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Smithsonite
stock #20.1-665
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oriental Region, Morocco
8.7 x 4.8 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $220


Choice stalactitic Smithsonite "fingers" with good wet looking luster. From Touissit, which some is best known for its fine Lead and Copper minerals, but this locale also produced some world class Smithsonite. The matrix of this piece is a mix of Galena, Cerussite and Smithsonite so the whole piece is quite heavy. The display side of this piece is composed of hundreds of Smithsonite crystals that have rounded faces and blend together in a botryoidal form. There is some periphery damage where this was removed but overall the condition is very good.

Elbaite - gem crystal
stock #15.1-679
Karibib
Erongo Region, Namibia
2.5 x .9 x .6 CM (thumbnail)
price: $230


A single clean, terminated gem Tourmaline crystal from very early finds in Namibia. Good green color with a hint of zoning near the termination having a slightly bluer hue. This specimen was in the Warren Johansson collection which he obtained from the Alvan Barrus collection. The recorded date is 1936 Alvan Barrus was the owner of Pegmatites in Goshen, Massachusetts that were the type locale for Goshenite (Beryl). He was an active collector and trader with close ties to both Harvard and Yale. Likely this specimen was obtained in trade and would have been an exciting new locality at that time.

Silver - classic locality
stock #20.1-095
Himmelsfurst Mine, Brand Erbisdorf, Freiberg
Saxony, Germany
8.4 x 3.4 x .5 CM (cabinet)
price: $1250


A long, slender tapering wire Silver from the classic Himmelsfurst Mine. The wire if straightened out would be roughly 18 CM long which is sizable for one of these. Very slender overall, at the very end it is just .2 MM thick while at the base it is about 3mm. there is a bifurcation in the lower section that is rather unusual. Nice patina throughout.

SOLD Dendrites- Manganese Oxides on Limestone
stock #SOLD 20.1-631
Blumenberg, Eichstatt, Eichstatt District, Upper Bavaria
Bavaria, Germany
19 x 13 x 1.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $0


A flat Limestone slab with fine, well detailed dendrites on both sides. From the limestone Quarry at Eichstatt in Bavaria, this old locality is famed for Jurassic age fossils but also for excellent dendrites. from the Les Hitchings collection, obtained in 1987 the slab is sawn on 4 edges but rough natural on the faces. The original label for this refers to the dendrites being Pyrolusite but in fact this is wrong, it is not uncommon for these to be composed of other Manganese oxides, sometimes a mix of species such as Coronadite, Birnessite, Romancheite etc. No matter the specie (which is complex to determine) this is a very attractive, delicate and highly detailed display of branching dendrites much like an artist's rendering.

Topaz on Quartz and Clevelandite
stock #6.2-203
Wenshan County, Wenshan Autonomous Prefecture
Yunnan Province, China
7.8 x 6.4 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $440


Several Quartz crystals are clustered around a single gemmy Topaz crystal set on Clevelandite. The Topaz has some lightly frosted faces and others are glass clear, transparent and very lustrous. The color is a light sherry hue that looks slightly pinkish in some light. From finds in 2004 in Yunnan Province in China, we have not seen such good pegmatite minerals from this region for several years. In good condition overall as seen there is a crack in the Topaz and a chip is noted on one face that is not very evident or distracting. A really choice Chinese Topaz.

Azurite with Malachite
stock #15.1-974-(SM3480)
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oriental Region, Morocco
3.9 x 3 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
price: $450


Perfect prismatic Azurite crystals, the largest 2.8 CM long and doubly terminated. All are composed on an esthetic cluster on a matrix of small Malachite crystals. This is a 360 degree specimen, it displays well from most any angle. The Azurite is also translucent on the edges and, overall, the form and luster are excellent. Ex Charles M. Noll and Jimmie DuFoe collections, this dates back to the "golden age" of the Touissit Mines, which are still famed as one of the greatest Azurite localities of all time. Previous labels are included.

SOLD Elbaite (indicolite) with Lepidolite
stock #SOLD 15.1-045
Barra do Salinas Mining District, Coronel Murta
Minas Gerais, Brazil
4 x 1.5 x 1 CM (miniature)
price: $0


A cute single crystal of Indicolite Tourmaline studded with several clusters of Lepidolite. Under most lighting this is quite dark and looks almost black but with strong lighting the transparent blue is very evident. The termination is incomplete being contacted, the upper area is a more violet than blue. A nice example of 6.6 grams that is priced well below the market rate for gem Elbaite of this color.

Chrysocolla (drusy) with Malachite
stock #20.1-629
Inca De Oro, Chanaral
Atacama Region, Chile
7.1 x 3.7 x 3 CM (cabinet)
price: $700


Sparkling blue-green masses of Chrysocolla that has replaced earlier primary Malachite crystals. The entire surface is covered with tiny Quartz crystals that gives the drusy sparkle effect. Some very small bits of Malachite are still present but mostly this is all Chrysocolla. Some of the forms are fingers or stalactites in clusters, one of which has the look of a tree from the right angle. In excellent condition the color and form on this piece is outstanding. This locality has not produced any Chrysocolla for several years now. These replacements are a modern classic and in person this one is highly esthetic, far better than typical.