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LL270 - Pyrite $ 60
Live Oak Pit, Inspiration Mine, Miami, Gila Co., Arizona, USA
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Pyrite from Live Oak Pit, Inspiration Mine, Miami, Gila Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/LL270a.jpg] Pyrite from Live Oak Pit, Inspiration Mine, Miami, Gila Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/LL270b.jpg] Pyrite from Live Oak Pit, Inspiration Mine, Miami, Gila Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/LL270c.jpg] Pyrite from Live Oak Pit, Inspiration Mine, Miami, Gila Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/LL270d.jpg]

Single octahedral Pyrite crystal from teh famous Inspiration Mine in Arizona. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection acquired by Chuck at the Tucson show in 2001.


D232 - Brochantite $ 280
Shattuck Mine, Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 6 x 5.5 cm


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Brochantite from Shattuck Mine, Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/D232a.jpg] Brochantite from Shattuck Mine, Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/D232b.jpg] Brochantite from Shattuck Mine, Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/D232c.jpg] Brochantite from Shattuck Mine, Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/D232d.jpg]

Large cluster of intergrown Brochantite crystals from the Shattuck Mine in Bisbee, Arizona. Solid Brochantite with large crystals showing on all sides with some tiny crystals growing in the spaces between the larger crystals. This is out of an old collection and had no label but was likely found in the 1950s or 1960s. The bottom and part of the back were either saw cut or smoothed somehow, but the top, front, and sides are pristine with nothing but crystals.  A historic USA rarity.


LL705 - Anglesite $ 1800
Touissit Mine, Morocco
miniature - 4.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm


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Anglesite from Touissit Mine, Morocco [db_pics/pics/LL705a.jpg] Anglesite from Touissit Mine, Morocco [db_pics/pics/LL705b.jpg] Anglesite from Touissit Mine, Morocco [db_pics/pics/LL705c.jpg] Anglesite from Touissit Mine, Morocco [db_pics/pics/LL705d.jpg]

Rare Canary yellow Anglesite crystals on a Galena matrix. There are two main crystals to 2.2cm in length. The crystals are highly transparent and complete, with only a tiny nick on the top crystal. Small Cerussite crystals are present in the vug along with the Anglesite. This color is very uncommon to find!


LL699 - Veszelyite $ 400
Dongchuan, Kunming, Yunnan, China
thumbnail - 3 x 2 x 2 cm


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Veszelyite from Dongchuan, Kunming, Yunnan, China [db_pics/pics/LL699a.jpg] Veszelyite from Dongchuan, Kunming, Yunnan, China [db_pics/pics/LL699b.jpg] Veszelyite from Dongchuan, Kunming, Yunnan, China [db_pics/pics/LL699c.jpg]

Two clusters of thick, blue, well terminated Veszelyite crystals atop a Quartz matrix. Undamaged and complete all around cluster. This is from a new find made in July 2020 at an old Zinc mine located about about 400 kilometers away from previous Veszelyite finds made at the Laochang Mine (also in Yunnan Prov.). There is also a vug on the bottom with additiional Veszelyite.


LL729 - Gahnite rough and cut $ 280
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/LL729a.jpg] Gahnite rough and cut from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL729b.jpg] Gahnite rough and cut from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL729c.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 a round 3mm 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.


LL717 - Diaspore $ 350
Pinarcik, Mugla Prov., Turkey
thumbnail - 1 x 1 x 0.4 cm


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Diaspore from Pinarcik, Mugla Prov., Turkey [db_pics/pics/LL717a.jpg] Diaspore from Pinarcik, Mugla Prov., Turkey [db_pics/pics/LL717b.jpg] Diaspore from Pinarcik, Mugla Prov., Turkey [db_pics/pics/LL717c.jpg]

V-twin crystal of color change Diaspore. From new finds in the mountains near Milas, these new Diaspore crystals are spectacular in color and form. Glassy, flat termination faces on both 'arms'. Good V form, complete and undamaged with just a tiny contact at the very bottom tip. Gem quality and transparent inside. Medium purple color in natural sunlight.


LL720 - Diaspore $ 300
Pinarcik, Mugla Prov., Turkey
thumbnail - 1 x 1 x 0.3 cm


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Diaspore from Pinarcik, Mugla Prov., Turkey [db_pics/pics/LL720a.jpg] Diaspore from Pinarcik, Mugla Prov., Turkey [db_pics/pics/LL720b.jpg] Diaspore from Pinarcik, Mugla Prov., Turkey [db_pics/pics/LL720c.jpg]

V-twin crystal of color change Diaspore. From new finds in the mountains near Milas, these new Diaspore crystals are spectacular in color and form. Glassy, flat termination faces on both 'arms'. Good V form, complete and undamaged. Gem quality and transparent inside. Medium purple color in natural sunlight.


LL721 - Diaspore $ 300
Pinarcik, Mugla Prov., Turkey
thumbnail - 1 x 1 x 0.3 cm


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Diaspore from Pinarcik, Mugla Prov., Turkey [db_pics/pics/LL721a.jpg] Diaspore from Pinarcik, Mugla Prov., Turkey [db_pics/pics/LL721b.jpg] Diaspore from Pinarcik, Mugla Prov., Turkey [db_pics/pics/LL721c.jpg]

V-twin crystal of color change Diaspore. From new finds in the mountains near Milas, these new Diaspore crystals are spectacular in color and form. Glassy, flat termination faces on both 'arms'. Good V form, complete and undamaged with just a tiny contact at the very bottom tip. Gem quality and transparent inside. Medium purple color in natural sunlight.


LL722 - Diaspore $ 380
Pinarcik, Mugla Prov., Turkey
thumbnail - 1.2 x 1 x 0.4 cm


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Diaspore from Pinarcik, Mugla Prov., Turkey [db_pics/pics/LL722a.jpg] Diaspore from Pinarcik, Mugla Prov., Turkey [db_pics/pics/LL722b.jpg] Diaspore from Pinarcik, Mugla Prov., Turkey [db_pics/pics/LL722c.jpg]

V-twin crystal of color change Diaspore. From new finds in the mountains near Milas, these new Diaspore crystals are spectacular in color and form. Glassy, flat termination faces on both 'arms'. Good V form, complete and undamaged. Gem quality and transparent inside. Medium purple color in natural sunlight.


LL672 - Clinoclase $ 400
Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 5.5 x 4 cm


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Clinoclase from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL672a.jpg] Clinoclase from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL672b.jpg] Clinoclase from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL672c.jpg]

Deep blue crystals of Clinoclase on matrix from the now defunct Majuba Hill Mine. The area of crystals is 4cm wide. An excellent example for the locality and of the species.


LL658 - Clinoclase on Cornubite $ 200
Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA
small cabinet - 5.7 x 3.3 x 0.8 cm


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Clinoclase on Cornubite from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL658a.jpg] Clinoclase on Cornubite from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL658b.jpg] Clinoclase on Cornubite from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL658c.jpg]

Deep blue crystals of Clinoclase over green Cornubite from the now defunct Majuba Hill Mine. Both the front and back have great crystals and display equally well.


LL680 - Amethyst $ 160
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
small cabinet - 7.4 x 6 x 3.5 cm


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Amethyst from Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL680a.jpg] Amethyst from Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL680b.jpg] Amethyst from Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL680c.jpg] Amethyst from Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL680d.jpg] Amethyst from Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL680h.jpg]

Thin shards of Quartz and silica rich matrix hosting beautiful, undamaged Amethyst crystals. Main crystal is 4cm and double-terminated. Ex. Chuck Trantham and Al McGuinness collections.


LL709 - Neptunite with Benitoite $ 275
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2.7 x 2 x 1.5 cm


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Neptunite with Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL709a.jpg] Neptunite with Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL709b.jpg] Neptunite with Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL709c.jpg] Neptunite with Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL709e.jpg]

Well terminated Neptunite crystal with two attached Benitoite crystals.


LL659 - Clinoclase on Cornubite $ 200
Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA
miniature - 4.7 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Clinoclase on Cornubite from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL659a.jpg] Clinoclase on Cornubite from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL659b.jpg] Clinoclase on Cornubite from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL659c.jpg]

Deep blue crystals of Clinoclase over green Cornubite from the now defunct Majuba Hill Mine. Both the front and back have great crystals.


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.

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73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84
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97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108
109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120
121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132
133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142

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