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01599:
Tourmaline (Schorl) and Fluorite
Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia
Miniature - 4.4 x 3.1 x 2.6 cm (1.7 x 1.2 x 1.0 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

An intergrown cluster of minty green fluorite crystals and jet black schorl. The fluorites are mostly translucent, with cubic to octahedral to more complex crystal forms. Many of the crystals in this specimen are incomplete. Sits perfectly for display without needed a stand due to its naturally flat base.







03878:
Chrysocolla pseudomorph after Gypsum or Azurite - $50
Ray Mine, Mineral Creek District, Pinal County, Arizona
Miniature - 5.5 x 4.0 x 2.8 cm (2.2 x 1.6 x 1.1 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

This began as a cluster of azurite or gypsum crystals (exactly which remains a matter of debate)) which over time was replaced by light pastel blue-green, opaque chrysocolla, but the original azurite crystal shape was retained. The largest distinct 'crystal' is 4.9 cm in length, and lies along the front of the specimen. In places the chrysocolla cores can be seen. An affordable example of a classic pseudomorph from a classic pseudomorph locality.







04574:
Tourmaline, Albite, and Muscovite - $40
Elizabeth R Mine, Pala District, San Diego County, California
Large cabinet - 10.1 x 4.8 x 4.3 cm (4.0 x 1.9 x 1.7 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

This specimen is a large, fat black tourmaline crystal (most likely schorl but one cannot determine tourmaline species solely based on color), with a contact termination on one end (left on first picture) and broken on the other. Accented with scattered white albite and a bit of muscovite. Other than the incomplete termination this specimen has no damage to speak of. Personally collected November 200.




05579:
Spodumene and Muscovite - $100
Minas Gerais, Brazil
Large cabinet - 14.2 x 8.8 x 5.9 cm (5.6 x 3.5 x 2.3 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

This specimen probably started as a single spodumene crystal which through natural etching and fragmentation became many smaller pieces, now cemented together with a beige mica (probably muscovite). An interesting snapshot in the life of a spodumene crystal, one of those minerals highly prone to natural etching. A few of the smallest spodumene fragments on the very ends have broken edges, but overall, nothing I would call noticeable or detracting damage.







07275:
Beryl (variety Aquamarine)- $50
Mt Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
Cabinet - 9.6 x 6.6 x 2.6 cm (3.8 x 2.6 x 1.0 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A large and somewhat oddly shaped aquamarine beryl, translucent to opaque, with a light blue color. A few naturally-etched regions on the display face but around the edges. Two small chips are noted --neither on the display face -- and overall in quite nice condition.







08186:
Tourmaline and Albite (variety Cleavelandite)
Chamachhu, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Miniature - 3.8 x 3.7 x 2.8 cm (1.5 x 1.5 x 1.2 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A sharply terminated, deep green to black tourmaline is nestled in a cluster of white, translucent cleavelandite blades. The very tip of the tourmaline termination is gemmy and nearly colorless. Edges of some cleavelandite blades have a white crusty coverage, like snow. Excellent color contrast, sits perfectly for display without needing a stand, and not damaged.







08236:
Fluorite - $14
Er Rachidia Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Cabinet - 6.7 x 6.1 x 2.4 cm (2.6 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A group of lightly frosted, translucent fluorite crystals. As is often seen in fluorite, color depends upon light source. For example the cluster appears a light blue under one of my white LED lamps, but more purplish under another.







08360:
Ernstite pseudomorph after Childrenite/Eosphorite
Mendes Pimentel, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature - 5.3 x 2.5 x 1.4 cm (2.1 x 1.0 x 0.6 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

A sharp and faithful example of this classic but now uncommon pseudomorph. (Mindat includes just one example from this locality.) This must have been a rather large childrenite/eosphorite specimen in its past. The locality is noted for all sorts of uncommon phosphates. No damage. Accompanied by an old Ernie Schlichter dealer label.







08555:
Faustite, Hemimorphite, and Molybdenite
Bingham Canyon Mine, Bingham District, Salt Lake County, Utah
Large cabinet - 10.3 x 5.0 x 2.9 cm (4.1 x 2.0 x 1.1 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

Of main interest here is a rich crust of light yellow, botryoidal faustite, an uncommon hydrated basic zinc aluminum phosphate, ZnAl6(PO4)4(OH)8 . 4H2O. Scattered about the faustite crust are small but sharp and colorless hemimorphite crystals. A partial layer of metallic molybdenite lies underneath. An interesting association specimen from one of the largest and highest-grade porphyry orebodies in the world. Displays quite nicely without a stand.




08605:
Gypsum, Thaumasite, and Quartz (variety Amethyst) - $40
Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey
Large cabinet - 12 x 12 x 11 cm (4.5 x 4.5 x 4 inches)
ex Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia collection #9047
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A large and old matrix specimen from the classic New Jersey locality. Present are gypsum cleavages plus a complete crystal buried in a protective cavity (fourth picture) as well as a band of mostly massive, purple amethyst quartz. The main interests here are the historical provenance (read this Mineralogical Record editorial on the sale of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia mineral collection sale) and the association/locality.







08606:
Quartz casts (epimorphs) after Glauberite
Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey
Large cabinet - 14 x 11 x 9 cm (5.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 inches)
ex Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia collection #21339
Specimen status: Sold

A large and old matrix specimen from the classic New Jersey locality. This specimen began as glauberite crystals, which were then coated with massive quartz, followed by dissolution of the glauberite, leaving these casts behind. The main interests here are the historical provenance (read this Mineralogical Record editorial on the sale of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia mineral collection sale) and the epimorph/locality. A previous dealer label (included) indicates gypsum is present but I don't see anything significant. Donated to the Academy by Samuel G. Gordon (1997-1952).




08722:
Silver

San Genaro Mine, Castrovirreyna Province, Huancavelica Department, Peru

Miniature - 3.6 x 2.3 x 1.7 cm (1.4 x 0.9 x 0.7 inches)
Specimen status: Sold

Silver wire sprays to about 5 mm on the edge of a quartz crystal-lined pocket on a scrap of quartz/mixed sulfides matrix. This 'toenail' specimen could probably be trimmed to a thumbnail without significant loss. No damage.



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