Apophyllite with Scolecite from Jalisgoan, near Jalgoan, Maharashtra State, India [APOPHYLLITE5]
Apophyllite with Scolecite
Jalisgoan, near Jalgoan, Maharashtra State, India
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
Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched) from Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil [AQUA8]
Beryl var. Aquamarine (etched)
Itatia Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Opal: Rough and Cut from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [OPAL2]
Opal: Rough and Cut
Shoa Province, Ethiopia
Smithsonite from Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia [SMITHSONITE5]
Smithsonite
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite from Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania [TANZANITE3]
Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania

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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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Quartz Var. Amethyst Scepters from Goboboseb Mtns. Brandberg Dist. Erongo Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/quartz37a.jpg] Quartz Var. Amethyst Scepters from Goboboseb Mtns. Brandberg Dist. Erongo Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/quartz37b.jpg] Quartz Var. Amethyst Scepters from Goboboseb Mtns. Brandberg Dist. Erongo Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/quartz37c.jpg] Quartz Var. Amethyst Scepters from Goboboseb Mtns. Brandberg Dist. Erongo Region, Namibia [db_pics/pics/quartz37d.jpg]



QUARTZ37 - Quartz Var. Amethyst Scepters
$ 475.00 SOLD
Goboboseb Mtns. Brandberg Dist. Erongo Region, Namibia
small cabinet - 7 x 4.6 x 3.3 cm

This unusual example of "antenna Quartz," occurred as a brief layer in  a Quartz vein in the Goboboseb mountains in Namibia. The vein was frosty white quartz, and then they hit a layer where there were secondary growth of Amethyst on the white quartz crystals. Some of the secondary growth may be considered "reverse sceptering," as the Quartz grows skinnier and more narrow, compared with the opposite being "scepters," where they expand outward. 

This piece was the best from a lot I purchased of the Charlie Key collection. What makes this the best example is its broad array of crystallization on a single piece. There are clear quartz crystals that turn purple but have no obvious shift in structure, then there are ones that scepter as they turn purple, and others that become narrower as they turn purple. No damage. 

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