Selected Specimens

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J259 - Agate after bivalve $ 90
Dakhla area, Western Sahara, Morocco
thumbnail - 2.3 x 2 x 1.5 cm


Agate after bivalve from Dakhla area, Western Sahara, Morocco [db_pics/pics/J259a.jpg] Agate after bivalve from Dakhla area, Western Sahara, Morocco [db_pics/pics/J259b.jpg] Agate after bivalve from Dakhla area, Western Sahara, Morocco [db_pics/pics/J259c.jpg]

Fossil bivalve shell that has been replaced by translucent golden agate. These are found on the surface, having weathered out of the surrounding rock formations. There are about 40 different species found at this deposit. Although they could have weathered out of different formations, they are all believed to be Eocene in age. Most are broken pieces and weathered and perfectly preserved examples such as this are uncommon, probably less than 5 percent of what is found.


J507 - Spinel $ 200
Ruaha, near Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.4 x 1.8 x 1.6 cm


Spinel from Ruaha, near Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J507a.jpg] Spinel from Ruaha, near Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J507b.jpg] Spinel from Ruaha, near Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J507c.jpg] Spinel from Ruaha, near Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J507d.jpg]

Intergrown spinel-twinned purple Spinel crystals from a new find. Complete all around with typical pitted growth but only very minor chipping. Good luster and translucency.


J561 - Fluorite on Quartz with Scheelite $ 350
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5 x 5 cm


Fluorite on Quartz with Scheelite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/J561a.jpg] Fluorite on Quartz with Scheelite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/J561b.jpg] Fluorite on Quartz with Scheelite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/J561c.jpg] Fluorite on Quartz with Scheelite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/J561d.jpg] Fluorite on Quartz with Scheelite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/J561e.jpg] Fluorite on Quartz with Scheelite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/J561f.jpg] Fluorite on Quartz with Scheelite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/J561g.jpg]

Attractive and classic Yaogangxian specimen consisting of a large double-terminated Quarz crystal, cubic purple Fluorite, yellow/green Mica, and tan Scheelite crystals. It's nearly a floater with a small point of contact at the base, otherwise complete all around and undamaged.


J544 - Enargite $ 165
Butte, Silverbow Co., Montana, USA
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm


Enargite from Butte, Silverbow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/J544a.jpg] Enargite from Butte, Silverbow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/J544b.jpg] Enargite from Butte, Silverbow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/J544c.jpg]

Lustrous Enargite crystals cover the top surface of a Pyrite and Enargite matrix.


J564 - Enargite $ 265
Butte, Silverbow Co., Montana, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 5.5 x 3 cm


Enargite from Butte, Silverbow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/J564a.jpg] Enargite from Butte, Silverbow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/J564b.jpg] Enargite from Butte, Silverbow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/J564c.jpg]

Lustrous Enargite crystals cover the top surface of a Pyrite and Enargite matrix. Comes with two old labels that indicate it was formerly in the James Manchester collection (1871-1948).


J621 - Brucite $ 225
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
small cabinet - 7.5 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm


Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J621a.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J621b.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J621c.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. Undamaged.


J541 - Quartz on Andradite $ 150
Stanley Butte, Arizona, USA
miniature - 4.5 x 4.5 x 2 cm


Quartz on Andradite from Stanley Butte, Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/J541a.jpg] Quartz on Andradite from Stanley Butte, Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/J541b.jpg] Quartz on Andradite from Stanley Butte, Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/J541c.jpg]

Andradite crystals to 1cm partially coated by small Quartz crystals.


J526 - Wulfenite $ 300
Mezica Mines, Carinthia Region, Slovenia
cabinet - 9.5 x 9 x 2.5 cm


Wulfenite from Mezica Mines, Carinthia Region, Slovenia [db_pics/pics/J526a.jpg] Wulfenite from Mezica Mines, Carinthia Region, Slovenia [db_pics/pics/J526b.jpg] Wulfenite from Mezica Mines, Carinthia Region, Slovenia [db_pics/pics/J526c.jpg] Wulfenite from Mezica Mines, Carinthia Region, Slovenia [db_pics/pics/J526d.jpg]

Good coverage of yellow/orange dipyramidal Wulfenite crystals on a light colored matrix.


J527 - Vivianite $ 450
Blackbird Mine, Lemhi Co., Idaho, USA
cabinet - 10 x 5 x 2.5 cm


Vivianite from Blackbird Mine, Lemhi Co., Idaho, USA [db_pics/pics/J527a.jpg] Vivianite from Blackbird Mine, Lemhi Co., Idaho, USA [db_pics/pics/J527b.jpg] Vivianite from Blackbird Mine, Lemhi Co., Idaho, USA [db_pics/pics/J527c.jpg] Vivianite from Blackbird Mine, Lemhi Co., Idaho, USA [db_pics/pics/J527d.jpg]

Translucent purple Vivianite crystals to 3cm on a white Quartz matrix. These are old USA classics found in the 1960s and only turn up as old collections get dispersed. To my knowledge they are the only purple Vivianites found anywhere.


J557 - Atacamite $ 175
Copiapo, Chile
small cabinet - 8.5 x 5 x 1 cm


Atacamite from Copiapo, Chile [db_pics/pics/J557a.jpg] Atacamite from Copiapo, Chile [db_pics/pics/J557b.jpg] Atacamite from Copiapo, Chile [db_pics/pics/J557c.jpg] Atacamite from Copiapo, Chile [db_pics/pics/J557d.jpg]

Thin, flat matrix covered by radial sprays of lustrous green Atacamite. An excellent example for the occurrence.


J558 - Bournonite $ 175
Baia Sprie, Romania
thumbnail - 3 x 3 x 2.8 cm


Bournonite from Baia Sprie, Romania [db_pics/pics/J558a.jpg] Bournonite from Baia Sprie, Romania [db_pics/pics/J558b.jpg] Bournonite from Baia Sprie, Romania [db_pics/pics/J558c.jpg] Bournonite from Baia Sprie, Romania [db_pics/pics/J558d.jpg] Bournonite from Baia Sprie, Romania [db_pics/pics/J558e.jpg]

Barrel-shaped Bournonite crystals to 6mm scattered on various sides of a mound-shaped sulfide matrix.


J550 - Stannite $ 180
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 1.8 cm


Stannite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/J550a.jpg] Stannite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/J550b.jpg] Stannite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/J550c.jpg]

Lustrous metallic, bronze-colored crystals of Stannite. Yaogangxian Stannite is in my opinion the best in the world. This is a pristine cluster with mica atttached to the backside, with a point of contact at the base.


J514 - Rhodochrosite after bivalve $ 350
Kertch, Crimea, Ukraine
miniature - 3.7 x 3.2 x 2.4 cm


Rhodochrosite after bivalve from Kertch, Crimea, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/J514a.jpg] Rhodochrosite after bivalve from Kertch, Crimea, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/J514b.jpg] Rhodochrosite after bivalve from Kertch, Crimea, Ukraine [db_pics/pics/J514d.jpg]

A fossil bivalve shell that has been completely replaced by pink Rhodochrosite. The shell is wonderfully preserved with both sides present and in perfect condition. One end has been cut to reveal the pink Rhodochrosite inside.The old iron mine where these were found is long closed and these are no longer being found. An undamaged, very well preserved example.


J508 - Spinel $ 180
Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1.5 x 1 cm


Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J508a.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J508b.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J508c.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J508d.jpg]

Two attached red Spinel crystals that contrast well agains the white matrix. These are transparent crystal, but with internal fracturing. Good color and luster and dispays perfectly from the front, with some contacting onthe backside.


J272 - Spessartine gemstone $ 190
Namibia (?)
thumbnail - 0.6 x 0.6 x 0.4 cm


Spessartine gemstone from Namibia (?) [db_pics/pics/J272a.jpg] Spessartine gemstone from Namibia (?) [db_pics/pics/J272b.jpg] Spessartine gemstone from Namibia (?) [db_pics/pics/J272c.jpg] Spessartine gemstone from Namibia (?) [db_pics/pics/J272d.jpg]

6mm round Spessartine gemstone weighing 1.65 carats. The old label from 2003 calls it 'Mandarin Garnet' and shows of price of $100. Great color!



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