Selected Specimens

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CT322 - Rutile $ 350
Champion Mine, Mono Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2 x 1.5 x 1.4 cm


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Rutile from Champion Mine, Mono Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT322a.jpg] Rutile from Champion Mine, Mono Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT322b.jpg] Rutile from Champion Mine, Mono Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT322c.jpg] Rutile from Champion Mine, Mono Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT322d.jpg]

Fabulous V-twin crystal of Rutile from the Champion Mine. This is the best V-twin I can recall ever seeing from this locality. There are 6 pages of photos of Rutile fromt his locality on Mindat, and none show better twin formation than this. Complete all around with an area of contact on the back, with high luster. Ex. Chuck Trantham personal collection.


CT634 - Cassiterite $ 125
Viloco Mine, Bolivia
thumbnail - 3 x 2.7 x 1.6 cm


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Cassiterite from Viloco Mine, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/CT634a.jpg] Cassiterite from Viloco Mine, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/CT634b.jpg] Cassiterite from Viloco Mine, Bolivia [db_pics/pics/CT634c.jpg]

Large single Cassiterite crystal showing areas of transparency. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT645 - Fluorite $ 650
Minerva Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
cabinet - 13.5 x 10 x 3.5 cm


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Fluorite from Minerva Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/CT645a.jpg] Fluorite from Minerva Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/CT645b.jpg] Fluorite from Minerva Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/CT645c.jpg]

Large cluster of transparent to translucent Fluorite cubes from the Minerva Mine. The Fluorite is yellow with thin outer layers of purple and has both attached and included crystals of Chalcopyrite. Clean and in excellent condition with small crystals on the backside too.


D555 - Tsavorite $ 120
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.4 x 1 x 0.7 cm


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Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D555a.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D555b.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D555c.jpg] Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D555d.jpg]

Gemmy single Tsavorite (Grossular) crystal with Graphite. Excellent color and undamaged.


D580 - Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite $ 300
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
miniature - 3.5 x 3.3 x 2.4 cm


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Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D580a.jpg] Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D580b.jpg] Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D580d.jpg] Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D580e.jpg] Tsavorite, Graphite, Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/D580f.jpg]

Classic Merelani combination of elongated Tsavorite (Grossular) crystals, white Calcite, Diopside, Pyrite and well formed Graphite crystals. Excellent display and study piece for the locality.


D489 - Torbernite $ 120
Unknown
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 2.5 cm


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Torbernite from Unknown [db_pics/pics/D489a.jpg] Torbernite from Unknown [db_pics/pics/D489b.jpg] Torbernite from Unknown [db_pics/pics/D489c.jpg]

Platy green crystals of Torbernite on matrix. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection without any labels.


D720 - Copper $ 475
Hekla Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 6.5 x 3.6 cm


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Copper from Hekla Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/D720a.jpg] Copper from Hekla Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/D720b.jpg] Copper from Hekla Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/D720c.jpg] Copper from Hekla Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/D720d.jpg] Copper from Hekla Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/pics/D720e.jpg]

Well crystallized Copper specimen with a grouping of good crystals rising up off larger, thick crystals at the base.


CT656 - Heulandite with Mordenite $ 150
Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 4.2 x 3 x 2.2 cm


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Heulandite with Mordenite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT656a.jpg] Heulandite with Mordenite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT656b.jpg] Heulandite with Mordenite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT656d.jpg]

Bi-colored Heulandite crystal with Mordenite. A fine quality double-terminated Heulandite 2cm wide. Hard to find old specimen from Chuck Trantham personal collection.


CT658 - Heulandite with Mordenite, Calcite $ 150
Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 3.5 x 3 x 2 cm


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Heulandite with Mordenite, Calcite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT658a.jpg] Heulandite with Mordenite, Calcite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT658b.jpg] Heulandite with Mordenite, Calcite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT658c.jpg] Heulandite with Mordenite, Calcite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT658e.jpg]

Bi-colored Heulandite crystal with Mordenite and Calcite crystals. A fine quality double-terminated Heulandite 2.2cm wide. Hard to find old specimen from Chuck Trantham personal collection.


CT650 - Liddicoatite $ 1800
Anjanabonoina, Madagascar
cabinet - 12.2 x 9 x 0.4 cm


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Liddicoatite from Anjanabonoina, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/CT650a.jpg] Liddicoatite from Anjanabonoina, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/CT650b.jpg] Liddicoatite from Anjanabonoina, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/CT650c.jpg]

Cut and polished slice of Liddicoatite (a species of Tourmaline) from old finds in Madagascar. Cut parallel to the C-axis, the slice reveals the colorful interior of what would have appeared to otherwise be a dark crystal. Triangular color zoning of greens, blues, and purple. Well polished on both sides, weighs 87.09 grams.


CT657 - Thomasite $ 120
Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 2.5 x 2 x 1.7 cm


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Thomasite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT657a.jpg] Thomasite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT657b.jpg] Thomasite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT657c.jpg] Thomasite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT657d.jpg]

Cluster of pink Thomasite from an obscure Russian locality. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection acquired by Chuck in 1992.


CT659 - Thomasite $ 120
Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 3.2 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm


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Thomasite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT659a.jpg] Thomasite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT659b.jpg] Thomasite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT659c.jpg] Thomasite from Amudika River, near Mirny, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/CT659d.jpg]

Cluster of pink Thomasite from an obscure Russian locality. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection acquired by Chuck in 1992.


CT682 - Tetrahedrite $ 1200
Peru
miniature - 4.5 x 3.5 x 3 cm


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Tetrahedrite from Peru [db_pics/pics/CT682a.jpg] Tetrahedrite from Peru [db_pics/pics/CT682b.jpg] Tetrahedrite from Peru [db_pics/pics/CT682c.jpg] Tetrahedrite from Peru [db_pics/pics/CT682d.jpg] Tetrahedrite from Peru [db_pics/pics/CT682e.jpg]

Large single Tetrahedrite, 3.5cm with some smaller attached crystals. Excellent size and undamaged with a slight coating of Chalcopyrite in areas. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


CT652 - Azurite (gem) $ 2000
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
miniature - 3.3 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Azurite (gem) from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT652b.jpg] Azurite (gem) from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT652c.jpg] Azurite (gem) from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT652e.jpg] Azurite (gem) from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/CT652f.jpg]

The Milpillas Mine is well know as one of the most prolific Azurite specimen mines ever, and is now closed. This specimen is one of the rarer styles from the mine - flat, tabular and transparent enough to facet into a gemstone. from what is known as the 'Gem Pocket'  (or 'Jewel Pocket') from the 1100 level of the mine. The main crystal is 3cm wide but I also love the transparency of the smaller crystals jutting out from the base. Ex. Jon Sigerman.


CT664 - Smithsonite after Dolomite $ 125
Philadelpia Mine, Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA
miniature - 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm


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Smithsonite after Dolomite from Philadelpia Mine, Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT664a.jpg] Smithsonite after Dolomite from Philadelpia Mine, Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT664b.jpg] Smithsonite after Dolomite from Philadelpia Mine, Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT664c.jpg] Smithsonite after Dolomite from Philadelpia Mine, Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT664d.jpg] Smithsonite after Dolomite from Philadelpia Mine, Rush, Marion Co., Arkansas, USA [db_pics/pics/CT664e.jpg]

Bright yellow crystals of Smithsonite replacing Dolomite, with the curving form of the former Dolomite crystal clearly evident. The bright color is caused by inclusions of Greenockite. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection acquired by Chuck in 1992.

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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

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