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LL185 - McGuinnessite, Vuagnatite $ 180 (=~ € 148)
Copper King Mine, Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 5.5 x 2.8 cm


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McGuinnessite, Vuagnatite from Copper King Mine, Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL185a.jpg] McGuinnessite, Vuagnatite from Copper King Mine, Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL185b.jpg] McGuinnessite, Vuagnatite from Copper King Mine, Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL185c.jpg]

Bubbly blue/green McGuinnessite on all sides of matrix and glassy yellowish crystals of Vaugnatite on one side. 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.


LL646 - Liottite $ 50 (=~ € 41) SOLD
Pitigliano, Tuscany, Italy
miniature - 3.5 x 2 x 1.2 cm


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Liottite from Pitigliano, Tuscany, Italy [db_pics/pics/LL646a.jpg] Liottite from Pitigliano, Tuscany, Italy [db_pics/pics/LL646b.jpg] Liottite from Pitigliano, Tuscany, Italy [db_pics/pics/LL646c.jpg]

Small crystals of Liottite on matrix. Liottite is a colorless silicate mineral in the Cancrinite group. From the type locality for the species. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL645 - Churchite $ 50 (=~ € 41)
Leonie I Mine, Auerbach in der Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 2 cm


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Churchite from Leonie I Mine, Auerbach in der Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany [db_pics/pics/LL645a.jpg] Churchite from Leonie I Mine, Auerbach in der Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany [db_pics/pics/LL645b.jpg] Churchite from Leonie I Mine, Auerbach in der Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany [db_pics/pics/LL645c.jpg] Churchite from Leonie I Mine, Auerbach in der Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany [db_pics/pics/LL645d.jpg] Churchite from Leonie I Mine, Auerbach in der Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany [db_pics/pics/LL645e.jpg]

Small, fibrous white to yellow Churchite crystals on matrix. The old label refers to this minera as 'Weinschenkite' and show a date of 1982. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL639 - Tinzenite $ 50 (=~ € 41) SOLD
Gambatesa Mine, Monte Copello, Reppia, Ne, Genoa, Liguria, Italy
miniature - 3.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


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Tinzenite from Gambatesa Mine, Monte Copello, Reppia, Ne, Genoa, Liguria, Italy [db_pics/pics/LL639a.jpg] Tinzenite from Gambatesa Mine, Monte Copello, Reppia, Ne, Genoa, Liguria, Italy [db_pics/pics/LL639b.jpg] Tinzenite from Gambatesa Mine, Monte Copello, Reppia, Ne, Genoa, Liguria, Italy [db_pics/pics/LL639c.jpg] Tinzenite from Gambatesa Mine, Monte Copello, Reppia, Ne, Genoa, Liguria, Italy [db_pics/pics/LL639d.jpg]

Quartz crystals and orange Tinzenite crystals in a few small vugs on matrix. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL439 - Cabalzarite $ 50 (=~ € 41) SOLD
Falotta, Tinizong (Tinzen), Surses, Albula Region, Grisons, Switzerland
miniature - 4.5 x 3 x 1.5 cm


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Cabalzarite from Falotta, Tinizong (Tinzen), Surses, Albula Region, Grisons, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/LL439a.jpg] Cabalzarite from Falotta, Tinizong (Tinzen), Surses, Albula Region, Grisons, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/LL439b.jpg] Cabalzarite from Falotta, Tinizong (Tinzen), Surses, Albula Region, Grisons, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/LL439c.jpg]

Pink/orange crystalline Cabalzarite on matrix from old Swiss manganese mines dating to the 1800s.. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL436 - Manandonite $ 50 (=~ € 41)
Manandona River, Sahatany Valley, Madagascar
miniature - 3.2 x 2.2 x 2 cm


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Manandonite from Manandona River, Sahatany Valley, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/LL436a.jpg] Manandonite from Manandona River, Sahatany Valley, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/LL436b.jpg] Manandonite from Manandona River, Sahatany Valley, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/LL436c.jpg] Manandonite from Manandona River, Sahatany Valley, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/LL436d.jpg]

Specimen of pearly white Manandonite from the type and only locality for the species, the Antandrokomby pegmatite in Madagascar. Quartz crystals and small red Tourmaline crystals are also present. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL437 - Pargasite $ 50 (=~ € 41)
Pargas, Southwest Finland, Finland
miniature - 3.5 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Pargasite from Pargas, Southwest Finland, Finland [db_pics/pics/LL437a.jpg] Pargasite from Pargas, Southwest Finland, Finland [db_pics/pics/LL437b.jpg] Pargasite from Pargas, Southwest Finland, Finland [db_pics/pics/LL437c.jpg] Pargasite from Pargas, Southwest Finland, Finland [db_pics/pics/LL437d.jpg]

Crystals of Pargasite in white Calcite from the type locality for the species. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL644 - Faujasite $ 50 (=~ € 41) SOLD
Baker, San Bernardino Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Faujasite from Baker, San Bernardino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL644a.jpg] Faujasite from Baker, San Bernardino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL644b.jpg] Faujasite from Baker, San Bernardino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL644c.jpg] Faujasite from Baker, San Bernardino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL644d.jpg]

Small crystals of Faujasite, a rare zeolite mineral, on volcanic rock matrix. The Faujazite occur as colorless, transparent octahedra, along with more white Phillipsite. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL444 - Koettigite $ 50 (=~ € 41)
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
thumbnail - 3 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm


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Koettigite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL444a.jpg] Koettigite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL444b.jpg] Koettigite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL444d.jpg] Koettigite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL444e.jpg]

Sprays of green Koettigite on both sides of a vuggy limonite matrix. A much sought after rarity from Mapimi. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT567 - Chambersite $ 120 (=~ € 99)
Venice Salt Dome, Lousiana, USA
thumbnail - 0.6 x 0.5 x 0.5 cm


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Chambersite from Venice Salt Dome, Lousiana, USA [db_pics/pics/CT567a.jpg] Chambersite from Venice Salt Dome, Lousiana, USA [db_pics/pics/CT567b.jpg] Chambersite from Venice Salt Dome, Lousiana, USA [db_pics/pics/CT567c.jpg]

Complete tetrahedron of Chambersite, a rare mineral found in salt formations in a small number of localities worldwide. There is damage along one edge, otherwise it's perfect with a dark purple color. This locality is on a narrow strip of land that extends out into the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast of New Orleans in an area that was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. This crystal was collected by Fred Pough in 1970. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT606 - Chambersite $ 150 (=~ € 123)
Venice Salt Dome, Lousiana, USA
thumbnail - 0.6 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm


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Chambersite from Venice Salt Dome, Lousiana, USA [db_pics/pics/CT606a.jpg] Chambersite from Venice Salt Dome, Lousiana, USA [db_pics/pics/CT606b.jpg] Chambersite from Venice Salt Dome, Lousiana, USA [db_pics/pics/CT606c.jpg]

Complete tetrahedron of Chambersite, a rare mineral found in salt formations in a small number of localities worldwide. It has a medium purple color and a smaller crystal sticking out one side. This locality is on a narrow strip of land that extends out into the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast of New Orleans in an area that was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. This crystal was collected by Fred Pough in 1970. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL647 - Labuntsovite $ 50 (=~ € 41)
DeMix Quarry, Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 2.2 x 1.5 x 1 cm


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Labuntsovite from DeMix Quarry, Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL647a.jpg] Labuntsovite from DeMix Quarry, Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL647b.jpg] Labuntsovite from DeMix Quarry, Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL647c.jpg]

Prismatic red crystals of Labuntsovite in a small vug on matrix. The label indicates an 'unknown #5' is also present. Ex. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL446 - Plombierite $ 50 (=~ € 41) SOLD
Crestmore Quarry, Riverside Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Plombierite from Crestmore Quarry, Riverside Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL446a.jpg] Plombierite from Crestmore Quarry, Riverside Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL446b.jpg] Plombierite from Crestmore Quarry, Riverside Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL446c.jpg]

White massive Plombierite specimen, a member of the Tobermorite group of minerals. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL440 - Chapmanite $ 50 (=~ € 41)
La Bessade Mine, Mercœur, Brioude, Haute-Loire, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 1.5 cm


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Chapmanite from La Bessade Mine, Mercœur, Brioude, Haute-Loire, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/LL440a.jpg] Chapmanite from La Bessade Mine, Mercœur, Brioude, Haute-Loire, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/LL440b.jpg] Chapmanite from La Bessade Mine, Mercœur, Brioude, Haute-Loire, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/LL440c.jpg]

Yellow/green Chapmanite on matrix. chapmanite is a rare silicat mineral and the antimony analogue of Bismutoferrite. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL445 - Carnotite $ 50 (=~ € 41) SOLD
Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC)
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 2 cm


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Carnotite from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/LL445a.jpg] Carnotite from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/LL445b.jpg] Carnotite from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/LL445c.jpg]

Orange microcrystals of Carnotite on matrix. Carnotite is a rare uranium bearing mineral. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.

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