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Corundum (Var. Sapphire)
#090220SPH010
Reddestone Creek, Glen Innes, Gough Co., New South Wales, Australia

42.7 x 32.5 x 3.8mm / 54.0 cts

$350

Sapphire, Reddestone Creek, New South Wales, Australia

Sapphire, Reddestone Creek, New South Wales, Australia

Sapphire, Reddestone Creek, New South Wales, Australia

 

Description:

Would you believe that this slice of amazing, color-banded sapphire came from a crystal that weighed over 400 carats!  Now I would believe that if it were from a giant Sri Lankan sapphire, but you very rarely find something so large from the land down under!  The blue-yellow-white color banding is a dead giveaway of the specimen's origin, just look at the backlite photos!  This is not just a lapidary specimen, it is a very displayable mineral specimen based on its size and history/origin.  Even for a slice of a sapphire, this is a rare find, I doubt you'll find another Queensland sapphire specimen of such size and aesthetics.

 

Forsterite (Peridot)
#090220PER003
St. Johns Island (Zagbargad), Red Sea, Egypt

24.3 x 22.0 x 8.6mm / 28.05 cts

$1850
Forsterite (Peridot), St. John's Island, Egypt

Forsterite (Peridot), St. John's Island, Egypt

Forsterite (Peridot), St. John's Island, Egypt

Forsterite (Peridot), St. John's Island, Egypt

Description:

OH BOY!  You are looking at one of the largest Egyptian peridots ever sold on the web!  An ex-Herb Obodda specimen, and once owned by Rob Lavinsky as well, this is a classic in every sense of the word!  These Egyptian peridots were mined in practically pre-historic times, and have been treasured ever since.  The island they come from is about 35 miles off the African coast, sitting all alone in the Red Sea.  Crystals like this one, at almost one inch across, are usually in museums causing geology professors to bang their foreheads on the glass display cases in awe!  I never intended to release this crystal from my collection ... but hey, times are really tough!  And now, I will let you fight for the right to take it home!

 

Titanite (Var. Chrome Sphene) on Amesite
#090220TIT003
Saranovskii Mine, Saranovskaya (Sarany) Village, Middle Urals, Urals Region, Russia

76.1 x 61.1 x 33.8mm

$365
Chromian Titanite (Sphene), Sarani, Russia
Chromian Titanite (Sphene), Sarani, Russia

Chromian Titanite (Sphene), Sarani, Russia

Chromian Titanite (Sphene), Sarani, Russia
Chromian Titanite (Sphene), Sarani, Russia
Chromian Titanite (Sphene), Sarani, Russia

Description:

I can't say enough about how attractive this specimen is.  I mean, what a gorgeous color combination, with emerald green chrome sphene crystals on a glimmering bed of purple chrome amesite, a rare kaolinite-serpentine group silicate (NOT kammererite ... thanks to the anonymous person who corrected me!).  There are actually sphene crystals on both sides of the specimen, with larger more vibrant amesite on one side.  The matrix is very delicate, like is peeled partially into layerst, but careful handling should ensure this specimen will stand the test of time.  Heck, I had it in my cabinet for years, and it withstood several category 4 hurricanes!  Well, the cabinet was not outdoors ... but still, it's held up fine!  I strongly urge you to buy this one-of-a-kind specimen before I decided to keep it, it's almost too cool to sell!

 

Tourmaline (Var. Achroite)
#090220ACH001
Himalaya Mine, San Diego Co., California, USA

18.3 x 3.7 x 3.8mm / 2.6 cts

$295

Achroite Crystal, Himalaya Mine, California, USA
Achroite Crystal, Himalaya Mine, California, USA
Achroite Crystal, Himalaya Mine, California, USA
Achroite Crystal, Himalaya Mine, California, USA
Achroite Crystal, Himalaya Mine, California, USA
 

Description:

Without a doubt, this is the best true achroite tourmaline I have ever seen.  Achroite is the colorless variety of tourmaline, which I am sure you know is the rarest type!  Most specimens labeled as achroite are in fact multi-colored crystals that have a colorless zone in them.  This specimen, although a single thumbnail-sized crystal, is essentially colorless from end to end.  The is a very, and I mean teensy, hint of green on one end.  But the camera can barely pick it up, that's how faint it is.  I have no problem calling this a true achroite, and it is double terminated as well, with a flat pinacoid on one end, and a trigonal pyramid on the other.  And on top that, a California tourmaline!  Does it get any better?!

 

Grandidierite
#090220GRD002
Nampona quarry, Bezavona, Taolañaro (Fort Dauphin) Commune,
Anosy Region, Tuléar Province, Madagascar

20.1 x 23.0 x 20.3mm

$195

RESERVED



Grandidierite, Nampona Quarry, Madagascar

Grandidierite, Nampona Quarry, Madagascar

Grandidierite, Nampona Quarry, Madagascar

 

Description:

Grandidierite is a gorgeous teal blue gemmy mineral that most people have never heard of.  If you have ever wanted a specimen of this rare boro-silicate, then I have two superb examples here.  This one show many crystalline faces, with tremendous blue-green color.  There is some minor muscovite that adds a nice contrast, a superb thumbnail!

 

Grandidierite
#090220GRD001
Nampona quarry, Bezavona, Taolañaro (Fort Dauphin) Commune,
Anosy Region, Tuléar Province, Madagascar

16.2 x 8.5 x 5.9mm / 4.95 cts

$225

RESERVED



Grandidierite, Nampona Quarry, Madagascar

Grandidierite, Nampona Quarry, Madagascar

Grandidierite, Nampona Quarry, Madagascar

Grandidierite, Nampona Quarry, Madagascar

Description:

If you are more of a gem crystal collector, then this specimen will surely suit you!  Here we have a prismatic compound crystal of teal-blue grandidierite, showing superb gemminess for the species.  This is a rare chance to own such a well-crystallized example of a rare mineral that rarely forms anything more than massive nodules.

 

Chrysoberyl (Var. Alexandrite)
#090220ALX001
Emerald mines, Tokovaya river, Malyshevo, Ekaterinburg, Urals Region, Russia

33.9 x 19.8 x 13.7mm

$185
Alexandrite, Malyshevo, Urals, Russia
Alexandrite, Malyshevo, Urals, Russia
Alexandrite, Malyshevo, Urals, Russia
Alexandrite, Malyshevo, Urals, Russia
Alexandrite, Malyshevo, Urals, Russia
 

Description:

Well the camera doesn't lie, this chrysoberyl from Russia certainly changes color!  In bright fluorescent light, the alexandrite turns a more emerald green, and in incandescent light it turns a purple color.  The camera doesn't get the colors exactly right and I can never tell why this is ... the green in person is much deeper, and the purple is a bit deeper purple-gray.  But I assure you, the color change is very strong.  There is one main trilling (sixling) crystal shaped like a hexagonal stop sign, with some smaller partial alexandrite crystals, all embedded in a schist matrix.  Very nice example of this sought after species, from a classic locale.

 

Elbaite
#090220ELB001
Sapo Mine, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil

15.0 x 6.8 x 6.8mm / 6.75 cts

 
SOLD


Elbaite, Sapo Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Elbaite, Sapo Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Elbaite, Sapo Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil

 

Description:

Well look at this pretty little fella!  From the Sapo mine, made famous by this find of elbaites that exibit a literal spectrum of colors.  Almost in the exact order of the rainbow,  you have an indigo blue cap that transitions down into blueish green, yellow, orange, and pinkish-red.  These specimens are beautiful in any size, and this thumbnail is no exception!

 

Wulfenite
#090220WUL004
Hilltop Mine, Cochise County, Arizona, USA

61.9 x 44.9 x 21.1mm

$675
Wulfenite, Hilltop Mine, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA

Wulfenite, Hilltop Mine, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA

Wulfenite, Hilltop Mine, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA

Wulfenite, Hilltop Mine, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA

Description:

The Hilltop Mine in Cochise County may very well be the most sought after locale for any American wulfenite!  And it's easy to see why!  This specimen is a classic Hilltop "wulfie" with thick tabular, mustard yellow rounded blades to 9mm, covering the entire display face.  There is trivial damage to some crystals, and for a Hilltop specimen, this is pretty acceptable.  They say that some specimens were found by excavating the stones out of the walls of the old outhouses (a.k.a., crappers), since the "holes" were stabilized using rubble from the mine.  I can assure you that, although some decent specimens were found "under" the outhouses, this specimen is a very rich example that was surely plucked directly from the mine.  It comes with an old Schortmann's mineral labels to prove its worth!

 

Andradite (Var. Iridescent)
#090220ADR002
Tenkawa Village, Yoshino District, Nara Prefecture, Japan

12.8 x 10.8 x 8.3mm / 9.5 cts

$95

Iridescent Andradite, Japan

Iridescent Andradite, Japan

Iridescent Andradite, Japan

 

Description:

These iridescent garnets are a true sight to behold, and are much better appreciated in person.  When you hold them in your hand, and roll them around, the play of light is just incredible!  Most specimens from this find are not as well-crystallized, but here we have two dodecahedrons that have "halos" along the planes where the crystal faces meet, creating the illusion of secondary faces.  I specifically chose this specimen and the one below from several dozen that I saw, based on this unique form.  The color-play is much more noticeable in person!

 

Andradite (Var. Iridescent)
#090220ADR003
Tenkawa Village, Yoshino District, Nara Prefecture, Japan

10.7 x 9.6 x 6.1mm / 5.95 cts

$75

SOLD



Iridescent Andradite, Japan
Iridescent Andradite, Japan
Iridescent Andradite, Japan
Iridescent Andradite, Japan
Iridescent Andradite, Japan
 

Description:

Unlike the specimen above, this cluster actually has genuine secondary crystal faces on some of the andradite crystals, a very rare habit for the find.  And you can see the rainbow of colors exhibited by crystals.  Up close, you can almost peer inside the top layers of the crystals.  This is a beautiful thumbnail from a rare find of iridescent garnets, don't pass up the chance to bring it home!

 

Diamond in Kimberlite
#090220DIA001
Kimberly, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

45.2 x 49.9 x 36.1mm

$625

Diamond on Kimberlite, South Africa

Diamond on Kimberlite, South Africa

Diamond on Kimbelite, South Africa

Diamond on Kimberlite, South Africa

Description:

Holy eggbeaters, Batman!  That is one my favorite Robin quotes from the ever popular TV series.  But that's how I would describe a South African diamond crystal in kimberlite matrix.  Now I wish I could say that it was not repaired, but I am fairly certain that the diamond has been reattached to its original resting spot.  It is quite evident that someone saw this diamond poking through the matrix and got very eager to "dig it out", as there is a large triangular groove in the matrix.  I am guessing that is why the diamond got knocked out.  But even the diamond crystal by itself would be a nice specimen, a complex 6-mm octahedron with great clarity.  And it sits aesthetically on its host rock, which happens to be perfectly shaped for displayability without the need for a stand.  This is from my personal collection, and it almost never reached my house after I ordered it (my neighbor found the box lying in the street after it had falled from my mailbox!).  Boy am I glad she found it!

 

Beryl (Var. Emerald)
#090220EMR005
Byrud Emerald Mine, Akershus, Norway

50.8 x 32.9 x 19.6mm

$45

Emerald, Norway

Emerald, Norway

Emerald, Norway

 

Description:

Now this may not be the prettiest emerald, but it sure does come from a neat locale in Norway!  I wish it were better crystallized, but as it is, we have a great reference sample from an unusual locale.  For a beryl collector, I would urge you not to pass up the chance to own a Norwegian emerald!

 

Apophyllite-(KF)
#090220APH002
Ahmadnagar District, Maharashtra, India

40.7 x 44.8 x 27.9mm

$45

"Well Pocket" Apophyllite, Ahmad, Nagar, India

"Well Pocket" Apophyllite, Ahmad, Nagar, India

"Well Pocket" Apophyllite, Ahmad, Nagar, India

"Well Pocket" Apophyllite, Ahmad, Nagar, India

Description:

Apophyllite from the famous "well pocket" in India!  Hmm, when I was kid, my friends and I tried to dig a well, and never found anything this cool (all we found was a bunch of old gold pirate coins, big deal ... just kidding!).  But to get back to the subject, this is a very aesthetic, affordable specimen from that famous find, consisting of a partial sphere of radiating rectangular crystals, which have a deep green core that fades to colorless as the crysals radiate outward.  If you still don't have one of these cool "a-pops" in your collection, then this one or the one below would be right up your alley!

 

Apophyllite-(KF)
#090220APH001
Ahmadnagar District, Maharashtra, India

70.0 x 49.7 x 45.6mm

SOLD



"Well Pocket" Apophyllite, Ahmad, Nagar, India

"Well Pocket" Apophyllite, Ahmad, Nagar, India

"Well Pocket" Apophyllite, Ahmad, Nagar, India

"Well Pocket" Apophyllite, Ahmad, Nagar, India

Description:

If you want a "well pocket" apophyllite on matrix with great shape, color, and size, and you don't want to break the bank, then this one is for you!  When these first came out, a specimen like this would have fetched about $500 easily.  Even today, this gorgeous sphere of radiating green to colorless crystals is a real steal!  Just look at the pictures!  I rest my case.

 

Cobaltite
#090220COB001
Cobalt, Ontario, Canada

40.3 x 28.8 x 11.2mm

$495

Cobaltite, Ontario, Canada

Cobaltite, Ontario, Canada

Cobaltite, Ontario, Canada

Cobaltite, Ontario, Canada

Description:

I am at a loss for words!  OK, I will try my best to use words to describe how amazing this cobaltite specimen is.  The entire specimen is one crystallized mass, showing intergrown silver pyritohedrons all over.  On one side, there is a little brown iron staining, but one cannot help but be captivated by the sharp, rich crystal form of the specimen.  Most Canadian cobaltites consist of single crystals in matrix.  Here we have just a crystalline cluster, without matrix!  One rarely finds a cobaltite of such quality and aesthetics!

 

Hubnerite
#090220HUB001
Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Ancash Department, Peru

72.4 x 34.3 x 35.6mm

$395

Hubnerite, Peru

Hubnerite, Peru

Bazzite, Kent Mine, Kazakhstan

 

Description:

This hubnerite specimen is amazing, a very attractive small cabinet specimen!  There is a burgundy red terminated cluster of parallel hubnerite crystals perched in a matrix of sharp, slender quartz crystals, coated with a newer generation of tiny quartz needles, with some wider stubby quartz crystals that appear to be an older generation.  The hubnerite shows splendid luster and translucency, a really nice display specimen! 

 

Cuprite
#090220CUP001
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo

27.2 x 30.8 x 21.5mm

$125

Cuprite, Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, DRC

Cuprite, Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, DRC

Cuprite, Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, DRC

Cuprite, Mashamba West Mine, Katanga, DRC

Description:

I got this toenail specimen many years ago from Keith Hayes.  After bugging him for weeks to find me a nice Congo cuprite, he sent me this beauty!  Large modified octahedrons of deep red cuprite crystals in parallel growth are sparsely coated with forest green malachite, providing a nice contrast.  The specimen has superb shape and crystal size (crystal to 19.7-mm), and would make a great addition to a Congo collection or copper mineral suite.

 

Grossular (Var. Chromian)
#090220GSU001
Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada

50.6 x 33.4 x 14.3mm

$75

Chromian Grossular, Jeffrey Quarry, Quebec
Chromian Grossular, Jeffrey Quarry, Quebec
Chromian Grossular, Jeffrey Quarry, Quebec
Chromian Grossular, Jeffrey Quarry, Quebec
Chromian Grossular, Jeffrey Quarry, Quebec
 

Description:

This Jeffrey specimen has gorgeous apple green docahedrons of chrome grossular to 3-mm, with small needles of diopside on the backside.  A classic specimen from this locale more famous for its vesuvianite and orange grossular!

 

Bazzite
#090220BAZ001
Kent Massif, Qaraghandy Oblysy (Karaganda Oblast'), Kazakhstan

40.7 x 33.9 x 18.6mm

$145

Bazzite, Kent Mine, Kazakhstan

Bazzite, Kent Mine, Kazakhstan

Bazzite, Kent Mine, Kazakhstan

Bazzite, Kent Mine, Kazakhstan

Description:

It ain't much to look at, but you can clearly see the rare blue scandium analogue of beryl, better known as bazzite, embedded in the brownish matrix of this specimen.  The bazzite is basically massive, but this is actually a fairly rich specimen for the species.  Bazzite has been found in decent crystal in Norway, and in microcrystals from Baveno, Italy.  The Kent Massif is probably the second-best locale for bazzite in terms of richness, as crystals from this locale are pretty much unheard of.  If you have had this mineral on your want list, then look no further!

 

Spinel
#090220SPN003
Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan
37.9 x 29.2 x 26.3mm

$295

Blue Spinel in Matrix, Pakistan

Blue Spinel in Matrix, Pakistan

Blue Spinel in Matrix, Pakistan

 

Description:

This is a very aesthetic miniature specimen of blue spinel from a classic locale.  Unlike the red spinels from Burma that typically form as lone crystals on matrix, these Pakistani pieces often have several blue crystals growing in proximity to each other.  This is a very fine example, with two sharp, deep blue octahedral crystals embedded side-by-side in a nicely trimmed contrasting white marble matrix.  The is also another crystal on the backside.  Very good quality blue spinel specimen!

 

Bahianite
#090220BHN001
Pico das Almas River, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil

14.0 x 14.5 x 4.3mm / 7.1 cts

$45

Bahianite, Bahia, Brazil

Bahianite, Bahia, Brazil

Bahianite, Bahia, Brazil

 

Description:

Bahianite is one of the hardest minerals known (hardness of 9), but it's not much to look at!  This locale in Brazil produces these alluvial "pebbles" of this rare antimony mineral.  This nugget-like specimen shows yellow translucency when backlit.  It's only the second bahianite I've owned, and I kept it for awhile for its humble uniqueness, because it has a line down the middle almost like two crystal masses grew together at one time to form this specimen.  If you like rare stuff, or Brazilian stuff ... or both ... then here is your chance to own a sample of this hard-to-find species!

 

Bastnasite
#090220BAS001
Manitou District, El Paso County, Colorado

30.5 x 25.4 x 18.8mm

$195

SOLD



Bastnasite, Manitou District, El Paso County, Colorado
Bastnasite, Manitou District, El Paso County, Colorado
Bastnasite, Manitou District, El Paso County, Colorado
Bastnasite, Manitou District, El Paso County, Colorado
Bastnasite, Manitou District, El Paso County, Colorado
 

Description:

From a very old and important American find, this is an ultra-rare Colorado bastnasite specimen!  It is a large, crude crystal showing some crystallized faces, with deep gemmy reddish brown patches in some areas.  This crystal was once in the collection of the American Museum of Natural History, and from there went to Larry Conklin.  Old labels are included!  If you are a Colorado collector or rare species collector, don't even think twice, and grab this baby while it's still available!

 

Pentagonite
#090220PNT001
Wagholi, Pune District (Poonah District), Maharashtra, India

47.3 x 26.8 x 31.4mm

$145

Pentagonite, Poona, India
Pentagonite, Poona, India
Pentagonite, Poona, India
Pentagonite, Poona, India
Pentagonite, Poona, India
 

Description:

A mineral dimorph of cavansite, pentagonite is way rarer, and forms much more interesting crystals if you ask me.  Instead of the typical blue, spherical clusters you see with cavansite, pentagonite often forms long, slender crystals, or stalactic clusters rather than spheres.  And in the case where you have spherical clusters of pentagonite, the length of the crystals within the same clusters tend to vary greatly, where in cavansite, the clusters remain more rounded.  In this specimen you have elongated blue clusters on a matrix coated with tiny stilbite crystals, you have spheres with some crystal "spiking" out, and there is one crystal that juts out like a needle from one cluster, and this crystal is over 15-mm long!  This is a very good specimen for the species.

 

Zircon
#090220ZIR002
Kolonne, Sri Lanka

64.9 x 63.0 x 43.2mm

$185

Zircon (Metamict Crystal), Kolonne, Sri Lanka

Zircon (Metamict Crystal), Kolonne, Sri Lanka

Zircon (Metamict Crystal), Kolonne, Sri Lanka

Zircon (Metamict Crystal), Kolonne, Sri Lanka

Description:

Sri Lanka is probably my favorite mineral locality.  It is an island ... an island that is richer in gem minerals than nearly any other in the world!  And when you think of zircon from Sri Lanka, you mainly think of slender, brown, DT crystals.  But here is a HUGE, fat, brown to greenish metamict crystal unlike any other I have seen from there!  The crystal is mostly opaque, but does show transparency at the edges.  It looks like several parallel crystals grew together to form this whopper of a mineral specimen!  If you like Sri Lankan minerals, or just collect gem species, then this one is a sight to behold!

 

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