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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 $ 3500
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.


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.


C491 - Rutile on Hematite on Quartz $ 1000
Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Grischun, Switzerland
small cabinet - 6 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


Rutile on Hematite on Quartz from Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Grischun, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/c491a.jpg] Rutile on Hematite on Quartz from Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Grischun, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/c491b.jpg] Rutile on Hematite on Quartz from Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Grischun, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/c491c.jpg] Rutile on Hematite on Quartz from Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Grischun, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/c491d.jpg]

Epitaxial red Rutile on Hematite crystals on a water clear, glassy crystal of light smokey Quartz. The Quartz crystal is 6cm tall and undamaged. The Hematite crystals reach 1.7cm in size.


C500 - Azurite with Malachite (R) $ 5000
Christiana Mine, Lavrion District, Greece
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm


Azurite with Malachite (R) from Christiana Mine, Lavrion District, Greece [db_pics/pics/c500a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite (R) from Christiana Mine, Lavrion District, Greece [db_pics/pics/c500b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite (R) from Christiana Mine, Lavrion District, Greece [db_pics/pics/c500c.jpg]

Interconnected spherical clusters of Azurite with minor amounts of attached Malchite. This is a superb Greek Azurite specimen and was photographed in Lapis magazine. It is a floater specimen well crystallized all around and has one repair. Extraordinary color!


C530 - Hematite $ 2800
Minas Gerais, Brazil
cabinet - 10 x 7.5 x 7 cm


Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530a.jpg] Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530b.jpg] Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530c.jpg] Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530d.jpg] Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530e.jpg] Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530f.jpg]

Large, chunky Hematite crystal with an uncommon psuedocubic form. Great luster with parallel surface striations. This is an old specimen from a collection dating back to the 60s and 70s. It came without precise locality information, but I suspect it is from the Casa de Pedra mine in Congonhas, Minas Gerais. It's complete all around with some indentations from other crystals on top near the back, but remarkably pristine with only a couple small nicks. Even the bottom is rehealed. Weighs 2 pounds and 14 ounces!


C532 - Dioptase $ 1500
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4.5 x 2 cm


Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c532a.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c532b.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c532c.jpg]

Classic Tsumeb specimen of Dioptase on white Calcite. Super lustrous, transluscent Dioptase crystals in small clusters and isolated crystals. There is damage to a couple crystals, but the vast majority are fine and undamaged. Despite the damage, this quality is rare to find now.


C560 - Covellite $ 3800
Annie Vein, Summitville, Colorado, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 7 x 6 cm


Covellite from Annie Vein, Summitville, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/c560a.jpg] Covellite from Annie Vein, Summitville, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/c560b.jpg] Covellite from Annie Vein, Summitville, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/c560c.jpg]

Irridescent blades of Covellite crystals in a few different areas on matrix. Ex. J.H. Marshall Jr. and Geary Murdock collections and comes with three old labels. One label indicates 'exceptionally well crystallized Covellite. One of the finest specimens I have ever seen from this locality'.


C559 - Covellite $ 2500
Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA
cabinet - 10 x 9.5 x 5 cm


Covellite from Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/c559a.jpg] Covellite from Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/c559b.jpg] Covellite from Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/c559c.jpg] Covellite from Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/c559d.jpg]

Irridescent blades of Covellite crystals on matrix with Quartz crystals. From the Don Boydston collection and comes with an old Burminco label.


C564 - Fluorite with Quartz $ 1200
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China
small cabinet - 6.2 x 6 x 4 cm


Fluorite with Quartz from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/c564a.jpg] Fluorite with Quartz from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/c564b.jpg] Fluorite with Quartz from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/c564c.jpg] Fluorite with Quartz from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/c564d.jpg]

Color-zoned purple/blue Fluorite cube with 5 terminated Quartz crystals grown along the sides.Two small trivial nicks otherwise pristine. Wonderful transparency and aesthetics.


C636 - Tanzanite with Calcite $ 3500
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 7 x 5.5 x 3 cm


Tanzanite with Calcite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c636a.jpg] Tanzanite with Calcite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c636b.jpg] Tanzanite with Calcite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c636c.jpg]

Deep purple blue Tanzanite crystal perched atop a matrix of Tanzanite, Calcite, and Graphite. The Tanzanite is translucent with a jagged termination, and is undamaged. A fine, showy matrix Tanzanite that won't break the bank.


C637 - Prehnite $ 1200
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 8 x 3.5 x 3 cm


Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c637a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c637b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c637c.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c637d.jpg]

Along with many other 'world's best of species', Merelani produces the world's best Prehnites (in my opinion). This fantastic specimen is a complete undamaged floater that looks like it was constructed by dropping little grains of Prehnite atop each other until they formed this tall stack of crystals. The rear bottom is black from inclusions of Graphite, and there are Laumontite crystals included on one side near the base. One of the best Merelani yellow Prehnites I've owned.



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