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18960:
Calcite and Hemimorphite - $40
Potosí Mine, Aquiles Serdán, West Camp, Santa Eulalia District, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua, Mexico
Large cabinet - 13.3 x 5.1 x 3.0 cm (5.2 x 2.0 x 1.2 inches)
ex Bob Englander collection

Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A gorgeous specimen consisting of mostly transparent hemimorphite blades -- many with square terminations -- rising to about 1 cm above the matrix. Many of the hemimorphites stand upright (instead lying down on the matrix). Many are brownish near the base (probably iron oxide inclusions) but clear, colorless, and gemmy at the terminations. Scattered amongst the forest of hemimorphites are many tiny, white and opaque calcites, which reach maybe 2 mm. All of this sits on a black carpet (goethite)? whose growth layers are visible along the edges of the specimen. On the very bottom is a typical limonite gossan matrix. Except for the usual incomplete crystals around the edges (and this specimen has only a few of these), no damage. Displays nicely!







19210:
Fluorite - $40
Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois
Cabinet - 6.8 x 6.6 x 3.6 cm (2.7 x 2.6 x 1.4 inches)
ex Ed and Carol Headley collection
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A large fluorite crystals with an excellent phantom of darker, deeper color. As is typical for fluorite, color varies with lighting: this specimen is darker purple under one set of white LED lights, and a lighter, more bluish-purple under my other white LED lights. Minor chalcopyrite noted. A small corner cleave and minor microchipping observed, but these do not distract. Easily stands for display without needing a stand, but a backlit would be marvelous!




19250:
Halite and Sylvite - $14
Saunders Mine, Carlsbad Potash District, Eddy County, New Mexico
Miniature - 4.1 x 3.7 x 1.7 cm (1.6 x 1.5 x 0.7 inches)
ex Ed and Carol Headley collection
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A halite/sylvite crystal having a central purple-blue halite stripe, caused by natural 40K radioactivity (from the sylvite, which is colorless) knocking an electron out of sodium atoms. The crystal has a lightly frosted surface and is highly translucent, almost transparent. No damage.




19364:
Spinel - $44
Gon deposit, Sakha Republic, Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia
Miniature - 4.8 x 4.2 x 3.0 cm (1.9 x 1.7 x 1.2 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A large, opaque, deep blue (nearly black) spinel crystal, featuring a slightly 'melted' appearance. A few scattered chips but nothing major.







19385:
Wulfenite and Calcite - $30
Erupción Mine, Los Lamentos Mountains, Mun. de Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico
Large cabinet - 10.1 x 9.6 x 6.4 cm (4.0 x 3.8 x 2.5 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

An orange, translucent, and darn near perfect blocky wulfenite crystal of 9.8 mm rest on carpet of white to light brown, microcrystalline calcite. I like the loneliness of the wulfenite crystal, but could be trimmed to a smaller size if that's your desire. Rests perfectly for display as shown without needing a stand. As mentioned, the wulfenite is pristine.




19418:
Pyrite - $24
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca, Huallanca District, Bolognesi Province, Ancash Department, Peru
Miniature - 5.1 x 4.1 x 2.9 cm (2.0 x 1.6 x 1.1 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A cluster of bright and brassy pyrite crystals, dominated by a pair of tetrahedra with beveled edge modifications. The pyrites reach 2.8 cm along the crystal edge. A few small display face chips do not detract.




19422:
Wulfenite and Quartz - $125
Finch Mine, Banner District, Gila County, Arizona
Large cabinet - 12.0 x 8.7 x 7.4 cm (4.7 x 3.4 x 2.9 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

An Arizona classic! Clefts in matrix host numerous tabular wulfenite crystals, which have been coated with a layer of grayish, translucent chalcedony. The orange wulfenite color is clearly visible under the coating. Individual wulfenites reach about 9 mm. Several possibilities for display that do not need a stand. Some material could be trimmed off the back if you desire a more svelte specimen. Some wulfenites are the edges of the cavities have been sheered off, but the wulfenites within the cavities are in great shape.




19438:
Wulfenite and Calcite - $12
Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, La Paz County, Arizona
Cabinet - 6.2 x 2.5 x 1.6 cm (2.4 x 1.0 x 0.6 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A scarp of matrix hosts a group of transparent to opaque, tabular wulfenite crystals. The largest wulfenite rises about 5 mm above the matrix, and is (except for some tiny edge chipping) is undamaged. Could be trimmed to a thumbnail without significant loss.




19442:
Quartz (variety Fenster Quartz) - $10
Paredon, Mun. de Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico
Miniature - 4.9 x 3.1 x 1.8 cm (1.9 x 1.2 x 0.7 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A flattish cluster of fenster (window) quartz, with growth patterns and inclusions very typical of this quartz variety and difficult to photograph). Scattered, very minor edge chipping, otherwise no damage.




19522:
Arsenopyrite - $12
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
Miniature - 5.6 x 3.0 x 1.3 cm (2.2 x 1.2 x 0.5 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A flat group of bright and sharp arsenopyrite crystals to about 1.2 cm in length. No damage.







19580:
Pyrite - $75
Ross County, Ohio
Large cabinet - 15.5 x 8.4 x 6.8 cm (6.1 x 3.3 x 2.7 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A large and lustrous club-shaped pyrite specimen, with interesting crystal shape. The crystal morphology suggests marcasite, but chemical analysis of many similar specimens indicate pyrite. So maybe this is a pseudomorph of pyrite after marcasite? I've had this specimen for a few years now and it doesn't have the musty odor associated with decomposing marcasite, so I believe this specimen stable. A few bald spots on the back, but what I would consider as the display face is pristine.







19593:
Marcasite and Quartz - $125
Buick Mine, Bixby, Viburnum Trend District, Iron County, Missouri
Large cabinet - 17.7 x 7.5 x 6.8 cm (7.0 x 3.0 x 2.7 inches)
Specimen status: Available     Send email to order

A rich coverage of bright and sparkling marcasite crystals on a bed of glistening quartz druze. The marcasites are very sharp and reach about 4 mm. A whole bunch of marcasite that displays quite nicely. I've had this specimen for a few years now and it has none of the tell-tale, musty marcasite decomposition odor, so I believe it is quite stable. No damage.






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