Selected Specimens

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J892 - Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite $ 600
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
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.


J904 - Scheelite on Muscovite $ 1500
Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China
thumbnail - 11 x 8 x 5 cm


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Scheelite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/J904a.jpg] Scheelite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/J904b.jpg] Scheelite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/J904c.jpg] Scheelite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/j904i.jpg] Scheelite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/j904f.jpg] Scheelite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/j904g.jpg] Scheelite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/j904h.jpg]

A large 4.5cm orange Scheelite is the focal point of the Muscovite crystal mass with other smaller Scheelite crystals. Nearly a floater with crystals on both sides and a small contact area along the bottom edge. I count 10 Scheelite crystals in all. It's in remarkably good condition giventhe crystals being present on all sides, wtihteh only detraction being some chipping on a back edge of the large crystal.


J773 - Hutchinsonite with Pyrite $ 275
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
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
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.


J800 - Valentinite $ 220
Colavi Mine, Potosí, Bolivia
miniature - 3.8 x 2.1 x 1.1 cm


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Valentinite from Colavi Mine, Potosí, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J800a.jpg] Valentinite from Colavi Mine, Potosí, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J800b.jpg] Valentinite from Colavi Mine, Potosí, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J800c.jpg]

A very good example of the very rare Antimony Oxide, Valentinite. This specimen features both single crystals to 7mm (good sized!) and hemispherical crystal groups. More good crystals on the back side too.


J810 - Feldspar var. Moonstone $ 800
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
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
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.


J897 - Amethyst scepters $ 950
Washington Camp, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona, USA
cabinet - 11 x 6 x 5.5 cm


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Amethyst scepters from Washington Camp, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/J897a.jpg] Amethyst scepters from Washington Camp, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/J897b.jpg] Amethyst scepters from Washington Camp, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/J897c.jpg] Amethyst scepters from Washington Camp, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/J897d.jpg] Amethyst scepters from Washington Camp, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/J897e.jpg] Amethyst scepters from Washington Camp, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/J897f.jpg]

Classic old Arizona specimen with whie Quartz crystals and amethyst scepters to 4.5cm tall. Undamaged.


J956 - Tsavorite with Pyrite $ 450
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 9 x 6 x 4.5 cm


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Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J956a.jpg] Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J956b.jpg] Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J956c.jpg] Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J956d.jpg] Tsavorite with Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/j956aa.jpg]

Large Tsavorite crystals on a matrix of Pyrite, Quartz, Graphite and another unidentified dark purple mineral. The crystals are large, reaching 2.7cm wide. There is two lower left side crystals but overall it's in good condition. There are also some good individual Graphite crystals present. Matrix Tsavorite spcimens with such large crystals are uncommon.


J771 - Hutchinsonite with Orpiment $ 275
Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru
cabinet - 9.5 x 7 x 4.5 cm


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Hutchinsonite with Orpiment from Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J771a.jpg] Hutchinsonite with Orpiment from Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J771b.jpg] Hutchinsonite with Orpiment from Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J771c.jpg] Hutchinsonite with Orpiment from Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J771d.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.


J772 - Hutchinsonite with Orpiment $ 225
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.


J931 - Spinel $ 150
Ruaha, near Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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Spinel from Ruaha, near Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J931a.jpg] Spinel from Ruaha, near Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J931b.jpg] Spinel from Ruaha, near Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/J931c.jpg]

Single octahedron of translucent purple Spinel. Slight chipping present but overall a good, sharp single.
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