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6D8-D0KElbaite : Na(Al1.5Li1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OH

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Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Konar Province, Afghanistan

Dimensions: 3.9 cm x 1.8 cm x 1.8 cm

3.9 x 1.8 x 1.8 cm. This gemmy bi-colored pristine tourmaline has a classic for the locale, gorgeous rose-lavender pyramidal termination. The layered body on this lustrous, well-striated crystal is contrasting teal-blue indicolite. A fine bi-colored tourmaline from Pech. Weighs 92.94 carats or over 18 grams.
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GL7-XF6Elbaite : Na(Al1.5Li1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OH

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Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Konar Province, Afghanistan

Dimensions: 3.5 cm x 1.7 cm x 1.6 cm

3.5 x 1.7 x 1.6 cm. A beautiful gemmy, light apple-green complex pyramidal termination with frosted faces crowns the starkly contrasting classic, vivid bubble-gum pink gemmy body on this glassy, well-striated, colorful and excellent doubly terminated bi-colored tourmaline from Pech. Some of the prism faces are also frosted. Weighs 88.69 carats or nearly 18 grams.
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61Y-7EUEpidote : {Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH), Augite : (CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6, K Feldspar (Var: Adularia) : KAlSi3O8

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Seekar, Seebach lake, Seebach valley, Obersulzbach valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria

Dimensions: 7.3 cm x 5.5 cm x 3.9 cm

7.3 x 5.5 x 3.9 cm. Sculptural, rich and uncommon combination from this less well-known Austrian locale. The striking bench and back wall of the vug dramatically set atop the wedge-shaped matrix is fully lined with three species: gemmy olive-green epidote crystals cover the floor of the bench; and the wall is mostly covered with sharp black augite crystals with some epidotes and contrasting adularia crystals. Ex Kay Robertson Collection # 5289 and acquired from Sol Shale 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). Very rich and excellent combination material from the locale.
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FNW-K4LFluorite : CaF2, Quartz : SiO2, Dolomite : CaMg(CO3)2

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Erika Mine, Säulnhof, Stulln, Wölsendorf West District, Wölsendorf fluorite mining district, Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, Germany

Dimensions: 9.3 cm x 6.6 cm x 5.2 cm

9.3 x 6.6 x 5.2 cm. A very colorful and excellent combination specimen from this well-known extinct mine. Pretty sparkly reddish-orange hematite-infused drusy quartz preferentially coats the faces of glassy fern-green fluorite cubes, to 1.7 cm. A few dolomite rhombs scattered about are a fine accessory. Very showy and unusual combination material from this mine. Purple fluorite fluorescence. Ex Kay Robertson Collection # 1491 and acquired at Christmas in 1959. 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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QAU-WUDStrontianite : SrCO3, Calcite : CaCO3

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Minerva No. 1 Mine, Ozark-Mahoning group, Cave-in-Rock, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA

Dimensions: 4.8 cm x 4.0 cm x 2.8 cm

4.8 x 4.0 x 2.8 cm. A fine strontianite and calcite miniature combination from the Minerva No. 1 Mine. A 3.5 cm, 360-degree "ball" of gemmy, creamy strontianite spikes is set on a highly etched calcite rhomb. You can see a second generation of strontianite in the interior of the etched rhomb. From the Ross Lillie Collection # 1893 and collected in April, 1990 during advance mining. The handwritten note on his label says: "Superb miniature."
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0YT-8JQFluorapatite : Ca5(PO4)3F, Siderite : FeCO3

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Rapid Creek, Dawson mining district, Yukon, Canada

Dimensions: 5.8 cm x 3.4 cm x 2.6 cm

5.8 x 3.4 x 2.6 cm. Beautiful gemmy lilac-colored fluorapatite crystals, to 5 mm, are aesthetically clustered on the stepped small cabinet matrix. Scattered flattened brown siderite rhombs are a typical accessory. Purple fluorapatites of this fine color and gemminess are uncommon from Rapid Creek.
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9LQ-L8HHematite (Var: Martite) : Fe2O3

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Twin Peaks Prospect, Twin Peak, Millard Co., Utah, USA

Dimensions: 7.2 cm x 4.4 cm x 3.2 cm

7.2 x 4.4 x 3.2 cm. Martite is the name given to hematite pseudomorphs after magnetite. Sharp magnetite octahedrons are partially replaced by hematite on this sculptural small cabinet of aesthetically intergrown crystals. Many faces are bright metallic-gray, while others have a matte finish from being partially pseudomorphed. The protruding octahedron on the right side is 2.4 cm and the very sharp, lustrous and pristine octahedron on the left side is 2.5 cm. The specimen is moderately magnetic, including the matrix. This is a classic and excellent specimen from this less well-known extinct Utah iron deposit.
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K8N-XY9Cassiterite : SnO2

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Wheal Vor, Carleen, Breage, Mount's Bay District, Cornwall, England, UK

Dimensions: 5.2 cm x 3.2 cm x 2.8 cm

5.2 x 3.2 x 2.8 cm. Mineral specimens are rare from this famous old large extinct Cornwall tin mine. Splendent sharp cassiterite prisms, to 7 mm, are richly and aesthetically clustered on the hefty tin ore matrix. Some of the crystals have areas of golden-yellow translucence under bright light. Formerly in the British Museum and Scott Williams Collections. Ex Kay Robertson Collection with no number. Her label was lost during the move. 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). Cassiterite specimens of this quality and richness are rare from here. Classic old-time material, probably from the mid-1800s.
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E6J-036Weloganite : Na2Sr3Zr(CO3)6·3H2O

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Francon quarry, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Dimensions: 6.7 cm x 2.5 cm x 2.2 cm

6.7 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm. Classic and very showy weloganite from the famous Type Locality in Montreal. Weloganite is a very rare hydrated Na-Sr-Zr carbonate. Two distinctively different clusters of opposing crystals are aesthetically set on the elongated limestone matrix. All of the crystals have the typical layered tapered form. The impressive fan-shaped cluster has crystals to 1.1 cm and the opposing cluster of stouter crystals reach 1.0 cm. Formerly in the Sacchi Collection. Ex Francesco Bedogne Collection # 700. Dr. Bedogne, 1942-2012, was a well-known Italian mineralogist, prolific author, field collector and collector. Read his biography in the Mineralogical Record Biographical Archive: http://www.minrec.org/labels.asp?colid=118.
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0MH-400Fluorite : CaF2, Siderite : FeCO3

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Alston Moor District, Cumbria, England, UK

Dimensions: 13.0 cm x 10.0 cm x 6.0 cm

13.0 x 10.0 x 6.0 cm. Impressive large old-time fluorite from the historic mines of Alston Moor. Two large cubes are superimposed atop each other and are nicely flanked by smaller crystals. The top cube is 5.5 cm long. The very glassy, lustrous cubes are light purple to gray to colorless. Hard to see, but the two corners on the large cubes are colorless gem. The rest of the crystals are gemmy to translucent. Preferential clusters of brown siderite rosettes, especially on the top are a super accessory. Striking bright white-purple UV fluorescence. Fluorescence under any bright light. From an East Coast Collection. An exceptional large fluorite and siderite combination for the locale.
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