Selected Specimens

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LL342 - Fluorite on Muscovite $ 9500
Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
cabinet - 12 x 9.5 x 6 cm


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Fluorite on Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL342a.jpg] Fluorite on Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL342b.jpg] Fluorite on Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL342c.jpg] Fluorite on Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL342d.jpg] Fluorite on Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL342g.jpg] Fluorite on Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL342h.jpg]

Large 6cm octahedral pink Fluorite on Muscovite. A superb example from a locality that came to fame for it's Aquamarine, but more recently has produced fine pink Fluorite specimens. The main crystal is highly transparent and there are additional small Fluorites in the Muscovite and a white Feldspar crystal.


LL310 - Garnet $ 200
Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA
thumbnail - 3 x 2.7 x 2 cm


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Garnet from Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL310a.jpg] Garnet from Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL310b.jpg] Garnet from Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL310d.jpg] Garnet from Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL310e.jpg]

Red garnets in Quartz. Main crystal is elongated and 1.6cm in length. Note that this is not from Garnet Hill locality where prolific amounts of Almandine occur in a pink Rhyolite matrix. From an old collection, the locality was only given as Ely.


LL331 - Limonite after Pyrite $ 75
Pelican Point, Utah Co., Utah, USA
thumbnail - 2.2 x 2 x 2 cm


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Limonite after Pyrite from Pelican Point, Utah Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/LL331a.jpg] Limonite after Pyrite from Pelican Point, Utah Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/LL331b.jpg] Limonite after Pyrite from Pelican Point, Utah Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/LL331c.jpg] Limonite after Pyrite from Pelican Point, Utah Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/pics/LL331d.jpg]

Fine quality, complete pseudomorph of Limonite after Pyrite. Striations on the surface from the original Pyrite are evident. From the Judy & Chris Cook pseudomorph collection.


LL252 - Almandine $ 75
Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 4 x 3.5 cm


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Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL252a.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL252b.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL252c.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL252d.jpg]

A 1.5cm red Almandine crystal in Rhyolite.


LL323 - Silver $ 180
Elura Mine, Cobar, New South Wales, Australia
miniature - 4.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Silver from Elura Mine, Cobar, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL323b.jpg] Silver from Elura Mine, Cobar, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL323c.jpg] Silver from Elura Mine, Cobar, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL323d.jpg] Silver from Elura Mine, Cobar, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL323e.jpg]

Solid cluster of intergrown Silver crystals, both herringbone formations and spine-twinned crystals. Nothing but Silver with crystals sticking out on all sides.


LL347 - Amethyst var. Grape agate $ 250
Mamuju, Sulawesi, Indonesia
cabinet - 14.5 x 6.5 x 3.5 cm


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Amethyst var. Grape agate from Mamuju, Sulawesi, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/LL347a.jpg] Amethyst var. Grape agate from Mamuju, Sulawesi, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/LL347b.jpg] Amethyst var. Grape agate from Mamuju, Sulawesi, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/LL347d.jpg] Amethyst var. Grape agate from Mamuju, Sulawesi, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/LL347e.jpg]

Large cluster of interconnected spheres of purple Amethyst known as Grape Agate. Good purple color with sparkly luster. Mounds of airy, interconnected spheres over a more solid, dense mass of interconnected spheres.


LL337 - Calcite with Natrolite $ 150
Springfield Butte, Lane Co. Oregon, USA
small cabinet - 7 x 5 x 4 cm


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Calcite with Natrolite from Springfield Butte, Lane Co. Oregon, USA [db_pics/pics/LL337a.jpg] Calcite with Natrolite from Springfield Butte, Lane Co. Oregon, USA [db_pics/pics/LL337b.jpg] Calcite with Natrolite from Springfield Butte, Lane Co. Oregon, USA [db_pics/pics/LL337c.jpg] Calcite with Natrolite from Springfield Butte, Lane Co. Oregon, USA [db_pics/pics/LL337e.jpg] Calcite with Natrolite from Springfield Butte, Lane Co. Oregon, USA [db_pics/pics/LL337g.jpg]

Aesthetic specimen of elongated Calcite crystals on Natrolite. A really neat piece collected by Chuck Trantham in 1961 and held in his collection ever since. The Natrolite has small dark inclusiions giving it a sptted appearance. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT708 - Stilbite on Mordenite $ 120
Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 2 cm


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Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708a.jpg] Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708b.jpg] Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708c.jpg] Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708d.jpg] Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708e.jpg] Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708f.jpg]

Tall, snow-white crystals of Stilbite with Mordenite, complete and well crystallized all around. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection, self collected by Chuck decades ago during his time working as a geologist during construction of the dam.


CT743 - Sand Calcite $ 125
Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 8 x 4 cm


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Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743a.jpg] Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743b.jpg] Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743c.jpg] Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743d.jpg] Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743e.jpg]

Criss-crossing Calcite crystals with inclusions of sand. The crossing crystal is 8cm and double terminated. These are unusual, USA classics collected decades ago and the locality is now closed to collecting. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL265 - Phlogopite $ 60
Calumet Mica Property, Otter Lake, Quebec, Canada
small cabinet - 7.5 x 5.5 x 2.2 cm


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Phlogopite from Calumet Mica Property, Otter Lake, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL265a.jpg] Phlogopite from Calumet Mica Property, Otter Lake, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL265b.jpg] Phlogopite from Calumet Mica Property, Otter Lake, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL265c.jpg] Phlogopite from Calumet Mica Property, Otter Lake, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL265d.jpg]

Thick 'book' of Phlogopite (mica) from Otter Lake. Sharp, well defined edges with hexagonal form evident. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL379 - Tantalite $ 120
Colorado, USA
thumbnail - 2 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm


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Tantalite from Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL379a.jpg] Tantalite from Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL379b.jpg] Tantalite from Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL379c.jpg] Tantalite from Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL379d.jpg]

Pair of intergrown, black Tantalite crystals from Colorado. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL382 - Muscovite on Siderite $ 75
Wake Co., North Carolina, USA
thumbnail - 3 x 2 x 1.5 cm


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Muscovite on Siderite from Wake Co., North Carolina, USA [db_pics/pics/LL382a.jpg] Muscovite on Siderite from Wake Co., North Carolina, USA [db_pics/pics/LL382b.jpg] Muscovite on Siderite from Wake Co., North Carolina, USA [db_pics/pics/LL382c.jpg] Muscovite on Siderite from Wake Co., North Carolina, USA [db_pics/pics/LL382d.jpg]

Thick, euhedral 'books' of Muscovite on tan Siderite crystals. Cute USA thumbnail. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL400 - Pargasite with Spinel $ 950
Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 6 x 3 cm


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Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400a.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400b.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400c.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400d.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400f.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400g.jpg]

Large translucent brown Pargasite crystals associated with blue Spinel. A superb California specimen, it was the best Pargasite (that I saw) from the Chuck Trantham collection, and there is nothing comparable to it on Mindat. The Pargasites are well formed and reach 2.1cm in size, with a band of blue Spinel (including crystals to 4mm) along the bottom, adding good color contrast. Chuck valued this at $750 back in 1983, significantly more than others in his collection that I saw, indicating he too rated this one highly. His label shows a locality of 'Locality No. 2, Twin Lakes area, near Lake Shore, Fresno Co., California' and indicates it was collected in August of 1983.


LL411 - Spinel $ 750
Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.4 cm


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Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL411a.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL411b.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL411c.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL411d.jpg]

Complete octahedral crystal of red Spinel. Undamaged with high surface luster and gem zones internally.


LL412 - Spinel $ 400
Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar
thumbnail - 1.1 x 1.1 x 1.1 cm


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Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL412a.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL412b.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL412c.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL412d.jpg]

Complete octahedral crystal of red Spinel. There is one tiny, shallow chip on one point, otherwise it's undamaged with high surface luster and gem zones internally.
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