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August 10th 2019 New Mineral Specimens Added

 
 


Topaz pseudomorph after Orthoclase, Saubachriss, Muldenberg, Klingenthal, Vogtland, Saxony, GermanyTopaz pseudomorph after Orthoclase, Saubachriss, Muldenberg, Klingenthal, Vogtland, Saxony, GermanyTopaz pseudomorph after Orthoclase, Saubachriss, Muldenberg, Klingenthal, Vogtland, Saxony, Germany
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T-326  Topaz pseudomorph after Orthoclase  $95

Saubachriss, Muldenberg, Klingenthal, Vogtland, Saxony, Germany

6 x 4.8 x 3.9 cm

Here we have an example of one of the more elusive pseudomorphs from Europe. A twinned Orthoclase crystal measuring 4.8 centimeters in length, that has been completely replaced by Topaz. While is a small imperfection on one corner, this specimen is still considered an really good example of this material. Examples of this material are getting quite difficult to find these days.


Bismutite on Quartz, Hohenstein, Reichenbach, Lautertal, Odenwald, Hesse, Germany
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B-228  Bismutite on Quartz  SOLD
Ex J. Hoppner Collection

Hohenstein, Reichenbach, Lautertal, Odenwald, Hesse, Germany

10.2 x 7.8 x 3.9 cm

A plate of undamaged Quartz crystals coated with the secondary Bismuth carbonate mineral Bismutite.  I can't recall seeing a specimen as richly-colored as this one is.  Upon closer examination you will find that the Bismutite overgrowth is more than just a crust, that is has a much more textured appearance.


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)  $45

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.


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.


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 Glacier, 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.


Quartz with Boulangerite, Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures, Romania
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Q-490  Quartz with Boulangerite  $45
Ex M. Gough Collection

Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures, Romania

6.5 x 5.1 x 3.1 cm

A plate of glassy Quartz crystals included by the sulfide mineral, Boulangerite.  The well-formed crystals sit on a matrix of other undetermined sulfides. A great locality piece.


Almandine Garnet, Buviknakken, Buvika, Sørfold, Nordland, NorwayAlmandine Garnet, Buviknakken, Buvika, Sørfold, Nordland, Norway
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G-153  Almandine Garnet  $40

Buviknakken, Buvika, Sørfold, Nordland, Norway

3.6 x 2.7 x 2.3 cm

A complete crystal of Almandine from a noteworthy Norse location. This Garnet has a good lustre and a pleasing deep wine-red hue. At 3.6 centimeters this crystal is a little large than usual for this location. This locality was discovered in the early 1970's by the Norwegian collector Korneliussen. An episode where collectors used dynamite at the site without permission from the landowner has made collectors unpopular and not always welcome in the area making examples of this material hard to find.


Amethyst, Juchem Quarry, Niederworresbach, Herrstein, Birkenfeld, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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AD-209  Amethyst  $45

Juchem Quarry, Niederwörresbach, Herrstein, Birkenfeld, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

15.4 x 12.8 x 4.5 cm

This specimen features glassy, grape-colored crystals of Amethyst.  The crystals on this specimen measure up to 1.6 centimeters in size. While there are several cracks in the matrix, it has not been repaired, only reinforced with a little glue on the rear.  If you've been looking to score a decent German Amethyst on the cheap this is the one.


Natrolite & Analcime, Ciamp Pinoi, Siusi Alp, Gardena Valley, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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N-005  Natrolite and Analcime  RESERVED

Ciamp Pinoi, Siusi Alp, Gardena Valley, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

8.6 x 4.2 x 3 cm

A vug-like specimen of Analcime crystals flanked by acicular sprays of colorless Natrolite.  Not much is known about this zeolite occurrence; in fact Mindat doesn't even have any photos of material from this location.


Gold on Quartz, Brusson Mine, Brusson, Aosta Valley, ItalyGold on Quartz, Brusson Mine, Brusson, Aosta Valley, Italy
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G-152  Gold on Quartz  SOLD
Ex R. Rizzo Collection

Brusson Mine, Brusson, Aosta Valley, Italy

3.2 x 2.6 x 1.4 cm

When it comes to Alpine minerals, Gold is far from the top of the list.  This specimen features wispy gold that is crystallized and a little leaf-like in appearance. Despite intermittent production at best this mine has gained a reputation for the quality of its specimens. Specimens of this material are extremely hard to come by as they are held in high regard by European collectors.


Microcline variety Hyalophane, Zagradski Potok Mine, Busovaca, Central Bosnia Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina.Microcline variety Hyalophane, Zagradski Potok Mine, Busovaca, Central Bosnia Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina.Microcline variety Hyalophane, Zagradski Potok Mine, Busovaca, Central Bosnia Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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F-262  Microcline variety Hyalophane  RESERVED
Ex R. Rizzo Collection

Zagradski Potok Mine, Busovaca, Central Bosnia Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina

4.5 x 5.9 x 4.5 cm

A compound crystal of the rare variety of Feldspar, Hyalophane. This crystal, although blocky-looking at first glance, actually exhibits complex twinning and has well-defined crystal faces. Hyalophane is a variety of Microcline or Orthoclase which contains substantial barium. The Zagradski Potok Mine is pretty much the only locality that furnishes good samples of this mineral and specimens from this location are considered to be quite desirable.


Kaolinite pseudomorph after Orthoclase, Melbur China Clay Pit, Melbur, St Stephen-in-Brannel, Cornwall, England, UKKaolinite pseudomorph after Orthoclase, Melbur China Clay Pit, Melbur, St Stephen-in-Brannel, Cornwall, England, UK
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K-006  Kaolinite pseudomorph after Orthoclase  $40
Ex R. Rizzo, J.P. Gliddon Collection

Melbur China Clay Pit, Melbur, St Stephen-in-Brannel, Cornwall, England, UK

5.3 x 3.6 x 1.2 cm

This specimen is a Cornish classic. This pseudomorph consists of a well-formed, complete Carlsbad-twinned Orthoclase crystal that has been completely replaced by Kaolinite and Sercite. The latter being a fine-grained whitish mica, mainly Muscovite.


Cassiterite in Kaolinite pseudomorph after Orthoclase, St Austell Mining District, Cornwall, England, UKCassiterite in Kaolinite pseudomorph after Orthoclase, St Austell Mining District, Cornwall, England, UK
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K-007  Cassiterite in Kaolinite pseudomorph after Orthoclase  $75
Ex R. Rizzo Collection

St Austell Mining District, Cornwall, England, UK

6.4 x 3.4 x 1.4 cm

An excellent double-terminated & tabular, Carlsbad-twinned Orthoclase crystal that has been pseudomorphed by Kaolinite. Embedded in this specimen numerous crystals of the tin oxide mineral, Cassiterite. Kaolinite pseudomorphs after Orthoclase from Cornwall are not particularly rare but those that are included by Cassiterite are few and far between and are highly prized.


Calcite, Droujba Mine, Djurkovo Complex, Laki, Laki Obshtina, Plovdiv Province, BulgariaCalcite, Droujba Mine, Djurkovo Complex, Laki, Laki Obshtina, Plovdiv Province, Bulgaria
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C-286  Calcite cast after Calcite  $35

Droujba Mine, Djurkovo Complex, Laki, Laki Obshtina, Plovdiv Province, Bulgaria

8 x 3.3 x 2.7 cm

A very interesting Eastern European specimen of Calcite. This scalenohedral crystal of Calcite is hollow and is a cast after, oddly enough, Calcite.


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.


Aquamarine, Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Mourne Mountains, County Down, Northern Ireland, UKAquamarine, Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Mourne Mountains, County Down, Northern Ireland, UK
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B-231  Aquamarine  $100
Ex R. Rizzo Collection

Slievenamiskan, Spelga, Mourne Mountains, County Down, Northern Ireland, UK

2.4 x .7 x .7 cm

The Mourne Mountains have long been famous for their Aquamarine, Topaz & Quartz specimens which could be found there.  Specimens from this location are treasured by collectors from the United Kingdom. This specimen is 2.4 centimeters tall with a nice termination and is clear on both ends with the middle portion being translucent. The norm for Beryl crystals from this location seems to be translucent with almost no clear areas at best. This is a decent sized example of this hard to get material. You just can't seem to pry these out of the hands of local collectors and of course the museums have the best examples of this material. It took me 15 years of searching to find this specimen.

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