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Andradite- gemmy, older specimen
stock #18.1-270

Veracruz, Mexico
2.8 x 2.7 x 1.6 CM (thumbnail)
price: $130
Worldwide mix summer

A bright and attractive thumbnail of gem clear Garnets from Vera Cruz that was added to the Les Hitchings collection in 1983. This is an almost perfect match to the look of the new find of Andradites from Vera Cruz in 2016. The new find was very big news since no one had ever seen such fine garnets from that area, and there was speculation that they came from elsewhere, no exact locality was given. The new find was quickly exhausted but this specimen shows that area has in the past produced some very pretty Andradite, and perhaps it will again someday.
Silver -branching crystals and wires
stock #18.1-271
Port Radium, Great Bear Lake, Mackenzie Disrtict
Northwest Territories, Canada
2.1 x 2 x .2 CM (thumbnail)
price: $125
Worldwide mix summer

A delicate Silver specimen with branching feathery crystals and no matrix at all. From the Larry White Thumbnail collection, this has a few bright metallic areas and lots of nice dark patina. The last mine in the area closed down in 1982, the area is now reclaimed and abandoned, so this specimen is certainly older than that. In fine condition, the habit is similar to some Batopilas specimens, but the structure is a bit more hefty.
Krohnkite - large crystals, rare habit
stock #A18.1-AX- 18-037
Chuquicamata Mine, Calama, El Loa Province
Antofagasta Region, Chile
4.7 x 3.6 x 3.4 CM (miniature)
price: $580
Worldwide mix summer

Bright, large blocky habit Krohnkite crystals in a cluster with minimal matrix. From the type locale, Chuquicamata which is the only place where this rare Copper Halide was ever found in such fine crystals. While and non micro crystals are rare most of those are fibrous growths or slender clusters. Prismatic habits like this are far more uncommon, and were all found long ago. Most of the existing specimens were collected long before 1934 (the early 1900 era was most productive) but it is probable a few came out later. The zone where these were found was long ago disappeared, consumed by the largest open pit mine on the planet. Only seen now from old collections.
3 specimens listed
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