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CT497 - Prehnite $ 450 SOLD
Sowerbutt Bros. Quarry, Prospect Park, Passiac Co., New Jersey, USA
cabinet - 15 x 10 x 3 cm


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Prehnite from Sowerbutt Bros. Quarry, Prospect Park, Passiac Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/CT497a.jpg] Prehnite from Sowerbutt Bros. Quarry, Prospect Park, Passiac Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/CT497c.jpg] Prehnite from Sowerbutt Bros. Quarry, Prospect Park, Passiac Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/CT497e.jpg] Prehnite from Sowerbutt Bros. Quarry, Prospect Park, Passiac Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/CT497f.jpg]

Large, relatively flat specimen of translucent green Prehnite. The Prehnite occurs as interconnected spheres comprising the entire specimen. The backside has a bit of attached rock, but also displays great crystallization. Translucent with great luster and minimal damage, it's 99% solid Prehnite. Ex. Chuck Trantham personal collection with label.


CT493 - Pyrite $ 120
Rio Marina, Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy
miniature - 4 x 2.8 x 2.8 cm


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Pyrite from Rio Marina, Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy [db_pics/pics/CT493a.jpg] Pyrite from Rio Marina, Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy [db_pics/pics/CT493b.jpg] Pyrite from Rio Marina, Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy [db_pics/pics/CT493c.jpg] Pyrite from Rio Marina, Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy [db_pics/pics/CT493e.jpg] Pyrite from Rio Marina, Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy [db_pics/pics/CT493f.jpg]

Large brassy Pyrite crystal, 2.8cm on edge, with additional attached crystals. Complete and nicely striated with the exception of one corner which is contacted from matrix. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT484 - Manganotantatlite $ 280
Alto do Giz pegmatite, Equador, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.1 x 1.8 x 1.1 cm


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Manganotantatlite from Alto do Giz pegmatite, Equador, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT484a.jpg] Manganotantatlite from Alto do Giz pegmatite, Equador, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT484b.jpg] Manganotantatlite from Alto do Giz pegmatite, Equador, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT484c.jpg] Manganotantatlite from Alto do Giz pegmatite, Equador, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT484d.jpg] Manganotantatlite from Alto do Giz pegmatite, Equador, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT484e.jpg]

Well terminated single crystal showing good red coloration on the sides.


CT485 - Andorite $ 260
San José Mine, Oruro, Bolivia
thumbnail - 3 x 2 x 1 cm


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Andorite from San José Mine, Oruro, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/CT485a.jpg] Andorite from San José Mine, Oruro, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/CT485b.jpg] Andorite from San José Mine, Oruro, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/CT485c.jpg] Andorite from San José Mine, Oruro, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/CT485d.jpg]

Stout single Andorite crystal with smaller crystals attached near the base. Andorite is an uncommon lead, silver, antimony sulfosalt and the world's best specimens come from this mine.


CT483 - Rutile $ 275 SOLD
Magnet Cove, Hot Springs Co., Arkansas, USA
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm


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Rutile from Magnet Cove, Hot Springs Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT483a.jpg] Rutile from Magnet Cove, Hot Springs Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT483b.jpg] Rutile from Magnet Cove, Hot Springs Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT483c.jpg]

Rutile cyclic twin 'eightling' that were occasionally found at Magnet Cove. Crystallized all around, front and back, with shimmering striations and just one area of contact. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection #2335.


CT478 - Chatham Emerald $ 450 SOLD
California, USA
thumbnail - 2.2 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm


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Chatham Emerald from California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT478a.jpg] Chatham Emerald from California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT478b.jpg] Chatham Emerald from California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT478c.jpg] Chatham Emerald from California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT478d.jpg] Chatham Emerald from California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT478e.jpg]

Cluster of fine quality lab grown Emeralds created by a man named Carroll Chatham of San Francisco, California. Chatham first started experimenting growing crystals in his garage as a 12 year old boy, later graduated from the California Institute of Technology, and perfected the process to grow emeralds in 1938. These are real Emeralds, just grown in a lab simulating natural processes of the earth.


CT480 - Thomsonite $ 180
Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co, Washington, USA
thumbnail - 3 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm


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Thomsonite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co, Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT480a.jpg] Thomsonite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co, Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT480b.jpg] Thomsonite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co, Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT480c.jpg] Thomsonite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co, Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT480d.jpg] Thomsonite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co, Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT480e.jpg]

Dense, translucent crystal groups of Thomsonite on matrix. Collected by Chuck Trantham in 1969 and significant enough to have been kept in his personal collection.


CT450 - Calcite on Rosasite $ 350
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 3.5 cm


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Calcite on Rosasite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT450a.jpg] Calcite on Rosasite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT450b.jpg] Calcite on Rosasite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT450c.jpg] Calcite on Rosasite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT450d.jpg] Calcite on Rosasite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT450e.jpg]

Glassy, transparent Calcite crystals atop velvety blue/green Rosasite. High quality example of this combination, and the stalactite of Rosasite makes it even more visually appealing.


CT451 - Fluorite $ 650
Berbes, Asturias, Spain
small cabinet - 7 x 6 x 3.5 cm


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Fluorite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/CT451a.jpg] Fluorite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/CT451b.jpg] Fluorite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/CT451c.jpg] Fluorite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/CT451d.jpg] Fluorite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/CT451e.jpg] Fluorite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/CT451f.jpg]

Cluster of pink/purple color zoned Fluorite crystals. Excellent luster and transparency.


CT453 - Tourmaline with Lepidolite $ 3800
Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
cabinet - 9.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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Tourmaline with Lepidolite from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT453a.jpg] Tourmaline with Lepidolite from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT453b.jpg] Tourmaline with Lepidolite from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT453d.jpg] Tourmaline with Lepidolite from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT453f.jpg] Tourmaline with Lepidolite from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT453j.jpg] Tourmaline with Lepidolite from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT453k.jpg]

Double-terminated cluster of 'Indicolite' with deep blue color. One end shows cat's-eye growth and has an attached cluster of Lepidolite. Complete and undamaged. Weighs 76.3 grams.


CT460 - Ruby $ 350
Mogok, Myanmar
thumbnail - 1 x 0.9 x 0.4 cm


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Ruby from Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/CT460a.jpg] Ruby from Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/CT460b.jpg] Ruby from Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/CT460c.jpg]

Uncommon (for Mogok) tabular Ruby crystal, translucent with good color.


CT346 - Quartz with Calcite $ 150
Bog Mine, American Fork Mining District, Wasatch Mountains, Utah Co., Utah, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 5 x 3 cm


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Quartz with Calcite from Bog Mine, American Fork Mining District, Wasatch Mountains, Utah Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/CT346a.jpg] Quartz with Calcite from Bog Mine, American Fork Mining District, Wasatch Mountains, Utah Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/CT346b.jpg] Quartz with Calcite from Bog Mine, American Fork Mining District, Wasatch Mountains, Utah Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/CT346c.jpg] Quartz with Calcite from Bog Mine, American Fork Mining District, Wasatch Mountains, Utah Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/CT346d.jpg] Quartz with Calcite from Bog Mine, American Fork Mining District, Wasatch Mountains, Utah Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/CT346e.jpg]

Skeletal Quartz crystals and scalenohedral yellow Calcite crystals from an obscure former mine in the Wasatch Mountains. The Quartz cluster is complete and undamaged. Rare old specimen from the Chuck Trantham collection.


CT336 - Azurite, Malachte after Azurite $ 300
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4 x 3.5 cm


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Azurite, Malachte after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT336a.jpg] Azurite, Malachte after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT336b.jpg] Azurite, Malachte after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT336c.jpg] Azurite, Malachte after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT336d.jpg]

Sharp crystals of blue Azurite intermixed with green crystals of Malachite after Azurite psuedomorphs on a light matrix with additional yellow/green mineralization. Undamaged crystals with psuedomorphs that reach 2.2cm, some of which are double-terminated.


CT408 - Dioptase on Calcite $ 120 SOLD
Tsumeb, Namibia
thumbnail - 2.9 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm


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Dioptase on Calcite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT408a.jpg] Dioptase on Calcite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT408b.jpg] Dioptase on Calcite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT408d.jpg] Dioptase on Calcite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT408e.jpg] Dioptase on Calcite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT408f.jpg]

Dioptase crystals to 9mm on white Calcite crystals. Thumbnail sized specimen of a classic Tsumeb combo. There is one missing crystal, otherwise perfect undamaged crystals.


CT457 - Amazonite with Smokey Quartz $ 350 SOLD
Florissant, Colorado, USA
small cabinet - 8.5 x 8 x 7 cm


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Amazonite with Smokey Quartz from Florissant, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/CT457a.jpg] Amazonite with Smokey Quartz from Florissant, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/CT457b.jpg] Amazonite with Smokey Quartz from Florissant, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/CT457c.jpg] Amazonite with Smokey Quartz from Florissant, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/CT457d.jpg]

Well formed, 6.5cm single Amazonite crystal with attached Smokey Quartz and Albite crystals. The Amazonite is complete all around and undamaged. Ex. Chuck Trantham and Cliff Krueger collections. Originally acquired by Cliff in May 1966 for $20!

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