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AB108 - Smithsonite $ 650
Broken Hill Mine, Kabwe, Zambia
miniature - 5 x 3.5 x 2.2 cm


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Smithsonite from Broken Hill Mine, Kabwe, Zambia [db_pics/pics/ab108a.jpg] Smithsonite from Broken Hill Mine, Kabwe, Zambia [db_pics/pics/ab108b.jpg] Smithsonite from Broken Hill Mine, Kabwe, Zambia [db_pics/pics/ab108c.jpg]

Two large, double-terminated Smithsonite crystals that display dramatically on matrix. This locality is not known for volumes of specimens but I have seen the occasional really interesting specimen from here over the years and this counts as one of them. The largest Smithsonite is 3.6cm wide and the specimen displays well from either side. There are unfortunately small cleaves on the tip of each crystal, but they don't ditract that much, especially when considering the rarity of the piece and the overall visual impact.


AB113 - Tanzanite $ 3000
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 4 x 2.2 x 0.7 cm


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Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ab113a.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ab113b.jpg] Tanzanite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/ab113c.jpg]

Stunning bi-color Tanzanite crystal of yellow over vivid purple/blue. This crystal has superb luster and unusually uniform shape, retaining an even 7mm thickness all the way from the base to the termination. There are two chips, including one on the back termination, but the sheer pizzaz and dramatic coloration greatly overcomes it, it's that pretty and unique. The best bi-color Tanzanite I've ever had. Weighs 13 grams.


K965 - Rhodochrosite $ 2400
N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
miniature - 3.8 x 3 x 2 cm


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Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/K965a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/K965b.jpg] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/K965c.jpg]

Crystals of translucent Rhodochroiste over a small bit of Manganite matrix. Undamaged.


K964 - Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz $ 1800
Hunan, China
cabinet - 15 x 8.5 x 4 cm


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Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964a.jpg] Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964b.jpg] Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964c.jpg] Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964d.jpg] Cassiterite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz from Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/K964e.jpg]

Old Chinese Fluorite specimen from about 20-30 years ago or more when Chinese minerals were first coming out and unfortunately no specific mine name was available. The association with Cassiterite and purple Apatite is unusual. The Fluorite forms somewhat globular crystals to 2.5cm in size and are transparent. The Cassiterite reach 1.5cm and are highly lustrous. Both species are well distributed on the matrix and are undamaged. On the lower right side there are 4 purple Apatite crystals to 8mm in size.


K941 - Brucite $ 300
Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan
cabinet - 10 x 5.5 x 4 cm


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Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/K941a.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/K941b.jpg] Brucite from Killa Saifullah, Balochistan, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/K941c.jpg]

Large, thick somewhat pinwheel formation of translucent yellow Brucite on a bit of matrix from recent finds in Pakistan. Undamaged and good from both sides, this is a very thick formation. The Brucite is well crystallized all around, characteristic of open pocket growth and not growth in tight, contacted seams as are most. An excellent example that is just plain more massive than most.


M204 - Smokey Quartz $ 95
Dogtooth Peak, Dinkey Lakes region, Fresno County, California, USA
miniature - 4 x 1.6 x 1.5 cm


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Smokey Quartz from Dogtooth Peak, Dinkey Lakes region, Fresno County, California, USA [db_pics/pics/M204a.jpg] Smokey Quartz from Dogtooth Peak, Dinkey Lakes region, Fresno County, California, USA [db_pics/pics/M204b.jpg] Smokey Quartz from Dogtooth Peak, Dinkey Lakes region, Fresno County, California, USA [db_pics/pics/M204c.jpg] Smokey Quartz from Dogtooth Peak, Dinkey Lakes region, Fresno County, California, USA [db_pics/pics/M204d.jpg]

Water-clear, complete and undamaged single smokey Quartz crystal from a classic California Quartz locality. Out of an old collection built in the 1970s-80s.


M317 - Pyrite over Chalcopyrite with Calcite $ 60
Otjihase Mine, near Windhoek, Namibia
thumbnail - 3 x 2 x 1.6 cm


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Pyrite over Chalcopyrite with Calcite from Otjihase Mine, near Windhoek, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M317a.jpg] Pyrite over Chalcopyrite with Calcite from Otjihase Mine, near Windhoek, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M317b.jpg] Pyrite over Chalcopyrite with Calcite from Otjihase Mine, near Windhoek, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M317c.jpg] Pyrite over Chalcopyrite with Calcite from Otjihase Mine, near Windhoek, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M317d.jpg] Pyrite over Chalcopyrite with Calcite from Otjihase Mine, near Windhoek, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M317e.jpg] Pyrite over Chalcopyrite with Calcite from Otjihase Mine, near Windhoek, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M317f.jpg]

Pair of connected spheres of Pyrite with attached Calcite crystals. The smaller sphere has one area broken revealing an inner core of Chalcopyrite, which likely comprised the interior of the other sphere as well. From an old Pyrite collection built in the 1970s-80s.


M265 - Pyrite $ 180
Butte, Montana, USA
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 1.8 cm


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Pyrite from Butte, Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/M265a.jpg] Pyrite from Butte, Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/M265b.jpg] Pyrite from Butte, Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/M265c.jpg] Pyrite from Butte, Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/M265d.jpg] Pyrite from Butte, Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/M265e.jpg]

Fine and unusual Pyrite with somewhat stepped, modified octahedral crystals forming a tringular, pyramid shaped specimen. Crystallzed all around and undamaged. From an old Pyrite collection built in the 1970s-80s.


M276 - Pyrite after Clam $ 150
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
miniature - 4.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm


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Pyrite after Clam from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/M276a.jpg] Pyrite after Clam from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/M276b.jpg] Pyrite after Clam from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/M276c.jpg] Pyrite after Clam from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/M276d.jpg] Pyrite after Clam from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/M276e.jpg] Pyrite after Clam from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/M276f.jpg]

Pyrite crystals that have replaced a fossil clam. Uniform shape and undamaged. Crystallized all around. From an old Pyrite collection built in the 1970s-80s.


M277 - Pyrite $ 150
Bleiberg, Calamine, Morrednet, Germany
small cabinet - 5.2 x 4 x 3 cm


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Pyrite from Bleiberg, Calamine, Morrednet, Germany [db_pics/pics/M277a.jpg] Pyrite from Bleiberg, Calamine, Morrednet, Germany [db_pics/pics/M277b.jpg] Pyrite from Bleiberg, Calamine, Morrednet, Germany [db_pics/pics/M277c.jpg] Pyrite from Bleiberg, Calamine, Morrednet, Germany [db_pics/pics/M277d.jpg]

Floater specimen of solid Pyrite crystallized all around. The top half shows large striated cube faces and the backside is a mixture of stepped faces and smaller crystals. From an old Pyrite collection built in the 1970s-80s.


M332 - Pyrite 'bar' $ 175
Buick Mine, Iron Co., Missouri, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Pyrite 'bar' from Buick Mine, Iron Co., Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/M332a.jpg] Pyrite 'bar' from Buick Mine, Iron Co., Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/M332b.jpg] Pyrite 'bar' from Buick Mine, Iron Co., Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/M332c.jpg] Pyrite 'bar' from Buick Mine, Iron Co., Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/M332d.jpg] Pyrite 'bar' from Buick Mine, Iron Co., Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/M332e.jpg] Pyrite 'bar' from Buick Mine, Iron Co., Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/M332f.jpg]

Classic Pyrite 'bar' from the famous Buick Mine in the Viburnum Trend of Missouri. Good ones like this came out decades ago and are now desireable and hard to find. From an old Pyrite collection built in the 1970s-80s.


M310 - Quartz on Amethyst $ 150
Mina Cata, Guanajuato, Mexico
miniature - 4.5 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm


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Quartz on Amethyst from Mina Cata, Guanajuato, Mexico [db_pics/pics/M310a.jpg] Quartz on Amethyst from Mina Cata, Guanajuato, Mexico [db_pics/pics/M310b.jpg] Quartz on Amethyst from Mina Cata, Guanajuato, Mexico [db_pics/pics/M310c.jpg] Quartz on Amethyst from Mina Cata, Guanajuato, Mexico [db_pics/pics/M310d.jpg]

Neat old specimen of an amethyst crystal with a white Quartz scepter head. Complete all around and has a small Quartz side crystal attached.


M316 - Hematite $ 180
Bouse, Plomosa Mining District, Plomosa Mts, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA
miniature - 3.8 x 2.5 x 1.3 cm


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Hematite from Bouse, Plomosa Mining District, Plomosa Mts, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M316a.jpg] Hematite from Bouse, Plomosa Mining District, Plomosa Mts, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M316b.jpg] Hematite from Bouse, Plomosa Mining District, Plomosa Mts, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M316c.jpg] Hematite from Bouse, Plomosa Mining District, Plomosa Mts, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M316.mp4]

Thick, tabular Hematite crystal group, well crystallized on both sides. An Arizona classic.


M313 - Galena $ 220
Freiberg, Saxony, Germany
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 2 cm


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Galena from Freiberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/M313a.jpg] Galena from Freiberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/M313b.jpg] Galena from Freiberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/M313c.jpg] Galena from Freiberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/M313d.jpg] Galena from Freiberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/M313e.jpg]

Cluster of lustrous cubes of Galena from the historic mines of Freiberg.


M296 - Descloizite $ 280
Berg Aukas, Grootfontein, Namibia
miniature - 3.8 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Descloizite from Berg Aukas, Grootfontein, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M296a.jpg] Descloizite from Berg Aukas, Grootfontein, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M296b.jpg] Descloizite from Berg Aukas, Grootfontein, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M296c.jpg] Descloizite from Berg Aukas, Grootfontein, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M296d.jpg] Descloizite from Berg Aukas, Grootfontein, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M296e.jpg]

Aesthetic cluster of translucent reddish brown Descloizite. Crystallized all around with no significant damage. From an old collection built in the 1970s and 80s. Was part of the collectors display and comes with a small display label, along with an old Harry Sering label. Both labels retain the pre-1990 country name of Southwest Africa.
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