Selected Specimens

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SM489 - Tourmaline $ 260 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2 x 1.4 x 1.4 cm


Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SM489a.jpg] Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SM489b.jpg] Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SM489c.jpg] Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SM489d.jpg]

Complete, terminated crystal of gemmy pink with a green cap. Areas look facet quality. Undamaged, weighs 8.4 grams.


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SM493 - Veszelyite $ 300 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Laochang Mine, Gejiu Co., Yunnan Province, China
cabinet - 10.5 x 6.5 x 4 cm


Veszelyite from Laochang Mine, Gejiu Co., Yunnan Province, China [db_pics/pics/SM493a.jpg] Veszelyite from Laochang Mine, Gejiu Co., Yunnan Province, China [db_pics/pics/SM493b.jpg] Veszelyite from Laochang Mine, Gejiu Co., Yunnan Province, China [db_pics/pics/SM493c.jpg] Veszelyite from Laochang Mine, Gejiu Co., Yunnan Province, China [db_pics/pics/SM493d.jpg] Veszelyite from Laochang Mine, Gejiu Co., Yunnan Province, China [db_pics/pics/SM493e.jpg]

Sharp crystals of Veszelyite to 4mm in vugs in matrix. Lots and lots of Veszelyite crystals all over. Veszelyite is a rare phosphate mineral only found in a few places worldwide as collectable mineral specimens. These specimens have only been found in the past few years and are one of the more interesting mineral surprises from China.
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SM495 - Vesuvianite $ 90 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Fushan Iron Deposit, Hebei Prov., China
miniature - 4 x 4 x 2 cm


Vesuvianite from Fushan Iron Deposit, Hebei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/SM495a.jpg] Vesuvianite from Fushan Iron Deposit, Hebei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/SM495b.jpg] Vesuvianite from Fushan Iron Deposit, Hebei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/SM495c.jpg]

Double-terminated rootbeer brown Vesuvianite crystal with good luster.
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SM499 - Tanzanite $ 750 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.7 x 2.3 x 1 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM499a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM499b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM499c.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM499d.jpg]

Large, gemmy single Tanzanite crystal, complete and well terminated. There is an indentation from another crystal on the backside. This is a heated crystal and priced to move.
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SM503 - Serandite $ 90 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 2.2 x 2.0 x 1 cm


Serandite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/SM503a.jpg] Serandite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/SM503b.jpg] Serandite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/SM503c.jpg] Serandite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/SM503d.jpg]

Two intergrown crystals of salmon pink Serandite with attached mica.
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SM516 - Pyrite $ 600 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Huanzala Mine, Peru
small cabinet - 9 x 6.5 x 5.5 cm


Pyrite from Huanzala Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/SM516a.jpg] Pyrite from Huanzala Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/SM516b.jpg] Pyrite from Huanzala Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/SM516c.jpg] Pyrite from Huanzala Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/SM516d.jpg]

Large 4.5cm Pyrite crystal atop smaller crystals. Specimen is composed solid, highly lustrous Pyrite. Bright and showy.


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SM512 - Brucite $ 450 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
small cabinet - 6 x 4 x 3 cm


Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/SM512a.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/SM512b.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/SM512c.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/SM512d.jpg]

pinwheel formation of translucent yellow Brucite on matrix from recent finds in Pakistan. Undamaged and good from both sides. Reminiscent of a Mapimi Adamite.
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SM530 - Prehnite $ 280 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 2.2 cm


Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM530a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM530b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM530c.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM530d.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM530e.jpg]

Cluster of translucent yellow Prehnite crystals. Such yellow Prehnites have come from Merelani sporadically over the years, but never before in the quality that has been found in the last year. This specimen has big chunky crystals that stick out in various directions. Some chipping, but nearly a floater crystalled all around, a good one for the find.
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C631 - Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite $ 500 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India
cabinet - 10.5 x 4 x 2 cm


Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/c631a.jpg] Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/c631b.jpg] Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/c631c.jpg]

Laterally compressed translucent white Calcite crystal completely covered by a layer of sugary Quartz crystals, with attached pink Stilbite crystals. Unusual specimen that is reminiscent of Steve Smale's specimen known as 'The Cricket Bat' (see page 117 of the Smale Collection book). A couple of the Stilbite crystals are incomplete, otherwise undamaged, with the Stilbite only on one side. I've never seen another like this.
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C633 - Silver $ 450 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico
small cabinet - 7 x 6 x 5.5 cm


Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c633a.jpg] Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c633b.jpg] Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c633c.jpg] Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c633d.jpg]

Vein of white Calcite loaded with crytalline Silver with lots of exposed Silver crystals on top. The Silver is present all throughout the Calcite, top to bottom. Out of an old collection from the 1970s.
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C634 - Silver $ 650 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico
small cabinet - 7 x 6 x 5.5 cm


Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c634a.jpg] Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c634b.jpg] Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c634c.jpg] Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c634d.jpg]

Vein of white Calcite loaded with crytalline Silver with lots of exposed Silver crystals on top. The Silver is present all throughout the Calcite, top to bottom. Out of an old collection from the 1970s.
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C637 - Prehnite $ 1200 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 8 x 3.5 x 3 cm


Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c637a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c637b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c637c.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c637d.jpg]

Along with many other 'world's best of species', Merelani produces the world's best Prehnites (in my opinion). This fantastic specimen is a complete undamaged floater that looks like it was constructed by dropping little grains of Prehnite atop each other until they formed this tall stack of crystals. The rear bottom is black from inclusions of Graphite, and there are Laumontite crystals included on one side near the base. One of the best Merelani yellow Prehnites I've owned.
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C638 - Prehnite $ 600 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.5 x 3 x 2 cm


Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c638a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c638b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c638c.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c638d.jpg]

Outstanding, undamaged cluster of blue Prehnite, crystallized front and back. Rarely do you see blue Prehnites of this quality with such good crystal form. These are also color change, producing different shades of blue in indoor versus outdoor lighting.
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C642 - Brucite $ 400 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
small cabinet - 8 x 7 x 3.5 cm


Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/c642a.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/c642b.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/c642c.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/c642d.jpg]

Large, solid radial mass of Brucite on matrix. This is an uncommon example well crystallized all around, characteristic of open pocket growth and not growth in tight, contacted seams as are most. Translucent, thick and sturdy.
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SM363 - Smithsonite replacing Calcite $ 250 (=~ CAN$ 0)
San Antonio Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico
cabinet - 12.0 x 9.0 x 4.6 cm


Smithsonite replacing Calcite from San Antonio Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM363a.jpg] Smithsonite replacing Calcite from San Antonio Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM363b.jpg] Smithsonite replacing Calcite from San Antonio Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM363c.jpg] Smithsonite replacing Calcite from San Antonio Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM363d.jpg] Smithsonite replacing Calcite from San Antonio Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM363e.jpg]

The specimen shown is a specimen that has a thin layer of yellow Smithsonite crystals covering pseudomorphed scalenohedral Calcite crystals. It's an aesthetic example of a multi-generation pseudomorph with interesting internal crystal structure showing the original Calcite crystals completely replaced with some other species, then Smithsonite covering all.



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