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Outstanding Ilvaite specimens produced Serifos Island famous Quartz
Serifos Island, Kyklades, Aegean Islands, Greece
Small Cabinet, 8.2 x 5.2 x 5.0 cm
Outstanding Ilvaite specimens have been produced from Serifos Island, which is also famous for Quartz with Hedenbergite as well as Andradites. This hugely impressive, 360-degree small cab features a parallel-growth cluster of brown to black Ilvaite prisms with sharp, chisel terminations and moderate luster. The largest of the crystals is a full 2.9 cm across. This piece reminds me of the columnar ... Read more
SUPERB virtually complete Wavellite miniature Germany The deep forest
Lichtenberg open cast, Ronneburg, Gera, Thuringia, Germany
Miniature, 4.1 x 3.4 x 2.5 cm
SUPERB, virtually complete, Wavellite miniature from Germany. The deep, forest green color is excellent, and the terminations of the radial crystals creates a fine luster on the surface of the intergrown spheres. What is so unique, and something I have not seen before, are the actual crystal faces on the sides of the spheres. Whether they are actually flat, negative, crystal surfaces of the Wavell... Read more
One storied classics legendary collected quickly tossed coffee carry
Husky Mine, Elsa, Mayo Mining District, Yukon, Canada
Thumbnail, 1 x 0.9 x 0.5 cm
One of those storied classics, the find of these is legendary now: collected quickly and tossed in a coffee can to carry out, this is from Joe Weinholtzner's storied 1977 find at the remote Husky mine. This very fine Polybasite thumbnail has all you could ask for in a specimen of this silver species. The piece is composed of sharp, hexagonal, bladed crystals with bright metallic luster. They have ... Read more
A truly great example apple green adamite Ojuela rarity despite
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Cabinet, 9.8 x 7.5 x 5.4 cm
A truly great example of the apple-green adamite from Ojuela is a rarity, despite thousands of lesser specimens on the market from repeated finds over decades here. Most collectors would agree that a single large find of 1969 produced the best of them, and we have one example from that pocket here: Imposing, flashy, and elegant all at the same time, this amazing Adamite is a cabinet piece of museu... Read more
These richly pink Fluorapophyllite crystals highly unusual combination
Samson Mine, St Andreasberg, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany
Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 5.4 x 4.8 cm
These richly pink Fluorapophyllite crystals are highly unusual, and this combination specimen with Calcite is overall excellent for the oldest classic locality for the species. The pearly to vitreous luster of the Fluorapophyllites is top-notch, and the well-formed, largest crystal is 1.2 cm across. As you can see from the photos, some of the small Calcites are gemmy and nicely crystallized. These... Read more
An intricate mesmerizing Hematite thumbnail location sheer quality
Topaz Mountain, Thomas Range, Juab Co., Utah, USA
Thumbnail, 2.5 x 2.0 x 0.7 cm
An intricate, mesmerizing Hematite thumbnail, not only for the location but the sheer quality of the specimen. The main body is super-finely crystallized and elongated, almost stringy, tiny Hematites, to the tune of hundreds upon hundreds en masse one atop the other. These Hematites are festooned with dozens of beautiful and hexagonal Hematite blades that have superb form and mirror-like luster. T... Read more
A distinguished old time classic Rhodo Wolf Mine Germany The luscious
Wolf Mine, Herdorf, Siegerland, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Small Cabinet, 6.6 x 4.4 x 2.8 cm
A distinguished, old-time, classic Rhodo from the Wolf Mine in Germany. The luscious, cherry-red crystal have more of a wheat-sheaf habit (rare and very desirable), and some of the crystals have a light girdle, rather than dark. The crystals reach up to 7 mm, and most are complete. The terminations are well-formed, and complex. Overall, one of the finer and prettier display-sized specimens I have ... Read more
A Holy Grail collecting From Type Locality Erzgebirge Saxony Germany
Johanngeorgenstadt, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany (TL)
Thumbnail, 1.9 x 1.3 x 1.0 cm
A Holy Grail of collecting. From the Type Locality in the Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany, this thumbnail was found in the early 1800's. It is well-representative of this important location. It is the classic butterscotch color, of HUGE size, good waxy luster, and it has a nice termination. There is minor contacting on the crystal, but overall it is mostly complete. Mimetites from Johanngeorgenstadt a... Read more
Cornwall s heyday 1800 s saw mining great minerals including famous
North Wheal Basset, Carn Brea, Cornwall, England, UK
Miniature, 4.6 x 3.3 x 2.1 cm
Cornwall's heyday in the 1800's saw the mining of many great minerals, including its famous Chalcocites. This is an excellent, intricately crystallized cluster of the classic, pseudo-hexagonal, tabular Chalcocites. These thick, hexagonal 'pillows' reach 1.4 cm across, have good metallic luster, and some iridescence. It is classic miniatures like this that once made Cornwall THE world's great local... Read more
Due beautiful rich blue color significant rarity PLUS fact world s
Wheal Gorland, St Day United Mines, Gwennap, Cornwall, England, UK
Miniature, 3.2 x 2.7 x 2.4 cm
Due to its beautiful, rich blue color and significant rarity, PLUS the fact that the world's only supply came out in the mid-1800s and never again, the copper species Liroconite is quite understandably one of those Holy Grails of mineral collecting. Top quality Liroconites are basically unique to this ancient mine, with nothing comparable having been found anywhere else since. This specimen featur... Read more
This remarkably large cabinet sized plate double sided rare zeolite
St Andreasberg, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany (TL)
Cabinet, 13.3 x 7.5 x 2.0 cm
This is a remarkably large cabinet sized plate, double-sided no less, of the rare zeolite Harmotome. There are hundreds of crystals on the presentation side, with all being lustrous and a delicate pink color. Some even having rudimentary cyclic twinning. Many reach up to .5 cm. St Andreasberg is the type locality for the species, and this specimen surely dates back to the 1800s. An outstanding old... Read more
A Stibnite specimen large significant California I seen bigger sale
Antimony Peak deposit, San Emigdio Mts, Kern Co., California, USA
Cabinet, 13.0 x 2.6 x 2.2 cm
A Stibnite specimen this large is very significant for California, and I have never seen a bigger one for sale (hence the reason that this was once in the Smithsonian!). The 13 cm cluster is silvery with a wonderful, silky metallic luster that shines very well. This cabinet spray is considerably larger than any other Stibnite that I have seen from any of the California Stibnite localities. Tiny wh... Read more
One rarest European overall scientific mineralogy classics exceptional
Johanngeorgenstadt, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany (TL)
Miniature, 5.0 x 3.0 x 2.8 cm
One of the rarest of all European and overall scientific mineralogy classics is an exceptional Mimetite from the Type Locality in the Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany. This large miniature is dominated by two complete crystals, in parallel growth,1.5 cm tall. The luster is excellent, and the color gradation is really attractive and eye-catching. This find dates to the early 1800s, and actually is the T... Read more
A rare scandium containing species seldom seen complete crystals The
Undeland, Evje og Hornnes, Aust-Agder, Norway
Thumbnail, 1.0 x 0.7 x 0.7 cm
A rare scandium-containing species, seldom seen in complete crystals. The crystal faces are super-sharp, lustrous, and the color is a subtle mix of black and red, which is far more attractive than the bland specimens that you normally see. This is a choice thumbnail.
Native lead let crystallized native lead actually quite rare
Langban, Filipstad, Varmland, Sweden
Small Cabinet, 5.6 x 2.9 x 1.7 cm
Native lead, let alone crystallized native lead, is actually quite rare, which many collectors are unaware of. Only a few localities in all the world have ever produced specimens. Specimens like this, with an aesthetic form and subhedral crystals up to 7 mm, are uncommon even among that group. This is old and classic material, and this piece is blessed with a sculptural and attractive form, from t... Read more
An important USA specimen great provenance This crystal HUGE locality
Vesper Peak, Sultan District, Snohomish Co., Washington, USA
Miniature, 3.5 x 2.9 x 1.9 cm
An important USA specimen with great provenance! This crystal is HUGE for the locality. Choice, glassy, and partly transparent, this Grossular Garnet shows off a beautiful and rich cinnamon color which is nearly unique to this location. The luster is excellent, and the largest of the crystals is 3.3 cm, upon a perch of smaller crystals. Proper lighting really shows how the crystals glow, as well a... Read more
This sparkly matrix specimen shows nicely defined textbook sharp
Neue Hoffnung Gottes Mine, Braunsdorf, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany (TL)
Miniature, 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 cm
This sparkly matrix specimen shows off nicely defined, textbook-sharp Miargyrite crystals from the Neue Hoffnung Gottes Mine, the Type Locality. The lustrous to matte, gray-black Miargyrite crystals to 5 mm are scattered on a drusy Quartz matrix, and are attractive for what they are. This old-time miniature from Freiberg has outstanding provenance, and any quality specimen from here is hard to fin... Read more
Carter County aragonites renowned form color This particular specimen
Carter Co., Montana, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 5.2 x 5.2 cm
Carter County aragonites are renowned for their form and color. This particular specimen is a superb example not only for the fact that it has the classic, deep red- orange color and good translucence, but the fact that the majority of the elongated crystals are intact (there are a few broken off, as is common). Carter County is in extreme southeastern Montana in the Paleozoic Williston Basin, an ... Read more
Lustrous gemmy Rubellite old material quarries near Penig Nicely
Wolkenstein area, Penig, Marienberg, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Thumbnail, 1.5 x 0.6 x 0.5 cm
Lustrous and gemmy, this Rubellite is old material from the quarries in and near Penig. Nicely terminated (almost doubly), the prism faces are lustrous and striated, with the gemmy crystal having a nice raspberry color. Attractive and classic for the region. Kay noted that there is an old label accompanying the specimen, but many of those were stored apart, and we have not found it as yet (it woul... Read more
Red transmitted light Kermesite needles exceptional 3 dimensional
Pezinok, Pezinok Co., Bratislava Region, Slovakia
Cabinet, 9.7 x 8.0 x 1.8 cm
Red under transmitted light, these Kermesite needles are exceptional in that they are 3-dimensional and thick compared to others I have seen from there. They show silvery under reflected light. Half of the crystals are burnished red and half of which have a blue iridescence that is nothing short of unbelievable in person, as you play with them in the angle of the lighting. This dramatic radial spr... Read more
Galenas venerable locality Burbach known Hesse Nassau quite scarce To
Burbach, Siegerland, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Miniature, 4.5 x 3.3 x 0.8 cm
Galenas from the venerable locality of Burbach (formerly part of what was known as Hesse-Nassau) are quite scarce. To find one with this complex, flattened habit and spinel twinning takes this miniature into rarefied air. The metallic luster is good, and the sharpness of the edges and faces, particularly on the secondary crystals, is simply astonishing and special. An excellent, unique miniature o... Read more
This interesting attractive Proustites I seen Czech Republic dated AT
Joachimstal, Ore Mountains region, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Miniature, 3.3 x 1.2 x 1.0 cm
This is one of the most interesting and attractive Proustites I have seen from the Czech Republic, and dated to AT LEAST the 1820's - BEFORE PROUSTITE WAS DESCRIBED AS A SPECIES. The old 1827 label indicates "an undescribed variety of red silver ore," in fact. The near-metallic luster is excellent, as is the red glow when backlit. However, the sharp faces and unusual hollow crystal set this apart ... Read more
Incredible arborescent growth gemmy lustrous Sulphur crystals obscure
Bellisio Mine, Solfare Marche, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Small Cabinet, 8.1 x 2.1 x 1.9 cm
Incredible, arborescent growth of gemmy and lustrous Sulphur crystals from an obscure mine near ROME. The sinuous Sulfurs are sub-parallel and have an excellent, resinous luster that almost borders on metallic, the crystals are so good and gemmy! The little bit of Bitumen on the surface adds just a bit of contrast, which helps define these excellent crystals. Note that this is not cleaned by a mod... Read more
Outstanding species locality colorful large miniature features
Lichtenberg open cast, Ronneburg, Gera, Thuringia, Germany
Small Cabinet, 5.4 x 3.7 x 3.5 cm
Outstanding for both species and locality, and colorful, this large miniature features an unbroken, 1.8 cm sphere of radial Wavellite, centered on matrix. The luster on the crystal terminations is actually good, causing the surface of this forest green Wavellite to virtually scintillate (more so than with Arkansas material of the species). This sphere is accompanied by four sheared Wavellite balls... Read more
The Cariboo Gold Mine known fine specimens Cosalite uncommon Pb Bi
Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine, Wells, British Columbia, Canada
Miniature, 3.5 x 3.2 x 1.5 cm
The Cariboo Gold Mine is well-known for fine specimens of Cosalite, an uncommon Pb-Bi sulfosalt. The bright, silver-metallic lathes of Cosalite reach up to at least 8 mm, and they artistically fan and cluster on the milky Quartz. There are a few blebs of gold attached to the Cosalite. Excellent material for the mine. This piece was actually collected in 1952 during a tour with the mine geologist, ... Read more
To eye loveliest delicate Hematites I seen let Utah In fact I like
Thomas Range, Juab Co., Utah, USA
Thumbnail, 2.3 x 1.8 x 0.1 cm
To my eye, this is one of the loveliest, most delicate Hematites that I have seen from anywhere, let alone from Utah. In fact, I like it no matter what the location. The mirror-like, metallic luster is superb, and the architecture of this fan-like cluster is mesmerizing. Terrific for the locality, this old rarity that has been hiding out for decades until now. The pics show just how aesthetic this... Read more
A SUPERB rare pair herringbone patterned Silver clusters calcite
St Andreasberg, St Andreasberg District, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany
Miniature, 3.2 x 2.3 x 1.8 cm
A SUPERB and very rare pair of herringbone-patterned Silver clusters, on calcite matrix, from the famous St Andreasberg region in Germany. The glistening, bright luster and sharp habit of the Silvers are outstanding. On first look, and second look, and third look, you would almost certainly think that this was from the Batopilas Mine in Mexico, but it's not. It is so unusual, and such a choice pie... Read more
There isn t collector turn time travel ticket 1981 specimens great
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Mexico
Thumbnail, 1.9 x 0.8 x 0.4 cm
There isn't any collector among us who would turn down a time-travel ticket back to 1981, when the first specimens of the great purple Adamites were discovered. This thumbnail has excellent color and gemminess, and well-represents what are, by far, the most desired examples of the species. Finding a good one today is near impossible, and an opportunity worth waiting for when it happens. Fluorescen... Read more
An aesthetic old time St Andreasberg thumbnail highly lustrous
St Andreasberg, St Andreasberg District, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany
Thumbnail, 1.1 x 1.0 x 0.4 cm
An aesthetic, old-time St Andreasberg thumbnail of highly lustrous, metallic-gray Pyrargyrite. The main crystal has an attractive and sharp triangular form with mirror faces. This is an excellent and representative specimen for this great mining region. Acquired in 1981 from legendary dealer Dick Bideux in Tucson.
Val Malenco great Italian Alpine localities Among things numerous
Malenco Valley, Valtellina, Sondrio Province, Lombardy, Italy
Small Cabinet, 6.8 x 2.4 x 1.3 cm
Val Malenco is one of the great Italian Alpine localities. Among other things, the numerous localities here are known for their Andradite garnets, which are classics in their own right. This rich vein of lustrous, translucent-to-gemmy, 2 mm-size, olive-green Demantoids is nestled in Chrysotile (also know as Mountain Leather, aka Asbestos). This particular example is really aesthetic, and has a row... Read more