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LL400 - Pargasite with Spinel $ 950
Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 6 x 3 cm


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Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400a.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400b.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400c.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400d.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400f.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400g.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400.mp4]

Large translucent brown Pargasite crystals associated with blue Spinel. A superb California specimen, it was the best Pargasite (that I saw) from the Chuck Trantham collection, and there is nothing comparable to it on Mindat. The Pargasites are well formed and reach 2.1cm in size, with a band of blue Spinel (including crystals to 4mm) along the bottom, adding good color contrast. Chuck valued this at $750 back in 1983, significantly more than others in his collection that I saw, indicating he too rated this one highly. His label shows a locality of 'Locality No. 2, Twin Lakes area, near Lake Shore, Fresno Co., California' and indicates it was collected in August of 1983.


LL403 - Rhodochrosite SOLD
Inakuraishi mine, Furubira District, Hokkaidō Prefecture, Japan
small cabinet - 8.5 x 4.8 x 1.5 cm


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Rhodochrosite from Inakuraishi mine, Furubira District, Hokkaidō Prefecture, Japan [db_pics/pics/LL403a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from Inakuraishi mine, Furubira District, Hokkaidō Prefecture, Japan [db_pics/pics/LL403b.jpg] Rhodochrosite from Inakuraishi mine, Furubira District, Hokkaidō Prefecture, Japan [db_pics/pics/LL403c.jpg]

Bladed pink Rhodochrosite crystals atop a layer af darker pink banded Rhodochrosite. Beautiful, undamaged specimen from a historic and now closed locality. These are lesser known and less common than Oppu Mine specimens.


LL405 - Benitoite $ 9500 SOLD
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 6.2 x 5 x 2.5 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL405a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL405b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL405c.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL405d.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL405f.jpg]

Wreath-like grouping of Benitoite crystals wrapping across a Natrolite covered matrix. This specimen has striking architecture, large crystals (to 2.2cm), and most importantly, good luster. There is one repair on the large crystal on the top right, but regardless, this is an extraordinary specimen of great beauty and rarity. This mine is closed and there aren't many out there like this!


LL411 - Spinel $ 750
Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.4 cm


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Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL411a.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL411b.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL411c.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL411d.jpg]

Complete octahedral crystal of red Spinel. Undamaged with high surface luster and gem zones internally.


LL412 - Spinel $ 400
Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar
thumbnail - 1.1 x 1.1 x 1.1 cm


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Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL412a.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL412b.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL412c.jpg] Spinel from Pein Pyit, Mogok, Myanmar [db_pics/pics/LL412d.jpg]

Complete octahedral crystal of red Spinel. There is one tiny, shallow chip on one point, otherwise it's undamaged with high surface luster and gem zones internally.


LL407 - Fluorite (Spinel twin) $ 300
Erongo Mountains, Namibia
thumbnail - 3 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm


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Fluorite (Spinel twin) from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL407a.jpg] Fluorite (Spinel twin) from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL407b.jpg] Fluorite (Spinel twin) from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL407c.jpg] Fluorite (Spinel twin) from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL407d.jpg]

Intergrown spinel-twinned crystals of purple Fluorite. Complete all around and undamaged with a bit of attached Feldspar on part of the backside.


LL408 - Babingtonite $ 180
Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
miniature - 3.5 x 2 x 2 cm


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Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408a.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408b.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408c.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408d.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408e.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408f.jpg]

Cluster of double-terminated Babingtonite crystals from a now old and defunct locality. The crystals have broad, flat terminations to 1.7cm wide. It's a floater, well crystallized all around with a contact or damage along the side of the large crystal, otherwise perfect all around.


LL409 - Grossular on Diopside $ 1500 SOLD
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
small cabinet - 6 x 4 x 1.2 cm


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Grossular on Diopside from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL409a.jpg] Grossular on Diopside from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL409b.jpg] Grossular on Diopside from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL409c.jpg] Grossular on Diopside from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL409d.jpg]

Gemmy orange Grossular crystals with green Diopside, a classic from a now defunct mine. Individual crystals reach 1.5cm in diameter. Undamaged.


LL413 - Tourmaline on Kunzite $ 600 SOLD
Kunar, Afghanistan
thumbnail - 2.9 x 2.5 x 1 cm


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Tourmaline on Kunzite from Kunar, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/LL413a.jpg] Tourmaline on Kunzite from Kunar, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/LL413b.jpg] Tourmaline on Kunzite from Kunar, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/LL413c.jpg] Tourmaline on Kunzite from Kunar, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/LL413d.jpg]

Double-terminated pink Kunzite crystal with an attached red Tourmaline. The Tourmaline has great color and is well terminated and the combination forms a stunning thumbnail. Undamaged.


LL415 - Brochantite $ 320
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1.5 x 1.1 cm


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Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL415a.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL415b.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL415c.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL415d.jpg]

Cluster of thick, chisel-terminated Brochantite crystals with individual crystals to 8mm tall.


LL423 - Spessartine on Orthoclase $ 80 SOLD
Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China
thumbnail - 2.2 x 1.3 x 1.2 cm


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Spessartine on Orthoclase from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/LL423a.jpg] Spessartine on Orthoclase from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/LL423b.jpg] Spessartine on Orthoclase from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/LL423c.jpg] Spessartine on Orthoclase from Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/LL423d.jpg]

Choice thumbnail-sized specimen composed of a single Orthoclase crystal coated on all sides by gemmy orange Spessartine crystals. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.

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