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A252 - Pyrrhotite on Chalcopyrite $ 175
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Hunan Prov., China
miniature - 3.2 x 2 x 2 cm


Pyrrhotite on Chalcopyrite from Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a252a.jpg] Pyrrhotite on Chalcopyrite from Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a252b.jpg] Pyrrhotite on Chalcopyrite from Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Hunan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/a252c.jpg]

Three rosettes of Pyrrhottite on on Chalcopyrite with metallic needles of Jamesonite. This is older material from Yaogangxian that was not common, 3.2 x 2 x 2 cm.


AF537 - Acanthite $ 300
Imiter Mine, Atlas Mtns., Morocco
miniature - 3.2 x 2.5 x 2 cm


Acanthite from Imiter Mine, Atlas Mtns., Morocco [db_pics/pics/af537a.jpg] Acanthite from Imiter Mine, Atlas Mtns., Morocco [db_pics/pics/af537b.jpg]

Sharp octahedral crystals to 12mm on edge. The crystals are very sharp in form but have slightly curved edges giving them a unique appearance, 3.2 x 2.5 x 2 cm.


AF546 - Acanthite $ 250
Imiter Mine, Atlas Mtns., Morocco
miniature - 3.2 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm


Acanthite from Imiter Mine, Atlas Mtns., Morocco [db_pics/pics/af546a.jpg] Acanthite from Imiter Mine, Atlas Mtns., Morocco [db_pics/pics/af546b.jpg]

Sharp octahedral crystals to 13mm on edge, 3.2 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm.


A424 - Tourmaline $ 450
Paprok, Afghanistan
miniature - 3.8 x 1.5 x 1.1 cm


Tourmaline from Paprok, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a424a.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a424b.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a424c.jpg]

Green Tourmaline crystal with pink cap and multi-stepped pyramidal termination, good undamaged crystal, size 3.8 x 1.5 x 1.1 cm.


NA317 - Amethyst $ 350
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
miniature - 5 x 4 x 4 cm


Amethyst from Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/na317aa.jpg] Amethyst from Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/na317bb.jpg] Amethyst from Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/na317c.jpg]

"V" group of Amethyst on matrix, crystal on left a scepter, 5 x 4 x 4 cm.


E578 - Cuprite on Copper $ 550
Rubtsovskiy Mine, Altayskiy Kray, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 4.5 x 3 x 2.8 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Rubtsovskiy Mine, Altayskiy Kray, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e578a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Rubtsovskiy Mine, Altayskiy Kray, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e578b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Rubtsovskiy Mine, Altayskiy Kray, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e578c.jpg]

Thick, robust Copper crystals with 3 areas of attached Cuprite crystals. These Cuprite on Copper specimens were one of the more interesting new finds at Tucson this year. While there was a good number of Copper specimens available, there was only very few with the Cuprite association. There are also unidentified white crystals associated with the Cuprite, 4.5 x 3 x 2.8 cm.


SA561 - Silver $ 800
Uchuchacua Mine, Peru
miniature - 3.3 x 2.6 x 2.4 cm


Silver from Uchuchacua Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/sa561a.jpg] Silver from Uchuchacua Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/sa561b.jpg] Silver from Uchuchacua Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/sa561c.jpg] Silver from Uchuchacua Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/sa561d.jpg]

Thick wires of Silver in aesthetic arrangment on a tiny bit of matrix, 3.3 x 2.6 x 2.4 cm.


AF557 - Vanadinite $ 200
Mibladen, Morocco
miniature - 4 x 2 x 1.5 cm


Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af557a.jpg] Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af557b.jpg] Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af557c.jpg]

Orangy red crystals with excellent luster. Thick crystals to 8mm wide covering matrix. Vanadanite has been coming out in quantity over the years, but both quantity and quality has diminished over the past few years. I found one Moroccan miner in Tucson this year with a handful of quality pieces. Get a good one now, 4 x 2 x 1.5 cm.


AF492 - Acanthite $ 350
Imiter Mine, Ouarzazate Prov., Morocco
miniature - 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


Acanthite from Imiter Mine, Ouarzazate Prov., Morocco [db_pics/pics/af492a.jpg] Acanthite from Imiter Mine, Ouarzazate Prov., Morocco [db_pics/pics/af492b.jpg] Acanthite from Imiter Mine, Ouarzazate Prov., Morocco [db_pics/pics/af492c.jpg]

Large, well formed Acanthite with individual crystals to 2cm. Complete all around with small wire of Silver in areas, size 4 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm.


AF498 - Acanthite $ 300
Imiter Mine, Ouarzazate Prov., Morocco
miniature - 3.6 x 2.5 x 2 cm


Acanthite from Imiter Mine, Ouarzazate Prov., Morocco [db_pics/pics/af498a.jpg] Acanthite from Imiter Mine, Ouarzazate Prov., Morocco [db_pics/pics/af498b.jpg] Acanthite from Imiter Mine, Ouarzazate Prov., Morocco [db_pics/pics/af498c.jpg]

Well formed Acanthite crystals with individuals to 1.5cm. Good luster on the crystals too, size 3.6 x 2.5 x 2 cm.


AF485 - Demantoid Garnet on Quartz $ 550
Erongo Mountains, Namibia
miniature - 3.5 x 3.5 x 2 cm


Demantoid Garnet on Quartz from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/af485a.jpg] Demantoid Garnet on Quartz from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/af485b.jpg] Demantoid Garnet on Quartz from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/af485c.jpg]

Four sharp, gem quality Demantoid crystals on cluster of Quartz crystals. This was etched out of Calcite. Size 3.5 x 3.5 x 2 cm.


AF451 - Vanadinite on Barite $ 450
Mibladen, Morocco
miniature - 3.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


Vanadinite on Barite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af451a.jpg] Vanadinite on Barite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af451b.jpg] Vanadinite on Barite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af451c.jpg]

Fine Vanadanite crystals to 13 x 7 mm on Barite coated by manganese oxides, 3.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm.


A335 - Topaz $ 420
Shigar Valley, Pakistan
miniature - 4.5 x 2.3 x 2.3 cm


Topaz from Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a335a.jpg] Topaz from Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a335b.jpg] Topaz from Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a335c.jpg]

Gem Topaz crystal with a flat termination with beveled edges, size 4.5 x 2.3 x 2.3 cm.


A517 - Tourmaline $ 600
Pech, Kunnar Prov., Afghanistan
miniature - 3.8 x 0.9 x 0.6 cm


Tourmaline from Pech, Kunnar Prov., Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a517a.jpg] Tourmaline from Pech, Kunnar Prov., Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a517b.jpg] Tourmaline from Pech, Kunnar Prov., Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/a517c.jpg]

Long gem pencil Tourmaline from new find in Afghanistan with a pointed, pyramidal termination. Facet quality for the entire length. Glassy luster, complete and undamaged. 20 carats in weight, 3.8 x 0.9 x 0.6 cm.


T20 - Prehnite on Tanzanite $ 2000
Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania
miniature - 3.3 x 0.9 x 0.7 cm


Prehnite on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t20a.jpg] Prehnite on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t20b.jpg] Prehnite on Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/t20c.jpg]

Yellow Prehnite on a superb, gemmy blue/purple Tanzanite. There is a small ding on the backside of the termination, but regardless, this is one heck of a nice crystal with great luster and color, uniform shape and the nice association with the Prehnite. Illustrated in the Sept.-Oct. 2009 issue of the Mineralogical Record (Figure 84, page 386). 3.3 x 0.9 x 0.7 cm.



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