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Zoisite (var: “Tanzanite”) (FOUR colors!) with Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania [./worldwidemix611/tanztanz611a.JPG] Zoisite (var: “Tanzanite”) (FOUR colors!) with Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania [./worldwidemix611/tanztanz611b.JPG] Zoisite (var: “Tanzanite”) (FOUR colors!) with Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania [./worldwidemix611/tanztanz611c.JPG] Zoisite (var: “Tanzanite”) (FOUR colors!) with Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania [./worldwidemix611/tanztanz611d.JPG] Zoisite (var: “Tanzanite”) (FOUR colors!) with Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania [./worldwidemix611/tanztanz611e.JPG] Zoisite (var: “Tanzanite”) (FOUR colors!) with Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania [./worldwidemix611/tanztanz611f.JPG] Zoisite (var: “Tanzanite”) (FOUR colors!) with Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania [./worldwidemix611/tanztanz611g.JPG] Zoisite (var: “Tanzanite”) (FOUR colors!) with Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania [./worldwidemix611/tanztanz611h.JPG] Zoisite (var: “Tanzanite”) (FOUR colors!) with Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania [./worldwidemix611/tanztanz611i.JPG] Zoisite (var: “Tanzanite”) (FOUR colors!) with Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania [./worldwidemix611/tanztanz611j.JPG]


No. TANZTANZ611 - $ 9000.00

Zoisite (var: “Tanzanite”) (FOUR colors!) with Prehnite

Locality: Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania

Specimen Size: 5.2 x 2.3 x 2.0 cm (small cabinet)


When it comes to gem crystals, Tanzanite is one of the most well-known, highly sought after and valuable on the market. These crystals arguably may be the most popular non-pegmatite gem crystals extant. While good gem Zoisite crystals are fairly rare worldwide, the dazzling blue to purple variety, Tanzanite is only found in one area in the world. The material is becoming increasingly difficult to find these days, as the supply seems to be dwindling, and the best gem quality crystals are immediately destroyed as they are cut and polished into gemstones at the mine site. Zoisite is a pleochroic mineral meaning that it shows distinctly different colors when viewed along the “a”, “b”, and “c” axis, most often some shade of green or yellow. What makes Tanzanite so special is that the crystals will show an intense blue color along the “a” axis, and a strong purple color along the “b” axis, but the finest crystals exhibit the immensely eye-catching RED hue when view down the “c” axis. This crystal not only shows the classic blue, purple and red hues, but also a beautiful yellow-green color on the sides of crystals when viewed along the “a” axis, making this a rarely seen FOUR-color Tanzanite crystal! The colors seen in Tanzanite, along with its rarity are what make the material so valuable. Tanzanite is one of the great combinations of rarity and beauty in the mineral world, which often translates into some of the most prized material for dealers and collectors. In addition to the great colors exhibited in this crystal, it has excellent gemminess for the size, along with great luster, sharpness and a classic tapered termination. As if that wasn’t enough, for a final touch, there is a beautiful gemmy, yellow-green group of Prehnite crystals sitting right in the middle of the crystal. There are a few tiny rough spots to the piece, but it’s terribly difficult to find a completely undamaged, fully terminated gem Tanzanite crystal on the market. For the size, quality, color combination and overall appeal of the piece, it’s priced very fairly compared to many I have seen recently on the market. Last but not least, the piece comes with a custom made acrylic base for easy display. If you’re in the market for a classic Tanzanite crystal with a lot of a character, look no further.



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Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6111a.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6111b.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6111c.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6111d.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6111f.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6111g.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6111j.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6111l.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6111m.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6111n.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6111o.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6111p.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6111q.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6111r.JPG]


No. FLUORROG6111 - SOLD

Fluorite

Locality: Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK

Specimen Size: 5.1 x 4.8 x 4.6 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 2.2 cm


A beautiful contemporary classic Fluorite specimen from the famous Rogerley mine. These impressive specimens have continued to come out in good quantity, providing collectors with a great opportunity to own fantastic Fluorites from one of the most prestigious lead and iron mining districts that dates back to the 13th century! This specimen hosts a handful of incredibly gemmy (some are nearly water-clear!) and sharp, slightly modified, penetration twin cubes of Fluorite sitting on matrix. The crystals have that distinct green color that Rogerley pieces are known for plus the beautiful purple fluorescence in sunlight. Additionally, the crystals show a desirable purple-white fluorescence under LW UV light! We’ve photographed the piece in all three lighting conditions. Despite a bit of roughness to a few of the cubes, the piece is still in great condition, but the amazingly smooth faces and great transparency in areas is what makes the piece so intriguing. A worthwhile full-sized miniature specimen of these well-known Fluorites.



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Bournonite (“cogwheels”) (rare locality) from Les Malines Mine, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Gard, Languedoc-Rousillon, France [./worldwidemix611/bournfra611a.JPG] Bournonite (“cogwheels”) (rare locality) from Les Malines Mine, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Gard, Languedoc-Rousillon, France [./worldwidemix611/bournfra611b.JPG] Bournonite (“cogwheels”) (rare locality) from Les Malines Mine, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Gard, Languedoc-Rousillon, France [./worldwidemix611/bournfra611c.JPG] Bournonite (“cogwheels”) (rare locality) from Les Malines Mine, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Gard, Languedoc-Rousillon, France [./worldwidemix611/bournfra611d.JPG] Bournonite (“cogwheels”) (rare locality) from Les Malines Mine, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Gard, Languedoc-Rousillon, France [./worldwidemix611/bournfra611e.JPG] Bournonite (“cogwheels”) (rare locality) from Les Malines Mine, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Gard, Languedoc-Rousillon, France [./worldwidemix611/bournfra611f.JPG] Bournonite (“cogwheels”) (rare locality) from Les Malines Mine, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Gard, Languedoc-Rousillon, France [./worldwidemix611/bournfra611g.JPG] Bournonite (“cogwheels”) (rare locality) from Les Malines Mine, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Gard, Languedoc-Rousillon, France [./worldwidemix611/bournfra611h.JPG] Bournonite (“cogwheels”) (rare locality) from Les Malines Mine, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Gard, Languedoc-Rousillon, France [./worldwidemix611/bournfra611i.JPG]


No. BOURNFRA611 - $ 12000.00

Bournonite (“cogwheels”) (rare locality)

Locality: Les Malines Mine, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Gard, Languedoc-Rousillon, France

Specimen Size: 10.3 x 5.6 x 5.5 cm (cabinet)
Largest Crystal Group: 5.2 cm


What an amazing Bournonite specimen this is!  When one thinks of Bournonite, classic specimens from England, Germany, Bolivia or Peru might come to mind, but this superb specimen is from France! This cabinet size specimen is just gorgeous. It hosts several impressive, classic, tabular, "cogwheel"-shaped, gun metal color crystals aesthetically sitting atop dark orange brown Sphalerite crystals on matrix. The crystals are so distinct, that they honestly look like somebody actually SCULPTED these gorgeous geometric shapes. The overall visual appeal, combined with the fact that it is one of the finest quality specimens from Gard that I have ever seen, make it a world class Bournonite. I was told that this specimen was actually mined during the early 1990s when the mine was reopened.



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Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6112a.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6112c.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6112e.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6112f.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6112g.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6112i.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6112k.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6112l.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6112m.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6112n.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6112o.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6112p.JPG] Fluorite from Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/fluorrog6112q.JPG]


No. FLUORROG6112 - SOLD

Fluorite

Locality: Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK

Specimen Size: 12.1 x 6.8 x 5.3 cm (cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 3.1 cm


An attractive cabinet sized contemporary classic Fluorite specimen from the famous Rogerley mine. These impressive specimens have continued to come out in good quantity, providing collectors with a great opportunity to own fantastic Fluorites from one of the most prestigious lead and iron mining districts that dates back to the 13th century! This specimen hosts a handful of good sized, sharp, slightly modified, penetration twin cubes of Fluorite sitting on matrix. The crystals have that distinct green color that Rogerley pieces are known for and the beautiful purple fluorescence in sunlight. Additionally, the crystals show a desirable purple-white fluorescence under LW UV light! We’ve photographed the piece in all three lighting conditions. Despite a bit of roughness to a few of the cubes, the piece is still in great condition, and looks better in person than the photos might indicate.



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Azurite “rosettes” on Malachite from Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona [./worldwidemix611/azuraz611a.JPG] Azurite “rosettes” on Malachite from Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona [./worldwidemix611/azuraz611b.JPG] Azurite “rosettes” on Malachite from Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona [./worldwidemix611/azuraz611c.JPG] Azurite “rosettes” on Malachite from Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona [./worldwidemix611/azuraz611d.JPG] Azurite “rosettes” on Malachite from Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona [./worldwidemix611/azuraz611e.JPG] Azurite “rosettes” on Malachite from Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona [./worldwidemix611/azuraz611f.JPG] Azurite “rosettes” on Malachite from Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona [./worldwidemix611/azuraz611h.JPG] Azurite “rosettes” on Malachite from Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona [./worldwidemix611/azuraz611h.JPG]


No. AZURAZ611 - $ 0.00 - ON HOLD

Azurite “rosettes” on Malachite

Locality: Bisbee, Warren District, Mule Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona

Specimen Size: 6.8 x 4.3 x 3.0 cm (small cabinet)
Largest “Rosette”: 1.2 cm


Arguably, the most famous locality in the world for Azurite and Malachite association specimens is the classic Bisbee Mining District. This old-time, showy Bisbee specimen of sparkly, well-formed, navy-blue Azurite “rosettes” is beautifully accented by botryoidal, velvety Malachite on matrix. The key to the specimen is the fact that the “rosettes” are wonderfully isolated and not terribly intergrown, so one can see a nice patch of the mint green Malachite in between the Azurites. In great condition overall with only the slightest “rub” here and there. With Bisbee completely closed down, the value of specimens such as this is sure to increase as the years go by. A very attractive and colorful display specimen from one of the most significant Copper producing districts in the world.



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Calcite (gem quality) from Sokolovskoye Mine, 120 meter level, Rudnyi, Kustany Province, Kazakhstan [./worldwidemix611/calkaz611a.JPG] Calcite (gem quality) from Sokolovskoye Mine, 120 meter level, Rudnyi, Kustany Province, Kazakhstan [./worldwidemix611/calkaz611b.JPG] Calcite (gem quality) from Sokolovskoye Mine, 120 meter level, Rudnyi, Kustany Province, Kazakhstan [./worldwidemix611/calkaz611c.JPG] Calcite (gem quality) from Sokolovskoye Mine, 120 meter level, Rudnyi, Kustany Province, Kazakhstan [./worldwidemix611/calkaz611d.JPG]


No. CALKAZ611 - SOLD

Calcite (gem quality)

Locality: Sokolovskoye Mine, 120 meter level, Rudnyi, Kustany Province, Kazakhstan

Specimen Size: 6.3 x 5.6 x 4.2 cm (small cabinet)


Some of the most distinctive Calcites to come out of the former Soviet Union in the last 10-15 years are those from the Sokolovskoye Mine in Kazakhstan. These unique golden crystals with their amazing gemminess and beautiful modified rhombohedral form are among my favorites when it comes to Calcites from this part of the world. This lovely small cabinet specimen hosts a few outstanding, rather lustrous, GEM quality, golden-yellow color twinned rhombs sitting on a small amount of matrix. Virtually undamaged on the display side, and when backlit, one can see that the crystals are WATER-CLEAR. An amazing Calcite from any world locality, but certainly noteworthy for a locality that is no longer producing these wonderful specimens. Calcite is one of the most abundant and diverse species on the planet, and pieces like this will always spark the interest of Calcite collectors.



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Calcite (var: “Cobaltoan Calcite”) from Bou Azzer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco [./worldwidemix611/calmor611a.JPG] Calcite (var: “Cobaltoan Calcite”) from Bou Azzer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco [./worldwidemix611/calmor611b.JPG] Calcite (var: “Cobaltoan Calcite”) from Bou Azzer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco [./worldwidemix611/calmor611c.JPG] Calcite (var: “Cobaltoan Calcite”) from Bou Azzer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco [./worldwidemix611/calmor611d.JPG] Calcite (var: “Cobaltoan Calcite”) from Bou Azzer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco [./worldwidemix611/calmor611e.JPG] Calcite (var: “Cobaltoan Calcite”) from Bou Azzer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco [./worldwidemix611/calmor611f.JPG]


No. CALMOR611 - SOLD

Calcite (var: “Cobaltoan Calcite”)

Locality: Bou Azzer, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco

Specimen Size: 4.0 x 3.4 x 2.4 cm (miniature)


It’s amazing what a little Cobalt can do for the color of  Calcite. The famous Cobaltoan Calcites from the Bou Azzer District are among the most sought after and desirable out there. This particular piece stands out to me for its beautiful “flower”-like form and amazingly good luster. Typically, many of the Cobaltoan Calcites from this area lack good luster, and this piece is rather bright for the material. Along with the fantastic purplish-pink color, the prismatic scalenohedral crystals are very gemmy and well-formed. Virtually undamaged, and displayable from all sides! A great, colorful miniature from this classic locality.



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Microcline (“Carlsbad” Twin) with Stibiotantalite and Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California [./worldwidemix611/microcal611a.JPG] Microcline (“Carlsbad” Twin) with Stibiotantalite and Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California [./worldwidemix611/microcal611b.JPG] Microcline (“Carlsbad” Twin) with Stibiotantalite and Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California [./worldwidemix611/microcal611c.JPG] Microcline (“Carlsbad” Twin) with Stibiotantalite and Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California [./worldwidemix611/microcal611d.JPG] Microcline (“Carlsbad” Twin) with Stibiotantalite and Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California [./worldwidemix611/microcal611e.JPG] Microcline (“Carlsbad” Twin) with Stibiotantalite and Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California [./worldwidemix611/microcal611f.JPG] Microcline (“Carlsbad” Twin) with Stibiotantalite and Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California [./worldwidemix611/microcal611g.JPG] Microcline (“Carlsbad” Twin) with Stibiotantalite and Tourmaline from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California [./worldwidemix611/microcal611i.JPG]


No. MICROCAL611 - SOLD

Microcline (“Carlsbad” Twin) with Stibiotantalite and Tourmaline

Locality: Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California

Specimen Size: 13.3 x 7.5 x 6.7 cm (cabinet)


ex.  Irv Brown


Undoubtedly, this is the largest and most impressive “Carlsbad” twin of Microcline that I have handled from the famous Himalaya Mine in California. The piece is complete all the way around with surprisingly sharp faces for the size of the crystals. Typically, the larger Microcline crystals from this mine can be highly etched and rounded, but this one, despite a little bit of pitting, maintained it's integral form and sharpness and even a bit of luster on some faces! The classic ashen color is a dead giveaway to the piece’s origin, but to top it off, there is a 1.8 cm group of dark golden-brown Stibiotantalite crystals on the reverse side of the piece. A few accenting Quartz crystals, plus some small, very thin pink and green Tourmalines can be seen on a few sides of the piece as well. A very important and worthwhile twinned Feldspar, from this significant pegmatite locality in San Diego County. If you’re a Feldspar collector, or a passionate collector of minerals from the Himalaya mine, do not pass up this one.



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Fluorite with Galena and Sphalerite from Naica Mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico [./worldwidemix611/fluormex611a.JPG] Fluorite with Galena and Sphalerite from Naica Mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico [./worldwidemix611/fluormex611b.JPG] Fluorite with Galena and Sphalerite from Naica Mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico [./worldwidemix611/fluormex611c.JPG] Fluorite with Galena and Sphalerite from Naica Mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico [./worldwidemix611/fluormex611d.JPG] Fluorite with Galena and Sphalerite from Naica Mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico [./worldwidemix611/fluormex611e.JPG] Fluorite with Galena and Sphalerite from Naica Mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico [./worldwidemix611/fluormex611f.JPG] Fluorite with Galena and Sphalerite from Naica Mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico [./worldwidemix611/fluormex611g.JPG] Fluorite with Galena and Sphalerite from Naica Mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico [./worldwidemix611/fluormex611h.JPG] Fluorite with Galena and Sphalerite from Naica Mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico [./worldwidemix611/fluormex611i.JPG] Fluorite with Galena and Sphalerite from Naica Mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico [./worldwidemix611/fluormex611j.JPG] Fluorite with Galena and Sphalerite from Naica Mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico [./worldwidemix611/fluormex611k.JPG] Fluorite with Galena and Sphalerite from Naica Mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico [./worldwidemix611/fluormex611l.JPG] Fluorite with Galena and Sphalerite from Naica Mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico [./worldwidemix611/fluormex611m.JPG] Fluorite with Galena and Sphalerite from Naica Mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico [./worldwidemix611/fluormex611n.JPG]


No. FLUORMEX611 - $ 3750.00

Fluorite with Galena and Sphalerite

Locality: Naica Mine, Naica, Mun. de Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico

Specimen Size: 8.2 x 7.8 x 5.8 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Fluorite: 3.3 cm


ex.  Anton and Rudi Watzl


Several gorgeous, pale "water-green" color, GEM quality to translucent, sharp, cuboctahedral crystals of  Fluorite sitting atop a mound of crystallized black “Spinel”-law twinned Sphalerite and bright, metallic, silvery Galena. Some accenting white Calcite and minor golden Pyrite make for a colorful and very eye-catching display specimen. As you can tell from the photos, the piece can be displayed from many angles, as many of the Fluorites are completely undamaged. Great shape all the way around, and certainly worthwhile for any Fluorite collector or a collector of Mexican minerals. This piece is not from a recent find at the mine, but actually about 30 years ago (late 1970s). For the quality, associations, and overall aesthetics, it is a sweet small cabinet from this incredible mine.



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Libethenite from Kitwe, Copperbelt Province, Zambia [./worldwidemix611/libethzam611a.JPG] Libethenite from Kitwe, Copperbelt Province, Zambia [./worldwidemix611/libethzam611b.JPG] Libethenite from Kitwe, Copperbelt Province, Zambia [./worldwidemix611/libethzam611c.JPG] Libethenite from Kitwe, Copperbelt Province, Zambia [./worldwidemix611/libethzam611d.JPG] Libethenite from Kitwe, Copperbelt Province, Zambia [./worldwidemix611/libethzam611e.JPG]


No. LIBETHZAM611 - SOLD

Libethenite

Locality: Kitwe, Copperbelt Province, Zambia

Specimen Size: 2.2 x 1.9 x 0.8 cm (thumbnail)


ex.  Sam Nasser


Libethenite is a fairly well-known copper phosphate which gets its name from the type locality at Lubietova, Slovakia (formerly Libethen, Hungary). Good crystallized specimens are not terribly common on the market from any locality, and specimens from the famous Copperbelt area in Zambia are especially few and far between. This beautiful, full-sized thumbnail specimen is one of the best examples of Zambian Libethenite that I have handled. It features very good sized, lustrous, forest green color orthorhombic crystals, forming attractive “rosette” shapes. Very good for the species and the locality, and would make a worthwhile addition to any thumbnail collection. Virtually undamaged on the display side. Hard to photograph and better in person!



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Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Albite from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix611/aquapak611a.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Albite from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix611/aquapak611b.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Albite from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix611/aquapak611c.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Albite from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix611/aquapak611d.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Albite from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix611/aquapak611e.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Albite from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix611/aquapak611f.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Albite from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix611/aquapak611g.JPG]


No. AQUAPAK611 - $ 6000.00

Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Albite

Locality: Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan

Specimen Size: 9.5 x 8.0 x 5.3 cm (cabinet)
Aquamarine Crystal: 5.5 cm


It’s amazing to think that prior to Pakistan, it was nearly impossible to find a gem quality Aquamarine crystal on matrix from any locality. Places like Brazil and Russia were/are the some of the best known sources for Aquamarines, but they were almost never found on matrix. For me, this is a one-of-a-kind Aqua, and without question, a unique specimen. An unusually tapered crystal of crystal-blue color, GEM quality Aquamarine stands proudly on a somewhat feathery mound of white, bladed Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”). The Aqua has a wonderful presence that is complemented by its attractive modified hexagonal form with a gentle blending of sharp crystal faces, and subtle etching patterns along the prism. Due to the WATER-CLEAR transparency of the crystal, it was somewhat difficult to photograph, but you can literally look through the pinacoid and see all the way straight through to the matrix. The first and second order pyramidal modifications on the termination are a great touch to this already impressive and highly desirable cabinet sized display specimen. For the size, quality and showiness, it is competitively priced against many others on the market. This one certainly stands out amongst so many other Pakistani Aquas out there, and due to the pleasing aesthetic balance of the piece, it would show beautifully in a display case.



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Microcline (“Baveno” Twin) with Quartz from Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [./worldwidemix611/microch611a.JPG] Microcline (“Baveno” Twin) with Quartz from Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [./worldwidemix611/microch611b.JPG] Microcline (“Baveno” Twin) with Quartz from Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [./worldwidemix611/microch611c.JPG] Microcline (“Baveno” Twin) with Quartz from Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [./worldwidemix611/microch611d.JPG] Microcline (“Baveno” Twin) with Quartz from Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China [./worldwidemix611/microch611e.JPG]


No. MICROCH611 - SOLD

Microcline (“Baveno” Twin) with Quartz

Locality: Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China

Specimen Size: 6.7 x 6.2 x 4.0 cm (small cabinet)


An excellent, sharp, lustrous, well-formed, porcelain-white, “Baveno”-twinned crystal of Microcline is accented with a gem/gemmy colorless Quartz crystal group aesthetically flaring off the side. Mt. Xuebaoding is well known for its Beryl, Scheelite and Cassiterite specimens, but rarely does one see such a good sized Microcline crystal from this contemporary classic locality. Good shape overall, with only a small amount of roughness to the Microcline. A great Chinese Feldspar specimen, which would make a stellar addition to a suite of minerals from Mt. Xuebaoding.



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Malachite Stalactites from Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre) [./worldwidemix611/malcong611a.JPG] Malachite Stalactites from Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre) [./worldwidemix611/malcong611b.JPG] Malachite Stalactites from Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre) [./worldwidemix611/malcong611c.JPG] Malachite Stalactites from Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre) [./worldwidemix611/malcong611d.JPG]


No. MALCONG611 - $ 3200.00

Malachite Stalactites

Locality: Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)

Specimen Size: 10.1 x 4.9 x 4.7 cm (cabinet)


A fine quality, banded, aesthetic, green stalactitic aggregate from the famous Shaba Copper Belt in the Congo. Specimens like this are well known from this area, but this one stood out for me because it has a bit of luster. The form is excellent, and the piece comes with a custom base for easy display. In the modern age of mineral collecting, these specimens stand out as some of the most eye-catching and worthwhile Malachites from any locality producing today.



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Rhodochrosite from Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Buckskin Gulch, Alma District, Park County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/rhodoco611a.JPG] Rhodochrosite from Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Buckskin Gulch, Alma District, Park County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/rhodoco611b.JPG] Rhodochrosite from Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Buckskin Gulch, Alma District, Park County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/rhodoco611c.JPG] Rhodochrosite from Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Buckskin Gulch, Alma District, Park County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/rhodoco611d.JPG] Rhodochrosite from Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Buckskin Gulch, Alma District, Park County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/rhodoco611e.JPG]


No. RHODOCO611 - SOLD

Rhodochrosite

Locality: Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Buckskin Gulch, Alma District, Park County, Colorado

Specimen Size: 3.5 x 3.4 x 2.0 cm (miniature)


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


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Tetrahedrite on Quartz from Calcite Pocket, Fluorite Raise, Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Buckskin Gulch, Alma District, Park County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/tetraco611a.JPG] Tetrahedrite on Quartz from Calcite Pocket, Fluorite Raise, Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Buckskin Gulch, Alma District, Park County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/tetraco611b.JPG] Tetrahedrite on Quartz from Calcite Pocket, Fluorite Raise, Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Buckskin Gulch, Alma District, Park County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/tetraco611c.JPG]


No. TETRACO611 - $ 1500.00

Tetrahedrite on Quartz

Locality: Calcite Pocket, Fluorite Raise, Sweet Home Mine, Mount Bross, Buckskin Gulch, Alma District, Park County, Colorado

Specimen Size: 4.2 x 3.5 x 1.5 cm (miniature)
Tetrahedrite Crystal: 3.0 cm


The Sweet Home Mine has a special place in my heart as my father personally reopened the mine for a few summers in the 1970s and collected many beautiful specimens. While the mine is known for producing some of the most impressive Rhodochrosite crystals extant, there are several other mineral species that are found in fine display specimens, including several sulfides. Tetrahedrite is among the most well-known sulfides from the Sweet Home, but good quality aesthetic display specimens are not common on the market. This piece hosts a beautiful, sharp, relatively large, lustrous tetrahedral crystal on “needle” Quartz crystals on matrix. Virtually undamaged on the display side, but it is a little rough on the back where it detached from the pocket wall. If you’re a collector of Colorado minerals, or even more specifically, minerals from the Sweet Home mine, this beautiful miniature specimen would make a great addition to your collection.



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Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Quartz (var: “Smoky”) and Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) (repaired) from Tree Root Pocket, Two Point Claim, Teller County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6111a.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Quartz (var: “Smoky”) and Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) (repaired) from Tree Root Pocket, Two Point Claim, Teller County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6111b.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Quartz (var: “Smoky”) and Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) (repaired) from Tree Root Pocket, Two Point Claim, Teller County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6111c.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Quartz (var: “Smoky”) and Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) (repaired) from Tree Root Pocket, Two Point Claim, Teller County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6111d.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Quartz (var: “Smoky”) and Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) (repaired) from Tree Root Pocket, Two Point Claim, Teller County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6111e.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Quartz (var: “Smoky”) and Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) (repaired) from Tree Root Pocket, Two Point Claim, Teller County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6111f.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Quartz (var: “Smoky”) and Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) (repaired) from Tree Root Pocket, Two Point Claim, Teller County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6111g.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Quartz (var: “Smoky”) and Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) (repaired) from Tree Root Pocket, Two Point Claim, Teller County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6111h.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Quartz (var: “Smoky”) and Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) (repaired) from Tree Root Pocket, Two Point Claim, Teller County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6111i.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Quartz (var: “Smoky”) and Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) (repaired) from Tree Root Pocket, Two Point Claim, Teller County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6111j.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Quartz (var: “Smoky”) and Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) (repaired) from Tree Root Pocket, Two Point Claim, Teller County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6111k.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Quartz (var: “Smoky”) and Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) (repaired) from Tree Root Pocket, Two Point Claim, Teller County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6111l.JPG]


No. AMAZCOLO6111 - SOLD

Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Quartz (var: “Smoky”) and Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) (repaired)

Locality: Tree Root Pocket, Two Point Claim, Teller County, Colorado

Specimen Size: 10.2 x 8.3 x 6.2 cm (cabinet)
Largest Amazonite: 3.6 cm


Undeniably, the finest Amazonite crystals in the world are found in the Park County / Teller County region of Colorado. Thousands of impressive specimens have been found over the years, but the one characteristic that is often lacking is good associations. This piece is a great association specimen with highly desirable, dark Smoky Quartz crystals and snow-white bladed Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”). The largest Smoky Quartz measures 7.0 cm long, and has an unusual compressed form. Despite a bit of roughness to the Quartz crystals, they are richly colored and well-formed. The Amazonites exhibit a fine blue-green hue, and are rather bright and saturated compared to many others out there. The great three-dimensional quality of the piece along with the colorful trinity of blue-green Amazonite, black Smoky Quartz, and white Cleavelandite leaves very little to be desired on this cabinet sized display specimen. A very small percentage of specimens on the market have all three minerals together on the same piece, and this combination is highly sought after among collectors. Like a large number of specimens from this area, and specifically from the Two Point Claim, the piece is repaired, but it’s really not noticeable when the piece is displayed on the custom acrylic base that accompanies the specimen. An attractive and impressive specimen from this classic pegmatite region in central Colorado.



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Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) from Reeser Mine, near Lake George, Park County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6112a.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) from Reeser Mine, near Lake George, Park County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6112b.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) from Reeser Mine, near Lake George, Park County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6112c.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) from Reeser Mine, near Lake George, Park County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6112d.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) from Reeser Mine, near Lake George, Park County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6112e.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) from Reeser Mine, near Lake George, Park County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6112f.JPG] Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) from Reeser Mine, near Lake George, Park County, Colorado [./worldwidemix611/amazcolo6112g.JPG]


No. AMAZCOLO6112 - $ 2400.00

Microcline (var: “Amazonite”) with Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”)

Locality: Reeser Mine, near Lake George, Park County, Colorado

Specimen Size: 4.3 x 4.2 x 3.6 cm (miniature)


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


A wonderfully rich green-blue color, fully-crystallized Amazonite crystal group from the premier region in the world for the material. For an additional touch, this outstanding, very sharp, well-formed, FINEST color, blocky group is accented by a “wing” of stark white bladed Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”). This piece comes from the collection of my father, Richard A. Kosnar, and was obtained when he first came to Colorado in the early 1970s from his good friend and collecting partner, Clarence Coil, who collected the piece in June of 1970. According to Dad’s handpainted collection label on the base of the piece, the specimens that Clarence collected at the Reeser mine were the first “BLUE” that he found, which were shortly followed by many years of great Amazonite discoveries with the Coil family and my father working together. The color is better than the photos show as this is about as strong as it gets for color in Amazonite. Great quality, virtually no damage, and a wonderful miniature for any collector. Reasonably priced for the color and quality compared to a lot of pieces I have seen on the market in recent years.  The piece has been photographed by Rock Currier, and can be seen on mindat at http://www.mindat.org/photo-303400.html



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Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./worldwidemix611/tourmafgh611a.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./worldwidemix611/tourmafgh611b.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./worldwidemix611/tourmafgh611c.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./worldwidemix611/tourmafgh611d.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./worldwidemix611/tourmafgh611e.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./worldwidemix611/tourmafgh611f.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./worldwidemix611/tourmafgh611g.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./worldwidemix611/tourmafgh611h.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./worldwidemix611/tourmafgh611i.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./worldwidemix611/tourmafgh611j.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./worldwidemix611/tourmafgh611k.JPG] Tourmaline from Paprok Mine, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./worldwidemix611/tourmafgh611l.JPG]


No. TOURMAFGH611 - $ 9500.00

Tourmaline

Locality: Paprok Mine, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

Specimen Size: 8.7 x 3.6 x 2.7 cm (small cabinet)


Afghanistan has been supplying the western market with remarkable Tourmaline specimens for over 30 years now, and this beautiful bicolored gem crystal group is no exception. There are several excellent, sharp, gemmy, glassy, striated trigonal prisms with notable pink hues at the base, that transition into varying shades of green in the upper portions of the crystals, and grade back into pink at the terminations! An impressive and richly colored Tourmaline group from what is one of the premier countries in the world for the material. The piece comes with a custom-made acrylic base for easy display! The main crystal is nearly pristine save one tiny spot on the side of the termination. Tourmalines have been and remain to be some of the single most popular minerals among collectors and dealers alike, and with color and clarity like this, it’s very easy to see why.



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Pyrrhotite on Galena from Dal’negorsk, 300 km NE of Vladivostok, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia [./worldwidemix611/pyrrhorus611a.JPG] Pyrrhotite on Galena from Dal’negorsk, 300 km NE of Vladivostok, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia [./worldwidemix611/pyrrhorus611b.JPG] Pyrrhotite on Galena from Dal’negorsk, 300 km NE of Vladivostok, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia [./worldwidemix611/pyrrhorus611c.JPG] Pyrrhotite on Galena from Dal’negorsk, 300 km NE of Vladivostok, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia [./worldwidemix611/pyrrhorus611d.JPG] Pyrrhotite on Galena from Dal’negorsk, 300 km NE of Vladivostok, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia [./worldwidemix611/pyrrhorus611e.JPG] Pyrrhotite on Galena from Dal’negorsk, 300 km NE of Vladivostok, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia [./worldwidemix611/pyrrhorus611f.JPG]


No. PYRRHORUS611 - SOLD

Pyrrhotite on Galena

Locality: Dal’negorsk, 300 km NE of Vladivostok, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia

Specimen Size: 9.7 x 9.6 x 7.8 cm (cabinet)
Largest Pyrrhotite: 5.5 cm


ex.  Ed David


One of the most distinctive Pyrrhotite specimens I have seen from any world locality. As most of you know I love metallic minerals, and pieces like this are the reason why all collectors need to have good sulfides and sulfosalts species in their collections. Many Pyrrhotites came out of Dal’negorsk over the years, but this aesthetic cabinet display specimen instantly caught my eye when I first saw it. Dal’negorsk is world-famous for being one of the premier sulfide producing localities in the world over the last 20+ years. This remarkable sulfide association specimen comes from the collection of the great Dr. Ed David, and it’s easy to see why Ed snagged the piece when it was offered to him. It features a pair of amazingly sharp and smooth, pseudo-hexagonal (they’re actually monoclinic), large, brass colored crystal groups of Pyrrhotite which are sitting on dodecahedral crystals of silvery Galena with a most unusual “melted” appearance. The Pyrrhotites have such great form, and they compare quite favorably with the many others from this mine as most have some sort of a “stacked” or “stepped” look. Additionally, I have seen very few Pyrrhotites from Dal’negorsk on Galena, especially such unusually modified crystals as these! The bright color of the Pyrrhotites starkly contrasting against the Galena makes for a beautiful and unique combination, which along with the superb quality creates an excellent cabinet sized display specimen from this classic locality in the extreme south-east part of Russia which is nestled between China and Japan! Lastly, the piece comes with a custom acrylic base for easy display.



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Topaz from Xanda mine, Virgem da Lapa, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./worldwidemix611/topbraz611a.JPG] Topaz from Xanda mine, Virgem da Lapa, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./worldwidemix611/topbraz611b.JPG] Topaz from Xanda mine, Virgem da Lapa, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./worldwidemix611/topbraz611c.JPG] Topaz from Xanda mine, Virgem da Lapa, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./worldwidemix611/topbraz611d.JPG]


No. TOPBRAZ611 - $ 7400.00

Topaz

Locality: Xanda mine, Virgem da Lapa, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Specimen Size: 12.2 x 10.8 x 6.1 cm (cabinet)


The Xanda mine is one of the most prolific localities for blue Topaz in the world, and has produced some of the most impressive and memorable specimens with that distinctive preferential etching and larger sized crystals. This specimen is a rather large Topaz from any locality, not just Brazil, and is in amazingly good condition for the size. The crystal has rather smooth, sharp, well-formed faces with virtually no etching. In my experience, it is difficult to find full cabinet sized crystals that are so complete and essentially “textbook” in form. Overall, this gemmy/translucent, good blue color, sharp, lustrous crystal is a wonderful Topaz from this most classic of Topaz localities. There are only a handful of localities in the world that produce good blue Topaz crystals, and Brazil stands at the top of the list in terms of size, color and quality in my mind. A very fine natural blue Topaz specimen that is not priced at over 5 figures. Better color in person!



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Apatite (color change crystals) on Quartz from Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./worldwidemix611/apaport611a.JPG] Apatite (color change crystals) on Quartz from Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./worldwidemix611/apaport611b.JPG] Apatite (color change crystals) on Quartz from Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./worldwidemix611/apaport611c.JPG] Apatite (color change crystals) on Quartz from Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./worldwidemix611/apaport611d.JPG] Apatite (color change crystals) on Quartz from Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./worldwidemix611/apaport611e.JPG] Apatite (color change crystals) on Quartz from Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./worldwidemix611/apaport611f.JPG] Apatite (color change crystals) on Quartz from Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./worldwidemix611/apaport611g.JPG] Apatite (color change crystals) on Quartz from Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./worldwidemix611/apaport611h.JPG] Apatite (color change crystals) on Quartz from Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./worldwidemix611/apaport611i.JPG] Apatite (color change crystals) on Quartz from Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./worldwidemix611/apaport611j.JPG] Apatite (color change crystals) on Quartz from Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./worldwidemix611/apaport611k.JPG] Apatite (color change crystals) on Quartz from Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./worldwidemix611/apaport611l.JPG] Apatite (color change crystals) on Quartz from Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./worldwidemix611/apaport611m.JPG] Apatite (color change crystals) on Quartz from Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./worldwidemix611/apaport611n.JPG] Apatite (color change crystals) on Quartz from Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal [./worldwidemix611/apaport611o.JPG]


No. APAPORT611 - SOLD

Apatite (color change crystals) on Quartz

Locality: Barroca Grande Mine, Panasqueira, Covilhã, Castelo Branco District, Portugal

Specimen Size: 8.2 x 8.0 x 7.1 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 1.6 cm


ex.  Ed David


Panasqueira is one of the most classic and certainly unique tin-tungsten regions in the world. Specimens from this area are incredibly distinctive and easily recognizable around. The unique associations of carbonates and sulfides along with minerals such as Ferberite and Cassiterite make for eye-catching and colorful specimens. This piece is a fantastic display specimen of what is arguably the most sought after species from this area. Dozens of sharp, gemmy, lustrous, prismatic, striated hexagonal prisms of Apatite concordantly sit on the opposing side of a group of sharp, lustrous, colorless, gemmy, prismatic Quartz crystals. Some accenting Pyrite and Siderite sprinkled throughout add a nice touch of color creating a showy overall specimen. The piece has so much going for it from the standpoint of display options, as the piece shows incredibly well from at least four or five angles. Additionally, and perhaps most notably, the Apatite crystals show a desirable “Alexandrite”-type color change from a purplish hue in indoor lighting to a lovely greenish-blue shade in sunlight. This color change is known in Apatites from Panasqueira, but it’s not always as evident as seen in this piece. A little bit of roughness to a few of the Apatite crystals keeps the piece from being 100% perfect, but if it were totally undamaged, the price would be quite a bit higher. As you can see from the photos, we really went crazy with this piece as there is so much to see, and we didn’t want to miss anything. From the world famous collection of  Dr. Ed David, who always had an eye for great quality, visually striking cabinet display specimens.



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Dioptase (unusual material) from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Las Pintadas district, Tierra Amarilla, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region, Chile [./worldwidemix611/diopchile611a.JPG] Dioptase (unusual material) from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Las Pintadas district, Tierra Amarilla, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region, Chile [./worldwidemix611/diopchile611b.JPG] Dioptase (unusual material) from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Las Pintadas district, Tierra Amarilla, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region, Chile [./worldwidemix611/diopchile611c.JPG] Dioptase (unusual material) from La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Las Pintadas district, Tierra Amarilla, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region, Chile [./worldwidemix611/diopchile611d.JPG]


No. DIOPCHILE611 - $ 2100.00

Dioptase (unusual material)

Locality: La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Las Pintadas district, Tierra Amarilla, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region, Chile

Specimen Size: 11.6 x 8.8 x 4.3 cm (cabinet)


Certainly a deviation from what one would expect from a Dioptase specimen. Most people are familiar with rich emerald green trigonal crystals from localities such as Tsumeb, but this piece hosts a gorgeous velvety “carpet” of vibrant blue-green color acicular crystals forming radiating “balls” on contrasting host rock matrix. The color is virtually impossible to reproduce in the photos, as is often the case for Dioptase, and the piece looks even better in person. The various copper-producing regions in the north-central Chile have produced many interesting and unique specimens, with these Dioptases being among the best I have seen for this specific habit. Perhaps the most famous acicular Dioptase specimens in the world are those from the classic Mammoth-Saint Anthony Mine in Tiger, Arizona, and although I have only seen a few pieces from La Farola, they do compare favorably to the pieces from Tiger. If you’re a collector of copper minerals, Dioptase in general, or just colorful pieces from lesser known localities, be sure to pick this one up.



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Fluorite from Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru [./worldwidemix611/fluorperu611a.JPG] Fluorite from Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru [./worldwidemix611/fluorperu611b.JPG] Fluorite from Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru [./worldwidemix611/fluorperu611c.JPG] Fluorite from Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru [./worldwidemix611/fluorperu611d.JPG] Fluorite from Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru [./worldwidemix611/fluorperu611e.JPG]


No. FLUORPERU611 - SOLD

Fluorite

Locality: Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru

Specimen Size: 5.2 x 4.0 x 3.0 cm (small cabinet)
Largest Crystal: 3.1 cm


ex.  Francis Benjamin


The famous Huanzala mine in Peru is well-known for producing a wide variety of Fluorite specimens, especially from the standpoint of color. To me, the classic bicolor pink and green crystals that came out circa 1980-1981 are the best and most desirable Fluorites from this mine. This classic large miniature specimen features a handful of excellent, sharp, lustrous, GEM quality, octahedra with a fine pink color on the exterior, and notable bright green “cores”! The piece comes from the well-known French collector, Francis Benjamin, who assembled a great Fluorite suite. With the exception of the back/base of the specimen were it detached from the pocket wall, the rest of the piece is virtually undamaged! These specimens are nearly non-existent on the market these days, and they stand out as some of the finest Fluorites ever found from any locality in South America. For a mine that is possibly best known for its sulfide minerals, the Fluorites from Huanzala arguably will always have the spotlight.



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Tantalite (impressive crystal) from Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province, Mozambique [./worldwidemix611/tantmozam611a.JPG] Tantalite (impressive crystal) from Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province, Mozambique [./worldwidemix611/tantmozam611b.JPG] Tantalite (impressive crystal) from Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province, Mozambique [./worldwidemix611/tantmozam611c.JPG] Tantalite (impressive crystal) from Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province, Mozambique [./worldwidemix611/tantmozam611d.JPG] Tantalite (impressive crystal) from Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province, Mozambique [./worldwidemix611/tantmozam611e.JPG] Tantalite (impressive crystal) from Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province, Mozambique [./worldwidemix611/tantmozam611f.JPG]


No. TANTMOZAM611 - SOLD

Tantalite (impressive crystal)

Locality: Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province, Mozambique

Specimen Size: 6.0 x 4.8 x 3.6 cm (small cabinet)


How often does one encounter such an amazingly well-formed Tantalite crystal in this size?? This is the finest Tantalite crystal that I have handled from any locality, let alone from the classic pegmatite locality at Alto Ligonha. This area is best known for producing some wonderful multicolor Tourmaline specimens and with incredible, gemmy, red Tantalite-(Mn) crystals, but I have never seen anything like this Tantalite specimen before. This is not your ordinary black rock, and as many of you know, I’m a big fan of metallic minerals and black minerals, as they exhibit some of the most impressive crystallization that can be seen in the mineral world. This crystal is a perfect example as it has such well-defined orthorhombic form with surprisingly good luster, and very sharp faces. Typically, when Tantalite crystals reach this size, they are often poorly crystallized, and dull, but this beautiful blocky crystal is far and away better than anything I have seen in this size range. The piece displays well from all sides, and despite a small amount of roughness here and there, is virtually undamaged, save the base where it detached from the pocket wall. Lastly, the piece comes with a custom acrylic base. I realize that Tantalite is not a species, but I don’t know if this is Tantalite-(Fe) or Tantalite-(Mn), as I did not have it analyzed. Seasoned collectors will know that a Tantalite specimen of this caliber is almost unheard of, and if you’re a collector of  Niobates or Tantalates, this one would make a superb addition to your collection.



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Barite (classic material!) from Parkside Mine, Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/bareng611a.JPG] Barite (classic material!) from Parkside Mine, Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/bareng611b.JPG] Barite (classic material!) from Parkside Mine, Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/bareng611c.JPG] Barite (classic material!) from Parkside Mine, Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/bareng611d.JPG] Barite (classic material!) from Parkside Mine, Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/bareng611e.JPG] Barite (classic material!) from Parkside Mine, Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/bareng611f.JPG] Barite (classic material!) from Parkside Mine, Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England, UK [./worldwidemix611/bareng611g.JPG]


No. BARENG611 - $ 9500.00

Barite (classic material!)

Locality: Parkside Mine, Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, North and Western Region (Cumberland), Cumbria, England, UK

Specimen Size: 18.1 x 5.2 x 3.3 cm (large cabinet)


ex.  Francis M. Hueber


Barites from Cumbria are among the finest in the world, and considering that many of them were mined over 100 years ago, it’s very impressive that they have remained in the top ranks for the species. This particular specimen hosts one of the largest crystals from the famous Parkside Mine that I have seen. A euhedral, sharp, gemmy, lustrous, fine golden-honey color crystal with a beautiful tapered termination is accompanied by a few accenting crystals at its base, along with some attached matrix, which to my understanding makes the piece all the more desirable. Remarkably, this piece is NOT repaired, and considering that it has survived for over a century out of the ground, there are only a few nicks on the main crystal. For the sheer size and quality, this Barite stands out as one of the more inspiring specimens that I have seen from this well-known locality in northern England. A custom acrylic base comes with the specimen, and as you can see from the photos, the piece displays beautifully from several angles. A very worthwhile, and reasonably priced gemmy golden Barite crystal for any collector. Classic English Barites are some of my favorite minerals from the UK, and should be a staple of any good worldwide collection.



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Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Microcline with Albite, Muscovite and Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix611/aquapak6113a.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Microcline with Albite, Muscovite and Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix611/aquapak6113b.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Microcline with Albite, Muscovite and Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix611/aquapak6113c.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Microcline with Albite, Muscovite and Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix611/aquapak6113d.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Microcline with Albite, Muscovite and Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix611/aquapak6113e.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Microcline with Albite, Muscovite and Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix611/aquapak6113f.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Microcline with Albite, Muscovite and Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix611/aquapak6113g.JPG] Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Microcline with Albite, Muscovite and Apatite from Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan [./worldwidemix611/aquapak6113h.JPG]


No. AQUAPAK6113 - $ 4500.00

Beryl (var: “Aquamarine”) on Microcline with Albite, Muscovite and Apatite

Locality: Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan

Specimen Size: 20.8 x 15.6 x 12.1 cm (large cabinet)
Aquamarine Crystal: 5.2 cm


A highly aesthetic and amazingly eye-catching display specimen of Aquamarine from the famous Shigar Valley in Pakistan. To be fair, there is a lot more Microcline on the piece than anything else, but rarely does one encounter such beautifully well-formed, blocky, sharp, porcelain-esque, and large Microcline crystals from this area. The Microclines play host to a very sharp, lustrous, GEM/gemmy, soft blue color, doubly-terminated hexagonal prism of Aquamarine. Additionally, some white groups of parallel growth, blocky Albite crystals and silvery “books” of bladed Muscovite can be seen throughout the specimen. For a final touch, there is a lovely 2.1 cm long, lustrous, translucent pink Apatite crystal on the base of the piece! For the associations, aesthetics, overall quality and tremendous displayability, you can’t go wrong with this remarkable specimen. For a piece this size, one might expect some damage, but honestly, it’s in great shape all the way around, with only a slight nick to one of the Microcline crystals. It’s otherwise clean, save the base where it was removed from the pocket. Pakistan stands as the world leader in matrix Aquamarine specimens, and for my taste, this piece could easily be considered a Microcline specimen first, but you can’t deny the sheer visual impact of this large cabinet piece. The piece is completely unrepaired, and stands out to me as one of the better Aquamarine specimens in this size range that I have handled from Pakistan. Very competitively priced for the size and quality.



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