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SM320 - Pyrrhotite with Muscovite $ 200
Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russiaa
small cabinet - 7.0 x 4.2 x 2.6 cm


Pyrrhotite with Muscovite from Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russiaa [db_pics/pics/SM320a.jpg] Pyrrhotite with Muscovite from Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russiaa [db_pics/pics/SM320b.jpg] Pyrrhotite with Muscovite from Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russiaa [db_pics/pics/SM320c.jpg] Pyrrhotite with Muscovite from Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russiaa [db_pics/pics/SM320d.jpg]

Well-formed tabular, compound stacked Pyrrhotite crystals rest in a matrix of milky quartz and Calcite on this outstanding cabinet specimen from the Nikolaevskiy Mine at Dal'negorsk. It is, essentially, a 'floater' with no visible point of contact. No damage to any of the main crystals. Largest single crystal measures 3cm wide.


SM326 - Andradite var. Demantoid $ 200
Antetezambato Demantoid-Topazolite Mine, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
miniature - 3.6 x 3.5 x 2.0 cm


Andradite var. Demantoid from Antetezambato Demantoid-Topazolite Mine, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/SM326a.jpg] Andradite var. Demantoid from Antetezambato Demantoid-Topazolite Mine, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/SM326b.jpg] Andradite var. Demantoid from Antetezambato Demantoid-Topazolite Mine, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/SM326c.jpg] Andradite var. Demantoid from Antetezambato Demantoid-Topazolite Mine, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/SM326d.jpg] Andradite var. Demantoid from Antetezambato Demantoid-Topazolite Mine, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/SM326e.jpg]

Several rich green color, gemmy, dodecahedral Demantoid crystals with minor micro Stilbite crystals on matrix. The largest Demantoid crystal measures about 1cm across. Undamged, gemmy crystals. Very aesthetic.


SM331 - Siderite on Cookeite $ 260
Wheal Jane, Cornwall, England
miniature - 5.0 x 3.7 x 2.3 cm


Siderite on Cookeite from Wheal Jane, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/SM331a.jpg] Siderite on Cookeite from Wheal Jane, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/SM331b.jpg] Siderite on Cookeite from Wheal Jane, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/SM331c.jpg] Siderite on Cookeite from Wheal Jane, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/SM331d.jpg] Siderite on Cookeite from Wheal Jane, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/SM331e.jpg]

Here's an old English classic that features a large 1.8cm 'ball' of tan color Siderite crystals on a contrasting darker matrix of Cookeite from Cornwall. A very clean, aesthetic old-timer with numerous provenance labels including William Severance, Carter Rich, and Arnold Fisher. An old Trinity Minerals label shows a price of $300.


SM333 - Azurite $ 120
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
small cabinet - 6.2 x 3.3 x 2.3 cm


Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM333a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM333b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM333c.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM333d.jpg]

Milpillas has produced some of the most beautiful Azurite specimens in recent time. Here's a matrix specimen with a 2cm wide group of dark, highly lustrous, inky blue crystals. All of the Azurite crystals are complete and sharply terminated.


SM334 - Calcite with Hematite $ 400
Wessels Mine, Kahalari Manganese Field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
cabinet - 11.0 x 8.5 x 5.5 cm


Calcite with Hematite from Wessels Mine, Kahalari Manganese Field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/SM334a.jpg] Calcite with Hematite from Wessels Mine, Kahalari Manganese Field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/SM334b.jpg] Calcite with Hematite from Wessels Mine, Kahalari Manganese Field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/SM334c.jpg] Calcite with Hematite from Wessels Mine, Kahalari Manganese Field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/SM334d.jpg] Calcite with Hematite from Wessels Mine, Kahalari Manganese Field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/SM334e.jpg] Calcite with Hematite from Wessels Mine, Kahalari Manganese Field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/SM334f.jpg] Calcite with Hematite from Wessels Mine, Kahalari Manganese Field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [db_pics/pics/SM334g.jpg]

A display specimen of white Calcite crystals hosting a few dark black Hematite crystal groups from this classic locality. An older example from The Charlie Key Collection disbursed a number of years ago. One old label shows a former price of $600. Lots of lustrous, clear and undamaged Calcite crystals and I can only find a couple missing along the back edge.


SM335 - Diopside $ 120
Merelani Hills, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.8 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm


Diopside from Merelani Hills, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM335a.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM335b.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM335c.jpg] Diopside from Merelani Hills, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM335d.jpg]

A rich green, highly gemmy and lustrous, single crystal of Diopside from Merelani Hills with sharp termination. This is the best color for Merelani Diopside.


SM340 - Pyrite after Marcasite with Sphalerite $ 100
Nanisivik Mine, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada
cabinet - 10.0 x 7.2 x 4.3 cm


Pyrite after Marcasite with Sphalerite from Nanisivik Mine, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada [db_pics/pics/SM340a.jpg] Pyrite after Marcasite with Sphalerite from Nanisivik Mine, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada [db_pics/pics/SM340c.jpg] Pyrite after Marcasite with Sphalerite from Nanisivik Mine, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada [db_pics/pics/SM340d.jpg] Pyrite after Marcasite with Sphalerite from Nanisivik Mine, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada [db_pics/pics/SM340e.jpg] Pyrite after Marcasite with Sphalerite from Nanisivik Mine, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada [db_pics/pics/SM340f.jpg] Pyrite after Marcasite with Sphalerite from Nanisivik Mine, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada [db_pics/pics/SM340g.jpg] Pyrite after Marcasite with Sphalerite from Nanisivik Mine, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada [db_pics/pics/SM340h.jpg]

Large, well defined, Pyrite pseudomorphs after Marcasite with some crystals over 3cm. Several darker color Sphalerite crystals can also be seen in association. Ex. Bob Trimingham collection with his very detailed label.


SM344 - Azurite $ 450
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
small cabinet - 8.8 x 8.0 x 4.7 cm


Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM344a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM344b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM344c.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM344d.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM344e.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun. de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM344f.jpg]

Milpillas has produced some of the most beautiful Azurite specimens in recent time. Here's 3-dimensional cabinet size matrix specimen with dark, highly lustrous, blue crystals. The Azurite actually covers the top of the matrix and crystals grew over the edge on one side. The opposite side shows green Malachite coverage. Only very minor contact to the Azurite crystals, most of which is natural wall contact. An excellent example.


C621 - Cuprite on Copper $ 350
Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC)
cabinet - 11 x 9 x 5 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c621a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c621b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c621c.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c621d.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c621e.jpg]

Large arborescent group of Copper crystals coated by Cuprite. The Cuprite covers most of the surface of the Copper and is crystallized in areas. There is also black Heterogenite and green Malachite present in areas. Large and colorful Copper specimen found in 2018.


C622 - Cuprite on Copper $ 250
Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC)
cabinet - 9.5 x 5 x 3.5 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c622a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c622b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c622c.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c622d.jpg]

Group of Copper crystals coated by Cuprite. The Cuprite covers most of the surface of the Copper and is crystallized in areas. There is also black Heterogenite and green Malachite present in areas. Large and colorful Copper specimen found in 2018.


C623 - Cuprite on Copper $ 300
Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC)
cabinet - 11 x 5 x 5 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c623a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c623b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c623c.jpg]

Large branching group of Copper crystals coated by Cuprite. The Cuprite covers most of the surface of the Copper and is crystallized in areas. There is also black Heterogenite, green Malachite, and a blue mineral (Shattuckite ?) present in areas. Large and colorful Copper specimen found in 2018.


C624 - Cuprite on Copper $ 200
Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC)
small cabinet - 9 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c624a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c624b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c624c.jpg]

Large arborescent group of Copper crystals coated by Cuprite. The Cuprite covers a majority of the surface of the Copper. There is also black Heterogenite and green Malachite present in areas. Large and colorful Copper specimen found in 2018.


C625 - Cuprite on Copper $ 280
Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC)
cabinet - 10.5 x 6 x 2.5 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c625a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c625b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c625c.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c625d.jpg]

Large arborescent group of Copper crystals coated by Cuprite. The Cuprite covers most of the surface of the Copper and is crystallized in areas. There is also black Heterogenite and green Malachite present in areas. Large and colorful Copper specimen found in 2018.


C626 - Cuprite on Copper $ 250
Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC)
cabinet - 11.5 x 6 x 3.5 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c626a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c626b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c626c.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c626d.jpg]

Large branching group of Copper crystals coated by Cuprite. The Cuprite covers most of the surface of the Copper and is crystallized in areas. Interesting Copper specimen found in 2018.


C627 - Cuprite on Copper $ 400
Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC)
cabinet - 14.5 x 9 x 3.5 cm


Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c627a.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c627b.jpg] Cuprite on Copper from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c627c.jpg]

Large branching group of Copper crystals coated by Cuprite. The Cuprite covers most of the surface of the Copper and is crystallized in areas. There is also black Heterogenite and green Malachite present in areas. Large and colorful Copper specimen found in 2018.



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