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Chrysoberyl -Classic, Co-type locale
stock #18.1-407
Chrysoberyl Locality, Middlesex Turnpike, Haddam
Connecticut, United States
2 x 1.7 x 1.5 (thumbnail)
price: $450
Late Summer 2018

A small but significant Chrysoberyl from the Haddam Connecticut locality that was the first place the mineral was found in situ in 1810. Mindat offers a detailed report on this long closed locality that makes great reading. https://www.mindat.org/loc-213971.html The main Chrysoberyl on this matrix is .8 CM and is sharp, translucent and a good yellow-green. Ex Larry White collection, these old Chrysoberyls are not often available. The collecting was most active in the early to mid 19th century and it seems by 1901 the original spot was no longer accessible. A choice classic thumbnail for this important locality.
Wulfenite -classic
stock #13.1-079
San Francisco Mine, Cucurpe
Sonora, Mexico
3.2 x 2.5 x .6 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $725
Late Summer 2018

A large complete crystal (with several coating both sides) in fine condition from the famed finds at the San Francisco Mine, Sonora, Mexico. Colorful and transparent, the luster is glassy and the lack of damage is remarkable. These Wulfenites with large crystals like this were all collected more than two decades ago. They were (and are) very fragile, so fine complete larger crystals were uncommon. A choice and showy crystal, these have gotten very expensive and harder to find.
Amethyst -zoned scepter
stock #18-AX-12-193
Murzinka Mine,Sarapulka Dist., Sverdlovskaya Oblast, Middle Urals
Urals Region, Russia
2.7 x 2.2 x 1.9 CM (thumbnail)
price: $110
Late Summer 2018

A sharp scepter of zoned Amethyst from the Urals. There are what looks like two tiny stems on this crystal , but there is really just one with an ingrown second crystal. In very good condition, ex William Hladysz collection, a choice thumbnail from this classic locality.
Galena Ps. Pyromorphite - classic
stock #13.1-412
Kautenbach, Traben-Trarbach, Hunsruck
Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
7.1 x 6.2 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $650
Late Summer 2018

One of the most respected European classics are the Pyromorphites that were pseudomorphed by Galena from Kautenbach. This specimen has very sharp and distinct hexagonal crystals that in some cases are fully pseudomorphed to Galena and a few have a later regrowth of an outer layer of Pyromorphite. The crystals are well exposed and stand up above the matrix. Very clean damage wise, the crystals on this specimen are small but much more distinct than usual from this classic locale. Ex Seaman museum, most specimens of this sort we have handled had larger crystals but also far larger price tags, usually in the 4-8K range. This is a good example of this treasured classic that is affordable but still choice.
Richterite with Magnetite -Superb for locale
stock #0168-JM-2927
Langban (Langbanshyttan)
Varmland, Sweden
7.2 x 4.9 x 4 CM (cabinet)
price: $520
Late Summer 2018

A sizable and well crystalized red-brown Richterite from Langban that is outstanding for this classic locality. Ex John Marshall collection he obtained it in 1992. His collection card notes that he showed it to Carl Francis who said it was "considerably better than the two specimens at Harvard in the Langban case. I checked and it is" He also notes he felt it "equivalent to the specimen on display at the British Museum". All that said there are larger crystals known from several other locales, but this color and habit seem to be unique to Langban, all the other worldwide specimens are black, colorless or a light yellow. Langban minerals tend to be a bit ugly, or microscopic, this is actually a displayable, cabinet sized crystal specimen. Though not an ultra showy, pretty mineral, this is a significant and fine specimen. Crystals to 1.6 CM, there is some damage but also several complete crystals, the smallest are transparent.
Fluorite (blue) on Quartz
stock #18-AX-29-014
Huanggang Mine, Chifeng Prefecture, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhead League
Inner Mongolia Region, China
8.3 x 4.3 x 3.8 CM (cabinet)
price: $690
Late Summer 2018

One of the best newer things to come from Inner Mongolia are these inky blue Fluorite crystals covering milky Quartz crystals. This one is a very choice example in fine condition and with strong esthetics. We examined hundreds of specimens from this find but only selected a few few based on composition, condition and overall quality. This has the most intense color of any. I consider this association one of the best new mineral finds of the past few years and of course the supply is not infinite. In strong lighting the Fluorites really glow a deep indigo, and this example has very well formed complex crystals to 2 cm in size. The pair of sharp hexagonal terminations of the milky Quartz that poke out of the top are an especially nice touch. We have a nice selection of these in all price ranges, this one is a far better than average and good value. Super example of the find, and a very striking display specimen.
6 specimens found
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