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Unusual matrix specimen of bright blue baryte from the July 1989 find by Brian Lees. The specimen appears to have grown in a vug between granular matrix as the typical chisel terminations are imbedded in the surviving matrix. Matrix specimens are relatively uncommon from this find as the matrix is fragile. 7.5 x 5.0 x 1.5 cm.
Older, classic New England specimen by way of Schortmann's Minerals and the Albert Sebela collection. The greyish-blue stocky crystals are imbedded in a quartz matrix and measure to about 1.5 cm. Unlike most cordierite specimens from this locality, the crystals are a bluish-grey in color (most are brown to olive-brown.) Specimens like this very rarely come on the market. 6.2 x 5.7 x 3.7 cm.
Well-matched rough and cut set of fluorite from this classic New England locality. The fluorite specimen, which measures 7.6 x 5.0 x 4.7 cm, features a 3.0 cm, light green, translucent octahedral crystal. It is of top quality for the locality. The cut stone, faceted by Brad Lewis in a custom cut, weighs 62.22 carats. The cutting is impeccable, with sharp facet joins, and the stone is of top color and clarity. Both stone and specimen are fluorescent. Photograph by Joe Budd.
Large, nicely colored sharp crystal on and albite and muscovite matrix from this classic California locality. The morganite measures 5.0 x 3.6 cm and has some transparent, gemmy areas. This is an older specimen from the late 1970's or early 1980's. Ex. Roland Reed and Chuck Houser. 7.6 x 7.4 x 3.7 cm.
Superb, old-time gem crystal of "hiddenite" from the type location for the variety. Please note that this is true chromian spodumene, as opposed to the irradiated or otherwise treated green spodumene from Brazil and Afghanistan. The crystal has some minor iron staining, but is in superb shape and transparent, as seen in the photos. The color is a depper green in person. With an older Larry Conklin label. 2.4 x 0.4 x 0.3 cm.
Fine butterscotch-colored, bipyramidal crystals of wulfenite on matrix. The lustrous, translucent crystals measure to 1.1 cm; the fully exposed crystal is doubly-terminated. The wulfenite is undamaged except for a naturally contacted crystal on the reverse. 4.4 x 2.7 x 2.2 cm.
Rich specimen of dark pyrargyrite from this famous mining area in Mexico. The pyrargyrite measures to about 6 mm and is contrasted nicely by clear calcite and quartz crystals. This specimen has not been chemically cleaned by me so as to preserve the calcite. 7.6 x 6.0 x 3.7 cm.
Very nice small cabinet specimen of lavender creedite to 1.8 cm. Most of the crystals are sharply terminated and range from a medium lavender to almost colorless at the tips. There are a few cleaved crystal at the periphery (particularly at the bottom and left side) but the crystals in the main display area are fine. What appears to be damage in the center is actually a patch of natural roughness and iridescent sulphide crystals. 7.3 x 5.2 x 3.7 cm.
A rich specimen of well-formed sprays of ludlamite in vugs in a siderite matrix. The ludlamite measures to about 6 mm. Some of the siderite crystals are well-formed as seen in the photos. The main sprays are undamaged. 4.8 x 3.5 x 2.7 cm.
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