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Acanthite with Silver
Acanthite with Silver. Front
Front
Acanthite with Silver. Front
Front
Acanthite with Silver. Top
Top
Acanthite with Silver.

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TG58AF4: Floater aggregate of cubo-octahedral crystals with very well defined faces and edges, with a very good length and with some hoppered surfaces. The luster is excellent for the species. It’s really a “powerful” piece and deserves to be in any Museum in the World. It also has small groups of wire Silver forming "nests".
Hongda Mine, Xiaoqinggou, Lingqiu, Datong Prefecture, Shanxi Province  China (08/2016)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 6.5 × 4.7 cm = 2.8” × 2.6” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.2 cm = 0.7” × 0.5”

 

Adamite

EY93T5: Group of well separated crystals of good size for the species and with an excellent color, which is very intense. They are on a Limonite matrix and the quality is very high. It comes from a private collection of the eighties.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico

Specimen size: 6.3 × 3.8 × 3 cm = 2.5” × 1.5” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV
Adamite. Front
Front
Adamite. Side
Side
Adamite.

 

Adamite
Adamite. Adamite.
Adamite.

NP96AB7: Fan-like aggregates more isolated than usual, with prismatic crystals that have excellent terminations. They have a vivid greenish-yellow color and an excellent luster that contrasts sharply with the limonite matrix. The sample, of high quality, is from an old find at the Ojuela mine.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico

Specimen size: 11.8 × 10.1 × 6.7 cm = 4.6” × 4.0” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1.8 cm = 1.2” × 0.7”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

 

Afghanite

TL88D8: We waited a while before offering Afghanites on our web site. Ones we have seen before were either two expensive, not very esthetic, or a pale color. Finally we were able to locate the examples we were looking for: very esthetic, aerial crystals, intensely colored, perfect, and not too highly priced. A definitive sample, with the main crystal well positioned on the white Calcite matrix.
Sar-e Sang, Koksha, Khash  Afghanistan (2001)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 3.3 × 3.2 cm = 1.4” × 1.3” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 0.7 cm = 0.9” × 0.3”

Afghanite.

 

Chromium-rich Amesite with Perovskite
Chromium-rich Amesite with Perovskite.
Chromium-rich Amesite with Perovskite. Chromium-rich Amesite with Perovskite.

MC96F6: A specimen that is very hard to find. It is difficult for me to decide which is more significant: the extraordinary growth of the sharp crystals of the Chromium rich Amesite, or their brilliance and color (which is really intense if you use incandescent light). Another point of interest is the very unusual association with Perovskite, which is perfectly crystallized, which is perfectly crystallized. It has been sawn, which was the only way to reduce the matrix without destroying it.
Saranovskii Mine, Saranovskaya (Sarany), Gornozavodskii, Permskaya Oblast', Middle Urals, Urals Region  Russia (2001)

Specimen size: 14.5 × 11 × 3.5 cm = 5.7” × 4.3” × 1.4”

 

Anatase and Rutile epitaxial

EA7C9: Although the camera don't show it very well, the color is very nice, sort of a golden bronze, and its luster is very special with a lot of reflections. As with the other specimens that we had selected this one is floater, doubly terminated and great!
Anatase-Rutile occurrence, Cuiabá District, Gouveia, Minas Gerais  Brazil (03/2003)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 1.7 × 1.8 cm = 1.4” × 0.7” × 0.7”

Anatase and Rutile epitaxial.

 

Andradite (variety topazolite)
Andradite (variety topazolite).

T66BF4: This one comes from a great one-time find made in November 1998 at the Yellow Cat Mine, the classic locality for this rare variety of Andradite. One can see the good growth forms of the rhombohedra in the crystals. The color, degree of transparency, and esthetic position on the matrix are also notable.
Yellow Cat Mine, New Idria, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California  USA (11/1998)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2.8 × 1.5 cm = 1.5” × 1.1” × 0.6”

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

 

Arsenopyrite

NA96E6: Neat Arsenopyrite with a more golden color than the typical ones. The crystal form is also very interesting. It is a floater, very shiny, and has small crystals of white Dolomite on the rear side. Very pleasant.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 3, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (2004)

Specimen size: 11 × 6.5 × 3 cm = 4.3” × 2.6” × 1.2”

Arsenopyrite.

 

Axinite-(Fe) with Calcite
Axinite-(Fe) with Calcite. Front
Front
Axinite-(Fe) with Calcite. Rear
Rear

TP69H3: Big floater, doubly-terminated crystal of very sharp faces and edges. We must note its color, an intense transparency near the edges and the neat contrast with white Calcite at the center of the sample.
Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi, Tyumenskaya, Prepolar Ural, Western-Siberia  Russia (1996)

Specimen size: 8.7 × 4.2 × 1.7 cm = 3.4” × 1.7” × 0.7”

 

Azurite with Malachite

TM19AB4: Aggregate of complex Azurite crystals rich in very well defined faces and edges, with polycrystalline surfaces and with a deep and vivid blue color (“electric blue”), transparent on the edges, a very intense luster and on a matrix coated by fibrous Malachite.
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora  Mexico (12/2013)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.9 × 2.2 cm = 2.0” × 1.9” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.8 cm = 0.7” × 0.3”

Azurite with Malachite. Azurite with Malachite.

 

Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite.

CB36G2: The habitus is very unusual. The absence of the main prism suggests the apparent form of a dipyramid or an octahedron. The contrast between the vivid blue of the Azurite and the intense green of the Malachite is superb. This is one of the few pieces found with this crystallographic habitus at the locality.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section of the October 10, 2015 edition.
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (02/2005)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3 × 2.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.2” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.5 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

 

Azurite with Malachite and Baryte

EB52AC2: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2015. Very aerial aggregate of very sharp acute Azurite crystals that are bright with a very vivid color (even under daylight) that extraordinarily resembles the Milpillas “electric blue.” With the Azurite there are small white Barytes and Malachite aggregates.
From a new find in the Oumjrane area, possibly from some of the old works of this zone. These crystals have a luster and color that is superior to the previously known azurites from Morocco.
This specimen was photographed for the ‘Ste.-Marie-aux-Mines 2015’ section of the magazine ‘Mineralien Welt’ and appears on page 10 of number 5/2015
Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04-05/2015)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 3.6 × 3.5 cm = 2.3” × 1.4” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.6 cm = 0.6” × 0.2”

Azurite with Malachite and Baryte. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite and Baryte. Rear
Rear

 

Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite. Side
Side

JX90F3: A classic sample for Puit IX (shaft nine of the Zelidja mine) The very brilliant, damage free and intensely colored prisms are shorter and thicker than is normal, and they have an aerial form. A partial coating of Malachite gives a special touch to it.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1993)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.7 × 3.5 cm = 2.0” × 1.5” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2 cm = 1.1” × 0.8”

 

Azurite

TH29AD0: Isolated crystal on matrix. It is doubly terminated and very rich in very well defined faces that have a brilliant luster and show the extraordinary deep blue color (electric blue) that has made the Azurites from this locality famous. Considering the amount of great samples from Milpillas it is a very special one due to the perfection of the single crystal, its size and its balance and position on the white matrix.
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora  Mexico (2014)

Specimen size: 7 × 7 × 3.5 cm = 2.8” × 2.8” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.7 × 1 cm = 1.2” × 1.1” × 0.4”

Azurite. Azurite.
Azurite.

 

Azurite on Quartz
Azurite on Quartz.
Azurite on Quartz.

E73B: An upright, perfect Azurite crystal on an unusual white Quartz matrix. Perfect crystallography, corners gemmy when viewed with deep light from behind, and superb esthetics. A pleasure for all collectors!
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.3 cm = 3.0” × 2.5”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 1.4 cm = 1.3” × 0.6”

 

Babingtonite with Prehnite and Quartz

MK94G5: Crystals are very big, exceptional for the species. They grew, with the Quartz, on a Prehnite matrix and they are doubly-terminated. We’ll give a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 22 in number 2006/1.
Babingtonite occurrences, Qiaojia, Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.3 × 3.5 cm = 1.7” × 1.3” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.3 cm = 0.8” × 0.5”

Babingtonite with Prehnite and Quartz. Front
Front
Babingtonite with Prehnite and Quartz. Side
Side

 

Babingtonite with Prehnite
Babingtonite with Prehnite. Front
Front
Babingtonite with Prehnite. Side
Side
Babingtonite with Prehnite. Side
Side

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MA99V7: A sample of a very rare quality, a group of extremely sharp crystals, really large for the species, with very well defined faces and edges, undamaged , bright, with perfect terminations and on a matrix of aggregates of clear green crystals of Prehnite. A sample worth belonging to the best museums or private collections.
Babingtonite occurrences, Qiaojia, Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province  China (2007)

Specimen size: 9.8 × 6.8 × 4.5 cm = 3.9” × 2.7” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 5 × 4 cm = 2.0” × 1.6”

 

Bastnäsite-(Ce) doubly terminated

EH92E9: Enormous! The tabular appearance is due to the parallel growth of three prismatic, doubly-terminated crystals that can be recognized because of the double pyramids that have formed a single large face at the front. The size of the Bastnasite-(Ce), its excellent brilliance and the fact that the matrix is also quite large all make this an excellent example.
Zagi Mountain, Kafoor Dheri  Pakistan (2004)

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

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 3 cm = 1.3” × 1.2”

Bastnäsite-(Ce) doubly terminated.

 

Benitoite on Natrolite
Benitoite on Natrolite. Front
Front
Benitoite on Natrolite. Left side
Left side
Benitoite on Natrolite. Right side
Right side

EN91G4: The crystal is magnificent. Deep blue, with perfectly defined faces and edges and absolutely undamaged. Furthermore, its situation on matrix makes for easy direct observation and as well as display in exhibit case.
California State Gem Mine (Benitoite Gem Mine), Dallas Gem Mine area, San Benito River headwaters area, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California  USA

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.3 × 2.3 cm = 1.9” × 1.7” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.3 cm = 0.7” × 0.5”

Extremely fluorescent short UV

 

Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite

EY86K1: The crystal is formed by the hexagonal prism and a relatively complex termination formed by the faces of two pyramids and the pinacoid. Transparency and luster are magnificent and the specimen is very esthetic because it is on an Albite matrix.
Yuno, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (03/2007)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 2.9 × 2.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 4.7 × 0.9 cm = 1.9” × 0.4”

Albite fluorescent long & short UV
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite. Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite. Rear
Rear

 

Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Schorl
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Schorl. Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Schorl. Side
Side

TX79L0: Particularly esthetic specimen. With the main Beryl crystal group very aerial, some of them doubly terminated. Sharp faces and edges with good color. On a fine acicular Schorl matrix.
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region  Namibia (2007)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.8 × 3 cm = 2.0” × 1.5” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 0.3 cm = 0.9” × 0.1”

 

Beryl (variety aquamarine)

ED74E9: A dramatic floater made up of a group of prismatic, brilliant crystals with sharp faces. Near the ends are clear colorless areas that contrast with the intense blue of the rest of the crystals, some of which are doubly-terminated. The esthetics of the specimen, as you can see in the photo, is exceptional.
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region  Namibia (2003)

Specimen size: 7.8 × 7.4 × 4.5 cm = 3.1” × 2.9” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 0.7 cm = 1.7” × 0.3”

Beryl (variety aquamarine). Beryl (variety aquamarine).

 

Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite and Schorl
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite and Schorl. Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite and Schorl. Rear
Rear

EA72G5: Very beautiful group of prismatic crystals, some of them doubly-terminated, very clear and of an excellent color and luster, with Albite and Schorl.
Nyet Bruk, Braldu Valley, Baltistan  Pakistan (05/2005)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 6.2 × 1.8 cm = 3.4” × 2.4” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 7.2 × 1.5 cm = 2.8” × 0.6”

 

Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite and Schorl

EV21K3: Magnificent! This aquamarine crystal is doubly terminated and complete with its upper part completely transparent and with growth channels and inclusions of Tourmaline (Schorl) on the lower. The terminations are very different. The main one, in which there is a small group of Albite, is formed by a transparent pinacoid and small pyramid faces, and the lower has an irregular pave due to recrystallization. The color is extraordinary as well as the transparency and luminosity.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 25 in number 2012/1
Nyet Bruk, Braldu Valley, Baltistan  Pakistan (05/2005)

Specimen size: 12.6 × 3.5 × 3.3 cm = 5.0” × 1.4” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 11.9 × 3.5 cm = 4.7” × 1.4”

Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite and Schorl. Front
Front
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite and Schorl. Rear
Rear
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite and Schorl. Top
Top
Beryl (variety aquamarine) with Albite and Schorl. Bottom
Bottom

 

Beryl (variety emerald) on Calcite
Beryl (variety emerald) on Calcite. side
side
Beryl (variety emerald) on Calcite. front
front
Beryl (variety emerald) on Calcite. Top
Top
Beryl (variety emerald) on Calcite

DX99Q8: Sharp Emerald crystal, completely transparent, bright and with a deep and uniform color. Its termination is more complex than usual, due to the presence of the dominant face of a pinacoid and the faces of two pyramids, one of them bevels the edge between the prism and the pinacoid and the other bevels the corners showing triangular forms. It is on a matrix with a rhombohedral crystal of Calcite.
The sample is from the J.S. White collection, whose label we’ll send to the buyer. A definitive specimen.
The photo of this Emerald was published in the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ number 98, on its front cover and on page 43

La Pita mining district, Municipio Maripí, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department  Colombia (12/2006)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3.1 × 3 cm = 1.3” × 1.2” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

 

Beryl (variety emerald) on Calcite

TA96E4: Very elegant with such transparent crystals. The main crystal is doubly terminated and has a good accompaniment of other smaller ones. They are all nicely positioned on the matrix of Calcite crystals. A clean specimen.
La Pita mining district, Municipio Maripí, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department  Colombia (11/2003)

Specimen size: 5 × 4.5 × 2 cm = 2.0” × 1.8” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 0.5 cm = 1.5” × 0.2”

Beryl (variety emerald) on Calcite. Beryl (variety emerald) on Calcite.

 

Beryl (variety emerald) doubly terminated
Beryl (variety emerald) doubly terminated. Front
Front
Beryl (variety emerald) doubly terminated. Top
Top
Beryl (variety emerald) doubly terminated. Bottom
Bottom

TE90D6: This extraordinary specimen brings together all the features that any collector would dream of in an Emerald: perfection, intense color, transparency, doubly terminated, a large crystal, and on matrix. The matrix of a small amount of Pyrite on Calcite has a form, size and general look that sets the fabulous crystal off nicely. So in summary as good as the photos suggest.
La Pita mining district, Municipio Maripí, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department  Colombia

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.8 × 1.8 cm = 2.0” × 1.5” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 5.1 × 1.1 × 1 cm = 2.0” × 0.4” × 0.4”

 

Beryl (variety heliodor)

EZ16: Madagascar is a pegmatite rich country. From this richness once in a while they find some of the best Heliodor Beryls in the world. The form is perfect and the intense golden color makes them among the best known. We have managed to obtain an extraordinary specimen: doubly terminated, a floater, gem, damage free, and as you can see in the photo with a fabulous color. A gem mineral collector's dream!
Ikalamavony, Matsiatra, Fianarantsoa  Madagascar (2001)

Specimen size: 5 × 1.4 × 0.9 cm = 2.0” × 0.6” × 0.4”

Beryl (variety heliodor). Front
Front
Beryl (variety heliodor). Rear
Rear

 

Beryl (variety heliodor)
Beryl (variety heliodor).

EA65E6: This is a floater, doubly terminated, very gemmy, and a pleasant golden color, as one would hope for in a Heliodor Beryl. Simply perfect.
Alto do Giz pegmatite, Equador, Parelhas, Seridó Oriental, Rio Grande do Norte  Brazil (2003)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 2 × 1.6 cm = 3.0” × 0.8” × 0.6”

 

Red Beryl

TM64: Well formed, with a excellent color, pretty good transparency, and well positioned on its matrix. A perfect example of the species.
Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah  USA (1997)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 6 × 5 cm = 3.3” × 2.4” × 2.0”

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

Red Beryl. Red Beryl.

 

Bixbyite with Topaz
Bixbyite with Topaz. Front
Front
Bixbyite with Topaz. Top
Top

EP64E6: Great Bixbyite with large crystal size, perfection, and good position on the matrix. There are also some small crystals of Topaz. In general we can say that it is among the best for the species. In fact it is a phenomenal specimen.
Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah  USA

Specimen size: 5.1 × 3.7 × 2.4 cm = 2.0” × 1.5” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”

 

Bornite

TC52C6: This specimen merits a careful description. Bornite crystals usually tends to be small, black, ugly and not very sharp. Well, this specimen shows is colorful nature due to an iridescent alteration of a thin covering, its crystals are pretty huge and extremely sharp for the species. You can appreciate its beauty in the photo. Plus the specimen is a floater with a small Bornite crystal just on the top corner of the specimen. Just great!
65 Mine, level 60, Dzhezkazgan  Kazakhstan (2002)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 2.3 × 2.2 cm = 2.0” × 0.9” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.9”

Bornite.

 

Brochantite
Brochantite. Brochantite.

TK89AB2: A novelty at Tucson 2015. Fibrous Brochantite is very well known at Milpillas mine but this sample has an aggregate, on matrix, of short and thick idiomorphic crystals with very well defined faces and edges and chisel like well-terminations. In our opinion, the world's best for the species for their definition, crystal size, as well as their color and luster and, in general, very high quality.
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora  Mexico (07-08/2014)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 5.8 × 2.3 cm = 2.4” × 2.3” × 0.9”

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

 

Brochantite with Chrysocolla and Atacamite

ED97AE3: A novelty at Munich 2016. Until now a poorly known mine, the Brochantite forms sprays of finely acicular crystals with a very intense silky luster and a very vivid color. They are with darker small Atacamite crystals and are on a Quartz (variety chalcedony) matrix coated by botryoidal Chrysocolla growths. Very aesthetic for the contrast of the Brochantite with the Chrysocolla.
This sample has been photographed and published as a novelty in Munich 2016 in the magazine Le Règne Minéral number 132, page 43, the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ on page 148 in the volume 48, number 1 (January-February 2017) and in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 54 of the 2014/02 edition.
Los Azules Mine, Quebrada San Miguel, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region  Chile (11-12/2015)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 4.3 × 2.6 cm = 2.8” × 1.7” × 1.0”

Brochantite with Chrysocolla and Atacamite. Brochantite with Chrysocolla and Atacamite.

 

Brookite with Albite
Brookite with Albite.

ML66E9: A perfect miniature. The crystal is doubly-terminated, transparent, and the color, while at first it looks brown, also shows flashes of lively red. The fine matrix of Albite adds an elegant touch.
Zard Mountain, Ras Koh Mountains, Kharan, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2004)

Specimen size: 1.5 × 1.3 × 1 cm = 0.6” × 0.5” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.7 cm = 0.6” × 0.3”

 

Brookite on Quartz with inclusions

EB16G1: A very, very special specimen. We must underline the big size of crystals and their magnificent disposition on a matrix of Quartz crystals with inclusions. On the base of the main Brookite crystals are some other Brookite crystals. All have complete terminations. A definitive piece.
Zard Mountain, Ras Koh Mountains, Kharan, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2005)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.7 × 7.1 cm = 1.5” × 1.5” × 2.8”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 2.1! cm = 1.0” × 0.8”

Brookite on Quartz with inclusions. Front
Front
Brookite on Quartz with inclusions. Rear
Rear
Brookite on Quartz with inclusions.

 

Brookite with Quartz
Brookite with Quartz. Front
Front
Brookite with Quartz. Side
Side
Brookite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Brookite with Quartz. Top
Top

EJ76H8: The sample is really splendid, both for its crystallization and its esthetics. Crystals are tabular, elongated and have very well defined and sharp faces and edges. On the sample there are also some small Quartz crystals. With reflected light it is possible to observe, at the same time, translucency, color and the typical dark inclusions of some Brookites.
Zard Mountain, Ras Koh Mountains, Kharan, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan)  Pakistan (2005)

Specimen size: 5 × 3 × 3.5 cm = 2.0” × 1.2” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 4.6 × 1.6 cm = 1.8” × 0.6”

 

Cafarsite

MV16E9: The Cafarsite crystal is large, quite complex, has perfectly defined faces and edges, and it combines the forms of the rhombohedron, octahedron, pyritohedron and cube. The Albite matrix adds to its esthetics. A great specimen with more brilliance and beauty than is usual for this rare species.
Cherbadung, Binntal, Wallis  Switzerland (±1986)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 1.8 × 2 cm = 1.3” × 0.7” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1.2 cm = 0.5” × 0.5”

Cafarsite. Front
Front
Cafarsite. Side
Side

 

Calcite
Calcite. Calcite.
Calcite. Calcite.
Calcite

SM27AB8: Aggregate on matrix of very transparent and bright Calcite crystals, some of them partially doubly terminated. A great English classic with an uncommon quality even for any locality in the world.
Bigrigg Mine, Bigrigg, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria  England, United Kingdom

Specimen size: 11.8 × 8.4 × 6.7 cm = 4.6” × 3.3” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 1.7 cm = 1.1” × 0.7”

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani

 

Calcite with inclusions of sand

EB36AC2: A French “super-classic”. Very large floater nodule with white, very well defined rhombohedral Calcite crystals that grew with inclusions of sand.
Bellecroix, Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France  France

Specimen size: 16.5 × 11 × 8.5 cm = 6.5” × 4.3” × 3.3”

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

Former collection of Alain Tuel
Calcite with inclusions of sand. Front
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Calcite with inclusions of sand. Rear
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Calcite with inclusions of sand.

 

Calcite on Dolomite
Calcite on Dolomite.

ET60E4: I think the photo says more than I can explain. The white crystals are not what they look like: they are Calcite, so don’t be mistaken. The brown ones are what they look like: Dolomite.
Roata Mine, Cavnic, Maramures  Rumania (2004)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.4 × 2.9 cm = 1.4” × 1.3” × 1.1”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

 

Calcite with Quartz, Dolomite and Chalcopyrite
Calcite with Quartz, Dolomite and Chalcopyrite

SF54AB4: Scalenohedral Calcite crystals with very acute polycrystalline terminations, with a pale pink color, on matrix with Quartz crystals, small twinned Chalcopyrite crystals and partially coated by white lenticular Dolomite crystals. Very esthetic and, as is the case so many specimens in this collection, the sample is of great quality for the locality.
Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania

Specimen size: 13.2 × 10.5 × 6 cm = 5.2” × 4.1” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 6.5 × 3.5 cm = 2.6” × 1.4”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Francesco S. Stoppani

Calcite with Quartz, Dolomite and Chalcopyrite. Front
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Calcite with Quartz, Dolomite and Chalcopyrite. Side
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Calcite with Sphalerite and Quartz
Calcite with Sphalerite and Quartz. Calcite with Sphalerite and Quartz.

EV16F2: Three lenticular Calcite crystals, with perfect form, the three upper faces of the rhombohedra very visible, and the prisms hardly developed at all. A very beautiful gem crystal of Sphalerite accompanies them, all on a matrix of Quartz.
Kangjianwan Mine, Shuikoushan ore field, Changning County, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2004)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.8 × 4 cm = 1.6” × 1.5” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 2.5 cm = 1.1” × 1.0”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

 

Carrollite with Calcite

T53G: Perfect / undamaged Carrollite crystal on Calcite.
Kamoya South II Mine, Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Congo DR (Zaire) (02 /2001)

Specimen size: 8 × 6.2 cm = 3.1” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 2 × 2.3 cm = 0.8” × 0.9”

Carrollite with Calcite. Carrollite with Calcite.

 

Cassiterite doubly terminated
Cassiterite doubly terminated.

AE46D5: Doubly terminated Cassiterite that is just as nice as the photo suggests. Well placed on a minor Mica-Quartz matrix and pretty gemmy.
Langcangjiang river area, Yunnan  China

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.2 × 1.8 cm = 1.1” × 0.9” × 0.7”

 

Cassiterite with Mica

PZ37C9: Black and white. But its luster, perfection and the nice soft white Mica give a great contrast... For me it is like a jewel with its unquestionable quality.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 5 × 4 × 3.5 cm = 2.0” × 1.6” × 1.4”

Cassiterite with Mica.

 

Doubly terminated Cerussite
Doubly terminated Cerussite. Front
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Doubly terminated Cerussite. Side
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EB89F1: A twin of two crystals, one of them doubly terminated, that are accompanied by other smaller ones. The b-pinacoid form dominates them which is why they are flat. The terminations have a large number of faces of various smaller prisms. The brilliance is excellent, the color is attractive, and the esthetics of the whole specimen is really great.
Shaft IX (Puit IX), Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1992)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.5 × 2.5 cm = 1.7” × 1.4” × 1.0”

Fluorescent long & short UV

 

Cerussite on smoky Quartz

EG56D1: So delicate! Like a flower on the smoky Quartz.
Bouzougar, Taouz, Erfoud, Er Rachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04-05/2003)

Specimen size: 6 × 3.5 × 2.7 cm = 2.4” × 1.4” × 1.1”

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

Cerussite on smoky Quartz. Cerussite on smoky Quartz.

 

Cinnabar on Dolomite
Cinnabar on Dolomite. Front
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Cinnabar on Dolomite. Cinnabar on Dolomite.

MB26E9: The crystals, formed of a sharp rhombohedron and terminated by small triangular faces of the pinacoid, have extraordinary definition, transparency and size. It is nicely positioned on a matrix of Dolomite. A great one. We should warn you that the back of the specimen has been cut with a saw to protect the Cinnabar crystals.
Chatian Mine, Chatian District, Fenghuang, Xiangxi Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2004)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 6 × 2.7 cm = 3.3” × 2.4” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.3 cm = 0.7” × 0.5”

 

Clinochlore (variety kämmererite)

MH90D4: Perfect gemmy crystals separately placed on their matrix. They are hard to get as perfect as this one, especially considering the mine is at the end of its working life.
Kop Krom Mine, Kop Daglari, Erzurum Province, Eastern Anatolia Region  Turkey

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4 × 3.3 cm = 2.2” × 1.6” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.4 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Clinochlore (variety kämmererite). Clinochlore (variety kämmererite).

 

Copper with Calcite
Copper with Calcite. Front
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Copper with Calcite. Side
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AE66M6: Arborescent growth of very well defined crystals (for the species) that also have good size. They are associated with Calcite crystals. The sample has very good quality for the locality, a classic for copper minerals.
We’ll send two labels to the buyer, Silvane’s label and a handwritten label, corresponding to the Folch Collection (num. 9060).
New Cornelia Mine, Ajo, Little Ajo Mountains, Ajo District, Pima County, Arizona  USA (±1965)

Specimen size: 6 × 5.3 × 3.1 cm = 2.4” × 2.1” × 1.2”

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

Fluorescent short UV

 

Copper

TM71C8: Very sharp individual Copper crystal perched on an esthetic matrix made up of other Copper crystals and partially covered by minor, but brilliant, Quartz crystals. An old classic as is proven by the label number: 334605 from the Swedish Museum of Natural
History
which is included with the specimen.
Lake Superior, Keweenaw County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 6.5 × 4.2 × 4 cm = 2.6” × 1.7” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.6 cm = 0.9” × 0.6”

Copper. Copper.

 

Copper
Copper. Front
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Copper. Rear
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Copper. Photo: Joaquim Callén
Photo: Joaquim Callén

MF98AC2: Large-sized dendritic growth with partially flattened and complex crystals with very well defined faces and predominant dodecahedral and octahedral forms. Due to both its size and its quality, we could define it as a “Museum sample”.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ number 01/2015, page 42
Calumet No. 1 Mine, Calumet Township, Houghton County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 29 × 11.3 × 2.2 cm = 11.4” × 4.4” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 2 cm = 1.8” × 0.8”

 

Copper with Cuprite

TW99L5: Well defined skeletal growth, with a very marked spinel-law twin, on a dendritic growth of small copper crystals. Both the base and the main crystal are partially covered by Cuprite. The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a novelty from Tucson 2008 in the magazine ‘Lapis’ on page 37, volume 33, number 4.
Itauz Mine, Dzhezkazgan, Karagandy Province  Kazakhstan (2007)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 3.1 × 0.7 cm = 2.8” × 1.2” × 0.3”

Main crystal size: 5.6 × 0.8 cm = 2.2” × 0.3”

Copper with Cuprite. Front
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Copper with Cuprite. Rear
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Copper with Cuprite
Copper with Cuprite.

M891D: Unbelievable esthetics. Spinel twined copper crystals with added branches. Everything covered by a thin coating of Cuprite which gives it a nice reddish color. It looks like a Spinel twin copper that received an electric shock! Sorry for the analogy but I'm so impressed that I cannot find a better way of describing it.
Itauz Mine, Dzhezkazgan, Karagandy Province  Kazakhstan (2001)

Specimen size: 11.2 × 6.3 cm = 4.4” × 2.5”

 

Malachite after Cuprite and Azurite

EG98AE2: Malachite pseudomorphous after Cuprite, one clearly dominant, beveled by the faces of the dodecahedron and with spherical Azurite aggregates. It is a nice miniature, an excellent French classic.
Chessy-les-Mines, Les Bois d'Oingt, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 1.8 × 1.3 × 1.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.5” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Malachite after Cuprite and Azurite. Front
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Malachite after Cuprite and Azurite. Top
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Devilline
Devilline.

EL86G5: Excellent miniature with very definite groups of crystals on matrix. Crystals are laminar and of a very good color and considerable size for this species.
Spania Dolina (Herrengrund), Banská Bystrica  Slovak Republic (06/2005)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.3 × 1.3 cm = 0.8” × 0.5” × 0.5”

 

Diopside

MA89E9: Doubly-terminated crystals of Diopside are not that common. In this case they occur in a large group of quite long subparallel crystals. The color, transparency and position on the matrix are also striking.
Konar Province (Kunar)  Afghanistan (2004)

Specimen size: 8 × 5.3 × 3.5 cm = 3.1” × 2.1” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 0.5 cm = 1.4” × 0.2”

Diopside. Diopside.

 

Dioptase with Calcite
Dioptase with Calcite.

ED37AC6: Very aerial aggregate of Dioptase crystals, one of them clearly dominant and doubly terminated. They are translucent, very bright and on a Calcite matrix. A perfect thumbnail.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia (±1975)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 1.6 × 1.5 cm = 1.1” × 0.6” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.7 cm = 0.6” × 0.3”

 

Dioptase

T49M: A sculptural esthetic and perfectly colored Dioptase on dolomite and calcite. An excellent specimen.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 4 × 3 cm = 1.6” × 1.2”

Dioptase.

 

Dioptase
Dioptase.
Dioptase.

MV99H1: The locality is uncommon. The group is consists of a lot of short prismatic crystals which have exceptional color and luster. It’s from a recent find in a forgotten place in which the former pieces hadn’t the same degree of quality.
Tantara Mine, Shinkolobwe, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Congo DR (Zaire) (06/2005)

Specimen size: 7.9 × 5.8 × 3.5 cm = 3.1” × 2.3” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

 

Dioptase

NE96D3: Top quality specimen. For its perfection, luster, crystal size, transparency, and contrast with its white Calcite matrix this Dioptase is a world class example of this very popular species.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 8 × 6 × 2.8 cm = 3.1” × 2.4” × 1.1”

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

Calcite low fluorescence long & short UV
Dioptase.
Dioptase.

 

Twinned Dolomite
Twinned Dolomite.
Twinned Dolomite

TD97D8: From the John Barlow collection, this perfect twin of two Dolomite crystals shows the degree of transparency and brilliance that has made the Dolomite from Eugui so famous. A very esthetic floater.
Asturreta Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (±1974)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.9 × 4.2 cm = 2.2” × 1.9” × 1.7”

 

Dyscrasite

MR86Z0: Aggregate of very aerial and very well-defined crystals with perfect terminations. The sample is of high quality, especially enhanced by the photography (you must consider the small size of the sample). From the type locality for the species.
The sample has been noted and photographed in the monograph ‘St. Andreasberg’ of the Mineralogical Record magazine (May-June 2017, pg. 359)
St. Andreasberg mining area, Goslar District, Harz, Lower Saxony/Niedersachsen  Germany

Specimen size: 1.8 × 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.7” × 0.4” × 0.3”

Type locality

Dyscrasite.

 

Bicolor Elbaite
Bicolor Elbaite.

TP46E2: Well, I think the photo says most of what I need to say about this one. It’s really very luminous and the colors are great – both the red at the base and the green near the top. The upper termination is very rich in faces and the base is re-crystallized. This was in Steve Smale’s collection, so we will send you his label.
Viadinho  Brazil

Specimen size: 3.5 × 1.1 × 0.8 cm = 1.4” × 0.4” × 0.3”

 

Elbaite

TP66H1: An elongated crystal, deep green colored, very transparent, bright, with all its faces perfectly preserved and growing on a thin pink prism, probably the product of the loss of the green portion once covering the pink stem. A very nice oddity.
Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (1994)

Specimen size: 4 × 0.6 × 0.6 cm = 1.6” × 0.2” × 0.2”

Elbaite.

 

Elbaite
Elbaite. Front
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Elbaite. Rear
Rear

TG31C5: Extremely nice, its geminness is evident just viewing the photo. Just add to that the fact that the base is recrystallized and that all its tips have a delicate reddish tint.
Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province  Afghanistan (2002)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 1.5 × 1.1 cm = 2.3” × 0.6” × 0.4”

 

Elbaite on smoky Quartz and Albite

MB6H3: An exceptional sample. A floating smoky Quartz crystal from which arises a magnificent prismatic crystal of Elbaite. It is transparent and clean and has an excellent termination and a better green color, with banded zones.
São Jose da Safira, Governador Valadares  Brazil (±1970)

Specimen size: 10 × 5.5 × 7 cm = 3.9” × 2.2” × 2.8”

Main crystal size: 5.5 × 0.7 cm = 2.2” × 0.3”

Elbaite on smoky Quartz and Albite. Front
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Elbaite on smoky Quartz and Albite. Side
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Elbaite on smoky Quartz and Albite.

 

Elbaite
Elbaite. Front
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Elbaite. Rear
Rear

MR96L7: A doubly terminated Elbaite crystal with multiple striations parallel to the main axis, and dissolution forms. One of the terminations is not evident but the opposite is multiple and has been modified by dissolution structures. Good transparency and we would like to emphasize the slight color gradation between reddish tones to greenish blue along the crystal.
Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±1990)

Specimen size: 10.7 × 2.5 × 2.2 cm = 4.2” × 1.0” × 0.9”

 

Elbaite

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VA27Y4: Good-sized crystal with finely striated prismatic faces and showing an excellent development of the rhombohedral terminal faces. The crystal is very bright and, in spite of its considerable thickness, shows a notable degree of transparency, especially notable when it is backlit with an intense light.
Minas Gerais,   Brazil (±1975)

Specimen size: 12.8 × 5 × 3.9 cm = 5.0” × 2.0” × 1.5”

Former collection of A. Mayor

Elbaite. Front
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Elbaite. Rear
Rear
Elbaite. Light behind
Light behind
Elbaite. Top
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Elbaite (variety rubellite)
Elbaite (variety rubellite). Front
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Elbaite (variety rubellite). Top
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MD37G9: The color, with deep mauve tones, is exceptional. Terminal faces consist of two rhombohedrons and they are very well defined and completely transparent.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 22 in number 2006/2.
Mokhovaya pegmatite, Malkhan, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia  Russia (2005)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.6” × 0.5”

 

Elbaite (variety rubellite)

VC88Y5: Single crystal with very well defined faces and edges, with a finely striated prism and a terminal pinacoid with small polycrystalline growths. The sample shows an excellent luster and a good transparency, with a clearer geometric color zoning on the terminal area. The rest of the prism has a very intense and uniform color, with the tone popularly well known as “pink bubble-gum”.
Pala District, San Diego County, California  USA (±1978)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 1.9 × 1.9 cm = 1.2” × 0.7” × 0.7”

Former collection of A. Mayor

Elbaite (variety rubellite). Front
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Elbaite (variety rubellite). Rear
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Elbaite (variety rubellite)
Elbaite (variety rubellite). Front
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Elbaite (variety rubellite). Rear
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Elbaite (variety rubellite). Top
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TM98J3: Group of three prismatic crystals, two of them doubly terminated. Definition of faces and edges is excellent as is the luster, but we specially note its color, extraordinarily intense, red with mauve shades and especially deep on the terminations.
Sosedka pegmatite, Malkhan (Malchan), Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), East Siberia Region  Russia (07-08/2006)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 1.7 × 1.2 cm = 1.7” × 0.7” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 4 × 1 cm = 1.6” × 0.4”

Minor fluorescence short UV

 

Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Feldspar

EB1K6: Translucent crystal of excellent color, very uniform, and perfectly terminated with the pedion and the three faces of the rhombohedron. It is implanted on Feldspar matrix, which is not very usual for the locality.
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California  USA

Specimen size: 4.4 × 2.8 × 2.5 cm = 1.7” × 1.1” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 4.4 × 2.7 cm = 1.7” × 1.1”

Feldspar fluorescent long & short UV
Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Feldspar. Front
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Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Feldspar. Rear
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Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Feldspar. Top
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Elbaite (variety rubellite)
Elbaite (variety rubellite). Elbaite (variety rubellite).

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EA96Z0: Parallel polycrystalline aggregate with good terminations, an excellent luster, and the particularly intense and deep color of the samples from the Jonas mine, one of the great classic localities for rubellite.
Jonas Mine, Itatiaia, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 13.1 × 7.3 × 3 cm = 5.2” × 2.9” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 1 cm = 1.7” × 0.4”

 

Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Schorl and Calcite

TB71E2: Very unusual with the Sphere of Elbaite at the top complete, brilliant, and well positioned on the Calcite matrix. The lower half of the specimen is complex: there is a thick crystal of Schorl that passes through the calcite and is terminated at its upper end. Around the Schorl is half a sphere of Elbaite, which while not complete is not broken either. Holding this all together is fibrous pink Elbaite. No one could say that this one is not original.
Palelni Mine, Khetchel Village, Molo Quarter, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan State  Burma (2003-2004)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 4.3 × 3.4 cm = 2.7” × 1.7” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2.7 × 2.5 cm = 1.1” × 1.0”

Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Schorl and Calcite. Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Schorl and Calcite.

 

Elbaite (variety watermelon)
Elbaite (variety watermelon).

TG48G5: Prismatic crystal with the typical a flat pinacoid termination. Very clear, shows a sharp zonation of the color, pink in the inner crystal and green-blue in the skin. Two little crystals below add a special esthetical beauty to the piece.
Santa Rosa Mine, Itambacuri, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (±1980)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 1.8” × 0.3” × 0.2”

 

Elbaite (variety paraíba)

TD46L1: Well defined and transparent Elbaite crystal, with excellent color, totally natural, more blue on the sceptered base. Terminal faces are well defined and with no damage. We would like to emphasize its form because these Elbaites from Paraíba, well-known for their excellent color, rarely are seen in complete crystals.
São José da Batalha, Salgadinho, Borborema, Paraíba  Brazil (±1992)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 0.8 × 0.8 cm = 1.3” × 0.3” × 0.3”

Elbaite (variety paraíba). Front
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Elbaite (variety paraíba). Front
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Elbaite (variety paraíba). Rear
Rear

 

Euchroite
Euchroite.

MD37I0: A magnificent miniature. The main crystal, of very good size and color, has perfect definitions of faces and edges, which is rare for the species.
Ľubietová (Libethen), Banská Bystrica  Slovak Republic (2001)

Specimen size: 1.6 × 1.3 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Type locality

 

Euchroite

EB36N9: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2009. Very well defined crystals of lenticular form of considerable size for the species. They are on matrix and have excellent color, very vivid. The sample is from a recent find in a new Slovakian locality that was only recently discovered.
This specimen was photographed and published as a novelty at the 2009 Ste. Marie Show in the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ number 88, page 29.
Farbište, Poniky, Slovenské Rudohorie Mountains, Banská Bystrica, Banská Bystrica Region  Slovak Republic (03/2009)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 1.9 × 1.3 cm = 1.1” × 0.7” × 0.5”

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

Euchroite. Euchroite.

 

Ferberite with Mica
Ferberite with Mica. Front
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Ferberite with Mica. Rear
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EH36F2: The great growth of the terminal faces of this group of brilliant crystals, with their very well-defined faces and edges, make this a very attractive aerial group.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2003)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 2.8 × 2 cm = 1.9” × 1.1” × 0.8”

 

Ferberite with Fluorite, Quartz and Pyrite

AX27M4: Doubly terminated Ferberite crystal, with an excellent brilliance, on a matrix of beveled Fluorite crystals with color zoning and partially covered by Quartz crystals.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.6 × 2.8 cm = 1.9” × 1.4” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.4 cm = 0.7” × 0.6”

Ferberite with Fluorite, Quartz and Pyrite. Front
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Ferberite with Fluorite, Quartz and Pyrite. Side
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Fluorapatite with Muscovite, Quartz and Dolomite
Fluorapatite with Muscovite, Quartz and Dolomite. Front
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Fluorapatite with Muscovite, Quartz and Dolomite. Side
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Fluorapatite with Muscovite, Quartz and Dolomite.

MJ87Q6: Very aerial aggregate of bright tabular crystals that have very well marked faces of a flat dypyramid, strong color zoning, darker on terminal faces and clearer on the dipyramid and prism, forming the “steer eye” as it is popularly known in Panasqueira. The piece is a complete floater and is especially elegant due to the esthetic growth of the group on the matrix of Muscovite.
It is from one of the last great finds in Panasqueira, the year 2003.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 3, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (11/2003)

Specimen size: 12.4 × 9.8 × 4.5 cm = 4.9” × 3.9” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 2.2 cm = 1.3” × 0.9”

Zoned fluorescence long & short UV

 

Fluorapatite with Siderite

TF9B6: Nice bluish crystals of good quality and luster, partially covered by Siderite. One example that shows why Panasqueira's Fluorapatite are famous worldwide.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 2, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (1978)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.7 cm = 1.3” × 1.1”

Fluorescent long UV

Fluorapatite with Siderite.

 

Fluorapatite with Albite and Muscovite
Fluorapatite with Albite and Muscovite. Fluorapatite with Albite and Muscovite.

MH96K7: A novelty from Munich 2007. We have had this Apatite analyzed and it is really Fluorapatite, as we guessed.
We offer this specimen with very sharp crystals, very esthetic, and displaying well on a white Albite matrix with minor Muscovite. Please note that the main crystal has a contact on its back side, looking incomplete for this reason.

Sapo Mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (07/2007)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 4.2 × 2 cm = 1.8” × 1.7” × 0.8”

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

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV

 

Fluorapatite with Albite

EY70G5: Magnificent group of short tabular crystals of an intense pink color and very bright, enhanced on a matrix of very clean and sharp crystals of Albite.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 29 in number 2006/1 and has also been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Mineralogical Record’ Jan-Feb 2016, page 60, volume 47, number 1
La Marina Mine, Municipio Pauna, Boyacá Department  Colombia (01/2005)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 2.6 × 2 cm = 2.1” × 1.0” × 0.8”

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

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorapatite with Albite.
Fluorapatite with Albite.

 

Fluorapatite with Cassiterite and Mica
Fluorapatite with Cassiterite and Mica.
Fluorapatite with Cassiterite and Mica. Fluorapatite with Cassiterite and Mica.

DA76E6: A novelty from China: in the Pingwu area, famous for Scheelite and Cassiterite, they have found some extraordinary Fluorapatite, which have very good color and, above all, very good crystal definition. In fact they look very similar to the famous Swiss ones, with the difference being that the Chinese ones are a deeper color. The paragenesis is also quite incredible: a matrix of delicate crystals of Mica with very brilliant Cassiterite. This specimen was photographed for the ‘what’s new at St Marie 2004’ section of the magazine ‘Le Règne Minéral’ and appears on page 50 of number 58. We will send the purchaser a copy of the magazine.
Also, it has been published in the book ‘China’, by Berthold Ottens, on page 420.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 11 × 8 × 3.5 cm = 4.3” × 3.1” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.2 cm = 0.8” × 0.5”

Fluorapatite extremely fluorescent long & short UV

 

Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite

EE86E6: A spray of crystals, well placed on the matrix of Stilbite. A very visual specimen.
Momim Akhada, Rahuri, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra  India (04-05/2004)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.5 × 2.9 cm = 1.9” × 1.8” × 1.1”

Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite.

 

Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite
Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite.
Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite. Fluorapophyllite-(K) with Stilbite.

JB64E2: One of the most beautiful specimens from the Jan Buma zeolite collection. The thin matrix supports a large group of Fluorapophyllite-(K) that has good color, is very transparent and stands well clear of the matrix. There are also some nice sprays of Stilbite. A real beauty. We will send the buyer Jan’s label.
Fursungi, Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra  India (±2001)

Specimen size: 11 × 6 × 3.5 cm = 4.3” × 2.4” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.6 cm = 0.8” × 0.2”

 

Fluorite

NB36AA3: Group of very transparent, bright and colorless crystals with the dominant cube faces clearly beveled by the dodecahedron.
Llamas Quarry, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 2.3 × 2.3 × 2.1 cm = 0.9” × 0.9” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.6” × 0.4”

Fluorite.

 

Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.

NP91AF6: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2017. An irregular aggregate of very sharp cubic crystals beveled by the faces of the dodecahedron. They are transparent, very bright, and have a very intense, uniform, deep violet-blue color. The matrix consists of Quartz and Calcite crystals. The “Coquera del Tubo”, a new collecting site at the Llamas locality, is now producing very high-quality specimens.
Llamas Quarry, Coquera del tubo, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Asturias  Spain (04/2017)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 6.6 × 3.9 cm = 2.7” × 2.6” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

 

Fluorite

LAF40: The best quality for the find.
Coquera del Liso, La Cabaña, Berbes mining area, Valdelmar, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Asturias  Spain (1993)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.5 cm = 2.2” × 1.8”

Fluorite.

 

Fluorite
Fluorite.

NA6D9: This floater specimen has deep sea blue crystals with good size and interesting form. Overall it is a good one.
La Viesca Mine, Reguerín II pocket, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias  Spain (12/01)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 6.5 × 2.1 cm = 2.8” × 2.6” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.9 cm = 1.6” × 1.5”

 

Fluorite with Muscovite and Dolomite

NT27AB8: Cubic Fluorite crystals with echeloned growths on the edges. They are translucent, with avery deep color, between marine blue and violet, and are on Dolomite matrix with small Muscovite crystals. The upper levels of Panasqueira are currently offering surprising and pleasant novelties, with samples that are very different from what has been known from this mine.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 0, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (11/2014)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.6 × 2.8 cm = 1.9” × 1.4” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.6”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Fluorite with Muscovite and Dolomite. Fluorite with Muscovite and Dolomite.

 

Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz.
Fluorite with Quartz.

MA99E9: These classic specimens are now difficult to find. Two cubes placed well apart on the matrix show perfectly the crystallographic form. The crystals are transparent and an attractive green, so they contrast well with the matrix of Quartz. The Fluorite crystals are undamaged, which is very rare for material from this mine.
Le Beix Mine, Saint-Germain-près-Herment, Herment, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme Department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France

Specimen size: 7.4 × 4.9 × 3.5 cm = 2.9” × 1.9” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.9 cm = 0.9” × 0.7”

Fluorite very fluorescent long & short UV

 

Octahedral Fluorite

TA58E1: Nice crystals of octahedral Fluorite on matrix. It is a good size, has good color, and shows good contrast with the Albite and Quartz matrix. It is difficult to get competitive specimens of these Fluorites as few are found and prices are high. I got this one from an old batch so it still has a good price-quality balance.
Planggenstock, Uri  Switzerland

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3 × 3.3 cm = 1.7” × 1.2” × 1.3”

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

Octahedral Fluorite. Octahedral Fluorite.

 

Fluorite with Pyrite and Calcite
Fluorite with Pyrite and Calcite. Fluorite with Pyrite and Calcite.

EH89G1: A group of cubic crystals very defined and with a magnificent luster. An especially intense green color, considerable clarity and locally covered by aggregates of Calcite with Pyrite. Among the best from this locality.
El Hamman, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (04/2005)

Specimen size: 10 × 7.5 × 6 cm = 3.9” × 3.0” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 2.7 cm = 1.3” × 1.1”

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV

 

Fluorite

EH88H6: A very balanced group of cubic crystals that have very sharp and bright faces and edges. The violet color is exceptionally intense and it even hides, due to its intensity, the magnificent transparency, visible under an intense spotlight. On the surface of some of the faces there are small crystals of Calcite.
The specimen has been published in the magazine ‘extraLAPIS’ on page 98, number 42, "Marokko".
Tounfit, Boumia, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2006)

Specimen size: 8.1 × 6.8 × 2.6 cm = 3.2” × 2.7” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 2 cm = 0.8” × 0.8”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorite. Fluorite.

 

Fluorite
Fluorite.
Fluorite.

TK16L1: Group of very sharp cubic Fluorite crystals, modified by octahedral triangular faces. Translucent to transparent and showing dark geometric zonations on vertices. Green color is specially intense. A great specimen.
Erongo Mountain, Usakos, Erongo Region  Namibia (2007)

Specimen size: 12 × 7 × 2.5 cm = 4.7” × 2.8” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.6 cm = 0.9” × 0.6”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

 

Fluorite on Mica and Quartz

AZ37D4: Transparent, perfection, position on the matrix, and the thin blue phantom line around the corners make it an attractive specimen.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2003)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.8 × 3.4 cm = 1.9” × 1.9” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2 cm = 0.9” × 0.8”

Fluorescent long UV

Fluorite on Mica and Quartz.

 

Fluorite with Quartz
Fluorite with Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite with Quartz. Side
Side

TP74AB7: Echeloned Fluorite crystals with the so called “Aztec pyramid” shape. They are completely transparent, very bright, have a very vivid, intense and uniform green color and are on a Quartz matrix. The sample is from a very recent find at a not yet well known Chinese locality. As usual with a lot of samples from this country, we hope its exact locality details will be known soon.
Youxi, Sanming Prefecture, Fujian Province  China (2015)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 6 × 5.3 cm = 2.7” × 2.4” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 5.3 × 5.2 cm = 2.1” × 2.0”

Fluorescent long & short UV

 

Fluorite

MA58L1: Group of cubic Fluorite crystals, with good transparency. They are modified by dodecahedron faces forming translucent bevels. Uniform and excellent green color that added to the transparency increases its beauty. As you can see in the picture, it is a very nice specimen.
Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2005)

Specimen size: 12 × 6.7 × 4.8 cm = 4.7” × 2.6” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 2.7 cm = 1.3” × 1.1”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Side
Side

 

Fluorite on Quartz (Opal)
Fluorite on Quartz (Opal).
Fluorite on Quartz (Opal).

EB69F0: An uncommon crystal form with a balance between the cube and the octahedron. The crystal has been made visible by dissolving some of the Quartz matrix (partially transformed into opal) with acid, which has been used carefully so that, unlike in so many other cases, this one looks quite natural.
Wushan, De'an, Jiangxi  China (2003)

Specimen size: 11.5 × 9.5 × 6 cm = 4.5” × 3.7” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 4.8 × 5 cm = 1.9” × 2.0”

Opale very fluorescent long & short UV

 

Fluorite with Quartz

EV98D1: A special specimen. The single ball with reddish color is very attractive, but also its matrix is different from the others we have seen: it is a kind of microcrystalline Quartz similar to a Chalcedony recovered by Opal. Plus a few small well-crystallized Quartz crystals are deposited on the ball. Funny and interesting in mineralogical terms!.
The specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Rocks & Minerals’ on page 299 in the volume 83, number 4 and in the magazine ‘Lapis’ on page 18, volume 35, number 10, Octubre 2010.
Mahodari, Nashik District (Nasik), Maharashtra  India (2003)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 4.2 × 1.7 cm = 2.9” × 1.7” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.7 cm = 0.7” × 0.7”

Opal fluorescent long & short UV
Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.

 

Forsterite (variety peridote)
Forsterite (variety peridote).

TB46F3: A real classic that is hard to find. It is gem quality, totally transparent, has magnificent color, and has perfectly defined faces and edges to the crystals
It comes with an old Scott J. Williams label.
St John's Island (Zebirget), Red Sea  Egypt

Specimen size: 1.4 × 1.2 × 0.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5” × 0.1”

 

Gold

TF92J3: Extraordinary miniature. The group, very aerial and esthetic, is formed by crystals of perfectly defined faces and edges and has hoppered growth on the areas corresponding to the octahedron faces. It is from a locality famous for producing the best gold crystals.
Colorado Quartz Mine, Colorado, Colorado District, Mother Lode Belt, Mariposa County, California  USA

Specimen size: 1.9 × 1.4 × 0.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.6” × 0.2”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Gold. Front
Front
Gold. Side
Side

 

Gold on Quartz
Gold on Quartz. Front
Front
Gold on Quartz. Rear
Rear

TC80G4: Very aerial group with typical flat crystals of Eagle's Nest Golds, especially numerous in this case, well-defined and of considerable size. With a nice Quartz matrix to add charm to the sample.
Eagle's Nest Mine, Sage Hill, Michigan Bluff District, Placer County, California  USA (2003)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.9 × 0.8 cm = 1.2” × 1.1” × 0.3”

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

 

Gold with Quartz

To see a larger 3D image please
click here or on the image

TB97X8: Very aerial aggregates of Gold crystals on Quartz matrix. The aggregates show the so-called ”herringbone” shape, with marked parallel growths of very sharp octahedral crystals, without deformation and perfectly visible on terminations. An excellent sample from a classic American locality.
Round Mountain Mine, Round Mountain, Round Mountain District, Nye County, Nevada  USA (±2007)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3.1 × 1.7 cm = 2.1” × 1.2” × 0.7”

Gold with Quartz. Front
Front
Gold with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Gold with Quartz. Gold with Quartz.

 

Gold on Quartz
Gold on Quartz. Front
Front
Gold on Quartz. Top
Top

TA102E1: The form is excellent, the color and brilliance very good, and for the locality it is a great specimen, as the gold specimens from this mine are normally not this attractive. So both people seeking a good gold and a different locality will like this one.
Golden mile, Kalgoorlie  Australia (2003)

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.7 × 2 cm = 1.4” × 1.1” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 1.7 cm = 1.1” × 0.7”

 

Gold (variety electrum) with Calcite

TF67AD5: A novelty at Tucson 2016. Very aerial aggregate rich (27% aprox.) in silver leafy Gold crystals (electrum variety), with finely saw-like edges and on a Calcite matrix. One of the best samples of that find.
R.J. Roberts lode, Willow Creek District, Pershing County, Nevada  USA (2015)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.3 × 1.4 cm = 1.8” × 1.3” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.3 cm = 0.3” × 0.1”

Calcite fluorescent short UV

Gold (variety electrum) with Calcite. Front
Front
Gold (variety electrum) with Calcite. Photo: Joaquim Callén
Photo: Joaquim Callén
Gold (variety electrum) with Calcite. Gold (variety electrum) with Calcite.

 

Grossular (hessonite) with Vesuvianite
Grossular (hessonite) with Vesuvianite.

AF86N2: Very aerial group of very transparent crystals of good color on fine crystals of Vesuvianite and on matrix.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec  Canada

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.4 × 1.6 cm = 1.4” × 1.3” × 0.6”

 

Grossular (variety hessonite)

MB77AA9: Aggregate of very transparent trapezohedral crystals with a very intense color. They are on matrix, are extraordinarily bright and have fine striations on their faces.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec  Canada

Specimen size: 5.1 × 4.7 × 1.7 cm = 2.0” × 1.9” × 0.7”

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

Grossular (variety hessonite). Grossular (variety hessonite).

 

Grossular
Grossular. Grossular.
Grossular.

MK60D3: Extremely gemmy Grossular well displayed on its matrix. Great luster!
Vesper Peak, Sultan Basin, Sultan District, Snohomish County, Washington  USA

Specimen size: 6.5 × 5.5 × 5 cm = 2.6” × 2.2” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 0.7 cm = 0.3”

 

Hematite

JT46G0: A floater group of laminar crystals which form multiple parallel growths. Both the brightness and the sharpness of the crystals are extraordinary.
The specimen is from an accredited collection. We'll send the label together the specimen.
Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region  Morocco (1993)

Specimen size: 6.7 × 4.9 × 0.5 cm = 2.6” × 1.9” × 0.2”

Hematite. Front
Front
Hematite. Rear
Rear

 

Hessite
Hessite.
Hessite.

EG27D1: An outstanding specimen. The most original Hessite I have ever seen. It looks like a complex latticework. This extremely rare silver telluride was found in the past just in collections of specimens from the Botés Mine. But that said, it is usually not that nice. However the delicate structure of this specimen creates something perfect which really is, due its beauty, top of the scale for this species. Minor crystallized Quartz is also present on the specimen as you can see on the detailed image.
Botés Mountains, Botés, Transilvania  Rumania (±1900)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 1.5 × 0.7 cm = 1.9” × 0.6” × 0.3”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.2 cm = 0.4” × 0.1”

 

Huréaulite with Rockbridgeite and Correianevesite

ML56I8: Group on matrix of short prismatic crystals of excellent color. They are bright and partially covered by small black crystals of Rockbridgeite and brownish crystals of Correianevesite. A recent study of the crystals from the Cigana Mine that in 2006 were identified as Reddingite has shown the discovery of the rare species Correianevesite. So, the old Reddingite from Cigana must be renamed as Correianevesite, being Cigana Mine, at Galiléia, the type locality. We’ll send a copy of the analysis of the original “Reddingite” to the buyer.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 14 in number 2007/2.
Cigana Mine (Jocão Mine), Conselheiro Pena, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais  Brazil (08-09/2006)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 3.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.5” × 1.4” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.2 cm = 0.4” × 0.1”

Type locality

Huréaulite with Rockbridgeite and Correianevesite.

 

Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) with Dolomite, Calcite and Quartz
Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) with Dolomite, Calcite and Quartz. Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) with Dolomite, Calcite and Quartz.

TF42AB6: Parallel aggregate of two laminar and very sharp Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce) crystals, between transparent and translucent, whose color is between salmon and orange and on a massive Calcite matrix with small Dolomite and Quartz crystal. Formerly classified as Bastnäsite-(Ce), the samples from Trimouns have been recently determined to be Hydroxylbastnäsite-(Ce)
Trimouns Mine, Luzenac, Ariège, Occitanie  France

Specimen size: 7.1 × 6.1 × 2.8 cm = 2.8” × 2.4” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

 

Inesite

TF76E0: A fan of Inesite crystals with a little bit of Natrolite and Xonotlite. As you can see in the photo, the color and brilliance are great, and it really is very esthetic.
Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (1998)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.7 × 2.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 0.9”

Inesite.

 

Jeremejevite
Jeremejevite. Front
Front
Jeremejevite. Rear
Rear

TX69S0: A novelty at Tucson 2011. Crystal with a very acute pyramidal polycrystalline termination. The crystal is transparent, bright and a deep sky blue color with slight violet shades. They are floaters with irregular surfaces, having had been formed in channels of dissolution in bigger crystals, now missing.
Ameib Farm 60 (Ameib Farm), Usakos, Karibib District, Erongo Region  Namibia (02-03/2010)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 1.5” × 0.3” × 0.3”

 

Kësterite and Mushistonite

EM17F0: Two rare species in one specimen. The Mushistonite coats a group of Kësterite crystals. The floater crystals of Kësterite are disphenoides, a crystallographic form that is not normally apparent, but which is very well defined in this case.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2003)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.9 × 1.8 cm = 0.8” × 0.7” × 0.7”

Kësterite and Mushistonite.

 

Kongsbergite (Mercury rich Silver)
Kongsbergite (Mercury rich Silver).
Kongsbergite (Mercury rich Silver).

NA68E1: In the classic mine of Las Herrerias recent activity has exposed an enriched zone where Silver was then found. These are similar to the samples found years ago, which are present in many of the most important museums worldwide. The latest specimens have a high (±10%) content of Mercury and some of them are on a matrix of red Jasper. Analysis has shown that they have a large amount of Chlorargyrite throughout the specimen. As is normal we will send the person that buys this one a copy of the analysis. This one is one of the best that they found, and it is very solid. So overall an outstanding specimen from the find.
Santa Matilde cut, Berja mining group, Las Herrerías, Almagrera Range, Cuevas del Almanzora, Comarca Levante Almeriense, Almería, Andalusia  Spain (08/99)

Specimen size: 5 × 5 × 1.5 cm = 2.0” × 2.0” × 0.6”

 

Lavendulan

N58ME1: In Spain people have found the most well defined crystals of Lavendulan known worldwide. As well as the good crystal definition, this one has a great color and has three associated minerals: Azurite, Conichalcite, and Pharmacosiderite
Dolores outcrop, Pastrana, Mazarrón-Águilas, Comarca La Alcarria, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (±1995)

Specimen size: 1.1 × 0.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.4” × 0.2” × 0.2”

Lavendulan.

 

Legrandite
Legrandite.

TJ14D3: We are proud to offer this superb Legrandite which stands upright on its matrix and is extremely sharp. A thumbnail collector's dream!
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico

Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.7 × 1.4 cm = 1.0” × 0.7” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.9 cm = 0.8” × 0.4”

 

Legrandite

TM42J3: Legrandite is an uncommon arsenate. In this specimen it forms a centered group, fan-shaped, of prismatic crystals with excellent terminations and extraordinary color and luster. They are on Limonite matrix.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico

Specimen size: 3.1 × 3 × 1.6 cm = 1.2” × 1.2” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.2 cm = 0.8” × 0.1”

Legrandite.
Legrandite.
Legrandite.

 

Legrandite
Legrandite. Legrandite.
Legrandite

TF53L5: This Legrandite is from the type locality for this species and, probably, could be one of the first samples found of this rare zinc arsenate. Good sized crystal, well defined, showing excellent luster and color. The upper termination is a contact with some traces of Limonite. On the right one can see a small Legrandite crystal with well defined faces and edges and perfect termination faces. On a Limonite matrix.
With a wide "pedigree" as the Evan James (Arizona) collection file and label shows, together with a previous old label. We'll send these labels to the buyer of the specimen.
Flor de Peña Mine, Lampazos (Lampazos de Naranjo), Municipio Lampazos (Lampazos de Naranjo), Nuevo Leon  Mexico (±1963)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.5 × 2.1 cm = 1.2” × 1.0” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1 cm = 0.8” × 0.4”

Type locality

 

Legrandite with Adamite

TA67AB5: Radial aggregates of acicular Legrandite crystals. They are very bright, with a very deep color and they have a morphology and matrix that is very unusual for samples from the Ojuela mine. The sample has been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico

Specimen size: 4.6 × 3 × 1.2 cm = 1.8” × 1.2” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.1 cm = 0.1” × 0.0”

Legrandite with Adamite. Legrandite with Adamite.

 

Malachite
Malachite.

TT27X4: Very esthetic and well marked botryoidal growth, on matrix, with the color brighter than usual, very uniform and with an excellent silky luster.
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Congo DR (Zaire)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 5 × 2.3 cm = 2.1” × 2.0” × 0.9”

 

Mimetite

T37GE9: In these crystals the prisms and the terminations have very contrasting surfaces. The faces of the prisms have a rough look due to multiple growth patterns, but the faces of the hexagonal pyramids which make up the terminations are flat and brilliant. The excellent yellow color, good esthetics and the fact that they are on matrix make it an outstanding specimen.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.3 × 2.4 cm = 1.2” × 0.9” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 0.6 cm = 0.9” × 0.2”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Mimetite.

 

Mimetite
Mimetite. Mimetite.

DF60E4: A good specimen with complete, luminous crystals that are well positioned on the matrix. It also has the form of "Mickey Mouse" in the main crystal with its two associated little crystals. Overall it is very neat and unusual.
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Qingyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (12/03)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.5 × 1.6 cm = 1.3” × 1.0” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

 

Mimetite

TA60D6: Like a tree this very unusual Mimetite grows on a thin matrix plate. So it shows off both its surprising form and is size and perfection. A really unique specimen – we have never seen another like it or even similar to it.
Shaft 5, level 8, Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 6.5 × 4 × 4 cm = 2.6” × 1.6” × 1.6”

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

Mimetite.
Mimetite.

 

Mimetite
Mimetite.
Mimetite.

KR76L9: An excellent Mimetite specimen showing well marked hoppered growth. Some of the crystals are doubly terminated and with an interesting and intense yellow color zoning, deepest in the central zone. The good brilliance and intense color contrast with the light and dark colors of the matrix. Really, really esthetic!
The specimen is from the James Catmur collection and we’ll send the label with it.
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan, Qingyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province  China (2003)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 6.3 × 4.4 cm = 3.3” × 2.5” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.4 cm = 0.5” × 0.2”

Former collection of James Catmur

 

Neptunite with Benitoite and Natrolite

TB79H1: A magnificent combination of the two uncommon species. Both the prismatic crystals of Neptunite and the flat crystals of Benitoite have very sharp well-defined faces and edges, with excellent terminal faces completely free of damage. Color and luster of both minerals are also excellent.
California State Gem Mine (Benitoite Gem Mine), Dallas Gem Mine area, San Benito River headwaters area, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California  USA

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.1 × 1 cm = 1.7” × 1.2” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.2”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Neptunite with Benitoite and Natrolite.

 

Olmiite with Xonotlite
Olmiite with Xonotlite. Front
Front
Olmiite with Xonotlite. Top
Top

EP96R1: Group of extraordinarily well defined crystals with a dominant orthorhombic prism. A large size for the species, they are translucent and bright and have an excellent reddish color, deeper than usual in this kind of sample. An exceptional specimen.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 45 in number 2011/1
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa (04/2010)

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

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

 

Pearceite T2ac with Proustite and Rhodochrosite

MA91AA9: Very aerial aggregate of very sharp Pearceite crystals (polytype T2ac). They are thick tabular, have a very well defined pseudohexagonal shape, are extraordinarily bright, are on a group of Proustite crystals and are on matrix, with Rhodochrosite. Both the Pearceite and Proustite, as well as the Rhodochrosite, have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the three analyses to the buyer. Even bigger Pearceite crystals exist, very few of them as aesthetic as this one.
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyón Province, Lima Department  Peru

Specimen size: 7.1 × 5.2 × 2.8 cm = 2.8” × 2.0” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Pearceite T2ac with Proustite and Rhodochrosite. Pearceite T2ac with Proustite and Rhodochrosite.
Pearceite T2ac with Proustite and Rhodochrosite.

 

Perovskite
Perovskite. Front
Front
Perovskite. Side
Side

MM67E9: This is a great specimen with the pseudo-cubic crystal on matrix. It shows a curious bumpiness caused by the combination of the pseudo-cube with the pesudo-dodecahedron, which is a crystal form we have seen before in this species. The luster is also excellent.
Perovskitovaya Mine, Zlatoust, Chelyabinsk Oblast  Russia (07/2004)

Specimen size: 3 × 2 × 2 cm = 1.2” × 0.8” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

 

Phosgenite with Cerussite

MF47M5: Group of very sharp crystals with clear terminations. The crystals are exceptionally transparent for the species and we note their luster and color. The group is on matrix with small crystals of Cerussite also partially covering some faces of the Phosgenite crystals. Very good esthetics.
Monteponi Mine, Iglesias, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Sardinia / Sardegna  Italy (1990-1995)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3 × 2.8 cm = 1.9” × 1.2” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.1 cm = 1.0” × 0.8”

Very fluorescent long & short UV

Phosgenite with Cerussite. Front
Front
Phosgenite with Cerussite. Side
Side

 

Phosphophyllite
Phosphophyllite.

EG66L9: A wonderful and complete Phosphophyllite floater, with an excellent color, brilliance and an unprecedented transparence. In one word: a gem. The specimen is from a find made in 1968 in Cerro Rico, not in the well-known Siglo XX Mine, but in the oldest Pailaviri Mine.
Pailaviri Mine, Krauser vein, Cerro de Potosí (Cerro Rico), Potosí City, Potosí Department  Bolivia (1968)

Specimen size: 1.3 × 1.2 × 0.5 cm = 0.5” × 0.5” × 0.2”

 

Platinum

EA51AA4: Floater aggregate of very sharp and bright Platinum crystals. They are cubic and slightly beveled by the dodecahedron. The sample is from one of the great classic localities for this native element, from which almost exclusively come well crystallized samples.
Talnakh, Noril'sk, Putoran , Taimyr Peninsula, Taymyrskiy Autonomous Okrug, Eastern-Siberian Region  Russia

Specimen size: 0.7 × 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.3” × 0.2” × 0.2”

Weight: 1.0 grams
Platinum. Front
Front
Platinum. Rear
Rear
Platinum. Side
Side
Platinum. Side
Side

 

Prehnite with Epidote
Prehnite with Epidote. Prehnite with Epidote.

TV66H3: A curved crystal of quality both for its size and sharpness and its detached position on the matrix with small prismatic crystals of Epidote. A classic Alpine specimen.
La Combe de la Selle, Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans, Le Bourg d'Oisans Comune, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (1998)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4 × 2.4 cm = 2.0” × 1.6” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2 × 2 cm = 0.8” × 0.8”

 

Pyrite with Hematite

MJ86D5: The perfection of the form, and so well placed on its minor Hematite pedestal... Just one minor ding on one of the bottom corners, but basically we can describe it as perfect on all its sides. Extremely eudral oldie!
Rio Marina, Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany  Italy

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3 × 3.4 cm = 1.4” × 1.2” × 1.3”

Pyrite with Hematite. Pyrite with Hematite.
Pyrite with Hematite.

 

Pyrite
Pyrite.

TM37AE9: Complex Pyrite crystal, very rich in faces, with a dominant octahedron, very bright and on matrix. A rarity at Milpillas, very interesting from a morphological point of view.
This specimen has been reviewed and published in the special "Milpillas" of the magazine ‘Lapis’ number 07-08/2017, page 35
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora  Mexico (04/2016)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.6 × 3 cm = 1.5” × 1.4” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 3.1 × 2.2 cm = 1.2” × 0.9”

 

Pyrite with Calcite

NA58G8: Splendid miniature, very esthetical. Pyrite growth as an elegant aggregate of cubic crystals lightly curved associated with globular formations of lenticular crystals of white Calcite. The piece represents a good reference of the species from Panasqueira.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 3, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (2004)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.5 × 1.5 cm = 1.8” × 1.4” × 0.6”

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

Pyrite with Calcite.

 

Pyrite octahedral
Pyrite octahedral. Pyrite octahedral.

CF67D6: Great brilliance and complex crystallography, with multiple combinations of cubes and octahedrons. It is a floater and as good as the photo suggests. Note the curious forms of the octahedral growth patterns that are present on all the front faces of the Pyrite.
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department  Peru

Specimen size: 8.4 × 8 × 9.5 cm = 3.3” × 3.1” × 3.7”

Main crystal size: 9 × 8 cm = 3.5” × 3.1”

 

Pyromorphite

NP6M3: A classic specimen from one of the most famous Spanish mineral localities. Group of crystals formed by the prism and terminal pinacoids. Prism faces show color zoning, darker at the base. These Pyromorphites, which are now very difficult to obtain, were collected in the early 20th century.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1920)

Specimen size: 1.6 × 1.3 × 0.9 cm = 0.6” × 0.5” × 0.4”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite.

 

Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.

N96EX3: Fine miniature, very aerial and esthetic, with crystals formed by a short prism and the pinacoide, with very well defined faces and edges and showing apple-green color and a very intense luster. Some of the crystals are doubly terminated. The sample is from the excellent, and already famous, find in 1997.
San Andrés Mine, Realces pocket (Victoria), Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (10/11-1997)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 2.5 × 1 cm = 1.5” × 1.0” × 0.4”

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

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

 

Pyromorphite

N86NQ7: Group on matrix of multiple subparallel growths of very acute elongated crystals, a very unusual habit at San Andrés, similar to the samples from El Horcajo. This kind of crystal which dominates, co-exists with another generation of darker but well-developed small crystals. A glory of the past, from one of the best pockets ever found at the San Andrés Mine.
San Andrés Mine, Del Tunel pocket, Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (11/1998)

Specimen size: 6.9 × 4.7 × 4.3 cm = 2.7” × 1.9” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.5 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.

 

Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite

RA50F8: A group of elongated crystals with the typical color for the locality, excellent brilliance, extraordinary crystal definition and good crystal size. A venerable label from S. Henson (London) accompanies it.
Bad Ems, Bad Ems District, Lahn Valley, Rhineland-Palatinate/Rheinland-Pfalz  Germany (±1920)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 2.2 × 2.1 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 0.9 cm = 0.7” × 0.4”

With handwritten note & record from the Folch Collection (duplicates)

Minor fluorescence long UV

 

Pyromorphite

E84J: During 2000 the most important mineral 'explosion' has been the Pyromorphite found in China. This comes from this exceptional find.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (05/2000)

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

Pyromorphite.

 

Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite. Top
Top

EP91K6: Polysynthetic growths of prismatic crystals with a very deep hollow termination. Color and luster are excellent.
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region  China (2004)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 2.1 × 1.8 cm = 1.7” × 0.8” × 0.7”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

 

Pyromorphite

ER88AD3: Druse of Pyromorphite crystals on a limonite matrix, with very well defined faces and edges, with an extraordinary color and luster, of the best quality for the locality. A French classic.
Mine des Farges, Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine  France

Specimen size: 6.2 × 3 × 4.2 cm = 2.4” × 1.2” × 1.7”

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

Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Side
Side
Pyromorphite.

 

Smoky Quartz with inclusions and Chlorite
Smoky Quartz with inclusions and Chlorite. Smoky Quartz with inclusions and Chlorite.
Smoky Quartz with inclusions and Chlorite.

TP92L0: An interesting novelty of Tucson 2008 due to the quality and locality. Group of deep smoky Quartz crystals, one of them clearly dominant and partially doubly terminated, with well defined faces and edges. Crystals are transparent with several inclusions. We particularly like one of the inclusions, located at the top of the main Quartz crystal, of snowy well defined white globular crystals, whose identity we can’t say.
Diamantina, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil (11/2007)

Specimen size: 11 × 10.5 × 5.1 cm = 4.3” × 4.1” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 8.2 × 2.7 cm = 3.2” × 1.1”

 

Quartz (variety amethyst) scepter

EQ27: Doubly terminated, sceptered on the first generation milky Quartz. Great architecture.
Don Nicolás Mine, Villa Rafael Benegas (Villa Benegas), Mina Clavero, San Alberto Department, Córdoba Province  Argentina (01-06/2000)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 3.4 × 3 cm = 2.0” × 1.3” × 1.2”

Quartz (variety amethyst) scepter.

 

Quartz (variety amethyst) "phantom"
Quartz (variety amethyst) "phantom". Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst) "phantom". Rear
Rear
Quartz (variety amethyst) "phantom". Top
Top

TF30L3: From a locality not yet well known by mineral collectors, the crystal presents a very curious flattened morphology, where two parallel prism faces have virtually disappeared. We would like to call your attention on the extraordinary transparency and the attractive distribution of intense violet cloudy forms inside the specimen.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ on page 22 in number 2008/2.
Antanimbaribe (Antany- Ambaribe), Antananarivo Province  Madagascar (2007)

Specimen size: 8.5 × 1.9 × 1.1 cm = 3.3” × 0.7” × 0.4”

 

Quartz (variety amethyst) with Hematite inclusions

TR93K1: Elegant group of Quartz (amethyst) crystals that form scepters and inverse scepters. They are bright and have a deep and uniform color and Hematite inclusions. We note that such large and high quality specimens from Tamil Nadu are very scarce and we feel happy to have the opportunity to offer this one.
Kakamunurle Quarry, Karur District, Tamil Nadu  India (09-10/2006)

Specimen size: 13.5 × 11.8 × 7 cm = 5.3” × 4.6” × 2.8”

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 0.6 cm = 1.7” × 0.2”

Quartz (variety amethyst) with Hematite inclusions. Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Hematite inclusions. Side
Side
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Hematite inclusions.

 

Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz. Rose Quartz.

TC96D9: Pink Quartz that has good color, in fact it is almost red. But the best feature of the specimen is the definition, as the upper crystals have perfect forms, which is unusual in this Quartz.
This was from the Luis Leite collection, so we will send Luis’ label to the person that buys it.
Galileia, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 6 × 2 × 2 cm = 2.4” × 0.8” × 0.8”

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

 

Red Quartz with Sphalerite

EJ38D5: Well, I feel that the photo says everything. Maybe I should just add that the matrix is not Quartz but Sphalerite with some well formed crystals. As is well known, the small white areas on the red crystals are a second generation of white Quartz.
Second Sovietsky Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (2001)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 6.5 × 6.4 cm = 2.6” × 2.6” × 2.5”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 0.7 cm = 1.3” × 0.3”

Red Quartz with Sphalerite. Red Quartz with Sphalerite.

 

Quartz
Quartz.

TP93E2: This red Quartz is an elegant floater with all the crystals doubly terminated and partially covered by a second generation of white Quartz. This is one of the most esthetic specimens of this type that we have seen.
Second Sovietsky Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (2003)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 7 × 5 cm = 4.1” × 2.8” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 6.2 × 0.5 cm = 2.4” × 0.2”

 

Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Tetrahedrite

MC27H1: A perfect thumbnail. The single rhombohedral crystal has an excellent transparency and a very deep color and it’s on a small matrix with three small Quartz crystals, very transparent and esthetically positioned.
Sweet Home Mine, Hedgehog pocket, Main Stope drift, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado  USA (09/1996)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.5 × 1.3 cm = 0.8” × 0.6” × 0.5”

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

Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Tetrahedrite. Front
Front
Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Tetrahedrite. Side
Side

 

Rhodochrosite with Tetrahedrite and Quartz
Rhodochrosite with Tetrahedrite and Quartz.

EX16G4: Splendid miniature from a now closed source. Color and the crystal definition are excellent. The group is very aerial, on matrix of Tetrahedrite with small Quartz crystals.
Sweet Home Mine, Corner pocket, Watercourse raise, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado  USA (09/1994)

Specimen size: 4 × 2.8 × 2.5 cm = 1.6” × 1.1” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.5 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

 

Rhodochrosite with Quartz

T980A: Rhodochrosite with Quartz, Tetrahedrite, Chalcopyrite and Fluorite. This Rhodochrosite is special because of the size and perfection of the crystal, and above all for the excellent position it has on the complex matrix (with four different associated minerals). A very 'showy' specimen which would display well in any cabinet.
Sweet Home Mine, Rivas pocket, Fluorite raise, Mount Bross, Alma District, Park County, Colorado  USA (1998)

Specimen size: 8 × 8 cm = 3.1” × 3.1”

Rhodochrosite with Quartz.

 

Rhodochrosite on Quartz
Rhodochrosite on Quartz.

MA16F0: The deep pink color of these sprays is very noticeable. The crystals are flattened rhombohedra that have a lenticular look. The base of small crystals of Quartz contrasts neatly with the Rhodochrosite.
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures  Romania (±1999)

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.8 × 1.5 cm = 2.2” × 1.9” × 0.6”

Type locality

 

Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Pyrite

SD87AC1: An extraordinary sample. An aggregate of rhombohedral Rhodochrosite crystals, one of them clearly dominant and very large for the species. The crystals, on matrix, are very well defined, coated by small crystals of Quartz, and they have a soft pink color in daylight and a very intense pink shade under any incandescent or LED lamp.
Cassandra Mines, Chalkidiki Prefecture, Macedonia Department  Greece

Specimen size: 14.5 × 11.3 × 8.9 cm = 5.7” × 4.4” × 3.5”

Main crystal size: 10 × 3.9 cm = 3.9” × 1.5”

Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Pyrite. Fluorescent light (day light)
Fluorescent light (day light)
Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Pyrite. Bulb light
Bulb light
Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Pyrite. Fluorescent light (day light)
Fluorescent light (day light)
Rhodochrosite with Quartz and Pyrite. Bulb light
Bulb light

 

Rhodochrosite
Rhodochrosite.

EE47G3: An excellent miniature. Crystals are scalenohedrons, clear and of a magnificent color. A classic.
N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province  South Africa

Specimen size: 2 × 1.9 × 1.3 cm = 0.8” × 0.7” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 0.5 cm = 0.6” × 0.2”

 

Rhodochrosite

ND27D4: Clean, perfect Rhodochrosite, aerial crystals with very good contrast with their black manganese oxide matrix.
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyón Province, Lima Department  Peru

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.5 × 2.9 cm = 1.8” × 1.4” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”

Rhodochrosite. Rhodochrosite.

 

Rhodochrosite
Rhodochrosite.

MC50G9: Crystals are rhombohedrons with very sharp faces and edges of a splendid size and we call your attention to its great color and the elegant grouping.
Manuelita Mine, Morococha District, Yauli Province, Junín Department  Peru (10/2005)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 3.7 × 3.7 cm = 2.1” × 1.5” × 1.5”

 

Rhodochrosite with Pyrite and Sphalerite

EL37P5: Rhombohedral crystals with a very well marked color zoning, deeper in the central area of each crystal. The matrix of Pyrite crystals makes the piece especially esthetic.
Manuelita Mine, Morococha District, Yauli Province, Junín Department  Peru (11/2008)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.6 × 3.1 cm = 2.5” × 2.2” × 1.2”

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

Rhodochrosite with Pyrite and Sphalerite. Rhodochrosite with Pyrite and Sphalerite.

 

Rhodochrosite with Tennantite-Tetrahedrite (Series)
Rhodochrosite with Tennantite-Tetrahedrite (Series). Rhodochrosite with Tennantite-Tetrahedrite (Series).
Rhodochrosite with Tennantite-Tetrahedrite (Series).

EM99AD9: A novelty at Ste. Marie 2016. Spheroidal and rosette aggregates of Rhodochrosite microcrystals that have a very vivid and uniform pink color. They are on matrix, with tetrahedral Tennantite-Tetrahedrite series crystals with very well-defined extraordinarily bright faces and edges. The sample has great quality for the locality and it is very different to the more common Rhodochrosite previously found there.
Quiruvilca Mine (La Libertad Mine), Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department  Peru (01-02/2016)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 6.3 × 3.9 cm = 2.9” × 2.5” × 1.5”

 

Rhodochrosite with Ferberite

AC66D4: Floater, complete, damage free, sweet red color, associated with Ferberite, Pyrite, and Mica, and the more important point: it is unusual. Only a few specimens are found from time to time at the Yao-gan-xian Mine and it is rare that they are damage free and esthetic.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 5 × 3.2 × 1.4 cm = 2.0” × 1.3” × 0.6”

Rhodochrosite with Ferberite.

 

Rhodonite
Rhodonite. Front
Front
Rhodonite. Rear
Rear

TA56J6: Very nice miniature with excellent color and transparency and great esthetic due the Rhodonite crystals standing up on the white Calcite crystals.
San Martín Mine, Chiurucu (Chiuruco), Huallanca District, Bolognesi Province, Ancash Department  Peru (03/2007)

Specimen size: 2.1 × 2.1 × 1.6 cm = 0.8” × 0.8” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.7 cm = 0.5” × 0.3”

 

Rhodonite

MA51K6: Group of flattened Rhodonite crystals of excellent color and luster. We especially note the intensity of the color, nearer to red more than pink, which is characteristic of the July-August 2007 samples.
San Martín Mine, Chiurucu (Chiuruco), Huallanca District, Bolognesi Province, Ancash Department  Peru (07/2007)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 3.2 × 2.4 cm = 1.3” × 1.3” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.7 cm = 0.6” × 0.3”

Rhodonite. Front
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Rhodonite. Top
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Rhodonite with Quartz, Pyrite and Sphalerite
Rhodonite with Quartz, Pyrite and Sphalerite. Front
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Rhodonite with Quartz, Pyrite and Sphalerite. Side
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Rhodonite with Quartz, Pyrite and Sphalerite.

TW26L0: Excellent Rhodonite crystal groups on matrix. Very bright, flattened and of a magnificent color, more red than pink. Partially covered with small Quartz crystals.
San Martín Mine, Chiurucu (Chiuruco), Huallanca District, Bolognesi Province, Ancash Department  Peru (09/2007)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 6 × 4.8 cm = 2.7” × 2.4” × 1.9”

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

 

Rhodonite with Quartz and Pyrite

MK36K6: Group of flattened Rhodonite crystals of excellent color and luster with small crystals of Quartz and Pyrite. We especially note the intensity of the color, nearer to red more than pink, which is characteristic of the July-August 2007 samples.
San Martín Mine, Chiurucu (Chiuruco), Huallanca District, Bolognesi Province, Ancash Department  Peru (08/2007)

Specimen size: 8 × 5 × 3.7 cm = 3.1” × 2.0” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.5 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Rhodonite with Quartz and Pyrite. Front
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Rhodonite with Quartz and Pyrite. Front
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Rhodonite with Quartz and Pyrite.

 

Rosasite
Rosasite.

TQ66V5: Flattened botryoidal aggregate on limonite matrix, with intense and uniform bluish green color. As a curiosity we note that the nodule resembles vaguely the outline of USA.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico (2010)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 3.6 × 1 cm = 2.1” × 1.4” × 0.4”

 

Roselite

EZ76E6: A fine lacework of crystals of Roselite. The crystals are not large but the beauty...
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2004)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.2 × 2.2 cm = 1.5” × 1.3” × 0.9”

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

Roselite.
Roselite.

 

Beta-Roselite with Calcite
Beta-Roselite with Calcite. Beta-Roselite with Calcite.

EQ26E9: This is among the best we have seen, with excellent color and brilliance. To these great features we can add that it has excellent crystallization, with the lenticular crystals of Beta-Roselite stacked on the matrix and surrounded by light pink Calcite. We will give the purchaser a copy of the analysis of the Beta-Roselite, which we did because of its unusual appearance.
Arhbar Mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region  Morocco (2004)

Specimen size: 5.9 × 3.5 × 4.8 cm = 2.3” × 1.4” × 1.9”

 

Roweite with Olshanskyite

EF29AF8: Extraordinary crystals of Roweite of great size and quality for what has been known of this species and occurring on Olshanskyiite crystals. They are in groups of differentiated crystals of a light creamy color and tabular morphology, with defined faces and edges.
The quality of the specimens is undoubtedly superior to what was previously known, both for the individuality of the crystals and for their sharpness, but also for the size of the crystals and their association with first class Olshanskyiite, 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 analysis to buyers.
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia A.R.  China (04/2017)

Specimen size: 4.8 × 4.5 × 2.5 cm = 1.9” × 1.8” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Roweite with Olshanskyite. Roweite with Olshanskyite.

 

Rutile and Hematite
Rutile and Hematite. Front
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Rutile and Hematite. Rear
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EA66E2: Large, thick Rutile crystals oriented with the Hematite. This is a really beautiful floater.
Caí bom Mine, Novo Horizonte, Bahia  Brazil (02/04)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3.1 × 0.3 cm = 1.3” × 1.2” × 0.1”

 

Scheelite

EY97D1: Gemmy, pearly, colorless Scheelite just colored black in some zones. Perfect, sharp and standing upright on its matrix of Quartz partially covered by Calcite. An unusual, lovely, and gemmy Scheelite.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (2002)

Specimen size: 5 × 4 × 2.5 cm = 2.0” × 1.6” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.9 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Scheelite fluorescent long & short UV
Scheelite.
Scheelite.

 

Scheelite with Dolomite
Scheelite with Dolomite.

AE67M5: Parallel growth of sharp and bright dipyramidal crystals that contrast with the snowy white color of the Dolomite matrix. Great quality for the locality.
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2003)

Specimen size: 5.3 × 3.4 × 3.3 cm = 2.1” × 1.3” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.6”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

 

Scheelite on Muscovite

MJ38E0: The crystals are not that large but they are well defined, well positioned on the white Muscovite matrix, and thus give a good mix of quality and esthetics.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2002)

Specimen size: 10 × 6 × 3.3 cm = 3.9” × 2.4” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.6”

Extremely fluorescent short UV

Scheelite on Muscovite. Scheelite on Muscovite.

 

Scheelite with Beryl and Muscovite
Scheelite with Beryl and Muscovite.
Scheelite with Beryl and Muscovite.

EC64K8: Dipyramidal Scheelite crystal, of sharp faces and edges, intense brilliance and deep honey yellow color. On a Muscovite matrix and tabular Beryl crystals accompany it. This kind of specimen of especially high quality, as in this case, is increasingly scarce.
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province  China (2004)

Specimen size: 13 × 8 × 5 cm = 5.1” × 3.1” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 3.9 × 3.7 cm = 1.5” × 1.5”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

 

Schorl on Quartz

TJ3B6: From the latest find of excellent Namibian Schorl we selected this esthetics and brilliant specimen on white Quartz matrix that it is not too common in this find.
Davib East Farm 61 (Davib Ost Farm), Karibib District, Erongo Region  Namibia (07-08/2001)

Specimen size: 8 × 7 cm = 3.1” × 2.8”

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

Schorl on Quartz.

 

Shattuckite with Cerussite and Malachite
Shattuckite with Cerussite and Malachite. Shattuckite with Cerussite and Malachite.

MX76M5: “Nest” of botryoidal growths of Shattuckite of very deep blue color, on Quartz matrix, with small crystals of Malachite and Cerussite. Really beautiful!
Kandesei Mine, Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene Region  Namibia (2007)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4.6 × 4.9 cm = 2.5” × 1.8” × 1.9”

 

Silver with Calcite

EF87V7: Visually this sample seems like typical arborescent Silver, but it is a group of very well formed cubo-octahedral spinel-twinned crystals. An excellent miniature, a great classic.
Kongsberg mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud  Norway

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.2 × 1.5 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.6”

Silver with Calcite. Front
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Silver with Calcite. Rear
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Silver with Calcite.

 

Silver
Silver. Front
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Silver. Rear
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Silver. Top
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Silver.

TP87Z3: Aggregates of very elongated Silver crystals with very notable wire growths and with aggregates of small, very bright Quartz crystals. A great sample of a great European classic.
Kongsberg mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud  Norway

Specimen size: 4 × 4 × 2.8 cm = 1.6” × 1.6” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.3 cm = 0.7” × 0.1”

 

Wire Silver with Rhodochrosite

E441A: Better color for this wire Silver with Rhodochrosite and unusual dark brownish matrix of amorphous hydrated Manganese Silicate.
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyón Province, Lima Department  Peru (2001)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 2.5 cm = 1.8” × 1.0”

Wire Silver with Rhodochrosite.

 

Silver
Silver. Silver.

EX67I1: A great classic. The specimen is splendid, very esthetic and on matrix, with elongated crystals having acute terminations and well-defined faces (a rare feature with Silver specimens), and arborescent growths. Some very small green Sphalerite crystals appear on the tops of some of the Silver crystals.
Kongsberg mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud  Norway

Specimen size: 6.9 × 5.5 × 1.3 cm = 2.7” × 2.2” × 0.5”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.2 cm = 0.8” × 0.1”

 

Spessartine with smoky Quartz

DE66E4: Excellent color and brilliance in the Spessartine and the smoky Quartz is particularly transparent.
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China (2004)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.5 × 2.5 cm = 2.4” × 2.2” × 1.0”

Spessartine with smoky Quartz.

 

Spessartine with Feldspar and Mica
Spessartine with Feldspar and Mica. Spessartine with Feldspar and Mica.

EV17G9: Crystals are sharply developed trapezohedra and they have an excellent color and luster. The crystals grew on a matrix of Feldspar, probably Orthoclase, with small crystals of Mica.
The specimen has been published in the book ‘China’, by Berthold Ottens, on page 468.
Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province  China (2004)

Specimen size: 8 × 6.5 × 1.7 cm = 3.1” × 2.6” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Feldspar fluorescent long & short UV

 

Sphalerite with Dolomite

NK57K9: An excellent miniature of sharp faces and edges, with a very well defined twin. Excellent transparency, luster and color, which resembles honey. Crystals are partially covered by white Dolomite.
The specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Lapis’ on page 23, volume 36, number 7-8, July-August 2011 and on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section of the March 13, 2008 edition.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 2 × 1.5 × 1.3 cm = 0.8” × 0.6” × 0.5”

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

Sphalerite with Dolomite.

 

Sphalerite with Dolomite
Sphalerite with Dolomite.

NC60I6: Complex crystals of curved faces and edges, with excellent color and luster. With white Dolomite crystals.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 3.6 × 2.1 × 2.2 cm = 1.4” × 0.8” × 0.9”

 

Sphalerite

EM98D4: Have you ever seen anything like it? I have not! Like a walking stick, formed from a myriad of pseudoctahedral stalactitic Sphalerite crystals that makes a column of crystals complete (healed) on both sides. Are you looking for something different? Then this is it.
Second Sovietsky Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (2002)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 2.6” × 0.3” × 0.2”

Sphalerite. Sphalerite.

 

Sphalerite with Quartz
Sphalerite with Quartz. Sphalerite with Quartz.

TD27D8: The Sphalerites from China are very similar to the ones from Aliva, Spain, but normally people say that their transparency and brilliance is not as good. Exceptionally in a few cases the quality is very similar or maybe even better than the Spanish ones. That is the case with this beautiful specimen, and we believe that the photo clearly shows its great quality, and how it stands out from the white Quartz matrix.
The specimen has been published in the book ‘China’, by Berthold Ottens, on page 362.
Taolin Mine, Linxiang, Yueyang Prefecture, Hunan Province  China (2003)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4 × 3.5 cm = 2.0” × 1.6” × 1.4”

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

 

Twinned Spinel

MB37D8: The Myanmar Spinels are well known for their quality, color and transparency. We buy quite a few and from time to time we come across the rare cases where the Spinel is a twin. In this case the twin is very clear and its form very well defined. The color is also magnificent and it is accompanied by other un-twinned Spinel crystals that are also of a good color.
Pein-Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division  Burma (2003)

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.4 × 1.8 cm = 1.0” × 0.9” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.4 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV

Twinned Spinel. Twinned Spinel.

 

Spinel on Calcite
Spinel on Calcite. Spinel on Calcite.

M60GC9: This Spinel is not only gemmy, but also extremely clear, standing upright on top of the Calcite. The crystal is complete, although as the photo shows, one corner is less sharp (more rounded) than the rest of the crystal faces. The light passes through this crystal so easily that it almost seems to be attracted by it!
Mogok, Mandalay  Burma (09/97)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.4 × 2.3 cm = 1.2” × 0.9” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.1 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”

 

Spinel

TX68AC6: Floater aggregate of octahedral Spinel crystals that have parallel growths, are translucent, very bright and have a very intense and deep color.
Pein-Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division  Burma (2015)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3 × 2.7 cm = 1.6” × 1.2” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.5 cm = 0.7” × 0.6”

Spinel. Front
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Spinel. Side
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Twinned Stannite with Zinkenite
Twinned Stannite with Zinkenite. Front
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Twinned Stannite with Zinkenite. Side
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Twinned Stannite with Zinkenite. Bottom
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TA53G9: Twinned, giant (for the species) and sharp crystals of Stannite. It came from the finds of old miners in the famous San José Mine. The sample is exceptional both for the quality of Stannite and its esthetics and for the presence of acicular crystals of Zinkenite.
The specimen's photo has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Rocks & Minerals’ on page 460 in the volume 81, number 6, and in the magazine ‘extraLAPIS - English edition’ on page 31, number 12, "Bolivia".
San José Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department  Bolivia (10/2004)

Specimen size: 4 × 2.3 × 1.7 cm = 1.6” × 0.9” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.4 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”

 

Stibnite

EF37AC5: Radial aggregates of acicular Stibnite crystals. They are very bright and are with small Calcite crystals.
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures  Romania (±1970)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 7 × 2.7 cm = 3.3” × 2.8” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 3 × 0.2 cm = 1.2” × 0.1”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Stibnite. Stibnite.

 

Stibnite with Baryte
Stibnite with Baryte. Front
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Stibnite with Baryte. Rear
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Stibnite with Baryte.

EP74Y4: Divergent aggregate of very elongated acicular crystals. They are very bright and are with a group of white laminar Baryte crystals. An excellent Romanian classic, very esthetic.
Baia Sprie Mine, Baia Sprie, Maramures  Romania (1960-1970)

Specimen size: 19.5 × 7.2 × 7.1 cm = 7.7” × 2.8” × 2.8”

Main crystal size: 7 × 0.2 cm = 2.8” × 0.1”

Former collection of Uwe Niemeyer

Baryte minor fluorescence long & short UV

 

Titanite on Albite

TH27D9: An extraordinary specimen, which has two twinned crystals on matrix of white Albite. One of them has a very unusual form, they are perfect, and have absolutely no dings or even abrasions, which in this a small miracle given how aerial the crystals are and how difficult it normally is to get undamaged material from this region. On top of that they are very gemmy and the color is both more lively and appealing than is typical for these Titanites.
A photo of this specimen was used in our advert that appeared in the Extra-Lapis English edition on Pakistan-Afghanistan.
Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (±1988)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.5 × 3 cm = 1.7” × 1.4” × 1.2”

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

Titanite on Albite. Front
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Titanite on Albite. Top
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Titanite on Albite.

 

Topaz "Saramenha"
Topaz "Saramenha". Front
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Topaz "Saramenha". Top
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TD77G0: This single crystal is undamaged. Development of faces, both prism and the tip pyramid, is very good, with excellent color and brilliance.
Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 5.1 × 1.4 × 1 cm = 2.0” × 0.6” × 0.4”

Fluorescent short UV

 

Topaz with Lepidolite

EE97J5: Excellent sample, of nice color, rare on crystals of this size. It combines perfectly defined faces with others that have dissolution forms. The crystal is partially covered by small groups of Lepidolite. A high quality specimen, dignifying any fine collection.
Teixerinha Mine, Itinga, Minas Gerais  Brazil (06-07/2006)

Specimen size: 10.2 × 8.7 × 6.7 cm = 4.0” × 3.4” × 2.6”

Topaz zoned fluorescence short UV and Lepidolite low fluorescence short UV
Topaz with Lepidolite. Front
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Topaz with Lepidolite. Side
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Topaz with Lepidolite. Top
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Topaz with Albite
Topaz with Albite. Front
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Topaz with Albite. Rear
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Topaz with Albite. Top
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TR48Q1: Doubly terminated crystal whose terminations are very rich in faces. It is very bright and transparent and has the clear brown color typical of the locality. It is on an Albite matrix.
Yuno, Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)  Pakistan (2004)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 2.2 × 2.7 cm = 1.8” × 0.9” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 1.7 cm = 1.4” × 0.7”

Minor fluorescence short UV

 

Uvarovite

EY46D1: From the legendary Outokumpu Uvarovite Garnet locality comes this old timer. A sharp, well colored, single Uvarovite crystal, floater, and pretty huge for the species.
Mokkivaara Mine, Outokumpu  Finland (±1960)

Specimen size: 1.4 × 1.3 × 1.1 cm = 0.6” × 0.5” × 0.4”

Uvarovite.

 

Tourmaline (Group)
Tourmaline (Group). Front
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Tourmaline (Group). Top
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Tourmaline (Group). Bottom
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MV89G5: A floater crystal whose base is partially re-crystallized. It has beautiful color zones, with a clear contrast between the inner red zone red, and the skin which varies from green to yellow. The lower termination is especially complex.
Anjanabonoina, Betafo, Antsirabé  Madagascar (04/2005)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 1.8 × 1.5 cm = 1.3” × 0.7” × 0.6”

 

Uvarovite

TD49V4: A rich crystalline surface of dodecahedral crystals larger and more isolated than usual in such samples. They have very well defined faces and edges, a deep and intense green color and they are very bright and on matrix.
Saranovskii Mine, Saranovskaya (Sarany), Gornozavodskii, Permskaya Oblast', Middle Urals, Urals Region  Russia (2010)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 7.3 × 3.2 cm = 3.2” × 2.9” × 1.3”

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

Uvarovite. Uvarovite.

 

Uvite with Magnesite
Uvite with Magnesite.

EZ47K1: Esthetic group of crystals formed by the rhombohedron and a very short prism. The group is on a matrix of clear crystals of Magnesite.
Pomba Pit, Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia  Brazil (02/2007)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.3 × 2.2 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.9 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”

Fluorescent short UV

 

Valentinite with Pyrite
Valentinite with Pyrite
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EG27Y2: Fanlike growth of flat parallel crystals on a small matrix, with Pyrite. The Valentinite crystals have a considerable size for the species and are translucent, with a silky luster on the prism faces and more vitreous on terminations. An excellent miniature of great quality. The sample is from the Alfredo Petrov collection whose label we’ll send to the buyer
San José Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department  Bolivia

Specimen size: 2.8 × 2.2 × 2 cm = 1.1” × 0.9” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2 cm = 0.9” × 0.8”

Valentinite with Pyrite. Front
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Valentinite with Pyrite. Rear
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Vanadinite
Vanadinite.

A861B: Superb color and brilliance on this hyper esthetic specimen. It comes from an old find and I have been able to obtain it because of the new status of the Vanadinites.
ACF Mine area, Mibladen mining district, Mibladen, Midelt, Midelt Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (1994)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 6.5 cm = 3.7” × 2.6”

 

Vesuvianite

MC59R5: Fine and very beautiful miniature with prismatic crystals with sharp and very well defined faces and edges, and with excellent terminations. Very bright, some of the crystals are absolutely transparent and with excellent color, very deep and uniform. A classic miniature.
From the collection of Tiziano Bonisoli, of Torino, whose label number 7539 we'll send to the buyer.
Banchette, Bellecombe, Châtillon, Aosta Valley (Val d'Aosta)  Italy (1975)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.4 × 2.3 cm = 1.3” × 0.9” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 0.8 cm = 0.6” × 0.3”

Vesuvianite. Front
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Vesuvianite. Top
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Doubly terminated Vesuvianite
Doubly terminated Vesuvianite. Front
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Doubly terminated Vesuvianite. Top
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Doubly terminated Vesuvianite

TM67H3: The specimen, as accompanying label shows, is of the 19th century. Crystal is a complete floater and doubly terminated, very transparent and having a darker color zone in one of the terminations. It is from the Steve Smale collection.
Bellecombe, Châtillon, Aosta Valley (Val d'Aosta)  Italy (±1850)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 1.1 × 0.7 cm = 1.4” × 0.4” × 0.3”

 

Vesuvianite

ME39AA8: Aggregate of elongated crystals, one of them doubly terminated, bright, with very well defined faces and edges, with a greenish-yellow color and mauve colored phantom growths in the center of each crystal. Samples of Vesuvianite from Asbestos of this quality are now very scarce since the reservoir is flooded.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec  Canada (1999)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3.1 × 1.4 cm = 1.3” × 1.2” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 1.3 cm = 1.3” × 0.5”

Vesuvianite.

 

Chromium-rich Vesuvianite
Chromium-rich Vesuvianite.

TE76E2: The great Jeffrey Quarry in Asbestos, Canada is now closed, so we don't expect to get any more fine material from there in the future. In the last few days of its glorious history the Jeffrey Mine nevertheless gave us one small pocket with extremely intensely green Chromium rich Vesuvianite: this specimen on matrix with sharp crystals comes from this pocket.
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec  Canada (05/02)

Specimen size: 2.2 × 2 × 1.6 cm = 0.9” × 0.8” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 0.5 cm = 0.5” × 0.2”

 

Vivianite

TA11E7: I have never before offered Vivianites on my web site. This is because I have always worried that its sensitivity to light and humidity might mean that as time passes a client might have problems with the specimen. In this case I have chosen to add it as both the matrix it sits on, with is absence of sulfides, and the formation where they are found mean that it is very likely to be stable for years to some.
So now that I have added these warnings, I will just point out the perfection, size, and transparency of this one, as well as the fact that it is on matrix. All these factors mean that it would compete with the best examples of this species. A top quality specimen.
Tomokoni Miine, Machacamarca District, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosí Department  Bolivia (07-08 / 2003)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 3.9 × 3.2 cm = 3.7” × 1.5” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 7.4 × 2.4 cm = 2.9” × 0.9”

Vivianite. Front
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Wulfenite
Wulfenite. Front
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Wulfenite. Side
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TQ53F3: Prismatic crystals of Wulfenite are not very common. In this case the sharpness of the prism is very good, elongated, and with excellent color and brilliance. The main crystal also has another crystal of interpenetrated Wulfenite on one side of it. It is all on a perfectly sized matrix.
Erupción Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 2.6 × 2.8 × 3 cm = 1.0” × 1.1” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.7 cm = 0.8” × 0.7”

 

Wulfenite with Calcite

TB96AE9: Very aerial pair, on a limonite matrix, of laminar Wulfenite crystals with sharp and very well defined faces and edges, between transparent and translucent, with a very intense orange color. Partially coated by white small Calcite crystals. An excellent thumbnail with a rare shape for the locality.
Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 3.1 × 1.7 × 1.8 cm = 1.2” × 0.7” × 0.7”

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

Wulfenite with Calcite. Wulfenite with Calcite.

 

Wulfenite
Wulfenite.

MC17D5: Good color and shape, damage free, floater. Good combination for this oldie.
Erupción Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua  Mexico

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.8 × 2.2 cm = 1.9” × 1.5” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.5 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”

 

Wulfenite with Dolomite

MB39AA9: Single very sharp dipyramidal Wulfenite crystal. It is translucent, very bright, has orange shades and it is on matrix, with small Dolomite crystals. A splendid miniature, a classic from Tsumeb.
The specimen has been published in the magazine ‘Mineral Up’ in the special "Wulfenites of the Caroline Martaud Collection" on page 27, number 2013/1
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.3 × 4.1 cm = 1.7” × 1.3” × 1.6”

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

Former collection Caroline Martaud (Wulfenites)

Wulfenite with Dolomite. Wulfenite with Dolomite.

 


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