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M949 - Tremolite $ 75
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.7 x 0.9 x 0.3 cm


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Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M949a.jpg] Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M949b.jpg] Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M949c.jpg] Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M949d.jpg]

Terminated single Tremolite crystal with bright, vivid green coloration. Translucent to transparent, complete all around, with flat, glassy termination faces. 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.


M981 - Galena with Sphalerite $ 75
Joplin, Missouri, USA
small cabinet - 7 x 5 x 4 cm


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Galena with Sphalerite from Joplin, Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/M981a.jpg] Galena with Sphalerite from Joplin, Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/M981c.jpg] Galena with Sphalerite from Joplin, Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/M981d.jpg] Galena with Sphalerite from Joplin, Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/M981e.jpg] Galena with Sphalerite from Joplin, Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/M981g.jpg]

A 3cm crystal of cubic Galena on a thin piece of matrix covered on both sides by crystals of translucent red Sphalerite. The Sphalerite crystals reach 1.5cm in size. Undamaged.


M976 - Sphalerite var. Marmatite with Siderite $ 150
Eagle Mine, Gilman, Colorado, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 5.5 x 3.4 cm


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Sphalerite var. Marmatite with Siderite from Eagle Mine, Gilman, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M976a.jpg] Sphalerite var. Marmatite with Siderite from Eagle Mine, Gilman, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M976b.jpg] Sphalerite var. Marmatite with Siderite from Eagle Mine, Gilman, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M976c.jpg] Sphalerite var. Marmatite with Siderite from Eagle Mine, Gilman, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M976d.jpg] Sphalerite var. Marmatite with Siderite from Eagle Mine, Gilman, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M976e.jpg] Sphalerite var. Marmatite with Siderite from Eagle Mine, Gilman, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M976f.jpg]

Highly lustrous and bright crystals of Marmatite, an iron-rich variety of Sphalerite, with attached crystals of Siderite. The specimen is solid Marmatite without matrix. Undamaged.


M978 - Dolomite on Calcite $ 80
Mitchell, Lawrence Co., Indiana, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 5 x 4.5 cm


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Dolomite on Calcite from Mitchell, Lawrence Co., Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/M978a.jpg] Dolomite on Calcite from Mitchell, Lawrence Co., Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/M978b.jpg] Dolomite on Calcite from Mitchell, Lawrence Co., Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/M978c.jpg] Dolomite on Calcite from Mitchell, Lawrence Co., Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/M978e.jpg]

Highly lustrous and curving crystals of Dolomite on crystals of translucent dark honey-colored Calcite. The Dolomite cluster is 2cm in size. Undamaged.


M977 - Spessartine with Galena $ 275
29th Level, North Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
small cabinet - 7 x 5.5 x 3 cm


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Spessartine with Galena from 29th Level, North Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/M977a.jpg] Spessartine with Galena from 29th Level, North Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/M977b.jpg] Spessartine with Galena from 29th Level, North Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/M977c.jpg] Spessartine with Galena from 29th Level, North Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/M977d.jpg] Spessartine with Galena from 29th Level, North Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/M977e.jpg] Spessartine with Galena from 29th Level, North Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/M977f.jpg]

Spessartine crystals to 1cm in a matrix of Galena, Spessartine and small amounts of Chalcopyrite. A Broken Hill classic.


D238 - Cinnabar $ 240
Chatian Mine, Fenghuang, Hunan, China
miniature - 3.8 x 3.3 x 2.5 cm


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Cinnabar from Chatian Mine, Fenghuang, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/D238a.jpg] Cinnabar from Chatian Mine, Fenghuang, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/D238b.jpg] Cinnabar from Chatian Mine, Fenghuang, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/D238c.jpg] Cinnabar from Chatian Mine, Fenghuang, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/D238d.jpg]

Single 'drill bit' twinned Cinnabar crystal set in Dolomite. The Cinnabar is 1.1cm and undamaged.


D236 - Scorodite $ 350
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4.5 x 1.8 cm


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Scorodite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/D236a.jpg] Scorodite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/D236b.jpg] Scorodite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/D236c.jpg]

Sharply formed, well isolated octahedral Scorodite crystals to 3mm, along with micro drusy Scorodite, on a Limonite matrix.


D233 - Benitoite $ 220
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., USA
miniature - 5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., USA [db_pics/pics/D233a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., USA [db_pics/pics/D233c.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., USA [db_pics/pics/D233d.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., USA [db_pics/pics/D233f.jpg]

Benitoite crystals to 1cm on a schist matrix with white Natrolite. Besides the 1cm crystal, there is an 8mm crystal and 5 more or so smaller crystals.


D234 - Amethyst on Quartz $ 150
Swimming Pool Pocket, Jackson's Crossroads, Wilkes Co., Georgia, USA
miniature - 5 x 3 x 2.7 cm


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Amethyst on Quartz from Swimming Pool Pocket, Jackson's Crossroads, Wilkes Co., Georgia, USA [db_pics/pics/D234a.jpg] Amethyst on Quartz from Swimming Pool Pocket, Jackson's Crossroads, Wilkes Co., Georgia, USA [db_pics/pics/D234b.jpg] Amethyst on Quartz from Swimming Pool Pocket, Jackson's Crossroads, Wilkes Co., Georgia, USA [db_pics/pics/D234c.jpg]

My favorite Jackson's Crossroads specimens are those such as this one that feature a tight cluster of Amethyst atop smaller colorless Quartz crystals. A 2.5cm wide cluster of 6 Amethyst crystals, highly showy piece.


D239 - Azurite, Cerussite $ 225
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 5.3 x 3.5 x 2.3 cm


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Azurite, Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/D239b.jpg] Azurite, Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/D239c.jpg] Azurite, Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/D239d.jpg] Azurite, Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/D239e.jpg]

Crystals of Azurite and Cerussite on a matrix of crystalline Cerussite. The Azurite crystals are translucent when backlit. Additional green and yellow mineralization make it a colorful specimen.


D257 - Benitoite, Neptunite $ 250
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., USA
cabinet - 12.5 x 8.5 x 3.5 cm


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Benitoite, Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., USA [db_pics/pics/D257a.jpg] Benitoite, Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., USA [db_pics/pics/D257b.jpg] Benitoite, Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., USA [db_pics/pics/D257c.jpg] Benitoite, Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., USA [db_pics/pics/D257d.jpg]

Large display specimen of 3 species from this famous and now closed locality - Benitoite, Neptunite, and Joaquinite. The main Benitoite crystal is deep blue and 1.2cm in size, with other smaller Benitoites scattered across the surface. The longest Neptunite is 2cm.


D231 - Andradite $ 125
Unknown
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 3.3 cm


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Andradite from Unknown [db_pics/pics/D231a.jpg] Andradite from Unknown [db_pics/pics/D231b.jpg] Andradite from Unknown [db_pics/pics/D231c.jpg] Andradite from Unknown [db_pics/pics/D231e.jpg]

Cluster of large Andradite garnet crystals exposed in a schist matrix. Good cluster of undamaged intergrown crystals. This was part of a collection built in the 1980s and no locality information was available.


D237 - Cubanite $ 425
Henderson #2 Mine, Chibougamau, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 3 x 1.8 x 1.2 cm


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Cubanite from Henderson #2 Mine, Chibougamau, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/D237a.jpg] Cubanite from Henderson #2 Mine, Chibougamau, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/D237b.jpg] Cubanite from Henderson #2 Mine, Chibougamau, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/D237d.jpg] Cubanite from Henderson #2 Mine, Chibougamau, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/D237e.jpg] Cubanite from Henderson #2 Mine, Chibougamau, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/D237f.jpg]

Large single crystal of rare Cubanite from the world's best locality for the species. Bright, lustrous golden color wtih twinning striations evident on the front face. These are typically more coin-like in form, and at 1.2cm thick, it is much chunkier than most. Rare material from a closed locality dating back 25 years or more.


M897 - Ilvaite $ 200
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 3 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M897a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M897b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M897c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M897d.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M897e.jpg]

Glossy black cluster of Ilvaite crystals with typical chisel-shaped termination. Aesthetic specimen, especially as compared to most which are single crystals.


D276 - Neptunite $ 100
Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4 x 3 cm


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Neptunite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/D276a.jpg] Neptunite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/D276b.jpg] Neptunite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/D276c.jpg] Neptunite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/D276d.jpg] Neptunite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/D276e.jpg]

Two Neptunite crystals to 15mm on a schist matrix. Both crystals are perfect, and the smaller crystal is doubly terminated.

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