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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.


D243 - Calcite, Barite on Fluorite $ 275
Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
miniature - 5 x 4 x 3 cm


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Calcite, Barite on Fluorite from Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/D243a.jpg] Calcite, Barite on Fluorite from Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/D243b.jpg] Calcite, Barite on Fluorite from Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/D243c.jpg] Calcite, Barite on Fluorite from Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/D243e.jpg]

Purple and yellow cubic Fluorite (purple outer layer, yellow core) withe backside covered by scalenohedral Calcite crystals and small platy Barite crystals. An undamaged floater crystallied all around.


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.


D262 - Opal after Bamboo $ 325
Banten, Java, Indonesia
miniature - 3.9 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm


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Opal after Bamboo from Banten, Java, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/D262a.jpg] Opal after Bamboo from Banten, Java, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/D262b.jpg] Opal after Bamboo from Banten, Java, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/D262c.jpg] Opal after Bamboo from Banten, Java, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/D262d.jpg]

Black opal that has completely replaced a section of fossil Bamboo from recent finds in Java. It has a bright play of color (reds and greens) in areas and also shows fine detail of the former bamboo. These were found in the past 2 years and are uncommon.


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.


D285 - Olmiite on Celestite $ 200
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
small cabinet - 5.3 x 4 x 2.5 cm


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Olmiite on Celestite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/D285a.jpg] Olmiite on Celestite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/D285b.jpg] Olmiite on Celestite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/D285c.jpg] Olmiite on Celestite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/D285d.jpg] Olmiite on Celestite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/D285e.jpg] Olmiite on Celestite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/D285f.jpg]

Brown Olmiite crystals on a matrix of solid Celestite crystals. A fairly uncommon association, and I can find only one example on Mindat.


D292 - Spessartine with Quartz $ 450
Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5 x 4 cm


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Spessartine with Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/D292a.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/D292b.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/D292c.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/D292d.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/D292e.jpg] Spessartine with Quartz from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/D292g.jpg]

Cluster of smokey Quartz amost entirely covered by Spessartine garnets. This was from the Jeanne Rosati collection and came with a Trinity Mineral Company label that called a psuedomorph of Spessartine after Quartz. A small amount of smokey Quartz crystal can be seen in the tips of the 3 largest 'fingers' of Spessartine. Well crystallized all around and undamaged. There is no matrix and even part of the bottom is covered by Spessartine crystals.


K448 - Prehnite $ 175
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 5.8 x 4 x 3 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K448a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K448b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K448c.jpg]

Individual crystals and crystal groups of translucent yellow Prehnite. Merelani Prehnite is among the best in the world, and specimens from recent finds such as this are among the best ever found at the locality. Solid Prehnite with a bit of attached Graphite on the backside. Large, gemmy crystals radiating out in all directions. The cluster is complete all around and translucent throughout. Undamaged except for one point of contact near the top.


K841 - Prehnite $ 275
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 3 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K841a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K841b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K841c.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K841d.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K841e.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K841f.jpg]

Large toothy crystals of translucent yellow Prehnite with a thin layer of Graphite on the bottom. Merelani Prehnite is among the best in the world, and specimens from recent finds such as this are among the best ever found at the locality. Solid Prehnite with large, gemmy crystals radiating out along the top. The cluster is complete all around, translucent throughout, and undamaged.


K857 - Prehnite $ 275
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 3.3 x 2 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K857a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K857b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K857c.jpg]

Yellow/green Prehnite with both spherical crystal groups and individual chisel-shaped crystals. Solid, translucent Prehnite with a thin layer of Graphite on the bottom. Merelani Prehnite is among the best in the world, and specimens from recent finds such as this are among the best ever found at the locality. This style, with rounded masses that morph into chisel-tip crystals, is distinct and from finds in 2019. The cluster is translucent throughout and undamaged.


K860 - Prehnite $ 150
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 3 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K860a-2.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K860b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K860c.jpg]

Individual crystals and crystal groups of translucent yellow Prehnite. Merelani Prehnite is among the best in the world, and specimens from recent finds such as this are among the best ever found at the locality. Solid Prehnite with a bit of attached Graphite on the backside. Large, gemmy crystals radiating out in all directions. The cluster is complete all around and translucent throughout. Undamaged except for at the bottom where it intergrew with a Tanzanite crystal, and some bit of remaining Tanzanite are present.

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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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121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132
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