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The Tucson 2017 Mineral Showrooms

* Updated March 17th, 2017 *

MIN#TUCSON2017-21 NEW!

Dramatic arrangement featuring large white Halite cubes with elongated blades of orange Gypsum!
In my opinion, this was by far the most aesthetic of these unique combination specimens at the show. I looked at
all that I could find and nothing even came close to this amazing piece. It looks like an angular snowman with the
translucent to gemmy white Halite cubes stacked atop one another and the orange bladed "arms" of Gypsum
jutting out in varying directions. The specimen is extraordinarily well balanced and as close to pristine as a
Halite and Gypsum specimen can be. It even sits up all on its own without the assistance of a stand or base.
From the Bleicherode Potash Works, Bleicherode, Thuringia, Germany.
Measures 11.7 cm by 15.5 cm by 7.6 cm in total size.

Ex. W. Wendel Mineral Collection
Price $6500

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MIN#TUCSON2017-22 NEW!

Exceptional and quite large specimen of Andamooka Opal in sandstone matrix!
This is easily the largest specimen of Andamooka Opal that I've seen in years! Its color play and flash
is incredible and I honestly can't recall a better specimen from this locality. By the way, it's also double
sided. The top picture illustrates the wide range of colors on the polished front side and the lower picture
shows the very different but equally as intense color arrangement on the polished back side. With this
unique matrix Opal specimen, you can take your pick of sides or display the specimen on a rotating base!
Sandstone Andamooka Opals are sugar treated before polishing to bring out the deepest colors the Opal
has to offer. Rarely do they achieve the depth of color of this specimen however, In perfect condition.
From the Andamooka Opal Fields, Andamooka Ranges, Stuart Shelf, South Australia, Australia.
Measures 10.2 cm by 7.5 cm by 1.5 cm in total size.

Price $6500

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MIN#TUCSON2017-24 NEW!

Gorgeous specimen of Grossular var. Hessonite Garnets, isolated on white Pectolite covered matrix!
Hessonite Garnets from the Jeffrey Mine are considered the best in the world, and this is a fine, representative specimen.
This large plate has dozens of isolated and gemmy, well striated Hessonite Garnets with minor Pectolite for color contrast.
The Garnets measures to 9 mm across. The specimen is in excellent condition with only a few scattered tiny contacts which
is typical for any large plate from this locality. The eye appeal is off the charts. I've always found the isolated Garnet look
to be much more desirable and aesthetic in comparison to the more common clustered look. Especially when on white matrix!

From the Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada.
Measures 9 cm by 16 cm by 4.6 cm in total size.

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Dr. Art Soregaroli Collection

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MIN#TUCSON2017-25 NEW!

Brilliant specimen of crystalline Native Gold perched high atop stark white Quartz matrix!
I love the presentation of this specimen. To me it resembles a golden cloud, hovering atop a snowy
mountain peak. I don't often find Italian Golds that spark my interest but this specimen caught my
eye at the show and I acquired it for the website. The Gold is brilliant with an intense luster and the
cluster sits slightly elevated atop the matrix, giving the golden "cloud" the appearance of floating
above the white Quartz surfaces. In excellent condition, this specimen is an eye catcher in any cabinet.
From the Brusson Mine, Brusson, Aosta Valley, Italy.
Measures 7.1 cm by 7.5 cm by 5.8 cm in total size.

Price $5450

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MIN#TUCSON2017-26 NEW!

Dazzling specimen from a new find of Purple Chalcedony from Indonesia!
This cabinet sized specimen is absolutely gorgeous and offers one of the most intense displays of sparkle
I've seen in these incredibly beautiful specimens. The surfaces are incredibly brilliant and flashy and
the sparkling balls of Chalcedony cover the entire surface, top to bottom, with the most light play along
the top edge. In excellent shape with barely a contact anywhere, this plate makes a dazzling display.
From the Mamuju Area (Manakarra), Sulawesi Barat Province, Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Measures 9.3 cm by 16 cm by 7 cm in total size.

Ex. Webb Mineral Collection
Price $2850

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MIN#TUCSON2017-27 NEW!

Large, lustrous crystal of Acanthite ps after Argentite with Chalcopyrite!
We acquired a collection of this very large, super lustrous Acanthite crystals while in Denver
and they are quite the sight to see. Most if not all display some hoppering indicating a very quick
formation as the Acanthite pseudomorphed the higher temperature Argentite. Exceptional crystal!
From Fresnillo de Gonzalez Echeverria (Fresnillo), Mun. de Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico.
Measures 3.3 cm by 4.6 cm by 3.2 cm in total size.

Price $1850

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MIN#TUCSON2017-28 NEW!

Superb Calcite with distinctive axially aligned zoning!
This is one the finest examples I've seen of these specimens and the crystals are virtually flawless
with distinctive zoning and barely a contact anywhere. The specimen stands up on its own without
the need of a base and the aesthetic display of these translucent crystals climbing one another is
eye catching to say the least. The surfaces are mostly glassy with some texture near the corners
and a strong, flowing luster throughout. The zoning is the result of Hematite coating along older
faces and there are also some mossy-looking inclusions of another gray mineral near the edges.
From the Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang Co., Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.
Measures 12.2 cm by 7.6 cm by 7.4 cm in total size.

Ex. Barnett Mineral Collection
Price $2450

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MIN#TUCSON2017-29 NEW!

Fine crystals of super lustrous Cobaltoan Smithsonite on matrix!
One of the finest examples I've seen in years, this specimen is from an older European collection and
features Smithsonite crystals that measure to 1.2 cm in size across the corners. The color is a lovely pastel
pink and the surfaces are ultra-glassy and reflective. In excellent condition with no contacts or detractions.
From the Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region (Oshikoto), Namibia.
Measures 4.6 cm by 6.7 cm by 2.7 cm in total size.

Ex. Dumont Benoit Collection
Price $1250

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MIN#TUCSON2017-30 NEW!

NEW FIND!! Amazing new find of Beryl var. Emerald on Biotite matrix from Ethiopia!
A very small collection of incredibly fine Emerald specimens from Ethiopia appeared at Tucson this year
and I had the ability to cherry-pick the grouping for the best of the best specimens. The color of these Emeralds
is superior to anything I've seen from Africa and is better than Emeralds from Nigeria and Zambia in my opinion.
They are colored by Chromium and have an inner brilliance and color intensity very similar to what one sees in
Colombian Emeralds. The above specimen was the largest off matrix single crystal specimen in the collection.
It is well terminated and full of a deep glowing gemminess beneath glassy-lustrous surfaces. I only notice a
small single contact on the back side where the crystal grew against matrix. This doesn't detract in the least
from this major specimen. I would estimate the cutting gem material in this crystal to be in the 50k range
or better. There's a large gemmy section in just the top that would yield a huge stone of the finest color!
From Kenticha, Kenticha Pegmatite Field, Seba Boru District, Sidamo-Borana Province, Ethiopia.
Measures 4.5 cm by 3.4 cm by 2.6 cm in total size. Weight is
72 grams or 360 carats
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Price $35,000

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Gorgeous Tri-State! Classic mix of large Sphalerite crystals with Chalcopyrite and Ruby-jack Sphalerite!
 The large Sphalerites sit atop a sparkling druzy matrix which is studded with gemmy red Rubyjack  Sphalerite crystals.
 This small cab has enough eye appeal for several specimens and is a wonderful example from the Tri-State Mining District.
Ballard Mine, Baxter Springs, Picher Field, Tri-State District, Cherokee Co., Kansas.
Measures 6 cm by 7.3 cm by 3.9 cm in total size.

Ex. Van Tichelen Collection
Price $1250

 

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MIN#TUCSON2017-32 NEW!

Fine specimen featuring stacked crystalline ball clusters of orange Creedite!
This is a true 360 specimen that is perfect and displayable from all sides. The crystal
ball on the bottom measures 7.5 cm in size! The top ball measures 7.2 cm in size and
both display glassy, gemmy orange Creedite crystals on all sides including top and
bottom. There's a small ball attached to the lower left side of the bottom crystal ball
and all are display a bright flashy brilliance as light dances off of each orange crystal.
From the Navidad Mine, Abasolo, Rodeo, Mun. de Rodeo, Durango, Mexico.
Measures 12.4 cm by 7 cm by 7.7 cm in total size.

Price $2500

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MIN#TUCSON2017-33 NEW!

Gemmy yellow crystals of Brazilianite on white Albite matrix!
This cute small miniature sized specimen features an attractive grouping of gem Brazilianite
crystals, with the largest horizontal crystal measuring 2.7 cm in size. In excellent condition.
From the Telírio claim, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Measures 5.2 cm by 6 cm by 4.7 cm in total size.

Ex. Benoit Dumont Collection

Price $1450

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MIN#TUCSON2017-34 NEW!

Spectacular Kongsberg specimen loaded with crystals of Native Silver and Sphalerite on Calcite!
This is a true classic and one of the finest examples of Silver crystals that I've seen from Kongsberg.
Numerous crystals of Native Silver climb up the center of the Calcite matrix, over the top of a large
2.2 cm reddish-brown Sphalerite crystal, finally concluding in a "Matterhorn-like" cluster which rises
above the matrix at the very top. All in all, the Silver crystal cluster measures 6.5 cm in length. The
Calcite matrix is composed of glassy surfaced rhombs which were cleaved to display the crystals. I'm
always looking for fine crystalline Kongsberg specimens and this ranks at the very top of those I've seen.
From the Kongsberg Silver Mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway.
Measures 7.3 cm by 6 cm by 4.2 cm in total size.

Ex. B. R. M. Mineral Collection
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MIN#TUCSON2017-35 NEW!

Attractive combination piece of Fluorite, Calcite and Sphalerite from Annabel Lee Mine!
The outer zone of the Fluorites is a medium sky-blue, and the core is classic yellow. The crystals are gemmy,
with frosted, stepped faces and cubic form. The largest crystal is 3.9 cm across. The Fluorites are adorned
with hundreds of sharp, lustrous, tapered Calcite scalenohedron needles, many of which are doubly-terminated.
Also, there are many mm-size, Ruby Jack Sphalerites that are gemmy and lustrous. In excellent condition.

From the Annabel Lee mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, , Hardin County, Illinois.
Measures 9.5 cm by 12 cm by 6.2 cm in total size.

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MIN#TUCSON2017-36 NEW!

Very fine specimen featuring Native Copper spinels with Smithsonite on matrix!
There are actually spinel-twins all over this specimen but the two at the very top really peak
the aesthetics of this great looking specimen. Colorless, lustrous rice-grain crystals of Smithsonite
are scattered about the Copper crystals and along the matrix on the right side. In excellent condition.
From the Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region (Oshikoto), Namibia.
Measures 6.2 cm by 3.4 cm by 3.6 cm in total size.

Price $1500

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MIN#TUCSON2017-37 NEW!

Green-tipped crystals of Quartz with Dolomite accenting, a Calcite cluster and Chalcopyrite on matrix!
I love the display this specimen offers, with its fat Quartz crystals that taper perfectly to a light green
tip. I suspect the green coloration is an inclusion of Chlorite. Inside the green tips are multiple phantoms
which are very noticeable under lighting. The Quartz crystals are accented along the back faces by dozens
of Dolomite crystals. This is topped off by a 3.5 cm Calcite cluster and golden Chalcopyrite. No detractions.
From the Boldut Mine, Cavnic, Maramureș County, Romania.
Measures 10.2 cm by 10.2 cm by 6.9 cm in total size.

Price $1500

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MIN#TUCSON2017-38 NEW!

Super gemmy crystal balls of Olmiite with gemmy Calcite!
This brilliant specimen of sparkling pinkish-orange Olmiite features two nearly pristine attached spheres
on a bed of gem Calcite crystals. The surfaces are dazzling and lustrous, with both spheres at 3 cm in width.
From the N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.

Measures 2.8 cm by 4.4 cm by 2.3 cm in total size.

Ex. Charlie Key Mineral Collection
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MIN#TUCSON2017-39 NEW!

Fine specimen featuring stacked, glistening Calcite rhombs which form complex crystals on matrix!
Very aesthetic small cabinet sized specimen which features three of these fascinating Calcite crystals on
a bed of smaller Calcites and Hematite stained matrix. In excellent condition with an intense, wet luster.

From the Taff's Well Quarry, Taff's Well, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
Measures 5.2 cm by 7.8 cm by 3.3 cm in total size.

Price $985

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Lovely classic featuring Celestite crystals rising up alongside a cluster of deep golden Calcites!
Dramatic specimen which displays numerous elongated Celestite crystals rising up from matrix and
bordered along the right side by dozens of golden Calcite rhombs, stacked one atop the other from
the top to bottom. Both the Celestite and Calcite are glassy and lustrous and for a cabinet sized
specimen, there are few contacts. A few incomplete Celestites are well hidden behind the terminated
Celestites and the Calcite cluster only shows a couple of contacts along the trimming edge. Very nice!
From the Machów Mine, Tarnobrzeg, Podkarpackie, Poland.
Measures 11.6 cm by 7.9 cm by 7.7 cm in total size.

Ex. Stoudt Mineral Collection
Price $1850

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MIN#TUCSON2017-40b NEW!

Exceptional specimen of Quartz var. Prase crystals clustered on matrix from Elba!
When one sees these lovely green Quartz specimens, the first locality that comes to mind is Serifos, Greece.
This cabinet sized specimen is from the classic locality of Elba Island and this is the first from this scarcer
locality that I've offered on the website. The cluster is in excellent condition with full tips and great color.
From Porticciolo, Rio Marina, Elba Island, Livorno Province, Tuscany, Italy.
Measures 9.3 cm by 13 cm by 8 cm in total size.

Price $2850

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MIN#TUCSON2017-40c NEW!

Fine blades of deep orange Wulfenite on Barite clusters!
Impressive miniature, with blades measuring to 1.5 cm in size. The blades are sharp, well formed,
and translucent with a glasssy surface luster. They are almost all perfect with only one incomplete
blades near the exterior of the cluster. This was probably attached to the matrix prior to trimming.
From the Mibladen Mining District, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco.
Measures 4.3 cm by 5.2 cm by 3.1 cm in total size.

Price $785

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MIN#TUCSON2017-40d NEW!

Bright yellow specimen of Fluorite cubes with Quartz and Calcite from Germany!
Beautiful large cabinet plate of gemmy golden-yellow Fluorite cubes measuring to 1 cm in size.
The cubes are highly lustrous and flashy with Quartz and Calcite accents. In excellent condition.
From Stolberg, Harz, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
Measures 15.5 cm by 15.3 cm by 6.4 in total size.

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MIN#TUCSON2017-40e NEW!

Tremendous plate featuring cauliflower-style crystal clusters of Hemimorphite on matrix!
One of the largest plates I've seen, this impresssive display features numerous white crystals of Hemimorphite
rising upwards from a Limonite base across the entire surface of this large cabinet sized plate. They reach their
largest size along the back side and take on a myriad of shapes and terminations. Some are jagged while others
are rounded in appearance. Translucent to direct light and satiny lustrous, this specimen is in excellent condition.
From the San Antonio Mine, East Camp, Santa Eulalia District, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Measures 12 cm by 16.7 cm by 9 cm in total size.

Ex. Webb Mineral Collection
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MIN#TUCSON2017-40f NEW!

Very rare specimen featuring Wulfenite on Aurichalcite, Chrysocolla and Malachite!
This may be the first Romanian Wulfenite specimen I've offered on the website.
Small, glassy, yellow Wulfenites are located inside the matrix pocket and scatter
out atop most of the specimen surface. Very pretty color mix and in great condition.
From the Baita Mining District (Baita Bihor; Rézbánya), Nucet, Bihor Co., Romania.
Measures 5 cm by 7.5 cm by 4.7 cm in total size.

Ex. Huber Mineral Collection

Price $1250

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