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J448 - Rose Quartz $ 125
Pittorra Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 4.2 x 3.3 x 2.6 cm


Rose Quartz from Pittorra Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/J448a.jpg] Rose Quartz from Pittorra Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/J448b.jpg] Rose Quartz from Pittorra Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/J448c.jpg]

Glassy, lustrous, and transparent Rose Quartz crystals form a flower like cluster on white color Feldspar. Individual crystals of this color are relatively rare for Quartz, the mineral that is one of the most abundant species found on earth. Examples from Brazil are considered among the finest.


J473 - Apatite with Arsenopyrite and Pyrite $ 150
Julcani Mine, Julcani District, Angaraes Province, Huancavelica, Peru
miniature - 4.2 x 3.2 x 2.9 cm


Apatite with Arsenopyrite and Pyrite from Julcani Mine, Julcani District, Angaraes Province, Huancavelica, Peru [db_pics/pics/J473a.jpg] Apatite with Arsenopyrite and Pyrite from Julcani Mine, Julcani District, Angaraes Province, Huancavelica, Peru [db_pics/pics/J473b.jpg] Apatite with Arsenopyrite and Pyrite from Julcani Mine, Julcani District, Angaraes Province, Huancavelica, Peru [db_pics/pics/J473c.jpg]

A difficult to find old-time specimen of yellow-green Apatite crystals with Pyrite and Arsenopyrite. Three complete Apatite crystals in all, with the largest measuring 1.1cm in length. Minor chipping to some of the edges.


J474 - Pyromorphite $ 275
9 Level Jersey Vein, Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho
miniature - 4.8 x 3.5 x 1.4 cm


Pyromorphite from 9 Level Jersey Vein, Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho [db_pics/pics/J474a.jpg] Pyromorphite from 9 Level Jersey Vein, Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho [db_pics/pics/J474b.jpg] Pyromorphite from 9 Level Jersey Vein, Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho [db_pics/pics/J474c.jpg]

Some of the finest known examples of Pyromorphite came from The Bunker Hill Mine. Specimens were collected in a multitude of colors, mainly within the orange, yellow, and green spectrum. This example shows botryoidal crystals with both orange and yellow-green color and high luster. No damage other than at the edges, essentially solid Pyromorphite. Ex. John Barlow Collection.


J419 - Smithsonite $ 300
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 4.4 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J419a.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J419b.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J419c.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J419d.jpg]

Undamaged cluster of yellow Smithsonite crystals on matrix. Crystals reach 2cm in size. A good example of Tsumeb Smithsonite, considered teh world's best, and no longer being found.


J412 - Smithsonite on Cerussite $ 280
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 2.0 cm


Smithsonite on Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J412a.jpg] Smithsonite on Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J412b.jpg] Smithsonite on Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J412c.jpg] Smithsonite on Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J412d.jpg]

Undamaged 'snowflake' of Cerussite with small crystals of green, cuprian Smithsonite attached to the front. Complete and good from both sides, both front and back sides shown.


J684 - Dioptase with Plancheite $ 2500
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm


Dioptase with Plancheite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J684a.jpg] Dioptase with Plancheite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J684b.jpg] Dioptase with Plancheite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J684c.jpg]

Highly aesthetic Tsumeb Dioptase, decidedly more colorful than most with the presence of the baby blue Plancheite spheres. The Dioptase occurs as both small drusy crystals coating Calcite rhombs and larger, highly lustrous crystals to 1.8cm.


TS254 - Azurite $ 1650
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 4.2 x 3.0 x 2.8 cm


Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts254a.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts254b.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts254c.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts254d.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts254e.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts254f.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts254g.jpg]

Divergent sprays of Azurite crystals on a bit of white matrix. These are the uncommon GEM Azurites from Tsumeb that show great color and transparency when backlit.  Good pointed termination on most crystals.  A few crystals have ragged, unterminated ends but these are natural and not damaged. A rare old treasure.


J699 - Brookite in Quartz $ 200
Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan
miniature - 4.5 x 3.2 x 2.7 cm


Brookite in Quartz from Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J699a.jpg] Brookite in Quartz from Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J699b.jpg] Brookite in Quartz from Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J699c.jpg]

Bright and transparent Quartz crystal with inclusions of Brookite crystals. This is an excellent example with long Brookite crystals, some of which are fully included in the Quartz and others that partially extend out of the Quartz. The central Brookite extends from the base of the Quartz right up the middle to the very tip of the Quartz! The Quartz is also mostly recrystallized on the base. Great crystal!!


J700 - Mimetite $ 450
Pingtouling Mine, Liannan Co., Qingyuan, Guangdong, China
miniature - 5.0 x 2.7 x 2.0 cm


Mimetite from Pingtouling Mine, Liannan Co., Qingyuan, Guangdong, China [db_pics/pics/J700a.jpg] Mimetite from Pingtouling Mine, Liannan Co., Qingyuan, Guangdong, China [db_pics/pics/J700b.jpg] Mimetite from Pingtouling Mine, Liannan Co., Qingyuan, Guangdong, China [db_pics/pics/J700c.jpg]

Bright, lustrous, and gemmy Mimetite crystals on matrix. This was an early pick from Arkenstone stock when they first came out years ago (2004?). Quality undamaged specimen with great color.


J673 - Cinnabar $ 350
Yanwuping Mine, Tongren, China
miniature - 5.0 x 4 x 2.0 cm


Cinnabar from Yanwuping Mine, Tongren, China [db_pics/pics/J673a.jpg] Cinnabar from Yanwuping Mine, Tongren, China [db_pics/pics/J673b.jpg] Cinnabar from Yanwuping Mine, Tongren, China [db_pics/pics/J673c.jpg]

Large twinned Cinnabar crystals on white Dolomite crystals. There are 3 crystals here, one very large crystal 1.9cm, with a 1.3cm crystal attached to one side. Near the base is the the third crystal, 7mm in size. All are undamaged.


J715 - Diopside with Tsavorite $ 150
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.2 x 2 x 1.5 cm


Diopside with Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J715a.jpg] Diopside with Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J715b.jpg] Diopside with Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J715c.jpg] Diopside with Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J715d.jpg] Diopside with Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J715e.jpg]

Cluster of Diopside crystals with attached Tsavorite. A couple small points of contact present but it's basically a floater with Diopside crystals sticking out in all directions. The Tsavorite are bright and gemmy!


J517 - Clinoatacamite on Calcite (R) $ 90
Lily Mine, Ica Dept., Peru
miniature - 4.3 x 3.0 x 2.5 cm


Clinoatacamite on Calcite (R) from Lily Mine, Ica Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J517a.jpg] Clinoatacamite on Calcite (R) from Lily Mine, Ica Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J517b.jpg] Clinoatacamite on Calcite (R) from Lily Mine, Ica Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J517c.jpg]

Calcite lined vug with clusters of dark green Clinoatacamite. The Clinoatacamite crystals on this specimen are lustrous and well formed. These are regarded as some of the world's best Clinoatacamite examples. Inspection revealed that this specimen had broken and been repaired repaired prior to my purchase.


J589 - Vesuvianite $ 225
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
miniature - 4.0 x 2.8 x 2.6 cm


Vesuvianite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/J589a.jpg] Vesuvianite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/J589b.jpg] Vesuvianite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/J589c.jpg] Vesuvianite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/J589d.jpg] Vesuvianite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/J589e.jpg]

A good sized matrix Vesuvianite specimen, one of the best color combination examples for this type. The matrix is purple mangan Vesuvianite covered by an outer layer of yellow/green Vesuvianite crystals. Largest single crystal in the group is just over 2cm in length. The mine is now closed.


J546 - Franckeite (Var: Potosíite) with Franckeite $ 140
San Jose Mine, Cercado Province, Oruro City, Oruro Dept., Bolivia
miniature - 3.8 x 3.1 x 2.5 cm


Franckeite (Var: Potosíite) with Franckeite from San Jose Mine, Cercado Province, Oruro City, Oruro Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J546a.jpg] Franckeite (Var: Potosíite) with Franckeite from San Jose Mine, Cercado Province, Oruro City, Oruro Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J546b.jpg] Franckeite (Var: Potosíite) with Franckeite from San Jose Mine, Cercado Province, Oruro City, Oruro Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J546c.jpg]

A fine example of the rare sulfosalt species, Franckeite, with radiating spear-shaped crystals and what was formerly known as Potosiite (now discredited). Potosiite is the variety of Franckeite that is tin-poor in its chemistry with crystals more tabular in shape. A rare specimen.


J516 - Rhodochrosite after bivalve shell $ 250
Kertch, Crimea, Ukraine
miniature - 4.0 x 3.2 x 2.2 cm


Rhodochrosite after bivalve shell from Kertch, Crimea, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/J516a.jpg] Rhodochrosite after bivalve shell from Kertch, Crimea, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/J516b.jpg] Rhodochrosite after bivalve shell from Kertch, Crimea, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/J516d.jpg] Rhodochrosite after bivalve shell from Kertch, Crimea, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/J516e.jpg]

A fossil bivalve shell that has been completely replaced by pink Rhodochrosite. The shell is wonderfully preserved with both sides present and in perfect condition. One end has been cut to reveal the pink Rhodochrosite inside. The old iron mine where these were found is long closed and these are no longer being found. An undamaged, very well preserved example.



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