Selected Specimens

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C415 - Rosasite $ 1250
Silver Bill Mine, Cochise Co., Arizona
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm
ex.  Bruce Murphy


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Rosasite from Silver Bill Mine, Cochise Co., Arizona [db_pics/pics/c415a.jpg] Rosasite from Silver Bill Mine, Cochise Co., Arizona [db_pics/pics/c415b.jpg] Rosasite from Silver Bill Mine, Cochise Co., Arizona [db_pics/pics/c415c.jpg]

Powder blue spheres of Rosasite on the sides and within a protected vug in the specimen. Gorgeous and undamaged, this competition quality specimen is similar to the example shown on the cover of the 2nd addition of Minerals of Arizona. High quality and undamaged Rosasite from here are rare. To Bruce Murphy via the Arkenstone who acquired it in 2005 from the Ernie Schlichter collection.


C417 - Vanadinite $ 1250
Gallagher Mine (Ajax Mine), Charleston, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA
miniature - 5 x 4.6 x 3.2 cm
ex.  Bruce Murphy


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Vanadinite from Gallagher Mine (Ajax Mine), Charleston, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c417a.jpg] Vanadinite from Gallagher Mine (Ajax Mine), Charleston, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c417b.jpg] Vanadinite from Gallagher Mine (Ajax Mine), Charleston, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c417c.jpg]

Vug filled with chocolate brown, curving Vanadinite crystals. Crystals of this size are very rare from this obscure locality near Tombstone, Arizona. Ex. Ann Williams collection, acquired by Bruce Murphy in 2007. Fine and undamaged specimen thought to be collected in the early 1930’s. Specimens from the Gallagher Mine are rarely seen on the market and this one may be the best extent.


C426 - Aquamarine with Quartz $ 400
Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm


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Aquamarine with Quartz from Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/c426a.jpg] Aquamarine with Quartz from Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/c426b.jpg] Aquamarine with Quartz from Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/c426c.jpg]

Tabular Aquamarine crystals adjacent to a clear Quartz crystal, on Muscovite. These Aquas are typically found on flat plates of Muscovite and the structure and display of this one is unique and striking. There are 3 main Aqua crystals, one of which has some interference growth on one side which is not damage. Professionally cleaned and exceptionally clean and bright.


C433 - Azurite $ 600 DISCOUNTED 50% OFF TO $ 300
Blue Mine, Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France
small cabinet - 8 x 6 x 5.5 cm


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Azurite from Blue Mine, Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/c433a.jpg] Azurite from Blue Mine, Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/c433b.jpg] Azurite from Blue Mine, Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/c433c.jpg]

Large cluster of Azurite from the famous Chessy mines of France. These mines are long closed and I understand these specimens were found in the 1800s. This specimen is out of an old collection built in the 1960s and 70s and has minor amounts of attached Malachite.


C436 - Rosasite, Hemimorphite, Chrysocolla $ 350
79 Mine, Gila Co., Arizona, USA
small cabinet - 9 x 7.5 x 3.5 cm


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Rosasite, Hemimorphite, Chrysocolla from 79 Mine, Gila Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c436a.jpg] Rosasite, Hemimorphite, Chrysocolla from 79 Mine, Gila Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c436b.jpg] Rosasite, Hemimorphite, Chrysocolla from 79 Mine, Gila Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c436c.jpg] Rosasite, Hemimorphite, Chrysocolla from 79 Mine, Gila Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c436d.jpg]

Hemimorphite lined vugs with darker blue/green Rosasite on one side and light blue/green Chrysocolla on the other. This specimen is out of an old collection built in the 1960s and 70s.


C439 - Quartz $ 325
Democratic Republic of Congo
cabinet - 9.5 x 7 x 5.5 cm


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Quartz from Democratic Republic of Congo [db_pics/pics/c439a.jpg] Quartz from Democratic Republic of Congo [db_pics/pics/c439b.jpg] Quartz from Democratic Republic of Congo [db_pics/pics/c439c.jpg]

New find of unusual smokey/citrine Quartz crystals from the Congo. I found this with one dealer at the 2018 Tucson show. There were perhaps a couple dozen available, this being the best and least damaged and the only one I purchased. It's complete all around and fully surrounded by the smaller side crystals.


C441 - Azurite on Malachite $ 425
Katanga, Congo (DRC)
small cabinet - 6 x 5 x 2 cm


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Azurite on Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c441a.jpg] Azurite on Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c441b.jpg]

Blue Azurite crystals atop a thin plate of Malachite. Despite the tons of Malachite that pour out of Katanga every year, Azurite from the Congo remains rare. Good blocky crystals to 1.5cm that contrast well against the Malachite.


C442 - Azurite on Malachite $ 150
Katanga, Congo (DRC)
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 2 cm


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Azurite on Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c442a.jpg] Azurite on Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c442b.jpg]

Blue Azurite crystals atop Malachite. Despite the tons of Malachite that pour out of Katanga every year, Azurite from the Congo remains rare. Good blocky crystals that contrast well against the Malachite.


C443 - Azurite on Malachite $ 250
Katanga, Congo (DRC)
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5 x 2 cm


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Azurite on Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c443a.jpg] Azurite on Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c443b.jpg]

Blue Azurite crystals atop a thin plate of Malachite. Despite the tons of Malachite that pour out of Katanga every year, Azurite from the Congo remains rare. Good blocky crystals that contrast well against the Malachite.


C444 - Azurite on Malachite $ 250
Katanga, Congo (DRC)
small cabinet - 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.8 cm


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Azurite on Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c444a.jpg] Azurite on Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c444b.jpg] Azurite on Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c444c.jpg] Azurite on Malachite from Katanga, Congo (DRC) [db_pics/pics/c444d.jpg]

Blue Azurite crystals atop a thin plate of Malachite. Despite the tons of Malachite that pour out of Katanga every year, Azurite from the Congo remains rare. Good blocky crystals that contrast well against the Malachite.


C445 - Galena with Sphalerite $ 750 DISCOUNTED 50% OFF TO $ 375
9th of September Mine, Madan, Bulgaria
small cabinet - 7 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm


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Galena with Sphalerite from 9th of September Mine, Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/c445a.jpg] Galena with Sphalerite from 9th of September Mine, Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/c445b.jpg] Galena with Sphalerite from 9th of September Mine, Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/c445c.jpg]

New find of skeletal Galena from the 9th of September Mine. This is true skeletal Galena (not the manufactured specimens from about 10 years ago), only the second time in 20 years that they have been found. Black Sphalerite crystals are intergrown with the Galena. Undamaged floater specimen crystallized all around.


C446 - Brochantite $ 450
Morocco
small cabinet - 8.5 x 6 x 3 cm
ex.  Bruce Murphy


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Brochantite from Morocco [db_pics/pics/c446a.jpg] Brochantite from Morocco [db_pics/pics/c446b.jpg] Brochantite from Morocco [db_pics/pics/c446c.jpg]

Old specimen from the Bruce Murphy collection composed of nothing but Brochantite crystals. This was a rare specimen when Bruce acquired it, and I've not seen much Brochantite specimens from Morocco since. Bright emerald green crystals everywhere. This is likely from the Bou Bekker Mine.


C447 - Cobaltian Calcite $ 450
Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo
miniature - 4 x 3.3 x 2 cm


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Cobaltian Calcite from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/c447a.jpg] Cobaltian Calcite from Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, Congo [db_pics/pics/c447b.jpg]

'Hot pink' crystals of Cobaltian Calcite on matrix. This is old stock from Gilbert Gauthier. Translucent to transparent crystals to 1cm. Undamaged, hard to find classic with top color.


C448 - Hausmanite with Calcite, Ettringite $ 200
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4 x 4 cm


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Hausmanite with Calcite, Ettringite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/c448a.jpg] Hausmanite with Calcite, Ettringite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/c448b.jpg] Hausmanite with Calcite, Ettringite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/c448c.jpg]

Brilliantly lustrous black Hausmanite crystals grown around a cluster of transparent Calcite crystals and yellow Ettringite.


C449 - Galena (spinel twin) $ 280
Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia
miniature - 5 x 3.5 x 1.0 cm


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Galena (spinel twin) from Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia [db_pics/pics/c449a.jpg] Galena (spinel twin) from Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia [db_pics/pics/c449b.jpg] Galena (spinel twin) from Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia [db_pics/pics/c449c.jpg]

Flat tabular spinel-twinned Galena crystal. Undamaged with bright silvery luster. The front is nothing but brigth Galena, the backside is partially covered by small Quartz crystals and Calcite.
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