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T384 - Apatite with Muscovite $ 450
Panasquiera, Castelo Branco, Portugal
miniature - 5 x 3.2 x 2 cm


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Apatite with Muscovite from Panasquiera, Castelo Branco, Portugal [db_pics/pics/t384a.jpg] Apatite with Muscovite from Panasquiera, Castelo Branco, Portugal [db_pics/pics/t384b.jpg] Apatite with Muscovite from Panasquiera, Castelo Branco, Portugal [db_pics/pics/t384c.jpg]

Showy cluster of glassy green Apatite crystals. Bright and lively crystals. Undamaged. The camera does not pick up the green well and the brightness is not well conveyed in photos, thus this is way better in person than the photos may indicate.


T385 - Smithsonite $ 900
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 8 x 6.5 x 4 cm


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Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t385a.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t385b.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t385c.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t385d.jpg]

Open vug filled with large, double-terminated Smithsonite crystals. The Smithsonite are a light pinkish orange in color and reach 1.9cm in size.


T387 - Rhodochrosite $ 350
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1 x 0.3 cm


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Rhodochrosite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t387a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t387b.jpg]

Twinned Rhodochrosite crystal, a floater with no points of attachment. The color is just outstanding. This was recently released from the Charlie Key collection and it is clear he saved some good ones. Previous twinned Mont St. Hilaire Rhodos I've seen have all been a darker brick red color and opaque. This one is bright red and translucent through most of the specimen. Undamaged. A small amount of minerals attached to one edge.


T397 - Rhodochrosite $ 380
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 2.1 x 1.7 x 0.3 cm


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Rhodochrosite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t397a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t397b.jpg]

Twinned Rhodochrosite crystal group, a floater with no points of attachment. This was recently released from the Charlie Key collection and it is clear he saved some good ones. Previous twinned Mont St. Hilaire Rhodos I've seen have all been a darker brick red color and opaque. This one is a nice pinkish red and translucent. Undamaged.


T412 - Montmorillonite in Quartz $ 290
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego Co., California, USA
cabinet - 9.5 x 5.5 x 4 cm


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Montmorillonite in Quartz from White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t412a.jpg] Montmorillonite in Quartz from White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t412b.jpg] Montmorillonite in Quartz from White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t412c.jpg] Montmorillonite in Quartz from White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t412d.jpg]

Distinctive Quartz crystal cluster colored pink by inclusions of Montmorillonite. Comes with an old label that dates this back to at least 1985.


T418 - Cuprite $ 200
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.9 cm


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Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/t418a.jpg] Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/t418b.jpg] Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/t418c.jpg] Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/t418d.jpg]

Perfect undamaged floater octahedron with bevelled edges. 0.9cm on edge, 1.2cm wide tip to tip.


T419 - Tourmaline $ 650
Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan
small cabinet - 7.6 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t419a.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t419b.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t419c.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t419d.jpg]

Amazing example of a naturally bent Tourmaline crystal, caused by repeated fracturing and rehealing in the pegmatite pocket during formation. Double terminated (though one termination partially intergrown with Albite). Undamaged.


T420 - Dioptase $ 240
Kaokaveld, Namibia
miniature - 3.3 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Dioptase from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t420a.jpg] Dioptase from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t420b.jpg]

Dioptase crystal cluster with main crystal 1.6 x 0.8 cm in size.


T423 - Tourmaline $ 650
Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan
small cabinet - 5.3 x 3 x 2 cm


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Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t423a.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t423b.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t423c.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t423d.jpg]

Undamaged cluster of double-terminated Tourmaline crystals with attached Albite. The crystals have a rare yellow coloration on one end and are green on the other ends.


T425 - Inesite, Hubeite on Quartz $ 350
Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China
small cabinet - 9 x 6 x 4.5 cm


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Inesite, Hubeite on Quartz from Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/t425a.jpg] Inesite, Hubeite on Quartz from Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/t425b.jpg] Inesite, Hubeite on Quartz from Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/t425c.jpg] Inesite, Hubeite on Quartz from Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/t425d.jpg]

Floater specimen of intergrown Quartz crystals covered on one side by Inesite, Hubeite (rare!), and Pyrite. The tip of the large Quartz crystal has damage, but this specimen is really about the great coverage of Inesite and Hubeite. These are now uncommon and no longer being found.


T428 - Chrysocolla psuedo. Malachite psuedo. Azurite $ 500 DISCOUNTED 50% OFF TO $ 250
Loputo Mine, Katanga, Congo
cabinet - 12.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm


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Chrysocolla psuedo. Malachite psuedo. Azurite from Loputo Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/t428a.jpg] Chrysocolla psuedo. Malachite psuedo. Azurite from Loputo Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/t428b.jpg] Chrysocolla psuedo. Malachite psuedo. Azurite from Loputo Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/t428c.jpg] Chrysocolla psuedo. Malachite psuedo. Azurite from Loputo Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/t428d.jpg]

Chrysocolla psuedomorphs on a matrix covered by Chrysocolla covered by drusy Quartz. This specimen includes the larger, tabular psuedomorphs that are commonly seen from this mine, but also smaller rhombahedral crystals, which are uncommon to see. Good crystals on all sides, sawcut on bottom.


T430 - Cuprian Smithsonite $ 400 DISCOUNTED 50% OFF TO $ 200
Kamareza Mine, Laurium, Greece
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5 x 4 cm


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Cuprian Smithsonite from Kamareza Mine, Laurium, Greece [db_pics/pics/t430a.jpg] Cuprian Smithsonite from Kamareza Mine, Laurium, Greece [db_pics/pics/t430b.jpg] Cuprian Smithsonite from Kamareza Mine, Laurium, Greece [db_pics/pics/t430c.jpg]

Satiny, globular crystals of Cuprian Smithsonite on a limonite matrix. Ex. Robert Philips collection.


T450 - Tourmaline $ 1000
Barra de Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.5 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm


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Tourmaline from Barra de Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t450a.jpg] Tourmaline from Barra de Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t450b.jpg] Tourmaline from Barra de Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t450c.jpg]

Single Tourmaline with excellent color!!! This is from a pocket found in 2016. If you are looking for well saturated color that stands up to strong light, then this one is for you. Bright red/pink body color, followed by a thin zone of yellow, then a green cap. Weighs 10.4 grams. One very small nick along the termination edge, otherwise undamaged.


T451 - Tourmaline $ 690
Barra de Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 3.4 x 1.2 x 0.9 cm


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Tourmaline from Barra de Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t451a.jpg] Tourmaline from Barra de Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t451b.jpg] Tourmaline from Barra de Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/t451c.jpg]

Single Tourmaline with excellent color!!! This is from a pocket found in 2016. If you are looking for well saturated color that stands up to strong light, then this one is for you. Bright red/pink body color, followed by a thin zone of yellow, then a green cap. There is a terminated sidecar crystal attached, plus the bottom is etchy and terminated is parts. There is also slight chatoyancy in areas and overall a really great crystal. Undamaged. Weighs 6.6 grams.


T456 - Apatite on Feldspar $ 150
Kunar Prov., Afghanistan
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


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Apatite on Feldspar from Kunar Prov., Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/t456a.jpg] Apatite on Feldspar from Kunar Prov., Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/t456b.jpg] Apatite on Feldspar from Kunar Prov., Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/t456c.jpg]

Undamaged floater specimen of Feldspar crystal with an attached 1.5cm purple Apatite crystal with Lepidolite.
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