Selected Specimens

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LL252 - Almandine $ 75
Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 4 x 3.5 cm


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Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL252a.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL252b.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL252c.jpg] Almandine from Garnet Hill, Ely, White Pine Co., Nevada, USA [db_pics/pics/LL252d.jpg]

A 1.5cm red Almandine crystal in Rhyolite.


CT708 - Stilbite on Mordenite $ 120
Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA
miniature - 4 x 3.5 x 2 cm


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Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708a.jpg] Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708b.jpg] Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708c.jpg] Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708d.jpg] Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708e.jpg] Stilbite on Mordenite from Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [db_pics/pics/CT708f.jpg]

Tall, snow-white crystals of Stilbite with Mordenite, complete and well crystallized all around. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection, self collected by Chuck decades ago during his time working as a geologist during construction of the dam.


CT743 - Sand Calcite $ 125
Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 8 x 4 cm


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Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743a.jpg] Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743b.jpg] Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743c.jpg] Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743d.jpg] Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743e.jpg] Sand Calcite from Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/CT743.mp4]

Criss-crossing Calcite crystals with inclusions of sand. The crossing crystal is 8cm and double terminated. These are unusual, USA classics collected decades ago and the locality is now closed to collecting. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL379 - Tantalite $ 120
Colorado, USA
thumbnail - 2 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm


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Tantalite from Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL379a.jpg] Tantalite from Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL379b.jpg] Tantalite from Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL379c.jpg] Tantalite from Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/LL379d.jpg]

Pair of intergrown, black Tantalite crystals from Colorado. Ex. Chuck Trantham collection.


LL400 - Pargasite with Spinel $ 950
Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 6 x 3 cm


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Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400a.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400b.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400c.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400d.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400f.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400g.jpg] Pargasite with Spinel from Twin Lakes Limestone deposit, Lower Twin Lake, Twin Lakes, Fresno Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL400.mp4]

Large translucent brown Pargasite crystals associated with blue Spinel. A superb California specimen, it was the best Pargasite (that I saw) from the Chuck Trantham collection, and there is nothing comparable to it on Mindat. The Pargasites are well formed and reach 2.1cm in size, with a band of blue Spinel (including crystals to 4mm) along the bottom, adding good color contrast. Chuck valued this at $750 back in 1983, significantly more than others in his collection that I saw, indicating he too rated this one highly. His label shows a locality of 'Locality No. 2, Twin Lakes area, near Lake Shore, Fresno Co., California' and indicates it was collected in August of 1983.


LL408 - Babingtonite $ 180
Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
miniature - 3.5 x 2 x 2 cm


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Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408a.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408b.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408c.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408d.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408e.jpg] Babingtonite from Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/pics/LL408f.jpg]

Cluster of double-terminated Babingtonite crystals from a now old and defunct locality. The crystals have broad, flat terminations to 1.7cm wide. It's a floater, well crystallized all around with a contact or damage along the side of the large crystal, otherwise perfect all around.


LL415 - Brochantite $ 320
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1.5 x 1.1 cm


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Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL415a.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL415b.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL415c.jpg] Brochantite from Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL415d.jpg]

Cluster of thick, chisel-terminated Brochantite crystals with individual crystals to 8mm tall.


LL470 - Mimetite $ 600
Mt. Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory, Australia
miniature - 4.2 x 3.2 x 3 cm


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Mimetite from Mt. Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL470a.jpg] Mimetite from Mt. Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL470b.jpg] Mimetite from Mt. Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL470c.jpg] Mimetite from Mt. Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Northern Territory, Australia [db_pics/pics/LL470d.jpg]

Hexagonal Mimetite crystals on matrix, the best of which is a 1.5cm complete crystal facing forward for display. Old, now hard to find specimen from a long closed mine. Comes with an old 'The Collector' label.


LL471 - Tremolite $ 400
Norland, Somerville Township, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada
miniature - 5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm


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Tremolite from Norland, Somerville Township, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL471a.jpg] Tremolite from Norland, Somerville Township, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL471b.jpg] Tremolite from Norland, Somerville Township, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL471c.jpg] Tremolite from Norland, Somerville Township, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/pics/LL471e.jpg]

Large, translucent green crystals of Tremolite, the largest is 2.5cm wide at the termination. Old, rarely seen specimen out of the Robert Reynolds collection.


K198 - Prehnite $ 350
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 8.5 x 7.5 x 3.5 cm


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Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K198a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K198b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/K198c.jpg]

Large chisel-tipped crystals of yellow/green Prehnite from finds in 2019 at the Merelani Tanzanite mines. An excellent large example of this style with large translucent crystals and minor amounts of attached Graphite.


LL486 - Barite on Calcite $ 450
Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota, USA
miniature - 4.5 x 4 x 2 cm


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Barite on Calcite from Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/LL486a.jpg] Barite on Calcite from Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/LL486b.jpg] Barite on Calcite from Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/LL486c.jpg] Barite on Calcite from Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota, USA [db_pics/pics/LL486d.jpg]

Mound of yellow Calcite crystals with an absolute GEM of a Barite crystal, 2cm tall. There is an inconsequential, small chip on the termination that I can only see with magnification, otherwise undamaged. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection.


LL481 - Wulfenite $ 500
Tsumeb, Namibia
thumbnail - 2 x 2 x 0.3 cm


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Wulfenite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL481a.jpg] Wulfenite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL481b.jpg] Wulfenite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/LL481c.jpg]

Transparent, color-zoned 'window pane' style Wulfenite crystal with additional small crystals attached at the base. Highly lustrous, slight edge chipping, good from front or back. There is a small notch along the top edge where another crystal grew. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection.


LL475 - Clinozoisite $ 250
Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan
miniature - 3.4 x 1.6 x 0.8 cm


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Clinozoisite from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL475a.jpg] Clinozoisite from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL475b.jpg] Clinozoisite from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL475c.jpg] Clinozoisite from Tormiq, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/LL475.mp4]

Cluster of transparent, double-termianted Clinozoisite crystals. Complete all around. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection.


LL493 - Calcite $ 250
Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China
miniature - 5 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Calcite from Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/LL493a.jpg] Calcite from Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/LL493c.jpg] Calcite from Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/LL493e.jpg] Calcite from Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/LL493f.jpg] Calcite from Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/LL493g.jpg]

Double-terminated transparent Calcite crystals with sharp phantoms from Hematite inclusions. There are additional smaller crystals sticking out at right angles from the main crystal. Undamaged. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection.


LL495 - Amethyst $ 280
Las Vigas, Vera Cruz, Mexico
miniature - 4.2 x 3 x 2 cm


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Amethyst from Las Vigas, Vera Cruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL495a.jpg] Amethyst from Las Vigas, Vera Cruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL495b.jpg] Amethyst from Las Vigas, Vera Cruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL495c.jpg] Amethyst from Las Vigas, Vera Cruz, Mexico [db_pics/pics/LL495d.jpg]

Exquisite, glassy purple Amethyst crystals attached to a small bit of Epidote covered matrix. Main crystal is double-terminated. Undamaged. Ex. Bob Reynolds collection.
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