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HEX-4WFPyrite, Sphalerite

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Racracancha mine, Tinyahuarco district, Pasco province, Pasco department, Peru

Dimensions: 9.0 cm x 8.0 cm x 6.5 cm

9.0 x 8.0 x 6.5 cm. A striking, sculptural pyrite specimen from a small 2012 find at this less well-known mine. Sharp, splendent, mirror-bright, brass-yellow cubes, to 3.2 cm, rest atop a field of smaller pyrites. The striated faces add character and a remarkable feature is that you can see the reflection of smaller crystals in the face of the large cube on the right. Complete all-around, the back is richly covered with clusters of tiny sparkly sphalerite crystals.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 915020     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 7   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1683 x 1300 pixels (2.2 Mpix)

2PT-UAKPyromorphite

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Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA

Dimensions: 6.5 cm x 4.2 cm x 2.8 cm

6.5 x 4.2 x 2.8 cm. A stunning pyromorphite of the best yellowish-green color, with curves of crystals elegantly perched on matrix. An old piece from the 1980s, ex Richard Kosnar collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & iRocks.com      Photo ID: 915016     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 19   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 825 x 1200 pixels (1.0 Mpix)

M0P-HQ4Pyromorphite

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Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA

Dimensions: 5.6 cm x 4.7 cm x 2.2 cm

5.6 x 4.7 x 2.2 cm. A stunning arsenian pyromorphite of the best orange color, with curving and typical crystals for this style, though with excellent luster to them. For some reason, the addition of a bit of arsenic into the crystal growth changes the habit and produces these ball shaped clusters. This has a drapery of such crystals elegantly perched on matrix. An old piece from the 1980s, ex Richard Kosnar collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & iRocks.com      Photo ID: 915011     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 21   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1046 x 1200 pixels (1.3 Mpix)

FXJ-JV1Microcline (Var: Amazonite), Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz)

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R. A. Kosnar claim, Yucca Hill, Steven's Ranch, Lake George, Park Co., Colorado, USA

Dimensions: 6.7 cm x 4.5 cm x 4.5 cm

6.7 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm. The pegmatites near the Lake George area of Colorado have produced what collectors and dealers know to be the finest amazonite specimens from the standpoint of color, quality, wonderful display specimens and excellent associations. This specimen features sharp lustrous, well-formed, rich blue-green color amazonite crystals with a uniquely porcelaneous surface and texture. From the Porcelain Pocket. Ex Richard Kosnar Collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & iRocks.com      Photo ID: 915005     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 31   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1200 x 1190 pixels (1.4 Mpix)

P34-AHDSmithsonite

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Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia

Dimensions: 7.2 cm x 4.3 cm x 2.5 cm

7.2 x 4.3 x 2.5 cm. Nestled aesthetically in a vug of massive ore are glassy and gemmy rhombohedrons of emerald-green cuprian smithsonite. The largest of these razor-sharp rhomb's reach 1.25 cm across. Mesmerizing in their combination of sharpness and color, this is a spectacularly rare quality for this species and this material. These are gemmy, sharp, and have the most rare green color. No other locality ever produced anything like this in smithsonite, and it was only one or two pockets from Tsumeb over the course of 100 years of mining. This came out of an old European collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & iRocks.com      Photo ID: 915001     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 10   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1200 x 801 pixels (1.0 Mpix)

YQ2-N75Fluorite, Quartz, Chlorite Group

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Central St Gotthard Massif, Leventina, Ticino, Switzerland

Dimensions: 5.8 cm x 5.6 cm x 4.7 cm

5.8 x 5.6 x 4.7 cm. A stunning Swiss fluorite from a highly unusual locality, the tunnel (St. Gotthard road tunnel) dug between these two cantons in Switzerland, circa 1980. This came out of an old Swiss collection through an American collector, recently. This specimen shows off a classic octahedral, lustrous and translucent, vivid pink fluorite crystal, measuring 4.8 cm in length. It is perched nicely on a 4 cm long colorless quartz crystal and a bit of granite matrix. A minor dusting of chlorite is present.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & iRocks.com      Photo ID: 914998     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 11   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1200 x 1155 pixels (1.4 Mpix)

TMW-PC2Beryl (Var: Aquamarine)

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Taplejung District, Mechi Zone, Nepal

Dimensions: 16.0 cm x 3.2 cm x 2.6 cm

16.0 x 3.2 x 2.6 cm. This is an important Nepalese aquamarine. It is doubly-terminated, lustrous with zones of gemminess, and exhibits a superb rich blue color saturation. The weight is 272 grams.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & iRocks.com      Photo ID: 914992     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 26   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 445 x 1200 pixels (0.5 Mpix)

CXT-DR6Turquoise

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Mona Lisa Mine, Porter Mountain, Gilham, Polk Co., Arkansas, USA

Dimensions: 12.1 cm x 7.3 cm x 5.1 cm

12.1 x 7.3 x 5.1 cm. This is a totally polished, attractive nodule of variegated bluish green turquoise. Turquoise is much rarer from Arkansas than from the southwestern states. The weight is 311 grams. Arkansas turquoise from an old miner's collection. I had never seen such quality before from the state.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & iRocks.com      Photo ID: 914987     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 31   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 796 x 1200 pixels (1.0 Mpix)

MKQ-QFYBeryl (Var: Aquamarine)

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Espírito Santo, Brazil

Dimensions: 4.0 cm x 2.8 cm x 2.5 cm

4.0 x 2.8 x 2.5 cm. A stunning crystal so sharply formed, it looks like glass, from very old finds here. I got this from well-known collector of the "golden era" George Holloway back in the 1990s, and he had it for decades by then. Nearly completely glassy and gemmy, and with a rich saturated blue color, this superb specimen features two crystals, to 4 cm in length. The terminations of each crystal are vastly different. One has a steep pyramid and the other is a typical (although incredibly gemmy and glassy) hexagonal termination. I have always thought it to be one of the more stunning miniatures of this species, and have known it since the early 1990s. The weight is 28 grams. It is probably from the 1960s heyday here.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & iRocks.com      Photo ID: 914981     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 25   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 870 x 1200 pixels (1.0 Mpix)

X7P-35QPyromorphite

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Les Farges Mine, Ussel, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Dimensions: 4.1 cm x 2.5 cm x 2.3 cm

4.1 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm. This pyromorphite exhibits all the top characteristics a Les Farges specimen should have: stalactitic form, lustrous and waxy translucent crystals to 1 cm in length, and great forest green color typical of the best pocket of the late 1970s. It is like a green flower. They are truly 1900s classics. It was acquired by Wendell Wilson in 1978 and sold with his first collection in 1982. By 1985, it was in the Dave Michaels collection in Los Angeles, and then ended up in the Irv Brown miniatures collection, sold to another collector, and now to me. Here's a personal note from Wally Mann who helped write this up: I first saw this world class miniature pyromorphite in April, 1981, when the late Betty Roberts came through Dallas. Among the specimens she offered were 10 world class miniatures, including this pyromorphite, from Wendell Wilson's collection (which he had sold to pay for school at the time). I ended up with two of them but eventually ran out of funds and could not buy this at the time.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & iRocks.com      Photo ID: 914974     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 20   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 784 x 1200 pixels (0.9 Mpix)
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