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U39-DCHAdamite (Var: Copper-bearing Adamite) (Zn,Cu)2AsO4OH

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Kamariza mines, Agios Konstantinos, Lavrion Mining District, Lavreotiki, East Attica, Attica, Greece

Dimensions: 4.9 cm x 3.0 cm x 1.5 cm

A three-dimensional rich carpet of gorgeous, wet-looking, lustrous adamite on sparing matrix making for an overall attractive miniature. This has the richest, most beautiful color from the amazing pocket of March 2020. Minor bits of white matrix poke through the drapery of cuprian adamite.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & iRocks.com      Photo ID: 1137462     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 7   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 1331 pixels (2.0 Mpix)

3Q7-Q2VAdamite (Var: Copper-bearing Adamite) (Zn,Cu)2AsO4OH

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Kamariza mines, Agios Konstantinos, Lavrion Mining District, Lavreotiki, East Attica, Attica, Greece

Dimensions: 3.8 cm x 3.1 cm x 1.4 cm

A rich, three-dimensional, mounded specimen of very dark green (evergreen or forest-green color) adamite, colored by copper content. This specimen is a little unusual for the find, a small pocket of March 2020, in the dark coloration.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & iRocks.com      Photo ID: 1137458     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 6   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 1358 pixels (2.0 Mpix)

DD6-2RMAdamite (Var: Copper-bearing Adamite) (Zn,Cu)2AsO4OH

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Kamariza mines, Agios Konstantinos, Lavrion Mining District, Lavreotiki, East Attica, Attica, Greece

Dimensions: 5.5 cm x 3.7 cm x 1.2 cm

Copper induces strong color in adamite in the right conditions, and the ancient Greek mines are famous for this occurrence. This specimen is perhaps my favorite of the miniatures from a small March 2020 pocket of the best color and luster. This is richly covered and has a very bright color, not quite as dark as bigger pieces tended to be. It is simply "pretty" and each side looks very different (one sparsely covered and one thickly coated with a drapery of intergrown adamite crystals).
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & iRocks.com      Photo ID: 1137455     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 5   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 1280 pixels (1.9 Mpix)

N14-EGEAdamite (Var: Copper-bearing Adamite) (Zn,Cu)2AsO4OH

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Kamariza mines, Agios Konstantinos, Lavrion Mining District, Lavreotiki, East Attica, Attica, Greece

Dimensions: 3.8 cm x 3.3 cm x 1.7 cm

Cuprian adamite is famous for the incredible green color of the species but this small pocket of March 2020 sets a new standard. Gorgeous color, lustrous crystals, and a rare locality find make this a showy miniature.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & iRocks.com      Photo ID: 1137451     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 10   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 1333 pixels (2.0 Mpix)

XN2-R66Azurite Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2

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Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia

Dimensions: 4.5 cm x 2.8 cm x 2.2 cm

Azurite is one of Tsumeb's signature species, and good specimens have always been, and always will be, high on most collector's lists. The azurites here are deep blue with flashes of electric blue near the edges, and the luster ranges from striated and good to mirror-like. There are several parallel, prismatic crystals within this cluster, and they are all terminated and of similar habit. Being soft, there is a small amount of edge-wear, but the overall aesthetics are very good on this robust specimen. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 1137445     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 10   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2689 x 2686 pixels (7.2 Mpix)

7A1-3WJTantalite-(Mn) Mn2+Ta2O6

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Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province, Mozambique

Dimensions: 1.8 cm x 1.5 cm x 0.8 cm

A fine set of interpenetrating, prismatic crystals of deep cherry-red manganotantalite from the Alta Ligonha pegmatites of Mozambique (probably early to mid 1900s). The sub-metallic luster is so good that the reflectivity seems to only allow flashes of just how red the crystals are. Back light this quality thumbnail and you can appreciate just how gemmy and red these crystals truly are. Mining had to be a tortuous process being a pegmatite, so a bit of edge-wear is not at all surprising, and it detracts little from the form or the better than normal gemminess. Very highly representative of this rare oxide species and locality, this was previously in the famous collection of Josie Scripps, the legendary San Diego heiress and collector who helped kick-start mineral collecting in San Diego in the 1900s. She did collect thumbnails, particularly. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 1137439     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 13   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2652 x 2629 pixels (7.0 Mpix)

LHQ-UF0Hutchinsonite TlPbAs5S9 , Orpiment As2S3

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Quiruvilca Mine, Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad, Peru

Dimensions: 7.3 cm x 6.3 cm x 3.0 cm

Hutchinsonite is one of the few crystallized thallium-containing minerals that have macro-crystals. Collected in the late 1970s and early 1980s, these Peruvian finds are considered to be the world's finest examples of this very rare species. The lustrous, metallic-grey lathes and sprays of hutchinsonite are distributed across the matrix, and in turn they are decorated by many wonderful, flower-like clusters of burnt-orange orpiment. A classic specimen , beautiful as well as intellectually interesting. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 1137424     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 13   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3180 x 3136 pixels (10.0 Mpix)

W5P-64RCuprosklodowskite Cu(UO2)2(SiO3OH]2·6H2O

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Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi mining district, Lualaba, DR Congo

Dimensions: 7.4 cm x 6.8 cm x 5.8 cm

A superb single pocket of cuprosklodowskite from Musonoi, which is famous for its outstanding suite of uranium minerals. The long, slender needles of lustrous and gemmy cuprosklodowskite are classic, and the radial sprays are gorgeous. This 1.7 cm pocket sits in the middle of the matrix, both protected and perfectly framed. The aesthetics are outstanding for this vintage Musonoi small cabinet specimen. Simply gorgeous. Old classic material. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 1137419     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 20   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3379 x 3319 pixels (11.2 Mpix)

QNK-F0HCorundum (Var: Ruby) Al2O3

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Cowee Valley, Macon Co., North Carolina, USA

Dimensions: 0.2 cm x 0.2 cm x 0.2 cm

0.2 x 0.2 x 0.2 cm (largest). A nice collection of alluvial rubies from the Cowee Valley deposits in North Carolina. The colors vary from pink to a deep wine-red, and many of these crystals are gem quality. Approximately 30 carats. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 1137385     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 12   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2678 x 2616 pixels (7.0 Mpix)

TR0-7RRPolycrase-(Y) Y(Ti,Nb)2(O,OH)6

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Hidra, Flekkefjord, Agder, Norway

Dimensions: 2.8 cm x 2.6 cm x 1.1 cm

Black microcrystals of the rare uranium-species polycrase, which is like a kitchen sink full of elements, in what seems to be a small reference sample. We are not experts on this mineral, but I do trust the former owner, that he tried to be meticulous in his collecting. He bought from reputable people in the late 1990s. Sadly, the provenance has been lost on this specimen beyond his own label. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 1137367     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 14   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3627 x 3574 pixels (13.0 Mpix)

MNU-8WNQuartz SiO2 , Hedenbergite CaFe2+Si2O6

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Mega Horio, Serifos Island, Milos, South Aegean, Greece

Dimensions: 8.4 cm x 4.7 cm x 2.1 cm

A cluster of crossed quartz "prases" from Serifos Island, Greece. These quartz crystals are pristine and translucent with a green color caused by inclusions of hedenbergite (or related actinolite). The geometry of the criss-crossing crystals is outstanding, to say the least. After Laurium, the small island of Serifos (where iron has been mined since Roman times) is probably the most renowned mineral locality in Greece, especially for these world-class specimens. This complete, all-around classic is previously from the famous John Barlow collection. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 1137360     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 11   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2940 x 2959 pixels (8.7 Mpix)

VUE-1K1Tincalconite Na2(B4O7)·5H2O

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U.S. Borax Mine, Kramer Borate deposit, Boron, Kern Co., California, USA

Dimensions: 8.4 cm x 7.7 cm x 3.8 cm

Delicate and refined in its beauty, this chalk-white cluster of tincalconite crystals is from the U.S. Borax (Baker) Mine in Boron, an area famous for its extensive evaporite deposits. Tincalconite, pure white and soft, forms from the dehydration of borax and retains the original habit exceptionally well. The largest of the crystals is 5 cm across, and the aesthetics of this cluster, dominated by the three large crystals, is outstanding. A unique oddity from the USA's boron deposit. Collected mostly by Jim Minette when he was mine manager there in the 1960s and 1970s. This is subtle but special. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz.
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JP3-3TUKröhnkite Na2Cu(SO4)2·2H2O , Natrochalcite NaCu2(SO4)2(OH)·2H2O

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Chuquicamata Mine, Chuquicamata District, Calama, El Loa Province, Antofagasta, Chile

Dimensions: 5.7 cm x 4.6 cm x 4.3 cm

An exceptionally rich, old-time specimen of the rare sulfate, krohnkite, from the Type Locality, the Chuquicatmata Mine of Chile. Without question, the variability in the blues is sublime and something not often seen, and the great translucence enhances the beauty even more. The veins exhibit what is classic for the species, lamellar growth of crystals in parallel bundles. The krohnkite is beautifully complemented by the rare, emerald-green sulfate, natrochalcite, for which Chuquicamata is also the Type Locality. And to add to the superb aesthetics, the undulating form gives the piece a fantastic, pastoral feel. Formerly in the collections of Grace Dearborn and Phil Scalisi, this piece would date to the early to mid 1900s. It is gorgeous, unique material form a unique deposit. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 1137332     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 17   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3461 x 3442 pixels (11.9 Mpix)

XKH-NRJBournonite PbCuSbS3 , Pyrite FeS2

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Noche Buena Mine, Noche Buena, Mazapil Municipality, Zacatecas, Mexico

Dimensions: 9.5 cm x 8.2 cm x 5.4 cm

A choice small cabinet combination specimen from the historic mines of Zacatecas. Bournonites are always a highly-desired species, and these crystals are in three clusters, with the largest crystal being 1.3 cm. Some bournonites are hoppered, and you can tell there is some of the famous 'cogwheel' habit to these crystals. Interestingly, the bournonites have a fine micro-coating to them, which creates a super-fine, almost sandpaper-like texture to the surfaces. Most unusual and not unattractive. The bournonites sit on a complete, edge to edge layer of highly lustrous pyrite crystals. As bright and shiny as these pyrites are in the pictures, they are even more so in person. Bournonites of high quality are uncommon from Zacatecas, and this piece has both aesthetics and interest to it on several levels. It is, for a Mexican bournonite, exceptional. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 1137248     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 14   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3298 x 3188 pixels (10.5 Mpix)

0MX-GKDBeryl (Var: Aquamarine) Be3Al2Si6O18 , Muscovite KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2

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Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Dimensions: 5.3 cm x 4.3 cm x 3.9 cm

This pegmatite district high in the Himalayas is justly famous for outstanding aquamarine specimens. Here is a gemmy, lustrous, well-terminated aquamarine crystal that is a full 3 cm tall and 1.4 cm thick. This light blue aquamarine happens to sit on a small cluster of gemmy aquamarines that jut out 90 degrees to the main crystal, and all sit on a bed of sharp muscovite blades. The association is classic for Nagar, and the aesthetics really are quite good. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz. Tim Blackwood Collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 1137232     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 15   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2978 x 3024 pixels (9.0 Mpix)

99V-U95Boltwoodite (K,Na)(UO2)(SiO3OH)·1.5H2O , Fluorite CaF2 , Calcite CaCO3

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New Method Mine, Amboy area, Bristol Mountains, San Bernardino Co., California, USA

Dimensions: 4.9 cm x 4.8 cm x 3.5 cm

A fine example of the uncommon uranium mineral, boltwoodite - but from California in the USA. The yellow, acicular needles of boltwoodite grow in very attractive sprays up to 2-3 mm, and the habit is reminiscent of rutile sprays in color and form. Associated are deep purple cubes of fluorite and water-clear calcite crystals, all in the same approximate size range. These gemmy, prismatic calcites also have a soft, peach-colored fluorescence. The boltwoodite sprays are numerous within the open-faced vug, and this is an attractive and representative specimen for the species. From the New Method Mine in California. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 1137227     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 14   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3693 x 3648 pixels (13.5 Mpix)

V5T-QEJSiderite FeCO3

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Nello Teer Crabtree Creek Quarry, Raleigh, Wake Co., North Carolina, USA

Dimensions: 5.1 cm x 2.3 cm x 2.0 cm

A superb, beautifully balanced specimen of highly lustrous, translucent, olive-tinted siderite rhombs on matrix. The largest rhomb is 1.5 cm on edge, and the distribution from one end to the other on the matrix allows their quality to be fully appreciated. North Carolina siderites are arguably the finest in the United States, and the aesthetics of this large miniature are excellent. This is a classic for the USA, but seldom found in good quality. Almost certainly, collected by Terry Ledford and his operation in the 1990s. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 1137182     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 19   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3464 x 3464 pixels (12.0 Mpix)

TNF-5D4Orpiment As2S3

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Twin Creeks Mine, Potosi Mining District, Osgood Mountains, Humboldt Co., Nevada, USA

Dimensions: 5.7 cm x 4.2 cm x 3.0 cm

In early 1999, an outstanding find of beautifully crystallized orpiment specimens was made at Twin Creeks. This small cabinet specimen is of high quality, with crystals up to 1 cm showing the brilliant luster, attractive orange color, and sharp striations that make these specimens so coveted. Orpiment is very soft, so the small amount of edge-wear is not surprising, and it has little effect on the excellent aesthetics. According to Lees in The Mineralogical Record, vol. 31, pp 311 - 322, 331, this occurrence was completely mined out by late 1999. They are certainly the prettiest known for the species. This is an excellent example in the size range with fiery color. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 1137151     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 11   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2843 x 2812 pixels (8.0 Mpix)

CYA-UT8Aragonite (Var: Tarnowitzite) CaCO3

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Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia

Dimensions: 9.2 cm x 7.5 cm x 5.0 cm

Well-crystallized tarnowitzite (plumboan or lead-rich aragonite) produces attractive specimens that are uncommon and sought-after. The sharp, pseudohexagonal crystals are terminated, and the white color displays nicely against the contrasting, green-tinted matrix. The crystals range up to 1.3 cm, and they are clustered in four areas across the matrix. Tsumeb has produced some if the best, if not the best, tarnowitzite specimens, and this large small-cabinet specimen upholds that tradition. Nice white fluorescence adds to the interest. Good quality and good aesthetics. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 1137143     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 12   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2846 x 2843 pixels (8.1 Mpix)

GJ4-7LXRhodonite CaMn3Mn[Si5O15] , Pyrite FeS2

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Chiurucu Mine, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco, Peru

Dimensions: 6.8 cm x 6.8 cm x 3.9 cm

Blades of rich pink rhodonite cover the display face of this fine Peruvian specimen. The lustrous blades average over 1 cm in size as they build atop a substrate of solid rhodonite. There is even a layer of small pyrite cubes on the matrix below, adding a nice accent. Likely from the finds in 1998, one of the best pockets of the species. From the collection of Richard Mushlitz.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 1137133     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 6   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3095 x 3006 pixels (9.3 Mpix)
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