Selected Specimens

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AU574 - Galena on Quartz with Chlorite $ 2500 (=~ £ 1999)
Madan, Rhodope Mtns., Bulgaria
small cabinet - 9 x 7 x 5.5 cm


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Galena on Quartz with Chlorite from Madan, Rhodope Mtns., Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/au574a.jpg] Galena on Quartz with Chlorite from Madan, Rhodope Mtns., Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/au574b.jpg] Galena on Quartz with Chlorite from Madan, Rhodope Mtns., Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/au574c.jpg] Galena on Quartz with Chlorite from Madan, Rhodope Mtns., Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/au574d.jpg] Galena on Quartz with Chlorite from Madan, Rhodope Mtns., Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/au574e.jpg] Galena on Quartz with Chlorite from Madan, Rhodope Mtns., Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/au574f.jpg]

Stunning specimen of Galena on Quartz crystals with small green blebs of Chlorite mixed among the Quartz. The Galena is really fantastic, with the appearance of polished chrome - it's just amazingly bright and lustrous. The main crystal is 4cm in size and fronted by a large Quartz crystal. The main Galena crystal consists of an earlier generation of Galena that was coated by Chlorite and followed by later generations of Galena, forming an interesting, complex shape.


AU576 - Grossular $ 500 (=~ £ 400)
Handan Pref., Hebei Prov., China
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5 x 4 cm


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Grossular from Handan Pref., Hebei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/au576a.jpg] Grossular from Handan Pref., Hebei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/au576b.jpg] Grossular from Handan Pref., Hebei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/au576c.jpg]

Large cluster of nothing but interconnected, gemmy Grossular garnet crystals. The crystals are an amber/yellow color and transluscent to transparent. Average crystal size is about 5mm to 1cm with the best crystal at 1.5cm. A good sized cluster for the find. There are a few contacts where this cluster grew against other garnet crystals, but the majority is clean undamaged crystals.


AU577 - Veszelyite on Plancheite $ 1600 (=~ £ 1279)
Kipushi Mine, Kipushi, Katanga, DR Congo
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 3 cm


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Veszelyite on Plancheite from Kipushi Mine, Kipushi, Katanga, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/au577a.jpg] Veszelyite on Plancheite from Kipushi Mine, Kipushi, Katanga, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/au577b.jpg] Veszelyite on Plancheite from Kipushi Mine, Kipushi, Katanga, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/au577c.jpg] Veszelyite on Plancheite from Kipushi Mine, Kipushi, Katanga, DR Congo [db_pics/pics/au577d.jpg]

Sharp, isolated crystals of translucent Veszelyite spinkled across the surface of velvety sky blue Plancheite. This is an old specimen, likely from the 80s or 90s, that I've owned for about 25 years. The Velzelyite form sharp, distinct individual crystals to 3mm in size. There is an old collection number painted on the bottom that was there when I bought it.


AU578 - Spinel $ 600 (=~ £ 480)
Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania
miniature - 4.3 x 4.2 x 2.5 cm


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Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/au578a.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/au578b.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/au578c.jpg] Spinel from Mahenge, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/au578d.jpg]

Large, translucent reddish pink single Spinel crystal with some light green Pargasite attached to the back. Tall undamaged crystal with complex form.


AU579 - Chlorargyrite, Azurite, Cerussite $ 250 (=~ £ 200)
Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
small cabinet - 7.5 x 5 x 3.5 cm


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Chlorargyrite, Azurite, Cerussite from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/au579a.jpg] Chlorargyrite, Azurite, Cerussite from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/au579b.jpg] Chlorargyrite, Azurite, Cerussite from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/au579c.jpg] Chlorargyrite, Azurite, Cerussite from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/pics/au579d.jpg]

A vug in matrix is lined by glossy black Goethite which in turn hosts olive green Chlorargyrite, blue Azurite crystals, and white Cerussite crystals. Interesting combo piece for this locality.


AU582 - Malachite after Azurite $ 600 (=~ £ 480)
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
small cabinet - 7 x 4 x 3.5 cm


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Malachite after Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/au582a.jpg] Malachite after Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/au582b.jpg] Malachite after Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/au582c.jpg] Malachite after Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/au582d.jpg] Malachite after Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/au582e.jpg]

Exceptionally sharp, velvety pseudomorphs of Malachite after Azurite from the Milpillas Mine. These pseudomrophs from Milpillas are excellent, and there have been a good number produced over the years, but this one has the most well formed, crisp sharp crystals I've yet seen.


AU583 - Franklinite $ 400 (=~ £ 320)
Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
small cabinet - 8.5 x 8 x 4 cm


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Franklinite from Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/au583a.jpg] Franklinite from Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/au583b.jpg] Franklinite from Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/au583c.jpg] Franklinite from Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/au583d.jpg]

Black Franklinite crystals to over to 3cm in matrix. The largest crystal has a fracture that has possibly been repaired. The large crystals are in a matrix of white Calcite, orange Willemite, and smaller Franklinite crystals. The Willemite are bright green under fluorescent lighting.


AU584 - Molybdenite $ 350 (=~ £ 280)
Wolfram Camp Mine, Queensland, Australia
small cabinet - 7.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm


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Molybdenite from Wolfram Camp Mine, Queensland, Australia [db_pics/pics/au584a.jpg] Molybdenite from Wolfram Camp Mine, Queensland, Australia [db_pics/pics/au584b.jpg] Molybdenite from Wolfram Camp Mine, Queensland, Australia [db_pics/pics/au584c.jpg] Molybdenite from Wolfram Camp Mine, Queensland, Australia [db_pics/pics/au584d.jpg]

A sharp 2.5cm single Molybdenite crystal in crystalline white Quartz. A perfect single hexagon, which is less common for this locality as compared to the more typical thick aggregates of crystals. This could be trimmed down to a fine miniature.


AU586 - Copper $ 250 (=~ £ 200)
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia
miniature - 3.3 x 2 x 1.2 cm


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Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/au586a.jpg] Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/au586b.jpg] Copper from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/au586c.jpg]

Well crystallized Copper specimen from Russia with a superb tall single crystal rising up in the center. Sharply formed crystals all around.


AU587 - Diopside on Graphite $ 350 (=~ £ 280)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.7 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm


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Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/au587a.jpg] Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/au587b.jpg] Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/au587c.jpg] Diopside on Graphite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/au587d.jpg]

Three thick green Diopside crystals on crystallized Graphite from the Merelani Tanzanite mines. All 3 crystals are well terminated and the larger two crystals point in opposite directions.


AU588 - Boracite $ 450 (=~ £ 360)
Boulby Potash Mine, Loftus, Cleveland, England
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 1.3 cm


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Boracite from Boulby Potash Mine, Loftus, Cleveland, England [db_pics/pics/au588a.jpg] Boracite from Boulby Potash Mine, Loftus, Cleveland, England [db_pics/pics/au588b.jpg] Boracite from Boulby Potash Mine, Loftus, Cleveland, England [db_pics/pics/au588c.jpg] Boracite from Boulby Potash Mine, Loftus, Cleveland, England [db_pics/pics/au588d.jpg]

Bright, sparkling crystals of blue Boracite on the front and back of specimen. The crystals are good sized reaching 4mm in diameter. Colorful and rich example of essentially nothing but Boracite crystals.


AU589 - Tremolite $ 950 (=~ £ 760)
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4.8 x 2.7 x 1.1 cm


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Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/au589a.jpg] Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/au589b.jpg] Tremolite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/au589c.jpg]

Large single green Tremolite crystal from the Merelani Tanzanite mines. This is a big one with a smooth, flat termination face and typical splintery edges. Gemmy with superb, vivid green coloration. These are only occassionally found and usually in smaller sizes - at nearly 5cm tall this is much bigger than most. I have seen some longer than 4.8cm, but they are usually thinner crystals - this one is thick and robust.


AU594 - Amethyst $ 400 (=~ £ 320)
Las Vigas, Vera Cruz, Mexico
cabinet - 10 x 8.5 x 6 cm


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Amethyst from Las Vigas, Vera Cruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/au594a.jpg] Amethyst from Las Vigas, Vera Cruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/au594b.jpg] Amethyst from Las Vigas, Vera Cruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/au594c.jpg]

Colorful, fine quality Amethyst specimen from Las Vigas. The Amethyst occur on a highly textured matrix colored green by coatings of Epidote that creates a great color contrast against the deep purple Amethyst. The Amethyst are mostly doubly-terminated, undamaged, and highly transparent. The largest crystal is 3.3cm long. Great specimen that's a little different looking than your average Las Vigas Amethyst.


AU595 - Brucite $ 650 (=~ £ 520)
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
cabinet - 11 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm


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Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/au595a.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/au595b.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/au595c.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/au595d.jpg]

Bright lemon yellow Brucite crystals from the original finds of a couple years ago. This specimen has a first generation of more whitish yellow Brucite that is covered with more well crystallized, bright yellow translucent Brucite. These recent specimens from Pakistan are world's best for the species. Comes with a custom Sunnywood base (a $200 value).


AU519 - Hubnerite with Quartz $ 160 (=~ £ 128)
Mundo Nuevo Mine, La Libertad Dept., Peru
thumbnail - 2 x 2 x 1.5 cm


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Hubnerite with Quartz from Mundo Nuevo Mine, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/au519a.jpg] Hubnerite with Quartz from Mundo Nuevo Mine, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/au519c.jpg] Hubnerite with Quartz from Mundo Nuevo Mine, La Libertad Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/au519d.jpg]

Tabular single Hubnerite crystal with attached transparent Quartz crystals. Sharply formed and undamaged.
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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
133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144
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