Mixed Minerals from Tucson 2016


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B559 - Rhodochrosite $ 4500 SOLD
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
miniature - 3.7 x 3.5 x 3 cm


Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/b559a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/b559b.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/b559c.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/b559d.jpg]

Scalenohedral Rhodochrosite crystals with top color, clarity, and luster. Tiny chipping to a couple tips, otherwise undamaged. What I like about this piece is that the crystals point in various directions giving a look unlike a typical druse of crystals.


B560 - Azurite with Malachite $ 4000
Anhui Province, China
cabinet - 14.5 x 12.5 x 5.5 cm


Azurite with Malachite from Anhui Province, China [db_pics/pics/b560a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Anhui Province, China [db_pics/pics/b560b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Anhui Province, China [db_pics/pics/b560c.jpg]

Shockingly bright, electric blue Azurite crystals lining a large, shallow vug. The color is a more dark, vibrant royal blue than the photos indicate. The photos also don't capture the bright reflections of the crystals - they look like blue foil. These are so incredibly bright I had to take a second look to make sure they weren't Linarite or some other species. I've never Azurite seen like this before, though I have heard Bisbee produced similar Azurites to this at one time. The backside is sawn revealing another small vug containing typical, darker blue Azurite crystals. If you want to add a large amount of bright blue to your case, this is the one.


B561 - Azurite with Malachite $ 300
Anhui Province, China
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5.5 x 3 cm


Azurite with Malachite from Anhui Province, China [db_pics/pics/b561a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Anhui Province, China [db_pics/pics/b561b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Anhui Province, China [db_pics/pics/b561c.jpg]

Shockingly bright, electric blue Azurite crystals lining a large, shallow vug. The color is a more dark, vibrant royal blue than the photos indicate. The photos also don't capture the bright reflections of the crystals - they look like blue foil. These are so incredibly bright I had to take a second look to make sure they weren't Linarite or some other species. I've never Azurite seen like this before, though I have heard Bisbee produced similar Azurites to this at one time.


B562 - Scorodite SOLD
Cabrestante Mine, El Cobre, Zacatecas, Mexico
miniature - 4.8 x 3.1 x 2.4 cm


Scorodite from Cabrestante Mine, El Cobre, Zacatecas, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b562a.jpg] Scorodite from Cabrestante Mine, El Cobre, Zacatecas, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b562b.jpg] Scorodite from Cabrestante Mine, El Cobre, Zacatecas, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b562c.jpg]

Ultra rare specimen of blue Scorodite crystals on drusy Quartz. The Cabrestante produced what are considered the world's finest Scorodite specimens. There were not many specimens found, including one pocket with brown quartz and another with the prefered white Quartz. This specimen has crystals to 1.3cm wide on white Quartz. There is some chipping to the surface of some of the crystals. Comes with old Fred Pough and Lawrence Conklin labels. The old Pough label incorectly lists the mine name as the Noche Buena Mine.


B563 - Minium $ 300 SOLD
Tintic, Juab Co., Utah
small cabinet - 7 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


Minium from Tintic, Juab Co., Utah [db_pics/pics/b563a.jpg] Minium from Tintic, Juab Co., Utah [db_pics/pics/b563b.jpg] Minium from Tintic, Juab Co., Utah [db_pics/pics/b563c.jpg]

Bright orange/red specimen of nearly solid Minium.


B564 - Smithsonite $ 300
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 5.8 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm


Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/b564a.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/b564b.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/b564c.jpg]

Pink rhombic crystals on Smithsonite on matrix. Little if any damage.


B565 - Azurite $ 950
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
small cabinet - 8 x 5 x 4 cm


Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b565a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b565b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b565c.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b565d.jpg]

Azurite crystals to 2.5cm tall in an attractive grouping on matrix. Minor damage to the lower outer edges.


B566 - Azurite $ 600 SOLD
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
small cabinet - 5.8 x 5 x 3 cm


Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b566a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/b566b.jpg]

Bladed Azurite crystals on a white Dickite coated matrix. The crystals are translucent and an incredible blue when backlit.


B567 - Phenakite $ 1200
Pedra Azul, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 3.3 x 2 x 2 cm


Phenakite from Pedra Azul, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/b567a.jpg] Phenakite from Pedra Azul, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/b567b.jpg] Phenakite from Pedra Azul, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/b567c.jpg]

Single transparent Phenakite crystal with good luster. Bright and clear, gem quality. Old material rarely seen nowdays.


B568 - Aegerine $ 900
Mt. Malosa, Malawi
large cabinet - 18 x 2.7 x 1.7 cm


Aegerine from Mt. Malosa, Malawi [db_pics/pics/b568a.jpg] Aegerine from Mt. Malosa, Malawi [db_pics/pics/b568b.jpg] Aegerine from Mt. Malosa, Malawi [db_pics/pics/b568c.jpg] Aegerine from Mt. Malosa, Malawi [db_pics/pics/b568d.jpg]

Huge single Aegerine crystal. Undamaged but with a couple areas where other crystals intergrew. Multiple side crystals and a smaller 3.5cm crystal spearing through the top. Terminated and with green coloration under bright light.


B569 - Silver $ 1500
Ringnesgangen Mine, Kongsberg, Kuskerud, Norway
small cabinet - 7 x 3 x 2.5 cm


Silver from Ringnesgangen Mine, Kongsberg, Kuskerud, Norway [db_pics/pics/b569a.jpg] Silver from Ringnesgangen Mine, Kongsberg, Kuskerud, Norway [db_pics/pics/b569b.jpg]

Silver crystals in Calcite on matrix. The zone of Silver is 4cm tall by 2.5 cm wide.


B570 - Rose Quartz $ 1200 SOLD
Taquaral, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 7 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm


Rose Quartz from Taquaral, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/b570a.jpg] Rose Quartz from Taquaral, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/b570b.jpg] Rose Quartz from Taquaral, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/b570c.jpg]

Large Rose Quartz crystals in a ring formation on Feldspar.


B571 - Usambara effect Dravite $ 3500 SOLD
Nchongo, Umba Valley, Tanzania
miniature - 4.2 x 4 x 2.6 cm


Usambara effect Dravite from Nchongo, Umba Valley, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b571a.jpg] Usambara effect Dravite from Nchongo, Umba Valley, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b571b.jpg] Usambara effect Dravite from Nchongo, Umba Valley, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/b571c.jpg]

HUGE single Dravite crystal exhibiting the 'Usambara effect' color change (named after nearby mountains). This is a different type of color change than the Alexandrite effect, where the color changes in different types of lighting. In this case, the Dravite crystal appears green in normal lighting, however when a single light source is transmitted through the crystal, at a certain thickness, a sudden color shift from green to red is observed, while less thick areas remain green. This crystal is so large that the whole thing turns red with transmitted light, though if you hold it under normal lighting it will appear green. This by far the largest I've ever seen, as most are small button shaped crystals of 1-3 cm, and the alrgest I have ever owned was 2.5 x 1.1cm thick. Bottom photo shows the red color when placed over a flashlight.


B572 - Kunzite $ 750
Kunar Prov., Afghanistan
miniature - 4.7 x 1.7 x 1.7 cm


Kunzite from Kunar Prov., Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/b572a.jpg] Kunzite from Kunar Prov., Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/b572b.jpg] Kunzite from Kunar Prov., Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/b572c.jpg]

Glassy, pink Kunzite crystal with excellent transparency. Perfect all around and rehealed at the bottom making it a floater. It's hard to find gem quality Kunzite with perfect form such as this, as most show some degree of etching.


B573 - Variscite $ 1500 SOLD
Clay Canyon, Fairfield, Utah
cabinet - 9.5 x 6.5 x 5 cm


Variscite from Clay Canyon, Fairfield, Utah [db_pics/pics/b573a.jpg] Variscite from Clay Canyon, Fairfield, Utah [db_pics/pics/b573b.jpg] Variscite from Clay Canyon, Fairfield, Utah [db_pics/pics/b573c.jpg]

Polished nodule of Variscite with 3 separate sections of Variscite divided by yellow Crandallite. Both halves of the nodule are included, and the dimensions listed refer to the whole nodule when both halves are placed together.



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