A139 - Ferberite on Quartz $ 360
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China
miniature - 5 x 5 x 3 cm
Sharply formed Ferberite crystal fronting a clear Quartz crystal, both accented by small clusters of mica. I purchased this from Debbie Meng many years ago (10?) just as production from the Yaogangxian mine was hitting the market, and it has been in my collection every since. Undamaged, well balanced, and displays great.
A140 - Kunzite SOLD
Skardu District, Pakistan
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
Unusual, highly etched specimen of transparent Kunzite. It was hard to be sure what this was when I bought it so I had it anazlyzed and it's confirmed as Kunzite. Looks like melting ice.
A141 - Spinel $ 50 SOLD
thumbnail - 0.7 cm
Three purple/red Spinel crystals, all of them gemmy and deeply colored.
A142 - Bysolite in Quartz SOLD
Skardu District, Pakistan
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4 x 2.5 cm
Single clear Quartz crystal with long inclusions of Bysolite giving neat effect and grey/green cloudiness in areas. The white streaks you see are not reflections on the crystal surface, they are from the internal inclusions. Better green in person too. Well terminated with glassy luster. Unusual piece for a collector of Quartz or unusual inclusions.
AF262 - Anglesite $ 280 SOLD
Touissit Mine, Morocco
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.4 x 2.1 cm
Unusual Anglesite specimen I bought in Tucson about 10 years ago. The Anglesite has grown on an opaque, black bladed crystal of an unidentified mineral and when viewed from the top, exhibits an octagon form with a black strip through the middle.
AF263 - Spessartine $ 300 SOLD
Nani, Loliondo, Arusha Region, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
1cm Spessartine crystal in mica matrix. I bought this a couple years ago when the find was first made. It was very striking because the exceptional bright citrus orange color, however I set it aside because there is a small gap (less than 1mm) between the crystal and the matrix in one area which makes me suspect the crystal may have fallen out and was reattached. I just came across this piece again and decided to post it because it just so striking in appearance, the color is so great. There are additional smaller crystals in the mica also.
NA353 - ManganAdamite SOLD
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
cabinet - 9.5 x 7 x 5 cm
Vuggy Limonite matrix filled with flaring crystals of Adamite to 1.4cm long. The Adamite are purple with an outer layer of yellow. The purple color was always uncommon despite the large amounts of Adamite produced from this mine, and remains the most desirable color of Adamite. Good sized specimen too.
NA354 - Silver $ 400 SOLD
Cobalt, Ontario, Canada
large cabinet - 19 x 9 x 0.8 cm
Large slab richly veined with Silver. The best such slab out of a large collection I bought 12 years ago.
SA822 - Rhodonite $ 750 SOLD
San Martin Mine, Chiurucu, Huanaco, Peru
small cabinet - 8 x 4 x 3.2 cm
Bladed Rhodonite crystals with excellent rose coloration. Unlike many from this find, the crystals are large (reaching 1.5cm) and separated enough to show their form.
SA824 - Paravauxite on Vauxite $ 100 SOLD
Siglo XX Mine, Llallagua, Bolivia
small cabinet - 7 x 3.5 x 1.7 cm
Light green Paravauxite atop blue Vauxite. Good combination specimen of these rare phosphates.
SA825 - Apatite $ 350 SOLD
Golconda Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4 x 3.5 cm
Floater specimen of Clevelandite Feldspar crystals coated by superb, gemmy purple Apatite crystals to 6mm. The Apatites are glassy and gemmy with great color.
SA827 - Rutile in Quartz sphere $ 200 SOLD
Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 5 cm
5cm diameter sphere of transparent Quartz shot through with hair-like crystals of Rutile. The Rutile is fine and silvery and is amazingly evenly distributed and running in all directions, neither oriented or clustered.
SA828 - Tennantite after Enargite SOLD
Julcani District, Peru
small cabinet - 7 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm
Cluster of Tennantite psuedomorphs after Enargite, main crystal is 4.5cm tall and 3 cm across the termination. Attractive in its own way and an interesting pseudomorph.
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