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LL185 - McGuinnessite, Vuagnatite $ 180 (=~ £ 133)
Copper King Mine, Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 5.5 x 2.8 cm


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McGuinnessite, Vuagnatite from Copper King Mine, Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL185a.jpg] McGuinnessite, Vuagnatite from Copper King Mine, Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL185b.jpg] McGuinnessite, Vuagnatite from Copper King Mine, Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL185c.jpg]

Bubbly blue/green McGuinnessite on all sides of matrix and glassy yellowish crystals of Vaugnatite on one side. McGuinnessite is a rare manganese, copper, carbonate and this specimen is from the type locality of the Copper King Mine in the Red Mountain Mining District. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection. Self collected by Chuck and Al McGuinness in 1982.


LL646 - Liottite $ 50 (=~ £ 37) SOLD
Pitigliano, Tuscany, Italy
miniature - 3.5 x 2 x 1.2 cm


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Liottite from Pitigliano, Tuscany, Italy [db_pics/pics/LL646a.jpg] Liottite from Pitigliano, Tuscany, Italy [db_pics/pics/LL646b.jpg] Liottite from Pitigliano, Tuscany, Italy [db_pics/pics/LL646c.jpg]

Small crystals of Liottite on matrix. Liottite is a colorless silicate mineral in the Cancrinite group. From the type locality for the species. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL639 - Tinzenite $ 50 (=~ £ 37) SOLD
Gambatesa Mine, Monte Copello, Reppia, Ne, Genoa, Liguria, Italy
miniature - 3.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


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Tinzenite from Gambatesa Mine, Monte Copello, Reppia, Ne, Genoa, Liguria, Italy [db_pics/pics/LL639a.jpg] Tinzenite from Gambatesa Mine, Monte Copello, Reppia, Ne, Genoa, Liguria, Italy [db_pics/pics/LL639b.jpg] Tinzenite from Gambatesa Mine, Monte Copello, Reppia, Ne, Genoa, Liguria, Italy [db_pics/pics/LL639c.jpg] Tinzenite from Gambatesa Mine, Monte Copello, Reppia, Ne, Genoa, Liguria, Italy [db_pics/pics/LL639d.jpg]

Quartz crystals and orange Tinzenite crystals in a few small vugs on matrix. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL439 - Cabalzarite $ 50 (=~ £ 37) SOLD
Falotta, Tinizong (Tinzen), Surses, Albula Region, Grisons, Switzerland
miniature - 4.5 x 3 x 1.5 cm


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Cabalzarite from Falotta, Tinizong (Tinzen), Surses, Albula Region, Grisons, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/LL439a.jpg] Cabalzarite from Falotta, Tinizong (Tinzen), Surses, Albula Region, Grisons, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/LL439b.jpg] Cabalzarite from Falotta, Tinizong (Tinzen), Surses, Albula Region, Grisons, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/LL439c.jpg]

Pink/orange crystalline Cabalzarite on matrix from old Swiss manganese mines dating to the 1800s.. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL644 - Faujasite $ 50 (=~ £ 37) SOLD
Baker, San Bernardino Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Faujasite from Baker, San Bernardino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL644a.jpg] Faujasite from Baker, San Bernardino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL644b.jpg] Faujasite from Baker, San Bernardino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL644c.jpg] Faujasite from Baker, San Bernardino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL644d.jpg]

Small crystals of Faujasite, a rare zeolite mineral, on volcanic rock matrix. The Faujazite occur as colorless, transparent octahedra, along with more white Phillipsite. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT567 - Chambersite $ 120 (=~ £ 89) SOLD
Venice Salt Dome, Lousiana, USA
thumbnail - 0.6 x 0.5 x 0.5 cm


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Chambersite from Venice Salt Dome, Lousiana, USA [db_pics/pics/CT567a.jpg] Chambersite from Venice Salt Dome, Lousiana, USA [db_pics/pics/CT567b.jpg] Chambersite from Venice Salt Dome, Lousiana, USA [db_pics/pics/CT567c.jpg]

Complete tetrahedron of Chambersite, a rare mineral found in salt formations in a small number of localities worldwide. There is damage along one edge, otherwise it's perfect with a dark purple color. This locality is on a narrow strip of land that extends out into the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast of New Orleans in an area that was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. This crystal was collected by Fred Pough in 1970. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT606 - Chambersite $ 150 (=~ £ 111) SOLD
Venice Salt Dome, Lousiana, USA
thumbnail - 0.6 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm


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Chambersite from Venice Salt Dome, Lousiana, USA [db_pics/pics/CT606a.jpg] Chambersite from Venice Salt Dome, Lousiana, USA [db_pics/pics/CT606b.jpg] Chambersite from Venice Salt Dome, Lousiana, USA [db_pics/pics/CT606c.jpg]

Complete tetrahedron of Chambersite, a rare mineral found in salt formations in a small number of localities worldwide. It has a medium purple color and a smaller crystal sticking out one side. This locality is on a narrow strip of land that extends out into the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast of New Orleans in an area that was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. This crystal was collected by Fred Pough in 1970. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL647 - Labuntsovite $ 50 (=~ £ 37)
DeMix Quarry, Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 2.2 x 1.5 x 1 cm


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Labuntsovite from DeMix Quarry, Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL647a.jpg] Labuntsovite from DeMix Quarry, Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL647b.jpg] Labuntsovite from DeMix Quarry, Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL647c.jpg]

Prismatic red crystals of Labuntsovite in a small vug on matrix. The label indicates an 'unknown #5' is also present. Ex. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL446 - Plombierite $ 50 (=~ £ 37) SOLD
Crestmore Quarry, Riverside Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Plombierite from Crestmore Quarry, Riverside Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL446a.jpg] Plombierite from Crestmore Quarry, Riverside Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL446b.jpg] Plombierite from Crestmore Quarry, Riverside Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL446c.jpg]

White massive Plombierite specimen, a member of the Tobermorite group of minerals. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL445 - Carnotite $ 50 (=~ £ 37) SOLD
Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC)
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 2 cm


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Carnotite from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/LL445a.jpg] Carnotite from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/LL445b.jpg] Carnotite from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/LL445c.jpg]

Orange microcrystals of Carnotite on matrix. Carnotite is a rare uranium bearing mineral. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL392 - Jadeite $ 150 (=~ £ 111)
Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 7 x 7 x 4 cm


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Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL392a.jpg] Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL392b.jpg] Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL392c.jpg] Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL392d.jpg] Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL392e.jpg]

Rare crystals (!) of green Jadeite, a species which is almost always found as massive and non-crystallized, better suited fro lapidary work than as specimens. The specimen has seams of green Jadeite with open vuggy areas containing crystals. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL394 - Jadeite $ 150 (=~ £ 111)
Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA
cabinet - 9.5 x 7.5 x 3.5 cm


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Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL394a.jpg] Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL394b.jpg] Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL394c.jpg] Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL394d.jpg] Jadeite from Russian River, Cloverdale area, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL394e.jpg]

Rare crystals (!) of green Jadeite, a species which is almost always found as massive and non-crystallized, better suited fro lapidary work than as specimens. The specimen has seams of green Jadeite with open vuggy areas containing crystals. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL627 - Ottrelite $ 60 (=~ £ 44)
Stavelot Massif, Belgium
small cabinet - 8.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm


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Ottrelite from Stavelot Massif, Belgium [db_pics/pics/LL627a.jpg] Ottrelite from Stavelot Massif, Belgium [db_pics/pics/LL627b.jpg] Ottrelite from Stavelot Massif, Belgium [db_pics/pics/LL627c.jpg] Ottrelite from Stavelot Massif, Belgium [db_pics/pics/LL627d.jpg]

Small crystals of Ottrelite dispersed through matrix. This is a good large example. Ottrelite is the manganese analogue of Chloritoid. From the type locality for the species. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL332 - Montroseite $ 50 (=~ £ 37) SOLD
Paradox Valley, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm


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Montroseite from Paradox Valley, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL332a.jpg] Montroseite from Paradox Valley, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL332b.jpg] Montroseite from Paradox Valley, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL332c.jpg] Montroseite from Paradox Valley, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL332d.jpg]

Specimen of Montroseite, a submetallic black mineral in the Disapore group of minerals. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL335 - Churchite $ 50 (=~ £ 37)
Virginia, USA
thumbnail - 3 x 2 x 1 cm


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Churchite from Virginia, USA [db_pics/pics/LL335a.jpg] Churchite from Virginia, USA [db_pics/pics/LL335b.jpg] Churchite from Virginia, USA [db_pics/pics/LL335c.jpg]

Small, fibrous white to yellow Churchite crystals on matrix. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.
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