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1655 specimens found
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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.
Quartz -included by Hedenbergite on Andradite
stock #18-AX-12-231
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region, Russia
4.7 x 3.1 x 3.7 CM (miniature)
price: $110
Late Summer 2018

A scepter-like Quartz rises from a matrix of tiny orange Andradite Garnets. The Quartz is a deep blue-green, being thickly included by Hedenbergite (some of which sticks out of the Quartz). In fine condition- a cute miniature with a nice contrast. choice specimen that is affordable and esthetic.
Azurite on Malachite
stock #18.1-406
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio de Santa Cruz
Sonora, Mexico
2.4 x 2.1 x 1.7 (thumbnail)
price: $160
Late Summer 2018

Pretty thumbnail of lustrous Azurite on contrasting green Malachite. There were many Milpillas Azurites in the big finds that ended 3 years ago, this resulted in great opportunities for collectors to get very good pieces at abnormally low costs. This is such a piece with the bright color, sharp form and fine contrast. In excellent condition, looks good front and back.
Grossular -c lassic locale
stock #14.1-215
Asbest, Sverdlovskaya Oblast
Urals Region, Russia
6 x 5.7 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $220
Late Summer 2018

A rich mass of Grossular Garnets on a Rodingite matrix from the famed Asbest deposit in the Urals. Some of the Grossular are gemmy and have good color as well. These are always being compared with the better known deposits in the town of Asbestos in Canada, and there are many similarities between the two. Perhaps the most striking difference is that there are very few fine Grossular from Asbest in collections, there are quite rare on the market and usually very small. This is super specimen for the locale. in great condition very lustrous and more impressive in person.
Smithsonite -Botryoidal, classic locale
stock #14.1-336
Lavrion
Attiki Prefecture Laurion District, Greece
5.7 x 3 x 2.6 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $240
Late Summer 2018

A choice Greek Smithsonite with deep color, bright luster and excellent form. In undamaged condition as seen, the fingers and globs of Smithsonite rise from a contrasting gossan matrix. This is from one of the oldest mineral localities on the planet, and is an attractive example of the orange-brown color. Nice sparkle in person.
Spessartine on Muscovite
stock #18-AX- 14-337
Gilgit, Gilgit district
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
4.7 x 4 x 3.9 CM (miniature)
price: $880
Late Summer 2018

Superb glassy garnets arranged in parallel or epitaxial stack making a wonderful natural sculpture. Perched on Muscovite crystals the Spessartine is very lustrous and in fine condition. Displays well from several angles, this was collected almost 25 years ago. Eyecatching and esthetic.
Quartz with Pyrite
stock #16.1-387-CN1997
Dalnegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District
Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region, Russia
9.3 x 6.8 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $750
Late Summer 2018

A very esthetic specimen ex Charles Noll collection. This is a bit of a mystery, The labels attribute this to Dalngorsk and the dusting of Pyrite looks just like some tiny pyrite found there on white Calcite, but this is on Milky Quartz in doubly terminated prisms. I can not find any other examples with this look, so we have tried to confirm the locality. I have been told this was probably from one of the very first waves of specimens to come from Russia which had many oddities not seen again. This fits with the collection vintage, and would make this a very special addition to any fine Dalngorsk suite. The quartz are doubly terminated, perfect all around and are epitaxially coated with tiny Pyrite crystals. An attractive arrangement and striking specimen unlike anything we have seen from any locale worldwide.
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