Mixed Minerals June 2015

By admin • Crystallized Classics • 15 Jun 2015
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J-01: Topaz var. ‘Imperial Topaz’: Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais Province, Brazil: $75.00 (both) SOLD

Two very nice gemmy orange Imperial Topaz crystals from Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais Province, Brazil. Nice terminated crystals from old finds with good color.
 
Specimen Dimensions: 4.2 x .6 x .7 cm. and 2.5 x 1.6 x 1.3 cm. Weight: 16 grams/80 carats.
J-02: Barite with Goethite: Cumbria, England, UK: $150.00
In good condition with aesthetic parallel growth. No specific mine  is known for this specimen unfortunately, but it comes from an old collection and is probably 75-100+ years old. A European Classic!!
Specimen Dimensions: 13.5 x 7.5 x 4 cm. Weight: 938 grams/1.9 Lbs.
J-03: Fluorite: Hill-Ledford Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin county, Illinois USA: $500.00
An excellent huge group of beautiful 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.
J-04: Galena, Calcite, sphalerite on chert: Joplin, Tri-State District, Missouri, USA: $175.00 SOLD
An excellent large specimen of lustrous cubic galena crystals with stacked ‘nailhead’ calcite crystals on chert from Joplin, Tri-State District, Missouri USA. A great old Tri-State specimen, showing good luster for the galena. Some peripheral damage as seen but overall a great large plate for the price from this important US locality. Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 17 x 11.5 x 6 cm. Weight: 1348 grams/2.9 lbs.
J-05: Barite on Siderite: Eagle Mine, Gilman, Eagle county, Colorado USA: $175.00
A great Gilman barite with nice color and luster. A Colorado Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 19 x 12 x 7.5 cm. Weight: 2222 grams/4.9 lbs.
J-06: Galena: Joplin, Tri-State District, Missouri, USA: $65.00
A very nice lustrous Galena cube with classic ‘cityscape’ oriented skeletal overgrowths from the Tri-State District, Joplin, Missouri- these are getting harder to find…. An American mineral classic!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 4.5 x 3.5 x 3.3 cm.  Weight: 289 grams.
J-07: Witherite: Settlingstones Mine, Northumberland, England, UK: $275.00
An excellent large group of sharp yellow twinned Witherite crystals from the Settlingstones Mine, Northumberland, England. A great specimen from the classic British locality for Witherite. Very minor scuffing to a few crystals, otherwise in great shape. The crystal morphology on the label is described as ‘orthorhombic repeating twins’ and they appear quite well-formed. Classic!
 Specimen Dimensions: 10.5 x 5.5 x 9 cm.  Weight: 1054 grams/2.3 lbs.  
J-08: Fluorapatite on Pyrite and Sphalerite: Eagle Mine, Gilman, Eagle county, Colorado USA: $115.00
Two gemmy green Apatite crystals to 8 mm. on pyrite and sphalerite crystals from the Eagle Mine, Gilman, Eagle county, Colorado. A rare old Colorado Classic- good for the species at this locale!! 
 
Specimen Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 1.3 cm.  Weight: 97 grams.  
J-09: Barite on Calcite/Fluorite: Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin county, Illinois: $175.00
An excellent large specimen featuring sprays of aesthetic blue Barite crystals to 1.5 cm. on a matrix of golden calcite crystals on fluorite from the Minerva #1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County Illinois. In great condition and a good example of barite from the Southern Illinois Fluorspar District. An increasingly rare Classic!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 14 x 12.5 x 8.5 cm. Weight: 1861 grams/4.2 lbs. 
J-10: Spodumene var. ‘Hiddenite’: Etta Pegmatite, Keystone, Pennington Co., South Dakota: $100.00 SOLD
Two very unusual cabochons of green ‘hiddenite’ spodumene with small gemmy zones from the Etta pegmatite, Keystone, South Dakota. Rare old material from a classic South Dakota locality. From the collection of noted Colorado collector Bill Hayward (1921-2012). A Colorado Classic!
Specimen Dimensions: 32 x 34 x 8 mm. and 30 x 30 x 7 mm. Weight: 35 grams net.
J-11: Wulfenite: Helena Mine, Mezica District, Slovenia: $250.00
A large mass of orange-yellow Wulfenite crystals from the Helena Mine, Crna, Mezica District, Slovenia. A fine old-time specimen from this classic European locality, essentially composed of  intergrown crystals to almost 1 cm. with no matrix. Some minimal damage to a few crystals but overall in good condition.
 
From the collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland, who acquired in from Scott Williams. A rare European Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 7.5 x 7 x 5 cm. Weight: 398 grams.

J-12: Arsenian Pyromorphite: 9th Level Jersey Vein, Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho USA: $75.00

A great specimen from the big 1983 pocket with the classic ‘wet’ luster and bright orange color. These are getting hard to find at reasonable prices. Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 4.5 x 3 x 2.1 cm. Weight: 41 grams. 

J-13: Barite with Hematite: Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumberland, England, UK: $200.00

A very nice barite from this classic British locality, with interesting form and color zoning. In great condition and a good deal for what it is IMHO. 
 
From the collection of Buck Keller of Mechanicsville, Maryland, Ex. Frank Hissong Collection. A European Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 6 x 3.5 x 2.7 cm. Weight: 52 grams.
J-14: Calcite: Shullsburg District, Lafayette county, Wisconsin: $75.00
Classic morphology and form for Shullsburg. One minor damaged area as you can see to one side of the large crystal, but this doesn’t really affect this crystal and the main display face of the specimen is quite undamaged. Better in person. A Midwestern Classic!

Specimen Dimensions: 8 x 6.5 x 5.5 cm. Weight: 315 grams.

J-15: Arsenian Pyromorphite: 9th Level Jersey Vein, Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Idaho USA: $200.00
A great specimen from the 1983 find with the classic ‘wet’ luster and bright orange color. No damage. These are getting hard to find at reasonable prices. Classic!!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.1 x 2 cm. Weight: 70 grams. 
J-16: Mimetite: Santa Eulalia District, Chihuahua, Mexico: $150.00
An excellent specimen featuring sharp, lustrous orange mimetite crystals to 5 mm. in a large vug in matrix from the Santa Eulalia District, Chihuahua, Mexico. A very nice old-time Santa Eulalia mimetite, with sharp individual crystals more in the style of Tsumeb than say San Pedro de Corralitos. In fine condition. Classic!

Specimen Dimensions: 8 x 4.5 x 4.4 cm. Weight: 183 grams.

J-17: Vanadinite: ACF Workings, Mibladen, Midelt, Morocco: $125.00
excellent group of very sharp, lustrous red Vanadinite crystals in a sculptural form on matrix from the ACF workings, Mibladen, Midelt province, Morocco. Great quality for Moroccan Vanadinite, with no damage, great luster, and good aesthetics!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 6 x 4.8 x 3.3 cm. Weight: 93 grams. 
J-18: Native Silver & Co/Ni-Arsenides: Castle Mine, Gowganda, Cobalt District, Ontario, Canada: $250.00 SOLD
A really great specimen of super high-grade Silver ore, with nice dendritic silver patterns contrasting against white calcite and Co/Ni arsenide minerals. Cut on one side as seen, which nicely illustrates the width of the vein, with a contact with altered Nipissing Diabase [green] on both sides of the vein. Note that the true amount of silver present is difficult to capture in a photograph because of contrasting brightness of the silver versus the Co/Ni arsenide minerals and calcite. Rare and Classic material from one of the world’s premier Silver camps!
 
Specimen Dimensions: 15 x 8 x 3.3 cm. Weight: 1161 grams/2.8 lbs. 

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