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LP177 - Calcite on Amethyst $ 280
Zacatecas, Mexico
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4 x 3 cm


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Calcite on Amethyst from Zacatecas, Mexico [db_pics/pics/lp177a.jpg] Calcite on Amethyst from Zacatecas, Mexico [db_pics/pics/lp177b.jpg] Calcite on Amethyst from Zacatecas, Mexico [db_pics/pics/lp177c.jpg]

A large white Calcite crystal attached to a layer of solid Amethyst crystals. This is a really lovely old specimen with a complete 4cm wide Calcite crystal. The Amethyst is crystallized on both sides. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection.


LP178 - Benitoite $ 500
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/lp178a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/lp178b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/lp178c.jpg]

Nine blue Benitoite crystals to 1.8cm in size on a Natrolite covered matrix. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection (Len's old label shows a price of $650).


MK919 - Stilbite $ 80
Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India
miniature - 5 x 4 x 4 cm


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Stilbite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/mk919a.jpg] Stilbite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/mk919b.jpg] Stilbite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, India [db_pics/pics/mk919c.jpg]

Aesthetic cluster of peach-colored Stilbite on matrix. Fan-shaped cluster with jagged ridges across the top. Complete all around and undamaged. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection.


MK920 - Quartz on Albite $ 180
Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 7 x 7 x 4.5 cm


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Quartz on Albite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/mk920a.jpg] Quartz on Albite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/mk920b.jpg] Quartz on Albite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/mk920c.jpg] Quartz on Albite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/mk920d.jpg]

Transparent single Quartz crystal (somewhat Citrine and smoky in color) well centered on Albite crystals. Fine and showy specimen, undamaged. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection.


MK923 - Cavansite $ 350
Wagholi Quarry, Pune District, India
miniature - 4 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm


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Cavansite from Wagholi Quarry, Pune District, India [db_pics/pics/mk923a.jpg] Cavansite from Wagholi Quarry, Pune District, India [db_pics/pics/mk923b.jpg] Cavansite from Wagholi Quarry, Pune District, India [db_pics/pics/mk923c.jpg]

Near floater cluster of vivid blue Cavansite crystals. Well crystallized all around, this good sized crystal group appears to have grown on the tips of a couple Stilbite crystals and detached as I see only a couple small ares of white, otherwise it's nothing but great crystals all around. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection (his old label shows a price of $600).


MK912 - Natrolite $ 200
Chimney Rock Quarry (Bound Brook Quarry), Somerset Co., New Jersey, USA
small cabinet - 6.2 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm


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Natrolite from Chimney Rock Quarry (Bound Brook Quarry), Somerset Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/mk912a.jpg] Natrolite from Chimney Rock Quarry (Bound Brook Quarry), Somerset Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/mk912b.jpg] Natrolite from Chimney Rock Quarry (Bound Brook Quarry), Somerset Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/mk912c.jpg]

Terminated single Natrolite crystal from the well known Bound Brook locality. Perfectly terminated, undamaged, transparent crystal. Old material from the classic USA locality that produced what are considered some of the world's best Natrolites. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection.


MK915 - McGuinnessite $ 200
Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 6 x 4.5 cm


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McGuinnessite from Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk915a.jpg] McGuinnessite from Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk915b.jpg] McGuinnessite from Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk915c.jpg] McGuinnessite from Red Mountain, Mendocino Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk915d.jpg]

Blue/green McGuinnessite on multiple sides of a rock matrix. Mcguinnessite is a rare Mg-Cu carbonate, a member of Rosasite Group and is named after well-known California mineralogist, Al McGuinness. The matrix is richly covered with radial clusters and hemispheres of teal-blue McGuinnessite on most sides. Comes with an old Chuck Trantham label that indicates it was collected in July 1975. Comes with an old Al McGuinness label. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection.


MK916 - Galena $ 200
Reynolds Co., Missouri, USA
miniature - 4.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm


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Galena from Reynolds Co., Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/mk916a.jpg] Galena from Reynolds Co., Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/mk916b.jpg] Galena from Reynolds Co., Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/mk916c.jpg] Galena from Reynolds Co., Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/mk916d.jpg] Galena from Reynolds Co., Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/mk916e.jpg]

Lustrous metallic Galena crystals from Missouri. This is a fine and aesthetic Galena, complete all around. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection (who valued it at $300).


MK918 - Natrolite $ 180
Chimney Rock Quarry (Bound Brook Quarry), Somerset Co., New Jersey, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 2 x 1.2 cm


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Natrolite from Chimney Rock Quarry (Bound Brook Quarry), Somerset Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/mk918a.jpg] Natrolite from Chimney Rock Quarry (Bound Brook Quarry), Somerset Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/mk918b.jpg] Natrolite from Chimney Rock Quarry (Bound Brook Quarry), Somerset Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/mk918c.jpg]

Two slender Natrolite crystals from the well known Bound Brook locality. Perfectly terminated, undamaged, transparent crystals with small drusy crystals and surface coating on parts of the sides. Old material from the classic USA locality that produced what are considered some of the world's best Natrolites. Ex. Len Pisciotta collection.


LP233 - Thaumasite $ 300
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
thumbnail - 1.1 x 0.6 x 0.5 cm


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Thaumasite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/lp233a.jpg] Thaumasite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/lp233b.jpg]

Transparent single yellow crystal of Thaumasite, a rare mineral species related to Ettringite and Sturmanite found in the Kalahari Manganese fields of South Africa. These were found in the 1990s and I used to be able to buy them many years ago from South African dealer Clive Quiet until supplies dried up. I was fortunate to find this crystal recently from someone who had also bought this from Clive Quiet and stockpiled it until now. It's a complete, undamaged single crystal with great luster and total transparency. A rare, now hard to find gem quality crystal.


LP234 - Thaumasite $ 120
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
thumbnail - 0.9 x 0.4 x 0.3 cm


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Thaumasite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/lp234a.jpg] Thaumasite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/lp234b.jpg]

Transparent single yellow crystal of Thaumasite, a rare mineral species related to Ettringite and Sturmanite found in the Kalahari Manganese fields of South Africa. These were found in the 1990s and I used to be able to buy them many years ago from South African dealer Clive Quiet until supplies dried up. I was fortunate to find this crystal recently from someone who had also bought this from Clive Quiet and stockpiled it until now. It's a complete, undamaged single crystal with great luster and total transparency and partially double terminated. A rare, now hard to find gem quality crystal.


LP235 - Thaumasite $ 350
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.5 x 1 cm


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Thaumasite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/lp235a.jpg] Thaumasite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/lp235b.jpg] Thaumasite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/lp235c.jpg]

Cluster of transparent yellow crystals of Thaumasite, a rare mineral species related to Ettringite and Sturmanite found in the Kalahari Manganese fields of South Africa. These were found in the 1990s and I used to be able to buy them many years ago from South African dealer Clive Quiet until supplies dried up. I was fortunate to find this specimen recently from someone who had also bought this from Clive Quiet and stockpiled it until now. It's a rare matrix specimen from the find. Even while these were available, matrix specimens were always rare, as most were loose single crystals. Some crystals show some wear, regardless, it's a hard to find rarity.


LP236 - Thaumasite $ 300
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
thumbnail - 2.3 x 1.7 x 1 cm


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Thaumasite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/lp236a.jpg] Thaumasite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/lp236b.jpg] Thaumasite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/lp236c.jpg] Thaumasite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/lp236d.jpg]

Cluster of transparent yellow crystals of Thaumasite, a rare mineral species related to Ettringite and Sturmanite found in the Kalahari Manganese fields of South Africa. These were found in the 1990s and I used to be able to buy them many years ago from South African dealer Clive Quiet until supplies dried up. I was fortunate to find this specimen recently from someone who had also bought this from Clive Quiet and stockpiled it until now. It's a rare matrix specimen from the find. Even while these were available, matrix specimens were always rare, as most were loose single crystals. This specimen features a larger 1.5cm tall crystal on the left side with smaller crystals to the right. A hard to find rarity.


LP237 - Thaumasite $ 250
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
thumbnail - 1 x 0.5 x 0.5 cm


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Thaumasite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/lp237a.jpg] Thaumasite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/lp237b.jpg] Thaumasite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/lp237c.jpg]

Transparent single yellow crystal of Thaumasite, a rare mineral species related to Ettringite and Sturmanite found in the Kalahari Manganese fields of South Africa. These were found in the 1990s and I used to be able to buy them many years ago from South African dealer Clive Quiet until supplies dried up. I was fortunate to find this crystal recently from someone who had also bought this from Clive Quiet and stockpiled it until now. It's a complete, undamaged single crystal with great luster and total transparency. A rare, now hard to find gem quality crystal.


LP238 - Manganite $ 450
Atikokan, Rainy River District, Ontario, Canada
miniature - 5 x 2.7 x 2.7 cm


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Manganite from Atikokan, Rainy River District, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/lp238a.jpg] Manganite from Atikokan, Rainy River District, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/lp238b.jpg] Manganite from Atikokan, Rainy River District, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/lp238c.jpg]

Cluster of lustrous metallic Manganite crystals from Atikokan. At first glance I thought this was from Ilfeld, Germany because the crystals were so much larger than what I normally see from Canadian Manganite - it has crystals to 1.8cm tall. This is a well documented specimen from the JIm Watson collection (with label and old photograph), and comes with another old label from George and Susan Robinson Minerals that dates to 1978.
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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
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