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FDF-9Y6Quartz (Var: Amethyst) : SiO2

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Piedra Parada, Mun. de Tatatila, Veracruz, Mexico

Dimensions: 8.0 cm x 6.8 cm x 4.3 cm

8.0 x 6.8 x 4.3 cm. This superlative sculptural Piedra Parada amethyst plate is covered with gemmy and lustrous crystals with beautiful blush-purple terminations. The flat-lying crystal in the dramatic cluster is 4.0 cm long and the photo of the back of cluster shows reveals that the large crystal is actually a 4.8 cm doubly terminated scepter. The striking isolated crystal on the left side is 4.1 cm long. The rich coverage of both amethyst and quartz crystals on the matrix plates adds even more character to this outstanding and pristine small cabinet example from this classic locale.
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0NC-0DABaryte : BaSO4

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Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Sardinia, Italy

Dimensions: 9.3 cm x 8.2 cm x 6.5 cm

9.3 x 8.2 x 6.5 cm. A dramatic, sculptural old-time cluster of very sharply terminated, broad, iron oxide-tinted, translucent gray baryte spear-points from one of the many old mines of this famous province. The striking blades are up to about 4.3 cm long. Classic and excellent old-time Sardinian baryte.
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9A9-C33Pyrite : FeS2

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Leadville, Leadville District, Lake Co., Colorado, USA

Dimensions: 10.8 cm x 6.5 cm x 5.4 cm

10.8 x 6.5 x 5.4 cm. Leadville pyrite specimens of this large size with impressive large crystals are rare and are very seldom available in this old-time size and quality. Mirror-bright, brass-yellow, tightly intergrown pyritohedrons with sharp well-developed surface striations comprise this impressive mounded piece. The striking large crystal at the top is 4.2 cm long. From an East Coast collection. A seldom seen, old and rare large Colorado classic.
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YR0-M25Sulphur : S8, Aragonite : CaCO3

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Agrigento Province, Sicily, Italy

Dimensions: 8.3 cm x 5.7 cm x 5.0 cm

8.3 x 5.7 x 5.0 cm. A stunning, sharp, 360-degree tabular sulphur crystal is perched atop aragonite matrix on this superlative, rare style crystal from the historic mines at Agrigento. The translucent, moderately matte lustre crystal has very rich orange-yellow color. Pink aragonite fluorescence is a bonus. An old-time classic from an old East Coast collection.
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9K1-E86Fluorapatite : Ca5(PO4)3F, Arsenopyrite : FeAsS, Muscovite : KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2, Quartz : SiO2

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Panasqueira Mines, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal

Dimensions: 13.8 cm x 12.4 cm x 6.7 cm

Classic, showy and excellent large combination material from the Panasqueira Mine and the Art Soregaroli Collection. The piece is highlighted by the striking 7.0 cm tall combination cluster in the top center. Gemmy, lustrous, tabular, grayish-green apatite crystals, to 2.8 cm, aesthetically rest atop a cluster of lustrous, tabular, bronzy arensopyrite crystals. Some of the arsenopyrites have fabulous saw-tooth edges, adding much character. The matrix plate is covered with muscovites and the scattered water-clear quartz points, to 3.0 cm, and smaller apatites add more character. Modest apatite fluorescence. From Level 3.
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00Q-P7UBaryte : BaSO4, Pyrolusite : Mn4+O2

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Los Palomos Mine, Las Nogueras ravine, Campos de Golf area, Atamaría, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, Cartagena, Murcia, Spain

Dimensions: 11.8 cm x 11.4 cm x 6.7 cm

11.8 x 11.4 x 6.7 cm. A striking and sculptural large baryte specimen from this less well-known Spanish locale. The doubly terminated, aesthetically intergrown, parallel-growth, translucent, frosted, light gray blades have a remarkable matte pyrolusite coating that adds real character and contrast. Very choice and uncommon large baryte combination material from the Sanabria Collection.
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0KR-WYNQuartz : SiO2

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Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dimensions: 19.3 cm x 5.2 cm x 2.2 cm

19.3 x 5.2 x 2.2 cm. A rare, large, impressive, flattened, doubly terminated quartz crystal from Diamantina. The very glassy and lustrous gemmy tabular crystal has striking water-clear chisel terminations with interior veils in the mid-section. A fascinating and rare large quartz style from this locale from the Paul Zerfass Collection # 1161.
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08G-RDXCassiterite : SnO2

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Modoto, Modotin, Dornogovi Aimag, Mongolia

Dimensions: 3.3 cm x 2.7 cm x 1.7 cm

3.3 x 2.7 x 1.7 cm. Cassiterite specimens from this very obscure Mongolia tin deposit are rare and seldom available. This sharp miniature is part of a textbook large sixling crystal. The pronounced crystal is lustrous, jet-black with distinctive stepped-growth faces. Adding even more character are the gorgeous areas of gemmy, reddish-orange fire. Ex Kay Robertson Collection # 12005, acquired from the Frazier's at the MSSC Show in 1989. Kay is a prominent California collector, who specialized in European classics (see the article in the March-April, 2007 Mineralogical Record and the 50+ page article in the German Magazine "Mineralien Welt" November-December 2017).
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RNY-7FUClinozoisite : Ca2Al3(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)

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Tepustete Ranch, Álamos, Mun. de Álamos, Sonora, Mexico

Dimensions: 8.7 cm x 5.5 cm x 5.0 cm

8.7 x 5.5 x 5.0 cm. This obscure skarn deposit in Sonora has produced very fine clinozoisite and andradite garnet specimens in the past. Vivid pink, lustrous to matte, radial sprays of clinozoisite needles are scattered on all sides of the quartz-rich matrix. The striking large nearly complete spray is 2.0 cm across. Ex Kay Robertson Collection # 7755, acquired in October, 1975 and self-collected by Sol Shale. Kay is a prominent California collector, who specialized in European classics (see the article in the March-April, 2007 Mineralogical Record and the 50+ page article in the German Magazine "Mineralien Welt" November-December 2017). Rarely available today.
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W8Q-L9HDolomite : CaMg(CO3)2, Chalcopyrite : CuFeS2

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Gosenbach, Siegen, Siegerland, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Dimensions: 7.7 cm x 5.6 cm x 5.0 cm

7.7 x 5.6 x 5.0 cm. Mineral specimens are very uncommon from this area of the famous and ancient Fe-Pb-Cu deposits of Siegerland, where mining started over 2500 years ago and the last mine closed in 1965. This very cool and rare association piece features sharp, bronzy chalcopyrite sphenoids, to 1.3 cm, aesthetically scattered on the mounded matrix of glassy, translucent, sharp dolomite rhombs. The rhombs reach 3.8 cm on the diagonal on this classic, exceptional and excellent combination. Probably an old-time specimen, but no proof.
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