Selected Specimens

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LL400 - Pargasite with Spinel $ 950
Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 6 x 3 cm


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Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400a.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400b.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400c.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400d.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400f.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400g.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400.mp4]

Large translucent brown Pargasite crystals associated with blue Spinel. A superb California specimen, it was the best Pargasite (that I saw) from the Chuck Trantham collection, and there is nothing comparable to it on Mindat. The Pargasites are well formed and reach 2.1cm in size, with a band of blue Spinel (including crystals to 4mm) along the bottom, adding good color contrast. Chuck valued this at $750 back in 1983, significantly more than others in his collection that I saw, indicating he too rated this one highly. His label shows a locality of 'Locality No. 2, Twin Lakes area, near Lake Shore, Fresno Co., California' and indicates it was collected in August of 1983.


LL411 - Spinel $ 750
Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.4 cm


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Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL411a.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL411b.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL411c.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL411d.jpg]

Complete octahedral crystal of red Spinel. Undamaged with high surface luster and gem zones internally.


LL412 - Spinel $ 400
Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar
thumbnail - 1.1 x 1.1 x 1.1 cm


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Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL412a.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL412b.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL412c.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL412d.jpg]

Complete octahedral crystal of red Spinel. There is one tiny, shallow chip on one point, otherwise it's undamaged with high surface luster and gem zones internally.


LL407 - Fluorite (Spinel twin) $ 300
Erongo Mountains, Namibia
thumbnail - 3 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm


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Fluorite (Spinel twin) from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL407a.jpg] Fluorite (Spinel twin) from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL407b.jpg] Fluorite (Spinel twin) from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL407c.jpg] Fluorite (Spinel twin) from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL407d.jpg]

Intergrown spinel-twinned crystals of purple Fluorite. Complete all around and undamaged with a bit of attached Feldspar on part of the backside.


LL408 - Babingtonite $ 180
Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
miniature - 3.5 x 2 x 2 cm


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Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408a.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408b.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408c.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408d.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408e.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408f.jpg]

Cluster of double-terminated Babingtonite crystals from a now old and defunct locality. The crystals have broad, flat terminations to 1.7cm wide. It's a floater, well crystallized all around with a contact or damage along the side of the large crystal, otherwise perfect all around.


LL415 - Brochantite $ 320
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1.5 x 1.1 cm


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Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL415a.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL415b.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL415c.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL415d.jpg]

Cluster of thick, chisel-terminated Brochantite crystals with individual crystals to 8mm tall.


LL470 - Mimetite $ 600
Mt. Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory, Australia
miniature - 4.2 x 3.2 x 3 cm


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Mimetite from Mt. Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL470a.jpg] Mimetite from Mt. Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL470b.jpg] Mimetite from Mt. Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL470c.jpg] Mimetite from Mt. Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL470d.jpg]

Hexagonal Mimetite crystals on matrix, the best of which is a 1.5cm complete crystal facing forward for display. Old, now hard to find specimen from a long closed mine. Comes with an old 'The Collector' label.


LL471 - Tremolite $ 400
Norland, Somerville Township, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm


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Tremolite from Norland, Somerville Township, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL471a.jpg] Tremolite from Norland, Somerville Township, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL471b.jpg] Tremolite from Norland, Somerville Township, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL471c.jpg] Tremolite from Norland, Somerville Township, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL471e.jpg]

Large, translucent green crystals of Tremolite, the largest is 2.5cm wide at the termination. Old, rarely seen specimen out of the Robert Reynolds collection.


LL416 - Copper $ 180
Portage Lake, Keweenaw Peninsula, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA
cabinet - 10 x 7 x 2.5 cm


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Copper from Portage Lake, Keweenaw Peninsula, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/LL416a.jpg] Copper from Portage Lake, Keweenaw Peninsula, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/LL416c.jpg] Copper from Portage Lake, Keweenaw Peninsula, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/LL416e.jpg] Copper from Portage Lake, Keweenaw Peninsula, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/LL416f.jpg]

Nodule of solid Copper from the Keweenaw. A rounded nodule with green patina with one edge cut and polished. Big and heavy, it weighs 1 pound and 4.8 ounces.


K198 - Prehnite $ 350
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 8.5 x 7.5 x 3.5 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K198a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K198b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K198c.jpg]

Large chisel-tipped crystals of yellow/green Prehnite from finds in 2019 at the Merelani Tanzanite mines. An excellent large example of this style with large translucent crystals and minor amounts of attached Graphite.


LL486 - Barite on Calcite $ 450
Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota, USA
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 2 cm


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Barite on Calcite from Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/LL486a.jpg] Barite on Calcite from Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/LL486b.jpg] Barite on Calcite from Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/LL486c.jpg] Barite on Calcite from Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/LL486d.jpg]

Mound of yellow Calcite crystals with an absolute GEM of a Barite crystal, 2cm tall. There is an inconsequential, small chip on the termination that I can only see with magnification, otherwise undamaged. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection.


LL481 - Wulfenite $ 500
Tsumeb, Namibia
thumbnail - 2 x 2 x 0.3 cm


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Wulfenite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL481a.jpg] Wulfenite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL481b.jpg] Wulfenite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL481c.jpg]

Transparent, color-zoned 'window pane' style Wulfenite crystal with additional small crystals attached at the base. Highly lustrous, slight edge chipping, good from front or back. There is a small notch along the top edge where another crystal grew. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection.


LL475 - Clinozoisite $ 250
Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan
miniature - 3.4 x 1.6 x 0.8 cm


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Clinozoisite from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL475a.jpg] Clinozoisite from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL475b.jpg] Clinozoisite from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL475c.jpg] Clinozoisite from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL475.mp4]

Cluster of transparent, double-termianted Clinozoisite crystals. Complete all around. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection.


LL493 - Calcite $ 250
Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China
miniature - 5 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Calcite from Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/LL493a.jpg] Calcite from Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/LL493c.jpg] Calcite from Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/LL493e.jpg] Calcite from Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/LL493f.jpg] Calcite from Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/LL493g.jpg]

Double-terminated transparent Calcite crystals with sharp phantoms from Hematite inclusions. There are additional smaller crystals sticking out at right angles from the main crystal. Undamaged. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection.


LL494 - Dioptase $ 450
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 3.3 x 2.8 x 2.2 cm


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Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL494a.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL494b.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL494c.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL494e.jpg]

Cluster of large, lustrous emerald-green Dioptase crystals. The main crystal is a large 2.1cm long and 1.1cm thick. There is some peripheral damage that keeps the price way down from the several thousand dollars it would otherwise be. Regardless, it's an impressive specimen. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection.
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