Selected Specimens

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LL569 - Neptunite $ 280
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2.7 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm


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Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL569c.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL569d.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL569e.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL569f.jpg]

An unusually stout, lustrous Neptunite specimen. A large, partially double-terminated crystal with glossy surface luster sits atop a smaller partial crystal. It's rare to find them like this.


LL564 - Benitoite $ 250
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
miniature - 3.2 x 2 x 1.5 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL564a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL564b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL564c.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL564d.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL564e.jpg]

Classic blue Benitoite crystal rising up off a schist matrix with white Natrolite. The Benitoite is 1.3cm wide and there are also two additional small Benitoites present.


LL558 - Neptunite $ 350
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
miniature - 3.7 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm


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Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL558a.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL558b.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL558d.jpg]

Lustrous black 2.9cm Neptunite crystal on schist matrix with white Natrolite. The Neptunite crystal is double-terminated and undamaged.


LL605 - Barite $ 3500
Frizington, Cumbria, England
cabinet - 13 x 9 x 8 cm


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Barite from Frizington, Cumbria, England [db_pics/pics/LL605a.jpg] Barite from Frizington, Cumbria, England [db_pics/pics/LL605b.jpg] Barite from Frizington, Cumbria, England [db_pics/pics/LL605c.jpg] Barite from Frizington, Cumbria, England [db_pics/pics/LL605d.jpg]

Superb glassy partly transparent and gemmy blue barite crystal, 9.5cm tall and 1.6cm thick, attached to a second large Barite crystals on Hematite matrix. The Barite crystals have some red colouration due to hematite staining. This is an old English classic likely mined in the 1800s. There are a couple very minimal edge chips, otherwise undamaged and complete. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection #0293.


LL607 - Barite $ 900
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramureș Co., Romania
cabinet - 10.5 x 8 x 8 cm


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Barite from Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramureș Co., Romania [db_pics/pics/LL607a.jpg] Barite from Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramureș Co., Romania [db_pics/pics/LL607b.jpg] Barite from Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramureș Co., Romania [db_pics/pics/LL607c.jpg] Barite from Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramureș Co., Romania [db_pics/pics/LL607d.jpg]

Highly glassy, lustrous blue Barite crystals on matrix. The Barite crystals reach 3cm in size and are in great condition with very minimal chipping. The crystals wrap around to the backside too. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection #0314.


LL548 - Acanthite $ 400
Rayas Mine, Guanajuato, Mexico
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Acanthite from Rayas Mine, Guanajuato, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL548a.jpg] Acanthite from Rayas Mine, Guanajuato, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL548b.jpg] Acanthite from Rayas Mine, Guanajuato, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL548c.jpg] Acanthite from Rayas Mine, Guanajuato, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL548d.jpg] Acanthite from Rayas Mine, Guanajuato, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL548e.jpg] Acanthite from Rayas Mine, Guanajuato, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL548.mp4]

Sculptural cluster of Acanthite crystals rising up off matrix. Undamaged and displays well from any angle. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection.


LL608 - Barite with Sphalerite $ 900
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA
cabinet - 11.5 x 9 x 9 cm


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Barite with Sphalerite from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/LL608a.jpg] Barite with Sphalerite from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/LL608b.jpg] Barite with Sphalerite from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/LL608c.jpg] Barite with Sphalerite from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/LL608d.jpg] Barite with Sphalerite from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/LL608e.jpg] Barite with Sphalerite from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/LL608g.jpg]

Spherical cluster of white Barite on a narrow strip of Dolstone matrix. Hemispherical masses of Barite like this were common enough from Elmwood, but I've never before seen such a complete sphere. The Barite sphere is 9cm in size and is intergrown with small Sphalerite and yellow Calcite crystals. Unusual and undamaged with Sphalerite crystals attached to the matrix. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection #0278.


LL477 - Marcasite on Sphalerite $ 220
Picher Field, Ottawa Co., Oklahoma, USA
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Marcasite on Sphalerite from Picher Field, Ottawa Co., Oklahoma, USA [db_pics/pics/LL477a.jpg] Marcasite on Sphalerite from Picher Field, Ottawa Co., Oklahoma, USA [db_pics/pics/LL477b.jpg] Marcasite on Sphalerite from Picher Field, Ottawa Co., Oklahoma, USA [db_pics/pics/LL477c.jpg] Marcasite on Sphalerite from Picher Field, Ottawa Co., Oklahoma, USA [db_pics/pics/LL477d.jpg]

Golden Marcasite crystals atop black Sphalerite. Undamaged and highly aesthetic. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection.


LL584 - Cassiterite on Quartz $ 850
Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz, Bolivia
small cabinet - 8.5 x 7 x 3.5 cm


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Cassiterite on Quartz from Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/LL584a.jpg] Cassiterite on Quartz from Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/LL584b.jpg] Cassiterite on Quartz from Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/LL584c.jpg] Cassiterite on Quartz from Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/LL584d.jpg]

Lustrous black Cassiterite crystals to 2.3cm associated with Quartz crystals. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection.


LL587 - Quartz var. Ametrine $ 750
Anahi Mine, La Gaiba Mining District, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
cabinet - 11.8 x 4 x 3 cm


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Quartz var. Ametrine from Anahi Mine, La Gaiba Mining District, Santa Cruz, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/LL587a.jpg] Quartz var. Ametrine from Anahi Mine, La Gaiba Mining District, Santa Cruz, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/LL587b.jpg] Quartz var. Ametrine from Anahi Mine, La Gaiba Mining District, Santa Cruz, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/LL587c.jpg] Quartz var. Ametrine from Anahi Mine, La Gaiba Mining District, Santa Cruz, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/LL587e.jpg]

Large transparent crystal of Ametrine (Quartz that is part Amethyst and part Citrine). It has typical etched form with a flat faces on the termination. Color zones of purple and yellow can be sieen inside this transparent crystal. There are two small dings otherwise this is perfect and one of the better examples I've seen. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection.


LL185 - McGuinnessite, Vuagnatite $ 180
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.


LL647 - Labuntsovite $ 50
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.


LL392 - Jadeite $ 150
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
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
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.
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37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48
49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72
73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84
85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96
97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108
109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120
121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132
133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143

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