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S20123 - Manganite - $950
Ilfeld, Harz Mountains, Thuringia, Germany

Overall Size: 8 x 6 cm


Ilfeld is a true classic that has been given the title of “world’s finest” for good reason. The brilliant black crystals are exceptional and so is this small cabinet specimen. It is just loaded with well terminated slender crystals to 2.5 cm. Some are also doubly terminated in areas. Ulrich Burchard had this specimen 20-plus years ago when I bought it from him.

S20125 - Red Beryl - SOLD
Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mts., Beaver Co., Utah

Overall Size: 5 x 5 cm


A stunner! The beryl from here remains unique, and this crystal has brightly colored, juicy red saturation and gemminess. The specimen has everything from appeal to rarity, and it is in excellent shape.

S20127 - Cerussite - $3500
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

Overall Size: 17.5 x 5.2 cm


An impressive 7 inch twin of cerussite of glassy, transparent, doubly terminated quality! The specimen is immense enough it can be easily seen from afar. Great display piece. There is one professional repair. This is a significant specimen, of huge importance for the species and locality.

S20130 - Axinite-(Fe) with Palygorskite - $1250
New Melones Dam, West Belt, Calaveras Co., California

Overall Size: 5.5 x 4 cm


This is a superb example of purple tinged axinite from New Melones in that it is aesthetic, and not just representative. What makes this so nice is “Mountain Leather” or the soft sheet-like mineral palygorskite. Together relatively uncommon and quite attractive.

S20133 - Phosgenite with Galena - $450
Monteponi Mine, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Sardinia, Italy

Overall Size: 4.2 x 3.5 cm


The Monteponi mine in Sardinia produced exceptional crystals of phosgenite. This high quality, tabular crystal is a good example of irregular outline. Most prominent though is condition, entirely free of chips. A fantastic classic dating back to the latter half of the 19th century, though the mines are much older.

S20135 - Uvite with Quartz and Magnesite - $1350
Pomba Pit, Serra das Eguas, Brumado, Bahia, Brazil

Overall Size: 17 x 11 cm


A real gem of a piece! Vitreous green uvites form a cascading waterfall down the center of contrasting magnesite, with unusually clear and pristine quartz. Along with the noteworthy size, everything is here to make this a quality piece, including a flat base that stands upright with ease.

S20136 - Beryl (Var. Aquamarine) - $450
Sakangyi, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Myanmar

Overall Size: 4 x 0.8 cm


Burma has produced some quality aqua for several decades. Such as this fine and appealing matched set of crystals that stand out nicely as seen in photos from each side. Very pleasing shade of light blue in person.

S20138 - Vesuvianite with Hessonite - $350
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta Valley, Italy

Overall Size: 2.5 x 1 cm


Vesuvianite is one of the most desirable Italian classics. This one uncommonly zoned and doubly terminated. The vivid colors range from brilliant gold and yellow to bright olive green. Front and back views are given.

S20140 - Beryl (Var. Aquamarine) - $400
Sakangyi, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Myanmar

Overall Size: 3.8 x 0.7 cm


A fine and bright aqua from Burma. The piece is glasslike, slightly modified and has stepped-growth faces. Crystals have a pale blue color to them.

S20142 - Quartz - SOLD
Wana, South Waziristan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan

Overall Size: 4.5 x 1.7 cm


An outstanding miniature of faden quartz, with sharp chiseled growth that is undamaged from the base up. It is also surprisingly clear without cloudy areas. I have to say, it is a jewel in person. Much larger crystals are available, but this specimen has eye appeal.

S20144 - Beryl (Var. Aquamarine) - $75
Sakangyi, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Myanmar

Overall Size: 3.2 x 0.6 cm


This aqua glows watery blue with a little bit of light. Complete terminations and good clarity from any angle as well.

S20146 - Vesuvianite (Var. Chrome) - $1250
Bellecombe, Chatillon, Aosta Valley, Italy

Overall Size: 1.7 x 1.5 cm


An old and super-rich specimen of Italian chrome vesuvianite. The terminations of both crystals are complete, highly pointed and sharp. Its chromophore of chromium is just right, not too light or too dark.

S20148 - Smithsonite - $750
Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia

Overall Size: 8.2 x 6 cm


Since 1883 the broken-backed hill has shown collectors its treasures. Milky-white smithsonite balls perched up on matrix are all time classics from the Broken Hill deposit in Australia. This is an outstanding specimen and none of this type have been found in many years.

S20151 - Ferberite with Marcasite and Siderite - SOLD
Panasqueira Mine, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal

Overall Size: 14 x 6.5 cm


A showy and attractive specimen of Panasqueira ferberite featuring sharp, well-formed, lustrous, thick blocky crystals to 8 cm in length. Tiny sparkling iridescent marcasite and associated siderite on the edges makes for a nice touch.

S20153 - Aegirine with Microcline and Zircon - $250
Mt. Malosa, Zomba District, Malawi

Overall Size: 8 x 7 cm


This is an excellent combination specimen of aegirine, microcline and zircon. This piece is distinguished by being a fine floater group of surprisingly sharp and undamaged crystals. Here’s a good buy of today’s modern classics.

S20155 - Cassiterite with Quartz - SOLD
Viloco Mine, Araca, Loayza Province, Bolivia

Overall Size: 16 x 8 cm


A splendid specimen of flashy and attractive display of crystals consisting of cyclic twins of reddish honey yellow. Cassiterite is the most recognized mineral to come from the well-known tin mine, and this piece is from 1950s mining period.

S20156 - Galena with Sphalerite - SOLD
Commodore Mine, Creede District, Mineral Co., Colorado

Overall Size: 13.5 x 8.5 cm


This specimen features several crystals of galena liberally covering sphalerite, forming a nice cabinet sized plate, and there is even some skeletal galena. The frontal display is complete and in great shape.

S20159 - Fluorite - SOLD
May Stone and Sand Quarry, Allen Co., Indiana

Overall Size: 8 x 6 cm


This cluster of fluorite is particularly appealing for its clarity of not one crystal, but nearly a dozen. Some extremely small chipping is present. They are among some of the finest quality fluorite from America.

S20163 - Mimetite - $200
Potosi Mine, West Camp, Santa Eulalia District, Chihuahua, Mexico

Overall Size: 7 x 4 cm


This fine specimen of mimetite has thick, silky cauliflower-like coverage. Now fairly uncommon, most of this material came out in the late 1970s.

S20166 - Adamite - $250
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico

Overall Size: 5 x 4 x 2.5 cm


An uncommon shade from this famous old Mexican mine, where the blues never came out in abundance. This stunning turquoise one is colored by the presence of copper.

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