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Barite (Baryte) - gemmy crystal included by Coronadite
stock #16.1-077
Rosh Pinah Mine, Rosh Pinah, Luderitz District
Karas Region, Namibia
5 x 3.8 x1.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $300
new year 2021

A golden Barite single crystal with excellent clarity and glassy luster. From finds about 5 years ago at Rosh Pinah, this crystal is included by dozens of perfectly spherical Coronadite balls, and a few are also seen on the exterior as well. These are best appreciated with some magnification which also reveals the zoned nature of the inclusions. Most of the Barite at Rosh Pinah were slender or leafy crystals, this is unusual from just one pocket with this stout form. In excellent condition, some contacting on the lower parts is noted but no damage, the faces are sharp and glassy.

Creedite (purple crystals)
stock #12.1-236
San Antonio Mine
Chihuahua, Mexico
5.3 x 4.7 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $320
new year 2021

A well-crystallized older purple Creedite from the 1970 vintage find at Santa Eulalia in the San Antonio Mine. The individual Creedite crystals are glassy lustrous, transparent, in perfect condition and unusually well isolated. The matrix is a dark gossan that adds a nice contrast to the bright Creedites. Ex Glenn Nicol collection. The dark matrix is unusual from this locale, I have only ever seen one other example. Mexican Purple Creedites are far more rare than the orange crystals from Navidad, and good pieces are very hard to come by in recent years.

SOLD Microcline var. Amazonite
stock #SOLD 15.1-599
Bear Creek Canyon, Colorado Springs area
Colorado, United States
2.1 x 2 x 1.6 CM (thumbnail)
price: $0
new year 2021

A bright blue green thumbnail of top color. A Colorado classic this was in the Warren Johansson collection obtained in the late 1930's. An older label from J.P. Osborne and son of Colorado Springs accompanies the specimen. The locality of Bear Springs Canyon in the area of Colorado Springs is not a known or published source of Microcline, so this may be an old error or a rare specimen from a lost locality. Either way this has a very bright deep color that is not typical and more vivid in person.

Mimetite var. Campylite
stock #16.1-367
Dry Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells
Cumberland, Cumbria, England
4.9 x2.8 x 1.4 CM (miniature)
price: $130
new year 2021

A cute miniature specimen with classic curved crystals of mustard-green Mimetite. The Mimetites contrast well with the matrix and have a good "wet" luster. From the famed Dry Gill locality that was at one time the most important source for the Campylite habit. These are now classics in the mineral world and this is an good value for textbook example of the curved barrel shaped crystals.

SOLD Malachite on Cuprite
stock #SOLD 20.1-870
Onganja Mine, Windhoek District
Khomas Region, Namibia
4.3 x 3.9 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
price: $0
new year 2021

A modern classic, a sharp Cuprite octahedron is coated by a druse of crystalline Malachite, and rests on a contrasting Calcite matrix. The Cuprite crystal has very three dimensional relief from the crystallized Calcite background. Close exam of the matrix Calcite crystals shows many are included by bright red Cuprite and a few small bits of native Copper. The Malachite encrustations are a bit thicker and more sharply crystallized than the usual thin coatings. Onganja Cuprites are unique and are often quite expensive, matrix specimens are much less common. Choice and in fine condition.

Cerussite, Hydrocerussite and Calcite - English classic
stock #15.1-479
Merehead Quarry (Torr Works), Cranmore
Somerset, England
10.8 x 6.7 x 6.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1250
new year 2021

An simply outstanding Mendip specimen with a large crystal lined cavity inside a Manganese Oxide mass. The void contains choice Cerussite and Hydrocerussite some in twins and others with reticulated forms, nestled on a sparkling Calcite. This Quarry is famed for the rare Lead minerals that are found here in association with the Manganese deposits in the Carboniferous Limestones. The location is unique and has been the source of at least eight new minerals. That said most of the specimens are not often well crystallized or esthetic. This is an exception as the Lead minerals are well formed and make an attractive display contrasting inside the cavity. The Merehead Quarry now known as the Tor Works Quarry began to be noticed about 80 years ago and is a world class source of many other rare species.

Amethyst - scepter
stock #AX7-210-(635)
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas
Veracruz, Mexico
6 x 2.3 x 2.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $260
new year 2021

A fine, sharp and richly colored scepter from the great discoveries at Piedra Parada in Veracruz. This piece was in the Larry White Collection and retains his handmade wooden base. The termination has some skeletal or hoppered faces and some smooth faces. From most angles this looks perfect by naked eye but magnification shows some very small chips. Despite that this is far better condition and form than is typical for the locality.

stock #17-AX-730
Berg Aukus, Grootfontein District
Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
3.6 x 2.8 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
price: $330
new year 2021

A superb, perfectly crystallized Descloisite from Berg Aukus. This Namibian locale is famed for the very best Descloisites ever found. This is a small miniature with bright lustrous crystals with a dark red-brown color and translucent on the edges. Descloisite is a delicate mineral and perfect, undamaged pieces are rare,but this is one such pristine specimen.