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Paul Stephen Cyr's Photo Gallery


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Otjua Mine, Otjua Farm 37, Karibib, Erongo Region, Namibia

Dimensions: 43 mm x 14 mm x 11 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 43 mm
Weight: 12 g

A double terminated gem elbaite crystal from the Otjua Mine in Karibib, Namibia. One termination has a thin pink cap. The clarity of the crystal is striking in person, with a vibrant blue-green color. From a vintage find.
Copyright: © Paul Cyr      Photo ID: 937763     Uploaded by: Paul Stephen Cyr   View Count: 12   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1045 x 1061 pixels (1.1 Mpix)


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San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Dimensions: 5.5 cm x 4.5 cm x 2.8 cm
Largest Crystal Size: 5.5 cm
Weight: 83 g

Hand sample of etched fluorite from San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
Color ranges from light blue to colorless with bright purple edges.
Collected in March 1966.
Copyright: © Paul Cyr      Photo ID: 937691     Uploaded by: Paul Stephen Cyr   View Count: 5   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1241 x 1080 pixels (1.3 Mpix)


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Seward Peninsula, Port Clarence Mining District, Nome Census Area, Alaska, USA

Dimensions: 1.7 cm x 1.2 cm x 1 cm
Largest Crystal Size: 1.7 cm
Weight: 7.7 g

A crystal of cassiterite collected at the “Tin City” mining operation on the Seward Peninsula of Nome Borough, Alaska.
Collected by Everett Balfour. He worked for Lost River Mining Company on the project from 1986 to 1991.
Noted as the most euhedral crystal he found in several years of work at the tin mine.

Noted by Everett:
“This crystal is the largest and most complete specimen I saw. It was a placer operation which accounts for the rough facings, but it is large and has several faces.”
“It was a placer operation and was collecting about 200 tons of concentrate each season. A fair amount of it was very coarse. I know we had one "nugget" the size of a bowling ball -145lbs Anyway lots of fancy samples but non as perfect as this crystal.”
Copyright: © Paul Cyr      Photo ID: 937687     Uploaded by: Paul Stephen Cyr   View Count: 12   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1024 x 1079 pixels (1.1 Mpix)


Dorset, England, UK

Dimensions: 12 mm x 10 mm x 10 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 12 mm

Unique formation of pyrite from England, in the exact shape of a toadstool. These are assumed to be formed in sedimentary clay beds.

Locality is given as Church Cliffs, Dorset, England.

Paul Cyr Collection.
Copyright: © Paul Cyr      Photo ID: 929618     Uploaded by: Paul Stephen Cyr   View Count: 25   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3107 x 2724 pixels (8.5 Mpix)

XJE-JPCAurichalcite, Smithsonite

Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Magdalena District, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USA

Dimensions: 95 mm x 65 mm x 54 mm
Weight: 290 g

A good matrix sample of brilliant teal aurichalcite with accents of smithsonite from the world famous Kelly Mine. Portions of the botryoidal aurichalcite on the main display face are coated with micro rice grain shape smithsonite, as well as a vug of pearly blue smithsonite underneath. The Kelly Mine is the world's best locality for botryoidal aurichalcite, and also produces the most beloved smithsonite. This is a real treat for a collector.

Collected by Patrick Haynes, acquired from him in Socorro, New Mexico.
Paul Cyr Collection. 2018

Copyright: © Paul Cyr      Photo ID: 929614     Uploaded by: Paul Stephen Cyr   View Count: 39   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4608 x 3456 pixels (15.9 Mpix)

Q7M-2XXFluorite, Albite

Mt Antero, Chaffee Co., Colorado, USA

Dimensions: 63 mm x 32 mm x 32 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 34 mm

One of the most unique smaller fluorites I have come across from Mt. Antero. This piece came from the Lantern Pocket, which was found at 13,700 feet elevation. The octahedral fluorite crystal is one of the more enigmatic green and purple fluorites I have seen... An outer green layer seems to be partially dissolved, showcasing a very defined purple cross mark on one corner of the octahedron. This is a bit of a camel shaped piece and has more fluorite on the other side, on a matrix of bluish albite.

Copyright: © Paul Cyr      Photo ID: 929591     Uploaded by: Paul Stephen Cyr   View Count: 52   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2825 x 2608 pixels (7.4 Mpix)

HN3-J1EQuartz, Actinolite

Vancouver Island, Nanaimo Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada

Dimensions: 59 mm x 15 mm x 10 mm
Weight: 11 g

From a recent find that was first discovered in 2015 on the West coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. These Quartz crystals have mossy phantom inclusions of green actinolite, also with straw-like inclusions of a hay color. Some of these also appear to have lustrous micro hematite inclusions. The occurrence of these quartz have been dubbed "Forest Crystals", and it is easy to see why. The grassy phantom inside looks like a not-too-far hill covered in moss, with thousands of green and tan "pine needles" strewn about. On other crystals, with the combination of hematite and actinolite, it really does look like there are even pinecone clusters inside.
This crystal has no damage and scintillating surface details, and I have chosen it for my personal collection.

Paul Cyr Collection 2018
From Dylan Williams, Colorado.
Copyright: © Paul Cyr      Photo ID: 929586     Uploaded by: Paul Stephen Cyr   View Count: 38   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3715 x 3456 pixels (12.8 Mpix)


Tombstone, Tombstone Mining District, Tombstone Hills, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA

Dimensions: 48 mm x 26 mm x 18 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 12 mm
Weight: 19 g

Complex stepped, rounded octahedron crystals of fluorite with clean quartz veinlets. A couple isolated micro octahedrons are seen on the white quartz. The fluorite has a bright purple color with good clarity.

Paul Cyr Fluorite Collection 2018.
Copyright: © Paul Cyr      Photo ID: 929585     Uploaded by: Paul Stephen Cyr   View Count: 23   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2661 x 3315 pixels (8.8 Mpix)


Surprise Mine, Cookes Peak District, Luna Co., New Mexico, USA

Dimensions: 40 mm x 30 mm x 28 mm
Weight: 37 g

A superb miniature from one of the most unique American fluorite finds in recent history. The fluorite that was found at the Surprise #1 Mine has a unique octahedral habit with a purple outer layer and green underneath. They are not cleavage octahedrons- this is the naturally crystalline shape. A choice miniature that is perfect for the personal collection, and good representation for crystals from the locality. 2017 find.

Copyright: © Paul Cyr      Photo ID: 929087     Uploaded by: Paul Stephen Cyr   View Count: 14   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4608 x 3456 pixels (15.9 Mpix)


Nakaye mine, Derry District, Sierra Co., New Mexico, USA

Dimensions: 38 mm x 27 mm x 28 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 30 mm

Elongated single cube of fluorite with a purple body and fairly bright blue zoning oriented to the edges of the crystal. The Nakaye Mine is located at 4800 feet elevation, and was worked from 1920-1952. This is a good sample for a single fluorite crystal from the mine.

From Glenn and Lorena Hales. Las Cruces, NM.
Paul Cyr Fluorite Collection
Copyright: © Paul Cyr      Photo ID: 929065     Uploaded by: Paul Stephen Cyr   View Count: 12   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3177 x 3361 pixels (10.7 Mpix)
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