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SOLD Sanidine - classic Italian
stock #SOLD 9.1-267
Monte Somma, Somma-Vesuvius Complex, Ercolino, Naples,
Campania, Italy
7.8 x 5.8 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Early summer 2021

A blocky matrix that holds several gem clear Sanidine crystals. Ex Lechner collection (Austria) and Schortmann's minerals. Largest of the crystals is 1.1 CM and very clear, colorless and defined. The Schortmann label dates this 1950's vintage after their purchase of the huge Lechner collection. The Lechner collection itself was begun more than 70 years before that so this is likely a far older specimen. The Schortmann label calls this Ryacolite, which is an obsolete name, and only gives Vesuvius as the locality. These were found more exactly in the Mt Somma-Vesuvius complex, in the Ercolano area quarries. Although Sanidine is not a very rare specie, such good, gem clear and well-defined crystals are quite rare in crystals larger than micros.

SOLD Calcite wirth Hematite inclusions
stock #SOLD 18.1-435
Mine 884, Leiping, Guiyang County, Chenzoh Prefecture
Hunan Province, China
7.8 x 5.3 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $0
Early summer 2021

Several gem clear optical Calcite crystals are perched on a matrix of smaller bright red Calcites. From the find over a decade ago at Leiping Mine (China) these look very much like the famed English Calcites found over 100 years ago. The English Calcites are highly prized and expensive when available, these more recent Calcites are far more affordable. The quality of better pieces like this one are simply superb. The largest crystal here shows a zoning of clear to red-orange color but is still very transparent. Despite the delicacy and obvious fragility this is in superb condition. An excellent cabinet sized example of this rare and desirable Calcite habit. This mine has been closed for a few years now, these Calcites are now scarce, modern classics.

Fluorite on Schorl
stock #17.1-525
Hohenstein Massif, Omaruru District
Erongo Region, Namibia
5.8 x 3.3 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $290
Early summer 2021

Complex rounded ball-like crystals of Fluorite perched on Schorl crystals from Erongo. The Fluorites are lightly frosted, partly glassy and transparent. Most are included with tiny needles of Schorl and are in excellent condition. This region of the Hohenstien Massif has often yielded single pockets with unique character and mineral combinations. This is from one such pocket found in 2017 by a group of "small miners" from the area. Looks fine from most any angle.

Pyrrhotite with Galena
stock #19.1-784
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Russia
5.7 x 5.3 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $290
Early summer 2021

A bright metallic, flat crystal of golden Pyrrhotite that is perched on a little Galena. From the prolific finds at Dalnegorsk, this looks nice from either side, and is in very good condition. The crystal is undamaged, has no chips but is contacted and recrystallized on one edge. The wide flat face shows some multiple stepping as well. The crystal has some patina and slightly variegated luster.

Wulfenite
stock #21.1-240
La Morita Mine, Sierra Mojina District
Chihuahua, Mexico
4.4 x 3.7 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
price: $680
Early summer 2021

Brilliant, lustrous yellow crystals of Wulfenite in perfect, undamaged condition, in a cluster with no matrix. The front or logical display side is very sharp, glassy and sits well on its own, presenting a well-defined main crystal 2.2 CM across at the top. The backside is less lustrous, but it has several large compound or twinned crystals in a pleasing cluster. There is no matrix at all this is pure Wulfenite and amazing for such a delicate piece that it is pristine. From the important new finds at La Morita, this locality has recently produced a sizable number of excellent pieces which allows these to be very reasonable in cost. When the first specimens were found this level of quality was very rare and prices were several times higher. We hope the locality will continue producing for a while but inevitably it will be finished of course. This one is far better in person and an excellent value for the find and for the specie.

Quartz - Japan law / La Gardette law twins
stock #21.1-204
Duquesne-Washington Camp, Patagonia Mts. Santa Cruz County
Arizona, United States
7.8 x 7.1 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $630
Early summer 2021

A pair of juxtaposed Quartz twins from this classic US locality that were found in the past year. The broad, flat crystals are partially covered with a skin of frost-like sparkling Quartz druse, but some areas do show good transparency. The Quartz at this locality is often dull or frosted, this one has quite good luster by comparison. The longest arm of one twin is 6.1 CM, overall in good condition with only a small chip on the backside of one crystal. Displays well and a very composition of the two twins.

Pyromorphite / Vanadinite
stock #16.1-361
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oriental Region, Morocco
6.6 x 4.8 x 4CM (cabinet)
price: $350
Early summer 2021

Touissit is one of the very few localities on earth where all three members of the series of Lead secondary analogues are found (Pyromorphite, Mimetite and Vanadinite). The most common there is the Vanadinite often with high levels of As, the Pyromorphite and Mimetite are much less common. On a few occasions both Pyromorphite and Vanadinite can be determined on the same specimen. This piece has a dense cluster of well-defined crystals up to 7mm and colors ranging from light green through yellow and orange. Zoning is evident too, with grey to brownish caps on some terminations. It seems likely that the zoning is the result of the solid solution series forming composite crystals. In good condition and with attractive form, the crystals are complete with no naked eye visible damage except on one crystal edge on the outside perimeter. This is not seen from most any display angle. The luster is brightest on the tiny crystals and on prism faces, where the larger and terminations are more dull. A very good example of the specie from this important locality, these Pyros are not often available.

Vanadinite
stock #21.1-208
Western Union Mine, Stockton Hill, Mohave County
Arizona, United States
1.5 x 1.3 x .5 CM (thumbnail)
price: $750
Early summer 2021

Small but with incredible form, a Vanadinite tree with no matrix from recent collecting at the Western Union Mine (aka Western or Black and Tan Mine). These stepped crystals show a form much like a reversed scepter. Super esthetic from any side, and in fine condition. The long closed mine yielded some very nice small Vanadinites in several different habits in the 1980's to diligent collectors. However this is from a more recent collecting project and the habit of the crystals is noticeably different from the earlier finds. A super choice US thumbnail.