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71A-CPEFluorite CaF2 , Quartz SiO2

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Xia Yang Mine, Xia Yang city, Yongchun Co., Quanzhou, Fujian, China

Dimensions: 45 mm x 38 mm x 21 mm

This specimen has two very clear, damage-free Fluorite dodehahedrons, sitting atop a steel-gray quartz matrix.

This also marks my 100th photo uploaded to Mindat! :-)
Copyright: © Tama Higuchi      Photo ID: 1017855     Uploaded by: Tama Higuchi   View Count: 15   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2965 x 2295 pixels (6.8 Mpix)

GN8-PE6Rhodochrosite MnCO3 , Neotocite (Mn,Fe,Mg)SiO3·H2O

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Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima, Peru

Dimensions: 39 mm x 25 mm x 20 mm

This specimen consists of many small, but very gemmy and colorful Rhodochrosite crystals. The matte-black Neotocite matrix creates a nice backdrop for the Rhodos to shine.
Copyright: © Tama Higuchi      Photo ID: 1017853     Uploaded by: Tama Higuchi   View Count: 4   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2115 x 2491 pixels (5.3 Mpix)

1Y5-DUABaryte BaSO4 , Calcite CaCO3

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Elk Creek locality, Dalzell, Meade Co., South Dakota, USA

Dimensions: 46 mm x 38 mm x 18 mm

The Baryte, which rises infront of the center of the matrix, has a rich, deep amber color, which stands out against the pale golden Calcite. The clarity is also wonderful, and fractures inside the crystal cause bright orange flashes when turned around in good lighting.
Copyright: © Tama Higuchi      Photo ID: 1017851     Uploaded by: Tama Higuchi   View Count: 9   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2648 x 2476 pixels (6.6 Mpix)

VW0-EXMHydroxyapophyllite-(K) KCa4(Si8O20)(OH,F)·8H2O

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Pashan quarries, Pashan, Pune District, Maharashtra, India

Dimensions: 45 mm x 40 mm x 26 mm

The large clear Apophyllite crystals have an interesting crystal formation, with great clarity and luster. The crystals, atop of a small matrix, create a dynamic silhouette, with views from all sides. There are bright-red inclusions in some of the crystals.
Copyright: © Tama Higuchi      Photo ID: 1017847     Uploaded by: Tama Higuchi   View Count: 5   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2787 x 2592 pixels (7.2 Mpix)

YPU-43HDioptase CuSiO3·H2O

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Ntola Mine, Mindouli, Mindouli District, Pool Department, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)

Dimensions: 94 mm x 50 mm x 14 mm

A beautiful cabinet-sized plate of Dioptase casts, or epimorphs, formed after an unknown mineral, likely Plancheite or Shattuckite. The cup-shapes are very well formed and lend to a unique appearance that is signature of this locality. N'tola mine has now been closed as of 2019.
Copyright: © Tama Higuchi      Photo ID: 1016074     Uploaded by: Tama Higuchi   View Count: 12   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3878 x 2633 pixels (10.2 Mpix)

J0P-THMRhodochrosite MnCO3 , Neotocite (Mn,Fe,Mg)SiO3·H2O

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Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima, Peru

Dimensions: 65 mm x 51 mm x 30 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 15 mm

The Rhodochrosite scalenohedrons in this specimen are both beautifully large (the longest being 15 mm!), and have a deep, bright, red color. The Rhodochrosite grows out from a vug of Tetrahedrite, which lends to a nice contrast. When viewed at the right angle, the crystals have a nice texture on the faces.
Copyright: © Tama Higuchi      Photo ID: 1016073     Uploaded by: Tama Higuchi   View Count: 9   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3460 x 2541 pixels (8.8 Mpix)

CH4-DLVOkenite Ca10Si18O46·18H2O , Quartz SiO2

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Malad Quarry, Malad, Ward 38, Mumbai, Mumbai District, Maharashtra, India

Dimensions: 65 mm x 45 mm x 30 mm

This specimen is made up of soft, fluffy "pom-poms" of Okenite. Small prisms of Quartz also dot the perimiter of the specimen.

Ex. Rock Currier collection; Currier received this piece as part of a shipment from Hussein Tyebjee.
Copyright: © Tama Higuchi      Photo ID: 1016069     Uploaded by: Tama Higuchi   View Count: 9   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2612 x 3012 pixels (7.9 Mpix)

X7F-J23Rhodochrosite MnCO3 , Neotocite (Mn,Fe,Mg)SiO3·H2O

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Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima, Peru

Dimensions: 50 mm x 45 mm x 21 mm

The Rhodochrosite crystals of this specimen are small, but are highly gemmy, lustrous, and well-formed. No damage to the display side.
Copyright: © Tama Higuchi      Photo ID: 1016066     Uploaded by: Tama Higuchi   View Count: 7   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2614 x 2493 pixels (6.5 Mpix)

6VD-VRFPyromorphite Pb5(PO4)3Cl

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Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Shoshone Co., Idaho, USA

Dimensions: 28 mm x 22 mm x 12 mm

This toenail specimen packs a lot of beauty in a small package. The color is a nice, warm orange, and the Pyromorphite crystals are sharp and form rounded balls of crystal aggregates. This specimen is a variety of Pyromorphite called "Arsenian" Pyromorphite.
Copyright: © Tama Higuchi      Photo ID: 1016065     Uploaded by: Tama Higuchi   View Count: 8   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2234 x 2477 pixels (5.5 Mpix)

R59-K60Rhodochrosite MnCO3 , Tetrahedrite Cu6(Cu4X2)Sb4S13

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Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima, Peru

Dimensions: 53 mm x 32 mm x 25 mm

This Rhodochrosite crystal creates a nice focal point on the specimen, with a cute pink color similar to hard candy.
Copyright: © Tama Higuchi      Photo ID: 1016064     Uploaded by: Tama Higuchi   View Count: 3   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2528 x 2451 pixels (6.2 Mpix)
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