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3DX-YPWCopper : Cu, Azurite : Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2

Copper Rose Mine, San Lorenzo, Georgetown District, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA

Dimensions: 3 cm x 2.8 cm x 2.1 cm

A fantatsic psuedomorph of copper after an azurite rosette from the Copper Rose Mine Grant Co., New Mexico, USA! These superb pseudomorphs are among the most rare and coveted US psuedomorphs out there – most were collected many decades ago, going back to the days of George English, famed mineral dealer at the turn of the 20th century! This specimen is rather large for the material, and is very fine. The rosette is very well-defined and highly aesthetic. The psuedomorph is sharp and the copper has partially oxidized to a beautiful bright green color. The specimen developed as a floater, and has an alternate display angle on the backside – I just prefer this side. The crystals are large and undamaged.
Copyright: © www.barnettfineminerals.com      Photo ID: 833459     Uploaded by: Blake Barnett (2)   View Count: 44   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 6029 x 6029 pixels (36.3 Mpix)

3HA-XHVAnhydrite : CaSO4, Sphalerite : ZnS, Fluorite : CaF2

Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico

Dimensions: 13.4 cm x 12.5 cm x 10.1 cm

A stunning anhydrite with sphalerite and minor fluorite from the Naica Mine in Chihuahua, Mexico! This specimen features a large group of sky blue anhydrite crystals that have formed together in a very aesthetic arrangement. A long sphalerite crystal sits nestled within the cradle of two crystals of anhydrite. A small fluorite crystal can be seen on the underside of the specimen but is not visible when displayed.
Photo ID: 824319     Uploaded by: Blake Barnett (2)   View Count: 49   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 6029 x 6029 pixels (36.3 Mpix)

7N5-J3DGersdorffite : NiAsS

Aït Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco

Dimensions: 14.3 cm x 6.9 cm x 6.8 cm
Largest Crystal Size: 2.4 cm

A world-class gersdorffite grouping from Aït Ahmane, Bou Azer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco. The crystals measure up to 2.4cm in size (huge for the species); and they have a very high metallic luster that shines like chrome when turned around in your hand. The gersdorffite is accentuated beautifully with a bit of contrasting, green-stained quartz matrix. The green staining is presumably from copper minerals.
Photo ID: 824295     Uploaded by: Blake Barnett (2)   View Count: 86   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 6029 x 6029 pixels (36.3 Mpix)

JNE-X3JBeryl (Var: Emerald) : Be3Al2(Si6O18), Biotite

Kenticha pegmatite field, Oromia Region, Ethiopia

Dimensions: 2 cm x 1.7 cm x 1.6 cm
Weight: 42.05 carats

A beatiful 42.05 carat emerald crystal from the new finds in the Kenticha Pegmatite Field, outside of Shakiso, in the Sidamo-Borana Province of Ethiopia! This crystal is actually comprised of two intergrown crystals that have grown together in a parallel-growth formation. The crystal is sharp with a well-defined termination that exhibits wonderful, complex growth hillocks. The luster is waxy yet high and the specimen glows when backlit. This one also exhibits nice color zoning and is completely free of any damage. This new emerald deposit was discovered in 2015, to the best of my knowledge, but it has been only recently that many specimens have hit the market. I was fortunate enough to acquire a sizeable batch of fine crystals, along with some gem rough that I’m having cut. Joe Budd photo.
Photo ID: 810328     Uploaded by: Blake Barnett (2)   View Count: 69   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1718 x 2271 pixels (3.9 Mpix)

UAD-8TABeryl (Var: Emerald) : Be3Al2(Si6O18), Biotite

Kenticha pegmatite field, Oromia Region, Ethiopia

Dimensions: 2 cm x 1.9 cm x 1.9 cm
Weight: 59.1 carats

A wonderful 59.1 carat emerald group on a bit of white feldspar matrix from the new finds in the Kenticha Pegmatite Field, outside of Shakiso, in the Sidamo-Borana Province of Ethiopia! This beautiful specimen features a group of parallel-growth crystals that have grown together to create a tower-like formation. The white feldspar matrix in the back, as well as minor black biotite mica inclusions really give this specimen a contrast of color (not to mention the rich emerald green color). The crystal glows when backlit and has nice gem sections near the terminations. The crystal is well formed and the terminations are intact. This new emerald deposit was discovered in 2015, to the best of my knowledge, but it has been only recently that many specimens have hit the market. I was fortunate enough to acquire a sizeable batch of fine crystals, along with some gem rough that I’m having cut. Joe Budd photo.
Photo ID: 810327     Uploaded by: Blake Barnett (2)   View Count: 50   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2083 x 1617 pixels (3.4 Mpix)

3YA-LHNBeryl (Var: Emerald) : Be3Al2(Si6O18), Biotite

Kenticha pegmatite field, Oromia Region, Ethiopia

Dimensions: 2.4 cm x 2 cm x 1.5 cm
Weight: 54.55 carats

A stunning 54.55 carat emerald crystal from the new finds in the Kenticha Pegmatite Field, outside Shakiso, in the Sidamo-Borana Province of Ethiopia! This crystal is actually comprised of two intergrown crystals, that create a pleasing step-like formation. The color is a deep, vibrant emerald green and a minute quartz crystal adorns one the lower terminations. There are some biotite inclusions on the backside of the crystal that add a nice contrast of color to the piece. This new emerald deposit was discovered in 2015, to the best of my knowledge, but it has been only recently that many specimens have hit the market. I was fortunate enough to acquire a sizeable batch of fine crystals, along with some gem rough that I’m having cut. Joe Budd photo.
Photo ID: 810326     Uploaded by: Blake Barnett (2)   View Count: 44   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2446 x 1756 pixels (4.3 Mpix)

DL8-Y7FBeryl (Var: Emerald) : Be3Al2(Si6O18), Biotite

Kenticha pegmatite field, Oromia Region, Ethiopia

Dimensions: 3.4 cm x 1.4 cm x 1.3 cm

A superb 55.25 carat emerald crystal from the new finds in the Kenticha Pegmatite Field, outside of Shakiso, in the Sidamo-Borana Province of Ethiopia! This deeply saturated, dark green crystal is doubly terminated and well formed. There is a nice gem section with outstanding color near the top terminal end and the specimen glows when backlit. There is one area of damage/contacting on the backside of the termination but it does not take away from the main display angle. This new emerald deposit was discovered in 2015, to the best of my knowledge, but it has been only recently that many specimens have hit the market. I was fortunate enough to acquire a sizeable batch of fine crystals, along with some gem rough that I’m having cut. Joe Budd photo.
Photo ID: 810325     Uploaded by: Blake Barnett (2)   View Count: 62   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1982 x 2973 pixels (5.9 Mpix)

N87-9X7Beryl (Var: Emerald) : Be3Al2(Si6O18), Biotite

Kenticha pegmatite field, Oromia Region, Ethiopia

Dimensions: 2.5 cm x 1.7 cm x 1.5 cm
Weight: 71.35 carats

A fantastic 71.35 carat emerald from the new finds in the Kenticha Pegmatite Field, outside of Shakiso, in the Sidamo-Borana Province of Ethiopia! This fine crystal has deep emerald green color and shows nice zoning when backlit that is quite unique to this find. It is included with needles of biotite mica and is a sharp, well-formed and nicely terminated crystal. No significant damage. This new emerald deposit was discovered in 2015, to the best of my knowledge, but it has been only recently that many specimens have hit the market. I was fortunate enough to acquire a sizeable batch of fine crystals, along with some gem rough that I’m having cut. Joe Budd photo.
Photo ID: 810324     Uploaded by: Blake Barnett (2)   View Count: 76   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1471 x 2205 pixels (3.2 Mpix)

7J4-0CCBeryl (Var: Emerald) : Be3Al2(Si6O18), Biotite

Kenticha pegmatite field, Oromia Region, Ethiopia

Dimensions: 2.4 cm x 2 cm x 1.9 cm
Weight: 78.45 carats

An outstanding 78.45 carat emerald from the new finds in the Kenticha Pegmatite Field, outside Shakiso, in the Sidamo-Borana Province of Ethiopia! The crystal is doubly-terminated and complete all around. It has a vibrant emerald green color and is quite gemmy. The crystal has complex terminal ends that have formed many steps and growth hillocks. The waxy luster is waxy and the crystals glows when backlit. This new emerald deposit was discovered in 2015, to the best of my knowledge, but it has been only recently that many specimens have hit the market. I was fortunate enough to acquire a sizeable batch of fine crystals, along with some gem rough that I’m having cut. Joe Budd photo.
Photo ID: 810323     Uploaded by: Blake Barnett (2)   View Count: 52   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2292 x 1528 pixels (3.5 Mpix)

FME-D94Quartz (Var: Amethyst) : SiO2, Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz) : SiO2

Revelstoke Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada

Dimensions: 24.5 cm x 22.5 cm x 16.3 cm

A huge smoky amethyst cluster from a new find on Odin Mountain in the Revelstoke Mining District of British Columbia, Canada! Collected by Herb Hyder in mid-2015, this pocket produced some of the finest smoky amethyst, not only in B.C., but in all of Canada! Herb had to hike these huge specimens many miles, through rugged wilderness, to bring these beauties to the mineral community. This specimen took him several days took recover! This large grouping of jet black smoky quartz exhibits secondary skeletal growth faces of both smoky quartz and amethyst. The overgrowths exhibit a wet luster and high transparency, giving the specimen a dramatic appeal. The amethyst is concentrated toward the terminal ends of the larger crystals. The color is an interesting purple hue that is unlike most amethyst I am familiar with. An outstanding, museum quality, smoky amethyst from an obscure North American locality! 24.5 x 22.5 x 16.3 cm. Blake Barnett photo and specimen.
Copyright: © www.barnettfineminerals.com      Photo ID: 719835     Uploaded by: Blake Barnett (2)   View Count: 223   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 5486 x 4267 pixels (23.4 Mpix)
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