Selected Specimens

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LL373 - Willemite $ 120
Star Zinc Claim, Chibombo District, Lusaka, Zambia
thumbnail - 1 x 0.8 x 0.7 cm


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Willemite from Star Zinc Claim, Chibombo District, Lusaka, Zambia [db_pics/pics/LL373a.jpg] Willemite from Star Zinc Claim, Chibombo District, Lusaka, Zambia [db_pics/pics/LL373b.jpg] Willemite from Star Zinc Claim, Chibombo District, Lusaka, Zambia [db_pics/pics/LL373c.jpg] Willemite from Star Zinc Claim, Chibombo District, Lusaka, Zambia [db_pics/pics/LL373d.jpg]

Large single Willemite crystal. Complete all around and translucent. The termination has alot of etching but there are flat, smooth areas showing. An outstanding thumbnail for the species from an obscure locality. From MINDAT: 'Star Zinc Mine is a rich zinc silicate deposit 18 km N of Lusaka, which was intermittently mined for several decades up to 1992'. 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.


LL401 - Pargasite $ 250
Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 8.5 x 7 x 3 cm


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Pargasite from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL401a.jpg] Pargasite from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL401b.jpg] Pargasite from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL401c.jpg] Pargasite from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL401d.jpg] Pargasite from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL401e.jpg]

Large translucent brown Pargasite crystals from an obscure locality in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A superb California specimen, one of the best Pargasites from the Chuck Trantham collection, and there are no better Pargasites shown on Mindat for this locality. The Pargasites are well formed and reach 1.7cm in size and cover the surface of the matrix, which is saw cut on the back. 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 1985.


LL402 - Tourmaline on Lepidolite $ 1800
Golconda Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 6 x 3 x 3 cm


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Tourmaline on Lepidolite from Golconda Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL402a.jpg] Tourmaline on Lepidolite from Golconda Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL402b.jpg] Tourmaline on Lepidolite from Golconda Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL402c.jpg] Tourmaline on Lepidolite from Golconda Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL402d.jpg]

A 4.5cm gem Tourmaline crystal atop purple Lepidolite. The Tourmaline is a beautiful green color, perfectly terminated, and undamaged with very slight etching in areas. There are also micro Tourmaline crystals and some Albite attached to the Lepidolite cluster (which is a complete floater with no points of attachment). A classic, stunning Brazilian matrix Tourmaline specimen.


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.


LL407 - Fluorite (Spinel twin) $ 300
Erongo Mountains, Namibia
thumbnail - 3 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm


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Fluorite (Spinel twin) from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL407a.jpg] Fluorite (Spinel twin) from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL407b.jpg] Fluorite (Spinel twin) from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL407c.jpg] Fluorite (Spinel twin) from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL407d.jpg]

Intergrown spinel-twinned crystals of purple Fluorite. Complete all around and undamaged with a bit of attached Feldspar on part of the backside.


LL408 - Babingtonite $ 180
Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
miniature - 3.5 x 2 x 2 cm


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Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408a.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408b.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408c.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408d.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408e.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408f.jpg]

Cluster of double-terminated Babingtonite crystals from a now old and defunct locality. The crystals have broad, flat terminations to 1.7cm wide. It's a floater, well crystallized all around with a contact or damage along the side of the large crystal, otherwise perfect all around.


LL442 - Turquoise $ 75
Cahay, Vielsalm, Luxembourg, Wallonia, Belgium
miniature - 5 x 3.5 x 3 cm


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Turquoise from Cahay, Vielsalm, Luxembourg, Wallonia, Belgium [db_pics/pics/LL442a.jpg] Turquoise from Cahay, Vielsalm, Luxembourg, Wallonia, Belgium [db_pics/pics/LL442b.jpg] Turquoise from Cahay, Vielsalm, Luxembourg, Wallonia, Belgium [db_pics/pics/LL442c.jpg] Turquoise from Cahay, Vielsalm, Luxembourg, Wallonia, Belgium [db_pics/pics/LL442d.jpg]

Open vug in matrix lined with botryoidal green Turquoise from a quarry in Belgium. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL441 - Edingtonite on Calcite $ 120
Ice River Alkaline Complex, Golden Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 2 cm


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Edingtonite on Calcite from Ice River Alkaline Complex, Golden Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL441a.jpg] Edingtonite on Calcite from Ice River Alkaline Complex, Golden Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL441b.jpg] Edingtonite on Calcite from Ice River Alkaline Complex, Golden Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL441c.jpg] Edingtonite on Calcite from Ice River Alkaline Complex, Golden Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL441e.jpg] Edingtonite on Calcite from Ice River Alkaline Complex, Golden Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL441f.jpg]

White Edingtonite crystals to 3-4mm long in areas on Calcite crystals. Edingtonite is a rare member of the zeolite group and this locality has produced some of the world's best for the species. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection and comes with an old label indicating it was acquired by Chuck in 1978.


LL409 - Grossular on Diopside $ 1500
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
small cabinet - 6 x 4 x 1.2 cm


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Grossular on Diopside from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL409a.jpg] Grossular on Diopside from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL409b.jpg] Grossular on Diopside from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL409c.jpg] Grossular on Diopside from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL409d.jpg]

Gemmy orange Grossular crystals with green Diopside, a classic from a now defunct mine. Individual crystals reach 1.5cm in diameter. Undamaged.


LL415 - Brochantite $ 220
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1.5 x 1.1 cm


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Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL415a.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL415b.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL415c.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL415d.jpg]

Cluster of thick, chisel-terminated Brochantite crystals with individual crystals to 8mm tall.


LL470 - Mimetite $ 600
Mt. Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory, Australia
miniature - 4.2 x 3.2 x 3 cm


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Mimetite from Mt. Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL470a.jpg] Mimetite from Mt. Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL470b.jpg] Mimetite from Mt. Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL470c.jpg] Mimetite from Mt. Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL470d.jpg]

Hexagonal Mimetite crystals on matrix, the best of which is a 1.5cm complete crystal facing forward for display. Old, now hard to find specimen from a long closed mine. Comes with an old 'The Collector' label.
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