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LV354 - Linarite pseudo. Galena $ 200
Blanchard Mine, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 6 x 5 cm


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Linarite pseudo. Galena from Blanchard Mine, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/LV354a.jpg] Linarite pseudo. Galena from Blanchard Mine, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/LV354b.jpg] Linarite pseudo. Galena from Blanchard Mine, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/LV354c.jpg] Linarite pseudo. Galena from Blanchard Mine, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA [db_pics/pics/LV354d.jpg]

A 3cm wide crystal of Linarite after Galena on matrix. The Linarite has bright 'electic' blue color and is associated with green Brochantite, Anglesite, and Quartz crystals.


LV357 - Smithsonite psuedo. Dolomite $ 250
Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA
miniature - 4 x 2.1 x 1.7 cm


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Smithsonite psuedo. Dolomite from Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/LV357a.jpg] Smithsonite psuedo. Dolomite from Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/LV357b.jpg] Smithsonite psuedo. Dolomite from Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/LV357c.jpg]

Bright yellow crystals of Smithsonite replacing Dolomite, with the curving form of the former Dolomite crystals clearly evident. Smaller individual Smithsonite crystals are scattered across the surface of the matrix. The bright color is caused by inclusions of Greenockite. Comes with an old Ernie Schlichter label. Beautiful specimen!


MK302 - Silver on Copper $ 3500
Rockland Mine, Rockland, Ontonagon Co., Michigan, USA
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Silver on Copper from Rockland Mine, Rockland, Ontonagon Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/mk302a.jpg] Silver on Copper from Rockland Mine, Rockland, Ontonagon Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/mk302b.jpg] Silver on Copper from Rockland Mine, Rockland, Ontonagon Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/mk302c.jpg] Silver on Copper from Rockland Mine, Rockland, Ontonagon Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/mk302d.jpg]

Silver crystals on Copper from the Rockland Mine in Michigan. The Silver is well crystallized and sits atop a small amount of Copper. This can be displayed from a variety of angles but I like it how it's shown in the first photo with the large 2.5cm somewhat horizontal Silver crystal facing forward. Ex. Tim Sherburn collection.


MK303 - Aquamarine with Quartz $ 1500
Mourne Mountains, County Down, Ireland
miniature - 3.4 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm


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Aquamarine with Quartz from Mourne Mountains, County Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/mk303a.jpg] Aquamarine with Quartz from Mourne Mountains, County Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/mk303b.jpg] Aquamarine with Quartz from Mourne Mountains, County Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/mk303c.jpg] Aquamarine with Quartz from Mourne Mountains, County Down, Ireland [db_pics/pics/mk303d.jpg]

Transparent, double terminated Aqua from the Mourne Mountains in Ireland. This is an excellent Aquamarine from the locality with a highly transprent top zone and attached smokey Quartz crystals. The bottom is also terminated and has a notch where it grew over a smokey Quartz crystal. Ex. Russell McFall, Tim Sherburn collections.


MK304 - Liroconite on Quartz $ 9800
Wheal Gorland, St Day, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
small cabinet - 6.2 x 5 x 4 cm


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Liroconite on Quartz from Wheal Gorland, St Day, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom [db_pics/pics/mk304a.jpg] Liroconite on Quartz from Wheal Gorland, St Day, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom [db_pics/pics/mk304b.jpg] Liroconite on Quartz from Wheal Gorland, St Day, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom [db_pics/pics/mk304c.jpg] Liroconite on Quartz from Wheal Gorland, St Day, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom [db_pics/pics/mk304d.jpg] Liroconite on Quartz from Wheal Gorland, St Day, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom [db_pics/pics/mk304e.jpg] Liroconite on Quartz from Wheal Gorland, St Day, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom [db_pics/pics/mk304f.jpg]

Good sized and exceptionally rich specimen of Lironconite and Quartz from Cornwall. The Lironconite is present on all sides and the color is outstanding, an intense teal blue. The crystals are good sized and reach up to 1cm wide. The last photo shows a 4cm terminated Quartz crystal with an isolated 9mm Lironconite attached (along with other Lironconite). An adventurous trimmer could likely turn this into 2-3 good specimens, including one with the terminated Quartz crystal, but I like it as is for it's richness and size. Liroconite is a rare copper species with the best specimens found at this mine, which is also the type locality for the species. Wheal Gorland began operation in 1792 and the best Liroconite specimens were found in the mid 1800s. The combination of rarity and beauty keep these in high demand and they are only rarely available for sale.


MK305 - Chambersite $ 225
Venice Salt Dome, Louisiana, USA
thumbnail - 0.65 x 0.65 x 0.65 cm


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Chambersite from Venice Salt Dome, Louisiana, USA [db_pics/pics/mk305a.jpg] Chambersite from Venice Salt Dome, Louisiana, USA [db_pics/pics/mk305b.jpg]

Complete and undamaged tetrahedron of Chambersite, a rare mineral found in salt formations in a small number of localities worldwide. Translucent 'Amethyst' purple in color with flat, truncated tips. There is a small natural notch in one side and has good luster. Collected by Fred Pough in 1970. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection. Comes with a small second  "bonus" crystal 0.25cm in size.


LV379 - Rhodochrosite $ 150
Manuelita Mine, Morococha District, Peru
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm


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Rhodochrosite from Manuelita Mine, Morococha District, Peru [db_pics/pics/LV379a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from Manuelita Mine, Morococha District, Peru [db_pics/pics/LV379b.jpg] Rhodochrosite from Manuelita Mine, Morococha District, Peru [db_pics/pics/LV379c.jpg]

Mounds of pink rhombohedral Rhodochrosite crystals from the Manuelita Mine in Peru.


LV370 - Chalcopyrite, Quartz, Sphalerite $ 200
Boldut Mine, Cavnic, Romania
small cabinet - 7.7 x 6.3 x 3 cm


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Chalcopyrite, Quartz, Sphalerite from Boldut Mine, Cavnic, Romania [db_pics/pics/LV370a.jpg] Chalcopyrite, Quartz, Sphalerite from Boldut Mine, Cavnic, Romania [db_pics/pics/LV370b.jpg] Chalcopyrite, Quartz, Sphalerite from Boldut Mine, Cavnic, Romania [db_pics/pics/LV370c.jpg] Chalcopyrite, Quartz, Sphalerite from Boldut Mine, Cavnic, Romania [db_pics/pics/LV370d.jpg] Chalcopyrite, Quartz, Sphalerite from Boldut Mine, Cavnic, Romania [db_pics/pics/LV370e.jpg]

Highly bright and showy Chalcopyrite crystals, lustrous Sphalerite, and needle Quartz crystals from Romania. The Chalcopyrite are golden with a slightly irridescent patina. There are good crystals on both sides, though the back is mostly covered by Quartz crystals


LV350 - Cassiterite on Muscovite $ 450
Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China
small cabinet - 9 x 6 x 2.5 cm


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Cassiterite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/LV350a.jpg] Cassiterite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/LV350b.jpg] Cassiterite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/LV350c.jpg] Cassiterite on Muscovite from Mt Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Prov., China [db_pics/pics/LV350d.jpg]

Highly lustrous crystals of twinned black Cassiterite on Muscovite. The crystals reach 1.5cm in size. The high luster of the Cassiterite contrasts nicely with the softer silvery blades of Muscovite. Undamaged.


LV383 - Rhodochrosite, Sphalerite, Pyrite $ 180
Pachapaqui Mining District, Ancash Dept., Peru
small cabinet - 8 x 7.5 x 5 cm


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Rhodochrosite, Sphalerite, Pyrite from Pachapaqui Mining District, Ancash Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/LV383a.jpg] Rhodochrosite, Sphalerite, Pyrite from Pachapaqui Mining District, Ancash Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/LV383b.jpg] Rhodochrosite, Sphalerite, Pyrite from Pachapaqui Mining District, Ancash Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/LV383c.jpg] Rhodochrosite, Sphalerite, Pyrite from Pachapaqui Mining District, Ancash Dept., Peru [db_pics/pics/LV383d.jpg]

Sparkling spherical Rhodochrosite crystal groups and Sphalerite on a Pyrite rich matrix. Ex. Neal Luppescu collection.


LV376 - Fluorite $ 125
Berbes, Asturias, Spain
miniature - 3.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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Fluorite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/LV376a.jpg] Fluorite from Berbes, Asturias, Spain [db_pics/pics/LV376b.jpg]

Translucent, deep purple cubic Fluorite crystals from Spain. There is slight phantoming and more blueish zones inside. Comes with an old Gene Meieran collection label.


LV363 - Strontianite $ 275
Meckley's Quarry, Mandata, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania, USA
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4 x 2.5 cm


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Strontianite from Meckley's Quarry, Mandata, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania, USA [db_pics/pics/LV363a.jpg] Strontianite from Meckley's Quarry, Mandata, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania, USA [db_pics/pics/LV363b.jpg] Strontianite from Meckley's Quarry, Mandata, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania, USA [db_pics/pics/LV363c.jpg]

Spherical crystal groups of Strontianite from the Meckley Limestone quarry in Pennsylvania. The crystal groups reach 1.4cm in diameter and there are also superb, gem-like transparent Calcite crystals in association.


LV146 - Pyrite $ 375
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca, Ancash, Peru
small cabinet - 6 x 5.5 x 5 cm


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Pyrite from Huanzala Mine, Huallanca, Ancash, Peru [db_pics/pics/LV146a.jpg] Pyrite from Huanzala Mine, Huallanca, Ancash, Peru [db_pics/pics/LV146b.jpg] Pyrite from Huanzala Mine, Huallanca, Ancash, Peru [db_pics/pics/LV146c.jpg] Pyrite from Huanzala Mine, Huallanca, Ancash, Peru [db_pics/pics/LV146d.jpg]

Gorgeous, highly lustrous octahedral Pyrite crystals from Peru. The main crystal on top is 4cm in size and there is flattened 'bar' like crystal crossing in front. An excellent example from this prolific locality in great condition.


LV378 - Siderite, Dolomite, Pyrrhotite $ 250
Morro Velho Gold Mine, Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 7 x 5 x 4 cm


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Siderite, Dolomite, Pyrrhotite from Morro Velho Gold Mine, Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LV378a.jpg] Siderite, Dolomite, Pyrrhotite from Morro Velho Gold Mine, Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LV378b.jpg] Siderite, Dolomite, Pyrrhotite from Morro Velho Gold Mine, Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/LV378c.jpg]

Crystals of translucent, lenticular Dolomite and tan colored Siderite all sprinkled with metallic crystals of Pyrrhotite. Ex. John Betts personal collection.


MK306 - Ludlamite $ 900
Cabeça do Cachorro claim, Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil
small cabinet - 9 x 7 x 2.5 cm


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Ludlamite from Cabeça do Cachorro claim, Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil [db_pics/pics/mk306a.jpg] Ludlamite from Cabeça do Cachorro claim, Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil [db_pics/pics/mk306b.jpg] Ludlamite from Cabeça do Cachorro claim, Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil [db_pics/pics/mk306c.jpg] Ludlamite from Cabeça do Cachorro claim, Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil [db_pics/pics/mk306d.jpg]

Impressive specimen of green Ludlamite crystals on matrix from a relatively new locality in northwestern Brazil. The crystals are bright and translucent and reach a large 2.3cm in size. Large, lustrous and gemmy crystals, magnificent for the species!
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