The Denver 2016 Mineral Showrooms
* Updated November 23rd, 2016 *
rhomb of Rhodochrosite sitting atop Quartz crystals!
It looks like a Sweet Home Rhodo but it's not. It's from the famous Pasto Bueno locale in
and this specimen is one of the finest Rhodochrosites from there that I've found in years.
is quite large, measuring 3 cm in size, corner to corner. it is complete and display the
color that the best Pasto Bueno Rhodos are reknown for. The rhomb sits atop a matrix of
smaller Rhodo rhombs along the base. In excellent condition with great eye appeal with
only trivial contacts.
Note - The white area at the top right corner is not a contact, it is a tiny inclusion and
the corner is complete.
From Pasto Bueno, Pampas
District, Pallasca Province, Ancash Department, Peru.
Measures 3.8 cm by 4.4 cm by 3.6 cm in total size.
Unique and stunning specimen of Native Silver dendrites rising up from a Calcite crystal!
This is a White Pine Silver and it is the finest example I've ever seen from this classic
locality. To find
a matrix White Pine Silver is a rare thing. To find a matrix White Pine Silver with the
dendritic structure rising up from a Calcite like a Kongsberg specimen is AMAZING to say
The dendritic crystalline structure rising up from the matrix is sharp and distinctive and
covered with a
lovely antique patina over santiny lustrous surfaces. In excellent condition with
exceptional eye appeal.
From the White Pine Mine,
White Pine, Ontonagon County, Michigan.
Measures 11.3 cm by 5.2 cm by 4.5 cm in total size.
plate featuring Purple Fluorite cubes set against large, connected Galenas!
This is one of most unique Illinois Fluorites I've seen and I love the arrangement of the
Galena cubes in the background, forming a "mountain range" above the Fluorite
covered surface in the foreground. The Galenas are quite interesting in that they almost
like twinned crystals. There are three cubes in the cluster and they appear to be grown
at the edges, creating the unique mountain-like appearance. In excellent condition with
scattering of tiny contacts on some Fluorites. You'll be hard pressed to find a more
From the Denton mine, Harris
Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois.
Measures 8 cm by 11.6 cm by 12 cm in total size.
Ex. Philip Eglsaer Mineral Collection
Gorgeous specimen of gemmy
Native Sulfur crystals on Aragonite matrix!
This is a classic specimen from the long closed mines in Sicily, Italy. It displays large
all of which are clean and virtually pristine. They are lustrous and transparent,
measuring to nearly 4 cm atop
the bright white Aragonite matrix. There are around a dozen crystals of varying sizes here
and they all light up
and glow when displayed under case lighting. In excellent condition, this was the finest
Sulfur I found in Denver.
From the Cozzo Disi Mine,
Casteltermini, Agrigento Province (Girgenti Province), Sicily, Italy.
Measures 6 cm by 9.3 cm by 6.3 cm in total size.
Ex. Dr. Snizek Mineral Collection
plate of Quartz var Amethyst with red Hematite accenting!
I love Thunderbay Amethyst specimens but they appear so rarely at the shows that I almost
never have any to offer on the website. When I do, they are usually contacted or bruised.
specimen is nearly pristine however with a beautiful form and exceptional brilliance over
Hematite accented surfaces of purple and red. The crystal points are sharp and complete as
From the Thunder Bay
District, Ontario, Canada.
Measures 6.5 cm by 11.7 cm by 4.2 cm in total size.
Super lustrous and scarce specimen of
Native Leaf Gold on white Quartz matrix!
The Gold appears as brilliant leaves which emerge from and sit atop the bright white
The color of the Gold is a very lustrous butter-yellow indicating a small Silver presence
the mix. One of the most aesthetic Golds from a collection of Oriental Mine specimens.
From the Oriental Mine, Alleghany, Forest District, Sierra
Measures 4.6 cm by 4 cm by 1.4 cm in total size.
rare plate of blue to sea green-blue Fluorite crystals on matrix!
This is a rare specimen of bluish Fluorite from Switzerland and is the first I've offered
scarce locality on the website. The color is mostly blue but under some lighting can
color that resembles a sea water mix of green and blue. The surfaces are flashy with a
luster that rolls across the faces. In excellent condition with a well trimmed edge and no
This locality is now closed to collecting so specimens of this quality are almost never
Chobelwand-Dürrschrennen caves, Alpstein Massif (Säntis Massif), Appenzell-Innerrhoden,
Measures 9.5 cm by 12.3 cm by 3.6 cm in total size.
Ex. Günter Ertle Mineral Collection
Classic Montana rarity featuring a Native
Wire Silver filled vug inside Amethyst, Pyrite, and Galena matrix!
This is a wonderful specimen from a seldom seen Montana locality. The matrix is a
beautiful mix of Quartz
with winding Amethyst seams and Pyrite crystals. Near the top, a Quartz lined vug opens up
a sizeable nest of Native Silver wires, which are in turn, host to smaller Acanthite
Acanthite (or Pyrargyrite) can be seen inside the vug alongside and behind the wires. This
is a the finest
cabinet sized specimen I've ever seen from this locality and it represents a very rare
opportunity for collectors.
From the Ruby Shaft, Granite-Bimetallic Mine, Granite Mtn,
Philipsburg District, Granite County, Montana.
Measures 12.4 cm by 13.5 cm by 6.9 cm in total size.
flashy crystals of deep green Uvite Tourmaline in cluster with Quartz and Magnesite!
This beauty can be displayed from either side because the crystals are just as perfect and
glassy-lustrous on both the front and the back. There are no visible contacts but the
side displayed in the above photograph does have two small crystal-clear Quartz points
while the back side displays a scattering of Magnesite crystals among the green Uvites.
From the Pomba pit, Serra das
Éguas, Brumado, Bahia, Brazil.
Measures 7 cm by 5.8 cm by 4.2 cm in total size.
Ex. Bernard Charlier, Galveston Mineral Collections
rarity! Fine crystals of Calcite on matrix from St. Andreasberg!
This locality was an old Silver Mining District in Germany but today all the mines are
since closed and reclaimed for the most part. I don't come across many fine Calcite plates
from this locality and all date back to the late 1800's or early 1900's. This plate
dozens of translucent, stacked Calcite crystals which formed scalendohedral-like pillars
the Sulfide mineral and Dolomite covered surface. Beautifully preserved with few contacts.
From St Andreasberg, St
Andreasberg District, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany.
Measures 7.7 cm by 6.2 cm by 5.4 cm in total size.
Comes with old original display label
Attractive combination featuring a
bi-colored Fluorite with Quartz crystals!
One of the more unusual looking Fluorites from the show featuring a Fluorite displaying
both purple and blue coloration set among Muscovite accented Quartz crystals. Very nice!
From the Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner, Ulanhad League,
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.
Measures 6 cm by 9.7 cm by 5.4 cm in total size.
Ex. Gunter Ertle Collection
combination of Aqua-tipped Heliodor crystals on green Fluorite and Schorl Tourmaline!
I've sold a few of these scarce Beryl specimens over the last decade but this is the first
of Aqua-Heliodor crystals on green Fluorite that I've offered on the website! The crystals
in all directions atop the Fluorite at their base and Schorl Tourmaline frames the
specimen at both
the left and right edges. This is definately an eye catcher and one that is in excellent
From the Erongo Mountain,
Erongo Region, Namibia.
Measures 6.5 cm by 6.3 cm by 4.8 cm in total size.
Ex. Dr. Snizek Mineral Collection
specimen of Calcite crystal blades with deep red Sphalerite crystals on drusy Quartz!
These specimens first appeared in the marketplace over a decade ago and were easily some
the finest Sphalerite specimens to date. The Sphalerites are bright red and resemble
Not many specimens were found with Calcite blades and few were as pristine as this
specimen is with
its phantomed interiors of opaque white beneath translucent outer tips. I haven't seen
many of these
lovely pieces lately and this is the finest plate I can recall from this scarce locality.
From the Shuikoushan Mine,
Shuikoushan Ore Field, Changning Co., Hengyang Pref., Hunan Prov., China.
Measures 11 cm by 9.8 cm by 6.5 cm in total size.
clear cubes of Fluorite perched atop brown Quartz crystals!
This is a lovely specimen with stark contrast between the completely colorless Fluorites
and the brown coated Quartz crystals. The brown coating appears to be a Calcite drusy
and it covers nearly every portion of the specimen's surface. The Fluorites measure up
to nearly 2.5 cm in size and are so clear that they look like glass. The cubes to the left
are so transparent that they display the Quartz matrix beneath. The cube to the far right
steps down due to matrix influence with a small cleave on the back side. It does not
From the Nikolaevskiy Mine,
Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining Dist., Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.
Measures 8.8 cm by 5.7 cm by 5.3 cm in total size.
Ex. Galveston Mineral Collection
Colorful combination of blue Azurite crystal
balls on green Malachite matrix!
These are some of the most attractive combos but I rarely see them anymore.
The blue Azurite balls are textured and contrast beautifully atop the Malachite.
From the Lost Lake Claim, Nacimiento Mine, Cuba, New Mexico.
Measures 5.3 cm by 6.6 cm by 2.3 cm in total size.
Large cube of golden Pyrite with a Marcasite ball on the back side!
This is a unique specimen the likes of which I've never seen before. The cube here is huge
a Pyrite, measuring over 7 cm across the corners! It consists of numerous crystal faces on
and is fully 360 degrees displayable. Along the back side (or front if you prefer) is a
nestled inside a concave face. Highly lustrous and in excellent condition, this is a great
From the Skull Point Mine,
Skull Point, Kemmerer, Lincoln County, Wyoming.
Measures 7.5 cm by 6.5 cm by 5.2 cm in total size.
Rare specimen of purple Fluorapatite crystals
on Albite from North Carolina!
A collection of this very hard to find material came to market recently and this was one
my favorites among the selection of Fluorapatite specimens. There are two Fluorapatite
crystals featured here, highly lustrous and displaying good color. They measure to 1.1 cm
size and both are doubly terminated with sharp translucent surfaces. In excellent
From the Foote Mine, Kings Mountain Dist., Cleveland Co.,
Measures 5.4 cm by 5.9 cm by 2.4 cm in total size.
impressive specimen of crystalline Native Copper growing upwards atop a Copper base!
This specimen is amazing. It's from the White Pine, the same locality as the exceptional
at the top of this webpage, and it is just as impressive in its own right. The Native
climbed upwards to a height (22 cm) that is unlike anything I've seen from this locality!
It's so tall that it
almost wouldn't fit on the page. The surfaces are lustrous and covered by a lovely
From the From the White Pine
Mine, White Pine, Ontonagon County, Michigan.
Measures 22 cm by 8.1 cm by 4.5 cm in total size.
Large lustrous Galena cube with yellow
Calcite crystals on matrix!
I love this specimen. The cube is super lustrous with mirror-bright faces on all sides
and measures 10 cm in size across the corners. It is complete and uncontacted on every
face and is accented by several yellow Calcite crystals atop the right side face, with a
them being doubly terminated. This is a specimen with presence and a very impressive
From the Sweetwater Mine, Ellington, Viburnum Trend District,
Reynolds County, Missouri.
Measures 14 cm by 9.7 cm by 9.5 cm in total size.
Pristine crystal of white coated Smoky
Quartz with a purple Amethyst scepter!
This is a great looking specimen and the Amethyst scepter appears to be doubly terminated
which is somewhat unique. The color is a deep grape-jelly purple with good gemminess at
top. The contrast between the purple and white surfaces is beautiful. In excellent
From the Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia.
Measures 9 cm by 3.5 cm by 3 cm in total size.
Aesthetic combination of Beryl var.
Aquamarine crystals with Schorl Tourmaline!
This is just a cute specimen with a very attractive display. The Aquamarine in the
middle stands vertically and is surrounded by numerous Aqua crystals ranging from
tiny crystals to larger, horizontal crystals. Lustrous black Schorl Tourmalines form the
backdrop and also accent the middle and along the right edge. In excellent condition.
From the Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia.
Measures 4.2 cm by 3.2 cm by 5 cm in total size.
specimen of Vanadinite crystals in cluster!
Impressive specimen featuring reddish-orange
Vanadinite crystals measuring to over 1.3 cm in size!
The surfaces are in excellent condition with a glassy luster with only a couple of tiny
do not detract. It's not often I find a cluster with such large crystals and deep color
that is this good.
From Mibladen, Midelt,
Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.
Measures 3.7 cm by 3.1 cm by 2.7 cm in total size.
rich specimen featuring a seam filled with and covered by numerous leaves of Native
The seam is exposed on both sides and leaf Silver can be seen jutting out from the seam
entire length. This a specimen from the classic Cobalt Mining District and the weight is
impressive attesting to the density of Silver. Turning the specimen over, one can see
layers of Native Silver inside the Calcite seam along with some associated Acanthite and
crystals. I also see some rainbow iridescence atop the Native Silver. This specimen is
From the Cobalt area,
Cobalt-Gowganda Region, Timiskaming District, Ontario, Canada.
Measures 7.5 cm by 8.2 cm by 4.8 cm in total size.
Ex. Bishop Mineral Collection
large cube of aqua-blue Fluorite with internal lavender zoning on Siderite covered matrix!
This is a gemmy cube,
displaying lustrous-glassy surfaces and complete edges. The cube is perched
atop a golden-brown Siderite crystal covered matrix. In excellent condition overall with a
From the Yaogangxian Mine,
Yizhang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.
Measurements - 5.6 cm by 5.7 cm by 4.7 cm in total size (miniature size).
Ex. Vermont, Holloway Mineral Collections
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