Selected Specimens

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J620 - Brucite $ 550
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
small cabinet - 7.2 x 6.5 x 3.9 cm


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Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J620a.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J620b.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J620c.jpg]

Large, solid radial mass of yellow Brucite on matrix. Superb, complete 'pinwheel' on matrix that displays wonderfully. 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. Undamaged.


J623 - Brucite $ 300
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
miniature - 4.0 x 3.9 x 1.8 cm


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Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J623a.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J623b.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J623c.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/J623d.jpg]

Large, solid radial mass of yellow Brucite on a small speck of matrix. The specimen is solid Brucite well crystallized all around and undamaged. It's a 360 degree 'pinwheel' formation on a small amount of matrix. This example is nearly a floater because the matrix is partially covered by a thin layer of lighter colored Brucite. It is translucent, thick and sturdy, and undamaged.


J762 - Dioptase $ 1250
Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo
small cabinet - 8.5 x 7.5 x 2.5 cm


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Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762a.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762b.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762c.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762d.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762e.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762f.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762g.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J762h.jpg]

Slightly cup-shaped formation of solid Diptase. One side shows nothing but bright, lustrous Dioptase crystals with occasional tiny yellow Wulfenites. The other side shows cup-shaped formations of Dioptase, Dioptase crytals, and about 30% coverage of a lighter green mineral with a form of small apple-green translucent globules. This one has both a flashy, showy display side and another side that's interesting under the loupe.


J763 - Dioptase $ 950 DISCOUNTED 50% OFF TO $ 475
Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo
cabinet - 11 x 5 x 3.5 cm


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Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J763a.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J763b.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J763c.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J763d.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J763e.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J763f.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J763g.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J763i.jpg]

Bright and lustrous Dioptase crystals on a tan rock matrix. This specimen has interesting crystallization with both cup-shaped formations of solid Diptase and crystals with somewhat wheat-sheaf formations. There are also occasional tiny yellow Wulfenites present.


J765 - Dioptase $ 1250
Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo
small cabinet - 8.5 x 7 x 3 cm


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Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765a.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765b.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765c.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765d.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765e.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765f.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765g.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765h.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J765i.jpg]

Cup-shaped formation of solid Diptase. One side shows nothing but bright, lustrous Dioptase crystals. The other side shows a mixture of Dioptase crytals and a lighter green mineral with a form of small apple-green translucent globules. This one has both a flashy, showy display side and another side that's interesting under the loupe.


J766 - Dioptase $ 450
Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo
small cabinet - 8 x 6 x 2.3 cm


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Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766a.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766b.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766c.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766d.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766e.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766f.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J766g.jpg]

Dense coverage of Dioptase crystals over a rock matrix. There is an unusual dome-shaped structure in one area, 2.2cm wide, of solid Dioptase crystals There are 3 generations of Dioptase crystals comprising the dome-shaped structure.


J768 - Dioptase with Wulfenite $ 600
Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo
small cabinet - 7 x 6 x 4 cm


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Dioptase with Wulfenite from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J768a.jpg] Dioptase with Wulfenite from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J768b.jpg] Dioptase with Wulfenite from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J768c.jpg] Dioptase with Wulfenite from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J768e.jpg] Dioptase with Wulfenite from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J768f.jpg]

Bright and lustrous Dioptase crystals on a tan rock matrix. This specimen has interesting crystallization with somewhat wheat-sheaf formations of Dioptase intermixed with small yellow Wulfenite crystals. Saw cut on base.


J769 - Dioptase $ 280
Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo
small cabinet - 8.5 x 6.5 x 2 cm


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Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J769a.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J769b.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J769c.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J769d.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J769e.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J769f.jpg] Dioptase from Mindouli District, Brazzaville, Congo [db_pics/pics/J769g.jpg]

Bright and lustrous Dioptase crystals on a tan rock matrix. This specimen has interesting crystallization with somewhat wheat-sheaf formations of Dioptase.


J894 - Quartz with inclusions $ 250
Madan, Bulgaria
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 2 cm


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Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894a.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894b.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894c.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894d.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894e.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894f.jpg] Quartz with inclusions from Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/J894g.jpg]

This is an interesting Quartz specimen I found in a parcel of Galena, Pyrite, Sphalerite and other Bulgarian minerals. It's a complete and undamaged cluster of parallel grown, double-terminated Quartz crystals with a variety of different included and attached minerals including Galena, Chalcopyrite, and Realgar. Pristine and perfect, a gem of a specimen.


J781 - Stilbite on Kunzite $ 150
Nuristan, Afghanistan
miniature - 4 x 2 x 1.5 cm


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Stilbite on Kunzite from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/J781a.jpg] Stilbite on Kunzite from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/J781b.jpg] Stilbite on Kunzite from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/J781c.jpg] Stilbite on Kunzite from Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/J781d.jpg]

Gemmy, well terminated Kunzite crystal with attached Stilbite crystals on one side. Stilbite, a zeolite mineral, is not commonly found in granitic pegmatites. With this specimen you have both a rarity and and beautiful display piece.


J895 - Quartz scepter with Hematite $ 380
Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia
miniature - 4.5 x 2 x 2.0 cm


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Quartz scepter with Hematite from Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J895a.jpg] Quartz scepter with Hematite from Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J895b.jpg] Quartz scepter with Hematite from Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/J895c.jpg] Quartz scepter with Hematite from Orange River, Karas Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/j895d.jpg]

Quartz scepter from a 2017 find, and one of the best I saw. The scepter head has both smokey and amethyst coloration and the stalk is pink due to Hematite inclusions. Complete all around. Withthe exception of two tiny crystals sticking into the side, the specimen is entirely undamaged. The combination of the colors and form make for a great specimen.


J892 - Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite $ 600
Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India
cabinet - 10 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm


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Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/J892a.jpg] Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/J892b.jpg] Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/J892c.jpg] Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/J892d.jpg] Stilbite on Quartz over Calcite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/J892e.jpg]

Laterally compressed translucent white Calcite crystal completely covered by a layer of sugary Quartz crystals, with attached double-terminated pink Stilbite crystals to 3.5cm. Unusual specimen that is reminiscent of Steve Smale's specimen known as 'The Cricket Bat' (see page 117 of the Smale Collection book). One tiny Stilbite crystal is incomplete, otherwise undamaged, with the Stilbite only on one side. Only the second one like it I've seen.


J898 - Cassiterite $ 300
Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5.5 x 2 cm


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Cassiterite from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J898a.jpg] Cassiterite from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J898b.jpg] Cassiterite from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J898c.jpg] Cassiterite from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J898d.jpg] Cassiterite from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J898e.jpg] Cassiterite from Viloco Mine, La Paz Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/J898f.jpg]

Quartz rich matrix covered almost entirely on one side by thick lustrous Cassiterite crystals and small Pyrite crystals. Nearly a complete floater specimen with the Cassiterite wrapping around the edges to a mostly Quartz and Pyrite covered backside. No damage.


J904 - Scheelite on Muscovite $ 1500
Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China
thumbnail - 11 x 8 x 5 cm


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Scheelite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/J904a.jpg] Scheelite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/J904b.jpg] Scheelite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/J904c.jpg] Scheelite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/j904i.jpg] Scheelite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/j904f.jpg] Scheelite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/j904g.jpg] Scheelite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/j904h.jpg]

A large 4.5cm orange Scheelite is the focal point of the Muscovite crystal mass with other smaller Scheelite crystals. Nearly a floater with crystals on both sides and a small contact area along the bottom edge. I count 10 Scheelite crystals in all. It's in remarkably good condition giventhe crystals being present on all sides, wtihteh only detraction being some chipping on a back edge of the large crystal.


J773 - Hutchinsonite with Pyrite $ 275
Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru
small cabinet - 5.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm


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Hutchinsonite with Pyrite from Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J773a.jpg] Hutchinsonite with Pyrite from Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J773b.jpg] Hutchinsonite with Pyrite from Quiruvilca, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/J773c.jpg]

Pyrite and red crystals of Hutchinsonite on matrix. Hutchinsonite is a rare thallium sulfosalt species and these recently found red crystals are some of the best ever found. Crystals reach 5mm long and contrast nicely with the Pyrite.
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