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103 specimens listed
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Beryl var. Heliodor
stock #16.1-012
Itinga
Minas Gerais, Brazil
2.1 x .8 x .7 CM (thumbnail)
price: $390
Spring 23

A gem grade thumbnail Heliodor crystal with slightly etched form and fine color. From 1980 vintage finds at Itinga (Minas Gerais, Brazil) this was obtained in Brazil by noted Northeastern USA collector Les Hitchings on one of his trips to the Pegmatite regions. There are no inclusions or veils inside the crystal which is quite unusual. This is all clean facet grade gem. The color and transparency are first rate, such crystals are very hard to find at all, and rarely in thumbnail size.

Rhodochrosite with Fluorite, Quartz, Galena, Tetrahedrite etc.
stock #21.1-416
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh Pref.
Guangxi Province, China
7.4 x 4.6 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $1750
Spring 23

Bladed Rhodochrosite crystals in a rosette cluster on contrasting matrix from older finds at the Wutong Mine. The Rhodochrosite blades have small bright purple Fluorites nestled between them. The overall look is colorful and vibrant in person. The largest Rhodo crystal is 1.6 CM across. There is contacting on the backside of the specimen, the front or display side is in fine shape, not damaged and nicely composed. A choice multi specie specimen from early finds at this important locality. This habit and style is unique in the mineral world, no other Rhodo locality has produced specimens that look anything like this. A great general display piece but especially a fine addition to any Chinese or Rhodochrosite suite.

Fluorite - new find spinel twin, multicolor
stock #23.1-273
Hohenstein Massif, Omaruru District
Erongo Region, Namibia
3.3 x 2.7 x 2.6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $590
Spring 23

From an exciting new find in the Erongo (Namibia) this hosts a perfect elongated Spinel twin crystal. Transparent and very colorful, with backlighting this glows vivid hues of purple, green and shows a zone of yellow-orange. We have not made the photos with strong backlight so this looks as it would in normal display lighting. I have seen a few of these posted on the web with strong backlight which looks incredible but this is unrealistic and I think misleading. No matter the light, this is a textbook perfect twin on a Fluorite matrix. It is sharp, complete and undamaged. Far better in person too.

Mimetite
stock #13.1-145
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
Durango, Mexico
5.3 x 3.7 x 2.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $480
Spring 23

A fine "wet-look" Mimetite in elongated balls and fingers covers a contrasting matrix. Excellent color and luster in fine condition. The surfaces have a distinct sparkle as well. From the find about 7 years ago at Mina Ojuela, these look very much like the prized San Pedro Corralitos Mimetite from the 1980 era. As these are a more recent discovery the price for a fine piece like this are considerable less than the older material yet the look is very similar.

Serandite - large blocky habit crystal
stock #23.1-152
Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire
Quebec, Canada
5.1 x 4.2 x 3,1 CM (cabinet)
price: $1150
Spring 23

A fine modern classic from the great Mont St. Hilaire of Quebec, Canada. A fat, bright orange Serandite crystal with no matrix from the world's best locality for this amazing specie. This is sharply terminated on the top, however the lower end is contacted and rough. Despite that roughness some termination is there as well, but not complete. The crystal also show some good transparency and translucency on the outer edges. As most collectors now know, many so called Serandites have recently been proven not to be Serandite at all but are the mineral Schizolite. This is a confirmed Serandite, and the recent research that many Serandites are wrongly labeled has made this previously uncommon mineral even more rare. This is a choice example. Most faces of this crystal are very sharp and fairly lustrous, it is far larger and better formed than most. There are some faces with stepped growth on the backside but overall the crystal is very distinct and prismatic.

Afghanite - large crystal on Calcite
stock #23.1-031
Kiran, Koksha Valley, Khash and Kuran Wa Munjian Districts
Badakshan, Afghanistan
6.1 x 4.7 x 4 CM (cabinet)
price: $920
Spring 23

A fine, large single crystal of intense blue Afghanite on contrasting matrix. The crystal is complete, well-terminated and 4.5 CM tall. This is worldwide a very rare mineral, only known from a handful of sites and the only crystals of such large size have come from the Badakshan deposits. Over the past two decades a very few finds of excellent Afghanites have raised he standard of quality for this specie. This is a very fine and attractive example of this remarkable mineral that is a first rate display quality piece. In undamaged condition, there are a few natural stress cracks to note that are typical in these larger crystals but are not damage or weakness. With some backlighting the crystal is very translucent and glows a rich blue color.

Covellite - bright iridescent crystals
stock #AX-30-013
Reynolds Mine/ Summitville Mine, Summitville District, Rio Grande County
Colorado, United States
6.4 x 4.1 x 2.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $2200
Spring 23

Bright metallic crystals and plates of Covellite with top luster and flash. An American classic locality, these look very much like the older Sardinian crystals. Covellite is not a very rare sulphide, but any crystals are quite rare and larger ones like this are incredibly so. The bright blue, gold and purple hues are very hard to capture in a photograph, in person though they are really striking. We have had a few very nice Summitville Covellites over the past few years but this one has the brightest luster, richest color and best definition. A killer for the locality.

Stellerite and Quartz
stock #8.AE-1062
Tambar Springs, Pottinger County
New South Wales, Australia
11.3 x 9.2 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1150
Spring 23

Large crystals of this rare Zeolite (Stellerite) with intense salmon orange color are sprinkled with sparkling colorless Quartz balls. From the famed discoveries at the Tambar Springs area of the Garawalla Volcanics. The Stellerite from this zone is unlike any other known worldwide, which is usually in very small crystals or rounded balls. In excellent condition the crystals on this piece exceed 5 CM and have sharp form, bright luster and are translucent to transparent. This deep orange color is the most sought after for Stellerite, these are now only seen from older collections. A first rate rare Zeolite with fine esthetics, minimal matrix and display pop.