Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched) from Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [AQUA8]
Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched)
Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Acanthite from Imiter, Atlas Mountains, Morocco [ACANTHITE3]
Acanthite
Imiter, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Apophyllite with Scolecite from Jalisgoan, near Jalgoan, Maharashtra State, India [APOPHYLLITE5]
Apophyllite with Scolecite
Jalisgoan, near Jalgoan, Maharashtra State, India
Smithsonite from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [SMITHSONITE5]
Smithsonite
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
Corundum Var. Sapphire from Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province,  Sri Lanka [SAPPHIRE2]
Corundum Var. Sapphire
Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka
Rhodochrosite from Hotazel mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa [RHODOCHROSITE10]
Rhodochrosite
Hotazel mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

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Tourmaline Var.  Elbaite with Lepidolite from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [db_pics/pics/tourm32a.jpg] Tourmaline Var.  Elbaite with Lepidolite from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [db_pics/pics/tourm32b.jpg] Tourmaline Var.  Elbaite with Lepidolite from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [db_pics/pics/tourm32c.jpg] Tourmaline Var.  Elbaite with Lepidolite from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [db_pics/pics/tourm32d.jpg] Tourmaline Var.  Elbaite with Lepidolite from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [db_pics/pics/tourm32e.jpg]



TOURM32 - Tourmaline Var. Elbaite with Lepidolite
$ 795.00
SOLD NET
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California
thumbnail - 7.6 x 3.2 x 2.9 cm

This beautiful Tourmaline was mined in the 90's. It is double terminated and shows dynamic crystallization. There's an interpenetrating crystal at the green cap termination. The top of the interpenetrating crystal is multi terminated on top and re-healed on the bottom. The opposite termination shows a degree of geological displacement, where there is an additional termination "layer," that grows on top of the otherwise complete termination. There are gemmy little lepidolite crystals on the surface that makes for a pleasant contrast.  It weighs 76.4 grams! It's in excellent condition with only two TINY chips on the edge of the termination (doesn't interrupt the edgeline) and is very hard to see. Really good color.




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Quartz var. Amethyst phantom from Ambatofinandrana, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/quartz26a.jpg] Quartz var. Amethyst phantom from Ambatofinandrana, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/quartz26b.jpg]



QUARTZ26 - Quartz var. Amethyst phantom
$ 65.00
SOLD
Ambatofinandrana, Madagascar
thumbnail - 4.5 x 1.2 x 1.2 cm

This unusual example of Quartz phantom exhibits a rare habit: the phantoms alternate purple/black/purple/black as they travel through the Quartz crystal. This came from one small pocket about two years ago. I have not seen any more since then.

The termination is pristine, only a tiny chip near the base. 




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Copper pseudomorphs after Cuprite with Silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper5a.jpg] Copper pseudomorphs after Cuprite with Silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper5b.jpg] Copper pseudomorphs after Cuprite with Silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper5c.jpg]



COPPER5 - Copper pseudomorphs after Cuprite with Silver
$ 175.00
SOLD
Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 2.0 x 1.6 x 1.3 cm

The cuprites from the Rubtsovsky Mine in Russia are widely considered the best ever found. The Rubtsovsky Mine is an operating copper mine, and the oxidation zone has produced Cuprites, Azurites, native copper, silver, and iodine minerals like Miersite, and Marshite. I have been following the production for the last two years, to better understand how these are unique and what pieces stand out from "the crowd." About 95+% of the production have damage of some kind to a corner or edge. This is largely due to the miners who when extracting crystals from the kaolin clay zone (which protects the Cuprites), they drop them into their pockets, and they get dinged. 

This piece involves two distinct crystals of partially pseudomorphed native copper after cuprite crystals. The edges are sharp, the lustre is very good, and sprinkled on two faces is the distinctive native silver (which only occurs at this mine world wide  (Mineralogical Almanac Vol. 16, issue 1, 2011)). No damage.




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Copper pseudomorph after Cuprite from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper4a.jpg] Copper pseudomorph after Cuprite from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper4b.jpg] Copper pseudomorph after Cuprite from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper4c.jpg]



COPPER4 - Copper pseudomorph after Cuprite
$ 125.00
SOLD
Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 2.1 x 1.6 x 1.4 cm

The cuprites from the Rubtsovsky Mine in Russia are widely considered the best ever found. The Rubtsovsky Mine is an operating copper mine, and the oxidation zone has produced Cuprites, Azurites, native copper, silver, and iodine minerals like Miersite, and Marshite. I have been following the production for the last two years, to better understand how these are unique and what pieces stand out from "the crowd." About 95+% of the production have damage of some kind to a corner or edge. This is largely due to the miners who when extracting crystals from the kaolin clay zone (which protects the Cuprites), they drop them into their pockets, and they get dinged. 

This piece consists of three distinct crystals of native copper after Cuprite. the form is great with the smallest crystal "perched," on top. The pseudomorphs occur less than 1% of the time vs. whole cuprites. No damage. 




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Copper pseudomorphs after Cuprite with Silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper3a.jpg] Copper pseudomorphs after Cuprite with Silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper3b.jpg] Copper pseudomorphs after Cuprite with Silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper3c.jpg] Copper pseudomorphs after Cuprite with Silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper3d.jpg]



COPPER3 - Copper pseudomorphs after Cuprite with Silver
$ 175.00
SOLD
Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 2.2 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm

The cuprites from the Rubtsovsky Mine in Russia are widely considered the best ever found. The Rubtsovsky Mine is an operating copper mine, and the oxidation zone has produced Cuprites, Azurites, native copper, silver, and iodine minerals like Miersite, and Marshite. I have been following the production for the last two years, to better understand how these are unique and what pieces stand out from "the crowd." About 95+% of the production have damage of some kind to a corner or edge. This is largely due to the miners who when extracting crystals from the kaolin clay zone (which protects the Cuprites), they drop them into their pockets, and they get dinged. 

This piece consists of four interlocked complete pseudomorphs of native Copper after Cuprite. There are two primary crystals, of about the same size that are connected. The slightly larger crystal has two smaller one embedded within it. On the backside of this crystal is a patch of native silver. This is a unique specimen, as copper pseudomorphs occur less than about 1% of the time, and silver on Cuprites only occurs at the Rubtsovsky Mine. No damage.




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Copper with Cuprite from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper2a.jpg] Copper with Cuprite from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper2b.jpg] Copper with Cuprite from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/copper2c.jpg]



COPPER2 - Copper with Cuprite
$ 95.00
SOLD
Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 3.3 x 2.3 x 1.6 cm

The cuprites from the Rubtsovskiy Mine in Russia are widely considered the best ever found. The Rubtsovsky Mine is an operating copper mine, and the oxidation zone has produced Cuprites, Azurites, native copper, silver, and iodine minerals like Miersite, and Marshite. I have been following the production for the last two years, to better understand how these are unique and what pieces stand out from "the crowd." About 95+% of the production have damage of some kind to a corner or edge. This is largely due to the miners who when extracting crystals from the kaolin clay zone (which protects the Cuprites), they drop them into their pockets, and they get dinged. 

This piece is dendritic native copper with a 1.1 cm cuprite octohedron on the upper side. The copper is well crystallized and distinct. The cuprite has smaller copper crystals (redder in color) growing within its back side. It has Great character, and is without damage.




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Cuprite with silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite2a.jpg] Cuprite with silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite2b.jpg] Cuprite with silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite2c.jpg] Cuprite with silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite2d.jpg] Cuprite with silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite2e.jpg] Cuprite with silver from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite2f.jpg]



CUPRITE2 - Cuprite with silver
$ 215.00
SOLD
Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.6 x 2.2 cm

The cuprites from the Rubtsovskiy Mine in Russia are widely considered the best ever found. The Rubtsovsky Mine is an operating copper mine, and the oxidation zone has produced Cuprites, Azurites, native copper, silver, and iodine minerals like Miersite, and Marshite. I have been following the production for the last two years, to better understand how these are unique and what pieces stand out from "the crowd." About 95+% of the production have damage of some kind to a corner or edge. This is largely due to the miners who when extracting crystals from the kaolin clay zone (which protects the Cuprites), they drop them into their pockets, and they get dinged. 

This piece is well crystallized with edges about 2 cm long(one edge is slightly elongated at 2.4 cm). It is lustrous, with small silver crystals on two faces. The Rubtsovskly Mine is the only location in the world where silver occurs on Cuprites (Mineralogical Almanac Vol. 16, issue 1, 2011). there are a half dozen smaller cuprites attached to the side of the central large crystal. It's in great condition, with only one "dulled," corner, on its bottom. 




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Cuprite from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite1a.jpg] Cuprite from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite1b.jpg] Cuprite from Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/cuprite1c.jpg]



CUPRITE1 - Cuprite
$ 145.00
SOLD
Rubtsovsky Mine, Altai Krai, Siberia, Russia
miniature - 3.7 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm

The cuprites from the Rubtsovskiy Mine in Russia are widely considered the best ever found. The Rubtsovskly Mine is an operating copper mine, and the oxidation zone has produced Cuprites, Azurites, native copper, silver, and iodine minerals like Miersite. I have been following the production for the last two years, to better understand how these are unique and what pieces stand out from "the crowd." About 95+% of the production have damage of some kind to a corner or edge. This is largely due to the miners who when extracting crystals from the kaolin clay zone (which protects the Cuprites), they drop them into their pockets, and they get dinged. 

This piece is a super-lustrous cluster of small to medium sized (1.2 cm per edge) octohedral Cuprites. It's in great condition with only slight micro-scuffing to some edges (as seen in pics) It weighs 41 grams. 




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Tourmaline Var. Indicolite from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm31a.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Indicolite from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm31b.jpg] Tourmaline Var. Indicolite from Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/tourm31c.jpg]



TOURM31 - Tourmaline Var. Indicolite
$ 385.00
SOLD
Aruscuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil
small cabinet - 5.1 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm

Here is a large Indicolite from an old collection (mined aorund 1970 or earlier). It is a group of 6 or 7 intergrown crystals. It has a nice blue color. It is in great condition, without dings or chips to any of the terminations, there is a minor "roughing," along a backside edge, (below the termination). It is thick and heavy, weighing 41.4 grams. 




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Quartz var. Amethyst phantom from Ambatofinandrana, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/quartz27a.jpg] Quartz var. Amethyst phantom from Ambatofinandrana, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/quartz27b.jpg] Quartz var. Amethyst phantom from Ambatofinandrana, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/quartz27c.jpg] Quartz var. Amethyst phantom from Ambatofinandrana, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/quartz27d.jpg]



QUARTZ27 - Quartz var. Amethyst phantom
$ 65.00
SOLD
Ambatofinandrana, Madagascar
miniature - 4.3 x 1.4 x 1.0 cm

This unusual example of Quartz phantom exhibits a rare habit: the phantoms alternate purple/black/purple/black as they travel through the Quartz crystal. This came from one small pocket about two years ago. 

The termination is pristine, and overall I didn't find any dings or chips. This is a unique attractive Quartz. 






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