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J276 - Smithsonite on Tennantite after Azurite $ 3500
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 7 x 6 x 3 cm


Smithsonite on Tennantite after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/j276a.jpg] Smithsonite on Tennantite after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/j276b.jpg] Smithsonite on Tennantite after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/j276c.jpg] Smithsonite on Tennantite after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/j276d.jpg] Smithsonite on Tennantite after Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/j276e.jpg]

Cluster of Tennantite after Azurite crystals covered by Smithsonite crystals. This is the most aesthetic example of this Tsumeb psuedomorph I have seen, and only one of very few that have the associated Smithsonite. It's a floater crystallized all around with a tall 4cm main crystal rising straight up out of the group. The small black areas are not damage - just areas where the Tennantite is corroded and Smithsonite did not grow. The main crystal is completely covered by Smithsonite on the backside and shows mostly Tennantite on the front side. Comes with a custom Lucite base that says 'Tennanite after Anhydrite", though I have only ever seen these called Tennantite after Azurite.


J256 - Bornite after Carrollite $ 1800
Kamoya Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC)
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 4 cm


Bornite after Carrollite from Kamoya Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/J256a.jpg] Bornite after Carrollite from Kamoya Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/J256b.jpg] Bornite after Carrollite from Kamoya Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/J256c.jpg] Bornite after Carrollite from Kamoya Mine, Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/J256d.jpg]

Large and lustrous Bornite after Carrollite crystal, 3.5cm wide, on a Bornite matrix with other smaller crystals. The price would be justified simply as a Carrollite of this size and quality on matrix, but even more so as this uncommon psuedomorph, it's really special. Analyzed.


J305 - Bismuth with Fluorite $ 1500
Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall, England
miniature - 3.8 x 3.3 x 1.0 cm


Bismuth with Fluorite from Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/J305a.jpg] Bismuth with Fluorite from Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/J305b.jpg] Bismuth with Fluorite from Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/J305c.jpg] Bismuth with Fluorite from Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall, England [db_pics/pics/J305d.jpg]

Historic specimen of crystallized Bismuth with Fluorite. Comes with old labels from Cal Graeber, the Nick Carruth collection, and Ward's Natural Science.


J388 - Benitoite $ 1200
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4.8 x 3 cm


Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/J388a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/J388b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/J388c.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/J388d.jpg]

Dense coverage of Benitoite crystals in white Natrolite. The Benitoite have areas of gemmy transparency and very good deep blue color.


C693 - Liddicoatite $ 2300
Betafo District, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
miniature - 4.5 x 2.6 x 2.5 cm


Liddicoatite from Betafo District, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/c693a.jpg] Liddicoatite from Betafo District, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/c693b.jpg] Liddicoatite from Betafo District, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/c693c.jpg] Liddicoatite from Betafo District, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/c693d.jpg]

Thick single Liddicoatite crystal with lots of color variation as you move up the crystal, ending in a transparent, colorless 'Achroite' termination. In excellent condition with perfect, glassy termination faces and just a small bit of edge wear on one edge near the base, otherwise complete all around and undamaged. Weighs 50.76 grams.


C692 - Tourmaline with Lepidolite (R) $ 3200
Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 9 x 1 x 1 cm


Tourmaline with Lepidolite (R) from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c692a.jpg] Tourmaline with Lepidolite (R) from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c692b.jpg] Tourmaline with Lepidolite (R) from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c692c.jpg] Tourmaline with Lepidolite (R) from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c692d.jpg] Tourmaline with Lepidolite (R) from Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c692e.jpg]

Long single, gemmy Tourmaline crystal with a cranberry pink color with a thin red zone at the termination. There is one professional repair about 2/3 up the crystal that is very hard to notice because it's in a zone that has more internal veils. No damage and with good luster, the color is fantastic. Comes with a custom Lucite base.


C691 - Wulfenite $ 1800
Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mtns., Arizona, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 6.5 x 2.5 cm


Wulfenite from Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mtns., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c691a.jpg] Wulfenite from Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mtns., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c691b.jpg] Wulfenite from Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mtns., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c691c.jpg]

Flat matrix with red/orange Wulfenite crystals to 2cm. Undamaged - I can't find a single chip on any of the crystals. Ex. Jelks collection.


C695 - Copper $ 3500
Houghton Co., Keweenaw Penisula, Michigan, USA
small cabinet - 8.7 x 6 x 3 cm


Copper from Houghton Co., Keweenaw Penisula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/c695a.jpg] Copper from Houghton Co., Keweenaw Penisula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/c695b.jpg] Copper from Houghton Co., Keweenaw Penisula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/c695c.jpg] Copper from Houghton Co., Keweenaw Penisula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/c695d.jpg]

Cluster of large, well formed Copper crystals with good patina in colors of reds to browns. Undamaged.


C698 - Tourmaline $ 1500
Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan
small cabinet - 6.3 x 1 x 1 cm


Tourmaline from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/c698a.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/c698b.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/c698c.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/c698d.jpg]

Classic Paprok Tourmaline in colors of pink and greens. Good transparency and overall brightness. Undamaged with attached lepidolite. Weighs 14.84 grams.


C700 - Hambergite with Tourmaline $ 1200
Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan
miniature - 3.5 x 2 x 1.7 cm


Hambergite with Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/c700a.jpg] Hambergite with Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/c700b.jpg] Hambergite with Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/c700c.jpg]

Exquisite and uncommon specimen composed of a terminated translucent to transparent Hambergite crystal accented at the base by a cluster of bi-color, double-terminated Tourmaline crystals. There are four pink and green Tourmaline crystals in the cluster.


C701 - Alexandrite $ 3500
Carnaiba mining district, Pindobaçu, Bahia, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.7 x 1.4 cm


Alexandrite from Carnaiba mining district, Pindobaçu, Bahia, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c701a.jpg] Alexandrite from Carnaiba mining district, Pindobaçu, Bahia, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c701b.jpg] Alexandrite from Carnaiba mining district, Pindobaçu, Bahia, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c701c.jpg]

Outstanding sixling crystal of Alexandrite, the rare variety of chrysoberyl that exibits a color change between natural and artificial light (Alexandrite effect). This specimen has six very well developed 'arms', each translucent and showing good color when backlit. This is easily the best Brazilian Alexandrite I've ever owned and is complete and good when viewed from either side.


C704 - Clinoatacamite with Calcite $ 1250
Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru
miniature - 5 x 3.5 x 3 cm


Clinoatacamite with Calcite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/c704a.jpg] Clinoatacamite with Calcite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/c704b.jpg] Clinoatacamite with Calcite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/c704c.jpg] Clinoatacamite with Calcite from Lily Mine, Ica Department, Peru [db_pics/pics/c704d.jpg]

Large and especially fine quality Clinoatacamite crystals with white Calcite over a layer of Malachite. These are regarded as the world's best Clinoatacamite specimens, and this is a good one. The crystals are all pristine. They were protected by a layer of Selenite that I dissolved away, leaving these perfect crystals. Individual crystals reach 1.3cm wide. The Lily Mine is now closed.


TS254 - Azurite $ 1650
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 4.2 x 3.0 x 2.8 cm


Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts254a.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts254b.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts254c.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts254d.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts254e.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts254f.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts254g.jpg]

Divergent sprays of Azurite crystals on a bit of white matrix. These are the uncommon GEM Azurites from Tsumeb that show great color and transparency when backlit.  Good pointed termination on most crystals.  A few crystals have ragged, unterminated ends but these are natural and not damaged. A rare old treasure.


J684 - Dioptase with Plancheite $ 2500
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm


Dioptase with Plancheite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J684a.jpg] Dioptase with Plancheite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J684b.jpg] Dioptase with Plancheite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J684c.jpg]

Highly aesthetic Tsumeb Dioptase, decidedly more colorful than most with the presence of the baby blue Plancheite spheres. The Dioptase occurs as both small drusy crystals coating Calcite rhombs and larger, highly lustrous crystals to 1.8cm.


J762 - Dioptase $ 1250
Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo
small cabinet - 8.5 x 7.5 x 2.5 cm


Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762a.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762b.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762c.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762d.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762e.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762f.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762g.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762h.jpg]

Slightly cup-shaped formation of solid Diptase. One side shows nothing but bright, lustrous Dioptase crystals with occasional tiny yellow Wulfenites. The other side shows cup-shaped formations of Dioptase, Dioptase crytals, and about 30% coverage of a lighter green mineral with a form of small apple-green translucent globules. This one has both a flashy, showy display side and another side that's interesting under the loupe.



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