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Beryl var. Aquamarine
stock #20.1-341
Governador Valadares, Doce Valley
Minas Gerais, Brazil
2.7 x 2.2 x 1.5 CM (thumbnail)
price: $90
new year 2021

A clean and very lustrous gem crystal with a well-defined form. An older Brazilian piece with an unusual habit that is quite different from the typical elongated hexagon. Not super perfect under close inspection as there are some tiny edge nicks, but this still looks fine and has nice color, transparency and crystal form.

SOLD Lorenzenite (var. Ramseyite)
stock #SOLD 21.1-006
Selsurt Mountain, Lovozersky District
Murmansk Oblast, Russia
6.2 x 5.2 x 5.0 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
new year 2021

A single Lorenzenite crystal 3.3 CM long and doubly terminated is embedded in a typical hard matrix. Lorenzenite is a rather rare mineral and large crystals like this are only known from the Kola Penninsula. The specie is an unusual Sodium Titanium Silicate and this is a quite large crystal, much bigger than average with red to purple brown color, some defined striations and moderate luster. There are contacts on the crystal but no damage or breakage. Ex Carter Rich and William Hladysz, this is from the major find in the late 1970's; these are now quite uncommon in any decent quality.

Neptunite with Benitoite on Natrolite
stock #AC-368
San Benito Peak, San Benito County
California, United States
10.6 x 6.4 x 5.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $490
new year 2021

Cabinet sized matrix specimen covered with a dense mass of lustrous black Neptunite on the display face. A single blue Benitoite is tucked away in the mix so this is really all about the Neptunites. Several crystals are doubly terminated and all contrast well with the white matrix. This is an older piece from the Immer Cook collection, dating to the late 1960 era. Choice piece with the Neptunite well-exposed and displaying very well.

SOLD Rhodochrosite on Quartz
stock #SOLD 19.1-338
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh Pref.
Guangxi Province, China
7.6 x 6.3 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
new year 2021

Sharp crystals of delicate Rhodochrosite are covering clear Quartz crystals. The Rhodos are, on close inspection, all very perfect flattened Rhombs that look disk-like and which stand out in flower-like clusters. In incredible, undamaged condition, this is certainly even better in person, and a very unusual Rhodo with incredible esthetics. This specimen is from the earlier find at Wutong and when these were first found were miss-attributed to another nearby locality. The look of this habit is very different from all the later finds and is certainly much more rare.

SOLD gemmy Barite on Fluorite
stock #SOLD AX-15-098
Xiefang Mine, Rujin County, Ganzhou Prefecture
Jiangxi Province, China
9.3 x 8.4 x 7.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
new year 2021

A brilliant, sparkling and colorful cabinet specimen from a remarkable find in 2009 in Jiangxi, China. A mound of sea-green Fluorite cubes are clustered on a snow white Quartz core and covered with dozens of gem clear sharp Barite (Baryte) crystals. In incredible condition, most we saw from this find were very badly damaged. This is a sizable and hefty specimen, weighing about 700 grams, it has been sawn on the base where it sits. This displays well from any side and the Barites are incredibly lustrous with a great honey-yellow color. The bright color contrast and overall impact is far better in person, an excellent display specimen that stands out in any cabinet.

Hemimorphite on Goethite
stock #18-AX-035
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
Durango, Mexico
6.8 x 5.6 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $330
new year 2021

Remarkable esthetics, a bright white radiating cluster of bladed Hemimorphite crystals set in a sculptural Gossan matrix. The matrix is quite unusual being a series of concentric half spherical voids or cups which are all empty except one with the flower-like spray perched in the center. There has been thousands of Hemimorphite specimens found over the years at Mina Ojuela, it takes something very special to stand out in the crowd. This is such a piece with excellent form and bright luster on the Hemimorphite blades.

Cyanotrichite with Azurite, Woodwardite and Allophane etc.
stock #19.1-890
Maid of Sunshine Mine, Dragoon Mountains, Cochise County
Arizona, United States
6.7 x 5.1 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $290
new year 2021

Richly colorful mix of copper species featuring large masses of hairy Cyanotrichite. Classic Arizona specimen with rich blue and green hues. In addition to the listed species there are several other micro crystals including what looks like very tiny Spangolites, but that is just a guess and they are very small, hard to see well even at 40X magnification. No matter the main event is the hairy masses and mats of Cyanotrichite. Ex Hitchings collection, this was purchased by him in 1984.

Smithsonite - purple to pink
stock #20.1-922
Choix, Municipio de Choix
Sinaloa, Mexico
7.3 x 5.1 x 3 CM (cabinet)
price: $290
new year 2021

Purple Smithsonte is very uncommon worldwide, the best source was this small deposit in Sinaloa that has not produced much of any quality for several years. This is an older specimen with a nice velvet sheen on a botryoidal surface that gives a rather wet looking luster. This Smithsonite grades in color from a darker purple to more pink areas with some nice color mottling. Choix Smithsonites are still much lower in cost than almost any other locale, they are an excellent value yet often equally attractive. The color is what sets this piece apart, a choice addition to any Smithsonite or Mexican suite.