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CDD01A Carrollite
Kamoya South II Mine, Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
6.3x 4.9x 4.0 cm
$59

A nice example of this rare copper cobalt sulfide, with a few silvery octahedral crystals sharing a matrix with some calcite rhombs.







CDD04 Carrollite
Kamoya South II Mine, Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
5.0x 4.6x 3.4 cm
$94

A great example of this rare copper cobalt sulfide, from Congo.  This one has a rather sizable octahedral crystal with cubic modification, nicely positioned on a rock matrix.  There is another crystal on the back as well (shown in the last image)









CDD01 Wulfenite
Villa Ahumada, Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico
8.8x 7.7x 3.1 cm
$84

An old example of wulfenite from Los Lamentos.  This piece is not entirely perfect, but the crystals have good luster and contrast nicely with the yellow and white matrix, and the tiny brown endlichite (arsenian vanadinite crystals) add a nice touch.  Particularly considering the prices that these things have started to go for in the last couple years, this is a very good example for the price.









CDD02 Pyrite
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
6.5x 6.0x 3.8 cm
$76

A small cabinet sized example of octahedral pyrite from Huanzala.  While not exactly rare on the market, octahedral examples are highly regarded by the dealers in Peru-- the bulk of what is found at the is either dodecahedral or cubic-- these octahedral examples are only found every few years at best.









CDD03 Fluorite
Okorusu Mine, Otjiwarongo District, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
9.1x 5.0x 3.2 cm
$74

A nice cabinet sized example of green fluorite from the Okorusu mine, in Namibia. The crystals are more distinct than the pictures indicate....









CDD05 Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
8.2x 7.3x 4.2 cm
$74

A nice example of light purple amethyst on matrix, from Las Vigas.







CDD06 Pentagonite
Wagholi, near Poona, Maharashtra State, India
5.7x 4.4x 3.6 cm
$68

A rich example of this species, with a nice "Christmas tree" of pentagonite on matrix, from Wagholi.  Pentagonite and cavansite are polymorphs-- chemically identical, yet with different crystal systems.   







CDD07 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Vakinankaratra Region, Madagascar
5.5x 4.0x 3.3 cm
$295

A sample of very bright pink tourmaline on matrix, from Madagascar.  The other crytstals have some damage which is why this is cheaper, but the main crystal is terminated, and it has a depth and brightness that examples from Malchan or even the famous Jonas mine in Brazil have a difficult time matching.  









CDD08 Calcite
Boldut Mine, Cavnic, Maramures Co., Romania
7.5x 6.1x 2.9 cm
$48

A nice sample of calcite from the now closed Boldut Mine, in Romania.  The specimens from Romanian sulfide mines were plentiful in the 90's, but many closed when Romania joined the EU







CDD09 Wulfenite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
7.3x 5.7x 3.0 cm
$58

A nice and rather rich example of bipyramidal wulfenite on matrix, from finds made at Mina Ojuela a few years ago.







CDD10 Plumbogummite ps. Pyromorphite
Daoping-Yangshuo Orebody, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China
3.7x 3.5x 3.6 cm

A nice miniature sized sample of pyromorphite altering to plumbogummite-- the exact degree of pseudomorphing varies from piece to piece, and pocket to pocket.







CDD11 Andradite Garnet var Demantoid
Antetezambato, Ambanja Dist., Diana Region, Antsiranana Prov., Madagascar
8.3x 5.2x 4.6 cm
$86

A cabinet sized reference sample of demantoid garnet from the now depleted find in a mangrove swamp at the northern tip of Madagascar.  This piece hosts a number of olive to green colored garnets, some with quite decent size.









CDD12 Kunzite
Pech, Kunar, Afghanistan
5.5x 4.7x 1.8 cm
$88

A nice example of etched kunzite from Afghanistan.  It seems to be a floater







CDD13 Axinite on Andradite Garnet
Canta Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
6.5x 4.4x 3.0 cm

A nice example of axinite with a partial, whitish coating on an matrix of tiny andradite garnets.  From the recent find.







CDD14 Tetrahedrite
Julcani Dist., Angaraes Prov., Huancavelica Prov., Peru
4.6x 4.5x 3.2 cm
$62

A bright tetrahedrite crystal, on matrix. Not entirely perfect, but very nice arrangement and good crystal size.  The distinct faces on the display side also set it apart from the messier examples from Mundo Nuevo that have dominated the market in recent years.







CDD15 Chrysocolla with Quartz
Acari Mine, Caraveli Province, Arequipa Department, Peru
5.7x 3.3x 4.0 cm
$64

A nice sample of druzy quartz over bright blue-green chrysocolla.







CDD16 Orpiment
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
3.3x 2.8x 1.0 cm
$36

A nice miniature sized sample of bright orange orpiment crystals, from Peru.







CDD17 Ilvaite with Quartz
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
5.5x 3.3x 3.1 cm

A lustrous, terminated ilvaite crsystal with a couple quartz prisms.  Excellent example of the species-- even by the standards of this mine, the luster is particularly good.







CDD18 Rhodonite on Galena
Broken Hill Mine, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia
3.1x 2.2x 2.4 cm
$82

A deep red rhodonite crystal on a glena matrix, classic old material from Broken Hill.  Priced at cost.









CDD19 Orpiment
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
4.2x 3.0x 1.9 cm
$66

A very beautiful miniature specimen of crystalline orpiment on matrix.  







CDD20 Andradite Garnet
Keciborlu, Isparta, Turkey
12.0x 7.5x 5.7 cm

A reference garnet specimen from an unusual locality in Turkey.  The only Turkish minerals I'm used to seeing are kammererite, diaspore, pyrite, and the odd agate.  







CDD21 Genthelvite, Quartz incl. Hedenbergite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
5.4x 4.4x 2.6 cm
$68

A group of sceptered quartz crystals, colored greenish-brown by minute hedenbergite inclusions, sharing a matrix with a spherical cluster of genthelvite crystals.  The matrix is slightly weathered andradite.  It's not the most photogenic piece, but quite interesting when you look at it closely.









CDD22 Rhodochrosite on Pyrite
Pacapaqui District, Bolognesi Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru
3.4x 2.6x 1.8 cm

A nice miniature specimen with aggregates of rhodochrosite (or manganocalcite, or both) on a cluster of bright pyrite crystals.







CDD23 Variscite
Lucin, Lucin District, Pilot Range, Box Elder Co., Utah, USA
5.0x 3.6x 1.4 cm
$54

A nice sample of variscite from the "other" variscite location in Utah.  This one is polished on one side, but still shows the nodule's natural skin and outer form.







CDD24 Pyrite
Texas, United States
7.6x 4.7x 2.4 cm
$64

A spherical aggregate of pyrite crystals, still in its shale matrix.  The bulk of these are just loose balls.







CDD25 Quartz var. Amethyst
Piedra Parada, Las Vigas, Veracruz, Mexico
6.6x 4.4x 2.7 cm
$66

A nicely arranged cluster of light purple amethyst crystals from recent finds at Las Vigas.









CDD26 Calcite
Holloway Quarry, Newport, Michigan, United States
6.3x 5.7x 5.3 cm
$58

A great example of calcite from one of the more obscure Midwestern calcite localities-- specimens turn up at small shows in the Midwest, but I don't think I've ever seen one at one of the major international shows-- many of the less famous localities were the domain of field collectors back in the 60's, 70's, and 80's, and as such many of these specimens tended to be exchanged locally.







CDD27 Mottramite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
15.8x 9.2x 5.1 cm
$82

A large cabinet specimen richly coated with green mottramite, from the find made a few years back.  Excellent example of this material for the price.







CDD28 Tetrahedrite with Bournonite and Ferberite
Julcani Dist., Angaraes Prov., Huancavelica Prov., Peru
7.7x 6.4x 4.2 cm

Among Peruvian dealers, Julcani is known for throwing out many oddball combinations.  This is just such a case-- it is a cabinet specimen with a number of rather large tetrahedrite crystals and some dark ferberties, over which there is a growth of tiny bournonites.

Interesting combination piece.











CDD29 Hutchinsonite
Quiruvilca Dist., Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
5.4x 3.4x 1.7 cm
$76

A decently rich sample of this rare thallium being mineral from Peru. This is pretty much the only thallium mineral you can find that will not be offered as microscopic grains in a gel capsule.  These were found in the 1980's, then again a couple years ago-- this is from he later find.







CDD30 Pyrite with Sphalerite
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Prov., Peru
3.9x 3.9 x 3.0 cm
$62

A nice miniature specimen of sharp and exceptionally lustrous pyrite from the recent pocket.  There is some contacting on the bottom edge, but it is quite complete, and even has associated sphalerite.  I particularly like the sat-like arrangement of smaller cubes running down the front.  An excellent miniature that could easily be priced 2 or 3 times higher, but there is no sense in me sitting on it....

It's somewhat hard to photograph, but its a very good example!









CDD31 Grossular garnet
Sierra de la Cruz (Lake Jaco), Mun. de Sierra Mojada, Coahuila, Mexico
4.2x 2.4x 1.6 cm
$62

A nice example of pink grossular on a pillar of matrix-- not perfect, but very showy and nicely arranged.  As a side note, this locality is often given as "Lake Jaco"- that is incorrect.  The proper location is Sierra de la Cruz.  Apparently there are multiple garnet/ vesuvianite localities in the area, one dealer who has visited the locality described the the distribution of minerals there as "each hill having a different habit (of grossular) or set of combinations."  These distinctively pink one are definitely my favorite from the area, however.







CDD32 Wulfenite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
4.2x3.8x 1.8 cm

A nice example of wulfenite from the very distinctive recent pocket. Priced at about half what I would list it for in a normal update.







CDD33 Tetrahedrite and Hubnerite on Quartz
Mundo Nuevo District, Santiago de Chuco Prov., La Libertad Dept., Peru
6.2x 3.2x 2.2 cm
$58

A terminated quartz point, with a number of tetrahedrite and hubnerite crystals clinging to its sides.  A very nice miniature from the locality.









CDD34 Adamite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
5.2x 3.0x 1.1 cm
$68

A rich specimen of yellow adamite, from recent finds at Mina Ojuela.







CDD35 Cavansite
Wagholi, near Poona, Maharashtra State, India
3.3x 2.9x 2.0 cm
$48

A beautiful example of bright blue cavansite from India.

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 a couple of those quarries, even though all are located within approximately 2 square kilometers of land.

Those quarries have now either been purchased by developers, or reached the water table.  Over the next couple years, these once abundant specimens will become more and more scarce.








CDD36 Prehnite cast after Anhydrite? with Apophyllite
Maharashtra State, India
6.4x 4.1x 1.9 cm

A rather playful and interesting example of this usually boring material-- this one is a cluster of prehnite casts after laumontite or anhydrite, with a cube of apophyllite siting on the very top.   







CDD37 Creedite
Mina Navidad, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
6.5x 4.4x 3.5 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.








CDD38 Andradite Garnet
Bendoukou, Sandare District, Kayes Region, Mali
4.3x 3.8x 3.2 cm
$58

A sharp cluster of well formed andradite garnet crystals, from Mali.







CDD39 Calcite
Linwood Mine, Buffalo, Scott Co., Iowa, United States
4.6x 4.0x 2.7 cm

A beautiful hemispherical cluster of scalenohedral calcite crystals, with tiny marcasite inclusions that give this beautiful miniature a bit of extra sparkle.







CDD40 Votobeyevite on Quartz
Deo Darrah, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
5.7x 2.5x 2.8 cm

A nice sample of "vorobeyevite" on quartz.  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.







CDD41 Andradite Garnet
Bendoukou, Sandare District, Kayes Region, Mali
3.9x 3.3x 2.9 cm
$48

A cluster of sharp, well formed andradite garnets from Mali.









CDD42 Bournonite
Pacapaqui District, Bolognesi Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru
3.2x 1.9x 2.0 cm
$68

A rare example of Peruvian bournonite.  For some reason, there is *lots* of bournonite right next door in Bolivia, but I've only ever seen a few decent crystals from Peru, and (like this one) they tend to be somewhat older. 









CDD43 Spinel
Mogok, Burma (Myanmar)

An 18.8 carat group of blood red spinel crystals from Mogok.  For those of you outside the US, the coin is a US dime with an 17.9 mm diameter.  







CDD44 Brookite
Magnet Cove, Hot Spring Co., Arkansas, United States
3.8x 2.7x 1.8 cm
$58

A rather large blocky brookite crystal on a bit of matrix, from Arkansas.  These days just about all the brookite you see is Pakistani, with the odd piece from Russia turning up every once in a while.... and unlike those, this one isn't paper thin and prone to breakage.







CDD45 Axinite
Colebrook Hill, Tasmania, Australia
5.7x 3.7x 3.7 cm
$46

A reference sample of axinite from an unusual location in Tasmania-- virtually all the asinine you see is either from Russia, California, Pakistan, or recently Peru.  Interesting piece.







CDD46 Spinel
Mogok, Burma (Myanmar)
$44

11 carats of pink, red, and purple spinels from Mogok.  For those outside the US: the coin in the picture is a US dime 17.9 mm in diameter.







CDD47 Soureza, Attika, Greece
Jarosite
5.0x 2.3x 3.1 cm

A very rich example of this potassium iron sulfate, from Greece.







CDD48 Rhodizite-Londonite
Antsongombato, Betafo Region, Madagascar
4.8x 2.6x 3.7 cm
$68

A nice example of rhodizite-londonite (I haven't tested it so I cannot tell you which end member it is-- sorry!) with a very well exposed dodecahedral crystal on matrix.







CDD49 Valentinite
Machacamarca District (Colavi District), Saavedra Province, Potosi Department, Bolivia
4.1x 3.0x 3.7 cm
$82

A very good example of this rare antimony oxide-- these crystals are simply massive but he usual standard of the species.  For comparison, there was recently. find in China (I have offered some on this site) and the valentine crystals on those specimens were tufts of acicular needles.  Granted, those are prettier, but these have impressive size.  From the find made about 4 years ago.







CDD50 Almandine Garnet
Emerald Creek, Latah Co., Idaho, United States
3.1x 2.8x 2.7 cm
$52

A very good reference sample of Idaho garnet-- this one retains good trapezohedral form.  These are not often seen as specimens, often being cut locally into cabochons.







CDD51 Andradite Garnet
bendoukou, Sandare District, Kayes Region, Mali
3.5x 2.0x 1.7 cm

A group of sharp brown andradite garnets on matrix, from Mali.







CDD52 Fluorite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
4.8x 3.6x 3.1 cm
$64

A nice example of light purple fluorite on a magnetite matrix, with small calcite and quartz crystals, from the Huanggang Mine.







CDD53 Andradite Garnet
Bendoukou, Sandare District, Kayes Region, Mali
3.1x 2.3x 2.1 cm
$39

A cluster of sharp, well formed andradite crystals from Mali.







CDD54 Quartz (Japan Law Twin)
Pasto Bueno, Pallasca Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru
4.5x 2.8x 2.3 cm

A nice sample of Japan law twinned quartz, from Peru.  The twin is admittedly a bit hard to see in the pictures, though it sits right in the middle of the cluster with a maximum dimension of about 2.4 cm.







CDD55 Mottramite
Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
7.7x 4.5x 4.2 cm
$58

A nice example of botroyoidal green mottramite from the find a couple years back at Mina Ojuela.







CDD56 Natrozippeite
Bukov Mine, Moravia, Czech Republic
8.8x 6.0x 2.8 cm
$64

A rare example of this sodium bearing uranyl sulfate from the Czech Republic, present on this specimen (as is so often the case with radioactive mineral) as a yellow crust.







CDD57 Kermesite
Wenshan Mine, Yunnan Prov., China
2.7x 0.9x 0.8 cm

A very good thumbnail example of this rare antimony oxysulfide from one of the best occurrences of the species in the recent past.







CDD58 Quartz, Rhodochrosite with Sphalerite
Pachapaqui District, Bolognesi Prov., Ancash Dept., Peru
7.5x 3.8x 3.8 cm

An old example of pink rhodochrosite with sphalerite and quartz, from the Pachapaqui Mine.







CDD59 Thorite
Kempf Prospect, Cheddar, Ontario, Canada
2.4x 2.0x 1.7 cm

A rare crystal of this thorium silicate from Canada.  Very hot.







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