"Mineral Classics" - Dealing in fine minerals and gems for over 45 years! Online since 2002!

 











*** Welcome to Mineral Classics! Thursday, November 23, 2017... Our database contains 2589 specimens, encompassing 187 species... Please be sure to check out our new fully searchable database feature (click on the Search Site button on the left side of the screen)




Worldwide Mineral Specimens





2017-11-23 04:12:28 (MST): Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /mnt/vol-97eb4796/data/minclassics/www.minclassics.com/navbar.php:360): /mnt/vol-97eb4796/data/minclassics/www.minclassics.com/s_present.php: line 37

US$    € EURO    ¥ YEN    £ POUND    CAN$    AUS$    Note




Inesite from Fengjiashan Mine (Daye mine), Edong Mining District, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China [./Worldwidemix1009/InesChWW1009a.JPG] Inesite from Fengjiashan Mine (Daye mine), Edong Mining District, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China [./Worldwidemix1009/InesChWW1009b.JPG] Inesite from Fengjiashan Mine (Daye mine), Edong Mining District, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China [./Worldwidemix1009/InesChWW1009d.JPG] Inesite from Fengjiashan Mine (Daye mine), Edong Mining District, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China [./Worldwidemix1009/InesChWW1009c.JPG]


No. INESCHWW 1009 - SOLD

Inesite

Locality: Fengjiashan Mine (Daye mine), Edong Mining District, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China

Specimen Size: 4.7 x 4.2 x 3.4 cm (miniature)


This is one of two of the finest, most intense red Inesites I have seen from this mine, and the largest single �ball� of Inesite that I have seen in this color. There have been hundreds of specimens of this material on the market since they first appeared in the 1990s, and they typically have a pale pink hue. This specimen shows an amazingly strong red color when backlit, and actually has a slight orange overtone as opposed to pink. This gorgeous, very well-formed, COMPLETE, radiating aggregate of bladed Inesite crystal is partially coated by gemmy, colorless tabular crystals of Apophyllite and micro crystals of dark brown Hubeite, for which this mine is the type locality. A very appealing specimen of Inesite that is certainly on par for size and color with its classic South African counterparts.



To order this specimen click here




(click on highlighted pictures to enlarge)

Inesite from Fengjiashan Mine (Daye mine), Edong Mining District, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China [./Worldwidemix1009/InesChWW10092e.JPG] Inesite from Fengjiashan Mine (Daye mine), Edong Mining District, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China [./Worldwidemix1009/InesChWW10092d.JPG] Inesite from Fengjiashan Mine (Daye mine), Edong Mining District, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China [./Worldwidemix1009/InesChWW10092b.JPG] Inesite from Fengjiashan Mine (Daye mine), Edong Mining District, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China [./Worldwidemix1009/InesChWW10092a.JPG] Inesite from Fengjiashan Mine (Daye mine), Edong Mining District, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China [./Worldwidemix1009/InesChWW10092f.JPG]


No. INESCHWW 10092 - SOLD

Inesite

Locality: Fengjiashan Mine (Daye mine), Edong Mining District, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China

Specimen Size: 9.8 x 8.5 x 7.2 cm (cabinet)
Inesite


This is one of two of the finest, most intense red Inesites I have seen from this mine since they first appeared on the market in the 1990s. The color shows none of the pale pink hue that is commonly associated with this material, and in fact has more of an orange overtone. This piece hosts a gorgeous, very well-formed, COMPLETE, radiating aggregate of strong red color bladed Inesite crystals perched atop of a matrix comprising Apophyllite, Quartz and Pyrite and micro crystals of dark brown Hubeite, for which this mine is the type locality. The color just glows when the Inesite is backlit. The piece could be trimmed down into a world-class miniature, but I wanted to leave it untrimmed in case somebody would have preferred to have a cabinet specimen. Attractive matrix specimens of Inesite from Fengjiashan are rare, and to find a piece with this color is unheard of.



To order this specimen click here




Barite from Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England [./Worldwidemix1009/BarWW1009e.JPG] Barite from Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England [./Worldwidemix1009/BarWW1009b.JPG] Barite from Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England [./Worldwidemix1009/BarWW1009c.JPG] Barite from Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England [./Worldwidemix1009/BarWW1009a.JPG] Barite from Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England [./Worldwidemix1009/BarWW1009g.JPG]


No. BARWW 1009 - $ 700.00 (=~ CAN$ 915.99)

Barite

Locality: Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England

Specimen Size: 7.5 x 5.6 x 5.3 cm (small cabinet)


A true classic from Frizington ! This specimen is a rarely seen gem quality Barite crystal group comprising very sharp, thick, lustrous, fine quality, "spear"-shaped blades with a fine pale blue color and slight internal phantoms. The piece is associated with minor Dolomite at the base. Overall, the specimen is in fantastic shape, and the one crystal on the end is nearly 100% water-clear. This piece was almost certainly mined in the late 1800's, when many of the best specimens were found. English Barites are certainly among the most classic of all European minerals, and specimens of this size and quality are not nearly as available on the market as they were years ago. A very well-priced small cabinet of this 100 year old material !

To order this specimen click here




Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./Worldwidemix1009/VivBolWW1009d.jpg] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./Worldwidemix1009/VivBolWW1009e.jpg] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./Worldwidemix1009/VivBolWW1009c.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./Worldwidemix1009/VivBolWW1009b.JPG] Vivianite from Morococala Mine, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./Worldwidemix1009/VivBolWW1009a.JPG]


No. VIVBOLWW 1009 - SOLD

Vivianite

Locality: Morococala Mine, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 5.7 x 3.8 x 3.7 cm (small cabinet)
Largest crystal: 4.7 cm.


ex.  Tom Gressman


In the early 1980's, the Morococala mine produced some of the largest and most spectacular Vivianite specimens in history. An incredibly large "room" of crystals was discovered, producing giant plates of crystals and individual singles measuring up to 60 cm (!) which were just pouring out of the mine for very a brief period of time. Then the mine manager decided that the miners were too distracted collecting Vivianite and not attending to their duties underground, so he decided to blow up the entire section of the mine where the Vivianite was being collected, thus destroying a large percentage of specimens that would have made their way to the market. This piece is one of the finest specimens of its size to come out of Morococala during the "Vivianite Boom". It hosts several, incredibly lustrous, slightly "curved", sharp, prismatic, GEM/gemmy, deep emerald green crystals of Vivianite on iridescent Pyrite matrix. The quality is top-notch for this locality, and the piece is as pristine as one could ask for in a piece this size. An incredibly fine, true collector-quality Vivianite specimen that is almost completely irreplaceable in today's market.

To order this specimen click here




Fluorite from Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China [./Worldwidemix1009/FLChWW1009b.JPG] Fluorite from Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China [./Worldwidemix1009/FLChWW1009e.JPG] Fluorite from Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China [./Worldwidemix1009/FLChWW1009a.JPG] Fluorite from Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China [./Worldwidemix1009/FLChWW1009f.JPG] Fluorite from Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China [./Worldwidemix1009/FLChWW1009d.JPG]


No. FLCHWW 1009 - SOLD

Fluorite

Locality: Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China

Specimen Size: 6.5 x 6.2 x 5.5 cm (small cabinet)
Largest crystal: 3.2 cm.


ex.  Tom Gressman


Without question, this mine quickly became one of the most prolific localities in China over the last ten years. Collectors have been blessed with a great influx of colorful, rare and attractive association specimens from this mine. Without question, Yaogangxian has produced some of the finest Bournonite and Stannite specimens in recent memory, but the plethora of top quality colorful Fluorite specimens that have found there way to the market is remarkable. This specimen, despite my best efforts to photograph it, is truly one of the finest color Fluorites that I have seen from this mine. In sunlight, the color is an electric bluish-green with great internal phantoms and razor-sharp, highly lustrous faces. These cubic crystals are incredibly gemmy, even water-clear in certain areas, and are highlighted by purple color zones. There is some minor associated Dolomite on the specimen for an added touch, but the piece simply put looks BETTER IN PERSON. In my experience, green Fluorites from this locality are not nearly as common as the blue or purple specimens. A brilliant display specimen of Fluorite from this "contemporary classic" locality.



To order this specimen click here




Gold from Round Mountain Mine, Round Mountain District, Nye County, Nevada [./Worldwidemix1009/AuNevWW1009d.JPG] Gold from Round Mountain Mine, Round Mountain District, Nye County, Nevada [./Worldwidemix1009/AuNevWW1009b.JPG] Gold from Round Mountain Mine, Round Mountain District, Nye County, Nevada [./Worldwidemix1009/AuNevWW1009c.JPG] Gold from Round Mountain Mine, Round Mountain District, Nye County, Nevada [./Worldwidemix1009/AuNevWW1009a.JPG]


No. AUNEVWW 1009 - $ 500.00 (=~ CAN$ 654.28) SOLD

Gold

Locality: Round Mountain Mine, Round Mountain District, Nye County, Nevada

Specimen Size: 2.0 x 1.1 x 0.6 cm (thumbnail)


Round Mountain has certainly made an impression with the amazingly diverse amount of fine crystallized Gold that it has produced. I have seen a great assortment of top quality specimens with numerous varying habits of Gold crystals from this mine. This piece is a choice thumbnail featuring absolutely razor-sharp, lustrous, bright, "pagoda"-like, skeletal octahedra of Gold with high metallic luster. The piece is slightly more yellow in the photos than in person, but the quality is fantastic. Crystallized Gold is rarely this sharp and distinct, but Round Mountain is certainly a step above most Gold localities in the world when it comes to the caliber of specimens.

To order this specimen click here




Tarbuttite from Kabwe Mine (Broken Hill Mine), Kabwe (Broken Hill), Central Province, Zambia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./Worldwidemix1009/TarbZaWW1009a.JPG] Tarbuttite from Kabwe Mine (Broken Hill Mine), Kabwe (Broken Hill), Central Province, Zambia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./Worldwidemix1009/TarbZaWW1009b.JPG] Tarbuttite from Kabwe Mine (Broken Hill Mine), Kabwe (Broken Hill), Central Province, Zambia (TYPE LOCALITY) [./Worldwidemix1009/TarbZaWW1009c.JPG]


No. TARBZAWW 1009 - SOLD

Tarbuttite

Locality: Kabwe Mine (Broken Hill Mine), Kabwe (Broken Hill), Central Province, Zambia (TYPE LOCALITY)

Specimen Size: 7.7 x 6.5 x 3.0 cm (small cabinet)
Largest crystal: 0.5 cm.


This is the finest piece of Tarbuttite that I have handled in my life, and honestly looks even better in person than the photos might indicate. The Kabwe mine, (also called the Broke Hill Mine), opened near the beginning of the 20th Century, and operated for over 80 years, producing over 20 million tons of ore. Tarbuttite is only found in a few world localities, and Kabwe is the type locality for species. This mine is not to be confused with Broken Hill, Australia, which is also one of the few world localities where Tarbuttite is found. This fairly simple Zinc Hydroxy Phosphate is not typically found in fine quality specimens, especially in this size. This piece is blanketed with a full coverage of marvelous, very sharp, GEM/gemmy, grey/colorless, triclinic tabular blades with a distinct pearly luster. The crystals are sitting on a gossan matrix with minor associated white needles of either Hydrozincite or Hydrocerussite.



To order this specimen click here




Fluorite with Strontianite from Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois [./Worldwidemix1009/FLIlWW1009d.JPG] Fluorite with Strontianite from Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois [./Worldwidemix1009/FLIlWW1009b.JPG] Fluorite with Strontianite from Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois [./Worldwidemix1009/FLIlWW1009e.JPG] Fluorite with Strontianite from Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois [./Worldwidemix1009/FLIlWW1009g.JPG] Fluorite with Strontianite from Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois [./Worldwidemix1009/FLIlWW1009h.JPG] Fluorite with Strontianite from Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois [./Worldwidemix1009/FLIlWW1009c.JPG]


No. FLILWW 1009 - SOLD

Fluorite with Strontianite

Locality: Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois

Specimen Size: 7.7 x 6.9 x 5.0 cm (small cabinet)
Largest crystal: 4.2 cm.


ex.  Ernie Schilchter
ex.  John Marshall


I must preface everything by saying that this piece truly is more attractive in person. The incredible WATER-CLEAR cubic crystals with their razor-sharp faces, and beautifully color-zoned internal phantoms make this one of the most impressive and attractive Fluorites from Illinois that I have handled. The piece was backlit in the photos to show the great range of color within the crystals which range from a golden hue in the center, to a pinkish color, then a slight purple zone which grades into the most gorgeous ocean blue color which fades into nearly colorless on the exterior edges of the crystals. Like all Fluorites from this area, the best color is seen in sunlight, and the photos convey the color well, but still better when you're holding the piece in your hands. There is some minor associated Strontianite on the specimen, and the overall quality is remarkably fine. This specimen came from the Ernie Schlichter Collection, and his label states that the piece was once in the collection of the late John Marshall.



To order this specimen click here




Clinozoisite on Actinolite (var: Clinozoisite on Actinolite (var:


No. CLINOPAKWW 1009 - SOLD

Clinozoisite on Actinolite (var: "Mountain Leather")

Locality: Tormiq, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan

Specimen Size: 4.4 x 4.0 x 2.7 cm (miniature)
Largest crystal: 2.2 cm.


An absolutely water-clear, pristine, incredibly sharp, well-formed, textbook "sword"-shaped crystal of Clinozoisite aesthetically flaring out of a matrix of soft, white, matted Actinolite which is commonly called "Mountain Leather" . This specimen is one of the most artistic pieces I have seen from Tormiq, and is certainly a top competition-quality miniature. The balance of crystal versus matrix is excellent, and the sheer visual appeal of a gem crystal flaring off matrix like this is what makes mineral collecting so exciting. Tormiq is one of the most spectacular "Alpine Type" localities in the world, and has produced some of the finest Epidote/Clinozoisite/Zoisite specimens outside of the European Alps. I have never seen another specimen like this one from Tormiq, and it remains one of the finest quality matrix specimens of the species that I have seen from Pakistan.



To order this specimen click here




(click on highlighted pictures to enlarge)

Boleite from Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Mun. de Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico [./Worldwidemix1009/BoleMexWW1009c.JPG] Boleite from Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Mun. de Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico [./Worldwidemix1009/BoleMexWW1009f.JPG] Boleite from Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Mun. de Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico [./Worldwidemix1009/BoleMexWW1009d.JPG] Boleite from Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Mun. de Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico [./Worldwidemix1009/BoleMexWW1009a.JPG] Boleite from Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Mun. de Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico [./Worldwidemix1009/BoleMexWW1009b.JPG] Boleite from Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Mun. de Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico [./Worldwidemix1009/BoleMexWW1009e.JPG]


No. BOLEMEXWW 1009 - SOLD

Boleite

Locality: Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Mun. de Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Specimen Size: 8.2 x 4.8 x 4.7 cm (small cabinet)
Largest crystal: 1.1 cm.


Boleite is one of the most classic and highly sought after species from Mexico. It ranks highly among some of the most beautiful rare minerals in the world. This rare Potassium, Lead, Silver, Copper Hydroxyhalide was first discovered in 1891 and Santa Rosalia is the type locality for the species. Fine quality matrix specimens of Boleite are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain these days, let alone a specimen with MULTIPLE crystals like this one. There are eleven good sized crystals, and countless smaller (1 mm) crystals on the piece, making it one of the richest specimens of Boleite that I have handled. There are two impressive aspects of this piece in my mind. The first is the large (11 mm!), stepped, isolated cube in the center of the specimen (possibly with an epitaxial overgrowth of Pseudoboleite), and the second is the fact that there are associated cuboctahedral crystals on the piece as well! It is rare in my experience to have simple cubes and modified cuboctahera together on one specimen. The classic "Prussian Blue" color of the crystals makes Boleite such a desirable species. The crystals on the piece have great isolation and aesthetic appeal, and are not jumbled together. All in all, a very fine quality and attractive display specimen of this beloved material from the Baja Peninsula in Mexico.



To order this specimen click here




Carrollite from Kamoya South II Mine, Kamoya, Kambove, Central area, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo [./Worldwidemix1009/CarrolWW1009c.JPG] Carrollite from Kamoya South II Mine, Kamoya, Kambove, Central area, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo [./Worldwidemix1009/CarrolWW1009a.JPG] Carrollite from Kamoya South II Mine, Kamoya, Kambove, Central area, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo [./Worldwidemix1009/CarrolWW1009b.JPG]


No. CARROLWW 1009 - SOLD

Carrollite

Locality: Kamoya South II Mine, Kamoya, Kambove, Central area, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo

Specimen Size: 8.4 x 7.7 x 4.6 cm (small cabinet)
Largest crystal: 1.5 cm.


A lovely, sharp, lustrous, bright, metallic silvery color, striated, modified cuboctahedral crystal of Carrollite with a few secondary crystals are associated with minor Chalcopyrite on matrix. This piece is from the famous find around 2004, when the finest pieces of the species were discovered. The incredible luster and form of these crystals make them some of the most desirable metallic minerals on the planet. The best specimens of this uncommon Copper, Cobalt, Nickel Sulfide are found only in the Katanga region, and sadly it appears that very few of them are available now on the market.



To order this specimen click here




(click on highlighted pictures to enlarge)

Cerussite with Cerussite with Cerussite with Cerussite with


No. CERCHWW 1009 - $ 800.00 (=~ CAN$ 1046.85) SOLD

Cerussite with "Cuprian Cerussite"

Locality: Daoping Mine, Gongcheng County, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China

Specimen Size: 14.3 x 8.5 x 6.7 cm (cabinet)
Largest crystal: 0.8 cm.


A very good sized specimen of yellow Cerussite with the so-called blue-green "Cuprian" Cerussite (possibly coated or included by another secondary mineral, i.e., Chrysocolla or Pyromorphite?). The crystals have excellent luster and sharpness, and the two tone effect of the different color Cerussite against the brecciated, lead-bearing matrix makes this an appealing display specimen from a mine that is much better known for its amazing Pyromorphite specimens. I have not seen any new specimens of Cerussite from this mine in a few years, and only a handful of these yellow and blue-green specimens over the last five years.

To order this specimen click here




Hematite from Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil [./Worldwidemix1009/HemBrWW1009a.JPG] Hematite from Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil [./Worldwidemix1009/HemBrWW1009b.JPG] Hematite from Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil [./Worldwidemix1009/HemBrWW1009c.JPG] Hematite from Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil [./Worldwidemix1009/HemBrWW1009d.JPG]


No. HEMBRWW 1009 - SOLD

Hematite

Locality: Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil

Specimen Size: 3.0 x 2.6 x 2.2 cm (thumbnail)
Largest crystal: 2.1 cm.


A classic and seldom seen Hematite specimen from Novo Horizonte. These specimens have an uncommon and unusual form for Hematite (typically found in thin hexagonal blades), and are incredibly distinctive. The quality and luster of the crystals is outstanding, and due to its high silvery metallic sheen, it is nearly impossible to convey how bright the faces of these modified rhombohedra truly are. Rarely does one encounter such stout, blocky crystals of Hematite, and the luster is about as bright as it gets for the species. This specimen was mined in the mid to late 1970s, and is in amazingly good condition compared to the few others I have seen from the locality.



To order this specimen click here




Vesuvianite from Jeffrey mine (Jeffrey quarry; Johns-Manville mine), Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada [./Worldwidemix1009/VesCaWW1009b.JPG] Vesuvianite from Jeffrey mine (Jeffrey quarry; Johns-Manville mine), Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada [./Worldwidemix1009/VesCaWW1009a.JPG]


No. VESCAWW 1009 - SOLD

Vesuvianite

Locality: Jeffrey mine (Jeffrey quarry; Johns-Manville mine), Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada

Specimen Size: 3.1 x 2.1 x 1.1 cm (thumbnail)
Largest crystal: 2.1 cm.


A lovely gemmy green prismatic crystal group of Vesuvianite from the classic (and now nearly finished) Jeffrey Mine in Canada. This locality is one of the largest open-pit Asbestos mines in the world, and is well known for its colorful and distinctive Vesuvianite specimens which can range in color from colorless to purple to green in most cases. This piece is a distinctive crystal group and is in great shape overall, although the main crystal does have a small contact near the termination. The color is excellent on this toenail sized specimen, and now that very little is coming out of this mine (soon to be nothing), so be sure to get specimens from Jeffrey while you can.



To order this specimen click here