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Proustite from Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru [./Worldwidemix608/ProusPer6081a.JPG] Proustite from Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru [./Worldwidemix608/ProusPer6081b.JPG] Proustite from Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru [./Worldwidemix608/ProusPer6081c.JPG] Proustite from Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru [./Worldwidemix608/ProusPer6081d.JPG]


No. Prous Per 6081 - SOLD

Proustite

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

Specimen Size: 1.7 x 1.6 x 1.3 cm (thumbnail)


A very attractive GEM/gemmy BLOOD RED crystal group of sharp, lustrous Proustite crystals with a beautiful metallic silver exterior. A nice representative thumbnail of "Ruby Silver" from this great Silver mine.

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Dioptase from Kimbedi, Pool Region, Republic of the Congo [./Worldwidemix608/DiopCongo6082a.jpg] Dioptase from Kimbedi, Pool Region, Republic of the Congo [./Worldwidemix608/DiopCongo6082b.JPG] Dioptase from Kimbedi, Pool Region, Republic of the Congo [./Worldwidemix608/DiopCongo6082c.JPG] Dioptase from Kimbedi, Pool Region, Republic of the Congo [./Worldwidemix608/DiopCongo6082f.JPG] Dioptase from Kimbedi, Pool Region, Republic of the Congo [./Worldwidemix608/DiopCongo6082e.JPG] Dioptase from Kimbedi, Pool Region, Republic of the Congo [./Worldwidemix608/DiopCongo6082d.jpg]


No. DIOP CONGO 6082 - SOLD

Dioptase

Locality: Kimbedi, Pool Region, Republic of the Congo

Specimen Size: 4.2 x 4.1 x 2.6 cm (miniature)
Largest Dioptase crystal: 1.7 cm.


When I first obtained this material, I immediately saw the potential for this locality to produce some impressive Dioptase specimens. Recently there was a find of new Dioptase specimens in the Pool Region of the Congo. These specimens show great color, with larger sized crystals, superb luster and excellent gemminess. This particular specimen features several very sharp, highly lustrous, gemmy, rich emerald green color Dioptase crystals aesthetically flaring in different directions off matrix. It is very difficult to obtain matrix specimens of this material, and this is one of only two matrix pieces that I have to offer. It it s a very three-dimensional specimen, and not the easiest to photograph, so it does look better in person. Keep in mind how much the top Dioptase specimens from Tsumeb sell for these days, so do not miss this opportunity to obtain a good "Tsumeb"-type quality specimen for a fraction of the price.

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Dioptase from Kimbedi, Pool Region, Republic of the Congo [./Worldwidemix608/DiopCongo6081a.jpg] Dioptase from Kimbedi, Pool Region, Republic of the Congo [./Worldwidemix608/DiopCongo6081b.jpg]


No. DIOP CONGO 6081 - SOLD

Dioptase

Locality: Kimbedi, Pool Region, Republic of the Congo

Specimen Size: 3.3 x 2.7 x 1.7 cm (miniature)
Largest Dioptase crystal: 2.4 cm.


When I first obtained this material, I immediately saw the potential for this locality to produce some impressive Dioptase specimens. Recently there was a find of new Dioptase specimens in the Pool Region of the Congo. These specimens show great color, with larger sized crystals, superb luster and excellent gemminess. This particular specimen features one predominant, rather large, very sharp, highly lustrous, gemmy, rich emerald green color Dioptase crystal with a few smaller accenting crystals of equal quality on minor matrix. It is very difficult to obtain matrix specimens of this material, and this is one of only two matrix pieces that I have to offer. Keep in mind how much the top Dioptase specimens from Tsumeb sell for these days, so do not miss this opportunity to obtain a good "Tsumeb"-type quality specimen for a fraction of the price.

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Silver from Batopilas, Andres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico. [./Worldwidemix608/AgMex6081a.jpg] Silver from Batopilas, Andres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico. [./Worldwidemix608/AgMex6081b.JPG] Silver from Batopilas, Andres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico. [./Worldwidemix608/AgMex6081c.JPG]


No. Ag Mex 6081 - $ 4400.00

Silver

Locality: Batopilas, Andres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Specimen Size: 7.2 x 4.3 x 3.5 cm (small cabinet)


These specimens are some of the most easily recognizable, dramatic and highly sought after Silver specimens from the Western Hemisphere. This specimen is simply one of the finest Batopilas Silver specimens that I have handled. It is a very showy, three-dimensional display specimen that is just LOADED with branching "arms" of bright, sharp, Spinel-law twinned, "Herringbone"-style Silver crystals on a thin slab of matrix. It is a stirring specimen as it has so much more character than the majority of the Batopilas Silver specimens that I have encountered. Overall, this is a top shelf quality, highly attractive classic Silver specimen from this important Mexican locality.

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Silver from Batopilas, Andres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico. [./Worldwidemix608/AgMex6082a.jpg] Silver from Batopilas, Andres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico. [./Worldwidemix608/AgMex6082b.JPG] Silver from Batopilas, Andres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico. [./Worldwidemix608/AgMex6082c.JPG]


No. AG MEX 6082 - $ 3900.00 SOLD

Silver

Locality: Batopilas, Andres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Specimen Size: 6.7 x 4.6 x 3.5 cm (small cabinet)


These specimens are some of the most easily recognizable, dramatic and highly sought after Silver specimens from the Western Hemisphere. This piece is an AMAZINGLY aesthetic Batopilas Silver specimen. It is simply as sculptural of a specimen as I have seen from the locality. It is a very showy, three-dimensional display piece comprising branching "arms" of bright, sharp, Spinel-law twinned, "Herringbone"-style Silver crystals on Calcite matrix. This beauty has so much more character than the majority of the Batopilas Silver specimens that I have encountered, as the crystals appear to be suspended in mid-air and almost floating above the matrix. Overall, this is a top shelf quality, highly attractive classic Silver specimen from this important Mexican locality.



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Silver from Batopilas, Andres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico. [./Worldwidemix608/AgMex6083a.jpg] Silver from Batopilas, Andres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico. [./Worldwidemix608/AgMex6083c.JPG] Silver from Batopilas, Andres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico. [./Worldwidemix608/AgMex6083b.JPG] Silver from Batopilas, Andres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico. [./Worldwidemix608/AgMex6083d.jpg]


No. AG MEX 6083 - $ 3400.00 SOLD

Silver

Locality: Batopilas, Andres del Rio District, Mun. de Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Specimen Size: 6.6 x 4.7 x 1.2 cm (small cabinet)


These specimens are some of the most easily recognizable, dramatic and highly sought after Silver specimens from the Western Hemisphere. This stunner of a specimen is the finest example of this specific type of these specimens that I have handled. It is an outstanding piece filled with bright, sharp, Spinel-law twinned, "Herringbone"-style Silver crystals forming a "fan" or "sail"-shaped display specimen. These classic "sails" are part of what makes Batopilas such a great locality. They are immediately distinguished from all other Silver specimens around the world. Overall, this is a top shelf quality, highly attractive classic Silver specimen from this important Mexican locality.

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Brookite from Kharan, Baluchistan, Pakistan. Brookite [./Worldwidemix608/BrookPak6081a.JPG] Brookite from Kharan, Baluchistan, Pakistan. Brookite [./Worldwidemix608/BrookPak6081b.JPG] Brookite from Kharan, Baluchistan, Pakistan. Brookite [./Worldwidemix608/BrookPak6081c.JPG]


No. BROOK PAK 6081 - $ 600.00

Brookite

Locality: Kharan, Baluchistan, Pakistan. Brookite

Specimen Size: 8.7 x 5.7 x 4.5 cm (small cabinet)
Crystal: 1.8 cm.


These "Alpine-type" Brookite specimens came out of Pakistan a few years ago, and it appears that they are starting to dwindle and disappear fast from the market. They are in countless respects, identical to the classic true Alpine Brookite specimens from Italy and Switzerland. Many of you know that I am a big fan of Alpine minerals, and I was thrilled when these Brookite specimens first hit the market. This particular specimen features an absolutely superb quality, sharp, lustrous, thin tabular crystal of Brookite perched atop gemmy Quartz crystals on matrix. When backlit, the crystal shows a patch of intense orange-red color. It is certainly one of the better specimens of this material that I have handled. A great small cabinet display specimen of a species that is not often found in displayable pieces.

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Brookite from Kharan, Baluchistan, Pakistan [./Worldwidemix608/BrookPak6082b.jpg] Brookite from Kharan, Baluchistan, Pakistan [./Worldwidemix608/BrookPak6082c.JPG] Brookite from Kharan, Baluchistan, Pakistan [./Worldwidemix608/BrookPak6082d.JPG] Brookite from Kharan, Baluchistan, Pakistan [./Worldwidemix608/BrookPak6082a.JPG]


No. BROOK PAK 6082 - $ 300.00

Brookite

Locality: Kharan, Baluchistan, Pakistan

Specimen Size: 9.6 x 3.4 x 2.8 cm (cabinet)
Largest crystal: 0.9 cm.


These "Alpine-type" Brookite specimens came out of Pakistan a few years ago, and it appears that they are starting to dwindle and disappear fast from the market. They are in countless respects, identical to the classic true Alpine Brookite specimens from Italy and Switzerland. Many of you know that I am a big fan of Alpine minerals, and I was thrilled when these Brookite specimens first hit the market. This specimen features several absolutely superb quality, sharp, lustrous, thin tabular crystals of Brookite on matrix. When backlit, the crystals show a rich orange-red color, and classic black "phantoms" seen in the finest Alpine Brookite crystals. This piece truly is one of the best "phantom" Brookite specimens that I have handled. It is a an attractive cabinet display specimen of a species that is not often found in displayable pieces.

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Uvarovite from Outokumpu mine, (Mokkivaara mine), Outokumpu, It-Suomen Lni, Finland [./Worldwidemix608/UvarFin6081a.JPG] Uvarovite from Outokumpu mine, (Mokkivaara mine), Outokumpu, It-Suomen Lni, Finland [./Worldwidemix608/UvarFin6081b.JPG]


No. UVAR FIN 6081 - $ 800.00 SOLD

Uvarovite

Locality: Outokumpu mine, (Mokkivaara mine), Outokumpu, It-Suomen Lni, Finland

Specimen Size: 4.6 x 4.4 x 3.6 cm (miniature)
Largest Uvarovite crystal: 0.6 cm.


Uvarovite is one of the most elusive COLORFUL species of Garnet out there. There are only a few localities around the world that produce fine quality display specimens of Uvarovite with eye-visible crystals. Even the superb Russian specimens rarely hosts crystals that are over 1 mm in diameter. Now it must be stressed that this is indeed genuine Uvarovite, as there have been many non-Uvarovite specimens on the market that are labeled as being Uvarovite when they are actually another species, i.e., Grossular, Pyrope, etc. This specimens hosts SEVERAL (not just one or two like many specimens) of very good sized, deep chrome-green color, sharp, lustrous, dodecahedra of Uvarovite on matrix. The color of the crystals is very good, and despite a few minor nicks, the specimen is in great shape overall. These specimens are becoming very difficult to obtain now, especially in superb quality pieces.

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Hubnerite on Quartz from Huayllapon mine, Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Ancash Department, Peru. [./Worldwidemix608/HubPer6081a.JPG] Hubnerite on Quartz from Huayllapon mine, Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Ancash Department, Peru. [./Worldwidemix608/HubPer6081c.JPG] Hubnerite on Quartz from Huayllapon mine, Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Ancash Department, Peru. [./Worldwidemix608/HubPer6081e.JPG] Hubnerite on Quartz from Huayllapon mine, Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Ancash Department, Peru. [./Worldwidemix608/HubPer6081b.JPG] Hubnerite on Quartz from Huayllapon mine, Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Ancash Department, Peru. [./Worldwidemix608/HubPer6081d.JPG]


No. HUB PER 6081 - SOLD

Hubnerite on Quartz

Locality: Huayllapon mine, Pasto Bueno District, Pallasca Province, Ancash Department, Peru.

Specimen Size: 4..6 x 3.9 x 2.8 cm (miniature)


Without question, the Hubnerite specimens from this mine are the finest quality and most distinguishable in the world. This beauty of a miniature hosts several wonderful, fine quality, thin, prismatic Hbnerite crystals which are aesthetically sitting atop contrasting white Quartz matrix. The Hbnerite crystals have highly metallic reflective luster, and some of them show a strong blood-red color around the edges when backlit, which is one of the great characteristics of this material. These specimens have not been seen in great quantity on the market in many years, and this one is very competitively priced for the size and quality



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Hydroxylapatite (formerly Apatite-CaOH) from Sapo mine, Goiabeira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./Worldwidemix608/ApBra6081a.JPG] Hydroxylapatite (formerly Apatite-CaOH) from Sapo mine, Goiabeira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./Worldwidemix608/ApBra6081b.JPG] Hydroxylapatite (formerly Apatite-CaOH) from Sapo mine, Goiabeira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./Worldwidemix608/ApBra6081c.JPG]


No. AP BRA 6081 - SOLD

Hydroxylapatite (formerly Apatite-CaOH)

Locality: Sapo mine, Goiabeira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Specimen Size: 4.5 x 3.8 x 3.3 cm (miniature)
Largest crystal: 1.2 cm.


Here we have a very unusual specimen of what was formerly referred to as Hydroxylapatite from the famous find at the Sapo mine in 2004. These crystals have a truly unique appearance both from the standpoint of habit and color. The crystals are flattened dipyramids with no prism whatsoever, and have a light yellow center with beautiful bluish-green edges. Most of the specimens from this find featured isolated crystals of Apatite-(CaOH) on tan colored Feldspar crystals, but this one is a very rare "cluster" of dozens of crystals with only a very slight amount of associated Feldspar. This is only the second specimen of these "clusters" that I have seen from this find, and it appears that Sapo may never produce these incredible specimens of this very rare species of Apatite again.



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Zircon from Astor, Diamar District, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./Worldwidemix608/ZircPak6081a.jpg] Zircon from Astor, Diamar District, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./Worldwidemix608/ZircPak6081b.JPG]


No. ZIRC PAK 6081 - SOLD

Zircon

Locality: Astor, Diamar District, Northern Areas, Pakistan.

Specimen Size: 9.2 x 7.8 x 5.7 cm (small cabinet)
Zircon crystal: 1.1 cm.


These are some of the best RED Zircon specimens around. Seldom do they form in euhedral, sharp, terminated crystals on matrix, and this one is certainly better than most pieces of this material that I have handled. This piece hosts a complete, sharp, lustrous, stubby, red color Zircon crystal sitting atop massive marble matrix with veinlets of black Mica. A beautiful cabinet size specimen of this classic material.



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No. AMAZ COLO 6081 - $ 1800.00

Microcline (var: "Amazonite") with Quartz (var: "Smoky")

Locality: Two Point Claim, Teller County, Colorado

Specimen Size: 7.0 x 4.2 x 3.0 cm (small cabinet)


The Pike's Peak Batholith has produced what are undoubtedly the finest Amazonite/Smoky Quartz association specimens extant. This is a superb quality and highly aesthetic display specimen featuring fine, sharp, rich blue-green color blocky Amazonite crystals which are growing on corresponding faces of a sharp, gemmy, dark Smoky Quartz crystal. This piece was mined about five years ago. The specimen has one repair, which is very good for this material as there are specimens from contemporary finds which are literally repaired 20-30 times and still carry higher price tags!

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