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CALCITE from Frizzington, Cumberland, England [./Eurmins1102/caleng13a.jpg]


No. CAL ENG 13 - $ 5500.00

CALCITE

Locality: Frizzington, Cumberland, England

Specimen Size: 8 x 6.5 x 4 cm (small cabinet)


This is such a perfect specimen of one the great examples of a European classic. A superb, classic, lustrous, aesthetic, attractive, Hematite-included , scalenohedral crystal group from this desirable locality. I have thoroughly looked over this piece and can find no visible damage. It's perfect all around, and a collector quality piece such as this can only be found in collections such as the British Museum.

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GAHNITE from Erik Mattsgruvan Stope, Falu Copper Mine, Falun, Dalana, Sweden Collected before 1900 [./Eurmins1102/358b.jpg] GAHNITE from Erik Mattsgruvan Stope, Falu Copper Mine, Falun, Dalana, Sweden Collected before 1900 [./Eurmins1102/358c.jpg]


No. 358 - $ 950.00

GAHNITE

Locality: Erik Mattsgruvan Stope, Falu Copper Mine, Falun, Dalana, Sweden Collected before 1900

Specimen Size: 2.5 x 2 cm (thumbnail)
Largest crystal: 1.5 cm.


This is the type locality for Gahnite and was named for the renowned Swedish chemist who lived and worked in Falun. Although the specimen is small, it is the only one that I have seen for sale in my career as a mineral dealer. It has some damage, but still has fine, sharp, octahedral crystals on talc matrix.

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HEMATITE HEMATITE


No. 232-1 - SOLD

HEMATITE "Ironroses"

Locality: St. Gotthard (actually from a small mountain named La Fibbia near the famous Gotthard Pass), Canton Ticino, Switzerland Collected: circa 1870's

Specimen Size: 6.5 x 4 x 3 cm (small cabinet)
Largest


When one in the mineral world talks about an ironrose , this is what they mean. Superb, lustrous, classic, large "ironroses" (or "eisenrosen" in German) made up of tabular hexagonal crystals with minor matrix. The Hematites from St. Gotthard are not only some of the true European classics, and they are nearly unobtainable these days for collectors.



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HEMATITE HEMATITE


No. 11-232 - SOLD

HEMATITE "Ironroses"

Locality: St. Gotthard (actually from a small mountain named La Fibbia near the famous Gotthard Pass), Canton Ticino, Switzerland

Specimen Size: 5 x 4 x 3.5 cm (miniature)
Largest


When one in the mineral world talks about an ironrose , this is what they mean. Very fine, lustrous, classic "ironroses" (or "eisenrosen" in German) made up of tabular hexagonal crystals with Adularia on matrix. The Hematites from St. Gotthard are not only some of the true European classics, and they are nearly unobtainable these days for collectors.



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PROUSTITE from Jochimstal (formerly in Bohemia), Jochimov, Cechy, Czech Republic [./Eurmins1102/proustcz1a.jpg] PROUSTITE from Jochimstal (formerly in Bohemia), Jochimov, Cechy, Czech Republic [./Eurmins1102/proustcz1b.jpg] PROUSTITE from Jochimstal (formerly in Bohemia), Jochimov, Cechy, Czech Republic [./Eurmins1102/proustcz1c.jpg]


No. PROUST CZ 1 - $ 7500.00 DISCOUNTED 60.00% OFF TO $ 3000.00

PROUSTITE

Locality: Jochimstal (formerly in Bohemia), Jochimov, Cechy, Czech Republic

Specimen Size: 3 x 2 x 1.5 cm (thumbnail)


ex.  Archduke of Saxony


Mined: circa 1870's - now An exceptional, gemmy, red twinned crystal with some minor sulfosalts from a great old classic locality !! A piece like this one does not come along very often. Rarely does one see a Proustite that didn't come from the western hemisphere these days for sale. It would not only be an outstanding addition for any collection, but this is a "thumbnail" collector's dream !

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BARITE from Anna mine, Brezove Hory, District of Pribram, Cechy (formerly Bohemia), Czech Republic [./Eurmins1102/10994a.jpg] BARITE from Anna mine, Brezove Hory, District of Pribram, Cechy (formerly Bohemia), Czech Republic [./Eurmins1102/10994b.jpg] BARITE from Anna mine, Brezove Hory, District of Pribram, Cechy (formerly Bohemia), Czech Republic [./Eurmins1102/10994c.jpg]


No. 10994 - SOLD

BARITE

Locality: Anna mine, Brezove Hory, District of Pribram, Cechy (formerly Bohemia), Czech Republic

Specimen Size: 5.5 x 6 x 2 cm (small cabinet)


Mined: 1789 - ex Narodn Museum Collection in Prague

A great specimen from an uncommon locality. It is filled with sharp, lustrous, gemmy sword-shaped crystals. This specimen is much more blue in person than the photos show. Minor damage to some of the crystals.



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CERUSSITE on Quartz from Strbro (formerly Mies in Bohemia), Cechy, Czech Republic [./Eurmins1102/cerpbqtz3a.jpg] CERUSSITE on Quartz from Strbro (formerly Mies in Bohemia), Cechy, Czech Republic [./Eurmins1102/cerpbqtz3b.jpg]


No. CER-PB-QTZ 3 - SOLD

CERUSSITE on Quartz

Locality: Strbro (formerly Mies in Bohemia), Cechy, Czech Republic

Specimen Size: 5 x 5 x 3 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 1.5 cm.


ex.  Archduke of Saxony


Mined: 1830's.

Fantastic classic, sharp, lustrous dark-brown twinned and untwinned crystals of Cerussite on Quartz with Galena from one of the great early localities for the species.



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MARCASITE from Vintirov, Cechy (formerly in Bohemia), Czech Republic Mined: 1974 [./Eurmins1102/marcz2a.jpg] MARCASITE from Vintirov, Cechy (formerly in Bohemia), Czech Republic Mined: 1974 [./Eurmins1102/marcz2b.jpg]


No. MAR CZ 1 - SOLD

MARCASITE

Locality: Vintirov, Cechy (formerly in Bohemia), Czech Republic Mined: 1974

Specimen Size: 7 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm (small cabinet)


A great, aesthetic, very bright, incredibly sharp crystal group. Unfortunately these photos do not do the piece justice, but I'm finding out how difficult it is to photograph the more lustrous sulfides with success.



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MARCASITE from Vintirov, Cechy (formerly in Bohemia), Czech Republic Mined: 1974 [./Eurmins1102/marcz1a.jpg] MARCASITE from Vintirov, Cechy (formerly in Bohemia), Czech Republic Mined: 1974 [./Eurmins1102/marcz1b.jpg]


No. Mar Cz 2 - $ 400.00

MARCASITE

Locality: Vintirov, Cechy (formerly in Bohemia), Czech Republic Mined: 1974

Specimen Size: 10.5 x 7.5 x 9 cm (cabinet)


A large, aesthetic, very bright, incredibly sharp crystal group. Unfortunately these photos do not do the piece justice, but I'm finding out how difficult it is to photograph the more lustrous sulfides with success.

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CASSITERITE from Horn Slavkov (formerly Schlaggenwald in Bohemia), Cechy, Czech Republic [./Eurmins1102/sn694cza.jpg] CASSITERITE from Horn Slavkov (formerly Schlaggenwald in Bohemia), Cechy, Czech Republic [./Eurmins1102/sn694czb.jpg] CASSITERITE from Horn Slavkov (formerly Schlaggenwald in Bohemia), Cechy, Czech Republic [./Eurmins1102/sn694czc.jpg]


No. SN 694 CZ - SOLD

CASSITERITE

Locality: Horn Slavkov (formerly Schlaggenwald in Bohemia), Cechy, Czech Republic

Specimen Size: 11 x 6.5 x 6 cm (cabinet)


This is a beautiful specimen of magnificent, sharp, bright, twinned crystals of Cassiterite with Topaz crystals. These were some of the best Cassiterite crystals in the world prior to the 20th Century. There is some minor damage to the specimen, but still a great European classic. Mined: circa 1880's.



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ILVAITE from Campiglia Marittima, (on the mainland in front of the island of Elba), Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy [./Eurmins1102/7047a.jpg]


No. 70--47 - SOLD

ILVAITE

Locality: Campiglia Marittima, (on the mainland in front of the island of Elba), Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy

Specimen Size: 5.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm (small cabinet)


A great specimen and a very rare locality piece from this wonderful old Italian island. Ilvaite is originally named after the island of Elba which is the type locality for the species. Interestingly enough, Elbaite is also named for the same locality. This is the only locality that I know of for which two species were named.



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FLUORAPATITE on Ferberite from Barroca Grande mine, Panasqueira, Portugal [./Eurmins1102/299a.jpg] FLUORAPATITE on Ferberite from Barroca Grande mine, Panasqueira, Portugal [./Eurmins1102/299b.jpg]


No. 299 - SOLD

FLUORAPATITE on Ferberite

Locality: Barroca Grande mine, Panasqueira, Portugal

Specimen Size: 7 x 5.5 x 4 cm (small cabinet)
Largest crystal: 9 mm.


ex.  Martin Erhman


Mined: 1971.

This piece has some great sharp, prismatic, gemmy crystals on Ferberite with Arsenopyrite, Siderite and Quartz. This is a less common color for Apatite from Panasqueira. More often they are green, and these baby-blue crystals are very attractive. This is one of the more "modern" classic localities that I've got listed on this page, but Panasqueira unmistakably fits into the category of classic.



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DYSCRASITE on Calcite from Samson mine, St. Andreasberg, Harz Mountains, Germany [./Eurmins1102/3328a.jpg] DYSCRASITE on Calcite from Samson mine, St. Andreasberg, Harz Mountains, Germany [./Eurmins1102/3328b.jpg] DYSCRASITE on Calcite from Samson mine, St. Andreasberg, Harz Mountains, Germany [./Eurmins1102/3328c.jpg] DYSCRASITE on Calcite from Samson mine, St. Andreasberg, Harz Mountains, Germany [./Eurmins1102/3328d.jpg]


No. 3328 - SOLD

DYSCRASITE on Calcite

Locality: Samson mine, St. Andreasberg, Harz Mountains, Germany

Specimen Size: 4 x 3.5 x 3 cm (miniature)
Crystal Size: 1.6 cm.


Old Specimen - cicra mid 1800's! Nearly 50% OFF now Despite what you might think at first glance, Dyscrasite is NOT a sulfide. It's actually AgSb (Silver Antimonide). For those of you who know what really good Dyscrasite crystals look like, this one blows them all away. This is the best crystal of Dyscrasite I've ever seen in my life. It is INCREDIBLY large and sharp for the species. It's from the famous, old, classic Samson mine in Germany. I showed this specimen to Charlie Key, who in my opinion is the most knowledgeable mineral dealer in the world, and he was shocked to see such an incredible Dyscrasite. He said it was the probably the best specimen of the species that he'd seen. For those of you who are always asking me for " killers ", this one truly falls into this category.



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TITANITE from Dodo, Russia [./Eurmins1102/titanitedodo303b.jpg] TITANITE from Dodo, Russia [./Eurmins1102/titanitedodo303c.jpg] TITANITE from Dodo, Russia [./Eurmins1102/titanitedodo303d.jpg] TITANITE from Dodo, Russia [./Eurmins1102/titanitedodo303f.jpg] TITANITE from Dodo, Russia [./Eurmins1102/titanitedodo303g.jpg]


No. TITANITE DODO 303 - SOLD

TITANITE

Locality: Dodo, Russia

Specimen Size: 5 x 3.7 x 3.5 cm (miniature)


Nowadays, the Russian Titanites are seen with an increasingly less amount of frequency as before. This is a very aesthetic specimen, with sharp, twinned, brownish-tan crystals of Titanite on Calcite. A very flashy specimen and fairly priced.



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SCHEELITE with Fluorite on matrix from Fürstenberg,  Waschleithe,  Schwarzenberg District,  Erzgebirge,  Saxony,  Germany [./Eurmins1102/scheelcz303a.jpg] SCHEELITE with Fluorite on matrix from Fürstenberg,  Waschleithe,  Schwarzenberg District,  Erzgebirge,  Saxony,  Germany [./Eurmins1102/scheelcz303b.jpg]


No. SCHEEL CZ 303 - $ 1500.00

SCHEELITE with Fluorite on matrix

Locality: Fürstenberg, Waschleithe, Schwarzenberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany

Specimen Size: 3.7 x 3.4 x 2.2 cm (miniature)


These are INCREDIBLY RARE, superb, sharp, highly lustrous, gemmy crystals of Scheelite with colorless Fluorite on matrix. A real great old European locality piece which are almost never seen for sale. Originally, this piece was labeled as coming from the Czech Republic, but I have received information from Louis-Dominique Bayle (editor of Le Regne Mineral) that it is from Fürstenberg.

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PYRITE from Navajun, Logrono region, La Rioja, Spain [./Eurmins1102/pyrspan4a.jpg] PYRITE from Navajun, Logrono region, La Rioja, Spain [./Eurmins1102/pyrspan4b.jpg]


No. PYR SPAN 4 - SOLD

PYRITE

Locality: Navajun, Logrono region, La Rioja, Spain

Specimen Size: 4.6 x 3.3 x 3.2 cm (miniature)


An excellent, sharp, highly lustrous, aesthetic crystal group from this famous Spanish locality.



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