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C376 - Kunzite $ 1500
Minas Gerais, Brazil
large cabinet - 18 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm


Kunzite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c376a.jpg] Kunzite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c376b.jpg] Kunzite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c376c.jpg] Kunzite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c376d.jpg]

Two old, gem Kunzite crystals, one pink and one yellow. The yellow is 18cm and the pink is 15.5cm. Both are double terminated with etched terminations and roughly rectangular in cross-section. These are out of an old collection built in the 1970s and still retain their original price tag stickers of $250 each.


C410 - Cuprite $ 1250
Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 4.0 x 3.5 cm
ex.  Bruce Murphy


Cuprite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c410a.jpg] Cuprite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c410b.jpg] Cuprite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c410c.jpg] Cuprite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c410d.jpg]

Well formed red Cuprite octahedrons all over matrix. While most Bisbee Cuprites are dull, this example shows a nice reddish tint under natural light which is fairly uncommon. Clean and undamaged specimen acquired by Bruce Murphy in 2007.


C415 - Rosasite $ 1250
Silver Bill Mine, Cochise Co., Arizona
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm
ex.  Bruce Murphy


Rosasite from Silver Bill Mine, Cochise Co., Arizona [db_pics/pics/c415a.jpg] Rosasite from Silver Bill Mine, Cochise Co., Arizona [db_pics/pics/c415b.jpg] Rosasite from Silver Bill Mine, Cochise Co., Arizona [db_pics/pics/c415c.jpg]

Powder blue spheres of Rosasite on the sides and within a protected vug in the specimen. Gorgeous and undamaged, this competition quality specimen is similar to the example shown on the cover of the 2nd addition of Minerals of Arizona. High quality and undamaged Rosasite from here are rare. To Bruce Murphy via the Arkenstone who acquired it in 2005 from the Ernie Schlichter collection.


C414 - Smithsonite $ 2200
Gila Monster Mine, Pima Co., Arizona, USA
small cabinet - 6.2 x 5 x 3.5 cm
ex.  Bruce Murphy


Smithsonite from Gila Monster Mine, Pima Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c414a.jpg] Smithsonite from Gila Monster Mine, Pima Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c414b.jpg] Smithsonite from Gila Monster Mine, Pima Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c414c.jpg]

Transluscent white Smithsonite in a linear formation of interconnected spheres lining a dark red, crystal lined vug. An extremely rare and unique specimen with no damage and one of only a very few known to exist. The white markings on the surface are tiny internal inclusions and not damage. The Gila Monster Mine is located 1. 3 miles from the famous Old Yuma Mine. The data base web site Mindat shows no photographs of any species from this very obscure and old locality. Comes with 3 old labels. .


C417 - Vanadinite $ 1250
Gallagher Mine, Charleston, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA
miniature - 5 x 4.6 x 3.2 cm
ex.  Bruce Murphy


Vanadinite from Gallagher Mine, Charleston, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c417a.jpg] Vanadinite from Gallagher Mine, Charleston, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c417b.jpg] Vanadinite from Gallagher Mine, Charleston, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c417c.jpg]

Vug filled with chocolate brown, curving Vanadinite crystals. Crystals of this size are very rare from this obscure locality near Tombstone, Arizona. Ex. Ann Williams collection, acquired by Bruce Murphy in 2007. Fine and undamaged specimen thought to be collected in the early 1930’s. Specimens from the Gallagher Mine are rarely seen on the market and this one may be the best extent.


C423 - Vanadinite $ 1200
Hamburg Mine, Yuma Co., Arizona, USA
cabinet - 10 x 6 x 4 cm
ex.  Bruce Murphy


Vanadinite from Hamburg Mine, Yuma Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c423a.jpg] Vanadinite from Hamburg Mine, Yuma Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c423b.jpg] Vanadinite from Hamburg Mine, Yuma Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c423c.jpg]

Historical early Arizona specimen of red Vanadinite crystals on matrix. Although the crystals are small, they are bright red, translucent, and evenly distributed across the specimen. This great color, combined with the sparkling Calcite coated matrix yield a visually attractive specimen. Undamaged. Comes with a Gene Schlepp label (indicating the specimen is from the 1880s at the very early stage of mine development) and an old German label. Floater specimen with crystals on all sides. Fewer crystals on the backside, but some are larger than on the front.


C438 - Dioptase on Shattuckite after Cuprite $ 1250
Tantara Mine, Katanga, Congo
miniature - 4 x 3 x 2 cm


Dioptase on Shattuckite after Cuprite from Tantara Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/c438a.jpg] Dioptase on Shattuckite after Cuprite from Tantara Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/c438b.jpg] Dioptase on Shattuckite after Cuprite from Tantara Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/c438c.jpg] Dioptase on Shattuckite after Cuprite from Tantara Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/c438d.jpg]

Rare psuedomorph of royal blue Shattuckite that has replaced Cuprite crystals. This of one of the rarer Tantara psuedomorphs, and one of only a very few I've ever seen. The entire specimen is composed of somewhat flat, interlocking octahedral crystals to 2cm in size. There is an area of Dioptase crystals in the center, some of which are broken. A true rarity!


C456 - Quartz $ 1250
Goboboseb Mtns., Brandberg Region, Namibia
cabinet - 11 x 8.5 x 8 cm


Quartz from Goboboseb Mtns., Brandberg Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c456a.jpg] Quartz from Goboboseb Mtns., Brandberg Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c456b.jpg] Quartz from Goboboseb Mtns., Brandberg Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c456c.jpg] Quartz from Goboboseb Mtns., Brandberg Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c456d.jpg] Quartz from Goboboseb Mtns., Brandberg Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c456e.jpg]

Matrix Quartz specimen featuring a stunning 6cm transparent crystal rising out of a Quartz and Calcite crystal lined vug. The crystal has a sharp smokey phantom and red Hematite inclusions. Perfect and undamaged. Flat, sawcut base.


C470 - Azurite with Malachite $ 2800
Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA
cabinet - 12.5 x 10 x 2.5 cm


Azurite with Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c470a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c470b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c470c.jpg]

Flat matrix partially covered by bubbly Malachite which is in turn covered by bright, sparkly Azurite. Essentially undamaged with only one or two very slight bruises along edges. Showy and rare specimen that has been in a collection since the 1970s. A gorgeous specimen, brighter and more sparkly than photos.


C473 - Copper $ 2400
Keeweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA
cabinet - 10 x 8.5 x 2.0 cm


Copper from Keeweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/c473a.jpg] Copper from Keeweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/c473b.jpg] Copper from Keeweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/c473c.jpg]

Grouping of Copper crystals with a rich red patina. Ex. Peter Bancroft specimen.


C479 - Benitoite $ 1600
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5 x 2.5 cm


Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/c479a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/c479b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/c479c.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/c479d.jpg]

Deep blue crystals of Benitoite to 2.1cm on schist matrix with white Natrolite. This specimen has two qualities which most do not have - deep blue color and good luster. The color is as good as it gets and the luster is good. A small shallow nick on the large crystal is the only detraction I could find. Uncommon to find them this good!


C481 - Tourmaline $ 1500
Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 7.8 x 1 x 1 cm


Tourmaline from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c481a.jpg] Tourmaline from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c481b.jpg] Tourmaline from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c481c.jpg] Tourmaline from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c481d.jpg] Tourmaline from Pederniera Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c481e.jpg]

Classic gem green Tourmaline from the Perderniera. Undamaged with the uppper two thirds entirely facet quality gem. There is a very shallow indentation on one side where another Tourmaline grew against it. A more blue/green body color grading to more grass green at the termination. A stunner!


C487 - Azurite on Malachite $ 4500
Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA
large cabinet - 19 x 16 x 4.0 cm


Azurite on Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c487a.jpg] Azurite on Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c487b.jpg] Azurite on Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c487c.jpg] Azurite on Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c487d.jpg]

Bright blue, spherical crystal groups of Azurite atop rolling hills of satiny Malachite. A large, flat specimen that would add a huge amount of color to any display. Undamaged, historic specimen out of an old collection built in the 1960s and 1970s.


C485 - Azurite with Malachite $ 1500
Tsumeb, Namibia
cabinet - 10 x 5 x 4.5 cm


Azurite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c485a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c485b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c485c.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c485d.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c485e.jpg]

Azurite partially altered to Malchite, with the Malachite forming fine 'bulls-eye' patterns. The Azurite is sharply formed with lustrous faces. The back is a large 10cm partial crystal and there are 2 terminated Azurite crystals attached to the front, the best is 5cm tall and grown out away from the largest crystal.


C490 - Phenakite $ 1500
Izumrudnye Kopi area, Malyshevo, Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk), Middle Urals, Russia
small cabinet - 8.5 x 8 x 5 cm


Phenakite from Izumrudnye Kopi area, Malyshevo, Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk), Middle Urals, Russia [db_pics/pics/c490a.jpg] Phenakite from Izumrudnye Kopi area, Malyshevo, Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk), Middle Urals, Russia [db_pics/pics/c490b.jpg] Phenakite from Izumrudnye Kopi area, Malyshevo, Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk), Middle Urals, Russia [db_pics/pics/c490c.jpg]

Huge 5.5cm Phenakite crystal in matrix from the classic emerald and alexandrite mining area of Russia. This is a complete crystal in schist and one the nicer display specimens of this material I have seen. Out of an old collection built in the 1960s and 1970s.



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