Selected Specimens

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K926 - Azurite $ 75
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.3 x 1.5 cm


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Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/K926a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/K926b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/K926c.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/K926d.jpg]

Superb electric blue Azurite crystals forming a stacked grouping. This is from the watercourse pocket (also called the elegant pocket or spiderweb pocket) that was opened in 2013. Crystals with superb color and top, wet luster. Main crystal is 1.5cm and sits on top for maximum display.


M890 - Ilvaite $ 150
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 4.3 x 2.4 x 1.7 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M890a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M890b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M890c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M890d.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M890e.jpg]

Thick, glossy single black Ilvaite crystal with typical chisel-shaped termination. There is a small green Quartz crystal attached to the side. Complete all around. Good large, thick crystal.


M894 - Ilvaite $ 75
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
thumbnail - 3 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M894a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M894b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M894c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M894d.jpg]

Glossy single black Ilvaite crystal with typical chisel-shaped termination. Complete all around.


M752 - Chalcopyrite $ 160
El Teniente Mine, Rancague, Chile
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 4 cm


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Chalcopyrite from El Teniente Mine, Rancague, Chile [db_pics/pics/M752a.jpg] Chalcopyrite from El Teniente Mine, Rancague, Chile [db_pics/pics/M752b.jpg] Chalcopyrite from El Teniente Mine, Rancague, Chile [db_pics/pics/M752c.jpg] Chalcopyrite from El Teniente Mine, Rancague, Chile [db_pics/pics/M752d.jpg] Chalcopyrite from El Teniente Mine, Rancague, Chile [db_pics/pics/M752e.jpg]

Large Chalcopyrite crystals to 2.5cm on a matrix of soid Chalcopyrite. The El Teniente mine (meaning "The Lieutenant") is reportedly the world's biggest underground copper mine than began operations in 1819, located in the Andes mountains at an elevation of 7,500 above sea level. This mine is also known for its very large gypsum crystals, measuring up to l0 feet long. An interesting locality piece that comes with an old Lidstrom's label. Out of an old collection form the 1980s.


K801 - Spinel $ 150
Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 2 cm


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Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K801a.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K801b.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K801c.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K801d.jpg]

Cluster of translucent pink Spinel crystals. Sharply formed aesthetic group that displays well on white Calcite. One nicked corner, toherwise perfect and compelte all around.


M927 - Quartz $ 150
Guananjuato, Mexico
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5.5 x 3.5 cm


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Quartz from Guananjuato, Mexico [db_pics/pics/M927a.jpg] Quartz from Guananjuato, Mexico [db_pics/pics/M927b.jpg] Quartz from Guananjuato, Mexico [db_pics/pics/M927c.jpg] Quartz from Guananjuato, Mexico [db_pics/pics/M927d.jpg]

Single skeletal Quartz crystal with clay inclusions. Crystallized all around and in excellent condition with very minor chipping. Old specimen and neat locality piece. Out of an old collection built in the 1980s, and comes with an old label that shows a date of 1983.


K878 - Tsavorite $ 275
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.7 x 1.7 x 0.9 cm


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Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K878a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K878b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K878c.jpg]

Large single crystal, glassy and transparent.


M794 - Tsavorite $ 200
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.2 x 1.9 x 1.5 cm


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Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M794a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M794b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M794c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M794d.jpg]

Large single crystal, glassy and transparent.


M487 - Limonite after Pyrite $ 125
Ross Co. Ohio, USA (?)
miniature - 4 x 4 x 4 cm


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Limonite after Pyrite from Ross Co. Ohio, USA (?) [db_pics/pics/M487a.jpg] Limonite after Pyrite from Ross Co. Ohio, USA (?) [db_pics/pics/M487b.jpg] Limonite after Pyrite from Ross Co. Ohio, USA (?) [db_pics/pics/M487c.jpg] Limonite after Pyrite from Ross Co. Ohio, USA (?) [db_pics/pics/M487d.jpg] Limonite after Pyrite from Ross Co. Ohio, USA (?) [db_pics/pics/M487e.jpg] Limonite after Pyrite from Ross Co. Ohio, USA (?) [db_pics/pics/M487f.jpg]

Flaoter cluster of psudomorps of Limonite after Pyrite cubes. This is out a collection and the label it came with says 'Copperas Mountain, Ross Co., Ohio', but I suspect the label is wrong - Ross Co. produced Pyrite specimens but I have not seen large cubes or Limonite psuedomorphs before. Regardless, it's a beautiful specimen, complete all around and undamaged.


M543 - Smokey Quartz on Feldspar $ 75
Dogtooth Peak, Fresno Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 4.5 x 3.2 cm


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Smokey Quartz on Feldspar from Dogtooth Peak, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/M543a.jpg] Smokey Quartz on Feldspar from Dogtooth Peak, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/M543b.jpg] Smokey Quartz on Feldspar from Dogtooth Peak, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/M543c.jpg] Smokey Quartz on Feldspar from Dogtooth Peak, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/M543e.jpg]

Cluster of transparent Smokey Quartz crystals intergrown with Feldspar crystals from the pegmatite wall.


M932 - Tsavorite $ 200
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.3 x 3.5 x 2 cm


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Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M932a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M932e.jpg]

A very nice 9mm single crystal in Graphite matrix. The color is a deep green and it's undamaged. There are Diopside, Pyrite, and Calcite in association.


D204 - Tourmaline $ 450
Poa Alta Mine, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.5 x 1.4 x 0.9 cm


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Tourmaline from Poa Alta Mine, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/D204a.jpg] Tourmaline from Poa Alta Mine, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/D204b.jpg] Tourmaline from Poa Alta Mine, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/D204c.jpg] Tourmaline from Poa Alta Mine, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/D204d.jpg]

Colorful and interesting Tourmaline crystal from the lesser known Poa Alta Mine. The lower is red and then the crystal alternates between various shades of greens and reds, then ends with a very thin purple pink termination. Complete all around and undamaged and has a natural indentation from another crystal on the lower backside. Weighs 6.37 grams.


D205 - Tourmaline $ 1500
Sapo Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.3 x 1.2 x 1.1 cm


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Tourmaline from Sapo Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/D205a.jpg] Tourmaline from Sapo Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/D205b.jpg] Tourmaline from Sapo Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/D205c.jpg] Tourmaline from Sapo Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/D205d.jpg]

Blue-cap Tourmaline crystal from the famous Sapo Mine. The lower core is red, followed by a blue/green zone then a deep blue termination. Complete all around and undamaged except for one trivial edge chip. Weighs 7.37 grams.


M871 - Ilvaite $ 275
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 4.8 x 4.3 x 3.9 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M871a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M871b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M871c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M871d.jpg]

Glossy single black Ilvaite crystal with typical chisel-shaped termination. Wonderful curving crystal faces give it style and uniqueness. Large impressive crystal that is wider than it is tall. Complete all around.


M852 - Tremolite $ 75
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1.1 x 0.5 cm


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Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M852a.jpg] Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M852b.jpg] Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M852c.jpg] Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M852d.jpg]

Terminated single Tremolite crystal with bright, vivid green coloration. Translucent to transparent, complete all around, with a flat, glassy termination. Most are mere shards or fragments and complete terminated crystals such as this are are much less common. Like a number of other mineral species from Merelani, these Tremolites are considered the world's best of species.
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37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48
49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72
73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84
85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96
97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108
109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120
121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132
133 134 135 136 137 138 139

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