Selected Specimens

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SV149 - Gold in Quartz $ 600 (=~ £ 445)
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 (=~ £ 556)
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 (=~ £ 259)
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 (=~ £ 741)
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 (=~ £ 1334)
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 (=~ £ 556)
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 (=~ £ 1482)
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 (=~ £ 667)
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 (=~ £ 2594)
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 (=~ £ 667)
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.


SV138 - Lepidolite on Tourmaline $ 3000 (=~ £ 2223)
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA
miniature - 4.3 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm


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Lepidolite on Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV138a.jpg] Lepidolite on Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV138b.jpg] Lepidolite on Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV138c.jpg] Lepidolite on Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SV138d.jpg]

Gem quality pink Tourmaline crystal from the Himalaya Mine in San Diego Co., California. The crystal is transparent from top to bottom and accented by purple Lepidolite and thin blades of Albite. Pristine and complete crystal of the highest quality. As a California mineral dealer I've seen hundreds and hundreds of Himalaya Mine Tourmaline, and this one is in the top 1 percent. Weighs 18.4 grams. 


SV139 - Tourmaline $ 2000 (=~ £ 1482)
Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 5 x 1 x 0.8 cm


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Tourmaline from Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/SV139a.jpg] Tourmaline from Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/SV139b.jpg] Tourmaline from Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/SV139c.jpg] Tourmaline from Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/SV139d.jpg]

Transparent multi-colored Tourmaline crystal from the Xanda Mine in Brazil. This gem crystal has a steep pyramidal termination and grades up from a green base to a central blue zone followed by a purply pink termination. It's complete all around, transparent top to bottom, and pristine. The blue zone is really impressive. Ex. Stan Korfmacher  collection. Weighs 9.87 grams.


SV140 - Cassiterite with Quartz $ 800 (=~ £ 593)
Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia
miniature - 4 x 3 x 3 cm


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Cassiterite with Quartz from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/SV140a.jpg] Cassiterite with Quartz from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/SV140b.jpg] Cassiterite with Quartz from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/SV140c.jpg] Cassiterite with Quartz from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/SV140d.jpg]

Long before China, transparent Cassiterite from Bolivia was the standard and this one will not disappoint. Cassiterite specimens from this locality are most commonly found as densely packed groups of crystals. This specimen features a large, single, isolated Cassiterite crystal on a matrix covered by Quartz and Siderite crystals with a single Quartz crystal rising dramatically from the back. The Cassiterite crystal has it all - transparency, good size (2cm), and high luster. It's also complete all around and undamaged. 


SV158 - Mimetite $ 250 (=~ £ 185)
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 6.7 x 5.2 x 2 cm


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Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/SV158a.jpg] Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/SV158b.jpg] Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/SV158c.jpg] Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/SV158d.jpg]

Double-sided specimen of Mimetite from Tsumeb, Namibia. Hundreds of Mimetite crystals on both sides of the specimen ranging from micro crystals up to 1.1cm in size. The larger crystals are fantastic with strong yellow color, high luster, hexagonal prism form and pointed terminations. They show areas of transparency one one is doubly-terminated. Ex. Dr. Abraham Feinberg collection.


SV154 - Fluorite on Calcite $ 180 (=~ £ 133)
Chihuahua, Mexico
miniature - 5 x 5 x 3 cm


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Fluorite on Calcite from Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SV154a.jpg] Fluorite on Calcite from Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SV154b.jpg] Fluorite on Calcite from Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SV154c.jpg] Fluorite on Calcite from Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SV154d.jpg]

Attractivly formed cluster of Fluorite over Calcite from Mexico. The Fluorite occurs as small cubic crystals fully coating scalenohedral Calcite crystals. Much of the original Calcite appears to have etched away leaving these as partial casts of Fluorite. Comes mounted on a Lucite display stand and with an old 'Lidstroms' label. Ex. Dr. Abraham Feinberg collection.
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121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132
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