Selected Specimens

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J766 - Dioptase $ 450 (=~ ¥ 46584)
Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo
small cabinet - 8 x 6 x 2.3 cm


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Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766a.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766b.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766c.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766d.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766e.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766f.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766g.jpg]

Dense coverage of Dioptase crystals over a rock matrix. There is an unusual dome-shaped structure in one area, 2.2cm wide, of solid Dioptase crystals There are 3 generations of Dioptase crystals comprising the dome-shaped structure.


J768 - Dioptase with Wulfenite $ 600 (=~ ¥ 62112)
Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo
small cabinet - 7 x 6 x 4 cm


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Dioptase with Wulfenite from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J768a.jpg] Dioptase with Wulfenite from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J768b.jpg] Dioptase with Wulfenite from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J768c.jpg] Dioptase with Wulfenite from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J768e.jpg] Dioptase with Wulfenite from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J768f.jpg]

Bright and lustrous Dioptase crystals on a tan rock matrix. This specimen has interesting crystallization with somewhat wheat-sheaf formations of Dioptase intermixed with small yellow Wulfenite crystals. Saw cut on base.


J894 - Quartz with inclusions $ 250 (=~ ¥ 25880)
Madan, Bulgaria
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 2 cm


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Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894a.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894b.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894c.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894d.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894e.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894f.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894g.jpg]

This is an interesting Quartz specimen I found in a parcel of Galena, Pyrite, Sphalerite and other Bulgarian minerals. It's a complete and undamaged cluster of parallel grown, double-terminated Quartz crystals with a variety of different included and attached minerals including Galena, Chalcopyrite, and Realgar. Pristine and perfect, a gem of a specimen.


J895 - Quartz scepter with Hematite $ 380 (=~ ¥ 39337)
Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia
miniature - 4.5 x 2 x 2.0 cm


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Quartz scepter with Hematite from Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J895a.jpg] Quartz scepter with Hematite from Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J895b.jpg] Quartz scepter with Hematite from Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J895c.jpg] Quartz scepter with Hematite from Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/j895d.jpg]

Quartz scepter from a 2017 find, and one of the best I saw. The scepter head has both smokey and amethyst coloration and the stalk is pink due to Hematite inclusions. Complete all around. Withthe exception of two tiny crystals sticking into the side, the specimen is entirely undamaged. The combination of the colors and form make for a great specimen.


J892 - Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite $ 600 (=~ ¥ 62112)
Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India
cabinet - 10 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm


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Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/J892a.jpg] Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/J892b.jpg] Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/J892c.jpg] Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/J892d.jpg] Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/J892e.jpg]

Laterally compressed translucent white Calcite crystal completely covered by a layer of sugary Quartz crystals, with attached double-terminated pink Stilbite crystals to 3.5cm. Unusual specimen that is reminiscent of Steve Smale's specimen known as 'The Cricket Bat' (see page 117 of the Smale Collection book). One tiny Stilbite crystal is incomplete, otherwise undamaged, with the Stilbite only on one side. Only the second one like it I've seen.


J898 - Cassiterite $ 300 (=~ ¥ 31056)
Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5.5 x 2 cm


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Cassiterite from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J898a.jpg] Cassiterite from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J898b.jpg] Cassiterite from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J898c.jpg] Cassiterite from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J898d.jpg] Cassiterite from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J898e.jpg] Cassiterite from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J898f.jpg]

Quartz rich matrix covered almost entirely on one side by thick lustrous Cassiterite crystals and small Pyrite crystals. Nearly a complete floater specimen with the Cassiterite wrapping around the edges to a mostly Quartz and Pyrite covered backside. No damage.


J773 - Hutchinsonite with Pyrite $ 275 (=~ ¥ 28468)
Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru
small cabinet - 5.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm


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Hutchinsonite with Pyrite from Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J773a.jpg] Hutchinsonite with Pyrite from Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J773b.jpg] Hutchinsonite with Pyrite from Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J773c.jpg]

Pyrite and red crystals of Hutchinsonite on matrix. Hutchinsonite is a rare thallium sulfosalt species and these recently found red crystals are some of the best ever found. Crystals reach 5mm long and contrast nicely with the Pyrite.


J808 - Chrome Tourmaline $ 150 (=~ ¥ 15528)
Commander Mine, Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1 x 0.9 x 0.8 cm


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Chrome Tourmaline from Commander Mine, Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J808a.jpg] Chrome Tourmaline from Commander Mine, Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J808b.jpg] Chrome Tourmaline from Commander Mine, Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J808c.jpg]

Gemmy single Chrome Tourmaline crystal, which is a chromium and vanadium rich Dravite. Intense, saturated green color. Undamaged, complete crystal.


J809 - Chrome Tourmaline $ 100 (=~ ¥ 10352)
Commander Mine, Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1 x 1 x 0.9 cm


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Chrome Tourmaline from Commander Mine, Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J809a.jpg] Chrome Tourmaline from Commander Mine, Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J809b.jpg] Chrome Tourmaline from Commander Mine, Nadonjukin, Simanjiro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J809c.jpg]

Gemmy single Chrome Tourmaline crystal, which is a chromium and vanadium rich Dravite. Intense, saturated green color. Undamaged, complete crystal with slight contacting from another crystal on part of a back face.


J810 - Feldspar var. Moonstone $ 800 (=~ ¥ 82816)
Namalulu, Tanzania
small cabinet - 8 x 6.5 x 5.5 cm


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Feldspar var. Moonstone from Namalulu, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J810a.jpg] Feldspar var. Moonstone from Namalulu, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J810b.jpg] Feldspar var. Moonstone from Namalulu, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J810c.jpg] Feldspar var. Moonstone from Namalulu, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J810d.jpg] Feldspar var. Moonstone from Namalulu, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J810e.jpg]

Blocky, grey/white Felspar crystals from a recent (and seemingly one time) find of crystallized moonstone from Tanzania. This is the single best specimen I've seen with both quality, well formed crystals and good color. The main crystal is 4.1cm wide and displays a satiny blue color across the end surfaces. This 'Schiller effect' is seen when you turn the crystal under lighting. Good color can be seen on a number of the other smaller crystals too. Moonstone crystals are rare!


J920 - Copper $ 750 (=~ ¥ 77640)
Ajo, Arizona, USA
large cabinet - 32 x 13.5 x 1.2 cm


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Copper from Ajo, Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/J920a.jpg] Copper from Ajo, Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/J920b.jpg] Copper from Ajo, Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/J920c.jpg] Copper from Ajo, Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/J920d.jpg] Copper from Ajo, Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/J920e.jpg]

Massive Ajo Copper with a row of tall crystals to 13cm. This formed in a thin seam and has a uniform thickness throughout the specimen. This was in an old collection I bought and based on the other minerals in the collection, I estimate it's from the 1970s or 1980s.


J777 - Cuprite on Copper $ 200 (=~ ¥ 20704)
unknown
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 3.7 cm


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Cuprite on Copper from unknown [db_pics/pics/J777a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from unknown [db_pics/pics/J777b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from unknown [db_pics/pics/J777c.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from unknown [db_pics/pics/J777d.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from unknown [db_pics/pics/J777e.jpg]

Octahedral Cuprite crystals covering Copper. Out and collection with no locality given, and therefore priced low.


J772 - Hutchinsonite with Orpiment $ 225 (=~ ¥ 23292)
Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru
small cabinet - 6 x 5.5 x 4 cm


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Hutchinsonite with Orpiment from Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J772a.jpg] Hutchinsonite with Orpiment from Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J772b.jpg] Hutchinsonite with Orpiment from Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J772c.jpg] Hutchinsonite with Orpiment from Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J772d.jpg]

Spherical crystal groups of orange Orpiment and red crystals of Hutchinsonite on matrix. Hutchinsonite is a rare thallium sulfosalt species and these recently found red crystals are some of the best ever found. Crystals reach 7mm long.


J774 - Clinoatacamite $ 290 (=~ ¥ 30021)
Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


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Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/J774a.jpg] Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/J774b.jpg] Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/J774c.jpg]

Selenite and Chrysocolla lined vug with large, robust crystals of dark green Clinoatacamite to 9mm. The Clinoatacamite is especially good on this one. These are regarded as the world's best Clinoatacamite specimens. The Lily Mine is now closed.


J775 - Clinoatacamite $ 200 (=~ ¥ 20704)
Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru
miniature - 3.8 x 3.5 x 3 cm


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Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/J775a.jpg] Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/J775b.jpg] Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/J775c.jpg] Clinoatacamite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/J775d.jpg]

Selenite and Chrysocolla lined vug with large, robust crystals of dark green Clinoatacamite. These are regarded as the world's best Clinoatacamite specimens. The Lily Mine is now closed.

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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
133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144
145 146 147 148 149

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