Gallery 1 Mixed Mineral Specimens
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.
B-210 Barite on Fluorite $150
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.
AD-222 Barite nodule $50
Chipping Sodbury Quarry, Sodbury, South Gloucestershire, England, UK
7.3 x 5.6 x 4 cm
This weighty nodule features bands of burnt-orange and yellow surrounding tightly-packed crystals of Barite with a hollow center.
H-072 Hematite $65
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.
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.
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.
B-235 Barite on Calcite $85
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.
on Gypsum $65
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.
on Calcite $60
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.
C-293 Corundum variety Ruby $70
Jegdalek Ruby Deposit, Surobi District, Kabol Province, Afghanistan
6 x 5 x 4.1 cm
An specimen of Ruby on matrix. The Ruby crystal on this specimen measures 1.3 cm and is translucent. The color of this Ruby is very pleasing to the eye and fluoresces violently when exposed to direct sunlight or LWUV.
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.
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.
AD-143 Opal nodule $325
Spencer Opal Mine, Spencer, Clark County, ID
8.4 x 7.7 x 6.1 cm
When you think of American Opal, the Virgin Valley in Nevada is usually the first to come to mind. This specimen hails from America's other large Opal location, Spencer, Idaho. With a population of 38, it is home to one of the largest Opal deposits in the United States. This is one of the most vividly colored Opals of this size that I've seen from this location. While the center of this nodule is opaque, the rest of the specimen more than makes up for this. This colorful Opal nodule has a strong saturation of color, more than my photographic skills can capture. Broad flashes of green, blue, violet and a little red can be seen no matter how the nodule is oriented. The Opal at this mine are contained in a Rhyolite and Obsidian flow with abundant gas pockets. Hydrothermal fluids from hot spring activity filled the pockets with both common and precious Opal. A colorful specimen that is sure to brighten up any mineral display.
on Quartz $85
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
on Calcite with Laumontite $40
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.
Apophyllite, Calcite & Natrolite $75
Bergen Hill, Hudson County, NJ
13 x 11.6 x 4.9 cm
This specimen is comprised of translucent, light golden color Calcite scalenohedra which are associated with white blocky Apophyllite crystals and small acicular "sprays" of Natrolite on matrix. The locality at Bergen Hill dates back to the 19th Century, and some of the most classic of all New Jersey Trap Rock specimens have been found around this area.
F-267 Adularia variety Valencianite (type locality) $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.
F-268 Adularia variety Valencianite (type locality) $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.
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.
H-092 Hematite $50
Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
7 x 5.8 x 2.4 cm
Crystals of Hematite to 1.7 cm on a massive Hematite matrix. The sharply formed and lustrous crystals have a pseudocubic form. I had to photograph this specimen at an oblique angle to cut down on glare caused by light reflecting off of the crystal faces.
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.
B-225 Barite on Petrified Wood $75
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.
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.
P-076 Plumbogummite & Pyromorphite $225
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.
B-220 Barite $65
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.
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.
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.
H-087 Halite $60
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.
W-026 Wulfenite $85
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.
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.
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.
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.
P-069 Pyrite $65
Quiruvilca Mine, La Libertad Department, Peru
5.5 x 5 x 4.5 cm.
This specimen of Pyrite possesses a great brilliance and complex crystallography. In addition to its great form, the terminations of the crystals have triangle-shaped modifications. This specimen also has curious forms of growth patterns that are present on all the faces of the Pyrite. It is complete all around except for an area of contact on the rear\bottom. Pyrite does not often form in crystals of this habit and although not rare, are very hard to come by.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
S-138 Silver RESERVED
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.
F-265 Adularia variety Valencianite (type locality) $35
Valenciana Mine, Municipio Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
5.7 x 5.7 x 1.7 cm
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.
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.
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.
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.
Calcite and Pectolite $135
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.
P-095 Phlogopite SOLD
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.
C-263 Ruby SOLD
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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