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Q84-JFNFluorite : CaF2, Quartz : SiO2

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Le Beix Mine, Saint-Germain-près-Herment, Herment, Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Dimensions: 6.8 cm x 6.1 cm x 5.6 cm

6.8 x 6.1 x 5.6 cm. Beautiful bi-colored fluorite cubes are aesthetically clustered on the sculptural septa-like quartz plate matrix on this fine combination from the Le Beix Mine. The cubes, to 2.5 cm, have rich robin’s egg-blue and clear sections, adding character. Purple fluorescence. Ex Kay Robertson Collection # 10484 and acquired from Al McGuiness in July, 1984. 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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0W2-W61Wulfenite : Pb(MoO4)

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Stefanie Mine, Bad Bleiberg, Bleiberg District, Gailtaler Alpen & Karnische Alpen, Carinthia, Austria

Dimensions: 12.0 cm x 5.8 cm x 5.2 cm

12.0 x 5.8 x 5.2 cm. Lustrous, tabular, translucent wulfenite prisms, to 1.4 cm, are festooned on the large sculptural matrix on this fine classic from the famous and historic Type Locality. Lead-zinc mining started in the 1500s and this excellent piece is from the last mine to close in the late 1980s. Even the mine level is known (6th Level) and may be an old piece. Ex Kay Robertson Collection # 2126 and acquired from 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). The piece has an excellent provenance, having been in the collection of Dr. Werner Lieber, prominent German mineral photographer and author.
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TAJ-C7XSchorl : Na(Fe2+3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH), Albite (Var: Cleavelandite) : Na(AlSi3O8)

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Blue Chihuahua Mine, Iron Spring Mountain, Cooper Canyon District, Riverside Co., California, USA

Dimensions: 2.6 cm x 2.1 cm x 1.7 cm

2.6 x 2.1 x 1.7 cm. Mineral specimens are uncommon from this less well-known Riverside County pegmatite located in the late 1960s. It is known mostly for topaz, hydroxylherderite and schorl specimens. This is a fine thumbnail of a highly lustrous, striated, trigonal schorl crystal nicely accented with a corsage of bladed cleavelandite. Ex Kay Robertson Collection # 5285 and acquired from the Hamel's during early mining in the late 1960s. 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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2YG-NY9Sphalerite : ZnS

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Picher Field, Tri-State District, Ottawa Co., Oklahoma, USA

Dimensions: 11.7 cm x 9.2 cm x 4.3 cm

11.7 x 9.2 x 4.3 cm. Two generations of ruby-jack sphalerite crystals richly cover the sculptural large chert matrix on this fabulous old Tri-State specimen from the Joe Lobell Collection. Glistening, gemmy wet-look orangey-red microcrystals are festooned on the piece. Much larger crystals, to 2.2 cm, with the same color, high lustre, but are translucent, are very attractively clustered on the right side of this classic, rich and pristine old-time specimen. The crystals glow when back lit. Classic Tri-State ruby-jack sphalerite.
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CLF-1N2Siderite (Var: Sphärosiderite) : FeCO3, Opal : SiO2·nH2O

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Basalt quarries, Dietesheim - Steinheim, Main valley, Hesse, Germany

Dimensions: 8.7 cm x 7.0 cm x 5.4 cm

8.7 x 7.0 x 5.4 cm. Multi-hued, nubby spherical aggregates of moderately translucent siderite (variety spherosiderite) rhombs richly fill a sculptural vug in basalt matrix. The vein of glassy colorless opal is a super accessory. Ex Kay Robertson Collection # 8140 and acquired from the Cisneros' in the Spring of 1977. It was previously in a German collection. 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). Rare, excellent, colorful and showy, undoubtedly older combination material from the extinct basalt quarries here. This is not smithsonite, as the Kay label indicates.
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WWA-Q2LTetrahedrite : Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13, Baryte : BaSO4

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Kamsdorf, Saalfeld, Thuringia, Germany

Dimensions: 5.0 cm x 4.4 cm x 4.2 cm

5.0 x 4.4 x 4.2 cm. A rare and excellent old-time combination from this less well-known and extinct German mining district. Tetrahedrite specimens are known from here, but baryte is very rare. The blocky baryte vein is richly peppered with sharp, textbook metallic-gray tetrahedrite crystals, to 7 mm, with a pretty light iridescence under bright light. Ex Kay Robertson Collection # 4639 and obtained as a gift in 1966. 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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G67-EGQElbaite : Na(Al1.5Li1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OH, Lepidolite, Albite (Var: Cleavelandite) : Na(AlSi3O8)

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Pederneira mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dimensions: 16.0 cm x 11.0 cm x 7.7 cm

16.0 x 11.0 x 7.7 cm. An impressive, colorful and large older combination from the Pederneira Mine. A dominating, gemmy, 3.5 cm bi-colored, bottle-green with a purple/blue cap tourmaline rises up from the pearlescent cleavelandite matrix on one end of the piece. About 16 more tourmalines and tourmaline sections are attractively scattered on the piece. The stout 3.0 cm tourmaline on the left side has a healed termination. The large field of gemmy, gorgeous lilac lepidolites is a superlative contrast and accessory to the white of the cleavelandite and green of the tourmalines. This is outstanding older material from this renowned locale from the Steve Smale Collection. Steve, a world renowned mathematician and mineral collector, acquired this striking large piece during one of his many work trips to Brazil starting in 1971. It was mined in the 1980s.
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A42-FLMAdamite : Zn2AsO4(OH), Chalcophanite : ZnMn4+3O7·3H2O

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Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Mun. de Mapimí, Durango, Mexico

Dimensions: 5.2 cm x 3.3 cm x 2.7 cm

5.2 x 3.3 x 2.7 cm. Chalcophanite is a very rare zinc manganese oxide, and some of the best examples are those found at the Ojuela Mine. This piece hosts sharp, lustrous, soft golden colored crystals of adamite measuring up to 1.0 cm sitting atop silvery-grey colored botryoidal chalcophanite. Ex Kay Robertson Collection (#11017). 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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VDY-516Topaz : Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2

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Maple Lode Mine, Aguanga Mountain, Oak Grove, Aguanga Mountain District, San Diego Co., California, USA

Dimensions: 2.8 cm x 2.7 cm x 2.7 cm

2.8 x 2.7 x 2.7 cm. Mineral specimens of any type are rare from this less well-known San Diego County pegmatite. This gemmy and lustrous, light ice-blue topaz crystal with frosted/etched faces has a prominent pinacoidal termination flanked by interesting modified prism faces. This was probably recovered by Roland Reed and partners in the 1970s. Weighs 42 grams.
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V0U-LK3Elbaite : Na(Al1.5Li1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OH, Microcline : K(AlSi3O8)

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Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dimensions: 4.0 cm x 3.7 cm x 2.5 cm

4.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 cm. A striking, very showy and highly unusual combination miniature from the 1960s-1970s finds at Virgem da Lapa. Dramatic sprays of gemmy and lustrous, olive-green tourmaline prisms are embedded on the sides of a sharp, lustrous, pearlescent, partially doubly terminated and subhedral microcline crystal. The large tourmaline piercing the microcline really adds character to this fascinating and rare 360-degree combination. The microcline crystal grew on the tourmalines. Ex Kay Robertson Collection # 9664 and acquired from Al McGuiness in August, 1982. 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). A rare and excellent combination, as microcline is rare from here.
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