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Vesuvianite
#VSV0001
Lake Jaco, Sierra de la Cruz
Mexico

10 cm x 5.5 cm x 6.6 cm

$200

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Description:

A magnificent specimen from this locale famous for it's large, well-developed vesuvianite crystals!  It can be considered one main crystal, but possesses many parallel crystals and side crystals, with a termination that resembles the roof of a large suburban house ... many steps and levels!  It looks like a couple of tiny garnet crystals may be scattered around on it.  Just a whopper of a specimen!  You will never find a better one for the price!  It just screams "put me in your cabinet!"

 

Topaz
#TPZ0001
Shigar Valley, Skardu District,
Northern Areas, Pakistan

52.5 mm x 46.7 mm x 42.8 mm

$850

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Description:

Should this be part of a Gem Crystals update?  Perhaps.  This is a magnificent and unusual topaz crystal, and it's huge!  It has a marvelous whisky-brown hue, with an unusual colorless zone near the termination (see the right photo).  It has a few small nicks that do not detract much from the overall appearance, but keep the price below four figures.  The crystal has amazing form, with beveled secondary terminations, and shows a frosting of a white mineral on the termination, which adds a nice contrast.  There are several small crystals growing on the pinacoidal face of the termination.  Just an awesome giant, gemmy crystal!

 

Adamite var. Manganoan
#ADM0001
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi,
Durango, Mexico

62.8 mm x 48.1 mm x 48.4 mm

$195

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Description:

Here we have one of the most desireable minerals from this famous mine.  The specimen consists of a limonite matrix with a vug of two-toned white-to-deep-purple manganoan adamite crystals, as large as 8mm each.  Some crystals show deep saturated tips while others are more stubby and are pure purple-pink throughout.  The crystals are in great shape and well terminated.  The matrix could be trimmed a bit, but this is a true treasure and priced to sell!

 

Benitoite & Neptunite
#BEN0002
Benitoite Gem Mine,
San Benito Co., CA, USA

43.5 mm x 28.3 mm x 24.7 mm

$350

SOLD


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Description:

Someone went to great lengths to make this specimen stand out among the rest.  This specimen has been trimmed and the natrolite has been etched to perfection to provide a lovely contrast with the crystals.  We have a perfect, doubly terminated neptunite nestled between two very lustrous deep blue benitoites.  The benitoites are unusual in that they are lustrous on all faces (look at the reflection of the natrolite in the benitoite crystal in the right photo), and as they formed they were lifted slightly off the crossite matrix ... just amazing.  The largest benitoite is 12.3 mm, and the neptunite is 17.6 mm long.  A wonderful miniature specimen.

 

Veszelyite
#VSZ0001
Loachang Tin Mine, Gejiu
Yunnan Province, China

85.5 mm x 73.0 mm x 45.1 mm

$700

SOLD

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Description:

I pondered placing this specimen in a future Rare Species update.  But it displays so nicely, I had to place it here!  When we hear "veszelyite," we naturally think of the well-formed crystals from Philipsburg, Montana.  But this specimen represents a rare, one-time find in China.  It consists of a super rich coating of electric blue microcrystals on a beautifully contrasting pale beige matrix.  The matrix contains numerous cavities that have also been filled with the veszelyite crystals.  It looks as if someone sprayed the matrix with blue candy flecks!  And I have never seen another specimen like it from this locale!  As far as I know, the veszelyite from this find is even rarer than those specimens from Philipsburg.  This is a mineralogical masterpiece!

 

Beryl var. Aquamarine
#AQU0003
Rumney, Grafton Co.,
New Hampshire, USA

79.0 mm x 41.4 mm x 77.1 mm

$285

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Description:

This is one of those amazing rare locale specimens that you are lucky to come across ... ever!  The specimen consists of a single aquamarine crystal in a massive quartz matrix with partial feldspar crystals.  The aquamarine measures 60.6 mm x 14.0 mm x 13.6 mm and is a lovely sky blue color, with a natural undamaged termination.  The specimen has been repaired, as the crystal was originally in three pieces and partially detached from matrix.  This is why the price is so reasonable for a New England aquamarine specimen with such rarity and aesthetics.  Former Conklin specimen.

 

Chrysoberyl
#CHR0002
Greenfield,
New York, USA

61.7 mm x 41.9 mm x 48.8 mm

$600

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Description:

A New York chrysoberyl!  Yes, that's true, this is a very, VERY rare chance for you to own a chrysoberyl from this super rare locale in Greenfield, New York.  This specimen consists of a white marble-like matrix with one main yellow-green sixling twin of chrysoberyl that measures 12.8 x 13.2 x 2.7 mm, and several smaller partial crystals scattered about.  But the main crystal is well-formed and stands out when displayed vertically or when the specimen is placed on its side.  Just an awesome specimen and you can search all you want, but you won't likely find another like it!

 

Adamite var. Cuprian (w/ Ferrilotharmeyerite)
#ADM0002
Tsumeb,
Otjikoto Region, Namibia

49.3 mm x 20.1 mm x 11.1 mm

$285
SOLD


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Description:

Look at the intense color of these cuproadamite crystals!  Just an electric forest green color, these crystals are well formed and show great luster and gemminess.  There is some minor brown-yellow ferrilotharmeyerite near the matrix that can be seen in the bottom of the left photo.  Some minor fragmenting of the crystals near the perimeter of the specimen, but not at all detracting.  The color is so intense, that's about all one can think about!  This is a fine miniature for a great price, worthy of being in any Tsumeb suite.

 

Neptunite
#NEP0001
Benitoite Gem Mine,
San Benito Co., CA, USA

34.6 mm x 21.1 mm x 12.2 mm

$65

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Description:

This is a fine miniature, well-balanced and trimmed.  It consists of a spray of lustrous, jet-black neptunite, terminated crystals showing red metallic highlights, on a contrasting matrix of white natrolite.  If you want a nice miniature specimen for a great price, this is the neptunite for you!

 

Pyromorphite var. Arsenian
#PYM0001
Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg
Idaho, USA

84.2 mm x 73.1 mm x 38.7 mm

$495
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Description:

This is a classic specimen from a world-reknowned locale for the species.  It is a lovely, three-dimensional specimen showing all sorts of bubbly goodness!  It has the typical orange-brown color for the arsenian variety, and is fun to look at with all its nooks and crannies.  There are literally thousands of individual crystal faces that are combined into a botryoidal work of art.  This is a wonderful example for the species, and belongs front and center in your display cabinet.  The price is right!

 

Benitoite, Neptunite, & Joaquinite
#BEN0003
Tsumeb,
Otjikoto Region, Namibia

52.6 mm x 33.4 mm x 18.5 mm

$245

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Description:

Here is another excellent combo piece from the Gem Mine.  There are two deep blue benitoites, the largest of which is 15.0 mm across, massive/crystalline neptunite, and rich tangerine joaquinite crystals to over 3mm.  If you've been looking for a display-worthy specimen that sports all three species the Gem Mine is famous for (well, there are some other equally rare species found there!), then this is a great piece for you!  There are so many benitoite specimens out there, but rarely do you see such a nice, balance specimen with all the species you desire.  If the neptunite were more crystallized, this could be a $500 specimen easily.  But it is very attractive as it is, and I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

 

Topaz
#TPZ0002
Thomas Range, Juab Co.,
Utah, USA

48.8 mm x 26.3 mm x 11.1 mm

$150

SOLD

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Description:

Yet another American classic, a beautiful, doubly-terminated sherry topaz specimen from the Thomas Range.  One termination is flawless and totally gem material.  The other is slightly larger and a bit included, but overall this specimen show lustrous faces and amazing form.  There is a side crystal of topaz that sports some minor rhyolite and two complex bixbyite crystals.  There are many topaz crystals that surface from this locale, but this is a zesty specimen with great aesthetics, and its priced right.  Don't bother paying double the price elsewhere for a lesser quality specimen, this one is here for you now!

 

Beryl var. Aquamarine
#AQU0004
Jos Plateau,
Nigeria

86.6 mm x 21.7 mm x 15.9 mm

$365

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Description:

This is a giant crystal from the this famous Nigerian locale!  This specimen consists of one main terminated crystal of a deep icy blue color, with a small gemmy side crystal that is also terminated.  The main crystal's termination shows natural etching and pitting, but is not broken.  The specimen has some iron oxides that can probably be removed with a high pressure water gun and/or some oxacylic acid.  This is a wonderful location piece, and will stand out in a cabinet just based on its size alone.

 

Lazulite
#LAZ0001
Farbergraben, Werfen,
Salzburg, Austria

122.2 mm x 62.0 mm x 62.9 mm

$345

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Description:

Wow, it's not a Yukon lazulite!  And it's not from Graves Mountain!  Here we have a very large, aesthetic lazulite from a classic Austrian locale.  The specimen consists of crystalline and massive deep blue lazulite on a brownish contrasting matrix, which itself abruptly changes from rusty brown to gray on the non-display side.  The color of the lazulite is intense and eye-catching, and there are several areas showing crystal faces.  It's uncommon to find a European lazulite, especially from this locale, so don't miss your chance at owning this unique specimen!

 

Rhodochrosite
#RHC0003
N'Chwaning Mine, Kuruman,
Kalahari, Northern Cape, South Africa

71.8 mm x 48.7 mm x 45.4 mm

$400

SOLD


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Description:

This specimen is just absolutely delicious (just an expression, please don't eat it!).  It consists of 6.0 cm x 4.6 cm druse of literally hundreds of cherry red scalenohedral crystals on a matrix of black manganite.  You could spend hours looking at all these crystals under a loupe, but they are large enough for your unaided eye to enjoy!  Some crystals show nicks near the perimeter of the specimen, but nothing to get worked up about.  The color is just so intense, and the habit just screams "N'chwaning!"  It's rare to find such an aesthetic cabinet specimen for such a great price.

 

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