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Sapphire, Wellawaya, Moneragala District, Sri Lanka
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C-254  Corundum variety Sapphire  $165

Wellawaya, Moneragala District, Uva Province, Sri Lanka

8.6 x 6 x 2.3 cm

This specimen is something you is almost never seen from Sri Lanka, a Sapphire crystal in matrix.  Matrix specimens are all but unheard of.  The main Sapphire crystal on this specimen is double-terminated and has a reddish-purple hue.  The other crystals in the matrix of this specimen are lighter in color with some being translucent.  Sri Lanka has long been known for its seemingly endless supply of Sapphires.  Gemstone mining in Sri Lanka is from secondary deposits. The gravels yield Sapphire, Ruby and many other gemstones. Sri Lanka’s gem-bearing gravels, called illam, are some of the richest in the world.  The island was blessed with geological conditions that provide an ideal blend of chemistry, heat, pressure, time for gem crystals to grow, and weathering for the gem crystals to be deposited and concentrated in gravels.

 


Epidote, Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Ketchikan Mining District, Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, AlaskaEpidote, Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Ketchikan Mining District, Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Alaska
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E-034  Epidote  $85

Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Ketchikan District
Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Alaska

7.1 x 2.7 x 3.6 cm

This Epidote specimen comes from a mineral location that Peter Bancroft dubbed as one of the world's most inaccessible areas and a wild and forbidding spot to collect. Fine Epidote specimens from this remote location have been known for over 100 years and are much prized by collectors and in my opinion they are among the finest examples of this mineral species. This specimen is comprised of deep-green and highly lustrous, prismatic crystals of Epidote in a fan-shaped aggregate. It is in superb condition and all of the crystals are undamaged with the base being contacted where it formed against the pocket wall.


Pyrite bar, Buick Mine, Bixby, Iron County, MissouriPyrite bar, Buick Mine, Bixby, Iron County, MissouriPyrite bar, Buick Mine, Bixby, Iron County, MissouriPyrite bar, Buick Mine, Bixby, Iron County, Missouri
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P-074  Pyrite bar   $225

Buick Mine, Bixby, Iron County, MO

10.4 x 4.9 x 4.8 cm

A stout, Pyrite bar from the famous Buick Mine in the Viburnum Trend of Missouri. This specimen exhibits a medium lustre and has slight twist which is common for these “bars”. These specimens were recovered about 40 or so years ago and are considered to be classics.


Adularia variety Valencianite, Silver City Mining District, Owyhee County, Idaho
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F-263  Adularia variety Valencianite  $75

Silver City Mining District, Owyhee County, Idaho

8.7 x 8.2 x 3 cm

A good sized example of lustrous crystals of the variety of Feldspar known as Valencianite, whose name comes from the mine that it was first identified from. This specimen features crystals measuring up to to 2.6 cm. While Valencianite from the type locality can be found if you look really, really hard; Valencianite from the other three localities from which it is known are only encountered once in a blue moon if you are lucky.



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B-235  Barite on Calcite  $75

Meikle Mine, Bootstrap Mining District, Elko County, NV

9 x 8 x 6 cm

This specimen features lustrous, honey-colored Barite crystals on a mound of grayish to colorless flattened rhombohedral Calcite crystals. The crenellated Barite crystals on this specimen are mostly clear and are damage-free. The meikle Mine is part of the Goldstrike mine complex which is the largest Carlin-type mine in the world.


Celestite, Beineu-Kyr, Tuarkyr Mts, Geok Tepe, Ahal Province, Turkmenistan
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C-270  Celestite  $60

Beineu-Kyr, Tuarkyr Mts, Geok Tepe, Ahal Province, Turkmenistan

8.7 x 5.2 x 2.7 cm

A large specimen of Celestite from the former republic of the Soviet Union, Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic. This is a pocket full of extremely gemmy, glassy Celestite crystals, with just the faintest blue-grey hue, encased in Hematite-included Celestite crystals.  These specimens came out in the late 1980's.  It is not common to see examples of Celestite from this location, as compared to the abundant supply from Madagascar or even American specimens.


Brookite on Quartz, Le Trient Glacier, Le Trient Valley, Valais, Switzerland
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B-229  Brookite on Quartz  $85
Ex R. Wein Collection

Le Trient Valley, Valais, Switzerland

9.6 x 7.2 x 4.1 cm

This specimen features striated, lustrous, brown-hued blades of Brookite to 8 mm in size. The Brookite crystals are richly scattered and hidden on the jackstraw matrix of variably-sized, glassy Quartz crystals. This specimen hails from the famous Trient Glacier of Switzerland. The largest Quartz crystal on this specimen measures 4.4 cm in length. This specimen came from noted Alpine collector Rolf Wein and was purchased at the Basel Show in 1972.


Goethite, Filon Sur Open Pit, Tharsis Mines, Tharsis, Alosno, Huelva, Andalusia, SpainGoethite, Filon Sur Open Pit, Tharsis Mines, Tharsis, Alosno, Huelva, Andalusia, SpainGoethite, Filon Sur Open Pit, Tharsis Mines, Tharsis, Alosno, Huelva, Andalusia, Spain
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G-141  Goethite  $85

Filón Sur Open Pit, Tharsis Mines, Tharsis, Alosno, Huelva, Andalusia, Spain

7.8 x 5.1 x 3.6 cm

Goethite in a stalactitic-botryoidal growth with intense, very bright, iridescent metallic reflections. The colors vary between blue, blue-green and red and are more pastel than usual for this find. The specimen is from a find in 2007. Other than a handful of these specimens, this locality hasn't produced significant samples in the last 30+ years. Although contacted on top and bottom it is a very fine example of this material.


Realgar, No. 5 Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures County, Romania
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R-039  Realgar  $150

No. 5 Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures County, Romania

6.6 x 6.6 x 2.3 cm

This outstanding specimen of Realgar is from the find made in late 2005. The largest crystal measures 2.5 cm in size. This stunning find produced a limited amount of specimens that are considered to be among the best ever found at this classic locality, which has been regarded as the premier location for Realgar specimens. This Mine is now closed and the lower levels have filled with water and the pumps have been turned off permanently.



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S-131  Strontianite on Fluorite  $175

Minerva #1 Mine, Ozark-Mahoning Group, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, IL

9.7 x 6 x 5.7 cm

Acicular white to colorless Strontianite crystals on a matrix of crystallized Fluorite.  The spiky, minute crystals in radiating tufts, as seen on this specimen from the Minerva #1 Mine are a great example of the species from this closed locality.  This specimen has a lot of presence.  Strontianite is a rare carbonate mineral (strontium carbonate) and one of only a handful of known strontium minerals. Crystals are rarer than the massive forms.


Adularia variety Valencianite, Valenciana Mine, Municipio Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
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F-265  Adularia variety Valencianite (TL)  $35

Valenciana Mine, Municipio Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

5.7 x 5.7 x 1.7 cm


A plate of a lesser known variety of Feldspar. This specimen features crystals measuring up to 2 centimeters, many of which exhibit a slight curvature. Valencianite is rarely seen for sale these days, let alone specimens from the type locality. A great addition to anyone's suite of Mexican mineral specimens or one's Feldspar collection. All right all of you closet Feldspar collectors (like myself), here's your chance to get a great deal on a rare variety of Feldspar from the type locality.


Adularia variety Valencianite, Valenciana Mine, Municipio Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
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F-267  Adularia variety Valencianite (TL)  $65

Valenciana Mine, Municipio Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

11 x 7.6 x 3 cm

A good sized plate of lustrous crystals of the variety of Feldspar known as Valencianite, whose name comes from the mine that it was first identified from. This specimen features crystals measuring up to 3 centimeters, many of which exhibit a slight curvature. An excellent example of a lesser known variety of Feldspar. Valencianite is rarely seen for sale these days, let alone specimens from the type locality. A great addition to anyone's suite of Mexican mineral specimens or one's Feldspar collection. All right all of you closet Feldspar collectors (like myself), here's your chance to get a great deal on a rare variety of Feldspar from the type locality.


Adularia variety Valencianite, Valenciana Mine, Municipio Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
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F-268  Adularia variety Valencianite (TL)  $55

Valenciana Mine, Municipio Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

13.6 x 8.5 x 1.7 cm

A good sized plate of lustrous crystals of the variety of Feldspar known as Valencianite, whose name comes from the mine that it was first identified from. This specimen features crystals measuring up to 3.2 centimeters, many of which exhibit a slight curvature. A good example of a lesser known variety of Feldspar


Feldspar on Calcite with Laumontite, Herborn, Lahn Dill, Hesse, Germany
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F-261  Feldspar on Calcite with Laumontite  $40
Ex R. Rizzo Collection

Herborn, Lahn Dill, Hesse, Germany

6.5 x 4.7 x 2.9 cm

This specimen features prismatic crystals of feldspar on a matrix of Calcite. scattered about the specimen are tufts of white Laumontite. You don't often see these specimens for sale.


Corundum variety Ruby, Jegdalek Ruby Deposit, Surobi District, Kabol Province, Afghanistan
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C-224  Corundum variety Ruby  $265

Jegdalek Ruby Deposit, Surobi District, Kabol Province, Afghanistan

6.1 x 5.1 x 3.4 cm.

An excellent specimen of Ruby on matrix. The Ruby crystal on this specimen is translucent.  The color of this Ruby is very pleasing to the eye and fluoresces violently when exposed to direct sunlight.  The matrix of the specimen is included by tiny crystals of Phlogopite and Pargasite.


Siderite, Dolomite, Albite, Pyrrhotite and Quartz, Morro Velho Mine, Minas Gerais, BrazilSiderite, Dolomite, Albite, Pyrrhotite and Quartz, Morro Velho Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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S-141  Siderite, Dolomite, Albite, Pyrrhotite and Quartz  $185

Morro Velho Mine, Nova Lima, Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Brazil

9 x 7.6 x 6.4 cm.

This specimen hails from the world's oldest continually producing gold mine, started in 1725.  Present on this specimen are lenticular crystals of Dolomite to 2.4 cm. and very clear Siderite crystals to 2.0 cm. in size.  Most notable though, are the numerous crenellated Albite crystals measuring up to 3.3 cm. in size.  Albite is not often seen on specimens from this famous location, especially in crystals this large.  Both Siderite and Dolomite from Morro Velho are considered world-class in quality.  Also found on on this specimen are clear and gemmy Quartz crystals and the ever present Pyrrhotite.



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A-114  Aragonite  $70

Bristol Mine, Bristol and Jackrabbit Districts, Lincoln County, NV

12.3 x 11.9 x 7.9 cm

This very three-dimensional formation of Aragonite is from a defunct silver mine. These specimens are formed by ground water deposition inside the underground mine.



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R-044  Roselite-Wendwilsonite  $50

Aghbar Mine, Aghbar, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

8 x 5.7 x 3 cm

A vug-like specimen of magenta-colored crystal aggregates of Roselite-Wendwilsonite on matrix. This locality has produced some of the finest specimens of these respective species, and this attractive piece is a decent example of said material. Wendwilsonite is named for the current publisher & editor-in-chief of the Mineralogical Record, Wendell Wilson.


Prehnite, Luck Stone Quarry, Bealeton, Fauquier County, Virginia
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P-087  Prehnite  $40

Luck Stone Quarry, Bealeton, Fauquier County, VA

6.7 x 5.5 x 5.6 cm

This lustrous specimen of mint-green-colored Prehnite features crystals up to 1 cm in size.  Mineral specimens of any species are extremely rare from this obscure Virginia quarry.  In fact, mindat.org only has 2 examples of Prehnite from this location.


Barite on Petrified Wood, Puerco Ridge, Navajo County, Arizona
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B-225  Barite on Petrified Wood  $85

Puerco Ridge, Navajo County, AZ

7.4 x 6.1 x 4.4 cm

Here we present a very rare mineral association.  When one thinks about petrified wood, one rarely thinks about accessory minerals that can be found associated with the petrified wood. These remarkable specimens were found in the spring of 2008 by insatiable digger, Ken Gochenouer. This fine specimen features many wheat-sheaf-like bundles of the mineral Barite that measure up to 1.9 cm on a manganese oxide-coated piece of petrified wood. A great specimen for any collector of petrified wood, Arizona minerals, or just mineral specimens in general.


Hemimorphite, San Antonio Mine, Santa Eulalia District, Chihuahua, Mexico
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H-078  Hemimorphite  $65

San Antonio Mine, Santa Eulalia District, Municipio de Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua, Mexico

5.7 x 4.1 x 2.6 cm

This specimen is a better than average example of Hemimorphite.  Some of the worlds finest Hemimorphite specimens have come from the Santa Eulalia area in Mexico. These specimens are some of the most aesthetic and eye catching pieces from this locality. This specimen features numerous, sharp, lustrous, prismatic blades of Hemimorphite arranged in fan-like groups, measuring up to 1 centimeter aesthetically perched on a gossan matrix.


Albite, Magnet Cove, Hot Spring County, Arkansas
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F-266  Albite  $45

Magnet Cove, Hot Spring County, Arkansas

8.5 x 9.4 x 6.6 cm

When it comes to Magnet Cove, people will primarily think of its famous titanium minerals like Rutile, Brookite and Perovksite, along with rarities like the Garnet species Kimzeyite. Few people think of a species like Albite when it comes to Magnet Cove. This specimen features many well-formed crystals of Albite that have formed knobby rosettes that give the specimen 3-dimensionality. These specimens were a one-off find made 20 years ago.


Quartz with Pyrite on Galena, Trepca Stan Terg Mine, Trepca Complex, Trepca Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo
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Q-488  Quartz with Pyrite & Pyrrhotite on Galena  $60

Trepca Stan Terg Mine, Trepca Complex, Trepca Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo

8 x 5.1 x 5.3 cm

This specimen consists of multiple crystals of clear, glassy Quartz crystals on a matrix of Galena.  Also present on this specimen are crystals of Pyrrhotite that have been coated by tiny, sparkly crystals of Pyrite.


Wulfenite, Mezica Mines, Mezica, Carinthia Region, Slovenia
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W-025  Wulfenite  $145

Mezica Mines, Mezica, Carinthia Region, Slovenia

14.6 x 12.5 x 6.7 cm

A large matrix specimen from one of Europe's more noteworthy Wulfenite locations. This specimen features greenish-brown crystals of Wulfenite sandwiched between secondary overgrowths of orange-yellow Wulfenite.  Also present are smaller dipyramidal crystals as singles and small groups. The Crystals on this specimen measure up to 1.6 centimeters in size.


Halite
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H-087  Halite  $50

Searles Lake, San Bernardino County, CA

9.1 x 7.8 x 5.4 cm

A very sculptural and three-dimensional specimen of Halite. The color of this specimen is natural, not dyed. These specimens owe their color to algae that is trapped inside the Halite crystals when they grow near the surface of the lake.


Wulfenite, Mezica Mines, Mezica, Carinthia Region, Slovenia
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W-026  Wulfenite  $85
Ex G. Hartman, Philadelphia Academy of Sciences

Mezica Mines, Mezica, Carinthia Region, Slovenia

9.4 x 7.5 x 4.4 cm

A large specimen of Wulfenite from a classic locality. The crystals of this specimen have a nice butterscotch color and some lustre. Judging by the label, this Wulfenite specimens a real old-timer. While not pristine, this specimen is is in good condition for its age.


Phlogopite, Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Badakhshan, Afghanistan
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P-095  Phlogopite  $50

Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Badakhshan, Afghanistan

4.5 x 5.4 x 4.1 cm

A textbook-perfect and very clear example of Phlogopite on matrix. This is a rather large crystal for this location. The Phlogopite from Ladjuar is well-known for its excellent yellow fluorescence. These specimens came out around 11-12 years ago and are considered to be some of the best quality crystals for the species.


Sulphur on Gypsum, Eureka County, NVSulphur on Gypsum, Eureka County, NV
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S-140  Sulphur on Gypsum  $65
Ex. John Ydren Collection

Eureka County, NV

5.7 x 4.6 x 3.0 cm.

Here we have an old-timer Nevada Sulphur specimen with well-defined, translucent-to-transparent crystals to just under 1 cm. on a matrix of white Gypsum.  While the specimens from Steamboat Springs, just south of Reno get all the accolades when it comes to Nevada Sulphur crystals, these specimens from Eureka County are just as good.  Examples of this material are nearly impossible to come by, even for those of us that Live in northern Nevada.


Corundum variety Sapphire, BurmaCorundum variety Sapphire, BurmaCorundum variety Sapphire, Burma
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C-255  Corundum variety Sapphire  $160

Bawmar, Kyatpyin North, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Burma

5.3 x 4 x 2.7 cm

Here we have an alluvial Sapphire crystal from one of Asia's more prolific gem producers. This crystal still has some of its matrix attached. This Sapphire has a medium-yellow color that is stained red by iron that has leached from the piece of the crystal's host rock that is still attached. Despite being river-tumbled, this Sapphire shows good form. This specimen would make a colorful addition to any collector's mineral cabinet.


Barite on Fluorite, Xiefang Mine, Ruijin County, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China
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B-210  Barite on Fluorite  $165

Xiefang Mine, Ruijin County, Ganzhou Prefecture, Jiangxi Province, China

8.5 x 6.8 x 5 cm

This specimen features blocky to tabular, honey-brown Barite crystals to 1.6 are studded on a matrix of green-colored Fluorite crystals.  The Fluorite is contacted on the back, which I think is better than being sawn like many of these were.  This specimen is from a find in China about 10-12 years ago.  Sadly, very few of these colorful specimens came out, and it looks like no more will.


Albite and Hematite, Tormiq Valley, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
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F-233  Adularia & Hematite  $60

Zagi Mountain, Hameed Abad Kafoor Dheri, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

8.5 x 5.2 x 3.5 cm.

In the past 25 or so years Pakistan has produced some really fine Alpine type mineral specimens. This specimen features sharp, highly lustrous, silvery-black "iron roses" of Hematite sitting amongst lustrous, white to colorless, twinned crystals of Adularia.  An excellent example of this mineral association.



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A-115  Adamite  $40

Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio de Mapimí, Durango, Mexico

6.5 x 3.9 x 1.8 cm

This specimen features numerous gemmy crystals of the mineral Adamite on a gossan matrix.  The clusters of Adamite on this specimen are bright and lustrous too.  Also this specimen is extremely fluorescent.  The Ojuela Mine has produced many of the worlds best Adamite specimens.



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P-091  Pinolite  $45

Magnesite Deposit, Sunk, Hohentauern, Niedere Tauern, Styria, Austria

8.6 x 6.2 x 1.3 cm

Here we have an unusual specimen of two carbonate minerals, known as Pinolite, from Styria, Austria. Named for the white Magnesite crystals resembling pine kernels (hence the name), encased in a graphite-grey to almost black matrix of Dolomite.


Hematite, Knollengrube, Bad Lauterberg, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany
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H-072  Hematite  $75

Knollengrube, Bad Lauterberg, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany

8 x 4.1 x 1.4 cm.

A fine example of kidney-ore from a classic locality.  The luster of this attractive specimen is very high. This ancient mine was worked for both copper and iron that was found in the Barite veins until it was abandoned in 1913.  Examples of this material are rarely available to collectors anymore.


Plumbogummite & Pyromorphite, Yangshuo Mine, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Region, ChinaPlumbogummite & Pyromorphite, Yangshuo Mine, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Region, China
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P-076  Plumbogummite & Pyromorphite  $245

Yangshuo Mine, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Region, China

4.7 x 4.6 x 2.8 cm.

This specimen consists of a slightly divergent cluster of Pyromorphite crystals to 4.5 cm. in length that have been mostly replaced by the sky blue lead phosphate mineral Plumbogummite.  Most of the crystals exhibit hopper growth at their terminations.  Basal portions of the crystals still have remnants of the original Pyromorphite. A great example from the pocket with medium-sized pyromorphite crystals for this find, which would be huge by any other standard.


Celestite on Calcite, Stoneco Lime City Quarry, Wood County, Ohio
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C-231  Celestite on Calcite  $60
Ex. Robert Trimingham collection

Stoneco Lime City Quarry, Lime City, Wood County, Ohio

8.6 x 5 x 5.1 cm.

An excellent, well crystallized example of Celestite from a noted Ohio locality.  This specimen features well-formed crystals of Celestite measuring up to 1.5 centimeters.  The yellow-colored Calcite on which these lustrous Celestite crystals sit upon makes for a nice contrast of colors.  This specimen dates back to the 1970's according to the collection label that came with the specimen.


Witherite & Barite, Nentsberry Haggs Mine, Alston Moor, Cumbria, United KingdomWitherite & Barite, Nentsberry Haggs Mine, Alston Moor, Cumbria, United Kingdom
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W-024  Witherite & Barite  $165

Nentsberry Haggs Mine, Alston Moor, Cumbria, United Kingdom

10.6 x 9 x 6.1cm.

The region of England known as Cumbria has a rich mining history that goes all the way back to the time of the Roman occupation and, for some time, been regarded as a mineral collector's paradise, being a prolific producer of more than 300 different species.  This chunky specimen of Witherite is larger than most from this mine.  The crystal is complete and exhibits a white coating which is an alteration to the mineral Barite.  This specimen was recovered in the area of the mine known as Admirality Flats, more specifically the High Raise Second Sun Vein.


Barite, Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures County, Romania
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B-220  Barite  $75

Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures County, Romania

8.1 x 5 x 4.5 cm

Here we have a cluster of thin pale, blue-grey Barite crystals on matrix.  This three-dimensional specimen features fans of Barite crystals measuring up to 2.1 cm in size.   These blue Barite specimens are some of the most desirable of the species from this location.


Halite, Stassfurt, Stassfurt Potash Deposit, Saxony-Anhalt, GermanyHalite, Stassfurt, Stassfurt Potash Deposit, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
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H-088  Halite  $60

Stassfurt, Stassfurt Potash Deposit, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

8.3 x 8.4 6.7 cm

A large and relatively complete crystal of blue-colored Halite from a very old, classic locale, showing sharp phantoms. Since Halite cleaves easily, it is hard to say if all faces are present, but I think most faces certainly are legitimate and show the slight imperfections you would expect of natural cubic faces.


Ruby, John Saul Mine, Tsavo West, Voi, Taita-Taveta County, KenyaRuby, John Saul Mine, Tsavo West, Voi, Taita-Taveta County, Kenya
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C-263  Ruby  $135
Ex. Greg Anderson

John Saul Mine, Tsavo West, Voi, Taita-Taveta County, Kenya

3.6 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm

A well-formed and double-terminated crystal of Ruby from what many consider to be the most important Corundum locality in Kenya.  As with all John Saul rubies, this specimen fluoresces a deep cherry red under long wave ultraviolet light.  I think that when I photographed this specimen, the lights I used made it fluoresce a little.



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G-120  Goethite  $45

Hall Molybdenum Mine, San Antone District, San Antonio Mts., Nye County, NV

12.8 x 9.4 x 2.4 cm.

Goethite with mineral staining giving the specimen an iridescent look. Goethite specimens are usually not so colorful.  This specimen was acquired from Dawn Minette who along with husband Jim collected this material.


Hemimorphite with Smithsonite, Dauntless Mine, Robinson District, White Pine County, NV
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H-080  Hemimorphite with Smithsonite  $30

Dauntless Mine, Robinson District, White Pine County, NV

6.5 x 5.6 x 2.9 cm

Another mineral that you don't usually associate with Nevada is Hemimorphite.  This specimen features Hemimorphite crystals up to 1.3 cm in size in a vug lined with sparkly crystals of Smithsonite.


Vanadinite, ACF Mine, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
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V-023  Vanadinite  $35

ACF Mine, Mibladen Mining District, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco

5.7 x 3.1 x 1.7 cm.

A plate of translucent, richly-colored, red Vanadinite crystals.  The largest crystal on this specimen measures 1.3 centimeters.  A slightly better than average Vanadinite specimen from Morocco.


Pyrite, Rensselear Quarry, Jasper County, IndianaPyrite, Rensselear Quarry, Jasper County, Indiana
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P-079  Pyrite  $50

Rensselaer Quarry, Pleasant Ridge, Jasper County, Indiana

4.3 x 4.5 x 2.6 cm.

A great old Indiana Pyrite, with sharp, well-formed, modified pyritohedrons perched very attractively on a micro crystal-covered matrix.  Though there are plenty of Peruvian and Spanish pyrites around, you don't see many of these Indiana ones around.  The Rensselaer Quarry had a reputation as an extremely challenging quarry to extract specimens from.  Many of the specimens from here were coated in thick hydrocarbons.  This location has been flooded and closed for some time now.


Silver, Hellens-Eplett Mine, Cobalt, Ontario, Canada
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S-138  Silver  $95

Hellens-Eplett Mine, Cobalt Area, Timiskaming District, Ontario, Canada

7.1 x 5.6 x2.4 cm.

A good example of "leaf" silver from the renowned Cobalt area of Canada.  This specimen features a rather large, for the location, sheet of Silver covering and rising above a meta-sediment matrix.  Metasedimentary rocks are a class of metamorphic rocks where the original rock (protolith) was sedimentary.  You don't see to many Silver specimens from this mine as it was only active from 1983 to 1988.


Cookeite with Quartz, Stand on Your Head #1 Mine, Bland, Saline County, ARCookeite with Quartz, Stand on Your Head #1 Mine, Bland, Saline County, AR
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C-240  Cookeite with Quartz  $35

Stand on Your Head #1 Mine, Bland, Saline County, AR

5.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm.

Here we have a specimen that is covered with green and blue-green spherules of translucent Cookeite on a matrix accented by sparkly, tiny Quartz crystals.  Cookeite is an uncommon Chlorite group species.  These specimens were dug by Jimmy and Hisami Mc Neil in the 1980's.  I acquired a small lot of Cookeite & Quartz specimens from Hisami at the 2015 Kyoto show, this was the only matrix piece of the lot.



Galena and Chalcopyrite, Joplin Field, Tri-State District, Jasper County, MissouriGalena and Chalcopyrite, Joplin Field, Tri-State District, Jasper County, Missouri
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G-087  Galena and Chalcopyrite  $60

Joplin Field, Tri-State District, Jasper County, Missouri

5.5 x 5 x 4.5 cm.

This is an old Tri-State Galena specimen that is truly amazing to look at, in that its surface is completely covered with small, flat-topped epitaxial Galena crystals resulting from a second generation of growth.  The main crystal is complete, with the back side being L-shaped where it was wrapped around the matrix rock.  The Galena also has many tiny, golden Chalcopyrite crystals, which add to the specimens attractiveness.



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AH-035  Dawsonite and Sodalite  $45
(ex. Ron Waddell collection)

Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Québec, Canada

7 x 6 x 2.5 cm.

A specimen of many highly fluorescent (bright orange under LWUV) Sodalite crystals, several of which are very well-formed. This specimen features a vug of many crystals of the rare mineral Dawsonite up to 1 mm.  The orange arrow indicates where the colorless Dawsonite crystals are located, several of which can be seen protruding from the vug in the photograph on the right.  This specimen also features a cluster of three Analcime crystals that measure 4 x 5 mm. on its upper right corner.


Apophyllite on Stilbite, Momin Akhada, Rahuri, Ahmadnagar District, Maharashtra, India
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A-108  Apophyllite on Stilbite  $35

Momin Akhada, Rahuri, Ahmadnagar District, Maharashtra, India

6.8 4.3 x 3 cm.

This specimen features a gemmy, radial spray of glassy, green-hued Fluorapophyllite crystals perched on a matrix of pale salmon-colored Stilbite crystals.  These specimens were recovered during digging of several wells and are unique to this area.


Pyromorphite, Huari-Huari Mine, Seranía HuariHuari, Potosí Department BoliviaPyromorphite, Huari-Huari Mine, Seranía HuariHuari, Potosí Department Bolivia
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P-070  Pyromorphite  $40

Huari-Huari Mine, Seranía Huarihuari, Potosí Department, Bolivia

7 x 6.4 x 3 cm.

On a worldwide scale, these Pyromorphite specimens from Boilvia are not the best, but for the location, they are quite interesting and unique.  This material is something that is very rarely offered on the open market.  This specimen has many fine, sharp and somewhat lustrous, prismatic, green and yellow crystals of Pyromorphite sitting atop an oxidized matrix.  These are very well formed crystals and are not skeletal or hoppered as is often the case with Pyromorphites from other locations.  This specimen was collected in May of 2009.


Pyrite, Rio Marina, Elba Island Livorno Province, Italy
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P-072  Pyrite  $65

Rio Marina, Elba Island, Livorno Province, Italy

7.2 x 6.7 x 3.9 cm.

The mineral wealth of Elba has been exploited since Etruscan times.  It is a small wonder that there is anything left these days.  No significant finds of Pyrite have been made here since the 1970's.  The iron mines of Elba, most of which are long closed, were choice collecting localities for mineral enthusiasts, as early as the beginning of the 19th century.  The pyrite specimens, such as this one, were especially prized.  This brassy-colored specimen features many inter grown pyritohedrons up to 2.5 centimeters.  This specimen is contacted on the lower sides but presents well and is not a detraction from the overall looks of the specimen.  Ex. Howard Belsky collection.



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AH-003  Siderite, Calcite and Pectolite  $175
(ex Ron Waddell Collection)

Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Québec, Canada

8.5 x 7.5 x 5.4 cm.

A matrix specimen consisting of two 3-centimeter rhombohedral Siderite crystals surrounded by several smaller crystals, accented with clusters of grayish Calcite crystals and sprays of white Pectolite crystals.  One of the larger siderite crystals has trivial wear on its corner, which in my opinion does not detract from the overall appearance of this specimen.  The Calcite on this mineral specimen fluoresces red under shortwave ultraviolet illumination.


Destinezite, Argenteau, Visé, Liège, Wallonia, BelgiumDestinezite, Argenteau, Visé, Liège, Wallonia, BelgiumDestinezite, Argenteau, Visé, Liège, Wallonia, Belgium
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D-032  Destinezite (Type Locality)  SOLD

Argenteau, Visé, Liège, Wallonia, Belgium

7 x 5.5 x 4.2 cm

A well-formed, earth-colored nodule of the phosphate mineral, Destinezite.  Destinezite is found at less than 20 localities worldwide, making it quite rare.



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S-160  Strontianite on Fluorite  SOLD

Minerva #1 Mine, Ozark-Mahoning Group, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, IL

9.9 x 7 x 4.1 cm

This specimen features needle-like sprays of white Strontianite crystals cascading down a matrix of translucent, yellow-hued Fluorite crystals.  Strontianite is a rare carbonate mineral (strontium carbonate) and one of only a handful of known strontium minerals. Crystals are rarer than the massive forms.


Siderite, Apatite & Chalcopyrite on Pyrite, Julcani District, Huancavelica Department, Peru
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S-142  Siderite, Apatite & Chalcopyrite on Pyrite  SOLD

Julcani District, Angaraes Province, Huancavelica Department, Peru

11.2 x 10.1 x 4.2 cm.

A classic and fairly hard-to-find siderite specimen from the famous Julcani District in Peru. This attractive specimen hosts sharp, well-formed, rhombic Siderite crystals with a pleasing, silky lustre on a matrix of massive Pyrite.  This specimen also features nearly a dozen squat crystals of colorless Apatite making for an unusual association.  Also found on this specimen are numerous small crystals of Chalcopyrite.



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W-027  Wavellite  SOLD

Dug Hill, Avant, Garland County, Arkansas

15.8 x 12.3 x 7.3 cm

This richly crystallized matrix specimen features many well-formed spheres of Wavellite, the largest of which measures 2.3 cm in size. The Wavellite spheres range in color from blue-green to grass-green many of which have well-crystallized and colorless outer edges. A significant aspect of this specimen is that it has so many complete unbroken spheres of Wavellite; there are lots of pieces available where nearly every sphere is broken. This is old material that I obtained from a dealer's stash while in Arkansas some 15 years ago.


Sphalerite with Calcite, Naica, Munincipio de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico
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S-064  Sphalerite with Calcite  SOLD

Naica, Munincipio de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico

6.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm.

A very lustrous combination of Sphalerite and Galena crystals with tiny clusters of Calcite to give it a little extra pizzazz.