Selected Specimens

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LL778 - Andradite $ 150
Strawberry Mine, Madera Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 5.5 x 3 cm


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Andradite from Strawberry Mine, Madera Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL778a.jpg] Andradite from Strawberry Mine, Madera Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL778b.jpg] Andradite from Strawberry Mine, Madera Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL778c.jpg] Andradite from Strawberry Mine, Madera Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL778d.jpg]

Gemmy red Andradite crystals to 7mm covering the front of a massive Andradite matrix. Collected by Len Pisciotta, he told me it's the best one he found.


LL738 - Benitoite $ 450
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL738a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL738b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL738c.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL738d.jpg]

Single Benitoite with 'textbook' form. Benitoite is the only mineral that crystallizes in the trigonal bipyramidal form, a form that was only hypothesized prior to it's discovery. Here you have a perfect example of the rare form (and a rare mineral). It looks almost like a crystal model. Thick and complete all around, with Crossite inclusions.


LL739 - Benitoite $ 250
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1.3 x 0.6 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL739a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL739b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL739c.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL739d.jpg]

Single Benitoite with near 'textbook' form and Crossite inclusions. Benitoite is the only mineral that crystallizes in the trigonal bipyramidal form, a form that was only hypothesized prior to it's discovery. Here you have a perfect example of the rare form (and a rare mineral). There is one natural step growth on the back of one corner, otherwise is perfectly symetrical on both sides.


LL743 - Adamite $ 150
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
thumbnail - 2.6 x 2 x 2 cm


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Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL743a.jpg] Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL743b.jpg] Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL743c.jpg] Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL743d.jpg] Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL743e.jpg]

Two interconnected 'pinwheel' clusters of yellow Adamite. Undamaged.


LL747 - Apatite with Tourmaline $ 200
Galilea, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.1 x 1.6 x 1.6 cm


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Apatite with Tourmaline from Galilea, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL747a.jpg] Apatite with Tourmaline from Galilea, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL747b.jpg] Apatite with Tourmaline from Galilea, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL747c.jpg] Apatite with Tourmaline from Galilea, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL747d.jpg]

Translucent purple Apatite crystal with and transparent section of green Tourmaline. The Apatite crystal is 2cm in size and has a slightly curved top surface and has a small Tourmaline crystal included inside.


LL727 - Gahnite rough and cut $ 350
Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria
thumbnail - 0.6 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm


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Gahnite rough and cut from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL727a.jpg] Gahnite rough and cut from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL727b.jpg] Gahnite rough and cut from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL727c.jpg]

Rough and cut set of transparent blue Gahnite. Gahnite is the zinc rich end member and one of the rarer species in the Spinel group of minerals. The crystal is a complete octahedron with one tiny chip on one tip, otherwise perfect and translucent to transparent internally. The gemstone is 4mm wide. These were first discovered in 2001 and are found mostly of industrial quality. Though they don't get very large, the color is spectacular. The GIA has written a nice article about these crystals published in Gems & Gemology, Fall 2019, Vol. 55, No. 3.


LL730 - Gahnite rough and cut $ 350
Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria
thumbnail - 0.6 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm


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Gahnite rough and cut from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL730a.jpg] Gahnite rough and cut from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL730b.jpg] Gahnite rough and cut from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL730c.jpg]

Rough and cut set of transparent blue Gahnite. Gahnite is the zinc rich end member and one of the rarer species in the Spinel group of minerals. The crystal is a complete octahedron with one tiny chip on one tip, otherwise perfect and translucent to transparent internally. The gemstone is 4.5mm wide. These were first discovered in 2001 and are found mostly of industrial quality. Though they don't get very large, the color is spectacular. The GIA has written a nice article about these crystals published in Gems & Gemology, Fall 2019, Vol. 55, No. 3.


LL735 - Bournonite with Sphalerite $ 375
Pachapaqui mining district, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru
large cabinet - 17 x 13 x 6 cm


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Bournonite with Sphalerite from Pachapaqui mining district, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru [db_pics/pics/LL735a.jpg] Bournonite with Sphalerite from Pachapaqui mining district, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru [db_pics/pics/LL735b.jpg] Bournonite with Sphalerite from Pachapaqui mining district, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru [db_pics/pics/LL735c.jpg] Bournonite with Sphalerite from Pachapaqui mining district, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru [db_pics/pics/LL735e.jpg] Bournonite with Sphalerite from Pachapaqui mining district, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru [db_pics/pics/LL735f.jpg]

Large specimen of interlocking and individual 'cogwheels' of Bournonite associated with black Sphalerite crystals and minor amounts of Pyrite and Quartz crystals.  A very rich sample loaded with Bournonite.  Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL811 - Cuprian Adamite $ 900
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 3.5 cm


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Cuprian Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL811a.jpg] Cuprian Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL811b.jpg] Cuprian Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL811c.jpg] Cuprian Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL811e.jpg]

Limonite vug filled with colorless Calcite and green Cuprian Adamite crystals. This is a particularly fine example sporting large, undamaged crystals of great beauty. The crystal group at the front left is 2cm in size, with an individual crystal 1.2cm in size. The vug itself is lined with black Plattnerite which provides a stunning backdrop to the green and white crystals.


LL20 - Benitoite with Neptunite $ 5500
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4.5 x 2 cm


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Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL20a.jpg] Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL20b.jpg] Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL20c.jpg] Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL20d.jpg] Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL20e.jpg]

Classic combination of Benitoite with black Neptunite featuring 2 large Benitoite crystals and a number of smaller crystals. The front crystal is 2.2cm while the one just behind it is also large at 2cm. Importantly, the crystals are sharply formed with good blue color and transparency at the tips. Undamaged.


LL828 - Smokey Quartz (R) $ 2000
Hallelujah Junction area, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA
cabinet - 13.5 x 8.5 x 5.5 cm


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Smokey Quartz (R) from Hallelujah Junction area, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL828a.jpg] Smokey Quartz (R) from Hallelujah Junction area, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL828b.jpg] Smokey Quartz (R) from Hallelujah Junction area, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL828c.jpg] Smokey Quartz (R) from Hallelujah Junction area, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL828d.jpg] Smokey Quartz (R) from Hallelujah Junction area, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL828i.jpg]

Tall Smokey Quartz scepter on matrix. These are found in sand filled cavities in Granite, usually only as single crystals and less commonly as matrix specimens. It displays a wonderful contrast between the light scepter head and the darker, gem quality stalk. It has one repair at the base of the stalk where it attaches to the matrix. The good luster of the scepter head and the complete transparency of the main crystal make this an exceptional specimen for the locality.


LL21 - Calcite over Wulfenite $ 600
Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 3.5 cm


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Calcite over Wulfenite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL21a.jpg] Calcite over Wulfenite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL21b.jpg] Calcite over Wulfenite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL21c.jpg] Calcite over Wulfenite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL21d.jpg]

Large, translucent yellow Wulfenite crystals coated by tiny white Calcite crystals. This style is uncommon and the crystals are large, up to 4.5cm across. There are some incomplete crystals along the edges, but an attractive rarity regardless.


LL813 - Woodhouseite $ 1200
Champion Mine, White Mountains, Mono Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 6.2 x 4.5 x 3 cm


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Woodhouseite from Champion Mine, White Mountains, Mono Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL813a.jpg] Woodhouseite from Champion Mine, White Mountains, Mono Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL813b.jpg] Woodhouseite from Champion Mine, White Mountains, Mono Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL813c.jpg] Woodhouseite from Champion Mine, White Mountains, Mono Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL813d.jpg] Woodhouseite from Champion Mine, White Mountains, Mono Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL813e.jpg]

Specimen of rare Woodhouseite crystals on a Quartz matrix from the now closed Champion Mine. This specimen features large crystals for the species with the largest a perfect 9mm crystal and additional larger crystals of 8mm and 6mm along with smaller crystals over a quartz crystal lined vug. Ex. Marion Godshaw collection with label.


LL801 - Wulfenite $ 2500
Red Cloud Mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA
small cabinet - 5.7 x 4 x 3 cm


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Wulfenite from Red Cloud Mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/LL801a.jpg] Wulfenite from Red Cloud Mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/LL801c.jpg] Wulfenite from Red Cloud Mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/LL801d.jpg] Wulfenite from Red Cloud Mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/LL801b.jpg]

Cluster of large, orange/red crystals of Wulfenite on a small amount of matrix. The largest crystal is 3.7cm (an inch and half!) and has some contacting with matrix along the edges. A large, perfect 2.4cm crystal is attached on the right side, along with numerous crystals in the middle. Excellent color and luster. Collected by Jim Clanin in 1984.


LL802 - Malachite $ 900
Morenci, Greenlee Co., Arizona, USA
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm


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Malachite from Morenci, Greenlee Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/LL802a.jpg] Malachite from Morenci, Greenlee Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/LL802b.jpg] Malachite from Morenci, Greenlee Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/LL802c.jpg] Malachite from Morenci, Greenlee Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/LL802d.jpg] Malachite from Morenci, Greenlee Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/LL802e.jpg]

Hemispherical masses of Malachite to 1.4cm wide from the Morenci Mine. These Malachites are typical for the mine, this specimen with particularly good aesthetics and undamaged.
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