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It is my intention to show, through my photographs, my point of view of the beauty of minerals, and I hope to add to that a point of charm, that touch of magic that minerals awaken in all those who view them with delight and admiration.

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China

Gold with Quartz  

 

 

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

TR76AJ9
Very aerial and elegant group of Gold crystals with the well-defined crystalline forms of the octahedron and the dodecahedron. They are elongated, some of them with “window” and skeletal growths and some laminar forms.

Dongbeizhai Mine, Songpan, Ngawa Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province
China

2014-2015

Weight: 7.4 grams

Specimen size: 2.4 × 2.3 × 1.1 cm = 0.9” × 0.9” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.4 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

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  Helvine with Spessartine and Chlorite

Tongbei, Yunxiao, Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province
China

±2004


Specimen size: 3.6 × 3.3 × 3.1 cm = 1.4” × 1.3” × 1.2”

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

Order
Helvine with Spessartine and Chlorite. Helvine with Spessartine and Chlorite.

MR26AJ9
Different from Helvine crystals from other Chinese provenances, these are isolated, sharp and formed by the positive and negative rhombohedron, with the color between dark honey brown and yellow distributed in zones. They are on a matrix coated with orange trapezohedral Spessartine crystals and leafy aggregates of Chlorite. The Helvine has been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer.

  Helvine with Spessartine and Chlorite

Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz  

 

 

Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz  
Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz. Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz.
Sphalerite with Galena and Quartz.

TV50AJ9
Very well known in mineral collecting the beauty of these complex Sphalerite crystals never ceases to amaze us. They are translucent, very bright and with a very deep color, on a matrix coated bay small Quartz crystals and cubo-octahedral Galena crystals with very well defined faces and edges.

Tongren Mine, Tongren, Tongren Prefecture, Guizhou Province
China


Specimen size: 14.5 × 10.4 × 8.3 cm = 5.7” × 4.1” × 3.3”

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

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  Pyromorphite

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

2012


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

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

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

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

  Pyromorphite

Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite  

 

 

Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite  
Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite with Plumbogummite. Rear
Rear

TR91AJ9
One of the attractive aspects of the sample is the contrast between the dark crystalline matrix and the pale shades of the elongated Pyromorphite crystals, a lot of them doubly terminated, with hollow terminations and partially coated and replaced by Plumbogummite of a pale blue color.

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

01/2015


Fluorescent short UV

Specimen size: 5.2 × 5.2 × 3.9 cm = 2.0” × 2.0” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1 cm = 1.0” × 0.4”

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  Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite

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

02/2014


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

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

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

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

  Plumbogummite with Pyromorphite

Octaedral Fluorite with Quartz, Calcite and Dolomite  

 

 

Octaedral Fluorite with Quartz, Calcite and Dolomite  
Octaedral Fluorite with Quartz, Calcite and Dolomite. Front
Front
Octaedral Fluorite with Quartz, Calcite and Dolomite. Side
Side

MP88AJ9
A very well balanced sample which spotlights their transparency and the luster and diaphaneity of the octahedral Fluorite crystals beveled by the dodecahedron and the cube, and the right matrix with Quartz, Calcite and Dolomite.

Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
China

2014


Specimen size: 6.4 × 3.2 × 5.3 cm = 2.5” × 1.3” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2 cm = 1.0” × 0.8”

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  Fluorite with Quartz

Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
China

2015


Fluorescent long & short UV

Specimen size: 12.5 × 7 × 4.6 cm = 4.9” × 2.8” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.7 cm = 1.6” × 1.5”

Order
Fluorite with Quartz. Fluorite with Quartz.

MP89AJ9
Another demonstration of the morphological and chromatic diversity to which the Chinese Fluorites accustomed us. In this case a group of cubic crystals that are transparent, bright, with a deep green color and strategically placed on a group of Quartz crystals with recrystallizations and partially coated by equant Calcite crystals.

  Fluorite with Quartz

Hematite with Quartz  

 

 

Hematite with Quartz  
Hematite with Quartz. Hematite with Quartz.
Hematite with Quartz.

TL68AJ9
The sample is especially attractive due the contrast between the thin and sharp forms of the rosette aggregates of the laminar Hematite crystals, very bright, and the rounded outlines of the aggregates of white Quartz crystals with the “artichoke-like” shape.

Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
China

2013


Specimen size: 9.5 × 3.1 × 5.2 cm = 3.7” × 1.2” × 2.0”

Order

  Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite

Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
China

2014


Specimen size: 11.2 × 3.5 × 4.8 cm = 4.4” × 1.4” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 9.7 × 3.1 cm = 3.8” × 1.2”

Order
Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite. Front
Front
Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite. Side
Side
Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite.

EV97AJ9
Perhaps simply Quartz but it has a surprising variety of forms and morphological changes, with parallel growths on the scepter terminations, dipyramidal, with a short prism (in some cases those faces are nonexistent or poorly visible and such crystals have sometimes been erroneously described as β-Quartz). The Quartz group is very rich in inclusions and partially coated by small, white Calcite-Dolomite crystals.

  Quartz with inclusions, Calcite-Dolomite and Magnetite

Ilvaite with Quartz  

 

 

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

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

Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
China

10/2010


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

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

Order

  Fluorite

Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
China


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

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

Order
Fluorite. Fluorite.

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

  Fluorite

Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite  

 

 

Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite  
Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite. Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite.
Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite. Roweite with Olshanskyite, Magnetite and Andradite.

EA89AJ9
If the variation is pleasant, what better than this association of four species, two of them (Roweite and Olshanskyite) very rare? The Roweite is in aggregates of laminar crystals of great size and quality for what has been known for the species, and it is on matrix, with very sharp, clear and colorless Olshanskyite crystals, small Andradite crystals and octahedral Magnetite crystals. The Roweite crystals are neatly differentiated and have well defined faces and edges with a light creamy color. The quality of these specimens is undoubtedly superior to what was previously known, both for the individuality of the crystals and for their sharpness, but also for their association with first level Olshanskyite crystals, which makes them deserving to be in the best private collections and museums. We have analyzed samples to confirm the identity of the different species and we’ll send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.

Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
China

04/2917


Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.6 × 4.1 cm = 2.5” × 1.8” × 1.6”

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  Roweite with Olshanskyite and Magnetite

Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
China

04/2017


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

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

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

  Roweite with Olshanskyite and Magnetite

Calcite  

 

 

Calcite  
Calcite. Calcite.

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

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

± 2002


Fluorescent long & short UV

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

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

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  Acanthite

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

08/2016


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

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

Order
Acanthite. Acanthite.
Acanthite.

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


  Acanthite



Asia (excl. China) - Australia

Twinned Cerussite  

 

 

Twinned Cerussite  
Twinned Cerussite. Front
Front
Twinned Cerussite. Rear
Rear

TH96AJ9
We must especially note the esthetic quality of this kind of floater Cerussite aggregates forming multiple twins of very sharp crystals that are between laminar and tabular, transparent, very bright and more neat and perfect than most of the samples from this locality.

Nakhlak Mine, ↓180 m., Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province
Iran

03/2016


Fluorescent short UV

Specimen size: 4.1 × 3.5 × 2.7 cm = 1.6” × 1.4” × 1.1”

Order

  Twinned Cerussite

Nakhlak Mine, ↓180 m., Madan-e Nakhlak, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province
Iran

03/2016


Fluorescent short UV

Specimen size: 4.4 × 4.2 × 2.6 cm = 1.7” × 1.7” × 1.0”

Order
Twinned Cerussite. Front
Front
Twinned Cerussite. Rear
Rear

TJ17AJ9
We must especially note the esthetic quality of this kind of floater Cerussite aggregates forming multiple twins of very sharp crystals that are between laminar and tabular, transparent, very bright and more neat and perfect than most of the samples from this locality.

  Twinned Cerussite

Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite and Hemimorphite  

 

 

Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite and Hemimorphite  
Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite and Hemimorphite. Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite and Hemimorphite.

MK87AJ9
Very aerial and esthetic arborescent and flattened growth of Willemite crystals after Descloizite, partially coated by small barrel-shaped Mimetite crystals, a lot of them doubly terminated, with an intense reddish yellow color.

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

08/2015


Fluorescent short UV

Specimen size: 7.6 × 5.4 × 5.3 cm = 3.0” × 2.1” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 3.2 × 3 cm = 1.3” × 1.2”

Order

  Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite

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

08/2015


Fluorescent short UV

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

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

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

MH46AH3
Seen and unseen, these samples that appeared at the Munich Show in 2015 are currently a rarity. They form arborescent growths of Willemite crystals pseudomorphous after Descloizite and have partial coatings of small barrel-shaped Mimetite crystals with an intense orange color.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section, report 49, May 7, 2018 edition.

  Willemite after Descloizite with Mimetite

Mimetite with Calcite  

 

 

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

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

Gowd Mine, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province
Iran

08/2015


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

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

Order

  Anglesite after Creussite

Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales
Australia


Intense fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4.6 × 3.6 cm = 2.5” × 1.8” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.5”

Order
Anglesite after Creussite. Front
Front
Anglesite after Creussite. Rear
Rear

EH37AI6
A Broken Hill Anglesite with the special appeal of the ancient (the “oldies”) samples. The Anglesite has completely pseudomorphed a group of flattened Cerussite crystals with a coralloid aspect and that have a white color with pinkish shades.
The sample is from the René Hubin collection whose label we’ll send to the buyer with other two old labels that were with it.

  Anglesite after Creussite

Lazurite with Calcite and Escapolite (Group)  

 

 

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

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

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

Scapolite Fluorescent long & short UV

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

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

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Mexico

  Pyrite

Concepción del Oro, Municipio Concepción del Oro, Zacatecas
Mexico


Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6.2 × 3.7 cm = 3.0” × 2.4” × 1.5”

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

Order
Pyrite.

TE37AI9
A floater group of pyritohedral crystals without minor forms, with very well-defined faces and edges, very bright and partially coated by growths of calcite microcrystals. The specimen is from a locality where good Pyrite specimens are not so common.

  Pyrite

Azurite  

 

 

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

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

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

12/2013


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

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

Order

  Malachite after Azurite

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2009


Specimen size: 3.4 × 3 × 2 cm = 1.3” × 1.2” × 0.8”

Order
Malachite after Azurite. Front
Front
Malachite after Azurite. Rear
Rear

TP16AI9
Pseudocrystals of Malachite after Azurite in parallel growth on a matrix of fibrous Malachite: bright, with very rich color.

  Malachite after Azurite

Doubly terminated Malachite after Azurite  

 

 

Doubly terminated Malachite after Azurite  
Doubly terminated Malachite after Azurite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Malachite after Azurite. Side
Side

TH16AI9
This is a single, sharp, doubly terminated floater of Malachite pseudomorphous after Azurite, apparently simple, but the polycrystalline growths are full of interesting details.

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2009


Specimen size: 4.2 × 2.3 × 1.9 cm = 1.7” × 0.9” × 0.7”

Order

  Malachite after Azurite

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2009


Specimen size: 9.1 × 5.8 × 5.3 cm = 3.6” × 2.3” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 5.4 × 3.1 cm = 2.1” × 1.2”

Order
Malachite after Azurite. Front
Front
Malachite after Azurite. Side
Side
Malachite after Azurite. Rear
Rear

TG99AI9
This is a group of pseudocrystals of Malachite after Azurite, one of them clearly dominant, with very well-defined faces and edges and a very deep color, partially coated by fibrous Malachite.

 

Cuprite  

 

 

Cuprite  
Cuprite. Cuprite.
Cuprite.

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

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2015


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

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

Order

  Brochantite

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2012


Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.5 × 4.6 cm = 2.0” × 1.8” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Order
Brochantite. Brochantite.

TL62AI9
Brochantite crystals from Milpillas are famous for their sharpness and generally excellent quality. Here we have a group of idiomorphic Brochantite crystals with well-defined faces and edges and chisel-like terminations. The specimen’s composition, with large crystals on matrix coated by smaller crystals, makes for fine aesthetics. In my opinion this locality produces the world’s finest Brochantite specimens.

  Brochantite

Brochantite  

 

 

Brochantite  
Brochantite. Brochantite.

TR88AI9
Brochantite specimens from Milpillas have won a well-deserved fame for their excellent quality. In this case, the idiomorphic crystals are elongated,with sharp faces and edges and a very deep green color; the matrix is partially coated by a later generation of brochantite, showing pale green fibrous crystals with satiny luster. In my opinion this locality offers the world’s best Brochantite as judged by crystal size and sharpness, deep color and high luster.

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

01/2015


Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.4 × 2.6 cm = 2.4” × 2.1” × 1.0”

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

Order

  Volborthite

Milpillas Mine, level 26, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

04/2015


Specimen size: 1.3 × 1.3 × 0.7 cm = 0.5” × 0.5” × 0.3”

Order
Volborthite. Volborthite.

EK57AI9
Milpillas Volborthite specimens are without doubt the world’s best: with their large crystal size and high luster they set a new standard for this rare species. This small specimen shows a rosette-shaped growth of flattened Volborthite crystals on matrix; the rosette is very sharp and deeply colored.

  Volborthite

Volborthite  

 

 

Volborthite  
Volborthite. Volborthite.

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

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2015


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

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

Order

  Volborthite

Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora
Mexico

2015


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

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

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

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

  Volborthite

Boleite with Atacamite-Paratacamite  

 

 

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

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

Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur
Mexico


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

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

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  Fluorite

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


Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo

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

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

Order
Fluorite. Fluorite.
Fluorite. Fluorite.

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

  Fluorite



Portugal

Fluorapatite with Quartz and Muscovite  

 

 

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

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

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

04/2017


Fluorescent long & short UV

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

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

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Europe

  Kermesite with Calcite

Kolársky vrch, Pezinok, Pezinok District, Bratislava Region
Slovak Republic

2005


Specimen size: 6.6 × 6 × 2.9 cm = 2.6” × 2.4” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 2 × 0.3 cm = 0.8” × 0.1”

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Kermesite with Calcite. Kermesite with Calcite.
Kermesite with Calcite.

EP69AJ6
Radial and fan-like aggregates of acicular Kermesite crystals. They are extraordinarily bright and have an intense deep red color, on matrix with small white Calcite crystals.

  Kermesite with Calcite

Smithsonite with Calcite  

 

 

Smithsonite with Calcite  
Smithsonite with Calcite. Smithsonite with Calcite.

ME14AJ6
Fine and aerial botryoidal growth of rhombohedral crystals that are between yellow and orange, contrasting nicely with white Calcite coatings.

Kamaritza Mines, Lavrion Mining District, Attikí (Attica) Prefecture
Greece

±1985


Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.1 × 3.2 cm = 2.1” × 1.6” × 1.3”

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  Galena with Quartz

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

2017


Specimen size: 17.6 × 11.3 × 6.5 cm = 6.9” × 4.4” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 3.6 × 2.5 cm = 1.4” × 1.0”

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Galena with Quartz. Galena with Quartz.
Galena with Quartz.

EP40AI6
The well known aesthetics of the Kosovar samples enhance some minerals that are currently considered as “modest,” as is the case with this Galena that forms cubo-octahedral crystals that are twinned according to the spinel-law, some of them flattened, all them extraordinarily bright and on matrix with Quartz crystals.

  Galena with Quartz

Dolomite with Calcite, Pyrite, Arsenopyrite and Quartz  

 

 

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

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

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

1994-2002


Minor fluorescence short UV

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

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

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  Celestine with Sulfur

Machów Mine, Tarnobrzeg, Podkarpackie
Poland

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV. Phosphorescent

Specimen size: 12.2 × 9.6 × 6.8 cm = 4.8” × 3.8” × 2.7”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.1”

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Celestine with Sulfur. Celestine with Sulfur.

CA91AI6
Relatively common in the eighties the Celestine samples from Machov had a great success in the collectible mineralogical world due both for their strict mineralogical interest and the esthetic appearance of the crystals, elongated and transparent, often with smoky shades and extraordinarily bright. They are currently considered as classics of mineralogy and there are few samples for collectors. To all this we must add that the Celestine has the unusual property of being phosphorescent (during 1-2 seconds)

  Celestine with Sulfur

Ilvaite with Quartz  

 

 

Ilvaite with Quartz  
Ilvaite with Quartz. Front
Front
Ilvaite with Quartz. Rear
Rear

HD14AI9
This specimen represents a classic Italian locality for Ilvaite. It is one of the better known localities for the species, but only a very small number of specimens from it have ever been recovered and saved. The Ilvaite crystals, some terminated sharply on one end and less sharply on the other end, are highly lustrous. Small quartz crystals are associated.

Temperino Mine, Campiglia Marittima, Campigliese, Livorno Province, Tuscany
Italy


Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.5 × 2.1 cm = 1.4” × 1.4” × 0.8”

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

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  Pyromorphite

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


Minor fluorescence short UV

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

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

Order
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.

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

  Pyromorphite

Azurite  

 

 

Azurite  
Azurite. Azurite.

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

Rudabánya, Rudabányai Mountains, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén
Hungary


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

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

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FSU

  Calcite with Aragonite

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


Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV

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

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

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

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

  Calcite with Aragonite

Octahedral Fluorite with Pyrite and Quartz  

 

 

Octahedral Fluorite with Pyrite and Quartz  
Octahedral Fluorite with Pyrite and Quartz. Octahedral Fluorite with Pyrite and Quartz.

FF71AI9
An aesthetic group of octahedral Fluorite crystals with polycrystalline growths on the edges. The translucent Fluorite crystals have a very deep violet color, and they share their matrix with cubic Pyrite crystals and small Quartz crystals. The specimen is from a mine which went extinct many years ago.

Euro:640 / US$715 / Yen:75910 / AUD$1057

Akchatau Mine, Karaganda Region
Kazakhstan


Specimen size: 15.5 × 12.8 × 3.8 cm = 6.1” × 5.0” × 1.5”

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

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Africa (excl. Morocco)

  Beryl

Fianarantsoa Province
Madagascar


Specimen size: 8 × 3.1 × 3 cm = 3.1” × 1.2” × 1.2”

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Beryl. Front
Front
Beryl. Front
Front
Beryl. Side
Side
Beryl.

EX89AJ6
The sample, a single crystal, is a complete floater with an uncommon morphological appearance. It has a base with two opposite polycrystalline terminal areas and an enlargement of the crystal that finishes with a very acute pyramid. To the curiosity of the crystal shape we must add the attractive color, between green and yellow.

  Beryl

Rhodochrosite  

 

 

Rhodochrosite  
Rhodochrosite. Rhodochrosite.
Rhodochrosite.

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

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

2017


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

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

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  Scepter Quartz (variety smoky)

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

08/2010


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

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

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

  Scepter Quartz (variety smoky)



Brazil

Beryl (variety heliodor)  

 

 

Beryl (variety heliodor)  
Beryl (variety heliodor). Front
Front
Beryl (variety heliodor). Front
Front
Beryl (variety heliodor). Top
Top

TM54AJ6
The crystal, completely transparent, is very bright and very rich with pyramidal terminal faces. It is notable for its luster, its clarity and its intense yellow color. A small jewel we will send in the original Perkin’s box from the R.J. Noble collection, also containing the collection label on which it appears that it previously was in the Bob Sullivan collection.

Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais
Brazil


Former collection of Bob Noble

Specimen size: 3.1 × 0.3 × 0.8 cm = 1.2” × 0.1” × 0.3”

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  Quartz (variety smoky)

Minas Gerais
Brazil


Former collection of José Luis Vallecillo

Specimen size: 20.3 × 12.8 × 5.3 cm = 8.0” × 5.0” × 2.1”

Order
Quartz (variety smoky). Front
Front
Quartz (variety smoky). Rear
Rear

NF90AJ6
Very aerial polycrystalline growth of very bright and transparent crystals with sharp 'window' growths. An old Brazilian sample, a classic.

  Quartz (variety smoky)

Elbaite with Mica and Quartz  

 

 

Elbaite with Mica and Quartz  
Elbaite with Mica and Quartz. Front
Front
Elbaite with Mica and Quartz. Rear
Rear
Elbaite with Mica and Quartz. Top
Top

TF90AI2
The gemstone deposits of the Brazilian pegmatites will never cease to amaze us. This is the case with this specimen, rich in elongated crystals of Elbaite with a considerable variety of terminal forms (many recrystallized), a bright green color and in a Quartz matrix, and with leafy aggregates of a Mica which, according their violet shades, could be Lepidolite.

Araçuaí, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais
Brazil


Specimen size: 11.7 × 8.2 × 5 cm = 4.6” × 3.2” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 6.8 × 2 cm = 2.7” × 0.8”

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South America (excl. Brazil)

  Copper with Calcite and Malachite

Manto Cuba Mine, San Pedro de Cachiyuyo, Inca de Oro, Chañaral Province, Atacama Region
Chile


Specimen size: 7 × 4.5 × 3.4 cm = 2.8” × 1.8” × 1.3”

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Copper with Calcite and Malachite. Front
Front
Copper with Calcite and Malachite. Rear
Rear

MV37AJ6
Surely this ample offers the most classic image of what a native Copper sample should be, with delicate and very well balanced arborescent growths of crystals with rounded faces and edges and with the precise matrix to give it the necessary esthetic character.

  Copper with Calcite and Malachite

Beryl (variety emerald)  

 

 

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

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

Peñas Blancas Mine, Municipio San Pablo de Borbur, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department
Colombia


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

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

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  Pyrite

Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department
Peru


Specimen size: 8.6 × 6.2 × 4.8 cm = 3.4” × 2.4” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 3.7 cm = 1.7” × 1.5”

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Pyrite. Pyrite.

MC56AI9
The Pyrite crystals on this specimen are perfect examples of the pyritohedron form, and they are very sharp and bright.
The specimen is from the collection of Enrique Moës, whose label we will send to the buyer.

  Pyrite

Hutchinsonite with Orpiment and Pyrite  

 

 

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

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

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

03/2016


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

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

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  Arsenic

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

2008


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

Order
Arsenic. Arsenic.
Arsenic.

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

  Arsenic

Tetrahedrite (silver rich variety) with Chalcopyrite and Quartz  

 

 

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

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

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

± 1925


Former collection of John S. White

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

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

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