The Tucson 2016 Mineral Showrooms
January 16th, 2017 *
Gorgeous specimen featuring gem golden Calcite
crystals with Quartz var. Amethyst!
A wonderful combination piece which displays a cluster of
golden Calcites with some of the sharpest,
most distinct phantoms I've seen in a long time. A sparkling micro-crystalline coating of
outlines the earlier terminations which are now visible through the gemmy, glassy Calcite
cluster sits alongside a gemmy purple cluster of Amethyst crystals which display some of
their own internal
phantoming. There are also two additional isolated Amethyst crystals atop the Calcites. In
From Ametista do Sul, Alto Uruguai region, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
Measures 9 cm by 11 cm by 7.2 cm in total size.
Aesthetic specimen featuring Amazonite crystals
and Cleavelandite surrounded a large Smoky Quartz!
A beautiful combination specimen of turquoise-colored
Amazonite and Smoky Quartz from Colorado.
Not only is this specimen very well balanced and super aesthetic, it's also one of the few
you will ever
find that is completely unrepaired! This specimen is unrestored and unrepaired and nearly
The only contact I see is a natural one and it gets lost in the Cleavelandite. This is a
From Teller County, Colorado.
Measures 8.2 cm by 7.9 cm by 3.6 cm in total size.
Ex. Voelter Mineral Collection
Spectacular plate featuring feathers of Native
Silver on Quartz matrix!
This amazing specimen is from a new find in Morocco and was
part of a very small collection
of Silver "feathers" discovered. The feathers are actually crystalline dendrites
but the crystals
are solid with no gap between the dendritic structure. This imparts the feather look to
and it is one of the most incredible things I've ever seen. There are well over a dozen
the white Quartz matrix and all are complete, firm, and study. They are covered by a soft,
surface luster although some do exhibit a slight golden patina. In excellent condition
with no damage.
From the Tamdrost Mine, Tamdrost, Bou Azer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province,
Measures 6.8 cm by 10 cm by 2.8 cm in total size.
Lustrous dendrites of Native Silver on Quartz
An exceptional example of fine herringbone crystal
formation, not from Batopilas, but from
the San Genaro Mine. Brilliant luster rolls across the fine crystalline dendrites on both
and back with a 2+ cm spinel twin shooting across the very top. This is easily one of the
attractive small miniatures that I've seen from the San Genaro Mine. In excellent
From the San Genaro Mine, Castrovirreyna Province, Huancavelica Department, Peru.
Measures 3.7 cm by 4.3 cm by 2.5 cm in total size.
Calcite crystals with Calcite crystals accents atop Amethystine Quartz!
Several generations of Calcite are seen on this attractive
specimen, starting with the
4.5+ scalenohedron sitting vertically near the center left. This large crystal is topped
several translucent Calcite crystals of a different habit and framed by smaller brown
near the bottom edge. The crystals are all termination and range from matted to lustrous.
From La Sirena Mine, Guanajuato, Mun. de Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Measures 10.5 cm by 10.2 cm by 4.2 cm in total size.
Ex. University of Arizona Mineral Collection
Brilliant, lustrous crystal of Carrolite with
Chalcopyrite on matrix!
A super lustrous crystal sitting perfectly atop the white
matrix, this crystal exhibit pristine form and measures
1.4 cm in size. It is bordered on the back side by Chalcopyrite and smaller Carollite
crystals. Very nice and flashy.
From the Kamoya 5th Mine, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga, Democratic
Republic of Congo.
Measures 3.5 cm by 4.5 cm by 2.3 cm in total size.
Ex. Webb Mineral Collection
Rare specimen featuring a large, gemmy, golden
Barite crystal on Chalcopyrite matrix!
This is something of an oddity because I've never seen a
golden Barite from this locality, especially
one with gemminess. Some brownish Barite specimens were found at this mine a couple years
nothing of this quality and color that I know of. The Barite at top is very glassy and
lustrous with good
transparency. It measures 3.6 cm in size and sits atop a matrix of coated Chalcopyrite
crystals. No damage.
From Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province,
Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.
Measures 4.6 cm by 5.3 cm by 3.9 cm in total size.
Fine crystals of doubly terminated
Calcite atop a light pink Danburite crystal!
Aesthetic specimen which is as much a Calcite specimen as a Danburite one. The Danburite
well terminated with a gemmy tipped termination and very glassy surfaces. The Calcites
both sides of the Dan burite are doubly terminated with the Calcite on the right side
just one of a series of stacked Calcites which extend all the way down towards the bottom
pink Danburite. All the surfaces are highly lustrous and the specimen is in excellent
From Charcas, Mun. de Charcas, San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
Measures 9.7 vm by 5 cm by 4.2 cm in total size.
Deep green, gemmy cluster of
Forsterite var. Peridot crystals on a Magnetite crystal!
This is a wonderful example of what are considered to be some of the finest Peridot
crystals in the world.
The large central Magnetite crystal is surrounded by well formed, gemmy, terminated
on almost all sides. Very aesthetic with no damage. This is one of my favorite Peridot
From Sapat Gali, Naran, Kaghan Valley, Mansehra District,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
Measures 2.5 cm by 3.5 cm by 2.5 cm in total size.
Classic specimen featuring
frosty-green cubes of Fluorite with Quartz from Colorado!
Seldom seen specimen of Fluorite from the old American Tunnel with over a dozen glassy
of green Fluorite atop a Quartz druse covered matrix. They're in very good shape with a
of luster, measuring to 2.3 cm in size. Powder druse accenting on the back edge adds a
From the Sunnyside Mine (American Tunnel), Bonita Peak, Gladstone,
Eureka Dist., San Juan Co., Colorado.
Measures 9.3 cm by 6.8 cm by 3.2 cm in total size.
Ex. Trimingham (Purchased in Silverton 8/6/1966), Oleszczuk Mineral Collections
Large gemmy Topaz crystal with smaller Topaz
crystals on Feldspar!
This is a beautiful specimen featuring a colorless Topaz
measuring 5.3 cm in size.
It displays a gemmy transparent top half with a tremendous internal brilliance. Several
smaller gemmy Topaz crystals can be seen above the main crystal. In excellent condition
with the bottom of the largest Topaz terminating into the host Feldspar matrix. Very nice!
From Dassu, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Northern Area of
Measures 11.1 cm by 5.5 cm by 3.4 cm in total size.
Ex. Webb Mineral Collection
Beautiful and quite large Lepidolite crystal with
Lepidolite crystals perched atop the front side!
It's unusual to find a Lepidolite that is truly worthy of
being its own specimen but this large crystal
fits the bill. The main crystal measures 8.2 cm in width and display a perfect edge all
the way around.
The surfaces of the facing crystals are glassy and reflective. In very good condition with
From Virgem da Lapa, Jequitinhonha valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Measures 8.6 cm by 8.2 cm by 8.3 cm in total size.
Ex. Ruggiero Mineral Collection
Excellent combination plate featuring Strontianite
crystal balls with golden Calcite and Marcasite crystals!
This plate displays a wonderful mix of minerals with all
their very different and distinctive forms. The Strontianite
crystal balls measure to 1.6 cm in size and are scattered atop the drusy matrix with gemmy
golden Calcites, many
of which are doubly terminated, and iridescent Marcasite crystals. This is an impressive
plate, free of detractions.
From the Faylor-Middle Creek Quarry, Winfield, Union County, Pennsylvania.
Measures 7 cm by 11.5 cm by 4.3 cm in total size.
Aesthetic combination of Golden
Fluorite cubes with two crystal clusters of pinkish-white Barite blades!
I found two of these beautiful combo plates (the other
appears in the first showroom) and both exhibited
the really neat Barite clusters. The Barite is covered ever so slightly by a pinkish
Hematite accenting and
the Fluorite cubes are pure golden and transparent with a strong rolling surface luster.
In excellent condition.
From Aouli, Upper Moulouya lead district, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet
Measures 10.8 cm by 7.3 cm by 5.2 cm in total size.
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