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K2N-PPGBeraunite : Fe2+Fe3+5(PO4)4(OH)5·6H2O, Limonite : (Fe,O,OH,H2O)

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Bachman Mine, Hellertown, Lower Saucon Township, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, USA

Dimensions: 5.5 cm x 3.8 cm x 3.0 cm

5.5 x 3.8 x 3.0 cm. Beraunite, rare Fe-phosphate, specimens of this richness and quality are rare from this old long extinct iron mine in phosphorus-rich ore. Sharp, two-toned radial spheres, to 7 mm, of acicular crystals are aesthetically clustered on the top of the limonite matrix. The two sides on the back are nearly solid beraunite, making this a very rich example of the species from this locale. Undoubtedly old-time material from an East Coast collection and comes with a torn Hugh Ford label dating from 1946-1957. NOTE: Mindat has this species crossed out on the list of minerals found hat this locality.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky &      Photo ID: 822516     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 14   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1397 x 1000 pixels (1.4 Mpix)

P7H-A90Calcite : CaCO3

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Thomasville Crushed Stone Quarry, Thomasville, Jackson Township, York Co., Pennsylvania, USA

Dimensions: 3.8 cm x 3.5 cm x 2.9 cm

3.8 x 3.5 x 2.9 cm. Twinned calcite crystals with this exotic well-defined form are rare from this well-known quarry. The sharp twinning plane covers the entire top and sides of this beautiful, gem-like, lustrous, light golden-yellow rhomb. The stepped-growth faces add even more character to this outstanding 360-degree calcite. Ex Cynthia Payne Calcite Collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky &      Photo ID: 822510     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 8   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1108 x 1000 pixels (1.1 Mpix)

YVF-MYRAzurite : Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2, Malachite : Cu2CO3(OH)2

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Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

Dimensions: 8.6 cm x 5.3 cm x 5.2 cm

8.6 x 5.3 x 5.2 cm. A very rich and aesthetic 3-dimensional azurite and malachite specimen from Tsumeb. The very sculptural vuggy crust is filled with lustrous to matte-finish, royal-blue to navy blue azurite crystals and malachite pseudomorphs after azurite crystals, to 1.3 cm. The color contrast adds character to this showy piece and electric-blue color is noted under bright light. The hole in the bottom of the piece adds character. Probably classic older material from the Upper Oxidized Zone, but no proof.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky &      Photo ID: 822506     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 13   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1560 x 1100 pixels (1.7 Mpix)

8HE-0P4Schorl : NaFe2+3Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OH, Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz) : SiO2

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Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dimensions: 5.7 cm x 5.5 cm x 3.9 cm

5.7 x 5.5 x 3.9 cm. A fine and uncommon combination from the pegmatites of Minas Gerais. Three sharp, lustrous, jet-black schorls are set on the intergrown cluster of very glassy, transparent to translucent smoky quartz crystals. The fine doubly terminated schorl is 1.2 cm.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky &      Photo ID: 822501     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 11   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 1427 pixels (2.1 Mpix)

J5C-CDWSulphur : S, Aragonite : CaCO3

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Agrigento Province, Sicily, Italy

Dimensions: 12.0 cm x 9.7 cm x 6.3 cm

12.0 x 9.7 x 6.3 cm. Beautiful, sharp, gemmy, rich canary-yellow sulphur crystals, to 1.5 cm, are richly clustered and isolated on the large rolling matrix covered with scintillating tan aragonite crystals on this showy and excellent combination from the historic mines of Agrigento Province, Sicily. Bright aragonite pink fluorescence.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky &      Photo ID: 822492     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 20   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 1068 pixels (1.6 Mpix)

GMY-RCGFluorite : CaF2, Galena : PbS

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Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK

Dimensions: 9.1 cm x 4.6 cm x 3.7 cm

9.1 x 4.6 x 3.7 cm. Classic, beautiful emerald-green, water-clear gem to milky/translucent interpenetrating fluorite cubes cover all sides of this striking and very rich 360-degree rounded column from recent finds at this famous locale. The large gem twin is 1.7 cm across. The rounded, melted-look galena octahedrons are a super and classic accessory. Purple fluorescence under any bright light.
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R9X-428Fluorite : CaF2

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Navidad Mine, Abasolo, Rodeo, Mun. de Rodeo, Durango, Mexico

Dimensions: 6.4 cm x 5.9 cm x 4.0 cm

6.4 x 5.9 x 4.0 cm. Isolated octahedral crystals make this is a really special, sculptural and aesthetic specimen from the finds of pink (pretty lavender) fluorite in Mexico. Another thing, it is an unusual (small) size - it is rare to find really good specimens in this size range. Most of the smaller ones are solid crystals (like the larger ones), and do not have isolated crystals as this one does, with needle quartz matrix showing which adds a lot to the beauty. The large crystal on the crest is 1.5 cm across. Purple fluorescence.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky &      Photo ID: 822475     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 10   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1419 x 1500 pixels (2.1 Mpix)

1XV-FRLSmithsonite : ZnCO3

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Yunnan Province, China

Dimensions: 6.9 cm x 6.8 cm x 5.1 cm

6.9 x 6.8 x 5.1 cm. Rich lemon-yellow, translucent, bubbly smithsonite botryoids with waxy lustre cover three sides of this hefty, sculptural knob from the recent Chinese finds at Wei Nan, Yunnan Province. The banded smithsonite covers the vuggy matrix core. The yellow color is thought to be due to cadmium content, as with yellow smithsonite from Tsumeb, Italy, and Mexico. The yellow smithsonite glows when back lit. These are very similar to Italian smithsonites, from the 1800s. Weighs 447 grams or nearly a pound.

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AKT-TGDGalena : PbS, Fluorite : CaF2, Calcite : CaCO3

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Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico

Dimensions: 6.5 cm x 6.4 cm x 5.0 cm

6.5 x 6.4 x 5.0 cm. Rare, splendent, sharp, metallic-gray galena spinel-twins are impressively clustered and aesthetically framed up top by the glassy, gem, stepped-growth, pastel-green fluorite cuboctahedrons. The striking large spinel-twinned galena is 2.5 x 2.0 cm. A calcite shard adds interest. The fluorite fluoresces purple and the calcite bright orange. A well-balanced, aesthetic and rare galena combination piece from the famous mines at Naica. From a lead minerals collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky &      Photo ID: 822464     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 11   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1185 x 1100 pixels (1.3 Mpix)

L7R-565Pyromorphite : Pb5(PO4)3Cl

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San Andrés Mine, Espiel, Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain

Dimensions: 5.5 cm x 4.3 cm x 3.0 cm

5.5 x 4.3 x 3.0 cm. Lustrous, rich apple-green, tapered pyromorphite prisms to about 8 mm aesthetically fill a sculptural vug in sturdy gossan matrix of this very rich and excellent specimen from the famous 1997 finds at this well-known mine. San Andres pyromorphites are considered to be the finest Spanish examples and this is an excellent, colorful, rich and highly representative piece.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky &      Photo ID: 822460     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 11   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 1211 pixels (1.8 Mpix)
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