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Brian Eisemann's Photo Gallery

315-368Fluorite CaF2

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Puy-St-Gulmier, Herment, Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Dimensions: 14.8 cm x 11.6 cm x 7.1 cm

Obtained at the Sainte-Marie Show in 2019, ex. Paul Zerfass collection.

This piece exhibits, in my opinion, the best of the French Blue of fluorite. To me, the color is stunning in person. The top half of the piece has no matrix behind it, so it is a bit lighter in color than the other half, which is a deeper blue. That small color contrast is enchanting to me. The matrix has multiple layers of fluorite underneath, including purple, and is quite heavy.

Brian Eisemann collection, photograph by Jeff Scovil, posted with his permission.
Copyright: © Jeff Scovil      Photo ID: 1002136     Uploaded by: Brian Eisemann   View Count: 50   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 5568 x 3712 pixels (20.7 Mpix)

CN3-EW1Tourmaline A(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z

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Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola, Betafo, Vakinankaratra, Madagascar

Dimensions: 5.2 cm x 2.4 cm x 1.8 cm

I was told this was from a new find, in approximately 2018. This Tourmaline crystal has been sight-identified as Liddicoatite (hence, likely Fluor-liddicoatite) by Dr. Federico Pezzotta, but not lab analyzed, so it is posted it as Tourmaline. Dr. Pezzota also confirmed the locality.

Because of its transparency, you can see (especially in the red areas) the typical Liddicoatite zoning usually observed by slicing and polishing. I love this specimen because you can easily see the zoning without having to cut it. Obtained from Nick Solowitz in Tucson, Feb. 2019. Photograph by Jeff Scovil, posted with his permission.
Copyright: © Jeff Scovil      Photo ID: 1002134     Uploaded by: Brian Eisemann   View Count: 9   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3712 x 5568 pixels (20.7 Mpix)

MA1-RKTAgate (Var: Laguna Agate) SiO2

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Ojo Laguna, Estacion Ojo Laguna, Ahumada Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico

Dimensions: 5.9 cm x 4.9 cm x 3.0 cm

Obtained from Alberto Rey of Del Rey Agates, whose team also cut and polished it. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to a Robin, this agate, named "The Robin", is totally unique and special. It is in my collection (Brian Eisemann). Photograph by Jeff Scovil, posted with his permission.
Copyright: © Jeff Scovil      Photo ID: 1002132     Uploaded by: Brian Eisemann   View Count: 52   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3712 x 5568 pixels (20.7 Mpix)

GR5-K34Elbaite Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)

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Tourmaline Queen Mine, Tourmaline Queen Mountain, Pala, Pala Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA

Dimensions: 4.1 cm x 2.8 cm x 2.3 cm

Shiny-top Blue Cap from the original find in 1972. Small but beautiful. Ex. Jesse Fisher collection. Also shown in Rocks and Minerals, March-April 2013, page 133 in the article "Reading Pegmatites (Part 2): What Tourmaline Says".

Joe Budd worked his magic and brought out the very best, making it look a bit better than in person, but it is still amazing. Other photos show it a bit more realistically. Photo by Joe Budd, posted with permission.
Copyright: © Joe Budd      Photo ID: 1001561     Uploaded by: Brian Eisemann   View Count: 20   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2108 x 2655 pixels (5.6 Mpix)

LXM-XN0Wulfenite Pb(MoO4) , Mottramite PbCu(VO4)(OH)

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Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Mapimí Municipality, Durango, Mexico

Dimensions: 9.8 cm x 6.8 cm x 7.9 cm

Gorgeous, lustrous Wulfenite crystals on Mottramite matrix. Ex. Jason New personal collection. Pictured in his Desautels Competition case in the Mineralogical Record May-June 2016, page 367.
Copyright: © Joe Budd      Photo ID: 1001560     Uploaded by: Brian Eisemann   View Count: 22   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3667 x 2797 pixels (10.3 Mpix)

1QE-VXVWavellite Al3(PO4)2(OH,F)3·5H2O

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Mauldin Mountain Quarries, Mauldin Mt., Montgomery Co., Arkansas, USA

Dimensions: 9.0 cm x 7.2 cm x 3.7 cm

Gorgeous, highly lustrous spheres of Wavellite, on matrix (Novaculite) that also appears to be covered in Planerite. The Planerite hasn't been confirmed, though, just a likely guess. Ex Jack Halpern, Kevin Brown and James Webb. Photo by Joe Budd, posted with permission. Also pictured in the Mineralogical Record, May-June 2013, page 344.
Copyright: © Joe Budd      Photo ID: 1001557     Uploaded by: Brian Eisemann   View Count: 39   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2772 x 4158 pixels (11.5 Mpix)

RNH-QYCSmithsonite ZnCO3

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Glove Mine, Glove Mine group, Cottonwood Canyon, Tyndall Mining District, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona, USA

Dimensions: 10.5 cm x 6.4 cm x 2.4 cm

Ex. Mark Hay and James Webb (from Mark to James through Evan Jones). Most people know about the Wulfenite from the famous Glove Mine, but this Smithsonite is really stunning silvery color with an amazing sheen. I love it. Has a Sunnywood base and is displayed upside-down from the photo. Photo by Joe Budd, posted with permission.
Copyright: © Joe Budd      Photo ID: 1001552     Uploaded by: Brian Eisemann   View Count: 9   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2843 x 4265 pixels (12.1 Mpix)

2AG-3NPGold Au , Quartz SiO2

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Eagle's Nest Mine, Sage Hill, Michigan Bluff Mining District, Placer Co., California, USA

Dimensions: 10.7 cm x 4.6 cm x 1.6 cm

This specimen has a few nicknames ... "The Baby Dragon", "The Seahorse". Whatever you see, I hope you see an amazing crystallized gold from the Eagle's Nest Mine. According to Wayne Leicht of Kristalle (who I purchased it from), it was mined around 1996, and went into a private collection in Southern California. Then it went back to the Leichts and on to me. Luckily, I got it before the Munich show in 2016.
Copyright: © Joe Budd      Photo ID: 1001551     Uploaded by: Brian Eisemann   View Count: 43   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2964 x 4446 pixels (13.2 Mpix)

LLC-T38Grossular Ca3Al2(SiO4)3

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Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada

Dimensions: 10.4 cm x 9.4 cm x 3.9 cm

Amazing specimen with jewel-like crystal separation. The reverse side also shows crystallization with many terminated crystals, but nothing like the front. Purchased from Crystal Classics at the Denver Show in 2016. Photo by Joe Budd, posted with permission.
Copyright: © Joe Budd      Photo ID: 1001549     Uploaded by: Brian Eisemann   View Count: 22   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4202 x 3367 pixels (14.1 Mpix)

FJ6-U75Fluorite CaF2 , Baryte BaSO4 , Sphalerite ZnS

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Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith Co., Tennessee, USA

Dimensions: 9.2 cm x 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm

Purchased from Dr. Steve Neely in October 2016. It is absolutely perfect. A larger specimen from the same pocket was displayed in the American Mineral Treasures exhibit in Tucson. Photo by Joe Budd, posted with permission.

Mindat.org Photo of the Day - 25th Sep 2019
Copyright: © Joe Budd      Photo ID: 1001544     Uploaded by: Brian Eisemann   View Count: 349   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3786 x 2760 pixels (10.4 Mpix)
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