Selected Specimens

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C266 - Galena $ 150 (=~ CAN$ 193)
Krushev Dol Mine, Madan, Bulgaria
small cabinet - 6 x 6 x 3 cm


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Galena from Krushev Dol Mine, Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/c266a.jpg] Galena from Krushev Dol Mine, Madan, Bulgaria [db_pics/pics/c266b.jpg]

Mirror lustrous Galena crystals that contrast well against the white matrix. Highly aesthetic and undamaged.


C267 - Amazonite $ 500 (=~ CAN$ 642)
Minas Gerais, Brazil
cabinet - 13 x 10 x 7 cm


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Amazonite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c267a.jpg] Amazonite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c267b.jpg] Amazonite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c267c.jpg]

Large single Amazonite crystal with good color and remarkably good luster. Out of an old collection.


C271 - color change Dravite $ 250 (=~ CAN$ 321)
Nchongo, Umba Valley, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.6 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm


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color change Dravite from Nchongo, Umba Valley, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c271a.jpg] color change Dravite from Nchongo, Umba Valley, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c271b.jpg]

Single Dravite crystal exhibiting the 'Usambara effect' color change (named after nearby mountains). This is a different type of color change than the Alexandrite effect, where the color changes in different types of lighting. In this case, the Dravite crystal appears green in normal lighting, however when a single light source is transmitted through the crystal, at a certain thickness, a sudden color shift from green to red is observed, while less thick areas remain green. Well terminated, complete crystal. This is often demonstrated by taking thin slices of crystals. If, for instance, the critical thickness is 3mm, you can take two slices that are 2mm thick each, and each will appear to be green. If you overlap them slightly, creating a combined thick ness of 4mm the area that is overlapped will appear red. This crystal is dark but very transparent, gem quality. One chip on the termination.Transparent red with strong backlighting.


C274 - Axinite $ 350 (=~ CAN$ 450)
Pinos Altos, Baja Sur, Mexico
small cabinet - 6 x 5 x 5 cm


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Axinite from Pinos Altos, Baja Sur, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c274a.jpg] Axinite from Pinos Altos, Baja Sur, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c274b.jpg] Axinite from Pinos Altos, Baja Sur, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c274c.jpg] Axinite from Pinos Altos, Baja Sur, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c274d.jpg]

Purple Axinite crystals intergrown with transparent Calcite crystals from an obscure Baja locality. Fine quality mound of crystals that is very hard to find and a must for a Baja or Mexican collection.


C276 - Boleite $ 500 (=~ CAN$ 642)
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalia, Baja Sur, Mexico
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Boleite from Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalia, Baja Sur, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c276a.jpg] Boleite from Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalia, Baja Sur, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c276b.jpg] Boleite from Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalia, Baja Sur, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c276c.jpg] Boleite from Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalia, Baja Sur, Mexico [db_pics/pics/C276.mp4]

Cluster of Boleite cubes on matrix. Main crystal is a relatively large 1.1cm on the diagonal.


C278 - Calcite $ 280 (=~ CAN$ 360)
Zacatecas, Mexico
miniature - 5 x 3.5 x 3.3 cm


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Calcite from Zacatecas, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c278a.jpg] Calcite from Zacatecas, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c278b.jpg] Calcite from Zacatecas, Mexico [db_pics/pics/c278c.jpg]

Cluster of clear, transparent scalenohedral Calcite crystals, some with black inclusions. Bright and showy.


C282 - Ilmenite $ 400 (=~ CAN$ 514)
Kragero Ilmenite Mines, Kragero, Norway
miniature - 4.4 x 3 x 2.8 cm


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Ilmenite from Kragero Ilmenite Mines, Kragero, Norway [db_pics/pics/c282a.jpg] Ilmenite from Kragero Ilmenite Mines, Kragero, Norway [db_pics/pics/c282b.jpg] Ilmenite from Kragero Ilmenite Mines, Kragero, Norway [db_pics/pics/c282c.jpg]

Single Ilmenite crystal with a metallic grey/black color. Ex. Scott Williams with 2 old labels.


C284 - Cinnabar in Calcite $ 600 (=~ CAN$ 771)
Terlingua, Brewster Co., Texas, USA
thumbnail - 2.8 x 1.8 x 1.5 cm


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Cinnabar in Calcite from Terlingua, Brewster Co., Texas, USA [db_pics/pics/c284a.jpg] Cinnabar in Calcite from Terlingua, Brewster Co., Texas, USA [db_pics/pics/c284b.jpg] Cinnabar in Calcite from Terlingua, Brewster Co., Texas, USA [db_pics/pics/c284c.jpg]

Single yellow scalenohedral Calcite crystal with a sharp phantom of Cinnabar. This is a rare specimen from the old mercury mining district of Terlingua, located near the Mexican border. Cinnabar was discovered here in the 1880s, creating a temporary mining town, now nothing remains but a ghost town.


C286 - Diaspore $ 950 (=~ CAN$ 1221)
Aydun, Mugula, Turkey
miniature - 4 x 2.5 x 1.1 cm


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Diaspore from Aydun, Mugula, Turkey [db_pics/pics/c286a.jpg] Diaspore from Aydun, Mugula, Turkey [db_pics/pics/c286b.jpg] Diaspore from Aydun, Mugula, Turkey [db_pics/pics/c286c.jpg] Diaspore from Aydun, Mugula, Turkey [db_pics/pics/C286.mp4]

Bright and gemmy V-twin crystal of Diaspore. This is about as free of damage as they get, with both tips undamaged with natural tapering terminations or possibly with flat contact faces on parts. It's also very glassy and bright with lots of internal transparency.


C287 - Fluorite with Scheelite $ 350 (=~ CAN$ 450)
Quan Zhou, Fujian Prov., China
small cabinet - 6 x 5 x 4 cm


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Fluorite with Scheelite from Quan Zhou, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/c287a.jpg] Fluorite with Scheelite from Quan Zhou, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/c287b.jpg] Fluorite with Scheelite from Quan Zhou, Fujian Prov., China [db_pics/pics/c287c.jpg]

Deep purple Fluorite crystals to 2.8cm on matrix associated with Scheelite crystals and Calcite. The Scheelite crystals reach 1cm in size.


C295 - Stibnite $ 950 (=~ CAN$ 1221)
Ichinokawa Mine, Ehime Pref. Shikoku Island, Japan
small cabinet - 7.3 x 1.7 x 1 cm


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Stibnite from Ichinokawa Mine, Ehime Pref. Shikoku Island, Japan [db_pics/pics/c295a.jpg] Stibnite from Ichinokawa Mine, Ehime Pref. Shikoku Island, Japan [db_pics/pics/c295b.jpg] Stibnite from Ichinokawa Mine, Ehime Pref. Shikoku Island, Japan [db_pics/pics/c295c.jpg]

Terminated single Stibnite crystal from the classic Japanese locality. Fine quality undamaged crystal out of the Don Boydston collection.


C298 - Fluorite with Chalcopyrite $ 1500 (=~ CAN$ 1927) DISCOUNTED 50% OFF TO $ 750 (=~ CAN$ 964)
Annabel Lee Miine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
small cabinet - 8.9 x 7.5 x 7 cm


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Fluorite with Chalcopyrite from Annabel Lee Miine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/c298a.jpg] Fluorite with Chalcopyrite from Annabel Lee Miine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/c298b.jpg] Fluorite with Chalcopyrite from Annabel Lee Miine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/c298c.jpg] Fluorite with Chalcopyrite from Annabel Lee Miine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/c298d.jpg]

Translucent blue cubic Fluorite with color zoning. The back and sides have attached small crystals of Chalcopyrite.


C306 - Pyromorphite $ 850 (=~ CAN$ 1092)
Sherman Mine, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 3 x 3 cm


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Pyromorphite from Sherman Mine, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA [db_pics/pics/c306a.jpg] Pyromorphite from Sherman Mine, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA [db_pics/pics/c306b.jpg] Pyromorphite from Sherman Mine, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA [db_pics/pics/c306c.jpg]

Green Pyromorphite crystals on matrix from the Sherman Mine, a lesser known locality located fairly close to the Bunker Hill Mine in Idaho. Excellent coverage of good crystals on both sides of a small ridge of matrix. Old label shows a price of $950.


C309 - Kunzite $ 1000 (=~ CAN$ 1285)
Namascotcha Mine, Mutala, Alto Ligonha, Mozambique
small cabinet - 9 x 3.2 x 2.8 cm


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Kunzite from Namascotcha Mine, Mutala, Alto Ligonha, Mozambique [db_pics/pics/c309a.jpg] Kunzite from Namascotcha Mine, Mutala, Alto Ligonha, Mozambique [db_pics/pics/c309b.jpg] Kunzite from Namascotcha Mine, Mutala, Alto Ligonha, Mozambique [db_pics/pics/c309c.jpg]

Exquisite etched gem crystal of light yellow/pink Kunzite. Glassy luster with nice form and entirely gem facet grade inside. Come with old labels showing a price of $1350. Undamaged and very good crystal. This is one of the best Kunzites I have seen from this locality.


C313 - Aquamarine $ 2000 (=~ CAN$ 2570)
Padre Paraiso, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 7.3 x 3.5 x 2.7 cm


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Aquamarine from Padre Paraiso, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c313a.jpg] Aquamarine from Padre Paraiso, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c313b.jpg] Aquamarine from Padre Paraiso, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c313c.jpg] Aquamarine from Padre Paraiso, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c313d.jpg] Aquamarine from Padre Paraiso, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/C313.mp4]

Gorgeous and gemmy blue, blue/green aquamarine crystal with Muscovite attached to two sides. Undamaged with great glassy luster and highly transparent in the upper half. The prism faces have geometric growth features on the sides where the muscovite is present. The previous label shows a price of $3,800 - I got this in a 'fire sale' from a collector and am passing the savings on. Aside from some veils, the upper half is like transparent blue glass. Unfortunately the camera focuses right through the crystal to the back faces where the muscovite is present, making it look much worse in the photos as compared to when you hold it in your hand. Nicely beveled termination edges with a random, etched depression in one of the bevel faces.

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