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Ryan L. Bowling's Photo Gallery

MM6-VU2Silver, Acanthite, Calcite

Hongda Mine, Xiaoqinggou Ag-Mn deposit, Lingqiu Co., Datong, Shanxi, China

Dimensions: 5.6 cm x 2.5 cm x 3.3 cm
Largest Crystal Size: 3.1 cm

Stout wire silver on calcite matrix, with acanthite crystals growing on the silver wires near the base, and calcite crystals on top of the silver wires. I just love the sculptural aesthetics on this one.
Photo ID: 601771     Uploaded by: Ryan L. Bowling   View Count: 165   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1436 x 1391 pixels (2.0 Mpix)

6X3-K86Elbaite, Fluorite, Fluorapatite, Albite, Almandine-Spessartine Series

Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Dimensions: 8.4 cm x 5.1 cm x 5.2 cm
Largest Crystal Size: 5 cm

This is an absolute beautiful combination piece from Stak Nala, lustrous tourmaline with a perfect green fluorite, with apatite/cleavelandite as accents.
Photo ID: 601768     Uploaded by: Ryan L. Bowling   View Count: 152   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1987 x 1469 pixels (2.9 Mpix)

49J-X4PTitanite, K Feldspar (Var: Adularia)

Multiple photos available
Druntobel, Sedrun, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Grisons, Switzerland

Dimensions: 5.3 mm x 3.4 mm x 3.3 mm
Field of View: 5.2 cm
Largest Crystal Size: 3 cm

This is an excellent historic example of Titanite from Switzerland, a twinned cystal, with excellent luster. The crystals grade from green to gemmy brown, at the apex. Associated with Adularia, this makes a nice contrast.

This specimen is from 1882, and was part of the Bement collection, which was eventually donated to the American Museum in New York, New York. This piece made it's way to Larry Conklin's collection, the last collection label.

5.3cm tall
Photo ID: 597052     Uploaded by: Ryan L. Bowling   View Count: 304   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2285 x 2804 pixels (6.4 Mpix)


Jeffrey Quarry, Jeffrey, Pulaski Co., Arkansas, USA

Dimensions: 5 cm x 4.5 cm x 4.5 cm
Field of View: 6 cm
Largest Crystal Size: 3 cm

Beautiful solution quartz from this now defunct locality, found in the 1970's. This piece has great luster, crystals radiating outward, and top luster. A floater cluster.

5cm across
Photo ID: 581098     Uploaded by: Ryan L. Bowling   View Count: 227   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2466 x 2143 pixels (5.3 Mpix)

AXU-X6XQuartz (Var: Smoky Quartz)

Mont Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Really gemmy faden from 4,000 meters, found in 2013. Complete floater.

5cm tall
Photo ID: 571127     Uploaded by: Ryan L. Bowling   View Count: 170   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2154 x 2546 pixels (5.5 Mpix)

LKT-8WPQuartz (Var: Smoky Quartz)

Multiple photos available
Strem Valley, Tujetsch, Vorderrhein Valley, Grisons, Switzerland

A beautiful closed gwindel found in 2013, thanks to Patrick Reith!

3cm tall
Photo ID: 571124     Uploaded by: Ryan L. Bowling   View Count: 258   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 959 x 1379 pixels (1.3 Mpix)


Multiple photos available
Chino Mine, Santa Rita, Santa Rita District, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA

Beautifully structured spinel twin copper crystals.

Specimen is 3.6cm wide, 3.5cm top to bottom
Photo ID: 565094     Uploaded by: Ryan L. Bowling   View Count: 179   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1356 x 1195 pixels (1.6 Mpix)

9HN-EQDZoisite (Var: Tanzanite), Calcite

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

Beautiful isolated Tanzanite crystal on Calcite/Prehnite matrix. The Tanzanite has wonderful color, and aesthetics, with no damage.

Piece is 4.6cm tall.

Photo ID: 553905     Uploaded by: Ryan L. Bowling   View Count: 494   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1852 x 2014 pixels (3.7 Mpix)


Binn Valley, Valais, Switzerland

Excellent Eisenrose hematites from the Binn Valley, Valais, Switzerland.

The crystals have top luster.

Piece is 9cm across.

Photo ID: 553903     Uploaded by: Ryan L. Bowling   View Count: 260   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3648 x 2736 pixels (10.0 Mpix)

31L-G77Kyanite, Staurolite

Sponda Alp - Pizzo Forno, Chironico Valley, Leventina, Ticino, Switzerland

Isolated crystals of Kyanite and Staurolite, with wonderful color, this is a very nice piece from Pizzo Forno.

Specimen is 11cm tall.
Photo ID: 536540     Uploaded by: Ryan L. Bowling   View Count: 380   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1584 x 2235 pixels (3.5 Mpix)
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