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M483 - Copper $ 450
Ajo, Pima Co., Arizona, USA
cabinet - 13 x 8 x 3.5 cm


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Copper from Ajo, Pima Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M483a.jpg] Copper from Ajo, Pima Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M483b.jpg] Copper from Ajo, Pima Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M483c.jpg] Copper from Ajo, Pima Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M483d.jpg] Copper from Ajo, Pima Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M483e.jpg] Copper from Ajo, Pima Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M483f.jpg]

Large, heavy mass of Copper crystals. Individual crystals reach 1.5cm in size.


M761 - Prehnite after Anhydrite $ 240
Prospect Park Quarry, Prospect Park, Passaic Co., New Jersey, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 6 x 2.5 cm


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Prehnite after Anhydrite from Prospect Park Quarry, Prospect Park, Passaic Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/M761a.jpg] Prehnite after Anhydrite from Prospect Park Quarry, Prospect Park, Passaic Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/M761b.jpg] Prehnite after Anhydrite from Prospect Park Quarry, Prospect Park, Passaic Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/M761c.jpg] Prehnite after Anhydrite from Prospect Park Quarry, Prospect Park, Passaic Co., New Jersey, USA [db_pics/pics/M761e.jpg]

Translucent apple green Prehnite cast that formed over a flat, tabular Anhydrite that then dissolved away leaving this hollow cast. Botryoidal, translucent Prehnite forms over the front and back with the shape of the former Anhyrite easily seen when looking up from the opening in the bottom. A wonderful example from long ago, and not as jumbled as some larger pieces are - this is a nice distinct cast of a single large crystal.


M598 - Rhodochrosite with Fluorite $ 600
Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan Co. Colorado, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 6 x 4.5 cm


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Rhodochrosite with Fluorite from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan Co. Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M598a.jpg] Rhodochrosite with Fluorite from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan Co. Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M598b.jpg] Rhodochrosite with Fluorite from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan Co. Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M598c.jpg] Rhodochrosite with Fluorite from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan Co. Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/M598d.jpg]

Pale blueish green Fluorite crystals with pink Rhodochrosite from a classic Colorado locality, on a Quartz and sulfide rich matrix.


M511 - Copper $ 400
Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA
cabinet - 15 x 9 x 7.5 cm


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Copper from Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/M511a.jpg] Copper from Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/M511b.jpg] Copper from Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/M511c.jpg] Copper from Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/M511d.jpg] Copper from Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/M511e.jpg]

Large hackly mass of Copper from the famous Copper mining area of Michigan. Weighs about 2.5 pounds. The nice thing about this piece, besides it's size, is that alot of the weight is towards the bottom and it stands up on it's own perfectly for display and is very stable.


M832 - Chalcoalumite $ 220
Grandview Mine, Grand Canyon, Coconino Co., Arizona, USA
miniature - 5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


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Chalcoalumite from Grandview Mine, Grand Canyon, Coconino Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M832a.jpg] Chalcoalumite from Grandview Mine, Grand Canyon, Coconino Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M832b.jpg] Chalcoalumite from Grandview Mine, Grand Canyon, Coconino Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M832c.jpg] Chalcoalumite from Grandview Mine, Grand Canyon, Coconino Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M832d.jpg]

Bright Robin's egg blue Chalcoalumite covering matrix. These specimens are very hard to come by now as the locality is now part of a national park. This old copper mine began operation in 1892, stopped operation around 1907, and became a part of the national park in 1940. The specimen is likely over 100 years old! From an old collection and comes mounted in a plastic box.


M862 - Ilvaite $ 350
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M862a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M862b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M862c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M862d.jpg]

Cluster of thick, glossy black Ilvaite crystals with a few small green Quartz crystals attached. Complete all around.


M870 - Ilvaite $ 350
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 3.5 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M870a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M870b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M870c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M870d.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M870e.jpg]

Cluster of thick, glossy black Ilvaite crystals with typical chisel-shaped termination. There are a few small green Quartz crystals and Hedenbergite attached. Complete all around.


M872 - Ilvaite $ 650
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
small cabinet - 6 x 5 x 4.5 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872c.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872d.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M872e.jpg]

Cluster of thick, glossy black Ilvaite crystals with wide chisel-shaped terminations. Complete all around.


M888 - Ilvaite $ 180
Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
miniature - 4.5 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm


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Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888a.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888b.jpg] Ilvaite from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China [db_pics/pics/M888c.jpg]

Thick, glossy single black Ilvaite crystal with typical chisel-shaped termination. There is a small area of Quartz in one termination face that has caused an indentation in the face. I'm not sure if it natural growth or damage as the Quartz itself is fully crystallized. Complete all around. Good large, thick crystal.


M906 - Chrysoberyl $ 225
Minas Gerais, Brazil
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.1 x 1 cm


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Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906a.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906b.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906c.jpg] Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/M906d.jpg]

Small sixling twin of Chrysoberyl. Although the top two are larger, all six 'legs' are present. Transluscent and undamaged.


M901 - Aquamarine $ 450
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan
miniature - 4 x 2.7 x 2.5 cm


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Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901a.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901b.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901c.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901d.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901e.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M901.mp4]

Terminated single Aquamarine crystal with attached Muscovite and Albite. Glassy luster and gemmy with very slight surface etching. I found one tiny, trivial nick, otherwise complete all around and undamaged.


M913 - Tourmaline $ 2000
Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan
small cabinet - 5.5 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm


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Tourmaline from Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/M913a.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/M913b.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/M913c.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/M913d.jpg] Tourmaline from Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan, Afghanistan [db_pics/pics/M913e.jpg]

Highly aesthetic cluster of 4 intergrown Tourmaline crystals with alternating colors of green and red. Interestingly, the taller crystals have more typical terminations and the shortest crystals has a more flat termination face. Undamaged.


M916 - Aquamarine $ 450
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan
miniature - 4.7 x 3.5 x 2 cm


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Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916a.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916b.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916c.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916d.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916e.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916f.jpg]

Gemmy Aquamarine crystals intergrown with Quartz and Albite a a few black tourmaline inclusions. This is an undamaged floater fully crystallized all around.


M914 - Topaz $ 650
Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan
miniature - 5 x 3.3 x 2.2 cm


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Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914a.jpg] Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914b.jpg] Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914c.jpg] Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914d.jpg] Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914e.jpg]

Double-terminated gem Topaz crystal with attached Quartz and Albite. Transparent and undamaged.


M921 - Spessartine, Apatite $ 625
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921a.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921b.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921c.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921d.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921e.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921f.jpg]

Red Spessartine either grown over or replacing a pink Apatite crystal. The garnets come together around the Apatite and retain the general form of the Apatite, with natural gaps between the garnets evidenced by etched faces in the walls of the gaps. These are certainly unusual and uncommon specimens, and I've only had 2 before. A flaoter fully crystallized all around, with attached mica.
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37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48
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

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