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ST676 - Andradite on Orthoclase $ 200 (=~ CAN$ 257)
Imilchil, Morocco
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm


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Andradite on Orthoclase from Imilchil, Morocco [db_pics/pics/ST676a.jpg] Andradite on Orthoclase from Imilchil, Morocco [db_pics/pics/ST676c.jpg] Andradite on Orthoclase from Imilchil, Morocco [db_pics/pics/ST676e.jpg] Andradite on Orthoclase from Imilchil, Morocco [db_pics/pics/ST676f.jpg] Andradite on Orthoclase from Imilchil, Morocco [db_pics/pics/ST676g.jpg]

Crystals of brown Andradite on Orthoclase from Morocco. The main crystal is 1.2cm in size and pristine with neat overgrowths of greenish yellow. Steller undamaged specimen.


ST683 - Andradite on Orthoclase $ 225 (=~ CAN$ 289)
Imilchil, Morocco
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 2 cm


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Andradite on Orthoclase from Imilchil, Morocco [db_pics/pics/ST683a.jpg] Andradite on Orthoclase from Imilchil, Morocco [db_pics/pics/ST683b.jpg] Andradite on Orthoclase from Imilchil, Morocco [db_pics/pics/ST683c.jpg] Andradite on Orthoclase from Imilchil, Morocco [db_pics/pics/ST683d.jpg]

Crystals of brown Andradite on Orthoclase from Morocco. The main crystal is 1.3cm in size and pristine with neat overgrowths of greenish yellow. Displays very well.


SV146 - Almandine $ 200 (=~ CAN$ 257)
Garnet Ledge, Wrangell Island, Alaska, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 5.5 x 5 cm


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Almandine from Garnet Ledge, Wrangell Island, Alaska, USA [db_pics/pics/SV146a.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Ledge, Wrangell Island, Alaska, USA [db_pics/pics/SV146b.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Ledge, Wrangell Island, Alaska, USA [db_pics/pics/SV146d.jpg]

Large deep purple/red Almandine crystal in schist from Alaska. The crystal is 2.6cm wide and translucent in areas. There is some chipping on top and a small nick on the front left, but it is in overall good conditon and displays great.


SV136 - Quartz $ 200 (=~ CAN$ 257)
Cantera Quesga, Pasto Bueno District, Ancash Dept., Peru
small cabinet - 6 x 4.5 x 3 cm


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Quartz from Cantera Quesga, Pasto Bueno District, Ancash Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/SV136a.jpg] Quartz from Cantera Quesga, Pasto Bueno District, Ancash Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/SV136b.jpg] Quartz from Cantera Quesga, Pasto Bueno District, Ancash Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/SV136c.jpg]

Highly artistic and elegant cluster of transparent Quartz crystals from Peru. It's 'just' a Quartz specimen, but the quality and aesthetics are superb. The crystals are undamaged and transparent and it's also crystallized on the bottom! It detached from the pocket after initial growth, and the bottom of all the crystals are recrystallized.


ST811 - Cylindrite $ 260 (=~ CAN$ 334)
Trinacria Mine, Poopo, Bolivia
miniature - 4.2 x 4 x 2.5 cm


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Cylindrite from Trinacria Mine, Poopo, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/ST811a.jpg] Cylindrite from Trinacria Mine, Poopo, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/ST811b.jpg] Cylindrite from Trinacria Mine, Poopo, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/ST811d.jpg] Cylindrite from Trinacria Mine, Poopo, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/ST811e.jpg]

Exceptionally rich Cylindrite specimen composed almost entirely of spray formations of Cylindrite crystals. The only macro sized crystals of this cylindrical crystal habit in the mineral world. Cylindrite is a sulfosalt mineral containing tin, lead, antimony and iron. This specimen is loaded with crystals, essentially nothing but Cylindrite with Wurtzite present between the crystals. Good from all sides. Ex. Erich Laskowski collection.


SV149 - Gold in Quartz $ 600 (=~ CAN$ 771)
Manhattan Mine, Nye Co., Nevada, USA
cabinet - 9.5 x 8.5 x 6.5 cm


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Gold in Quartz from Manhattan Mine, Nye Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/SV149a.jpg] Gold in Quartz from Manhattan Mine, Nye Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/SV149b.jpg] Gold in Quartz from Manhattan Mine, Nye Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/SV149c.jpg] Gold in Quartz from Manhattan Mine, Nye Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/SV149e.jpg] Gold in Quartz from Manhattan Mine, Nye Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/SV149g.jpg] Gold in Quartz from Manhattan Mine, Nye Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/SV149h.jpg]

A vein of white Quartz up to 2.5cm thick running through a grey rock matrix. Gold is present throughout the Quartz but more concentrated in areas. Ex. Erich Laskowski collection, obtained by Erich back in 1987.


ST956 - Apatite on Quartz $ 750 (=~ CAN$ 964)
Panasquiera, Portugal
miniature - 5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


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Apatite on Quartz from Panasquiera, Portugal [db_pics/pics/ST956a.jpg] Apatite on Quartz from Panasquiera, Portugal [db_pics/pics/ST956b.jpg] Apatite on Quartz from Panasquiera, Portugal [db_pics/pics/ST956c.jpg] Apatite on Quartz from Panasquiera, Portugal [db_pics/pics/ST956d.jpg] Apatite on Quartz from Panasquiera, Portugal [db_pics/pics/ST956e.jpg]

Glassy purple Apatite crystals from the Panasquiera Mine in Portugal. The largest Apatite is 2.2cm tall, translucent to transparent, doubly-terminated, and pristine.


SV142 - Dioptase $ 350 (=~ CAN$ 450)
Tsumeb, Namibia
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm


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Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/SV142a.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/SV142b.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/SV142c.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/SV142d.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/SV142e.jpg]

Cluster of Dioptase crystals from the Tsumeb Mine in Namibia. This is an old specimen from the Dr. Abraham Feinberg collection composed of nothing but lustrous Dioptase crystals, most showing areas of transparency. The best crystal is doubly-terminated and 1.5cm long.


ST955 - Calcite on Quartz with Siderite $ 1000 (=~ CAN$ 1285)
Herja, Romania
small cabinet - 8.5 x 7 x 4.5 cm


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Calcite on Quartz with Siderite from Herja, Romania [db_pics/pics/ST955a.jpg] Calcite on Quartz with Siderite from Herja, Romania [db_pics/pics/ST955b.jpg] Calcite on Quartz with Siderite from Herja, Romania [db_pics/pics/ST955c.jpg] Calcite on Quartz with Siderite from Herja, Romania [db_pics/pics/ST955d.jpg] Calcite on Quartz with Siderite from Herja, Romania [db_pics/pics/ST955e.jpg]

Outstanding specimen of a large white spherical cluster of Calcite from Herja, Romania. The calcite is 3.7cm in diameter and complete all around, attached to a matrix of Quartz crystals. Colorful Siderite crystals coat some of the Quartz crystals. Aesthetic and in pristine condition. Ex. Jack Halpern, Jon Sigerman collections.


SV125 - Tourmaline $ 1800 (=~ CAN$ 2313)
Nuristan, Afghanistan
miniature - 4.4 x 1.1 x 1 cm


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Tourmaline from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SV125a.jpg] Tourmaline from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SV125b.jpg] Tourmaline from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SV125c.jpg]

Unusual, old Elbaite crystal from Nuristan, Afghanistan. The upper half is water clear and colorless (Achroite) with a green band in the center and a light pink at the base. Pristine and complete with a multi-faceted termination. Comes with a number of old labels, including a Mitchell Gunnell label indicating he acquired it in 1973 from Walt Lidstrom. Weighs 9.38 grams. 


SV126 - Tourmaline $ 750 (=~ CAN$ 964)
Nuristan, Afghanistan
miniature - 3.8 x 1.1 x 1.1 cm


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Tourmaline from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SV126a.jpg] Tourmaline from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SV126b.jpg] Tourmaline from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SV126c.jpg] Tourmaline from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SV126d.jpg]

An unusual, distinct Elbaite crystal from Nuristan, Afghanistan. The upper half is colorless (Achroite) with a green band in the center and a light pink color at the base. Pristine and complete with a multi-faceted termination. Achroite is rare and one of the hardest types of Tourmaline to find. Weighs 9.55 grams. Ex. Dr. Abraham Feinberg collection.


SV128 - Tourmaline $ 2000 (=~ CAN$ 2570)
Hyakule Mine, near Chainpur, Nepal
miniature - 3.2 x 3 x 1.3 cm


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Tourmaline from Hyakule Mine, near Chainpur, Nepal [db_pics/pics/SV128a.jpg] Tourmaline from Hyakule Mine, near Chainpur, Nepal [db_pics/pics/SV128b.jpg] Tourmaline from Hyakule Mine, near Chainpur, Nepal [db_pics/pics/SV128c.jpg] Tourmaline from Hyakule Mine, near Chainpur, Nepal [db_pics/pics/SV128d.jpg]

Rare classic Elbaite crystal from the Hyakule Mine in Nepal. These Nepalese crystals are distinctive and now very hard to find, and this one is both good sized (many being thin 'pencil' style crystals) and highly transparent. The termination is green while the rest of the crystal is pink with bands of lighter and darker coloration. It's complete and undamaged except for one chip on the back. There are also some small Tourmaline crystals attached to part of the backside. Comes with an old Joe Cilen label with his hand drawn picture and description on the back. This is a great piece and better than photos - you will love this when you see it! Weighs 23 grams. 


SV129 - Calcite $ 900 (=~ CAN$ 1156)
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA
miniature - 4 x 1.7 x 1.7 cm


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Calcite from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/SV129a.jpg] Calcite from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/SV129c.jpg] Calcite from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/SV129d.jpg]

The only way to describe this specimen is to say it's an absolute jewel!  Doubly-terminated Calcite crystal from the Elmwood Mine in Tennessee. This is a stunning, pristine crystal with golden coloration that deepens near the terminations. Though Calcite is not a rare mineral, even as very large crystals, they are difficult to find in the quality. A competition level miniature. Like a faceted jewel made by the earth.


SV130 - Benitoite $ 3500 (=~ CAN$ 4498)
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 3 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV130aa.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV130bb.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV130cc.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV130d.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV130e.jpg]

Large, deep blue crystals of Benitoite on matrix. With crystals to 2.2cm, this is a visually impactful miniature sized Benitoite specimen. The crystals have strong blue color, lustrous faces, and are thick. The top of the large crystal has significant gem value (have you checked the price of Benitoite gemstones lately?).


SV134 - Azurite with Malachite $ 900 (=~ CAN$ 1156)
Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA
thumbnail - 3.1 x 2.8 x 2.3 cm


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Azurite with Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/SV134a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/SV134b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/SV134d.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/SV134e.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/SV134f.jpg]

Blocky, electric blue crystals of Azurite from the historic mines in Bisbee, Arizona. The Azurite occurs as a thin veneer over Malachite after Azurite pseudomorphs, giving the specimen the bright electirc blue coloration. This classic Azurite is similar to specimens from the Milpillas Mine in Mexico. There are areas where the Azurite does not cover the underlying Malachite which appears to be natural growth formations and not damage. It's well crystallized all around, even on the bottom.

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13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48
49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72
73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84
85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96
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
133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144
145 146 147

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