Selected Specimens

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M283 - Gmelinite $ 120
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.


M916 - Aquamarine $ 450
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan
miniature - 4.7 x 3.5 x 2 cm


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Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916a.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916b.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916c.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916d.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916e.jpg] Aquamarine from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M916f.jpg]

Gemmy Aquamarine crystals intergrown with Quartz and Albite a a few black tourmaline inclusions. This is an undamaged floater fully crystallized all around.


M710 - Enstatite $ 75
Kilosa, Morogoro, Tanzania
thumbnail - 1.3 x 0.7 x 0.5 cm


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Enstatite from Kilosa, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M710a.jpg] Enstatite from Kilosa, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M710b.jpg] Enstatite from Kilosa, Morogoro, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/M710c.jpg]

Complete single gem crystal, facet quality. Good luster and a good, though slightly etched, termination. Crystals from this find are usually only suitable for facet rough as most are unterminated and etched, in fact this crystal was pulled from facet rough. Specimen quality Enstatite crystals are uncommon.


M914 - Topaz $ 650
Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan
miniature - 5 x 3.3 x 2.2 cm


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Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914a.jpg] Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914b.jpg] Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914c.jpg] Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914d.jpg] Topaz from Shigar, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M914e.jpg]

Double-terminated gem Topaz crystal with attached Quartz and Albite. Transparent and undamaged.


M921 - Spessartine, Apatite $ 625
Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm


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Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921a.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921b.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921c.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921d.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921e.jpg] Spessartine, Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/M921f.jpg]

Red Spessartine either grown over or replacing a pink Apatite crystal. The garnets come together around the Apatite and retain the general form of the Apatite, with natural gaps between the garnets evidenced by etched faces in the walls of the gaps. These are certainly unusual and uncommon specimens, and I've only had 2 before. A flaoter fully crystallized all around, with attached mica.


M918 - Fluorite $ 150
Denton Mine, Rosiclare, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
miniature - 4.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Fluorite from Denton Mine, Rosiclare, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/M918a.jpg] Fluorite from Denton Mine, Rosiclare, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/M918b.jpg] Fluorite from Denton Mine, Rosiclare, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/M918c.jpg] Fluorite from Denton Mine, Rosiclare, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/M918d.jpg] Fluorite from Denton Mine, Rosiclare, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA [db_pics/pics/M918.mp4]

Purple cubic Fluorite crystals on matrix. Good phantoms and better than photos.

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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

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