Garnet var. Tsavorite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania [TSAVORITE4]
Garnet var. Tsavorite
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mtns., Arusha Region, Tanzania
Heulandite with Stilbite from Jalgon, Maharashtra State, India [HEULANDITE1]
Heulandite with Stilbite
Jalgon, Maharashtra State, India
Apophyllite with Scolecite from Jalisgoan, near Jalgoan, Maharashtra State, India [APOPHYLLITE5]
Apophyllite with Scolecite
Jalisgoan, near Jalgoan, Maharashtra State, India
Ruby in Muscovite from Chhumar Mines, Ganesh Himal, Nepal [RUBY1]
Ruby in Muscovite
Chhumar Mines, Ganesh Himal, Nepal
Beryl var. Aquamarine from Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam [AQUA10]
Beryl var. Aquamarine
Quy Chau District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam
Olmiite on matrix from N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa [OLMIITE1]
Olmiite on matrix
N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa

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Atacamite and Worldwide Minerals



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Atacamite on Chrysocholla from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite2a.jpg] Atacamite on Chrysocholla from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite2b.jpg] Atacamite on Chrysocholla from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite2c.jpg]



ATACAMITE2 - Atacamite on Chrysocholla
$ 235.00
SOLD
La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile
cabinet - 13.5 x 4.7 x 4.5 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 a beautiful, hefty example of brilliant green crystals that have formed on an 8 mm layer of bright turquoise-blue Chrysocholla. One of the best in the lot. In the sun (not pictured it is like a disco ball).




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Phenakite from Anjanabonoina Pegmatites, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/phenakite2a.jpg] Phenakite from Anjanabonoina Pegmatites, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/phenakite2b.jpg] Phenakite from Anjanabonoina Pegmatites, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar [db_pics/pics/phenakite2c.jpg]



PHENAKITE2 - Phenakite
$ 195.00
SOLD
Anjanabonoina Pegmatites, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
thumbnail - 2.6 x 1.2 x 1.1 cm

This crystal has a large transparent area within it that calls attention to the multiple faces that sets Phenakite apart from other whitish minerals. This is actually a large example, as most Phenakites from Madagascar are very small. This one is also bright and has a good termination. No damage.

 




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Wulfenite with Mimetite on Limonite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/wulfenite2a.jpg] Wulfenite with Mimetite on Limonite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/wulfenite2b.jpg] Wulfenite with Mimetite on Limonite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/pics/wulfenite2c.jpg]



WULFENITE2 - Wulfenite with Mimetite on Limonite
$ 495.00
SOLD NET
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
cabinet - 11 x 7 x 5 cm

Wulfenites as well as Mimetite specimens were mined about 2 years ago at the Ojuela mine, following a prolonged draught that lowered the water table low enough to allow mining in these previously flooded zones. Since then there have been production issues due to re-flooding, as well as cartel activity in the area. Even when they were producing, this was a fine example of the wulfenites found at the time. They are forming on top of green Mimetite (most obvious in third pic). The crystals appear a little more orangy in incandescent light, but are bright and glassy regardless.  It's in great condition overall with a small touch of damage on the lower bottom right side (not visible when displayed).  I can include a stand if requested.




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Fluorite w/ interpenetrating twin from Denton Mine, Cave-in-rock District, Illinois [db_pics/pics/fluorite8a.jpg] Fluorite w/ interpenetrating twin from Denton Mine, Cave-in-rock District, Illinois [db_pics/pics/fluorite8b.jpg] Fluorite w/ interpenetrating twin from Denton Mine, Cave-in-rock District, Illinois [db_pics/pics/fluorite8c.jpg] Fluorite w/ interpenetrating twin from Denton Mine, Cave-in-rock District, Illinois [db_pics/pics/fluorite8d.jpg]



FLUORITE8 - Fluorite w/ interpenetrating twin
$ 275.00
SOLD
Denton Mine, Cave-in-rock District, Illinois
miniature - 3.7 x 2.8 x 2.4 cm

This beautiful interpentetrating twin, fluorite came from the Les Tolonen collection. We were able to acquire 100 flats of his best material, representing his 100 trips to the cave-in-rock district spanning 35 years of his doing business in the area while it was in production. You don't often see complete cubes of fluorite from Illinois (or really any location). Both are zoned with a puplish-blue exterior and a light yellow core in each crystal. The large crystal is sitting on a smaller one that is on a small bit of matrix on the very bottom (if you'd like an acryllic base and mineral tack, just ask and I'll include it). Most Illinois fluorite has damage of one kind or another due to the softness of flluorite and the lack of care during recovery. This piece is in great shape, considering everything. There are a few Tiny chips no bigger than 1 mm, typically along an edge (as pictured). Overall, it's a good twin. 




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Danburite rough and cut from Dalnegorsk, Primorskij Kraj, Russia [db_pics/pics/danburite5a.jpg] Danburite rough and cut from Dalnegorsk, Primorskij Kraj, Russia [db_pics/pics/danburite5b.jpg] Danburite rough and cut from Dalnegorsk, Primorskij Kraj, Russia [db_pics/pics/danburite5c.jpg]



DANBURITE5 - Danburite rough and cut
$ 145.00
SOLD
Dalnegorsk, Primorskij Kraj, Russia
small cabinet - 5.8 x 2.3 x 1.6 cm

The crystal exhibits a transparent cognac color with a beautiful complex termination. As with all danburite from this location there is some amount of weathering to the lower extremity of the crystal. It is paired with a 3.06 carat square cut clean stone. No damage. Fine examples, as most Danburitie is chipped.  




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Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum5a.jpg] Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum5b.jpg] Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum5c.jpg] Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum5d.jpg] Corundum Var. Ruby from Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/pics/corundum5e.jpg]



CORUNDUM5 - Corundum Var. Ruby
SOLD
Sivec Mt. Prilep, Republic of Macedonia
thumbnail - 2.8 x 2.2 x 2 cm

Rubies found at Sivec Mountain, have been mined for thousands of years. It is a marble mine in the Republic of Macedonia. These aren't on the market regularly, and when they are good with a dramatic color contrast from red to white, they are excellent examples of rubies in matrix. They are highly fluorescent, as shown in the fifth pic under a long wave lamp. 

This specimen has dramatic, incredible color. It has a relatively shiny surface. The crystal has a distinct termination, but then the rest of it shows the typial warped nature of a ruby growing inside marble. no damage.




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Atacamite on Chrysocolla from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite9a.jpg] Atacamite on Chrysocolla from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite9b.jpg]



ATACAMITE9 - Atacamite on Chrysocolla
$ 125.00
SOLD
La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile
small cabinet - 9.2 x 4.1 x 4 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 stands perfectly. It is an ideal example for its size. It has soiid Atacamite crystals and a mysterious green ball of "needles," that appears to be Brochantite, although I haven't had that confirmed. 




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Atacamite from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite8a.jpg] Atacamite from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite8b.jpg] Atacamite from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile [db_pics/pics/atacamite8c.jpg]



ATACAMITE8 - Atacamite
$ 395.00
SOLD
La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Copiapo Province, Atacama Region, Chile
large cabinet - 16 x 10 x 2.5 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 was shown to me by the geologist as "the best piece," in his opinion. It shows beuatiful acicular sprays of Atacamite, with Gypsum, white phosphate, and small mysterious green balls. He speculated these are Lebethanite but I think they may be Brochantite, but I have not been able to confirm this yet. They could be a different crystallization of Atacamite. Regardless this piece has everything and is visually stunning as the rich green is pleasantly framed by the white minerals. 




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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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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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