Selected Specimens

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M873 - Sugilite $ 750
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm


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Sugilite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/M873a.jpg] Sugilite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/M873c.jpg] Sugilite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/M873d.jpg] Sugilite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/M873e.jpg]

Bright, chatoyant fibrous Sugilite occurring as tightly packed crystals on matrix. Good masses of Sugilite on both sides of specimen. From a rare and limited find in 2014 that produced mostly thumbnail sized specimens. This is a piece that has been stashed away for years and is the largest of this type I've ever had, offered now for the first time.


M874 - Sugilite $ 250
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
miniature - 3.4 x 2 x 1.5 cm


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Sugilite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/M874a.jpg] Sugilite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/M874b.jpg] Sugilite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/M874c.jpg] Sugilite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/M874d.jpg]

Bright, chatoyant fibrous Sugilite occurring as tightly packed crystals on matrix. Thick masses of Sugilite grown all around small pieces of matrix. From a rare and limited find in 2014.


M283 - Gmelinite $ 120
Flinders, Victoria, Australia
small cabinet - 8 x 5 x 3.5 cm


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Gmelinite from Flinders, Victoria, Australia [db_pics/pics/M283a.jpg] Gmelinite from Flinders, Victoria, Australia [db_pics/pics/M283b.jpg] Gmelinite from Flinders, Victoria, Australia [db_pics/pics/M283c.jpg]

Peach colored Gmelinite lining vugs on matrix. Gmelinite is a fairly uncommon zeolite mineral (a hydrated sodium calcium aluminum silicate) and occurs on the specimen with Analcime, Natrolite and potentially other zeolites. Old specimen from a 1980s era collection. Sawcut on base.


M880 - Fluorite $ 600
La Barre Mine, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône-Alpes, France
small cabinet - 5.2 x 4.5 x 2.7 cm


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Fluorite from La Barre Mine, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M880a.jpg] Fluorite from La Barre Mine, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M880b.jpg] Fluorite from La Barre Mine, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M880c.jpg] Fluorite from La Barre Mine, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M880e.jpg]

Intensely colored blue Fluorite crystal from the La Barre Mine. The color is a pleasing deep blue, just what you would want in Fluorite, with lots of well defined phantoms. There is some edge wear but it's in good condition overall, and highly transparent. I think it looks nicer in person than the photos as you can see the depth and range of colors better. Comes with a custom Lucite base.


M881 - Copper $ 180
Arizona, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 4.5 x 3 cm


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Copper from Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M881a.jpg] Copper from Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M881c.jpg] Copper from Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M881e.jpg] Copper from Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M881f.jpg]

Well crystallized Copper specimen from an old collection. Lots of branches loaded with crystals, individual crytals to 1cm in size.


M554 - Pyrite with Enargite $ 140
Morococha Mine, Junin Region, Peru
small cabinet - 7.5 x 5.5 x 3 cm


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Pyrite with Enargite from Morococha Mine, Junin Region, Peru [db_pics/pics/M554a.jpg] Pyrite with Enargite from Morococha Mine, Junin Region, Peru [db_pics/pics/M554b.jpg] Pyrite with Enargite from Morococha Mine, Junin Region, Peru [db_pics/pics/M554c.jpg] Pyrite with Enargite from Morococha Mine, Junin Region, Peru [db_pics/pics/M554d.jpg]

Pyrite specimens always make some of the brightest and showy of mineral specimens, and those with octahedral crystals such as this old timer are mush less common than most. This specimen has well formed crystals to 2.5cm wide intergrown with grey Enargite crystals and dates back to approximately the 1980s.The Morococha mine is a large silver mine located in the center of Peru in Junín Region.


M850 - Sanidine $ 350
Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar
miniature - 3.3 x 2.4 x 1.4 cm


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Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M850a.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M850b.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M850c.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M850d.jpg]

Felspar is a mineral not ususally known for fine collector gem crystals, but at this locality in Madagascar, amazing water clear crystals are sometimes found. This is a well terminated crystal in excellent condition, crystallized all around with some damage on the back face. The crystal has a good yellow coloration and is internally transparent. The faces alternate from smooth and glassy to a curvy surface texture that is common to these and always reminds me of a topographic map. Weighs 22.8 grams.


M855 - Chrome Tremolite $ 95
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1 x 0.5 cm


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Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M855a.jpg] Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M855b.jpg] Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M855c.jpg] Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M855d.jpg]

Vivid green Tremolite crystal from the Merelani Tanzanite mines. Complete all around and well terminatedd (most are unterminated shards). Like many other minerals from Merelani, the Tremolite found here is considered the best in the world. Glassy and undamaged.


M851 - Chrome Tremolite $ 95
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.4 x 0.8 x 0.3 cm


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Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M851a.jpg] Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M851b.jpg] Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M851c.jpg] Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M851d.jpg]

Vivid green Tremolite crystal from the Merelani Tanzanite mines. Complete all around and well terminatedd (most are unterminated shards). Like many other minerals from Merelani, the Tremolite found here is considered the best in the world. Glassy and undamaged.


M875 - Malachite after Cuprite $ 375
Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.1 x 1 cm


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Malachite after Cuprite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M875a.jpg] Malachite after Cuprite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M875b.jpg] Malachite after Cuprite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M875c.jpg] Malachite after Cuprite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M875d.jpg]

Excellent example of Cuprite crystal altering to Malachite from Chessy, the very best of a small lot I reviewed that had recently been relased for sale. Complete single crystal with great form and smooth surface luster. Undamaged. Old, classic specimen possibly from the 1800s.


M512 - Atacamite $ 75
La Farola Mine, Copiapo, Shile
miniature - 5 x 4 x 1.8 cm


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Atacamite from La Farola Mine, Copiapo, Shile [db_pics/pics/M512a.jpg] Atacamite from La Farola Mine, Copiapo, Shile [db_pics/pics/M512b.jpg] Atacamite from La Farola Mine, Copiapo, Shile [db_pics/pics/M512c.jpg]

Lustrous forest green crystals of Atacamite with Chrysocolla and white Halloysite. Highly mineralized example with good coverage of crystals over matrix.


M888 - Ilvaite $ 180
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 4.5 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888c.jpg]

Thick, glossy single black Ilvaite crystal with typical chisel-shaped termination. There is a small area of Quartz in one termination face that has caused an indentation in the face. I'm not sure if it natural growth or damage as the Quartz itself is fully crystallized. Complete all around. Good large, thick crystal.


M922 - Tourmaline $ 250
Malkan, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 3.6 x 1.8 x 1.6 cm


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Tourmaline from Malkan, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/M922a.jpg] Tourmaline from Malkan, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/M922b.jpg] Tourmaline from Malkan, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/M922c.jpg] Tourmaline from Malkan, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/M922d.jpg]

Single Tourmaline crystal with a yellow/brown base and pink termination. Translucent to transparent with strong color (the yellow zone is transparent and the pink zone is more translucent). Complete all around and undamaged. Weighs 19.7 grams.


M906 - Chrysoberyl $ 225
Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.1 x 1 cm


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Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906a.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906b.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906c.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906d.jpg]

Small sixling twin of Chrysoberyl. Although the top two are larger, all six 'legs' are present. Transluscent and undamaged.


M876 - Fluorite $ 125
Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5 x 3.3 cm


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Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M876a.jpg] Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M876b.jpg] Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M876c.jpg]

Intensely colored yellow cubic Fluorite crystal. Highly transparent.

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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
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