Selected Specimens

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LV368 - Orthoclase $ 95
Anjanabononoia, Manapa pegmatite Field, Betafo, Madagascar
thumbnail - 1.3 x 1.3 x 1.2 cm


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Orthoclase from Anjanabononoia, Manapa pegmatite Field, Betafo, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/LV368a.jpg] Orthoclase from Anjanabononoia, Manapa pegmatite Field, Betafo, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/LV368b.jpg] Orthoclase from Anjanabononoia, Manapa pegmatite Field, Betafo, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/LV368c.jpg]

Gem quality Orthoclase (Feldspar), a rarity for the species. Colorless and totally transparent with good crystal faces.


MK500 - Amblygonite $ 280
Linopolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil
miniature - 5 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Amblygonite from Linopolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/mk500a.jpg] Amblygonite from Linopolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/mk500b.jpg] Amblygonite from Linopolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/mk500c.jpg] Amblygonite from Linopolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/mk500d.jpg]

Single large crystal of translucent to transparent yellow Amblygonite intergrown with white Albite. Amblygonite is a rare lithium-aluminum phosphate species that is not commonly seen in fine display quality crystals. This crystal is well crystallized on the front and sides and contacted on the backside. Translucent with transparent gem areas. The front face shows light striations and the sides are smooth with high glassy luster. Good yellow color on this one.


MK501 - Amethyst $ 180
Jackson's Crossroads, Wilkes Co., Georgia, USA
small cabinet - 5.7 x 5.3 x 3.2 cm


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Amethyst from Jackson's Crossroads, Wilkes Co., Georgia, USA [db_pics/pics/mk501a.jpg] Amethyst from Jackson's Crossroads, Wilkes Co., Georgia, USA [db_pics/pics/mk501b.jpg]

Cluster of glassy purple Amethyst crystals from Jackson's Crossroads. There is a doubly-terminated crystal group crossing in front with other Amethyst crystals pointing up behind it.


MK502 - Mimetite with Malachite $ 200
Tsumeb, Namibia
cabinet - 12 x 9 x 5.5 cm


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Mimetite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mk502a.jpg] Mimetite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mk502b.jpg] Mimetite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mk502c.jpg] Mimetite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/mk502d.jpg]

Large rock matrix covered by tiny clear Calcite crystals which are in turn sprinkled with small green Malachite spheres and starburst clusters of yellow Mimetite. Good coverage on both sides.


MK503 - Liroconite $ 1250
Wheal Gorland, St Day, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
miniature - 3.7 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm


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Liroconite from Wheal Gorland, St Day, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom [db_pics/pics/mk503a.jpg] Liroconite from Wheal Gorland, St Day, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom [db_pics/pics/mk503b.jpg] Liroconite from Wheal Gorland, St Day, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom [db_pics/pics/mk503c.jpg] Liroconite from Wheal Gorland, St Day, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom [db_pics/pics/mk503d.jpg]

Translucent blue crystals of Liroconite on matrix with crystals to 8mm in size. There are more small areas of crystals on the sides too. 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. There are some dinged crystals but rare with good color.


MK504 - Calcite with Apophyllite $ 300
Pashan Hills, Pune District, Maharashtra, India
small cabinet - 7 x 5 x 4.5 cm


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Calcite with Apophyllite from Pashan Hills, Pune District, Maharashtra, India [db_pics/pics/mk504a.jpg] Calcite with Apophyllite from Pashan Hills, Pune District, Maharashtra, India [db_pics/pics/mk504b.jpg] Calcite with Apophyllite from Pashan Hills, Pune District, Maharashtra, India [db_pics/pics/mk504c.jpg] Calcite with Apophyllite from Pashan Hills, Pune District, Maharashtra, India [db_pics/pics/mk504d.jpg]

A GEM yellow Calcite crystal dramtically perched atop a central mound of Apophyllite crystals. There are Apophyllite crystals on the Calcite too, along with a second smaller Calcite. Showy, undamaged specimen and much better than photos which don't capture the dazzling transparency and brightness. Ex. Bert Ottens, Terry Huizing collections with each of their collection labels.


MK508 - Benitoite, Joaquinite $ 240
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
miniature - 5 x 3 x 2.3 cm


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Benitoite, Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk508a.jpg] Benitoite, Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk508b.jpg] Benitoite, Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk508c.jpg]

A 1.4cm intergrown pair of Benitoite crystals on matrix. The Benitoite have high luster which is uncommon. There are also small brown Joaquinite crystals on the matrix.


MK509 - Benitoite, Joaquinite $ 240
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
miniature - 5 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm


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Benitoite, Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk509a.jpg] Benitoite, Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk509b.jpg] Benitoite, Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk509c.jpg]

Benitoite crystals to 1.1 cm on matrix. The Benitoite (6 total) are the glassy tabular style of crystals.


MK510 - Benitoite, Joaquinite $ 450
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


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Benitoite, Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk510a.jpg] Benitoite, Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk510b.jpg] Benitoite, Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk510c.jpg] Benitoite, Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mk510d.jpg]

Benitoite crystals to 9mm on matrix. The Benitoite (7 total) are the glassy tabular style of crystals.


MK524 - Hematite with Quartz $ 500
Veta Grande, Quartzite, Dome Rock Mtns., La Paz Co., Arizona, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 cm


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Hematite with Quartz from Veta Grande, Quartzite, Dome Rock Mtns., La Paz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/mk524a.jpg] Hematite with Quartz from Veta Grande, Quartzite, Dome Rock Mtns., La Paz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/mk524b.jpg] Hematite with Quartz from Veta Grande, Quartzite, Dome Rock Mtns., La Paz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/mk524c.jpg] Hematite with Quartz from Veta Grande, Quartzite, Dome Rock Mtns., La Paz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/mk524d.jpg]

Brilliant black Hematite crystals with Quartz crystals from the well known Veta Grande claim near Quartzite, Arizona. The hematite crystals reach 1.4cm in size. There are 3 main crystals with other smaller crystals present.


MK525 - Fluorite $ 275
Shangbao Mine, Hunan, China
small cabinet - 6 x 4 x 2 cm


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Fluorite from Shangbao Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/mk525a.jpg] Fluorite from Shangbao Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/mk525b.jpg] Fluorite from Shangbao Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/mk525c.jpg]

Transparent purple Fluorite from the Shangbao Mine in China. The specimen is composed of a thin matrix with Fluorite crystals on both sides. The Fluorite have the high quality and bevelled edges typical of this mine.


MK526 - Sylvanite $ 225
Cripple Creek, Teller Co., Colorado, USA
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4 x 3 cm


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Sylvanite from Cripple Creek, Teller Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/mk526a.jpg] Sylvanite from Cripple Creek, Teller Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/mk526b.jpg] Sylvanite from Cripple Creek, Teller Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/mk526c.jpg]

Silvery metallic Sylvanite on matrix. Main area of Sylvanite is 2.5cm long. Sylvanite is a rare Silver and Gold Telluride mineral.


MK527 - Shattuckite with Chrysocolla $ 350
Rancho Jacalito, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
cabinet - 14 x 9 x 6 cm


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Shattuckite with Chrysocolla from Rancho Jacalito, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mk527a.jpg] Shattuckite with Chrysocolla from Rancho Jacalito, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mk527b.jpg] Shattuckite with Chrysocolla from Rancho Jacalito, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mk527c.jpg]

Large specimen of deep blue Shattuckite and blue/green Chrysocolla from a recently discovered deposit located about 20 kilometers east of the Milpillas Mine. Loaded with Shattuckite on all sides and forming spherical clusters in areas. This is the largest, best one of these I've had. This find is only a few years old and it's unclear if more will be found. So far Shattuckite, Plancheite, Ajoite, Dioptase, Conichalcite and Chrysocolla are known from here - there may be additional species present too that will be identified once the deposit is studied further.


MK528 - Ilvaite $ 1200
No. 1 Mine, Huanggang deposit, Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, China
cabinet - 10 x 3.5 x 3 cm


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Ilvaite from No. 1 Mine, Huanggang deposit, Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/mk528a.jpg] Ilvaite from No. 1 Mine, Huanggang deposit, Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/mk528b.jpg] Ilvaite from No. 1 Mine, Huanggang deposit, Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/mk528c.jpg] Ilvaite from No. 1 Mine, Huanggang deposit, Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/mk528d.jpg]

Large, doubly-terminated single Ilvaite crystal from China. A very large example, complete all around and in near pristine condition. Glossy luster and excellent as is, but has never been cleaned and could be improved if desired.


MK529 - Azurite $ 350
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
small cabinet - 7.5 x 6 x 1.8 cm


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Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mk529a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mk529b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mk529c.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/mk529d.jpg]

Deep blue crystals of Azurite on white matrix from the Milpillas Mine. This is the highly translucent 'Gem' Azurite sometimes found at this mine. The main crystal is doubly-terminated and 2.2cm long.
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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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