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Cerussite twinned Tsumeb Namibia Minette Collection

Cerussite - SOLD
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
4.3 x 4.0 x 2.7 cm

MMY-1207 - Twinned cerussite crystals looking like a leaded glass butterfly rest next to a larger hoppered cerussite crystal on matrix. Very lustrous and in great condition for the species, this is clearly a competition level miniature. Outstanding!

– ex Minette, – ex Wendell Wilson Collections





Chalcocite Mammoth Mine Australia

Chalcocite - SOLD
Mammoth Mine, Mt. Isa, Queensland, Australia
3.6 x 2.8 x 2.7 cm

MMS-232 - This competition-level chalcocite features several intergrown crystals (to 3 cm) with complex, bevelled terminations and high luster. The specimen may be displayed from multiple fact, the luster of the back side of the specimen exceeds that of the more highly striated front crystals. The main crystals are complete save a tiny contact that does not make a visual impact.





Smoky Quartz Gwindel Cavradi Gorge Switzerland

Smoky Quartz Gwindel - SOLD
Cavradi Gorge, Graubünden, Switzerland
12.0 x 11.5 x 5.5 cm

MMB-635 - Sharp, highly lustrous and transparent smoky quartz crystals accompany a pristine and jewel-like gwindel crystal. Alpine specimens of this quality and size are highly desirable and rarely seen in the market. Available with a custom lucite base.





Calcite Tsumeb Namibia cabinet specimen

Calcite on Dolomite Cast - SOLD
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
10.0 x 7.9 x 4.5 cm

MMB-610 - Looking like an exotic flower, lustrous rhombs of calcite are covered by secondary growth of smaller, glittering calcite crystals. The specimen is a cast after dolomite. Calcite specimens are rather common, but a Tsumeb calcite specimen with this level of aesthetics and quality belongs to an extremely small subset of the species.

– custom lucite base





Fluorite on barite la cabana la cabaña Spain small cabinet specimen

Fluorite on Barite - SOLD
La Cabaña Mine, Berbes, Asturias, Spain
7.5 x 5.3 x 4.3 cm

MMY-1211 - Multiple magenta fluorite crystals with well-defined phantoms nest among bladed crystals of barite in this specimen from the famous (now-closed) La Cabana Mine in Spain. The contrast between the cubic, colorful and lustrous fluorites and the white, non-reflective barite is quite striking.

— Custom lucite base





Morganite Darra-i-Pech Afghanistan small cabinet

Beryl var. Morganite - SOLD
Darra-i-Pech, Nangarhar Prov., Afghanistan
6.9 x 5.7 x 5.0 cm

MMS-276 - An attractive, well-formed morganite crystal shows a textured and lustrous front (basal) face and frosted pyramidal faces. The morganite is substantially more transparent than the photos indicate. Behind the main crystal are two additional fully-terminated morganite crystals.





Aquamarine Shigar Pakistan small cabinet specimen

Gold on Quartz - SOLD
Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer Co., California
6.2 x 4.4 x 3.3 cm

MMS-256 - Mirror-bright, intricate crystals of gold cling to a quartz matrix in this top-quality, aesthetic small cabinet specimen from the ultra-famous Eagle's Nest Mine. Interwoven gold crystals extend a full 5.5 cm along the matrix. The presence of quartz crystals testifies that this is a rare pocket gold, having formed within an open space instead of within a vein. With gold prices rising, this is one gorgeous investment!





Rosasite Hemimorphite Calcite Ojuela Mexico

Rosasite, Calcite, Hemimorphite - SOLD
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
6.2 x 4.2 x 4.3 cm

MMB-677 - Lovely turquoise spheres of rosasite are refleced by (and included within) tabular, clear calcite crystals and hemimorphite sprays in this great association piece. Photos do not tell the whole story...this piece is three-dimensional and mesmerizing in person.





Quartz Herkimer diamond New York large crystals

Quartz var. "Herkimer Diamond" - SOLD
Middleville, Herkimer Co., New York, USA
6.4 x 4.5 x 4.8 cm

MMB-686 - A classic cluster of jewel-like quartz crystals shows the double terminations and high transparency that made these specimens so famous and desired. The largest crystal measures a full 5.0 cm. Be sure to look at the photos below showing multiple angles to get a better feel for the clarity of the crystals.





Diaspore gem crystal Mugla Province Turkey

Diaspore - SOLD
Mugla Province, Aegean Region, Turkey
4.5 x 2.8 x 2.6 cm

MMB-679 - A very fine "V" twin of diaspore shows the desired olive-green color and total gemminess that explains why many of these specimens didn't survive the cutter's wheel. This specimen is striated and lustrous, with a higher degree of crystalization on the termination than is typically seen. See the May/April 2010 issue of Rocks & Minerals for a description of the deposit. Photo taken in natural sunlight.





Olivenite Wheal Unity Cornwall England miniature

Olivenite and Quartz - SOLD
Wheal Unity, St. Day, Cornwall, England, UK
5.0 x 3.1 x 4.1 cm

MMB-675 - A true English classic, this fine miniature specimen is covered by crystallized olivenite, both front and back. Quartz spears add contrast and variety. Olivenite specimens from any locality are extremely rare, and this piece boast a combination of quality and aesthetics that make it a very choice acquisition.





Calcite Leiping China cabinet specimen

Calcite - SOLD
Leiping, Chenzhou Pref., Hunan Prov., China
11.7 x 5.7 x 4.2 cm

MMB-734 - Several transparent, di-pyramidal calcite crystals (to 3.7 cm) with an attractive golden-yellow color rest on a matrix covered with drusy calcite. The larger crystals feature distinct phantoms, and each crystal sports glassy luster and sharp edges. A lovely cabinet specimen from China!





fluorite on sphalerite thumbnail Elmwood Mine Marty Zinn

Fluorite on Sphalerite - SOLD
Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA
2.2 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm   (thumbnail)

– ex Marty Zinn Collection

MMB-733 - This gemmy, purple fluorite cube on crystalized sphalerite showcases the characteristic mineral combination that has made Elmwood famous the world over. Note the transparency of the can see the red sphalerite through the crystal with no difficulty (and the sphalerite is actually redder in person).





Wulfenite thumbnail Los Lamentos Mexico Marty Zinn

Wulfenite - SOLD
Ahumada Mine, Los Lamentos, Mexico

2.5 x 2.3 x 2.5 cm  (thumbnail)

– ex Marty Zinn Collection

MMB-732 - A luscious caramel of a wulfenite displays the saturated orange color and top luster that made wulfenite specimens from LL so famous. Formerly from Marty Zinn's thumbnail collection, this piece would make a fine addition to any thumbnail suite.





Grossular Garnet thumbnail gemmy Marty Zinn Jeffrey Quarry Canada

Grossular Garnet - SOLD
Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
2.6 x 2.6 x 2.0 cm   (thumbnail)

– ex Marty Zinn Collection

MMB-731 - This high quality thumbnail boasts vibrant orange garnet "gems" with superb luster and transparency. Note the characteristic striations. Unfortunately for the collecting world, this locality is no longer producing. Collectors adore these is your chance to add a fine piece to your collection.





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