Garnet var. Hessonite from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [HESSONITE7]
Garnet var. Hessonite
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
Rhodochrosite on matrix from Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Prov., Lima Dept., Peru [RHODOCHROSITE4]
Rhodochrosite on matrix
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
Opal (polished) from Jalisco, Mexico [OPAL3]
Opal (polished)
Jalisco, Mexico
Diopside from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [DIOPSIDE7]
Diopside
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
Rhodochrosite from N'Chwanning II Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa [RHODOCHROSITE3]
Rhodochrosite
N'Chwanning II Mine, Kalahari manganese fields, Republic of South Africa
Tourmaline var. Uvite with Magnesite and Quartz from Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil [TOURM7]
Tourmaline var. Uvite with Magnesite and Quartz
Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil

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Atacamite on Chrysocholla from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite4a.jpg]



ATACAMITE4 - Atacamite on Chrysocholla
$ 95.00
SOLD
La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile
cabinet - 10.2 x 7.5 x 3.8 cm

I was fortunate to meet a geologist at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Main show (we have a 30 foot booth there). Apparently he was in Chile around 1979 and had collected a number of fine Atacamite specimens at the LA Farola mine. One thing lead to another and I found myself in the parking lot, in front of his trunk filled with about 80 brilliantly green examples of Atacamites! This represented his entire collection of them, as his children were not interested.  I bought the entire lot on the spot and happily returned to my booth. I have seen very few of these on the market over the years, and felt excited to now have so many fine examples.

Atacamite is a copper halide mineral that is relatively uncommon. Most pieces on the market come from Australia and are more solid and less sparkly. Atacamites from the type locality in the Atacama desert of Chile can have beautiful acicular sprays, and occasionally form on a layer of Chrysocholla. 

This piece has good crystallization and white "frosting," from the phosphate association.




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Atacamite from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite5a.jpg] Atacamite from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite5b.jpg] Atacamite from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite5c.jpg] Atacamite from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite5d.jpg]



ATACAMITE5 - Atacamite
$ 235.00
SOLD
La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile
cabinet - 13.8 x 11.5 x 4.7 cm

I was fortunate to meet a geologist at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Main show (we have a 30 foot booth there). Apparently he was in Chile around 1979 and had collected a number of fine Atacamite specimens at the LA Farola mine. One thing lead to another and I found myself in the parking lot, in front of his trunk filled with about 80 brilliantly green examples of Atacamites! This represented his entire collection of them, as his children were not interested.  I bought the entire lot on the spot and happily returned to my booth. I have seen very few of these on the market over the years, and felt excited to now have so many fine examples.

Atacamite is a copper halide mineral that is relatively uncommon. Most pieces on the market come from Australia and are more solid and less sparkly. Atacamites from the type locality in the Atacama desert of Chile can have beautiful acicular sprays, and occasionally form on a layer of Chrysocholla. 

This piece shows several complete acicular "sprays," of brilliant green Atacamite with some associated Chrysocholla and white phosphate "balls." It weighs a little more than one kilo (2.2 lbs.).




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Atacamite from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite6a.jpg] Atacamite from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite6b.jpg] Atacamite from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite6c.jpg]



ATACAMITE6 - Atacamite
$ 275.00
SOLD
La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile
large cabinet - 17 x 10.5 x 3.0 cm

I was fortunate to meet a geologist at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Main show (we have a 30 foot booth there). Apparently he was in Chile around 1979 and had collected a number of fine Atacamite specimens at the LA Farola mine. One thing lead to another and I found myself in the parking lot, in front of his trunk filled with about 80 brilliantly green examples of Atacamites! This represented his entire collection of them, as his children were not interested.  I bought the entire lot on the spot and happily returned to my booth. I have seen very few of these on the market over the years, and felt excited to now have so many fine examples.

Atacamite is a copper halide mineral that is relatively uncommon. Most pieces on the market come from Australia and are more solid and less sparkly. Atacamites from the type locality in the Atacama desert of Chile can have beautiful acicular sprays, and occasionally form on a layer of Chrysocholla. 

This piece is large, and has near full coverage of Atacamite crystals across its surface. There are a few patches of clear Gypsum, which adds character to the piece that otherwise is a rich sprakly green. It also naturally displays well, and weighs 970 grams (over 2 lbs).




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Atacamite on Chrysocholla from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite7a.jpg] Atacamite on Chrysocholla from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite7b.jpg] Atacamite on Chrysocholla from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite7c.jpg]



ATACAMITE7 - Atacamite on Chrysocholla
$ 175.00
SOLD
La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile
large cabinet - 17 x 7.5 x 4.2 cm

I was fortunate to meet a geologist at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Main show (we have a 30 foot booth there). Apparently he was in Chile around 1979 and had collected a number of fine Atacamite specimens at the LA Farola mine. One thing lead to another and I found myself in the parking lot, in front of his trunk filled with about 80 brilliantly green examples of Atacamites! This represented his entire collection of them, as his children were not interested.  I bought the entire lot on the spot and happily returned to my booth. I have seen very few of these on the market over the years, and felt excited to now have so many fine examples.

Atacamite is a copper halide mineral that is relatively uncommon. Most pieces on the market come from Australia and are more solid and less sparkly. Atacamites from the type locality in the Atacama desert of Chile can have beautiful acicular sprays, and occasionally form on a layer of Chrysocholla. 

This specimen looks like the region in which it was found: Northern Chile which is narrow and long. Ironically, that's where the Atacama desert (second driest region in the world, second only to Antarctica) lies. It has good full acicular sprays in some places, and has some white phosphate sprinkled throughout the Atacamites that grew on a thin layer of Chrysocholla.  




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Beryl var. Aquamarine from Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam [db_pics/pics/aqua10a.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam [db_pics/pics/aqua10b.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam [db_pics/pics/aqua10c.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam [db_pics/pics/aqua10d.jpg]



AQUA10 - Beryl var. Aquamarine
$ 295.00

Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam
thumbnail - 2.85 x .6 x .6 cm

This crystal was "hiding," in a gem rough parcel. I think the owner overlooked the termination. This is a relatively new location. This crystal is a stunner, with excellent color and unparalleled gem clarity. I can mount on a custom acrylic base if desired. no damage.




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Agate Var. Fairburn from Fairburn, Custer Co., South Dakota [db_pics/pics/fairburn1a.jpg] Agate Var. Fairburn from Fairburn, Custer Co., South Dakota [db_pics/pics/fairburn1b.jpg] Agate Var. Fairburn from Fairburn, Custer Co., South Dakota [db_pics/pics/fairburn1c.jpg]



FAIRBURN1 - Agate Var. Fairburn
$ 245.00
SOLD
Fairburn, Custer Co., South Dakota
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4.8 x 2.5 cm

Fairburn agates are incredibly rare. I have hunted for them before in South Dakota and found nothing for two days (others spend months and find none). I found this in an old collection, and it still has the sticky tape label on the back (pictured). It is not polished or damaged at all. It weighs 104 grams. 




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Garnet var. Hessonite w/ Diopside from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/hessonite6a.jpg] Garnet var. Hessonite w/ Diopside from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/hessonite6b.jpg] Garnet var. Hessonite w/ Diopside from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/hessonite6c.jpg]



HESSONITE6 - Garnet var. Hessonite w/ Diopside
$ 595.00
SOLD
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
miniature - 3.4 x 2.1 x 1.8 cm

This specimen exhibits a single large, gemmy garnet surrounded by smaller garnets and nicely framed by Diopside crystals. The back side of it has a little cavern filled with Diopside, with more small garnets. It is unusual to find a hessonite that is well "situated," on matrix. The Jeffrey mine has been closed for years, with only a little digging with hand tools off and on for the last two years. No chips or dings. 




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Sikhote-Alin Meteorite from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote7a.jpg] Sikhote-Alin Meteorite from Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/sikhote7b.jpg]



SIKHOTE7 - Sikhote-Alin Meteorite
$ 215.00
SOLD
Sikhote-Alin Mountains, Eastern Siberia, Russia
small cabinet - 6.2 x 4 x 1.8 cm

This nickel iron meteorite fell on Feb. 12, 1947 in the Sikhote-alin Mountains of Eastern Siberia, Russia. It is the largest observed meteorite fall in history, with over 23000 kg raining down on the earth in the form of iron shrapnel and the more rare individual fallen meteorites such as this one. A couple years ago, the Russian government has made it difficult to export, and diggers I knew said there was almost nothing left to find.

This specimen has two faces; one side is covered in regmaglypts and along the edges it has a lip that formed when it was falling through the atmosphere while oriented on one side (the friction creates heat that melts the surface of the iron and it ripples  to the edges of the piece and creates a lip). The other side is more coarse.  it weighs 94 grams. 




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Creedite from Abasolo Mine, Navidad, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/creedite2a.jpg] Creedite from Abasolo Mine, Navidad, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/creedite2b.jpg] Creedite from Abasolo Mine, Navidad, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/creedite2c.jpg] Creedite from Abasolo Mine, Navidad, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/creedite2d.jpg]



CREEDITE2 - Creedite
$ 265.00
SOLD
Abasolo Mine, Navidad, Durango, Mexico
cabinet - 11.3 x 8 x 5.5 cm

Although the mineral Creedite is common, excellent examples are not. This is a great example all around. It has a good orange color, matched with bright clear crystals. It is just the right size, and has a "well placed," ball in the center that makes it quite aesthetic. It's in fine condition, esp. since virtually all creedites are damaged (many occur on the ceiling of the mine and have to be pried loose with a pole and then hopefully caught as they fall (like spiked coconuts falling - yikes!). This one has a barely noticeable spot on the far left side where three or four small crystals are missing, which is nothing for a cluster of this size. 

Creedites are found in a highly mineralized clay (that affects their color), within a Breccia Pipe, that had injected hot solution that later crystallized as Creedite. Mining these is fraught with danger, as cave-ins are quite common, and have finished recent production (according to Mike New).




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Barite from Pohla Mine, Pohla Schwarzenberg District, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/barite1a.jpg] Barite from Pohla Mine, Pohla Schwarzenberg District, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/barite1c.jpg] Barite from Pohla Mine, Pohla Schwarzenberg District, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/barite1d.jpg] Barite from Pohla Mine, Pohla Schwarzenberg District, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/pics/barite1e.jpg]



BARITE1 - Barite
$ 1250.00
SOLD
Pohla Mine, Pohla Schwarzenberg District, Saxony, Germany
cabinet - 14.5 x 8.2 x 6 cm

This is a large, aesthetic specimen from a classic locality. The crystals are lustrous, and large (the largest over 2 inches), with great, rich color saturation. It was purchased in the 1970's at the Detroit show. It weighs over 600 grams (1.4 pounds). There is a ding to the bottom right corner of the central double terminated crystal. There is a missing crystal on the upper right, and the top most crystal has a cleavage vertically. Barite is soft and damages easily, and if this piece were pristine it would be priced over $5,000. Overall it's a great value for a classic locality. 



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