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Cuprite with Native Silver
stock #10.1-086
Rubtsovsky Mine, Rubtsovshy District
Altaiskii Krai, Russia
4.6 x 4.6 x 4 CM (miniature)
price: $780

Just over a decade ago the incredible discovery of fantastic large Cuprites from Rubstovsky (Russia) was huge news in the mineral world. This is an especially choice example of a fine undamaged Cuprite with the addition of having Native Silver on some areas. Even without the Silver this is a super Cuprite, it has excellent form and luster, is in fine condition and with good lighting the inner red colors are seen on some edges and faces. This piece was found in the early discoveries, it is of a style and quality that is no longer coming out (the find may have been exhausted but there are still some coming from dealers storage). The bright luster makes this hard to show well in photos, it is far better in person and very fine for the discovery.
Topaz - classic Russian, on Feldspar, Quartz
stock #16.1-597
Murzinka Mine,Sarapulka Dist., Sverdlovskaya Oblast, Middle Urals
Urals Region, Russia
5.4 x 3.2 x 3 CM (small cabinet/large miniature)
price: $560

A 2.5 CM tall gem clear colorless Topaz crystal rises above the contrasting Matrix. The Topaz is undamaged, in impeccable condition, the matrix has some bruising but it is the matrix and not at all a detriment. A very nice composition over all, good Topaz from the Urals is something of a mineralogical prize and highly respected by collectors. A very good value for the quality and esthetics.
Quartz - red acicular form
stock #12.1-252
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region, Russia
6.7 x 5.2 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $290

The Russian red Quartz from Dalnegorsk is unique in the mineral world. These slender, tapering crystals tend to be darker red at the base and a lighter orange to colorless at the tips. This piece shows the habit and color very well. Minimal matrix and despite some tip cleaves the overall condition is better than most of these delicate sprays.
Danburite and Datolite
stock #14.1-214
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region, Russia
3.4 x 2.1 x 1.8 CM (miniature)
price: $325

Gemmy light blue Datolite crystals clustered on a gemmy colorless Danburite crystal. The Danburite has some small etched zones that show re-crystallization, but overall this is a sharp prism. From Dalnegorsk, this is a choice miniature of these two species that looks fine from practically any angle. Our background for this specimen does not specify which part of the mining complex was the source for this piece but it seems certain to be from the Bor Pit. No damage; esthetic and unusual.
stock #19.1-510
Sinerechenskoe Skarn,
Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region, Russia
6.9 x 4.1 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $120
Spring 2020

Dark but gemmy Andradite Garnets well exposed on the matrix. The color is a dark red but with strong lighting an oil green to yellow color is seen on some crystals. This locality is well known for the great Quartz crystals often included by Hedenbergite, but the Garnets are also quite choice. These are arranged in both tight clusters and also more isolated. In person the luster is excellent, bright and glassy. Some small rough edges and contacts but overall in very nice condition.
Datolite, Sphalerite and Cumberland habit Quartz
stock #20.FC-135
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region, Russia
7.8 x 4.2 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $1100

Gem clear Datolite crystals up to 2.3 CM are complexly mingled with doubly terminated "Cumberland habit" Quartz and clusters of very sharp twinned Sphalerites. It is possible to see greenish inclusions inside some Datolites. This is a rich, undamaged multi-specie specimen from Dalnegorsk, that is especially fine in person. The more this piece is examined the more remarkable details are seen. There are many good Dalnegorsk specimens available in all price ranges, this is especially fine and well worth the cost for a superior specimen.
stock #20.FC-104
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region, Russia
3.8 x3.6 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
price: $780
Spring 2020

A strange and rare habit, I have only ever seen two of these "cruciform" etched Galenas, and this one is very distinct. The complex crystallization presents very well and the bright luster helps to show the cross off from several angles. The matrix in this case is a pair of Calcite crystals that act as a built in base so the specimen stands on its own. The specimen on close examination shows an impressive series of steps and terraces much like a topographic map where the summit is in the form of a cross.
Fluorite on needle Quartz
stock #19.1-761
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region, Russia
9.7 x 7.8 x 6.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $330

The legendary Dalgngorsk deposits occasionally yield a modified cubo-octahedral Fluorite with ice clear windows. These are sometimes sitting on a nest of contrasting opaque slender quartz Tessin habit crystals. This is an choice example of this sort that is far better in person.
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