Selected Specimens

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SM480 - Pyrite $ 320
Navajun, La Rioja, Spain
small cabinet - 5.4 x 5.4 x 5.3 cm


Pyrite from Navajun, La Rioja, Spain [db_pics/pics/SM480a.jpg] Pyrite from Navajun, La Rioja, Spain [db_pics/pics/SM480b.jpg] Pyrite from Navajun, La Rioja, Spain [db_pics/pics/SM480c.jpg] Pyrite from Navajun, La Rioja, Spain [db_pics/pics/SM480e.jpg]

Large single Pyrite cube from this famous Pyrite locality. This is uncommonly big, and was significant enough to held in a collection for years. There is one defect where the old collection label is still affixed, otherwise perfect all around.


SM483 - Richterite $ 280
Ladjuar Madan, Sar-e-Sang District, Koksha Valley, Badakhshan, Afghanistan
miniature - 3.3 x 1.8 x 0.7 cm


Richterite from Ladjuar Madan, Sar-e-Sang District, Koksha Valley, Badakhshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SM483a.jpg] Richterite from Ladjuar Madan, Sar-e-Sang District, Koksha Valley, Badakhshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SM483b.jpg] Richterite from Ladjuar Madan, Sar-e-Sang District, Koksha Valley, Badakhshan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/SM483c.jpg]

Terminated single crystal of Richterite, translucent to transparent. Richterite is a mineral not commonly seen in fine gemmy crystals and crystals from this locality in Afghanistan are perhaps the best. This crystal is from the Len Pisciotta collection and was likely found 10+ years ago.


SM488 - Apatite on Muscovite $ 120
Panasquiera, Portugal
miniature - 3.3 x 3 x 2 cm


Apatite on Muscovite from Panasquiera, Portugal [db_pics/pics/SM488a.jpg] Apatite on Muscovite from Panasquiera, Portugal [db_pics/pics/SM488b.jpg] Apatite on Muscovite from Panasquiera, Portugal [db_pics/pics/SM488c.jpg] Apatite on Muscovite from Panasquiera, Portugal [db_pics/pics/SM488d.jpg]

Translucent green Apatite crystals to 1.5cm on a thin cast of Muscovite crystals.


SM489 - Tourmaline $ 260
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2 x 1.4 x 1.4 cm


Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SM489a.jpg] Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SM489b.jpg] Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SM489c.jpg] Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/SM489d.jpg]

Complete, terminated crystal of gemmy pink with a green cap. Areas look facet quality. Undamaged, weighs 8.4 grams.


SM493 - Veszelyite $ 300
Laochang Mine, Gejiu Co., Yunnan Province, China
cabinet - 10.5 x 6.5 x 4 cm


Veszelyite from Laochang Mine, Gejiu Co., Yunnan Province, China [db_pics/pics/SM493a.jpg] Veszelyite from Laochang Mine, Gejiu Co., Yunnan Province, China [db_pics/pics/SM493b.jpg] Veszelyite from Laochang Mine, Gejiu Co., Yunnan Province, China [db_pics/pics/SM493c.jpg] Veszelyite from Laochang Mine, Gejiu Co., Yunnan Province, China [db_pics/pics/SM493d.jpg] Veszelyite from Laochang Mine, Gejiu Co., Yunnan Province, China [db_pics/pics/SM493e.jpg]

Sharp crystals of Veszelyite to 4mm in vugs in matrix. Lots and lots of Veszelyite crystals all over. Veszelyite is a rare phosphate mineral only found in a few places worldwide as collectable mineral specimens. These specimens have only been found in the past few years and are one of the more interesting mineral surprises from China.


SM495 - Vesuvianite $ 90
Fushan Iron Deposit, Hebei Prov., China
miniature - 4 x 4 x 2 cm


Vesuvianite from Fushan Iron Deposit, Hebei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/SM495a.jpg] Vesuvianite from Fushan Iron Deposit, Hebei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/SM495b.jpg] Vesuvianite from Fushan Iron Deposit, Hebei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/SM495c.jpg]

Double-terminated rootbeer brown Vesuvianite crystal with good luster.


SM499 - Tanzanite $ 750
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.7 x 2.3 x 1 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM499a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM499b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM499c.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM499d.jpg]

Large, gemmy single Tanzanite crystal, complete and well terminated. There is an indentation from another crystal on the backside. This is a heated crystal and priced to move.


SM501 - Tanzanite $ 250
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1.6 x 0.8 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM501a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM501b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM501c.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM501d.jpg]

Interconnected, side-by-side Tanzanite crystals, complete and well terminated. This is a heated crystal and priced to move.


SM502 - Tanzanite $ 450
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm


Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM502a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM502b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM502c.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM502d.jpg]

Thick, chunky Tanzanite crystal with an unusual, ragged toothed termination that is colorless at the very top. This is a heated crystal and priced to move. Weighs 21.6 grams!


SM503 - Serandite $ 90
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 2.2 x 2.0 x 1 cm


Serandite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/SM503a.jpg] Serandite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/SM503b.jpg] Serandite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/SM503c.jpg] Serandite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/SM503d.jpg]

Two intergrown crystals of salmon pink Serandite with attached mica.


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


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


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


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


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


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.



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