Selected Specimens

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SM516 - Pyrite $ 600
Huanzala Mine, Peru
small cabinet - 9 x 6.5 x 5.5 cm


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Pyrite from Huanzala Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/SM516a.jpg] Pyrite from Huanzala Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/SM516b.jpg] Pyrite from Huanzala Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/SM516c.jpg] Pyrite from Huanzala Mine, Peru [db_pics/pics/SM516d.jpg]

Large 4.5cm Pyrite crystal atop smaller crystals. Specimen is composed solid, highly lustrous Pyrite. Bright and showy.


SM512 - Brucite $ 450
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
small cabinet - 6 x 4 x 3 cm


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Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/SM512a.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/SM512b.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/SM512c.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/SM512d.jpg]

pinwheel formation of translucent yellow Brucite on matrix from recent finds in Pakistan. Undamaged and good from both sides. Reminiscent of a Mapimi Adamite.


SM530 - Prehnite $ 280
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 2.2 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM530a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM530b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM530c.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM530d.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM530e.jpg]

Cluster of translucent yellow Prehnite crystals. Such yellow Prehnites have come from Merelani sporadically over the years, but never before in the quality that has been found in the last year. This specimen has big chunky crystals that stick out in various directions. Some chipping, but nearly a floater crystalled all around, a good one for the find.


C631 - Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite $ 500
Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India
cabinet - 10.5 x 4 x 2 cm


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Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/c631a.jpg] Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/c631b.jpg] Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/c631c.jpg]

Laterally compressed translucent white Calcite crystal completely covered by a layer of sugary Quartz crystals, with attached pink Stilbite crystals. Unusual specimen that is reminiscent of Steve Smale's specimen known as 'The Cricket Bat' (see page 117 of the Smale Collection book). A couple of the Stilbite crystals are incomplete, otherwise undamaged, with the Stilbite only on one side. I've never seen another like this.


C633 - Silver $ 450
Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico
small cabinet - 7 x 6 x 5.5 cm


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Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c633a.jpg] Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c633b.jpg] Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c633c.jpg] Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c633d.jpg]

Vein of white Calcite loaded with crytalline Silver with lots of exposed Silver crystals on top. The Silver is present all throughout the Calcite, top to bottom. Out of an old collection from the 1970s.


C634 - Silver $ 650
Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico
small cabinet - 7 x 6 x 5.5 cm


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Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c634a.jpg] Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c634b.jpg] Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c634c.jpg] Silver from Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c634d.jpg]

Vein of white Calcite loaded with crytalline Silver with lots of exposed Silver crystals on top. The Silver is present all throughout the Calcite, top to bottom. Out of an old collection from the 1970s.


C637 - Prehnite $ 1200
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 8 x 3.5 x 3 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c637a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c637b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c637c.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c637d.jpg]

Along with many other 'world's best of species', Merelani produces the world's best Prehnites (in my opinion). This fantastic specimen is a complete undamaged floater that looks like it was constructed by dropping little grains of Prehnite atop each other until they formed this tall stack of crystals. The rear bottom is black from inclusions of Graphite, and there are Laumontite crystals included on one side near the base. One of the best Merelani yellow Prehnites I've owned.


C638 - Prehnite $ 600
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.5 x 3 x 2 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c638a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c638b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c638c.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c638d.jpg]

Outstanding, undamaged cluster of blue Prehnite, crystallized front and back. Rarely do you see blue Prehnites of this quality with such good crystal form. These are also color change, producing different shades of blue in indoor versus outdoor lighting.


C642 - Brucite $ 400
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
small cabinet - 8 x 7 x 3.5 cm


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Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/c642a.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/c642b.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/c642c.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/c642d.jpg]

Large, solid radial mass of Brucite on matrix. This is an uncommon example well crystallized all around, characteristic of open pocket growth and not growth in tight, contacted seams as are most. Translucent, thick and sturdy.


SM363 - Smithsonite replacing Calcite $ 250
San Antonio Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico
cabinet - 12.0 x 9.0 x 4.6 cm


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Smithsonite replacing Calcite from San Antonio Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM363a.jpg] Smithsonite replacing Calcite from San Antonio Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM363b.jpg] Smithsonite replacing Calcite from San Antonio Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM363c.jpg] Smithsonite replacing Calcite from San Antonio Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM363d.jpg] Smithsonite replacing Calcite from San Antonio Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM363e.jpg]

The specimen shown is a specimen that has a thin layer of yellow Smithsonite crystals covering pseudomorphed scalenohedral Calcite crystals. It's an aesthetic example of a multi-generation pseudomorph with interesting internal crystal structure showing the original Calcite crystals completely replaced with some other species, then Smithsonite covering all.


SM590 - Chrysocolla ps. after Selenite(?) $ 200
Lupoto Mine, Lubumbashi, Katanga Copper Crescent, Shaba, D.R. of Congo
small cabinet - 6.6 x 5.4 x 3.0 cm


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Chrysocolla ps. after Selenite(?) from Lupoto Mine, Lubumbashi, Katanga Copper Crescent, Shaba, D.R. of Congo [db_pics/pics/SM590a.jpg] Chrysocolla ps. after Selenite(?) from Lupoto Mine, Lubumbashi, Katanga Copper Crescent, Shaba, D.R. of Congo [db_pics/pics/SM590b.jpg] Chrysocolla ps. after Selenite(?) from Lupoto Mine, Lubumbashi, Katanga Copper Crescent, Shaba, D.R. of Congo [db_pics/pics/SM590c.jpg] Chrysocolla ps. after Selenite(?) from Lupoto Mine, Lubumbashi, Katanga Copper Crescent, Shaba, D.R. of Congo [db_pics/pics/SM590e.jpg]

Sky-blue Chrysocolla has replaced another species (possibly elongated Selenite crystals) in this pseudomorph specimen. A couple of the longer, large crystals that are incomplete show the replacement is total Chrysocolla.


SM593 - Cerussite $ 200
Yangshuo, Guangxi Region, China
miniature - 4.7 x 4.0 x 1.5 cm


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Cerussite from Yangshuo, Guangxi Region, China [db_pics/pics/SM593a.jpg] Cerussite from Yangshuo, Guangxi Region, China [db_pics/pics/SM593b.jpg] Cerussite from Yangshuo, Guangxi Region, China [db_pics/pics/SM593c.jpg] Cerussite from Yangshuo, Guangxi Region, China [db_pics/pics/SM593d.jpg]

A solid V-shaped grouping of lemon-yellow/peach color Cerussite crystals from Yangshuo. It's a superb example with only one crystal showing contact, otherwise near perfect. A most pleasing combination of high luster, sharply terminated crystals, and beautiful color transition.


SM601 - Fluorite and Galena $ 950 DISCOUNTED 50% OFF TO $ 475
Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico
large cabinet - 20.0 x 15.0 x 8.0 cm


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Fluorite and Galena from Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM601a.jpg] Fluorite and Galena from Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM601b.jpg] Fluorite and Galena from Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM601e.jpg] Fluorite and Galena from Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM601f.jpg]

A beautiful, pristine condition, cabinet size specimen with clear, slightly modified, Fluorite crystals and Galena crystals. The clear translucent Fluorites have a light green intermixed coloration. An old label from 'Flying Pan Mineral Center' of Littleton, Colorado is included with a note on the back showing a price of $65 in 1980. A very well preserved specimen with the only visible damage seen at the peripheral edges of of the matrix. Specimen weight is approximately 7-9 lbs.


SM606 - Sphalerite with Quartz $ 450 DISCOUNTED 50% OFF TO $ 225
Pacococha, Huancavalica, Peru
cabinet - 12.0 x 9.2 x 4.7 cm


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Sphalerite with Quartz from Pacococha, Huancavalica, Peru [db_pics/pics/SM606a.jpg] Sphalerite with Quartz from Pacococha, Huancavalica, Peru [db_pics/pics/SM606b.jpg] Sphalerite with Quartz from Pacococha, Huancavalica, Peru [db_pics/pics/SM606c.jpg] Sphalerite with Quartz from Pacococha, Huancavalica, Peru [db_pics/pics/SM606d.jpg] Sphalerite with Quartz from Pacococha, Huancavalica, Peru [db_pics/pics/SM606e.jpg]

Large, dark color Sphalerite crystals dominate the top of this specimen with the largest individual one measuring 3.5cm on edge. The matrix is entirely Sphalerite with the terminated top crystals showing small white druzy Quartz crystals providing a nice contrast. Weight is 1lb, 10oz. Ex. The Rocksmiths Minerals with their old label showing $22 price over 20 years ago. A very clean specimen with only minor contact or chipping to the main crystals.


SM615 - Axinite on Quartz $ 240
Butte County, California, USA
miniature - 4.0 x 2.0 x 1.5 cm


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Axinite on Quartz from Butte County, California, USA [db_pics/pics/SM615a.jpg] Axinite on Quartz from Butte County, California, USA [db_pics/pics/SM615b.jpg] Axinite on Quartz from Butte County, California, USA [db_pics/pics/SM615c.jpg]

A rare specimen from Butte County in California showing a cluster of bladed, light brown, Axinite crystals centered on a pair of water-clear Quartz crystals. The specimen is a floater with no point of attachment visible and the Quartz crystals are terminated on both ends. No visible damage to any part of this specimen. Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), in Minerals of California, notes an occurrence near the Feather River and Yankee Hill areas, but little else is known. Comes mounted with minreal tac in a 2-inch perky box with an original old faded label. A true rarity for the California collector.

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97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108
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