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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
$58

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
$63

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
$56

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.








CRR19 Quarz incl ??
Minas Gerais, Brazil
6.4x 3.0x 2.3 cm
$58

A beautiful quartz crystal with whispy inclusions of another mineral-- I'm not quite sure what it is.  







CRR20 Hematite
Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
3.2x 1.8x 1.5 cm
$52

A beautiful and very sharp hematite "iron rose."  The piece is photographed from both the front and back, and is remarkably complete with only a bit of a contact on the bottom. 







CRR21 Pyrite
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
10.0x 6.8x 8.2 cm
$48

A large cabinet specimen of pyrite form the Quiruvilca Mine.  This one is not quite as bright as the Huanzala pieces, but it is composed of octahedral crystals-- one of the rarer pyrite habits from Peru.

Quiruvilca is mainly known for its arsenic minerals-- orpiment, realgar, and native arsenic, though it does on occaision produce these pyrites. 

Cheap for a pyrite this large.









CRR22 Brochantite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
5.7x 3.7x 2.8 cm

A beautiful, grass green example of brochantite from Milpillas.  A few crystals will undoubtedly come off during shipment, but it should make it in good shape.  I've seen some of these that are essentially "set it and leave it" specimens... this one is not quite as delicate.







CRR23 Ammonite (Calcite)
Madagascar
12.5x 9.8x 1.6 cm
$52

A beautiful ammonite half, with many tiny calcite crystals visible in some of the compartments  On the outer surface, you can still see some of the mother-of-pearl.







CRR24 Calcite
Daye Copper mine, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China
5.8x 5.7x 4.3 cm
$56

A nice example of "pagoda calcite" from China.







CRR25 Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
5.5x 2.3x 1.4 cm

A beautiful example of terminated amethyst crystals from Mexico.







CRR26 Chrysocolla with Quartz
Acari Mine, Caraveli Province, Arequipa Department, Peru
5.5x 3.5x 2.6 cm
$48

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.








CRR27 Creedite
Mina Navidad, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
5.2x 3.3x 3.1 cm

A beautiful specimen of creedite from the Navidad Mine in Mexico.  These have been a staple of wholesale dealers for years, though I spoke to one recently who says that no more is coming out...

This one has a bit of matrix attached, and has a rather aesthetic overall arrangement.









CRR28 Scheelite
Yaogangxian Mine, Chenzhou, Hunan Prov., China
7.7x 4.1x 2.5 cm

A rich example of brown scheelite on a matrix of quartz and ferberite, from the Yaogangxian Mine.  Some of the scheelites lower on the specimen are sheared, but it displays exactly as shown.









CRR29 Valentinite
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang Co., Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
6.4x 4.4x 1.7 cm

A very rare sample of this antimony oxide from China.  The only other decent valentinite specimens I have seen recently came from Bolivia, though they had an entirely different appearance-- grayish prismatic crystals.  Most of the clusters are sheared, but it's quite rich.  It's a good reference for the price, from a small new find..











CRR30 Smithsonite
Yunnan Prov., China
7.2x 8.0x 1.6 cm

A decent sample of smithsonite from China, a mineral that was virtually unknown from the country until recently.  This one is a thin sliver of matrix, coated on multiple sides with a layer of the mineral.  It's considerably less 2-D than most of the others I've seen, which are usually just shards from a larger fractured plate.







CRR31 Tetrahedrite, Ferberite and Bournonite on Quartz
Julcani Dist., Angaraes Prov., Huancavelica Prov., Peru
8.3x 7.5x 4.7 cm
$86

For the past several years the Julcani mine has produced little of note-- mainly just arsenopyrite.  The mine is notable for its odd sulfide combinations-- occasionally throwing mineralogical curve balls.

This cabinet sized specimen consists of ferberite and large tetrahedrite crystal, largely overgrown by small bournonite cogwheels.  

It's a very interesting piece-- if you like sulfides, this is quite interesting.







CRR32 Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
5.2x 3.8x 3.1 cm

A nice sample of amethyst from Mexico, with multiple terminated crystals on matrix.









CRR33 Epidote with Prehnite
Bendoukou, Sandare District, Kayes Region, Mali
8.0x 3.9x 3.5 cm
$76

A terminated epidote crystal perched atop a pair of prehnite orbs. 







CRR34 Quartz
Maharashtra State, India
8.0x 7.0x 2.0 cm
$46

A nice example of stalactitic quartz from India.







CRR35 Fluorite on Quartz
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
3.4x 2.5x 2.6 cm
$46

A sample of inky blue fluorite form the find made a few years back.  Please note, the color is a very dark blue in person-- the lighter color you see is because of the strong lighting.

I included an image of the bottom to illustrate the incredibly caustic environment that must have existed in this mine.  Many of the lower quality specimens I have seen of various species have surfaces that are heavily etched-- from delicate fluorites to tougher silicates like quartz and ilvaite.  Here you can see an initial quartz crystal (the core) that retains some transparency, overgrown by a second layer of smaller crystals that received the brunt of the etching.  Sometime later, the blue fluorite crystallized over it.









CRR36 Alabandite
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru
4.8x 3.2x 3.5 cm
$42

A reference sample of this rare manganese sulfide from Peru, containing numerous twinned crystals.  This comes from a find made several years ago.







CRR37 Kyanite
Minas Gerais, Brazil
15.2x 4.2x 2.6 cm
$58

A rather dramatic cluster of sharp kyanite crystals from Brazil.







CRR38 Opal
Pisco Prov., Ica Dept., Peru
4.0x 3.2x 2.9 cm
$46

A coral-like specimen of pink opal from Peru.  







CRR39 Scolecite
Maharashtra State, India
10.5x 3.6x 1.5 cm

A group of very thick and hefty scolecite crystals.  Usually these occur as narrow white crystals in spherical aggregates that are very delicate-- but these are unusually thick, and you can even clearly see the terminations.







CRR40 Quartz Cast after Calcite
Daye Copper mine, Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China
7.0x 5.5x 5.0 cm
$72

An unusual specimen, consisting of a quartz cast after calcite.  The quartz crystallized over the calcite, then at some point the calcite naturally dissolved away, leaving a cast behind.







CRR41 Celestite
Maybee, Monroe Co., Michigan, United States
6.4x 4.3x 3.5 cm
$48

A doubly terminated (that's actually quite hard to find for this location) celestite crystal aesthetically perched on the tip of a sedimentary matrix.  Saw marks around the lower sides.









CRR42 Fluorite
Stoneco Quarry, Clay Center, Wood Co., Ohio, USA
3.3x 3.1x 1.7 cm
$62

A very nice, sharp miniature specimen of brown fluorite from the Midwestern USA.









CRR42 Pyrite
American Aggregates Quarry, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
3.3x 3.1x 2.9 cm

A nice, very lustrous, ball-shaped aggregate of pyrite crystals from an unusual Midwestern locality.







CRR43 Celestite
Stoneco Portage Quarry, Portage, Wood Co., Ohio, USA
6.8x 2.0x 0.6 cm

A very beautiful celestite crystal fro Ohio, with an exceptionally clear phantom-- you can see the usual cloudy, pointed, blade-like habit (that these usually display) contained within the crystal, and then a clearer section with a sharp, flat termination.  A very nice example.







CRR44 Goethite
Taouz, Er-Rachidia Prov., Morocco
7.3x 3.5x 2.2 cm

An interesting group of dark goethite stalactites from Morocco.







CRR45 Calcite
Berry Materials Quarry, North Vernon, Jennings Co., Indiana, USA
3.2x 3.0x 2.6 cm
$44

A nice sample of my favorite Midwestern calcite habit.  These distinctive rounded crystals display the typical, rounded habit from this quarry.







CRR46 Celestite
Maybee, Monroe Co., Michigan, United States
4.8x 3.3x 1.8 cm
$46

An interestig example of blicky celestite crystals from Michigan-- this blocky habit is a bit harder to come by, as most from the area are paler and more blade like.







CRR47 Calcite
Berry Materials Quarry, North Vernon, Jennings Co., Indiana, USA
6.6x 4.3x 3.1 cm
$48

A nice sample of my favorite Midwestern calcite habit on a sandstone matrix.  These distinctive rounded crystals display the typical habit from this quarry, and are particularly lustrous. 







CRR48 Epidote with Prehnite
Bendoukou, Sandare District, Kayes Region, Mali
5.1x 2.3x 1.8 cm
$38

A doubly terminated epidote crystal with a few smaller prehnite aggregates clinging to it.







CRR49 Chrysoberyl var. Alexandrite
Novello Mine, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
1.7x 1.6x 1.3 cm

A rough hexagonal crystal of alexandrite with a marked color change.  For whatever reason the most purple image is what the camera captures--it wont look like that in person.  The duller in between color is what you'll see in incandescent light, and the brighter green is what it will look like in sunlight, or a daylight equivalent lightbulb.  







CRR50 Chrysocolla with Quartz
Acari Mine, Caraveli Province, Arequipa Department, Peru
4.0x 3.0x 2.8 cm
$48

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.







CRR51 Bismuth
Cobalt, Ontario, Canada
6.3x 5.0x 5.7 cm
$66

A nice sample of native bismuth, with a bright vein of the metal running through a rock matrix.

This comes with a label that dates it to at least 1971.







CRR52 Anilite
Champion Mine, Houghton Co., Michigan, United States
6.4x 4.4x 1.3 cm

A very rich and exceedingly rare specimen of the copper sulfide anilite from the Michigan copper country.  Anilite is Cu7S4.









CRR53 Hutchinsonite
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
4.5x 2.7x 0.6 cm

A nice sample of this very rare thallium, lead, arsenic sulfide-- for the price it's quite rich.  This is also one of the only thallium minerals you are likely to see for sale-- I mean that quite literally as most of the others are just offered as micro crystals and require magnification.







CRR54 Ilvaite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
6.8x 1.6x 1.3 cm
$58

A nice example of a terminated ilvaite crystal from the Huanggang Mine.







CRR55 Tourmaline
Haapaluoma pegmatite, Seinajoki, Western and Inner Finland Region, Finland
11.8x 5.1x 5.0 cm
$78

A reference sample of tourmaline from a very unusual location-- in Finland, of all places.  When I think of Finnish minerals, the only thing that comes to mind are the uvarovites and diopsides from Outokumpu-- I'm sure there's a lot more (this piece being just one example of the "other") but I never really see it for sale...








CRR56 Wulfenite
Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mts., La Paz Co., Arizona
1.6x 1.5x 0.25 cm
$46

A bright reddish orange wulfenite crystal from the world famous red Cloud Mine.  The crystal is nicely complete and shows good from.







CRR57 Cerussite
Touissit, Jerada, Oriental Region, Morocco
2.0x 1.8x 0.8 cm
$52

A beautiful V-twinned cerussite from Morocco.  Positioned int he right angle, you can really see the firey dispersion of this mineral (see bottom right image for an example)







CRR58 Acanthite
Guanajuato, Mexico
3.3x 2.4x 0.8 cm
$44

A nice thumbnail of arborescent crystals of this silver sulfide, from Mexico.







CRR59 Tourmaline (Elbaite)
Elizabeth R. Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala, San Diego Co., California, United States
1.45x 1.2x 0.45

A tourmaline crystal from an old collection, assembled between the 1960's and 1990's.  The "Elizabeth R. Mine" was situated near the Pala Chief and Oceanview mines, and although it no longer officially exists, the same deposit is today worked as part of the Oceanview Mine.







CRR60 Fluorite
Fort Wayne, Allen Co., Indiana, United States
2.0x 1.5x 1.3 cm
$30

A nice thumbnail-sized sample of the distinctivly clear, yellowish fluorite from areound Fort Wayne, Indiana.







CRR61 Pyrite with Calcite
N'chwaning Mine, Kalahari, South Africa
2.7x 1.7x 1.2 cm

An unusual (and certainly older) thumbnail-sized specimen of pyrite with pinkish calcite (I would guess mangano calcite), from the Kalahari Manganese fields.

Given the position of the label and the mounting style, I would guess it's from the Willard Perkin collecton (the inventor of the "Perky Box") 







CRR62 Calcite
5 Mile Point, Eagle River, Keweenaw Co., Michigan, United States
2.6x 0.6x 0.55 cm

A nice reference thumbnail of water clear, unusually elongated calcite from this little-known Copper Country locality. These tend to look more like quartz than calcite.








CRR63 Pyrite
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
2.0x 1.8x 1.5 cm

An interesting pyrite from Milpillas-- for what I've seen, they tend to either form gigantic cubes that get broken during extraction, or these very cool polyhedrons that appear rounded because they have so many faces.  It's an interesting pyrite habit that I haven't seen from other locations.  This one has a bit of a darker chalcocite patina.








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