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Pyrolusite - well-formed crystals, vintage
stock #21.1-047-(JM-4339)
Ahmeek Mine, Ahmeek, Keweenaw County
Michigan, United States
8.3 x 6.7 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $170
Early summer 2021

A choice old specimen of Pyrolusite from upper Michigan copper country. The old labels and documents all list this as an Akmeek Mine specimen, but Pyrolusite is not noted from that mine, although it does occur nearby. Our sources seem very certain this is actually from the Taylor Mine and a fine example from that locality, with typical matrix. We are listing this using the original label locality rather than change this attribution. Either way a choice piece with well-formed, shiny metallic crystals of what is usually a sooty black and ugly mineral. The crystals are protected in vugs on both sides of the matrix and up to 1.5 CM. From a classic region, these are some of the best of the specie from this zone. Ex Ernie Schlichter and John Marshall collection, also with an unattributed very old label.

Wulfenite
stock #16.1-063
Jianshan Mine (stone crack), Ruoqiang County, Bayin gholin Prefecture
Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China
9.6 x 7.1 x 3.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $460
Early summer 2021

Bright and sparkling small (7mm) red Wulfenite crystals with glassy luster and epitaxial coatings of whitish Calcites. In excellent condition overall, which is incredible for such delicate thin crystals. The Calcite is selectively deposited in the middle of the Wulfenite blades and the edges are uncovered, showing a sharp beveled termination. A quite good and eye-catching example from this important find in 2016. This locality had provided many fine pieces at all levels and price points, this piece is a very good value for the locale.

SOLD Topaz - set of 6 crystals, unusual locale
stock #SOLD 21.1-230
Badajoz
Extremadura, Spain
2.5 x 2 x 1.4 CM (largest) (thumbnail)
price: $0
Early summer 2021

Six light blue-green Topaz crystals from the seldom seen locale of Badajoz, Spain. The crystals are not perfect, all are partly incomplete, bruised and have contacts but also these are quite gemmy, lustrous, transparent and have nice color. A good percentage of the Topaz is facetable the largest crystal is 13.9 grams and the lot is 63.6 grams. Ex Bob Metzger, the crystals are well-striated and are typical in form for this classic but poorly known locale.

Linarite with minor Caledonite
stock #8.AE-835
Mina Dos Adrianas, Zapaltar Mining District, Copiapo Province
Atacama Region, Chile
9.3 x 5.6 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $300
Early summer 2021

A sizable, rich and vividly colored Linarite from the small, little known Dos Adrianas Mine. Several other species are present as well in the Quartz matrix including micros of what looks to be Libethenite. However the main interest here is the Linarite, a crust of deep blue crystals in a dense mat. The deeper vugs have some more isolated crystals as well, best seen and appreciated with magnification. Pretty specimen from a locality that is rarely seen on the market.

Rutile - classic USA, large crystal
stock #AX-19-039
Graves Mt., Lincoln Co.
Georgia, United States
6.5 x 5.4 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1100
Early summer 2021

A big, blocky habit Rutile crystal on minimal matrix from the famed Graves Mountain locality in Georgia. Very sharp for this large size with mottled, yet still, lustrous faces and well-defined form. Most larger crystals tend to be more crude or have rounded edges, by comparison this is quite developed. The backside is partly embedded in the matrix and is contacted but the front, sides and termination are well-formed and in very good condition overall. Graves Mountain has a long and colorful history of providing Rutile crystals, it is a classic source. This is an older specimen with a quality not found often, what looks at first to be a black crystal is in strong light a red-brown color with some red highlights at some angles.

Chrysocolla stalactitic with Quartz
stock #21.1-210
Ball Park Bench, Ray Mine, Scott Mountain, Pinal County
Arizona, United States
2.2 x 2.6 x .9 CM (thumbnail)
price: $540
Early summer 2021

A very fine thumbnail of Chrysocolla fingers coated with translucent to transparent Quartz. Fine form and vivid color in this cluster. From a recently re-found stock of specimens from the 1978 find at the Ray Mine, this is a choice example with a fine quality rarely available. Classic for Arizona and the USA this piece is from the Ball Park Bench find. The Quartz is a clear overgrowth that is translucent and gives a very special look to the blue forms. The form, condition, luster and color are first rate for the specie and for the locality. All the fingers are perfect with no damage.

Chrysocolla - stalactitic forms, Classic
stock #21.1-216
Ball Park Bench, Ray Mine, Scott Mountain, Pinal County
Arizona, United States
4.3 x 1.5 x 1.2 CM (miniature)
price: $700
Early summer 2021

Slender and very elongated fingers of Chrysocolla with both bright blue and greenish-yellow colors. Delicate forms that are remarkably all in perfect condition and undamaged. Impressive form and color in this cluster of translucent Chrysocolla. From a recently rediscovered old stock of the 1978 find at the Ray Mine, this is a choice example of a quality rarely available. A classic for Arizona and the USA this piece comes from the Ball Park Bench find. Unlike most other pieces in the find this has minimal Quartz present but there is an outer skin of greenish Chrysocolla and Quartz mix that gives a very unusual appearance. Unique and choice.

Chrysocolla - stalactitic with Quartz
stock #21.1-215
Ball Park Bench, Ray Mine, Scott Mountain, Pinal County
Arizona, United States
4.6 x 1.6 x 1.3 CM (miniature)
price: $390
Early summer 2021

Long and unusually slender fingers of Chrysocolla are coated with a thin layer of translucent Quartz. The blue color of the Chrysocolla is still seen through the Quartz layer. Undamaged with fine form this cluster of stalactitic Chrysocolla is relatively thin, delicate and yet in fine condition. From recently rediscovered old boxes of the 1978 find at the Ray Mine, this is a choice example of a quality rarely available. A classic for Arizona and the USA this piece comes from the Ball Park Bench find. The Quartz is a milky overgrowth that is translucent so the entire specimen glows blue with backlighting.