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Superbly crystalline Native Gold on Quartz!
At first glance, the large trigon crystals along the top jump out at you but when you take
a closer look at this gleaming specimen, you see that it is completely crystalline from top
to bottom! Trigons, flattened crystals, dendritics, and dodecahedrons form the body of this
incredibly lustrous and flashy Gold specimen. The center portion is so crystalline dendritic
that it takes on the appearance of woven fabric! The Quartz is nearly all white and is perfectly
proportional to the Native Gold. California Golds of this quailty are becoming extremely difficult to
find and this one represents a wonderful opportunity. This specimen represents a unique opportunity!
From the Eagle's Nest Mine, Placer County, California.
Measures 5.7 cm by 3.7 cm by 2.4 cm in total size.
Ex. Pellman Mineral Collection
Price $18,500

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Tremendous specimen of Native Silver wires rising high atop Acanthite covered matrix!
True museum quality, this incredible German Silver has been in a private collection for years but was
offered to me at the show and I was very happy to acquire it for the website! The aesthetics are superb
and it's difficult to walk away from the specimen without taking several glances as many people discovered
when they lined up to admire the classic Silver in my Tucson showcase. The sturdy wires rise up from a base
of Native Silver and Acanthite, and you can even see some thick wires sprouting downward from the gray
Acanthite in the opposite direction. This is pretty amazing to say the least. The beautifully patinaed wires
are thick and quite firm as they rise upward some 12 cm above the base. Two of the wires along the left
side actually come together to form a "ring" which is another feature unique to this specimen. This is one
of the finest German Silvers I've ever offered on the website and has all the qualities of a true centerpiece.
From the Himmelsfürst Mine, Freiberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany.
Measures 14.3 cm by 8.2 cm by 3.9 cm in total size.
Ex. Wolfgang Wendel, Kevin Ward, Brown Mineral Collections
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Price $95,000

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Gorgeous red scalenohedral crystals of Rhodochrosite on Manganite matrix!
Pure color and pure gem! I haven't offered many South African Rhodos over the years but this one
caught my eye the moment I saw it! The crystals display the deepest coloration and most display full
terminations and glassy faces that clearly show the inner gemminess of each Rhodo! It's amazing that
something so red can also be so transparent. This specimen displays intense color even under faint
lighting. As is the norm with most of these specimens, there are some incomplete crystals mixed in
with the terminated crystals but these get lost visually in the overall intensity of color. ALSO, the
specimen is covered on ALL SIDES by gemmy Rhodochrosite crystals because it formed on a matrix
knob so it is a true 360 degree displayable specimen! One of the finest N'Chwaning Rhodos at the show.
From the N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
Measures 5 cm by 6.5 cm by 5 cm in total size.
Ex. Sela Mineral Collection
Price $35,000

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Gorgeous display specimen featuring large white stalactites of Aragonite perched alongside green Fluorite!
This is an impressive specimen to say the least. It's the first combination of Fluorite with Aragonite that
I've seen in the marketplace even though it's found throughout the Rogerley Mine. I would guess that not
many are preserved during the extraction process. The stalactites of Aragonite here are absolutely beautiful
with five distinct points and snowy-white surfaces. They sit atop the left side of the matrix with gemmy green
Fluorite crystals measuring to 2.2 cm in size covering the entire right side. The Fluorites are often twinned
and display a strong fluorescence. Small frosted Galenas are scattered about among the Fluorite. In very
good condition overall with only a scattering of minor contacts. This is a superb large cabinet centerpiece.
From the Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England.
Measures 25 cm by 16.5 cm by 11.4 cm in total size.
Comes with a custom made, engraved display base

Price $12,500

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RARE!! Brilliant Diamond attached to Kimberlite matrix from South Africa!
Matrix Diamond specimens from South Africa are extremely rare in that most Diamonds are found free
of their matrix. I've only seen two or three matrix specimens in the past 20 years and this crystal represents
the largest. It measures .7 cm in size and approximately 1.2 carats. It displays an intense, white brilliance
through very crystalline surfaces. As is typical for the locality, the Diamond surfaces are covered with multiple
secondary crystal faces, imparting a dazzling light reflectivity that shines like a spotlight under case lighting.
From the De Beers Mine, Kimberley, Francis Baard District, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
Measures 4.3 cm by 4.5 cm by 2.6 cm in total size.

Price $14,500

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Exceptional specimen featuring a brilliant leaf of Native Gold rising up from bright white Quartz matrix!
This very rare locality piece is a characteristic style found twice - In the 1880s and later in one pocket in the early 1990s. It is from a single
famous pocket which produced some of the finest golds seen since the gold rush era, via a lucky find by a metal detector on long-worked property.
The vertical leaf of gold is 3.5 cm tall. The pieces from this find are in major museums and collections around the world, and seldom come up for sale.
The piece is 360 degrees, complete all around, and displays elegantly from all sides. The leaf is quite sturdy and extends through the quartz matrix.
Last sold in the 1990s by Herb Obodda, this is one of my favorite Gold miniatures from the show. It is brilliant, glamourous, and incredibly aesthetic.
From the 1992 Christmas Pocket, Crystalline-Alabama Claim, Jamestown mine, Tuolumne Co., California.
Measures 4.5 cm by 3.4 cm by 3.3 cm in total size.
Ex. Obboda Mineral Collection
Price $6850

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Lovely specimen featuring an Aquamarine crystal with a Morganite crystal on Albite matrix from California!
I rarely see specimens of this calibre from California, much less the Oceanview Mine! This fine specimen was
actually pictured in Rocks and Minerals Magazine in their Oceanview Mine issue from July/August 2008. The
photograph from that issue is shown above. The 3.4 cm Aquamarine is the larger of the two crystals and it exhibits
a perfect form with a light blue coloration and just a hint of pink near the bottom. The Morganite is also pristine
with a beautiful blushed pink coloration. Both crystals are glassy-lustrous and sit side by side atop the Albite
matrix. Another Aquamarine crystal, smaller in size, is located along the far back edge. In excellent condition.
From the 49er Pocket, Oceanview Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala, Pala District, San Diego County, California.
Measures 10.5 cm by 8 cm by 6.4 cm in total size.
Featured in Rocks and Minerals Magazine in their Oceanview Mine issue of July/August 2008

Price $2850

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Tremendous 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 large
Galena cubes in the background, forming a "mountain range" above the Fluorite and Galena
covered surface in the foreground. The Galenas are quite interesting in that they almost look
like twinned crystals. There are three cubes in the cluster and they appear to be grown together
at the edges, creating the unique mountain-like appearance. In excellent condition with only a
scattering of tiny contacts on some Fluorites. You'll be hard pressed to find a more unique combo.
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
Price $3500

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Exceptional specimen featuring a pristine, gemmy Calcite sitting alongside a Hematite crystal!
A beautiful combination that is both aesthetic and nearly pristine. The transparent Calcite at top measures
4.7 cm in size. It sits next to a perfectly terminated, nearly 2 cm tall Hematite crystal with mirror-lustrous
faces on all side. A couple of smaller Calcite crystals are also present and all are sitting atop a matrix
covered by super flashy Hematite crystals. In excellent condition with no damage to speak of. There is
a slight matrix influence irregularity on a backside Calcite face but this does not detract. Simply superb!
From the N'Chwaning II Mine, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
Measures 7 cm by 10 cm by 7.4 cm in total size.
Ex. Bahmann Mineral Collection
Price $6500

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Tremendous specimen of brilliant Legrandite crystals on a small amount of Limonite matrix!
One of the finest Legrandite miniatures I've ever seen! This minature sized "Aztec Sun" came to
market at the show from a private collection and offers a unique opportunity for collectors to add
a very high quality Legrandite to their own collection. The specimen is in excellent condition with
super glassy crystals to nearly 4 cm in length! The luster is fantastic and light dances across the
specimen's radial structure when held and rotated. A small amount of matrix is located along the
bottom and there is also a small amount at the very top, indicating the crystals grew inside a vug
or matrix recess. The largest crystals along the left edge are terminated at both top and bottom.
From the Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Mun. de Mapimí, Durango, Mexico.
Measures 4.4 cm by 3 cm by 2.1 cm in total size.
Ex. Santa Fe Mineral Collection
Comes with a custom made, labeled display base
Price $22,500

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Classic and very rare specimen of lustrous gray Acanthite crystals with Chalcopyrite on matrix!
The largest crystal in the middle measures 1.8 cm in length! The remainder of this very rich
Silver Sulfide is covered with smaller Acanthites and patches of iridescent Chalcopyrite.
From the Eldorado Mine, Port Radium, Mackenzie District, Northwest Territories, Canada.
(This locality was discovered in 1900 and mined as a source of Silver and Radium in the 1930's.
It was dewatered in 1976 and mined again for its Silver and Copper reserves before closing for
good in 1982. The mine and its settlement were destroyed by fire and no longer exist today.)
Circa 1930's - Measures 4.7 cm by 5.2 cm in size.
Ex. Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences Collection
Ex. Kevin Ward Mineral Collection

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Exceptional combination of hot pink Fluorite crystals with lavender Calcites and Quartz on Feldspar!
Easily one of the finest Alpine Fluorite combos I've seen in years. The large pyramidal reddish-pink Fluorite
sitting atop the far left side measures 4 cm in size! The color glows through transparent-glassy surfaces and the
crystal is complete and pristine on all sides. A smaller Fluorite of the same color can be seen nestled among the
lavender Calcite crystal atop the right portion of the sparkling and quite flashy white matrix which appears to be
accented by Adularia crystals in addition to small Quartz needles. The Calcite crystals measure to 3.8 cm in size
and like the Fluorites, are blemish and contact free. One of my favorite finds from the show with superb aesthetics.
From Zinggenstöcke, Oberaar Lake area, Grimsel area, Hasli Valley, Bern, Switzerland.
Measures 7.7 cm by 11.6 cm by 7.5 cm in total size.
Ex. W. Wendel Mineral Collection
Price $9500

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Impressive cabinet plate of Galena cubes with Sphalerite on Chert matrix!
This was the finest Tri-State plate I saw at the show and it's one of the best I've seen in several
years. The Galenas are beautifully centered near the top of the matrix, exhibiting mirror-like lustrous
faces and a very sharp, uncluttered form. The largest Galena measures 5 cm in size and it "hugs" a
smaller Galena along the far left edge. The Galenas are in excellent condition with the only cleaves
being along the trimming edge. The crystals are somewhat stepped along the back edge so I can't
tell if the cleavage is natural or man made but it don't detract. Below the Galenas are lustrous
Sphalerite crystals measuring to nearly 3.5 cm in size. These are surrounded by smaller "Rubyjack"
Sphalerite crystals which are scattered atop the sparkling Chert matrix. The is one of those rare
Tri-States pieces that have a presence to them. This large plate is both aesthetic and impressive.
From the Barr Mine, Vinegar Hill, Treece, Picher Field, Tri-State District, Cherokee Co., Kansas.
Measures 14.5 cm by 15 cm by 6 cm in total size.

Ex. Fred Meissner Mineral Collection

Price $5500

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Exceptional plate featuring gemmy crystals of Scheelite with Beryl var. Aquamarine on Muscovite!
What a Scheelite combination plate this is! Three Scheelite crystals of deepest color with an intense luster
that jumps out and grabs you at first sight, sit alongside numerous transparent tabular crystals of Aquamarine.
And if that weren't enough, the interiors of the Scheelites are mostly gemmy!  The Scheelites measure to 3.3 cm
in size and all three crystals are well matched. No contacts except for the normal ones along the trimming edge.
From Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu County, Sichuan Province of China.
Measures 8.3 cm by 9.7 cm by 5.4 cm in total size.
Ex. Steve Smale Mineral Collection
Price $8500

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Sharp crystals of Acanthite and curling Native Silver wires!
Both Silver minerals sit atop a matrix of Quartz with Quartz crystal sprays.
The Acanthite crystals are so incredibly sharp and lustrous that at first glance, one
might not even notice the small "ram's horn" Silver located on the far right side of
the specimen! Acanthite and Silver combos from Mexico are rarely seen at the shows.
From the Reyes Mine in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Measures 5 cm by 3 cm by 2.5 cm in total size.
Price $2850

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Gorgeous specimen featuring large, multi-colored Tourmaline crystals perched aside Smoky Quartz and Feldspar!
This large 7 cm Tourmaline crystal is a visual delight with its layering of colors, perfect termination, and glassy-
lustrous surfaces! The gemmy interiors display flashes of reddish-pink which change over grassy-green and
chartreuse before capping out with a hint of reddish-pink again. Luster flows up and down the surface striations
and the main Elbaite crystal is accompanied along the right side by a smaller crystal of similar coloration. This
crystal is quite unique in that it shows evidence of a natural shift in formation, possibly a breakage which rehealed
in the pocket and continued upwards to termination. I love specimens like this which show the forces of their
geological environment through the formation of their crystals. Smaller, very gemmy Tourmalines can be seen
to the right of this crystal, atop the Feldspar matrix. All display full terminations and a strong internal brilliance.
From the Paprok Mine, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan.
Measures 6.6 cm by 11 cm by 5.7 cm in total size.

Price $18,500

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Dramatic specimen featuring Native Copper crystals with Native Silver banding!
This is a tremendous halfbreed and definately one of the most attractive I've seen from the
White Pine Mine. It's almost completely crystalline and features Silver banding near the base,
just above the base, and at the midpoint of the "V". The color and luster shift is quite noticeable
and makes for great aesthetics. I see what appears to be a spinel-twin Copper crystal along the
right side of the upper branches and the Copper luster is evident through the reddish-brown patina.
From the White Pine Mine, White Pine, Ontonagon County, Michigan.
Measures 11 cm by 10.4 cm by 1.5 cm in total size.
Ex. Liebetrau Silver Collection
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Price $7500

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Gorgeous and very impressive plate of Orange Calcite scalenohedrons in cluster on Amethyst crystals!
A spectacular large cabinet sized centerpiece, the orange Calcites in the center are deeply colored with
an intense flowing lustrous. They are completely orange and not coated orange and this is not a color one
often sees in Calcite crystals. They're actually quite rare and this is the finest large plate of this variety
that I've seen in a long time. In excellent condition across the entire length of the plate with barely a scuff.
From Ametista do Sul, Alto Uruguai Region, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
Measures 12 cm by 31 cm by 15.1 cm in total size.

Price $8500

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Classic specimen of Native Copper with superb crystallization!
This is only the second cabinet sized Native Copper from Michigan that has caught my eye recently.
The crystallization of impressive Copper is sharp and unique (look at the incredible dendritic crystal
"wings" in the close-up photo!) and the entire specimen is composed of large, thick crystal dendrites
and Spinels. Along the left edge are unique 5.5 cm crystal growths that resemble wings and these are
attached to even larger crystal dendrites which form the majority of the center before finally twisting
their way upwards to the very top. Interesting note - If you look at the very center of the specimen, you
will see a smoother surface area that extends about one third of the specimen. This is an original drill bit
contact from the miner's drill! As if the specimen weren't unique enough, this puts it over the top! And
the provenance isn't too bad either. This specimen is Ex. Russell MacFall who was the former editor of
the Chicago Tribune. This specimen dates to the early 1900's and exhibits an antique patina over luster.
From the Phoenix Mine, Phoenix, Keweenaw County, Michigan.
Measures 16.5 cm by 10 cm by 7.5 cm in total size.

Ex. Russell MacFall Mineral Collection

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Absolutely beautiful specimen of Quartz crystals with large Calcite rhombs!
I love this specimen! The aesthetics are off the charts but it's also scarce because I don't see specimens
of Quartz and Calcite of this quality from Switzerland very often. The Quartz crystals are super glassy and
lustrous with full tips and only the tiniest of micro-chips here and there. The Calcite rhombs exhibit a rolling,
satiny, almost resinous luster and display shades of light tan to a deeper tan with a micro-crystalline speckling
along the right crystal faces. The specimen sits on its own with need for a base and is in excellent condition.
From Piz Beverin, Mathon, Schams, Hinterrhein Valley, Grischun (Graubünden), Switzerland.
Measures 9 cm by 12.6 cm by 7.8 cm in total size.
Ex. Huber Mineral Collection
Price $3500

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