Clearance Minerals

CQQ01 Fluorite

Denton Mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA

11.5x 6.5x 3.3 cm

$112

A nice cabinet sized specimen of fluorite with pyrite, from the Southern Illinois Fluorspar District. The last mine closed in 1994.

CQQ02 Axinite with Epidote

Canta Prov., Lima Dept., Peru

8.3x 6.1x 2.7 cm

$96

A nice cabinet sized reference sample of axinite form the recent Peruvian find. This one has some epidote associated with the axinite.

CQQ03 Quartz var. Amethyst

Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico

7.7x 6.1x 2.6 cm

$68

A nice example of light purple amethyst on matrix, from recent finds near Las Vigas.

CQQ05 Bery var. Morganite

Vakinankaratra Region, Central Madagascar

6.9x 2.7x 1.8 cm

$110

A rare example of Malagasy morganite, with good color. This is basically an etched portion of the edge of a larger hexagonal crystal-- the rest seems to have either never formed or been etched away, and you can still see faces on the outer edge (or what I would call the top of this specimen). Either way, for the price its a really good reference of a beryl variety that is quite hard to get from Madagascar.

CQQ06 Pyrite

Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru

7.5x 7.3x 3.2 cm

$88

A cabinet sized cluster of bright, lustrous octahedral pyrite. While not exactly rare on the market, octahedral examples are highly regarded by the dealers in Peru-- the bulk of what is found at the is either dodecahedral or cubic-- these octahedral examples are only found every few years at best.

CQQ07 Tetrahedrite

Julcani Dist., Angaraes Prov., Huancavelica Prov., Peru

6.8x 4.3x 4.0 cm

$84

A nice example of bright tetrahedrite crystals on matrix, from recent finds at Julcani. The crystals are nicely distinct on this piece, not jumbled together as is usually the case with Peruvian tetrahedrites.

CQQ08 Fluorite

Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico

6.8x 6.2x 4.1 cm

$62

A nice example of fluorite from last year's find at Mina Ojuela. This piece has a few purple crystal on matrix-- I'm not sure if they have been oiled or lacquered or something (there seems to be a slight dark area around them on the matrix, as if something had been absorbed) but either way, for the price, its not a bad opportunity to get a sample of fluorite from Ojuela-- this mine is very prolific, but this is not a species that it has ever produced in large quantity.

CQQ09 Wulfenite

Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico

4.4x 4.2x 1.7 cm

$78

An older specimen of wulfenite from Los Lamentos, with the elongated bipyramidal habit. Most of the examples from this locality are blocky tabular crystal that sometimes almost look cubic-- these bipyramidal ones are a bit less common.

CQQ10 Pyromorphite

Blue Bell Mine, Zzyzx, San Bernardino Co., California, United States

7.5x 5.5x 3.4 cm

$78

Compared to pieces from well, anywhere else, this is absolute garbage-- except it's from the California desert!!! I used to collect pyromorphite fairly diligently, and I never came across one of these. It's an older piece, and apparently there's very minor wulfenite on it as well. Very rare material that I would image to be of interest to a collector of pyromorphite or California minerals.

CQQ11 Cavansite

Wagholi, near Poona, Maharashtra State, India

4.4x 4.1x 2.2 cm

$48

A nice sample of bright blue cavansite on matrix.

CQQ12 Andradite Garnet

Bendoukou, Kayes Region, Mali

5.5x 3.4x 3.0 cm

$56

A nice example of dark andradite garnets on matrix, from Mali.

CQQ13 Fluorite

Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo District, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia

6.5x 4.0x 4.0 cm

$58

A nice example of cubic green fluorite from the Okorusu mine, in Namibia.

CQQ14 Creedite

Mina Navidad, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico

5.6x 4.4x 3.2 cm

$58

A rare matrix example of creedite from Mexico. These (minus the matrix) have been a staple of wholesale dealers for years, though I spoke to one recently who says that no more is coming out...

CQQ15 Tetrahedrite on Quartz

Julcani Dist., Angaraes Prov., Huancavelica Prov., Peru

8.0x 5.5x 2.9 cm

$86

A very nice tetrahedrite specimen, with a super lustrous, complete crystal nicely isolated on a matrix of spiky quartz-- they tend to be somewhat more jumbled, but some of the pieces from this pocket were rather nice.

CQQ16 Austinite

Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia

7.4x 4.1x 1.2 cm

$68

A rich sample of deep green austenite from Tsumeb, dating to at least 1982.

CQQ17 Chalcedony

Peru

5.7x 4.3x 2.5 cm

$58

An interesting example of pinkish botryoidal chalcedony from Peru. I thought it was rhodochrosite initially, but apparently not.

CQQ18 Variscite

Lucin, Lucin District, Pilot Range, Box Elder Co., Utah, USA

7.1x 2.8 x 0.9 cm

$48

A nice section of a variscite nodule, with one side polished to reveal its beautiful green interior.

CQQ19 Torbernite

Royal George Mine, Tasmania, Australia

6.5x 4.0x 3.1 cm

$68

A very rare sample of torbernite from Tasmania. You see plenty of torbernite around from France, Congo, Portugal, etc and quite a bit of radioactive material from Australia (saleeite, davidite and so on) but this is the first torbernite (or more generally, the first radioactive mineral) that I've personally seen from Tasmania.

CQQ20 Pyrite with Quartz

Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru

5.5x 4.1x 4.2 cm

$68

A very pretty little combination specimen of highly lustrous pyrite, with colorless quartz. Although common at locations like Huaron, these combinations are highly sought after from Huanzala-- the transparency of the quartz, along with the sharpness and luster of the pyrite at Huanzala sets them apart from pieces found at other Peruvian mines. This is from my last trip-- it was purchased as part of a larger lot. Most of the value was in the larger pieces, but there were still a number of very beautiful (and more affordable) smaller ones, like this. I should point out, that while pyrite from Huanzala is probably the easiest mineral to obtain on the planet, these combinations are actually somewhat scarce.

CQQ21 Quartz (Japan Law Twin)

Pampa Blanca Mine, Castrovirreina Prov., Huancavelica Dept., Peru

5.2x 4.9x 2.4 cm

$86

A decently sized example of Japan law twinned quartz from Pampa Blanca-- this Japan law twins from this location tend to be blockier and somewhat milky-- this is a decent example. There is a spot on one side where you can see where it was attached to another crystal.

CQQ22 Quartz (Japan Law Twin) on Tetrahedrite

Julcani Dist., Angaraes Prov., Huancavelica Prov., Peru

4.7x 4.1x 2.1 cm

$58

A nice example of Japan law twinned quartz on a tetrahedrite matrix. This is an older piece.

CQQ23 Quartz (Japan Law Twin)

Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru

3.4x 3.0 x 1.9 cm

$36

A nice miniature sized example of Japan law twinned quartz, form Peru.

CQQ24 Axinite

Canta Prov., Lima Dept., Peru

2.6x 2.4x 2.4 cm

$48

A nice thumbnail sized example of axinite from the recent Peruvian find.

CQQ25 Beryl var. Aquamarine

Huya Village, Mt. Xuebaoding, Sichuan Prov., China

4.8x 3.4x 3.2 cm

$44

A group of sharp, very pale aquamarine crystals on matrix, showing the distinct tabular form, that the locality is known for.

CQQ26 Beryl var. Aquamarine

Huya Village, Mt. Xuebaoding, Sichuan Prov., China

5.4x 4.0x 2.6 cm

$66

A very light blue (practically colorless) example of aquamarine with muscovite from Mt. Xuebaoding, displaying the typical tabular habit that the locality is known for. The crystal is complete.

CQQ27 Scolecite with Calcite

Maharashtra State, India

10.8x 2.7x 2.4 cm

$44

A spray of white scolefcite crystals, partially overgrown by numerous small calcites.

CQQ28 Adamite

Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico

5.0x 3.7x 2.2 cm

$66

A rich admite specimen from recent finds at the Ojuela Mine.

CQQ29 Arsenic

301 Level, Brosso Mine, Piedmont, Italy

3.4x 2.4x 2.2 cm

$42

An old example native arsenic, from Italy. It has a label stating that it was collected in 1961.

CQQ30 Prehnite

Bendoukou, Kayes Region, Mali

6.3x 3.6x 2.7 cm

$48

A nice example of stalactitic prehnite from Mali. The prehnites from this locality tend to be spherical aggregates, or semi-formless groups of such spheres-- this one is pleasantly thinner and more obviously stalactitic.

CQQ31 Quartz var. Amethyst

Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico

6.5x 5.7x 3.6 cm

$48

A light purple amethyst point on a bit of matrix, from recent finds at Las Vigas. (Sorry for the bad picture)

CQQ32 Pyrite

Midlothian, Ellis Co., Texas, USA

4.9x 3.8x 3.2 cm

$46

A bright, ball-shaped aggregate of pyrite crystals from Texas.

CQQ33 Pyrite (pyritized brachiopod fossil)

Sylvania, Ohio, United States

4.5x 2.8x 2.2 cm

$44

A cool brachiopod from Ohio, from the same locality that produces the spectacular celestites. I thought it was interesting. I bought a couple, this was the best from the group ... I did keep one for myself though, because it looks a bit like a potsticker dumpling made of pyrite.

CQQ34 Bismuth

La Paz Dept., Bolivia

2.8x 2.7x 2.4 cm

Shiny native bismuth in a host rock-- this is an older piece, the contemporary ones tend to be water worn nuggets. This would have been collected in a mine, not from an alluvial deposit.

CQQ35 Andradite Garnet

Bendoukou, Sandare District, Kayes Region, Mali

3.3x 1.9x 1.2 cm

$48

An interesting "toenail" sized specimen, consisting of a pair of unusually elongated andradite crystals. It's rather unusual for this locality-- they tend to occur as fairly perfect dodecahedrons (or clusters of them), or only have slight modifications around the edges.

CQQ36 Zircon

Siilinjarvi Mine, Eastern Finland Region, Finland

6.1x 5.1x 2.7 cm

$66

A decent reference sample of zircon from Finland. I've seen plenty from Norway, but never one from this country. Comes with an old label written in what I think is Dutch.

CQQ37 Garnet var. Uvarovite

Jamestown, Tuolumene Co., California, United States

3.8x 2.2x 1.3 cm

A rare example of uvarovite garnet from California-- 99.9% of the examples I have seen (and that percentage is not an exaggeration) come from Russia, and reminder are mostly classic Finish pieces. This one is from California.

CQQ38 Ilvaite

Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China

8.2x 2.2x 1.8 cm

$68

A double terminated crystal of Ilvaite, form finds made a few years back at the Huanggang Mine.

CQQ39 Datolite incl. Copper

Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, United States

2.4x 2.3x 0.9 cm

$39

Two polished halves of a split datolite nodule from Michigan's Upper Peninsula. These have a reddish orange color caused by minute copper inclusions. The given dimensions are of the larger half.

CQQ40 Chrysoberyl var. Alexandrite

Novello Mine, Masvingo, Zimbabwe

1.5x 1.2x 0.9 cm

$64

A rough hexagonal crystal of alexandrite with a marked color change. The piece is a brighter grass green in sunlight (or under daylight equivalent lighting) and displays a duller purple-green color under incandescent light.

CQQ41 Calcite

Berry Materials Corp. Quarry (North Vernon Plant), North Vernon, Jennings Co., Indiana

2.2x 2.1x 1.8 cm

$38

A nice thumbnail sized sample of calcite form the Berry Material's Quarry. The calcites form this location are distinctive for their golden, honey-brown color and their rounded appearances.

CQQ42 Fluorite

Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico

9.5x 6.5x 2.8 cm

$58

A cabinet sized example of fluorite from last year's find at Mina Ojuela. This piece has a few purple crystal on matrix-- I'm not sure if they have been oiled or lacquered or something (there seems to be a slight dark area around them on the matrix, as if something had been absorbed) but either way, for the price, its not a bad opportunity to get a sample of fluorite from Ojuela-- this mine is very prolific, but this is not a species that it has ever produced in large quantity.

CQQ43 Franckeite

Itos Mine, Oruro City, Oruro Dept., Bolivia

7.2x 6.8x 4.7 cm

$76

A cabinet sample of franckeite from Bolivia. This mineral is quite rare form anywhere else (I've only ever seen one piece from another location-- that was in California) though at the San Jose and Itos Mines (they are working the same ore deposit from different entrances) the mineral is not infrequently encountered. This is a rather large example-- not perfect, but a good, rich reference.

CQQ44 Pyrite

Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru

6.8x 4.1x 2.3 cm

$56

A nice example of bright octahedral pyrite from the Huanzala Mine in Peru. While not exactly rare on the market, octahedral examples are highly regarded by the dealers in Peru-- the bulk of what is found at the is either dodecahedral or cubic-- these octahedral examples are only found every few years at best.

CQQ45 Quartz var. Amethyst

Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico

8.5x 7.8x 5.0 cm

$64

A nice cabinet sized sample of amethyst, with a single light purple crystal nicely centered and rising out of its matrix.

CQQ46 Mottramite

Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico

7.0x 6.6x 2.1 cm

$48

A nice sample of mottramite from finds made approximately 3 years ago, at Mina Ojuela.

CQQ47 Bismuth

Cobalt, Ontario, Canada

7.0x 4.2x 4.5 cm

$54

A nice cabinet sized sample of native bismuth, from Canada. This piece has a tiny vein of the native metal running through it.

CRR02 Quartz, Stolzite on Scheelite

Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru

6.7x 5.3x 4.5 cm

$115

A nice reference sample of scheelite dusted with yellow stolzite, nestled in a cluster of quartz crystals. This comes from the major find made approximately 2 years ago. During my last trip I came across a couple lots of this material, but this time they had pretty much vanished, and the few I saw were very expensive.

CRR03 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite

Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China

6.2x 5.9x 5.3 cm

A group pyromorphite crystals, replaced by plumbogummite and partially etched, on matrix.

CRR04 Pyrite

Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru

9.7x 7.2x 6.9 cm

A large cluster of pyrite crystals from Huanzala. There is a group of larger crystals, partially overgrown by many smaller crystals. This is a lot of sparkle for the price.

CRR08 Quartz on Fluorite

Shangbao Mine, Leiyang Co., Hengyang Pref., Hunan Prov., China

5.0x 4.0x 4.0 cm

$58

A beautiful example of green quartz (I'm not sure exactly what inclusion is causing the color at this location) on nicely contrasting purple fluorite.

CRR09 Pentagonite

Wagholi, near Poona, Maharashtra State, India

3.3x 2.6x 2.0 cm

$68

A rather large pentagonite "christmas tree" sitting atop a bit of matrix. The ends of the branches are broken off, but it's still quite a sizable and well crystallized representative example of the species.

CRR10 Quartz incl. Tourmaline

Minas Gerais, Brazil

5.3x 3.2x 2.4 cm

$64

A beautiful example of tourmaline included quartz, from Minas Gerais. This one is nicely terminated and has a bluish color from the tourmaline inclusions.

CRR11 Cavansite

Wagholi, near Poona, Maharashtra State, India

4.2x 4.0x 2.0 cm

$58

A beautiful cluster of bright blue cavansite crystals perched atop a nicely contrasting white matrix.

CRR12 Pyrite

Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China

5.1x 4.0x 1.8 cm

$66

A beautiful example of yellowish green pyromorphite on matrix, from the prolific Daoping-Yangshuo area that has been producing pyromorphite since 1999.

CRR13 Wulfenite

Villa Ahumada, Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico

4.8x 2.4x 2.2 cm

A nice miniature size dspecimen from Mexico, with a rather unusual habit for the locality. This area is best known for producing blocky square crystals, these slightly more reddish bipyramidal ones are harder to find however.

CRR14 Fluorite on Quartz

Mundo Nuevo Mine, Mundo Nuevo, Sanchez Carrion Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru

4.5x 3.6x 2.2 cm

A beautiful miniature specimen of light blue green fluorite on a doubly terminated quartz crystal. The entire piece appears to be a floater-- the bottom of the quartz crystal is an etched termination, not a contact.

CRR15 Quartz var. Amethyst

Andilamena, Alaotra-Mangoro Region, Taomasina Prov., Madagascar

4.5x 1.9x 1.8 cm

A beautiful sceptered amethyst crystal from Madagascar.

CRR16 Beryl var. Aquamarine

Huya Village, Mt. Xuebaoding, Sichuan Prov., China

3.5x 3.1x 1.3 cm

$58

A beautiful, complete aquamarine crystal from China, displaying the tabular habit that this locality is known for. The base is not contacted, but rather etched.

This area is known primarily for its scheelites, but also produces good aquamarine, cassitterite, kesterite/mushistonite, and apatite.

CRR17 Topaz

Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov, Madagascar

3.7x 3.3x 3.1 cm

A very rare topaz specimen from Madagascar. Despite being a relatively abundant source of nearly every gemstone except diamond,topaz has remained a rarity. This is an etched crystal with a number of natural "peaks" that I hesitate to call terminations. There is also a small patch of blue color, the result of natural ground radiation. This is a very good reference sample of Malagasy topaz, and the last relatively inexpensive piece that I have left.

CRR18 Chrysocolla with Quartz

Acari Mine, Caraveli Province, Arequipa Department, Peru

7.3x 3.7x 3.6 cm

$62

A beautiful example of chrysocolla with an overgrowth of druzy quartz, from the Acari mine in Peru. This piece is from my last trip-- the material was very abundant then, though there was almost none to be found this time, and what was available was quite expensive.