Len Pisciotta Collection

An initial update of selections from the collection of California collector Len Pisciotta


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MK932 - Cuprite $ 500
Tsumeb, Namibia
thumbnail - 2.7 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm


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Cuprite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mk932a.jpg] Cuprite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mk932b.jpg] Cuprite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mk932c.jpg]

Large 1.5cm single Cuprite crystal on matrix from Tsumeb. The Cuprite crystal is pristine and sits atop white Dolomite with areas of green Duftite adding color contrast. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection.


MK933 - Malachite on Dioptase $ 1250
Sanda Mine, Mindouli, Rep. of Congo
miniature - 4.1 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


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Malachite on Dioptase from Sanda Mine, Mindouli, Rep. of Congo [db_pics/pics/mk933a.jpg] Malachite on Dioptase from Sanda Mine, Mindouli, Rep. of Congo [db_pics/pics/mk933b.jpg] Malachite on Dioptase from Sanda Mine, Mindouli, Rep. of Congo [db_pics/pics/mk933c.jpg] Malachite on Dioptase from Sanda Mine, Mindouli, Rep. of Congo [db_pics/pics/mk933d.jpg]

Cluster of spherical Malchite atop Dioptase crystals from the Sanda Mine. This is a matrixless cluster of Dioptase crystals that includes a large 2.5cm crystal. The crystal is not only very large, but also undamaged, well proportioned to the specimen, and balanced by the cluster of Malachite. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection. Comes with an old Andy Seibel label showing a price of $1250 and offered today at this same old price.


MK934 - Chalcopyrite on Chalcocite $ 500 SOLD
Tongshankou Mine, Daye Co., Huangshi, Hubei, China
miniature - 3.7 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm


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Chalcopyrite on Chalcocite from Tongshankou Mine, Daye Co., Huangshi, Hubei, China [db_pics/pics/mk934a.jpg] Chalcopyrite on Chalcocite from Tongshankou Mine, Daye Co., Huangshi, Hubei, China [db_pics/pics/mk934b.jpg] Chalcopyrite on Chalcocite from Tongshankou Mine, Daye Co., Huangshi, Hubei, China [db_pics/pics/mk934c.jpg] Chalcopyrite on Chalcocite from Tongshankou Mine, Daye Co., Huangshi, Hubei, China [db_pics/pics/mk934d.jpg]

Cluster of elongated Chalcocite crystals coated by iridescent Chalcopyrite. This is a superb miniature as the vast majority have numerous small broken crystals - this one is nearly pristine all around. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection and comes with an old Trinity Minerals label.


MK935 - Gold $ 1500
Olinghouse Mine, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 5 x 1.5 cm


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Gold from Olinghouse Mine, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/mk935a.jpg] Gold from Olinghouse Mine, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/mk935b.jpg] Gold from Olinghouse Mine, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/mk935c.jpg] Gold from Olinghouse Mine, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/mk935d.jpg] Gold from Olinghouse Mine, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/mk935e.jpg]

Aesthetic and classic 'nests' of Gold from 1990s finds at the Olinghouse mine in Nevada. The Gold occurs as bright, shiny crystal groups in Calcite in multiple vugs across the specimen. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection and comes with an old Trinity Minerals label.


MK936 - Rutile in Quartz $ 350 SOLD
Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
small cabinet - 8.5 x 7.5 x 4 cm


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Rutile in Quartz from Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil [db_pics/pics/mk936a.jpg] Rutile in Quartz from Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil [db_pics/pics/mk936b.jpg] Rutile in Quartz from Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil [db_pics/pics/mk936c.jpg]

Cluster of light smokey Quartz crystals that are absolutely loaded with hair-like golden Rutile crystals. There are also small Hematite crystals with Rutile in areas. There are some damaged crystals but the large main crystals are pristine. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection (Len loves Rutile in Quartz and the collection contains a number of specimens).


MK937 - Apophyllite with Stilbite $ 1500
#2 Quarry, Pashan, Pune District, India
small cabinet - 6 x 4.5 x 3 cm


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Apophyllite with Stilbite from #2 Quarry, Pashan, Pune District, India [db_pics/pics/mk937a.jpg] Apophyllite with Stilbite from #2 Quarry, Pashan, Pune District, India [db_pics/pics/mk937b.jpg] Apophyllite with Stilbite from #2 Quarry, Pashan, Pune District, India [db_pics/pics/mk937c.jpg] Apophyllite with Stilbite from #2 Quarry, Pashan, Pune District, India [db_pics/pics/mk937d.jpg] Apophyllite with Stilbite from #2 Quarry, Pashan, Pune District, India [db_pics/pics/mk937e.jpg]

Highly aesthetic, transparent green Apophyllite crystals associated with white Stilbite blades. The main crystal and an attached, opposing crystal are 6cm tip to tip, with a doubly-terminated Apophyllite attached behind the larger crystal. This specimen presents beautifully for display. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection and comes with an old Andy Seibel label showing a price of $3,250.


MK938 - Fluorite on Muscovite $ 450
Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
small cabinet - 7.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm


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Fluorite on Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/mk938a.jpg] Fluorite on Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/mk938b.jpg] Fluorite on Muscovite from Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/mk938c.jpg]

Water-clear, glassy single octahedral Fluorite crystal set in blades of Muscovite. The Fluorite crystal is bright and undamaged with beveled edges and a blue/green color (the camera did not pick up the color, but a light blue/green is apparent in person). Ex. Len Pisciotta collection.


MK939 - Wulfenite with Descloisite $ 1500
Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico
cabinet - 11 x 6.3 x 3 cm


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Wulfenite with Descloisite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mk939a.jpg] Wulfenite with Descloisite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mk939b.jpg] Wulfenite with Descloisite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mk939c.jpg] Wulfenite with Descloisite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mk939d.jpg] Wulfenite with Descloisite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mk939e.jpg]

Gorgeous Los Lamentos Wulfenite specimen with very bright, lustrous crystals and aesthetic form. The Wulfenite crystals reach 1.6cm in size, have wonderful surface growth features, with some partially covered by brown Descloisite crystals. A couple broken crystals do not detract from the overall excellent quality and looks of this highly showy example. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection.


MK940 - Dioptase on Quartz with Hematite $ 250 SOLD
Kaokaveld, Namibia
thumbnail - 2 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm


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Dioptase on Quartz with Hematite from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mk940a.jpg] Dioptase on Quartz with Hematite from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mk940b.jpg] Dioptase on Quartz with Hematite from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mk940c.jpg] Dioptase on Quartz with Hematite from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mk940d.jpg]

Colorful thumbnail-sized specimen of Quartz partially coated by red Hematite with two attached green Dioptase crystals. The crystals are undamaged and on a small shard of matrix. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection.


MK941 - Neptunite, Benitoite, Joaquinite $ 1800
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
large cabinet - 19 x 13 x 5 cm


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Neptunite, Benitoite, Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk941a.jpg] Neptunite, Benitoite, Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk941b.jpg] Neptunite, Benitoite, Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk941c.jpg] Neptunite, Benitoite, Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk941d.jpg] Neptunite, Benitoite, Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk941e.jpg] Neptunite, Benitoite, Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk941f.jpg]

Large display specimen loaded with lustrous black crystals of Neptunite. There are also blue Benitoite crystals, Djurleite, and small tan crystals of the rare mineral Joaquinite. People most often think of Benitoite from this mine, but the Neptunite from this locality is also the world's best for species and this one has hundreds of crystals. Large plates of crystals such as this are not common. The Benitoite crystals reach 9mm in size. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection, etched and cleaned by Len.


MK942 - Calaverite with Fluorite $ 1500
Cresson Mine, Cripple Creek, Teller Co., Colorado, USA
cabinet - 10 x 6.5 x 3.5 cm


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Calaverite with Fluorite from Cresson Mine, Cripple Creek, Teller Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/mk942a.jpg] Calaverite with Fluorite from Cresson Mine, Cripple Creek, Teller Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/mk942b.jpg] Calaverite with Fluorite from Cresson Mine, Cripple Creek, Teller Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/mk942c.jpg] Calaverite with Fluorite from Cresson Mine, Cripple Creek, Teller Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/mk942d.jpg]

Colorful and rare specimen of Calaverite with purple Fluorite from Cripple Creek. Calaverite is a rare Gold Telluride mineral with the chemical formula AuTe2 and was first discovered in Calaveras County, California in 1861. Some of the most attractive specimens are those with Calaverite combined with bright purple Fluorite, such as this one. The Calaverite crystals reach 4mm in size and occur across the front face, bottom, and back of specimen. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection.


MK943 - Boracite $ 800
Boulby Potash Mine, Loftus, Cleveland, England
miniature - 4.3 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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Boracite from Boulby Potash Mine, Loftus, Cleveland, England [db_pics/pics/mk943a.jpg] Boracite from Boulby Potash Mine, Loftus, Cleveland, England [db_pics/pics/mk943b.jpg] Boracite from Boulby Potash Mine, Loftus, Cleveland, England [db_pics/pics/mk943c.jpg]

Bright, sparkling crystals of blue Boracite on the front and back of specimen. Colorful and rich example loaded with crystals. Ex. Len Pisciotta, Lindsey Greenbank, Scott Williams collections, with all 3 labels.


MK944 - Mimetite $ 250
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 3.5 x 0.7 x 0.7 cm


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Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mk944a.jpg] Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mk944b.jpg] Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mk944c.jpg]

Tall, elongated compound Mimetite crystal from Tsumeb. Well terminated and complete all around with small terminated side crystals. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection.


MK945 - Barite $ 350
Sidi Lahcen, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region, Morocco
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5.5 x 3.5 cm


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Barite from Sidi Lahcen, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region, Morocco [db_pics/pics/mk945a.jpg] Barite from Sidi Lahcen, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region, Morocco [db_pics/pics/mk945b.jpg] Barite from Sidi Lahcen, Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region, Morocco [db_pics/pics/mk945c.jpg]

Cluster of terminated and doubly-terminated blue Barite crystals from Morocco. The Barite is translucent to transparent and composed of thin bladed crystals grouped together forming and attractive cluster, complete on all sides and in excellent condition. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection.


MK946 - Bastnasite $ 650
Zagi Mountain, Peshawar District, Pakistan
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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Bastnasite from Zagi Mountain, Peshawar District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/mk946a.jpg] Bastnasite from Zagi Mountain, Peshawar District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/mk946b.jpg] Bastnasite from Zagi Mountain, Peshawar District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/mk946c.jpg] Bastnasite from Zagi Mountain, Peshawar District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/mk946d.jpg]

Large, chunky single Basnasite crystal from the well known Zagi Mountian locality in Pakistan, famous for spectacular Bastnesite crystals. In excellent condition and a highly translucent golden brown when backlit. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection.

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