Fine Minerals

By admin • Crystallized Classics • 20 Dec 2015
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As both a collector and a dealer I am somewhat dubious of the increasingly overused term ‘Fine minerals’, as I think what makes a mineral specimen ‘fine’ is highly subjective, and just because a specimen carries a high price tag does not necessarily mean it is an exceptional piece. Nonetheless, by most collector’s criteria, some minerals are better than others, and I wanted to make a space on the website where I could offer what I consider ‘my best.’ You won’t see any ‘world class’ or ‘museum quality’ minerals here, just good rocks at what I hope are reasonable prices. As always, all reasonable offers are considered, so just shoot me an email if there is something you’re interested in or would like to learn more about. -Phil

F-01: Wulfenite: Glove Mine, Amado, Santa Cruz County, Arizona USA: $650.00

A large cabinet-size group of sharp, lustrous orange Wulfenite crystals to 2.2 cm. from the Glove Mine, Amado, Santa Cruz county, Arizona, USA. Essentially a large mass of crystals with no matrix, in great condition, with a central pocket featuring sharp crystals with distinctive color zoning and bright luster. The back of the specimen is also well crystallized and could probably be cleaned further. A great ‘old time’ Glove Wulfenite- specimens of this size are becoming harder to find at reasonable prices, and I think this is a good piece for the price. This was originally labeled ‘Los Lamentos’ with just one label but several friends who are serious Arizona collectors looked at it and said it is 95% likely from the Glove Mine. 
 
From the noted collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland, who acquired it from Gary Grenier and Trinity Minerals. Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 13.5 x 11.5 x 6.4 cm. Weight: 975 grams.
s-l1600 (61) s-l1600 (60)F-02: Quartz var. Amethyst: Reel Mine, Iron Station, Lincoln County, North Carolina USA: $950.00

An outstanding, huge group of Amethyst crystals from this Classic old East Coast locality, featuring two interconnected ‘knobs’ of undamaged, deep violet crystals with smokey tips to 4 cm. From the noted collection of Richard Hauck. 

A few crystals have some very minor dings and chips on their termination on the edge of the specimen, but overall this is remarkably undamaged considering the size. The specimen could be cleaned additionally as well to remove some very minor adhering iron oxides, but as it is it displays beautifully and the luster is good. A U.S classic!

Measures 22 x 12.5 x 11.5 cm. Weight: 2700 grams (5.7 lbs.)

F-03: Native Silver in Calcite: Castle Mine, Cobalt District, Timiskaming County, Ontario Canada: $2500.00

A spectacular large example of the highest grade silver ores from one of the world’s premier Silver mining districts, collected many years ago and in a private collection since then. I would estimate the silver content by weight somewhere between 40-45 wt%. This would polish excellently but is also quite impressive as-is. The silver forms both large dendritic ‘herringbone’ crystals as well as rich intergrown veinlets. A Canadian Classic and a significant specimen for the serious collector of ore samples or Canadian minerals. I will work with you to find the lowest shipping rate on this specimen; either domestic or international, and it will be carefully packaged and buffered from damage during transport.
Specimen Dimensions: 31 x 22 x 4.5 cm. Weight: 27 lbs./12.3 Kg.
F-04: Fluorite: Coalcleaugh Mine, West Allendale, North Peninnes, Northumberland, England UK: $650.00
 Sharp Fluorite crystals up to 6.5 cm. on edge form a large mound of intergrown cubes with good crystals on all sides. A few crystals have nicks to corners as expected for such a large piece that is also 100+ years old, but overall I think this is very minor considering the size and rare locality. Specimens like this are unobtainable today and this is a great addition to a serious collection of fluorite or British minerals at what I think is a reasonable price. This piece originally comes from an institutional collection and was probably collected 100+ years ago. I will work with you to find the most reasonable shipping option for this specimen, depending on your location, as it weighs ~19.5 lbs./8.4 kg. 
 
A rare English Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 22 x 17 x 16.5 cm. Weight: ~8400 grams/19.5 lbs.
F-05: Barite: Beckermet Mine, Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Ore Field, Cumberland, England UK: $600.00
An excellent large group of sharp blue Barite crystals to 8.5 cm. from the Beckermet Mine, Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Ore Field, Cumberland, England. Some very minor abrasion to a few spots, but overall in excellent condition, especially considering this specimen probably dates to the late 19th Century. Sits on a lucite base, which could easily be removed if desired. From the noted collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland. An increasingly rare European Classic!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 8.5 x 5 x 3.2 cm. Weight: 235 grams.
F-06: Fluorite: Hill-Ledford Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois USA: $550.00
Sharp violet Fluorite crystals to 12.5 cm. wide from the Hill-Ledford mine, Cave-In-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois. 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.
F-07: Calcite: Stank Mine, Barrow, Cumbria, England UK: $500.00
An excellent group of sharp clear Calcite crystals to 2 cm. with minor hematite inclusions from the Stank Mine, Barrow, Cumbria, England, UK. A fine specimen in excellent condition, especially considering this specimen probably dates to the late 19th Century. Displays nicely with good aesthetics. A few very minor nicks but still a great specimen for the price. A European Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 12.5 x 7.5 x 6 cm. Weight: 600 grams.
F-08: Calcite with Hematite: Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Ore Field, Cumberland, England UK: $500.00
A large plate of sharp, lustrous Calcite crystals to 4 cm. with hematite inclusions from Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Ore Field, Cumbria, England. 
 
A fine specimen in excellent condition, especially considering this specimen’s size and that it probably dates to the late 19th Century. Displays nicely with good aesthetics. The hematite inclusions are a classic attribute and give the piece some great display pizzazz. From the noted collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland- Buck acquired this specimen from Cosias Preciosas via Kristalle. An increasingly rare European Classic.
 
Specimen Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.5 x 4.5 cm. Weight: 984 grams.
F-09: Fluorite & Siderite: Blackdene Mine, Weardale, Co. Durham, England, UK: $400.00
A super group of sharp gemmy violet Fluorite crystals to 4 cm. with brown siderite crystals from the Blackdene Mine, Weardale,  Co. Durham, Cumberland, England. An excellent specimen for this classic old British locality. The fluorite crystals are sharp and in good condition, and the specimen is almost a floater, with good crystals all around and very minimal damage. Displays great with nice aesthetics; this would probably be in the $1-1.5K range for a ‘high end’ dealer.
 
From the noted collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland, who acquired this specimen in 1989 from R. Rybnicky in a trade. A European Classic!
F-10: Topaz: Taryall Mountains, Park County, Colorado USA: $400.00
An excellent blue topaz crystal from the Pilot Peak area, Taryall Mountains, Park County, Colorado USA. The crystal is nicely terminated, weighs 165 carats, and has great blue color and clarity for Colorado topaz. The luster is also very good with great internal reflections. Better in person. Ex. Bill Hayward Collection (1921-2012). Classic!!
 
 
Specimen Dimensions: 3 x 2.8 x 2.4 cm. Weight: 165 carats.
F-11: Fluorite: William Wise Mine, Westmoreland, Cheshire County, New Hampshire USA: $450.00
Octahedral green Fluorite crystals to 5 cm. on edge on matrix from the William Wise Mine in Westmoreland, Cheshire County, New Hampshire USA. This was collected in the 1960′s, and large undamaged fluorite’s of this quality are very hard to get now from the William Wise. The largest crystal is quite sharp and aesthetically isolated on matrix. There are numerous smaller crystals to 3 cm. scattered around as well. A specimen that would compliment any New England collector’s display case.Specimen Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 7 cm. Weight: 2187 grams/4.8 lbs. 
F-12: Fluorite, Sphalerite, Galena: W.L. Davis-Deardoff Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois, USA: $450.00
A huge group of sharp lustrous Sphalerite crystals to 2 cm. with gemmy violet Fluorite crystals to 1 cm. and several sharp Galena crystals on quartz from the W.L Davis-Deardoff mine, Cave-In-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois. According to economic geologist Allan Heyl, the W.L. Davis-Deardorff Mine was ‘THE specimen producing mine in the district from the 1930′s to 1950′s, and produced excellent examples of sphalerite, galena and fluorite with quartz.’ Despite this, few large specimens such as this have survived today from this locality.
 
Crystallized all the way around with no realy point of attachment, and features excellent crystals on multiple sides. There are several minor scuffed areas as you can see, but overall I consider these to be very minor given the size of the specimen and the fact that is is crystallized all around. The form of the specimen is actually quite amazing and almost reminds me of a coral formation on the seafloor!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 20.5 x 15.5 x 14 cm. Weight: ~15.5 lbs./7 Kg.
F-13: Fluorite: Berbes District, Ribadesella, Asturias Province, Spain: $500.00
An excellent large group of sharp violet Fluorite crystals to 4.5 cm. on edge from the Berbes District, Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain. A great example of fluorite for Berbes, from old finds. In great condition with beautiful internal phantoms and color zonation. The cubes have the classic cubo-octahedral corner modifications Berbes is known for. From the collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland. A European Classic!!
Specimen Dimensions: 15.5 x 12.5 x 7.5 cm. Weight: 1805 grams/4 lbs.
F-14: Calcite: Hanover Quarry, Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania USA: $500.00
A large cabinet-size group of sharp, lustrous twinned golden Calcite crystals to 4.5 cm. from the Hanover Quarry in Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania. The crystals are sharp and lustrous and in great condition, especially considering the large size of this piece. The York County, Pennsylvania calcites are some of the best in the Eastern US and are becoming hard to find due to access to quarries and also rarity of high-quality pockets. This specimen was collected in October of 2001 by George Reimherr and is an excellent example of twinned York County golden Calcite.
 
From the noted collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland, who acquired it in 2006. A rare Pennsylvania Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 x 9.5 cm. Weight: 2550 grams/5.1 lbs.
F-15: Rhodochrosite on quartz & pyrite: Champion Mine, Lake City, Hinsdale County, Colorado USA: $375.00
An excellent cabinet-size specimen of bright pink Rhodochrosite crystals to almost 1 cm. on a matrix of sparkly quartz & pyrite crystals from the Champion Mine, Lake City, Hinsdale County, Colorado USA.
 
This is an exceptional specimen for this locality, which is now essentially “extinct.”A rare Colorado Classic!!
Specimen Dimensions: 10.5 x 8 x 7 cm. Weight: 618 grams. 


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