Selected Specimens

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AB104 - Copper after Azurite $ 300
Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA
miniature - 3.5 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Copper after Azurite from Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/ab104a.jpg] Copper after Azurite from Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/ab104b.jpg] Copper after Azurite from Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/ab104c.jpg]

Cluster of Azurite that has been completely replaced by Copper. Dominant main crystal with smaller crystals atttached to the front center. Complete on both sides with well defined, sharp edges and undamaged. A remarkable and fantastic specimen.


AB105 - Calcite on Fluorite $ 1800
Hunan, China
cabinet - 10 x 7 x 4.5 cm


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Calcite on Fluorite from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/ab105a.jpg] Calcite on Fluorite from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/ab105b.jpg]

Transparent blue Fluorite cubes on matrix with attached Calcite and colorless Quartz crystals. The Fluorite cubes have internal phantoms. Beautiful well saturated color!


AB106 - Cuprian Smithsonite with Mimetite $ 750
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 3.5 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm


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Cuprian Smithsonite with Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ab106a.jpg] Cuprian Smithsonite with Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ab106b.jpg] Cuprian Smithsonite with Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ab106c.jpg] Cuprian Smithsonite with Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ab106d.jpg]

Colorful Tsumeb classic now hard to find. Smithsonite crystals to 7mm that stand up nicely off the matrix. Sparkly and undamaged rarity.


AB108 - Smithsonite $ 650
Broken Hill Mine, Kabwe, Zambia
miniature - 5 x 3.5 x 2.2 cm


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Smithsonite from Broken Hill Mine, Kabwe, Zambia [db_pics/pics/ab108a.jpg] Smithsonite from Broken Hill Mine, Kabwe, Zambia [db_pics/pics/ab108b.jpg] Smithsonite from Broken Hill Mine, Kabwe, Zambia [db_pics/pics/ab108c.jpg]

Two large, double-terminated Smithsonite crystals that display dramatically on matrix. This locality is not known for volumes of specimens but I have seen the occasional really interesting specimen from here over the years and this counts as one of them. The largest Smithsonite is 3.6cm wide and the specimen displays well from either side. There are unfortunately small cleaves on the tip of each crystal, but they don't ditract that much, especially when considering the rarity of the piece and the overall visual impact.


AB110 - Silver $ 350
White Pine Mine, ONtonagon Co., Michigan, USA
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 0.5 cm


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Silver from White Pine Mine, ONtonagon Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/ab110a.jpg] Silver from White Pine Mine, ONtonagon Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/ab110b.jpg]

Dendritic cluster of Silver crystals with a dark patina. Beautiful well formed, distinct crystals.


AB111 - Gold $ 900
El Dorado Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2.2 x 1.2 x 0.4 cm


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Gold from El Dorado Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ab111a.jpg] Gold from El Dorado Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ab111b.jpg] Gold from El Dorado Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ab111c.jpg]

Wide, thick crystal of Gold showing a a broad, flat face on the front with clusters of smaller crystals attached to the backside. Weighs 3.26 grams.


AB112 - Tanzanite $ 6000
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 3 x 1 cm


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Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ab112a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ab112b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ab112c.jpg]

Good sized pink Tanzanite crystal, one of the largest I've seen. Pinks are uncommon and this one is unique with a dark blue phantom line dividing the pink zone on top and a more purple/pink zone below. There is a chip on a back edge, but the termination is good and it can be displayed from the front undamaged. A beautiful and uncommon Tanzanite. Weighs 21.1 grams.


AB113 - Tanzanite $ 3000
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 2.2 x 0.7 cm


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Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ab113a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ab113b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ab113c.jpg]

Stunning bi-color Tanzanite crystal of yellow over vivid purple/blue. This crystal has superb luster and unusually uniform shape, retaining an even 7mm thickness all the way from the base to the termination. There are two chips, including one on the back termination, but the sheer pizzaz and dramatic coloration greatly overcomes it, it's that pretty and unique. The best bi-color Tanzanite I've ever had. Weighs 13 grams.


AB114 - Tanzanite $ 2800
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.5 x 2 x 1.3 cm


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Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ab114a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ab114b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ab114c.jpg]

High quality single crystal, very gemmy near termination. Trichroic with good red color up the C-axis. Natural, unheated, and undamaged. Weighs 116 carats.


K967 - Dioptase $ 3500
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 5.2 x 3.8 x 8 cm


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Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/K967a.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/K967b.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/K967c.jpg]

Large, gemmy Dioptase crystals on matrix. Crystals reach 1.5cm long. I ofund one micro chip on one edge, otherwise entirely undamaged. I bought this piece from Clive Queit about 20 years ago in Tucson. Beautiful large crystals.


K968 - Copper with Cuprite $ 380
Cole Shaft, Bisbee, Arizona, USA
cabinet - 9.5 x 7 x 4 cm


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Copper with Cuprite from Cole Shaft, Bisbee, Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/K968a.jpg] Copper with Cuprite from Cole Shaft, Bisbee, Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/K968b.jpg] Copper with Cuprite from Cole Shaft, Bisbee, Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/K968c.jpg] Copper with Cuprite from Cole Shaft, Bisbee, Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/K968d.jpg]

Specimen of solid Copper and Cuprite with octahedrons of Cuprite and areas of bright Copper everywhere you look.


K965 - Rhodochrosite $ 2400
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
miniature - 3.8 x 3 x 2 cm


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Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/K965a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/K965b.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/K965c.jpg]

Crystals of translucent Rhodochroiste over a small bit of Manganite matrix. Undamaged.


K964 - Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz $ 1800
Hunan, China
cabinet - 15 x 8.5 x 4 cm


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Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964a.jpg] Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964b.jpg] Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964c.jpg] Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964d.jpg] Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964e.jpg]

Old Chinese Fluorite specimen from about 20-30 years ago or more when Chinese minerals were first coming out and unfortunately no specific mine name was available. The association with Cassiterite and purple Apatite is unusual. The Fluorite forms somewhat globular crystals to 2.5cm in size and are transparent. The Cassiterite reach 1.5cm and are highly lustrous. Both species are well distributed on the matrix and are undamaged. On the lower right side there are 4 purple Apatite crystals to 8mm in size.


K963 - Fluorite with Calcite $ 450
Berbes, Asturias, Spain
cabinet - 13 x 11 x 6 cm


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Fluorite with Calcite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/K963a.jpg] Fluorite with Calcite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/K963b.jpg] Fluorite with Calcite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/K963c.jpg] Fluorite with Calcite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/K963d.jpg] Fluorite with Calcite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/K963e.jpg]

Large specimen of Transparent cubic Fluorite crystals to 2 cm on front with white Calcite crystals covering the backside. The Fluorite are transparent with a light purple color and have dark purple corners. Ex. Jordi Fabre.


K953 - Sphaerosiderite $ 125
Neunkirchen, Siegen-Wittgenstein, Arnsberg, Westphalia, Germany
small cabinet - 6 x 4.5 x 4 cm


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Sphaerosiderite from Neunkirchen, Siegen-Wittgenstein, Arnsberg, Westphalia, Germany [db_pics/pics/K953a.jpg] Sphaerosiderite from Neunkirchen, Siegen-Wittgenstein, Arnsberg, Westphalia, Germany [db_pics/pics/K953b.jpg] Sphaerosiderite from Neunkirchen, Siegen-Wittgenstein, Arnsberg, Westphalia, Germany [db_pics/pics/K953c.jpg]

Botryoidal Sphaerosiderite lining vuggy matrix. Old specimen from the early 1900s.
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