Selected Specimens

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LL855 - Azurite $ 1800
Tsumeb, Namibia
miniature - 4 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL855a.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL855b.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL855d.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL855e.jpg] Azurite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL855f.jpg]

Large blocky single Azurite crystal with large, flat, lustrous faces. All faces are present (front, back, left, right, top, and bottom), each with varying amounts of attached reddish rock matrix. Nearly pristine with some edge chipping, a shockingly amazing big blocky crystal.


LL809 - Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) $ 650
Tsumeb, Namibia
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1.4 x 1.2 cm


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Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL809a.jpg] Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL809b.jpg] Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL809c.jpg] Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL809d.jpg]

Cluster of deep green Zincolivenite crystals (formerly known as Cuprian Adamite) that radiate outward from a small amount of matrix presenting lustrous faces all over.


LL915 - Malachite on Cerussite $ 2500
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 6 x 3.5 x 3 cm


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Malachite on Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL915a.jpg] Malachite on Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL915b.jpg] Malachite on Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL915c.jpg] Malachite on Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL915d.jpg] Malachite on Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL915e.jpg] Malachite on Cerussite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL915f.jpg]

Glassy star-shaped Cerussite crystal with an uncommon association of spheres of Malachite and lighter green Duftite. This is a highly showy specimen in pristine condition. All 'rays' of the 'star' are terminated, and there is surprsing no chipping or damage for such an old specimen of a brittle spieces.


LL24 - Mottramite on Calcite $ 950
Tsumeb, Namibia
cabinet - 9.5 x 5 x 5 cm


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Mottramite on Calcite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL24a.jpg] Mottramite on Calcite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL24b.jpg] Mottramite on Calcite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL24c.jpg] Mottramite on Calcite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL24d.jpg] Mottramite on Calcite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL24e.jpg]

Large rhombic Calcite crystals comepletely coated by thick, large crystals of dark green Mottramite intergrown with a second generation of lenitcular Calcite crystals. Clean and undamaged, an excellent Mottramite specimen.


LL25 - Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) on Quartz $ 1800
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 8.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm


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Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) on Quartz from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL25a.jpg] Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) on Quartz from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL25b.jpg] Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) on Quartz from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL25c.jpg] Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) on Quartz from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL25d.jpg] Zincolivenite (Cuprian Adamite) on Quartz from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL25e.jpg]

Good sized specimen covered on all sides by green Zincolivenite crystals (formerly known as Cuprian Adamite). Hundreds of crystals on this this one, the richest example I've ever had. Individual crystals reach 6mm and there are also fingers of dark green Mottramite in various areas. An amazing specimen.


LL919 - Pyromorphite $ 2000
Kintore Open Cut, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia
small cabinet - 6 x 5 x 4.5 cm


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Pyromorphite from Kintore Open Cut, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL919a.jpg] Pyromorphite from Kintore Open Cut, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL919b.jpg] Pyromorphite from Kintore Open Cut, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL919c.jpg] Pyromorphite from Kintore Open Cut, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL919f.jpg]

Cluster of large, translucent brown Pyromorphite crystals rising up off a small amount of matrix. Individual crystals reach 3cm in size. This is a good Pyromorphite from anywhere, and an exceptional piece from Broken Hill. Comes with an old Al Ordway label.


LL920 - Linarite, Caledonite $ 800
Reward Mine, Inyo Co., California, USA
cabinet - 10.5 x 8 x 5 cm


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Linarite, Caledonite from Reward Mine, Inyo Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL920a.jpg] Linarite, Caledonite from Reward Mine, Inyo Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL920b.jpg] Linarite, Caledonite from Reward Mine, Inyo Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL920c.jpg] Linarite, Caledonite from Reward Mine, Inyo Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL920d.jpg] Linarite, Caledonite from Reward Mine, Inyo Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL920e.jpg]

Brilliant deep blue bladed crystals of Linarite and areas of blue/green Caledonite on multiple faces of this large specimen. The Reward Mine is former Gold and Silver mine located in the Inyo Mountains at an elevation of 4,500 feet and is well known for it's Linarite and Caledonite specimens. This one is also a historic specimen, an ex. John Sinkankas specimen with 'JS/LN1' painted on the back.


LL691 - Veszelyite $ 350
Dongchuan, Kunming, Yunnan, China
miniature - 5 x 4 x 2.8 cm


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Veszelyite from Dongchuan, Kunming, Yunnan, China [db_pics/pics/LL691a.jpg] Veszelyite from Dongchuan, Kunming, Yunnan, China [db_pics/pics/LL691b.jpg] Veszelyite from Dongchuan, Kunming, Yunnan, China [db_pics/pics/LL691c.jpg]

A 9mm cluster of blue Veszelyite crystals on matrix. This is from a new find made in July 2020 at an old Zinc mine located about about 400 kilometers away from previous Veszelyite finds made at the Laochang Mine (also in Yunnan Prov.). Veszelyite from ANYWHERE are rare and desireable, and these new specimens have an added bonus of sometimes forming fan-shaped clusters such as this one. The cluster is well isolated, complete and undamaged all around.


LL929 - Amethyst var. Grape Agate $ 180
Mamuju, Sulawesi, Indonesia
miniature - 4 x 3 x 2 cm


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Amethyst var. Grape Agate from Mamuju, Sulawesi, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/LL929a.jpg] Amethyst var. Grape Agate from Mamuju, Sulawesi, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/LL929b.jpg] Amethyst var. Grape Agate from Mamuju, Sulawesi, Indonesia [db_pics/pics/LL929c.jpg]

Cluster of interconnected spheres of purple Quartz var. Amethyst known as Grape Agate. Good spheres all around, and it has the sparkling luster characteristic of the best of these. These is a fantastic example of larger sized spheres interconnected with no damage (just a few flat areas where other spheres were located), a floater. An uncommonly good, sculptural example of this find.


LL889 - Gahnite rough and cut set $ 280
Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria
thumbnail - 0.6 x 0.6 x 0.5 cm


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Gahnite rough and cut set from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL889a.jpg] Gahnite rough and cut set from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL889b.jpg] Gahnite rough and cut set from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL889c.jpg] Gahnite rough and cut set from Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria [db_pics/pics/LL889d.jpg]

Rough and cut set of transparent blue Gahnite. Gahnite is the zinc rich end member and one of the rarer species in the Spinel group of minerals. The crystal is a complete octahedron with one tiny chip on one tip, otherwise perfect and translucent to transparent internally. The gemstone is a round just over 3mm wide. These were first discovered in 2001 and are found mostly of industrial quality. Though they don't get very large, the color is spectacular. The GIA has written a nice article about these crystals published in Gems & Gemology, Fall 2019, Vol. 55, No. 3.


LL972 - Azurite $ 500
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
miniature - 4.4 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm


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Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL972a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL972b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL972c.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL972d.jpg]

A group of interconnected Azurite crystals with little stringers of 'spider-web' Malachite attached to the backside. Floater cluster composed of double-terminated crystals. Great, characteristic specimen from the watercourse pocket. Undamaged with highly lustrous crystals all over - nothing but great crystals!


LL962 - Azurite $ 200
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.7 x 1.5 cm


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Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL962a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL962b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL962c.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL962e.jpg]

A group of interconnected Azurite crystals with little stringers of 'spider-web' Malachite attached to the backside. Near floater cluster with a tiny point of contact on the bottom where it was attached to the pocket wall. Great, characteristic specimen from the watercourse pocket. Undamaged with highly lustrous crystals to 1.6cm - nothing but great crystals!


LL963 - Azurite $ 175
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
miniature - 3.4 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL963a.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL963b.jpg] Azurite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL963c.jpg]

A group of interconnected Azurite crystals that are partially pseudomorphed to Malachite from the inside out (you can see the green cores on a couple incomplete crystals on the edges). This give the crystal an amazing 'electric' blue coloration.


ST105 - Dioptase on Chrysocolla $ 450
Ray Mine, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA
small cabinet - 8.5 x 5.5 x 3 cm


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Dioptase on Chrysocolla from Ray Mine, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/ST105a.jpg] Dioptase on Chrysocolla from Ray Mine, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/ST105b.jpg] Dioptase on Chrysocolla from Ray Mine, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/ST105c.jpg] Dioptase on Chrysocolla from Ray Mine, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/ST105d.jpg]

Colorful specimen of rounded masses covered by drusy Dioptase over translucent Chrysocolla atop a dark black matrix. Old Arizona classic that is now hard to come by. Pristine.


ST106 - Azurite $ 450
Touissit Mine, Morocco
small cabinet - 6.5 x 3 x 2 cm


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Azurite from Touissit Mine, Morocco [db_pics/pics/ST106a.jpg] Azurite from Touissit Mine, Morocco [db_pics/pics/ST106c.jpg] Azurite from Touissit Mine, Morocco [db_pics/pics/ST106e.jpg] Azurite from Touissit Mine, Morocco [db_pics/pics/ST106f.jpg] Azurite from Touissit Mine, Morocco [db_pics/pics/ST106g.jpg]

Bladed groups of long Azurite crystals. Well crystallized all around and pristine. Some areas show etching.
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25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
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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