Selected Specimens

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M832 - Chalcoalumite $ 220 (=~ CAN$ 283)
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.


M830 - Galena $ 75 (=~ CAN$ 96)
Joplin Field, Jasper Co., Missouri, USA
miniature - 5 x 3 x 3 cm


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Galena from Joplin Field, Jasper Co., Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/M830a.jpg] Galena from Joplin Field, Jasper Co., Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/M830b.jpg] Galena from Joplin Field, Jasper Co., Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/M830c.jpg] Galena from Joplin Field, Jasper Co., Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/M830d.jpg] Galena from Joplin Field, Jasper Co., Missouri, USA [db_pics/pics/M830e.jpg]

Bright and shiny crystals of Galena. Crystallized all around with larger crystal faces on one side and smaller more complex crystals on the other side. Out of an old collection from the 1980s.


M862 - Ilvaite $ 350 (=~ CAN$ 450)
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 (=~ CAN$ 450)
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 (=~ CAN$ 835)
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.


M283 - Gmelinite $ 120 (=~ CAN$ 154)
Flinders, Victoria, Australia
small cabinet - 8 x 5 x 3.5 cm


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Gmelinite from Flinders, Victoria, Australia [db_pics/pics/M283a.jpg] Gmelinite from Flinders, Victoria, Australia [db_pics/pics/M283b.jpg] Gmelinite from Flinders, Victoria, Australia [db_pics/pics/M283c.jpg]

Peach colored Gmelinite lining vugs on matrix. Gmelinite is a fairly uncommon zeolite mineral (a hydrated sodium calcium aluminum silicate) and occurs on the specimen with Analcime, Natrolite and potentially other zeolites. Old specimen from a 1980s era collection. Sawcut on base.


M880 - Fluorite $ 600 (=~ CAN$ 771)
La Barre Mine, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône-Alpes, France
small cabinet - 5.2 x 4.5 x 2.7 cm


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Fluorite from La Barre Mine, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M880a.jpg] Fluorite from La Barre Mine, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M880b.jpg] Fluorite from La Barre Mine, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M880c.jpg] Fluorite from La Barre Mine, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M880e.jpg]

Intensely colored blue Fluorite crystal from the La Barre Mine. The color is a pleasing deep blue, just what you would want in Fluorite, with lots of well defined phantoms. There is some edge wear but it's in good condition overall, and highly transparent. I think it looks nicer in person than the photos as you can see the depth and range of colors better. Comes with a custom Lucite base.


M881 - Copper $ 180 (=~ CAN$ 231)
Arizona, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 4.5 x 3 cm


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Copper from Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M881a.jpg] Copper from Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M881c.jpg] Copper from Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M881e.jpg] Copper from Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/M881f.jpg]

Well crystallized Copper specimen from an old collection. Lots of branches loaded with crystals, individual crytals to 1cm in size.


M875 - Malachite after Cuprite $ 375 (=~ CAN$ 482)
Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France
thumbnail - 1.5 x 1.1 x 1 cm


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Malachite after Cuprite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M875a.jpg] Malachite after Cuprite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M875b.jpg] Malachite after Cuprite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M875c.jpg] Malachite after Cuprite from Chessy, Rhone-Alpes, France [db_pics/pics/M875d.jpg]

Excellent example of Cuprite crystal altering to Malachite from Chessy, the very best of a small lot I reviewed that had recently been relased for sale. Complete single crystal with great form and smooth surface luster. Undamaged. Old, classic specimen possibly from the 1800s.


M888 - Ilvaite $ 180 (=~ CAN$ 231)
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 (=~ CAN$ 289)
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.


M876 - Fluorite $ 125 (=~ CAN$ 161)
Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5 x 3.3 cm


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Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M876a.jpg] Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M876b.jpg] Fluorite from Valzergues Mine, Averyon, France [db_pics/pics/M876c.jpg]

Intensely colored yellow cubic Fluorite crystal. Highly transparent.


M901 - Aquamarine $ 450 (=~ CAN$ 578)
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.


M902 - Aquamarine on Feldspar $ 225 (=~ CAN$ 289)
Erongo Mountains, Namibia
small cabinet - 5.5 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Aquamarine on Feldspar from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M902a.jpg] Aquamarine on Feldspar from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M902b.jpg] Aquamarine on Feldspar from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M902c.jpg] Aquamarine on Feldspar from Erongo Mountains, Namibia [db_pics/pics/M902d.jpg]

Cluster of transparent Aquamarine crystals attached to a twinned, etched Feldspar crystal. Small crystals of black Tourmaline are also present. Undamaged.


M913 - Tourmaline $ 2000 (=~ CAN$ 2570)
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.
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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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