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LL25 - Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) on Quartz $ 1800 (=~ CAN$ 2313)
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 8.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm


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Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) on Quartz from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL25a.jpg] Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) on Quartz from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL25b.jpg] Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) on Quartz from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL25c.jpg] Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) on Quartz from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL25d.jpg] Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) on Quartz from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL25e.jpg]

Good sized specimen covered on all sides by green Zincolivenite crystals (formerly known as Cuprian Adamite). Hundreds of crystals on this this one, the richest example I've ever had. Individual crystals reach 6mm and there are also fingers of dark green Mottramite in various areas. An amazing specimen.


LL919 - Pyromorphite $ 2000 (=~ CAN$ 2570)
Kintore Open Cut, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia
small cabinet - 6 x 5 x 4.5 cm


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Pyromorphite from Kintore Open Cut, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL919a.jpg] Pyromorphite from Kintore Open Cut, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL919b.jpg] Pyromorphite from Kintore Open Cut, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL919c.jpg] Pyromorphite from Kintore Open Cut, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL919f.jpg]

Cluster of large, translucent brown Pyromorphite crystals rising up off a small amount of matrix. Individual crystals reach 3cm in size. This is a good Pyromorphite from anywhere, and an exceptional piece from Broken Hill. Comes with an old Al Ordway label.


LL920 - Linarite, Caledonite $ 500 (=~ CAN$ 642)
Reward Mine, Inyo Co., California, USA
cabinet - 10.5 x 8 x 5 cm


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Linarite, Caledonite from Reward Mine, Inyo Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL920a.jpg] Linarite, Caledonite from Reward Mine, Inyo Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL920b.jpg] Linarite, Caledonite from Reward Mine, Inyo Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL920c.jpg] Linarite, Caledonite from Reward Mine, Inyo Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL920d.jpg] Linarite, Caledonite from Reward Mine, Inyo Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL920e.jpg]

Brilliant deep blue bladed crystals of Linarite and areas of blue/green Caledonite on multiple faces of this large specimen. The Reward Mine is former Gold and Silver mine located in the Inyo Mountains at an elevation of 4,500 feet and is well known for it's Linarite and Caledonite specimens. This one is also a historic specimen, an ex. John Sinkankas specimen with 'JS/LN1' painted on the back.


LL914 - Sphalerite and Dolomite $ 1200 (=~ CAN$ 1542)
Philidelphia Mine, Rush Creek Mining District, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 6 x 3 cm


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Sphalerite and Dolomite from Philidelphia Mine, Rush Creek Mining District, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/LL914a.jpg] Sphalerite and Dolomite from Philidelphia Mine, Rush Creek Mining District, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/LL914c.jpg] Sphalerite and Dolomite from Philidelphia Mine, Rush Creek Mining District, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/LL914d.jpg] Sphalerite and Dolomite from Philidelphia Mine, Rush Creek Mining District, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/LL914e.jpg] Sphalerite and Dolomite from Philidelphia Mine, Rush Creek Mining District, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/LL914f.jpg]

Highly translucent golden Sphalerite crystals and curving pink Dolomite crystals create a beautiful and uncommonly good USA Sphalerite specimen. The Sphalerite has tiny attached Chalocpyrite that add sparkle. These are hard to find specimens and I've only ever had one similar (a thumbnail, specimen D464 on my website).


LL683 - Calcite $ 150 (=~ CAN$ 193)
Mexico
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5 x 3.5 cm


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Calcite from Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL683b.jpg] Calcite from Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL683c.jpg] Calcite from Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL683d.jpg] Calcite from Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL683e.jpg]

White 'poker chip' style Calcite crystals that sit on edge on a Quartz crystal and Pyrite matrix. The crystals are complete all around. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL691 - Veszelyite $ 380 (=~ CAN$ 488)
Dongchuan, Kunming, Yunnan, China
miniature - 5 x 4 x 2.8 cm


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Veszelyite from Dongchuan, Kunming, Yunnan, China [db_pics/pics/LL691a.jpg] Veszelyite from Dongchuan, Kunming, Yunnan, China [db_pics/pics/LL691b.jpg] Veszelyite from Dongchuan, Kunming, Yunnan, China [db_pics/pics/LL691c.jpg]

A 9mm cluster of blue Veszelyite crystals on matrix. This is from a new find made in July 2020 at an old Zinc mine located about about 400 kilometers away from previous Veszelyite finds made at the Laochang Mine (also in Yunnan Prov.). Veszelyite from ANYWHERE are rare and desireable, and these new specimens have an added bonus of sometimes forming fan-shaped clusters such as this one. The cluster is well isolated, complete and undamaged all around.


LL929 - Amethyst var. Grape Agate $ 180 (=~ CAN$ 231)
Mamuju, Sulawesi, Indonesia
miniature - 4 x 3 x 2 cm


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Amethyst var. Grape Agate from Mamuju, Sulawesi, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/LL929a.jpg] Amethyst var. Grape Agate from Mamuju, Sulawesi, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/LL929b.jpg] Amethyst var. Grape Agate from Mamuju, Sulawesi, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/LL929c.jpg]

Cluster of interconnected spheres of purple Quartz var. Amethyst known as Grape Agate. Good spheres all around, and it has the sparkling luster characteristic of the best of these. These is a fantastic example of larger sized spheres interconnected with no damage (just a few flat areas where other spheres were located), a floater. An uncommonly good, sculptural example of this find.


LL889 - Gahnite rough and cut set $ 280 (=~ CAN$ 360)
Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria
thumbnail - 0.6 x 0.6 x 0.5 cm


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Gahnite rough and cut set from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL889a.jpg] Gahnite rough and cut set from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL889b.jpg] Gahnite rough and cut set from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL889c.jpg] Gahnite rough and cut set from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL889d.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 a round just over 3mm 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.


LL938 - Pyromorphite $ 550 (=~ CAN$ 707)
Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho, USA
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 1.5 cm


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Pyromorphite from Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho, USA [db_pics/pics/LL938a.jpg] Pyromorphite from Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho, USA [db_pics/pics/LL938b.jpg] Pyromorphite from Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho, USA [db_pics/pics/LL938c.jpg] Pyromorphite from Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho, USA [db_pics/pics/LL938d.jpg]

Lustrous Pyromorphite crystals that grade from an orange at the base up to larger green crystals at the top. Fine and undamaged. Ex. Jon Sigerman, John Ydren collections.


LL937 - Azurite, Malachite after Azurite $ 2500 (=~ CAN$ 3212)
Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France
small cabinet - 8.5 x 6 x 5 cm


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Azurite, Malachite after Azurite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/LL937a.jpg] Azurite, Malachite after Azurite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/LL937b.jpg] Azurite, Malachite after Azurite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/LL937c.jpg] Azurite, Malachite after Azurite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/LL937d.jpg] Azurite, Malachite after Azurite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/LL937g.jpg] Azurite, Malachite after Azurite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/LL937h.jpg] Azurite, Malachite after Azurite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/LL937i.jpg]

Deep blue Azurite and green Malachite after Azurite crystals from Chessy. This is a good sized specimen for the locality with great crystals all over, including a bridge of crystals. Comes with old Harvard Mineral Museum labels that dates the specimen back to at least 1976, but specimens have been found here since the 1800s and this could be significantly old than that. An excellent Chessy Azurite.


LL961 - Bournonite with Quartz $ 125 (=~ CAN$ 161)
Machacamara District, Potosi Dept., Bolivia
miniature - 4.3 x 4 x 2.5 cm


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Bournonite with Quartz from Machacamara District, Potosi Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/LL961a.jpg] Bournonite with Quartz from Machacamara District, Potosi Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/LL961b.jpg] Bournonite with Quartz from Machacamara District, Potosi Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/LL961c.jpg] Bournonite with Quartz from Machacamara District, Potosi Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/LL961d.jpg] Bournonite with Quartz from Machacamara District, Potosi Dept., Bolivia [db_pics/pics/LL961e.jpg]

Bournonite and Quartz crystals from recent finds in Bolivia. The main Bournonite is 1.7cm wide with classic 'cogwheel' form and a slightly irridescent patina.


LL940 - Fluorite $ 1950 (=~ CAN$ 2506)
Rogerly Mine, Durham, England
small cabinet - 9.3 x 5 x 4 cm


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Fluorite from Rogerly Mine, Durham, England [db_pics/pics/LL940a.jpg] Fluorite from Rogerly Mine, Durham, England [db_pics/pics/LL940b.jpg] Fluorite from Rogerly Mine, Durham, England [db_pics/pics/LL940e.jpg] Fluorite from Rogerly Mine, Durham, England [db_pics/pics/LL940f.jpg] Fluorite from Rogerly Mine, Durham, England [db_pics/pics/LL940g.jpg]

Gem twinned Fluorite crystals on matrix. This specimen has 3 superb groups of water clear crystals - upper right, upper left, and bottom center. The bottom of the bottom cluster is cleaved, perfect and undamaged everywhere else. This is a top quality piece for the locality. Ex. Jon Sigerman collection.


LL972 - Azurite $ 500 (=~ CAN$ 642)
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
miniature - 4.4 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm


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Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL972a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL972b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL972c.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL972d.jpg]

A group of interconnected Azurite crystals with little stringers of 'spider-web' Malachite attached to the backside. Floater cluster composed of double-terminated crystals. Great, characteristic specimen from the watercourse pocket. Undamaged with highly lustrous crystals all over - nothing but great crystals!


LL962 - Azurite $ 200 (=~ CAN$ 257)
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.7 x 1.5 cm


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Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL962a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL962b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL962c.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL962e.jpg]

A group of interconnected Azurite crystals with little stringers of 'spider-web' Malachite attached to the backside. Near floater cluster with a tiny point of contact on the bottom where it was attached to the pocket wall. Great, characteristic specimen from the watercourse pocket. Undamaged with highly lustrous crystals to 1.6cm - nothing but great crystals!


LL963 - Azurite $ 175 (=~ CAN$ 225)
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
miniature - 3.4 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL963a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL963b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL963c.jpg]

A group of interconnected Azurite crystals that are partially pseudomorphed to Malachite from the inside out (you can see the green cores on a couple incomplete crystals on the edges). This give the crystal an amazing 'electric' blue coloration.
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