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M554 - Pyrite with Enargite $ 140
Morococha Mine, Junin Region, Peru
small cabinet - 7.5 x 5.5 x 3 cm


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Pyrite with Enargite from Morococha Mine, Junin Region, Peru [db_pics/pics/M554a.jpg] Pyrite with Enargite from Morococha Mine, Junin Region, Peru [db_pics/pics/M554b.jpg] Pyrite with Enargite from Morococha Mine, Junin Region, Peru [db_pics/pics/M554c.jpg] Pyrite with Enargite from Morococha Mine, Junin Region, Peru [db_pics/pics/M554d.jpg]

Pyrite specimens always make some of the brightest and showy of mineral specimens, and those with octahedral crystals such as this old timer are mush less common than most. This specimen has well formed crystals to 2.5cm wide intergrown with grey Enargite crystals and dates back to approximately the 1980s.The Morococha mine is a large silver mine located in the center of Peru in Junín Region.


M855 - Chrome Tremolite $ 95
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1 x 0.5 cm


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Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M855a.jpg] Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M855b.jpg] Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M855c.jpg] Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M855d.jpg]

Vivid green Tremolite crystal from the Merelani Tanzanite mines. Complete all around and well terminatedd (most are unterminated shards). Like many other minerals from Merelani, the Tremolite found here is considered the best in the world. Glassy and undamaged.


M851 - Chrome Tremolite $ 95
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.4 x 0.8 x 0.3 cm


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Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M851a.jpg] Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M851b.jpg] Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M851c.jpg] Chrome Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M851d.jpg]

Vivid green Tremolite crystal from the Merelani Tanzanite mines. Complete all around and well terminatedd (most are unterminated shards). Like many other minerals from Merelani, the Tremolite found here is considered the best in the world. Glassy and undamaged.


M875 - Malachite after Cuprite $ 375
Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.1 x 1 cm


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Malachite after Cuprite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M875a.jpg] Malachite after Cuprite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M875b.jpg] Malachite after Cuprite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M875c.jpg] Malachite after Cuprite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M875d.jpg]

Excellent example of Cuprite crystal altering to Malachite from Chessy, the very best of a small lot I reviewed that had recently been relased for sale. Complete single crystal with great form and smooth surface luster. Undamaged. Old, classic specimen possibly from the 1800s.


M512 - Atacamite $ 75
La Farola Mine, Copiapo, Shile
miniature - 5 x 4 x 1.8 cm


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Atacamite from La Farola Mine, Copiapo, Shile [db_pics/pics/M512a.jpg] Atacamite from La Farola Mine, Copiapo, Shile [db_pics/pics/M512b.jpg] Atacamite from La Farola Mine, Copiapo, Shile [db_pics/pics/M512c.jpg]

Lustrous forest green crystals of Atacamite with Chrysocolla and white Halloysite. Highly mineralized example with good coverage of crystals over matrix.


M888 - Ilvaite $ 180
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 4.5 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888c.jpg]

Thick, glossy single black Ilvaite crystal with typical chisel-shaped termination. There is a small area of Quartz in one termination face that has caused an indentation in the face. I'm not sure if it natural growth or damage as the Quartz itself is fully crystallized. Complete all around. Good large, thick crystal.


M922 - Tourmaline $ 250
Malkan, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 3.6 x 1.8 x 1.6 cm


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Tourmaline from Malkan, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/M922a.jpg] Tourmaline from Malkan, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/M922b.jpg] Tourmaline from Malkan, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/M922c.jpg] Tourmaline from Malkan, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/M922d.jpg]

Single Tourmaline crystal with a yellow/brown base and pink termination. Translucent to transparent with strong color (the yellow zone is transparent and the pink zone is more translucent). Complete all around and undamaged. Weighs 19.7 grams.


M906 - Chrysoberyl $ 225
Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.1 x 1 cm


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Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906a.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906b.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906c.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906d.jpg]

Small sixling twin of Chrysoberyl. Although the top two are larger, all six 'legs' are present. Transluscent and undamaged.


M876 - Fluorite $ 125
Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5 x 3.3 cm


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Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M876a.jpg] Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M876b.jpg] Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M876c.jpg]

Intensely colored yellow cubic Fluorite crystal. Highly transparent.


M877 - Fluorite $ 125
Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 3 cm


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Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M877a.jpg] Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M877b.jpg] Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M877c.jpg]

Golden yellow cubic Fluorite crystal. Undamaged.


M901 - Aquamarine $ 450
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan
miniature - 4 x 2.7 x 2.5 cm


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Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901a.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901b.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901c.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901d.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901e.jpg]

Terminated single Aquamarine crystal with attached Muscovite and Albite. Glassy luster and gemmy with very slight surface etching. I found one tiny, trivial nick, otherwise complete all around and undamaged.


M902 - Aquamarine on Feldspar $ 225
Erongo Mountains, Namibia
small cabinet - 5.5 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Aquamarine on Feldspar from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M902a.jpg] Aquamarine on Feldspar from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M902b.jpg] Aquamarine on Feldspar from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M902c.jpg] Aquamarine on Feldspar from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M902d.jpg]

Cluster of transparent Aquamarine crystals attached to a twinned, etched Feldspar crystal. Small crystals of black Tourmaline are also present. Undamaged.


M836 - Sanidine $ 250
Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2.1 x 1.8 cm


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Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M836a.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M836b.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M836c.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M836d.jpg]

Felspar is a mineral not ususally known for fine collector gem crystals, but at this locality in Madagascar, amazing water clear crystals are sometimes found. This is a terminated crystal in good condition with just minor chipping, crystallized all around. The crystal has a good yellow coloration and is internally transparent. Weighs 18.7 grams.


M842 - Sanidine $ 350
Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar
miniature - 3.2 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm


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Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M842a.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M842b.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M842c.jpg] Sanidine from Itrongay, Betroka, Anosy Region, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/M842d.jpg]

Felspar is a mineral not ususally known for fine collector gem crystals, but at this locality in Madagascar, amazing water clear crystals are sometimes found. This is a thick, gemmy crystal in good condition (I found 1 small chip). The crystal is terminated with four smooth, flat prism faces. The crystal has a good yellow coloration and is internally transparent - looks to me like facet quality for the entire crystal. Weighs 35.91 grams.


M910 - Fluorite $ 850
Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
small cabinet - 9 x 8 x 5 cm


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Fluorite from Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/M910a.jpg] Fluorite from Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/M910b.jpg] Fluorite from Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/M910d.jpg]

Purple/blue Fluorite crystals with phantoms. Good color saturation and translucency, undamaged. Ex. A.E. Seaman mineral museum with label.

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