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JE01 Pentagonite
Wagholi, Near Poona, Maharashtra State, India
8.3x 6.5x 3.8 cm
$400

A sizable pentagonite "christmas tree" on matrix.  There are a couple sheared branches, but this is fairly typical. 

The area where these are found is a large quarry complex on the outskirts of Poona. Pentgonite and Cavansite are found in only a couple quarries in this area; prior to 2000 cavansite was considered extremely rare, and until about 2006, the same was true of Pentagonite.  As quarrying progressed and the workings ebtered new zones, more specimens were found.

At this time however, the quarries that produced the best specimens  have either been bought by developers or have  reached the water table...  In other words, the cheap cavansites and pentagonites that we have all grown accustomed to will probably not last for too many more years-- and this one is better than most.








JE02 Helvite
Navegador Mine, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil
13.5x 6.8x 4.1 cm
$395

A cabinet specimen of helvite on albite, from the same mine that produced the spectacular hoppered red spessartines.  Both finds occurred around mid 2004.

 

There are actually a few scraps of red garnet on this piece as well, but the the focus of this piece is the helvite.  It is unusually large and rich by the standards of the find.  These days you are far more likely to see helvite fromthe various Chinese helvites (Tongbei, Jinlong, Huanggang) but this is an interesting example from 10 years ago.

 

The yellow overgrowth is likely a subsequent generation of another helvite group mineral. 








JE03 Mimetite
Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran
7.2x 6.8x 2.8 cm
$385

A rare cabinet specimen of orange Persian mimetite, from an old US collection.  This one has numerous orange botryoids on matrix, with what appear to be quite a few casts after wulfenite blades.

 

Although this locality does produce brighter orange specimens, this is far deeper color than anything from Mexico-- including the old San Pedro Corralitos pieces.








JE04 Mimetite
Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran
7.1x 5.7x 2.2 cm
$265

A rare cabinet specimen of orange Persian mimetite, from an old US collection. 

 

Although this locality does produce brighter orange specimens, this is far deeper color than anything from Mexico-- including the old San Pedro Corralitos pieces.








JE09 Cerussite
Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran
3.1x 2.8x 2.1 cm
$135

A cluster of elegantly reticulated Persian cerussite from an old US collection.







JE10 Cerussite
Nakhlak Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan Prov., Iran
3.9x 3.7x 2.4 cm
$165

A cluster of elegantly reticulated Persian cerussite from an old US collection.









JE11 Pyrosmaltite-(Fe)
Nordmark, Filipstad, Värmland, Sweden
4.8x 3.0x 3.8 cm
$725

An old specimen of pyrosmaltite-(Fe) from Sweden, showing rather sizable crystals.  Ex. Al Ordway collection, from the collection of Chris Steffano, the current curator of the Seaman Museum.







JE13 Shigaite on Rhodochrosite
N'Chwaning II Mine, Kuruman, , Northern Cape Prov., South Africa
3.3x 2.8x 0.5 cm
$360

A larger than normal shigaite crystal on a thin rhodochrosite matrix.  There is a bit of scuffing (the light brown areas) but this is more apparent because of the magnification....







JE14 Zircon
Near Betafo, Vakinankaratra Region, Namibia
2.5x 1.7x 1.8 cm
$150

A rather large (for the locality) zircon crystal from Madagascar.  The bulk of what I've seen are always sub- 1.5 cm, this one has them all beat.







JE15 Mimetite
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
6.4x 3.3x 2.2 cm
$185

A classic spray of light yellow mimetite crystals on matrix, from Tsumeb.







JE16 Alabandite
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
4.5x 4.8x 3.0 cm
$400

A cluster of very sharp Alabandite crystals, from a find made around 2010.  Up until this time, virtually no good examples of the species had been found for decades (Hungary had produced similar crystals much earlier, and Broken Hill had comparatively pathetic sprays.)  Within the span of 3 years however, there were two major discoveries of the mineral-- this one at Uchuccacua, and a second at Merelani.  The Merelani specimens occur almost exclusively as single crystals, while those from Uchucchacua are usually found together with others, on matrix.

By the standards of the Uchucchacua find, this piece is exceptionally lustrous and sharp.








JE17 Goosecreekite
Nasik Area, Maharashtra State, India
10.0x 6.2x 3.6 cm
$390

A rich specimen of goosecreekite, with a group of relatively large white sprays positioned across the specimen.  There is also a doubly terminated heulandite crystal on the upper right of the piece.

Along with yugawaralite, goosecreekite is considered to be one of the rarer zeolites from the Deccan traps. 








JE22 Whiteite with Lazulite
Rapid Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada
4.6x 3.8x 4.0 cm
$300

A rich specimen of whiteite, hosting numerous crystals of the mineral, along with a comparatively generous lazulite association.  

This locality is located near the northernmost part of the Yukon Territory-- almost near the Arctic Ocean.  The area is best known for its phosphate minerals, including gormanite, kulanite, and vivianite (in addition to the whiteites and lazulites), and is actually the type locality for 12 new species, all but one of them phosphates.








JE25 Azurite Malachite Chrysocolla
Whim Creek Copper Mine, Roebourne Shire, Western Australia, Australia
14.0x 9.1x 7.0 cm
$245

A cabinet specimen hosting numerous azurite rosettes and a number of malachite balls, with some of the azurite rosettes at least partially pseudomorphed to chrysocolla, giving them a beautiful deep blue-green color. 







JE26 Hubeite on Quartz, with Pyrite
Fengjiashan Mine (Daye Copper mine), Daye Co., Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China
6.2x 3.8x 2.9 cm
$165

A colorless quartz crystal with its termination backed by a rich cluster of hubeite crystals.  Hubeite is a rare silicate mineral that was discovered in 2002.  Specimens were found around the same time that the inesites were (2002-2004), though the supply dried up along with the inesites. 







JE29 Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Sahatany Pegmatite Field, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.9x 1.4x 1.3 cm
$165

A colorful thumbnail of liddicoatite tourmaline from madagascar.







JE30 Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Sahatany Pegmatite Field, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
3.8x 1.7x 1.5 cm
$0

A terminated miniature specimen of liddicoatite, with red/ purple layer over dark core.

Does not back light-- it appears as shown in the pictures.







JE31 Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Sahatany Pegmatite Field, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.5x 0.85x 0.55 cm
$175

An electric pink thumbnail of liddicoatite from Madagascar.  There is some chipping near the termination.







JE32 Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Sahatany Pegmatite Field, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.0x 1.0x 0.9 cm
$165

An electric pink thumbnail of liddicoatite from Madagascar. 







JE33 Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Sahatany Pegmatite Field, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.4x 1.1x 0.75 cm
$135

A terminated crystal of Liddicoatite from Madagascar.







JE34 Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Sahatany Pegmatite Field, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.1x 0.8x 0.7 cm
$150

A terminated bicolor liddicoatite from Madagascar, with an electric pink base.







JE35 Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Sahatany Pegmatite Field, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.5x 0.8x 0.65 cm
$125

A terminated liddicoatite tourmaline from Madagascar.







JE36 Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Sahatany Pegmatite Field, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.7x 0.85x 0.65 cm
$95

A terminated liddicoatite from Madagascar.  The piece appears yellowish pink when viewed from the front, and takes on a slightly more pinkish hue when viewed from above. There is some edge chipping.







JE37 Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Sahatany Pegmatite Field, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.5x 1.2x 0.8 cm
$150

A terminated liddicoatite tourmaline from Madagascar.







JE38 Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Sahatany Pegmatite Field, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.5x 0.65x 0.55 cm
$85

A terminated bicolor liddicoatite tourmaline from Madagascar.







JE39 Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Sahatany Pegmatite Field, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
1.8x 0.9x 0.8 cm
$120

A terminated liddicoatite tourmaline from Madagascar.







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