New Mineral Specimens
April 6th 2021 New Mineral Specimens Coming Soon
on Montmorillonite SOLD
Katerina Mine, Hiriart Mountain, Pala, Pala District, San Diego County, CA
7.4 x 6.2 x 4.9 cm
A rare matrix specimen of Kunzite from San Diego's Pala District. This specimen consists of 4 medium-colored Kunzite crystals in a matrix of Montmorillonite clay. Kunzite from San Diego is found as loose crystals by the time they are mined. These specimens were found by Byron Weege and Otto Komarek in the late 1990's. They were sprayed and soaked with glue to stabilize the crumbly matrix in which they were found (so they are basically floaters perched in pocket clay). Before The finds from Afghanistan if you wanted a matrix specimen of Kunzite this is what you had to choose from.
AD-241 Amethyst geode SOLD
Idar-Oberstein, Birkenfeld, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
8.7 x 7.1 x 4.1 cm
A flattened oval-shaped geode lined with light purple-colored Amethyst crystals from Germany's most famous Agate\Quartz location. The area surrounding the twin cities of Idar & Oberstein gained notoriety for the fantastic Agates & Amethyst lined geodes discovered there in the mid 1500's. By the beginning of the 1800's the production of material had fallen to a small fraction of what was found in its heyday.
T-365 Tourmaline SOLD
Golconda Pegmatite Field, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil
7.7 x 2.4 x 1.9 cm
A Tourmaline crystal with a blade-like termination whose lower portion is hollow and translucent.
with Epidote and Tourmaline SOLD
Incline Village, Washoe County, NV
11.1 x 8.2 x 7.3 cm
The eastern slope of the northern Sierra-Nevada range is a host to numerous miarolitic cavities & pegmatites that for the most part have been, most likely because of the rugged collecting conditions, left untouched. This specimen is an example of what can be found in these occurrences. This specimen consists of a flesh-colored twinned crystal of Microcline generously covered with green-colored Epidote crystals and micro-fine crystals of light steel-blue-colored Tourmaline. Specimens from this location are highly prized by local collectors and are almost never offered for sale.
T-364 Elbaite SOLD
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, CA
2 x .7 x .6 cm
A double-terminated, very gemmy and bi-colored Tourmaline from San Diego's most famous gem mine.
Q-576 Chalcedony pseudomorph after Anhydrite SOLD
Agua Fria River, New River Station Area, Yavapai County, AZ
2.3 x 1.7 x 1.2 cm
An example of pink-colored Chalcedony replacing Anhydrite crystals. These Chalcedony pseudomorphs after Anhydrite were collected over a period of 10 years by my friend Al Rose. This material has the distinction of being mentioned not once but twice in The Mineralogical Record's what's new in minerals. Not many of these were found and are much sought after by collectors of Arizona minerals as well as by pseudomorph collectors.
Q-577 Chalcedony pseudomorph after Anhydrite SOLD
Agua Fria River, New River Station Area, Yavapai County, AZ
2.4 x 1.1 x 1.1 cm
An example of pink-colored Chalcedony replacing an Anhydrite crystal. These Chalcedony pseudomorphs after Anhydrite were collected over a period of 10 years by my friend Al Rose. This material has the distinction of being mentioned not once but twice in The Mineralogical Record's what's new in minerals. Not many of these were found and are much sought after by collectors of Arizona minerals as well as by pseudomorph collectors.
Q-578 Quartz on Hematite pseudomorph after Epidote SOLD
Bessemer Ridge, Green Mountain, North Bend, King County, WA
6 x 1.3 x 1.1 cm
This specimen consists of an Epidote crystal that has been entirely replaced with Hematite faithfully retaining its original form. A later generation of gemmy Quartz crystals then grew on the faces of the pseudomorph. The pseudomorph specimens from this location have always been one of my favorites.
H-102 Hydrozincite and Smithsonite (Fluorescent) SOLD
Yellow Pine Mine, Goodsprings Mining District, Spring Mountains, Clark County, NV
6.3 x 5.1 x 2 cm
This specimen features crystallized vugs loaded with brilliant white needles of Hydrozincite on Smithsonite. The Hydrozincites glow with an electric blue color under UV light. The hydrozincites from the Yellow Pine Mine are some of the best examples of the species from any locality in the United States. They were the primary zinc ore at this now abandoned Pb-Zn-Ag-Cu-Au-Hg-Sb mine.
Q-581 Quartz with Chlorite and Amphibole inclusions SOLD
Obira Mine, Bungo-Ono City, Oita Prefecture, Japan
7.4 x 2.4 x 1.9 cm
A very clear Quartz crystal with whitish Amphibole with of green-colored Chlorite inclusions. The Chlorite occurs a small spheres while the Amphibole mineral is needle-like. The specimen has an indent from where another crystal formed up against it.
Q-579 Quartz (Japan-law twin) SOLD
PC Mine, Cataract Mining District, Jefferson County, MT
3 x 2.5 x .9 cm
A very clear Japan-law twinned Quartz from Montana. This is what is referred to as "closed" twin with a more compressed form like butterfly wings instead of an "open" with longer narrow crystals. This is a complete crystal with only a little wear on the termination.
Q-580 Smoky Quartz (Japan-law twin) SOLD
Mina Tiro Estrella, Capitan District, Capitan Mountains, Lincoln County, NM
3 x 3 x .7 cm
A very clear, striated and flattened crystal of Smoky Quartz from the Capitan Mountains in New Mexico. The Mina Tiro Estrella Quartz locality has long been famous for producing some of North America's finest Japan-law twins. What sets the twins apart from many other localities is their smoky color, gem quality and pronounced striations on the flattened crystal faces.
Q-583 Amethyst SOLD
Little Badger Creek, Fremont County, CO
7 x 6.2 x 4.1 cm
An Amethyst from a remote Colorado locality. This crystal is opaque to translucent in the center with an outer layer that is transparent. The lower portion is milky in color and changes from violet to deep purple-colored as you go towards the termination. This crystal is complete, with the termination having a micro-sized imperfection and the bottom of the crystal being contacted.
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