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4 specimens found
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Copper- large crude crystals with Silver
stock #13.1-407
Calumet and Hecla Mine, Calumet, Houghton County
Michigan, United States
4.7 x 3.7 x 3 CM (miniature)
price: $250
Spring 2017

An old specimen from Houghton County with sizable (2 CM) distinct yet crude crystals standing above a mostly Copper matrix. Some sharp faces are seen but overall the crystals are very distorted. A few spots of Native Silver are also seen with magnification.
Smithsonite with Calcite
stock #13.1-802
Kelly Mine, Magdalena
New Mexico, United States
8.8 x 6.3 x 3 CM (cabinet)
price: $1150
Spring 2017

A very pretty, classic Smithsonite from the famed Kelly mine. Nice wet look luster and three dimensional surface. In fine condition, undamaged on the display side, sawn on the back and sits well for display. These have become quite prized over the past few years and this is a particularly good value for this quality. The large knob that protrudes from the concave area is 3.2 CM across and has a few small Calcites on the surface.
Beryl V. Goshenite -Aquamarine on Muscovite
stock #6.2-082
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
Sichuan, China
5.3 x 3.1 x 2.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $290
Spring 2017

Simple and attractive, the less common tabular form (flat hexagons) of gem clear Beryl nicely perched on matrix. In most light the Beryl looks white or colorless, but a tiny hint of blue can be seen in some conditions. In my eye it is a colorless Goshenite variety but some may see it as a pale Aquamarine. Either way this presents this special discoidal habit very well. From the modern classic area of Mt Xuebaoding in 2003, this form has not been found for some time. A choice modern Chinese classic and an uncommon crystal habit.
Garnet pseudomorphed by Chamosite (Chlorite)
stock #15.1-893
Michigamme, Marquette County
Michigan, United States
5.2 x 3.8 x2.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $130
Spring 2017

Perfectly formed Chamosite pseudo having the shape of the original Garnet (probably Almandine). Unlike most from this classic find, this is a matrix specimen, and the crystal is not rounded but is very sharp. These were first collected over 130 years ago (at that time called Aphrosiderite, a discredited name) and still are sometimes found, but rarely of good quality. A nice affordable classic pseudomorph.
4 specimens found
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