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R55-3MMDiopside, Graphite

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Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania

Dimensions: 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm x 2.2 cm

2.5 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm. Beautiful lime-green, gemmy and lustrous intergrown diopside crystals form an aesthetic and excellent thumbnail from the Merelani Hills, source of the world's finest tanzanite crystal specimens. The striking, sharp, dominating large crystal with the chisel termination is 2.1 cm tall. The bit of embedded graphite at the base is a typical association and striking contrast. These are considered to be some of the finest diopsides in the world. Specimen now in the collection of Sharon Cisneros.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 924812     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 11   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1166 x 1000 pixels (1.2 Mpix)

A3Q-MH1Smithsonite

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Sheshodonnell East Mine, Carron, The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland

Dimensions: 2.6 cm x 1.8 cm x 1.6 cm

2.6 x 1.8 x 1.6 cm. Intergrown, translucent, waxy lustre, bubbly botryoids of straw-yellow cadmium-rich smithsonite form a sculptural 360-degre thumbnail on this showy and classic old-time specimen from this extinct small Irish zinc deposit worked in about 1862-1863 (MINDAT). Mined for the sphalerite, the smithsonite was originally left on the spoil mounds as gangue material. Pieces like this were said to be collected in re-mining of the dumps in the 1960s and 1970s, but few are to be found today. Specimen now in the collection of Sharon Cisneros.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 924808     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 10   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1177 x 1500 pixels (1.8 Mpix)

9FP-D0HAnhydrite, Calcite

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Naica Mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico

Dimensions: 7.8 cm x 6.4 cm x 2.9 cm

7.8 x 6.4 x 2.9 cm. A beautiful light blue-grey two-sided crystal group of lustrous, translucent, parallel-growth anhydrite blades with excellent striated form and a good termination. Such an elegant form and beautiful color for a mineral that is not often found in fine crystallized examples. Some of the best pieces of anhydrite in the world are found at Naica. A bonus on the back are the scattered tiny, gemmy, colorless calcite scalenohedrons. Excellent Naica anhydrite with an accessory from the Ted Bartels Collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 924731     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 7   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 1168 pixels (1.8 Mpix)

G3W-JLFChabazite

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Sarbai Deposit, Rudny, Kostanay, Kazakhstan

Dimensions: 5.2 cm x 4.1 cm x 2.3 cm

5.2 x 4.1 x 2.3 cm. The well-known large skarn iron ore deposits at Rudny have produced world-class golden-yellow twinned calcite specimens, but have also produced outstanding and rare Zeolite Group specimens. This sculptural rich small cabinet plate is covered with sharp, lustrous salmon-pink triclinic chabazite prisms, to 7 mm, on edge. The former dealer label says gmelinite, another zeolite, but that species has hexagonal crystals. Both chabazite and gmelinite are rare from the Sarbai Deposit and this is a very fine and rich example from the Ted Bartels Collection. This may actually be from the nearby Sokolovskoe Iron Mine.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 924726     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 11   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 1098 pixels (1.6 Mpix)

ALR-TG6Baryte

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Lamb mine, Morgan Co., Missouri, USA

Dimensions: 3.4 cm x 3.1 cm x 2.2 cm

3.4 x 3.1 x 2.2 cm. Water-clear, colorless, very glassy gem-like elongated baryte crystals cover the mounded oxide-tinted baryte matrix on this rare and impressive 360-degree miniature from this old baryte mine that closed in 1944. These were called "glass tiff" and many of the crystals are doubly terminated, reaching 9 mm. Choice material from a limited 1995 find. Ex Ted Bartels Collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 924719     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 10   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 1245 pixels (1.9 Mpix)

L8Q-55YAzurite

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Morenci Mine, Morenci, Copper Mountain District, Shannon Mts, Greenlee Co., Arizona, USA

Dimensions: 3.2 cm x 3.1 cm x 3.1 cm

3.2 x 3.1 x 3.1 cm. Densely intergrown, lustrous, royal-blue, navy-blue and midnight-blue azurite blades form a showy 360-degree "ball" from the Morenci Mine. Complete all-around. Ex Ted Bartels Collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 924715     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 16   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 1444 pixels (2.2 Mpix)

VWN-GVQBaryte

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Teresita Mine, Atamaría, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, Cartagena, Murcia, Spain

Dimensions: 8.1 cm x 7.9 cm x 7.1 cm

8.1 x 7.9 x 7.1 cm. Stout, classic gray-blue, translucent baryte blades with satin lustre faces are dramatically and aesthetically clustered on the contrasting blocky matrix on this showy and excellent small cabinet from this extinct well-known Spanish locale. The impressive large blade is 5.0 cm and the blades are pristine in the presentation views. Choice material from the Ted Bartels Collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 924712     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 10   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 1432 pixels (2.1 Mpix)

DP6-L8FBaryte, Calcite

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Annabel Lee mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA

Dimensions: 11.7 cm x 10.8 cm x 6.6 cm

11.7 x 10.8 x 6.6 cm. An impressive, colorful and sculptural large combination from the St. Louis Level of the Annabel Lee Mine. Striking, beautiful, rich amber, translucent, lustrous, striated calcite crystals richly cover over one-half of the sandstone matrix plate. Starkly contrasting bladed snow-white baryte covers the rest of the plate, with accenting smaller baryte clusters among the calcites adding much character. The two dominating large doubly terminated, twinned and striated calcites are 5.0 and 4.0 cm. Uncommon and very fine large combination style calcite and barite from the Ted Bartels Collection. Formerly in the Ross Lillie Collection and recovered during advance mining in November, 1988. Ross's label is included.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 924705     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 10   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1299 x 1500 pixels (1.9 Mpix)

NC4-XY7Fluorite

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Sierra Co., New Mexico, USA

Dimensions: 8.0 cm x 6.5 cm x 1.8 cm

8.0 x 6.5 x 1.8 cm. Very rare and showy fluorite from the Lucky Strike Prospect, an obscure New Mexico locality and the Ted Bartels Collection. Lustrous, translucent, frosted octahedrons, to 2.1 cm, cover the matrix plate. The octahedra have striking rich violet/lavender edge phantoms above the mint-green cores. The back lit photo highlights the edge phantoms, but washes out the green cores. Rich purple fluorescence. Rare 2-color fluorite from New Mexico. MINDAT does not list the Sierra County locality.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 924700     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 8   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1500 x 1184 pixels (1.8 Mpix)

Y03-9N0Galena, Ankerite, Chalcopyrite

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Smallcleugh Mine, Nenthead, Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK

Dimensions: 7.3 cm x 6.9 cm x 4.2 cm

7.3 x 6.9 x 4.2 cm. Classic and outstanding galena and ankerite from this historic old Alston Moor Pb-Zn mine, first worked the late 1770s. A striking intergrown cluster of sharp, lustrous, metallic battleship-gray galena cubes is very aesthetically set on the 3-dimensional crust covered with sharp, pearlescent, oxide-tinted ankerite rhombs. The large cube is 2.7 cm. The isolated small galena cube and scattered tiny golden chalcopyrite sphenoids are super accents on this exceptional and pristine combination from noted collector, Dr. Gene Meieran. This could be an old-time or from more recent collecting efforts.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky & MineralAuctions.com      Photo ID: 924695     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 5   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1261 x 1250 pixels (1.6 Mpix)
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