Selected Specimens

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SM394 - Cinnabar crystals on Calcite with Quartz $ 160 (=~ £ 115)
Tongren Prefecture, China
miniature - 4.2 x 3.2 x 2.4 cm


Cinnabar crystals on Calcite with Quartz from Tongren Prefecture, China [db_pics/pics/SM394a.jpg] Cinnabar crystals on Calcite with Quartz from Tongren Prefecture, China [db_pics/pics/SM394b.jpg] Cinnabar crystals on Calcite with Quartz from Tongren Prefecture, China [db_pics/pics/SM394c.jpg] Cinnabar crystals on Calcite with Quartz from Tongren Prefecture, China [db_pics/pics/SM394d.jpg]

A 1cm wide group of sharply terminated Cinnabar crystals on white Calcite crystals is seen in the center of this specimen surrounded by yellow, iridescent Quartz crystals. The Cinnabar crystals are also slightly iridescent and have no damage other than very minor edge chipping.


SM395 - Cadmium Smithsonite $ 120 (=~ £ 86)
Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
cabinet - 13.4 x 7.0 x 3.7 cm


Cadmium Smithsonite from Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM395a.jpg] Cadmium Smithsonite from Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM395b.jpg] Cadmium Smithsonite from Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM395c.jpg] Cadmium Smithsonite from Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM395d.jpg]

This rare variety of yellow color Smithsonite is known as 'Cadmium Smithsonite'. The element Cadmium gives it this color. These are uncommon at Mapimi and this was the best one out of only a small handful available. It is damage free with only minor contact at the edges where it was separated from matrix. A must for a complete Mapimi suite.


SM590 - Chrysocolla ps. after Selenite(?) $ 200 (=~ £ 144)
Lupoto Mine, Lubumbashi, Katanga Copper Crescent, Shaba, D.R. of Congo
small cabinet - 6.6 x 5.4 x 3.0 cm


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.


SM592 - Wulfenite $ 150 (=~ £ 108)
San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico
small cabinet - 9.0 x 4.6 x 3.5 cm


Wulfenite from San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM592a.jpg] Wulfenite from San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM592b.jpg] Wulfenite from San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM592c.jpg] Wulfenite from San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM592d.jpg] Wulfenite from San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM592e.jpg]

This specimen has literally hundreds of thin, flat, yellow-orange Wulfenite crystals on matrix with a dusting of lighter color micro Mimetite crystals on selective faces. It's a classic San Francisco Mine example. All the specimens from this mine are delicate, so it's normal for a few crystals to be incomplete. Overall, a very nice larger example from the locality. Ex. Rocksmiths Minerals.


SM593 - Cerussite $ 200 (=~ £ 144)
Yangshuo, Guangxi Region, China
miniature - 4.7 x 4.0 x 1.5 cm


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.


SM595 - Magnesite on Quartz $ 240 (=~ £ 173)
Brumado, Serra das Eguas, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil
small cabinet - 6.0 x 4.8 x 3.3 cm


Magnesite on Quartz from Brumado, Serra das Eguas, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil [db_pics/pics/SM595a.jpg] Magnesite on Quartz from Brumado, Serra das Eguas, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil [db_pics/pics/SM595b.jpg] Magnesite on Quartz from Brumado, Serra das Eguas, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil [db_pics/pics/SM595c.jpg] Magnesite on Quartz from Brumado, Serra das Eguas, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil [db_pics/pics/SM595d.jpg] Magnesite on Quartz from Brumado, Serra das Eguas, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil [db_pics/pics/SM595e.jpg]

Clear, glassy, rhombs of Magnesite are perched on a large, light citrine color, water-clear, Quartz crystal. The Magnesite crystals are superb and free of any damage. A beautiful example.


SM601 - Fluorite and Galena $ 650 (=~ £ 468)
Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico
large cabinet - 20.0 x 15.0 x 8.0 cm


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.


SM602 - Chalcedony var. Agate $ 350 (=~ £ 252)
Agua Nueva, Chihuahua, Mexico
cabinet - 14.0 x 13.0 x 8.0 cm


Chalcedony var. Agate from Agua Nueva, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM602a.jpg] Chalcedony var. Agate from Agua Nueva, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM602b.jpg] Chalcedony var. Agate from Agua Nueva, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM602c.jpg] Chalcedony var. Agate from Agua Nueva, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM602d.jpg] Chalcedony var. Agate from Agua Nueva, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/pics/SM602e.jpg]

One half of a cut and polished multicolor Agate with moss agate surrounding banded red agate and small 'stubby' stalactite formations in the center cavity. Nice variation in colors. Specimen weighs 3lb, 9oz. This is from early production at the locality in the 1970s and is large sized. You could cut off another half inch or so to reveal a greater amount of banded agate.


SM606 - Sphalerite with Quartz $ 200 (=~ £ 144)
Pacococha, Huancavalica, Peru
cabinet - 12.0 x 9.2 x 4.7 cm


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.


SM607 - Barite and Sphalerite with Fluorite. $ 300 (=~ £ 216)
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, USA
cabinet - 11.0 x 7.5 x 5.5 cm


Barite and Sphalerite with Fluorite. from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/SM607a.jpg] Barite and Sphalerite with Fluorite. from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/SM607b.jpg] Barite and Sphalerite with Fluorite. from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/SM607c.jpg] Barite and Sphalerite with Fluorite. from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/SM607d.jpg] Barite and Sphalerite with Fluorite. from Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, USA [db_pics/pics/SM607e.jpg]

A matrix group with a 6 cm crystalline cluster of white Barite in association with a 3.5cm group of dark reddish brown Sphalerite crystals and numerous small 3-7mm purple Fluorite cubes make up this classic Tennessee District specimen. The matrix consists of gray silicified Dolomite serving as the base. The primary viewing angle of this specimen is in very good condition. The back side shows some contact with the Barite crystal cluster. It also comes with an old 1977 'Crystal Cavern Minerals' label showing a price of $50 comes with this nice combination species example.


SM615 - Axinite on Quartz $ 240 (=~ £ 173)
Butte County, California, USA
miniature - 4.0 x 2.0 x 1.5 cm


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.


SM623 - Calcite $ 200 (=~ £ 144)
North Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana, USA
miniature - 4.0 x 3.0 x 2.6 cm


Calcite from North Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/SM623a.jpg] Calcite from North Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/SM623b.jpg] Calcite from North Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/SM623c.jpg]

A classic Vernon Calcite specimen with sharp, golden color, gemmy crystals on minor matrix. The example is in great shape overall, and displays very well. Ex. Lawrence H. Conklin Private Collection with label included.


SM626 - Orpiment $ 160 (=~ £ 115)
Twin Creeks Mine, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA
miniature - 4.7 x 4.5 x 2.9 cm


Orpiment from Twin Creeks Mine, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/SM626a.jpg] Orpiment from Twin Creeks Mine, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/SM626b.jpg] Orpiment from Twin Creeks Mine, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/SM626c.jpg] Orpiment from Twin Creeks Mine, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/SM626d.jpg]

Orpiment on matrix from the famous find at Twin Creeks back in the late 1990's. A group of yellow-orange crystals with chisel terminations contrasts nicely with the dark matrix. Most specimens were crystal clusters without matrix.


SM631 - Brucite $ 280 (=~ £ 201)
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
small cabinet - 8.7 x 5.2 x 4.7 cm


Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/SM631a.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/SM631b.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/SM631c.jpg]

Large, solid radial mass of Brucite on minor 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.


SM633 - Pink Tanzanite $ 225 (=~ £ 162)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.7 cm


Pink Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM633a.jpg] Pink Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM633b.jpg] Pink Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/SM633c.jpg]

Single pink Tanzanite crystal with attached Calcite and/or Zeolites in distict crystals. The bottom of the crystal tapers out towards the top into multiple, feathery terminations. Pink is one the rarest colors for Tanzanite (or Zoisite) and this one has well saturated color. A complete and undamaged crystal weighing 37.75 carats. Unusual example from a late 2017 find.



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