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Nadorite - well-crystalized, vintage from type locality
stock #20.1-878-(2983)
Nador N Balls Mine, Djebel Nador, Gueima District
Gueima Province, Algeria
6.3 x 4.4 x 3.5 CM (cabinet)
price: $750
Late Summer 2021

W.G. Levison obtained this Nadorite in 1898 for his collection. This was a very new specie at that time and this was (and is) a very fine example. Based on the dates and timing this is likely one of the original discovery pieces obtained by the French mining company and exchanged with museums and well-connected collectors. A rare Lead Antimony Chloride, this Nadorite has the less common yellow platy habit crystals in stacks and rows in several areas on the matrix. Most Nadorites are micro sized specimens but this is a substantial piece. Though not a showy specie generally, this is a display worthy Nadorite and has a good lemon color (most are brown). The orginial Levison handwritten label is attached though tattered. We include a copy of the collection ledger page for this piece. It should be noted that the ledger gives this locality as Nador, Constantine, Algeria. This does not match the current Mindat locality info, this mine is now located in Gueima Province which is a newer designation. These old specimens are very rare on the market in any quality much less in eye-visible crystals. This early find over 125 years ago and a very small find 40 years ago at Touissit were the only sources of good, sizable specimens.

Forsterite (Peridot)
stock #21.1-296
Sapat Gall, Naran KaghanValley, Mansehra District
Kyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
4.3 x 3.3 x 2.4 CM (miniature)
price: $1450
Late Summer 2021

Deep green glassy gem crystals of Forsterite in a well-composed cluster with no matrix. This is in excellent condition, a hefty 57 grams and looks fine from every side. The only broken spot is on the bottom where this was removed, this is a 360 degree display piece. Especially esthetic, this specimen has the desirable architecture sought in a fine Peridot. The crystal faces have complex striations and etching with slightly rounded edges as is typical from this locale. Sapat Gali is famed as perhaps the very best locality today for Peridot, this is a true modern classic.

Cerussite with Anglesite, Pyromorphite etc. Classic Locale
stock #0977-JM-738
Brookdale Mine, Pheonixville Mining District
Pennsylvania, United States
7.7 x 6.3 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $320
Late Summer 2021

A vuggy matrix hosts several Cerussite crystals, most of which are twinned, and a few other secondary lead species. A rich piece from the Brookdale Mine which in the Pheonixville, Pennsylvania area which also included the famed Wheatley Mine. Good specimens from the Brookdale Mine are much less common but they can be very nice as seen here. This specimen was personally collected by John Marshall in March 1972 when the mine was still accessible. His collection label and catalog card is included. A good Northeastern USA classic.

Orpiment
stock #8.AE-358
Cut 62, Twin Creeks Mine, Potosi District, Humboldt County
Nevada, United States
4.8 x 3.4 x 2.3 CM (miniature)
price: $180
Late Summer 2021

A well-crystalized miniature specimen with many transparent, sharp and very lustrous Orpiments on a dark Sulphide matrix. In excellent condition as seen, this piece was from the early find at Twin Creeks (Humboldt County, Nevada) and was collected with great care, the delicate and easily bruised crystals are pristine. A modern US classic locale, this piece looks fine from almost any point of view.

Azurite and Malachite - 'electric'
stock #AX-3-178
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
Sonora, Mexico
5.9 x 3 x 1.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $880
Late Summer 2021

Sharp, translucent, lustrous and a vivid blue, perfect Azurites on a thin matrix plate. From one of the first finds at Milpillas, this is in perfect condition and has a little contrasting green Malachite. Milpillas produced many variations of Azurites over several years that were often dazzling. There were so many it was often overwhelming. Sadly all that is over, the mine is gone forever and now the better specimens are gaining greater appreciation. Really striking in person, a choice and glassy cluster with no flaws.

Magnetite - early Chinese find, large crystals
stock #7.AE-435
Gaoligong Shan, Baoshan Prefecture
Yunnan Province, China
10.2 x 6.8 x 5.1 (cabinet)
price: $1950
Late Summer 2021

A huge, stout main crystal of Magnetite 7.8 CM tall dominates this very unusual early specimen. Other Magnetites up to 2.8 CM are on the matrix as well. We obtained this specimen in China in 2004, it was quickly sold back then but it is back now to be recycled to a good home. This is by far the largest Magnetite I know of from China, it was from a very small lot from the pegmatites of the Gaoligong Shan, and has a form and style unlike any of the later finds in Inner Mongolia and elsewhere. The crystals are all thick yet elongated and show stepped faces on all sides. Somewhat crude but still quite sharp, complete and showing textbook form. Aside from a single contact on the back area of the main crystal this is in perfect condition. These crystal faces all show a slightly golden lustrous alteration coating that adds a glistening to the overall appearance. Despite looking, I have never found any other Magnetites from this region for sale over the past 17 years. A nice Magnetite from anyplace but a really great piece for any serious China suite.

Olmiite (Poldervaartite)
stock #8.AE-945
N Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Filed
Northern Cape Province, South Africa
2.9 x 2.8x .8 CM (thumbnail)
price: $180
Late Summer 2021

A cute thumbnail of what was once a very rare mineral. This find was very important and large, the mineral was no long incredibly rare and it was also realized most of these were actually more accurately identified as another rare mineral, Olmiite. The South African discovery was and is the world's best and for all practical purposes the only locality for good specimens. This piece has a nice 1.8 CM crystal with the faces showing complex modification so it looks stepped and rounded. In fine condition, the color seems to vary depending on the light source from a brownish to orange hue. The matrix is a thin plate with a druse of clear Calcite crystals.

Spessartine - etched gem crystal
stock #8.AE-840
Navegadora Mine, Penha do Norte, Conseheiro Pena, Doce Valley
Minas Gerais, Brazil
3.1 x 2.3 x 1.5 CM (thumbnail)
price: $340
Late Summer 2021

A very pretty example thumbnail specimen of a gem Spessartine from the famed Navegadora finds. This is 17.4 grams and the insides are flawless, pure facet grade gem. With backlighting this glows like red glass. The exterior surface is fully etched with complex geometric patterns. These etched zones form in steps and ramparts that are very sharp.