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Beryl (Var. Red) with Topaz
#090220BER002
Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah, USA

14.6 x 13.4 x 7.8mm

$300

SOLD



Red Beryl on Topaz, Thomas Range, Utah

Red Beryl on Topaz, Thomas Range, Utah

Red Beryl on Topaz, Thomas Range, Utah

 

Description:

This specimen out of my personal collection is my favorite "mineral combo" thumbnail of anything I've ever owned.  Two gemmy, terminated crystals branching apart, with a 5.5-mm rosette/platelet crystal of red beryl nestled in between.  The Thomas Range produces these classic, rare combo specimens ... something you can't find in the Violet Claims, which is famous for its larger, gemmy red beryls.

 

Beryl (Var. Red) with Topaz
#090220BER003
Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah, USA

14.5 x 7.6 x 6.6mm

$300

SOLD



Red Beryl on Topaz, Thomas Range, Utah

Red Beryl on Topaz, Thomas Range, Utah

Red Beryl on Topaz, Thomas Range, Utah

Red Beryl on Topaz, Thomas Range, Utah

Description:

Here is another fine example of the red beryl/topaz combo!  This is a well terminated 7.6-mm tabular red beryl crystal with a topaz crystal resting across the top.  And to add a little more to the uniqueness, there are several small bixbyite crystals growing on the topaz crystals  Very rare, classic Thomas Range combo.

 

Spinel (Macle Twin)
#090220SPN002
Mogok, Sagaing District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)

14.4 x 20.4 x 3.8mm / 13.65 cts

$350
Spinel (Macle Twin), Mogok, Myanmar (Burma)
Spinel (Macle Twin), Mogok, Myanmar (Burma)

Spinel (Macle Twin), Mogok, Myanmar (Burma)

Spinel (Macle Twin), Mogok, Myanmar (Burma)
Spinel (Macle Twin), Mogok, Myanmar (Burma)
Spinel (Macle Twin), Mogok, Myanmar (Burma)

Description:

Here is a lovely, large spinel macle twin of a juicy red color, without any inclusions of matrix!  Just a gorgeous floater crystal.  It looks like a piece of candy!  Now some people like to put their money where their mouth is ... but I wouldn't recommend doing this with rocks!

 

Clinoclase
#090220CLC001
Gwennap Area, Cornwall, England, UK

42.5 x 25.8 x 14.9mm

$400

Clinoclase, Corwall, United Kingdom
Clinoclase, Corwall, United Kingdom
Clinoclase, Corwall, United Kingdom
Clinoclase, Corwall, United Kingdom
Clinoclase, Corwall, United Kingdom
 

Description:

This is a classic specimen of Cornwall clinoclase on a gossan matrix, with deep indigo blue lathes of crystals (sorry if some of the pics make the crystals look gray or black, this is not the case in person).  There is some minor olivenite as well.  Very hard to find!

 

Cumengite (Cumengeite)
#090220CMG001
Amelia Mine, Boleo, Santa Rosalia, Baja California, Mexico

16.9 x 15.1 x 12.3mm

$400

Cumengite on Matrix, Boleo, Mexico

Cumengite on Matrix, Boleo, Mexico

Cumengite on Matrix, Boleo, Mexico

 

Description:

Ah, one of my favorite minerals, this specimen of cumengite is a real crowd pleaser!  Instead of the "normal" pyramids growing on boleite cubes, we have here sharp inky blue tetragonal parallel crystals growing like a little castle on a white anglesite matrix.  A unique example of this rare and classic mineral.

 

Widgiemoolthalite with Kambaldaite
#090220WDG001
132 North Mine, Widgiemooltha, Western Australia, Australia

9.6 x 9.1 x 3.4mm

$250

Widgiemoolthalite, Australia

Widgiemoolthalite, Australia

Widgiemoolthalite, Australia

Widgiemoolthalite, Australia

Description:

Now this is a rare one!  It's a "one location" mineral!  And if you know what this is, and you know how to pronounce it without spitting or biting your tongue by accident, then you get a round of applause from the entire staff at Civil Minerals!  Seriously, widgiemoolthalite is an ultra-rare nickel carbonate from Australia, and this thumbnail is actually a very good specimen, showing nice pistachio green tufts of the "widgies" with microcrystals of darker green kambaldaite.  There are some stray yellow hydrohonessite crystals as well.  You will not easily find another one of these little guys!

 

Lazulite
#090220LZL001
Laila Base Camp, Harmosh Mtns., Pakistan

 28.0 x 20.9 x 17.1mm / 81.95 cts

$750
Lazulite, Laila Base Camp, Pakistan
Lazulite, Laila Base Camp, Pakistan

Lazulite, Laila Base Camp, Pakistan

Lazulite, Laila Base Camp, Pakistan
Lazulite, Laila Base Camp, Pakistan
Lazulite, Laila Base Camp, Pakistan

Description:

Why am I selling this?  It's the biggest crystal of lazulite I've ever had from this one-time find of these deep blue to yellow-green pleochroic crystals.  This find produced only a handful of significant crystals, and most of them were used for gem rough.  If you've been looking for a big and beautiful crystal of lazulite from Pakistan, then look no further.  The back of the crystal is contacted, but it displays great from the front.  These babies usually sell for upwards of $1,500 for a crystal over 2-cm, so don't miss out!

 

Beryl (Var. Morganite/Heliodor)
#090220BER004
Jos Plateau, Nigeria

26.7 x 23.0 x 21.6mm / 42.4 cts

$225

Heliodor / Morganite, Nigeria
Heliodor / Morganite, Nigeria
Heliodor / Morganite, Nigeria
Heliodor / Morganite, Nigeria
Heliodor / Morganite, Nigeria
 

Description:

This is a truly one-of-a-kind beryl crystal.  It's got the most unusual color combination I've seen in a beryl specimen.  The color is mainly a light yellow, but there is a very pronounced deep pink layer that is visible from some angles along the edges of the crystal.  I guess its a "morga-dor" specimen?  Or a "helio-organite"?  A morganite-heliodor combo in one crystal, with fantastic etching on most surfaces.  Some surfaces are not crystallized, but the crystal can still be displayed from several angles while still showing off the etched patterning and unusual hues.

 

Wulfenite
#090220WUL001
Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mts, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA

23.4 x 24.2 x 4.6mm

$325

Wulfenite, Red Cloud Mine

Wulfenite, Red Cloud Mine

Wulfenite, Red Cloud Mine

 

Description:

This is a phenomenal, toenail size wulfenite from ... can't you tell from the pics?  The Red Cloud Mine, yay!  This is not from any recent finds, either.  I've had this large orange bladed beauty in my collection for many years.  It shows classic, window-pane crystallization, that choice orangey-red color, and mirror luster than makes these specimens a crowd favorite in the world of mineral collecting.  There are actually several crystals in parallel growth, but the main crystal makes up the whole specimen, its BIG for a wulfie off matrix.

 

Corundum (Var. Sapphire)
#090220SPH008
Ganesh Himal Deposit, Somdang, Rasuwa District, Bagmati Zone, Nepal

26.8 x 28.5 x 14.4mm

$225

Sapphire, Nepal

Sapphire, Nepal

Sapphire, Nepal

Sapphire, Nepal

Description:

This is a former Charlie Key specimen, consisting of sapphire/ruby crystals (red and blue in the same crystal) on a white marble matrix.  From what I understand, John Barlow and Charlie Key jointly funded a mining project, and this is one of the fruits of their labor.  Aside from the occasional aquamarine, one rarely finds an attractive gem mineral specimen from Nepal.  This one is special!

 

Benitoite
#090220BEN001
Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., CA, USA

28.1 x 20.6 x 28.8mm

$395

Benitoite, Benitoite Gem Mine
Benitoite, Benitoite Gem Mine
Benitoite, Benitoite Gem Mine
Benitoite, Benitoite Gem Mine
Benitoite, Benitoite Gem Mine
 

Description:

This is a lovely benitoite thumbnail from the collection of Robert Kahl.  I purchased it probably close to ten years ago, and have always kept it close by, as it is one of my favorite thumbnails.   There is a linear cluster of deep blue terminated crystals to just over 12-mm, with one triply terminated crystal on one end, as you can see in the pics.  On the other end is an equally amazing crystal, completely flawless and gemmy, with a hoppered appearance along the edges of the crystal.  And in between these two great "end" crystals, is a row of ... more gemmy benitoite!  All aesthetically trimmed and perched on a base of white natrolite.  Very nice!

 

Wulfenite
#090220WUL003
Defiance Mine, Gleeson, Cochise Co, Arizona

38.8 x 35.4 x 5.1mm

$185

Wulfenite, Defiance Mine

Wulfenite, Defiance Mine

   

Description:

I "defy" you to find another Defiance mine wulfenite with such visual appeal!  This specimen consists of orangey-yellow blades that overlap and come to a point, like a wulfenite Christmas tree.  The pics say it all!

 

Quartz (Var. Rose Quartz)
#090220QTZ004
Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil

33.8 x 33.8 x 20.7mm

$85

Rose Quartz, Pitorra Claim, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Rose Quartz, Pitorra Claim, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Rose Quartz, Pitorra Claim, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Rose Quartz, Pitorra Claim, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Description:

A classic cluster of rose quartz crystals from Brazil, this is a very aesthetic miniature specimen, with a nice saturated pink hue throughout.  A solid cluster of crystals, no matrix.

 

Titanite (Sphene)
#090220TIT001
Haramosh Mtns, Pakistan

55.7 x 44.3 x 22.1mm

$550
Titanite, Pakistan
Titanite, Pakistan

Titanite, Pakistan

Titanite, Pakistan
Titanite, Pakistan
Titanite, Pakistan

Description:

This is a MONSTER crystal of Pakistani sphene!  It shows so much detail in one specimen!  There are complex crystalline faces in some areas, with smoother faces in others.  Some areas show a matte luster, and others shine like polished glass (this crystal has NOT been polished by the way).  This matrixless specimen is obviously a giant twin, with gemmy amber-yellow sections near the edges of the twin terminations, and darker greenish colors in other spots.  Some minor wear in places, but nothing too detracting, especially for such a hefty crystal.  It may not be the biggest sphene out there, but it has great "stage presence."  Or should I say, "cabinet presence"?

 

Titanite (Sphene)
#090220TIT002
Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil

57.8 x 10.5x 19.1mm / 111.05 cts

$145

Titanite, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Titanite, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Titanite, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Titanite, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Titanite, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 

Description:

Here is a classic Brazilian sphene crystal, to keep his Pakistani cousin company.  You can see the twinning plane clearly, with a little nook of fine crystal faces in the center of the plane.  Typical olive greenish color, with great luster and form ... not to mention great size at over 5-cm!  Don't pass this one up!

 

Corundum (Var. Sapphire)
#090220SPH004
Afghanistan

54.7 x 41.3 x 37.1mm

$95

Sapphire, Pakistan

Sapphire, Pakistan

Sapphire, Pakistan

Sapphire, Pakistan

Description:

Aside from being from Afghanistan, I don't have too much else to go by for the locale.  Nonetheless, this is a very displayable sapphire specimen, with a large 3.6-cm blue and white banded crystal prominently perched on a matrix of muscovite, with some smaller sapphire crystals scattered throughout.  The specimen was sawn on the backside while being trimmed, but as you can see, this is not noticeable from the display side.  I trimmed it a little more myself, and I think I got it just right!

 

Legrandite
#090220LEG001
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico

59.7 x 48.2 x 24.6mm

$650
Legrandite, Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Mexico
Legrandite, Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Mexico

Legrandite, Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Mexico

Legrandite, Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Mexico
Legrandite, Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Mexico
Legrandite, Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Mexico

Description:

This is a very, aesthetic, unusual legrandite specimen, one of the most famous and sought after species from Mexico.  In this case, we have hollowed crystals of legrandite of a buttery, golden yellow colors, scattered over tiny crystals of what appear to be calcite, though I am not 100% sure.  What I do know is this ... I have never seen hollow legranding crystals, which makes me wonder if they grew around something else that is no longer there.  A very unique and perplexing specimen!

 

Corundum (Var. Ruby/Sapphire)
#090220SPH005
Winza, Mpwapwa district, Dodoma region, Tanzania

17.0 x 15.5 x 17.2mm / 27.0 cts

$600

Sapphire, Winza, Tanzania
Sapphire, Winza, Tanzania
Sapphire, Winza, Tanzania
Sapphire, Winza, Tanzania
Sapphire, Winza, Tanzania
 

Description:

A real treasure of a gem crystal, this ruby/sapphire came from a relatively new find in Winza, Tanzania.  I got this crystal and the one below about six months ago, and although a few gemmy specimens have trickled out, this still remains one of the best crystals I have seen fromt that find.  The crystal has a single main termination, with an almost modified octahedral shape ... which is rather uncommon for corundum, although some crystals from this find show this pseudo-octahedral habit.  The crystal has great color that is zoned into reddish purple and purple-blue, and the color changes as you re-orient the crystal.  This is a very nice crystal from a find that will surely be talked about for years to come.

 

Corundum (Var. Ruby/Sapphire)
#090220SPH004
Winza, Mpwapwa district, Dodoma region, Tanzania

19.0 x 5.1 x 4.4mm / 3.2 cts

$225

Sapphire, Winza, Tanzania

Sapphire, Winza, Tanzania

Sapphire, Winza, Tanzania

Sapphire, Winza, Tanzania

Description:

From the same locale as the crystal above, this Winza ruby/sapphire crystal shows more of a "dogtooth" habit, with a definite hexagonal cross section.  This habit seems to be a bit more rare than the pseudo-octahedral habit of the larger crystal above.  This crystal is very gemmy and lustrous, with a very unusual zoning of reddish purple and deep blue.  A superb example from this exciting new find.

 

Yugawaralite
#090220YGW001
Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra, India

25.0 x 18.4 x 6.3mm

$185

Yugawaralite, Poona, India

Yugawaralite, Poona, India

Yugawaralite, Poona, India

Yugawaralite, Poona, India

Description:

Yuga-what?  Yugawaralite!  This species is one of the rarer species from the zeolite-rich area that is Puna (Poona), India.  This particular specimen is unique in that is has several well formed crystal faces ... and it's fairly large for a crystalline example of the species.  Usually crystals don't exceed 1-cm.  A very nice example of a rare silicate.

 

Corundum (Var. Sapphire)
#090220SPH007
Warwick, Town of Warwick, Orange Co., New York, USA

49.5 x 37.5 x 28.4mm / 395 cts

$245

Sapphire, Warwick, New York
Sapphire, Warwick, New York
Sapphire, Warwick, New York
Sapphire, Warwick, New York
Sapphire, Warwick, New York
 

Description:

Now this is a cool specimen!  A sapphire from ... New York!  From the collection of Bob Jenkins, this is a true northeastern classic, a large crystallized sapphire showing many shades of yellow, white, orange, blue, and pink.  The camera has slightly intensified the pink hue, making is seem more red, but only slighly so.  This is a great prize for any New York or Northeastern collector, or any corundum collector, period!

 

Beryl (Var. Emerald) on Pyrite
#090220EMR006
Chivor Mine, Almeida, Colombia

18.5 x 21.5 x 16.4mm

$795

Emerald on Pyrite, Chivor Mine, Colombia

Emerald on Pyrite, Chivor Mine, Colombia

Emerald on Pyrite, Chivor Mine, Colombia

 

Description:

Talk about a phenomenal combo!  This is a deep, dark green 18-mm emerald crystal with a hint of blue (classic Chivor color!) that is intergrown with some well crystallized pyrite crystals, one of which showing a modified pyritohedral shape!  The crystal is doubly terminated, and there is a smaller terminated crystal that is pure gem growing along side it.  Some minor calcite is evident as well on the underside.  There are some areas of the crystal that have negative growth patterns, like some calcite that once intersected the crystal dissolved.  Although Chivor emeralds often have micro-inclusions of pyrite, it is rare to have such a contrasting combination of large pyrite crystals that act as a backdrop for the forest green color of the emerald.

 

Tetrahedrite
#090220THD001
Casapalca Mine, Casapalca, Huarochiri Province, Lima Department, Peru

67.3 x 36.7 x 31.5mm

$165

Tetrahedrite, Peru

Tetrahedrite, Peru

Tetrahedrite, Peru

 

Description:

Tetrahedrite from Peru forms some of the best crystals known for the species.  This specimen does not disappoint, with large tetrahedral crystals to 2.8-cm, some of which a aesthetically dusted with coppery-gold chalcopyrite.  If you collect Peruvian minerals, or just love things that look like metal triangular pyramids, this specimen if for you!

 

Forsterite (Var. Peridot) with Magnetite
#090220PER002
Soppat, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan

24.0 x 18.5 x 15.3mm

$65

Peridot with Magnetite, Suppat, Pakistan

Peridot with Magnetite, Suppat, Pakistan

Peridot with Magnetite, Suppat, Pakistan

Peridot with Magnetite, Suppat, Pakistan

Description:

This is another "new" classic combination from Soppat, consisting of a sharp, lime green peridot crystal with some smaller side-car crystals on a smidgen of matrix with a partial black, striated magnetite crystal.  There are not enough of these combos to go around, that's for sure!

 

Liroconite
#090220LIR001
Wheal Gorland, St Day, Gwennap - St Day Area, Camborne - Redruth - St Day District, Cornwall, England, UK

28.3 x 21.2 x 20.7mm

$85

Liroconite, Wheal Gorland, Cornwall, UK

Liroconite, Wheal Gorland, Cornwall, UK

Liroconite, Wheal Gorland, Cornwall, UK

 

Description:

This specimen of liroconite is not a "stunner" like some of the others I've sold, but it is what it is, a rusty matrix with tiny crystals of blue-green liroconite, with some dark green needles of ... not sure, you be the judge!  This specimen is a thumbnail size, but the crystals look great under a scope or loupe.  A good reference specimen of this much sought after species from the premier locale.

 

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