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8YW-MJ9Rockbridgeite : Fe2+Fe3+4(PO4)3(OH)5

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Midvale Mine, South Mountain, Midvale, Rockbridge Co., Virginia, USA

Dimensions: 6.5 cm x 2.8 cm x 2.1 cm

6.5 x 2.8 x 2.1 cm. Rockbridgeite is a rare anhydrous Fe-phosphate named in 1949 after the Type Locality. Mineral specimens are very uncommon and interestingly, rockbridgeite specimens are extremely rare from this extinct small open pit iron mine started in the 1890s (MINDAT). This is a dense radiating spray of moderately lustrous brown lathes. These are large crystals for the species. Ex Paterson Museum collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 817429     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 6   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 784 x 1500 pixels (1.2 Mpix)

DJP-1CYKyanite : Al2OSiO4

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Charlotte Courthouse, Charlotte Co., Virginia, USA

Dimensions: 14.8 cm x 12.2 cm x 6.3 cm

14.8 x 12.2 x 6.3 cm. Mineral specimens of any type are extremely rare from this obscure Virginia locality. All sides of this sculptural large specimen are richly embedded with lathes of lustrous and translucent, teal-blue kyanite. Visible crystals reach 4.2 cm long. Very rare old-time material, circa 1900 or earlier, from the Paterson Museum, where it was on display.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 817422     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 18   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 1284 pixels (1.9 Mpix)

N6M-D2QGoethite : FeO(OH)

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Salisbury Mine, Salisbury District, Salisbury, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, USA

Dimensions: 7.2 cm x 6.2 cm x 2.7 cm

7.2 x 6.2 x 2.7 cm. Highly lustrous, iridescent goethite botryoids and stalactites cover the goethite matrix on this very rich and showy old-time specimen from this historic goethite iron mine. This was the largest and most important mine in the Salisbury District. Discovered in 1732, with sporadic production until 1884, then worked heavily until 1904. It was the last goethite mine to close in 1923 (MINDAT). Classic and excellent old-time material from the Paterson Museum circa 1900, where it was on display.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 817413     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 7   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 1261 pixels (1.9 Mpix)

KRX-EPQCalcite : CaCO3, Hematite : Fe2O3

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Fengjiashan Mine, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China

Dimensions: 16.5 cm x 9.2 cm x 6.5 cm

16.5 x 9.2 x 6.5 cm. Striking, beautiful, stacked clusters of lustrous, hematite-tinted nail-head calcite rhombs look like mushrooms or pagodas on this impressive large 360-degree mounded specimen from this famous Chinese copper-iron mine. From the Art Soregaroli Collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 817405     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 9   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 992 pixels (1.5 Mpix)

VEV-REHMetavariscite : AlPO4·2H2O

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Utahlite Hill, Lucin, Lucin District, Pilot Range, Box Elder Co., Utah, USA

Dimensions: 11.2 cm x 5.6 cm x 1.5 cm

11.2 x 5.6 x 1.5 cm. Metavariscite is the rare dimorph of variscite and this impressive large piece is from the Type Locality. This is a rare, old-time and rich sliced unpolished end nodule slab of solid pretty mint-green metavariscite strikingly enhanced by spider webb patterns of filled-in dessication cracks. Metavariscite was named in 1927 and this is an old piece from the Paterson Museum in New Jersey, where it was on display. The specimen dates to prior to World War II. Weighs 96 grams.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 817402     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 8   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 866 pixels (1.3 Mpix)

52U-44VCelestine : SrSO4

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Hoosier Stone and Concrete Corp. Quarry, Salem, Washington Co., Indiana, USA

Dimensions: 11.0 cm x 4.7 cm x 2.0 cm

11.0 x 4.7 x 2.0 cm. This well-known limestone aggregate quarry has produced world-class celestine crystals (MINDAT). This impressive large very glassy bi-colored crystal is partially terminated. The jagged, mountain range-like edge adds sculptural quality to this striking piece. From the George Feist Collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 817401     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 5   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1923 x 1100 pixels (2.1 Mpix)

EPR-FUMBoleite : KAg9Pb26Cu24Cl62(OH)48, Paratacamite : Cu2+3(Cu,Zn)(OH)6Cl2, Gypsum : CaSO4·2H2O

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Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía, Boleo District, Mun. de Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Dimensions: 8.3 cm x 5.0 cm x 2.8 cm

8.3 x 5.0 x 2.8 cm. A 6 mm, stepped-growth, classic blue boleite cube is set on a rich and contrasted carpet of green paratacamite microcrystals (the original dealer calls clinoatacamite). They rest on a sculptural, satiny, layered gypsum cleavage. Such combinations are known from the Amelia Mine, but combination pieces of this richness and quality are rare. Old, classic material.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 817392     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 15   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1726 x 1100 pixels (1.9 Mpix)

PCP-TJEGalena : PbS, Dolomite : CaMg(CO3)2

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Fletcher Mine, West Fork, Viburnum Trend District, Reynolds Co., Missouri, USA

Dimensions: 2.8 cm x 1.5 cm x 1.3 cm

2.8 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm. A geometrically fantastic thumbnail galena from this less well-known lead-zinc mine in Missouri's Viburnum Trend. A stunning 1.5 cm spinel-twin crowns the piece and rests on smaller spinel-twins and a single 1.0 cm cuboctahedron. The crystals have bright metallic-gray lustre. Dolomite rhombs are a classic accent to this specimen from a 2013 find in the Big Bear Orebody.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 817387     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 12   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1000 x 1136 pixels (1.1 Mpix)

00N-58RWulfenite : PbMoO4, Quartz : SiO2

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Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

Dimensions: 3.9 cm x 3.7 cm x 2.2 cm

3.9 x 3.7 x 2.2 cm. An elegant and rare combination wulfenite miniature from Tsumeb. Three sharp, beautiful, gemmy and lustrous, sherry-brown prisms, to 1.4 cm, are aesthetically set on both sides of the piece. Crystallized quartz is rare from Tsumeb and both sides of the matrix host sharp terminated crystals to 6 mm.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 817382     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 5   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1343 x 1000 pixels (1.3 Mpix)

J9J-UNAEpidote : Ca2Fe3+Al2(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)

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Ras Koh Mts, Kharan District, Balochistan, Pakistan

Dimensions: 10.4 cm x 8.8 cm x 5.3 cm

10.4 x 8.8 x 5.3 cm. Intergrown large epidote crystals form an outstanding, large, sculptural floater specimen from a 2011 find in this less well-known Pakistani mountain range, which has produced world-class brookite, anatase and amethyst specimens. The impressive, doubly terminated tabular crystal is 7.9 x 6.8 x 2.2 cm and the sharp doubly terminated, pseudo-hexagonal crystal is 6.7 x 5.0 x 4.8 cm. The lustrous, deep olive-green crystals have nubby faces, due to embedded micro magnetite crystals. Ex Kay Robertson, from Rock Currier around 2012.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 817377     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 7   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1387 x 1100 pixels (1.5 Mpix)
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