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24 specimens listed
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Pyrophyllite - very well crystallized
stock #20.1-174
Indian Gulch Mine, Santa Cruz Mountain, Hornitos Mining District, Maripo
California, United States
13.6 x 9.3 x 8.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $450
Spring 2020

Pyrophyllite is not often seen in an esthetic, collectable grade mineral specimen but it can be striking. This is both a huge specimen for this specie and an exceptional one, the best I have ever handled. Large radiating clusters reach 4 CM across. This piece was sold by the Schortmann brothers almost 70 years ago (their label did not survive) and was in the Cook family collection on display since then. The Pyrophyllite crystals are in sprays some of which are above the matrix and show terminations which is very rare. Shining golden metallic luster is seen on all sides except the base where this was removed from the host rock. In extraordinary condition and brilliant in person, from a long closed mine, an important piece, as fine as this specie gets.
Lawsonite - ex Vaux, type locality, exceptional
stock #19.1-803
Tiburon Peninsula, Marin County
California, United States
6.8 x 4 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $2950
Spring 2020

A superb specimen with exceptional provenance. From the famed Vaux collection this specimen from the original find has a 1897 date on the reverse of the label. Lawsonite is a fairly rare mineral and these are huge crystals for the specie. This old find was also the source of the best Lawsonites ever found, and this specimen is superb, one of the very best. Vaux was a very selective collector famed for his taste and care in selecting for his personal collection which was one of the best of his era. These Lawsonite crystals have sharp striated faces, choice luster, excellent blue color and reach 2 CM. I have only ever seen one specimen with larger crystals, it was the piece from the Roebling collection at the Smithsonian, but on this Vaux specimen the crystals are more perfect with better color and form. The matrix is mostly Glaucophane, in micaceous form, the whole specimen displays very well. Original handwritten Vaux label included which also notes this piece is 64.6 grams. An important piece, this is a true classic.
Axinite
stock #20.1-113
New Melones Spillway (Dam site), Calaveras County
California, United States
4.3 x 3.2 x 1 CM (miniature)
price: $290
Spring 2020

A small, super clean matrix plate of perfect, gem clear Axinite crystals. A modern classic from the best find ever made in the USA. Close inspection shows very sharp glassy crystals with several habits many of which are free standing prisms. Smokey red-brown color with fine transparency. Ex collection of Brett Keller, a choice miniature.
Inesite
stock #AX-10-036
Hale Crek Mine, Mad River Rock, Trinity County
California, United States
8.1 x 6.9 x 6.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $800
Late Summer 2018

Superb old USA (California) Inesite with large and very fine crystals lining an open pocket. Hale Creek Inesites could still be collected about 45-50 years ago, but not recently, they are a US classic, rarely available in this quality. This specimen is in fine condition, with prismatic crystals up to 1.7 CM but most are about 1.2 CM (which is huge for the locale and specie). Displays well from several angles, the open vug shows several differing habits and radiating clusters. Ex William Hladysz and Ara Dildillian collections, this is by far the best California Inesite I have seen for sale in 20 years.
Anadalusite in Sericite Shist
stock #AX-35-159
Cargo Muchacho Mountains, Imperial County
California, United States
5.7 x 3.9 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $300
Late Summer 2018

Something a bit unusual, the main Andalusite crystal is well-formed and over 3.5 CM across. Nice overall composition, the biggest Andalusite is quite well exposed from the Schist. Ex S. Alverson collection, this was collected in 1980, but not at any of the noted mines, just a small prospect. Microscopic exam finds many Hematite crystals and one Kyanite in the matrix as well. A fine, less common California specimen and a nice prismatic crystal of Andalusite.
Elbaite -unusual color
stock #AX-7-(1144)
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill,Mesa Grande District, San Diego County
California, United States
1.8 x .6 x .7 CM (thumbnail)
price: $130
Worldwide mix summer

A cute Tourmaline thumbnail ex Larry White collection that has a very unusual color and becomes colorless when rotated in polarized light. This is undamaged and very transparent (the photos do not show the transparency well). A nice, glassy little gem crystal that is very unusual for the locale.
Elbaite on Quartz
stock #14.1-185
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill,Mesa Grande District, San Diego County
California, United States
3 x 1.9 x 1.6 CM (thumbnail)
price: $240
Worldwide mix summer

A fine thumbnail zoned Tourmaline on a doubly terminated Quartz crystal from the classic Himalaya Mine. The Elbaite has a sharp termination on one end but the bottom is incomplete, otherwise sharp and in perfect undamaged condition. Older specimen with a pastel pink body to a dark green cap. Displays well from several angles.
Elbaite - Multicolor Gem crystal
stock #17.1-277 (A7)
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill,Mesa Grande District, San Diego County
California, United States
1.6 x .9 x .5 CM (thumbnail)
price: $95


A fine thumbnail Tourmaline with super clarity and strong deep color. An older (1970 vintage) Himalaya mine specimen that is clearly more vibrant than typically available. No damage and a nice termination but still very affordable.
24 specimens listed
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