Selected Specimens

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ST941 - Azurite $ 2800 (=~ € 2299)
Shilu Mine, Yangchun Co., Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
cabinet - 11.5 x 7.5 x 6.5 cm


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Azurite from Shilu Mine, Yangchun Co., Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China [db_pics/pics/ST941a.jpg] Azurite from Shilu Mine, Yangchun Co., Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China [db_pics/pics/ST941c.jpg] Azurite from Shilu Mine, Yangchun Co., Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China [db_pics/pics/ST941d.jpg] Azurite from Shilu Mine, Yangchun Co., Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China [db_pics/pics/ST941g.jpg] Azurite from Shilu Mine, Yangchun Co., Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China [db_pics/pics/ST941h.jpg]

Large, intergrown rosettes of Azurite crystals from early production at the Shilu Mine in China. This is an old Al Ordway specimen and comes with his old label. Al was one of most famous California field collectors and a really fine mineral dealer. A complete all around undamaged floater with no points of attachment. Most of this find were singles with subpar luster and some damage. This is a very 3-dimensional piece composed of multiple intergrown rosettes. Better in person!


ST922 - Wulfenite $ 3500 (=~ € 2874)
Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico
cabinet - 13 x 8 x 4 cm


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Wulfenite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/ST922a.jpg] Wulfenite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/ST922c.jpg] Wulfenite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/ST922d.jpg] Wulfenite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/ST922g.jpg] Wulfenite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/ST922h.jpg] Wulfenite from Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/ST922i.jpg]

'The Sand Dune'...Lustrous orange Wulfenite crystals on matrix from Los Lamentos, Mexico. The Wulfenite have the best color for the locality and good luster and are nearly pristine with just minor edge chipping on some. The matrix is artistic, aesthetic, and unique. Drusy Calcite is studded with Wulfenite of the highest quality and color for the locality. A really neat feature is the wavy 'sand dune' like appearance of one side. Comes with a custom Lucite display stand.


ST924 - Bournonite $ 2000 (=~ € 1642)
Viboras Mine, Potosi Dept., Bolivia
small cabinet - 8 x 7 x 4.5 cm


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Bournonite from Viboras Mine, Potosi Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/ST924a.jpg] Bournonite from Viboras Mine, Potosi Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/ST924c.jpg] Bournonite from Viboras Mine, Potosi Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/ST924f.jpg] Bournonite from Viboras Mine, Potosi Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/ST924g.jpg]

Shiny metallic crystals of Bournonite from the Viboras Mine in Bolivia. The crystals are pristine and have bright silvery coloration, much more so than photos indicate - even better in person! The large cluster on top is 4.5cm wide and the intergrown pair of crystals below reach 3cm in size.  Comes with a custom Lucite display stand.


ST925 - Grossular with Diopside $ 2400 (=~ € 1970)
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
small cabinet - 8 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm


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Grossular with Diopside from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/ST925a.jpg] Grossular with Diopside from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/ST925c.jpg] Grossular with Diopside from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/ST925d.jpg] Grossular with Diopside from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/ST925e.jpg] Grossular with Diopside from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/ST925g.jpg]

Gemmy orange Grossular garnet crystals with green Diopside from the Jeffrey Mine in Canada. The crystals are in magnificent condition, transparent and great sized for the locality, reaching 1.7cm in diameter. These are no longer being found and great specimens are getting harder and harder to find every year. Comes with a custom Lucite display stand.


ST947 - Almandine $ 3000 (=~ € 2463)
Russell Garnet Mine, Russell, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, USA
cabinet - 9.5 x 7 x 4 cm


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Almandine from Russell Garnet Mine, Russell, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, USA [db_pics/pics/ST947a.jpg] Almandine from Russell Garnet Mine, Russell, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, USA [db_pics/pics/ST947c.jpg] Almandine from Russell Garnet Mine, Russell, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, USA [db_pics/pics/ST947e.jpg] Almandine from Russell Garnet Mine, Russell, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, USA [db_pics/pics/ST947f.jpg]

Large, well formed Almandine crystals to 3.5cm in size from the famous and historic Russell garnet locality in Massachusetts. The crystals were collected from a small isolated pegmatite by two locals (Daniel Clark and F.S. Johnson) in the mid 1880s. The entire pegmatite was mined out at the time and the famous collectors of the era used to fight to acquire these. This is a fantastic, undamaged USA classic from a historic find. The specimens were sometimes prepped with black shoe polish - this has none.  Sawcut on back side. Comes with a custom Lucite display stand. 


ST948 - Tourmaline with Topaz $ 1450 (=~ € 1190)
Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan
small cabinet - 6 x 5 x 3.5 cm


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Tourmaline with Topaz from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/ST948a.jpg] Tourmaline with Topaz from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/ST948b.jpg] Tourmaline with Topaz from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/ST948c.jpg]

Two interconnected crystals of Topaz bisected by a single Tourmaline crystal with a touch of Albite at the base. Both of the Topaz crystals are glassy and translucent to transparent. The Tourmaline is Elbaite due to the presence of a thin green zone at the termination and provides a stark contrast between the two golden Topaz crystals. All the crystals are pristine and come together to form an aesthetic display piece. Comes mounted on a Lucite stand.


ST954 - Wulfenite $ 1200 (=~ € 985)
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm


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Wulfenite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ST954a.jpg] Wulfenite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ST954b.jpg] Wulfenite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ST954d.jpg] Wulfenite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ST954j.jpg]

Unusual, complete cluster of Wulfenite crystals from the classic Tsumeb mine. Most serious mineral collectors want something unique from the king of mineral localities, Tsumeb - this could be that specimen for many of you.  This is a 360 degree specimen. From the front the specimen has the appearance of multiple parallel grown crystals. From the bottom (last photo) you can see hoppered growth structure and hollow areas. The lustrous surface is coated by tiny yellow Mimetite needles and green hemispheres of Malachite. Tsumeb was a working Copper mine and it is a miracle that this speicmen survived in nearly pristine condition, I could fine just tiny edge nick.


ST950 - Azurite $ 2800 (=~ € 2299)
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 9 x 7 x 6 cm


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Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ST950a.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ST950c.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ST950d.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ST950h.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ST950f.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/ST950g.jpg]

Cluster of sharp, lustrous Azurite crystals from Tsumeb. The crystals are robust, high quality and good sized, reaching 4cm in length. The crystals are pristine with areas of natural etching. The emerald green Malachite and olive green Bayldonite are an artisitc color contrast to this magnificent piece. It's miraculous this specimen survived in this condition due to the fact that Tsumeb was a working Copper mine at the time this was collected. Great Tsumeb Azurites are not common - for every hundred Milpillas Mine Azurite specimens, there is one Tsumeb.


ST952 - Arsenopyrite $ 1800 (=~ € 1478)
Panasqueira Mines, Covilha, Castelo Branco, Portugal
small cabinet - 7.5 x 4.8 x 4 cm


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Arsenopyrite from Panasqueira Mines, Covilha, Castelo Branco, Portugal [db_pics/pics/ST952a.jpg] Arsenopyrite from Panasqueira Mines, Covilha, Castelo Branco, Portugal [db_pics/pics/ST952b.jpg] Arsenopyrite from Panasqueira Mines, Covilha, Castelo Branco, Portugal [db_pics/pics/ST952c.jpg] Arsenopyrite from Panasqueira Mines, Covilha, Castelo Branco, Portugal [db_pics/pics/ST952d.jpg] Arsenopyrite from Panasqueira Mines, Covilha, Castelo Branco, Portugal [db_pics/pics/ST952f.jpg]

Bold and dramatic bow-tie cluster of Arsenopyrite crystals from the Panasqueira Mines in Portugal. An exceptional example of a fairly common mineral, the cluster is complete all around and undamaged with bright, silvery metallic luster. Comes with a Lucite display stand. Ex. George Holloway specimen.


ST935 - Apophyllite with Stilbite $ 2500 (=~ € 2052)
Rahuri, Ahmadnagar Dist., Maharashtra, India
small cabinet - 7 x 6 x 5 cm


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Apophyllite with Stilbite from Rahuri, Ahmadnagar Dist., Maharashtra, India [db_pics/pics/ST935a.jpg] Apophyllite with Stilbite from Rahuri, Ahmadnagar Dist., Maharashtra, India [db_pics/pics/ST935c.jpg] Apophyllite with Stilbite from Rahuri, Ahmadnagar Dist., Maharashtra, India [db_pics/pics/ST935d.jpg] Apophyllite with Stilbite from Rahuri, Ahmadnagar Dist., Maharashtra, India [db_pics/pics/ST935f.jpg]

Glassy apple-green crystals of Apophyllite in an absurdly aesthetic bow-tie cluster.  This specimen is the epitome of natural art.  The cluster of Apophyllite crystals are perched dramatically atop peach colored Stilbite crystals. In the world of Apophyllite specimens, one in thousand is a bow-tie formation. Of those few, 99 percent have damage of some kind. Do the math, this is a special and rare specimen. Comes with a custom Lucite display stand.


ST936 - Cuprian Adamite, Rosasite, Smithsonite, Malachite on Calcite casts $ 4000 (=~ € 3284)
Christiana Mine, Laurion, Attica, Greece
small cabinet - 8.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm


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Cuprian Adamite, Rosasite, Smithsonite, Malachite on Calcite casts from Christiana Mine, Laurion, Attica, Greece [db_pics/pics/ST936a.jpg] Cuprian Adamite, Rosasite, Smithsonite, Malachite on Calcite casts from Christiana Mine, Laurion, Attica, Greece [db_pics/pics/ST936b.jpg] Cuprian Adamite, Rosasite, Smithsonite, Malachite on Calcite casts from Christiana Mine, Laurion, Attica, Greece [db_pics/pics/ST936d.jpg] Cuprian Adamite, Rosasite, Smithsonite, Malachite on Calcite casts from Christiana Mine, Laurion, Attica, Greece [db_pics/pics/ST936e.jpg] Cuprian Adamite, Rosasite, Smithsonite, Malachite on Calcite casts from Christiana Mine, Laurion, Attica, Greece [db_pics/pics/ST936f.jpg]

One of a kind specimen composed of casts of scalenohedral Calcite crystals that are coated with Cuprian Adamite, Rosasite, Malachite, and colorless Smithsonite. This specimen has the desired qualities of being aesthetic, colorful, mineralogically interesting, and rare. There are a couple old collection numbers affixed to the bottom. Rare and unusual!!!


ST937 - Olivenite, Conichalcite on Goethite after Calcite $ 2500 (=~ € 2052)
Christiana Mine, Laurion, Attica, Greece
small cabinet - 9 x 6.5 x 3.5 cm


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Olivenite, Conichalcite on Goethite after Calcite from Christiana Mine, Laurion, Attica, Greece [db_pics/pics/ST937a.jpg] Olivenite, Conichalcite on Goethite after Calcite from Christiana Mine, Laurion, Attica, Greece [db_pics/pics/ST937b.jpg] Olivenite, Conichalcite on Goethite after Calcite from Christiana Mine, Laurion, Attica, Greece [db_pics/pics/ST937c.jpg] Olivenite, Conichalcite on Goethite after Calcite from Christiana Mine, Laurion, Attica, Greece [db_pics/pics/ST937d.jpg] Olivenite, Conichalcite on Goethite after Calcite from Christiana Mine, Laurion, Attica, Greece [db_pics/pics/ST937f.jpg]

Rare specimen of Goethite after scalenohedral Calcite crystals that are coated with radial sprays of fibrous Olivenite and bright green Conichalcite. There are additional minerals present, and the old label notes the possible presence of Attikaite. This specimen has the desired qualities of being aesthetic, colorful, mineralogically interesting, and rare. There are a couple old collection numbers affixed to the bottom. Unique and unusual!!!


ST938 - Pyromorphite $ 2500 (=~ € 2052)
Grube Rosenberg, Bad Ems, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
cabinet - 10 x 5 x 3.5 cm


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Pyromorphite from Grube Rosenberg, Bad Ems, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany [db_pics/pics/ST938a.jpg] Pyromorphite from Grube Rosenberg, Bad Ems, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany [db_pics/pics/ST938c.jpg] Pyromorphite from Grube Rosenberg, Bad Ems, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany [db_pics/pics/ST938f.jpg] Pyromorphite from Grube Rosenberg, Bad Ems, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany [db_pics/pics/ST938g.jpg]

Classic lustrous brown Pyromorphite crystals on a Galena rich matrix from Bad Ems, Germany. Ex. John Sinkankas specimen and has his collection number ('JS PYM 2) painted on the bottom. This specimen is also illustrated on page 421 of Sinkankas' famous book 'Mineralogy for Amateurs'. John Sinkankas was a legend in the field of mineralogy, this is your opportunity to own a piece of history along with an excellent, classic mineral specimen.  Comes with a custom Lucite stand.


ST940 - Faden Quartz $ 2000 (=~ € 1642)
Zhob, Balochistan, Pakistan
small cabinet - 7.5 x 6.5 x 5.5 cm


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Faden Quartz from Zhob, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/ST940a.jpg] Faden Quartz from Zhob, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/ST940c.jpg] Faden Quartz from Zhob, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/ST940d.jpg] Faden Quartz from Zhob, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/ST940h.jpg]

Elegant specimen of a faden Quartz crystal on a matrix of non-faden Quartz crystals from Pakistan. For my taste, this single isolated faden attached to prismatic Quartz crystals is over the top aesthetically. The faden is 5.5cm tall and absolutely perfect, a stunning and highly artistic example. Comes with a custom Lucite display stand.


ST945 - Benitoite with Neptunite $ 16000 (=~ € 13136)
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 9 x 6.5 x 2.2 cm


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Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST945a.jpg] Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST945c.jpg] Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/ST945e.jpg]

Stunning and important Benitoite/Neptunite specimen from the Gem Mine in California. This specimen is composed of a flat schist matrix partially covered by white Natrolite hosting two large Benitoite, Neptunite, and a single Joaquinite crystal. The largest Benitoite is 3cm wide (and the second crystal is not much smaller). The truely great Gem Mine specimens are composed of Benitoite, Neptunite, and Joaquinite on white Natrolite - this specimen checks all the boxes. This visually appealling specimen was in the personal collection of the late California mineral dealer Al McGuinness. Al was an active dealer in California during the heyday of Benitoite mining and had the opportunity to select the best. The fact that he kept this particular specimen speaks to it's exceptional quality and visual appeal. 

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