Selected Specimens

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CT256 - Benitoite with Joaquinite, Neptunite $ 220
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 3.3 x 2 cm


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Benitoite with Joaquinite, Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT256a.jpg] Benitoite with Joaquinite, Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT256b.jpg] Benitoite with Joaquinite, Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT256c.jpg]

Highly etched but glassy, tabular Benitoite crystals to 1cm with black Neptunite crystals, small brown Joaquinite crystals on white Natrolite over schist. Classic combination specimen for the locality. Comes with old Chuck Trantham and California Mineral Connection labels.


CT260 - Benitoite $ 450
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2.5 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT260a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT260b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT260c.jpg]

Cluster of 7 good sized, blue Benitoite crystals on white Natrolite. Largest Benitoite is 1.2cm. Some crystals are contacted along the edges where they grew against schist, but they have good color and are undamaged. Old specimen.


CT120 - Neptunite with Joaquinite $ 90
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 3 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm


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Neptunite with Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT120a.jpg] Neptunite with Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT120b.jpg] Neptunite with Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT120d.jpg]

Five chunky, well terminated Neptunite crystals on schist matrix.  Largest crysal is 1.4cm. Also present are small brown crystals of the rare mineral Joaquinite.


CT338 - Rutile $ 400
Champion Mine, White Mountains, Mono Co., California, USA
miniature - 4.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm


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Rutile from Champion Mine, White Mountains, Mono Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT338a.jpg] Rutile from Champion Mine, White Mountains, Mono Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT338b.jpg] Rutile from Champion Mine, White Mountains, Mono Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT338i.jpg] Rutile from Champion Mine, White Mountains, Mono Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT338j.jpg]

Mirror-lustrous Rutile crystals to 1.2cm that contrast well against a matrix of white Pyrophyllite. Ex. Chuck Trantham personal collection, collected by Chuck at the mine in September 1983. This was considered special enough to Chuck to be illustrated in his Mineral Collections of California supplement to the Minerlogical Record magazine. Sawcut on base.


CT343 - Malachite after Azurite $ 150
Touissit, Morocco
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.2 x 1.2 cm


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Malachite after Azurite from Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/CT343a.jpg] Malachite after Azurite from Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/CT343b.jpg] Malachite after Azurite from Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/CT343c.jpg]

Cluster of sharply formed Azurite crystals that have been partially replaced by velvety green Malachite. Aethetic form and high quality old specimen.


CT258 - Fluorite $ 350
Surprise Mine, Cookes Peak, Luna Co., New Mexico, USA
small cabinet - 8.5 x 6.5 x 3 cm


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Fluorite from Surprise Mine, Cookes Peak, Luna Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/CT258a.jpg] Fluorite from Surprise Mine, Cookes Peak, Luna Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/CT258b.jpg] Fluorite from Surprise Mine, Cookes Peak, Luna Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/CT258c.jpg] Fluorite from Surprise Mine, Cookes Peak, Luna Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/CT258d.jpg] Fluorite from Surprise Mine, Cookes Peak, Luna Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/CT258e.jpg]

Cluster of translucent reddish purple Fluorite crystals to 2.5cm on edge. A very nice example from this locality.


CT263 - Cerussite $ 125
Tsumeb, Namibia
thumbnail - 2.4 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm


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Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT263a.jpg] Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT263b.jpg] Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT263c.jpg] Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT263d.jpg]

Three 'snowflake' crystals of Cerussite uprite and side-by-side on a thin piece of Mottramite covered matrix.


CT265 - Chrome Dravite $ 600
Commander Mine, Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1 x 0.7 cm


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Chrome Dravite from Commander Mine, Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/CT265a.jpg] Chrome Dravite from Commander Mine, Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/CT265b.jpg] Chrome Dravite from Commander Mine, Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/CT265c.jpg] Chrome Dravite from Commander Mine, Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/CT265d.jpg]

Terminated single gem crystal of Chrome Tourmaline which is a chromium and vanadium rich Dravite. Complete all around with deep emerald green coloration in the upper half and a more olive green in the lower half. Fantastic color and mostly gem quality with just a few interanl veils. This was one of the finest thumbnails I obtained from a large parcel back in 2016, which I sold and recently reacquired in trade, offered now at the same old price. Undamaged. From a spectacular pocket opened in 2016. Weighs 2.4 grams.


CT267 - Tourmaline $ 225
Hyakule, Sankhuwasabha District, Nepal
thumbnail - 3 x 0.6 x 0.5 cm


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Tourmaline from Hyakule, Sankhuwasabha District, Nepal [db_pics/pics/CT267a.jpg] Tourmaline from Hyakule, Sankhuwasabha District, Nepal [db_pics/pics/CT267b.jpg] Tourmaline from Hyakule, Sankhuwasabha District, Nepal [db_pics/pics/CT267c.jpg]

Single transparent pink Tourmaline crystal with a yellow zone near the top. Complete all around and undamaged with a bit of stepped growth on one side near the termination. Great crystal!! Weighs 2.04 grams.


CT286 - Bornite wtih Quartz $ 300
Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan
miniature - 3.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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Bornite wtih Quartz from Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan [db_pics/pics/CT286a.jpg] Bornite wtih Quartz from Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan [db_pics/pics/CT286c.jpg] Bornite wtih Quartz from Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan [db_pics/pics/CT286e.jpg] Bornite wtih Quartz from Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan [db_pics/pics/CT286f.jpg]

Large, slightly irridescent Bornite crystals to 2cm on a matrix of Quartz crystals. Bornite crystals are rare, these are just released from an old collection.


CT156 - Boleite on Anglesite $ 175
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalia, Baja Sur, Mexico
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.5 x 1 cm


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Boleite on Anglesite from Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalia, Baja Sur, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT156a.jpg] Boleite on Anglesite from Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalia, Baja Sur, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT156b.jpg] Boleite on Anglesite from Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalia, Baja Sur, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT156c.jpg]

Numerous small cubes of the rare mineral Boleite in two areas, perched on the tips of a cluster of white Anglesite crystals.


CT119 - Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) $ 275
Tsumeb, Namibia
thumbnail - 2.3 x 1.5 x 1 cm


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Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT119a.jpg] Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT119b.jpg] Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT119c.jpg] Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/CT119d.jpg]

A 1.3cm wide 'pinwheel' group of Zincolivenite crystals on matrix (formerly known as Cuprian Adamite). Undamaged group of crystals with isolated individual crystals and another lighter green mineral on the matrix.


CT270 - Chrysocolla after Malachite after Azurite with Wulfenite $ 600
Whim Creek, Western Australia, Australia
small cabinet - 7 x 5.5 x 4 cm


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Chrysocolla after Malachite after Azurite with Wulfenite from Whim Creek, Western Australia, Australia [db_pics/pics/CT270a.jpg] Chrysocolla after Malachite after Azurite with Wulfenite from Whim Creek, Western Australia, Australia [db_pics/pics/CT270b.jpg] Chrysocolla after Malachite after Azurite with Wulfenite from Whim Creek, Western Australia, Australia [db_pics/pics/CT270c.jpg] Chrysocolla after Malachite after Azurite with Wulfenite from Whim Creek, Western Australia, Australia [db_pics/pics/CT270d.jpg] Chrysocolla after Malachite after Azurite with Wulfenite from Whim Creek, Western Australia, Australia [db_pics/pics/CT270f.jpg]

A 3.2cm crystal of the double psuedomorph of Chrysocolla that has replaced a crystal of Malachite after Azurite. Scattered crystals of orange Wulfenite are present on the matrix.


CT303 - Anglesite $ 275
Touissit, Morocco
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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Anglesite from Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/CT303a.jpg] Anglesite from Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/CT303b.jpg] Anglesite from Touissit, Morocco [db_pics/pics/CT303d.jpg]

Well terminated, gemmy Anglesite crystal on Galena. Good yellow color.


CT312 - Goosecreekite $ 150
Nasik, Maharashtras State, India
thumbnail - 3 x 2.2 x 1.7 cm


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Goosecreekite from Nasik, Maharashtras State, India [db_pics/pics/CT312a.jpg] Goosecreekite from Nasik, Maharashtras State, India [db_pics/pics/CT312b.jpg] Goosecreekite from Nasik, Maharashtras State, India [db_pics/pics/CT312c.jpg] Goosecreekite from Nasik, Maharashtras State, India [db_pics/pics/CT312d.jpg]

Undamaged thumbnail sized cluster of the rare Zeolite Goosecreekite. Goosecreekite is far more uncommon than other Indian zeolites, and these from Nasik are the world's best. A nice example with great crystals, in the thumbnail size range.
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