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LL392 - Jadeite $ 150
Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 7 x 7 x 4 cm


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Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL392a.jpg] Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL392b.jpg] Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL392c.jpg] Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL392d.jpg] Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL392e.jpg]

Rare crystals (!) of green Jadeite, a species which is almost always found as massive and non-crystallized, better suited fro lapidary work than as specimens. The specimen has seams of green Jadeite with open vuggy areas containing crystals. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL394 - Jadeite $ 150
Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA
cabinet - 9.5 x 7.5 x 3.5 cm


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Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL394a.jpg] Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL394b.jpg] Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL394c.jpg] Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL394d.jpg] Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL394e.jpg]

Rare crystals (!) of green Jadeite, a species which is almost always found as massive and non-crystallized, better suited fro lapidary work than as specimens. The specimen has seams of green Jadeite with open vuggy areas containing crystals. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL499 - 'Dannemorite' $ 40
Brunnsjögruvan, Grythyttan, Hällefors, Örebro County, Sweden
small cabinet - 7 x 7 x 4 cm


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'Dannemorite' from Brunnsjögruvan, Grythyttan, Hällefors, Örebro County, Sweden [db_pics/pics/LL499a.jpg] 'Dannemorite' from Brunnsjögruvan, Grythyttan, Hällefors, Örebro County, Sweden [db_pics/pics/LL499b.jpg] 'Dannemorite' from Brunnsjögruvan, Grythyttan, Hällefors, Örebro County, Sweden [db_pics/pics/LL499c.jpg] 'Dannemorite' from Brunnsjögruvan, Grythyttan, Hällefors, Örebro County, Sweden [db_pics/pics/LL499d.jpg] 'Dannemorite' from Brunnsjögruvan, Grythyttan, Hällefors, Örebro County, Sweden [db_pics/pics/LL499e.jpg]

Fibrous grey 'Dannemorite' an amphibole mineral whose name changed to manganogrunerite, and later (2017) to clino-ferro-suenoite. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL627 - Ottrelite $ 60
Stavelot Massif, Belgium
small cabinet - 8.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm


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Ottrelite from Stavelot Massif, Belgium [db_pics/pics/LL627a.jpg] Ottrelite from Stavelot Massif, Belgium [db_pics/pics/LL627b.jpg] Ottrelite from Stavelot Massif, Belgium [db_pics/pics/LL627c.jpg] Ottrelite from Stavelot Massif, Belgium [db_pics/pics/LL627d.jpg]

Small crystals of Ottrelite dispersed through matrix. This is a good large example. Ottrelite is the manganese analogue of Chloritoid. From the type locality for the species. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL332 - Montroseite $ 50 SOLD
Paradox Valley, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm


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Montroseite from Paradox Valley, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL332a.jpg] Montroseite from Paradox Valley, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL332b.jpg] Montroseite from Paradox Valley, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL332c.jpg] Montroseite from Paradox Valley, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL332d.jpg]

Specimen of Montroseite, a submetallic black mineral in the Disapore group of minerals. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL334 - unknown $ 20
Engel Mine, Plumas Co., California, USA
miniature - 3.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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unknown from Engel Mine, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL334a.jpg] unknown from Engel Mine, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL334b.jpg] unknown from Engel Mine, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL334c.jpg] unknown from Engel Mine, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL334d.jpg] unknown from Engel Mine, Plumas Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL334e.jpg]

Platy bluegreen crystals of an unknown species on matrix. The Engel Mine is a former Copper, Silver, Gold, and Zinc Mine. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL335 - Churchite $ 50
Virginia, USA
thumbnail - 3 x 2 x 1 cm


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Churchite from Virginia, USA [db_pics/pics/LL335a.jpg] Churchite from Virginia, USA [db_pics/pics/LL335b.jpg] Churchite from Virginia, USA [db_pics/pics/LL335c.jpg]

Small, fibrous white to yellow Churchite crystals on matrix. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL296 - Kentrolite $ 60 SOLD
Big Chief Mine, Hillsboro, Sierra Co., New Mexico, USA
miniature - 3.8 x 2 x 1.8 cm


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Kentrolite from Big Chief Mine, Hillsboro, Sierra Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/LL296a.jpg] Kentrolite from Big Chief Mine, Hillsboro, Sierra Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/LL296b.jpg] Kentrolite from Big Chief Mine, Hillsboro, Sierra Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/LL296c.jpg] Kentrolite from Big Chief Mine, Hillsboro, Sierra Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/LL296d.jpg]

Black Kentrolite crystals on matrix. Kentrolite is a rare lead and manganese silicate mineral. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL297 - Kentrolite $ 40
Big Chief Mine, Hillsboro, Sierra Co., New Mexico, USA
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 1.5 cm


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Kentrolite from Big Chief Mine, Hillsboro, Sierra Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/LL297a.jpg] Kentrolite from Big Chief Mine, Hillsboro, Sierra Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/LL297b.jpg] Kentrolite from Big Chief Mine, Hillsboro, Sierra Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/LL297c.jpg] Kentrolite from Big Chief Mine, Hillsboro, Sierra Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/LL297d.jpg]

Black Kentrolite crystals on matrix. Kentrolite is a rare lead and manganese silicate mineral. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL632 - McGuinnessite, Vuagnatite $ 50
Copper King Mine, Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2 x 1.5 x 1 cm


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McGuinnessite, Vuagnatite from Copper King Mine, Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL632a.jpg] McGuinnessite, Vuagnatite from Copper King Mine, Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL632b.jpg] McGuinnessite, Vuagnatite from Copper King Mine, Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL632c.jpg] McGuinnessite, Vuagnatite from Copper King Mine, Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL632d.jpg]

Bubbly blue/green McGuinnessite on 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.


LL366 - Lawsonite $ 80
Reed Station, Tiburon, Marin Co., California, USA
cabinet - 10.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm


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Lawsonite from Reed Station, Tiburon, Marin Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL366a.jpg] Lawsonite from Reed Station, Tiburon, Marin Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL366b.jpg] Lawsonite from Reed Station, Tiburon, Marin Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL366c.jpg] Lawsonite from Reed Station, Tiburon, Marin Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL366d.jpg]

Glaucophane schist matrix hosting crystals of blue Lawsonite. Large crystals to 2cm in size. Old specimen from the type locality for the species, collected by Chuck Trantham back in 1968. Rare stuff! Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL624 - Vishnevite $ 50
Vischnevo Gorsk Mine, Urals, Russia
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Vishnevite from Vischnevo Gorsk Mine, Urals, Russia [db_pics/pics/LL624a.jpg] Vishnevite from Vischnevo Gorsk Mine, Urals, Russia [db_pics/pics/LL624b.jpg] Vishnevite from Vischnevo Gorsk Mine, Urals, Russia [db_pics/pics/LL624c.jpg]

Light blue Vishnevite throughout a nepheline matrix. Collected by Jiri Spalek in 2000. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.
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