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Assorted Worldwide Minerals

A mix of fine quality display specimens with plenty of gem crystals, worldwide classics and even a really nice Brazilian Gold.


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Gold (fine crystals) (3.18 grams) from Serra do Caldeirao claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Jauru District, Mato Grosso, Brazil [./wwmix1119/wwmix111901a.JPG] Gold (fine crystals) (3.18 grams) from Serra do Caldeirao claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Jauru District, Mato Grosso, Brazil [./wwmix1119/wwmix111901b.JPG] Gold (fine crystals) (3.18 grams) from Serra do Caldeirao claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Jauru District, Mato Grosso, Brazil [./wwmix1119/wwmix111901c.JPG] Gold (fine crystals) (3.18 grams) from Serra do Caldeirao claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Jauru District, Mato Grosso, Brazil [./wwmix1119/wwmix111901d.JPG] Gold (fine crystals) (3.18 grams) from Serra do Caldeirao claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Jauru District, Mato Grosso, Brazil [./wwmix1119/wwmix111901e.JPG] Gold (fine crystals) (3.18 grams) from Serra do Caldeirao claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Jauru District, Mato Grosso, Brazil [./wwmix1119/wwmix111901f.JPG] Gold (fine crystals) (3.18 grams) from Serra do Caldeirao claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Jauru District, Mato Grosso, Brazil [./wwmix1119/wwmix111901g.JPG] Gold (fine crystals) (3.18 grams) from Serra do Caldeirao claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Jauru District, Mato Grosso, Brazil [./wwmix1119/wwmix111901h.JPG] Gold (fine crystals) (3.18 grams) from Serra do Caldeirao claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Jauru District, Mato Grosso, Brazil [./wwmix1119/wwmix111901i.JPG] Gold (fine crystals) (3.18 grams) from Serra do Caldeirao claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Jauru District, Mato Grosso, Brazil [./wwmix1119/wwmix111901j.JPG]


No. WWMIX111901 - $ 2400.00

Gold (fine crystals) (3.18 grams)

Locality: Serra do Caldeirao claims, Pontes e Lacerda, Jauru District, Mato Grosso, Brazil

Specimen Size: 2.6 x 1.0 x 0.7 cm (thumbnail)


From the find at the end of 2015, these were the big hit of the 2016 Tucson show. For years, collectors have admired the superb, beautiful crystallized skeletal Gold specimens from the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, specifically those from the Alta Floresta district which is on the northern end, near the border with the state of Para. These NEW specimens come from the southwestern corner of Mato Grosso, near the Bolivian border at a locality called Serra do Caldeirao. The form is different from the Alta Floresta pieces, and frankly, the crystallization, color and luster are superior to virtually anything we've seen from Brazil. The first thing that I noticed about these Golds is the rich yellow gold color, probably from a small amount of copper content. This hue is, to me, such a pleasing color for Gold, and reminds me of some California Golds with their rich almost "orange" coloration. Secondly, the crystallization is out of this world. Most of the specimens from Serra do Caldeirao are skeletal in form, and show various crystal habits ranging from octahedrons to dodecahedrons to tetrahexahedrons, etc. Lastly, the sheer brilliance of the luster on this piece is top notch. Rarely does one see Gold specimens with such notable shimmering luster in addition to the fine crystallization and rich color. This piece features markedly sharp, very well-formed crystals (mostly dodecahedral in habit) which all seem to have a bit of skeletal "hoppering" and are arranged into somewhat parallel growth formations like tight arborescent branching tree limbs. Up close, the piece is gorgeous, and the best crystals become even more beautiful under magnification. Again, this one has the same hearty yellow golden color and almost radiant luster that one rarely finds in native Gold. For reference, there were dealers offering these fantastic specimens a few years ago at up to $1,000 per gram. This piece weighs 3.18 grams, and you can judge it on its own merits, but make no mistake, for the size and quality, this is some of the most impressive crystallized Gold in the world.



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Rhodochrosite on Quartz with Sphalerite from Champion Mine, near Lake City, Cinnamon Pass, Park District, Hinsdale County, Colorado [./wwmix1119/wwmix111902a.JPG] Rhodochrosite on Quartz with Sphalerite from Champion Mine, near Lake City, Cinnamon Pass, Park District, Hinsdale County, Colorado [./wwmix1119/wwmix111902b.JPG] Rhodochrosite on Quartz with Sphalerite from Champion Mine, near Lake City, Cinnamon Pass, Park District, Hinsdale County, Colorado [./wwmix1119/wwmix111902c.JPG] Rhodochrosite on Quartz with Sphalerite from Champion Mine, near Lake City, Cinnamon Pass, Park District, Hinsdale County, Colorado [./wwmix1119/wwmix111902d.JPG]


No. WWMIX111902 - $ 1500.00

Rhodochrosite on Quartz with Sphalerite

Locality: Champion Mine, near Lake City, Cinnamon Pass, Park District, Hinsdale County, Colorado

Specimen Size: 9.7 x 7.2 x 4.8 cm (cabinet)
Largest Rhodochrosite: 7 mm


ex.  Dave Bergman


The Champion Mine is well known to Colorado collectors, but specimens are seldom available on the market. The piece features several sharp, well-formed, lustrous, translucent, vivid pink color, compressed rhombohedra of Rhodochrosite forming semi-"rosette"-shaped groups sitting on contrasting white Quartz and black Sphalerite matrix with small bits of Pyrite sprinkled here and there. This is a showy display specimen from this hard to find locality in southwestern Colorado. The largest Rhodo measures about 7 mm, and they are beautiful up close. It's hard to find cabinet sized specimens like this from the Champion Mine, and it appears that every Rhodo rhomb is undamaged to boot! I put a lot of value into this one for quality, color and the fact that they just aren't seen in today's market. From the collection of my maternal grandfather, Dave Bergman. Grandpa Dave is a retired Colorado miner, and was the foreman and primary person in charge of recovering specimens at the famous Sweet Home Mine near Alma, Colorado during the late 1970s with my dad. You can see his photo mining at the Sweet Home on page 58 of Peter Bancroft's book "Gem and Crystal Treasures".



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Afghanite (large crystal) from Ladjuar Medam, (Lapis-lazuli Mine), Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan, Afghanistan (TYPE LOCALITY) [./wwmix1119/wwmix111903a.JPG] Afghanite (large crystal) from Ladjuar Medam, (Lapis-lazuli Mine), Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan, Afghanistan (TYPE LOCALITY) [./wwmix1119/wwmix111903b.JPG]


No. WWMIX111903 - $ 3500.00

Afghanite (large crystal)

Locality: Ladjuar Medam, (Lapis-lazuli Mine), Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan, Afghanistan (TYPE LOCALITY)

Specimen Size: 5.6 x 4.4 x 3.1 cm (small cabinet)
Afghanite crystal: 4.0 cm


This complex feldspathoid is one of the more obscure members of the Cancrinite group, especially in fine quality specimens. The vast majority of Afghanite crystals, no matter how saturated the color may be, are opaque. This specimen hosts a beautiful, sharp, lustrous, well-formed, prismatic crystal of Afghanite measuring a whopping 4.0 cm jutting out of massive white Calcite matrix. A great display specimen of a species that is only found in good sized specimens from one part of the world. No damage, save the base of the piece where it was removed from the pocket wall. VERY showy and attractive for the species and hard to replace on the market these days especially for the size of the crystal and overall quality and rarity of the piece.



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Topaz (GEM crystals) on Albite with Muscovite from Dassu, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./wwmix1119/wwmix111904a.JPG] Topaz (GEM crystals) on Albite with Muscovite from Dassu, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./wwmix1119/wwmix111904b.JPG] Topaz (GEM crystals) on Albite with Muscovite from Dassu, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan [./wwmix1119/wwmix111904c.JPG]


No. WWMIX111904 - $ 2400.00

Topaz (GEM crystals) on Albite with Muscovite

Locality: Dassu, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan

Specimen Size: 8.3 x 7.2 x 4.8 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Topaz: 1.5 cm


Here we have a classic sherry colored Topaz specimen from Pakistan. This area has long produced some of the finest Topaz specimens in recent memory from the standpoint of color, size, and gemminess. The piece hosts a few terrific, very sharp, textbook crystals of Topaz measuring up to 1.5 cm with a classic saturated sherry color, but the fact that they are 100% GEM quality makes the piece so much more desirable. The crystals sit wonderfully on bladed Albite (var: "Cleavelandite") matrix with a coating of Muscovite. You don't see nearly as many of these pieces from Pakistan on the market as compared to a few years ago. A fantastic small cabinet gem crystal specimen for any collector. Please note that these crystals can fade to colorless when exposed to sunlight, so it should be kept out of the light if possible to help retain its color. No damage that I can see and just gorgeous in person.



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Fluorapatite (beautiful color change crystals) from Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./wwmix1119/wwmix111905a.jpg] Fluorapatite (beautiful color change crystals) from Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./wwmix1119/wwmix111905b.JPG] Fluorapatite (beautiful color change crystals) from Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./wwmix1119/wwmix111905c.JPG] Fluorapatite (beautiful color change crystals) from Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./wwmix1119/wwmix111905d.JPG] Fluorapatite (beautiful color change crystals) from Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./wwmix1119/wwmix111905e.JPG] Fluorapatite (beautiful color change crystals) from Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./wwmix1119/wwmix111905f.JPG] Fluorapatite (beautiful color change crystals) from Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./wwmix1119/wwmix111905g.JPG] Fluorapatite (beautiful color change crystals) from Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./wwmix1119/wwmix111905h.JPG]


No. WWMIX111905 - $ 2800.00

Fluorapatite (beautiful color change crystals)

Locality: Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco District, Portugal

Specimen Size: 6.0 x 4.3 x 3.3 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Fluorapatite: 3.2 cm


ex.  Francesco Bedogné


Panasqueira is one of the most unique and classic European localities containing some of the most iconic minerals from the European continent. Panasqueira has produced some amazing Apatite (Fluorapatite) specimens in its history, arguably among the finest in the world. This piece features several excellent quality, sharp, lustrous, translucent, tabular, hexagonal Apatite crystals measuring up to 3.2 cm which are sitting atop tan Siderite on underlaying Arsenopyrite and Chalcopyrite. The piece is in superb condition on the display side and it's a very attractive display specimen from this well-known mining district. The most interesting aspect of the piece is that the Apatite crystals show a beautiful color change when viewed in different lighting. In sunlight the crystals show a lovely green hue, but under halogen lighting they are a fine silvery-blue color, and we even saw a steel-lilac color under a particular LED lighting. From the worldwide collection of famed Italian mineral collector, field collector and author, Francesco Bedogné of Sondrio, Italy (Collection #679). Bedogné wrote dozens of articles and several books about the mineralogy of Italian Alpine localities such as Val Bregaglia, Val Masino, Val Codera, Val Spluga, Valtellina and the famous Val Malenco. He was also the founder of the Valtellinese Mineralogical Institute.



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Fluorite (GEM Fluorite (GEM Fluorite (GEM Fluorite (GEM Fluorite (GEM


No. WWMIX111906 - $ 1600.00

Fluorite (GEM "ice" crystals) with Calcite

Locality: Huanggang Fe-Sn deposit, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China

Specimen Size: 5.6 x 3.7 x 3.4 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Fluorite: 2.4 cm


The Huanggang Mine has given collectors a wide array of Fluorites in a brief period of time. Colors range from green to pink to purple and even colorless! The colorless "ice" crystals from this locality are similar to the finest from places like Dalnegorsk, Russia and Naica, Mexico. This piece features dozens of very sharp, WATER CLEAR, very well-formed, colorless crystals of Fluorite which are octahedral in habit. The Fluorites are elegantly associated with compressed, soft pink colored manganese-bearing Calcite with no matrix. One rarely sees such fine examples of GEM QUALITY Fluorites like this! The largest crystal measures 2.4 cm and despite one TINY nick, is in excellent condition. Yes, there are some imperfections on some of the lesser crystals where the piece was removed from the pocket, but the piece is still in superb condition. Great quality, aesthetics, and form make this a desirable and worthwhile small cabinet display of this beautiful material from this contemporary locality.



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Vanadinite (fine classic crystal group) from Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./wwmix1119/wwmix111907a.JPG] Vanadinite (fine classic crystal group) from Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./wwmix1119/wwmix111907b.JPG] Vanadinite (fine classic crystal group) from Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./wwmix1119/wwmix111907c.JPG] Vanadinite (fine classic crystal group) from Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./wwmix1119/wwmix111907d.JPG] Vanadinite (fine classic crystal group) from Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco [./wwmix1119/wwmix111907e.JPG]


No. WWMIX111907 - $ 3000.00

Vanadinite (fine classic crystal group)

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

Specimen Size: 6.2 x 5.7 x 3.8 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Vanadinite: 2.7 cm


Moroccan Vanadinites simply are the finest examples of the species extant. The best pieces still command a premium on the market, even though specimens are still being found to this day. This piece is an exemplary, aesthetic, group of superb quality, rich red color, razor-sharp, very lustrous, broad / thick hexagonal crystals free of matrix. The largest Vanadinite measures a full 2.7 cm across. Great aesthetics and good quality all around! Just a few little nicks, but still an impressive showy Vanadinite from this most famous of Moroccan localities. BETTER IN PERSON. It's such an impressive piece for the superior color, fine quality and robust crystals. This is old material dating back to the early 1980s, the likes of which is rarely seen on the market today.

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Pyrargyrite with Miagyrite (old classic material) from Niederschlema, Bad Schlema, Erzgebirge District, Saxony, Germany [./wwmix1119/wwmix111908a.JPG] Pyrargyrite with Miagyrite (old classic material) from Niederschlema, Bad Schlema, Erzgebirge District, Saxony, Germany [./wwmix1119/wwmix111908b.JPG] Pyrargyrite with Miagyrite (old classic material) from Niederschlema, Bad Schlema, Erzgebirge District, Saxony, Germany [./wwmix1119/wwmix111908c.JPG] Pyrargyrite with Miagyrite (old classic material) from Niederschlema, Bad Schlema, Erzgebirge District, Saxony, Germany [./wwmix1119/wwmix111908d.JPG] Pyrargyrite with Miagyrite (old classic material) from Niederschlema, Bad Schlema, Erzgebirge District, Saxony, Germany [./wwmix1119/wwmix111908e.JPG]


No. WWMIX111908 - $ 2500.00

Pyrargyrite with Miagyrite (old classic material)

Locality: Niederschlema, Bad Schlema, Erzgebirge District, Saxony, Germany

Specimen Size: 5.3 x 3.8 x 3.2 cm (small cabinet)


A gorgeous, classic, old-time display specimen from the historic community of Niederschlema - known for producing superb examples of silver species such as Proustite and Pyrargyrite. This piece features the rare association of Pyrargyrite with Miargyrite in the form of brilliantly splendent, metallic, very sharp, silvery colored crystals that glow a beautiful RED color when backlit - hence the term "Ruby Silver". The largest crystal measures about 6 mm. Both Pyrargyrite and Miargyrite are part of the "Ruby Silver Group" and to find both species together on the same specimen is quite rare in my experience. The crystals are distinguished optically as Pyrargyrite is trigonal and Miargyrite is monoclinic, but they share a remarkably similar chemistry. The piece is wonderfully balanced as the Pyrargyrite and Miargyrite crystals are scattered among colorless translucent Calcites on bronzy colored Arsenopyrite on host rock matrix. The piece is essentially damage free on the display side, but it is contacted on the top / back portion, though you can easily display the piece so the damage doesn't show. A wonderful, historic specimen for anybody who collects European classics, sulfosalts, or specifically "Ruby Silver" species. The piece comes with a typed label from an unknown collection.



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Dioptase on Calcite (classic material) from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia [./wwmix1119/wwmix111909a.JPG] Dioptase on Calcite (classic material) from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia [./wwmix1119/wwmix111909b.JPG] Dioptase on Calcite (classic material) from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia [./wwmix1119/wwmix111909c.JPG] Dioptase on Calcite (classic material) from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia [./wwmix1119/wwmix111909d.JPG]


No. WWMIX111909 - $ 600.00

Dioptase on Calcite (classic material)

Locality: Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

Specimen Size: 3.7 x 2.3 x 2.1 cm (miniature)
Largest Dioptase 7 mm


When it comes to Dioptase, there is no locality greater or more prolific than Tsumeb for quantity and quality. The finest Tsumeb Dioptase specimens are simply breathtaking, and now in very short supply on the market. This specimen exhibits the top emerald green color (impossible to replicate in photos) that made these specimens so famous. Sharp, very lustrous, well-formed, trigonal crystals sit beautifully in a crystallized "ridge" on classic contrasting white Calcite matrix. The crystals themselves measure up to 7 mm, and most of them are in good shape, despite a few tiny "Wilbers" that you really can't see without magnification. I don't have to tell you that the value of Tsumeb specimens seems to raise daily and fine quality specimens are now highly sought after, and prized more than ever by dealers and collectors alike.

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Opal-AN (Hyalite Opal) with Carbonate-rich Fluorapatite (var: Opal-AN (Hyalite Opal) with Carbonate-rich Fluorapatite (var: Opal-AN (Hyalite Opal) with Carbonate-rich Fluorapatite (var: Opal-AN (Hyalite Opal) with Carbonate-rich Fluorapatite (var: Opal-AN (Hyalite Opal) with Carbonate-rich Fluorapatite (var: Opal-AN (Hyalite Opal) with Carbonate-rich Fluorapatite (var: Opal-AN (Hyalite Opal) with Carbonate-rich Fluorapatite (var: Opal-AN (Hyalite Opal) with Carbonate-rich Fluorapatite (var: Opal-AN (Hyalite Opal) with Carbonate-rich Fluorapatite (var: Opal-AN (Hyalite Opal) with Carbonate-rich Fluorapatite (var:


No. WWMIX111910 - $ 1800.00

Opal-AN (Hyalite Opal) with Carbonate-rich Fluorapatite (var: "Staffelite")

Locality: Valec (Waltsch), Doupov (Duppau), Karlovy Vary Region, Bohemia, Czech Republic

Specimen Size: 15.3 x 10.6 x 8.3 cm (large cabinet)


When it comes to Hyalite Opal - the proper name is Opal (var Opal-AN) - the specimens from Valec are the most famous in my mind. This material is essentially colorless, and resembles lustrous glass beads. The historic old mines are now closed as they lay in a military reservation, and these specimens will never be found again. This beautiful piece features a group of intergrown glistening, colorless, spherical "bead"-like nodules of Opal-AN which have a stunning internal gemminess and are smartly sitting on host rock matrix.  If you look closely, you can see small patches of bright rainbow "color flash" in the spheres, which is rare for this material. Additionally, spherical whitish "balls" of Carbonate-rich Fluorapatite (var: Staffelite) can be seen on the piece as well. If you're an Opal collector, this is a worthwhile representative piece of classic material, with the famous "Staffelite" association. Valued highly for the size, quality and near non-existence on the market, especially in large cabinet display specimens.



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Fluorite (LARGE bi-color Fluorite (LARGE bi-color Fluorite (LARGE bi-color Fluorite (LARGE bi-color Fluorite (LARGE bi-color


No. WWMIX111911 - $ 4000.00

Fluorite (LARGE bi-color "Spinel-twin") (1,444 grams)

Locality: Chumar Bakhoor, near Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Specimen Size: 14.5 x 9.6 x 5.6 cm (cabinet)


The Fluorite twins from this locality are distinctive and are unique in the world, for the sharpness, gemminess and noteworthy size. Most of the twins I've seen from this area are green in color, but pink examples have been found as well. Here, we have an incredibly large "Spinel-twinned" BI-COLOR Fluorite specimen that is not only impressive for its size, but its remarkable gemminess. When you backlight the piece, you can see large WATER CLEAR sections that would yield incredible gemstones. This very well may be the largest bi-colored twinned Fluorite we've had to offer from this locality. You can see the twin line (reentrant line) that runs along the length of the crystal, but because it's not complete on the back, you can't see the full effect of both crystals together. Some beautiful accenting silvery blades of Muscovite are flaring off the base of the piece for a nice accent. A great quality, older Fluorite specimen from the famous pegmatite near Nagar. The piece was mined in the mid 1990's. A remarkable twinned Fluorite specimen weighing in at 1,444 grams. Hard to photograph (like many of the Fluorites from this locality) and better in person.



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Kunzite (doubly-terminated) with Quartz (549 grams) from Nuristan, Afghanistan [./wwmix1119/wwmix111912a.JPG] Kunzite (doubly-terminated) with Quartz (549 grams) from Nuristan, Afghanistan [./wwmix1119/wwmix111912b.JPG] Kunzite (doubly-terminated) with Quartz (549 grams) from Nuristan, Afghanistan [./wwmix1119/wwmix111912c.JPG] Kunzite (doubly-terminated) with Quartz (549 grams) from Nuristan, Afghanistan [./wwmix1119/wwmix111912d.JPG] Kunzite (doubly-terminated) with Quartz (549 grams) from Nuristan, Afghanistan [./wwmix1119/wwmix111912e.JPG]


No. WWMIX111912 - $ 1850.00

Kunzite (doubly-terminated) with Quartz (549 grams)

Locality: Nuristan, Afghanistan

Specimen Size: 16.5 x 4.1 x 4.1 cm (large cabinet)


A large, thick, doubly-terminated, gemmy crystal group of Spodumene / Kunzite from Afghanistan. Now, these terminations are not textbook per se, but they are definitely crystallized, most likely the piece detached from the pocket wall during formation and ended up healing ("re-healing") itself while it finished growing. I will point out that one end of the crystal is partially contacted, but is still crystallized in areas. With that said, it's nearly complete all the way around and even hosts a small Smoky Quartz crystal near one end for dramatic effect. A bit of bladed Albite can be seen as well. The crystals have a medium purplish and greenish-yellow color when viewed on the "a" axis, but When viewed down the "c" axis, one can see that this is a "striped" or color zoned crystal group. There is a purple hue on each side, along with a greenish-yellow hue in the center. The luster is very good with elongated glassy faces and slightly etched faces on either side, so it's a beautiful blending of the two forms. Good crystallized Spodumenes / Kunzites are only found in a few places on earth and Afghanistan is the only place that produces them with any frequency these days. Weight is 549 grams.



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Kunzite (doubly-terminated) (623 grams) from Nuristan, Afghanistan [./wwmix1119/wwmix111913a.JPG] Kunzite (doubly-terminated) (623 grams) from Nuristan, Afghanistan [./wwmix1119/wwmix111913b.JPG] Kunzite (doubly-terminated) (623 grams) from Nuristan, Afghanistan [./wwmix1119/wwmix111913c.JPG] Kunzite (doubly-terminated) (623 grams) from Nuristan, Afghanistan [./wwmix1119/wwmix111913d.JPG]


No. WWMIX111913 - $ 1950.00

Kunzite (doubly-terminated) (623 grams)

Locality: Nuristan, Afghanistan

Specimen Size: 12.2 x 6.5 x 3.4 cm (cabinet)


A large, thick, doubly-terminated, gemmy "sword"-shaped crystal group of Kunzite from Afghanistan. The piece is close to being a complete floater as I can't see a true point of attachment from the pocket wall, but there are couple small areas of incomplete growth. It's was detached at one point, and then recrystallized ("rehealed") so it's now complete on both ends. The main crystal has a mix of softer green and purples colors when viewed on the "a" axis, but when viewed down the "c" axis, one can more clearly see the mix of multiple colors. There is a purplish-pink hue on one side, along with a greenish-yellow hue. The prism shows long striated faces on the front and back, and a notably sharp and well-formed termination which is not often seen in Kunzite from any world locality, as most are etched and do not display such wonderful morphology as this one. The termination shows beautiful smooth crystals faces, and looks good from both sides. Fine crystallized Kunzites are only found in a few places on earth and Afghanistan is only place that produces them with any frequency these days. Weight is 623 grams.



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Fluorite (GEM/gemmy Fluorite (GEM/gemmy Fluorite (GEM/gemmy Fluorite (GEM/gemmy Fluorite (GEM/gemmy Fluorite (GEM/gemmy Fluorite (GEM/gemmy Fluorite (GEM/gemmy Fluorite (GEM/gemmy Fluorite (GEM/gemmy Fluorite (GEM/gemmy Fluorite (GEM/gemmy Fluorite (GEM/gemmy


No. WWMIX111914 - $ 2800.00

Fluorite (GEM/gemmy "phantom" crystal group)

Locality: Xianghualing Mine, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China

Specimen Size: 11.2 x 7.3 x 7.1 cm (cabinet)
Largest Fluorite: 3.5 cm


For all the Fluorites specimens that have come out of China, this a very attractive, fine quality, cabinet size presentation piece hosting sharp, WATER-CLEAR to translucent, lovely green color, slightly stacked, cubic crystals (with dodecahedral modifications on the edges) measuring up to 3.5 cm on edge. The specimen displays very nicely from several angles, and just looks like a pool of liquid green in your hands. Select faces of the crystals have excellent luster, while other faces have a graceful "frosted" appearance. Due to the incredible clarity of the crystals, the piece was rather difficult to photograph, but we did our best to show the absolute WATER CLEAR areas, which give way to somewhat white colored internal "phantoms" in the center. The majority of the specimen is completely damage free, and I can only find a few tiny nicks that keep it from being perfect. Obviously, the base of the specimen is contacted where it was detached from the matrix, but this more than forgivable as the main focal point of the piece is in superb condition. A tiny bit of compressed rhombic accenting grey Calcite makes for a great touch. Lastly, it must be noted that the color of these crystals really stands out under fluorescent lighting and in sunlight as opposed to incandescent lighting, but it truly must be seen in person to appreciate it gemminess and elegant beauty.



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Cerussite (GEMMY smoky colored Cerussite (GEMMY smoky colored Cerussite (GEMMY smoky colored


No. WWMIX111915 - $ 800.00

Cerussite (GEMMY smoky colored "snowflake" twin)

Locality: Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb Otjikoto Region, Namibia

Specimen Size: 4.1 x 2.0 x 1.7 cm (miniature)


When it comes to mineral localities, Tsumeb stands as the king for collectors. The amazing diversity and plethora of species is staggering, and remains the number one destination for a lot of collectors in the hobby. Here we have a fine example of reticulated Cerussite with good sized, well developed crystals. This "snowflake"-shaped group is not only well-formed, but shows excellent internal gemminess ranging from GEM quality transparent to gemmy / translucent. Additionally the color ranges from a classic colorless hue reminiscent of gem quality Diamonds(!) in the interior to a smoky hue, not unlike Smoky Quartz. Although it’s not perfect, there is VERY LITTLE DAMAGE and it is still totally complete on the front and back. It seems that the value of Tsumeb specimens rises daily in this market, so grab this piece while you can. Gem quality twinned "snowflakes" of Cerussite are always in demand.



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Vivianite (gemmy crystals) on Siderite from Huanuni Mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./wwmix1119/wwmix111916a.JPG] Vivianite (gemmy crystals) on Siderite from Huanuni Mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./wwmix1119/wwmix111916b.JPG] Vivianite (gemmy crystals) on Siderite from Huanuni Mine, Huanuni, Dalence Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia [./wwmix1119/wwmix111916c.JPG]


No. WWMIX111916 - $ 3000.00

Vivianite (gemmy crystals) on Siderite

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

Specimen Size: 5.7 x 4.3 x 4.1 cm (small cabinet)
Vivianite Group: 4.4 cm


ex.  Brian Kosnar


The world famous Huanuni Mine in Bolivia is one of the most impressive specimen producers in terms of the quality of species. It has produced what are the finest examples of several species in Bolivia including the finest Ludlamites and arguably the finest Vivianites. While I've seen larger Vivianites from places like Morococala in Bolivia, the Huanuni specimens - when at their finest - are simply some of the most impressive of their kind extant. About 10 years ago (circa 2010) there was a discovery of some very fine quality Vivianites on Siderite from a newly opened portion of the mine. Keep in mind that Huanuni is a giant Cassiterite deposit (Alfredo Petrov told me it's the largest single deposit of Cassiterite in the world), but there is a zone that produces some superb phosphates like these Vivianites. This specimen hosts incredibly sharp, lustrous and well-formed prismatic crystals of rich emerald green Vivianite measuring 4.4 cm which are aesthetically perched atop golden Siderite matrix. There are several key aspects to the piece starting with the superior luster, sharpness and gemminess. Many Vivianites from Huanuni can be dull, rounded and nearly opaque, but the quality in these crystals is excellent. Secondly, the Vivianite group is UNDAMAGED and just beautiful from all sides, which is exceedingly rare for the material as you'll often see one edge of these crystals is cleaved. Lastly, and perhaps most impressively, the group is aesthetically sitting on matrix. Most of the matrix Vivianites from Huanuni aren't terribly showy, but this one displays like a dream as you can see from the photos. Top quality and beautiful in person. The piece truly has superior quality, color, gemminess and aesthetics. Please note: For the maintenance of Vivianites, the color and gemminess can be better preserved if the specimens are kept in closed dark places, and not exposed to light or heat. I've been able to maintain the color and clarity of many Vivianites for years just by keeping them in closed boxes as much as possible. From my personal collection.

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K-Feldspar (var: Adularia) (superb twin) with K-Feldspar (var: Adularia) (superb twin) with K-Feldspar (var: Adularia) (superb twin) with K-Feldspar (var: Adularia) (superb twin) with


No. WWMIX111917 - $ 1500.00

K-Feldspar (var: Adularia) (superb twin) with "Chlorite"

Locality: Agenetal (Aeginental), Ulrichen, Goms, Wallis (Valais), Switzerland

Specimen Size: 10.3 x 5.7 x 4.8 cm (cabinet)


A classic example of the famous Adularia twins from Switzerland. This piece is a large, sharp, thick, well-formed, BEAUTIFULLY twinned crystal that I would classify as being a "near floater" as it's crystallized nearly all the way around, but there is a spot on the base that keeps it from being 100% pristine. This is a Baveno twin and looks fantastic from all angles. There is no "front" side, as each angle makes its case for being the "display" side of the crystal. Whether you like the defined twinning line on one side, or the rigid "teeth" flaring out of the sides seen on another angle, the piece presents something different every 90 degrees in which it's turned. For years, Adularia was defined as a variety of Orthoclase, but now it's defined as a variety of either Orthoclase or Microcline depending upon the habit (monoclinic or triclinic). The rich moss-green color is due to inclusions of "Chlorite", which have created a lovely two-tone crystal. This is a fairly large twinned Adularia from any locality, and the fact that it's Swiss makes it all the more valuable in terms of Alpine material.



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No. WWMIX111918 - $ 550.00

Quartz (variety: "Amethyst") (with inclusions Lepidocrocite / Hematite)

Locality: Denny Mountain, King County, Washington

Specimen Size: 3.6 x 1.1 x 0.9 cm (miniature)


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


An excellent, sharp, lustrous, well-formed, gemmy, rich purple colored Amethyst scepter on white Quartz from the classic locality at Denny Mountain. The termination is notably gemmy and saturated in color, especially for the size. If you look closely, you will see it's included with small acicular crystals of bright red Lepidocrocite/Hematite creating the beautiful "Strawberry Quartz" effect that is known from this area. This locality has produced some of the best scepter crystals from the United States, and has actually cost some collectors their lives because the terrain is so treacherous and deadly. The piece is complete all the way around, with only minor areas of incomplete growth of the back, and stands as a superb small miniature sized specimen of this classic material. From the collection of my father, Richard Kosnar.

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