April 2016 Update

By admin • Colorado Minerals, Crystallized Classics • 1 May 2016
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The following is a mixed selection of some new minerals ranging from higher-end fine mineral specimens to affordable classics for the frugal collector. Enjoy and please feel free to email me with any questions or to purchase a specimen! -Phil

 

416-1: Galena on Fluorite: Hill-Ledford Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois USA. $100.00

A very nice large group of purple fluorite crystals with an aesthetically-placed 2.5 cm cube-octahedral galena crystal from the Hill-Ledford Mine, Harris Creek, Hardin County, Illinois. A nice fluorite from this classic locality featuring an unusual ‘hole’ where a now-dissolved barite(?) crystal once resided; now surrounded by fluorite crystals. Classic!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 16.5 x 8.5 x 6 cm. Weight: 899 grams 
416-2: Galena on Fluorite: Hill-Ledford Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois USA. $150.00

 

Another ‘old timer’ from the Hill-Ledford mine, this group of sharp violet Fluorite crystals to 6 cm. on edge with Galena crystals is a nice specimen from this classic older Illinois fluorite locale, with great aesthetics. In great condition; the crystal that looks cleaved is actually naturally etched in an interesting way.
 
Specimen Dimensions: 14.5 x 10.5 x 5.5 cm. Weight: 983 grams
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 416-3: Fluorite: Hill-Ledford Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois USA: $500.00

The final specimen in this group of recently-acquired old Hill-Ledford mine fluorites is this huge ‘floater’ group of beautiful sharp violet crystals to 12.5 cm. wide. An impressive older specimen from this well-known locale; one of the most important specimens producers in the Illinois Fluorspar District in the ‘early years.’ 
 
Crystallized all the way around with no point of attachment, and excellent crystals on multiple sides. There are several minor dings to a few cube corners, but overall I consider these to be very minor given the size of the specimen and the fact that is is crystallized all around. An American Classic!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 29 x 15.5 x 14 cm. Weight: ~22.5 lbs./11 Kg.
416-4: Fluorite: Sunnyside Mine, Gladstone, Eureka District, San Juan County, Colorado USA: $125.00
A very nice large group of sea-green fluorite crystals from the Sunnyside Mine, Gladstone, Eureka district, San Juan County, Colorado USA. A nice large fluorite from the distinctive 1970′s finds at this classic Colorado locality. These are now quite scarce. Some minor peripheral damage but overall in good condition. 
 
Specimen Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.5 x 6 cm. Weight: 1532 grams/3.5 lbs
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416-5: Fluorite: Sunnyside Mine, Gladstone, Eureka District, San Juan County, Colorado USA: $300.00
A very large large group of sea-green fluorite crystals to 8 cm from the Sunnyside Mine, Gladstone, Eureka district, San Juan County, Colorado USA. A great fluorite from the distinctive 1970′s finds at this classic Colorado locality. These are now quite scarce. In good condition and glows beautifully when backlit. Classic! 
 
Specimen Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 6 cm. Weight: ~3500 grams/7.5 lbs.
416-6: Gold in quartz, chalcopyrite, galena, sphalerite: Sunnyside Mine, Gladstone, Eureka District, San Juan County, Colorado USA: $300.00
A nice large, fairly rich specimen of small blebs and specks of native gold in quartz with brassy-colored chalcopyrite and darker sphalerite/galena from the Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado. These Sunnyside mine gold specimens are becoming hard to find, even here in Colorado. More gold than can be seen in the photos in the quartz around the side that is uncut- most of the gold is very fine-grained so it’s a bit hard to photograph. This is a nice piece of Colorado mining history and a great addition to a collection of ores or Colorado minerals. Classic!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 14 x 8 x 1.5 cm. Weight: 384 grams 
416-7: Rhodochrosite on Quartz: Champion Mine, Lake City, Hinsdale County, Colorado USA: $125.00
large specimen of bright pink Rhodochrosite crystals on sparkling quartz and pyrite crystals from the Champion Mine, Lake City, Hinsdale county, Colorado USA. Locality now essentially “extinct.” A great specimen for the locality with very good luster and crystal coverage. An unusual Colorado Classic!
Specimen Dimensions: 13 x 7.5 x 3.3 cm. Weight: 354 grams
416-8: Fluorite: Westcross Vein, Heights Mine, Eastgate, Weardale, Durham, England, UK: $300.00
A very nice specimen for this classic British locality. The twinned fluorite crystals are sharp and undamaged. From the noted collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland; Ex. Scott Williams. Better in person. Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 10 x 5.5 x 3.3 cm. Weight: 272 grams
416-9: Vanadinite: Puzzler Mine, Castle Dome District, Yuma County, Arizona: $125.00
A great specimen of the species from this locality. Collected in 1991- locality apparently ‘extinct’ now, made of up sharp barrel-shaped crystals in thick aggregates. Classic!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.5 x 4.5 cm. Weight: 378 grams
416-10: Fluorapatite: Snarum, Buskerud, Norway: $100.00
A sharp white-gray Fluorapatite crystal from Snarum, Buskerud, Norway. Ex. Metropolis Minerals with old price tag on the crystal; also Ex. Buck Keller collection of Mechanicsville, Maryland.  Missing one corner but overall in nice shape. A rare European classic!
 
 
Specimen Dimensions: 3.5 x 3 x 2.6 cm. Weight: 43 grams.
416-11: Calcite on Sphalerite: Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee USA: $2500.00
I’ll admit I sort of purposefully ‘buried’ this specimen in the middle on an otherwise fairly run-of-the-mill update as to be honest I’m not super keen to sell it- it’s a spectacular large plate of beautiful amber-colored calcite twins to 18.5 cm. long very aesthetically placed on crystallized sphalerite matrix. The entire plate measures an impressive 38 x 16 x 15 cm. and sits quite nicely for display. Damage-wise, there really isn’t much to report, other than some very minor scuffing to a few calcite faces, the terminations of both major calcites are pristine,  and several sharp smaller crystals adds great contrast to them. This comes from older finds in the late 1970′s and 1980′s and has the much desired deep amber-yellow color and lustrous faces that has made Elmwood mine calcites known the world over. This would compliment anybody collection I think, and is the sort of specimen even non-mineral people stop and marvel art when they visit your home!
As an aside, I really prefer not to ship this specimen- it can be done but will require prodigious bubble wrap, styrofoam, and other padding- if you’re in the Denver, Colorado area or several hundred mile radius, I am happy to deliver it to you.

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