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CNN01 Pyrite with Quartz
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
6.8x 5.4x 4.1 cm

A beautiful example of bright pyrite with quartz, from a find made approximately 2-3 years ago.  This mine has perhaps produced more pyrite specimens than any other, but quartz combinations have always been something of a rarity. 







CNN04 Scheelite
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
5.7x 3.8x 2.4 cm
$48

A nice sample of scheelite from the prolific Yaogangxian Mine. 







CNN05 Orpiment with Barite
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
6.0x 4.1x 3.0 cm

A bright orange example of orpiment with barite, from a find made several years back at the Quiruvilca mine. 







CNN06 Fluorite
Minerva No. 1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
5.0x 3.4x 3.4 cm
$68

A beautiful example of zoned fluorite from the southern Illinois fluorspar mines.  The last mine closed in 1994, and anyone following the hobby knows how in-demand these things have become. Not perfect, but quite beautiful for the price.









CNN08 Fluorite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
4.4x 3.8x 3.2 cm
$135

A nice pink fluorite octahedron on matrix, from finds made a couple years back at the Huanggang Mine.  It could probably use a bit more cleaning/ work, but for the price I think it's very good (and cheap.)

Priced at $285 in my show stock,









CNN09 Shattuckite
Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene Region, Namibia
4.1x 2.1x 1.5 cm
$58

A beautiful example of deep blue shattuckite, this is a cast that seems to have formed in a fissure, or in between crystals, then come loose when the crystals it was originally adhering to dissolved away.  A nice miniature sized sample of the material.







CNN12 Plumbogummite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
8.6x 5.2x 3.5 cm
$82

A nice example of botryoidal plumbogummite coating a quartz matrix, from the find a couple years back.  This one has a particulary good blue color-- not too dark, and not influenced by underlying pyromorphite.







CNN13 Wulfenite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
2.7x 2.1x 1.3 cm
$40

A beautiful example of blocky orange wulfenite on a nicely contrasting (I'm guessing mottramite coated) matrix, from a recent find at Mina Ojuela.  Yet another interesting wulfenite habit/ association from the mine. 







CNN14 Rosasite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
3.0x 1.7x 1.8 cm
$34

A beautiful (and quite pristine, scuff free) thumbnail of rosasite from a find made several months ago.  I've mounted this in a thumbnail box to protect it from scuffs-- this is one of those annoying minerals that seems to suffer when it is touched.  This way, the deep green color can be preserved.







CNN15 Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
2.3x 1.8x 1.1 cm
$62

A beautiful thumbnail sized cluster of green pyromorphite from recent finds in China. Oddly enough, the color varies a bit with lighting-- it's a bit more yellow in sunlight.







CNN16 Fluorite
Weishan Co., Dali Pref., Yunnan Prov., China
6.0x 2.2x 2.1 cm
$48

A nice sample of stalactitic purple fluorite from the find made about 2 years ago.







CNN18 Calcite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
3.1x 3.0x 2.7 cm
$48

A light green, ball shaped aggregate of tabular calcite crystals from Inner Mongolia.   Very cute little piece. 







CNN18B Copper
Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
4.5x 3.3x 1.9 cm
$46

A very rare example of copper from the Katanga Copper Crescent region of the Southern D.R. Congo.  It might sound ridiculous for copper to be rare in a region bearing its name, and that also happens to contain one of the world's richest deposits of the metal, but native copper is almost never seen as specimens from here. These are rather crude crystals, but you can definitely see the form of the copper, and they seem have a surface alteration of cuprite.  Unusual stuff.







CNN19 Cuprite
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
2.5x 2.0x 1.4 cm
$39

A nice thumbnail sized sample of cuprite from the famous Tsumeb Mine.  The crystals are more metallic than red in person, the strong lighting just makes them glow.







CNN20 Beryl var. Heliodor
Befotaka Sud District, Atsimo-Atsinanana Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
3.0x 1.6x 1.6 cm

A crystal section (not terminated) of heliodor from Madagascar.  It displays an unusual amount of pleochroism for a beryl-- yellower down the C-axis, and a bit more greenish from the side.  The crystal has beautifully etched faces.







CNN21
Tri-State Lead Zinc District, Oklahoma, United States
7.9x 4.0x 3.7 cm
$42

A nice example of sphalerite from the classic Tri-State district.  There are crystals on both sides of the chert matrix.  These things are the slowest sellers (not the best sales pitch, I know) but I can't help but keep buying them-- the contrast between the sulfide species that show up on these specimens (in this case sphalerite) and the clean chert matrix, as well as the general distinctness and sharpness of the sulfide crystals from this locality always draw my eye. 

  

Mining in the area began around the 1850's-60's on the Missouri side of the district, with the last mine closing in Oklahoma in 1967 (that should provide some idea of the age of this piece.)  Because of the environmental impact of the extensive lead mining, the area is today home to 3 Superfund sites, and Picher itself is a ghost town.








CNN22 Creedite
Mina Navidad, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
6.0x 4.1x 4.5 cm
$48

A nice sample of creedite balls composed of radiating crystals clustered together.









CNN23 Quartz (Beta Scepter)
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
7.2x 4.9x 3.7 cm
$64

A beautiful example of sceptered quartz, displaying the complex lateral faces that are typical of examples from this locality.







CNN24 Scheelite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
6.5x 3.2x 2.2 cm
$96

A great example of scheelite from early finds at the Hunaggang Mine, displaying the typical gray color and elongated form.  What is not so typical however, is the luster.  Almost all the examples I have seen have heavy surface etching and pitting-- to find one with such lustrous surfaces is exceedingly rare.  As with most of these, it grew flat against the matrix meaning that the entire back is a contact--it can only be displayed from the front.  Still, this is a very good (and decently sized) example from the mine.







CNN25 Vorobeyevite on Adularia
Deo Darrah, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
6.1x 5.1x 2.4 cm

A nice specimen of "vorobeyevite."  These are an alkali-rich (usually cesium) beryl that have sufficient alkali impurities to effect their crystallization, yet not enough of the additional element to qualify as a separate species.  Examples from this find are not particularly cesium rich, though because there is a sufficient quantity of *some* alkali element to alter its habit, they are considered vorobeyevites.









CNN26 Bismuth
Laikeng, Jiangxi Prov., China
2.4x 1.8x 1.1 cm

A rare sample of native bismuth from a find made several years ago in China's Jiangxi Province. 







CNN27 Zircon
Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov, Madagascar
3.5x 2.9x 1.6 cm
$84

An unusual zircon from a very small find made a couple years ago-- trace rare earths have distorted the crystal, leaving it with the form you see here.









CNN28 Danburite on Talc
Alto Chapare, Chapare Prov., Cochabamba Dept., Bolivia
3.6x 3.1x 2.4 cm

A nice sample of danburite on tac, from Bolivia. The danburite gets its gray color from minute magnesioriebeckite inclusions.  An interesting sample from a locality other than the prolific Charcas, Mexico location.







CNN29 Manganocalcite
Racracancha Mine, Tinyahuarco Dist,. Pasco prov., Cero De Pasco Dept., Perur
6.0x 5.4x 3.9 cm
$54

A cluster of twinned manganocalcite crystals, from the Racracancha Mine, better known for its pyrite specimens.  The manganocalcite is fluorescent.







CNN30 Ilvaite with Quartz
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
3.8x 3.4x 2.85 cm

A beautiful cluster of parallel ilvaite crystals with exceptional luster and complete terminations, from early finds at the Huanggang Mine.  Most of what was found later had surface etching that made the luster somewhat dull.  







CNN31 Smithsonite
Santa Eulalia District, Chihuahua, Mexico
10.0x 4.5x 2.4 cm
$62

A nice sample of smithsonite from a recent find as Santa Eualia.  Unlike most Mexican smithsonite, this one has visible crystals rather than the botryoidal habit that is typically seen from this locality and with the ore abundant pieces from Choix.  As with most Santa Eualia pieces, the color isn't particularly vibrant, but it's a good rich sample of crystalline smithsonite for the locality.







CNN32 Ilvaite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
9.9x 1.8x 1.7 cm
$78

A doubly terminated ilvaite crystal from the early days of production at the Hunaggang Mine. It has pretty good luster-- later pieces tended to have surface etching that made them rather dull.







CNN33 Andradite Garnet
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
7.4x 4.4x 3.1 cm

A nice plate of lustrous demantoid garnets, from the early days of specimen production at the Huanggang Mine.







CNN34 Adularia
East Ujimqin Banner, Dongwu Qi), Xilin Gol League (Xilinguole Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
4.2x 2.1x 1.7 cm
$68

A gem crystal of yellow adularia with etched surfaces, from somewhere in Inner Mongolia.  Contacted on the bottom.







CNN35 Ilvaite, Quartz incl. Hedebergite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
5.3x 4.7x 4.2 cm
$52

A nice ball-shaped aggregate of green, hedenbergite included quartz crystals, associated (or rather, growing over) a radiating cluster of black ilvaite crystals.  There is a bit of damage, but still a very interesting and unusual formation that displays exactly as shown. 







CNN37 Smithsonite
Santa Eulalia District, Chihuahua, Mexico
12.1x 8.2x 2.7 cm
$68

A nice sample of smithsonite from a recent find as Santa Eualia.  Unlike most Mexican smithsonite, this one has visible crystals rather than the botryoidal habit that is typically seen from this locality and with the ore abundant pieces from Choix.  As with most Santa Eualia pieces, the color isn't particularly vibrant, but it's a good rich sample of crystalline smithsonite for the locality.







CNN38 Olshanskyite
Shijiangshan Mine, Linxi Co., Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
4.8x 2.1x 2.8 cm
$40

A rich sample of olshanskyite from the recent best-of-species find of the rare borate in northern China.  This one is composed numerous small crystals on matrix, with some shearing.  For the price, it's a good reference.  

The only previous time I came across the mineral was on the occasional specimen of henmilite, where it was sometimes present as micro crystals sharing the matrix with the henmilite.  These specimens are obviously much richer.







CNN39 Celestite
Yunnan Prov., China
5.5x 3.4x 2.0 cm
$64

An unusual example of celestite from an even more unusual locality in southwestern China.  Most of what you see comes from Madagascar, with the odd piece from somewhere in the Midwestern USA.  Good reference piece for the price.







CNN40 Azurite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
3.7x 1.8x 1.9 cm
$78

A nice sample of azurite from the Milpillas Mine, arguably the best examples of the species since Tsumeb.  There is a chip on the upper left of the main crystal, but I think the price takes this into account.







CNN43 Galena and Sphlaerite on Quartz
Palomo Mine, Castrovirreyna Prov., Huancavelica Dept., Peru
8.0x3.4x 2.7 cm
$38

A nice example of a galena crystal positioned on a pillar of matrix, shared with small quartz crystals and sphalerite.  Specimens from this mine were a staple of Peruvian mineral dealers for several years, but there has been almost no production for the last couple years.







CNN44 Smithsonite
Santa Eulalia District, Chihuahua, Mexico
8.1x 5.4x 3.8 cm
$54

A nice sample of smithsonite from a recent find as Santa Eualia.  Unlike most Mexican smithsonite, this one has visible crystals rather than the botryoidal habit that is typically seen from this locality and with the ore abundant pieces from Choix.  As with most Santa Eualia pieces, the color isn't particularly vibrant, but it's a good rich sample of crystalline smithsonite for the locality.







CNN45 Scheelite on Lollingite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
5.7x 4.1x 4.6 cm
$72

A decent reference sample of a somewhat unsual combination from Huanggang-- an etched scheelite crystal on a lollingite sheaf.  It's not entirely perfect (I have a couple of those elsewhere on the site marked at $400+) but this a great reference for the price.







CNN47 Tourmaline
Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascaraaaaa
3.4x 1.65x 1.4 cm
$48

An interesting tourmaline crystal from Madagascar, with the tiny internal tubes running its length that give it a partial cat's eye effect in certain areas.  The crystal is etched on the back and has multiple step-like terminations.  I'm not sure if this is a liddicoatite or something else (I've seen similar pieces from the area labeled dravite) so I'm just going to mark it as tourmaline.







CNN48 Axinite with Epidote
Canta Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
4.2x 2.8x 2.3 cm
$46

A nice miniature sized sample of sharp axinite crystals from recent finds in Peru.







CNN49 Hutchinsonite with Orpiment
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
5.3x 3.8x 1.7 cm
$62

A nice sample of the very rare thallium-bearing mineral hutchinsonite, from finds made a couple years back at Quiruvilca.  These were first found in the 80's and all but disappeared into collections.  Over the last 3-4 years, a few small new finds of the material have been made. This one features a group of crystals on matrix with nicely contrasting orpiment.







CNN50 Axinite with Epidote
Canta Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
3.9x 3.0x 2.6 cm
$40

A nice miniature sized sample, featuring blady brown aconite crystals associated with a terminated epidote crystal. 







CKK01 Wulfenite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
7.8x 5.5x 3.4 cm
$88

A nice example of wulfenite from the famous find several years ago that produced these distinctive, elongated crystals on the limonite matrix that so easily distinguishes specimens from Mina Ojuela.







CKK02 Shattuckite
Kaokoveld Plateau, Kunene Region, Namibia
6.6x 3.4x 3.7 cm
$88

An exceptionally rich sample of shattuckite from northwestern Namibia.  These usually occur as somewhat thin casts of fissures in no longer present quartz matrixes, or the shattuckite is seen as a thin layer still present on the host rock.  On this piece, the mass of shattuckite is unusually thick and rich.









CKK05 Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
6.2x 5.0x 2.7 cm
$48

A nice example of terminated, light purple amethyst crystals from Mexico.









CKK07 Wulfenite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
8.4x 4.3x 1.7 cm
$56

A reference sample of blocky, almost pseudo-cubic wulfenite crystals from a recent find at Mina Ojuela.  There is a bit of edge chipping, but the piece is exactly as shown.







CKK10 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Mt. Ibity, Antsirabe 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
3.6x 2.1x 1.4 cm
$88

A beautiful and rather unusual spray of purplish-pink liddicoatite tourmaline crystals from recent finds in Madagascar.









CKK11 Adamite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
8.8x 6.2x 2.6 cm
$68

A nice example of bright yellow adamite on a limonite matrix, form recent finds at Mina Ojuela.







CKK12 Quartz with Magnetite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
11.5x 4.4x 2.4 cm

A nice cabinet sized example of quartz displaying the typical habit for the locality, a stacked bat quartz prism with very complex lateral faces.  The termination is backed by a bit of matrix composed of magnetite dodecahedrons. 







CKK14 Wulfenite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
5.6x 3.8x 1.5 cm
$42

A group of blocky wulfenite crystals perched on the edge of a limonite matrix.  A nice miniature sample form a recent find that has produced yet another interesting Ojeula wulfenite habit.







CKK15 Quartz (Japan Law Twin)
Pampa Blanca Mine, Castrovirreina Prov., Huancavelica Dept., Peru
4.5x 3.5x 3.0 cm
$29

A heart-shaped Japan law twin nestled at the top of a cluster of quartz crystals.









CKK16 Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
4.5x 3.6x 1.5 cm
$38

A nice example of purple amethyst on matrix.  The main crystal on this piece is doubly terminated.







CKK17 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Manapa pegmatite Field, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
4.1x 3.6x 2.2 cm
$84

A very good example of a terminated liddicoatite crystal from the Manama pegmatite field.  This crystal has the very distinctive purplish red color that I haven't really seen from any other locality.  Liddicoatites from this location are often seen frozen in matrix (particularly on specimens of rhodizite) though you usually don't see freestanding crystals like this.







CKK18 Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
4.3 3.0x 1.9 cm
$46

A very beautiful and quite saturated (for the locality) cluster of purple amethyst crystals.  There is a bit of chipping, though it displays exactly as shown.







CKK19 Brucite
Killa Saifullah District., Baluchustan, Pakistan
4.6x 3.5x 2.2 cm
$62

An excellent brucite specimen, from a recent Pakistani find that raises the bar for the species. This one combintes good, bright yellow color and saturation, with excellent form. 

Until this find, brucite was not often seen as particularly attractive specimens-- perhaps the most famous are the antique pieces from Pennsylvania, but those generally lack the color saturation of these (and are generally priced in the thousands of dollars.)  Aside from the Pennsylvania pieces, there are also examples from the Kalahari Manganese fields and from the Urals ( both are blue to whitish gray) though they seldom have the same richness or visual appeal, and none but the finest few have a color saturations as good as the new Pakistani examples.








CKK22 Hutchinsonite
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
4.9x 2.9x 2.2 cm
$58

A very rare sample of hutchinsonite, a thallium bearing sulfide, from Peru.  Hutchinsonite is one of a relatively small number of thallium bearing minerals, and it is one of only a few that are actually obtainable.  On this specimen, the hutchinsonite appears as the tiny bright crystals sprinkled all over a dark sulfide matrix







CKK24 Wulfenite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
5.3x 4.5x 2.8 cm
$42

A nice sample of wulfenite from recent finds at Mina Ojuela.  The habit from this find is somewhat blockier and more pseudo cubic than what usually comes from this locality.







CKK25 Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
4.5x 4.2x 3.5 cm
$44

A beautiful example of amethyst from Mexico, this one has two main crystals, with the horizontally positioned one being double terminated.







CKK26 Zircon
Seiland Island, Alta, FInnmark, Norway
4.9x 2.8x 3.3 cm
$58

A well crystalized zircon sample on matrix, from recent workings on Seiland Island.  







CKK27 Fluorite on Arsenopyrite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
7.0x 5.7x 3.4 cm
$120

A nice example of colorless fluorite on an arsenopyrite matrix, from finds made a few years back at the Huanggang Mine.  The dealer who I purchased this piece form had a retail price of $380 on the specimen, I purchased his entire room at a substantial discount and recently rediscovered this piece in my flats.







CKK20 Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
4.2x 3.4x 3.5 cm
$58

A very nice example of reasonably saturated purple (for this locality) amethyst crystals on a bit of matrix.  Very well balanced overall.







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