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Quartz (very unusual habit)
stock #9-BRA-246
Itabira, Itabira-Nova Era District
Minas Gerais, Brazil
6.5 x 5.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $160

A very esthetic and very weird quartz! The second generation smoky quartz looks just like a gemmy Cassiterite or a Scheelite from some angles. The crystal is strangely distorted, some faces have grown far out of usual proportions and the whole looks like a very different specie as a result. In any quartz display, this will NOT just blend in! No eye visible damage on the secondary crystal, micro chipping seen at 10X magnification.
Native Silver (crystals and herringbone form) with Arsenic
stock #9.1-256
Vater Abraham Mine, Lauta, Marienburg District, Erzgebirge
Saxony, Germany
6.8 x 5.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $420

A sizable and very rich specimen of crystallized Silver that contrast well with the dark matrix. Old classic material Ex. Wein Collection (Stuttgart) and John Marshall Collection. Shows several forms of silver including several good herringbone clusters to 2.4 CM long.
Spinel (octahedron on Spinel law twins)
stock #8 DK-161
Luc Yen
Yen Bai Province, Vietnam
6.8 x 6 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $280

A purplish-red large Spinel twin over 5 cm across is the base for a smaller octahedron and some additional crystals. Shows typical etched surfaces and has some very glassy faces. An attractive display piece that is also quite instructive, it presents the twinning in a textbook form with a non twinned example as a contrast.
Almandine (Garnet) on Schist
stock #10.1-337
Wrangell Garnet mine, Petersburg District,Wrangell Petersburg District
Alaska, United States
9.8 x 7.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $250

From a classic US locality this is a very fine example of highly lustrous Almandines in a good sized plate of Schist. This was once a prolific locale but little to nothing is seen now. The largest crystal is 2.3 CM. With strong lighting the deep rich red color is seen but at first glance these are dark, almost black. Excellent form and contrast, there is some contacting and edge chipping (probably a result of in-situ events, and not "mishandling") This is still a very displayable specimen with much better quality than is typical.
Rose Quartz
stock #8 DK-018
Pitorra Claim, Laranjeiras, Galileia, Doce Valley
Minas Gerais, Brazil
7 x 6.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $400

Really attractive and well composed, this is a fine "picket fence" style rose quartz collected over 20 years ago. Excellent color sharpness, luster and condition, this could be priced much higher in the current market. The milky quartz matrix and the depositional banding add a lovely contrast to this specimen. With a strong light and magnification I can find one chipped termination that is behind other crystals so is well hidden. Otherwise perfect.
Neptunite in Natrolite with Joaquinite and Crossite
stock #AC- B10-200
Benitoite gem mine, Iridia, San Benito Co.
California, United States
6 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $160

Great contrast with sharp and lustrous Neptunites against the white natrolite. Dozens of micro crystals are on board with lots of the rare mineral Joaquinite. The largest neptunites reach 2 CM and show reddish highlights with good lighting. Most crystals are perfect and terminated, but there is damage to 2 crystals. These could be removed to make a "perfect" specimen but they are not bothersome to me and the overall impact is fine. Older material collected in the 60s.
Cerussite on Barite
stock #9.1-374
Mibladen, Midelt, Khenifra Province,
, Morocco
7 x 6.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $300

A really nicely presented cerussite sixling twin crystal sits atop a matrix of orange-red barite blades. Great contrast and excellent condition on the display face. The main cerussite is 2.7 CM across. The mines of Mibladen produced tons of average specimens but this one is far better than typical, an excellent example of a modern classic locality, a very good value.
Beryl Var. Aquamarine on Albite and muscovite
stock #12.1-311
Gilgit, Gilgit district
Northern Areas, Pakistan
13.5 x 8.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $1400

A big, rich and esthetic specimen presenting a perfect, sharp blue Beryl 4.4 CM across. No damage at all, the top portion of the crystal is gem clear but the rest is translucent "milky" with some white veils. The architecture of this specimen is excellent and the contrast of color and texture is strong. Even with lots of Aquas from Pakistan, this stands out as a very fine and eyecatching specimen. For this quality, the price is very reasonable.
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