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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.  







QCC28 Apophyllite incl. Heulandite
Nasik Area, Maharashtra State, India
6.7x 5.0x 3.5 cm
$66

A very nice example of apophyllite-- there are 3 things that make these look a little different.  1) There are small inclusions of pink heulandite scattered around the specimen that give the whole piece a generally pinkish hue. 2) Perhaps most noticeable,  there is a secondary growth of small apohyllites that give the piece a lot of extra sparkle.  Those secondary apophyllites are quite transparent, which is the the third interesting quality of the specimen overall-- the overall transparency of the crystals.  It's a little difficult to see in the pictures but like me when I unwrapped it,  (I bought these from a picture as well)  I think whoever gets this will be a little pleasantly surprised. 







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. 







QCC01 Beryl var. Aquamarine on Muscovite
Huya Village, Mt. Xuebaoding, Sichuan Prov., China
9.3x 6.9x 2.4 cm
$88

A nice example of aquamarine on muscovite, with the beryl displaying the typical tabular habit that this locality is known for.  The crystals are nearly colorless, and very very transparent-- so transparent inf act that they are difficult to photograph.   







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
$135

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. 







QCC14 Austinite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
5.5x 4.4x 2.3 cm
$68

A nice example of yellow (perhaps slightly less bright that the well-lit photo) austinite from the Ojuela Mine.  Although usually quite rare (you might call it adamite's rare cousin) this comes from a find made in mid-2019 that produced a fair amount of specimens for a couple month period. 







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.  







QCC22 Millerite in Calcite
Conklin Quarry, Coralville, Iowa, United States
3.7x 1.6x 0.85 cm
$54

A rather hefty spray of millerite, partially included in calcite. Millerite is found at a number of quarries in the American midwest, often times they are somewhat fuzzy tufts in geodes-- I had never heard of this locality before, but the relatively ordered arrangement of the crystals is somewhat better than what I am used to seeing from this part of the USA. 







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
$46

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. 







CFC25 Dioptase
Ntola Mine, Mindouli, Pool Dept., Republic of Congo
4.4x 4.2x 4.6 cm

A nice example of very bright and lustrous green crystals from Ntola.  The crystals are a bit larger and more separated than the typical example from Ntola. 







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. 







CFC03 Dioptase
Mindouli Area, Pool Dept., Republic of Congo
2.1x 1.9x 1.2 cm
$78

A nice example of lustrous green dioptase from recent finds around  Mindouli. 







CFC04 Quartz (Beta Scepter)
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
9.5x 5.5x 5.1 cm

A nice, cabinet sized example of quartz displaying the typical habit for quartz from the Huanggang Mine. I purchased a Chinese dealer's room in Tucson a few years ago, most of the pieces just went to storage.  Here is one of them-- and his original retail price was more than double my asking price. 







CFC05 Cuprite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
4.5x 2.4x 1.0 cm
$46

A nice reference sample of cuprite from Milpillas, with flattened crystals on matrix. In person, the cuprite looks metallic with an underlying dark brown hue, but as is often the case with cuprite, it looks very red when photographed under strong lighting. 







CFC06 Pyromorphite
Wheatley Mines, Phoenixville, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, United States
8.0x 4.2x 4.7 cm

A nice example of pyromorphite from the classic Phoenixville locality. Judging form its appearance, this was not form the primary workings back 160 years ago, but likely collected somewhat more recently.  Still a pretty good contemporary example for the location, particularly for the price. 







CFC07 Scheelite on Fluorite
Dongshan Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu Co., Chenzhou Pref., Hunan Prov., China
4.1x 2.6x 2.6 cm
$48

A nice reference example of light brown scheelite, on light green fluorite from the Xianghualing mining area. You often see light green fluorite from this area, combinations with scheelite are somewhat rarer. 







CFC08 Danburite
Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
3.8x 2.4x 1.7 cm
$38

A nice thumbnail seized example of danburite from Mexico, with a little bit of calcite newr the base. 







CFC09 Cerussite
Mfouati Area, Bouenza Dept., Republic of Congo
2.8x 1.8x 1.3 cm
$44

A nice thumbnail-sized example of cerussite from recent finds in Mfouati. 







CFC10 Cerussite
Mfouati Area, Bouenza Dept., Republic of Congo
2.8x 1.9x 2.2 cm
$40

A nice reference sized thumbnail of cerussite from recent finds at Mfouati. 







CFC11 Zircon
Seiland Island, Alta, FInnmark, Norway
3.4x 2.8x 2.0 cm
$42

A reference example of zircon on matrix from recent workings on Seiland Island.







CFC12 Hemimorphite
Mfouati Area, Bouenza Dept., Republic of Congo
3.2x 2.2x 1.7 cm
$38

A very nice miniature seized example of light blue hemimorphite from Mfouati.  Most of what is found is just colorless, this one has a light, but pleasant blue hue. 







CFC13 Creedite
Qinglong Mine, Dachang Sb ore field, Qinglong Co., Qianxi'nan Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China
4.7x 4.1x 1.7 cm
$66

A nice example of light purple creedite from southwestern China. 







CFC14 Silver
Imiter Mine, Tinghir Prov., Morocco
2.4x 1.5x 0.6 cm
$68

A nice example of rather thick (for this locality) silver wires, with a nice patina. I usually stay away from those very thin, bright moroccan silvers on acanthite, but something like this would be much more difficult to fake.







CFC15 Silver
Kongsberg, Norway
2.9x 2.2x 1.8 cm
$78

A nice thumbnail sized example of silver on matrix, from what is perhaps the most famous silver producing locality in the world. 









CFC16 Uvarovite Garnet
Outokumpu, North Karelia, Finland
2.4x 2.0x 1.1 cm
$68

A decent thumbnail sized example uvarovite from Outokumpu. Uvarovite is usually available as bright green crusts of sub-millimetric crystals on matrix, from Russia.  These Finish examples are considered to be the best of the species-- this is a decent reference. 







CFC17 "Mohawkite"
Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, United States
6.0x 5.9x 2.7 cm
$48

A nugget of "mohawkite" with one side sliced and polished, from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  These "mohawkite " nuggets are a mixture of copper arsenides, such as algodonite and domeykite. 







CFC18 Pink Quartz with Calcite
Choique Mine, Pehuenches Dept., Neuquen Prov., Argentina
5.4x 4.6x 2.6 cm
$46

A nice example of pink quartz with calcite, in a geode.  Some people sell these as "rose quartz," but I think these are just included with iron oxide-- true "rose quartz" gets its color either from color centers based on aluminum and phosphorus impurities, or in some cases inclusions of a dumortierite related mineral.







CFC19 Celestite
Yunnan Prov., China
5.3x 3.9x 3.0 cm
$42

An cluster of rather thick, blocky celestite crystals from an unusual locality in southwestern China. Good reference specimen that is not from Madagascar or the Midwestern USA.







CFC20 Quartz on Microcline
Fujian Prov., Chinai
5.6x 5.1x 2.5 cm
$58

A nice example of quart on microcline, from China's Fujian prov.  I am not sure precisely which locality is is from, but it comes from one of the localities in the general vicinity of Tongbei. 







CFC21 Cuproaustinite with Calcite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
8.5x 5.4x 3.6 cm
$68

A nice example of green cupoaustinite with calcite, from finds made in mid 2019. 







CFC22 Fluorite on Quartz
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
4.1x 3.0x 2.4 cm
$34

A reference sample of light green fluorite clustered around the termination of a white quartz crystal. 







CFC23 Smithsonite
Lavrion, Attica, greece
4.4x 2.8x 2.0 cm
$42

A nice example of light green, crystalized smithsonite from a mining area that has been exploited for over 2000 years. 







CJC48 Babingtonite on Prehnite and Quartz
Meigu Co., Sichuan Prov., China
13.8x 13.1 x 3.8 cm
$88

A large example of prehnite, with crystals or rare black prehnite, from finds made several years ago in Sichuan. The back is quite pretty as well-- the plate is covered with quartz crystals, with interspersed prehnite orbs. 









CJC47 Pyromorphite
Mfouati Area, Bouenza Dept., Republic of Congo
7.5x 6.0x 3.7 cm
$62

A nice reference example of pyromorphite on matrix, from recent finds at the Mfouati Mine. I used to see these available every once in a while when I was a kid-- those came from discoveries made sometimes in the 70's.  This is more recent production. The green is a bit duller in person, but this is intended as a reference of a rather rare African pyromorphite-- apart from Broken Hill, Zimbabwe and a few one-offs from Mt. Malosa, you really don't see the mineral much from this massive continent.  







CJC46 Dioptase with Mimetite
Ntola Mine, Mindouli, Pool Dept., Republic of Congo
7.5x 6.0x 6.0 cm
$76

A nice example of bright green dioptase with scattered yellow mimetite, from the Ntola Mine. A bit sparser than others, but somehow this makes it stand out a bit-- you can appreciate the individual dioptase crystals (however small), and their individual lusters (you'll see what I mean).







CJC45 Dioptase with Mimetite
Ntola Mine, Mindouli, Pool Dept., Republic of Congo
5.0x 3.9x 2.3 cm
$48

A nice example of bright green dioptase, with beautifully contrasting yellow mimetite, on matrix. 







CJC44 Wulfenite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
9.1x 8.0x 4.5 cm

A rich example of wulfenite on a gossan matrix, from a recent pocket of the "sandwich" habit of wulfenites, first discovered in 2017. 







CJC43 Wulfenite, Quartz, Torbernite (?)
Mfouati Area, Bouenza Dept., Republic of Congo
6.9x 6.8x 4.4 cm
$72

An interesting example of wulfenite on quartz, with a small platy grin crystal of something that I suspect to be torbernite, zeunerite, or a related U mineral.  Whatever the green thing is, the piece is still an attractive reference wulfenite from this locality.  







CJC42 Hemimorphite
Mfouati Area, Bouenza Dept., Republic of Congo
11.0x 8.8x 4.0 cm
$68

A nice cabinet sized example of hemimorphite form Mfouati.  These have have some resemblance to the more common pieces from Ojuela, but the crystals tend to be somewhat more robust. A great reference. 







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