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Canada

Carletonite with Feldspar, Pectolite, Calcite and Arfvedsonite  

 

 

Carletonite with Feldspar, Pectolite, Calcite and Arfvedsonite. Front
Front
Carletonite with Feldspar, Pectolite, Calcite and Arfvedsonite. Rear
Rear
Carletonite with Feldspar, Pectolite, Calcite and Arfvedsonite.

EG70AH3
The most surprising of this group of equant Carletonite crystals is, for all that we know about the species, that they are so aerial and well defined, have a nice color and are so translucent and bright. But we also note the complexity of the paragenesis, with Feldspar, Calcite and Pectolite plus Arfvedsonite crystals.
The sample is from the type locality and it is with a label of a Canadian collection.

Euro:480 / US$593 / Yen:63720 / AUD$764

Poudrette Quarry, Mont Saint-Hilaire, La Vall้e-du-Richelieu RCM, Mont้r้gie, Qu้bec
Canada

2013


Type locality

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5.7 × 3.7 cm = 2.3” × 2.2” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.6 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Reservado

  Quartz (variety smoky) with Calcite

Grant Quarry, Greely, Gloucester Township, Carleton County, Ontario
Canada

06/2004


Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Specimen size: 6.6 × 3.8 × 3 cm = 2.6” × 1.5” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 4 × 2.4 cm = 1.6” × 0.9”

Order
Quartz (variety smoky) with Calcite. Front
Front
Quartz (variety smoky) with Calcite. Side
Side

TA97AG8
The Quartz from this Quarry which is already defunct (currently is completely flooded) is a world's reference due its quality and brightness. From the glorious past comes this beautiful group of Quartz crystals, several of them doubly terminated and partially coated with small scalenohedral crystals of Calcite.



Rumania

Baryte  

 

 

Baryte. Baryte.
Baryte.

TM50AH3
With the usual photogenic quality of the best Romanian samples this Baryte shows flattened crystals that are bright with an intense color and very well defined phantom growths. A Romanian classic reminding us of the old splendor of the Baia Mare (the name signifies “great mine”) mining area.

Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures
Romania

1970-1980


Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Specimen size: 16.3 × 14.2 × 6.7 cm = 6.4” × 5.6” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 2.3 cm = 1.3” × 0.9”

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Europe

  Grossular (variety hessonite) with Diopside

Val d'Ala, Valli di Lanzo, Torino Province, Piedmont (Piemonte)
Italy


Specimen size: 10.3 × 8.2 × 4.5 cm = 4.1” × 3.2” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Order
Grossular (variety hessonite) with Diopside. Grossular (variety hessonite) with Diopside.
Grossular (variety hessonite) with Diopside. Grossular (variety hessonite) with Diopside.

TP48AH3
Thinking of Grossular localities it is very probable that the first in our mind will be Val d’Ala. The crystals, very well defined and combining the forms of the dodecahedron and the trapezohedron, with splendid color and luster and the presence on the matrix of Diopside and Clinochlore crystals do this sample great credit as an Italian classic.


Silver with Calcite  

 

 

Silver with Calcite. Silver with Calcite.
Silver with Calcite. Silver with Calcite.

NT67AH3
Silver from Kongsberg is obviously part of the history of mineralogy but also of European history. On this sample the Silver has grown forming delicate arborescent aggregates of small octahedral crystals included in Calcite and on a rocky matrix.

Euro:250 / US$309 / Yen:33190 / AUD$398

Kongsberg mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud
Norway


Calcite fluorescent short UV

Specimen size: 6.9 × 4.8 × 3 cm = 2.7” × 1.9” × 1.2”

Reservado

  Dolomite with Calcite, Pyrite, Arsenopyrite and Quartz

Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District
Kosovo

1994-2002


Minor fluorescence short UV

Specimen size: 18.5 × 11.5 × 7.7 cm = 7.3” × 4.5” × 3.0”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.3 cm = 1.6” × 1.3”

Order
Dolomite with Calcite, Pyrite, Arsenopyrite and Quartz. Dolomite with Calcite, Pyrite, Arsenopyrite and Quartz.
Dolomite with Calcite, Pyrite, Arsenopyrite and Quartz.

EJ89AG8
The great mining region of Trepča is one of the largest polymetal deposits in the world and it has given for many years exceptional pieces of Sphalerite as well as varied combinations of sulfides and carbonates. This old piece, found before the mine went back to work in 2005, presents an architectural group of large rhombohedral Dolomite crystals partially coated by Calcite crystals and with a cluster of Pyrite crystals on one side of the piece. Small crystals of Arsenopyrite dot the large Dolomite crystals and also some small Quartz crystals complete the combo.


Azurite  

 

 

Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Rear
Rear
Azurite.

EQ96AG8
Chessy is the type locality for Azurite and this Azurite is different from the ones that are usually found there with its crystals in rosettes and a good sized specimen.

Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Sa๔ne, Rh๔ne, Auvergne-Rh๔ne-Alpes
France

2013


Type locality

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.9 × 3.7 cm = 2.2” × 1.9” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Order

  Azurite

Rudabแnya, Rudabแnyai Mountains, Borsod-Aba๚j-Zempl้n
Hungary


Specimen size: 5.6 × 5 × 4.6 cm = 2.2” × 2.0” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.8 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”

Order
Azurite. Azurite.

TN89AG1
Rudabแnya is a classic European town famous for its Cuprites replaced by Malachite and although there are also Azurites they are normally of modest quality. This piece, however, is of good quality and size and improves on what is usually seen coming from that mine.

Azurite

Pyromorphite  

 

 

Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.

ET92AG6
We love the classics, and when they are good then it is the best! This classic from England easily was found 100 years ago and reflects very well a period in the history of minerals in which the United Kingdom was the reference for many mineral species, including Pyromorphite.
The Moutet collection from Marseille is the origin of this piece and the label of the prestigious shop Deyrolle de Paris that accompanies it is as historic as the Pyromorphite itself.

Roughton Gill, Caldbeck Fells, former Cumberland, Cumbria
England, United Kingdom


Minor fluorescence short UV

Specimen size: 5 × 4.3 × 3.1 cm = 2.0” × 1.7” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

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FSU

  Calcite with Aragonite

Verkhnii Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region
Russia


Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.7 × 2.9 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 3.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.3”

Order
Calcite with Aragonite. Front
Front
Calcite with Aragonite. Side
Side
Calcite with Aragonite.

TX97AH3
You can opine, perhaps, that Calcite is a “modest” species, but it can also reach unexpected heights of elegance as in the case of this complete crystal that is clear, colorless, very rich in faces and has additional elongated Calcite and Aragonite crystals with curious parallel growths. Due to its special transparency, the Calcite crystal has a high birrefringence that allows one to see “double” images through it.



China

Fluorite with Baryte  

 

 

Fluorite with Baryte. Front
Front
Fluorite with Baryte. Side
Side
Fluorite with Baryte. Rear
Rear

EJ87AH3
Esthetics and mineralogy are joined on this elongated Fluorite sample, with Fluorite crystal cubes that are translucent, with a lilac color on their interior and strongly saturated violet color on their edges, and they are partially coated by Baryte on the back. They have grown around a fine elongated Stibnite crystal that is partially visible due to the transparency of the Fluorite.

Weishan, Dali Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province
China

2016


Specimen size: 6 × 1.8 × 1.8 cm = 2.4” × 0.7” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1 × 1 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

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  Cassiterite with Muscovite

Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province
China

2017


Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.7 × 2 cm = 1.5” × 1.1” × 0.8”

Reservado
Cassiterite with Muscovite. Front
Front
Cassiterite with Muscovite. Side
Side
Cassiterite with Muscovite. Top
Top

NH66AH3
Geometry and a very intense luster characterize this twin of two crystals, a twin that is splendidly well defined and that has the added “touch” of very sharp laminar and perfectly defined Muscovite crystals.

Euro:170 / US$210 / Yen:22570 / AUD$270

Pyromorphite  

 

 

Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite.

TB49AH3
Accustomed to a very different esthetics on Pyromorphite samples from the Daoping mine, the finds between 2012 and 2013 surprised us with these very aerial and stylized shapes, whose crystals have very well defined faces and edges and showing a color and luster of great quality.

Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
China

2012


Specimen size: 4.9 × 2 × 2 cm = 1.9” × 0.8” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.7 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”

Order

  Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite

Yangshuo Mine, Yangshuo, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
China

02/2014


Specimen size: 5.9 × 4.4 × 3.9 cm = 2.3” × 1.7” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.3 cm = 0.4” × 0.1”

Order
Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite. Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite.
Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite.

MA86AH3
Plumbogummite growths that are between botryoidal and stalactitic. They have an intense greenish-blue color and velvety surfaces and they have empty cores with the shape of lost Pyromorphite crystals as well as some yellow traces of these former Pyromorphite crystals. The sample has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.


Hemimorphite  

 

 

Hemimorphite. Hemimorphite.
Hemimorphite.

TF90AH3
Among the many and nice incentives that Chinese mining has provided us in recent years there are some scarce samples of botryoidal Hemimorphite with an especially intense and vivid blue color, with a surprising resemblance to the classic and very well known samples from the Sa Duchessa mine, in Sardinia.

Wenshan, Wenshan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province
China


Specimen size: 12.2 × 9.8 × 5.7 cm = 4.8” × 3.9” × 2.2”

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  Roweite with Olshanskyite and Magnetite

Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia A.R.
China

04/2017


Specimen size: 5 × 3.6 × 3.8 cm = 2.0” × 1.4” × 1.5”

Order
Roweite with Olshanskyite and Magnetite. Roweite with Olshanskyite and Magnetite.
Roweite with Olshanskyite and Magnetite. Magnetite
Magnetite

ED18AH3
Mineral rarities can also have particular beauty, as is the case of these rare borates coexisting on the same sample, where the lenticular Roweite crystals, with an orange color and of great size and quality for what has been known of this species, are with radial aggregates of very sharp, colorless, clear and very bright Olshanskyite crystals plus also ornate by Calcite and nice Magnetite! The quality of the specimens is undoubtedly superior to what was previously known, both for the individuality of the Roweite crystals and for their sharpness, but also for their size and their association with first class Olshanskyite which makes them deserving to be in the best private collections and museums. We have analyzed specimens to confirm the identity of the species and we will send a copy of the different analyses to buyers.


Ilvaite with Quartz  

 

 

Ilvaite with Quartz. Front
Front
Ilvaite with Quartz. Side
Side

MR90AH3
The year 2010 saw the ringing of the bell of the first great samples arriving from Huanggang, a mining area of which little had been spoken of until that moment. Among the novelties there were some Ilvaite samples with crystals of great size with very well defined faces and frequently with Quartz crystals. In a very short time these samples became classic, not only for China but also for the rest of the world.

Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (K่shํk่t้ng Qํ), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
China

10/2010


Specimen size: 7 × 6.5 × 4.2 cm = 2.8” × 2.6” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 6.5 × 2.7 cm = 2.6” × 1.1”

Order

  Fluorite

Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (K่shํk่t้ng Qํ), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
China


Specimen size: 16.2 × 9.3 × 5.4 cm = 6.4” × 3.7” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Order
Fluorite. Fluorite.

ET96AH3
Even the most well known occurrences can adopt different forms, new or attractive, as this irregular surface completely recrystallized on both of its ends by transparent cubic Fluorite crystals with an intense violet color. Similar to a geode, but fully upholstered by Fluorite crystals “in” and “out” at the same time…


Calcite  

 

 

Calcite
Calcite. Calcite.

MR88AG1
Yes, it is Calcite, a very common species, but check out the crystallographic habit of this group of crystals and their light pink color. Different…

Fuzichong, Cenxi, Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
China

± 2002


Fluorescent long & short UV

Specimen size: 11.5 × 8 × 5 cm = 4.5” × 3.1” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 6 × 5 cm = 2.4” × 2.0”

Order

  Acanthite

Hongda Mine, Xiaoqinggou, Lingqiu, Datong Prefecture, Shanxi Province
China

08/2016


Specimen size: 8.6 × 6.2 × 4 cm = 3.4” × 2.4” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.7 cm = 1.0” × 0.7”

Order
Acanthite. Acanthite.
Acanthite.

TC13AG1
Monumental, a top specimen. Few Acanthites are as impressive as those from this mine and this one in particular stands out for its extraordinary quality.


Acanthite


Asia (excl. China)

Mimetite with Calcite  

 

 

Mimetite with Calcite. Front
Front
Mimetite with Calcite. Side
Side
Mimetite with Calcite.

TB87AH3
The luster, the finesse and the definition and the length of its crystals should be enough to consider the sample on a rank of very good quality, and more if we add an excellent esthetic profile that is especially photogenic.

Euro:260 / US$321 / Yen:34520 / AUD$414

Gowd Mine, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province
Iran

08/2015


Specimen size: 3.5 × 3 × 2.7 cm = 1.4” × 1.2” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1 × 1 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Reservado

  Mimetite with Calcite

Gowd Mine, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province
Iran

08/2015


Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.5 × 4 cm = 1.9” × 1.8” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Order
Mimetite with Calcite. Mimetite with Calcite.
Mimetite with Calcite.

TM96AH3
The most innovative of this Iranian Mimetite sample is, undoubtedly, its sharpness and that its tabular crystals have a color, a transparency and a luster that are unusual for the species. In this concrete case we must note their esthetic growth on a matrix of white Calcite crystals.


Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite  

 

 

Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite. Front
Front
Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite. Side
Side
Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite. Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite.

MH46AH3
Seen and unseen, these samples that appeared at the Munich Show in 2015 are currently a rarity. They form arborescent growths of Willemite crystals pseudomorphous after Descloizite and have partial coatings of small barrel-shaped Mimetite crystals with an intense orange color.

Chah Milleh Mine, Chah Milleh, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province
Iran

08/2015


Fluorescent short UV

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.6 × 3.6 cm = 1.7” × 1.4” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 1 cm = 1.1” × 0.4”

Order

  Chromium-rich Mimetite with Cerussite

Nakhlak Mine, 200 m.↓, Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province
Iran

01/2015


Fluorescent short UV

Specimen size: 6.5 × 6.3 × 3.7 cm = 2.6” × 2.5” × 1.5”

Order
Chromium-rich Mimetite with Cerussite. Chromium-rich Mimetite with Cerussite.
Chromium-rich Mimetite with Cerussite.

EB50AH3
Different and aesthetic. Aggregates of cyclic twins of tabular Cerussite crystals that are finely bordered by very thin and acute Mimetite microcrystals with a very vivid orange-red color. These Mimetites have been analyzed and have proven to be a rare chromium-rich variety. We'll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.


Chromium-rich Mimetite with Cerussite  

 

 

Chromium-rich Mimetite with Cerussite. Chromium-rich Mimetite with Cerussite.
Chromium-rich Mimetite with Cerussite.

TR90AH3
Different and aesthetic. Aggregates of cyclic twins of tabular Cerussite crystals that are finely bordered by very thin and acute Mimetite microcrystals with a very vivid orange-red color. These Mimetites have been analyzed and have proven to be a rare chromium-rich variety. We'll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.

Nakhlak Mine, 200 m.↓, Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province
Iran

01/2015


Fluorescent short UV

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.3 × 4.4 cm = 3.0” × 2.1” × 1.7”

Order

  Copper

Boddington Mine, Boddington, Peel, Western Australia
Australia


Specimen size: 9.5 × 5.1 × 4.2 cm = 3.7” × 2.0” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Reservado
Copper. Front
Front
Copper. Rear
Rear
Copper.

MP7AH3
The sample is from a locality that is unusual in non-Australian collections. It is aesthetic, with dendritic growths of equant crystals that are very rich in forms with very well defined faces of the predominant dodecahedron. An infrequent mineral curiosity.

Euro:180 / US$222 / Yen:23890 / AUD$286

Brucite  

 

 

Brucite
Brucite. Front
Front
Brucite. Side
Side

ND37AG1
One of the Brucites that are coming out of Pakistan. Because of its brightness and intense color this locality has placed its Brucites among the best in the world.

Killa Saifullah District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)
Pakistan

2016


Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.7 × 1.7 cm = 1.5” × 1.5” × 0.7”

Order

  Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group)

Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province
Afghanistan

Scapolite Fluorescent long & short UV

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.4 × 2.9 cm = 1.5” × 1.3” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Order
Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group). Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group).
Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group).

EQ96AG1
The good definition and morphology of this Lazurite on Calcite takes us back to the time in which from this locality the "lapislazuli" was extracted and distributed throughout the world via the Silk Road.

Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group)


Mexico

Azurite  

 

 

Azurite
Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Side
Side
Azurite. Side
Side

TA68AG2
"Electric blue" is the proper name that has been given to the color of the best Azurites from Milpillas. Certainly these Azurites seem to have their own light as if they emit light instead of capturing it. This small filigree represents very well that "electric" color as well as the best quality of the Milpillas Azurites.

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

12/2013


Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.9 × 2.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.5”

Order

  Brochantite

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2013


Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.6 × 2.5 cm = 3.0” × 2.2” × 1.0”

Order
Brochantite. Brochantite.
Brochantite.

TA70AG2
Most of the mineral species that the Milpillas mine has produced are the best of the best. The Brochantites are part of this rating and this piece is a good example of it for its excellent color, its richness of crystals, and the fact that the crystals are on a rock matrix.

Brochantite

Cuprite  

 

 

Cuprite
Cuprite. Cuprite.
Cuprite.

TA30AG1
Milpillas is in recent times a kind of lighthouse for the fans of minerals from all over the world. Within the extensive catalog of spectacular minerals their Cuprites are not the most recognized, but their quality is very high.

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2015


Specimen size: 8.7 × 8 × 4.8 cm = 3.4” × 3.1” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Order

  Volborthite

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2015


Specimen size: 4.3 × 4.2 × 2.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.7” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1 cm = 0.7” × 0.4”

Order
Volborthite. Volborthite.

TD89AG1
Not all Volborthites are expensive! This group of crystals with a color change on top is not bad at all. The change of color, which may look like a break, makes its price reasonable.

Volborthite

Volborthite  

 

 

Volborthite
Volborthite. Front
Front
Volborthite. Rear
Rear
Volborthite. Top
Top
Volborthite.

TR13AG1
The Volborthites of Milpillas are among the most spectacular discoveries that have happened in the mineral world in recent years. In general they are of an enormous quality and in aspects this great rosette of crystals with Malachite and on matrix stands out among all others. If someone wants a definitive piece, here it is.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 69 of the 2017/01 edition

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2015


Specimen size: 4.9 × 3.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.4” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 1.4 cm = 1.3” × 0.6”

Order

  Boleite with Atacamite-Paratacamite

Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalํa (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Muleg้, Baja California Sur
Mexico


Specimen size: 7 × 5 × 4.8 cm = 2.8” × 2.0” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Order
Boleite with Atacamite-Paratacamite. Boleite with Atacamite-Paratacamite.

TE87AG1
Boleite with Atacamite-Paratacamite on matrix. Coming from recent finds in the famous Amelia Mine due to work on the dumps there.

Boleite with Atacamite-Paratacamite

Fluorite  

 

 

Fluorite
Fluorite. Fluorite.
Fluorite. Fluorite.

TQ51AG1
Creedites are well known from this mine, but their Fluorites are not as well known and yet they are excellent; octahedral and violet and more rarely in very large crystals such as this one. On a base of Quartz and a first generation of green Fluorite, the collector Jos้ Luis Vallecillo was right in his choice of this powerful Fluorite.

Navidad Mine, Abasolo, Rodeo, Municipio de Rodeo, Durango
Mexico


Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo

Specimen size: 15.8 × 13.5 × 5.7 cm = 6.2” × 5.3” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 4.8 × 4.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.7”

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Portugal

  Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite

Minas da Panasqueira, level 0-1, Aldeia de Sใo Francisco de Assis, Covilhใ, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro
Portugal

04/2017


Fluorescent long & short UV

Specimen size: 10.7 × 5.6 × 4.5 cm = 4.2” × 2.2” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.6 cm = 1.5” × 1.4”

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Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite. Side
Side
Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite. Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite.

NP90AG2
The upper levels of the great classic mine of Panasqueira are now producing very good specimens. We have gone from a period of scarcity to the current wealth, but in my opinion we are in a transitory period that may end when the mine goes to different areas. So far several pieces as attractive as this zoned crystal of Fluorapatite have been recovered, isolated and well placed on its matrix of Quartz and Muscovite.

Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite


Africa (excl. Morocco)

Scepter Quartz (variety smoky)  

 

 

Scepter Quartz (variety smoky). Front
Front
Scepter Quartz (variety smoky). Side
Side

TN56AG8
Sceptered Quartz variety smoky from an isolated find in which the upper part of the crystals is of an excellent smoky color and the lower part on which the scepter grows is milky Quartz with faces coated by parallel growths of small crystals, also Quartz.

Steinkopf, Namakwa District (Namaqualand), Northern Cape Province
South Africa

08/2010


Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.8 × 2.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 0.9”

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  Rhodochrosite

N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province
South Africa

2017


Specimen size: 5.7 × 5 × 3.1 cm = 2.2” × 2.0” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.5” × 0.1”

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Rhodochrosite. Rhodochrosite.
Rhodochrosite.

MQ53AG6
In 2017 in the N'Chwaning I Mine some manual work for the extraction of collector’s specimens was reinitiated. This fine Rhodochrosite is a good example of the result of this work. Good color and great luster are the hallmarks of this piece.



South America (excl. Brazil)

Arsenic  

 

 

Arsenic. Arsenic.
Arsenic.

NF89AG8
A little-known mine, La Paloma, in the district of Quiruvilca, Peru, gives some curious specimens like this botryoidal Arsenic, with a certain beauty despite the modest aesthetics that this species usually has. Also on matrix, visible since it is white.

La Paloma Mine, Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department
Peru

2008


Specimen size: 12.3 × 9.6 × 4.8 cm = 4.8” × 3.8” × 1.9”

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  Hutchinsonite with Orpiment and Pyrite

Quiruvilca Mine (La Libertad Mine), Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department
Peru

03/2016


Specimen size: 6.5 × 5 × 3.2 cm = 2.6” × 2.0” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.2 cm = 0.3” × 0.1”

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Hutchinsonite with Orpiment and Pyrite. Hutchinsonite with Orpiment and Pyrite.
Hutchinsonite with Orpiment and Pyrite.

TR51AG2
Hutchinsonite is not a common mineral at all. Only in the Quiruvilca Mine hhave good specimens of this rare sulfoarsenide of lead and thallium been found, and although at this time given their relative abundance here it may seem that it is a common species, it is not like that at all. That said, this particular specimen is especially attractive for of the richness of its crystals, its definition and brightness and the contrast with the related Orpiment.

Hutchinsonite with Orpiment and Pyrite

Beryl (variety emerald)  

 

 

Beryl (variety emerald)
Beryl (variety emerald). Front
Front
Beryl (variety emerald). Side
Side
Beryl (variety emerald). Top
Top

TF88AG1
Who does not like the Colombian emeralds? The depth of color and the perfection of its crystals are a luxury. This group of parallel crystals with their color and perfect geometry show us the reasons why this mineral is so appreciated.

Pe๑as Blancas Mine, Municipio San Pablo de Borbur, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacแ Department
Colombia


Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.3 × 1.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.5” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.5 cm = 0.7” × 0.2”

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  Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz

Pulacayo Mine, Huanchaca, Antonio Quijarro Province, Potosํ Department
Bolivia

± 1925


Former collection of John S. White

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.7 × 2.3 cm = 2.6” × 1.9” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

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Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz. Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz.
Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz. Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz.

MB91AG1
This elegant silver-rich Tetrahedrite with Chalcopyrite and Quartz has a long history with labels starting in 1925 by Franz Ding and ending with John S. White. At that time the silver-rich Tetrahedrite was called "Freibergite", that name has come with the label but an analysis have proven that it is not "Freibergite" but silver-rich Tetrahedrite. Although the photos may look like there is a broken crystal the piece is perfect and has no damage. We will send labels and the analysis to the buyer of the specimen.

Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz


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