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LL303 - Magnetite $ 280
Iron Hat Mine, Cadiz, Marble Mountains, San Bernardino Co., California, USA
miniature - 4.2 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm


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Magnetite from Iron Hat Mine, Cadiz, Marble Mountains, San Bernardino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL303a.jpg] Magnetite from Iron Hat Mine, Cadiz, Marble Mountains, San Bernardino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL303b.jpg] Magnetite from Iron Hat Mine, Cadiz, Marble Mountains, San Bernardino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL303c.jpg] Magnetite from Iron Hat Mine, Cadiz, Marble Mountains, San Bernardino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL303d.jpg]

Silvery, metallic Magnetite crystals from an obscure old iron mine in southern California. Largest Magnetite is 2.5cm wide.


D593 - Andradite var. Topazolite $ 250
Yellow Cat Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 4 x 2 cm


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Andradite var. Topazolite from Yellow Cat Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/D593a.jpg] Andradite var. Topazolite from Yellow Cat Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/D593b.jpg] Andradite var. Topazolite from Yellow Cat Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/D593c.jpg]

Lustrous golden colored Topazolite crystals and dark green Clinochlore on matrix. The Topazolite crystals reach 6mm and are bright and lustrous. Found near the Benitoite Gem Mine.


LL315 - Brazilianite $ 3500
Telerio Mine, Mendes Pimental, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 5 x 4.3 x 2.5 cm


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Brazilianite from Telerio Mine, Mendes Pimental, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL315a.jpg] Brazilianite from Telerio Mine, Mendes Pimental, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL315b.jpg] Brazilianite from Telerio Mine, Mendes Pimental, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL315c.jpg] Brazilianite from Telerio Mine, Mendes Pimental, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL315d.jpg] Brazilianite from Telerio Mine, Mendes Pimental, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL315e.jpg]

Large, complete single Brazilianite crystal. This is a specimen I've owned for about 25 years, purchased long ago from dealer Steve Perry. Steve used to make regular trips to Brazil and was there when this mine was actively producing Brazilianite. This was the biggest, best crystal he found in his trips. There is very minor edge chatter but it's essentially undamaged with good luster, areas of transparency, and the yellow/green color these are known for. Comes with a custom Lucite base.


LL312 - Hemimorphite $ 600
Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico
cabinet - 11.5 x 8 x 5.5 cm


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Hemimorphite from Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL312a.jpg] Hemimorphite from Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL312b.jpg] Hemimorphite from Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL312e.jpg] Hemimorphite from Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL312f.jpg]

Large open vug with white Hemimorphite crystals. The main cluster is an incredible 4.5cm wide fan-shaped formation. An unusual and distinct example of a fairly common mineral. If you've wanted a good Mexican Hemimorphite but think they all look the same, this one is for you.


LL342 - Fluorite on Muscovite $ 9500
Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
cabinet - 12 x 9.5 x 6 cm


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Fluorite on Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL342a.jpg] Fluorite on Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL342b.jpg] Fluorite on Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL342c.jpg] Fluorite on Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL342d.jpg] Fluorite on Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL342g.jpg] Fluorite on Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL342h.jpg]

Large 6cm octahedral pink Fluorite on Muscovite. A superb example from a locality that came to fame for it's Aquamarine, but more recently has produced fine pink Fluorite specimens. The main crystal is highly transparent and there are additional small Fluorites in the Muscovite and a white Feldspar crystal.


LL331 - Limonite after Pyrite $ 75
Pelican Point, Utah Co., Utah, USA
thumbnail - 2.2 x 2 x 2 cm


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Limonite after Pyrite from Pelican Point, Utah Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/LL331a.jpg] Limonite after Pyrite from Pelican Point, Utah Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/LL331b.jpg] Limonite after Pyrite from Pelican Point, Utah Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/LL331c.jpg] Limonite after Pyrite from Pelican Point, Utah Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/LL331d.jpg]

Fine quality, complete pseudomorph of Limonite after Pyrite. Striations on the surface from the original Pyrite are evident. From the Judy & Chris Cook pseudomorph collection.


LL252 - Almandine $ 75
Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 4 x 3.5 cm


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Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL252a.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL252b.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL252c.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL252d.jpg]

A 1.5cm red Almandine crystal in Rhyolite.


LL337 - Calcite with Natrolite $ 150
Springfield Butte, Lane Co. Oregon, USA
small cabinet - 7 x 5 x 4 cm


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Calcite with Natrolite from Springfield Butte, Lane Co. Oregon, USA [db_pics/pics/LL337a.jpg] Calcite with Natrolite from Springfield Butte, Lane Co. Oregon, USA [db_pics/pics/LL337b.jpg] Calcite with Natrolite from Springfield Butte, Lane Co. Oregon, USA [db_pics/pics/LL337c.jpg] Calcite with Natrolite from Springfield Butte, Lane Co. Oregon, USA [db_pics/pics/LL337e.jpg] Calcite with Natrolite from Springfield Butte, Lane Co. Oregon, USA [db_pics/pics/LL337g.jpg]

Aesthetic specimen of elongated Calcite crystals on Natrolite. A really neat piece collected by Chuck Trantham in 1961 and held in his collection ever since. The Natrolite has small dark inclusiions giving it a sptted appearance. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT708 - Stilbite on Mordenite $ 120
Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 2 cm


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Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708a.jpg] Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708b.jpg] Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708c.jpg] Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708d.jpg] Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708e.jpg] Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708f.jpg]

Tall, snow-white crystals of Stilbite with Mordenite, complete and well crystallized all around. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection, self collected by Chuck decades ago during his time working as a geologist during construction of the dam.


CT743 - Sand Calcite $ 125
Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 8 x 4 cm


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Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743a.jpg] Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743b.jpg] Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743c.jpg] Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743d.jpg] Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743e.jpg] Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743.mp4]

Criss-crossing Calcite crystals with inclusions of sand. The crossing crystal is 8cm and double terminated. These are unusual, USA classics collected decades ago and the locality is now closed to collecting. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL379 - Tantalite $ 120
Colorado, USA
thumbnail - 2 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm


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Tantalite from Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL379a.jpg] Tantalite from Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL379b.jpg] Tantalite from Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL379c.jpg] Tantalite from Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL379d.jpg]

Pair of intergrown, black Tantalite crystals from Colorado. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL400 - Pargasite with Spinel $ 950
Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 6 x 3 cm


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Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400a.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400b.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400c.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400d.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400f.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400g.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400.mp4]

Large translucent brown Pargasite crystals associated with blue Spinel. A superb California specimen, it was the best Pargasite (that I saw) from the Chuck Trantham collection, and there is nothing comparable to it on Mindat. The Pargasites are well formed and reach 2.1cm in size, with a band of blue Spinel (including crystals to 4mm) along the bottom, adding good color contrast. Chuck valued this at $750 back in 1983, significantly more than others in his collection that I saw, indicating he too rated this one highly. His label shows a locality of 'Locality No. 2, Twin Lakes area, near Lake Shore, Fresno Co., California' and indicates it was collected in August of 1983.


LL411 - Spinel $ 750
Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.4 cm


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Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL411a.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL411b.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL411c.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL411d.jpg]

Complete octahedral crystal of red Spinel. Undamaged with high surface luster and gem zones internally.


LL407 - Fluorite (Spinel twin) $ 300
Erongo Mountains, Namibia
thumbnail - 3 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm


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Fluorite (Spinel twin) from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL407a.jpg] Fluorite (Spinel twin) from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL407b.jpg] Fluorite (Spinel twin) from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL407c.jpg] Fluorite (Spinel twin) from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL407d.jpg]

Intergrown spinel-twinned crystals of purple Fluorite. Complete all around and undamaged with a bit of attached Feldspar on part of the backside.


LL408 - Babingtonite $ 180
Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
miniature - 3.5 x 2 x 2 cm


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Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408a.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408b.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408c.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408d.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408e.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408f.jpg]

Cluster of double-terminated Babingtonite crystals from a now old and defunct locality. The crystals have broad, flat terminations to 1.7cm wide. It's a floater, well crystallized all around with a contact or damage along the side of the large crystal, otherwise perfect all around.
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