Tucson 2017 - Mixed Minerals


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T416 - Sapphire $ 750 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
thumbnail - 1.5 x 0.7 x 0.6 cm


Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/t416a.jpg] Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/t416b.jpg] Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/t416c.jpg]

Parcel of 15 Sapphire crystals, most showing good form with little edge wear. 13 blue crystals, one pink, and one yellow.
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T417 - Sapphire $ 500 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
thumbnail - 2.7 x 1.1 x 0.9 cm


Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/t417a.jpg] Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/t417b.jpg] Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/t417c.jpg]

Gemmy blue Sapphire crystal wtih good form and edges. Weighs 18.5 carats.
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T418 - Cuprite $ 200 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.9 cm


Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/t418a.jpg] Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/t418b.jpg] Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/t418c.jpg] Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/t418d.jpg]

Perfect undamaged floater octahedron with bevelled edges. 0.9cm on edge, 1.2cm wide tip to tip.
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T419 - Tourmaline $ 650 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan
small cabinet - 7.6 x 2.5 x 2 cm


Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t419a.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t419b.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t419c.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t419d.jpg]

Amazing example of a naturally bent Tourmaline crystal, caused by repeated fracturing and rehealing in the pegmatite pocket during formation. Double terminated (though one termination partially intergrown with Albite). Undamaged.
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T420 - Dioptase $ 240 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Kaokaveld, Namibia
miniature - 3.3 x 2.5 x 2 cm


Dioptase from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t420a.jpg] Dioptase from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t420b.jpg]

Dioptase crystal cluster with main crystal 1.6 x 0.8 cm in size.
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T421 - Neptunite $ 900 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
cabinet - 10 x 6 x 2.5 cm


Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/t421a.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/t421b.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/t421c.jpg]

Loads of Neptunite crystals covering a thin schist matrix. There are a couple crystals that are incomplete due to growth into the opposing pocket wall, but overall in excellent condition with long undamaged crystals. One Benitoite crystal also present.
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T423 - Tourmaline $ 650 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan
small cabinet - 5.3 x 3 x 2 cm


Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t423a.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t423b.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t423c.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t423d.jpg]

Undamaged cluster of double-terminated Tourmaline crystals with attached Albite. The crystals have a rare yellow coloration on one end and are green on the other ends.
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T424 - Gratonite $ 240 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Excelsior Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Peru
thumbnail - 1.9 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm


Gratonite from Excelsior Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Peru [db_pics/pics/t424a.jpg] Gratonite from Excelsior Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Peru [db_pics/pics/t424b.jpg] Gratonite from Excelsior Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Peru [db_pics/pics/t424c.jpg]

Cluster of Gratonite crystals on matrix. This cluster is composed of particularly stout crystals. Undamaged.
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T425 - Inesite, Hubeite on Quartz $ 350 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China
small cabinet - 9 x 6 x 4.5 cm


Inesite, Hubeite on Quartz from Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/t425a.jpg] Inesite, Hubeite on Quartz from Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/t425b.jpg] Inesite, Hubeite on Quartz from Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/t425c.jpg] Inesite, Hubeite on Quartz from Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/t425d.jpg]

Floater specimen of intergrown Quartz crystals covered on one side by Inesite, Hubeite (rare!), and Pyrite. The tip of the large Quartz crystal has damage, but this specimen is really about the great coverage of Inesite and Hubeite. These are now uncommon and no longer being found.
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T426 - Benitoite, Neptunite $ 240 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
miniature - 5 x 4 x 2.5 cm


Benitoite, Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/t426a.jpg] Benitoite, Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/t426b.jpg] Benitoite, Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/t426c.jpg]

Two Benitoite crystals with numerous Neptunite crystals on matrix. One Joaquinite crystal also present.
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T427 - Tourmaline $ 600 (=~ CAN$ 0) SOLD
Barra de Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 4 x 1 x 0.7 cm


Tourmaline from Barra de Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t427a.jpg] Tourmaline from Barra de Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t427b.jpg] Tourmaline from Barra de Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t427c.jpg] Tourmaline from Barra de Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t427d.jpg]

Single Tourmaline with 4 side crystals, all terminated and undamaged. Excellent color!!! Of added interest, there are some Cat's-eye zones towards the bottom of the crystal.


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T428 - Chrysocolla psuedo. Malachite psuedo. Azurite $ 500 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Loputo Mine, Katanga, Congo
cabinet - 12.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm


Chrysocolla psuedo. Malachite psuedo. Azurite from Loputo Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/t428a.jpg] Chrysocolla psuedo. Malachite psuedo. Azurite from Loputo Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/t428b.jpg] Chrysocolla psuedo. Malachite psuedo. Azurite from Loputo Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/t428c.jpg] Chrysocolla psuedo. Malachite psuedo. Azurite from Loputo Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/t428d.jpg]

Chrysocolla psuedomorphs on a matrix covered by Chrysocolla covered by drusy Quartz. This specimen includes the larger, tabular psuedomorphs that are commonly seen from this mine, but also smaller rhombahedral crystals, which are uncommon to see. Good crystals on all sides, sawcut on bottom.
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T429 - Orthoclase var. Sanidine $ 400 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Itrongay, Madagascar
thumbnail - 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.2 cm


Orthoclase var. Sanidine from Itrongay, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/t429a.jpg] Orthoclase var. Sanidine from Itrongay, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/t429b.jpg] Orthoclase var. Sanidine from Itrongay, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/t429c.jpg]

Double-terminated gem crystal of Orthoclase. These are uncommon to find with this color, luster and transparency, despite having a couple chips. A floater specimen with crystal faces on all sides. Weighs 60 carats.
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T430 - Cuprian Smithsonite $ 400 (=~ CAN$ 0)
Kamareza Mine, Laurium, Greece
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5 x 4 cm


Cuprian Smithsonite from Kamareza Mine, Laurium, Greece [db_pics/pics/t430a.jpg] Cuprian Smithsonite from Kamareza Mine, Laurium, Greece [db_pics/pics/t430b.jpg] Cuprian Smithsonite from Kamareza Mine, Laurium, Greece [db_pics/pics/t430c.jpg]

Satiny, globular crystals of Cuprian Smithsonite on a limonite matrix. Ex. Robert Philips collection.



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