Gorgeous combination of cherry-red Rhodochrosite rhombs with purple Fluorite,
Quartz, and Sulfides!
This is a specimen that pops in a display case and has the eye catching ability
of a very expensive Sweet Home
Rhodo at a much more affordable price. The rhombs are deeply colored with a
glowing cherry-red coloration. They
measure to 5 cm in size and are bordered by deep purple Fluorites to the left
and dark matrix Sulfides and Quartz
to the right. The visual impact is stunning. This specimen holds it own against
Rhodochrosites in the high five figure
price range but is much more affordable because of some minor contacting along
the back edges and matrix contacting
on the back side of the Rhodo rhombs. This is invisible from the front
presentation and is completely natural and of
little importance to the overall beauty of this piece in my opinion. Opportunity
knocks with this breathtaking specimen!
From Nate's Pocket,
Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado.
Measures 7.5 cm by 7.8 cm by 4.7 cm in total size. Ex. Dixon Mineral Collection
crystalline Native Gold on Quartz!
At first glance, the large trigon crystals along the top
jump out at you but when you take
a closer look at this gleaming specimen, you see that it is completely
crystalline from top
to bottom! Trigons, flattened crystals, dendritics, and dodecahedrons form the
body of this
incredibly lustrous and flashy Gold specimen. The center portion is so
that it takes on the appearance of woven fabric! The Quartz is nearly all white
and is perfectly
proportional to the Native Gold. California Golds of this quailty are becoming
extremely difficult to
find and this one represents a wonderful opportunity. This specimen represents a
From the Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer County, California.
Measures 5.7 cm by 3.7 cm by 2.4 cm in total size.
Ex. Pellman Mineral Collection
and very impressive specimen of Native Silver with Acanthite in Calcite matrix!
I acquired this specimen from
a private collection in Cobalt and it went immediately into my personal cabinet.
It's the finest Cobalt Silver specimen I've seen and is a true centerpiece. Brilliant,
leafy, dendritic Native Silver
rises upwards atop the various seams of Silver and gray Acanthite running through and atop
the matrix below.
The appearance of the Native Silver rising atop the matrix and the contrasting seam
throughout the Calcite and
greenish matrix is incredible and super aesthetic. I've searched for classic specimen of
Silver from the world
famous Cobalt Mining District for many years and specimens of this calibre are extremely
rare. A true prize!
From the Beaver Mine, Cobalt
Area, Cobalt-Gowganda Region, Timiskaming District, Ontario, Canada.
Measures 14.2 cm by 14.3 cm by 8.3 cm in total size. Ex. Bishop Mineral Collection
Comes with a custom made, labeled display stand
Gorgeous specimen featuring
large, multi-colored Tourmaline crystals perched aside Smoky Quartz and
This large 7 cm Tourmaline crystal is a visual delight with its layering of
colors, perfect termination, and glassy-
lustrous surfaces! The gemmy interiors display flashes of reddish-pink which
change over grassy-green and
chartreuse before capping out with a hint of reddish-pink again. Luster flows up
and down the surface striations
and the main Elbaite crystal is accompanied along the right side by a smaller
crystal of similar coloration. This
crystal is quite unique in that it shows evidence of a natural shift in
formation, possibly a breakage which rehealed
in the pocket and continued upwards to termination. I love specimens like this
which show the forces of their
geological environment through the formation of their crystals. Smaller, very
gemmy Tourmalines can be seen
to the right of this crystal, atop the Feldspar matrix. All display full
terminations and a strong internal brilliance.
From the Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province,
Measures 6.6 cm by 11 cm by 5.7 cm in total size.
Major Rarity! Brilliant yellow Diamond
set atop matrix from Sierra Leone!
This is something you almost never see, a matrix Diamond from Sierra Leone. The
bright and gleaming with a lovely golden-yellow brilliance. The close up photo
above shows how
sharp the natural growth is with well defined, glassy faces. The crystal
measures .5 cm in size and
is in the 1.2 - 1.3 carat range. Most Diamond crystals from this locality are
found off matrix so
when a legitimate, quality matrix specimen comes to market, it usually doesn't
last very long.
From the Northern Province, Sierra Leone.
Measures 4.6 cm by 3.5 cm by 2.2 cm in size.
Ex. L. Conklin, P. Tucker Mineral
specimen of super lustrous blue Anhydrite crystals in cluster with Sphalerite!
Quality cabinet sized clusters of Anhydrite have become very difficult to find
over the past decade and I can
honestly say this is the first specimen that has impressed me in a very long
time. Naica is known to have produced
some outstanding Anhydrite specimens and this is an excellent example of
translucent crystals with pretty icy-blue color.
The surfaces are radiant with a rolling luster and there are no contacts worth
mentioning. Very well balanced and aesthetic.
From Naica, Mun. de
Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Measures 11 cm by 13.4 cm by 8.3 cm in total size.
Comes with a custom made, engraved display base
Beautiful example from a recent find of Quartz ps after Wulfenite crystals!
This specimen still displays some of the yellowish- orange coloration of the blocky
Wulfenite crystals and this contrasts
beautifully with the sparkling drusy covered surfaces and white banding of the
Quartz. Beneath the Quartz, some of the
interiors still reflect their original Wulfenite so technically, the specimen is
a partial pseudomorph. I like it better that way
because it's more interesting. In excellent condition with few contacts and a
dazzling crystal form atop the concave structure.
From the Kimbanga
prospects (Kimbanga mine), Kimbedi, Mindouli District, Pool Department, Republic
of Congo (Brazzaville).
Measures 12.3 cm by 9.2 cm by 6.2 cm in total size.
Comes with a custom made, engraved display base
Intensely lustrous and dazzling specimen of pearly-silver Smithsonite from
What an amazing specimen this is with its highly sculptural form and blinding,
sparkling, rolling botryoidal
surfaces! This old classic is from the mines in Laurium and undoubtedly dates
back to the 1800's or earlier.
It is the most impressive Smithsonite I can recall seeing from there in quite a
number of years and it's in
excellent condition with nearly pristine surfaces covering its cabinet sized
structure. Exceptional in every way!
Lavrion District Mines, Lavrion District, Attikí Prefecture, Greece.
Measures 12.4 cm by 6.6 cm by 8.2 cm in total size.
find featuring Azurite with Malachite stalactites on Azurite with Malachite
This incredible large cabinet sized specimen is from a small and obscure find at
Sha Wan La Ji, Wan Xiang,
a Laos locale that is not yet listed in mindat.org! The stalactites are probably
hollow, consisting of Goethite
or Limonite which has been overgrown by velvety Malachite and lustrous
micro-crystalline. lustrous Azurite.
I have only seen a few of these rare pieces and this is BY FAR the largest and
most spectacular of all! The
stalactite tips are complete and undamaged and the entire specimen is pretty
much pristine. A true centerpiece.
From Sha Wan La Ji, Wan Xiang, Laos.
Measures 15.7 cm by 16.5 cm by 6.6 cm in total size.
Exceptional combination of hot pink Fluorite crystals with lavender Calcites and
Quartz on Feldspar!
Easily one of the finest Alpine Fluorite combos I've seen in years. The large
pyramidal reddish-pink Fluorite
sitting atop the far left side measures 4 cm in size! The color glows through
transparent-glassy surfaces and the
crystal is complete and pristine on all sides. A smaller Fluorite of the same
color can be seen nestled among the
lavender Calcite crystal atop the right portion of the sparkling and quite
flashy white matrix which appears to be
accented by Adularia crystals in addition to small Quartz needles. The Calcite
crystals measure to 3.8 cm in size
and like the Fluorites, are blemish and contact free. One of my favorite finds
from the show with superb aesthetics.
Oberaar Lake area, Grimsel area, Hasli Valley, Bern, Switzerland.
Measures 7.7 cm by 11.6 cm by 7.5 cm in total size. Ex. W. Wendel Mineral
Glassy crystals of
emerald-green Dioptase on white Calcite covered matrix!
One of the prettiest Dioptase specimens from the show. Not many plates come
prettier than brilliant green
Dioptase on white Calcite specimens. These Dioptase crystals measure to 1.7 cm
in size and are in excellent
condition with superb lustrous surfaces. They sit atop the stark white Calcite
with good isolation and the matrix
is very well trimmed. Any contacts are minor and along the outer trimming edge.
This plate is simply outstanding!
From the Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia.
Measures 5.2 cm by 7.7 cm by 3.2 cm in total size.
specimen featuring rhombs of cherry-red Rhodochrosite with Pyrite and Quartz on
This is a beautiful miniature sized Sweet Home Rhodo specimen which has a lot of mineral
bang for its very
reasonable price. The main rhomb is completely transparent with gemmy interiors of glowing
red. It measures
1.5 cm in size and is accompanied by over half a dozen Rhodo rhombs of various size. The
crystals are a nice touch and contrast well with the lustrous Tetrahedrite and white
Quartz crystals. This is
one of the better Rhodo miniatures I've seen in a while with a quality rhomb and no
detractions to speak of.
From the Blue Moon Pocket,
Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Park County, Colorado.
Measures 6 cm by 6.4 cm by 3 cm in total size.
Ex. DeRiggi Mineral
Exceptional and quite heavy
nugget of Native Silver with Cobalt bloom coating!
These reddish Erythrite covered specimens were once commonplace in the
Cobalt Mining District and are characteristic
of the area's name being that the mineral is an Arsenate of Cobalt. Rarely are
they encountered in today's marketplace
however, because most specimens are cleaned of their Cobalt bloom coloration and
the pink layer is removed. I think
this process is a true shame but it does make specimens like this one
extraordinarily rare due to their originality. This
heavy nugget of Native Silver is completely solid and the Erythrite is so well
preserved that it shows actual crystallization.
From the Cobalt area, Cobalt-Gowganda region, Timiskaming
District, Ontario, Canada.
Measures 8.2 cm by 11 cm by 5 cm in total size.
Ex. Sheldon Ward Mineral Collection
combination of flattened Quartz crystals rising atop large Dolomite crystals
with iridescent Pyrite and Calcite!
Good looking specimen which displays a crystal-clear Quartz with fine
chisel terminations against a 3-dimensional ridge of large
Dolomite crystals in the foreground. Iridescent Chalcopyrite crystals accent the
blocky crystals, imparting a touch of color.
From the Iouriren Mine, Tafraout, Tiznit Province,
Souss-Massa Region, Morocco. Measures
7.2 cm by 8 cm by 4.2 cm in total size.
Amazing new find of Beryl var. Emerald on Biotite matrix from
A very small collection of incredibly fine Emerald specimens from Ethiopia
appeared at Tucson this year
and I had the ability to cherry-pick the grouping for the best of the best
specimens. The color of these Emeralds
is superior to anything I've seen from Africa and is better than Emeralds from
Nigeria and Zambia in my opinion.
They are colored by Chromium and have an inner brilliance and color intensity
very similar to what one sees in
Colombian Emeralds. The above specimen was the second largest matrix specimen of which
there were less than
half a dozen as most are removed from their matrix by the local miners. It
terminated and full of glowing
gemminess beneath glassy-lustrous surfaces. The matrix is Biotite covered
Feldspar and there is no damage.
The horizontal Emerald crystal measures 2.7 cm in length by 2 cm in width! It is
actually doubly terminated with
a smaller termination peeking out from the Biotite matrix on the bottom
side. In excellent condition and very nice!
From Kenticha, Kenticha Pegmatite Field,
Seba Boru District, Sidamo-Borana Province, Ethiopia.
Measures 2.7 cm by 2.1 cm by 1.7 cm in total size.
Fine blades of
reddish-orange Wulfenite on reddish-brown Calcite covered matrix!
Brilliant, transparent, and highly lustrous, these deeply colored Wulfenite
really set off
the sparkling brown Calcite surface covering the host matrix. The Wulfenites measure
to 1.5 cm
in size and the freestanding crystals are sharp with only a few trivial
contacts. Very choice plate!
From the Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mts, La
Paz County, Arizona.
Measures 6.2 cm by 6.5 cm by 3.6 cm in total size.
specimen featuring crystals of Native Silver on Epidote covered matrix!
This fine specimen is host to half a dozen well formed, lustrous crystals of
Native Silver. This is one of the
most appealing Silver specimens I've seen in the miniature size range with its
spinel-twinned crystals and
brilliant, lustrous surfaces. The specimen is very sculptural and attractive
with a thick, stout crystal structure.
From the Kearsarge Lode, Kearsarge Mine, Kearsarge,
Houghton County, Michigan.
Measures 4.8 cm by 3.6 cm by 1.6 cm in total size.
Gorgeous and quite rare bi-colored Topaz crystal with Quartz
I believe this is the first pink and
golden Topaz I've ever offered from this locality on the website!
This impressive, stout crystal displays a honey-golden basal termination atop a
The crystal is complete all the way around with glassy, striated faces. Flashy
and colorful with no damage!
From the Rodrigo Silva district, Ouro
Preto, Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Measures 3.6 cm by 3.7 cm by 3 cm in total size.
Ex. Kay Robertson Collection
featuring two Beryl var Aquamarine crystals crossing at the mid-point with
This is a true work of art. Both gemmy
blue Aquamarines are fully terminated and super gemmy glassy with
a deep bluish color. The main Aquamarine displays an internal ring just below
the termination and is framed
by bright white crystals of Albite. The eye appeal of this specimen is
exceptional. No damage or detractions.
From Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District,
Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Northern Areas of Pakistan.
Measures 8.7 cm by 5.5 cm by 4.6 cm in total size.
Ex. Dixon Mineral Collection
Fine specimen of orange
Wulfenite blades with Calcite accents on Goethite covered matrix!
This is a classic specimen from the old Glove Mine and
features fine glassy blades measuring to 2.5 cm.
This is easily one of the best preserved Glove Mine Wulfenite specimens I've
seen and the color is very
similar to what one would see in a Los Lamentos Wulfenite specimen. The blades
are well formed and sharp
with very few contacts worth mentioning. The blades climb one another and become
larger as they move upwards.
From the Glove Mine (Sunrise Mine),
Cottonwood Canyon, Tyndall District, Santa Rita Mts, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona.
Measures 6.5 cm by 5 cm by 2.7 cm in total size.
of Native Wire Silver with Acanthite!
This fine specimen is from the world famous Kongsberg locality and it has all
of a much larger Silver at a reduced size. The wires have a lovely antiquish
patina and a good
bit of surface luster. They are intermingled with small crystals of Acanthite
which can be seen
scattered atop the numerous twists and curls. This is a wonderful Silver at an
From the Kongsberg Silver Mining District, Svene, Flesberg,
Mined circa 1800's -
Measures 4.7 cm by 3 cm by .7 cm in total size. Ex. Precht, Kalaskie Mineral
Exceptional cluster of Acanthite crystals with iridescent Chalcopyrite and
translucent white Calcites at top!
Quite simply, this specimen represents the finest Acanthite with Calcite
combination I've ever seen from the
classic Valenciana Mine which dates back to the earliest mining days of Mexico.
This mine has been worked
for hundreds of years for Gold and Silver ores and specimens of hoppered
Acanthite crystals ps after Argentite
with the association of large, undamaged Calcites are truly a rare find to say
the least. In excellent condition.
From the Valenciana
Mine, Guanajuato, Mun. de Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Measures 6.7 cm by 3.9 cm by 3.2 cm in total size. Ex. Kevin Ward Mineral
Comes with a custom made, labeled display base
Brilliant specimen of crystalline Native Gold
rising upwards from Quartz matrix!
This fine specimen has that classic California Gold look, and it has more
than enough brilliance
and luster for several specimens. There are areas of Gold popping out from
all over the Quartz.
This is a rare Native Gold from China. It would make a great companion for
the Silver above!
From the Ganzhizhou Mine, Meigu Co., Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture,
Sichuan Province, China.
Measures 2.3 cm by 2 cm by 1.6 cm in total size.
Beautiful Quartz cluster with vivid green
Highlighted by a vertically oriented 5 cm tall crystal is this fine matrix
plate of lustrous, translucent to gemmy, colorless Quartz crystals.
The crystals are distinguished by exquisite Fuchsite phantoms in the gemmy
areas. The color of the Fuchsite is a beautiful mint green.
From the Iovitra Mine, Itremo, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar.
Measures 8.6 cm by 8.3 cm by 5.6 cm in total size.
featuring Native Copper crystal dendrites with Quartz accents on matrix!
This is a tremendous large cabinet Copper and definately one of the most
attractive I've seen from
the White Pine Mine. It's completely crystalline, featuring larger crystals
along the trunk which branch
out into fine crystalline dendrites, especially along the top. Snowy-white
patches of Quartz accent the
lustrous, reddish to golden patinaed Copper surfaces. Considering the locality,
there may even be
some Native Silver in the mix. This is a wonderful display piece that is both
aesthetic and impressive.
From the White Pine Mine, White Pine, Ontonagon County,
Measures 21 cm by 11.8 cm by 2 cm in total size.
Aesthetic specimen featuring Amazonite crystals
and Cleavelandite surrounding Smoky Quartz points!
A beautiful combination specimen of turquoise-colored
Amazonite and Smoky Quartz from Colorado.
Not only is this specimen very well balanced and very aesthetic, it's also one of the few
you will ever
find that is completely unrepaired! This specimen is unrestored and unrepaired and nearly
The only contact I see is a natural one and it gets lost in the Cleavelandite. This is a
From Lake George, Park County, Colorado.
Measures 5.4 cm by 5.2 cm by 3.9 cm in total size. Ex. Paone Mineral Collection
Large and well centered Galena
crystal with Marcasite and Dolomite crystals!
This perfect Galena cube measures nearly 6 cm in width across the corners. The
highly lustrous and reflective and the Galena itself is pristine. It sits atop a
matrix covered by
brilliant clusters of brassy Marcasite and small white Dolomite crystals. Also
with some smaller
Galena cubes along both the left and right sides. In excellent condition and
fully 360 displayable!
From the Fletcher Mine, West Fork, Viburnum Trend
District, Reynolds County, Missouri.
Measures 8.6 cm by 10.2 cm by 5.5 cm in total size.