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M862 - Ilvaite $ 350
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M862a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M862b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M862c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M862d.jpg]

Cluster of thick, glossy black Ilvaite crystals with a few small green Quartz crystals attached. Complete all around.


M870 - Ilvaite $ 350
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 3.5 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M870a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M870b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M870c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M870d.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M870e.jpg]

Cluster of thick, glossy black Ilvaite crystals with typical chisel-shaped termination. There are a few small green Quartz crystals and Hedenbergite attached. Complete all around.


M872 - Ilvaite $ 650
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
small cabinet - 6 x 5 x 4.5 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872d.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872e.jpg]

Cluster of thick, glossy black Ilvaite crystals with wide chisel-shaped terminations. Complete all around.


M873 - Sugilite $ 750
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm


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Sugilite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/M873a.jpg] Sugilite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/M873c.jpg] Sugilite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/M873d.jpg] Sugilite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/M873e.jpg]

Bright, chatoyant fibrous Sugilite occurring as tightly packed crystals on matrix. Good masses of Sugilite on both sides of specimen. From a rare and limited find in 2014 that produced mostly thumbnail sized specimens. This is a piece that has been stashed away for years and is the largest of this type I've ever had, offered now for the first time.


M874 - Sugilite $ 250
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
miniature - 3.4 x 2 x 1.5 cm


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Sugilite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/M874a.jpg] Sugilite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/M874b.jpg] Sugilite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/M874c.jpg] Sugilite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/M874d.jpg]

Bright, chatoyant fibrous Sugilite occurring as tightly packed crystals on matrix. Thick masses of Sugilite grown all around small pieces of matrix. From a rare and limited find in 2014.


M283 - Gmelinite $ 120
Flinders, Victoria, Australia
small cabinet - 8 x 5 x 3.5 cm


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Gmelinite from Flinders, Victoria, Australia [db_pics/pics/M283a.jpg] Gmelinite from Flinders, Victoria, Australia [db_pics/pics/M283b.jpg] Gmelinite from Flinders, Victoria, Australia [db_pics/pics/M283c.jpg]

Peach colored Gmelinite lining vugs on matrix. Gmelinite is a fairly uncommon zeolite mineral (a hydrated sodium calcium aluminum silicate) and occurs on the specimen with Analcime, Natrolite and potentially other zeolites. Old specimen from a 1980s era collection. Sawcut on base.


M880 - Fluorite $ 600
La Barre Mine, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône-Alpes, France
small cabinet - 5.2 x 4.5 x 2.7 cm


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Fluorite from La Barre Mine, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M880a.jpg] Fluorite from La Barre Mine, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M880b.jpg] Fluorite from La Barre Mine, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M880c.jpg] Fluorite from La Barre Mine, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M880e.jpg]

Intensely colored blue Fluorite crystal from the La Barre Mine. The color is a pleasing deep blue, just what you would want in Fluorite, with lots of well defined phantoms. There is some edge wear but it's in good condition overall, and highly transparent. I think it looks nicer in person than the photos as you can see the depth and range of colors better. Comes with a custom Lucite base.


M881 - Copper $ 180
Arizona, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 4.5 x 3 cm


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Copper from Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M881a.jpg] Copper from Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M881c.jpg] Copper from Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M881e.jpg] Copper from Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M881f.jpg]

Well crystallized Copper specimen from an old collection. Lots of branches loaded with crystals, individual crytals to 1cm in size.


M861 - Diaspore $ 750 SOLD
Milas, Mugla Prov., Turkey
thumbnail - 2 x 1.8 x 0.4 cm


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Diaspore from Milas, Mugla Prov., Turkey [db_pics/pics/M861a.jpg] Diaspore from Milas, Mugla Prov., Turkey [db_pics/pics/M861b.jpg] Diaspore from Milas, Mugla Prov., Turkey [db_pics/pics/M861c.jpg] Diaspore from Milas, Mugla Prov., Turkey [db_pics/pics/M861d.jpg]

V-twin crystal of color change Diaspore. From new finds in the mountains near Milas, these new Diaspore crystals are spectacular in color and form and one of the most exciting of recent mineral finds. Complete all around with perfect undamaged terminations. Medium purple color in natural sunlight and greenish gold in incandescent lighting. A little jewel in perfect condition. Fully transparent for the entire specimen. These are hard to find without any contacts or damage.


M858 - Ruby $ 140 SOLD
Guinea
thumbnail - 3 x 1.2 x 1 cm


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Ruby from Guinea [db_pics/pics/M858a.jpg] Ruby from Guinea [db_pics/pics/M858c.jpg] Ruby from Guinea [db_pics/pics/M858d.jpg]

Double-terminated Ruby crystal. Nicely translucent throughout it's entire length. Weighs 7.9 grams.


M859 - Ruby $ 100 SOLD
Guinea
thumbnail - 2.4 x 1 x 1 cm


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Ruby from Guinea [db_pics/pics/M859a.jpg] Ruby from Guinea [db_pics/pics/M859c.jpg] Ruby from Guinea [db_pics/pics/M859d.jpg]

Double-terminated Ruby crystal. Nicely translucent throughout it's entire length. Weighs 4.7 grams.


M878 - Opal after Bamboo $ 1200
Banten, Java, Indonesia
small cabinet - 6.5 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm


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Opal after Bamboo from Banten, Java, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/M878a.jpg] Opal after Bamboo from Banten, Java, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/M878b.jpg] Opal after Bamboo from Banten, Java, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/M878e.jpg] Opal after Bamboo from Banten, Java, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/M878g.jpg]

Black opal that has completely replaced a section of fossil Bamboo from recent finds in Java. It has a bright play of color on one side and also shows fine detail of the former bamboo. These were found in the past 2 years and are uncommon. You can find the color on the outside surfaces of many of these, but what makes this piece uncommon and much rarer than most is the pinfire color visible on both ends, indicating that there is play of color inside the entire specimen! Few have this.


M879 - Opal after Bamboo $ 340 SOLD
Banten, Java, Indonesia
thumbnail - 2.8 x 0.9 x 0.9 cm


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Opal after Bamboo from Banten, Java, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/M879a.jpg] Opal after Bamboo from Banten, Java, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/M879b.jpg] Opal after Bamboo from Banten, Java, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/M879d.jpg] Opal after Bamboo from Banten, Java, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/M879e.jpg]

Black opal that has completely replaced a section of fossil Bamboo from recent finds in Java. It has a bright play of color on one side and also shows fine detail of the former bamboo. These were found in the past 2 years and are uncommon. You can find the color on the outside surfaces of many of these, but what makes this piece uncommon and much rarer than most is the pinfire color visible on both ends, indicating that there is play of color inside the entire specimen! Few have this.


M554 - Pyrite with Enargite $ 140
Morococha Mine, Junin Region, Peru
small cabinet - 7.5 x 5.5 x 3 cm


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Pyrite with Enargite from Morococha Mine, Junin Region, Peru [db_pics/pics/M554a.jpg] Pyrite with Enargite from Morococha Mine, Junin Region, Peru [db_pics/pics/M554b.jpg] Pyrite with Enargite from Morococha Mine, Junin Region, Peru [db_pics/pics/M554c.jpg] Pyrite with Enargite from Morococha Mine, Junin Region, Peru [db_pics/pics/M554d.jpg]

Pyrite specimens always make some of the brightest and showy of mineral specimens, and those with octahedral crystals such as this old timer are mush less common than most. This specimen has well formed crystals to 2.5cm wide intergrown with grey Enargite crystals and dates back to approximately the 1980s.The Morococha mine is a large silver mine located in the center of Peru in Junín Region.


M844 - Sanidine $ 600 SOLD
Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar
thumbnail - 3 x 2.2 x 1.4 cm


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Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M844a.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M844b.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M844c.jpg]

Felspar is a mineral not ususally known for fine collector gem crystals, but at this locality in Madagascar, amazing water clear crystals are sometimes found. This is a double-terminated crystal in excellent condition, crystallized on all sides. The crystal has a good yellow coloration and is internally transparent. The faces alternate from smooth and glassy to a curvy surface texture that is common to these and always reminds me of a topographic map. Weighs 20.2 grams.

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