New Mineral Specimens
May 8th, 2020 NEW SPECIMENS ADDED
Q-527 Citrine SOLD
Olkhovka Deposit, Krasnovishersky District, Perm Krai, Russia
8.3 x 7.2 x 6.8 cm
This specimen is comprised of two gemmy crystals of Citrine. The distinctive yellow color of this specimen is characteristic of the best Russian Citrines. This specimen also features many tiny, colorless crystals embedded in its sides. This specimen is complete all-round with it being contacted on the bottom and lower rear and has just a few micro-sized imperfections in the termination. The Olkhovka deposit in the Subarctic Urals of Russia produced a small number of fine quality natural Citrine crystals in a one-time find around 2006-2007. Naturally occurring Citrine crystals are rare in nature, and the vast majority of material you see on the market (especially in the lapidary trade) has been either heated or irradiated to create the color.
A-122 Axinite-(Fe) $185
Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Russia
8 x 5.6 x 3 cm
A plate of mostly transparent crystals of razor-sharp, bladed crystals of Axinite-(Fe). The crystals on this specimen have a good lustre and pleasing clove-brown color with just a hint of purple. All of the crystals on this specimen are complete, several of which sport a coating of green-colored Chlorite. In the early 1990's excellent specimens of Axinite-(Fe) were available from this extraordinary alpine-cleft deposit in the Polar Urals. Little from here, at least in good quality, appears to be available today. Axinite specimens from Puiva are considered to be world-class in quality. Named Axinit in 1797 by Rene Just Haüy (Haüyne) from the Greek "axina" or "axe", in allusion to the common habit of its crystals. Renamed Ferroaxinite by Waldemar T. Schaller in 1909 for iron dominance in the formula. Renamed with suffix "-(Fe)" by the IMA in 2007.
Q-528 Amethyst & Smoky Quartz (double terminated) SOLD
Pohndorf Mine, Toll Mountain, Boulder Batholith, Jefferson County, MT
8.8 x 2.6 x 2 cm
This double-terminated Quartz specimen hails from the Boulder Batholith of Jefferson County, Montana. It consists of a tapered Smoky Quartz crowned with a complexly terminated deep-purple-colored Amethyst. The Boulder Batholith has a well deserved reputation for the Smoky-Amethyst scepter crystals that have been found there and are, in my opinion, the only American scepter Quartz crystals that rival the Petersen Mountain (Hallelujah Junction) Nevada crystals in color, form & quality.
E-039 Epidote, Titanite & Schorl on Microcline (twin & double terminated) $85
Incline Village, Washoe County, NV
9.5 x 10 x 7.8 cm
The eastern slope of the northern Sierra-Nevada range is a host to numerous miarolitic cavities that have 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 Manebach law-twinned & doubly-terminated crystal of Microcline generously covered with mats of of green-colored Epidote crystals, brown-colored Titanite crystals measuring up to 6mm and micro-fine crystals of Schorl (analyzed by J. Attard in 2009) that range from light-steel-blue to dark blue\black in color. Specimens from this location are highly prized by local collectors and are almost never offered for sale.
E-038 Epidote $120
Green Monster Mountain, Prince of Wales Island, Ketchikan Mining District, AK
7.2 x 5.2 x 3.4 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 divergent groups of deep-green and highly lustrous, prismatic crystals of Epidote. It is in superb condition and all of the crystals are terminated and undamaged.
T-348 Elbaite (double terminated) $145
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
6.1 x 2 x 1.7 cm
A lustrous and double terminated crystal of dark-green-colored Elbaite. The top termination of this specimen is yellow-green in color and is transparent while the bottom termination is translucent and has a rich green color. The terminations of the "hitchhiker" crystals on the sides are colorless. This specimen is also included by stubby crystals of Cleavelandite.
F-281 Microcline & Muscovite SOLD
Yuno, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
7.6 x 6.8 x 6.9 cm
Here we have an oddly formed crystal of Microcline. This specimen appears to be made up of many smaller mostly plate-like crystals of Microcline that have formed around crystals of Muscovite. As a collector of oddball mineral specimens I have seen a lot of strange looking specimens but this one is truly singular in form and I have never seen another like this one since I acquired it.
F-282 etched Orthoclase SOLD
Niaslo, Basha Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
4.2 x 3.2 x 2.9 cm
A heavily etched & mostly clear specimen of Orthoclase from an alpine-type metamorphic deposit renowned for its gem-grade green Titanite & gem Orthoclase. This specimen is complete all around with no damage.
B-244 Beryl with Albite & Muscovite $120
Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
7.5 x 6.5 x 5 cm
Here we have a combo specimen of bi-colored Beryl, bronze\brass-colored Muscovite and massive, white Albite. The Beryl crystal is double-terminated and has a glassy lustre. An interesting specimen from one of Pakistan's lesser know pegmatite localities.
B-245 Aquamarine $225
Shengus, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
7.3 x 1.7 x 1.3 cm
A slightly bent (due to tectonic forces) and double terminated crystal of Aquamarine. This specimen has great color. The upper portion of this crystal is gemmy and has a glass-like lustre. The lower portion below the bend has veil-like inclusions but is still pretty clear. The top of this crystal is crowned with several oddly-formed crystals of colorless Beryl.
B-246 etched Aquamarine (double terminated) $395
Dara-i-Pech Pegmatite Field, Chapa Dara District, Kunar, Afghanistan
16.8 x 2.2 x 2 cm
A very large, especially for Afghanistan, crystal of Aquamarine. This specimen is a result of hydrothermal etching in the pocket where it formed giving it a strange and interesting form. The terminations of this Aquamarine crystal show a rounded form that has been caused by dissolution. The sides of this crystal have an interesting texture and appearance due to etching. This sky-blue-colored specimen is mostly translucent and has a silky or satin-like lustre. This crystal is also hollow with a tube several millimeters in diameter running the center of the crystal for its full length. Not just your everyday run of the mill Afghani aquamarine specimen.
C-297 Calcite septarium (septarian nodule) RESERVED
Kynuna, McKinlay Shire, Queensland, Australia
8.1 x 6.6 x 4.2 cm
An example of a Septarian concretion from northeastern Australia. Septarian concretions or Septarian nodules, are concretions containing angular cavities or cracks, called "septaria". The word comes from the Latin word septum; "partition", and refers to the cracks/separations in this kind of rock. The process that created these nodules remains unclear.
AD-230 Agate $35
Agate Creek, Etheridge Shire, Queensland, Australia
5.8 x 4 x 3.3 cm
An example of Agate from Australia's premier Agate locality, Agate Creek. This example features dense banding with hues of greens and yellows that are highlighted by a vivid orange-colored outer portion.
Q-529 Chalcedony SOLD
Provinsi Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
2.6 x 1.6 x .7 cm
A colorful and chatoyant-like example of Chalcedony. These mineral curiosities are often erroneously marketed as "fossil bamboo" or Chalcedony casts after a variety of marsh grasses or other wetland plant stems, although in reality they more likely represent Chalcedony overgrowths of iron oxide rhizoliths. Rhizoliths are root systems that have been encased in mineral matter. Rhizoliths are created through processes of chemical weathering, decomposition, re-precipitation and cementation.
Q-530 Chalcedony pseudomorph after Aragonite $45
Valle de las Plumas, Paso de Indios Department, Chubut Province, Argentina
6.8 x 5.6 x 4.5 cm
A cluster of Aragonite crystals have been pseudomorphed by Quartz, included by Hematite which gives it its reddish tone. So what you have is Quartz in the exact form of the prior Aragonite crystals, having preserved their form perfectly. There is some translucence at the terminations of the crystals. This specimen is complete with no damage. Once abundant, I don't see these for sale too often these days.
H-096 Hematite pseudomorph after Marcasite $50
White Desert, Farafra Oasis, New Valley Governorate, Egypt
4 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm
These dramatic pseudomorphs were originally formed as Marcasite crystals on the ocean bottom. These unusual specimens were later pseudomorphed to Hematite making for a very three-dimensional and attractive mineral specimen. These radial bursts of crystals were found in the remote west central desert of Egypt and dug up by French dealer Alain Carion. This find was made a number of years ago and I have not heard of any new material being found.
H-094 Hydroxylherderite on Microcline SOLD
Jaime Pacheco Claim, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil
9.7 x 4.3 x 4 cm
This specimen is comprised of a partially dissolved crystal of Microcline and a dozen or so single and one 1.4 x 1.5 cm group of tan-colored crystals of Hydroxylherderite that are partially dusted with silvery-colored Cookeite. Also present on this specimen is a 1.8 cm crystal of Quartz.
H-095 Hydroxylherderite on Microcline SOLD
Jaime Pacheco Claim, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil
4.3 x 3.2 x 2.2 cm
This specimen is features a partially dissolved crystal of Microcline with several groups of tan-colored crystals of Hydroxylherderite that are partially coated with Cookeite. The largest group of crystals measures 1.6 x 1.5 cm.
Z-006 Zanazziite on Quartz $50
Santa Maria Claim, Jenipapo District, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
6.4 x 5 x 3.2 cm
An example of the rare phosphate mineral, Zanazziite, richly coating several subhedral crystals of Quartz. Also present on this specimen is a patch of yellow-colored Lepidolite. Zanazziite is only found in a handful of localities worldwide.
Q-531 Smoky Quartz with Hematite pseudomorph after Siderite $40
Black and Blue Claim, Harris Park, Park County, CO
7 x 3.8 x 3 cm
A stout and well-terminated crystal of Smoky Quartz. This specimen has a half dozen or so pseudomorphs of Hematite after Siderite, the largest of which measures 1.5 x .7 cm. This specimen is from a lesser known Colorado location that was intermittently worked by noted digger Ken Gochenouer in about a 25 year period from the late 80's - mid 2000's.
E-040 Epidote (double-terminated) SOLD
Bundy-Murrieta Deposit, Menifee, Menifee Mining District, Riverside County, CA
6.2 x 3 x 2.4 cm
Here we have another specimen with a Gochenouer provenance. This group of bundled Epidote crystals is terminated on both ends and has a small piece of Feldspar embedded in its bottom portion. This specimen came from a small seam that was discovered in the early 1990's by Ken and his brother Dana.
M-070 Montmorillonite pseudomorph after Spodumene $40
Elizabeth R. Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala Mining District, San Diego County, CA
3 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm
A very colorful example of Spodumene that has been replaced by Montmorillonite. This specimen is one of the best looking examples of this type of mineral replacement that I have seen from Pala. This specimen has been stabilized.
AD-231 Agate (2) $50
Steinkaulenberg, Idar-Oberstein, Birkenfeld, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
4.4 x 2.3 x 3.5 cm
C-296 Cerussite SOLD
Lescure Mine, Mayres, Thueyts, Ardèche, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
6 x 3.3 x 1.1 cm
An aesthetic example of Cerussite from a little known French location. This specimen have a silky Lustre. Operated from 1808 until 1951, this mine's biggest claim to fame is for the big Cerussite crystals (up to 10 cm) that were found during the 1990's in some abandoned tunnels. Today, all adits are collapsed or closed by concrete walls.
A-123 Apophyllite, Prehnite & Pectolite $75
Millington Quarry, Bernards Township, Somerset County, NJ
10.6 x 7 x 5.5 cm
A vug of Apophyllite crystals from one of New Jersey's most famous Trap Rock quarries. This specimen features numerous clear & translucent crystals of Apophyllite, many of which have crenellated terminations. Underneath the Apophyllite crystals lies a thin layer of pale, green-colored Prehnite. The outer portion of the specimen is covered in powder-white Pectolite. Quarrying at this location began in 1895, and continued on and off, until the early 1970's. After a period of inactivity, the quarry restarted in 1979, closing for good in early 2007. The mineralized zone at the quarry has now been removed, and the pit has been refilled with trucked in rock and dirt, for a housing development.
W-028 Wulfenite & Mottramite $50
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
7.9 x 4.5 x 5 cm
This specimen features many pyramidal crystals of butterscotch-yellow-colored Wulfenite in and on a nest of dark-green-colored Mottramite.
C-298 Calcite $650
Aranzazú Mine, Aranzazú, Concepción del Oro, Zacatecas, Mexico
11 x 8.1 x 6.2 cm
A very three-dimensional and vividly colored specimen of Calcite. This specimen is one of the most unusual and singular Mexican Calcite specimens that I have seen. This stalactite-like specimen in addition to its rich color, has a secondary growth of smaller Calcite crystals that give it the appearance of having been dipped in sugar. A Calcite specimen that will really stand out in your mineral cabinet. This one of a kind specimen comes with a custom-made acrylic base.
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