Selected Specimens

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TR106 - Zircon $ 750
Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 1.8 x 1.7 cm


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Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tr106a.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tr106b.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tr106c.jpg] Zircon from Mashewa, Tanga Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tr106d.jpg]

Large, dark red, gemmy Zircon. One of the larger, good quality crystals I have seen from this locality. Fine termination with typical dimpled surface texture on prism faces. A gemmy bright red color top to bottom when backlit. Weighs 36.6 grams.


M651 - Sylvanite $ 320
Portland Mine, Cripple Creek, Colorado, USA
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4 x 1.2 cm


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Sylvanite from Portland Mine, Cripple Creek, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M651a.jpg] Sylvanite from Portland Mine, Cripple Creek, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M651b.jpg] Sylvanite from Portland Mine, Cripple Creek, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M651c.jpg] Sylvanite from Portland Mine, Cripple Creek, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M651f.jpg] Sylvanite from Portland Mine, Cripple Creek, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M651g.jpg] Sylvanite from Portland Mine, Cripple Creek, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M651h.jpg]

Sylvanite crystals with Quartz crystals on both sides of thin rock matrix. Sylvanite is a telluride of Silver and Gold.


M659 - Benitoite $ 1500
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
miniature - 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.8 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/M659a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/M659b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/M659c.jpg]

Deep blue Benitoite crystals to 1.8cm in size. Some have gem rough/transparent zones in their tips.


M674 - Argyrodite $ 450
Himmelsfurst Mine, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany
miniature - 3.5 x 2.3 x 1.5 cm


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Argyrodite from Himmelsfurst Mine, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/M674a.jpg] Argyrodite from Himmelsfurst Mine, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/M674b.jpg] Argyrodite from Himmelsfurst Mine, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/M674c.jpg] Argyrodite from Himmelsfurst Mine, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/M674d.jpg]

Dark, slightly irridescent blue Argyrodite over Pyrite. Ex. Philadelphia Academy and William Vaux collections. Rare, historic Argyrodite specimen. Argyrodite is one the rarest of the silver species, a germanium containing silver sulfide.


M656 - Garnet with Clinochlore $ 160
Momand Agency, Pakistan
miniature - 3.5 x 2 x 1.6 cm


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Garnet with Clinochlore from Momand Agency, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M656a.jpg] Garnet with Clinochlore from Momand Agency, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M656b.jpg] Garnet with Clinochlore from Momand Agency, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M656e.jpg]

Orange garnet crystals and green Clinochlore on matrix. Largest garnet is 1cm, glassy and transparent. The only 'keeper' out of about 30 pieces I looked through.


M681 - Apatite on Quartz $ 600
Panasquiera, Portugal
small cabinet - 9 x 5 x 3.5 cm


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Apatite on Quartz from Panasquiera, Portugal [db_pics/pics/M681a.jpg] Apatite on Quartz from Panasquiera, Portugal [db_pics/pics/M681b.jpg] Apatite on Quartz from Panasquiera, Portugal [db_pics/pics/M681c.jpg] Apatite on Quartz from Panasquiera, Portugal [db_pics/pics/M681d.jpg]

Cluster of 3 glassy blue Apatite crystals on a partial Quartz crystal.


M699 - Malachite $ 450
Katanga, Congo (DRC)
cabinet - 12.5 x 8 x 7 cm


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Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/M699a.jpg] Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/M699b.jpg] Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/M699c.jpg] Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/M699d.jpg] Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/M699e.jpg] Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/M699f.jpg] Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/M699g.jpg]

Group of 3 intergrown Malachite stalactites. Great form and a very interesting, appealing piece. Everyone I've showed it to says it reminds them of something different.


M675 - Pyrite on/in Calcite $ 275
St. Andreasberg, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany
small cabinet - 8 x 5 x 3 cm


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Pyrite on/in Calcite from St. Andreasberg, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/M675a.jpg] Pyrite on/in Calcite from St. Andreasberg, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/M675d.jpg] Pyrite on/in Calcite from St. Andreasberg, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/M675e.jpg] Pyrite on/in Calcite from St. Andreasberg, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/M675f.jpg]

White Calcite crystals with small Pyrite crystals grown in and on the tips of each Calcite. Clean and undamaged. Ex. Joachim Hennrich collection.


M696 - Fluorite $ 450
La Viesca Mine,, La Collada, Asturias, Spain
small cabinet - 7.5 x 4.8 x 3.6 cm


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Fluorite from La Viesca Mine,, La Collada, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/M696a.jpg] Fluorite from La Viesca Mine,, La Collada, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/M696b.jpg] Fluorite from La Viesca Mine,, La Collada, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/M696c.jpg] Fluorite from La Viesca Mine,, La Collada, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/M696d.jpg] Fluorite from La Viesca Mine,, La Collada, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/M696e.jpg]

Blue and purple color-zoned Fluorite. Beautiful color with good luster and stepped faces. Translucent to transparent. High quality Spanish Fluorite such as this rivals Illinois Fluorite but for a fraction of the cost.


M698 - Fluorite $ 1200
La Viesca Mine,, La Collada, Asturias, Spain
small cabinet - 8 x 6.5 x 5 cm


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Fluorite from La Viesca Mine,, La Collada, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/M698a.jpg] Fluorite from La Viesca Mine,, La Collada, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/M698b.jpg] Fluorite from La Viesca Mine,, La Collada, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/M698c.jpg] Fluorite from La Viesca Mine,, La Collada, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/M698d.jpg]

Blue and purple color-zoned Fluorite. Beautiful color with good luster and stepped faces. Translucent to transparent. High quality Spanish Fluorite such as this rivals Illinois Fluorite but for a fraction of the cost.


M694 - Pyrhottite, Arsenopyrite on Bornite $ 1500
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
cabinet - 15 x 10 x 5 cm


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Pyrhottite, Arsenopyrite on Bornite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M694a.jpg] Pyrhottite, Arsenopyrite on Bornite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M694b.jpg] Pyrhottite, Arsenopyrite on Bornite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M694c.jpg] Pyrhottite, Arsenopyrite on Bornite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M694d.jpg] Pyrhottite, Arsenopyrite on Bornite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M694e.jpg] Pyrhottite, Arsenopyrite on Bornite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M694f.jpg] Pyrhottite, Arsenopyrite on Bornite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M694h.jpg]

Large specimen of highly irridescent Pyrhottite crystals and Arsenopyrite on bright blue Bornite. The Pyrhottite are also all oriented inthe same direction. This was the best of only a few I saw available. Some of the Pyrhottite crystals are partially coated by Pyrite. Neither the Aresenopyrite or Pyrite are irridescent. Undamaged and highly showy and colorful piece.


M693 - Kesterite, Cassiterite on Muscovite $ 1500
Mt. Xuebaodig, Pinwu Co., Sichuan, China
small cabinet - 7.5 x 5.5 x 3 cm


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Kesterite, Cassiterite on Muscovite from Mt. Xuebaodig, Pinwu Co., Sichuan, China [db_pics/pics/M693a.jpg] Kesterite, Cassiterite on Muscovite from Mt. Xuebaodig, Pinwu Co., Sichuan, China [db_pics/pics/M693d.jpg] Kesterite, Cassiterite on Muscovite from Mt. Xuebaodig, Pinwu Co., Sichuan, China [db_pics/pics/M693f.jpg]

A 1.4cm wide group of Kesterite, lustrous black Cassiterites to 2.8cm on blades of Muscovite. Undamaged.


M657 - Gold with Hessite, Tennantite, Tetrahedrite $ 260
Cash Mine, Gold Hill, Boulder Co., Colorado, USA
thumbnail - 2.4 x 2.2 x 0.4 cm


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Gold with Hessite, Tennantite, Tetrahedrite from Cash Mine, Gold Hill, Boulder Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M657a.jpg] Gold with Hessite, Tennantite, Tetrahedrite from Cash Mine, Gold Hill, Boulder Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M657b.jpg] Gold with Hessite, Tennantite, Tetrahedrite from Cash Mine, Gold Hill, Boulder Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M657c.jpg] Gold with Hessite, Tennantite, Tetrahedrite from Cash Mine, Gold Hill, Boulder Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M657d.jpg]

Small slab of ore consisting of Hessite, Tennantite, and Tetrahedrite with a vein of solid Gold running through and visible on both sides. Polished on front and back.


M652 - Bastnasite $ 450
Zagi Mountain, Peshawar, Pakistan
miniature - 3.3 x 2.4 x 1.9 cm


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Bastnasite from Zagi Mountain, Peshawar, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M652a.jpg] Bastnasite from Zagi Mountain, Peshawar, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M652c.jpg] Bastnasite from Zagi Mountain, Peshawar, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M652d.jpg] Bastnasite from Zagi Mountain, Peshawar, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M652f.jpg] Bastnasite from Zagi Mountain, Peshawar, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M652g.jpg]

This is a fantastic Bastnasite specimen featuring a thick, 2.5cm main crystal as part of a complete floater group crystallized all around. The crystals have good transparency and color (not too dark). Needle-like inclusions are present.


M653 - Fluorite $ 300
Okorusu Mine, Ojiwarongo, Namibia
miniature - 5 x 4.8 x 4.5 cm


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Fluorite from Okorusu Mine, Ojiwarongo, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M653a.jpg] Fluorite from Okorusu Mine, Ojiwarongo, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M653b.jpg] Fluorite from Okorusu Mine, Ojiwarongo, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M653c.jpg] Fluorite from Okorusu Mine, Ojiwarongo, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M653d.jpg]

Cluster of transparent green cubic Fluorite crystals from Okorusu. Outstanding rich green color but the best part is the thin blue phantom near the edges. A real beauty.
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