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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.


J484 - Prehnite $ 300
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.7 x 3.1 x 2.6 cm


Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J484a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J484b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J484e.jpg]

Well crystallized Prehnite from recent finds at the Merelani Tanzanite mines. Highly translucent with a greenish yellow color with large, chunky crystals. These recent Prehnites are the best ever found at the locality.


J513 - Prehnite $ 300
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.3 x 2.5 x 2.4 cm


Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J513a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J513b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J513d.jpg]

Well crystallized Prehnite from recent finds at the Merelani Tanzanite mines. Highly translucent with a greenish yellow color. This one is an exceptional small miniature with very stout, thick crystls forming a 3cm wide radial grouping. No damage to the crystals. These recent Prehnites are the best ever found at the locality.


J623 - Brucite $ 300
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
miniature - 4.0 x 3.9 x 1.8 cm


Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J623a.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J623b.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J623c.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J623d.jpg]

Large, solid radial mass of yellow Brucite on a small speck of matrix. The specimen is solid Brucite well crystallized all around and undamaged. It's a 360 degree 'pinwheel' formation on a small amount of matrix. This example is nearly a floater because the matrix is partially covered by a thin layer of lighter colored Brucite. It is translucent, thick and sturdy, and undamaged.


J894 - Quartz with inclusions $ 250
Madan, Bulgaria
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 2 cm


Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894a.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894b.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894c.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894d.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894e.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894f.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894g.jpg]

This is an interesting Quartz specimen I found in a parcel of Galena, Pyrite, Sphalerite and other Bulgarian minerals. It's a complete and undamaged cluster of parallel grown, double-terminated Quartz crystals with a variety of different included and attached minerals including Galena, Chalcopyrite, and Realgar. Pristine and perfect, a gem of a specimen.


J781 - Stilbite on Kunzite $ 150
Nuristan, Afghanistan
miniature - 4 x 2 x 1.5 cm


Stilbite on Kunzite from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/J781a.jpg] Stilbite on Kunzite from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/J781b.jpg] Stilbite on Kunzite from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/J781c.jpg] Stilbite on Kunzite from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/J781d.jpg]

Gemmy, well terminated Kunzite crystal with attached Stilbite crystals on one side. Stilbite, a zeolite mineral, is not commonly found in granitic pegmatites. With this specimen you have both a rarity and and beautiful display piece.


J895 - Quartz scepter with Hematite $ 380
Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia
miniature - 4.5 x 2 x 2.0 cm


Quartz scepter with Hematite from Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J895a.jpg] Quartz scepter with Hematite from Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J895b.jpg] Quartz scepter with Hematite from Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J895c.jpg] Quartz scepter with Hematite from Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/j895d.jpg]

Quartz scepter from a 2017 find, and one of the best I saw. The scepter head has both smokey and amethyst coloration and the stalk is pink due to Hematite inclusions. Complete all around. Withthe exception of two tiny crystals sticking into the side, the specimen is entirely undamaged. The combination of the colors and form make for a great specimen.


J913 - Cuprian Smithsonite $ 120
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 3 cm


Cuprian Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J913a.jpg] Cuprian Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J913b.jpg] Cuprian Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J913c.jpg]

Good coverage of translucent, satiny green Smithsonite on matrix.


J800 - Valentinite $ 220
Colavi Mine, Potosí, Bolivia
miniature - 3.8 x 2.1 x 1.1 cm


Valentinite from Colavi Mine, Potosí, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J800a.jpg] Valentinite from Colavi Mine, Potosí, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J800b.jpg] Valentinite from Colavi Mine, Potosí, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J800c.jpg]

A very good example of the very rare Antimony Oxide, Valentinite. This specimen features both single crystals to 7mm (good sized!) and hemispherical crystal groups. More good crystals on the back side too.


J777 - Cuprite on Copper $ 200
unknown
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 3.7 cm


Cuprite on Copper from unknown [db_pics/pics/J777a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from unknown [db_pics/pics/J777b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from unknown [db_pics/pics/J777c.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from unknown [db_pics/pics/J777d.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from unknown [db_pics/pics/J777e.jpg]

Octahedral Cuprite crystals covering Copper. Out and collection with no locality given, and therefore priced low.


J774 - Clinoatacamite $ 290
Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/J774a.jpg] Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/J774b.jpg] Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/J774c.jpg]

Selenite and Chrysocolla lined vug with large, robust crystals of dark green Clinoatacamite to 9mm. The Clinoatacamite is especially good on this one. These are regarded as the world's best Clinoatacamite specimens. The Lily Mine is now closed.


J775 - Clinoatacamite $ 200
Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru
miniature - 3.8 x 3.5 x 3 cm


Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/J775a.jpg] Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/J775b.jpg] Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/J775c.jpg] Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/J775d.jpg]

Selenite and Chrysocolla lined vug with large, robust crystals of dark green Clinoatacamite. These are regarded as the world's best Clinoatacamite specimens. The Lily Mine is now closed.


K110 - Axinite $ 150
Obira, Kyushu, Japan
miniature - 5 x 3 x 2 cm


Axinite from Obira, Kyushu, Japan [db_pics/pics/k110a.jpg] Axinite from Obira, Kyushu, Japan [db_pics/pics/k110b.jpg] Axinite from Obira, Kyushu, Japan [db_pics/pics/k110c.jpg]

Dense clusters of bladed Axinite crystals to 1cm. Crystals are transparent to translucent.



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