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CAA01 Pyrite
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
10.8x 7.2x 7.0 cm

A large cabinet specimen of highly lustrous pyrite from an exceptional find made at the Huanzala Mine within the last 2 years.  The luster is fo good, you can even see the reflection of my finger in the closeup. This one would be a lot more expensive, but there is some chipping that keeps the price lower.









CAA02 Celestite
Sylvania, Ohio, United States
10.3x 8.6x 5.5 cm
$84

A very nice example of celestite from Ohio-- i particularly liked this one because the crystals seemed just a bit gemmier and with better color than what I'm used to seeing in celestite from the American Midwest. 








CAA02B Beryl var. Aquamarine with Muscovite
Huya Village, Mt. Xuebaoding, Sichuan Prov., China
7.2x 6.2x 4.0 cm
$74

A nice example of aquamarine from southwestern China, fromt he same locality that produces the famous orange scheelites.  This piece displays the characteristic tabular habit that aquamarines from this location are known for.







CAA03 Trilobite
Sylvania, ohio, United States
16.7x 8.0x 3.9 cm

A pyritized trilobite on a sedimentary matrix, from the same locality as the celestites and pyritized brachiopod also in this update.  I have no idea what species it is (I'm sure its fairly common) but I just really liked the overall layout of the piece.  It's kind of neat, you can even see the multiple lenses in its eyes.









CAA03A Orpiment with Barite
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
6.8x 5.0x 4.0 cm
$86

A nice orange orpiment with colorless barite, from older finds at the Quiruvilca Mine.  Classic material, in exceptionally good condition, despite a bit of damage.







CAA04 Fluorite on Quartz
Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru
8.2x 6.0x 3.8 cm
$84

A very nicely arranged example of fluorite, with a decently sized, very faintly green crystal perched atop a cluster of quartz crystals.  If you can find a way to display this standing up, it will be especially beautiful (not to mention, it will look like a much more expensive specimen)











CAA05 Cavansite
Wagholi, near Poona, Maharashtra State, India
6.0x 4.0x 5.0 cm
$58

A clutser of bright blue cavansite crystals perched in a nicely contrasting matrix, from India.







CAA06 Chalcopyrite on Pyrite
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
5.1x 3.1x 3.1 cm
$62

A very nice example of chalcopyrite on pyrite, from Huanzala.  This mine is best known for the tons and tons of pyrite it produces, but it has also produced (or relatively rare occasions) good chalcopyrite.  This one isn't perfect (there is some damage) but it displays exactly as shown-- with the large brassy chalcopyrites aesthetically perched atop a cluster of ultra-lustrous pyrite crystals.









CAA07 Fluorite
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang Co., Hengyang Pref., Hunan Prov., China
6.1x 5.1x 2.5 cm
$100

A large fluorite crystal growing flat against its matrix, showing the octahedral modifications and complex faces that are a hallmark of the Shangbao Mine.  The orange comes from internal iron staining.  Excellent for the price-- these have gotten very expensive over the last couple years.







CAA08 Cavansite
Wagholi, near Poona, Maharashtra State, India
4.1x 3.6x 2.2 cm
$64

A complete cluster of vivid blue, blady cavansite crystals on a nicely contrasting matrix, from India.







CAA09 Hubnerite on Quartz
Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru
10.5x 7.1x 6.3 cm
$94

A nice cabinet sized sample of hubnerite on quartz.  Priced at $200 in my show stock.









CAA10 Copper
Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, United States
8.9x 5.0x 2.2 cm
$78

A very large copper crystal, branching off from a group of smaller ones.  The crystal isn't the sharpest and it has some calcite (?) filled pits, but the overall shape of the crystal is very easy to see, as are its faces and edges.









CAA11 Apophyllite with Stilbite
Nasik Area, Maharashtra State, India
10.2x 4.6x 4.3 cm
$76

A very sharp example of a chalcedony stalactite overgrown with stilbite and apophyllite.  The tip is intact, and the overall display (and again sharpness) of the piece are very nice.







CAA12 Fluorite on Quartz
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang Co., Hengyang Pref., Hunan Prov., China
7.8x 4.5x 4.6 cm

A nice example of fluorite from the Shangbao mine, displayable from a couple different angles.  Excellent for the price.









CAA13 Fluorite on Foitite Tourmaline
Erongo Mtns., Erongo Region, Namibia
3.8x 3.4x 1.8 cm
$48

A nice sample of fluorite on a combination of schorl and rare foitite tourmalines.  Fro recent finds in the Erongo Mountains.







CAA14 Crocoite
Red Lead Mine, Dundas, Tasmaina, Australia
7.0x 4.5x 4.1 cm
$76

A nice sample of crocoite, the crystals are not the brighterst color, but they are the large hollow habit, and the overall arrangement isn't bad-- especially for the price.







CAA15 Cuproadamite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
4.0x 3.5x 1.0 cm
$46

A nice sample of green cuproadamite from Mina Ojuela.  Most of what gets found is the usual yellow, the green copper bearing examples are encountered a bit less often.







CAA16 Celestite
Sylvania, ohio, United States
9.5x 8.0x 4.3 cm
$68

A very nice example of celestite from Ohio-- i particularly liked this one because the crystals seemed just a bit gemmier abd with better color than what I'm used to seeing in celestite from the American Midwest. 







CAA17 Pyrite (pyritized brachiopod fossil)
Sylvania, ohio, United States
5.3x 3.7x 3.0 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.









CAA18 Prehnite with Epidote
Bendoukou, Sandare District, Kayes Region, Mali
5.6x 3.0x 2.3 cm
$46

A nice example of prehnite with epidote-- this one is a cluster of dark epidotes with a couple lighter green orbs perched both on top and on its side.









CAA19 Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
4.2x 3.6x 1.2 cm

A nice cluster of sharp amethyst crystals from Mexico.







CAA20 Stibnite
Wuling Mine, Jiujiang Prefacture, Jiangxi Prov., China
5.4x 2.0x 0.85 cm
$48

A sharp and bright example of stibnite from the Wuling Mine.  It's not the usual spear or messy cluster, it's a more compact, to-the-point example with nice form-- the small ones are usually just broken tips, but this one is a decent miniature specimen in its own right.







CAA21 Variscite
Lucin, Lucin District, Pilot Range, Box Elder Co., Utah, USA
5.4x 4.3x 1.5 cm
$64

A nice example of variscite from Lucin (the *other* Utah variscite locality) that displays a polished interior while retaining a portion of the outer skin of the nodule.  This allows you to see both how they look when they are found and what they contain within-- usually they are sold as slices with both sides polished.







CAA22 Gummite and Uraninite
Ruggles Mine, Grafton, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, United States
4.0x 3.4x 1.4 cm

A highly radioactive sample of gummite, uraninite, and probably at least a couple other uranium minerals from the classic Ruggles Mine locality.







CAA23 Valentinite
Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang Co., Loudi Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
6.7x 5.1x 3.1 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, the one in the closeup is mostly complete (though still not perfect).  It's a good reference for the price, from a small new find..







CAA24 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.1x 2.8x 2.1 cm
$86

A nice sample of hoppered pyromorphite crystals, pseudomorphed by plumbogummite.  Very cheap for what it is.







CAA25 Fluorite on Calcite
Dal'Negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia
8.2x 6.8x 4.3 cm
$68

A group of nicely isolated, colorless fluorite cubes on matrix, from the Russian far east. 









CAA26 Silver
El Mochito Mine, Near San Pedro Sula, Santa Barbara Dept., Honduras
2.0x 0.7x 0.5 cm
$58

A very rare thumbnail sized specimen of silver from Central America.  Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua have numerous precious metal deposits, but specimens of those metals are almost unheard of.  This is an older piece.







CAA27 Cassiterite on Quartz
Viloco Mine, Loayza Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia
9.1x 5.1x 3.5 cm

A nice cabinet sized speicmen of cassitterite on a quartz matrix, from Bolivia.







CAA28 Legrandite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
3.3x 2.5x 0.9 cm

A rich sample of this highly sough after mineral, from Mina Ojuela.  People tend to ask stupid prices for this species, and I wouldn't be too surprised to see something like this for 2 or 3 times the price.  Personally, I feel that this piece is very rich, but the arrangement of the crystals isn't quite optimal... either way, it's really good for the price. 

Priced at $200 in my show stock.







CAA29 Calcite
Maharashtra State, India
11.5x 7.9x 2.2 cm
$68

An unusal elongated calcite crystal from a find made around 4-5 years ago in India.  It almost looks like quartz with rounded edges.







CAA30 Copper ps. Aragonite (MATRIX!)
Corocoro District, Pacajes Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia.
8.5x 4.5x 1.2 cm
$78

A rare example of a copper after aragonite pseudoorph on matrix.  They usually occur either as matrixless hexagonal crystals in a clay that gets washed off, or as spherical aggregates of those same hexagonal crystals. 







CAA31 Copper with Datolite Nodule
Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, United States
9.2x 8.2x 1.1

An unpolished slab of datolite with copper, from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  You can se the flashes of light reflecting off the copper when the piece is held at the correct angle.







CAA32 Celestite
Sylvania, ohio, United States
4.4x 1.85x 1.4 cm

A nice, double terminated celestite crystal on a bit of matrix, from Ohio.







CAA33 Garnet
Markstay, Ontario, Canada
7.2x 5.7x 4.3 cm
$48

A nice garnet specimen in schist from an unusual location. This looks a lot redder in the pictures than in person, because of the bright lights used during photography.







CAA34 Copper (Carved Chisel Chip)
Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, United States
6.1x 2.3x 0.9 cm
$56

A mining relic rather than a natural formation, chips like these were the product of miners trying to carve large copper chunks down to more manageable sizes.  This was probably chiseled down 100+ years ago.







CAA35 Millerite
Hall's Gap. Lincoln Co., Kentucky, United States
2.2x 1.7x 0.7 cm

A small vug ruchly filled with hair-like millerite crystals.  A cute little thumbnail.







CAA36 Garnet
Kolsva, Sweden
3.7x 3.4x 2.8 cm

A nice garnet sample from a location I have never heard of before. It comes from the collection of a woman who was very actively collecting-- corresponding and trading with people all over the world by mail-- from the 70's to early 90's.









CAA37 Witherite
Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock Dist., Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
3.2x 2.6x 2.6 cm
$28

A nice sample of witherite from one of the mines in the now defunct southern Illinois fluorspar district.  A nice little reference piece for the price.







CAA38 Scheelite
Sonora, Mexico
5.1x 3.3x 2.9 cm

A rare old example of scheelite from Mexico, with a label dating it to at least 1970.  The crystal is on matrix, and pretty decent for being from a more obscure location-- when it comes to scheelite, it seems that the weirder the locality, the worse the crystal...

A really good reference piece.







CAA39 Tourmaline
Haapaluoma pegmatite, Seinajoki, Western and Inner Finland Region, Finland
9.4x 6.2x 5.2 cm

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...







CAA40 Orpiment
Shimen Mine, Changde Pref., Hunan Prov., China
7.0x 5.4x 4.1 cm
$48

A nice sample of elongated orpiment crystals from the Shimen (or Jiepiayu) Mine, better known for its realgar crystals.







CAA41 Pyrite
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
3.1x 2.8x 2.8 cm

A very unusual compound crystal of highly lustrous pyrite from Huanzala.  It's basically a cube (sort of) made up of many other cubes. There really is no end to the number of wacky configurations of pyrite that this mine produces... then again, seeing how much it produces, there are bound to be a few oddities.







CAA42 Cavansite
Wagholi, near Poona, Maharashtra State, India
4.5x 3.0x 2.8 cm
$42

A nice sample of bright blue cavansite in a vug, from India.

As an interesting side note, the quarry where cavansite is found is located in a huge complex containing several very large quarries.  Cavansite and pentagonite have only been found in any appreciable quantity in 2 or 3 of those quarries, even though all are located within approximately 2 square kilometers of land. 

With the rapid expansion of India's cities, Wagholi (a suburb of the larger city of Poona) has grown and started to engulf the quarries-- the quarries known for producing the best cavansites have been purhcased by developers or are at the water table.  In other words, the cavansite boom that lasted for much of the 2000's appears to be coming to an end.  Prices will probably not return to the level of the 90's (when a single 1.0 cm rosette that today costs $2.00 would sell for $500) but these will not remain as common.







CAA43 Selenite
Red River Floodway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
6.6x 5.3x 5.0 cm
$46

A nice cluster of selenite crystals from the Red River Floodway in Canada.







CAA44 Copper
Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, United States
2.7x 1.5x 1.1 cm
$32

A nice thumbnail consisting of an isolated copper crystal, showing decent faces from the Michigan copper country.







CAA45 Wavellite on Quartz
Siglo XX mine, Llallagua, Bustillo Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia.
7.3x 6.1x 4.8 cm
$72

A nice reference sample of yellow wavellite on quartz, from Bolivia.  When it comes to wavellite, you will pretty much only see specimens from 1 of two general areas-- Arkansas, or Llallagua.  The Llallagua pieces are somewhat harder to find. 







CAA46 Silver
Porco Mine, Agua de Castilla, Quijarro Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia
5.8x 5.1x 4.0 cm
$68

A nice sample of silver wires from the Porco Mine, in Bolivia.


The mines at Porco have operated since at least the late 1500's, and were among the the primary sources of Spain's silver for hundreds of years.  The site was also known to the Incas, who took control of the area sometime between 1493 and 1527.

 

For all the ore that the Porco mines have produced over the centuries, remarkably few specimens exist from the mine.  In fact, it seems that it is easier to obtain antique Spanish coinage minted from Bolivian silver than it is to obtain raw specimens, even though the mine operates to this day. 








CAA47 Copper
Cedar River, Near Bassett, Iowa, United States
6.4x 2.6x 0.75 cm

Maybe I'm easily intrigued, but I was somewhat fascinated by this rather mundane (read: crappy) copper.  It's actually from the Michigan copper country, but it was collected approximately 450 miles away, from a river in northeast of Iowa.  When the glaciers moved through the area, they transported massive quantities of rocks-- and some of those rocks were actually chunks of copper. 

I've seen hundreds of "float" coppers from the general vicinity of the Upper Peninsula, but I had never seen one from so far away--apparently these things turn up in farm fields every once in a while, as far as Ohio and Southern Illinois.








CAA48 Calcite
Nasik Area, Maharashtra State, India
4.8x 3.8x 2.6 cm
$38

A nice sample of clear calcite on a wonderfully contrasting matrix, clearly showing the doubling that you would see in on of those cleaved rhombs, though which you usually can't see in natural specimens.







CAA49 Quartz (
Dal'Negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia
5.7x 5.6x 3.0 cm
$68

An interesting sample of quartz from Dal'Negorsk, with an unusual iridescence.  This is the natural version of "aqua aura" or other thin film coated minerals-- in this case, I suspect there are subsequent generations of transparent quartz spaced just far enough for light reflecting from one layer to cause interference with light reflecting from other layers.  The end result are the flashes of color you see when moving the specimen around.  It's kind of hard to capture the color in the pictures, but they give some idea of what to expect.    







CAA50 Gold
Homestake Mine,Deadwood, South Dakota, United States
4.0x 2.2x 1.5 cm

A reference sample of gold from a very unusual American location.  Apparently the state has (or had?) a number of gold mines, but specimens are rarely seen.  The mine this piece comes from was discovered in 1875, and operated intermittently by various owners until 2002.







CAA51 Wavellite
Montgomery Co., Arkansas, United States
5.1x 4.2x 2.8 cm
$39

A cluster of green hemispherical wavellite aggregates on matrix, from Arkansas.  Excellent reference piece.







CAA52 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Mahaiza Area, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
2.5x 2.4x 1.3 cm
$52

A nice thumbnial sized sample of pruple-red tourmaline from Madagascar.  I see a fair amount of the very distinctive material from this location when I'm in Madagascar, but most of the crystals are frozen in matrix or not terminated.







CAA53 Staurolite
Keivy, Kola Peninsula, Russia
6.0x 3.6x 2.1 cm

A nice sample of staurolite from northeastern Russia.







CAA54 Wavellite
Montgomery Co., Arkansas, United States
8.5x 5.2x 5.2 cm

A nice wavellite sample from Arkansas, with the radial structure of the aggregates clearly visible.







CAA55 Arsenopyrite
Barry, Ontario, Canada
11.7x 6.6x 5.1 cm
$86

An old sample of well crystallized arsenopyrite from Canada, with a label dating it to at least 1969.  Most of the ore samples I see from this area are just massive chunks of some mixture of metallic minerals-- this is actually nicely crystallized.  







CAA56 Behierite
Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov, Madagascar
3.8x 1.8x 2.8 cm

A very crystal of this tantalum borate on matrix, from Madagascar-- it's small, but this is still a good reference sample.







CAA57 Tourmaline on Cleavlandite
Stak Nala, Skardu, Northern Areas, Pakistan
3.1x 2.6x 3.1 cm
$58

A nice sample of tourmaline on cleavlandite form Stak Nala.  The tourmaline is a partial prism, but it is terminated.  Stak Nala tourmalines are distinctive because of their dark shafts, with lighter caps-- usually green. This one hasn't been treated-- many pieces these days (especially the ones with the pink bands on the termination) have been irradiated.











CAA58 Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
4.2x 3.2x 2.7 cm

A cluster of light purple amethyst crystals on matrix, from Mexico.  A very pretty little miniature.







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