Selected Specimens

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K921 - Prehnite $ 350
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 3.3 x 3 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K921a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K921b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K921c.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K921d.jpg]

Formation of large, tooth-like Prehnite crystals over a small amount of Graphite. Beautiful rosette-like formation that is complete all around. Slight chipping to some crystals but in good condition overall with good color and translucency.


K134 - Copper $ 350
Cliff Mine, Keweenaw Co., Michigan, USA
miniature - 4.8 x 2.3 x 1.5 cm


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Copper from Cliff Mine, Keweenaw Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/k134a.jpg] Copper from Cliff Mine, Keweenaw Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/k134b.jpg] Copper from Cliff Mine, Keweenaw Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/k134c.jpg] Copper from Cliff Mine, Keweenaw Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/k134d.jpg] Copper from Cliff Mine, Keweenaw Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/k134e.jpg]

Well crystallized Copper specimen with a good patina. Comes with an old Mike Bermann label.


AB101 - Aquamarine $ 480
Centervill, Boise Co., Idaho
miniature - 4.1 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm


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Aquamarine from Centervill, Boise Co., Idaho [db_pics/pics/ab101a.jpg] Aquamarine from Centervill, Boise Co., Idaho [db_pics/pics/ab101b.jpg]

Well terminated and gemmy single Aqua from Idaho. There is a shall indentation from another crystal on part of the back surface, otherwise perfect. Collected by Geary Murdock in 1985.


AB102 - Aquamarine $ 420
Centervill, Boise Co., Idaho
miniature - 3.7 x 0.6 x 0.5 cm


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Aquamarine from Centervill, Boise Co., Idaho [db_pics/pics/ab102a.jpg] Aquamarine from Centervill, Boise Co., Idaho [db_pics/pics/ab102b.jpg]

Well terminated and gemmy single Aqua from Idaho. Collected by Geary Murdock in 1985.


AB104 - Copper after Azurite $ 300
Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA
miniature - 3.5 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Copper after Azurite from Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/ab104a.jpg] Copper after Azurite from Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/ab104b.jpg] Copper after Azurite from Copper Rose Mine, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/ab104c.jpg]

Cluster of Azurite that has been completely replaced by Copper. Dominant main crystal with smaller crystals atttached to the front center. Complete on both sides with well defined, sharp edges and undamaged. A remarkable and fantastic specimen.


AB108 - Smithsonite $ 650
Broken Hill Mine, Kabwe, Zambia
miniature - 5 x 3.5 x 2.2 cm


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Smithsonite from Broken Hill Mine, Kabwe, Zambia [db_pics/pics/ab108a.jpg] Smithsonite from Broken Hill Mine, Kabwe, Zambia [db_pics/pics/ab108b.jpg] Smithsonite from Broken Hill Mine, Kabwe, Zambia [db_pics/pics/ab108c.jpg]

Two large, double-terminated Smithsonite crystals that display dramatically on matrix. This locality is not known for volumes of specimens but I have seen the occasional really interesting specimen from here over the years and this counts as one of them. The largest Smithsonite is 3.6cm wide and the specimen displays well from either side. There are unfortunately small cleaves on the tip of each crystal, but they don't ditract that much, especially when considering the rarity of the piece and the overall visual impact.


AB113 - Tanzanite $ 3000
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 2.2 x 0.7 cm


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Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ab113a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ab113b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ab113c.jpg]

Stunning bi-color Tanzanite crystal of yellow over vivid purple/blue. This crystal has superb luster and unusually uniform shape, retaining an even 7mm thickness all the way from the base to the termination. There are two chips, including one on the back termination, but the sheer pizzaz and dramatic coloration greatly overcomes it, it's that pretty and unique. The best bi-color Tanzanite I've ever had. Weighs 13 grams.


K965 - Rhodochrosite $ 2400
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
miniature - 3.8 x 3 x 2 cm


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Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/K965a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/K965b.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/K965c.jpg]

Crystals of translucent Rhodochroiste over a small bit of Manganite matrix. Undamaged.


K964 - Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz $ 1800
Hunan, China
cabinet - 15 x 8.5 x 4 cm


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Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964a.jpg] Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964b.jpg] Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964c.jpg] Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964d.jpg] Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964e.jpg]

Old Chinese Fluorite specimen from about 20-30 years ago or more when Chinese minerals were first coming out and unfortunately no specific mine name was available. The association with Cassiterite and purple Apatite is unusual. The Fluorite forms somewhat globular crystals to 2.5cm in size and are transparent. The Cassiterite reach 1.5cm and are highly lustrous. Both species are well distributed on the matrix and are undamaged. On the lower right side there are 4 purple Apatite crystals to 8mm in size.


K941 - Brucite $ 300
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
cabinet - 10 x 5.5 x 4 cm


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Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/K941a.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/K941b.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/K941c.jpg]

Large, thick somewhat pinwheel formation of translucent yellow Brucite on a bit of matrix from recent finds in Pakistan. Undamaged and good from both sides, this is a very thick formation. The Brucite is well crystallized all around, characteristic of open pocket growth and not growth in tight, contacted seams as are most. An excellent example that is just plain more massive than most.


M204 - Smokey Quartz $ 95
Dogtooth Peak, Dinkey Lakes region, Fresno County, California, USA
miniature - 4 x 1.6 x 1.5 cm


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Smokey Quartz from Dogtooth Peak, Dinkey Lakes region, Fresno County, California, USA [db_pics/pics/M204a.jpg] Smokey Quartz from Dogtooth Peak, Dinkey Lakes region, Fresno County, California, USA [db_pics/pics/M204b.jpg] Smokey Quartz from Dogtooth Peak, Dinkey Lakes region, Fresno County, California, USA [db_pics/pics/M204c.jpg] Smokey Quartz from Dogtooth Peak, Dinkey Lakes region, Fresno County, California, USA [db_pics/pics/M204d.jpg]

Water-clear, complete and undamaged single smokey Quartz crystal from a classic California Quartz locality. Out of an old collection built in the 1970s-80s.


M317 - Pyrite over Chalcopyrite with Calcite $ 60
Otjihase Mine, near Windhoek, Namibia
thumbnail - 3 x 2 x 1.6 cm


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Pyrite over Chalcopyrite with Calcite from Otjihase Mine, near Windhoek, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M317a.jpg] Pyrite over Chalcopyrite with Calcite from Otjihase Mine, near Windhoek, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M317b.jpg] Pyrite over Chalcopyrite with Calcite from Otjihase Mine, near Windhoek, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M317c.jpg] Pyrite over Chalcopyrite with Calcite from Otjihase Mine, near Windhoek, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M317d.jpg] Pyrite over Chalcopyrite with Calcite from Otjihase Mine, near Windhoek, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M317e.jpg] Pyrite over Chalcopyrite with Calcite from Otjihase Mine, near Windhoek, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M317f.jpg]

Pair of connected spheres of Pyrite with attached Calcite crystals. The smaller sphere has one area broken revealing an inner core of Chalcopyrite, which likely comprised the interior of the other sphere as well. From an old Pyrite collection built in the 1970s-80s.


M265 - Pyrite $ 180
Butte, Montana, USA
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 1.8 cm


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Pyrite from Butte, Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/M265a.jpg] Pyrite from Butte, Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/M265b.jpg] Pyrite from Butte, Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/M265c.jpg] Pyrite from Butte, Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/M265d.jpg] Pyrite from Butte, Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/M265e.jpg]

Fine and unusual Pyrite with somewhat stepped, modified octahedral crystals forming a tringular, pyramid shaped specimen. Crystallzed all around and undamaged. From an old Pyrite collection built in the 1970s-80s.


M276 - Pyrite after Clam $ 150
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
miniature - 4.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm


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Pyrite after Clam from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/M276a.jpg] Pyrite after Clam from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/M276b.jpg] Pyrite after Clam from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/M276c.jpg] Pyrite after Clam from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/M276d.jpg] Pyrite after Clam from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/M276e.jpg] Pyrite after Clam from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/M276f.jpg]

Pyrite crystals that have replaced a fossil clam. Uniform shape and undamaged. Crystallized all around. From an old Pyrite collection built in the 1970s-80s.


M277 - Pyrite $ 150
Bleiberg, Calamine, Morrednet, Germany
small cabinet - 5.2 x 4 x 3 cm


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Pyrite from Bleiberg, Calamine, Morrednet, Germany [db_pics/pics/M277a.jpg] Pyrite from Bleiberg, Calamine, Morrednet, Germany [db_pics/pics/M277b.jpg] Pyrite from Bleiberg, Calamine, Morrednet, Germany [db_pics/pics/M277c.jpg] Pyrite from Bleiberg, Calamine, Morrednet, Germany [db_pics/pics/M277d.jpg]

Floater specimen of solid Pyrite crystallized all around. The top half shows large striated cube faces and the backside is a mixture of stepped faces and smaller crystals. From an old Pyrite collection built in the 1970s-80s.
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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
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