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CT802 - Tourmaline $ 6500 SOLD
Terra Corrida, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 8.3 x 3.2 x 3 cm


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Tourmaline from Terra Corrida, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT802a.jpg] Tourmaline from Terra Corrida, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT802b.jpg] Tourmaline from Terra Corrida, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT802c.jpg] Tourmaline from Terra Corrida, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT802d.jpg]

Large, thick  single Tourmaline crystal from the Terra Corrida claim in Brazil. A tri-colored crystal with an orange/red base, a more transparent bright green center, and vivid pink/red termination. The termination is pyramidal with six faces. This is a big crystal weighing approximately 170 grams (my gram scale only goes to 100 grams so I had to weigh it on my postal scale). Complete all around and undamaged though there is a relatively flat contact or shallow etching on one of bevelled termination faces.


CT844 - McGuinnessite $ 250
Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 7 x 5.5 x 1.4 cm


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McGuinnessite from Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT844a.jpg] McGuinnessite from Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT844b.jpg] McGuinnessite from Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT844c.jpg] McGuinnessite from Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT844d.jpg]

Bubbly blue/green McGuinnessite on all sides of matrix.  McGuinnessite is a rare manganese, copper, carbonate and this specimen is from the type locality of the Copper King Mine in the Red Mountain Mining District. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection. Self collected by Chuck and Al McGuinness in 1982. This was the best McGuinnessite I saw in the collection, and Chuck had it priced at $250.


CT842 - Titanite (pink!) with Melanite $ 450 SOLD
MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 6 x 1.8 cm


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Titanite (pink!) with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT842a.jpg] Titanite (pink!) with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT842b.jpg] Titanite (pink!) with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT842c.jpg] Titanite (pink!) with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT842d.jpg]

Pink Titanite (Sphene) crystals associated with black Andradite var. Melanite. This is one of only a handful of specimens found decades ago and a true rarity for a California or San Benito Co. collector. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection, collected by Chuck and Al McGuinness in 1984. This was the best pink Titanite I saw in the collection, and Chuck had it priced at $350.


CT843 - Titanite (pink!) with Melanite $ 300 SOLD
MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 8.5 x 5 x 1.7 cm


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Titanite (pink!) with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT843a.jpg] Titanite (pink!) with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT843b.jpg] Titanite (pink!) with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT843c.jpg] Titanite (pink!) with Melanite from MT Jeannes Pit No. 2, Clear Creek, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT843d.jpg]

Pink Titanite (Sphene) crystals associated with black Andradite var. Melanite. This is one of only a handful of specimens found decades ago and a true rarity for a California or San Benito Co. collector. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection, collected by Chuck and Al McGuinness in 1984. This was the second best pink Titanite I saw in the collection, and Chuck had it priced at $200.


CT848 - Andradite var. Melanite $ 250
Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 9 x 7 x 2.5 cm


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Andradite var. Melanite from Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT848a.jpg] Andradite var. Melanite from Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT848b.jpg] Andradite var. Melanite from Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT848c.jpg]

Black Andradite var. Melanite crystals scattered on matrix. An excellent example with lustrous black crystals to 4mm in size. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection, collected by Chuck, Al McGuinness, and Luis Leite in 1976. One of the best Melanite specimens I saw in the collection.


CT845 - Andradite var. Melanite $ 450
Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 2 cm


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Andradite var. Melanite from Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT845a.jpg] Andradite var. Melanite from Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT845b.jpg] Andradite var. Melanite from Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT845c.jpg] Andradite var. Melanite from Locality #1 near New Idria, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT845d.jpg]

Black Andradite var. Melanite crystals scattered on matrix. An excellent example with lustrous black crystals, including a large single that stands out off the matrix that is to 9mm in size. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection. Acquired by Chuck in 1992 via trade from Al McGuinness's personal collection (Al had collected or acquired it in 1980). The best Melanite specimen I saw in the collection.


CT807 - Grossular, Augite, Quartz $ 280 SOLD
Vesper Peak, Snohomish Co., Washington, USA
miniature - 4.2 x 2.7 x 2.5 cm


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Grossular, Augite, Quartz from Vesper Peak, Snohomish Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT807a.jpg] Grossular, Augite, Quartz from Vesper Peak, Snohomish Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT807b.jpg] Grossular, Augite, Quartz from Vesper Peak, Snohomish Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT807c.jpg] Grossular, Augite, Quartz from Vesper Peak, Snohomish Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT807d.jpg]

Gemmy Grossular crystals forming a cluster with Quartz crystals atop Augite crystals. There are addtional Grossular crystals scattered on the matrix. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT835 - Tourmaline $ 1250 SOLD
Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 3 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm


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Tourmaline from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT835a.jpg] Tourmaline from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT835c.jpg] Tourmaline from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT835d.jpg] Tourmaline from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT835e.jpg] Tourmaline from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/CT835g.jpg]

Single blue-cap Tourmaline mined in 2003. Vivid blue cap over green with a red core. Weighs 15.3 grams.


CT806 - Pectolite, Prehnite, Laumontite $ 200 SOLD
Prospect Park, Passiac Co., New Jersey, USA
small cabinet - 7 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm


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Pectolite, Prehnite, Laumontite from Prospect Park, Passiac Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/CT806a.jpg] Pectolite, Prehnite, Laumontite from Prospect Park, Passiac Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/CT806b.jpg] Pectolite, Prehnite, Laumontite from Prospect Park, Passiac Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/CT806c.jpg] Pectolite, Prehnite, Laumontite from Prospect Park, Passiac Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/CT806e.jpg] Pectolite, Prehnite, Laumontite from Prospect Park, Passiac Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/CT806g.jpg] Pectolite, Prehnite, Laumontite from Prospect Park, Passiac Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/CT806h.jpg]

Two attached large radial masses of Pectolite with attached green Prehnite and Laumontite. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT801 - Tourmaline with Albite $ 1800 SOLD
Badakhshan, Afghanistan
small cabinet - 7.5 x 5.5 x 5 cm


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Tourmaline with Albite from Badakhshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/CT801a.jpg] Tourmaline with Albite from Badakhshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/CT801b.jpg] Tourmaline with Albite from Badakhshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/CT801c.jpg] Tourmaline with Albite from Badakhshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/CT801d.jpg] Tourmaline with Albite from Badakhshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/CT801e.jpg] Tourmaline with Albite from Badakhshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/CT801f.jpg]

Multi-colored 5cm Tourmaline crystal set in Albite with Quartz crystals. The Tourmaline is double-terminated with a red cap on the bottom. The rest of the crystal grades from a green core to pink, then a blue cap. The luster is matte due to a last generation of Tourmaline that grew on the surface. INterestingly, the last generation of blue Tourmaline appears to have coated the surface of the Albite which is white underneath but covered in a layer of blue. Complete all around and undamaged with amazingly perfect composition.


CT800 - Fluorite $ 400 SOLD
Minerva Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
cabinet - 12 x 12 x 7.5 cm


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Fluorite from Minerva Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/CT800a.jpg] Fluorite from Minerva Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/CT800b.jpg] Fluorite from Minerva Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/CT800c.jpg] Fluorite from Minerva Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/CT800d.jpg]

Massive Fluorite specimen composed of cubic crystals to 6.5cm on edge. The Fluorite is purple over yellow cores and has areas of stepped growth and ight etching but no damage.

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