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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.


D244 - Bournonite $ 350
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China
thumbnail - 2.1 x 2 x 1 cm


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Bournonite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/D244a.jpg] Bournonite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/D244b.jpg] Bournonite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/D244c.jpg] Bournonite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/D244d.jpg]

Bournonite from Yaogangxian is considered by many as the finest in the world, with bright silvery, mirror lustrous surfaces and good more prismatic (rather than 'cogwheel') form. This is a good thumbnail sized crystal, partially double-terminated, and complete on both sides. From the collection of Lorraine Sofia, a local collector who considered herself to be a 'mini John Barlow" and had a good eye for quality specimens.


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.


D281 - Covellite $ 350
Leonard Mine, Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA
thumbnail - 3 x 2.9 x 2.2 cm


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Covellite from Leonard Mine, Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/D281a.jpg] Covellite from Leonard Mine, Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/D281b.jpg] Covellite from Leonard Mine, Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/D281c.jpg] Covellite from Leonard Mine, Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/D281d.jpg] Covellite from Leonard Mine, Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/D281e.jpg]

Thick crystal groups of irridecent Covellite. Can be displayed equally well from a number of directions.


D288 - Bertrandite $ 180
Akchatau Mine, Akchatau, Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan
miniature - 3.6 x 2.7 x 2.6 cm


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Bertrandite from Akchatau Mine, Akchatau, Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan [db_pics/pics/D288a.jpg] Bertrandite from Akchatau Mine, Akchatau, Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan [db_pics/pics/D288b.jpg] Bertrandite from Akchatau Mine, Akchatau, Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan [db_pics/pics/D288c.jpg] Bertrandite from Akchatau Mine, Akchatau, Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan [db_pics/pics/D288e.jpg] Bertrandite from Akchatau Mine, Akchatau, Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan [db_pics/pics/D288f.jpg] Bertrandite from Akchatau Mine, Akchatau, Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan [db_pics/pics/D288h.jpg]

Rich specimen of Bertrandite associated with Quartz crystals, small Pyrite crystals, and yellow mica. The Akchatau mine is famous for purple creedite, smoky quartz and mixed specimens of purple fluorite, Apatite and Bertrandite, though specimens from this mine are not commonly seen anymore.


D291 - Clinoclase $ 380
Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA
thumbnail - 3.1 x 2 x 0.8 cm


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Clinoclase from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/D291a.jpg] Clinoclase from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/D291b.jpg] Clinoclase from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/D291d.jpg]

Thick, solid mass of dark blue, botryoidal Clinoclase, perhaps the best example of this style I've ever seen from the Majuba Hill Mine. Ex. Rock Currier collection #3912.

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85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96
97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108
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