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On this page we have shown a good representation of the specimens that, because of their quality, rarity or interesting locality, we wish to maintain on our web site as reference specimens although they have been sold.

Baryte
Baryte.

TP16H3: Doubly-terminated prismatic crystal of neat and sharp faces and edges, having a deep amber color and on a little rocky matrix, which confers to it a special elegance. From a new locality not yet well known.
Elbrusskiy Mine, Elbrus Mountain, Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, Northern Caucasus Region  Russia (09/2005)

Specimen size: 5.4 × 2 × 1.3 cm = 2.1” × 0.8” × 0.5”

Tourmaline (Group)

TX47J3: This prismatic crystal has an extraordinarily intense color, red with mauve shades. It has a magnificent definition of faces and edges and also magnificent are the luster and transparency.
Sosedka pegmatite, Malkhan (Malchan), Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), East Siberia Region  Russia (07-08/2006)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 1.2 × 1 cm = 1.1” × 0.5” × 0.4”

Tourmaline (Group). Front
Front
Tourmaline (Group). Rear
Rear
Elbaite (variety rubellite)
Elbaite (variety rubellite). Front
Front
Elbaite (variety rubellite). Rear
Rear
Elbaite (variety rubellite). Top
Top

TX98Z3: Parallel growth of crystals with very well defined faces and edges, with perfect terminations, translucent, bright and with an exceptionally intense and deep color, red with mauve shades.
Malkhan (Malchan), Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), East Siberia Region  Russia (06-07/2013)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.6 × 2.4 cm = 1.4” × 1.0” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.4 cm = 0.9” × 0.6”

Elbaite (variedad rubellite) with Mica and Quartz

TE13H3: Magnificent color. Crystal is multiple prism but terminal faces, being complex, are less definite and bright. Note the esthetic position on the matrix of Mica and Quartz. Among the best samples from this locality.
Mokhovaya pegmatite, Malkhan (Malchan), Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), East Siberia Region  Russia (07/2003)

Specimen size: 7 × 4.1 × 5.3 cm = 2.8” × 1.6” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 6 × 3.6 cm = 2.4” × 1.4”

Elbaite (variedad rubellite) with Mica and Quartz. Front
Front
Elbaite (variedad rubellite) with Mica and Quartz. Side
Side
Elbaite (variedad rubellite) with Mica and Quartz. Top
Top
Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Albite
Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Albite. Elbaite (variety rubellite) with Albite.

MA98AA9: Single crystals with very well defined faces and edges, one of them clearly dominant. They are transparent, bright and with a very intense color, with deeper color zoning on the terminations. On Albite matrix, they have better transparency and luster than usual for the samples from this locality.
Lake Baikal area, Irkutskaya Oblast', Prebaikalia, Eastern-Siberian Region  Russia

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.2 × 2.5 cm = 2.1” × 1.7” × 1.0”

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

Fluorapatite

TR64H8: At first, due to the locality and the micaceous matrix, we thought it was Phenakite. The correct analysis indicates it is Fluorapatite. The crystal has well defined faces and edges and is on a black mica matrix.
Malyshevo, Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk), Sverdlovskaya Oblast', Middle Urals, Urals Region  Russia

Specimen size: 5.6 × 3.8 × 2.3 cm = 2.2” × 1.5” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 2.8× 2.6 cm = 1.1” × 1.0”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Fluorapatite. Front
Front
Fluorapatite. Top
Top
Grossular
Grossular. Grossular.

CG16D5: An eudral Grossular from the Wilui river, an area that is famous for the Wiluite species but that also provides great Grossulars such as this one.
Vilyui River Basin, Vilyuysky, Sakha Republic, Eastern-Siberian Region  Russia

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.5 × 2.6 cm = 2.2” × 1.8” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.5 cm = 0.7” × 0.6”

Doubly terminated Wiluite

FF9I0: A floater, doubly terminated and complete. It is formed by two prisms and a pyramid truncated by the pinacoid. A few years ago Wiluite was considered a variety but actually is now recognized as a species.
Vilyui River Basin, Vilyuysky, Sakha Republic, Eastern-Siberian Region  Russia (±1987)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2.1 × 2 cm = 1.1” × 0.8” × 0.8”

Former Oliete collection. Number 71, bought in 1987
Doubly terminated Wiluite. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Wiluite. Bottom
Bottom
Quartz (variety amethyst)
Quartz (variety amethyst).

M61DHA5: amethyst quartz with very aerial crystals and an unusual habit well positioned on the matrix.
Yakutia, Siberia  Russia

Specimen size: 7 × 5.5 × 6.5 cm = 2.8” × 2.2” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 3.9 × 3.5 cm = 1.5” × 1.4”

Gold (nugget)

HA29K6: The specimen is from a very uncommon locality. It is rounded but has diffuse crystalline forms on the back.
Achinsk, Territory Krasnoyarsk, Eastern Siberia  Russia

Specimen size: 1.8 × 1.1 × 0.8 cm = 0.7” × 0.4” × 0.3”

Gold (nugget). Front
Front
Gold (nugget). Rear
Rear
Platinum
Platinum. Front
Front
Platinum. Rear
Rear
Platinum. Top
Top

TC16N9: An exceptionally sharp Platinum crystal, floater, complete, with two other twined crystals. From the old good times for Russian material, pictures say everything : quality, luster and perfection.
We analyzed it and it is pure Platinum, we will send a copy of the analysis to the buyer of the specimen.
Konder, Aldan shield, Ayan-Maya District, Khabarovskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia

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

Sperrylite with Chalcopyrite

EM86Y5: Magnificent cubo-octahedral Sperrylite crystals that are very sharp, elongated, with very well defined faces and edges and on a Chalcopyrite matrix.
The sample is from the Michael Shannon collection, whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Talnakh, Noril'sk, Putoran , Taimyr Peninsula, Taymyrskiy Autonomous Okrug, Eastern-Siberian Region  Russia

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

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

Sperrylite with Chalcopyrite. Front
Front
Sperrylite with Chalcopyrite. Side
Side
Sperrylite with Chalcopyrite.
Cabriite with Sperrylite
Cabriite with Sperrylite. Front
Front
Cabriite with Sperrylite. Rear
Rear
Cabriite with Sperrylite. Top
Top

EB9G4: Magnificent! Extremely rare crystals of this scarce natural alloy of Palladium, Tin and Copper. The little crystals are on the backside of an elongated crystal of Sperrylite, very well defined and bright and enhanced by the metallic matrix.
Oktyabr'skoe deposit, Talnakh, Noril'sk, Putoran, Taimyr Peninsula, Taymyrskiy Autonomous Okrug, Eastern-Siberian Region  Russia (1997)

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

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

Matrix very fluorescent long & short UV
Crocoite with Vauquelinite

TP16J3: Crocoite occupies most of the specimen surface forming very plate crystals of extraordinary color and luster. Vauquelinite is, in the picture, at the right side and forms small but very well defined crystals of dark olive green color. The specimen is from the type locality and actually it is very difficult to obtain good samples from there today.
Berezovskoe Mines, Berezovskii, Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk), Sverdlovskaya Oblast', Middle Urals, Urals Region  Russia

Specimen size: 6.2 × 4.7 × 1.4 cm = 2.4” × 1.9” × 0.6”

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

Type locality

Crocoite with Vauquelinite.
Crocoite with Vauquelinite.
Crocoite with Vauquelinite.
Rutile with Calcite
Rutile with Calcite. Front
Front
Rutile with Calcite. Top
Top

TM26E4: I have never seen other Rutiles like this one. I do not know if other similar specimens exist, but I guess that if they do they would be from a "once and only" find. Everything about it is distinct; not just the form of the Rutile crystal but also the termination; and then on top of that the rather rare orange Calcite that hosts it.
Slyudyanskoe deposit, Lake Baikal area, Slyudyanka, Irkutskaya Oblast', Prebaikalia, Eastern Siberia Region  Russia

Specimen size: 3.5 × 2.8 × 1.5 cm = 1.4” × 1.1” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 0.7 cm = 1.1” × 0.3”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV
Andradite

EZ46F3: A new locality for Andradite that strangely has the same name (Asbestos) as the Canadian source. The dodecahedral crystals, which are very well developed, have edges that are chamfered. The color is deep and the brilliance is good. These characteristics make them notably different from Andradite from other localities.
Bazhenovskoe deposit, Asbest, Sverdlovskaya Oblast', Middle Urals, Urals Region  Russia (10/2003)

Specimen size: 7 × 5 × 2 cm = 2.8” × 2.0” × 0.8”

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

Andradite. Andradite.
Diopside with Prehnite
Diopside with Prehnite. Front
Front
Diopside with Prehnite. Top
Top

EA47Y0: Aggregate of bright and very well defined crystals with perfect terminations and very well marked phantom growths, with deep shades of color easily visible on terminations, and a clearer color on prismatic faces.
Bazhenovskoe deposit, Asbest, Sverdlovskaya Oblast', Middle Urals, Urals Region  Russia

Specimen size: 10.1 × 5.3 × 3.9 cm = 4.0” × 2.1” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 3.3 × 1 cm = 1.3” × 0.4”

Uvarovite

TR76V4: 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: 7.4 × 4.1 × 1.1 cm = 2.9” × 1.6” × 0.4”

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

Uvarovite. Uvarovite.
Titanite with Mica
Titanite with Mica. Titanite with Mica.

TP76D8: Large well defined undamaged crystals that are well positioned on the Mica matrix. Pleasing price-quality balance.
Dodo Mine, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Polar Urals, Western-Siberian Region  Russia

Specimen size: 4.9 × 4.4 × 2.8 cm = 1.9” × 1.7” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 2.9 × 1.1 cm = 1.1” × 0.4”

Brookite with doubly terminated Quartz

MF37X7: Very sharp laminar Brookite crystals, some of them with fractured edges, something very typical for Dodo mine samples. They are on a doubly terminated Quartz crystal, very rich with inclusions and with fibrous aggregates of an unidentified amphibole.
Dodo Mine, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Polar Urals, Western-Siberian Region  Russia (1998)

Specimen size: 8.2 × 6 × 3.5 cm = 3.2” × 2.4” × 1.4”

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

Brookite with doubly terminated Quartz. Front
Front
Brookite with doubly terminated Quartz. Side
Side
Anatase on Quartz
Anatase on Quartz. Anatase on Quartz.

E93AF: Free standing and well formed single crystal of Anatase with some other minor crystals as well. Very showy!
Lapcha Mine, Neroyka Mountain, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Polar Urals, Western-Siberian Region  Russia (1995)

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

Corundum with Anorthite and Phlogopite

EQ96F2: This crystal, which has well-defined contours, intense color and brilliance, has grown surrounded by Anorthite. It stands out from the darker matrix, which is very rich in Mica. The Mica has not been analyzed, but information on the locality suggests that it might be ferroan Phlogopite.
From the David Lucas collection, number 147, and we will give the buyer his label.
Rai-Iz (Raiz), Tyumenskaya Oblast', Polar Urals, Western-Siberian Region  Russia

Specimen size: 9.6 × 7.5 × 6 cm = 3.8” × 3.0” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.5 cm = 1.6” × 1.4”

Anorthite fluorescent long & short UV
Corundum with Anorthite and Phlogopite.
Corundum with Anorthite and Phlogopite.
Axinite-(Fe)
Axinite-(Fe). Axinite-(Fe).

TE29AH5: Very sharp, floater and complete Axinite-(Fe) crystal with very well defined faces and edges, completely transparent and with a good smoky color, very uniform.
We’ll send the sample in its original Perkin’s box from the R.J. Noble collection, also containing the collection label.
Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Polar Urals, Western-Siberian Region  Russia

Specimen size: 1.8 × 1 × 0.2 cm = 0.7” × 0.4” × 0.1”

Former collection of Bob Noble

Axinite-(Fe)

S170SA0: Brilliant, transparent and partially cover with Chlorite this is one of the Russian Axinite-(Fe) specimens which have gained wide acceptance as the best in the world.
Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Polar Urals, Western-Siberian Region  Russia (1995)

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

Axinite-(Fe).
Perovskite with Clinochlore
Perovskite with Clinochlore. Front
Front
Perovskite with Clinochlore. Side
Side
Perovskite with Clinochlore. Top
Top

EK68H1: Pseudocubic crystal with complex faces due to development of multiple pseudo-octahedral forms covering them. Crystal is very bright and is on a matrix of small crystals of Clinochlore.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘‘Mineral Up’’ on page 29 in number 2006/1.
Perovskitovaya Mine, Zlatoust, Chelyabinsk Oblast', Urals Region  Russia (11/2004)

Specimen size: 3 × 2.4 × 2.1 cm = 1.2” × 0.9” × 0.8”

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

Staurolite with Almandine

MX53AE6: Very elongated Staurolite crystals with dodecahedral Almandine crystals all on a leafy Muscovite matrix. The crystals are untwined, which is very unusual, and are very bright with a very deep brown color. Among the best from the locality.
The specimen has been photographed and published in the magazine ‘Paragιnesis’, number 01/2017, page 82 and in the magazine ‘Rocks & Minerals’ on page 347 in the volume 93, number 4, Jul/Aug 2018
Keivy Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast', Northern Region  Russia (±2000)

Specimen size: 17.8 × 12.2 × 3.2 cm = 7.0” × 4.8” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 5 × 1.4 cm = 2.0” × 0.6”

Staurolite with Almandine. Staurolite with Almandine.
Calcite
Calcite.

EM66D5: A beauty from Rudny, this twinned, clear, and sharp crystal shows the typical luminescence of the best specimens from this locality.
Rudny Altai, Kostanai Oblast  Kazakhstan

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.6 × 3 cm = 1.9” × 1.4” × 1.2”

Former Jan Buma collection. Number 921203
Chalcocite

TB36F2: The crystals are quite well-developed for this mineral species and they form a very aerial group, which has not been altered or coated in this fine sample.
Shaft 65, Dzhezkazgan  Kazakhstan

Specimen size: 4 × 2.8 × 2 cm = 1.6” × 1.1” × 0.8”

Chalcocite.
Bornite with Quartz
Bornite with Quartz.
Bornite with Quartz.

S177S: Very unusual crystals of Bornite on quartz - we have never seen another specimen with this crystallography from this locality. Well positioned on the quartz and esthetic.
Dzhezkazgan  Kazakhstan (1997)

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

Djurleite with Bornite and Quartz

ED89Y6: Finely striated polycrystalline Djurleite crystals. They are very bright and are with Bornite and on Quartz. This sample was sold by us some years ago and analyzed at that time, so, we’ll send a copy of this analysis to the buyer.
The specimen has been reviewed and published in the magazine ‘Lapis’ on page 11, volume 39, number 5, May 2014
Dzhezkazgan Mine, Shaft 57, level 180, Dzhezkazgan, Karagandy Province  Kazakhstan (1998)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 4.6 × 1.5 cm = 2.4” × 1.8” × 0.6”

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

Djurleite with Bornite and Quartz. Djurleite with Bornite and Quartz.
Sphalerite with Quartz
Sphalerite with Quartz. Sphalerite with Quartz.

EA88K8: Crystal with a very sharp tetrahedral habit, of well-defined faces and edges, uncommon with Sphalerite, and with flat faces without curvatures or striations. The color is quite good, so the crystal has an excellent contrast on the Quartz crystal martrix.
Dzhezkazgan  Kazakhstan

Specimen size: 8.7 × 7.5 × 5.4 cm = 3.4” × 3.0” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Azurite

EF14M2: Fine miniature. A floater formed by spherical aggregates of lenticular Azurite crystals with an excellent color and luster. The specimen is from a recent find (2007), pretty unusual since the secondary copper minerals from this mine are not well known.
Dzhezkazgan  Kazakhstan (2007)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.4 × 1.5 cm = 1.2” × 0.9” × 0.6”

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

Azurite. Front
Front
Azurite. Rear
Rear
Azurite with Malachite
Azurite with Malachite. Front
Front
Azurite with Malachite. Rear
Rear

EJ46M2: Groups of radiating to arborescent Azurite crystal growths contrasting with the Malachite pseudomorph after Azurite growths. The specimen is from a recent find (2007), pretty unusual since the secondary copper minerals from this mine are not well known.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Rivista Mineralogica Italiana’ on page 191 in number 2008/3.
Dzhezkazgan  Kazakhstan (2007)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 5.5 × 4.2 cm = 2.3” × 2.2” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.6 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Fluorite on Quartz

T16TWF6: The group of Fluorite crystals is a floater and is formed of octahedral crystals that have an Aztec pyramid outline. The violet color is so dark that it looks almost black, which is accentuated by the white Quartz matrix.
Akchatau, Karaganda Oblast  Kazakhstan

Specimen size: 8.2 × 6.8 × 2.5 cm = 3.2” × 2.7” × 1.0”

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

Fluorite on Quartz. Front
Front
Fluorite on Quartz. Rear
Rear
Octahedral Fluorite with Mica
Octahedral Fluorite with Mica.

TR17K9: Group of crystals with dominant octahedron and cube. Violet color and large size, on a layer of small Muscovite crystals.
Kara-Oba, Betpak-Dala (Bet-Pak-Dala) Desert , Karagandy Province  Kazakhstan

Specimen size: 9.4 × 6.7 × 6.2 cm = 3.7” × 2.6” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 5.9 × 5.7 cm = 2.3” × 2.2”


Copper

Copper with Cuprite

MB9E0: This comes from the great find of native copper made at the Itauz Mine. It is a very esthetic floater. There are small crystals of Cuprite among the Copper that add color and a special touch to the specimen.
Itauz Mine, Dzhezkazgan, Karagandy Province  Kazakhstan (06/03)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.5 × 0.3 cm = 0.8” × 0.6” × 0.1”

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

EC26F7: Good definition and good construction! The lengthening of the crystals and the branch- like structure reminds one of a bird's feather. Partially covered by Cuprite but underneath a brilliant copper color.
Itauz Mine, Dzhezkazgan, Karagandy Province  Kazakhstan (09/2003)

Specimen size: 4 × 2 × 0.8 cm = 1.6” × 0.8” × 0.3”

Copper

ER67AD8: Dendritic growth, very esthetic, of Copper crystals with perfectly well defined faces and edges and very visibly twinned according to the Spinel law.
Itauz Mine, Dzhezkazgan, Karagandy Province  Kazakhstan

Specimen size: 5.3 × 2.1 × 0.8 cm = 2.1” × 0.8” × 0.3”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.5 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Copper. Front
Front
Copper. Rear
Rear
Copper
Copper. Front
Front
Copper. Rear
Rear

TE88J5: The excellent specimen is very esthetic due to the large size of the main crystal, which is partially skeletal with very well defined faces and edges on an arborescent growth of small Cooper crystals.
Itauz Mine, Dzhezkazgan, Karagandy Province  Kazakhstan (09/2006)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 3.6 × 1.4 cm = 2.5” × 1.4” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 4.5 × 0.9 cm = 1.8” × 0.4”

Copper with Cuprite

TR67N4: Extraordinarily elongated and flat crystal with a very obvious spinel twin. On its upper part it has dendritic growths of smaller Copper crystals. The reddish shade is due to a Cuprite coating.
Itauz Mine, Dzhezkazgan, Karagandy Province  Kazakhstan (2008)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 2.3 × 1 cm = 3.3” × 0.9” × 0.4”

Main crystal size: 5.2 × 1.3 cm = 2.0” × 0.5”

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

Poteryaevskoe Mine

Cuprite
Cuprite. Front
Front
Cuprite. Rear
Rear

TX66N0: A novelty for Tucson 2009. Group of crystals with extraordinary luster and reddish reflections. On crystals predominate, very sharp, the forms of the octahedron and the dodecahedron. The sample is from a recent find (July and Augost of 2008) on a Russian locality practically unknown until now.
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Block 2-1, ↓100 m., Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region  Russia (06-08/2008)

Specimen size: 1.5 × 1.4 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.6” × 0.5”

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

Cuprite with Silver

MN69R8: Group of very well defined octahedral crystals with slightly curved faces and edges and very rare spongy growths of native Silver in the interstices between crystals.
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region  Russia (22/06/2010)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.2 × 3 cm = 1.4” × 1.3” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Cuprite with Silver. Front
Front
Cuprite with Silver. Side
Side
Cuprite with Silver. Bottom
Bottom
Cuprite with Silver.
Cuprite
Cuprite. Cuprite.

TQ64N0: A novelty for Tucson 2009. An excellent group both for its size and for the crystal size. The crystals are octahedrons with slight curvatures of faces and edges. They have very good luster and reddish reflections especially vivid under a strong light. The sample is from a recent find (July and August of 2008) at a Russian locality practically unknown until now.
This specimen was photographed for the ‘what’s new at Tucson 2009’ section of the magazine ‘Mineralien Welt’ and appears on page 7 of number 3/2009
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Block 2-1, ↓100 m., Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region  Russia (06-08/2008)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.2 × 4.6 cm = 2.3” × 1.7” × 1.8”

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

Cuprite with Silver

TT91S0: Great group of octahedral crystals of Cuprite, very bright and with slightly curved faces and edges. They are on matrix and the crystals on the back are partially coated by native Silver.
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Block 2-1, ↓100 m., Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region  Russia (20-25/11/2010)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 7.7 × 4.2 cm = 2.6” × 3.0” × 1.7”

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

Cuprite with Silver.
Cuprite with Silver. Cuprite with Silver.
Copper with Cerussite and Cuprite
Copper with Cerussite and Cuprite. Front
Front
Copper with Cerussite and Cuprite. Rear
Rear
Copper with Cerussite and Cuprite. Top
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TT47N0: A novelty for Tucson 2009. Dendritic aggregate crystals, deformed but very sharp faces and edges. Partially covered by octahedral crystals of Cuprite and small crystals of Cerussite, which is a very uncommon paragenesis. The sample is from a recent find (July and August of 2008) at a Russian locality practically unknown until now.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘Rivista Mineralogica Italiana’ on page 280 in number 2009/4
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Block 2-1, ↓100 m., Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region  Russia (06-08/2008)

Specimen size: 3.3 × 3.1 × 2.3 cm = 1.3” × 1.2” × 0.9”

Cerussite fluorescent long & short UV
Copper with Cuprite

TR88N0: A novelty for Tucson 2009. Groups of very sharp small octahedral crystals with slight curvatures of faces and edges, excellent luster and reddish reflections especially vivid under a strong light. The Cuprite grew on dendritic Copper also in sharp crystals. Very esthetic. The sample is from a recent find (July and August of 2008) at a Russian locality practically unknown until now.
The specimen has been reviewed, photographed and published as a new discovery in the magazine ‘‘Mineral Up’’ on page 29 in number 2009/2.
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Block 2-1, ↓100 m., Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region  Russia (06-08/2008)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.4 × 3 cm = 1.9” × 1.3” × 1.2”

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

Copper with Cuprite. Front
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Copper with Cuprite. Rear
Rear
Copper with Cuprite. Top
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Cuprite with Miersite
Cuprite with Miersite. Cuprite with Miersite.

MP46W8: Aggregate of octahedral crystals some of them showing very small faces of the cube. The crystals, with very well defined faces and edges, are coated in some areas by lemon yellow crystals, isolated or clustered, of Miersite, a rare iodide of silver and copper.
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region  Russia (2011)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.8 × 2.6 cm = 1.3” × 1.1” × 1.0”

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

Miersite on Azurite

EA11AC1: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2015. Cubic Miersite crystals, one of them clearly dominant. The crystals are very sharp, transparent, with a greenish-yellow color and they are implanted on an aggregate of very bright Azurite crystals on a rocky matrix. To our knowledge this association hasn’t been found before at Rubtsovskoye.
Poteryaevskoe Mine, block 6-1, oxidation zone, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region  Russia (08/2014)

Specimen size: 2 × 1.7 × 1.1 cm = 0.8” × 0.7” × 0.4”

Miersite on Azurite. Miersite on Azurite.
Miersite on Azurite and Cerussite
Miersite on Azurite and Cerussite. Miersite on Azurite and Cerussite.

EE6AC1: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2015. Spheroidal aggregates of small cubic Miersite crystals, with a greenish-yellow color, spread on an aggregate of Azurite crystals, with small twinned Cerussite crystals. To our knowledge this association hasn’t been found before at Rubtsovskoye.
Poteryaevskoe Mine, block 6-1, oxidation zone, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region  Russia (08/2014)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 2 × 1.1 cm = 1.0” × 0.8” × 0.4”

Miersite with Azurite and Malachite

EC13AC1: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2015. Spheroidal aggregates of small cubic Miersite crystals, with a greenish-yellow color, spread on a nodule of Azurite crystals on matrix with small Malachite crystals. To our knowledge this association hasn’t been found before at Rubtsovskoye.
Poteryaevskoe Mine, block 6-1, oxidation zone, Rubtsovskoe, Rudnyi Altai, Altaiskii Kray, Western-Siberian Region  Russia (08/2014)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 1.8 × 2.2 cm = 1.4” × 0.7” × 0.9”

Miersite with Azurite and Malachite. Miersite with Azurite and Malachite.

Dalnjegorsk

Datolite with Calcite
Datolite with Calcite.

NC14F2: The crystal is very well defined and has excellent color. The contrast with the small crystals of pink Calcite adds balance.
Bor Pit, Dalnegorsk B deposit, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 5.5 × 3.5 × 3.5 cm = 2.2” × 1.4” × 1.4”

Datolite with Quartz

AF96S9: Group of doubly terminated crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with very well defined faces and edges, on a group of white crystals of Quartz, a lot of them doubly terminated. The crystals of Datolite, translucent and bright, have the clear green color typical of most of the samples from Dalnegorsk.
Bor Pit, Dalnegorsk B deposit, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 7.4 × 4.4 × 4.2 cm = 2.9” × 1.7” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 3.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.3”

Former collection of Josep Amigó (Silvane)

Datolite with Quartz. Front
Front
Datolite with Quartz. Side
Side
Fluorite with Prase Quartz
Fluorite with Prase Quartz. Front
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Fluorite with Prase Quartz. Side
Side

TF14E2: An unusual Fluorite, with crystals that look like they were frozen and have an unusual form. This one also has a Prase Quartz standing up on it, adding to the beauty of the Fluorite. It is an undamaged floater.
Nikolaevski Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (07/03)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.8 × 2.8 cm = 1.6” × 1.5” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 2.4 × 1.9 cm = 0.9” × 0.7”

Fluorite with Quartz

TC96H6: Fluorite in a group of beveled clear crystals esthetically grown on a group of spindled crystals of Quartz covered by a second generation of drusy Quartz crystals.
Nikolaevski Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 8.2 × 5.2 × 6.1 cm = 3.2” × 2.0” × 2.4”

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

Fluorite with Quartz. Front
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Fluorite with Quartz. Top
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Ilvaite with Hedenbergite
Ilvaite with Hedenbergite.

EB87D2: Once in a while a particular specimen really grabs me. In this case the incredible esthetics of this doubly terminated Ilvaite which seems to be resting on a bed of crystals of Hedenbergite really appeals to me. And to just to add to the party there is a band of brilliant metallic Galena as the base of the specimen.
First Sovetskii Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 4 × 2.8 × 1.8 cm = 1.6” × 1.1” × 0.7”

Ilvaite with Quartz

TG29H7: Prismatic crystals of excellent black color and luster. The crystal has very sharply defined faces and edges and a perfect termination and its lenght is uncommon. The Ilvaites from Dalnegorsk, relatively abundant some years ago, are now scarce.
First Sovetskii Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (±1998)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 3.3 × 2.3 cm = 2.8” × 1.3” × 0.9”

Ilvaite with Quartz. Front
Front
Ilvaite with Quartz. Rear
Rear
Ilvaite with Quartz. Top
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Calcite
Calcite.

M26DTI3: Parallel growth of two prismatic crystals, one of them dominant and partially doubly terminated. With a small matrix.
Second Sovetskii Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 6.8 × 4 × 3.1 cm = 2.7” × 1.6” × 1.2”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

Calcite

ML27H1: A group of very complex crystals, with dominant scalenohedron but having a lot of different forms. Crystals are very clear and bright. A very esthetic sample.
Verkhnii Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 9.8 × 7.2 × 3.3 cm = 3.9” × 2.8” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 1.6 cm = 1.0” × 0.6”

Intense fluorescence long & short UV

Calcite.
Calcite.
Calcite with Quartz
Calcite with Quartz.
Calcite with Quartz.

VG76G7: The growth is very curious. The Calcite forms very long scalenohedrons which are covered by multiple growths of little scalenohedral crystals of the same mineral. Calcite has a nice pale pink color and it’s on a matrix covered by little Quartz crystals.
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 12 × 9 × 5 cm = 4.7” × 3.5” × 2.0”

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite
Calcite

M99CNH5: Group of scalenohedral crystals of Calcite. They are transparent, bright and have very sharp faces and edges. The sample is with a label from the former Soviet Union, with the old name for the locality Dalnegorsk (Tetjuhe).
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 12.5 × 10.2 × 4.5 cm = 4.9” × 4.0” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.4” × 0.9”

Extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Calcite. Calcite.
Chalcopyrite with Quartz
Chalcopyrite with Quartz.

TB36E4: What color! An amazing yellow, this crystal of Chalcopyrite also has great form and is well positioned on the matrix of Quartz and some Sphalerite.
Nikolaevski Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (12/03)

Specimen size: 3.9 × 1.9 × 3.6 × cm = 1.5” × 0.7” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.6”

Galena with Sphalerite and Calcite

TM66G9: Crystals of Galena are very bright and they have a curious flattened habit and seem to form a mosaic contrasting with white Calcite. Some Sphalerite crystals bless the piece.
Nikolaevski Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (2005)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 7.2 × 3.2 cm = 2.9” × 2.8” × 1.3”

Galena with Sphalerite and Calcite.
Doubly terminated Sphalerite with Quartz
Doubly terminated Sphalerite with Quartz. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Sphalerite with Quartz. Left side
Left side
Doubly terminated Sphalerite with Quartz. Right side
Right side

JE73F3: The group, whose crystals have the form typical of Sphalerite with a dominance of the tetrahedron, is very well developed and the crystals have neat growth patterns. Its size, black color, intense brilliance, and good position of the group on the Quartz matrix all make this especially attractive.
Nikolaevski Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (1990)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 6.1 × 4.8 cm = 4.1” × 2.4” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 6.1 × 4.7 cm = 2.4” × 1.9”

Axinite-(Mn) with Calcite

TZ70Y0: Aggregates of very sharp Axinite-(Mn) crystals with notably curved growing forms, whose shape is very different than the Axinite-(Fe) from other Russian and French samples. The crystals have an excellent luster and a very deep and uniform brown color.
Verkhnii Mine, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 6.3 × 3.8 × 2.5 cm = 2.5” × 1.5” × 1.0”

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

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV

Axinite-(Mn) with Calcite.
Arsenopyrite with Galena, Calcite and Quartz
Arsenopyrite with Galena, Calcite and Quartz. Arsenopyrite with Galena, Calcite and Quartz.

MC97S3: Aggregate of sharp and very bright crystals of Arsenopyrite, most of them doubly terminated, with cubo-octahedral crystals of Galena and small crystals of Quartz. An excellent sample for the locality, in which Arsenopyrite is relatively rare.
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (±1994)

Specimen size: 12.5 × 9.4 × 4.7 cm = 4.9” × 3.7” × 1.9”

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

Danburite

CL37H2: The inclusions on the lower on the sample give it a rude aspect. In spite of this the color is magnificent, with beautiful orange reflections, very well shaped and gemmy on its termination.
Bor Pit, Dalnegorsk B deposit, Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 7.3 × 2.8 × 3.8 cm = 2.9” × 1.1” × 1.5”

Danburite. Front
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Danburite. Side
Side
Quartz
Quartz. Front
Front
Quartz. Top
Top

TT86E0: Although many people call this "beta" Quartz, it is not. They do so because it resembles beta Quartz, which means that there are no prism faces, only pseudo pyramidal faces. Dalnegorsk is one of the localities that are well known for this called "beta" Quartz (although of course them are not a specie) Given the brilliance, definition of the faces, and esthetics this one could be considered to be among the best.
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.4 × 4.6 cm = 2.1” × 1.7” × 1.8”

Quartz prase with Andradite

MM17N4: The crystal has polycrystalline surfaces with the typical spindled shape of the samples from this locality. The sample is very aerial and esthetic on a matrix very rich with small crystals of Andradite.
Sinerechenskoe, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (2008)

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5.7 × 4.1 cm = 2.9” × 2.2” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 6 × 1.6 cm = 2.4” × 0.6”

Quartz prase with Andradite. Front
Front
Quartz prase with Andradite. Rear
Rear
Quartz prase with Andradite
Quartz prase with Andradite. Front
Front
Quartz prase with Andradite. Rear
Rear
Quartz prase with Andradite. Side
Side

MR47N4: Crystals with polycrystalline surfaces with the typical spindled shape of the samples from this locality. The sample is very aerial and esthetic on a matrix very rich with small crystals of Andradite.
Sinerechenskoe, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (2008)

Specimen size: 9 × 7.8 × 7 cm = 3.5” × 3.1” × 2.8”

Main crystal size: 5.5 × 1.8 cm = 2.2” × 0.7”

Quartz prase with Andradite

EB58E9: The crystal is large, very aerial, has good color and brilliance. It stands out from the matrix, and has the typical widening for prase Quartz from this locality. The matrix has other small prase Quartz crystals as well as small Andradite crystals.
Sinerechenskoe, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region  Russia (1999)

Specimen size: 10 × 6 × 5.5 cm = 3.9” × 2.4” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 7 × 2 cm = 2.8” × 0.8”

Quartz prase with Andradite.


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