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US112 - Benitoite with Neptunite $ 1500
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 2 cm


Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us112a.jpg] Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us112b.jpg] Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us112c.jpg] Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us112d.jpg]

Single Neptunite rising up between three Benitoites. The right Benitoite is very transparent. Undamaged. Very hard to find in this quality and aesthetic arrangement. .


A873 - Aquamarine on Muscovite $ 1500
Ping Wu, Sichuan, China
small cabinet - 7 x 4 x 4 cm


Aquamarine on Muscovite from Ping Wu, Sichuan, China [db_pics/pics/a873a.jpg] Aquamarine on Muscovite from Ping Wu, Sichuan, China [db_pics/pics/a873b.jpg] Aquamarine on Muscovite from Ping Wu, Sichuan, China [db_pics/pics/a873c.jpg]

Highly lustrous, tabular blue crystals on Muscovite. Thick, high quality Aqua, undamaged.


TU39 - Fluorite $ 1200
Huanggangliang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
small cabinet - 8.9 x 8 x 4.5 cm


Fluorite from Huanggangliang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/tu39a.jpg] Fluorite from Huanggangliang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/tu39b.jpg] Fluorite from Huanggangliang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/tu39c.jpg] Fluorite from Huanggangliang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/tu39d.jpg]

Transparent octahedral Fluorite crystals to 3cm on matrix.


TU114 - Topaz $ 2400
Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan
small cabinet - 5.8 x 5.1 x 4.2 cm


Topaz from Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/tu114a.jpg] Topaz from Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/tu114b.jpg] Topaz from Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/tu114c.jpg] Topaz from Yuno Mine, Shigar Valley, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/tu114d.jpg]

Large glassy Topaz crystal with typical wedge shaped termination and large termination faces. A complete crystal but with damage to left back face, otherwise complete and undamaged. Beautiful crystal.


TZ129 - Tanzanite $ 4200
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.5 x 2 x 1.3 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz129a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz129b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz129c.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/tz129d.jpg]

High quality single crystal, very gemmy near termination. Trichroic with good red color up the C-axis. Natural, unheated, and undamaged. Weighs 116 carats.


A322 - Elbaite with Beryl on Albite $ 1500
Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan
small cabinet - 5.2 x 4 x 3.6 cm


Elbaite with Beryl on Albite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a322a.jpg] Elbaite with Beryl on Albite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a322b.jpg] Elbaite with Beryl on Albite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a322c.jpg] Elbaite with Beryl on Albite from Stak Nala, Skardu District, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/a322d.jpg]

Fine, floater specimen of a spherical cluster of Albite bladed crystals with attached Elbaite and Beryl. The largest Elbaite is a double-terminated 4.3 cm crystal with a translucent sea green color. The Beryl is colorless and 2 cm wide. Fine and undamaged and good from all angles.


E238 - Copper after Cuprite with Silver $ 1200
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 2.9 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm


Copper after Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e238a.jpg] Copper after Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e238b.jpg] Copper after Cuprite with Silver from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/e238c.jpg]

Intergrown octahedrons of Copper that have nearly completely replaced earlier Cuprite crystals (just a touch of Cuprite is visible). Complete all around and undamaged. Small areas of Silver are aso present giving it added appeal. This is an exceptional specimen as most of these have a coarser appearance due to larger subcrystals of Copper. The finess of the Copper leads to a much sharper crystal.


E519 - Manganite $ 2500
Ilfeld, Thuringen, Germany
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm


Manganite from Ilfeld, Thuringen, Germany [db_pics/pics/e519a.jpg] Manganite from Ilfeld, Thuringen, Germany [db_pics/pics/e519b.jpg] Manganite from Ilfeld, Thuringen, Germany [db_pics/pics/e519c.jpg] Manganite from Ilfeld, Thuringen, Germany [db_pics/pics/e519d.jpg]

Cluster of large crystals of Manganite, with individual crystals to 2.5cm tall and 1.2cm across on the terminations. Ex. Ralph Merril and W.F. Davidson collections. The Merril label indicates it was purchased in 1954 for $350.


CH107 - Fluorite on Muscovite $ 1500
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China
small cabinet - 9 x 7 x 5 cm


Fluorite on Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/ch107a.jpg] Fluorite on Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/ch107b.jpg] Fluorite on Muscovite from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/ch107c.jpg]

Transparent purple/blue Fluorite cubes on a matrix of Muscovite. The Fluorites are glassy and undamaged. Chalcopyrite crystals are present along the left side.


TS215 - Smithsonite $ 2500
Tsumeb, Namibia
thumbnail - 3.1 x 2.5 x 2.1 cm
ex.  Carl Acosta


Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts215a.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts215b.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts215c.jpg]

Large, sharp pink Smithsonite on matrix. Main crystals is 2.2cm across and pristine. Good silky luster and very translucent.


US157 - Copper with Calcite $ 2000
Quincy Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan
small cabinet - 8 x 6 x 4.5 cm


Copper with Calcite from Quincy Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan [db_pics/pics/us157a.jpg] Copper with Calcite from Quincy Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan [db_pics/pics/us157b.jpg] Copper with Calcite from Quincy Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan [db_pics/pics/us157c.jpg] Copper with Calcite from Quincy Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan [db_pics/pics/us157d.jpg] Copper with Calcite from Quincy Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan [db_pics/pics/us157e.jpg]

Hackly Copper protruding out of a Quartz matrix with areas overgrown by clear Calcite crystals. Well balanced specimen with lots of Copper and good coverage of Calcite crystals heavily included by bright, non-tarnished Copper. There is some damage to the Calcite, but it is in overall good condition.


M110 - Brochantite $ 1500
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
cabinet - 11 x 6 x 2 cm


Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/m110a.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/m110b.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/m110c.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/m110d.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/m110e.jpg]

Thick, deep forest green Brochantite crystals with high luster on matrix. Two very fine, well isolated clusters stand out against the lighter colored matrix. Largest cluster is 2.7cm wide. Individual crystals reach 7mm in width. These are thick, robust crystals from a 2014 find and are much different in style than earlier finds from the mine which were usually more fragile, hair-like crystals.


M141 - Azurite with Malachite $ 1300
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
miniature - 3.8 x 3 x 2.2 cm


Azurite with Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/m141a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/m141b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/m141c.jpg]

Superb electric blue Azurite crystals with a few stringers of Malachite on one side. This is from the watercourse pocket (also called the elegant pocket or spiderweb pocket) that was opened in 2013. Nearly a floater cluster (there is contacting on a few of the bottom of a few of the lower crystals) composed of intergrown crystals to 1.9cm in size. Although this was mined in 2013 it only made its way north of the border in late 2014 having been stashed away by a miner. Undamaged and superb.


E674 - Azurite $ 2000
Blue Mine, Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France
small cabinet - 5.8 x 4.3 x 4.0 cm


Azurite from Blue Mine, Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/e674a.jpg] Azurite from Blue Mine, Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/e674b.jpg] Azurite from Blue Mine, Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/e674c.jpg] Azurite from Blue Mine, Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/e674d.jpg]

Floater cluster of Azurite from the famous Chessy mines of France. These mines are long closed and I understand these specimens were found in the 1800s. This specimen features large blocky crystals and uniform deep blue color. There are no points of contact, a complete floater and undamaged. The finest large Chessy Azurite I've ever owned.


TS235 - Azurite $ 1200
Tsumeb, Namibia
thumbnail - 2.3 x 1.9 x 1 cm


Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts235a.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts235b.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts235c.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ts235d.jpg]

Thick, blocky Azurite crystal displaying a bright 'electric' blue coloration under lighting. There is one smal chip along the back edge, otherwise perfect. Ex. Carl Acosta collection.



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