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AF552 - Vanadinite $ 600 (=~ £ 445) SOLD
Mibladen, Morocco
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm


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Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af552a.jpg] Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af552b.jpg] Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af552c.jpg]

Brilliant bright red crystals with excellent luster. Crystals to 1.2cm wide standing upright on matrix. Vanadanite has been coming out in quantity over the years, but both quantity and quality has diminished over the past few years. I found one Moroccan miner in Tucson this year with a handful of quality pieces. Get a good one now, 5.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm.


AF553 - Vanadinite $ 450 (=~ £ 333) SOLD
Mibladen, Morocco
miniature - 4.9 x 3.5 x 2 cm


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Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af553a.jpg] Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af553b.jpg] Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af553c.jpg]

Brilliant bright red crystals with excellent luster. Crystals to 9mm wide standing upright on matrix. Vanadanite has been coming out in quantity over the years, but both quantity and quality has diminished over the past few years. I found one Moroccan miner in Tucson this year with a handful of quality pieces. Get a good one now, 4.9 x 3.5 x 2 cm.


AF554 - Vanadinite $ 500 (=~ £ 370) SOLD
Mibladen, Morocco
miniature - 3.5 x 3.1 x 2 cm


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Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af554a.jpg] Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af554b.jpg]

Brilliant bright red crystals with excellent luster. Thick crystals to 1.3cm wide tightly clustered on a small amount of matrix. Vanadanite has been coming out in quantity over the years, but both quantity and quality has diminished over the past few years. I found one Moroccan miner in Tucson this year with a handful of quality pieces. Get a good one now, 3.5 x 3.1 x 2 cm.


AF555 - Vanadinite $ 300 (=~ £ 222) SOLD
Mibladen, Morocco
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm


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Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af555a.jpg] Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af555b.jpg] Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af555c.jpg]

Brilliant bright red crystals with excellent luster. Crystals to 1.4cm wide standing upright on matrix. Vanadanite has been coming out in quantity over the years, but both quantity and quality has diminished over the past few years. I found one Moroccan miner in Tucson this year with a handful of quality pieces. Get a good one now, 2.5 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm.


AF556 - Vanadinite $ 200 (=~ £ 148) SOLD
Mibladen, Morocco
thumbnail - 3 x 2 x 1.5 cm


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Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af556a.jpg] Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af556b.jpg] Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco [db_pics/pics/af556c.jpg]

Brilliant bright red crystals with excellent luster. Crystals to 1cm wide standing upright on matrix. Vanadanite has been coming out in quantity over the years, but both quantity and quality has diminished over the past few years. I found one Moroccan miner in Tucson this year with a handful of quality pieces. Get a good one now, 3 x 2 x 1.5 cm.


A911 - Fluorite, Quartz, Arsenopyrite $ 300 (=~ £ 222) SOLD
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China
cabinet - 9.5 x 9 x 5 cm


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Fluorite, Quartz, Arsenopyrite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a911a.jpg] Fluorite, Quartz, Arsenopyrite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a911b.jpg] Fluorite, Quartz, Arsenopyrite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a911c.jpg]

Good combo specimen of all species, pics say it all, cool piece, 9.5 x 9 x 5 cm.


A912 - Fluorite $ 150 (=~ £ 111) SOLD
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China
cabinet - 12 x 7.5 x 6 cm


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Fluorite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a912a.jpg] Fluorite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a912b.jpg] Fluorite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a912c.jpg] Fluorite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/a912d.jpg]

This specimen fits right in with this year's theme of mineral oddities. The matrix is either Fluorite or Quartz casts after Calcite, with an 8.5 cm Fluorite stalactite attached to one side. The underside of the matrix has numerous large indentations and holes from the former Calcites, 12 x 7.5 x 6 cm.


A914 - Clinozoisite SOLD
Zagi Mountain area, Pakistan
miniature - 3.7 x 1 x 0.5 cm


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Clinozoisite from Zagi Mountain area, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a914a.jpg] Clinozoisite from Zagi Mountain area, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a914b.jpg]

This is one of two unusual crystals I picked up this year from one Paki dealer at Tucson. It is translucent yellow brown, tapering up to a rounded termination. Of the lot of crystal fragments I found only two had terminations (this being one of them). I had them analyzed, the results indicating right between Clinozoisite and Epidote.  A rare crystal form for sure, and another oddity from Zagi Mountain, 3.7 x 1 x 0.5 cm.


NA182 - Oligoclase $ 150 (=~ £ 111) SOLD
Hawk Mine, Mitchell Co., North Carolina
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 1.5 cm


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Oligoclase from Hawk Mine, Mitchell Co., North Carolina [db_pics/pics/na182a.jpg] Oligoclase from Hawk Mine, Mitchell Co., North Carolina [db_pics/pics/na182b.jpg] Oligoclase from Hawk Mine, Mitchell Co., North Carolina [db_pics/pics/na182c.jpg] Oligoclase from Hawk Mine, Mitchell Co., North Carolina [db_pics/pics/na182d.jpg]

Transparent gem crystal section with a couple crystal faces present. Ex. American Museum of Natural History, Clarence Bement, Lawrence Conklin collections, 2.5 x 2 x 1.5 cm.


A915 - Stibnite in Quartz $ 600 (=~ £ 445) SOLD
China
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Stibnite in Quartz from China [db_pics/pics/a915a.jpg] Stibnite in Quartz from China [db_pics/pics/a915b.jpg] Stibnite in Quartz from China [db_pics/pics/a915c.jpg]

Smokey Quartz sphere included by Stibnite crystals. I normally don't purchase polished specimens, however this was too unusual to pass up. Having grown up in California, I have admired the Stibnite in Quartz crystals from a deposit in nearby Nevada, the only locality I am aware of where Stibnite occur within Quartz crystals, until now. The Nevada crystals rarely even reach the diameter of this sphere, indicating the potential for some large Stibnite included Quartz crystals from China. The Sibnite in the sphere forms nice sprays, many with yellow coatings of Stibconite. Sphere is a little over 7.5 cm, about the size of a baseball.

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