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No. QTZFADENPAK510 - $ 3500.00 (=~ ¥ 384615.38)

Quartz (Large Uniqe "Faden" Specimen)

Locality: Tui, near Wana, Waziristan, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan

Specimen Size: 19.0 x 15.2 x 11.1 cm (large cabinet)


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


Quartz is beloved for it thousands of habits found around the world. Some of the most distinctive Quartz specimens found in Alpine deposits are the attractive "Faden" crystal groups. This amazingly large and impressive crystal group exhibits the classic "Faden" (German word for string) habit that is well known from this area. This specimen is from the collection of my father, Richard A. Kosnar, and was collected in 1999, when some of the best pieces were coming out of Pakistan. It stands out as the single finest example of this material that I have seen from this specific locality. The piece exhibits the classic “Alpine-type” crystallization that made its counterparts from the European Alps such well known and highly sought after specimens for Quartz collectors. This highly aesthetic, three-dimensional group features a dramatically large and noticeable "Faden" that runs through the length of the superb, sharp, highly lustrous, glassy, gem/gemmy, colorless (“Bergkristalle”) crystals. The most impressive aspect of the piece is the fact that the “Faden” did not form a straight line, but rather bent in a never-before-seen 90 degree angle! I have highlighted the “Faden” with a red line in one of the photos to show that it actually changes directions from completely vertical to horizontal throughout the crystal group. To top it off, the large “Faden” group is sitting on a bed of beautiful, sharp, lustrous, gem/gemmy, colorless single Quartz crystals creating a wonderful matrix for this dramatic specimen. The overall quality of the Quartz crystals on this specimen is as fine as any I've seen from this area, and even the underside of the specimen has crystallization, so you can say the piece is crystallized on every side! You can display this piece from different angles, and would rival many superb true Alpine "Fadens" for size, quality and ease of display. These Pakistani pieces seemed to have dried up in recent years, and I personally think they are highly underappreciated for what they are.



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Rhodochrosite from Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru [./worldwidemix510/rhodoperu510a.JPG] Rhodochrosite from Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru [./worldwidemix510/rhodoperu510b.JPG] Rhodochrosite from Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru [./worldwidemix510/rhodoperu510c.JPG]


No. RHODOPERU510 - $ 2500.00 (=~ ¥ 274725.27)

Rhodochrosite

Locality: Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru

Specimen Size: 5.7 x 4.8 x 3.6 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 1.8 cm


A classic and highly displayable specimen of Rhodochrosite from the famous Uchucchacua Mine in Peru. It could be said that this locality has produced the best Rhodochrosite specimens from South America. There are only a few localities in the world that produce scalenohedral crystals like this. Admittedly, the piece is not 100% perfect, and is priced accordingly, but the aesthetic appeal and contrast of the gemmy, red scalenohedra set against the dark brown-black manganese oxide matrix makes for such a beautiful specimen. The crystals are nearly gem quality in areas, along with being rather sharp. The rough spots plus a few cleaved crystals is honestly typical for the mine. If the piece were complete undamaged, it would be miraculous, and the price would be dramatically higher. An affordable and attractive small “hand sized” piece from this world-famous locality.



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Fluorite on Quartz from Huanzala mine, Huallanca District, Huanuco Department, Peru [./worldwidemix510/flqtzperu510a.JPG] Fluorite on Quartz from Huanzala mine, Huallanca District, Huanuco Department, Peru [./worldwidemix510/flqtzperu510b.JPG] Fluorite on Quartz from Huanzala mine, Huallanca District, Huanuco Department, Peru [./worldwidemix510/flqtzperu510c.JPG] Fluorite on Quartz from Huanzala mine, Huallanca District, Huanuco Department, Peru [./worldwidemix510/flqtzperu510d.JPG] Fluorite on Quartz from Huanzala mine, Huallanca District, Huanuco Department, Peru [./worldwidemix510/flqtzperu510e.JPG] Fluorite on Quartz from Huanzala mine, Huallanca District, Huanuco Department, Peru [./worldwidemix510/flqtzperu510f.JPG] Fluorite on Quartz from Huanzala mine, Huallanca District, Huanuco Department, Peru [./worldwidemix510/flqtzperu510g.JPG]


No. FLQTZPERU510 - SOLD

Fluorite on Quartz

Locality: Huanzala mine, Huallanca District, Huanuco Department, Peru

Specimen Size: 17.3 x 13.6 x 6.4 cm (large cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 3.7 cm


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


This mine has produced some of the most distinctive and unique Fluorite specimens of any locality in the world. This particular specimen stands out to me as being the only one of its kind that I have seen from Huanzala. Typically the Fluorites from this mine are octahedral in habit, with a beautiful and highly desirable pink hue, but this piece actually has some dramatically modified and rarely seen cuboctahedral crystals with a subtle stepped growth and great internal gemminess. Most of the crystals have a soft luster, and the majority of them are completely undamaged. To top it off, the Fluorites sit atop a plate of matrix which is coated by chalky-white, minute Quartz crystals and are intermixed amongst stark black Sphalerite and bright sparkling Pyrites which have formed casts after a preexisting species (possibly Pyrrhotite?). There is a stark color contrast on this piece, which immediately catches the eye. Certainly one of the most interesting and characteristic Fluorite specimens that I have seen, not only from Huanzala, but any world locality. Keep in mind that Fluorite is found in virtually every color of the rainbow, but it is the pink and red crystals that have collectors chasing after them most often. A gorgeous and out of the ordinary full-sized cabinet specimen that would make a great addition to any Fluorite suite, or large display collection.



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Vanadinite from Mibladen Mine, Mibladen, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./worldwidemix510/vanmor510a.JPG] Vanadinite from Mibladen Mine, Mibladen, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./worldwidemix510/vanmor510b.JPG] Vanadinite from Mibladen Mine, Mibladen, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./worldwidemix510/vanmor510c.JPG] Vanadinite from Mibladen Mine, Mibladen, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./worldwidemix510/vanmor510d.JPG] Vanadinite from Mibladen Mine, Mibladen, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./worldwidemix510/vanmor510e.JPG] Vanadinite from Mibladen Mine, Mibladen, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./worldwidemix510/vanmor510f.JPG]


No. VANMOR510 - $ 4500.00 (=~ ¥ 494505.49)

Vanadinite

Locality: Mibladen Mine, Mibladen, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco

Specimen Size: 6.3 x 5.6 x 4.1 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 2.9 cm


First off, I have to stress that this piece was unbelievably difficult to photograph, and simply looks better in person than the photos would indicate. This is NOT a contemporary specimen, but rather from about 25 years ago. An aesthetic, intergrown crystal group of exemplary, blocky, rich blood red to brown color, THICK, hexagonal, tabular prisms of Vanadinite. A worthwhile and attractive "fist sized" small cabinet specimen with some superb quality crystals. The crystals have an impressive glassy luster, along with being razor-sharp along the edges. When backlit, even some of the thicker crystals are surprising translucent, showing red to yellow highlights along the edges. A few minor abrasions do not detract from the fact that this is an impressive and superb quality display specimen that would fit nicely into any collection.

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Copper (Unique, large, pseudo-scepter crystal !!) from Point Prospect, Keweenaw County, Michigan [./worldwidemix510/cumich510a.JPG] Copper (Unique, large, pseudo-scepter crystal !!) from Point Prospect, Keweenaw County, Michigan [./worldwidemix510/cumich510b.JPG] Copper (Unique, large, pseudo-scepter crystal !!) from Point Prospect, Keweenaw County, Michigan [./worldwidemix510/cumich510c.JPG] Copper (Unique, large, pseudo-scepter crystal !!) from Point Prospect, Keweenaw County, Michigan [./worldwidemix510/cumich510d.JPG] Copper (Unique, large, pseudo-scepter crystal !!) from Point Prospect, Keweenaw County, Michigan [./worldwidemix510/cumich510e.JPG] Copper (Unique, large, pseudo-scepter crystal !!) from Point Prospect, Keweenaw County, Michigan [./worldwidemix510/cumich510f.JPG] Copper (Unique, large, pseudo-scepter crystal !!) from Point Prospect, Keweenaw County, Michigan [./worldwidemix510/cumich510g.JPG] Copper (Unique, large, pseudo-scepter crystal !!) from Point Prospect, Keweenaw County, Michigan [./worldwidemix510/cumich510h.JPG] Copper (Unique, large, pseudo-scepter crystal !!) from Point Prospect, Keweenaw County, Michigan [./worldwidemix510/cumich510i.JPG]


No. CUMICH510 - $ 0.00 (=~ ¥ 0.00) - ON HOLD

Copper (Unique, large, pseudo-scepter crystal !!)

Locality: Point Prospect, Keweenaw County, Michigan

Specimen Size: 14.3 x 10.7 x 8.8 cm (cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 5.5 cm


Without a doubt, this is one of the most dramatic, large cabinet sized display specimens of Copper that I have ever seen from Michigan. Immediately, the eye is drawn to the nearly 2-inch modified dodecahedral crystal (which is not even the largest crystal on the specimen) at the top most portion of the specimen, which due to its elongated form and the fact that it is perpendicularly perched upon another elongated crystal creates the illusion of a scepter-habit Copper crystal! Now this is truly a fortuitous growth and truly can only be called a pseudo-scepter, but it is unquestionably unlike anything I have seen in any other Copper specimen. The rest of the specimen is just loaded with several additional large, distinct, “finger”-like dodecahedral Copper crystals which are protruding outwards from the center of the piece. The faces of the crystals alternate from rather smooth to somewhat porous, which gives the piece an eccentric quality that sets it apart from others. These are simply some of the largest isolated crystals of Copper on any specimen that I know of. The piece comes with a custom-made acrylic display stand, and honestly, all four sides of the piece are so appealing, that it is virtually impossible for me to decide which one should be considered the “display side”. The piece is HEFTY, weighing nearly 5 pounds, and is surely one of the best crystallized large cabinet pieces from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that I have seen or handled. A remarkable Copper. Pictured in Rocks and Minerals July/August 2000, page 226.



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Epidote (Rare matrix specimen) from Alchuri (Alchori; Aschudi), Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix510/eppak510a.JPG] Epidote (Rare matrix specimen) from Alchuri (Alchori; Aschudi), Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix510/eppak510b.JPG] Epidote (Rare matrix specimen) from Alchuri (Alchori; Aschudi), Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix510/eppak510c.JPG] Epidote (Rare matrix specimen) from Alchuri (Alchori; Aschudi), Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix510/eppak510d.JPG] Epidote (Rare matrix specimen) from Alchuri (Alchori; Aschudi), Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix510/eppak510e.JPG] Epidote (Rare matrix specimen) from Alchuri (Alchori; Aschudi), Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix510/eppak510f.JPG]


No. EPPAK510 - SOLD

Epidote (Rare matrix specimen)

Locality: Alchuri (Alchori; Aschudi), Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan

Specimen Size: 12.0 x 9.8 x 9.3 cm (cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 4.3 cm


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


An incredible group of gem/gemmy, “sword”-shaped Epidote crystals on “Byssolite” from Pakistan. The piece looks as close to Austria as it gets. This is one that must be seen in person to truly appreciate it, but as you can see from the photos, it’s a very three-dimensional piece with a lot of character, but it’s not too busy. The Epidote crystals show intense pleochroism with highly lustrous, striated faces and excellent golden-brown to green color throughout. The rarely seen (for Pakistan), contrasting fibrous Byssolite on the hard Epidotite matrix makes it one of the most distinctive Epidote specimens from Pakistan that we have seen. Of the hundreds of Pakistani Epidotes that have been found, a very small percentage were on matrix, let alone full cabinet sized specimen filled with aesthetically free standing crystals on matrix! If the piece was from the Knappenwand, you could only imagine what it would be worth. With that said, it is a remarkable “Alpine type” display specimen, and arguably one of if not the finest matrix Epidotes from Pakistan. Great condition overall, as the vast majority of the crystals are damage free. PLEASE NOTE. This piece is delicate, and cannot be shipped. It must be hand-delivered as there is too much risk of a crystal or two breaking off during shipping.



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Titanite (interesting twins on matrix) from Dodo Mine, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Polar Urals, Western-Siberian Region, Russia [./worldwidemix510/titaniteruss510a.JPG] Titanite (interesting twins on matrix) from Dodo Mine, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Polar Urals, Western-Siberian Region, Russia [./worldwidemix510/titaniteruss510b.JPG] Titanite (interesting twins on matrix) from Dodo Mine, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Polar Urals, Western-Siberian Region, Russia [./worldwidemix510/titaniteruss510c.JPG]


No. TITANITERUSS510 - SOLD

Titanite (interesting twins on matrix)

Locality: Dodo Mine, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Polar Urals, Western-Siberian Region, Russia

Specimen Size: 15.5 x 4.8 x 3.6 cm (large cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 3.2 cm


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


One of the best pieces of the material that we have seen. These specimens came out in the mid to late 1990’s and then disappeared from the market. I’m told that Dodo is completely shut down, and may never produce these incredible and distinctive Titanites again! Due to the fact these pieces are from an “Alpine-type” cleft deposit, they were of great importance for my Dad, who was a big fan of Alpine cleft minerals. The crystal quality on this piece is superb, with highly lustrous, incredibly well-formed, unique twins and even one “drilling” (three-way) twin ! You can see from the photos that the color is the typical dark cognac-brown and the piece is in great shape overall. Lastly, it was said the white carbonate on this specimen was actually Magnesite and not Calcite, which would certainly add to the rarity factor. As with most photos, the piece looks better in person. Simply put, this is one of the largest, and finest quality display specimens of these classic Russian Sphenes that came out.



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Axinite-(Fe) from Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Prepolar Ural, Western-Siberian Region, Russia [./worldwidemix510/axruss510a.JPG] Axinite-(Fe) from Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Prepolar Ural, Western-Siberian Region, Russia [./worldwidemix510/axruss510b.JPG] Axinite-(Fe) from Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Prepolar Ural, Western-Siberian Region, Russia [./worldwidemix510/axruss510c.JPG] Axinite-(Fe) from Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Prepolar Ural, Western-Siberian Region, Russia [./worldwidemix510/axruss510d.JPG] Axinite-(Fe) from Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Prepolar Ural, Western-Siberian Region, Russia [./worldwidemix510/axruss510e.JPG]


No. AXRUSS510 - $ 6500.00 (=~ ¥ 714285.71)

Axinite-(Fe)

Locality: Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Prepolar Ural, Western-Siberian Region, Russia

Specimen Size: 12.0 x 9.6 x 8.8 cm (cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 10.8 cm


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


A fantastic and beautiful “Chlorite”-included Axinite “flower” from Puiva. This piece is ostensibly the largest and most complete specimen of this material to come out compared to everything we’ve seen. A few sources said it was the most impressive specimen of this specific type they had seen as well. Most specimens were found during the mid to late 1990’s and then stopped altogether. The piece is complete all the way around as you can see from the photos, and the crystals are and not “chewed up” around the edges, like so many of them were from Puiva. They are actually incredibly smooth and sharp on all sides. You can see a small area in the “back” of the piece where it still shows the dark purplish-brown Axinite that was not included by the Chlorite. One of the most impressive aspects of the specimen is that the crystal faces are actually rather lustrous as the Chlorite is obviously a sub-surface inclusion, and not a coating. I don’t need to tell you that this is a sophisticated connoisseur specimen, and an important museum specimen as well. A very cool three-dimensional Axinite from the locality that produced the finest quality crystals in the world!

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Grossular from Jeffrey Quarry (Johns-Manville Qaurry), Asbestos, Québec, Canada [./worldwidemix510/grosscan510a.JPG] Grossular from Jeffrey Quarry (Johns-Manville Qaurry), Asbestos, Québec, Canada [./worldwidemix510/grosscan510b.JPG] Grossular from Jeffrey Quarry (Johns-Manville Qaurry), Asbestos, Québec, Canada [./worldwidemix510/grosscan510c.JPG] Grossular from Jeffrey Quarry (Johns-Manville Qaurry), Asbestos, Québec, Canada [./worldwidemix510/grosscan510d.JPG] Grossular from Jeffrey Quarry (Johns-Manville Qaurry), Asbestos, Québec, Canada [./worldwidemix510/grosscan510e.JPG] Grossular from Jeffrey Quarry (Johns-Manville Qaurry), Asbestos, Québec, Canada [./worldwidemix510/grosscan510f.JPG] Grossular from Jeffrey Quarry (Johns-Manville Qaurry), Asbestos, Québec, Canada [./worldwidemix510/grosscan510g.JPG] Grossular from Jeffrey Quarry (Johns-Manville Qaurry), Asbestos, Québec, Canada [./worldwidemix510/grosscan510h.JPG] Grossular from Jeffrey Quarry (Johns-Manville Qaurry), Asbestos, Québec, Canada [./worldwidemix510/grosscan510i.JPG] Grossular from Jeffrey Quarry (Johns-Manville Qaurry), Asbestos, Québec, Canada [./worldwidemix510/grosscan510j.JPG] Grossular from Jeffrey Quarry (Johns-Manville Qaurry), Asbestos, Québec, Canada [./worldwidemix510/grosscan510k.JPG]


No. GROSSCAN510 - SOLD

Grossular

Locality: Jeffrey Quarry (Johns-Manville Qaurry), Asbestos, Québec, Canada

Specimen Size: 7.6 x 6.5 x 3.8 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 1.1 cm


The Jeffrey Quarry has produced some of the most distinctive and magnificent quality Garnet crystals extant. These "Cinnamon" Grossulars from Jeffrey are known for their unique orange color, gemminess, top luster and superb "textbook" form. This specimen is filled with superb quality, sharp, incredibly lustrous, rich orange color, GEM QUALITY dodecahedra with striated modifications on matrix. Virtually all of the crystals on this specimen are so water-clear with such great luster (the crystals look wet in person) they are like little pools of orange, as you can see straight through them to the underlying matrix. Along with the great color and form of the crystals, they're also very good sized for the locality. This material is no longer being found as the Jeffrey Quarry is completely defunct and will not produce these specimens again, so there is a rush for good hand-sized specimens such as this one. A superb Canadian classic, that is filled with crystals! The piece was somewhat difficult to photograph due to the high transparency of the crystals, and truly looks better in person.



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