S18518 - Vivianite - $1800
Tomokoni Mine, Cornelio Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Overall Size: 12.3 x 9.5 cm

This specimen of vivianite measures a respectable 12.3 x 9.5 cm. The crystal is particularly sharp and balanced without damage, and in person it has the feel of wet glossy paint. The quality is really that good.

S18522 - Quartz (Var. Amethyst) - $3750
Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico

Overall Size: 20.5 x 17 cm

This specimen is an impressive set of clustered scepters of gem-clear to lilac-purple cryatals to 6 cm in chip free condition, and the size is immense enough it can be easily seen from afar. Everything is here to make this a museum piece, including a flat base that stands upright with ease.

S18525 - Pyrrhotite with Galena and Quartz - $850
Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia

Overall Size: 17 x 9.5 cm

This is an excellent specimen of pyrrhotite of brightly tarnished, slightly iridescent crystals to 4 cm. The patina is extremely effective for display and really adds aesthetics. The external crystal forms are also sharp for the species.

S18528 - Dioptase with Malachite ps. after Calcite - $7250
Tantara Mine, Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Overall Size: 6.5 x 3.2 cm

This specimen is particularly remarkable for association and sculptural quality, and to see this aesthetic balance of minerals from Tantara is unusual. This piece is a stunning pseudomorph of rather atypical composition of glassy dioptase atop malachite after scalenohedral calcite, and notice how uniformly even the replacement is. This piece is truly fine and entirely of good taste.

S18531 - Red Beryl - $2100
Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mts., Beaver Co., Utah

Overall Size: 5 x 3 cm

This is an excellent specimen of brightly colored, juicy red saturation and gemminess. This beryl is vivid, with the glassiest faces and limpid termination. The beryl from here remains unique, and this crystal is in excellent condition.

S18536 - Gold - $1500
Brusson Mine, Brusson, Aosta Valley, Italy

Overall Size: 4.2 x 3.4 cm

This is an important and quality piece from this noted locale for Italian alpine gold, namely the Brusson mine. Today such specimens remain European classics. This miniature is bright and of good overall form and comes complete with starkly contrasting matrix.

S18539 - Silver - SOLD
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru

Overall Size: 6.2 x 4.6 cm

Superb quality is one of the truly great things about this silver. This undamaged, ropy specimen of native silver has just the right appeal Uchucchacua should have, and the previous owner also pointed out to me the full 360 degree view. A specimen this rich, surely comes from high-grade ore veins.

S18540 - Enargite with Pyrite - SOLD
Leonard Mine, Butte District, Silver Bow Co., Montana

Overall Size: 5.6 x 3.2 cm

On its own, this specimen of simple pyrite and enargite is unusually fine as a combination. Butte is known for this type of flashy association and this piece is really appealing for what it is. This is classic, old-time Butte material with provenance from dealer Earl Shaw.

S18543 - Fluorite - SOLD
Hilton Mine, Appleby, Cumbria, England

Overall Size: 3 x 2.6 cm

This specimen of fluorite features rather glossy and vibrant crystals. This high-quality twin from Hilton is the best yellow, and sharp at 1.4 cm, well set atop matrix. The look is easily recognizable and presence especially bright.

S18546 - Fluorite - $225
Berbes, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain

Overall Size: 2.5 x 2.3 cm

The color of this fluorite is great, displaying a pure consistent deep purple. This stunning specimen fits the required thumbnail size. The frontal display is free of damage though contacted on back.

S18552 - Calcite with Quartz - $500
Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, IIe-de-France, France

Overall Size: 5.8 x 2.2 cm

An unusual piece of stacked spherical sand calcite from the historic and famous locality of Fontainebleau in France. Usually in a calcite habit from the area, this one is different and more of a concretion. The piece is in excellent condition and complete all around.

S18554 - Epidote with Diopside - $3000
Margone, Viu Valley, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy

Overall Size: 3.8 x 2.6 cm

A beautifully crystallized, classy, doubly terminated epidote seen here in sharp, thick, tabular form. All of the crystal faces and edges are free of damage and extend nicely from underlying diopside. The crystal atop measures 2 cm in height, and looks highly striated. It is twinned, very clearly. It has provenance from Tiziano Bonisoli, a desirable alpine locality, overall chiseled geometry and glassy crystal form that makes this one exceptional.

S18558 - Grossular (Var. Hessonite) with Clinochlore - SOLD
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta Valley, Italy

Overall Size: 11 x 7.2 cm

This is an excellent specimen of hessonite garnet, with crystals measuring to 1 cm. This specimen was selected mostly for its quality and color. The glistening faces of these crystals is especially noteworthy. This was owned by Francesco Bedogne and I obtained it from him during a visit a few years ago.

S18561 - Topaz with Quartz - $450
Schneckenstein, Saxony, Germany

Overall Size: 4.5 x 3.2 cm

This pastel crystal of yellow topaz is from the historic locality of Schneckenstein in Germany, a classic European locale and symbol for the mineral topaz for hundreds of years. This fine specimen sits in sharp, transparent needles of quartz.

S18564 - Cinnabar with Calcite - $1500
San Bartolo Mine, Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Overall Size: 11 x 6.2 cm

This is an outstanding specimen of cinnabar from the San Bartolo Mine, Charcas, Mexico. This specimen has crystals reaching 1.7 cm in formation together with several others, mixed in with calcite and quartz. This particular piece is a remarkable, very well crystallized, very rare cabinet piece from an uncommon locale.

S18565 - Epididymite - $1750
Mt. Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Overall Size: 6.4 x 4.1 cm

This specimen was selected mostly for its quality. A novelty years ago when Riccardo Prato had the largest crystals we’ve seen. This is an exceptionally fine specimen of analyzed epididymite, and the crystal is nicely formed, lustrous and above all else complete without damage.

S18572 - Vesuvianite - $300
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada

Overall Size: 2.5 x 2.2 cm

A fine and beautiful cluster of vesuvianites that have a pleasing mix of honey-brown to violet-purple hue. The piece is complex and completely recrystallized all around, though edge wear is present. A distinguishing and pretty color for sure, for this mineral.

S18575 - Clinozoisite - $500
Alchuri, Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Overall Size: 7.1 x 2.5 cm

This specimen of clinozoisite represents some of the finest quality of incredibly glassy, nearly flawless, bright crystals to come from Alchuri in Pakistan, and this one is slightly pleochroic in direct light. A doubly terminated, sharp, floater without repair.

S18577 - Goethite ps. after Pyrite - SOLD
Pelican Point, Utah Lake, Utah Co., Utah

Overall Size: 2.8 x 2 cm

This well formed pseudomorph is from this excavation known to produce fine specimens of the type, though usually in cubic penetration twins. Comes with a label from the collection of Paul Zimmerman.

S18579 - Axinite-(Fe) - $350
New Melones Dam, West Belt, Calaveras Co., California

Overall Size: 5 x 4.2 cm

A cluster of transparent, separated crystals of axinite to 4 cm splay out nicely. The color is slightly more plum purple than brown from this spot, with a typically high luster. This piece is older material.

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