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Rhodochrosite with Fluorite and Quartz
stock #8.1-432
Wutong Mine, Liubao, Cangwu Co. Wuzoh Pref.
Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China
7.8 x 5.1 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $1250
Early summer 2021

A choice plate of red rhombohedral Rhodochrosite crystals with a purple Fluorite that adds a nice color accent. A very early specimen from the large find at Wutong, these Rhodos are very three dimensional, they stand above the matrix which is mostly Quartz some of which is in needle crystal. The color is a very deep red on many crystals, others are a little more pinkish red. Overall this is as vivid as we have seen from China with a hue comparable to many Sweet Home Mine Rhodos. The entire plate can be backlit to a glowing red, the crystals are mostly not transparent but translucent and cloudy inside. An attractive and colorful specimen and a good value.

Galena on Quartz
stock #AX-15-146-(C100)
Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Chenzhou
Hunan Province, China
8.6 x 6.4 x 3 CM (cabinet)
price: $360
Early summer 2021

With all the great Lead minerals that are found in China it is surprising how uncommon are good specimens of Galena, the most common lead mineral. This is a nice Galena from anyplace and super fine from China, with two textbook perfect crystals on a bed of milky Quartz. Ex Shields Flynn collection, obtained from Bert Ottens, this is a 2004 vintage specimen with the largest crystal 2.6 CM across. The two crystals are both of different habits, perfect and undamaged. The Rucheng Mine is famed for the fine Sphalerites it produced about 15 years ago. This piece is about as fine as Galena is ever seen in China.

Wulfenite (fluorescent) with Galena, Calcite etc.
stock #15.1-881
Touissit, Touissit-Bou Beker Dist., Jerada Province
Oriental Region, Morocco
8.6 x 7.7 x 5.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $380
Early summer 2021

A very unusual and complex specimen from Touissit that is a fine illustration of lead secondary mineral formation. The core of this piece is a highly etched and partly dissolved mass of Galena, showing alteration to several other minerals. Around that is a mass of Calcite and Dolomite that are the matrix of several generations of well-crystalized Wulfenite. The oldest are completely encased in translucent Calcite, the most recent are smaller, more lustrous and vividly fluorescent in long-wave UV. The Galena was of course the source for the lead that was released as it was affected by acidic conditions and which then formed the Wulfenites. Most of the many Wulfenites are complete and perfectly undamaged but there are a few with chipping damage that are not distracting and are almost invisible in the mass of the specimen. Touissit is an amazing locality, though over shadowed by the more famous Tsumeb. It too has incredible variety and complexity to its minerals. This is a very rare fluorescent Wulfenite with just the youngest crystals responding lemon-yellow.

Spessartine - etched gem crystal
stock #21.FC-007
Navegadora Mine, Penha do Norte, Conseheiro Pena, Doce Valley
Minas Gerais, Brazil
3.8 x 2.8 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
price: $1600
Early summer 2021

A very lustrous, complete Spessartine crystal with a tiny sliver of Albite attached. From the unique and world famed Navegadora claim in Minas Gerais, this is completely etched and recrystallized with fine geometric structures on all sides. In person this looks like red glass. Fully gemmy and transparent, when backlit the entire piece glows a brilliant red. In super condition, a very close exam finds only a very small rough edge that is not seen from most any angle, this is essentially a perfect floater. The etching has gone so far as to create small geometric cavities and tunnels through the mass of the Garnet. A modern classic, 30.2 Grams and all gem.

Wavellite
stock #21.1-231
La Caridad Mine, La Caridad, Nacozari de Garcia Municipality
Sonora, Mexico
8.7 x 3.6 x 2.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $140
Early summer 2021

A nearly pure Wavellite specimen with minimal matrix, the Wavellite is in fibrous layers surrounding an open vug. The vug surface is a lemon-yellow carpet of botryoidal Wavellite that with good lighting has a wet-look luster. An unusual style and habit that is unlike most any other Wavellite in the entire world. From long ago finds at the La Caridad Mine, we have not seen any new material available for decades, only from older collections like this piece.

Bismuthinite with Ferberite and Fluorite, Cosalite etc.
stock #20.FC-117
Kara-Oba W Deposit, Betpakdala Desert
Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan
6 x 2.9 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $3700
Early summer 2021

This would be a world class Bismuthinite from anyplace and is exceptional from Kara-Oba. The addition of a complete, doubly terminated Ferberite adds a great balance, and the coatings of tiny bright purple Fluorite puts this piece in a class by itself. With good magnification several Cosalite sprays of metallic needles are noted, along with flattened Quartz crystals. In excellent condition, the Fluorite druse covers some faces of the Bismuthinite as well as the Ferberite, adding a nice sparkle in person. The Bismuthinte crystals are up to 6 CM tall and have a fine metallic patina seen on one side. Bismuthinite is not normally an attractive mineral but this is a very esthetic example, has great associations and is simply superb for the specie.

Rosasite on Malachite over Mimetite
stock #17.1-533
Tsumeb
Otjikoto Region, Namibia
5.3 x 4.4 x 3.2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $390
Early summer 2021

A choice example of Rosasite from Tsumeb, this is formed on and next to Malachite which has formed over Mimetite. Several Mimetite crystals have also formed on top of the Rosasite, adding a nice color contrast. The central "tower" of botryoidal Rosasite is about 2.5 CM (inch) tall, with a velvet luster that gives a nice focus to the specimen. Tsumeb is unquestionably the locality that has best mixed many beautiful secondary minerals of diverse elements, habits and forms.

Fluorite - rare
stock #21.1-239
Mahodari, Sinnar, Nasik District
Maharashtra, India
6.2 x 4.4 x 2.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $160
Early summer 2021

A small but distinct single ball of red Fluorite is nestled in a matrix of Quartz crystals. From earlier finds at Nasik, there have been a lot of ball shaped Fluorite found in recent years, but the red color is very rare, almost never seen for years. There have also been many fakes with dyes used to color the Fluorite. This is a fully natural, real example with the ball just under 1 CM across. Hard to find and when available the prices can be incredibly high. A nice example at a reasonable price, good value for any lover of Fluorite or Indian minerals.