Selected Specimens

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LL658 - Clinoclase on Cornubite $ 200 (=~ AUS$ 264)
Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA
small cabinet - 5.7 x 3.3 x 0.8 cm


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Clinoclase on Cornubite from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL658a.jpg] Clinoclase on Cornubite from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL658b.jpg] Clinoclase on Cornubite from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL658c.jpg]

Deep blue crystals of Clinoclase over green Cornubite from the now defunct Majuba Hill Mine. Both the front and back have great crystals and display equally well.


LL680 - Amethyst $ 160 (=~ AUS$ 211)
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
small cabinet - 7.4 x 6 x 3.5 cm


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Amethyst from Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL680a.jpg] Amethyst from Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL680b.jpg] Amethyst from Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL680c.jpg] Amethyst from Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL680d.jpg] Amethyst from Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL680h.jpg]

Thin shards of Quartz and silica rich matrix hosting beautiful, undamaged Amethyst crystals. Main crystal is 4cm and double-terminated. Ex. Chuck Trantham and Al McGuinness collections.


LL709 - Neptunite with Benitoite $ 275 (=~ AUS$ 363)
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2.7 x 2 x 1.5 cm


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Neptunite with Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL709a.jpg] Neptunite with Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL709b.jpg] Neptunite with Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL709c.jpg] Neptunite with Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL709e.jpg]

Well terminated Neptunite crystal with two attached Benitoite crystals.


LL659 - Clinoclase on Cornubite $ 200 (=~ AUS$ 264)
Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA
miniature - 4.7 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Clinoclase on Cornubite from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL659a.jpg] Clinoclase on Cornubite from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL659b.jpg] Clinoclase on Cornubite from Copper Stope, Majuba Hill Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL659c.jpg]

Deep blue crystals of Clinoclase over green Cornubite from the now defunct Majuba Hill Mine. Both the front and back have great crystals.


LL778 - Andradite $ 150 (=~ AUS$ 198)
Strawberry Mine, Madera Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 5.5 x 3 cm


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Andradite from Strawberry Mine, Madera Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL778a.jpg] Andradite from Strawberry Mine, Madera Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL778b.jpg] Andradite from Strawberry Mine, Madera Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL778c.jpg] Andradite from Strawberry Mine, Madera Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL778d.jpg]

Gemmy red Andradite crystals to 7mm covering the front of a massive Andradite matrix. Collected by Len Pisciotta, he told me it's the best one he found.


LL737 - Tourmaline $ 350 (=~ AUS$ 462)
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA
miniature - 3.8 x 0.8 x 0.7 cm


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Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL737a.jpg] Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL737b.jpg] Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL737c.jpg] Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL737d.jpg]

Transparent pink Tourmaline crystal. Well terminated and free of any internal fracturing. Weighs 4.85 grams. Ex. Bryant Harris collection and mined in 1969.


LL738 - Benitoite $ 450 (=~ AUS$ 594)
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL738a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL738b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL738c.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL738d.jpg]

Single Benitoite with 'textbook' form. Benitoite is the only mineral that crystallizes in the trigonal bipyramidal form, a form that was only hypothesized prior to it's discovery. Here you have a perfect example of the rare form (and a rare mineral). It looks almost like a crystal model. Thick and complete all around, with Crossite inclusions.


LL739 - Benitoite $ 250 (=~ AUS$ 330)
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1.3 x 0.6 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL739a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL739b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL739c.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL739d.jpg]

Single Benitoite with near 'textbook' form and Crossite inclusions. Benitoite is the only mineral that crystallizes in the trigonal bipyramidal form, a form that was only hypothesized prior to it's discovery. Here you have a perfect example of the rare form (and a rare mineral). There is one natural step growth on the back of one corner, otherwise is perfectly symetrical on both sides.


LL743 - Adamite $ 150 (=~ AUS$ 198)
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
thumbnail - 2.6 x 2 x 2 cm


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Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL743a.jpg] Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL743b.jpg] Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL743c.jpg] Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL743d.jpg] Adamite from Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL743e.jpg]

Two interconnected 'pinwheel' clusters of yellow Adamite. Undamaged.


LL744 - Topaz $ 150 (=~ AUS$ 198)
Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.3 x 1.2 x 0.9 cm


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Topaz from Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL744a.jpg] Topaz from Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL744b.jpg] Topaz from Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL744c.jpg]

Complete and well terminated single crystal of 'Imperial' Topaz. This specimen has a well saturated, better than average, deep reddish orange coloration.


LL747 - Apatite with Tourmaline $ 200 (=~ AUS$ 264)
Galilea, Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.1 x 1.6 x 1.6 cm


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Apatite with Tourmaline from Galilea, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL747a.jpg] Apatite with Tourmaline from Galilea, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL747b.jpg] Apatite with Tourmaline from Galilea, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL747c.jpg] Apatite with Tourmaline from Galilea, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LL747d.jpg]

Translucent purple Apatite crystal with and transparent section of green Tourmaline. The Apatite crystal is 2cm in size and has a slightly curved top surface and has a small Tourmaline crystal included inside.


LL748 - 'Cat's-Eye' Tourmaline $ 120 (=~ AUS$ 158)
Gilgit, Skardu, Pakistan
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 1.7 cm


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'Cat's-Eye' Tourmaline from Gilgit, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL748a.jpg] 'Cat's-Eye' Tourmaline from Gilgit, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL748b.jpg] 'Cat's-Eye' Tourmaline from Gilgit, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL748c.jpg] 'Cat's-Eye' Tourmaline from Gilgit, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL748d.jpg]

Terminated 2.1cm Tourmaline crystal with attached Muscovite. The upper half of the crystal is a chatoyant greenish white and the bottom half is opaque. Undamaged.


LL727 - Gahnite rough and cut $ 350 (=~ AUS$ 462)
Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria
thumbnail - 0.6 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm


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Gahnite rough and cut from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL727a.jpg] Gahnite rough and cut from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL727b.jpg] Gahnite rough and cut from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL727c.jpg]

Rough and cut set of transparent blue Gahnite. Gahnite is the zinc rich end member and one of the rarer species in the Spinel group of minerals. The crystal is a complete octahedron with one tiny chip on one tip, otherwise perfect and translucent to transparent internally. The gemstone is 4mm wide. These were first discovered in 2001 and are found mostly of industrial quality. Though they don't get very large, the color is spectacular. The GIA has written a nice article about these crystals published in Gems & Gemology, Fall 2019, Vol. 55, No. 3.


LL730 - Gahnite rough and cut $ 350 (=~ AUS$ 462)
Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria
thumbnail - 0.6 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm


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Gahnite rough and cut from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL730a.jpg] Gahnite rough and cut from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL730b.jpg] Gahnite rough and cut from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL730c.jpg]

Rough and cut set of transparent blue Gahnite. Gahnite is the zinc rich end member and one of the rarer species in the Spinel group of minerals. The crystal is a complete octahedron with one tiny chip on one tip, otherwise perfect and translucent to transparent internally. The gemstone is 4.5mm wide. These were first discovered in 2001 and are found mostly of industrial quality. Though they don't get very large, the color is spectacular. The GIA has written a nice article about these crystals published in Gems & Gemology, Fall 2019, Vol. 55, No. 3.


LL735 - Bournonite with Sphalerite $ 375 (=~ AUS$ 495)
Pachapaqui mining district, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru
large cabinet - 17 x 13 x 6 cm


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Bournonite with Sphalerite from Pachapaqui mining district, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru [db_pics/pics/LL735a.jpg] Bournonite with Sphalerite from Pachapaqui mining district, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru [db_pics/pics/LL735b.jpg] Bournonite with Sphalerite from Pachapaqui mining district, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru [db_pics/pics/LL735c.jpg] Bournonite with Sphalerite from Pachapaqui mining district, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru [db_pics/pics/LL735e.jpg] Bournonite with Sphalerite from Pachapaqui mining district, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru [db_pics/pics/LL735f.jpg]

Large specimen of interlocking and individual 'cogwheels' of Bournonite associated with black Sphalerite crystals and minor amounts of Pyrite and Quartz crystals.  A very rich sample loaded with Bournonite.  Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48
49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72
73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84
85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96
97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108
109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120
121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132
133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142

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