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CCB01 Calcite with Stronitanite
Winfield Quarry, Winfield, Pennsylvania, United States
6.1x 5.1x 2.4 cm
$68

A nice (and old!) example of calcite from Pennsylavia, sharing a matrix with a druse of strontianite. This was collected in 1974. 







CCB02 Apophyllite on Chalcedony
Nasik Area, Maharashtra State, India
9.9x 5.2x 4.0 cm
$76

A beautiful example of a chalcedony stalactite, overgrown with apophyllite crystals. 







CCB05 Aragonite
Helmand Prov., Afghanistan
5.5x 4.7x 2.5 cm
$74

A very blue example of aragonite from Helmand Province, in southern Afghanistan.  You don't see a lot of minerals from this region, almost everything comes from the pegmatites in the north east of the country. The color is pretty good, not as bright as the pictures, but certainly more saturated-- and I'd also say considerably more saturated than the blue aragonite from China.  







CCB06 Wavellite
Montgomery Co., Arkansas, United States
8.7x 3.8x 3.8 cm
$62

A nice example of wavelike, featuring multiple radiating clusters on matrix.  This piece was collected in the late 1970's. 







CCB07 Apophyllite incl. Heulandite
Nasik Area, Maharashtra State, India
6.9x 3.1x 2.4 cm

A beautiful example apophyllite, from a pocket unearthed a couple months ago.  The transparency and luster are a little better than usual, and there are inclusions of tiny heulandite crystals near the base that impart a nice pinkish-orange hue to that part of the specimen. There is a second generation of smaller apophyllites thats adds a nice bit of sparkle, and I particularly like how this one is perched on the bit of matrix. 







CCB08 Albite, Titanite
Raurus, Salzburg, Austria
3.5x 2.0x 1.4 cm
$46

A nice example of albite with a druse of green chlinochlore (?) on certain faces, that gives it a nice bit of contrast.  There is also a tiny (~3-4 mm) titanite perched on one side. 







CCB09 Quartz ps. Calcite and Stilbite
Nasik Area, Maharashtra State, India
8.5x 2.4x 2.9 cm
$68

A nice example of a "cricket bat" calcite that has pseudomorphed to quartz (to what extent I'm not sure) with some orange-pink stilbite crystals clinging to the base. There's bit of damage on the stilbite, but still quite pretty. 







CCB10 Datolite
Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
5.7x 3.8x 1.9 cm
$46

Well formed, pale green crystals of this calcium boron silicate, from recents finds in Mexico. 







CCB11 Galena
Sweetwater Mine, Reynolds Co., Viburnum Trend Dist., Missouri, United States
4.3x 3.6x 3.6 cm
$60

Two intertwined galena crystals arranged in a rather visually pleasing shape.  Older piece from the early 80's.







CCB12 Variscite
Willard Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, United States
6.0x 4.6x 2.3 cm

A nice example of variscaite from a locality that is *not* in Utah. The color is a bit unusual too, there's more of a bluish hue (at least to my eye.)







CCB13 Quartz (Japan Law Twin)
Tentadora Mine, Julcani District, Angaraes Province, Huancavelica, Peru
6.2x 2.9x 2.7 cm
$46

A nice example Japan law twinned quartz from Peru. 







CCBP21416 Creedite with Fluorite
Mina Navidad, Abasolo, Durango, Mexico
4.8x 4.6x 3.8 cm
$54

A nice, ball-shaped cluster of creedite crystals with bits of light green fluorite on both the front and back. 







CCB14 Wulfenite with Quartz
Mfouati Area, Bouenza Dept., Republic of Congo
7.0x 2.8x 4.6 cm
$46

A nice reference piece of wulfenite form Mfouati, with the bright orange wulfenite crystal over grown by drusy quartz. 







CCB15 Quartz on Dioptase
Mindouli Area, Pool Dept., Republic of Congo
6.0x 2.4x 3.5 cm
$58

A beautiful example of grayish drusy quartz on massive green dioptase, from recent finds in the Republic of Congo. 







CCB16 Strontianite
Faylor-Middlecreek Quarry, Winfeild, Pennsylvania, United States
4.8x 4.0x 1.8 cm
$58

A rare carbonate from an unusual locality, virtually every specimen I have seen comes from southern Illinois, with the odd piece from the UK. Pennsylvania specimens are a little less common, but still good examples of the species. This one was mounted in an oversized Perky box; I removed it but kept the plastic bottom with an adhesive label affixed. It states that the piece was collected on September 20th, 1975. 







CCB17 Barite
Auglaize Quarry, Junction, Paulding Co., Ohio, United States
2.5x 1.8x 1.7 cm
$42

A very rare (and old) example of barite from the Auglaize quarry. This was collected some time in the late 70's or early 80's.  While specimens from this quarry are not terribly common on the international market, they did pop up at local Midwestern shows. I recall seeing a fair amount of calcite and occasionally a good purple fluorite, but the barites must have been older and less common, because I never saw any that caught my attention. Interesting Midwesten specimen.  







CCB18 Witherite
Minerva No. 1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
3.6x 3.0x 3.4 cm

A nice reference sample of witherite from the southern Illinois fluorspar district. This one has little dings, and the termination seems to have grown up against another rock, but it is still a pretty good reference example.  You basically have two options for a good witherite: a southern Illinois piece, or an ooooold example from England. All the localities in these areas are long closed







CCB19 Wavellite
Coleman's Prospect, Avant, Montgomery Co., Arkansas, United States
5.2x 4.x 2.4 cm
$44

A nice (and old!) example of wavelike from Arkansas, featuring a radial cluster of the mineral on matrix. This came glued in an oversized Perky box; I removed it but kept the bottom portion that has an adhesive label affixed.  It states that it was purchased from Coleman for $0.15 (yes, fifteen cents) in 1975.







CCB20 Aragonite
Santa Rita Mtns., Santa Cruz Co., Arizona, United States
7.3x 5.0x 3.5 cm
$46

A nice specimen of aragonite from Arizona, collected sometime in the 1970's.  This is an interesting old Arizona specimen, so I imagine it would have more appeal than one of the more common examples from neighboring Mexico.







CCB21 Ferberite with Quartz
San Pedro Mine, Potosi Dept., Bolivia
8.0x 7.5x 5.0 cm
$64

A cluster of quartz crystals with a single ferberite clinging to the edge.  Some quartz crystals are missing, but it looks exactly as pictured. 







CCB22 Franklinite
Stirling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, New Jersey, United States
2.4x 1.4x 1.9 cm
$43

A nice thumbnail sized specimen of this relatively rare (except from this locality) zinc iron oxide, collected some time in the late 70's or early 80's.







CCB23 Willemite
Stirling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, New Jersey, United States
2.7x 2.7x 1.3 cm
$56

A nice thumbnail sized example of this zinc silicate in a calcite matrix, from New Jersey. This was collected some time in the late 70' sos early 80's.







CCB24 Franklinite
1100 Pillar, 500 Foot Level, Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, New Jersey, United States
2.9x 2.6x 2.2 cm
$48

A nice example of franklinite, with some of the most detailed locality information I have ever seen on a specimen. The label on the bottom on the box not only states the level in the mine, but also the exact pillar here this was collected.  It even gives the date as June, 1980.









CCB23 Natrolite
Houdaille Qarry, Bound Brook, New Jersey, United States
2.7x 1.0x 0.7 cm
$42

A rather hefty (for the species) thumbnail sized crystal of natrolite. The label on the bottom of the box states it was collected by an Al Bliss in 1972.  At the time, this would probably have been considered a major, major find for the species-- the Indian stuff was not yet on the market, an the crystal (even to this day) remains fairly thick, in comparison to those from other localities. 







CCB24 Zircon
St. Peter's Dome, El Paso Co., Colorado, United States
2.8x 2.2x 2.1 cm
$54

A good example of zircon from an unusual Colorado locality.







CCB25 Zircon
Saranac Quarry, Tory Hill, Ontario, Canada
2.3x 2.3x 1.0 cm
$36

A nice example of a terminated zircon crystal on matrix, form Ontario, Canada.







CCB26 Zircon
Mt. Malosa, Zomba, Chilwe Alkaline Area, Malawi
3.0x 2.3x 2.0 cm
$56

A nice cluster of terminated zircon crystals from Mt. Malosa. 







CCB27 Calcite
Warsaw Formation, Branch McKee Creek, Perry, Illinois, United States
5.8x 3.9x 3.0 cm
$38

A calcite geode from a very random locality in Illinois. This was unearthed by a field collector in July of 1975-- there is a type-written adhesive label affixed to the bottom of an oversized Perky box.  I have removed the specimen from the mounting, but the bottom portion of the box  with the label remains.    







CCB28 Dolomite
Barett Quarry, Norwood, St. Lawrence Co., New York, United States
3.8x 3.0x 2.3 cm
$36

A very faintly pink example of well crystallized dolomite from a little-known US locality, collected in 1977.  With the exception of old pieces from Brazil and Spain, dolomite is usually a boring matrix mineral (think of the old Tri-State specimens.) The examples from this quarry however, are particularly well crystallized.







CCB29 Beryl var. Aquamarine on Muscovite
Beauregard Mine Dump, Alstead, Chesire Co., New Hampshire, United States
3.6x 2.0x 1.9 cm
$58

A pair of beryl samples from the dumps at the Beauregard Mine.  This mine operated intermittently in the early 1900's. until finally closing in late 1943. According to the label, these pieces were collected on the dumps, and sold to the Gilsum  Swap in 1974. I left them in the original plastic box, it has a nice, vintage touch....







CCB30 Murdochite with Calcite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
5.9x 3.8x 2.6 cm

A nice example of murdochite with calcite, from Mina Ojuela.  Murdochite is a rare lead copper oxide. 









CCB31 Quartz ps. Calcite Apophyllite
Fischer Mountain, Mt. Ida, Arkansas, United States
4.6x 3.0x 2.8 cm
$26

A nice example of quartz from Arkansas, with a very stereotypical shape... it could almost be the model for some clipart. There is no label, but someone took the time to type the location and year it was collected on a foldable insert for a mineral flat, with a typewriter!  Apparently this was collected in 1977.







CCB32 Apophyllite
Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, Passaic Co., New Jersey, USA
3.9x 3.0x 1.9 cm
$34

A nice example of apophyllite from the USA, collected in the late 1970's.







QCC29 Manganocalcite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
8.8x 3.6x 2.9 cm
$68

A nice example of a manganocalite spray-- these were one the cool new things to come from Huanggang in the early days of the discoveries there, around 2010.  The back has a secondary growth of carbonate material, so it looks white.  The front is pink.  







QCC27 Quartz ps. Calcite Apophyllite
Nasik Area, Maharashtra State, India
9.2x 4.5x 3.7 cm
$78

A very unusual example of elongated calcite crystals, that have mostly pseudomorphed onto quartz.  Viewed from the bottom, you can see that only the very core of the specimen is still calcite-- the rest has transformed into quartz.  This in turn has been overgrown by numerous apophyllite crystals.  







QCC26 Fluorite
Lavrion, Attica, greece
3.5x 3.0x 2.3 cm
$46

A great "toenail" sized example of fluorite from a not-so-often seen locality (at least here in the USA).







QCC25 Euclase with Tourmaline
Minas Gerais, Brazil
2.0x 1.2x 0.3 cm
$66

A nice doubly terminated enclose crystal from Brazil, with a couple small segments of green tourmaline clinging to it. 







QCC02 Chalcedony var. "Bamboo Agate"
Java, Indonesia
8.6x 4.6x 2.5 cm
$68

A nice example of a "bamboo agate" from Indonesia.  It is believed that these formed from plants that were gradually encased by the cryptocrystalline quartz (chalcedony) that crystalized out of water rich in the components of decomposed silicious ash, form the area's frequent volcanic eruptions.  The end result are these hollow tubes of botryoidal chalcedony (agate).







QCC03 Pyromorphite
San Andres Mine, Andalucia, Spain
3.0x 2.1x 1.2 cm
$68

A very nice example of pyromorphite from the early 90's finds in Spain. In the years prior to the finds in Guangxi that started around 1999, something like this would have been your best bet for a good green pyromorphite.







QCC04 Hemimorphite with Aurichalcite
Mfouati Area, Bouenza Dept., Republic of Congo
9.8x 5.8x 3.5 cm
$64

A nice example of well crystalized hemimorphite, from recent finds at Mfouati. This is pretty much white, if your screen shows blue, it is a mistake. 







QCC05 Selenite
Red River Floodway, Winniped, Manitoba, Canada
5.1x 4.9x 4.2 cm
$52

A nice example of this very distinctive selenite habit from Manitoba, Canada.  A bit of edge wear in a couple spots, but displays exactly as shown. 







QCC06 Apophyllite and Stilbite
Nasik Area, Maharashtra State, India
13.2x 4.8x 3.2 cm
$96

A very nice segment of an apophyllilte/ chalcedony stalactite, with some pinkish orange stilbite. 







QCC07 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
4.7x 3.5x 1.8 cm
$44

A very nice example of grape agate from Indonesia.  I buy this stuff in bulk, pick the best few to offer on the website and the rest gets wholesaled.  Of the several pieces I select, the big ones end up in the full price galleries, and the smaller ones end up here.  I generally try to pick the ones with better color, form and luster to post on the website... it seems odd, but when you see a lot of this you start to realize there are a few different grades.







QCC08 Apophyllite on Chalcedony
Nasik Area, Maharashtra State, India
14.2x 8.0x 4.4 cm

An unusual, curved chalcedony stalactite, covered in small apophyllite crystals. Usually these just grow straight down. I'm not sure what exactly caused such dramatic curvature (the surrounding rock somehow shifted as it was growing?  a sudden change in the level of mineral-rich fluid inside the pocket?) Or maybe gravity just took a holiday.....=D







QCC09 Brucite
Killa Saifullah District., Baluchustan, Pakistan
4.1x 2.6x 1.3 cm
$64

A very nice miniature sized example of brucite, with a circular aggregate positioned on the tip of its matrix.  There is no shortage of this stuff at the moment, but good matrix pieces (particularly so visually well balanced) aren't exactly easy to find....







QCC10 Wulfenite with Mimetite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
5.0x 4.2x 2.5 cm
$48

A nice example of pointy bipyramidal wulfenite crystals with green mimetite, from the Ojuela Mine. 







QCC11 Goethite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
2.5x 1.7x 0.9 cm
$58

A very brightly colored example or iridescent goethite from Ojuela. They resemble the examples from Spain or Grave's Mountain. Normally I am suspicious of iridescent things, but iridescent goethite is not unheard of-- plus I think it would be difficult to get this variation of colors artificially.  Most importantly, a couple of the other specimens in the batch had tiny, but perfectly transparent calcite crystals the which showed no sign of chemical alteration....  After the blue hemimorphite and the kobyashevite I look at everything from Ojuela that much more carefully..... 







QCC12 Quartz incl. Iron Oxide
Dongwu Qi, Inner Mongolia A.R., China
15.9x 2.6x 1.9 cm
$72

A nice example of quartz with a reddish hue, from finds made at a locality near the more prolific Huanggang Mine. 







QCC13 Quartz var. Amethyst
Banska Stiavnica (Schemnitz), Banska Bystrica Region, Slovakia
8.5x 4.4x 4.8 cm
$98

A nice example of classic old amethyst from Slovakia. Evidence of mining in this area (for various ores) dates to the 3rd century BC, and most of the time this material is attributed to "Schemnitz," although today the area is known by a more slavic name. It's interesting to see the effects of past migrations in this once-contested area of central Europe, even in simple things like specimen labels. As for the specimen itself: a good, hard to come by example from a classic locality, offered at a fraction of what other sites are asking for similar pieces. 







QCC15 Scheelite on Quartz
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
2.8x 1.8x 2.2 cm
$53

A nice example of orange scheelite on a bit of quartz, from he Yaogangxian Mine. 









QCC16 Chalcedony var. Grape Agate
Mamiju Area, Sulawesi Barat Prov., Sulawesi, Indonesia
5.1x 3.1x 1.2 cm
$48

A very nice example of grape agate from Indonesia.  I buy this stuff in bulk, pick the best few to offer on the website and the rest gets wholesaled.  Of the several pieces I select, the big ones end up in the full price galleries, and the smaller ones end up here.  I generally try to pick the ones with better color, form and luster to post on the website... it seems odd, but when you see a lot of this you start to realize there are a few different grades.







QCC17 Hemimorphite with Aurichalcite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
5.1x 3.4x 2.6 cm
$48

An *actually real* example of blue hemimorphite from Ojuela. A few people may be traumatized, but this one is colored by aurichalcite, not a printer ink component. 

As a side note: When it comes to Ojuela and fakes, a general rule of thumb is: if it is not something exceedingly rare (claringbullite, blue scorodite, etc.) be wary of anything blue that is not colored by aurichalcite or (blueish green) rosasite.  They have been playing around with copper sulfate down there for years (kobyashevite....) and this organic dye was just the latest advancement. Ojuela has been around for over 500 years, it sometimes produces better examples of the same old material, but it almost never produces something totally, completely novel in its own right. 







QCC18 Stibiconite ps. Stibnite
Catorce, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
8.5x 1.8x 1.3 cm
$58

A nice reference example of stibiconite (an antimony oxide) after stibnite (an antimony sulfide) from Mexico. 







QCC19 Pyromorphite
Broken Hill Mine, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia
3.0x 1.8x 1.8 cm
$58

A nice example of one of the characteristic pyromorphite habits from Broken Hill-- elongated, brown crystals. 







QCC20 Quartz incl. Chlorite
Mahaiza Area, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
11.9x 2.1x 1.8 cm
$44

A terminated example of quartz, with chlorite inclusions near the base. Usually these are somewhat smaller, and get polished. 







QCC21 Smithsonite
Yunnan Prov., China
7.6x 6.5x 3.4 cm
$58

A nice reference example of smithsonite, with a slightly greenish yellow layer of the mineral on a rock. No unsightly bruises, as is usually the case.  







QCC23 Xonotlite with Pyrite
5.6x 4.7x 3.2 cm
$58

A nice example of this rare hydrous calcium silicte, with numerous white orbs on a matrix of mixed sulfides-- sphalerite, pyrite, etc. 







QCC24 Cavansite
Malheur Co., Oregon, United States
5.6x 4.2x 2.7 cm

This underwhelming specimen is actually quite cool-- the little blue smear is actually cavansite  from the type locality.  The best known examples come from the last ~25 years of finds at a small quarry outside the Indian city of Poona, but the species was actually discovered in the United States.  Decent reference. 







CFC01 Fluorite
Yindu Mine, Chifeng Pref., Inner Mongolia A.R., China
3.8x 3.1x 1.2 cm
$56

A nice, sculptural example of fluorite from the Yindu Mine.  It looks particularly nice with backlighting. It is not broken on the back,  there is just other material growing over it. 







CFC02 Quartz with Azurite/ Malachite
Mecissi, Tinghir Prov., Morocco
3.3x 1.8x 1.2 cm
$48

A cute little example of a quartz point, with an orb of azurite and malachite perched near its termination. At cost. 







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