gotten very expensive and harder to find.

Chrysoberyl -classic, co-type locale
stock #18.1-407
Chrysoberyl Locality, Middlesex Turnpike, Haddam
Connecticut, United States
2 x 1.7 x 1.5 (thumbnail)
price: $450
Late Summer 2018

A small but significant Chrysoberyl from the Haddam Connecticut locality that was the first place the mineral was found in situ in 1810. Mindat offers a detailed report on this long closed locality that makes great reading. https://www.mindat.org/loc-213971.html The main Chrysoberyl on this matrix is .8 CM and is sharp, translucent and a good yellow-green. Ex Larry White collection, these old Chrysoberyls are not often available. The collecting was most active in the early to mid 19th century and it seems by 1901 the original spot was no longer accessible. A choice classic thumbnail for this important locality.

Grossular -c lassic locale
stock #14.1-215
Asbest, Sverdlovskaya Oblast
Urals Region, Russia
6 x 5.7 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $220
Late Summer 2018

A rich mass of Grossular Garnets on a Rodingite matrix from the famed Asbest deposit in the Urals. Some of the Grossular are gemmy and have good color as well. These are always being compared with the better known deposits in the town of Asbestos in Canada, and there are many similarities between the two. Perhaps the most striking difference is that there are very few fine Grossular from Asbest in collections, there are quite rare on the market and usually very small. This is super specimen for the locale. in great condition very lustrous and more impressive in person.

Quartz -included by Hedenbergite on Andradite
stock #AX-12-231
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Russia
4.7 x 3.1 x 3.7 CM (miniature)
price: $110
Late Summer 2018

A scepter-like Quartz rises from a matrix of tiny orange Andradite Garnets. The Quartz is a deep blue-green, being thickly included by Hedenbergite (some of which sticks out of the Quartz). In fine condition- a cute miniature with a nice contrast. choice specimen that is affordable and esthetic.

Azurite on Malachite
stock #18.1-406
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
Sonora, Mexico
2.4 x 2.1 x 1.7 (thumbnail)
price: $160
Late Summer 2018

Pretty thumbnail of lustrous Azurite on contrasting green Malachite. There were many Milpillas Azurites in the big finds that ended 3 years ago, this resulted in great opportunities for collectors to get very good pieces at abnormally low costs. This is such a piece with the bright color, sharp form and fine contrast. In excellent condition, looks good front and back.

Smithsonite -Botryoidal, classic locale
stock #14.1-336
Lavrion
Attiki Prefecture Laurion District, Greece
5.7 x 3 x 2.6 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $240
Late Summer 2018

A choice Greek Smithsonite with deep color, bright luster and excellent form. In undamaged condition as seen, the fingers and globs of Smithsonite rise from a contrasting gossan matrix. This is from one of the oldest mineral localities on the planet, and is an attractive example of the orange-brown color. Nice sparkle in person.