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World Wide Minerals, New Finds and Pieces from Our Collection

Here we have an assortment of new minerals that we picked up at the Tucson Show, along with general worldwide specimens and a few pieces from the family collection.   Be sure to check out the LARGE, SUPERB quality Betrandites from Brazil along with the BIG GEM QUALITY Petalite from Myanmar (Burma).



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No. TUC31701 - $ 4000.00 (=~ € 3585.60)

Rhodochrosite on Gypsum (var: "Selenite")

Locality: Sunnyside Mine, Bonita Peak, Eureka District, near Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado

Specimen Size: 9.2 x 6.3 x 2.4 cm (small cabinet)


The Sunnyside mine is one of the most famous localities in Colorado, not only was it a major Gold producer, but in my mind, it is only second to the famous Sweet Home Mine in terms of quality of  Rhodochrosite specimens. The Sunnyside has produced some beautiful Rhodochrosite association specimens that are not seen at the Sweet Home including the incredibly rare and desirable Gypsum associations. These specimens were limited at best (I've been told that there was only one pocket ever found), and only a handful of worthwhile pieces survive in collections today. This piece is a wonderful example of this highly sought after material featuring a beautiful baby pink color group of "rosette"-shaped Rhodochrosite rhombs which are flaring out of the colorless/white, gemmy to translucent, wedge-shaped crystal of Gypsum (var: "Selenite"). The aesthetics and balance are wonderful, and the quality of Gypsum is good for the material. The front is essentially damage free, but the back is contacted where it was removed from the pocket. As you can see the piece displays beautifully with the accompanying lucite base, and if you collect Rhodochrosite, carbonates, Colorado minerals or just rare associations, don't miss out on this one. A true Colorado classic from the San Juan Mountains.



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Halite (great color) (fluorescent!) from Rudna Mine, Lubin District, Legnica, Lower Silesia, Poland [./tuc317/tuc31702a.JPG] Halite (great color) (fluorescent!) from Rudna Mine, Lubin District, Legnica, Lower Silesia, Poland [./tuc317/tuc31702b.JPG] Halite (great color) (fluorescent!) from Rudna Mine, Lubin District, Legnica, Lower Silesia, Poland [./tuc317/tuc31702c.JPG] Halite (great color) (fluorescent!) from Rudna Mine, Lubin District, Legnica, Lower Silesia, Poland [./tuc317/tuc31702d.JPG] Halite (great color) (fluorescent!) from Rudna Mine, Lubin District, Legnica, Lower Silesia, Poland [./tuc317/tuc31702e.JPG] Halite (great color) (fluorescent!) from Rudna Mine, Lubin District, Legnica, Lower Silesia, Poland [./tuc317/tuc31702f.JPG] Halite (great color) (fluorescent!) from Rudna Mine, Lubin District, Legnica, Lower Silesia, Poland [./tuc317/tuc31702g.JPG] Halite (great color) (fluorescent!) from Rudna Mine, Lubin District, Legnica, Lower Silesia, Poland [./tuc317/tuc31702h.JPG] Halite (great color) (fluorescent!) from Rudna Mine, Lubin District, Legnica, Lower Silesia, Poland [./tuc317/tuc31702i.JPG] Halite (great color) (fluorescent!) from Rudna Mine, Lubin District, Legnica, Lower Silesia, Poland [./tuc317/tuc31702j.JPG]


No. TUC31702 - $ 450.00 (=~ € 403.38)

Halite (great color) (fluorescent!)

Locality: Rudna Mine, Lubin District, Legnica, Lower Silesia, Poland

Specimen Size: 7.2 x 6.3 x 6.1 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 2.0 cm


From a new find at the lesser known Rudna Mine in Poland, these specimens that showed up in Tucson are some of the most colorful and certainly aesthetic Halites you'll see from any locality. I've only seen a few other green Halites from this locality, and they were seriously lacking in gemminess and displayability. The captivating green hue is what immediately draws the eye to this piece. In areas the crystals are completely colorless (and nearly WATER-CLEAR!), but the tone and saturation of the green color is just beautiful as it gives the piece an other worldly quaility. The crystals are actually quite gemmy, with wonderful cubic form, but the most interesting and eye-catching aspect for me is the fact that they seem have grown in a pseudo "Faden" formation. When the piece is backlit, you can see what appear to be very thin "string"-like growth lines insides the Halites. This gives the piece amazing three-dimensional form, which is not often seen in Halite from any world locality. The largest crystal measures 2.0 cm on edge, and after looking closely, I really can't see any damage with the naked eye. The piece displays wonderfully from several directions. There's even an interesting orange zoned fluorescence under SW UV light! A really cool and worthwhile Halite with excellent form, color, quality and size that would make a perfect addition to your collection.



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Bertrandite (superb quality) from Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc317/tuc31703a.JPG] Bertrandite (superb quality) from Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc317/tuc31703b.JPG] Bertrandite (superb quality) from Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc317/tuc31703c.JPG]


No. TUC31703 - $ 1500.00 (=~ € 1344.60)

Bertrandite (superb quality)

Locality: Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Specimen Size: 3.5 x 2.2 x 2.0 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 3.0 cm.


From a new find at the end of 2016, these specimens are arguably the finest examples of the species extant. Back in the late 1980s or early 1990s (according to various sources) there was a discovery at the Golconda Mine that produced some extraordinary Bertrandites. These specimens were quickly forgotten, and only a few of them are seen on the market coming out of old collections. Fortunately a second (but also very limited) discovery was made at the end of 2016, and a handful more of these outstanding Bertrandites showed up at Tucson. We were lucky to have first pick from a parcel that belonged to a good friend, and we were blown away by both the size and quality of these crystals. We selected the best pieces in terms of size and quality. Betrandite is a fairly rare beryllium silicate, and crystals are typically small worldwide, usually less than 1 cm. These new specimens from Golconda feature crystals measuring OVER 3 cm(!) which is world-class for the species. Not only are these monstrous crystals, but the quality is as good as it gets showing a glossy vitreous luster and a gorgeous porcelain-white hue. This particular piece features a pair of a top quality, highly lustrous, layered groups of Bertrandite measuring up to 3.0 cm aesthetically set on minor matrix. It's incredibly rare to find good matrix specimens of Betrandite, let alone pieces with such enormous fine quality crystals. A great miniature specimen for anybody who collects pegmatite minerals, Brazilian minerals or just top quality minerals specimens.

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Bertrandite (superb quality) from Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc317/tuc31704a.JPG] Bertrandite (superb quality) from Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc317/tuc31704b.JPG] Bertrandite (superb quality) from Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc317/tuc31704c.JPG]


No. TUC31704 - $ 1500.00 (=~ € 1344.60)

Bertrandite (superb quality)

Locality: Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Specimen Size: 4.0 x 2.3 x 1.5 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 2.6 cm.


From a new find at the end of 2016, these specimens are arguably the finest examples of the species extant. Back in the late 1980s or early 1990s (according to various sources) there was a discovery at the Golconda Mine that produced some extraordinary Bertrandites. These specimens were quickly forgotten, and only a few of them are seen on the market coming out of old collections. Fortunately a second (but also very limited) discovery was made at the end of 2016, and a handful more of these outstanding Bertrandites showed up at Tucson. We were lucky to have first pick from a parcel that belonged to a good friend, and we were blown away by both the size and quality of these crystals. We selected the best pieces in terms of size and quality. Betrandite is a fairly rare beryllium silicate, and crystals are typically small worldwide, usually less than 1 cm. These new specimens from Golconda feature world-class crystals for the species in both terms of size and quality. Not only are these monstrous crystals, but the quality is as good as it gets showing a glossy vitreous luster and a gorgeous porcelain-white hue. This particular piece features a few top quality, highly lustrous, layered groups of Bertrandite measuring up to 2.6 cm in an aesthetic formation. It's a tremendous rarity to find specimens of Bertrandite like this with such large fine quality crystals. A great miniature specimen for anybody who collects pegmatite minerals, Brazilian minerals or just top quality minerals specimens.



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Bertrandite (superb quality) with Tourmaline from Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc317/tuc31705a.JPG] Bertrandite (superb quality) with Tourmaline from Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc317/tuc31705b.JPG] Bertrandite (superb quality) with Tourmaline from Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc317/tuc31705c.JPG] Bertrandite (superb quality) with Tourmaline from Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc317/tuc31705d.JPG] Bertrandite (superb quality) with Tourmaline from Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc317/tuc31705e.JPG]


No. TUC31705 - $ 1800.00 (=~ € 1613.52)

Bertrandite (superb quality) with Tourmaline

Locality: Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Specimen Size: 3.7 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 3.3 cm.


From a new find at the end of 2016, these specimens are arguably the finest examples of the species extant. Back in the late 1980s or early 1990s (according to various sources) there was a discovery at the Golconda Mine that produced some extraordinary Bertrandites. These specimens were quickly forgotten, and only a few of them are seen on the market coming out of old collections. Fortunately a second (but also very limited) discovery was made at the end of 2016, and a handful more of these outstanding Bertrandites showed up at Tucson. We were lucky to have first pick from a parcel that belonged to a good friend, and we were blown away by both the size and quality of these crystals. We selected the best pieces in terms of size and quality. Betrandite is a fairly rare beryllium silicate, and crystals are typically small worldwide, usually less than 1 cm. These new specimens from Golconda feature crystals measuring OVER 3 cm(!) which is world-class for the species. Not only are these monstrous crystals, but the quality is as good as it gets showing a glossy vitreous luster and a gorgeous porcelain-white hue. This particular piece features an aesethetic cluster of top quality, layered groups of fine quality, highly lustrous, Bertrandite, the largest is DOUBLY-TERMINATED and measures 3.3 cm! To top it off, an associated dark blue-black colored "cat's eye" Tourmaline crystal is seen on the specimen, and if that wasn't enough, one end of the Tourmaline crystal shows a rare beautiful fibrous termination! It's a tremendous rarity to find specimens of Bertrandite like this with such large fine quality crystals, let alone with a Tourmaline crystal sitting right in the middle. The light greenish-yellow mineral appears to be Muscovite. A great miniature specimen for anybody who collects pegmatite minerals, Brazilian minerals or just top quality minerals specimens.



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Bertrandite (superb quality) (doubly-terminated) from Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc317/tuc31706a.JPG] Bertrandite (superb quality) (doubly-terminated) from Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc317/tuc31706b.JPG] Bertrandite (superb quality) (doubly-terminated) from Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc317/tuc31706c.JPG]


No. TUC31706 - $ 1650.00 (=~ € 1479.06)

Bertrandite (superb quality) (doubly-terminated)

Locality: Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Specimen Size: 3.6 x 1.9 x 0.5 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 3.6 cm.


From a new find at the end of 2016, these specimens are arguably the finest examples of the species extant. Back in the late 1980s or early 1990s (according to various sources) there was a discovery at the Golconda Mine that produced some extraordinary Bertrandites. These specimens were quickly forgotten, and only a few of them are seen on the market coming out of old collections. Fortunately a second (but also very limited) discovery was made at the end of 2016, and a handful more of these outstanding Bertrandites showed up at Tucson. We were lucky to have first pick from a parcel that belonged to a good friend, and we were blown away by both the size and quality of these crystals. We selected the best pieces in terms of size and quality. Betrandite is a fairly rare beryllium silicate, and crystals are typically small worldwide, usually less than 1 cm. These new specimens from Golconda feature crystals measuring OVER 3 cm(!) which is world-class for the species. Not only are these monstrous crystals, but the quality is as good as it gets showing a glossy vitreous luster and a gorgeous porcelain-white hue. This particular piece features a top quality, DOUBLY-TERMINATED, highly lustrous, layered group of Bertrandite. A tiny black prismatic Tourmaline crystal can be seen on one side of the piece for a nice touch. As far as I can see, the piece is a complete "floater" with no point of attachment on any side. It's a tremendous rarity to find specimens of Bertrandite like this with such large fine quality crystals, let alone DOUBLY-TERMINATED "floaters"! A great miniature specimen for anybody who collects pegmatite minerals, Brazilian minerals or just top quality minerals specimens. .



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Fluorite (Bicolor – GEM quality!) from Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./tuc317/tuc31707a.JPG] Fluorite (Bicolor – GEM quality!) from Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./tuc317/tuc31707b.JPG] Fluorite (Bicolor – GEM quality!) from Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./tuc317/tuc31707c.JPG] Fluorite (Bicolor – GEM quality!) from Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./tuc317/tuc31707d.JPG] Fluorite (Bicolor – GEM quality!) from Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./tuc317/tuc31707e.JPG] Fluorite (Bicolor – GEM quality!) from Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./tuc317/tuc31707f.JPG] Fluorite (Bicolor – GEM quality!) from Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./tuc317/tuc31707g.JPG]


No. TUC31707 - $ 1600.00 (=~ € 1434.24)

Fluorite (Bicolor – GEM quality!)

Locality: Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 4.5 x 4.3 x 2.7 cm (miniature)


Fluorite is beloved by collectors for the wide array of colors, habits and localities. It is consistently one of the most popular species for both dealers and collectors alike due to its tremendous diversity. Fluorite is one of my favorites as well, and fine quality specimens still astound me every time I see them. Within the last few years, the pegmatite locality at Chumar Bakhoor in Pakistan started producing some of the world's finest quality Fluorite specimens. This area was probably best known for its Aquamarines, and the Fluorites were often typically only an association species to the beautiful Aquas. Even before the world-class Fluorites were discovered at this locality, they were still interesting with wonderful pink and green bicolor crystals, and even attractive "Spinel"-twins. When the world-class Fluorites were discovered, it immediately reset the standard for this locality, but more importantly put these specimens on the the map as some of the world's best. This piece is a gorgeous, WATER-CLEAR, pink and green bicolor specimen of Fluorite with beautiful sharp, stepped octahedral faces and wonderful overall form. It's complete on the front, and displays beautifully as you can see from the photos, but it is does have a cleave, so it's not completely damage free, otherwise the price would be quite a bit higher. The bicolor appearance along with the CLARITY may not show through as well in the photos as it does in person, as this specimen was INCREDIBLY difficult to photograph! It remains a fine quality Fluorite from this well-known locality.



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Paratacamite (rare) with Malachite from Lily Mine, Pisco Umay, Ica Department, Peru [./tuc317/tuc31708a.JPG] Paratacamite (rare) with Malachite from Lily Mine, Pisco Umay, Ica Department, Peru [./tuc317/tuc31708b.JPG] Paratacamite (rare) with Malachite from Lily Mine, Pisco Umay, Ica Department, Peru [./tuc317/tuc31708c.JPG] Paratacamite (rare) with Malachite from Lily Mine, Pisco Umay, Ica Department, Peru [./tuc317/tuc31708d.JPG]


No. TUC31708 - $ 850.00 (=~ € 761.94)

Paratacamite (rare) with Malachite

Locality: Lily Mine, Pisco Umay, Ica Department, Peru

Specimen Size: 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.7 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 7 mm


A very showy and fine quality display specimen of the rare copper zinc hydroxyl halide Paratacamite from the famous Lily Mine in Peru. The finest examples of this mineral are found at the Lily Mine, and only a few pockets with good crystals have been discovered. As the name implies, the species is related to Atacamite, but contains zinc, which Atacamite does not, and the crystals are notably trigonal and not the typical fibrous form seen in Atacamite. This piece hosts several razor sharp, "wet"-looking / vitreous, trigonal crystals of Paratacamite with the classic rich forest green color. The largest crystal measures up to 7 mm across and the group is sitting beautifully on a bed of sparkling Quartz matrix with a minor "spray" of acicular green Malachite at the base. Fine quality for the species, and certainly worth picking up if you collect copper minerals, Peruvian minerals or just aesthetic display pieces of rare species.



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Fluorapatite from Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./tuc317/tuc31709a.JPG] Fluorapatite from Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./tuc317/tuc31709b.JPG] Fluorapatite from Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./tuc317/tuc31709c.JPG] Fluorapatite from Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./tuc317/tuc31709d.JPG] Fluorapatite from Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./tuc317/tuc31709e.JPG] Fluorapatite from Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./tuc317/tuc31709f.JPG] Fluorapatite from Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./tuc317/tuc31709g.JPG]


No. TUC31709 - $ 2400.00 (=~ € 2151.36)

Fluorapatite

Locality: Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal

Specimen Size: 4.7 x 3.7 x 3.5 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 3.2 cm


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


From the collection of my father, Richard Kosnar, here we have a fantastic miniature display specimen of the famous Fluorapatite specimens from Panasqueira, Portugal. This locality dates back over a century to 1896, and is actually still active today! The Apatites from this area are among the most recognizable and desirable for the species as the wide range of colors along with their beautiful form have made them a favorite among collectors for decades. This piece is a wonderful miniature display specimen featuring superb quality, razor-sharp, highly lustrous, gemmy, thick silvery-blue color tabular hexagonal crystals measuring up to 3.2 cm across. The specimen has excellent three-dimensional form with great aesthetics. There are a few minor nicks, as is often the case with this material, but the outstanding luster, color and sharpness of the crystals outweighs any trivial dings. Not only is the piece showy on the display side, but it's actually crytallized underneath with minor associated golden Siderite rhombs. Many of the Apatites from this area can have a "muddy" green hue, but it's the blue crystals that are rare and sought after by collectors. Oddly enough, this piece actually turns green in SUNLIGHT, and shows its best blue color under fluorescent bulbs. This piece dates back nearly 50 years, and was originally in my father's collection in the early 1970s and remained with us until we recently decided to sell it. There are not nearly as many Apatites from Panasqueira on the market as there was years ago, and pieces like this stand out as some of the finest examples of Fluorapatite extant.



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Fluorite (GEM quality) from Llamas Quarry, Duyos, Obdulia vein, Caravia District, Caravia mining area, Asturias, Spain [./tuc317/tuc31711a.JPG] Fluorite (GEM quality) from Llamas Quarry, Duyos, Obdulia vein, Caravia District, Caravia mining area, Asturias, Spain [./tuc317/tuc31711b.JPG] Fluorite (GEM quality) from Llamas Quarry, Duyos, Obdulia vein, Caravia District, Caravia mining area, Asturias, Spain [./tuc317/tuc31711c.JPG] Fluorite (GEM quality) from Llamas Quarry, Duyos, Obdulia vein, Caravia District, Caravia mining area, Asturias, Spain [./tuc317/tuc31711d.JPG] Fluorite (GEM quality) from Llamas Quarry, Duyos, Obdulia vein, Caravia District, Caravia mining area, Asturias, Spain [./tuc317/tuc31711e.JPG]


No. TUC31711 - $ 300.00 (=~ € 268.92)

Fluorite (GEM quality)

Locality: Llamas Quarry, Duyos, Obdulia vein, Caravia District, Caravia mining area, Asturias, Spain

Specimen Size: 2.0 x 1.8 x 1.4 cm (thumbnail)


The Llamas Quarry is a lesser known Fluorite producing locality in Asturias, on the north edge of Spain along the Bay of Biscay. In 2010 and 2011 some of the finest gem quality Fluorites were discovered and stashed away by one of the locals, who compiled a beautiful suite of specimens with varying habits and colors. According to our source, no more have been found, and nobody else seems to have them for sale now. We were fortunate to obtain a couple of crystals at the Tucson Show, and we're happy to bring them to you. There are several aspects to these specimens that make them so special. First is their impeccable quality from the standpoint of WATER-CLEAR clarity along with amazingly sharp, lustrous and well-formed crystals. The crystals on this specimen show a very light lavender hue. You might think the crystals are simple cubes, but if you look closely along the edges, you will see thin dodecahedral modifying faces, and a couple of the corners actually show RARELY seen triangular trapezohedral faces! So not only is the quality superb (it actually looks better than the photos might indicate), but it shows rare crystal faces for the species. Beautiful material, a great pickup for any thumbnail collector, a Fluorite collector or somebody who appreciates fine crystallization. Don't miss out as these have not been seen for several years, and may never come out again.



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Fluorite (GEM quality) from Llamas Quarry, Duyos, Obdulia vein, Caravia District, Caravia mining area, Asturias, Spain [./tuc317/tuc31712a.JPG] Fluorite (GEM quality) from Llamas Quarry, Duyos, Obdulia vein, Caravia District, Caravia mining area, Asturias, Spain [./tuc317/tuc31712b.JPG] Fluorite (GEM quality) from Llamas Quarry, Duyos, Obdulia vein, Caravia District, Caravia mining area, Asturias, Spain [./tuc317/tuc31712c.JPG] Fluorite (GEM quality) from Llamas Quarry, Duyos, Obdulia vein, Caravia District, Caravia mining area, Asturias, Spain [./tuc317/tuc31712d.JPG]


No. TUC31712 - $ 200.00 (=~ € 179.28)

Fluorite (GEM quality)

Locality: Llamas Quarry, Duyos, Obdulia vein, Caravia District, Caravia mining area, Asturias, Spain

Specimen Size: 1.5 x 1.2 x 1.0 cm (thumbnail)


The Llamas Quarry is a lesser known Fluorite producing locality in Asturias, on the north edge of Spain along the Bay of Biscay. In 2010 and 2011 some of the finest gem quality Fluorites were discovered and stashed away by one of the locals, who compiled a beautiful suite of specimens with varying habits and colors. According to our source, no more have been found, and nobody else seems to have them for sale now. We were fortunate to obtain a of crystals at the Tucson Show, and we're happy to bring them to you. There are several aspects to these specimens that make them so special. First is their impeccable quality from the standpoint of WATER-CLEAR clarity along with amazingly sharp, lustrous and well-formed crystals. The crystals on this specimen show a very light lavender hue. You might think the crystals are simple cubes, but if you look closely along the edges, you will see thin dodecahedral modifying faces, and a couple of the corners actually show RARELY seen triangular trapezohedral faces! So not only is the quality superb (it actually looks better than the photos might indicate), but it shows rare crystal faces for the species. A tiny bit of Quartz matrix can be seen at the base of the crystals. Beautiful material, a great pickup for any thumbnail collector, a Fluorite collector or somebody who appreciates fine crystallization. Don't miss out as these have not been seen for several years, and may never come out again. .



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Petalite (large GEM crystal) from Palelni mine ( Petalite (large GEM crystal) from Palelni mine ( Petalite (large GEM crystal) from Palelni mine (


No. TUC31714 - $ 5000.00 (=~ € 4482.00)

Petalite (large GEM crystal)

Locality: Palelni mine ("Kat Chay mine"), Khetchel village (Cache village; Khat Che village), Molo quarter, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 5.3 x 3.7 x 3.4 cm (small cabinet)


Typically Petalite occurs in colorless crystals, and are rarely well crystallized. This piece is an OUTSTANDING crystallized example of the rich "champagne" color Petalite from a find in Myanmar (Burma) within the last few years. We picked this piece up from a good friend of ours who came into the room in Tucson. My jaw dropped when I saw this specimen as it was not only one of the finest Burmese Petalites I've seen, but literally one of the finest gem crystals of Petalite extant. Most of the Petalites from this locality are small, and rather etched, and rarely found with such large and impressive crystallized examples. Not only is this crystal over 2 inches in length, it's also stout and has remarkably SMOOTH and LUSTROUS monoclininc form. If that weren't enough, the color is as rich as it gets for the material, and the upper half of the crystal is WATER-CLEAR and would easily yield a tremendous and valuable facted stone. I honestly don't know how this crystal survived the cutting wheel as almost everything mined in Burma is evaluated for gem rough value first, and specimen value is second. The crystal is complete on the front with a beautiful termination, but it did not finish crystallizing on the back, so it's incomplete on the other side. It still does not take away from the world-class quality of the crystal. If you have ever seen Petalites from localities in Brazil or Afghanistan, you know they can be rough looking, whitish colored and rarely gemmy let alone GEM QUALITY like this amazing crystal. Even compared to all other Burmese Petalites I've seen, this one stands above the rest as the finest example of the material that we've had to offer. How often does one see Petalite with this color with any form of crystallization, and in such a ridiculously large crystal? It should be noted that this crystal does a slight color change in different temperature lighting as it can shift from the golden "champagne" hue to more of a greenish overtone. Do not miss out on this one.  Unlike your typical gem crystals from pegmatites, i.e., Tourmaline, Beryl or Topaz, this is a magnificent example of a NON-pegmatite gem crystal specimen that few collectors have in their collections, especially in such fine quality.



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No. TUC31715 - $ 3000.00 (=~ € 2689.20)

Petalite (rare color – rare matrix specimen)

Locality: Palelni mine ("Kat Chay mine"), Khetchel village (Cache village; Khat Che village), Molo quarter, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 2.5 cm


Typically Petalite occurs in colorless crystals, and are rarely well crystallized. This piece is a fantastic and very rarely seen MATRIX specimen of the "champagne" color Petalite from a recent find in Myanmar (Burma). We picked this piece up from a good friend of ours who came into the room in Tucson. Most of the Petalites from this locality are small, and rather etched, so it's hard to enough to fine specimens with textbook crystal faces like this piece, but to find one on MATRIX, is unheard of. I asked my friend if he knew of another piece like this and he said that he had nearly 20 years of purchasing specimens experience in Burma and never came across a Petalite on matrix like this one. The best aspect of the piece is the crystal itself as it has remarkably SMOOTH and LUSTROUS faces with textbook monoclininc form. If that weren't enough, the crystal is complete all the way around, and so beautifully perched on the matrix. The center of the crystal is completely WATER CLEAR and would actually yield a good sized gemstone, but somebody was wise enough to preserve this amazing specimen and didn't ship it off to the cutting factory. There's actually a second side car crystal that is somewhat buried on the side of the piece, but it's the main crystal that draws your attention. If you have ever seen Petalites from localities in Brazil or Afghanistan, you know they can be rough looking, whitish colored and rarely gemmy let alone GEM QUALITY and on MATRIX like this amazing piece. Even compared to other Burmese Petalites I've seen, this one is so darned impressive due to its sharpness and I can't stress how rare it is to have one on matrix.  Do not miss out on this one.  Unlike your typical gem crystals from pegmatites, i.e., Tourmaline, Beryl or Topaz, this is a magnificent example of a NON-pegmatite gem crystal specimen that few collectors have in their collections, especially in such fine quality.



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No. TUC31716 - $ 350.00 (=~ € 313.74)

Spinel ("Ruby Spinel")

Locality: Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 0.9 x 0.5 x 0.3 cm (thumbnail)


It has been next to impossible to obtain fine quality Spinel specimens from Burma these days it seems. To find gem quality crystals is extremely difficult in this market. This beautiful "floater" group is a classic Burmese "Ruby Spinel" with a rarely seen quartet of sharp, defined, lustrous, octahedral faces. The piece is about 90% WATER-CLEAR with a vibrant red interior color. Fine quality textbook octahedrons for the species. It's rare to find two Spinels intergrown from Burma, but I can't remember the last time I saw four together like this! The best of these specimens are simply the finest in the world for what they are. This is an example of a non-pegmatite gem mineral for which many collectors probably do not have a good specimen in their collections.



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No. TUC31717 - $ 950.00 (=~ € 851.58)

Spinel ("Ruby Spinel") twin on matrix

Locality: Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Myanmar (Burma)

Specimen Size: 5.7 x 3.5 x 3.2 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 7 mm


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


It has been next to impossible to obtain fine quality Spinel specimens from Burma these days it seems. Matrix specimens of Spinel are uncommon, and to find gem quality crystals on matrix is extremely difficult. This piece hosts a classic Burmese "Ruby Spinel" crystal with very sharp, defined, lustrous, octahedral faces and a gemmy vibrant pinkish-red color. The best part of the crystal is that it shows classic "Spinel-law" twinning, with a compressed octahedral form. The crystal sits atop a matrix of massive white Calcite. The piece is very showy and extremely aesthetic for the material, and certainly not easily replaced in this market. This piece was mined around 2000, and is one of the finer Spinels from the collection of my father, Richard A. Kosnar. The best of these specimens are simply the finest in the world for what they are. This is an example of a non-pegmatite gem mineral for which many collectors probably do not have a good specimen in their collections.



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Copper Copper Copper Copper


No. TUC31710 - $ 1200.00 (=~ € 1075.68)

Copper "Skull"

Locality: Centennial Mine, Houghton County, Michigan

Specimen Size: 14.5 x 11.8 x 9.3 cm (cabinet)


ex.  Dave Bergman


From the collection of my grandfather, Dave Bergman, we have a unique old classic from the upper peninsula of Michigan. For those who don't know, Dave Bergman was the foreman and operated the Sweet Home Mine for my father in the late 1970s when they were mining world-class Rhodochrosite specimens. This piece is a really interesting example of the famous Coppper "skulls" from Michigan, which formed as a result of Copper flowing over rounded conglomerate, which later disappeared leaving only the hollow shells of Copper behind. What makes this piece stand out from others I've seen from this area is the fact that it doesn't feature a lone "skull" but rather a semi-"flower"-shaped group featuring a few "skulls" with isolated "petals" of Copper flaring out from the sides. The piece has outstanding three dimensional form and looks amazing from several angles. It's rare to find multiple "skulls" on one piece, let alone a large showy group with such eye-catching form. To top it off, the piece has a rich bronze patina all the way around which is a great characteristic of these old time specimens. I love how beautifully the piece sits and displays on its own without the aid of a base or clay. This is a special piece, not only because it came from my grandfather, but because it truly does not resemble any other Copper "skull" specimen I've seen from this tremendously rich and historic mining district.  For reference, my grandfather acquired this specimen from the estate of Waldo Butler.  Waldo acquired it from the estate of his father, Bert S. Butler, the famed author of the USGS Professional Paper 144 "The copper deposits of Michigan" from 1929



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Descloizite (fine crystals) from Otavi, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia [./tuc3172/tuc31713a.JPG] Descloizite (fine crystals) from Otavi, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia [./tuc3172/tuc31713b.JPG] Descloizite (fine crystals) from Otavi, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia [./tuc3172/tuc31713c.JPG] Descloizite (fine crystals) from Otavi, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia [./tuc3172/tuc31713d.JPG] Descloizite (fine crystals) from Otavi, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia [./tuc3172/tuc31713e.JPG] Descloizite (fine crystals) from Otavi, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia [./tuc3172/tuc31713f.JPG]


No. TUC31713 - $ 250.00 (=~ € 224.10)

Descloizite (fine crystals)

Locality: Otavi, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia

Specimen Size: 4.0 x 2.2 x 2.1 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 4 mm


A wonderful display specimen of the beloved lead zinc vanadate, Descloizite, not from the famous locality at Berg Aukus, but rather from Otavi (no specific mine was given, but it could be from the Auros Farm location). Obviously Berg Aukus has larger crystals of Descloizite, but the quality on this piece is truly superb for the species, even in the smaller size. The sharp, scintillating, very dark brown (nearly black), rather lustrous, resinous orthorhombic crysals are sprinkled on the beautifully contrasting cream colored, pearly, curved rhombic Dolomite matrix. The crystals are distinctive, very well-formed, and somewhat isolated, which is quite rare in my experience with this kind of material. This a lovely piece that really caught my eye in terms of quality, and would make a nice addition to any collection.



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No. TUC31718 - $ 400.00 (=~ € 358.56)

Descloizite ("cast")

Locality: Berg Aukus, Grootfontein District, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia

Specimen Size: 4.9 x 4.3 x 4.2 cm (miniature)


Berg Aukus is world-renowned for its extraordinary Descloizite specimens. These pieces have set the standard of excellence for this zinc analogue of Mottramite. It is because of Berg Aukus that we know how good Descloizite crystals can actually get. This piece is a beautiful "mound" of Descloizite hosting dozens, if not hundreds, of fine, tabular, sharp, lustrous, semi-metallic brown color, "rosette"-shaped crystals which have formed on a hollow "cast" after an unknown preexisting mineral. If you flip the piece over, you can clearly see a big cavity in the center where another mineral was dissolved away. The display side is in excellent condition, and even though there are a few slight bruises on a handful of the crystals on the back, it is still a notable specimen for its crystal quality, and the fact that it formed in such an interesting way.



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Fluorite with Galena inclusions from Chebka sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./tuc3172/tuc31719a.JPG] Fluorite with Galena inclusions from Chebka sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./tuc3172/tuc31719b.JPG] Fluorite with Galena inclusions from Chebka sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./tuc3172/tuc31719c.JPG] Fluorite with Galena inclusions from Chebka sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./tuc3172/tuc31719d.JPG] Fluorite with Galena inclusions from Chebka sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./tuc3172/tuc31719e.JPG] Fluorite with Galena inclusions from Chebka sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./tuc3172/tuc31719f.JPG] Fluorite with Galena inclusions from Chebka sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./tuc3172/tuc31719g.JPG] Fluorite with Galena inclusions from Chebka sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./tuc3172/tuc31719h.JPG]


No. TUC31719 - $ 300.00 (=~ € 268.92)

Fluorite with Galena inclusions

Locality: Chebka sidi Said, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco

Specimen Size: 7.2 x 5.6 x 3.1 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 1.1 cm


A rarity for Fluorite, especially from Morocco. This piece hosts dozens of sharp, well-formed, gemmy, golden cubic Fluorite crystals which measure up to 1.1 cm, but the most interesting aspect of the piece is that the Fluorites are included with small silvery crystals of Galena sitting on Quartz matrix. There are also some Galena crystals ON the Fluorites, so they obviously formed in tandem, but the fact that you can distinctly see actual Galena crystals inside of Fluorite is rare in my experience. I can remember seeing Galena and Fluorite combos from the English lead mines, but not quite in the same style as this piece. If you collect Fluorites, this is a unique novelty that would be worth adding to your collection.



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Petrified Wood (rare color) from Petrified Forest, Gokwe South, Midlands, Zimbabwe [./tuc3172/tuc31720a.JPG] Petrified Wood (rare color) from Petrified Forest, Gokwe South, Midlands, Zimbabwe [./tuc3172/tuc31720b.JPG] Petrified Wood (rare color) from Petrified Forest, Gokwe South, Midlands, Zimbabwe [./tuc3172/tuc31720c.JPG] Petrified Wood (rare color) from Petrified Forest, Gokwe South, Midlands, Zimbabwe [./tuc3172/tuc31720d.JPG] Petrified Wood (rare color) from Petrified Forest, Gokwe South, Midlands, Zimbabwe [./tuc3172/tuc31720e.JPG] Petrified Wood (rare color) from Petrified Forest, Gokwe South, Midlands, Zimbabwe [./tuc3172/tuc31720f.JPG] Petrified Wood (rare color) from Petrified Forest, Gokwe South, Midlands, Zimbabwe [./tuc3172/tuc31720g.JPG]


No. TUC31720 - SOLD

Petrified Wood (rare color)

Locality: Petrified Forest, Gokwe South, Midlands, Zimbabwe

Specimen Size: 8.1 x 5.2 x 1.8 cm (small cabinet)


We don't sell a lot of fossilized material, but we found these at the Tucson Show and couldn't pass them up due to their unique and alluring color. Petrified wood is found in a wide range of colors, but green is certainly rare worldwide. Originally I was told that the color is caused by nickel content (then another source said it could be vanadium), but it's not dyed, as you can clearly see solid green patches on the back (unpolished side) of the piece. The form of the original tree is clearly seen and well-preserved. The species is Woodworthia sp., which is a primitive conifer from the Triassic epoch dating back approximately 200 million years. Beautiful material and certainly different from your run of the mill petrified wood.



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Petrified Wood (rare color) from Petrified Forest, Gokwe South, Midlands, Zimbabwe [./tuc3172/tuc31721a.JPG] Petrified Wood (rare color) from Petrified Forest, Gokwe South, Midlands, Zimbabwe [./tuc3172/tuc31721b.JPG] Petrified Wood (rare color) from Petrified Forest, Gokwe South, Midlands, Zimbabwe [./tuc3172/tuc31721c.JPG] Petrified Wood (rare color) from Petrified Forest, Gokwe South, Midlands, Zimbabwe [./tuc3172/tuc31721d.JPG] Petrified Wood (rare color) from Petrified Forest, Gokwe South, Midlands, Zimbabwe [./tuc3172/tuc31721e.JPG] Petrified Wood (rare color) from Petrified Forest, Gokwe South, Midlands, Zimbabwe [./tuc3172/tuc31721f.JPG]


No. TUC31721 - $ 150.00 (=~ € 134.46)

Petrified Wood (rare color)

Locality: Petrified Forest, Gokwe South, Midlands, Zimbabwe

Specimen Size: 6.0 x 4.8 x 1.5 cm (small cabinet)


We don't sell a lot of fossilized material, but we found these at the Tucson Show and couldn't pass them up due to their unique and alluring color. Petrified wood is found in a wide range of colors, but green is certainly rare worldwide. IOriginally I was told that the color is caused by nickel content (then another source said it could be vanadium), but it's definitely not dyed. The form of the original tree is clearly seen and well-preserved. The species is Woodworthia sp., which is a primitive conifer from the Triassic epoch dating back approximately 200 million years. Beautiful material and certainly different from your run of the mill petrified wood.



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Calcite from Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona [./tuc3172/tuc31722a.JPG] Calcite from Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona [./tuc3172/tuc31722b.JPG] Calcite from Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona [./tuc3172/tuc31722c.JPG] Calcite from Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona [./tuc3172/tuc31722d.JPG] Calcite from Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona [./tuc3172/tuc31722e.JPG] Calcite from Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona [./tuc3172/tuc31722f.JPG] Calcite from Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona [./tuc3172/tuc31722g.JPG] Calcite from Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona [./tuc3172/tuc31722h.JPG] Calcite from Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona [./tuc3172/tuc31722i.JPG] Calcite from Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona [./tuc3172/tuc31722j.JPG]


No. TUC31722 - $ 700.00 (=~ € 627.48)

Calcite

Locality: Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona

Specimen Size: 13.2 x 7.4 x 6.1 cm (cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 4.0 cm.


A gorgeous and aesthetic display specimen featuring notably lustrous, well-formed, complex modified scalenohedral crystals with a translucent quality ranging from white to colorless in areas. The specimen grew in a stalactitic formation, with a central "core" upon which the Calcites grew. This historic copper mining district is best known for its beautiful Azurite and Malachite specimens, but the Calcites stand out as some of the best from Arizona. This particular piece is notably more three-dimensional and showy than most I've seen from Bisbee, and the fact that it has good luster makes it all the more desirable. The crystallization is very good for the material as well, as it's not amorphous or botryoidal, but shows fine crystal form. The largest crystal measures 4.0 cm, and the majority of the crystals are damage free, with only a few little rough spots here and there. A great cabinet sized display specimen that would make a fine addition to an Arizona suite, a Calcite collection or even a collection of carbonate minerals.



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Covellite from Summitville District, Rio Grande County, Colorado [./tuc3172/tuc31723a.JPG] Covellite from Summitville District, Rio Grande County, Colorado [./tuc3172/tuc31723b.JPG] Covellite from Summitville District, Rio Grande County, Colorado [./tuc3172/tuc31723c.JPG] Covellite from Summitville District, Rio Grande County, Colorado [./tuc3172/tuc31723d.JPG]


No. TUC31723 - SOLD

Covellite

Locality: Summitville District, Rio Grande County, Colorado

Specimen Size: 3.1 x 2..7 x 1.3 cm (thumbnail)
Crystal Group: 1.2 cm


Covellites from Summitville are some of the finest from anywhere in the Western Hemisphere (outside of Butte, Montana). The material is well-known among Colorado collectors, but seldom seen in fine matrix display specimens like this piece. This full sized thumbnail specimen features a beautiful "rosette"-shaped group of Covellite measuring 1.2 cm across with a few hexagonal blades of Covellite aesthetically set on matrix. The top / back portion of the piece has a contact where it was removed from the pocket wall, but rarely does one see such attractive isolated "rosettes" on matrix like this from Summitville as they are often found as "lumpy" masses off matrix with no real crystal definition. I'm leaving the locality simply as Summitville as I don't know if this piece specifically came from the Reynolds Pit or another locale in Summitville.



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Rhodochrosite from N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [./tuc3172/tuc31724a.JPG] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [./tuc3172/tuc31724b.JPG] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [./tuc3172/tuc31724c.JPG] Rhodochrosite from N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [./tuc3172/tuc31724d.JPG]


No. TUC31724 - $ 250.00 (=~ € 224.10)

Rhodochrosite

Locality: N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

Specimen Size: 1.0 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm (thumbnail)


A lovely "flower"-shaped group of fiery reddish-pink Rhodochrosite from the world famous N'Chwaning I Mine in South Africa. These Rhodos are among the finest quality examples of the species in the world, and easily some of the most highly sought after material among collectors since they came out in the 1970s. The group shows the classic "dogtooth" scalenohedral crystals with excellent gemminess and luster. These specimens, including the smaller ones, continue to rise in value on the market, and if you're a thumbnail collector, or you like Rhodochrosites, this is a good representative piece of this classic material that won't break the bank.



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Fluorapatite on Albite from Sapo mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc3172/tuc31725a.JPG] Fluorapatite on Albite from Sapo mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc3172/tuc31725b.JPG] Fluorapatite on Albite from Sapo mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc3172/tuc31725c.JPG] Fluorapatite on Albite from Sapo mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc3172/tuc31725d.JPG] Fluorapatite on Albite from Sapo mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc3172/tuc31725e.JPG] Fluorapatite on Albite from Sapo mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tuc3172/tuc31725f.JPG]


No. TUC31725 - $ 350.00 (=~ € 313.74)

Fluorapatite on Albite

Locality: Sapo mine, Ferruginha, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Specimen Size: 3.7 x 3.7 x 3.7 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 8 mm


Here we have a really attractive miniature specimen featuring a few green colored Apatites from the famous Sapo mine from a few years ago. These crystals have a unique appearance with compressed prismatic form, but still showing very sharp, highly lustrous faces with nice translucency, aesthetically perched atop bladed white Albite matrix. The crystals are green at their core, but are nearly colorless around the edges when backlit. The Apatites measure up to 8 mm across, and I don't see any damage on the display side. If you collect Apatites, phosphate or Brazilian minerals, don't miss out on this eye-catching Apatite. It appears that Sapo may never produce these attractive specimens of unusual Apatite again.



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No. TUC31726 - $ 300.00 (=~ € 268.92)

Dolomite ("cast" after Calcite) with Malachite

Locality: Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

Specimen Size: 5.7 x 4.7 x 1.6 cm (small cabinet)


Tsumeb is well-known for its pseudomorphs, "casts" and replacements, sometimes showing more than just two generations. This small cabinet is a beautiful specimen featuring pearly white Dolomite which has formed a thin "cast" after Calcite with associated "balls" of acicular green Malachite. My favorite aspect of the piece is the fact that there is still a small amount of Calcite remaining on the reverse side of the specimen, showing that it didn't completely dissolve away. The Calcite measures 1.8 cm across.  There is great quality, form, aesthetics and color on this classic eye-cacthing "cast".



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No. TUC31727 - $ 350.00 (=~ € 313.74)

"Rainbow" Andradite

Locality: Kohse Mine, Tenkawa village, Yoshino-gun, Nara Prefecture, Kinki Region, Honshu Island, Japan

Specimen Size: 1.1 x 0.8 x 0.5 cm (thumbnail)
Largest Crystal: 8 mm


A wonderful well-formed dodecahedral group of the famous "rainbow" Andradite Garnets from the famous Kohse Mine. At first glance, these crystals appear to have some kind of artificial coating, but it turns out that the brilliant iridesence is 100% natural! There are actually a few places in the world where rainbow Andradite is found. The Japanese specimens are the most desirable and sought after. The colors exhibited can range from warm reds, oranges and pinks to cool blues and greens. This particular piece shows notably sharp and very smooth faces with a beautiful mix of pink, yellow, orange, blue and green metallic flashes on the surface of the faces. The best aspect of the piece is that it doesn't have the typical flat circular "water spots" that can ruin the appearance, instead the surface of every face is unblemished on the display side. The piece is complete on the front, contacted on the back, but it's still a very attractive representative example of this rare material. If you're a Garnet collector, you should have one of these in your collection. They're so beautiful and unique for a commonly known species.  These crystals are rare on the market as the locality is completely off limits to collectors, and NO MORE specimens will be coming out, so if you want one of these, don't miss out on this opportunity, because they will just become harder to get as the years go on.



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Kolwezite (rare) with Cobaltoan Calcite from Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo (Type Locality) [./tuc3172/tuc31728a.JPG] Kolwezite (rare) with Cobaltoan Calcite from Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo (Type Locality) [./tuc3172/tuc31728b.JPG] Kolwezite (rare) with Cobaltoan Calcite from Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo (Type Locality) [./tuc3172/tuc31728c.JPG] Kolwezite (rare) with Cobaltoan Calcite from Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo (Type Locality) [./tuc3172/tuc31728d.JPG] Kolwezite (rare) with Cobaltoan Calcite from Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo (Type Locality) [./tuc3172/tuc31728e.JPG] Kolwezite (rare) with Cobaltoan Calcite from Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo (Type Locality) [./tuc3172/tuc31728f.JPG]


No. TUC31728 - $ 500.00 (=~ € 448.20)

Kolwezite (rare) with Cobaltoan Calcite

Locality: Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo (Type Locality)

Specimen Size: 5.6 x 5.1 x 3.8 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Kolwezite: 4 mm


Kolwezite is a very rare copper cobalt hydroxyl carbonate that is found in less than 10 localities in the world. The species was first described in 1980 from the Musonoi Mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This piece just happens to be from the type locality, and is the only piece of this material that I've ever had to offer. Obviously it gets its name from the Kolwezi District in which it was first discovered. The specimen hosts beautiful botryoidal groups of beige Kolwezite (with dark green cores) associated with wonderfully contrasting pink Cobaltoan Calcite on matrix. The largest sphere of Kowlezite measures 4 mm across. My favorite aspect of the piece is that the spheres are isolated(!) and aren't just a big intergrown mass or a loose group off matrix. It's incredibly rare to find single spheres of this species undamaged on matrix, and would be a very worthwhile pickup for any rare species collector.

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Vanadinite from Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./tuc3172/tuc31729a.JPG] Vanadinite from Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./tuc3172/tuc31729b.JPG] Vanadinite from Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./tuc3172/tuc31729c.JPG] Vanadinite from Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./tuc3172/tuc31729d.JPG] Vanadinite from Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./tuc3172/tuc31729e.JPG] Vanadinite from Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./tuc3172/tuc31729f.JPG]


No. TUC31729 - $ 125.00 (=~ € 112.05)

Vanadinite

Locality: Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco

Specimen Size: 4.6 x 3.2 x 2.0 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 5 mm


This is a lovely miniature specimen of this classic material. A handful of sharp, lustrous, rich orange-red color, tabular hexagonal crystals of Vanadinite measuring up to 5 mm sit aesthetically on the underlying matrix. My favorite aspect of the piece is the main group of crystals at the top which have intergrown to form a beautiful "flower"-like cluster, and almost resembles an octagonal shape like a stop sign. It's good quality and virtually undamaged. These specimens are common on the market, but they remain the standard of quality for the species, and should not be disregarded due to their abundance.



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Wavellite (fine crystals) with Stannite and Augelite from Siglo XX mine, Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./tuc3172/tuc31730a.JPG] Wavellite (fine crystals) with Stannite and Augelite from Siglo XX mine, Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./tuc3172/tuc31730b.JPG] Wavellite (fine crystals) with Stannite and Augelite from Siglo XX mine, Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./tuc3172/tuc31730c.JPG] Wavellite (fine crystals) with Stannite and Augelite from Siglo XX mine, Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./tuc3172/tuc31730d.JPG] Wavellite (fine crystals) with Stannite and Augelite from Siglo XX mine, Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./tuc3172/tuc31730e.JPG] Wavellite (fine crystals) with Stannite and Augelite from Siglo XX mine, Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia [./tuc3172/tuc31730f.JPG]


No. TUC31730 - $ 600.00 (=~ € 537.84)

Wavellite (fine crystals) with Stannite and Augelite

Locality: Siglo XX mine, Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 12.3 x 9.8 x 5.2 cm (cabinet)
Largest Sphere: 1.3 cm


This is a very impressive specimen of this often overlooked and sometimes under appreciated phosphate. This piece has some of the best quality individual crystals of Wavellite that I have seen from Bolivia . Please keep in mind that this mineral typically forms in very thin needles that orient into radiating aggregates, but the orthorhombic crystals on this specimen are distinct and fairly thick for the species. This specimen consists of pale yellow (nearly colorless in the smaller crystals), lustrous, sharp prismatic crystals in spherical form associated with brass colored Stannite crystals and very unusual, small, white "spheres" of Augelite (x-ray confirmed) which is extremely rare in my experience. The matrix is mostly massive Pyrite. I must stress that the Wavellite crystals are also nearly gem quality under magnification (see our close up photos), which is not common for the species. I have never seen the association of these three species from any other mine in Bolivia or the world for that matter. You will have a very hard time finding individual crystals of Wavellite this quality from any Bolivian locality. The Wavellites show a beautiful bluish-white fluorescence under SW UV light, which is not common in my experience with Wavellites.  This piece is from a pocket found around 2001, and I have not seen any more like it since that time. I actually kept this one back when the find was made, in the hopes that there would be more. Now I'm nearly certain that there will not be any more of these amazing Wavellite specimens again, so do not miss out on this unique and highly displayable phosphate association specimen.



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