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CATALOG 21906 - Volume XLVI, No.6 - Our 46th Year!

AGRELLITE- Kipawa Complex, Villedieu, Quebec, Canada
Excellent radiating and columnar aggregates of buff colored agrellite richly comprising matrix and showing fine, bright pinkish-red fluorescence under SW UV. Some specimens may show minor red eudialyte, catapleiite (FL-green) and albite (FL-dull red) as well, making these unusual three-color fluorescent pieces. This newer lot is ex-John L. Baum collection (johnbaumite) of Franklin fame. Type locality material, sizes from 3cm to 8cm @ 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each.

ALLANITE-(La)- Mochalin Log Valley, Potaniny Mts, Russia
This rare mineral occurs here as small (1mm-3mm) black aggregates in brownish bastnaesite-(La) matrix. Formula:
Ca(La,Ce,Ca)Al2Fe2+Fe3+)(SiO4)(Si2O7)O(OH), IMA #2003-065, these from a second locality for the species. Material from this Kyshtym District in the southern Urals has been microprobe-confirmed as teh rarest of the allanites because of its La-domiance. Specimens available as small matrix samples from 3mm to 6mm across @ 55.00, 70.00 and 85.00 each. Only a few!

AUGITE- N of Las Canadas, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Old material collected by famous geologist/mineralogist E.W. Heinrich many years ago, these are sharp, well-formed, black single crystals removed from basalt just north of Las Canadas, near Caldera Junction, Tenerife. Excellent for the species and from an unusual locality, individual crystals range from about 1cm to 1.5cm tall at just 12.50 and 17.50 each. Try a selection of five different showing a variety of habits and sizes at just 45.00 per lot!

BAKHCHISARAITSEVITE- Iron Mine, Kovdor Massif, Kola, Russia
This rare phosphate mineral occurs as tiny, deep yellowish-grey platy aggregates lightly scattered in dolomite matrix, occasionally with minor magnesite as well. Formula: Na2Mg5[(PO4)]4(H2O)6.H2O. IMA approved in 1999, few specimens have reached the market of this type locality material. Sizes average about 2.5cm @ 150.00 each.

BRASSITE- Jachymov, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Representative specimens of brassite, as rich white powdery coatings on matrix, possibly intermixed or otherwise associated with pharmacolite and/or roesslerite. Type locality material, sizes from 1cm to 3.5cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. Old stuff!

CALCITE- MaNieshan Mine, Hunagshi, Hubei, PR China
From the new find featured in the August, 2019 issue of Mineral News, these as stout, somewhat stunted scalenohedral crystals of brownish calcite completely comprising matrix. Rather attractive and an interesting habit for these iron-rich, included specimens, with individual crystals to 1.5cm and full coverage. Overall sizes from TNs to 5cm @ 10.00, 25.00 and 45.00; a few larger, aesthetic specimens (8cm to 10cm) @ 125.00 and 175.00 each.

CALCITE pseudo @ KUTNOHORITE- N'Chwaning II Mi, Kalahari, N. Cape, Rep So A
This interesting pseudomorph occurs as pale pinkish groups of somewhat rounded crystals and knobs of manganese-rich calcite comprising matrix, replacing needle-like crystals of kutnahorite. The pseudos are also nicely fluorescent (SW UV) red, and make interesting additions to a specialized pseudomorph or fluorescent collection. From a 2001 find at this prolific locality, specimens from about 3cm to nearly 6cm across @ just 15.00, 25.00 and 35.00 each.

CASSITERITE- Wheal Busy, Chancewater, Cornwall, England
Collected from the area surrounding the Black Dog Shaft some years ago, cassiterite occurs here as tiny black micro crystals lightly scattered on a greyish breccia matrix. The deposit was worked for copper in the early 1700's and remained sporadically active until the early 1900s. An excellent, older locality (aka Graet Wheal Busy) yielding specimens with some micro potential, overall sizes from about 2.5cm to 6cm across @ just 5.00, 15.00, and 30.00 each. A bargain!

CLINOCLASE- Majuba Hill, Pershing Co., Nevada
Dark greenish blue, higly lustrous micro crystals and aggregates of clinoclase richly scattered over rock matrix. Classic locality material collected many years ago, matrix sizes from about 2cm to nearly 8cm across @ 8.00, 12.50, 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 75.00 each. A few higher - see images on our website in the Photo Gallery section on the website.

DAUBREELITE- Norton County Meteorite, Kansas
This rare species occurs here as microscopic inclusions in the Norton County meteorite, a rare Aubrite type achondrite that fell on February 18, 1948. These are individually microprobed by Bart Cannon in 1987, here as small (4mm) probe mounts, most with a single grain of material. Only a few available from this historic find @ just 100.00 each. We also have a pair of mounts accompanied by full color photographs with tissue overlays that pinpoint the typical association of kamacite, troilite and/or alabandite at 150.00 each. List alternates!

DOVYRENITE- Yoko-Dovrenskiy Massif, Transbaikal, Russia
This rare species occurs as minute, pale pinkish purple masses (not grey as claimed elsewhere - caveat emptor!) very sparsely scattered in matrix. Formula: Ca6Zr(Si2O7)2(OH)4; IMA # 2007-002. We have several small matrix samples, all type locality, of course, each about 3mm tall and requiring some magnification (30x) to discern the species @ 145.00 each.
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FLUORNATROMICROLITE- Bennett Quarry, Buckfield, Maine
This relatively rare species was originally described from Brazil, even though found here at an earlier date. Unlike the type locality, these samples are an odd yellowish color, occurring as minute, flattened aggregates sparsely scattered in trilithionite, occasionally with minor cassiterite as well. Matrix sizes range from 2.5cm to 5cm @ 15.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

GALENA (Stressed Structure)- Huanzala Mine, Ancash, Peru
This Peruvian locality is best known for its fluorites, but we recently located several flats of massive galena collected in the early 1970s from the locality. The massive material is unusual because it does not show galena's distinct cleavage very well, the result of trace elemental impurities that affect the prevalence and degree of cleavage in these "structurally stressed" specimens. Our EDS work indicates trace silver is the culprit. Specimens range from 2.5 to 5cm across @ just 5.00, 7.50 and 12.50 each. We can also supply a lot of 10 assorted at a greatly discounted price of just 50.00 per lot!

GARTRELLITE- Black Pine Mine, Granite Co., Montana
Bright yellow-green crusty masses and small botryoids of EDS and XRD-confirmed gartrellite scattered on quartz matrix, occasionally with micro, deep red cuprite sparsely associated. A rare combination and discovered by us (see Mineral News - Vol. 28 # 6, 2012), identification by micro-analytical techniques is needed to differentiate the species from several other, similar-appearing species at the locality. The mineral is rare here, and there are few specimens, some of the better ones offering the excellent micro associations as well! Sizes range from about 1.5cm to nearly 4cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 65.00 each, all with copies of our EDS work, and priced by overall quality, not size. (NOTE: Type locality material, as well as a few other localities, are in stock - inquire!)

GOLD- Riddle Creek Mine, Victoria, Australia
Small samples of well-crystallized native gold acquired over 20 years ago from a small Ballarat museum, each bright crystalline group presented in a black felt-lined round case. These obscure locality gold specimens range from about 7 mm to 10 mm and are priced at 45.00, 65.00 and 85.00 each. Aesthetics count!

GROSSULAR- Nightingale District, Pershing Co., Nevada
From a remarkable find about 10 years ago, wonderful crystal groups of grossular garnet richly comprising matrix! These show excellent reddish brown color with well developed crystals and high luster, perhaps the finest garnets ever found in the state! Our analytical work shows these to be a slightly iron-rich grossular that approaches andradite, but clearly Al-dominant nonetheless. These attractive specimens range from about 2.5cm to nearly 8cm across, priced at just 10.00, 15.00, 25.00, 40.00, 60.00 and 85.00 each, with a few to 100.00. Don't miss these, noted in the 2009 Mineralogical Record's Springfield Show report!!!

HEMIMORPHITE (botryoidal)- 79 Mine, nr. Hayden, Gila Co., Arizona
An uncommon habit for hemimorphite, these 79 Mine samples are pale blue botryoids forming exposed semas and largely comprising matrix. Often mistaken for smithsonite from other localities, these specimens were first acquired in 1968 and therefore preceeded the more well-known material brought out from the third level in the 1970s. Mostly smaller, rich specimens, sizes from about 2cm to 3.5cm @ just 7.50, 10.00 and 15.00 each.

HSIANGHUALITE- Xianghualing Mine, Linwu, Hunan, PR China
White vitreous masses and tiny aggregates of this rare species scattered in matrix, a Ca-Li-Be silicate-fluoride first desccribed in 1958. One of the rarest of zeolite minerals the samples typically display non-descript granular forms with occasional dodecahedral faces evident. Type locality material (and still only found in the Xianghualing ore field), each sample accompanied by XRD data and an SEM image, sizes average 1cm just 95.00 each, with confirming analytics!

HUMBERSTONITE- Oficina Alemania, Antofagasta, Chile
This uncommon sulfate-nitrate occurs as minute colorless to white masses and aggregates stored as small chunks and offered here in 2cm stoppered vials. Type locality material, ex-Wards Natural Science from nearly 50 years ago, at just 25.00 per 2cm container.

KALIFERSITE- Rasvumchorr Mt., Khibiny Massif, Russia
Only the second known occurrence for the species, this one also in Khibiny as was the type, kalifersite occurs here as pale yellowish, fine-grained aggregates and druses sparsely filling voids in a dark green aegirine matrix, typically with brownish glassy lamprophyllite etc. Only a few samples available, sizes from about 1.5cm to nearly 3.5cm across @ 45.00, 75.00 and 125.00 each.

LINARITE- Kintore Open Cut, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia
Brilliant micro crystals of darl blue linarite scattered on matrix, these from old materila collected over 40 years ago. Specimens are colorful and will yield good micros as well, sizes from about 2cm to 5cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

LUZONITE in BISMUTHINITE etc.- Cerro de Pasco, Pasco Department, Peru
An often-overlooked Cu-As-S mineral, luzonite occurs here as a metallic masses with a slight purplish-red luster, most typically intergrown with metallic masses of tennantite-tetrahedrite, and in this case, bismuthinite. The specimens are ex-J. Cilen Collection, and sizes average about 4cm across @ 45.00 each.

MARIINSKITE (IMA #2011-057)- Mariinskoe, Malyshevskoe, Urals, Russia
This extremely rare species occurs as minute translucent masses sparsely scattered among grains of chromite and phlogopite matrix. Formula: BeCr2O4, orthorhombic, IMA # 2011-057. From the emerald deposits at this famous locality, the mineral is the Cr-dominant analog of chrysoberyl! Only one small (~1mm) microprobed and mounted sample in 2cm probe mount available, accompanied by two SEM backscattered images and a chemical analysis @ 350.00. Type locality specimen from the original discovery; list alternates!

MIMETITE- Aguiles Serdan, Chihuahua, Mexico
From the famous Santa Eulalia Mining District, these are bright yellow drusy crystals of mimetite richly scattered on matrix, occasionally associated with calcite, cerussite or other species. The precise mine is uncertain, as these were acquired in 1957, long before most dealers and collectors cared about such nuances. Colorful, moderately attractive, much micro potential as well, specimens range from about 3cm up to 6cm across @ 8.00, 15.00, and 25.00, with a few monsters to 10cm @ just 50.00 each. Wonderful old stuff from more than 60 years ago!

NISHANBAEVITE (IMA 2019-012)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
This NEW SPECIES forms minute, white crystalline aggregates, mounted on small stubs for microscope viewing. Named for Russian mineralogist Tursun Prnazorovich Nishanbaev (1955-2018) of the Natural History Museum of the Ilmen Natural Reserve, the species formula is KAl2O(AsO4)(SO4) - orthorhombic, IMA # 2019-012. It represents not only a unique combination of elements but also a new structural type. Only a few tiny mounts available @ 145.00 each. Author's material (see our image on Mindat).

OPAL- Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Very weirdly colored, pale greenish opal comprising matrix, these almost serpentine-like in their opaqueness. Appearing first in early 2009, additional samples have been dribbling out from Madagascar sporadically, with the largest influx in the last two years. Specimens are dense, translucent at best, and quite cutable, and these show very little included matrix. Relatively pure specimens range from about 4cm to 7cm across at just 15.00, 24.00 and 35.00 each.

ORDONEZITE- La Fortuna Mine, Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico
This rare mineral occurs as massive brownish to reddish brown pods and veinlets in somewhat cherty to rhyolitic rock matrix, typically with minor chenevixite and possibly other phases. Classic locality in the El Antimonio District, ugly stuff, but not commonly offered, this is very old Cureton stock with specimens ranging from about 2cm to nearly 8cm across @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00, 60.00 and 75.00 each.

PHILIPSBURGITE - Black Pine Mine, nr. Philipsburg, Montana
Recently uncovered in our warehouse, a flat of excellent, emerald-green micro crystals of philipsburgite scattered over quartz matrix, typically showing finely bladed micro crystals and rosettes! The crystals are typically overgrown with minute quartz druses, making colorful, pale green vitreous balls, sometimes associated with pale green duftite, malachite etc. Matrix sizes from 2cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00, 65.00 and 100.00 each for the most aesthetic. Superb type-locality material, and all with micro potential as well!

QUARTZ variety CHRYSOPRASE- Malborough, Queensland, Australia
Vivid, lime-green chrsoprase as botroids and exposed seams about 1 cm thick, quality suitable for cutting if so desired! Originally acquired by Forrest Cureton many years ago, we just recently uncovered these in our warehouse. We have cleaned these with a high pressure water gun, removing most overburden, but most specimens tend to have a film of gritty matrix that begs some patient sandblasting that would render these into true gems for the mineral! Specimens range from about 4cm up to 7cm across, attractive and colorful, at just 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each. Nice!

RENIERITE- Prince Leopold Mine, Kipushi, Zaire
Germanium sulfide ore material, consisting of chalcopyrite, tennantite, bornite, and renierite intermixed as a rich sulfide ore. Type locality for renierite, distinguishable visually by its slightly more orange tint, sizes from 1cm to 3cm @ just 35.00, 45.00 and 65.00 each.

SUGILITE- Wessels Mine, N. Cape Province, Rep So. Africa
Considerably more colorful than the type Japanese material, this Kalahari material is found as intense magenta colored rock-forming material, with minor matrix, typically with superficial masses well scattered on matrix. Moderately attractive, sizes from 1cm to nearly 5cm across @ 10.00, 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 60.00 each.

TOBERMOREITE ps @ WILKEITE- Crestmore Quarry, Riverside Co., California
Small white spherules and minute fibrous pods of tobermoreite occur here as pseudomorphs after "wilkeite" in pale blue calcite and occasionally admixed with jennite or other species. The material varies from lean to exceptionally rich and is priced accordingly, sizes from about 2cm to 7cm @ 12.50, 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each. One large and fairly rich sample about 13x9cm @ 125.00.

TOPAZ- Itaobim, Minas Gerais, Brazil
A beautiful, pale BLUE topaz crystal without matrix! The specimen shows a typical blocky terminated, sharply formed transparent crystal of topaz, ranging in color from almost clear with a hint of blue to pastel blue, naturaly colored, of course, and showing the classic chisel-tip form. The crystal also shows complex modifications along the crystal edges, some damage on the back, and a pinacoidal cleavage at the base. This one is from a 1998 find by the late Luis Menezes. Only one on hand @ 100.00.

URANINITE- Fission Mine, Haliburton Co, Ontario Canada
Dense, crude cubic crystals and masses of blackish uraninite, most without matrix or as partial floaters, these being somewhat brownish on the surface but quite hot! All are relatively pure despite the surface alterations, and all were collected in May, 1981 by Dutch mineral dealer H. Rozenbroek whose collection we recently acquired. Sizes range from smallish (!) 1cm crude crystals up to monster 2.5cm crystalline masses, priced at 35.00, 60.00, 85.00, 110.00 and 150.00 depending on size and degree of crystallization. Wow!

WOLLASTONITE (FL)- Desert View Mine, San Bernadino Co., California
From an unusual locality known for uncommon fluorescent minerals, these wollastonite specimens occur as greenish yellow crystalline masses richly scattered and comprising matrix, all brilliantly fluorescent (yellow-orange LW, less intense SW). Specimens are from the collection of the late NJ Zinc geologist and Franklin master, John L. Baum (johnbaumite). Specimens range in size from about 3cm to 6cm @ 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each; one 8cm @ 50.00, and a 10cm @ 65.00. List alternates!

WULFENITE- Hilltop Mine, Cochise Co., Arizona
A neat old specimen, showing many dark, honey-brown tetragonal plates and masses of wulfenite to 1cm perched on heavy, wulfenite-infused limonitic matrix. The specimen is ex-Buckingham, ex-Curt Seegler (seeglerite), accompanied by Seegler's ratty label indicating it was originally from the Streeter Collection, circa 1942. Overall size about 6x4cm @ 65.00 with historic label. One only!

YOSHIMURAITE- Taguchi Mine, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Tiny, lustrous, dark golden-brown cleavages and crude crystals of yoshimuraite sparsely scattered in pink rhodonite matrix, typically with other associated minerals. An uncommon member of the bafertisite group, originally described in teh late 1950s. Magnification will be needed, and matrix sizes range from 1cm to 2cm @ 20.00, 30.00, and 45.00 each.

YTTROBETAFITE-(Y)- Yukspor Mt., Khibiny, Kola, Russia
This rare species occurs as minute, pale beige to yellowish brown masses up to a couple of millimeters across, scattered on feldspar and aegirine matrix. All specimens with arrows, XRD and microprobe-confirmed, matrix sizes average about 3cm across @ 60.00 each. Limited availability!

ZIRSILITE-(Ce)- Sagasen, Porsgrunn, Tvedalen, Norway
This uncommon mineral occurs here in rich, pale orange brown masses well-scattered in greyish feldspar matrix, occasionally with other rock-forming minerals. Zirsilite-(Ce) is one of approximately 10 cerium-rich species found here, the pegmatite vein that produced it now under water in this inoperative quarry. Specimens average about 4cm across @ 75.00 each, less expensive and richer than the type material from Tajikistan!


COLLECTIONS

LANGBAN MINERALS- Langban, Filipstad, Varmland, Sweden
This classic locality has produced over 300 different species, with more than 70 type locality minerals within that number! We recently acquired the private collection of the late H. Rosenbroeck, a Dutch mineral dealer who travelled and collected extensively. These Langban specimens were acquired in 1975 and 1976, and have sat for more than 40 years unidentified but most being carefully numbered in his holdings awaiting further study. We admittedly have little time to work on this old Langban material, and we suspect there are many of the common species as well as potential rarities. Sizes range from about 3cm to 6cm across, and we offer lots of 12 Langban specimens for just 125.00 per lot. Buy two lots at the same time, and we will throw in a new copy of the full-color classic Langban book, a 79.00 value, at no extra charge!

GEMS

FACETED DIAMONDS- South Africa
We have a large inventory of both rough and faceted diamonds, and here we offer some interesting lots of small cut stones. Starting with small rounds of transparent, very pale brown hues that average about 1mm each and about 2pts each, we offer a set of five stones for just 30.00 per lot. Moving up to more fancy yellow colors, we have 25 point lots (average 8 to 10 larger stones) at just 95.00 per lot. If you want a half carat (50 points) of these fancy colors in these larger stones, they are here at just 175.00 per lot, 10-12 stones per lot; and finally, we can offer a full 1.50 carat lot, about 50 stones per lot, at just 450.00. These are the last of our faceted yellows!

PETROLOGY SAMPLES

PELE'S HAIR- Hilina Pali Road, Hawaii Co., Hawaii
Perhaps the most unusual of lava formations, these are extremely thin strands of basaltic glass fibers. They typically form as a result of the stretching of molten lava, often carried by wind, and it looks much like tiny strands of golden millerite by comparison. Named for the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes, extremely brittle and sharp, we have samples richly supplied in capped, 5cm vials @ just 20.00 each. Collected in 1984 by the late Dutch mineral dealer H. Rozenbroek.




CATALOG 21905 - Volume XLVI, No.5 - Our 46th Year!

ASTROPHYLLITE- Skutesundskjaer, Langesundfjorden, Norway
Flattened aggregates of bladed, brown astrophyllite lightly scattered in pale feldspar matrix, these from the well-known Barkevik area in Vestfold. Collected mnay years ago, matrix specimens range from about 3cm to 6cm across @ 10.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each, depending on size & coverage.

AURICHALCITE with BROCHANTITE- Jackrabbit Mine, Lyon Co., Nevada
Small, pale blue, flattened aurichalcite sprays lightly scattered on dark brown rock matrix, typically with vitreous, micro green brochantite crystals and possibly other phases. From a moderately obscure locality, specimens range from about 2cm to 5cm across @ just 5.00, 10.00 and 20.00 each, some with micro potential.

BARARITE- Burnside, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania
This uncommon mineral occurs here as greyish white crusts and aggregates, typically intergrown with cryptohalite and pale yellow sulfur. Ugly stuff but quite rare from this unusual locality, offered as small masses in a 2ml stoppered vial @ 15.00; matrix specimens to 1.2cm @ 30.00 each.

BENITOITE with NEPTUNITE- Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
An exceptional benitoite sample, here as a delightful cabinet specimen that displays four (4) glassy, deep blue benitoite crystals, the largest 1.5cm on edge, associated with a 1x1cm deep red-black terminated neptunite crystal protruding from the bluish crossite matrix, also with mior white natrolite. The benitoite crystals are all brilliantly fluorescent (blue-white under SW UV). The overall specimen size is about 9x6cm, priced at 1800.00. One only of this size and quality!

BERYL var EMERALD w/ PYRITE- Chivor Mine, Boyaca Department, Colombia
A pair of interesting emerald specimens, here as translucent green hexagonal crystals and sections to 1.5cm on matrix, associated with small pyrite crystals typical for the locality. Each sample measures about 6x5cm to 8x5cm, and multiple emeralds are on the surface of all of these small hand specimens @ 250.00 and 300.00 each. List alternates!

BREWSTERITE-Sr- Yellow Lake, Olalla, B.C., Canada
From an excellent find of several years ago, we acquired a sizeable lot of superb, pale pinkish to white brewsterite-Sr specimens, these as richly scattered, blocky pseudomonoclinic crystals, the largest crystals to 5mm, nicely covering Eocene lava rock matrix. These were considered as world class for the species when first offered, and there is only minor Na with trace Ba, K or Ca in these samples, actually richer in Sr than the type locality material! Excellent specimens from TNs to 3.5cm @ just 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each, with a few exceptional specimens to nearly 6cm tall @ 75.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each for the finest. Don't miss these!

CALCITE (FL)- Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico
Small "spikes" of needle-like calcite spears richly scattered on massive calcite matrix, many showing blue-white fluorescent under SW UV, and an unusual peach colored response under LW UV. A few will even phosphoresce briefly after SW saturation. Old material acquired in 1971, good micro and fluorescent response, very inexpensively priced, sizes from about 2.5cm to 10cm across @ just 4.00, 7.50, 12.50 and 25.00 each. Smaller samples generally
show better fluorescence, large ones generally more botryoidal in habit.

CRONSTEDTITE- Kutna Hora, Bohemia, Czech Republic
From the classic find of 1884 that supplied all the major museums of the world with superb cronstedtite specimens! Obtained some years ago in Prague from the National Museum, this specimen has two areas of drusy black cronstedtite crystals and tiny rods lightly scattered on about 20% of the top surface of the quartz matrix, with tiny pyrites evident as well.This old classic measures about 8x6cm, offered @ just 250.00, accompanied by its Czech National Museum label!

CYANOTRICHITE- Peacock Mine, nr. Leadore, Lemhi Co., Idaho
Attractive, medium blue fuzzy balls and micro tufts of cyanotrichite nicely scattered on matrix, originally acquired in the 1960s from this obscure locality. Visits to the area more than 20 years ago found no secondary copper minerals remaining from this small mine. Colorful, neat older material, much with micro potential as well, specimens from 2cm to 3cm across @ just 12.50, 20.00 and 30.00 each, depending on quality.

DIAMOND- Argyle Mine, Western Australia, Australia
This prolific diamond producing locality has provided us with many hundreds of classy specimens over the years, this lot consisting of tan to greyish modified octahedrons averaging from 0.7 to 1.0 carat each, standing about 4mm to 6mm tall, and only 30.00 and 50.00 each! If you want larger ones, see our diamond website (www.diamondcrystals.net) for others, or just inquire!

EPIDOTE- Pampa Blanca, Ica Department, Peru
Interesting hand specimens of olive green to yellow-green, radiating intergrown crystals of epidote largely comprising matrix, many showing small, white quartz crystal aggregates overgrowing the terminations. An unusual color and moderately attractive, sizes average about 6cm across @ just 45.00 each.

FLUORAPATITE var. CLINOFLUORAPATITE- Siglo Viente Mine, Llallagua, Potosi, Bolivia
Small, glassy white elongated aggregates of fluorapatite sparsely scattered on yellowish wavellite matrix, some with minor quartz and/or cassiterite. Minor chemical substitution has demoted this normally hexagonal mineral to lower monoclinic symmetry, hence the "clinofluorapatite" varietal name. This mineral oddity is best seen under both SW and LW UV, as it fluoresces a bright peach color. Specimens range from TNs @ 15.00, 5cm @ 40.00, and a few well-formed, more showy 8cm specimens @ 75.00 each. Only a few of each, so list alternates!

FLUORITE on RHODOCHROSITE- Sweet Home Mine, Park Co., Colorado
An excellent TN specimen comprised of transparent, pale purple fluorite octahedrons to 5mm delicately perched on a pair of pale pink rhodochrosite rhombs, adorned with tiny elongated clear quartz crystals as well. Collected from the Lower Hedgehog Pocket in April, 2004 by the miners, an attractive and colorful specimen about 2.2cm x 2.2cm @ 950.00, some $300 below its original price fifteen years ago!

FLUORWAVELLITE (IMA 2015-077)- Willard Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada
A remarkable occuurrence for this relatively new species, fluorwavellite occurs here as white to pale greenish radiating micro crystals that form balls and divergent, acicular aggregates well scattered in seams and exposed vugs in a dark, cherty matrix. Formula: Al3(PO4)2(OH)2F*5H2O, orthorhombic, IMA # 2015-077, the fluorine-analog of wavellite. Among the 40+ localities checked by the authors in the publication of this new species' description, the Willard Mine material had the highest fluorine content of any locality surveyed, well-above the type locality specimens! Specimens are priced according to quality and range from 3cm to 8cm across @ just 15.00, 30.00, 45.00 and 60.00 each, many with good micro potential as well. A few larger matrix samples from 12cm to 15cm @ 100.00 to 175.00, and one monster 28x13cm museum piece @ 300.00.

FOSTERITE variety BOLTONITE- Bolton, Worcester Co., Massachusetts
Originally believed to be a new species was described in 1835 from this locality, "boltonite" was subsequently determined to be forsterite. It occurs here as a pale greenish to yellowish masses scattered in a dull marble matrix, occasionally with fluorescent meionite (variety nuttallite) or other species as well. Specimens are rather ugly, sizes average 6cm @ just 25.00 each.

JANKOVICITE on REALGAR- Jiepaiyu Mine, Shimen Co., Hunan, PR China
This rare thallium mineral occurs here as minute, black metallic aggregates to micro flattened crystalline groups sparsely scattered on deep red realgar matrix, occasionally with minor orpiment and/or quartz. From only the second known locality for the species, the Sb-dominant, triclinic analog of rebulite. Specimens are priced according to quality and coverage, sizes from about 2.5cm to 5cm across @ 50.00, 75.00 and 100.00 each; a few larger 7cm to 10cm across @ 250.00 each.

KAINITE- Stassfurt, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Pinkish-white aggregates of this uncommon mineral largely comprising matrix, these fairly old and acquired about 20 years ago in Munich. Specimens showing some skeletal habits, average about 2.5cm across at just 20.00 each.

KERNITE- Boron, Kern Co., California
A large lot of crystalline aggregates of kernite up to 8cm (!!!) on edge, some with little or no tincalconite alteration on minor matrix. These columnar aggregates are relatively pure, with many of the better specimens showing glassy luster with little or no tincalconite alteration. Size 2cm to to 8cm are on hand, offered at just 10.00, 25.00, 45.00 and 65.00 each. Old stuff! Excellent!

LINARITE etc.- Portales Mine, Bingham, Socorro Co., New Mexico
From a large specimen lot collected in 1958, we have dark, electric blue linarite crusts, flattened sprays and/or micro crystals well-scattered on matrix, typically associated with quartz, barite and occasionally galena and other phases. Colorful and attractive material from more than sixty (60) years ago, specimens range from about 2.5cm to 10cm across @ just 10.00, 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 75.00 each, priced according to quality and size. Don't miss these!

MACDONALDITE- Esquire Claim, Rush Creek, Fresno Co California
Many sparkling tiny cleavage faces of satiny, needle-like macdonaldite are embedded in a grey-white matrix in these samples from the type locality for this species. Old material, associated with a variety of other Ba-rich silicates, specimens from 2cm to 4cm @ 15.00, 25.00, and 40.00.

MAGNESIO-HASTINGSITE- Boston Mine, Orange Co., New York
Rich, nearly black solid aggregates of this uncommon mineral almost completely comprising matrix, some with minor pyrite or paler green diopside. Analytically confirmed material, with a copy of our analysis supplied with each specimen. Samples from this uncommon locality range from about 3cm to 6cm and are very reasonably priced at just 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

MAGNETOPLUMBITE- Langban, Varmland, Sweden
A unique magnetic lead bearing mineral, magnetoplumbite is superficially similar to the more common melanotekite in both appearance and associations, but is distinguished by its submetallic, dark gray appearance and strong response to a magnet. Associations include biotite variety manganophyllite, sizes from 3.5cm to nearly 7cm @ 35.00 50.00, and 75.00 each.

MARICOPAITE with MIMETITE- Moon Anchor Mine, Maricopa Co., Arizona
Micro white to greyish acicular crystals of maricopaite scattered on yellowish orange mimetite and rock matrix. Rare, X-Ray verified material, some with good micro potential and all cheaper than twenty-five years ago, sizes from 2cm to 7cm @ 20.00, 35.00, 50.00, 85.00 and 100.00 each.

NAGELSCHMIDTITE- Hatrurim Basin, Negev Desert, Israel
This extrmely rare Ca-SiO-phospahte mineral occurs here minute, yellowish inclusions in an andradite-rich pegmatoid rock matrix, typically associated with rankinite and possibly other phases. Each small sample is embedded in a 5mm probe mount and accompanied by a pair of color polarized light images of the polished section and a pair of SEM images as well, pinpointing the species and including full nalaytical chemistry and a list of confirmed associations in the sample. Elegantly documented @ 450.00. List alternates!

NAGYAGITE- Nagyag (Sacaramb), Transylvania, Romania
This desirable gold-rich mineral occurs as greyish black, metallic masses scattered in carbonate matrix, possibly with altaite or other unusual sulfide minerals. These are polished ore sections of 1.5cm or larger, professionally prepared in standard 3cm leucite mounts, all with easily visible nagyagite. Classic, type locality material rarely available today, only a few polished sections on hand at 150.00 each. List alternates!

NATROLITE- Chimney Rock Quarry, Bound Brook, New Jersey
From the famous find in the 1970s, we have recently acquired another large stash of these unique natrolite crystals, all without matrix, and many with tiny druses of heulandite scattered on the crystal faces. All are stout single crystals, typically in an approximate 6:1 length to width ratio and square cross-section. Selected specimens from a large lot, crystal sizes range from about 4cm to 8cm (!!) tall, offered @ just 8.00, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. Old stuff! If you can use a large lot of various sizes, we can offer a lot price of 50 specimens for just 250.00!

ORTHOSERPIERITE- Mina La Platosa, Bermejillo, Durango, Mexico
Interesting pale bluish green crusty balls and aggregates of occasionally tufted laths of orthoserpierite lightly scattered on rather ugly, nondescript ore matrix. Recently confirmed by laser Raman spectroscopy and mentioned in a 2005 Mineral News article, closer inspection at 20x may yield some good finds here, possibly with some schulenbergite as well; matrix samples from about 3cm to 8cm across at 20.00, 30.00, 45.00 and 60.00 each.

OSARIZAWAITE- Omega Mine, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona
Pale green globular masses and micro aggregates of osarizawaite richly scattered in/on gossan matrix, occasionally with minor azurite and other species. Odd locality, generous samples from 3cm to 8cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 65.00 each.

PARAGEORGBOKIITE- Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia
From the great eruption of 1984 of the second scoria cone, this rare, one-locality species was approved in 2006 (IMA #2006-001), a weird Cu5O2(SeO3)2Cl2 phase, offered here as a minute single grain mounted on a slide and accompanied by a SEM image and its full X-ray powder diffraction data (via Gandolfi 114.6mm camera). Author's studied material from the type locality, superbly documented, one only, at 360.00.

QUARTZ- Bullion Mine, Virginia City, Nevada
Interesting specimens of clear to milky white terminated quartz crystals and points on matrix, all showing good luster and stout habits, most 2cm or shorter protruding from massive quartz. The Comstock Lode has produced much silver and such, and these are from a prospector's private stash. Specimens range from TN's @ just 5.00, then 3.5cm to 8cm @ only 10.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each. Neat, historical locality material!

RASLAKITE- Mt. Karnasurt, Lovozero, Kola, Russia
This rare species occurs as brownish red, glassy pods very richly comprising matrix, occasionally associated with terskite, zakharovite and/or aegirine. From the type locality for the species, only a few specimens on hand, ranging in size from about .5cm to 3cm across @ 65.00, 95.00 and 125.00 each.

RHODONITE- Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey
A large, massive specimen collected sometime in the late 1960s, comprised of densely aggregated pink rhodonite showing minor black franklinite and a scattering of fluorescent (SW UV - green) willemite as well. A heavy specimen, weighing about 5.5 pounds (!!) and meauring an impressive 18 x 9 x 8 cm @ just 150.00. One only!

RHODONITE, PYROLUSITE - Betts Manganese Mine, Plainfield, Massachusetts
A cabinet-sized specimen of pale pinkish-grey rhodonite cut across its face and along two edges, showing a somewhat banded form, likely with somewhat rhodochrosite and kutnohorite intergrown throughout. The outer rim of the speciem shows the typical black managese oxide alteration, much of it still rhodonite (via XRD) and grading into primarily pyrolusite. Studied and publisghed by Dr. Pete Dunn in 1976 in the Journal of Gemmology. Interesting stuff, the cut face being very smooth but not polished, overall size about 9x8x3cm @ just 45.00.

SACROFANITE pseudo @ NOSEAN- Turii Cape, Murmansk Oblast, Kola, Russia
Strange specimens comprised of minute, isometric blocks to several millimeters across of greyish sacrofanite forming replacements of nosean frozen in greyish alkaline dike rock, some with transparent nepheline grains as well. Only the second (?) reported locality for the species, and a newly documented pseudomorph as well, we have only a few rather ugly specimens, sizes from 1.5cm to nearly 3.5cm across @ 35.00, 50.00 and 75.00 each.

SPURRITE (aka PARASPURRITE)- near Darwin, Inyo Co., California
Exceptionally pure examples of "paraspurrite" from the type locality. Originally described as a rare polymorph of spurrite, paraspurrite occurs as gray crystalline masses with occasional veinlets of larnite, and smaller amounts of vesuvianite and 'apatite' alterations. The mineral was subsequently discredited in 2010 as polysynthetically twinned spurrite (twin law by reflection). Sizes from 2cm to 7cm @ just 10.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 50.00 each.

TANTEUXENITE-(Y)- nr. Yinnietharra, W.A., Australia
Dark brown single masses of tanteuxenite-(Y) without matrix, individual sizes ranging from 1 to 3mm and offered as small lots of several samples in a vial @ 20.00 per vial, a few larger matrix specimens to 1cm @ 30.00 each. Interesting locality material for this uncommon species!

ULVOSPINEL- Otanmaki, Kainuu, Finland
Relatively pure black crystalline masses of this rare species without matrix from an unusual locality, typically with minor admixed chromite. Small granular masses in a capsule @ 30.00, a few larger chunks to 5mm @ 45.00 each.

VARISCITE with SULFUR- Alum, Esmeralda Co., Nevada
A strange occurrence of nodular, apple-green variscite, here as rounded, cherty masses suspended in rock matrix, most with pale yellow sulfur intermingled in the matrix and yielding a rather pleasing, pastel color combination! A new locality for the state, odd stuff, specimens from 2cm to 8cm @ 6.00, 12.50, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

VEATCHITE- Shoktybay Salt Dome, Kazakhstan
Tiny single crystals(!!) to 1.5mm without matrix, most showing one broken cleavage surface, all quite colorless with a distinctive tabular habit. Checked by single-crystal diffractometer, these have been shown to be the veatchite polytype, NOT veatchite-A or veatchite-p! Dandy micro potential, each crystal is 45.00.

VEATCHITE-A- Tick Canyon, Lang, Los Angeles Co., California
Type locality for this strontium borate polytype, veatchite-A occurs as pearly to silky colorless to white crystalline masses scattered through a siltstone rock matrix. Representative material and weakly fluoresecent, some may also have fluorescent yellow colemanite present. From 2cm to nearly 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00, and 60.00 each. A few specimens from Turkey also on hand at similar prices!

WARWICKITE- nr. Warwick, Orange Co., New York
Small, slender, dull black prismatic aggregates of warwickite sparsely scattered in greyish-white limestone matrix, associated with minor fluorescent chondrodite, spinel and possibly other minerals. Collected in 1968 from the type locality, specimen sizes from 1.5cm to 5cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 60.00 each.

ZINCOBRIARTITE- Kipushi Mine, Haut-Katanga, Dem Rep Congo
A rare, one-locality mineral, first described and approved in 2016, zincobriartite occurs as tiny black metallic aggregates. A member of the stannite group, the mineral is the only known natural Cu-Zn-Ge phase. IMA 2015-094. Type locality, of course, 1mm fragment @ 45.00; 3mm platelet @ 125.00. List alternates.

BOOKS

EUREKA - The Journal of Mining Collectibles Vol 1-42
We recently stumbled upon a professionally-bound, hardcover four volume set of this fascinating journal, complete from numbers 1 through 42. Dedicated to collectible mining lamps, blasting cap tins and other mining artifacts, hundreds of illustrations and photographs, early issues in black & white and color beginning in the year 2000. Rarely offered as a nicely bound, large format (28x22 cm) set, we have seen similar bound sets priced up to 750.00, our price: just 395.00, FOB our warehouse. One set only!

COLLECTIONS

ASSORTED MINERALS! Several years ago, we purchased an exceptionally large collection of mainly eastern U.S. minerals and occasional others that had resided in a N.Y. university holding for some time. We need room to for new arrivals and are blowing out the collection in lots of twenty (20) specimens for just 125.00 per lot plus shipping. Prolific localities are represented, with no exact duplication in each collection, and no specimen smaller than about 4cm, some up to 6cm overall. Expect mostly common minerals, often ugly, but many collected in the 1940s, 1950s and later, all individually labeled. Each lot of 20 is just 125.00 plus shipping, and we will try to provide NO duplication among multiple lots purchased at the same time! A fast and economical way to build a diverse collection!

GEMS

RHODOLITE GARNET- Unspecified locality, India
From an old lot of "rhodolite" garnet, these are facetted stones of excellent red color and good transparency, offered here in small lots of nicely cut stones in various shapes and sizes, typically used by jewelers and metalsmiths for center and side stones. Several lots on hand: 5+ carats (7 to 8 stones) @ just 15.00, or larger lots of 10+ carats @ 25.00 and 50+ carats @ only 99.00! Wow!

CATALOG 21904 - Volume XLVI, No.4 - Our 46th Year!

ALUNITE on KAOLINITE- Allumiere, Tolfa Dsitrict, Lazio, Italy
Excellent tabular to unusual, elongated hemimorphic clusters of transparent to white micro alunite crystals nicely scattered over dense, white kaolinite matrix. Fine older material from the type locality area for the species, some with good micro potential as well. matrix sizes from about 2.5cm to 6cm @ just 10.00, 15.00 and 25.00 each.

AMBLYGONITE- Mt. Rubellite Quarry, Hebron, Maine
Solid, off-white masses of amblygonite comprising matrix, collected in the late 1960s and XRD-confirmed. From one of the few confirmed Maine localities for the species, as much material labeled amblygonite has proved to be montebrasite instead. Specimens range from about 2.5cm to nearly 8cm across at just 10.00, 15.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

AMBRINOITE- Signols, Oulx, Val Susa, Torino, Italy
This relative new and rare occurs as brilliant red, micro elongated and flattened aggregates sparsely scattered on white anhydrite matrix, some with minor gypsum, albite or yellow orpiment. From the Cumbe Surde quarry (type locality), a weird hydrated sulfosalt. Formula: [K,(NH4)]2(As,Sb)6(Sb,As)2S13*H2O, triclinic, IMA # 2009-071. Originally found in 1998 and the last of our stock, this is type locality material offered as specimens from about 2cm to 3cm across, all requring magnification and provided with arrows, @ just 65.00 and 85.00 each, depending on quality and size.

ANGLESITE- Monteponi Mine, Iglesias, Sardinia, Italy
An old classic specimen showing about a half dozen anglesite crystals to 1 cm randomly scattered about a massive galena matrix. Most of the somewhat flattened and nicely striated anglesites are transparent on an otherwise rather ugly, grayish black substrate. The piece measures about 8x4cm and is rather heavy, a good representative specimen for this old locality at 350.00. One only!

ARAVAITE with ARIEGILATITE- Hatrurum Basin, Negev, Israel
Two very NEW SPECIES are found together in these small polished sections, the aravaite - Ba2Ca18(SiO4)6(PO4)3(CO3)F3O (IMA 2018-078) - occurring as white crystalline aggregates in massive spurrite, associated with intimately associated colorless, trigonal ariegilatite - BaCa12(SiO4)4(PO4)2F2O - IMA 2016-100. Each 2cm polished sample is accompanied by three SEM images that identify and pinpoint the species in question, with full electron microprobe results for the aravaite. Only a few superbly documented specimens on hand @ 375.00 each.

BARITE- 975' level, Meikle Mine, Elko Co., Nevada
Undoubtably the finest barite specimen occurrence ever found in the U.S., these Meikle barites were collected underground in 1997 in the 3525 stope (20450N, 8450E). They are nicely transparent, pale yellow in color, as excellent, tabular single crystals and groups, all quite attractive and of competition quality. Neatly mounted in standard TN boxes, these choice specimens are offered at 85.00, 125.00, 150.00 and 175.00 each, depending on overall aesthetics and quality. For those interested in larger specimens from other areas in the mine, we have groups to 20cm across @ 3500.00. Please inquire!

BARRERITE- Kuiu Island, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska
Platy, white to slightly pinkish spear-shaped orthorhombic crystals and aggregates of the uncommon zeolite barrerite, scattered on matrix, some associated with minor quartz, heulandite and possibly other zeolites. This material is visually similar to stilbite, and microprobe and X-ray work on the material has shown it to be the rare zeolite barrerite, discovered here in 1984. These specimens were originally collected by the former claim holder, Istvan Toth, the major source of all Alaskan barrerite for many years, the locality often attributed to Rocky Pass. Since the borough designations in Alaska are changing, we no longer use "Sitka" as the borough in our labels. Sizes from about 3cm to 8cm across, priced lower than our last offering in 1998, at just @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 65.00 each, based on quality. Moderately attractive and likely the finest barrerite occurrence in the world!
BASTNAESITE-(Ce) in FLUORITE- Red Cloud Mine, Lincoln Co., New Mexico
Small masses of micro, tabular tan to brown colored bastnaesite-(Ce), scattered among beige, corroded barite filling small pods and seams in a massive, fluorite-rich matrix. Old material collected more than 25 years ago, requiring some magnification to pick out the sparsely scattered bastnaesite-(Ce) crystals from the surrounding matrix. Specimens range from about 1cm to 3cm @ just 5.00, 10.00 and 15.00 each. Try a special lot of 10 small specimens @ only 40.00 per lot.

BELOMARINAITE & METATHENARDITE- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
Russian scientists continue to work on these weird Kamchatka species from the fumeroles of the Tolbachik volcano, this one forming extraordinary, flattened skeletal aggregates of clear to white belomarinaite, typically made cloudy on most samples by included metathenardite (IMA 2015-102). Both species are new for the locality (see our image on Mindat.org), with the new species formula noted as KNa(SO4) - trigonal - IMA 2017-69a, a new member of the aphthitalite group from the second world locality for the species. Specimens are very thin, tabular and range from about 1.5cm to 3cm across @ 150.00, 175.00 and 225.00 for the best ones, depending on size and form, and quite large for a new species! Samples carefully mounted in a plastic box for protection.

CALCITE variety "Cave Calcite"- near Ash Fork, Yavapai Co., Arizona
Attractive, "cave formation" calcite, showing tubular stalactitic masses, botryoids and similar weird forms attractively displayed in these older specimens. Acquired circa 1967, these white to tan oddities may be from the caves in adjacent Coconino County, with Ash Fork being the nearest settlement. The specimens are reminiscent of the "flos ferri" habit seen in some aragonite formations, and they display well. Overall sizes from 5cm to 10cm across @ 20.00 and 50.00 each. Only a few on hand!

CHENEVIXITE- Cu Stope, Majuba Hill, Pershing Co., Nevada
Pistachio green, richly scattered chenevixite on rhyolitic breccia matrix, surprisingly well scattered on quartz crystals and occasionally associated with other secondary minerals from this prolific locality. SEM-EDS confirmed in our laboratory (copy supplied with each sample), an uncommon Cu-Fe-arsenate phase that is reasonably priced, sizes from about 3cm to nearly 10cm across at just 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each.

FERVANITE etc.- Jo Dandy Mine, Montrose Co., Colorado
Think bands and circular pods of yellowish brown , somewhat granular-appearing fervanite scattered in matrix, locally associated with goethite, montroseite, gypsum and possibly other minor species such as hewettite as well. An interesting vanadium-rich mineral from the Hummer portal, specimens range in size from about 3cm to 7cm across @ just 12.50, 20.00 and 40.00 each.

GAGARINITE-(Y)- Verkhnee Espe Massif, Tarbagatai, Kazakhstan
Pinkish red or somewhat orange colored, coarsely prismatic aggregates of this rare species scattered in quartz pegmatite matrix. Type locality material, named after Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. There are a number of obscure smears, pods and masses of other phases associated with these specimens, calling for further study in the lab, no doubt! Type locality material, specimens from 2.5cm up to 5cm across @ 50.00, 85.00 and 125.00.

HALITE- Rhodes Salt Marsh, Esmeralda Co., Nevada
Clusters of translucent white halite crystals showing good cubic forms, intergrown into attractive groups without matrix. A few specimens have individual crystals as large as 1.5cm wide, all quite attractive. Cluster sizes range from 1.5cm to 3.5cm @ just 5.00, 7.50 and 10.00; with a few larger groups from 4cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each. Nice, but don't put them in the fish tank with your guppies!

HANKSITE- Searles Lake, San Bernadino Co., California
Excellent single crystals of dipyramidal hanksite without matrix, ranging from transparent to greyish translucent specimens. Fine for the species, we have a large lot from an old hoard that are also faintly fluorescent (LW-bluish), crystals and groups from 1.5 to 7cm across @ 8.50, 12.50, 25.00, 40.00 and 65.00 each. One monster group, perhaps the largest we have seen with crystals to 7cm across, overall 20x14cm @ 250.00. One only!

KHURAYYIMITE (IMA 2018-140)- Siwaga Area, 80 km So. of Amman, Jordan
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute spherolitic aggregates scattered in massive spurrite matrix, typically associated with minor calcite and various hydrosilicates. Formula: Ca7Zn4(Si2O7)2(OH)10*4H2O - monoclinic, IMA 2018-140. Small polished ore sections about 1.5cm across, accompanied by a color image and at least two SEM images identifying the various phases as seen in backscattered imaging, plus full electron microprobe data for the new mineral! Excellent, superbly documented samples, only three available, @ 325.00 each.

KOTULSKITE + UNK Pd-Pb-Te-S etc- Federovo-Pansky Massif, Murmansk Oblast, Russia
Commonly known as the Pana Layered Gabbro-Norite Complex, this Kola Peninsula locality has produced a large number of PGM minerals, many quite rare and difficult to obtain. We have a single 2.5cm probe mount with four embedded ore samples, accompanied by 25 pages of analytical results, including 11 SEM images and analytical data for eleven different sites among the four ore samples. Kotulskite was confirmed in at least 4 analyses, a Pd-bearing gersdorfite in 2, a Pt-Pd-gersdorfite in three more, as well as a telluropalladinite, a Pt-Pd-bearing cobaltite (new for the locality) and an unknown phase (also new) noted as a Pd-Pb-Te-S mineral, as yet not named or described. Full chemistry accompanies each identification, as well as a pinpointing SEM. Only one mount available, superbly documented with numerous pages, at 375.00 for the lot.

LEPIDOLITE pseudo @ ELBAITE- Pederneiras Mi, S. Jose da Safira, Brazil
Attractive, pale pink and fine-grained, lithium-rich "lepidolite:" mica in columnar tubes as replacements of elongated elbaite crystals. Most specimens have minor pale green micro needles of elbaite remaining, some with minor "rubellite" tourmaline as well, these from a small find in 1995. Only four columnar specimens available showing typical tourmaline morphology, the pseudomorphs are typically 5cm to 6cm tall @ 65.00 each. Strange!

MACKAYITE- Mina Candelaria, Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico
Small masses and smears of dull yellowish green to brownish green mackayite lightly scattered on tough quartz matrix. Reasonably ugly stuff, but the potential for finding other rarities upon trimming makes it all worthwhile. The locality has produced cliffordite, poughite, schmitterite and even minor gold, these specimens ranging from 3.5cm to 8cm across @ just 20.00, 35.00 and 65.00 each.

MANAEVITE-(Ce) (IMA 2018-046)- Mica Mine, Kovdor, Kola Peninsula, Russia
This tiny NEW SPECIES occurs as orange-brown crystalline aggregates largely comprising matrix, named in honor of the late Nikolay Mikhailovich Manaev (1936-2012), geologist and prominent collector from Kovdor's famous phlogopite deposit. The grains are largely monomineralic (see our image on Mindat.org), occasionally with trace REE-rich vesuvianite and/or white calcite. The mineral is tetragonal, Formula: Ca11(Ce,H2O,Ca)8Mg(Al,Fe)4(Mg,Ti,Fe3+)8[Si2O7]4[(SiO4)8(H4O4)2](OH)9 - a just described new member of the vesuvianite group. Author's material, type locality, tiny grains under 1mm on an adhesive disk @ 145.00.ea

MIRABILITE on THENARDITE- Camp Verde Salt Deposit, Yavapai Co Arizona
This uncommon hydrous sodium-sulfate species occurs as white coatings fully covering massive thenardite matrix. Mining of the deposit extends back over 2000 years, most recently in the 1930s and dormant since then. Interesting specimens for the locality, rich samples from 3.5cm to 7.5cm @ 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each.

NATROAPHTHITALITE(IMA 2018-091)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
Yet another new species from this prolific Kamchatka volcano, here showing two colors and morphologies of the same mineral on each small specimen, one as yellowish, translucent rounded drops, typically with minute water-clear, lamellar hexagonal crystal aggregates (see our Mindat.org image). Formula: KNa3(SO4)3 - trigonal - IMA # 2018-091. The mineral is isostructural with aphthitalite, differering from belomarinaite (see above) in stochiometry, crystal structure and space group. Author's material, type locality, of course, small, colorful specimens with modest micro potential, about 7mm across @ 225.00. Limited availability!

OPAL-(AN) - Pisco Province, Ica, Peru
Attractive, delicate pink (!!), massive opal-(AN) largely comprising matrix, these in bands or relatively pure chunks with minor matrix and bands of massive gypsum on some specimens. Colorful material, sizes from 4cm to 10cm across at 20.00, 40.00 and 60.00 each, one 14x8 cm @ 100.00. Neat!

OXYPLUMBOROMEITE ps @ BOURNONITE- Yaogangxian Mine, Chenzhou, Hunan, PR China
As featured in the June, 2019 issue of Mineral News, we have a couple of remarkable oxyplumboromeite pseudomorphs after bournonite, the first ever reported! The specimens have been confirmed by both EDS and PXRD. The mineral occurs as deep yellow, prismatic replacements of columnar, orthorhombic single crystals, the most complete and perfect crystal is 4cm tall and sits on a matrix of drusy quartz (pictured in the aforementioned article and in Mindat.org as well), the sample offered at 1750.00.

PYRARGYRITE- Hecla Rosebud Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada
EDS-confirmed massive redish-black metallic pyrargyrite nicely scattered in greyish white rock matrix, occasionally with other admixed sulfides. From the same locality that produced those strange "rhombohedral" barite crystals (a few left in stock!), these ore samples are relatively inexpensive for silver-rich material, matrix sizes from 2cm to 6cm @ only 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each.

PYROAURITE w/ LIZARDITE- Langban, Varmland, Sweden
We have analytically confirmed both pyroaurite and lizardite from these specimens, accurately described in the wonderful book on Langban (which we also stock). Pyroaurite occurs as pale blue flakes and masses (often mislabelled as wermlandite) scattered through dolomitic marble, associated with small masses of pale yellow lizardite. From 3cm to nearly 7cm across @ just 15.00, 35.00, and 55.00.

QUARTZ pseudo @ GYPSUM- nr. Crawford, Dawes Co., Nebraska
Odd rosettes of bladed gypsum replaced by quartz, all without matrix and forming weird rosettes similar to the well-known gypsum roses. Interesting pseudomorphs from an excellent and unique locality, sizes from 2.5cm to 5cm @ 25.00, 35.00 snf 45.00 each.

ROWEITE with OLSHANSKYITE- Shijiangshan Mine, Inner Mongolia, PR China
Clearly "the best ever found" of this rare borate mineral, far superior to type locality (Franklin, NJ), Russian, and earlier Chinese finds! Roweite occurs here as euhedral, pale orange-brown, orthorhombic, spear-shaped, transparent to translucent crystals to 1.5cm on matrix, most associated with white to colorless spears of the rare mineral olshanskyite, making for excellent association specimens of two rare species! Earlier Chinese material was generally in opaque stacked platy aggregates, this new find quite superb by comparison, and also significantly less costly! Specimens range from fine TNs to nearly 3.5cm across, competitively priced at just 95.00, 145.00 and 200.00 each, depending on quality and crystal size. Confirmed by EDS and PXRD, we believe these are the BEST of species, being both attractive and in well-formed crystals!

RUTILE var: ILMENORUTILE- Haverstad, IIveland, Aust-Agder, Norway
Old material from a classic locality collected in late 1937, these from a noted European geological museum. The ilmenorutile, formerly considered a species and now relegated to a nibian-rich rutile, occurs as greyish black masses comprising or richly scattered in minor matrix, specimen sizes ranging from about 1cm to nearly 3cm across @ 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each, accompanied by copies of the museum labels

SARKINITE on WILLEMITE- Sterling Mine, Ogdensburg, New Jersey
Micro drusy brown sarkinite crystals sparsely scattered on rich, brilliantly fluorescent red willemite ore matrix, some associated with minor green cuprian adamite and possibly other species. From the 1400' level find years ago, some with modest micro potential, matrix sizes from 3cm to 7cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each.

SKUTTERUDITE- Aghbar, Bou Azzer, Draa-Tafialet, Morocco
Brilliant silvery metallic crystals and masses of skutterudite richly intergrown on matrix, some of the larger specmens with complete crystal groups comprising matrix with relatively well formed cubo-octahredral crystals richly scattered about. Overall sizes from 3cm to 6cm across @ 45.00, 75.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each. Excellent and richly crystallized, these accumulated from several older collections.

SPODUMENE- Tin Mountain Mine, Custer Co., South Dakota
Known for giant spodumene crystals, we have a number of older samples from this locality, most greyish to white, a few with hints of pink, but exceptionally rich and large aggregates, all without other matrix. Sizes range from modest (4cm) up to monster (equant 17x 15cm or elongated 26x6cm) sizes, priced upon size @ 8.50, 20.00, 40.00, 75.00 and 100.00 each for the big ones! Yikes!

TACHYHYDRITE- Stassfurt, Saxony, Germany
From old Cureton stock, we have several small glass stoppered vials of colorless to white tachyhydrite aggregates filling the 2cm tall vials. An uncommon and highly deliquescent mineral found in the potassium-rich salt deposits of Stassfurt, the type locality for the species. The material was the subject of a Mineral News article in the January, 2006 issue. Only a few stoppered vials available at just 20.00 per vial.

TANGEITE- Monument #1 Mine, Navajo Co., Arizona
Bright yellowish green crystalline aggregates of tabular tangeite richly scattered over rock matrix, some with good micro potential. The tangeite tends to form attractive radiating platy crystal groups in this excellent locality material, matrix sizes from 2.5cm to 5cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 60.00 each

TARAMELLITE- Candoglia, Ossola Valley, Piedmont, Italy
Extremely small redish brown to brownish-black columnar aggregates and tiny masses of taramellite sparsely scattered in metamorphosed limestone matrix, most associated with minute pyrite crystals and greenish amphiboles and pyroxenes liberally scattered about. Type locality material, specimen sizes from 2.5cm to 5cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

TITANTARAMELLITE- Rush Creek, Fresno Co., California
Better quality specimens of this unusual barium-titanium boro-silicate. We have titantaramellite as small, dark brown platy crystals and crystal sections scattered through a granular, largely quartz and sanbornite matrix. Type locality material for this Ti-rich phase. Nice for the species, in 2cm to 6cm sizes @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 65.00; .

TOPAZ (>3160 cts)- Dassu, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
A large, pale sherry-colored single crystal of topaz, showing major pyramidal faces and little in the way of prisms, resulting in a rather squat, chisel-shaped crystal with sharp, excellent modifications! Color deepens from top to bottom of the crystal, but it is transparent and vitreous throughout, showing contact points on the base and rear of the specimen. It resembles Goldschmidt's topaz diagram No. 207 in general form, and the specimen weighs in excess of 3160 carats, measuring 7x7x6 cm @ 1250.00. Attractive and gemmy; one only!

URANOPHANE w/ MALACHITE etc.- Musonoi Extension, Shaba Province, Rep of Con
Recently uncovered in our warehouse, a flat of elongated micro sprays of bright yellow, glassy needles of uranophane richly scattered on matrix, most associated with dark green malachite and/or metatorbernite and possibly other uranium-rich phases. Analyzed in 1996, the material has fine micro potential as well, matrix sizes from about 2.5cm to 5.5cm @ 25.00. 45.00 and 65.00 each, with a copy of our analysis.

VAUQUELINITE w/ CROCOITE- Callenberg, Zwickau, Saxony, Germany
Known from a handful of localities, this chromate mineral occurs a peculiar olive-green to yellow-green masses richly scattered through a secondary gossan matrix, associated with minor red crocoite and possibly pyromorphite or other species. From a no longer accessible location once known for its crocoite, we have only a few specimens available, sizes from 3cm to nearly 5cm @ 45.00 and 60.00 each. Colorful!

WILUITE- Vilyui River, nr. Chernyshevsk,Sakha Russia
This relatively uncommon, boron-rich species occurs as sharp, dark green, tetragonal single crystals without matrix, all showing good prism faces and these being doubly terminated as well. Most crystals will show 2 tetragonal prisms {100} and {110}, dipyramid {111} and pinacoid {001} faces! A membe of the vesuvianite group, well-formed and moderately attractive, sizes from 1.4cm to nearly 2.5cm @ 45.00, 60.00 and 75.00 each.

COLLECTION

JAROSITE- Various Localities, Worldwide
Perhaps the easiest way to build a diverse collection of a specific mineral species, we occasionally offer small lots of a single mineral from many different localities. This time, it is jarosite, occurring as amber to dark brown trigonal micro crystals scattered on matrix, offered as a lot of six different localities (including the type), with specimens ranging from 2.5cm to 5cm across, some with older labels and a wide range of associations, many with trimming and micro potential as well. Each lot of six is just 75.00, bargain priced!

PLACER CONCENTRATES- Long Valley, Valley Co., Idaho
From our materail desccribed in Mineral News (2018) Vol. 34, No.6, these are heavy mineral concentrates from the Cascade area dredge jigs obtained by noted geologist and mineralogist Prof. E.W. Heinrich in the 1950s. Our analytical work on these fascinating tiny grains shows predominant ilmenite, and each 5x1.5cm vial will likely have associated spessartine, magnetite, columbite-(Mn), monazite -(Ce), euxenite-(Y), yellow titanite, trace fluorescent zircon and others! Great looking under the 'scope, and a "must-have" for sand collectors, too, at just 10.00 per 5cm vial. The last of this material!

GEM

QUARTZ variety PRASIOLITE- Brazil
One of the more unusual colors in quartz gemstones, prasiolite is a delicate, pale green color, these quite transparent and pleasing. Most Brazilian material has been heat treated, and we have only a few stones available, all in good quality faceted ovals in varying sizes from about 12x8 mm up to 22x10 mm, attractively priced at just 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. In addition, we have a number of larger, free-form faceted stones in exotic shaps and sizes, so please inquire! Very inexpensive for this quality!

 

CATALOG 21903 - Volume XLVI, No.3 - Our 46th Year!

ALLOPHANE- Laochang Mine, Gejiu, Yunnan, PR China
From the exceptional lot pictured and described in May issue of Mineral News (2019), these are exceptionally colorful, electric blue allophane specimens from this Chinese locality! Certainly the best material to ever reach the specimen market (see our image in Mindat and the May issue of Mineral News), we have a couple of TNS @ 125.00 each, a few miniatures to 4cm @ 250.00 each, and three cabinet speicmens, 7cm to 9cm priced according to quality at 800.00, 1000.00, and 1200.00 each! A copy of our analytical work accompanies each specimen. Don't miss these!

ANORTHOCLASE with AEGIRINE etc.- North Laven Island, Langesundsfjord, Norwa
This old specimen from famous geologist-mineralogist E.W. Heinrich is comprised primarily of tan anorthoclase, shot through with black aegirine (Langesundsfjorden is the type locality) and minor biotite. The piece is accompanied by Heinrick's label and is a rather hefty 12x8 cm, one only, @ 65.00.

BETPAKDALITE-CaCa- Sadisdorf, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
This rather ugly species occurs as dull yellowish masses scattered on one surface of rock matrix. The mineral was redefined in 2010 to reflect the growing number of species in the group, including -CaCa, -CaMg, -FeFe, -NaCa and - NaNa phases. Only a few specimen available, averaging 2cm to 3cm @ 45.00 and 60.00 each.

BRUSHITE- Moorba Cave, Jurien Bay, W.A., Australia
One of the uncommon (and obviously unattractive) bat guano phosphate minerals, here offered as tan to white nodular masses and crusts richly packed in mercifully stoppered transparent MM boxes and vials. EDS confirmed stock from many years ago; a filled micro box @ 25.00, or significantly larger quantity in a 7x1.5cm vial @ 55.00 each.

CADMOINDITE- Kudryaviy Volcano, Iturup Island, Russia
A remarkable find of the exceptionally rare species, here as minute crystal groups under 1mm mounted on a small boxed adhesive pad. A remarkable volcano mineral with neat chemistry, formula: CdIn2S4, isometric, IMA #2003-042. Type locality material, only three confirmed samples on hand @ 350.00 each.

CHALCOPYRITE- Little Todd Vein, Bandora Mine, Colorado
From the extensive thumbnail collection of Martin C. Jensen, we have a small selection of excellent chalcopyrite specimens from this famous San Juan County locality, mined for silver from the 1880s to 1950. Specimens range from 1cm crystals on quartz crystals to exquisite twinned crystal groups of brightly metallic chalcopyrite without matrix. Priced according to size and aesthetics, specimens offered at 50.00, 100.00, 250.00, 350.00 and one at 500.00.

CRANSWICKITE with HEXAHYDRITE- Calingasta, San Juan Province, Argentina
From the type locality for the species, cranswickite occurs as white masses in thin veins and small nodules, typically intergrown with hexahydrite and possibly other sulfates. The mineral is a dimorph of starkeyite (which it resembles), available as either a small powdery sample in a vial @ 55.00, or as a 1cm nodular mass @ 125.00. List alternates!

CUPROSPINEL- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
Rare minerals continue to be found at this prolific Kamchatka volcano site, these from the second scoria cone from the northern breakthrough. The mineral occurs as richly scattered, tiny brown crusts of minute crystals overgrowing hematite, and one of the first, truly natural occurrences of the species (the type material from Canada is anthropogenic from a mine dump fire). Only a few specimens on hand, averaging 1-1.5cm @ 175.00.

DAWSONITE- Francon Quarry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Minute balls of white to clear radiating crystals of dawsonite to 1mm scattered in vugs and on matrix. The quarry has been inactive for more than 35 years and lies within the city of Montreal. Collected in the late 1970's, these will provide some good micro potential in the better pieces. Matrix sizes from about 2cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 60.00 each, priced based on coverage.

DIAPHORITE- Morey Mine, Nye Co., Nevada
Old material collected by Forrest Cureton many years ago, the diaphorite occurring as dull greyish metallic masses finely disseminated in quartz matrix, typically with minor sphalerite and/or massive rhodochrosite. An interesting assemblage for this Ag-Pb-Sb-S mineral, specimens from about 2cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00 and 65.00 each.

DIASPORE- nr. Hawthorne, Mineral Co., Nevada
Pale tan glassy masses of thinly flattened aggregates of diaspore richly scattered on matrix. Modest reference specimens, likely from the old Dover Mine, specimen sizes from 2.5cm to 5cm @ 10.00, 25.00 and 35.00 each.

DJURLEITE- Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana
Densely scattered bluish-black pods of djurleite in rock matrix, some with minor secondary copper minerals staining evident. These have been XRD confirmed, and a copy of the XRD output is included with each sample. Specimen sizes range from about 2cm to 3.5cm @ 15.00, 20.00 and 25.00 each. Great locality material, rarely offered as XRD-confirmed specimens!

FLUELLITE with MINYULITE- Lucin, Box Elder Co., Utah
From the old but remarkable minyulite assemblage featured in the April, 2012 Mineral News article, we have isolated excellent fluellite samples in which the mineral occurs as small, porcelaneous, white dipryamidal crystals, many intergrown into micro, star-shaped groups perched on matrix, virtually all associated with superb, elongated needle-like minyulite balls. Some are also apparent replacements and intergrownths of crandallite after fluellite. Quite fine for the species, matrix specimens from about 2cm to 7cm across @ 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each; a few larger samples from 8cm to a monster 12cm(!!) @ 75.00, 100.00 and 125.00.

GALENA (Spinel Law Twin)- Buick Mine, Iron Co.,. Missouri
A rare twin for galena, these spinel-law twins present as flattened, tabluar crystals to 2cm across (!!), appearing as thin plates, pseudohexagonal in aspect, similar to Goldschmidt's figure No. 68. Very weird and rarely seen in galena, we have only a few very well-formed thumbnails, these collected underground almost 25 years ago from the 17143 pillar, (150681N-74462E), most with minor sphalerite evident. Perhaps never to be seen again, offered at 275.00 and 350.00 each. List alternates!

GENTHELVITE- Cerro Blanco Tanti, Cordoba, Argentina
An unusual occurrence of pale blue, glassy genthelvite masses and tetragonal aggregates scattered in hematite/chalcocite ore matrix, some with oligoclase and possibly other phases. A very unusual assemblage from an excellent locality in this oddly colored genthelvite. Matrix specimens from 1.5cm to 3.5cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each.

GILLESPITE in SANBORNITE- El Alamo, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Deep red platy aggregates of gillespite scattered in grayish white sanbornite matrix. Nicer than the California locality material, only a few specimens on hand with matrix sizes from 2.5cm to 6cm @ 12.50, 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each.

GLAUCOPHANE- Glaucophane Ridge, San Benito Co., California
From a locality named for the mineral, glaucophane occurs as richly distributed blue-black vitrious prismatic crystals in a green omphacite rock. Passably attractive, specimens of this amphibole group mineral are from 2cm to 8cm across, for a bargain price of just 10.00, 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

GOLD in QUARTZ- Southern Cross, Western Australia, Australia
An old specimen from this prolific area in Western Australia, known for its many gold mines and prospects. An rather attractive TN specimen of milky, grey quartz, showing small but brightly metallic gold protruding from the matrix, easily visible by the naked eye with more seen under the 'scope as well. Gold flakes to 3mm, overall matrix size about 2.5cm @ 95.00. List alternates!

HEMIMORPHITE- Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
From material acquired in the early 1960s, we have several flats of moderately attractive hemimorphite occring as white to transparent sheaves and crystal groups protruding from limonitic matrix. Individual crystals range from 5mm to 1.5cm on these specimens, priced according to overall quality and size. Specimens range from about 5cm to 9cm across, priced inexpensively at just 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each. Old stuff!

HISINGERITE- Agnew Nickel Deposit, nr Leinster, WA, Australia
One of those minerals that is probably fairly common but goes unrecognized, hisingerite occurs as dark red brown glassy coatings on a dark colored rock rock. Plain specimens, but representative for this iron silicate, X-ray confirmed as to polytype. From 3cm to 6cm @ 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each. A few to 8x5cm @ 85.00 each.

JAHNSITE-(MnMnMn)- Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil
One of the rarest of the approved jahnsite species, this is one of only a few proven occurrence for the species. It occurs here as deep orange colored vitrous aggregates sparsely scattered on exposed surfaces of a triphylite-metavivianite rock matrix, these from an unrecorded 2010 find at this Divino das Laranjeiros locality. Ex-Luis Menezes, specimens range from about 2cm up to 5cm long at 50.00, 75.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each, commensurate with coverage, not size. List alternates, please!

JAROSITE pseudo @ PYRITE- nr Sugarloaf Hill, Quartzite, Arizona
Perhaps the ugliest occurrence of the mineral we've seen, here as dull yellow to brownish, nearly cherty masses replacing pyrite in seams and pods in white, funky quartz matrix. Old stuff found just north of this locality many years ago, moderately rich coverage, specimens from about 2.5cm to nearly 6cm across @ 10.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each, but still ugly after all these years.

KATERINOPOULOSITE (2017-004)- Esperanza Mine, Lavrion, Attiki Pref Greece
This relatively NEW SPECIES occurs as minute, curly colorless to white to very pale blue anthodites with minor brochantite and/or minor gypsum on oxidized sulfide ore matrix. A unique combination of elements, formula (NH)4Zn(SO4)2*6H2O - monoclinic, IMA # 2017-004. A new member of the picromerite group, named for Greek geologist Athanassios Katerinopoulis (b. 1950). Author's material, matrix sizes average 2.5cm @ 195.00 each.

KUTNOHORITE- Kutna Hora, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Pearly masses of white to pale pinkish tan kutnohorite scattered in matrix, most associated with minor sulfides and occasionally other admixed carbonates. Type locality material from an old Czech collection obtained in Prague some years ago, matrix sizes from about 4cm to 9cm across @ 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each.

LOWEITE- Arsenatnaya fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
New discoveries by Russian scientists at this Kamchatka volcano continue, here the moderately rare loweite found for the first time for the species in this highly unusual environment. The mineral forms small white balls and fine-grained crusts nicely scattered over basalt scoria matrix, first found in 2018. Only a few rich specimens on hand, averaging about 2.5cm with good coverage @ 85.00 each.

MAJORITE- Chantonnay, Vendee, France
Perhaps the rarest of all garnets, these XRD-verified majorites are found as small 2mm aggregates in the Chantonnay meteorite which fell on August 5, 1812! We have again obtained one verified sample, completely documented with X-ray powder diffraction data (intensities, d-spaces, hkl) and the associated spectra @ 395.00 for the documented sample. Rare!

NASTROPHITE- Umbozero Mine, Lovozero, Kola, Russia
This rare mineral occurs here as clear, micro tetrahedrons perched on matrix, most with K-feldpar, aegirine and a variety of other uncommon minerals. Each specimen is nicely arrowed, and 20x will show numerous cubic crystals and aggregates with well developed tetrahedrons abounding. Keep wrapped as supplied to avoid destabilizing the mineral; these solid matrix specimens range from about 1.5cm to 3.5cm across @ only 35.00, 55.00 and 75.00 each. Excellent quality for this rarity!

PAULSCHERRERITE- Ruggles Mine, Grafton County, New Hampshire
This uranium-bearing mineral is a major constituent of 'gummite' at both Palermo and Ruggles. These specimens were collected around 1966, and occur as orange waxy masses associated with black uraninite and other phases in a pegmatite matrix. Originally described (as "gummite") by Frondel in 1956 and later studied by Gene Foord, et al., and found to have a uranyl-oxide hydroxyl-hydrate composition (then called "Mineral A"). Subsequent chemical, Raman and XRD study in 2011 confirmed that largely dehydrated schoepite, the mineral paulscherrerite, was a major constituent (with metaschoepite) of the orange-yellow "gummite" at this locality. In sizes from 1.5 cm to 6 cm, @ 20.00, 35.00, 50.00, and 85.00 each. A few monsters from Ruggles, large and fluorescent (meta/autinute) but lean, 10 cm to 24 cm long @ 300.00 to 600.00 on hand - please inquire.

QUARTZ variety AGATE- Unspecified locality Madagascar
An interesting lot of banded agates from an unspecified locality in Madagascar, supllied to us by a cutter with too much material and not enough time. These are end cuts and half nodules of moderately colorful banded agate, all with one face sliced (but not polished) to reveal the interesting formations within. Diameter of cut faces ranges from about 5cm to 7cm across, priced at just 10.00 and 15.00 each, or an assortment of six different @ just 50.00 per lot. These won't last long!

SILVER with ACANTHITE- Hongda Mine, Lingqiu, Shanxi, PR China
An exquisite specimen of wirey native silver forming rams horns and masses, tarnished and altered to blackened masses and coatings of hundreds of tiny crystals of acanthite well-scattered over the entire piece. The specimen weighs about 250 grams (nearly 9 ounces!) and is a superb presentation for the advanced silver mineral collector. Overall size about 9x6cm @ 3500.00 (yes, that is 3500.00, and still a bargain!).

SONOLITE- Sono Mine, Sohraku-gun, Kyoto Pref., Japan
From the type locality for the species, sonolite occurs here as brownish vitreous masses admixed in pinkish rhodonite. Old Cureton material obtained from a Japanese scientist many years ago, only a few small samples on hand, ranging from small fragment in a capsule @ 25.00 each, one 2cm matrix specimen @ 125.00. List alternates!

STEACYITE- DeMix Quarry, Mont St Hilaire, Que., Canada
This uncommon species occurs here as micro, greyish brown tetragonal crystals sparsely scattered in vugs in analcime and aegirine matrix. Old Cureton material from the type locality, 2cm to 6cm matrix samples @ 35.00, 50.00 and 75.00 each, depending on size and quality.

STELLERITE- Ritter Hot Springs, Grant County, Oregon
These white to ochre-colored plates of stellerite have a very lustrous botryoidal surface. This sodium-poor member of the stilbite group has been x-ray confirmed by the late Allen Heyl to differentiate it from common stilbite with which it is visually indistinguishable. Sizes from 3cm to 17x10cm @ 15.00, 20.00, 30.00, 45.00, 60.00, 85.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each.

STEVERUSTITE with SUSANNITE- Redmond Mine, Haywood Co., North Carolina
Originally described from Great Britain in 2008, this is the first confirmed occurrence of steverustite outside the UK. The mineral forms tiny micro hair-like white to colorless crystals and needles sparsely scattered on matrix, most with extremely small hexagonal plates of susannite, massive galena, trace caledonite etc. Specimen sizes range from about 2cm to 3cm across @ 225.00 each. Only a couple available!

SUSSEXITE- Sterling Mi, Ogdensburg, Sussex Co. New Jersey
Rich pinkish, porcelanous massive veins and pods of sussexite skirting these old ore specimens, associated with other assorted, common ugly species from this prolific locality. Occasionally as uniquely non-fluorescent ore specimens, often with minor willemite, zincite, franklinite and others, sizes from 2cm up to generous 9cm specimens @ 10.00, 35.00, and 65.00 each.

TITANITE- Capelinha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Gemmy, bright yellow-green transparent crystals of titanite without matrix, some showing subtle twinning and sharp terminations, these from a find circa 2002. Crystals range from 1cm to 1.5cm tall and are just 15.00 and 20.00 each. Attractive stuff, but only a few available!

TURNEAUREITE in DONPEACORITE- ZCA#4, 2700 Level, Balmat, New York
Small grains and aggregates of turneaureite scattered in massive orange-brown donpeacorite with admixed manganocummingtonite and black braunite. The turneaureite is best distinguished by its response (FL orange) to SW-UV, and these are considerably richer than the earlier material from the 2500 level of several years ago. Specimens from 1.5cm to 8cm @ 20.00, 35.00, 50.00, 75.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each, depending on fluorescent richness.

VANADINITE- Apache Mine, Globe-Miami Dist., Gila Co., Arizona
From old stock of the late 1960s, bright red micro vanadinite crystals richly scattered on feldspathic quartzite matrix. The specimens are colorful and from a classic U.S. occurrence for the mineral, touted in Mineralogical Record in 1971. These are moderately attractive samples, and under the 'scope there are excellent hexagonal crystals everywher! Old tiem stuff, relativeluy inexpensive, matrix sizes from about 4cm to 7cm across @ 10.00, 20.00, and 35.00 each, a few larger to 10cm @ 75.00.

WULFENITE- Cuchillo Parado, Chihuahua, Mexico
We found a jumbled flat of this material in the warehouse with our Hoxie Street (Bronx, NY) label (circa 1974) and a David New tag, suggesting these were early 1970s vintage specimens. The wulfenite from here is orange to orange-brown, thickly tabular, occasionally with minor calcite rhombs. While there are no killers in the lot, they are representative specimens from a lesser-known wulfenite producer in Mexico, perhaps 45 to 50 years ago. We have hasnd-selected a few moderately attractive samples from the lot, sizes range from 3cm to 5cm, priced according to quality at just 15.00, 25.00 and 35.00 each. Neat old stuff!


GEMS

FLUOR-UVITE TOURMALINE- Brumado, Bahia, Brazil
Quite lovely honey to rich, root-beer brown transparent uvite group tourmalines, nicely faceted in predominantly oval and pear shapes, all quite clean with good color. Rarely offered as faceted stones, these are likely fluor-uvite rather than the more rare uvite that is the (OH)-dominant end member. We can provide single stones of 0.8-1.0 carat @ 25.00 each, or offer an attractive lot of five different faceted stones, weight of each lot in excess of 6 carats, handsomely boxed, at just 100.00 per lot, or we can also provide larger lots of 15 stones (over 20 carats) at just 275.00 per lot, a best buy!

BOOKS

LES MINERAUX (VOL 1 & 2)- P. Bariand, F.Cesbron & J. Geffroy (In French)
A classic work by three famous mineralogists who all have minerals named for them, written in French and offered here in two softcover volumes totaling nearly 300 pages. The first volume offers an overview of rystallography and crystal systems, then focuses largely on minerals of intrusives, metamorphics and alteration products, while the second volume focuses first on minerals with essential Ca, Na,Li, Mg etc., working through a number of chapters to REE-element species. There are a few full page color plates in each volume, plus numerous diagrams and b/w images. We have one pair available at just 50.00 for the lot.

PETROLOGY

GARNET AMPHIBOLITE- Barton Mine, Warren Co., New York
Mined for abrasives as early as 1878, this locality produced significant quantities of almandine garnet embedded in amphibolite comprised largely of pargasitic hornblende and occasionally ferroan enstatite. The dark greenish black amphibolite is coarsely crystalline, typically with deep red masses and grains of almandine. Old material, specimens from 4cm to 10cm across @ just 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each.


CATALOG 21902 - Volume XLVI, No.2 - Our 46th Year!

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ANTOFAGASTAITE (IMA 2018-048)- Coronel Manuel Rodriguez Mine, Antofagasta, Chile
This NEW SPECIES occurs as coarse, white prismatic micro crystals sparsely scattered on matrix, typically associated with deep yellow metasideronatrite spears and pale blue, massive aubertite. Frmula: Na2Ca(SO4)2*1.5 H2O - monoclinic, IMA #2018-049. From author's material collected in 2016 before the desert sands coverd the dumps of this abandoned mine nr. Mejillones, small specimens with colorful but modest micro potential averaging about 5mm to 8mm across @ 150.00 each.

ARSENOGORCEIXITE- Bali Lo, Ashburton Downs, W.A., Australia
Minute, pale green micro crystals and druses of this relatively rare mineral, the arsenic analogue of gorceixite, most with well crystallized olivenite micros as well. Rich material, originally supplied in 1994, sizes from 0.7cm to 2.5cm @ 55.00, 95.00, and 145.00 each.

ARSENUDINAITE (IMA #2018-067)- Arsenatnaya fumerole, Tolbachik Volcano, Russia
The prolific Kamchatka volcano continues to yield new species, this once occurring as tiny, pale yellowish aggregates intimately associated with colorless, transparent anhydrite and occasionally other species. Formula: NaMg4(AsO4)3 - tetragonal, IMA #2018-067. The arsenate analog of udinaite (which see also in this list), author's material, sizes from 1cm and 3cm @ 150.00 and 185.00 each.

BETPAKDALITE-CaCa- Kara Oba, Betpakdala Desert, Kazakhstan
Small, dull yellowish masses of this uncommon species sparsely scattered on matrix, here from the type locality for the species. Specimens are lean and range from about 2cm to nearly 4.5cm across @ 45.00, 60.00 and 75.00 each. List alternates!

BETPAKDALITE-NaCa- Estacion Cerro Negro, Antofagasta, Chile
An extremely rare arsenic bearing molybdate, we have sodium-rich betpakdalite-NaCa as minute, pale yellow powdery to granular material packed into capsules, typically with more prolific hexahydrite and possibly other phases. Originally named sodium betpakdalite, changed to natrobetpakdalite, and finally renamed (as it stands now) as betpakdalite-NaCa. This is far from pure material and is available at 50.00 per capsule. Limited availability - list alternates!

CAFARSITE- Pizzo Cervandone, Alpe Devero, Italy
Dark brown, crudely cubic crytsals and aggregates of cafarsite scattered on matrix, here from the famous Novara Province locality overlooking the Swiss border. We have a few reference specimens from 2.5cm to 3.5cm @ 45.00 and 60.00 each, as well as a couple of astounding, well formed samples in the 5.5cm to 7cm size range @ 275.00 each. Killers for the species!

CHALCOPYRITE on BARITE- Dreislar Mine, N. Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Old material obtained in the 1970s, comprised of white to slightly pinlksh-tan, platy barite comprising matrix, liberally sprinkled with small metallic chalcopyrite crystals. The locality was worked as early as the 1870s and is now defunct; specimens range from about 4cm to 10cm across, offered at just 10.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each, a great buy!

COBALTITE- Hakansboda, Lindesberg, Orebro, Sweden
Small crystals and massive of silvery cobaltite are distributed through a pyrrhotite-magnetite matrix in these good locality pieces. While not flashy specimens, the crystals and masses range from 1mm to 5mm across, often showing sharp pseudopyritohedrons and other odd modifications typical of cobaltite crystallization at this prolific locality. Matrix is the usual rusty magnetic ore that can often be broken down to yield more well-crystallized specimens. Overall matrix sizes range from about 2cm to nearly 6cm @ 20.00, 30.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each, depending on quality. One larger 8x6cm specimen with old label @ 75.00.

DIAMOND- Mir Mine, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia
From this deep and prolific diamond mine, we have several handsome, single octahedral crystals without matrix, all showing good form and although not gem-quality stones, they are relatively clean, transparent to translucent with white to pale greysih color. Crystals sold by size/weight as follows:
7x5x5mm, 1.41 carats @ 220.00
7x5x5mm, 1.88 carats @ 265.00
7x6x3mm, 1.33 carats @ 175.00
and many others. Inquire if looking for something specific in uncut diamond crystals!

FLUORITE with MUSCOVITE etc.- Yaogangxian Mine, Chenzhou, Hunan, PR China
From a very recent discovery, transparent, largely colorless fluorite cubes, typically from 1cm to 2cm on matrix, many with pale purple color zoning evident, all associated with odd, white and pearly radiaiting balls and aggregates of muscovite, minor quartz, calcite and occasionally small aggregates of brightly fluorescent (both LW and SW) fluorapatite (analyzed) as well. Complex assemblages in moderately attractive specimens, specimens from about 2.5cm to 15cm across, priced according to overall quality and size @ 25.00, 50.00, 100.00, 150.00 and 250.00 each.

HEJTMANITE- Muzeiny Valley, Inyl'chek Range, Kyrgyzstan
The rare mineral, the Mn-analog of bafertisite, occurs here as tiny, yellow to brownish aggregates sparsely scattered in pink rhodonite matrix. The mineral was originally to be named "inylchekite" for the locality, but was subsequently redefined as identical to the hejtmanite material from Zambia. Small matrix specimens from about 1.3cm to 2cm across @ 35.00 and 45.00 each, with copy of old Russian named labels.

HIDALGOITE- San Rafael Mine, Nye Co., Nevada
This uncommon mineral occurs here as dull, pale yellow-brown to olive-hued masses scattered on matrix, analyses showing the material to be slightly ferrian, sometimes cuprian and often phosphatian compaired to its end member Pb-Al-AsO,SO composition. Associations include potential mimetite (and pseduos thereof), cuprian adamite, corroded wulfenite and/or coronadite as well. Interesting stuff (see or article in Rocks and Minerals in 2010) with micro potential as well, sizes from about 2cm to 5cm across @ 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each, priced according to coverage and size.

HUREAULITE w/ TRIPHYLLITE- Jocao Mine, Galileia, M.G., Brazil
Excellent, well-crytallized pale pink hureaulite on matrix, typically associated with greenish-brown triphyllite and/or occasional vivianite. Fine TNs that will yiled complex micros as well, ex-Luis Menezes, specimens average about 2.5cm @ just 25.00 and 35.00 each. Nice for the species!

JOSEITE-B- Glaicer Gulch, nr. Smithers, B.C., Canada
Grey metallic masses of this unusual Bi-Te-S mineral scattered in matrix, occasionally associated with minor tetraymite or other phases. Type locality material, described prior to the IMA's founding and currently a valid mineral, but questioned as a possible Te-rich ikunolite or possibly other phases. Collected in 1963, a few samples available from 2cm to 8cm across @ 20.00, 45.00, 70.00 and 95.00 each.

KAINOTROPITE (IMA 2015-053)- Mountain 1004, Tolbachik Volcano, Russia
This relatively NEW SPECIES occurs as minute black grains mounted on adhesive disks, all from a single specimen. Originally found in 2015 at the Yadovitaya fumerole, all of the type material was consumed in the description of the species! Formula: Cu4Fe3+O2(V2O7)(VO4) - orthorhombic, IMA 2015-053. Only a few very tiny mounted grains available for this rare copper mineral @ 165.00 each. Author's material. List alternates!

KAMPHAUGITE-(Y)- Paratoo Mine, Yunta, S.A., Australia
This uncommon mineral, a Ca-REE carbonate with dominant Y, occurs here as small greyish crusts to white, waxy partial spheres sparsely scattered on matrix, occasionally with other REE-carbonate phases such as pale blue crusty decrespignyite-(Y). A modest selection on hand, specimen sizes ranging from about 2.5cm to 6cm across, very modestly priced @ 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each, depending on size and associations.

KLEINITE- McDermitt Mine, Humboldt County, Nevada
Rich coatings of bright yellow, hexagonal kleinite microcrystals well scattered on a sandstone/chalcedony matrix, once called "McDermittite" by local collectors in the Opalite Disctrict. This unusual mercury mineral is not often available, especially in these higher quality specimens that have excellent micro potential. Older specimens assembled primarily from the Godshaw and Cilen collections, with other samples collected more than 35 years ago at this locality, one of only three in the world known for the species. Sizes from about 2cm to 7cm @ just 20.00, 45.00, 65.00, 95.00 and 150.00 each.

LABRADORITE- Androtsky, Madagascar
Rather attractive, massive greyish specimens of labradorescent feldspar completely comprising matrix, these with one face polished to show the nice play of colors. Specimens are solid and colorful, sizes range from about 4cm to 7cm across @ just 15.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each, depending on size and fire! A few large, fully specimens to 25 cm on hand - inquire!

LABUNTSOVITE-Fe- Turii Cape, South Kola Coastline, Russia
This rare species occurs as reddish orange elongated grains and coarse crystals to several millimeters long sparsely scattered in fluorapophyllite and calcite matrix. Formula: Na2K2FeTi4[Si4O12]2(O,OH)4*5H2O. Excellent locality, sizes from 1.5cm to nearly 5cm(!) @ 55.00, 80.00 and 125.00 each.

MURDOCHITE w/ HEMIMORPHITE- Black Pine Mine, Granite Co., Montana
One of the more uncommon minerals at the Black Pine, murdochite occurs here as tiny, brownish black microscopic crystals, typically intergrown in radiating groups with quartz and associated with attractive, pale blue bladed hemimorphite balls. Interesting micro and thumbnail material from this rich locality, specimens average 2.5cm @ 35.00 each. Only four available!

MUSCOVITE- nr. Tungstonia Mine, White Pine Co., Nevada
Well-formed hexagonal phenocrysts of silvery muscovite without matrix from this obscure locality (see Mineral News, January 2019 issue). These flattened crystals were found at a surface outcrop near the mine, and they range from about 2cm to 3.5cm across, priced at just 5.00, 7.50 and 10.00 each.

NAGYAGITE- Nagyag, Transylvania, Romania
A polished triangular ore section about 1.5cm on edge showing excellent, elongated, black metallic nagyagite richly scattered in quartz matrix. Originally from the Waldenmar Lindgren (1860-1939) collection and identified by him, the mineral namee for lindgrenite. Subsequently traded from the Harvard Mineral Museum in 1997, ex-Jensen Collection, accompanied by copy of old label @ 450.00. One only!

NISSONITE- Panoche Valley, San Benito Co., California
Pale blue to blue green crusts and masses of this uncommon mineral scattered over the surface of a greyish altered schist matrix. Type locality material (now identified as the Llanda Copper Mine), and for many years the only confirmed locality for the species. Moderately rare, generous matrix specimens from 2cm to 7cm @ 15.00, 30.00, 45.00 and 60.00 each, depending on size and coverage.

OKENITE on GYROLITE- Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
White, minutely fibrous okenite balls as overgrowths on sphereical aggregates of dull, thinly bladed pseudohexagonal gyrolite to 1cm , typically perched on small quartz crystals covering basaltic matrix, occasionally with transparent fluorapophyllite. Moderately attractive specimens from a find in the early 1990's. matrix sizes average 4.5cm to 7cm across @ just 25.00 and 35.00 each, depending on coverage, not size.

REALGAR in CALCITE- Sterling Mine, Ogdensburg, New Jersey
Pale red masses of realgar very sparsely scattered within white calcite matrix, occasionally with minor arsenopyrite and possibly other embedded sulfides. Found on the 900 level, rare at the locality, and quite unusual as a result! Matrix sizes from 2cm to 4cm @ 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each.

SARANCHINAITE (IMA 2015-019)- Arsenatnaya fumerole, Tobachik Volcano, Russia
Another rare species from this prolific Kamchatka volcano, these found about 15km from the type fumeroles (now all extinct) formed during the 2012-2013 eruptions. Far superior to the first samples found, these were uncovered in 2018 and occur as pale blue crusts that are likely pseudomorphous after kroenkite, often with white langbeinite on basaltic scoria. Formual is Na2Cu(SO4)2, monoclinic, IMA #2015-019. Only a few moderately colorful specimens available, sizes from 1.5cm to 3.5cm @ 125.00, 150.00 and 175.00, depending on size and coverage.

SARCOPSIDE with GRAFTONITE- Bull Moose Mine, Custer Co., South Dakota
A handful of sarcopside specimens from this classic phosphate pegmatite, here as rich, rather iridescent, golden brown cleavage masses well scattered in matrix, typically with reddish brown graftonite and possibly other massive phospahtes. Old material provided many years ago by Bill Roberts, these are good representative specimens from 2.5cm to 6cm @ 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

SKUTTERUDITE with COBALTITE etc- Cobalt, Ontario, Canada
Rather nondesccript massive silvery-grey ore samples, comprised of cobaltite, admixed skutterudite and possibly other metallic phases. Ex-A.E. Seaman Museum material, specimens range in size from about 2.5cm to 5cm across, quite dense, and suitable for polished section work @ 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each.

TANTALITE-(Mn)- Tin Mountain Mine, Custer Co., South Dakota
Patches of nearly black, crystalline tantalite-(Mn) to 1cm are scattered in a white, often radiating albite matrix, associated with massive quartz and tabular, slightly greenish cesium-rich muscovite. Analytically confirmed material that sometimes pushes the chemical edges of this species vs. its columbite counterpart, specimens range from 2.5cm to 6cm across, priced at just 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each.

TOPAZ- Marambainha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Transparent, classic chisel-shaped single topaz crystals without matrix, some with sparse red-brown inclusions of ??? Overall crystal lengths average 2.5cm @ just 55.00 each.

TRINITITE (7/16/45 Blast)- Alamogordo, nr. Trinity, New Mexico
This material, commonly called Alamogordo Glass, Trinitite and/or Trinityite, is the fused sand resulting from the first atomic bomb blast on July 16, 1945 at Alamogordo near Trinity. These are pale greenish, knobby glassy masses of high-temperature melted quartz from about 1.5cm to nearly 3.5cm across at 15.00, 20.00, 25.00, and 45.00 each, depending on overall size. Unique historical items, although without detectable radioactivity, modern amnalytical work shows trace Cs137, Am241, Eu152 etc.; impossible to obtain today!

UDINAITE (IMA 2018-066)- Arsenatnaya fumerole, Tolbachik Volcano, Russia
This NEW SPCIES occurs as minute beige aggregates intergrown among colorless anhydrite, occasionally with orange-yellow crystalline crusts of an arsenate-vanadate garnet of the berzeliite-schaeferite series.Formula: NaMg4(VO4)3 - tetragonal, IMA #2018-066. The vanadate analog of arseundinaite, named for the Udina volcano situated near the discovery site. Author's material, specimens from 1.5cm to 3.5cm @ 150.00, 175.00 and 200.00 each. Only as few!

UMOHOITE etc.- Rabejac, Lodeve, Herault, France
Another rare French uranium mineral, here a tiny, dark red balls of lamellar aggregates lightly scattered on matrix, often with other uranium phases evident, most typically with yellow uranophane. Rarely offered, modest micro potential as well, matrix sizes range from about 1cm to nearly 3cm across @ 45.00, 75.00 and 100.00 each for the richest.
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FACET ROUGH ASSORTMENT- Various Localities Worldwide
Among the gem and mineral mining areas of the world, it is not uncommon that glassy, clean material is isolated for its potential as faceting rough rather than as specimens, since a cut stone always brings substantially more that the mere mineral itself. We have a number of mixed lots of facet rough on hand, most of it typically amethyst, citrine, topaz, garnet etc. in mixed varieties and assorted sizes from about 1 to 40 carats. We've lumped these into 500 carat lots, offering them at just 49.00 a lot, less than ten cents a carat!


PETROLOGY SAMPLES


VOLCANIC BOMB- Mt. Leura, Victoria, Australia
An oddity for your collection: a dark scoria "volcanic bomb" from this uncommon volcanic locality, originally in the collection of Howard Blye (b.1890) of New York City and accompanied by his label. We know little of the man, other than he was a member of the New York Mineralogical Club in the 1950s and 1960s, prior to his death in 1978. The scoria from Mount Leura was notable for prolific, high temperature xenoliths, here obscured by surface weathering in this large, flattened egg-shaped specimen that measures 10x7x5cm, offered at just 75.00. One only!


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CATALOG 21901 - Volume XLVI, No.1....Our 46th Year!

ANDALUSITE- Altavista, Campbell Co., Virinia
As featured in the September, 2018 issue of Mineral News, these brownish-red analusite crystals show moderately good crystal form, in singles and groups from about 2.5cm to 19cm (!!) tall. The locality was uncovered in the early 1980s and was subsequently paved over for a Walmart parking lot. We have a few of these one-time-find specimens on hand, priced at 15.00, 25.00, 45.00 for specimens to 7cm, with the monster 19cm crystal offered at just 125.00. List alternates!

BOURNONITE- Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan Province, PR China
From the best Chinese locality to ever produce superb bournonite crystals, we have a choice lot originally purchased in China in 2003 and 2004. Specimens range from about 2.5cm to 3.5cm across, varying in habit from brillant, perfectly terminated single rod-like crystals to complex, highly lustrous tabular, modified sixling-like floaters with little or no matrix. Certainly the finest material from the locality we have ever offered, these were collected from Vein #36 on the 3rd. level in the mine, all of competition quality at 750.00, 1000.00, 1500.00, 2500.00 and one at 4500.00. None better!

CANNONITE with ECLARITE- Barenbad Mine, Salzburg, Austria
Minute, somewhat pearly white micro aggregates of cannonite sparsely scattered in sugary quartz matrix, sometimes associated with minor metallic eclarite and occasionally pyrrhotite as well. Only a few 2.5cm specimens on hand for this unusual bismuth mineral, originally named for Bart Cannon, at 75.00 each.

CASSITERITE- Poldice Mine, St. Day, Cornwall, England
From a very old Cornish locality first worked in the 1600's and finally closed in 1913, these specimens typically show small aggregates of black cassiterite lightly scattered in grey killas matrix, occasionally with copper sulfides and other phases. Specimens range from about 4cm to 10cm across, very inexpensively priced at just 10.00, 20.00 and 40.00 each, all typical reference samples from this old locality.

COVELLITE- Leonard Mine, Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana
Excellent, electric blue metallic platy covellite aggregates nicely intergrown and stacked on massive covellite matrix that is lightly shot-through with micro pyrite masses and streamers. These are the classic, deep blue specimens from this famous locality, originally acquired in 1965. Thumbnails and miniatures measure from 2cm to 3.5cm across @ 20.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each. A few larger specimens available from 5cm to hefty 7cm specimens @ 85.00 and 125.00 each.

CUPROAUSTINITE- Gold Hill Mine, Tooele Co., Utah
This cuprian variety of austinite occurs as emerald green, glassy botryoids and micro crystalline groups scattered in vugs and seams on limonitic matrix. Colorful material that also makes superb micromunts, occasionally associated with admamite, conichalcite, barite etc. Specimens from TNs to nearly 8cm @ just 6.00, 10.00, 15.00, 20.00 and 40.00, depending on size and coverage.

DIAMOND (Blue!)- Northern Cape Province, Rep. South Africa
Small octahedrons and rounded dodecahedrons of matrix free genuine diamond crystals, these likely treated via irradiation to show a desireable BLUE color. Diamond treatments are common today for permanent color enhancements, and these 2.5-3mm blue crystals average about 14 points each and make neat micromounts @ just 25.00 per crystal, or try three, nicely boxed, for just 65.00 per lot!

ECLARITE- Barenbad, Hollersbachtal, Salzberg, Austria
Silvery metallic masses of this rare Cu-Fe-Pb-Bi sulfosalt sparsely scattered in quartz matrix, most with minor pyrite. Excellent, type locality material obtained many years ago, available in matrix sizes from about 1.5cm to nearly 3cm across @ 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each.

ENSTATITE- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
From the second scoria cone of this Kamchatka volcano, tiny yellow-orange to pale yellow prismatic micro crystals scattered in vugs with hematite on a basaltic scoria matrix. Although enstatite is not uncommon, this is a here-to-fore unknown genetic type for the pyroxene. Good micro material, but only a few 3.5cm specimens available @ 45.00 each. List alternates!

FAIRFIELDITE- Newry, Oxford County, Maine
Opaque tan spherical crystal aggregates of fairfieldite scattered on matrix. The fairfieldite occurs as platy bladed crystals in rounded masses at this old and well documented locality. Interesting habit, and quite representative for the locality. Former Joe Cilen specimens, sizes about 5x3 cm @ 45.00 each.

FERRISTRUNZITE - Mont des-Groseillers, Blaton, Belgium
Dull yellowish white thin coatings of this rare mineral on black shale matrix, possibly with other phosphates. Old Cureton material from many years ago, originally obtained from one of the authors. Type locality material, sizes from about 2.5cm to 7cm across @ 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 80.00 each.

GMELINITE-Na etc.- Flinders, Victoria, Australia
Moderatelyt colorful pale pinkish to white gmelinite-Na lines cavities in basalt matrix, often with analcime, natrolite or other zeolite-related species. Old stock from an Australian dealer recently uncovered in our warehouse, specimens range from about 2.5cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 35.00 each, depending on quality.

GUYANAITE with UVAROVITE- Yuzhno-Saranovskoe, Central Urals, Russia
The first find of guyanaite crystals in the world! These are admittedly small, forming prismatic to lamellar (<1mm) black lustrous crystals replacing bright green uvarovite garnet that is overgrowing dark, massive chromite. From the type locality for uvarovite, only a few specimens available, averaging ~3cm @ 145.00 each. All with arrows!

HUBNERITE- Tungstonia Mine, White Pine Co., Nevada
As noted in our January, 2019 artilce in Mineral News, hubnerite from this old and obscure locality occurs as dark brown, adamantine elongated crude crystals and aggregates scattered in/on white quartz matrix. The Tungstonia Mine was first worked in 1914 and has been abandoned for mnay years, accessible only by ~40 miles of dirt Jeep tracks at the SW base of the Kern Mountains near the Utah border. Interesting locality specimens, overall sizes from about 3cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

JAHNSITE- Tip Top Mine, Custer Co., South Dakota
Small pale yellow-green to brown micro crystals and aggregates of jahnsite scattered on matrix, most associated with a variety of other phosphates. We have found both the (CaMnFe) and (CaMnMg) polytypes in this material, but individual analyses would be required as they are visually indistinguishable; hence, "jahnsite" on the labels. Old material collected more than 20 years ago, matrix sizes from 2.5cm up to museum sized 15cm pieces @ 20.00, 30.00, 45.00, 65.00, 95.00 and 150.00 each.

LAMMERITE- Abundancia Mine, Guanaco, Chile
A relatively new find of this extremely rare mineral, here occurring as surprisingly rich, dark green micro crystals and aggregates richly scattered in matrix, occasionally with other species. We've just XRD-confirmed this material (spectra copy supplied), specimens from about 2cm up to nearly 8cm across (!!) @ 30.00, 45.00, 75.00, 100.00, and 150.00 each!

LEHMANNITE (IMA 2017-057a)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute, dark green to nearly black tiny crystals and aggregates on scoria matrix. Formula: Na18Cu12TiO8(AsO4)8FCl5, monoclinic, IMA #2017-057a, an extremely rare sodium copper titanium chloroarsenate at this prolific Kamchatka volcano. Named for German mineralogist Johann Gottlob Lehmann (1719-1767), discoverer of crocoite, the first new mineral species described from Russia. In 1852, lehmannite was a proposed name for crocoite, but the name was never in wide use. Specimens average about 1cm across with obvious micro aggregates of the mineral at 175.00 each.

MICROCLINE var: AMAZONITE- Crystal Peak, Teller Co., Colorado
From an old stash collected over 50 years ago, a nice assortment of single crystals of amazonite are now available! Color is a pleasing pale blue so typical of the variety, and all show good development and sharp faces with a typical cleavage or attachment point on the specimens. The crystals range in size from about 2cm to nearly 5cm across @ just 10.00, 15.00, 25.00 and 50.00 each, depending on quality and size. Moderately attractive material from this old, classic locality!

NAMANSILITE- Woods Mine, nr. Tamworth, NSW., Australia
An unusual sodium manganese member of the pyroxene group, we have excellent namansilite specimens occurring here as thin, dark red crystalline veinlets cutting through matrix. Studied material, consisting of slabs and end cuts clearly displaying the dark red namansilite veins, specimens from 2.5cm to nearly 15cm(!!) at 25.00, 45.00, 75.00, 100.00, and 125.00 each.

OLIVINE (FORSTERITE) - San Carlos, Gila Co., Arizona
Large hand specimens of "volcanic bombs" showing numerous tiny (~2mm) crystallize aggregates of glassy green olivine (forsterite) embedded in basalt matrix. Specimens average a hefty 8x5cm across @ 35.00 each. Also available are larger (to 1cm) phenocrysts extracted from matrix and offered as matrix-free forsterite, typically packaged in a narrow, 5cm capped, transparent vial @ 15.00 per vial, 10 vials for 100.00.

OYELITE over CALCITE- N'Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari, Rep South Africa
Exceptional bumdles of pearly white radiating micro crystals of oyelite forming moderately large balls to 1cm perched over water-clear, complex calcite crystals, with many smaller, isolated groups present as well. From this well known min in Northern Cape province, one of only a handful of known localities for the species. Surprisingly attractive for a rare mineral, we only have a few of these excellent and attractive specimens, averaging about 4cm tall @ just 75.00 each.

PERHAMITE- Silver Coin Mine, Iron Point Dist., Nevada
Complex specimens containing several micro minerals, perhamite occurring as white botryoids comprised of microscopic platelets and rosettes - good examples for this species. Occasional associations include turquoise, terminated, excellent glassy micro wavellite crystals, and occasional greenish lipscombite, etc...Terrific for the species present and for the micro potential. In sizes from 3cm to 6 cm at 15.00, 25.00, and 45.00 each.

PERICLASE- Nordmark, Varmland, Sweden
This uncommon mineral occurs here as small (~1mm) green masses, some quite dark, very sparsely scattered in dolomitic manganese ore matrix. A classic locality for the specie, missing from many systematic mineral collections. Specimens with one or more recognizable periclase areas, sizes average about 4.5x4.5cm @ 295.00. List alternates!

PERTLIKITE with COQUIMBITE- Alcaparrosa Mine, Calama, Atacama, Chile
A fairly rare mineral described about ten years ago, perlikite occurs as pale yellowish to slightly greenish when Zn-rich micro crystal aggregates sparsely scattered on sulfate matrix, here with a nice lavender band of crystalline coquimbite running through throughout a white, krausite-rich matrix. IMA #2005-055, and only a couple samples available, and trimming may expose occasionally associated alcaparrosaite, overall sizes about 4cm @ 155.00.

PLINIUSITE (IMA 2018-031)- Mt. 1004, Tolbachik, Kamchatka, Russia
This NEW SPECIES is a new member of the apatite group, occurring as tiny colorless, coarsely prismatic micro crystals on matrix mounted on an adhesive disk.It was found in the southern fumerole field from an old scoria cone at the locality, unlike many of the other new species from the Tolbachik volcano that come from the second scoria cone. Formula: Ca5(VO4)3F, hexagonal, IMA # 2018-031. Tiny groups will require magnification @ 140.00 each.

PYROMORPHITE- Rheinland-Palantinate, Germany
An old A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum specimen, accompanied by their label. The piece shows richly intergrown tiny knobs and stout prisms of an brownish, olive green hue completely covering the core matrix on all sides. Although likely from the Bad Ems area, it is not specified on this old sample, with a very tiny caligraphic label attached to one side. Good coverahe from a classic German area, overall size about 6 x 4.5cm @ 175.00.

PYRRHOTITE etc.- Philips Mine, Putnam Co., New York
From the pyrite mine along the Hudson River that nearly overlooked our old New York warehouse, these are small masses of pyrrhotite in magnesiohornblende matrix, soem with tiny included apatites, possible edenite etc. A great view from a locality that produced ugly specimens, reference samples from about 2cm to 4cm across @ just 8.00, 15.00 and 25.00 each. Limited availability!

RAMSDELLITE- Mistake Mine, Yavapai County, Arizona
Rich black, splendent crystalline masses and tabular crystals of this interesting mineral completely comprising matrix, here as rather attractive specimens for a typically ugly mineral! Very old stock, collected more than 20 years ago, specimens from about 2.5cm to 5cm across @ 10.00, 17.50 and 25.00 each.

REICHENBACHITE- Reichenbach, Odenwald, Germany
From an old lot of Cureton material recently uncovered, we have a few specimens of greenish-blue reichenbachite aggregates and masses scattered on matrix, some with minor pseudomalachite or possibly other phases. Type locality material, obvious and representative, matrix sizes from 1cm to 2.5cm @ 30.00, 45.00 and 60.00 each.

SAFFLORITE- Standard Mine, Prairie City, Grant C Oregon
Grey metallic masses of safflorite richly scattered in matrix, occasionally with minor chalcopyrite or other cobalt arsenide phases. Old material collected in teh late 1970s, specimens ranging from about 2cm to 4cm across @ just 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

SASSOLITE- Sasso Pisano, Pisa Province, Tuscany Italy
Small scaly crystals and pearly aggregates of colorless sassolite, an unusual H3BO3 phase first found here, the type locality for the species. We have a small lot of material, ex-Cureton, completely filling 2cm capsules @ just 15.00 each. Uncommonly offfered!

TAKOVITE- Carr-Boyd Nickel Mine, W.A., Australia
Another rarity from this prolific locality, one of only a few reported finds of this nickel member of the hydrotalcite group. Takovite occurs as bright aqua, colorful coatings on rock, occasionally admixed with other Ni-rich phases. Sizes from 2cm to nearly 10cm @ 25.00, 35.00, 65.00 and 125.00 each.

TALMESSITE- Gold Hill Mine, Tooele Co., Utah
Minute triclinic white to colorless crystals and druses of talmessite on limonitic matrix, typically with associated austinite or other species. Old Cureton stock recently uncovered in our warehouse, all yielding moerately good coverage and micro potential as well. Specimen sizes from about 2.5cm to 5cm across at just 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each. Nice!

THERMAEROGENITE (IMA 2018-021)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Kamchatka, Russia
Another NEW SPECIES from the seconf scoria cone of the Tolbachik volcano, occurring as very tiny, vitrous brown octahedra with minor matrix, offered as numerous micro crystals mounted on an adhesive disk. Recently approved, IMA # 2018-021, formula presented as CuAl2O4, isometric, a new member of spinel group. The mineral is the Al-analog of cuprospinel and forms a solid solution with gahnite. Requires magnification, of course, and only a few groups on hand @ 160.00 each.

URALOLITE on BERYLLONITE- Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Excellent, white micro sprays and fibrous aggregates of uralolite scattered on the surface of translucent to massive beryllonite matrix. Well represented specimens from this 1994 find, matrix sizes from about 1cm to 2cm @ 30.00, 45.00 and 65.00 each.

WOLLASTONITE-2M- Kasuga Mine, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
This is the monoclinic polytype of wollastonite, once called parawollastonite in older mineralogy texts. Specimens are typically white, vitrous and elongated that shear into splintery aggregates. Thumbnails to 2.5cm @ just 10.00 and 15.00 each.

BOOKS

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF COLORADO MINING HISTORY by Arthur E. Smith Jr
An excellent bibliography prepared by the late Art Smith, with information drawn from his unpublished worldwide mining history records and private library. This covered and staple-bound work is in 8.5 x 11 inch booklet form and has 45 pages of bibliographies, including an index arranged by locality, commodity and other categories. Long out of print, we have a few new copies available @ 10.00 each, plus 3.00 shipping/handling in the U.S., foreign inquiries invited. Get 'em while they last!

COLLECTING ARKANSAS MINERALS- by Art Smith
This handy reference work covers numerous Arkansas collecting sites and is filled with numerous crystal drawings, diagrams, maps and even sixteen color photographs to guide you along the way! Like all good collecting guides, author Art Smith (artsmithite) describes the mineral species found at each locality, and a comprehensive list of the many Magnet Cove area sites is of particular interest. A useful field guide and welcomed addition to your reference library, soft-cover, 9"x6" and approximately 150 pages for only 15.00 plus 6.00 shipping The last of our new copies!

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STAR QUARTZ - Brazil
Exceptionally nice, pale greenish yellow, deep cut cabochons of finely hued quartz, each showing a striking cats-eye effect under direct light. These range from 45 to 50 carats per stone and are good examples of this chatoyancy in the mineral, typically the result of microscopic elongated fibrous inclusions of various minerals. Only a few on hand @ just 60.00 each. Limit one per customer, please.


THUMBNAILS - ILLUSTRATED!

COMPETITION QUALITY THUMBNAILS- Various Localities - Worldwide
We recently acquired the remarkable thumbnail collection of Martin C. Jensen (jensenite), author, field collector, miner and discoverer of many new species. The collection exceeded 6200 (!!) mounted specimens, and we will periodically include a few snapshots in our lists. The quality of crystallization on each piece is exceptional, and all are first come, first served. Please inquire.

CATALOG 21807 - Volume XLV, No.7

ALMANDINE in OLIGOCLASE etc.- Micaville, Yamcey Co., North Carolina
A classic pegmatite assemblage, here as bright purple-red phenocrysts and crude ccrystals of almandine garnet scattered in albite (var. oligoclase), quartz and muscovite matrix. Old material originally purchased in 1956 from Gene Curtiss (1926-2012) and rarely seen on the market today. Generously sized specimens from about 5cm to 12cm across @ just 10.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

BARITE- Baia Sprie, Maramures, Romania
An old, classic locality for the species, here as tightly stacked transparent to translucent plates of barite completely comprising matrix, with some crystal aggregates forming balls to 2.5cm across. The specimen is ex-Czech National Museum and is accompanied by their label, overall size about 8x5cm @ 175.00. One larger, 11x5cm with 2.5cm crystals @ 395.00. Attractive, but only one of each.

CASSITERITE- Trevaunance Mi, St. Agnes, Cornwall, England
This ancient locality was once a major producer, particularly in the 1800s, now overgrown and inactive for many decades. Cassiterite occurs here as micro brown to black tetrahedral crystals and aggregates scattered in seams on a metamorphosed sedimentary rock (killas), occasionally with quartz or other species. Strictly reference material in appearance, sizes from about 4cm to 8cm across @ 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each, depending on coverage.

CELESTINE with CALCITE- Mojina Mine, Constitucion, Chihuahua, Mexico
These attractive specimens were acquired circa 1965, originally labeled and noted as coming from Constitucion in Chihuahua, as reported by Panczne. This appears to be more accurate for the Mojina Mine, rather than the more distant town of Ricardo Flores Magnon specified on Mindat. The specimens are attractive, consisting of small, pale blue celestine lightly scattered over white popcorn to cauliflower-shaped calcite groups, some fluorescent (SW UV green) due to a thin hyalite opal coating. Old specimens found in storage after more than 50 years, sizes from about 5cm to nearly 10cm across at just 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each. Very appealing stuff!

CHALCOCITE with MALACHITE etc.- Painsedale, Houghton Co., Michigan
A large, massive ore specimen of bluish-black, metallic chalcocite comprising matrix, the specimen showing a thin rim of green, crusty malachite on most surfaces. Micro azurite has been noted in a few tiny voids, and the locality has produced identical-appearing anilite as an admixed sulfide, likely here as well. Perhaps from the Champion Mine, but not attributed as such, this thick, triangular piece has one edge-face cut and measures about 10x8x4 cm @ 75.00. Very heavy!

CHAMOSITE- Ale & Cakes Mine, Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Dull greenish matrix composed of EDS-confirmed platy micro chamosite, often hosting tiny black cassiterite crystals and masses, and occasionally with quartz or various sulfides. The mineral was previously unrecored for this interesting locality, and our image of the material has recently posted to Mindat.org. Specimens range from about 4cm to 7cm, all rather ugly, but priced reasonably at just 15.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each, accompanied by a copy of our EDS spectra.

CRANDALLITE pseudo @ FLUELLITE- Lucin, Box Elder Co., Utah
From the famous minyulite find, these are micro, somewhat frosty white fluellite crystals partially replaced by crandallite. Most are associated with exceptionally attractive, minyulite needles and sprays, occasionally with carbonate fluorapatite and possibly other phases. A highly unusual pseudomorph, specimen sizes from about 2.5cm to 6cm @ 15.00 25.00 and 40.00 each.

DIAMOND (4.43 cts)- Udachnaya Mine, Siberia, Yakutia, Russia
A rather large single crystal, free of matrix, here as a nicely striated octahedron measuring about 10x7mm. The stone has good translucency for its 4.43 carat weight, color a pale greyish to clear hue. One only, from this large open-pit mine that exceeds 600 meters in depth! Competitively priced at just 785.00; one only!

EASTONITE- C.K. Williams Quarry, Easton, Pennsylvania
This relatively uncommon species defined in the IMA's new nomenclature as a trioctahedral K-Mg-Al mica, occurs as pale greenish, somewhat pearly and platy aggregates richly scattered in matrix, occasionally with an uncommon antigorite-lizardite polysomatic layering. First described in the 1890s, subsequently rejected, then approved once again in 1998. This Northampton Co. quarry has been designated as the type locality, only a few specimens on hand ranging from small TNs to 2cm @ 15.00, and larger samples to 5cm across @ 40.00 each, half the price of our small 2006 stock that was depleted long ago!

FERBERITE var: WOLFRAMITE- Cligga Mine, Perranporth, Cornwall, England
Rather non-descript, black splendant masses of ferberite nicely scattered in matrix, most with silvery arsenopyrite and occasionallyt chalcopyrite etc. A classic English locality, good reference specimens from 3cm to 5cm across @ 15.00 and 30.00 each.

FLUORITE with QUARTZ- Marienbergschacht,Wolsendorf,Bavaria Germany
An old specimen from this classic locality, long-closed and completely backfilled nearly 40 years ago. The fluorite on this sample has the attractive honey-orange colored cubes and octahedral crystals to a few millimeters well-scattered over the entire piece, often overlaying drusy quartz. The piece is accompanied by a tattered German label, overall specimen a generous 11x7cm @ 150.00.

GAUDEFROYITE- N'Chwaning II Mine, Kuruman, Rep So Africa
Superb groups of handsome, brilliantly lustrous small black elongated hexagonal crystals of gaudfroyite perched on and covering black manganese ore matrix, some with minor calcite and/or hematite as well. Excellent for the species, these are half the price of similar material of 20 years ago. Only a few specimens on hand, sizes range from TNs @ 25.00 to 4cm specimens @ only 55.00 each! List alternates!

GERMANITE (ex-L. Perloff)- Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region, Namibia
Mounted micromounts, ex-Lou Perloff (perloffite) Collection, and labeled in his own hand! This rare classic occurs as somewhat pinkish grey metallic aggregates, here crudely crystallized in better samples with good photographic potential for the species. Great provenance, but only a few available, priced at 150.00 each.

GMELINITE-Na etc.- Flinders, Victoria, Australia
Moderatelyt colorful pale pinkish to white gmelinite-Na lines cavities in basalt matrix, often with analcime, natrolite or other zeolite-related species. Old stock from an Australian dealer recently uncovered in our warehouse, specimens range from about 2.5cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 35.00 each, depending on quality.

JOHANNSENITE- Black Hole Prospect, Aravapai Dist. Arizona
Brownish radiating columnar sprays and divergent aggregates of johannsenite richly comprising matrix, originally from the first discovery of the species in Arizona in the early 1960's by the USGS. Specimens range from about 2cm to 6cm across, a few larger,occasionally with minor admixed magnetite, at just 10.00, 17.50 and 25.00 each.

LAUTITE on TENNANTITE- Mundo Nuevo Mine, Le Libertad Dept., Peru
This unusual CuAsS mineral occurs as nearly black, metallic masses with a slightly redish-brown tone, scattered on the bases and occasionally underneath sharp tennantite crystals to 1.5cm on matrix, some with quartz, minor pyrite, etc. From the 2014 find, the species is easily overlooked, but careful study under the scope will show much material scattered on these specimens, Overall sizes range from about 4cm to nearly 6cm @ 85.00 and 100.00, priced according to quality and coverage.

MARTINANDRESITE (IMA 2017-038)- Wasenalp, Ganter Valley, Simplon, Switzerla
This NEW SPECIES occurs as tiny, trnasparent to translucent crystalline grains about 1mm tall. Formula: Ba2(Al4Si12O32)*10H2O, orhtorhombic, IMA # 2107-038. Author's material and type loclaity, of course. Only a few tiny samples available @ 175.00 each. List alternates!

MOLYBDOFORNACITE- Alice Mine, Goodsprings, Clark Co., Nevada
Excellent micro crystals of olive green molybdofornacite lightly scattered on matrix, occasionally associated with a wide range of other species. A moderately rare mineral in well-formed, elongated tiny crystals from the Yellow Pine Extension, the mineral has been EDS-confirmed for Mo>Cr content, and a copy of our analytical work accompanies each specimen. (We have found no fornacite thus far, and some earlier reports of the mineral at the locality may have been in error due to overlapping EDS peaks of Pb and Mo which an inexperienced operator might miss!). Recently featured in the October, 2018 issue of Mineral News, fine micro material, specimens range from about 2cm to nearly 6cm across @ just 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 65.00 each priced according to quality.


PHURCALITE- nr. Coaldale, Esmeralda Co., Nevada
Featured in the March, 2011 issue of Mineral News, we have a small selection of phurcalite specimens, the mineral occurring as bright yellow, tiny specks of crudely intergrown acicular micro aggregates very sparsely scattered as replacements of small feldspar phenocrysts or thin seam coatings in a tightly welded ash flow tuff. An uncommon uranium mineral, occasionally associated with very minor autunite and/or phosphuranylite, specimens range from about 2cm to 5cm across @ 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each.

POLLONEITE (IMA 2014-093)- Pollone Mine, Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy
This NEW SPECIES occurs as metallic, greyish black, single anhedral grains mounted on a standard SEM stub. Formula: AgPb46As26Sb23S120 - monoclinic, IMA # 2014-093. A new member of the sartorite group. Author's studied material and portion of the co-type specimen (!), @ 325.00.

PYRRHOTITE etc.- Philips Mine, Putnam Co., New York
From the pyrite mine along the Hudson River that nearly overlooked our old New York warehouse, these are small masses of pyrrhotite in magnesiohornblende matrix, soem with tiny included apatites, possible edenite etc. A great view from a locality that produced ugly specimens, reference samples from about 2cm to 4cm across @ just 8.00, 15.00 and 25.00 each. Limited availability!

QUARTZ- Weisse Fluh, Binntal, Valais, Switzerland
Milky quartz crystals to 5mm completely cover both sides of a dolomitic vein matrix. This Alps locality is on the southern side of the famous Binn Valley and has produced about two dozen species in the past. These samples are from the late Kay Robertson's collection, sizes average about 6cm across @ just 20.00 each, with a copy of her label.

REBULITE in ORPIMENT- Jiepaiyu Mine, Changde, Hunan, PR China
This rare Tl-Sb-As-S mineral occurs here as tiny, dark grayish black submetallic pods sparsley scattered in brilliant yellow to orange-yellow orpiment matrix, occasionally with minor realgar and potentially other species. Analyzed material and from only the second known occurrence in the world, specimens range from 2.5cm up to 6cm across at 75.00, 125.00, and 250.00, depending on size and coverage, all with arrows and copies of our confirming analysis. The last of our stock for this exceptionally rare mineral!

RHODOCHROSITE etc.- Poudrette Q. Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
We recently obtained a large MSH collection, most in micro to TN sizes, and found a good number of rhodochrosite specimens, most collected in the years of 1980-1986. The rhodochrosite forms mostly small rhombs, drusy crystals or platy rosettes, and the colors range from peach to pale pink with a variety of associations, most commonly aegirine, analcime, natrolite etc. Specimens are in the 2cm to 3cm size range and are priced according to quality at just 15.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each, all considered as micro material. If you would like a variety of habits/colors, we can supply a pleasing lot of three (3) different for just 55.00 per lot, all collected at least 30 years ago!

ROSASITE & HEMIMORPHITE- Alice Mine, Goodsprings, Clark Co., Nevada
A few available specmens of micro, pale blue balls and aggregates of rosasite, typically with clear, micro lath-like crystals of glassy hemimorphite scattered on matrix. Primarily reference material with soem micro potential for one or both species, specimens average 2.5 to 4cm @ 10.00 and 20.00 each. List alternates, please!

SODALITE var: "YOOPERLITE"- Lake Superior, Chippewa Co., Michigan
Perhaps the greatest mineralogical craze since the pet rock, "yooperlites" are fluorescent (LW UV) sodalite masses lightly scattered in what isa generally considered syenite casts, associated with minor K-spar and amphiboles. The craze began with a May, 2018 Mineral News article, picked up by the wire services, and spread like wildfire across the globe. We have a small stock of these fluorescent, rounded beach pebbles, sizes from about 2.5cm to hefty 6cm cobbles at just 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each. (Yes, I have one of the T-shirts already!)

SPESSARTINE- Rutherford Mines, Amelia Co., Virginia
Crudely formed but wonderfully-hued, sherry-orange spessartine garnet aggregates showing subhedral crystals and complex dodecahedral faces, all with little or no matrix. Difficult to obtain today from this classic eastern locality, check out the back-lit images on Mindat.org to gain an appreciation for the great color in these specimens. Only a few 1.5cm groups are available and are offered at just 20.00 each.

SYNGENITE on HALITE- Sigmundshall Mine, Bekeoh, Hanover, Germany
Small (2mm) beige aggregates of this uncommon mineral lightly scattered on white halite matrix. Old specimens, ex-Cilen collection, matrix sizes average about 4cm across @ 65.00 each. List alternates!

TOPAZ (Imperial)- Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Excellent single crystals of imperial color topaz without matrix. These are singly terminated with good prism faces and display fine pinkish sherry to mild honey color throughout. Gemmy and attractive, getting considerably more difficult to acquire economically, these are older samples from about 1.5cm to nearly 2.5cm @ just 20.00, 30.00, 45.00 and 60.00 each, depending on size and color.

TORBERNITE- Redruth, Cornwall, England
A pair of old specimens, ex-A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, show delicate, bright green tabular micro crystals of this radioactive species on matrix. The specimens may be from Wheal Buller, but old samples rarely carried full locality information on their labels. Moderately colorful, classic locality pieces, 3cm @ 55.00; 4cm @ 85.00, each with an older label.

VASILITE- Novoseltsi, Bourgas Oblast, Bulgaria
This rare species occurs as tiny metallic grains, offered as several minute aggregates packaged in a capsule. From the type locality (now called Konstantinovo) for the species, only a very few samples available @ 95.00 each.

VLODAVETSITE- Tolbachik Fraxture, Kamchatka, Russia
Another rarity from the 1975-6 eruption, here as dull yellowish-orange earthy masses richly comprising matrix. Type
locality material, of course, only a few samples available, sizes range from a several fragments in a capsule @ 85.00, to 3mm matrix samples @ 145.00 each, Limit one per customer, please!

ZINCOVELESITE-6N6S (# 2017-034)- nr. Nezilovo, 25 km WSW of Veles, Macedoni
This NEW SPECIES occurs as tiny, black submetallic masses sparsely scattered in matrix. Formula: Zn3(Fe3+,Mn3+, Al,Ti)8O15(OH), trigonal, IMA # 2017-034. A new member of the hogbohmite supergroup, only two 8mm matrix samples available @ 245.00 each. Type locality and author's material, of course!


BOOKS

REVIEWS IN MINERALOGY (RIM)- published by MSA
RIM Volume 12 - Fluid Inclusions by Edwin Roedder. A long out-of-print monograph of 644 pages devoted to the history and study of fluid inclusions. The late Edwin Roedder (roedderite) worked for the USGS was the president of the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA), and was a leader in the field of the study of all types of inclusions (gas, liquid or melt) trapped in earth and space materials. This softcover work provides exhaustive treatment of the subject, and includes a detailed index and lengthy list of references. Only one available in excellent condition @ 40.00 plus shipping.

RIM Volume 13 - Micas, edited by S.W. Bailey. Also long out-of-print, this 584 page softcover work was edited y S.W. Bailey (baileychlore), an expert in phyllosilicates. More than a dozen chapters, dealing with classifications, structure, crystal chemistry and a number of other mica aspects were authored by other mineral namees such as Rossman, Wilcox, Hewitt et al. An important work, with an XRD Appendix and in excellent condition at 40.00 plus shipping.


EQUIPMENT

ULTRASONIC CLEANER- TS-6000 by Raytech Industries
The new TS-6000 digital ultrasonic cleaners are now in stock and ready for shipment. Powerful cleaning for tiny voids and crevices in specimens, this industrial grade unit has a 6.3 quart capacity (6000 ml) and larger tank size than cheaper models, with internal basket capacity of 32.3 x 20.3 x 9.9 cm. Includes two ultrasonic transducers with independent control circuits, two built-in ceramic heaters, 2 color LED display, 5 timed cleaning cycles (1 minute to 30 minutes), a pre-clean de-gasing function to remove trapped air bubbles in your samples, an internal cooling fan and a built in drain for easy clean up. One year complete warranty. Stainless steel tank can accomodate multiple cleaning solutions. For the ultimate prep lab for your specimens, the unit is just $389.95 plus shipping (weight ~16 lbs.).


GEMS

LEMON CITRINE- Brazil
These are well-faceted, eye-clean gemstones of a pale yellow color, nothing like the deep orange, heat-treated material commonly seen in the mineral trade. We have a modest lot of a few hundred carats of these lightly hued gems, and most stones are ovals with a few other occasional shapes, and these gems broadly average about 10 carats each. We would like to move these quickly, so we are offering a 50 carat lot for just 45.00 per lot, or 100 carats for just 85.00, less than a buck a carat!! Limit of two lots per order, please.


MINERAL NEWS BOUND SETS

We have a few perfect-bound copies pristine issues of Mineral News for the years of 2006 through 2017. If you are not a subscriber, or would like to upgrade your library of back issues, we recommended these perfect-bound, soft cover sets, now available at only 35.00 for each year. Shipping per annual issue is free in the USA with any mineral order, or an additional 14.00 for any foreign delivery address. A limited number of bound sets are on hand! Annual subscriptions (12 color issues) are still just 30.00 per year - subscribe now!

CATALOG 21806 - Volume XLV, No.6

ALLABOGDANITE- Bol'shoy Dolguchan River, Yakutia, Russiaan Ni-rich Extremely rare (Fe,Ni)2P mineral, discovered in remnants of the Onello meteorite,ataxite, that was found here in 1997. Each sample consists of a single grain mounted in a 4mm probe mount and accompanied by an SEM image and full quantitative chemical workup for each individually microprobed sample. Named for Dr. Alla Boghanova, author's studied material, only a few available @ 245.00 each.

ALUMOHYDROCALCITE- Mt. Hamilton, Santa Clara Co., California
An attractive pink variety of normally white aluminohydrocalcite, these samples consist of tiny pink stringers, balls, and crystalline coatings scattered over a pale green to white jadeite-bearing, nickeliferous serpentine rock matrix. Once considered a chromian variety, aka knipovichite, this material from the eastern end of Mt. Hamilton was extensively studied in the 1980s that led to the discrediting of knipovichite. Decent looking stuff under the scope, collected many years ago, from 2cm to 4cm @ 15.00, 25.00, and 40.00 each.

ARAGONITE- Spisska Podhradie, Rosnava, Slovakia
These are 1cm thick, superbly polished slabs of aragonite that show a ribbon-like, undulating pattern of white, tan and brown alternating bands completely comprising matrix. Reasonably attractive and finely polished on one face, this is from an unusual locality not known for the mineral. Sizes from about 7x3cm to 10x5cm @ 35.00, 40.00 and 45.00 each.

BABANEKITE (IMA 2012-007)- Fenugu Sibiri Mine, Gonnosfanadiga, Italy
First described from the Czech Republic, this Sadinian find is the first occurrence of the mineral in Italy, here as minute, elongated crystals forming tiny brownish pink balls and aggregates sparsely scattered on matrix. The locality has produced over 85 different species which include many secondary lead and copper minerals. Specimens average about 2.5cm across @ 85.00 each.

CALCITE- Lucky Jew Mine, Treece, Cherokee Co. Kansas
Sharp scalenohedral calcite crystals to 2cm richly scattered on and comprising matrix, these from an excellent, older Tri-State District locality. The pointed crystals are transparent to translucent, some showing minor included chalcopyrite, typically colorless to slightly yellowish in hue. Purchased in 1967 from "Rosy" Rosenberry, noted dealer in Tri-State material. Only a few groups available, sizes from about 7cm to 9cm across @ just 45.00 each. See our image on Mindat.org.

CASTELLAROITE (IMA # 2015-071)- Monte Nero Mine, Rocshetta Vara, Italy
This moderately new species occurs as colorless, somewhat vitreous to silky aggregates sparsely scattered on brown metachert matrix. Formula: Mn2+3(AsO4)2*4H2O - monoclinic, IMA #2015-071. Named for Fabrizio Castellaro, collector and discoverer of several new species. type locality material, structurally related to metaswitzerite. Sizes from about 1.5cm to 2.5cm priced according to quality, not size, @ 75.00 and 95.00 each, with modest micro potential on the better specimens.

CERIANITE-(Ce)- Morro do Ferro, Pocos de Caldas, MG, Brazil
From old material acquired more than thirty years ago, we have a small supply of this uncommon mineral, offered as tan, powdery masses contained in a capsule. The mineral is the Ce-analog of uraninite and thorianite, and
was mentioned from the locality in Chem. Geol. 55. (1986). Only a few samples available @ 25.00 each.

CIRIOTTIITE (IMA 2015-027)- Esperance tunnel, Tavagnasco, Torino Italy
This relatively NEW SPECIES occurs as microscopic, black metallic tubular fibers very sparsely scattered in chalcopyrite-rich quartz matrix. The mineral tends to form filigree aggregates in tiny spaces in teh ore, best seen at 20x or higher. Formula: Cu(Cu,Ag)3Pb19(Sb,As)22(As2)S56 - monoclinic, IMA 2015-027, the Cu-analog of sterryite. Only a few 2.5cm matrix specimens on hand @ 175.00 each, all with good micro potential.

COLUMBITE-(Fe)- Spinelli Quarry, Glastonbury, Connecticut
Rich, dark brown subhedral columbite-(Fe) from this classic eastern locality, most largely comprising matrix. A few of the very best specimens will have black, more highly lustrous samarskite-(Y) associated as well, and all specimens are priced according to degree of crystallization and size, overall from about 2cm to 3cm @ 20.00, 30.00, and 40.00, with a few larger samples, some with minor samarskite-(Y) to 5cm @ 75.00 and 125.00.

CREEDITE- Aguiles Serdan, Chihuahua, Mexico
Water clear to very pale lilac steeply pyramidal crystals and groups of well formed creedite crystals (0.2cm to 0.5cm) perched on matrix, some associated with minor sphalerite, gypsum etc. Excellent, representative specimens obtained in 1984 from the West Camp (likely Potosi Mine) of this Santa Eulalia find, group sizes from 2cm to about 6cm @ just 12.50, 20.00, 35.00 and 45.00 each. Old stuff from a famous find, most with micro potential as well!

DIAMOND- Dudno Region, Lunda Province, Angola
From the old stock of well known dealer David New, we offer an interesting selection of small diamond crystals from this rarely offered locality. Each crystal is a modified dodecahedron or octahedron and measures from 2mm to nearly 3mm, with a color range from transparent white to yellow to greenish brown hues. We offer these transparent diamonds @ just 20.00 each, or a lot of three different @ just 55.00 per set. Excellent locality material!

EULYTINE- Linka Mine, Lander Co., Nevada
Atypical pale greenish masses of eulytite scattered on rock matrix, occasionally with intermingled bismutite as well. Structurally confirmed material from this uncommon bismuth mineral locality, sizes ranging from about 2cm up to nearly 6cm @ 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each.

FLAMITE (IMA # 2013-122)- South Haturim Formation, Negev, Israel
This extremely rare silico-phosphate species occurs here as thin bands within a larnite-gehlenite-rankinite matrix. Formula: (Ca,Na,K)2[(Si,P)O4] - hexagonal, IMA #2013-122. This type locality specimen is a 1 cm square accompanied by multiple SEM images and complete analytical chemistry for each of the two separate flamite bands identified in the SEM images. Only one superbly documented sample available for this relatively new species @ 450.00. List alternates!

FORNACITE etc.- Silver Coin Mine, Humboldt Co., Nevada
Tiny, pale yellow-green crystal groups in sparse, isolated patches on quartz matrix, typically associated with mimetite, barite, chrysocolla and potentially a host of other species. Over 100 different minerals have been reported from this prolific locality, these samples acquired in 1992 before many of the new and rare species were described. Specimens range from about 2cm to nearly 5cm across @ just 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each, all with modest micro potential as well.

GYPSUM (ROSE)- Permian Cu Deposits, Stonewall Co., Texas
Well formed, complex groups of gypsum roses nicely intergrown and forming attractive groups without matrix, colors ranging from greyish to brownish red. The individual blades are typically thin and flattened but radiate into multiples forming the bladed groupings. Old material from a relatively obscure area of Texas, acquired circa 1962 (!!). Moderately attractive specimens from 5cm to nearly 9cm across @ just 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.


HEULANDITE-Ca etc.- Paterson, Passaic Co., New Jersey
Old specimens from the H.E. Moore Collection, typically as small vitreous to pearly crystals richly scattered on dark greenish basalt matrix, typically with drusy quartz, laumontite and possibly other zeolite-related species. Collected in the 1950s and 1960s, these are moderately attractive east coast specimens, ranging in size from 3cm to nearly 10cm across @ just 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each. Many of these will also have micro potential as well.

MANGANONORDITE-(Ce)- Karnasurt Mt., Lovozero, Kola, Russia
Small aggregates of glassy, smokey brown to yellow-brown masses of this rare mineral sparsely scattered in matrix on matrix. Formula: (Ce,La)(Sr,Ca)Na2Mn(Zn,Mg)Si6O18 and IMA-approved in 1997. Type locality material, only two small specimens available, average size 1.5cm across @ 255.00 each.

MARCASITE on CALCITE- Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota
A highly unusual occurrence of marcasite, here as tiny botryoids and wedge-shaped micro crystals lightly scattered on bright yellow calcite seams fully overlaying dark Pierre Shale matrix, many with small secondary yellow calcite crystals growing from the calcite substrate as well. A very scarce association at the locality, these from a single find during a recent mining venture. Specimens from 5cm to 7cm across @ 40.00 and 55.00, a few large specimens to 13cm(!!) @ 150.00. Colorful and interesting material!

MELANOPHLOGITE- Fortullino, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy
Moderately attractive, glassy transparent balls to 3mm of this uncommon species scattered on pale rock matrix. More pleasing in appearance than the California material, the botryoids are somewhat more isolated and make interesting micro's as well if trimmed. From material collected in the 1970s, specimens from 2cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 40.00 and 65.00 each, depending on size and coverage.

OXYPLUMBOROMEITE etc.- Green Antimony Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada
This small deposit was worked as far back as 1918, but has seen little activity since the late 1960s, as far as we know. The oxyplumboromeite occurs as pale yellow to darker yellow crusts and elongated micro aggregates (likely pseudomorphs after jamesonite and sometimes coating thin gypsum needles) on massive quartz, occasionally with other species, and some with modest micro potential. A full study of the assemblage is underway for a future Mineral News article. Specimens on hand range from about 2cm to nearly 6cm across @ just 10.00, 20.00 and 40.00 each.

PICKERINGITE- Cerros Pintados, Tarapaca, Chile
Pure white, fibrous spikey aggregates of this uncommon sulfate packaged in a 3x3cm hinged plastic box. Very old, type locality material, ex-A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, but a limited amount of material on hand at just 20.00 per box.

QUARTZ var: PETRIFIED WOOD- Mahajanga Province, Madagascar
Fairly attractive, limb cross sections of colorful petrified wood, these showing pleasing cream-brown-red combinations with good luster and patterns, polished on one side. These appear to be the conifer genus Araucaria, these sliced ovals average about 6cm in diameter @ just 20.00 each.

RHODOCHROSITE- Imuris, Mun. de Imuris, Sonora, Mexico
Massive, pink cleavages of rhodochrosite with little or no matrix, originally purchased in 1959. Material from this old and obscure locality has been confirmed by microprobe, XRD and Raman, showing trace substitution of Mg for Mn. Only a few dense, pink cleavage samples on hand, sizes from 2cm to 4cm across @ 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

SCORZALITE- Palermo Mine, North Groton, New Hampshire
Rich blue masses of scorzalite lightly scattered in pegmatite matrix from this prolific locality. Old specimens acquired many years ago, sizes range from about 3cm to chunky 5cm samples @ 20.00 and 40.00 each. List alternates!

SODALITE in SYENITE- Ditrau, Harghita Co., Romania
From a unique magmatic complex in the Carpathians, we have a small lot of pale blue sodalite as small pods lightly scattered in nepheline-rich syenite matrix, occasionally with minor dark pyroxene and possibly other phases. The rock type was once named "ditroite" (in 1866) for the nearby town of Ditro, now Ditrau. Great locality material and a unique deposit that has yielded over 100 different species to date! Specimens range from about 4cm to nearly 9cm across at just 15.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

TANGDANITE- Lovelock Mine, Bolivia, Churchill Co., Nevada
This relatively new mineral occurs here as micro pale blue to blue-green acicular crystals and sprays perched on matrix. Collected many years before it was properly described, these have been XRD-confirmed and are the only approved Ca-Cu arsenate-sulfate mineral known, IMA 2011-096. These are the best of a modest lot and will all yield excellent micromounts and colorful TNs and miniatures as well. Associations can include tiny azurites, brochantite and many other potential secondary minerals. Only a few samples on hand, sizes range from about 2cm up to nearly 6cm specimens @ 25.00, 40.00, 60.00 and 85.00 each, priced according to quality.

TRIMERITE- Hindenburg Workings, Langban, Sweden
Small brownish pink aggregates of this rare mineral sparsely scattered in brecciated hematite-rich ore matrix. First discovered by Flink at the Harstigen Mine in 1889 and later found at Langban some 30 years later, the species remains one of the truly rare minerals from these prolific deposits. Only two specimens available, about 1.5cm @ 150.00 each.

UVITE TOURMALINE- Brumado, Bahia, Brazil
Deep, rootbeer brown crystals and aggregates of uvite scattered on dolomite matrix. Whether these are fluor-uvite or the OH-dominant end member is unknown, as both species occur at the locality. Since our EDS analytical techniques cannot quantify (OH), we are labeling these simply as "uvite". Originally obtained from Carlos Barbosa many years ago, specimens average about 2.5 to 3cm across @ 20.00, 25.00 and 35.00 each, depending on quality and crystal size.

VARULITE- Varutrask, Vasterbotten Province, Sweden
This uncommon member of the alluaudite group occurs here as dark greenish brown aggregates and granular masses sparsely scattered in a coarse pegmatitic matrix, typically admixed with other phosphates. Type locality material, specimens ranging from 2cm to 5cm across @ 30.00, 45.00 and 60.00 each.

WAVELLITE- Slate Mountain Mine, El Dorado Co., California
Reported by Murdoch et al in 1966, these are from the only reported occurrence of the mineral in California. Old material collected almost 40 years ago, comprised of pale yellow-green masses and micro radiating botryoids scattered in massive white quartz. Not as attractive as Arkansas material but from a unique locality in the state, now on private and National Forest land. Specimens average 3 to 4cm @ just 10.00 each, with modest micro potential.

WHITECAPSITE (IMA 2012-030)- White Caps Mine, Manhattan, Nye Co., Nevada
This relatively new species (for which I am happily a co-author) was found more than thirty (35) years ago along a stope of the formerly accessible 95m level in the East Fault mineralized sections of this prolific mine, but only now fully characterized and recently approved. The mineral occurs as extremely small, luscious orange-brown, transparent hexagonal crystals and anhedral grains, most well under 1mm, sparsely scattered on greyish black jasperoid matrix, occasionally with micro stibnite, realgar and possibly other species. Formula: H16Fe2+5Fe3+14Sb3+6(AsO4)18O16*120H2O; hexagonal, IMA approved #2012-030. We have divided the available specimens into three quality ranges based on degree of crystallization and overall size, with matrix specimens ranging from about 1cm to 3cm across. From poorest to best quality, prices are a) 50.00 and 85.00;
b) 125.00 and 175.00; and c) 250.00 and 350.00 each. All will require magnification, and once these are gone, there will be no more! A full color article about the mineral appears in the September, 2012 issue of Mineral News ($6/single issue; $30/yr for 12 issues in USA).

WULFENITE (pyramidal!)- San Juan Poniente Vein, Mina Ojuela Mexico
From the 2009 find at this prolific locality, we have a small lot of wonderful, elongated pyramidal wulfenites to 1+cm tall, richly scattered on dark brown gossan matrix. The crystals show a fine, yellow-gold color throughout, and they perch attractively and richly on matrix, occasionally with other associated secondary minerals. Very neat and different wulfenites, overall matrix sizes from 3.5cm to nearly 5cm across @ 20.00, 25.00 and 35.00 each, some with micro potential as well!

XENOTIME-(Y)- Kasseti, Kivu Province, (Zaire) Dem Rep of Congo
Small crude single crystals of brownish xenotime-(Y) showing good tetragonal form, all matrix free and from an an older mining venture by Sominki Mining prior to the dissolution of Zaire into its current Democratic Republic of the Congo. Specimens range from 4mm to 7mm tall @ 15.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each.


BOOKS

MINERALS OF USSR- Minerals First Discovered in USSR by Igor V.Pekov
This much-heralded book by Dr. Igor Pekov has received rave reviews, written in English and complete with 184 color photos of minerals and localities, 68 SEM images and crystal diagrams. The strength of this 370 page hard cover work lies in the marvelously complete locality information lacking from so many published Russian mineral descriptions, and each description also includes excellent physical characteristics, type locality info, historical data and much more. This is a much-needed reference work @ only 59.00 plus shipping!

COLLECTIONS

UK MICROMOUNTS- Various Mines, United Kingdom
There are a vast number of mines in the UK that produced numerous secondary minerals suitable for thumbnails micromounts. In order to make room in our fully-filled warehouse, we offer a dozen different specimens from a wide range of UK mines, all individually labeled and mounted in TN/Micro boxes at just 49.00 per dozen. While there are more dollars to be made selling these interesting minerals individually, enjoy this blowout offer while supplies last. Multiples welcomed, and these are sure to please!

EQUIPMENT

DIGITAL SCALE- 650g capacity with 0.1g accuracy
We have a few digital scales remaining in stock, these a neatly folding unit that operates with two AAA batteries (included!) with an LED display. Functions include tare as well as selectable units for either grams, ounces, dwt or troy ounces. Extremely useful for weighing specimens, coins and other items, models with either 650 g or 700g capacity, with 0.1g readouts. These retail for 26.95, and we offer the last of our stock for just 15.00 each, complete with storage case, batteries and full instructions.

GEMS

AMETHYST- Rio Graannde do Sul, Brazil
We recently uncovered a large lot of facetted amethyst, all very clean and of pale purple color, containing various cuts such as rounds, cushions, ovals etc. and all in relatively large sizes of 10 to 20 carats each! We want to move these out, so we are offering a parcel of 10 stones weighing over 150 carats, at just 65.00 per lot - that's less than 45 cents a carat for clean, faceted material! Limit two lots per order, please.


RHODOLITE GARNET- Sri Lanka
Excellent, transparent red faceted garnet, offered here in a nice set of six stones with one pair each of ovals, trillions and pears, total carat weight in the 9-10 carat range. Gemmy, clean stones, these are chemically in the almandine-pyrope series and excellent for jewelry use and collections, at just 35.00 for each lot of six!

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ACHYROPHANITE - Arsneatnaya fumerole, Kamchatka, Russia
Another weird new species from the Tolbachik Volcano, here as micro elongated, acicular yellow crystals on basalt scoria. Formula: (K,Na)3Fe3+,Ti,Al,Mg)5O2(AsO4)5 - orthorhombic, IMA # 2018-011. The mineral is named for the Greek "straw - to appear as" in allusion to its color and habit. Excellent micro potential for this new species, overall matrix sizes range from about 5mm to 10mm, priced at 150.00, 175.00 and 200.00 each, depending on quality and coverage.

ANTIMONY- Prince William Parrish,York Co., NB, Canada
From old material originally acquired from the stocks of the Colorado School of Mines, the precise locality for this material is currently known as the Lake George Antimony Mine, formerly aka Price Edward Mine, the deposit first discovred in 1863! The antimony occurs as tint, silver-colored massive aggregates admixed with micro stibnite needles in rock matrix. Exceptionally dense specimens, sizes from 1cm to 3.5cm @ 10.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each.

ARMSTRONGITE- Khan-Bogdinskii Massif, Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Brownish masses and aggregates of this rare Ca-Zr silicate scattered in granite pegmatite matrix, associated with feldspar, quartz, aegirine etc.. Type locality material from the Dorozhnyi pegmatite, named for astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon! Specimens from 2.5cm to 10cm @ 25.00, 50.00, 65.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each.

BASSANITE- S.A.M.Corp Sulfur Mine, nr. Taft, California
An altered white to transparent veinlets of somewhat columnar bassanite and pseudos after gypsum lightly scattered in matrix, associated with minor brownish punky shale seams. From an old lot of Art Eadie's original discovery in 1953, sizes from fragments in 2cm vials to nearly 3cm matrix samples @ 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each.

BEUDANTITE- Black Pine Mine, Granite Co., Montana
Rich, vuggy quartz matrix specimens shot through with lustrous, dark yellowish brown micro beudantite crystals well scattered in each sample, occasionally with secondary copper minerals as well. Will provide excellent mounts for the species, with a wide variety of associations as well, matrix specimens from 2cm to 5cm across @ only 10.00, 17.50, 25.00 and 35.00 each.

BROCHANTITE w/ PSEUDOMALACHITE- Douglas Hill Copper Mine, Lyon Co., Nevada
Superb, dark green, glassy micro crystals of brochantite richly scattered in seams and vugs, making fine thumbnail to small cabinet specimens! Quite attractive with brilliant luster and all with micro potential, some overlaying an attractive bed of green pseudomalachite and/or blue chrysocolla, potentially with other copper minerals as well. Overall sizes range from about 2cm up to 7cm across @ 7.50, 10.00, 20.00, 30.00, and 45.00 each, priced according to quality. Very nice!

CALCITE- Wenshan Mine, Yunnan Province, PR China
Colorful, well formed calcite crysals to as rhombs and rounded scalenohedrons intergrown and comprising matrix, forming attractive, honey-colored groups. From a prolific Chinese deposit, specimens range from about 4.5cm to 6cm, priced according to aesthetics @ 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each.

CHONDRODITE, GRAPHITE, DIOPSIDE- Lime Crest Quarry, Sparta, Sussex Co. New Jersey
A hefty specimen collected in May, 1983, ex-Howard Moore Collection, here as richly scattered, yellowish-tan aggregates of chondroite intermingled in white calcite matirx, associated with small flattened aggregates of graphite. Under SW UV, the chondroite offers a pleasing, bright yelow fluorescence, and it also discloses pale blue blebs of admixed diopside throughout the sample. Generous 10x6x4cm fluoresccent specimen @ 40.00. One only.

COMBEITE- Oldoinyo Lebgai Volcano, Tanzania
A rare mineral, found here in 2003 during an expedition to this volcano, combeite occurs as glassy, thin reaction rims surrounding wollastonite phenocrysts, scattered in matrix and associated with blocky, glassy nepheline, aegirine etc. See our Mindat.org image for details. All specimens with arrows, sizes ranging from about 2cm to 4cm @ 125.00 and 175.00 each. Excellent!

CYLINDRITE- Trinacria Mine, Poopo, Oruro, Bolivia
These large, rich specimens show the typical cylindrical habit of this tin sulfosalt mineral, these from a 1995 expedition to this classic locality. Interesting in appearance and rich for the species, consisting of aggregates of cylinders associated with other sulfosalt minerals, likely with franckeite, sphalerite etc.. In sizes ranging from 2.5cm to 10cm (!!) across at 20.00, 40.00, 75.00, 125.00 and 200.00 each.

DALNEGORSKITE - Dalnegorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Russia
This NEW SPECIES occurs as pale beige, densely fibrous aggregates, typically intergrown with darker green pyroxene in the diopside-hedenbergite series. Formula: Ca5Mn, (Si3O9)2 - Triclinic, IMA # 2018-007). A new member of the bustamite group, named for the type locality. Rich but ugly stuff, sizes from 2cm to nearly 4cm across @ just 75.00 and 100.00 each.

DUNDASITE etc.- Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania
Excellent, white radiating micro needles of dundasite in tufted balls on limonitic matrix, the larger specimens occasionally with minor crocoite. Fine micro material, available as matrix specimens from 1cm to 4cm @ 7.50, 12.50, 20.00 and 35.00 each; a few major pieces with bright orange crocoite to 10cm up to 150.00 - inquire!

FLUORITE etc.- Milldam Mi, Great Hucklow,Derbyshire England
This small mine produced clear to purple fluorites, typically as small cubic crystals perched in vugs and on matrix, some color-zoned as well. These were collected circa 1995-1999, presented here as modest thumbnails, occasionally associated with calcite and/or barite. Rather nice under teh scope as well, sizes average 2.5-3cm @ just 12.50 each.

FRANZINITE- Case Collina, Pitigliano, Tuscany, Italy
A member of the cancrinite group, franzinite occurs as pearly, opaque white, platy crystalline aggregates up to several millimeters across scattered through a granular crystallized greenish vesuvianite matrix, occasionally with minor grossular as well. Type locality material. another unusual mineral from this prolific locality, in sizes from 2cm to 5cm @ 20.00, 35.00, and 50.00 each.

HEMATITE- Shabry, Ekaterinburg, Middle Urals, Russia
Uncommonly well-crystallized hematite, here as submetallic, relatively stout trigonal crystala without matrix, most averaging about 2.5cm across and atypical for this normally thin tabular mineral. Specimens are ex-A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum and are accompanied by their label at just 28.00 each. Unusual!

HIORTDALITE- Store Aroy, Langesundsfjorden, Norway
Old material, ex-Hatfield Goudey (goudeyite), here as small brownish crystals scattered in pale syenite matrix. Excellent old locality material, specimen sizes from about 2cm to nearly 4cm @ 15.00 and 25.00 and 35.00 each.

HYDROXYAPOPHYLLITE-(K)- Valenciana Mine, Guanajuato, Mexico
Excellent, well-formed transparent crystals to 0.5cm of this unusual apophyllite-group species richly scattered on slightly amethystine quartz matrix. Fine older material and difficult to obtain today, we have an attractive cabinet specimen with excellent coverage, size about 12x10x8 cm @ only 250.00. One only!

JOHACHIDOLITE- Pyant Gyi Mine, Mogok, (Burma) Myanmar
This rare species occurs here as golden, honey brown crystalline aggregates largely comprising matrix, recently discovered in the gem gravels at this, the second known locality for the species, occasionally with minor fluorescent sodalite. This rare borate has been confirmed by XRD, microprobe and Raman spectra as well, with a copy of XRD data supplied with each sample. Sizes range from about 5mm to 1.4cm @ 45.00, 75.00 and 150.00 each.

KENYAITE- Magadii Lake, Kenya
This complex sodium phosphate-silicate mineral is offered as light gray powdery fragments, typicaly associated with chert, magadiite and other evaporate minerals. Capsule with powdery aggregates @ 20.00, matrix pieces averaging 0.5 cm @ 35.00 each.

KILCHOANITE in HILLEBRANDITE- Fuka, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
Large masses of purple-gray spurrite with thin streamers and veins of hillebrandite conatining micro white inclusions of kilchoanite. Pods of gehlenite have also been found in this colorful and complex material, matrix sizes from 1.5cm to 7cm @ 15.00, 35.00, 65.00, 95.00 and 125.00 each.

LANGITE- Allihies Mine, County Cork, Ireland
Bright blue drusy crystals of langite nicely scattered on rock matrix, most showing some micro potential. Fine for the locality, one of the richest in the West Cork District which later supplied many of miners who toiled atButte, Montana in later years. Colorful samples, matrix sizes from 2.5cm to 5cm @ 15.00, 30.00 and 55.00 each.

MURDOCHITE- Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Micro black cubes and aggregates of murdochite richly scattered on limonitic matrix, occasionally with other secondary copper minerals. Old material, ex-F. Mecke Collection, sizes average about 5cm @ 40.00 each. Nice!

NAKAURIITE- Nakauri Mine, Shinshiro, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Obviously from the type locality, moderate coverage of this compound copper mineral occurs as pale blue to bluish green thin crusts on serpentine rock. Moderately attractive material, somewhat lean but quite representative for nakauriite, in sizes from 1.5cm to 5cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 based on size and coverage.

PARABERZELIITE - Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Kamchatka, Russia
The description and approval of new minerals from the famous Tolbachik Volcano continue, and this one is tiny but quite attractive as glassy, pale sherry-colored monoclinic crystals and aggregates carefully mounted on adhesive disks. Formula: NaCa2Mg2(AsO4)3, monoclinic, IMA #2018-001, a new member of the alluaudite group and dimorph of berzeliite. Magnification will be needed to appreciate these delicately hued micros, and we have only a few of them available @ 165.00 each. Type locality, of course!

PREHENITE- Lower New St., Paterson, Passaic Co. New Jersey
A rather large, lenticular-shaped vug in Watchung basalt that extends over 18 cm in length (!!), exposing a rich, pale green botryoidal mass of prehenite that completely fills the opened pillow matrix. The locality was worked up until the mid-1930s, and this specimen is ex-Dr. G. Sensel, acquired in June, 1966. A handsome specmen, overall size about 22x7cm @ 125.00. One only.

PYRARGYRITE, POLYBASITE etc.- Mina Sirena, Guanajuato, Mexico
Selected from a large lot, we have a good number of grayish metallic pyrargyrite crystals and convoluted knobby aggregates comprising matrix, many showing interesting habits and occasionally associated with native silver or other silver minerals. Small but neat TN's, 1cm to 1.5cm @ 25.00, 35.00 and 45.00 each, depending on quality.

PYROMORPHITE- Bunker Hill Mi, Kellogg, Shoshone Co., Idaho
This famous property operated sporadically from 1886 to 1994, producing a wide range of minerals and various colors of pyromorphite along the way. These samples were acquired circa 1960, long before the modern heyday of collectible specimens came to market. The pyromorphites are in typical, barrel shaped, elongated crystals to 3mm sacattered on rusty quartz/rock matrix, the crystal color a pale greyish green reminiscent of those supplied by the late Ted Morley in the 1950s-1960s when the property was worked by the Bunker Hill Co., prior to the Gulf Resources and Chemical Co. takeover. Decent coverage on these generally small specimens, matrix sizes from ut 2.5cm to 4.5cm @ 5.00,10.00 and 20.00 each; smaller samples in lots of five for micromounting @ 12.00 per five.

QUARTZ- Little Devil's Workshop, Gaston Co., North Carolina
An old specimen from the Benjamin Ackerman Collection, originally labeled as "Devil's Works Iron Mine", presented here as a large but crude clear quartz crystal that measures about 12cm long by 6cm across, showing several sharp faces but with multiple areas of abrasion and a few areas of Mn/Fe oxide staining evident as well. The locality is now known as the Mountain Ore Bank Mine. The crystal weighs a little under 2 lbs and is no beauty, but its relatively large size and off-beat locality provide much interest as a result. Size is 12x6x7cm @ 55.00; one only!

QUARTZ with inclusions- Chaiyaphum, Kaset Sombum District, Thailand
An unusual specimen comprised of three major quartz crystals to 4cm intergrown to form a complex stacked group of transparent, weirdly modified habits, admittedly with detachment at the bottom and some damage on some of the complex terminations. Most interesting, however, is under the 'scope which discloses pointed spear-shaped needles of quartz(?) pointing into the core of the specimen, as well as numerous hollow areas, floaters and growth chevrons evident as well at 10x or better. There is mild limonitic staining within the group, also enhancing its appearance at modest magnifications, highlighting some of the staggered growth patterns and voids within the sample. An uncommon locality piece, originally obtained nearly 30 years ago from Mountain Minerals International and residing in the private collection of Scott Williams. Both labels accompany this 5.5x4x3.5cm group @ 65.00. One only!

RHABDOBORITE-(V) - Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Kamchatka, Russia
A new and extremely complex mineral from the second scoria cone of the Tolbachik Volcano, here as tiny groups of yellow to pale golden, acicular crystals typically perched on glassy micros of anhydrite, occasioaally with elongated coppery ludwigite, orange berzeliite and possibly other phases. Formula: Mg12(V5+, Mo6+, W6+)1.5O6{[BO3]6-x[(P,As)O4]xF2-x}(x<1) - hexagonal, IMA # 2017-108 and isostructural with the W-dominant new mineral described below. Rich specimens, with excellent micro potential as well, specimen sizes available are either as TNs @ 200.00 each or a few larger, richer specmens to 4cm @ 325.00 each. List alternates!

RHABDOBORITE-(W)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Kamchatka, Russia
This new species is the tungsten-analog of rhabdoborite-(V) (see above), occurring here as pale beige acicular crystal groups and aggregates scattered on transparent anhydrite micros with berzeliite, ludwigite and possibly other phases. Formula:Mg12(W6+,V5+)1.5O6[{BO3]6-x[P,As)O4xF2-x}(x,1), hexagonal, IMA # 2017-109. Type locality, of course, with good micro potential as well. Size from TNs @ 175.00 to 4cm @ 300.00 each. List alternates!

STILBITE- Paterson, Passaic Co., New Jersey
From several old collections, we have a modest accumulation of typical New Jersey stilbite specimens from this famous locality. The crystals range from 5mm to 2.5cm, and typical zeolite associations may be present. Overall specimen sizes range from about 4cm to 8cm across, and all show good coverage @ just 15.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

TOPAZ- nr. Teofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil
This is a MONSTER crystal of water-clear topaz, weighing about 6.5 pounds(!!!) and measuring about 12x12x7cm tall!! It was purchased on March 6, 1964 in Teofilo Otoni for gem material, and the specimen shows several excellent terminal faces, a strange "V-shaped" etched face, and a basal pinacoid cleavage, as well as the typical conchoidal fracture where detached from matrix. Expect some bruising on this HUGE gem crystal, a giant specimen, certainly the largets clear topaz we have ever had, offered at 2800.00.

TRIPHYLITE- Pribyslavice, Czech Republic
Massive brownish triphylite, here comprising much of the specimens, also associated with quartz, mica, feldspar and occasionally bluish vivianite, graftonite etc.. in these otherwise unattractive locality specimens collected in 1974. Sizes average about 5cm to 6cm across @ 25.00 and 30.00 each.

TSUMEBITE- Hard Luck Claims, San Bernadino Co. California
This interesting locality, commonly called the Blue Bell Mine, has produced more than 85 different species, many in good micro crystals. We have a small selection of tsumebite specimens from here, most as pleasing, glassy green micro aggregates scattered on matrix, typically with cerussite and a wide range of other associated species. Specimens range from about 2.5cm to 5cm across and are priced according to quality @ 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each. Cool stuff!

TUNELLITE- Jenifer Mine, Boron, Kern Co., California
Translucent tabular crystals of pearly tunellite, some with minor ulexite matrix from this famous locality. Very old material for this uncommon strontium-borate mineral, known only from California and Turkey. Specimen sizes range from 2cm individuals to 5cm matrix groups, priced at just 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

URANOPHANE on MONTROSEITE etc.- Opera Box Mine, Montrose Co., Colorado
Tiny, bright yellow balls of uranophane comprised of minute, radiating needles lightly scattered and perched on nearly black montroseite matrix, typically with other species such as rauvite, paramontroseite, coffinite and others. From the first locality outside of Utah to produce magnesiopascoite as well, material from this small operation was featured in our February, 2015 article in Mineral News. Only a few samples on hand, 2cm @ 15.00; 3.5-4cm @ 30.00; a few larger to 7cm @ 55.00 each. Most will have modest micro potential as well.

VANADINITE with CALCITE- San Carlos Mine, Manuel Benavides, Mexico
Old classic material from this Chihuahua locality, these acquired more than 50 years ago in the mid-1960's, showing excellent, bright orange, glassy micro crystals of vanadinite to 3mm tall, very richly scattered over transparent, colorless rhombs of calcite on rock matrix. We've spotted a few with hematite tips and occasionally other species, and these make colorful and attractive specimens as is, with really extraordinary micro potential if you care to break them up. Specimens range from about 2.5cm to nearly 6cm across @ just 8.00, 15.00 and 25.00

WAGNERITE in TRIPLITE- McMahons Quarry, Olary, S.A., Australia
This uncommon species occurs here as massive aggregates intergrown with dark brownish triplite comprising matrix. From an old find of many years ago, we have a few specimens only, sizes ranging from about 1cm to 3.5cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

WAIRAKITE- Tohi Mine, Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture Japan
This uncommon zeolite occurs here as translucent white to clear glassy aggregates scattered in vugs in matrix. Excellent locality material, but only a few samples available, sizes average about 3cm @ 55.00 each.

WAVELLITE- Crystal Baron Mine, nr. Crows, Arkansas
Collected in 1993 from this Saline Co. locality, these unusual wavellites show both an odd yellow color as well as a bright green SW-UV fluorescent response. Analytical work shows just wavellite, but these attractive botryoidal specimens also show trace amounts of strontium, manganese etc. that may be causing the fluorescent response. Attractive material nonetheless, sizes from 2.5cm to 5cm @ 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each. Interesting!

WAYLANDITE with BISMITE- Mumba, Kivu Province, Zaire
What were probably single crystals or solid masses are now well-rounded stream worn examples of yellowish bismite surrounding brownish-black masses of the rare Bi-Al-phosphate, waylandite, possibly with other Bi-phases present as well. Analyzed material, in sizes from 0.6 to 1.5 cm @ 25.00, 35.00 and 45.00 each.

ZUBKOVAITE - Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Kamchatka, Russia
Another NEW SPECIES in colorful micro aggregates from the Tolbachik Volcano, here as bright blue druses and botryoidal knobs on matrix, typically coated by water-clear anhydrite and often associated with the rare Na-Ca-Mg arsenate mineral johillerite in lilac-colored druses. Formula: Ca3Cu3(AsO4)4, monoclinic, IMA # 2018-008. The mineral is a new structural type, the first reported anhydrous Ca-Cu arsenate! Only a few specimens on hand, averaging about 1cm across, all with good micro potential and associations @ 200.00 each. List alternates!

BOOKS

FRANKLIN & STERLING HILL- -World's Greatest Mineral Deposit by Dr. Pe
The last of our stock, exclusively from the author: the revised HARDCOVER edition of the late Dr. Dunn's monumental work on the Franklin and Sterling Hill deposits. Over 750 pages in two volumes, handsomely bound in royal blue buckram, oversewn, with acid-free endpapers and gold-stamped on spine and cover, this set is a comprehensive treatment of the mineralogy and history of this prolific and complex deposit! Over 900 b/w illustrations and photographs fill this careful, descriptive, precise work that meticulously documents the diverse mineralogy of this famous NJ locality. Every serious collector and bibliophile should own this set, and we are the exclusive distributor for this limited printing. The two volume set is 195.00 plus 16.00 s/h (USA); overseas customers: please inquire for shipping costs.

FOSSILS

TURRITELLA- Agadir-Ida-Ou-Tanane Province, Morocco
These weird, screw-shaped gastropods closely resemble the early Miocene specimens across the Mediterranean in France, appearing as beige-colored, sharply tapered fossils with very pronounced ridges that spiral downward for the length of the fossil. Inexpensive and good representative samples averaging 5-6cm tall @ just 7.50 each.

GEMS

TOPAZ - Brazil
Some years ago, we purchased a substantial lot of Brazilian gemstones, and we are offering portions of the lode once again. These are mostly colorless. commonly called "white" topaz in a wide range of sizes and shapes, all faceted and of good commercial quality used in jewelry repair and small settings, typically valued at up to 4.00 a carat. Some will show minor inclusions, occasional abrasions etc., but the vast majority are eye-clean and attractive. To move these quickly, we are offering medium-sized lots of assorted cuts and shapes for less than 75 cents a carat, a special offer of 50 carats for just 35.00 per lot, averaging about 30 to

 

CATALOG 21804 - Volume XLV, No.4

Our 45th Year!

AUSTINITE- Gold Hill, Tooele Co., Utah
From the depths of the warehouse, excellent vitreous micro crystals of austinite richly scattered in opened seams of
limonitic matrix. Fine for the species, old material from this famous locality, many with superb micro potential as well. Matrix sizes from 2cm to 8cm across with corresponding coverage @ 7.50, 12.50, 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each. Nice!

BOYLEITE on BIANCHITE- Muzhievo, Beregovo, Transcarpathia, Ukraine
Two new minerals for the locality, here as elongated anthodites comprised of intergrown parallel aggregates of bianchite that have altered at their surface to white, columnar boyleite. Excellent for the species, from a new find at this locality that is near the Hungarian border. Specimens average 1.5-2cm @ 95.00 each. Only a few available!

CALCITE- nr. Black Rock Desert, Humboldt Co., Nevada
Excellent, well-formed and sharp, frosty white scalenohedral calcite crystals without matrix that are singly terminated, most showing a bluish-white SW UV fluorescence AND phosphorescence, plus a pale yellowish response to LW UV! The larger crystals show the better UV responses, crystal sizes from about 2.5cm to 5cm long @ only 7.50, 12.50 and 17.50 each. Neat!

CALCITE- Delta Carbonate Quarry, York, Pennsylvania
Collected about 25 years ago, the calcites from this quarry were often tinted orange by iron staining and inclusions, but this large display specimen shows numerous lenticular twinned crystals to 2cm across richly covering matrix, but with just a hint of color, resulting in a pleasing, large display piece that measures a hefty 19x12x10cm @ just 150.00. One only!

CRYPTOPHYLLITE- Tsentral'nyi Mine, Rasvumchoor, Khibiny, Russia
From the type locality for the species, these are from a relatively new find that was far superior to the original some ten years ago. In this instance, cryptophyllite occurs as tiny, colorless, elongated micro crystals and lath-like aggregates up to a couple of millimeters on pegmatitiic matrix. These are nearly 10 times larger than the first find of the mineral, and associations here include aegirine, sodlaite, K-feldspar, polymineralic pseudos after eudialyte and other potential species! Specimen sizes range from about 3cm to 4cm across, and these will offer some fine micros of a very rare, one-locality species @ 145.00 and 185.00 each, depending on quality.

DIAMOND (3.68 cts)- Argyle Mine, Western Australia, Australia
A rather large, flattened octahdral diamond crystal without matrix, showing lustrous faces and translucent, dark grey hue. Due to its rather flat presentation, the crystal looks quite large, measuring a full 10mm across and 6mm wide. A relatively modern locality known for its brightly colored pink diamonds and other unusual colors. One only, the stone weighs an impressive 3.68 carats @ only 395.00.

FLUORITE var: TIFFANY STONE- Bell Hill Mine, Spor Mtn., Juab Co., Utah
A very weird fluorite occurrence, here as pale purple, opaque masses as veins and interstitial fillings among chalcedony streamers staining tuff matrix, some showing a distinctive boxwork structure and often fluorescence due to the chalcedony and/or hyalite and possible calcite/dolomite associated in the matrix. Occasionally used as a striking lapidary material, this "Tiffany Stone" variety of fluorite is perhaps the strangest fluorite we have seen in some time, these samples collected about 30 years ago. Specimens range from 3cm to 12cm (!!) across, all with odd forms, @ 7.50, 15.00, 30.00 and 50.00 each. You really need to have one of these!

GYPSUM "Desert Rose"- Sahara Desert, Ouargla Province, Algeria
These are interesting, well formed desert roses from an uncommon locality in the Sahara Desert, formed by interlocking tabular crystals of pale brown to redish gypsum to several centimeters across. Rather attractive and undamaged roses, supposedly from the area around Mnaguer (unverified), overall group sizes averaging 5cm to 6cm long @ just 15.00 each. Neat locality and pleasing to look at!

HAGGITE- Section 33 Mine, Grants, McKinley Co New Mexico
Among the ugliest of all minerals, haggite occurs as tiny, black monoclinic grains and aggregates scattered in sandstone matrix. One of the more obscure vanadium minerals, occasionally with trace, pale yellowish meta/tyuyamunite and/or minor pyrite. Old Cureton material, only two specimens on hand, sizes average about 4.5cm across @ 55.00 each. List alternates! Some South Dakota material also available; inquire!

HOLMQUISTITE- Foote Mine, Kings Mt, Cleveland Co., North Carolina
Representative samples of holmquistite in which aggregates of small bluish-black, micro prismatic crystals are flattened, providing a densely intergrown, fine-grained surface. Interesting specimens from old E. Wm. Heinrich material, famous professor of geology at the University of Michigan and editor of American Mineralogist. Specimens from about 4cm to 8m across @ 20.00, 35.00, and 55.00 each.

ILVAITE- Huanggang, Hexigten Banner, Mongolia, PR China
From the Chifeng Precture in Inner Mongolia, these are among the finest ilvaite crystals we have ever encountered! Singly terminated, elongated and lustrous prisms from 3.5cm to 4cm tall are just 45.00 each.. Great specimens; list alternates!

JUNITOITE- Christmas Mine, Gila Co., Arizona
Nice, sharp platy microcrystals and thin crystalline plates of colorless to white junitoite are scattered over a skarn matrix. Possible associations include kinoite, ruizite, etc. named for crystallographer Jun Ito who worked with Dr. Paul Moore at the University of Chicago. Good coverage in these older specimens, ex-Cureton material, 3cm to 6.5cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 60.00 each.

KENTROLITE- Big Chief Mi, Hillsboro, Sierra Co. New Mexico
From one of the premier localities for the species, kentrolite occurs here as black, submetallic orthorhombic micro crystals, aggregates and globular, radiating groups scattered in seams and vugs on matrix, some of the better specimens associated with rare transparent, colorless, hexagonal vanadinite crystals as well! Excellent micro material, priced according to size, richness and associations, overall from 2.5cm to nearly 5cm across @ 15.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

KHRENOVITE (IMA #2017-105)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Kamchatka, Russia
Another NEW SPECIES from the second scoria cone of this Kamchatka volcano, here as minute, honey-orange hued crystals without matrix, each sample carefully mounted on an adhesive disk. Formula: Na3Fe3+2(AsO4)3 - monoclinic, IMA # 2017-105. The mineral is named for Russian volcanologist Anatoly Petrovich Khrenov (1946-2016) who made significant contributions to the studies of the Kamchatka volcanoes. Exceptionally rare, only five crystals available @ 185.00 each; type locality material from the author, of course.

LAZURITE (Lapis Lazuli)- Koksha Valley, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
Much of the cutting material currently on the market has come from this region, and we recently uncovered a box of TN-sized specimens that were likely from an older cutting operation. These are relatively solid chunks of blue lazurite, unpolished, their color greatly improved from dull blue to brillaint blue when wet or polished. You can expect trace pyrite in some, white calcite in others, but no crystals are evident. Really affordable as 2cm to 2.5cm rough at just 6.00 each, or 5 for 25.00.

MACEDONITE- Langban, Varmland, Sweden
This moderately rare species occurs in two distinct habits: as minute, slightly greenish-yellow masses in celsian-rich dump material, and as dark, nearly black rounded grains in andradite-rich ore. Not at all attractive and quite lean, but rarely offered from this prolific locality. Sizes range from 1cm to 2cm across @ 75.00 and 100.000 each.

MENDELEEVITE-(Ce)- Dara-i-Pioz, Tien Shan, Tadjikistan
This extremely rare occurs as minute, cubic interstitial fillings among a quartz/pectolite matrix, offered here as a tiny fragment mounted in a 2cm probe mount and elegantly documented with a large, backscatter SEM image and X-ray spectra that are provided This moderately new cesium-dominant phases is IMA #2009-092, formula: Cs6(REE22Ca6)(Si70O175)(OH,F)14H2O21 - isometric, with cerium being the major REE after cesium. Only one documented specimen available @ 325.00.

NESQUEHONITE- Nesquihoning, Carbon Co., Pennsylvania
A superb specimen from the type locality for the species, rarely seen in today's market. The piece shows greyish white to beige upright crystal sheaves radiaiting from a small coal matrix, with small, dull white masses of what is likely lansfordite, the other type locality species found here. The specimen is ex-University of Arizona, originally from the Rukin Jelks Collection (1927-2014), former Chairman of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The piece measures about 4x2.5cm @ 300.00. One only, with both labels, top quality for this species and type locality!

PAPAGOITE- New Cornelia Mine, Ajo, Pima Co., Arizona
This uncommon mineral occurs as blue masses and thin streamers in seams and on the surfacec of brownish, quartz monzonite matrix, here from the type locality for the species. The locality has also produced ajoite (type locality), as well as more than 80 other minerals! Acquired circa 1965, specimens with good color from about 2cm to 5cm across @ 15.00, 30.00 and 55.00 each, depending on coverage.

PLACER CONCENTRATES- Long Valley, Valley Co., Idaho
From our materail desccribed in Mineral News (2018) Vol. 34, No.6, these are heavy mineral concentrates from the Cascade area dredge jigs obtained by noted geologist and mineralogist Prof. E.W. Heinrich in the 1950s. Our analytical work on these fascinating tiny grains shows predominant ilmenite, and each 5x1.5cm vial will likely have associated spessartine, magnetite, columbite-(Mn), monazite -(Ce), euxenite-(Y), yellow titanite, trace fluorescent zircon and others! Great looking under the 'scope, and a "must-have" for sand collectors @ just 10.00 per 5cm vial.

PYROLUSITE variety POLIANITE- Lake Valley, Sierra Co., New Mexico
These are thickly intergrown, needle-like aggregates of pyrolusite forming radiating masses of greyish black "polianite" scattered in sooty, black matrix, some likely admixed with ramsdellite which is more typically in blocky aggregates and crystals. EDS analysis confirms simple Mn-oxide, and the morphology is a useful key as well to this obsolete varietal name often used to differentiate crystalline pyrolusite from its botryoidal forms. Old material, sure to turn your hands black upon handling, sizes from about 2.5cm to 5cm across @ 8.50, 15.00 and 25.00 each.

QUARTZ- Crystal Peak, Incline Village, Nevada
A large single crystal of smoky quartz without matrix, overall stands about 31cm tall(!!!) and collected in the distant past. Only one on hand, a monster that is dark brown, translucent crystal that is singly terminated and prepped to stand upright @ 2000.00. The largest one we have ever seen from the locality. Yikes!

RIOTINTOITE (IMA #2015-085)- La Vendida Mine, Antofasgasta, Chile
This relatively NEW SPECIES occurs as microscopic, colorless platy crystals and aggregates on matrix, occasionally associated with pale green eriochalcite or other phases. Formula: Al(SO4)(OH)3*#H2O - triclinic, IMA # 2015-085. Author's material, portion of type, only a couple of small smaples about 1cm across @ 250.00 each. List alternates!

ROBERTSITE- Tip Top Mine, Custer Co., South Dakota
This phosphate mineral, named for the well known mineralogist and author Willard (Bill) L. Roberts, occurs as medium to dark brown crystalline aggregatess scattered over a phosphate rock matrix. These samples were originally provided by Roberts to Julius Weber, and were recently uncovered here in our warehouse. Bill's personal label with his Harter Drive address in Rapid City accompanied the material, and we supply a copy of the W.L. Roberts label with each specimen from this small lot, the mineral distinguished by its radiating structure and associated with the typical group of secondary phosphates this locality is well known for. Only a few on hand, averaging 3cm to 4cm across @ 35.00 each, with the copy of the Roberts label. Sizes from 2.5cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 35.00, and 50.00 each. Similar material from the White Elephant Mine also available - inquire!

ROSASITE- Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Bright blue botryoids of attractive rosasite scattered on limonitic matrix, occasionally with associated calcite and possibly other phases. These were acquired in the 1970s when Mexican material was at its peak, and many will also yield good micro material as well. Specimen sizes range from 2.5cm to 4.5cm @ 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each, depending on quality. Colorful and quite pretty!

SCHIZOLITE (IMA 2013-067-18B)- Wessels Mine, Kalahari, N. Cape Prov Rep South Africa
This NEW SPECIES is a redefinition of marshallsussmanite, occurring as delicate, pale pink aggregates, from this famous manganese deposit, these without matrix. Formula: NaCaMnSi3O8(OH), triclinic, a new member of the pectolite group with approved IMA #2013-067, updated as #18B. The material was first described in 1900 from Greenland, subsequently discredited, now approved as a redefinition of marshallsussmanite. From the 2013 author's material, small boxed specimens, quite pure, averaging about 5mm across @ just 55.00 each.

SIUDAITE (IMA #2017-092)- Eveslogchorr Mt., Khibiny, Kola Peninsula, Russia
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute, brownish orange masses, here generally without matrix and offered as <1mm fragment in a vial. The complex formula is: Na8Mn2+2Na)Ca6(Fe3+,Mn2+)3Zr3NbSi24(Si, [],Ti)O74(OH)2Cl*5H2O - trigonal, IMA #2017-092; a member of the eudialyte group. Found at the Astrophyllite Stream, this is author's material, portion of type @ 145.00 each.

SMITHSONITE on ORE- Tsumeb Mine, Oshikoto Region, Namibia
An old-timer from the Tsumeb heyday, here as excellent, tabular to grain of rice shaped transparent to translucent smithsonite crystals completely covering a heavy ore matrix comprised of fine grained galena, tetrahedrite and likely other sulfides intergrown and underlaying the smithsonite. The crystals are generally clear to slightly grey, but show a very subtle purple hue as well. Ex-Hamel collection, overall size about 10x5cm, quite heavy and with full coverage on the top surface, competitively priced at just 150.00. One only!

STIBNITE- La Noria Mine, San Martin, Zacatecas, Mexico
From old material acquired circa 1965, these samples show thin, needle-like crystals of stibnite on matrix, some with transparent to translucent calcite scalenohedral micro crystals, and some even including the stibnite itself. Representative specimens that display well and will also yield good micromounts from an uncommon locality 50 years in the past, overall sizes from about 2.5cm to 5.5cm offered at just 7.50, 15.00 and 30.00 each.

STILBITE- Getchell Mine, Humboldt Co., Nevada
Water-clear micro crystals of spear-shaped, tabular stilbite richly scattered in seams and vugs on matrix, some associated with minor calcite, corroded realgar and possibly other species. Excellent micro material from a classic locality in which this zeolite has been rarely offered, sizes from 1.5cm to 6cm @ 7.50, 12.50 and 25.00 each.

SYLVITE w/ CARNALLITE, HALITE- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Deep brownish-red sylvite richly scattered and included in colorless, massive halite matrix. Excellent for the species and old material collected over thirty years ago, also with massive carnallite and possibly other included phases. Generous matrix specimens from 3cm to 6cm @ 8.00, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. A few large specimen to 12x7cm @ 85.00.

TRIAZOLITE (IMA #2017-025)- Pabellon de Pica Mt., Iquique Prov., Chile
Another NEW SPECIES from the Tarapaca Region, here as very minute, deep purplish-blue crystalline aggregates very sparsely scattered in matrix, and most will require a 'scope to see them properly. Formula: NaCu2(N3C2H2)2(NH3)2Cl3*4H2O, orthorhombic, IMA #2017-025. Author's material from the type. Matrix sizes average about 1 cm across @ 240.00 each. List alternates!

URANOPHANE- Margaritas Mine, Sierra Blanca, Chihuahua, Mexico
Small tufts and radiating needles of bright yellow uranophane scattered on tan to red-brown matrix, from the type locality for the cesium-rich margaritasite. These samples have been chemically and structurally confirmed, and a copy of our EDS work accompanies each sample. Matrix sizes from about 2cm to 5cm @ only 8.00, 15.00, and 25.00 each, many with modest micro potential as well.

VARISCITE- De Linde Mine, Avant, Arkansas
Bright, bubbly green balls of variscite richly scattered in seams and on matrix, many with flattened sprays of minor wavellite. Old, choice material from the early 70's, most with good micro potential as well, matrix sizes from about 2.5 to 8cm @ 5.00, 8.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. Attractive and colorful stuff!

WULFENITE- 79 Mine, near Hayden, Gila Co., Arizona
Beautiful groups of wulfenite: color ranges from butterscotch to brilliant pumpkin orange. All are transparent. Many have individual crystals to 1cm. Some on sharply contrasting nearly black matrix. Others have tiny radiating sprays of a white mineral, possibly hemimorphite. Collected circa 1970 and priced according to intactness, beauty and size. Matrix specimens with small, thin crystals from 1cm to 2.5cm @ just 12.50, 20.00 and 30.00 each.

ZAKHAROVITE- Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Small masses and subhedral crystals of orange-brown zakharovite sparsely scattered in matrix. Moderately rich for a rare species, these from an old find of X-Ray confirmed material. Sizes from 2cm to 3cm priced according to quality, the better pieces with some micro potential @ 45.00, 60.00 and 85.00 each. Only a few available!

ZIPPEITE- Section 35 Mine, Grants, McKinley Co., New Mexico
A small selection of fine zippeite specimens, ex-Cureton, occurring as small bright yellow aggregates richly scattered on dark rock matrix. TNs available to 1.5cm @ 20.00. Rarely offered, old material!

BOOKS

REPORTS OF THE VERMONT- STATE GEOLOGIST Various Years
We have several bound volumes of this historic work by George H. Perkins, State Geologist and Professor of Geology at the Univbersity of Vermont. The volumes are well-used but content is detailed and rarely available today for discussions of the geology, paleontology and the various mineral industries of the day:

The 1903-1904 volume is 236 pages, illustrated with many black and white photographs and diagrams, including a very well-illustrated section on fossils of the Brandon lignite deposits, priced at 45.00.

The 1913-1914 volume is almost 450 pages long and complete with fold-out, full color maps, black & white illustrations and photographs, and excellent discussions of the many named marbles and granites quarried in the state, priced at 55.00.

The 1915-1916 volume is 333 pages and similarly bound, also with black and white plates, maps and illustrations, this edition with a discussion of bothe copper mining in the state as well as the talc and serpentine industry among the usual articles and discussions, priced at 45.00.

The 1925-1926 volume is 322 pages and bound as te previous editions, with many black and white plates and diagrams. One of interesting chapters is devoted to the discovery of the St. Albans Cambrian "Fish Plate", plus a locality list of Vermont Invertebrate fossils, at 45.00.

The 1931-1932 volume is 387 pages, likewise bound as above, illustrated with over 70 figures as black and white photographs and maps. This edition largely focuses on the marble industry of the state, priced at 35.00.

These are available as individually priced, or the set of five at just 195.00 for the lot, plus shipping.

GEM

BERYL variety EMERALD- Colombia
Small facetted emeralds with rich, green color and good transparency, here as bagettes, square princess cuts and emerald cuts as well, in good commercial quality used extensively by jewelers for sidestones and replacements, most in the 3mm to 4mm size range. We offer a small lot of six (6) stones weighing about one carat total weight at just 45.00 per lot! Limit two lots per customer, please, while supply lasts!

PETROLOGY SAMPLES

NUMMULITIC LIMESTONE- Baena Mt., Tatabanya, Komarom, Hungary
Odd petrological/fossiliferous material, comprised of dull, pale grey limestone, typically with sparse impressions or actual disk-like foraminiferan fossils of nummulites evident. The name is derived from the Latin word meaning "little coin", in allusion to the early use of the fossil shells as coins in ancient Egypt. The pyramids were built of nummulitic limestone, and the rock is widespread in areas around the Mediterranean. Specimens from about 3cm to excellent 10cm sizes @ 10.00, 20.00, 40.00 and 65.00 each. Excellent and uncommon locality material!

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BAFERTISITE- Gremyakha-Vyrmes, Kola Peninsula, Russia
This uncommon mineral occurs here at Gremyakha Lake as tiny, orange-red glassy elongated aggregates lightly scattered in matrix, typically associated with black arfvedsonite and feldspars. The material is near end-member in composition, the highest Fe-rich bafertisite ever recorded, and named for its composition (Ba-Fe-Ti-Si). A few samples are available with micro aggregates, specimen sizes average 3cm across @ just 55.00 each.

BAYLEYITE over ANDERSONITE- Ambrosia Lake District, McKinley Co. New Mexico
Bright yellow, small cauliflower-like crusts and aggregates of this unusual Mg-U-carbonate richly scattered over matrix. Under the 'scope, careful study will show the underlying, pale green, micro andersonite as well. Both species are fluorescent (bright greenish), with andersonite showing greater SW-UV intensity. Originally acquired in 1966, this radioactive material makes excellent fluorescent specimens as well great micro potential samples. Coverage is very rich in hand specimens, and sizes range from about 2cm to 5cm @ 20.00, 40.00 and 60.00 each, richer and less expensive than the material we offered in 1996! Nice stuff!

BERAUNITE w/ FERRISTUNZITE- Blaton, Mons, Henegouwen, Belgium
Dark brownish green to nearly black sharp micro crystals of radiating beraunite lightly scattered on matrix, most associated with yellowish, straw-like needles and groups of ferristrunzite (for which this is the type locality for the latter). The matrix sports a dull, murky green botryoidal coating which appears to be chemically similar to mitridatite based on our EDS work, and only three specimens on on hand, all ex-Renaud Vochten Collection, sizes averaging about 3cm across at just 25.00 each, all with micro potential.

BISMUTH with ARSENOPYRITE- Puy-les-Vignes, Novelle-Aquitaine, France
Rather ugly stuff comprised of greyish-white metallic bismuth veinlets and pods scattered in massive white quartz matrix, typically associated with massive grey arsenopyrite and occasionally other sulfides. Under the 'scope, some of the bismuth may show a distinctly pinkish tarnish typical of this native element, and specimen sizes range from about 2cm to 6cm across @ just 8.50, 15.00 and 30.00 each.

BIXBYITE on TOPAZ- Thomas Range, Juab Co., Utah
Collected in the late 1960s, these are small black submetallic cubes of bixbyite up to 4mm in size perched on rhyolite matrix, some with micro, sand-encrusted crystals of topaz. Prolific at the time, this lot has been sitting for many years and well represents the species and its unique association at the locality. Matrix sizes from 1.5cm to 4cm and some with micro potential as well @ just 10.00, 17.50, and 25.00 each, depending on crystal size.

BRUGGENITE- Pampa Pique III,Lautaro, Antofagasta Chile
Recently found in the warehouse, a small lot of bruggenite aggregates, each about 4 to 5mm across of relatively pure, colorless to white drusy masses without matrix, each individually packaged in a small container. Old Cureton material and a rare hydrous Ca-iodate from the type locality for the species. Only a few available @ 40.00 each.

CALCITE pseudomorph @ WHEWELLITE- Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota
A rare occurrence of calcite replacing whewellite, here as very thin, platy white aggregates stacked in repeating tiny platelets, some on thin, yellowish calcite from an earlier generation. The pseudomorphing is often not complete as evidenced by the slight variation in fluorescent response seen in the specimens, ranging from bright bluish white to pale yellow and occasionally pinkish hues under both SW and LW UV. Many show greenish phosphorescence as well, making them rather exciting for the fluorescent as well as pseudomorph collector. We have a range of specimens, from small crusty TNs @ 45.00 and 65.00, to an excellent, well crystallized miniature @ 400.00. A few cabinet specimens available as well, prices to 1500.00 - inquire!

CHALCOPHANITE- Gold Hill Mine, Tooele Co., Utah
Dark grey to black micro aggregates of this highly lustrous, metallic hydrous Zn-Mn oxide on limonite matrix, typically filling vugs and exposed seams and often with tiny, water clear to pale yellow adamite lightly sprinkled about. Infrequently offered from this prolific locality, matrix specimens range from about 2cm to 6cm across @ just 10.00, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each, many with micro potential as well.

CHALCOSIDERITE w/ HISINGERITE- Wheal Phoenix, Liskeard, Cornwall, England
Many green micro crystals of chalcosiderite dust a matrix of vesicular hematitic ore on these examples from the type locality for this species. Resinous brown hisingerite(?) also lines cavities in the pock-marked matrix. Old stuff from a classic locality, all with good micro potential as well, sizes 2cm to 5cm @ 12.50, 20.00, and 35.00 each. Nice!

CHAMBERSITE- Barbers Hill Salt Dome, Chambers Co Texas
Deep purple, perfectly formed tetrahedrons of chambersite without matrix, ranging in size from about 1.5mm to nearly 3mm across. Classic, type locality material for this uncommon Mn-BO-Cl mineral, these from the W.C. Krumbine collection acquired over 20 years ago, offered @ just 7.50, 10.00 and 15.00 each.

CINNABAR- Cahill Mine, Humboldt Co., Nevada
Bright red flatted aggregates of crystalline cinnabar well scattered on cherty matrix, most showing high luster but with few crystal faces evident. Old Cureton material from many years ago, matrix sizes ranging from 2.5cm to 6cm across @ just 15.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

CONICHALCITE- Gold Hill Mine, Tooele Co., Utah
Attractive and colorful, rich green botryoidal conichalcite scattered on limonitic gossan matrix, some with attractive blue chrysocolla, some with tiny, occasional "sputniks" of paler green cuprian austinite overlaying the conichalcite balls. These are quite good for the locality, collected about 20 years ago from the Glory Hole. All samples make nice additions to your cabinet and will yield decent micromounts as well. We have choice, cleaned specimens from about 2.5cm to 8cm @ just 5.00, 12.50, 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each. Nice stuff!

CRICHTONITE (Plumboan)- Presidente Kubitschek, M.G., Brazil
Small opaque black masses of Pb-rich crichtonite sparsely scattered on heavily included quartz crystals, occasionally reported with minute rutile pseudos after anatase as well. A moderately rare species, obtained from Luis Menezes (menezesite) over 25 years ago, from small micro's @ 20.00 to larger matrix sizes of 1.5cm to nearly 6cm @ 30.00, 45.00, and 75.00 each.

DIAMOND- Namaqualand Region, No. Cape Prov., Rep So Africa
Originally called the Cape of Good Hope, this region was split into four provinces in 1994 and includes the diamond producing areas around Kimberley in Northern Cape Province. Offered here are transparent, pale yellowish complex dodecahedral diamond crystals without matrix, typically about 5mm in longest dimension and weighing an average of about 0.60 carats each. Gemmy and pleasing color for these attractive stones at just 80.00 each! Limit one per order, please!

EFREMOVITE w/ BOUSSINGAULTITE- Kladno, Bohemia, Czech Republic
This uncommon ammonium-magnesium sulfate occurs as richly scattered, small white globular masses on matrix. Due to its hydroscopic nature, we suspect all have associated but visually indistinguishable boussingaultite as well. Old Cureton material from more than 30 years ago, sizes from about 5mm to 2cm @ just 10.00, 17.50 and 30.00 each. One 5x5cm @ 150.00 and a monster10x8cm @ 400.00. List alternates!

FLUORITE- Boulder Hill Prospect, Lyon Co., Nevada
Transparent to pale grey cubes of fluorite up to 1cm on edge richly scattered over and comprising matrix, all showing brilliant fluorescence under both LW and SW UV! Excellent reference specimens at an unbeatable price, sizes from about 2cm to 5cm @ just 5.00, 10.00 and 20.00 each, all well crystallized and with superb fluorescent response!

HYDROPYROCHLORE- Leushe, Kivu, Dem Rep Congo
This newly defined species occurs here as tan to pale brownish, sharp octahedral crystals without matrix, some of the better crystals showing interpenetration twins or slightly cavernous faces. Part of the recently published overhaul of the pyrochlores, these type locality crystal specimens range in size from about 3.5mm to 7mm across @ just 15.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each.

MEYMACITE- Nzombe, Kivu, Zaire
This rare mineral occurs here as resinous, brownish masses scattered on matrix, associated with yellowish ferberite (variety "ferrotungstite") and occasionally scheelite. Ugly stuff but quite rare, ex-Cureton stock, small samples from 4mm to 8mm @ 45.00 and 75.00 each.

MICROCLINE var: AMAZONITE- Crystal Peak, Teller Co., Colorado
From an old stash collected over 50 years ago, a nice assortment of single crystals of amazonite are now available! Color is a pleasing pale blue so typical of the variety, and all show good development and sharp faces with a typical cleavage or attachment point on the specimens. The crystals range in size from about 2cm to nearly 4.5cm tall @ just 10.00, 15.00, 25.00 and 50.00 each, depending on quality and size. Moderately attractive material from this classic locality!

MISERITE with WOLLASTONITE- Union Carbide Mine, Wilson Springs, Arkansas
Pinkish fibrous masses of miserite scattered in matrix, associated with greyish white wollastonite and possibly other phases. Fluorescent bright yellowish due to the admixture with wollastonite, all with excellent fluorescent response. Interesting material from this type locality for the mineral, now specifically known as the North Wilson Pit, sizes from 2cm to nearly 7cm @ 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each.

PAVLOVSKYITE (IMA #2010-063)- Lakargi Mt., Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia
Another moderately rare species from this carefully studied area in the Northern Caucasus, here as minute white grains well scattered in larger larnite matrix in 2cm + polished sections of holotype (!) material. Each sample is accompanied by a color image, several SEM images and complete EMPA data as well. Formula: Ca8(SiO4)2(Si3O10) - orthorhombic- IMA #2010-063. Only a couple of superbly documented samples on hand @ 275.00 each. List alternates!

PHOSINAITE-(Ce)- Kedykverpakhk, Lovozero, Kola, Russia
A small lot of specimens acquired years ago from a Russian museum, this rare mineral occurs here as tiny, tan to brownish elongated aggregates perched on pale pinkish ussingite matrix, often with white "thermonatrite" efflorescence evident. Only a few small samples, matrix sizes ranging from about 1.2cm to2cm across @ 45.00 and 65.00 each, priced according to coverage, not size. List alternates!

PYRITE etc.- Cabrestante Mine, Concepcion del Oro, Zacatecas, Mexico
This Zacatecas locality was best known for an unusual lot of scorodites discovered some years ago and recently mentioned in a 2016 Mineralogical Record article. However, its pyrite specimens are among the best of Mexico, these acquired in the 1960s and only recently unpacked here. These have numerous pyritohedral crystals to 1cm across richly scattered across matrix, some with underlying massive sphalerite and/or galena evident as well. Old stuff, respectable, well-crystallized specimens from about 4cm to 7cm at just 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

PYROMORPHITE (Arsenian)- 510'L, Chalk Mt Mine, Churchill Co., Nevada
Collected many years ago from the 510' level at the Hanlase Drift, these are micro greenish-brown, barrel-shaped, arsenate-rich pyromorphite crystals richly scattered on matrix. Noted by Castor and Ferdock in NBMG Special Publication No.1, this was the only arsenic-rich pyromorphite reported in the state. Matrix sizes vary from about 1.5cm to 4cm across, all with good coverage, @ 8.50, 12.50 and 20.00 each.

QUARTZ - Nant Helen, Merthyl Tydfil, Wales, United Kingdom
An intriguing specimen, comprised of terminated quartz points resting on matrix with minor ankerite/dolomite rhombs. Size is about 6x3cm @ 15.00. Only one of each!

RUDENKOITE- 80km SEE of Aldan, Yakutia, Russia
Another extremely rare species just reacquired, this one occurring as tiny, slender, white fibrous aggregates extracted from XRD material and mounted on a 1.3cm black stub. Formula: Sr3Al3.5Si3.5(OH,O)8Cl2*H2O, monoclinic, IMA #2003-060. Type locality, of course, only two available @ 325.00 each.

SAKHAITE- Titovskoe, Khayhtakh Mts.,Yakutia, Russia
From the type locality, we have greyish-white massive sakhaite, containing small grains of black ludwigite and possibly other minerals. Plain in appearance but classic stuff from a small museum lot, only a few available, sizes measuring 1 cm to nearly 4cm across at 45.00, 75.00, 125.00 and 200.00 each.

SAKURAIITE- Ikuno Mine, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Small fragments of this rare Cu-In-Sn sulfide are isolated in a small vial, these from the type locality, typically associated with stannite or other sulfides. The mineral was named in 1965 for Dr. Kinichi Sakuarai, one of the few amateurs with more than one mineral named in his honor. Only a few available @ 75.00 each, ex-Cureton specimens.

SERANDITE on CATAPLEITE pseudo- Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Delicate, salmon-pink triclinic crystals of serandite nicely scattered over strange, dodecahedral-appearing reticulated catapleite pseudomorphs after a eudialyte group mineral. These small but attractive specimens may disclose other MSH-associated minerals as well, the underlying euhedral crystals resembling Goldschmidt's illustrations (#s 11 and 13) for eudialyte. Choice specimens, overall 1cm to 1.5cm @ 35.00, 50.00, 65.00, 75.00, 85.00 and 125.00 each, depending on quality. The last of this attractive and curious material!

STILLWELLITE-(Ce)- Castellaccio di Petrignano, Latium, Italy
Very tiny, pale pink transparent crystals of stillwellite-(Ce) very sparsely scattered and perched in vugs among crystalline sanidine matrix. Typical associations include magnetite and occasionally tiny green, prismatic thorites and possibly other species, these from the 1977 discovery at this Vetralla locality. Specimens average 3cm @ 45.00 each, all with a pinpointing arrow.

TINTICITE- Gold Quarry Mine, Eureka Co., Nevada
Often appearing as earthy crusts, this occurrence of tinticite is actually mats of finely fibrous acicular tan micro crystals forming glassy, pale brown botryoids, readily observable at highest magnifications, with typical Gold Quarry associations. Often formed by reaction between phosphatic solutions derived from bat guano and iron from oxidizing pyrite and known only from a few localities, this may be the best to date. Sizes from 1cm to 5cm @ 25.00, 40.00, 60.00 and 85.00 ea.

URANINITE etc.- Ruggles Mine, North Grafton, New Hampshire
A classic specimen that ripped through our Geiger counter with its screaming heat! The piece is a pegmatitic block that encloses numerous uraninite pods, these accompanied by fluorescent meta-autunite, dull yellow phosphuranylite, orange-hued "gummite" and the typical mica sheaves. It is ex-Bob Whitmore (whitmoreite) and Albini collections, overall size about 6x4.5cm @ 125.00. Hot!

BOOKS

Natural History of NY- Part III - Mineralogy (1842) Lewis C. Beck
This oversized original 1842 volume contains over 530 pages of crystal drawings, plates, maps and text describing the mineralogy of the State as known at the time. An original edition of Beck's groundbreaking compilation, bound in gold-embossed brown cloth and printed by White & Visscher in Albany in 1842, the cover is worn and torn in several spots but contents are in good condition with minor foxing. This classic work begs to be rebound, originally priced at 350.00, reduced to just 175.00 plus shipping due to condition of the cover. Superb, historical locality data.

MINERAL NEWS BOUND SETS
We have a few perfect-bound copies pristine issues of Mineral News for the years of 2006 through 2017. If you are not a subscriber, or would like to upgrade your library of back issues, we recommended these perfect-bound, soft cover sets, now available at only 35.00 for each year. Shipping per annual issue is free in the USA with any mineral order, or an additional 14.00 for any foreign delivery address. A limited number of bound sets are on hand! Annual subscriptions (12 color issues) are still just 30.00 per year!

EPHEMERA

PHELPS DODGE STOCKS-
Perhaps one of the best known mining companies, Phelps Dodge was commonly associated with its operations at Bisbee and elsewhere in Arizona, but it also had extensive properties in New Mexico. Founded in 1834, it became the largest publically traded copper mining company in the world when acquired by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold in 2007. We recently located an old stash of Phelps Dodge Stock Certificates, these noted as interim shares issued in 1929 when the company offered a 4:1 split to its stockholders, only months before the market crash that led to the Great Depression. An orange-hued certificate was used for 100 share blocks, and a more rare, green certificate was used for smaller holdings. While we have seen these offered for as much as 30.00 each, we will send you one of each type for just 15.00 a pair! All are cancelled and are in generally good condition, showing normal wear. A neat piece of history!

GEMS

CORUNDUM (RUBY - HT-GF)- Unspecified locality Madagascar
These are bright red, transparent faceted oval corundums (ie. ruby) that average about 8x6mm and typically weigh around 2 carats each. Like many modern gemstones, we believe these are both heat-treated and leaded glass filled to disguise faults and improve both color and transparency, and we label them as "HT-GF" based on our opinion. That said, they are nonetheless attractive and inexpensive compared to untreated ruby of this color and transparency, with each stone offered at just 35.00 each. Only a few available!

KYANITE- Mondol Kiri Province, Cambodia
Excellent, deep blue faceted ovals of gem quality kyanite, significantly better than most Brazilian goods we have seen. Each stone is approximately 7.5x5.5mm and weighs about a carat, and these are quite attractive, rivaling fine sapphine in color. Only a few available @ just 55.00 each. Limit two per customer, please!

TOPAZ- "Swiss Blue" Brazil
Excellent, faceted Brazilian topaz in an unusual 10mm heart shape, these are heat treated to yield a superb "Swiss Blue" color that is the most desirable of topaz hues. Well-cut, gemmy and fully transparent and eye-clean stones average over 4 carats each @ just 30.00 per stone, or a matched pair @ just 55.00 - very attractive!

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ALBITE on ORTHOCLASE (Twins!)- Organ Mts., Dona Ana Co., New Mexico
An small lot of very unusual feldspar specimens, ex-Scott Williams from when he operated out of Oberlin, Kansas. Each specimen has small, white albite crystals (variety pericline) perched on well-crystallized, buff colored orthoclase that shows good Baveno twinning. The pieces are fairly attractive and average about 5cm tall @ 55.00. One excellent sample a little over 6cm showing a rare Manebach twinned orthoclase as well is on hand at 85.00, all likely from the Rock Springs Canyon locality. List alternates!

ALUMOEDTOLLITE (IMA #2017-020)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik Volcano, Russia
Perhaps one of the rarest copper minerals from this prolific Kamchatka Volcano, this NEW SPECIES occurs as extremely tiny, single dark splintered crystals mounted on a 1cm adhesive disk, requiring 30x or more to observe. Formula: K2NaCu5AlO2(AsO4)4, triclinic, IMA # 2017-020. Author's material from the type locality, the mineral is an analogue of edtollite (which see in this list) with Al prevailing among trivalent cations with Al>Fe3+. Only a few on hand @ 195.00 each.

ANALCIME with STILBITE- Skookumchuck Dam, Thurston Co., Washington
Translucent to transparent trapezeohedra of analcime from 4mm to 7mm across are well-scattered on Eocene basalt, typically with small, bladed stilbite crystals and occasionally with lesser thomsonite or other zeolite phases. Old material from one of the late Rudy Tschernich's finds in the 1970s near Bucoda. Specimens range from about 3.5cm to 5cm across @ just 10.00, 17.50 and 25.00, priced according to quality, not size.

ANATOLYITE (IMA #2016-040)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik Volcano, Russia
New species continue to be described from the second scoria cone of the Northern breakthrough of this famous Kamchatka fissure eruption. Anatolyite occurs as tiny clusters of slightly pinkish crystals with white potassic feldspar, here as minute samples under 1mm mounted on 1cm adhesive disks. Formula: Na6(Ca,Na)(Mg,Fe3+)3Al(AsO4)6, trigonal, IMA #2016-040. Type locality and author's material, will require 15x or more to appreciate their delicate color, named for Russian mathematician and crystallographer Anatoly Kapitonovich Boldyrev (1883-1946) of the Leningrad Mining Institute. Only a few tiny samples available @ 165.00 each. List alternates!

ANDRADITE- Coatsgate Quarry, nr. Moffat, Scotland
From a find in 1994, we have a single specimen of highly adamantine garnet in rich, micro crystals scattered across one surface. Under the scope, the garnet shows is transparent and colorless at the surface, with greenish-brown cores that give the sample its color. Rather interesting and unusual, only one specimen on hand, about 5x3cm @ 45.00.

ANDRADITE variety MELANITE- 1 mile S of Gem Mine, San Benito Co. California
From old Cureton holdings, a small lot of black andradite crystals forming densely intergrown druses nicely covering matrix, many with micro potential for this Ti-rich andradite garnet. Specimens show good luster and are reasonably attractive, specimens from 3cm to 5cm across @ 15.00, 30.00 and 55.00 each. Nice!

ARAGONITE (Blue!)- Wenshan Mine, Yunnan Province, PR China
Attractive, pale blue botryoids and stalactitic aggregates of aragonite comprising matrix, these showing excellent color for the mineral. This area was also the producer of the blue, botryoidal hemimorphite specimens that resembled classic Kelly smithsonite seen some years ago. Very pleasing color and surprisingly inexpensive, specimens average 4cm across at just 10.00 and 15.00 each, depending on degree of crystallization!

BITIKLEITE- Lakargi Mt., Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia
This exceptionally rare garnet group species is a NEW GARNET structure mineral, but lacking silica! It occurs as microscopic yellow aggregates in ~1cm polished sections of cuspidine and etttringite with other phases. Formula: Ca3SbSnAl3O12, IMA #2009-052. The sample is mounted in an epoxy probe mount and is accompanied by a color macro photograph as well as three SEM images pinpointing and identifying all associations (up to 8 have been found already!), as well as a full quantitative chemical analysis! Only one available @ 395.00 each!

BOULANGERITE with QUARTZ- Pribram, Bohemia, Czech Republic
An interesting specimen comprised of numerous small quartz crystal points forming a convoluted bed on thin matrix, invested in several spots by tiny, dark grey, micro fibrous boulangerite tucked into nooks and crannies among the quartz. The piece is ex-Czech National Museum and is accompanied by their label. A moderately attractive specimen with an area of apparent casts after an unknown mineral, overall size about 10x8cm @ 80.00. One only!

CHALCOPYRITE on SPHALERITE- Baxter Springs, Cherokee Co., Kansas
An old lot of material originally acquired from Tri-State dealer Boodle Lane in 1957, these specimens show small, brightly metallic, wedge-shaped brassy crystals of chalcopyrite well-scattered over rich sphalerite crystals and masses comprising matrix. Tilting the specimens back and forth results in flashes of bright reflection from variably oriented chalcopyrite crystals, but often reveals deep red-brown coloration of the brilliant sphalerite underlaying them. Specimen sizes from about 4cm to 8cm across @ just 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each. Great old stuff!

CRANDALLITE- Clay Canyon, nr. Fairfield, Utah
About 20 years ago, we acquired a huge lot of the famous Montgomery-Over crandallite nodules that were likely collected in the 1930's that subsequently yielded so many interesting and new phosphates at the time. Recently uncovered here in the warehouse, and before we start dissecting these samples for more detailed investigation, we will offer unanalyzed samples of rich yellow crandallite that may also yield good micros of other species when broken up and evaluated under the 'scope. Nodule sizes range from about 2cm to 6cm across @ just 8.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. Crandallite is guaranteed, the further search is up to you!

DIAMOND (2.71 carats)- Totiya, Katiola Dept., Ivory Coast
A superb, gemmy dodecahedral diamond crystal without matrix, this one suitable for cutting and with a very subtle yellow color. The crystal weighs 2.71 carats and measures about 7x7mm, and a beige inclusion of unknown composition rests just under the perfectly transparent surface of this wonderfully complex, striated and
symetrical crystal! Only one available @ 2350.00, well under 900.00 a carat for gem material!

DIETRICHITE on ZINCOCOPIAPITE- Muzhievo, Beregovo, Transcarpathia, Ukraine
A combination of rare minerals, both newly identified from this Au-Pb-Zn deposit near the Hungarian border. The dietrichite occurs as minute, silky white to colorless fibrous crystals scattered on small lamellar crystals of drusy, bright yellow zincocopiapite. Small but surprisingly rich samples for both of these rarities, sizes from about 1.5cm to 2.5cm @ just 120.00 and 165.00 each, all with modest micro potential as well!

EDTOLLITE (IMA #2016-010)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik Volcano, Russia
This NEW SPCEIES was named for Russian geologist and Artic explorer Eduard Vasilievich Toll (1858-1902) who made significant contributions to the geology and geography of Polar Siberia and islands in the Artic Ocean. The mineral occurs as tiny black aggregates mounted on adhesive disks, and these are readily visible at 10x unlike its Al-analog. Formula: K2NaCu5Fe3+O2(AsO4)4, triclinic, IMA # 2016-010. Author's material from the type locality, only a few on hand @ 225.00 each.

EUREKADUMPITE- Centennial Eureka Mine, Juab Co., Utah
This interesting species occurs as micro, turquoise-blue balls and rosettes sparsely scattered on matrix, comprised of densely stacked and radiating platy aggregates showing pearly luster when opened. Formula:(Cu,Zn)16(TeO3)2(AsO4)3Cl(OH)18*7H2O - monoclinic. Approved IMA #2009-072. As a co-author, I am delighted to offer this new mineral, originally published in both Mineral News and Zapiski Rossiyskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva! Specimens priced according to coverage and quality of micro potential, matrix sizes ranging from about 2cm up to 5cm across @ 25.00, 40.00, 55.00, 75.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each.

FERRIHOLLANDITE- Mt. Sorharas, Ultevis, Lappland, Sweden
Excellent specimens from one of the best localities for this recently redefined barium bearing mineral. Ferrihollandite occurs here as small crystal prisms, sprays, and elongated crystalline cleavages, all richly distributed throught quartz matrix, possibly associated with piemontite or other phases. Samples from 2.5cm to 8cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00 and 65.00 each.

FRIEDELITE- 1180 Stope, 700 level, Sterling Hill New Jersey
From one of the few finds of CRYSTALLIZED friedleite at this prolific locality, the species occurred here in the Sterling Mine as minute, orange monoclinic crystals and druses scattered on brightly fluorescent willemite-rich matrix, typically with franklinite and non-fluorescent calcite. These are unlike the banded, somewhat waxy red, massive friedleite known from the district, originally obtained from Ewald Gerstmann (gerstmannite) in the late 1970s. We have a few samples on hand with modest micro potential, matrix sizes from 2cm to nearly 6cm and priced according to coverage and size at 20.00, 35.00, and 55.00 each.

HYDROROMARCHITE- Maximianus Herculius Coin, ~300 AD, Hungary
A bizarre occurrence of this rare tin mineral, here as part of a greenish blue alteration product on ancient bronze coins, minted in the early third century A.D. to honor the Roman Emperor (286-305 A.D.) Maximianus Herculius. These were unearthed in Hungary, and the alteration product includes admixed pseudomalachite and a smectite phase as well, in which the hydrromarchite occurs in 20-40 micron wide zones in the alterations. Chemically and XRD identified, each 1.7cm historical ancient coin is just 150.00. Limit one per order, please!

KAMENEVITE (IMA #2017-021)- Oleniy Ruchey, Mt. Suoluaiv, Khibiny Russia
This NEW SPECIES was found at the Oleniy Ruchey (Reindeer Stream) apatite mine, the deposit discovered by Russian geologist Evgeniy Arsenievich Kamenev (b. 1934) and for whom the mineral is named. It occurs as minute aggregates of colorless lamellae, typically associated with brown lomonosovite. Formula: K2TiSi3O9*H2O - orthorhombic, IMA # 2017-021. Type locality and author's material, tiny specks mounted on 1cm adhesive disks @ 125.00 each. Limited availability!

KAOLINITE- Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas
A pair of dull,pisolitic hand specimens of kaolinite-rich matrix, very old specimens originally provided by Ward & Howell to the Michigan College of Mines. Rathe rugly stuff but with excellent, historical provenance, likely circa 1890s based on the labels. Sizes average about 8cm across @ 55.00 each.

MILARITE- Jaguarassu, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Each sample is a single hexagonal crystal section of milarite without matrix. These are pale green in color and the better quality specimens are nicely terminated at one end of the elongated prism. Old Carlos Barbosa material, overall lengths from 0.5cm to 1cm @ 15.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each, depending on color and clarity.

MORDENITE- Eagle Eye Mine, La Paz Co., Arizona
White tufts of needle-like, elongated mordenite micro crystals form dense bunches and aggregates of this fibrous zeolite on pale, brecciated matrix. From the original find at the locality by the late David Shannon in 1988, we have only a few specimens on hand, sizes ranging from about 3.5cm to 8cm @ just 10.00, 15.00 and 25.00 each, all with modest micro potential as well.

PALYGORSKITE- Pend Oreille Mine, Metaline Falls, Washington
Thin, leather-like flexible mass of this greyish mineral oddity without matrix; very weird stuff, (the "mountain leather" name is quite appropriate). Collected from the 500 level of the mine and purchased circa 1960 when the mine was active. Sizes average from about 4cm to 10cm across, all flexible and quite strange @ just 20.00, 45.00, and 75.00 each. A few monstes to 18cm long (!!) @ 125.00. List alternates!

PREHNITE on QUARTZ- Qiaojia, Zhaotong Pref., Yunnan, PR China
Pale green balls of prehnite to 1cm lightly scattered and perched on groups of transparent, vitreous quartz crustals that fully comprise the matrix of these attractive specimens. A few samples may show an underside of drusy epidote, pale feldspar or occasional inclusions as well. Nicely sizes samples that average about 8x5cm @ 55.00 each. Only a few on hand!

PYRITE & QUARTZ CASTS @ ???- unspecified locality Japan
A relatively large and interesting specimen comprised of countless small pyrite crystals, some up to several millimeters completely comprising matrix. Among the voids of the piece, and particularly covering one surface, are remnants of hollow tubular casts of quartz after an unknown mineral. An accompanying, old Kristalle label does not offer a specific locality beyond "Japan", but the piece is remeniscent of several localities on Honshu Island that a Japanese expert may readily identify. There is one small area of dull grey galena also associated, and the overall size of the specimen is a hefty 14x12x6cm @ just 150.00. One only!


REEVESITE- nr. Alpine Mine, San Benito Co., California
This uncommon species occurs here in the Clear Creek Canyon as pale, yellow-green filmy crusts and masses scattered over serpentine matrix. Old material collected nearly 40 years ago, specimens from about 2cm to 5cm across @ 10.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each. The last of our stock from this obscure Goat Mountain locality!

RICHELLITE- Richelle, near Vise, Liege, Belgium
Occurring as olive green to tan-green crusts on rock, richellite is a complex calcium iron phosphate. These relatively rich specimens were collected many years ago. Type locality material, not very attractive but quite representative and reasonably priced, sizes from about 1.5cm to 5cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00 and 65.00 each.

SIDERITE with QUARTZ- Imilchil, Er Rachidia Province, Morocco
Attractive and fairly sharp, glassy rhombs of translucent, greenish-brown siderite to 2cm perched on crystallized quartz, these presenting well and of surprisingly good quality. We have seen similar material ascribed to the Iourien Mine near Tafraout, but our supplier assures us these are from Imilchil. Specimens average about 4cm across at just 45.00 each.

SIDERONATRITE- Capital Reef, Wayne Co., Utah
Bright yellow masses of sideronatrite richly scattered and covering matrix, here from a rather obscure locality now in a national monument area. Old Cureton material collected many years ago, specimens from about 2cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each; a few to 11x11cm @ 85.00 each.

SIEGENITE- Brushy Creek Mine, Reynolds Co., Missouri
Minute silvery octahedral crystals of siegenite scattered on matrix, associated with lustrous black sphalerite crystals and dolomite rhombs. Excellent specimens with fine micro potential, these from a find nearly 20 years ago, sizes from small TNs of 1.5cm @ just 15.00, and a few larger specimens to 5cm @ just 45.00 each. A few from the nearby Sweetwater Mine are also available - inquire!

SPHALERITE with DOLOMITE- Monroe Co. Airport, Monroe Co., New York
An odd specimen showing a deep orange-brown, transparent and gemmy sphalerite crystal group about 1.3cm long perched in an exposed seam in dolostone matrix, associated with numerous, small saddle-shaped rhombs of white dolomite scattered about. Ex-A.E. Seaman Museum, and their label notes it was donated by well-known Michigan copper collector Don Pearce, and it further suggests it was likely deposited as fill at the airport, its original source more likely as construction stone from a nearby quarry like Penfield. Moderately attractive piece, size about 8x5cm @ 55.00.

TALC- nr. San Andreas, Calaveras Co., California
Rich, pale green waxy masses of foliated, crystalline talc comprising matrix, many showing unusual tabular "crystals" and aggregates. From one of the more prolific localities for the mineral, these are moderately attractive for an otherwise uninspiring species. Old material collected many years ago, sizes range from 2cm to 6cm across @ 8.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

TOPAZ- Dassu (Haramosh), Gilgit, Pakistan
Transparent, pale honey colored single crystals of topaz without matrix, these showing typical stout, prismatic habit with fine pinacoid terminations and well developed prism faces. All show detachment points at the base, and as expected with facet-rough topaz crystals, there are the usual dings in these rather good crystals. Sizes are generous, ranging from 2.5x1.5cm to 4x2.5cm, very inexpensively offered at just 50.00, 75.00, 100.00 and 125.00 each, far below typical prices seen elsewhere!

URANINITE- Brudenell, Renfrew Co., Onatrio, Canada
Small but interesting uraninite crystals with little or no matrix, showing typical crudely cubic habit and submetallic luster. Collected by a well-known mineralogist/curator on private property some years ago, these range in size from about 8mm to nearly 1.5cm, and all are quite hot! Only a few on hand, priced at 35.00, 55.00 and 85.00 each.

XENOTIME-(Y)- Alexander Co., North Carolina
An old specimen comprised of a blocky, elongated partial crystal of xenotime-(Y) about 3cm tall protruding from a massive xenotime-(Y) matrix mass. The specimen is accompanied by a Neal Yedlin (!!) and Joe Cilen labal, acquired by Cilen many years ago. While a specific locality in Alexander County is not noted on their labels, the piece is likely from the Hiddenite area that produced such material in the distant past. One specimen only, with labels, about 4.5x3.5cm @ 125.00.

ZIRCONOLITE-3T- Kyauk-Pyat-That, Mogok, Mandalay, Myanmar
This rare mineral has been found here in relatively large, brownish-black single crystals and occasionally as twins, measuring up to nearly 1cm tall. These are matrix-free and fairly sharp specimens from this prolific gemstone region, here as the rare 3-T polytype. The precise locality is likley the Myan Gyi Mine, and only a couple of crystals are available @ 150.00 each. List alternates!

BOOKS

LOVOZERO!- History - Pegmatites - Minerals by Igor Pekov
This excellent hardcover volume describes the history, development, geology and mineralogy of this prolific area in Russia. In a format similar to the much-acclaimed Langban book we distributed, this high quality volume contains nearly 500 pages and is richly illustrated with many hundreds of color and black & white photos and drawings, accompanied by a comprehensive treatment of the 340 minerals that occur here, many with crystal drawings, chemical analyses, photographs etc.. In Dr. Pekov's thorough style, this work is sure to become a mineralogical library requirement! We were the exclusive North American distributor for this fine volume, available @ just 79.00 plus shipping. Foreign clients - please inquire for shipping cost. BONUS: Each order will include a free copy of Dr. Pekov's Mineral News article that updated many new finds at the locality

MINERAL NEWS BOUND SETS-
We have perfect-bound copies prisitine issues of Mineral News for the years of 2006 through 2017. If you are not a subscriber, or would like to upgrade your library of back issues, we recommended these perfect-bound, soft cover sets, now available at only 35.00 for each year. Shipping per annual issue is free in the USA with any mineral order, or an additional 14.00 for any foreign delivery address. A limited number of bound sets are on hand! Annual subscriptions (12 color issues) are still just 30.00 per year!


FOSSILS

HORN CORAL - H. Halli- Arkona, Ontario, Canada
These are interesting, somewhat tubular and horn-like grey coral fossils, Devonian in age and ofthe Heliophyllium Halli genus. Specimens show typical twisted ring-like structure on the outside, with radiating cores evident as well. Stout samples of this Rugosa order, extinct coral, sizes average about 4x2.5 cm @ just 10.00 each. Neat and inexpensive fossils!

GEMS

KYANITE- Mondol Kiri Province, Cambodia
Excellent, deep blue faceted ovals of gem quality kyanite, significantly better than most Brazilian goods we have seen. Each stone is approximately 7.5x5.5mm and weighs about a carat, and these are quite attractive, rivaling fine sapphine in color. Only a few available @ just 55.00 each. Limit two per customer, please!


PETROLOGY COLLECTIONS- Various Localities United States

From a large stock of petrology samples, we have assembled two collections of various rock types useful for study and comparison. Specimens tyoically are 5cm or more, and Collection #1 consists of a baker's dozen of 13 different samples @ 125.00, while Collection #2 contains everything in Collection #1 plus seven additional specimens for a total of 20 different samples @ 200.00. There will be material from igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary environments, and each specimen will be individually labelled as to name and complete locality. Limited availability subject to stock on hand!

CATALOG 21801 - Volume XLV, No.1

Our 45th Year!

AMMONIOALUNITE- Schoeller Mine, Kladno, Czech Republic
This relatively rare mineral (described 1989) occurs as white chalky flakes with little to no matrix. An interesting central European local for this ammonium sulfate, we have available grains packed in capsules @ 20.00 each, or matrix fragments ranging in size from 0.5 cm to 0.8 cm at 35.00 and 45.00 each.

ANDRADITE var: DEMANTOID- Campo Franscia, Sondrio Province, Italy
From specimens acquired over thirty years ago, we have a small selection of pale green, chromian andradite (var. demantoid) samples, with crystals to several millimeters nicely scattered on matrix, some with associated chrysotile or other phases. Specimens range from about 2.5cm to 5cm across, offered at just 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

ANNABERGITE- Candelaria Mine, Esmeralda Co., Nevada
Bright, apple-green to nearly clear micro crystals of transparent annabergite richly scattered in exposed seams on matrix from this uncommon locality. We have a large lot of reasonably priced material, sizes from 1.5cm to 10cm @ just 7.50, 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 60.00 each depending on size and coverage. Nice micro stuff!

BARITE- Hecla Rosebud Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada
Very odd, well-crystallized white to greyish white barite crystals and groups with little or no matrix, all showing an atypical, somewhat rhombohedral habit that is quite pleasing and very unusual for the mineral. From a find about 25 years ago, these are XRD-confirmed, stout, well-formed crystals averaging 1.5cm to to 2cm across, with overall sizes up to 4cm @ 10.00, 15.00, 25.00 and 35.00 each, depending on quality. A few larger matrix specimens to 8cm @ 55.00 and 75.00 each.

BRAUNITE- Mamatwan Mine, Kalahari Mn Field, South Africa
This large open pit mine lies to the south of the famous Wessels and N'Chwaning mines, producing massive braunite with lesser hausmannite, hematite and "partidgeite", the latter a discarded name for a Mn2O3 phase found in the ore. We uncovered a large hand specimen of this braunite-rich ore, acquired in 1981 and comprised of sedimentary baunite lutite that occurs as dark greyish black masses comprising matirx, occasionally with minor, thin carbonate streamers of kutnohorite/calcite. Ex-Renaud Vochten collection, noted as XRD confirmed on the back of his his label. A fairly obscure locality that has produced about 30 different species, the specimen is quite dense and measures about 11x7 cm @ just 55.00.

CALCITE variety THINOLITE- 25 Miles N. of Nixon, Washoe Co., Nevada
These are strange calcite (calcareous tufa) pseudomorphs after an unknown (perhaps ikaite?) mineral, represented here by acute pyramidal crystals approximating tetragonal symmetry. Specimens show elongated spears of greyish calcite forming interesting boxworks and oddly shaped samples, often called glendonites, barleycorn pseudos, jarrowites and other terms, the exact name generally associated with a specific locality for these oddities. We first offered these in the early 1970s when obtained from the late Ted Morley, and our current stock was collected more than thirty years ago. Specimens from about 5cm to 10cm across @ just 8.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. Weird stuff!

CERITE-(Ce)- Bastnaes Mines, Riddarhyttan, Sweden
Type locality specimens of cerite-(Ce), occurring here as brown to pinkish brown masses scattered in matrix, potentially with dark ferriallanite-(Ce) or other admixed phases. Old material, specimen sizes from about 2cm to 5cm across @ 20.00, 35.00, 55.00 and 75.00 each, one slightly larger with flattened sprays of anthophyllite @ 125.00.

COULSONITE- Buena Vista Hills, Pershing Co., Nevada
Known from only two localities in Nevada, coulsonite occurs intergrown with magnetite, with which it is visually indistinguishable from, and may be associated with massive scapolite and other species as well. Originally obtained from Forrest Cureton many years ago and positively ID'ed in these specimens by polished section ore microscopy, sizes range from 2cm to 5cm @ 25.00, 45.00, and 65.00 each.

DIAMOND (3.65 cts)- Mir Mine, Yakutia (Sakha Republic), Russia
A highly unusual, gem-quality clear group of two intergrown diamond octahedrons, measuring just over 1cm across and weighing an impressive 3.65 carats. From one of the largest "holes in the ground" in the world, the Mir Mine was Russia's first major diamond producer. The crystal group has no visble matrix and has cutting potential as well, one of the few gem-quality pieces in our extensive diamond inventory. Ex-David New Collection, priced at 3650.00. Wow!

DYPINGITE- Clear Creek Area, San Benito Co., California
This magnesium carbonate occurs as white to tan opaque small white balls and bottryoidal crusts on greyish serpentinite matrix. The dypingite is occasionally associated with flattened sprays of artinite on some specimens, suggesting these may have originated in the Artinite Pit in this Picacho Peak locality. Fairly good coverage on these typical specimens, sizes from 2cm to 7cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00 and 65.00 each. Old material, ex-Cureton and collected over 20 years ago!

FLORENCITE-(Nd)- Sausalito, Marin Co., California
Rather nondescript, brown and somewhat pulverent florencite-(Nd) described in 1971 by D.J,. Milton et al from this locality. The material is ex-Cureton and offered only as small fragments from about 3mm to nearly 9mm @ 15.00, 30.00 and 55.00 each. Limited availability of this old material!

FLUELLITE- Gold Quarry Mine, Eureka Co., Nevada
These may be the finest known examples of fluellite ever found, and certainly the first find from Nevada about 20 years ago! At this great Carlin Trend locality, fluellite occurs as sharply formed transparent crystals richly scattered on grey chert surfaces, usually as tiny individuals but also as rosettes from 0.5 to 3mm across. Colors range from golden yellow to greenish to pale purple, with color zoned crystals frequently encountered. Numerous associations are known, and most will have micro potential as well. Matrix sizes from 2cm to 8cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00, 60.00 and 75.00 each.

FLUORITE- Rosiclaire, Hardin Co., Illinois
Perhaps one of the most storied localities in the Illinois-Kentucky Fluorspar District, the Rosiclaire District was home to more than a dozen producing mines. Because miners were threatened with termination if caught harvesting specimens, precise localities were often not given for fear of being traced back to the miner involved. These samples were purchased in 1956 from the late Gene Curtiss, who often met the miners in the middle of the night in local cemeteries to exchange minerals for cash. We recently acquired a good stock of these fluorites, typically in some shade of purple in cubic crystals and aggregates largely comprising matrix, some occasionally with calcite druses or other species. Despite the ridiculously high prices charged for this material today, we are offering specimens at mine-run prices from 4cm to 10cm across for only 10.00, 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 75.00 each, depending on quality and size. Old stuff recently brought to market!

HYDROBORACITE- Thompson Mine, nr. Ryan, Inyo Co., California
This unusual borate occurs as slender, white needle-like crystals richly scattered on matrix, some with minor colemanite and possibly other phases. Old material available as either attractive, mounted thumbnails @ 10.00, or as matrix specimens from 3cm to 6cm @ 25.00, 35.00, and 50.00 each. A few foreign localities also available - please inquire.

HYDROZINCITE- Evelyn Mine, Northern Territory, Australia
From a relatively old find, we've located a small number of excellent, micro-crystallized tufts and needles of white hydrozincite richly scattered on matrix, many associated with clear hemimorphite and possibly other minerals from this Pine Creek area deposit. Brilliantly fluorescent, and most with good micro potential as well, sizes from 2cm to 4cm @ 5.00, 12.50 and 20.00 each. We can also supply a small lot of 10 TNs @ just 40.00! Nice!

KRAISSLITE- 1200'L, Sterling Mine, Ogdensburg, New Jersey
Coppery-red to brownish kraisslite forms a micaceous scale that partially covers at least one side of these examples of granular, red willemite, some potentially with minor fibrous white sussexite, franklinite etc. All samples are brightly fluorescent (green) due to the pervasive granular red willemite, with overall sizes from 1.5cm to nearly 8cm across @ only 10.00, 20.00, 30.00, 45.00, 60.00 and 85.00 each, per quality and size.

MALACHITE "Finger Stalactite"- Komoto Open Pit, Kolwezi, Shaba, Zaire
Although the locality is now known as Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, these mounted thumbnail specimens are ex-Scott Williams, these from his extensive holdings purchased some years ago. His original inventory note listed the former "Shaba, Zaire" as the locality, suggesting these were obtained prior to the transition year of 1997. These are stalactitic "fingers", somewhat phallic in habit, comprised of deep green malachite mounted upright in a Perky box. These are 2-2.5cm tall with no discernable matrix, offered at Scott's original price of just 20.00 each. Only a few on hand!

MICROCLINE variety AMAZONITE- Qui-Buc #5 Mi, Florissant, Teller Co Colorado
Another lot from the old thumbnail stock of Scott Williams Mineral Company, a selection of quite fine amazonite crystals, neatly mounted in standard TN boxes. Most samples show excellent blue color and sharp crystal form, a few with subordinate quartz matrix evident. Scott's handwritten label indicated these were from the "Que-Buc #5 Mine" in the Florissant-Crystal Peak area, an apparently small prospect in this prolific area unknown to me and unrecorded in Mindat. Neat specimens, offered at Scott's original prices from years ago at just 25.00 each.

MINGUZZITE- Cape Calamita, Elba, Livorno, Italy
A decidedly ugly mineral, here from the co-type locality, minguzzite is offered as small powdery masses of non-descript yellowish brown powdery material in a small capsule, originally in the extensive stock of the Cureton Mineral Company from many years ago. Formula is K3Fe3+ (C2O4)3*3H2O. Named for mineralogist Carlo Minguzzi, I can't imagine he was happy that his namesake mineral was so bereft of visible charm. Only a few on hand @ 35.00 eaach.

PANSNERITE (IMA 2016-103)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
Russian scientists continue to work on the remarkable number of new species discovered from this Kamchatka volcano, and this particular fumerole has revealed 30 new species to date! Pansnerite occurs as minute, slightly greenish yellow granular crystals, and we offer individual micro crystals mounted on small adhesive stubs. Formula: K3Na3(Fe3+,Al)6(AsO4)8 - orthorhombic, IMA # 2016-103. Author's studied material, only a few samples available @ 150.00 each.

PARGASITE- An Phu Mine, Luc Yen, Yenbai Province, Vietnam
Bright green, stubby columnar masses of attractively colored pargasite to 1cm perched in brilliant white marble matrix. Much of this and similar material has been offered as fluor-cannilloite, but the vast majority of such samples are actually pargasite. Only three colorful samples on hand, overall about 4cm with pleasing, apple-green pargasites therein, @ just 40.00 each. Nice!

PENTAGONITE- Quarry #4, Wagholi, near Poona, India
Brilliant, electric blue radiating crystal sprays of pentagonite in isolated balls to 1cm on matrix. Excellent, attractive specimens, XRD-confirmed, priced at half what the rest of world is charging for unchecked material (that is likely cavansite), these from the actual mining company that first brought them out! All have good micro potential as well, sizes from about 2.5cm to 6cm, priced according to quality at just 25.00, 50.00, 75.00, 100.00 and 125.00 each. Super!

PETALITE- Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Transparent to translucent clear crystals and aggregates of petalite without matrix, these likely the source of the faceted material seen on the market some years ago. Relatively clean and pure specimens, the larger ones less cloudy and quite transparent, sizes ranging from about 1.2cm up to 3cm tall @ just 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each. Gemmy crystals!

QUARTZ pseudo @ CALCITE- Rattlesnake Butte, Jackson Co., South Dakota
These are excellent, well-formed scalenohedral calcites from 3cm and getting progressively larger, all in attractive and interesting divergent groups largely replaced by pale greyish-white sandy quartz. Described in the 1920's, early work on this material showed about 15 different species make up the sands, with approximately 37% residual calcite remaining in these weird crystal groups. Neat specimens from about 4cm to 8cm across @ just 15.00, 25.00, 35.00 and 45.00 each.

REBULITE in ORPIMENT- Jiepaiyu Mine, Changde, Hunan, PR China
This rare Tl-Sb-As-S mineral occurs here as tiny, dark grayish black submetallic pods sparsely scattered in brilliant yellow to orange-yellow orpiment matrix, occasionally with minor realgar and potentially other species. Analyzed material and from only the second known occurrence in the world, specimens range from 2cm up to 6cm across at 75.00, 125.00, and 250.00, depending on size and coverage, all with arrows and copies of our confirming analysis.

SHORTITE- Stauffer Mine, Green River, Wyoming
From the geological formation that hosted the type locality, shortite occurs here as tabular crystals to 1cm embedded in dull mudstone matrix, all showing interesting yellow fluorescence and blue phosphorescence, generally well-scattered with occasional larger aggregates richly scattered through matrix, which is fluorescent as well. The shortite occurs as nearly transparent pale yellow blocky masses, passably attractive fro an uncommon mineral. Sizes from 2cm to 6cm @ 10.00, 25.00, 35.00, and 55.00; a few larger specimens to 13x7cm on hand @ 100.00.

SPERRYLITE- Vermillion Mine, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
From the Weber-Perloff Collection material purchased some years ago, we have three boxed and mounted samples from this famous locality, each quite different and carefully mounted in a micro box. A matrix (!!) specimen with multiple crude crystals scattered about a 1.3cm matrix @ 175.00. Only one!

SPHALERITE and GALENA- Tochibora ore body, Kamioka Mi, Gifu Japan
An unusual "Shiroji-type" skarn ore, here a solid mass of densely intergrown massive sphalerite and predominant galena completely comprising matrix. Skarns often play host to metallic mineral deposits, and this Honshu Island deposit is also the type locality for kamiokite. A modest hand specimen measuring 9x4cm is offered at 45.00.

TUNGSTENITE- Crevola Quarry, Ossola Valley, Italy
From material acquired in the mid-1970s, these are white marble matrix samples with very tiny, isolated platy grains of greyish-black tungstenite very sparsely scattered in matrix, occasionally with scant, orange-brown phlogopite evident as well. All specimens with arrows to aid in microscopic examination, overall sizes from 2.5cm to 4cm across @ 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

BOOKS

Natural History of NY- Part III - Mineralogy (1842) Lewis C. Beck
This oversized original 1842 volume contains over 530 pages of crystal drawings, plates, maps and text describing the mineralogy of the State as known at the time. An original edition of Beck's groundbreaking compilation, bound in gold-embossed brown cloth and printed by White & Visscher in Albany in 1842, the cover is worn and torn in several spots but contents are in good condition with minor foxing. This classic work begs to be rebound, originally priced at 350.00, reduced to just 175.00 plus shipping due to condition of the cover. Superb, historical locality data - don't miss this one!

MINERAL NEWS SUBSCRIPTIONS
Despite several years of rising postage and printing costs, Mineral News is still just 30.00 a year (12 issues) for U.S. customers. Each issue is in full color and recounts recent finds, new mineral descriptions, locality articles and historical pieces relating to minerals and mineral collecting. Enjoy reading in your favorite easy chair, a beverage at your side, Mineral News is hard-copy printed only, and can be yours for just 30.00 for a year of issues. A subscription makes a great gift, too! Sign up today with your Excalibur order.

COLLECTIONS

UK MICROMOUNTS- Various Mines, United Kingdom
There are a vast number of mines in the UK that produced numerous secondary minerals suitable for micromounts. In order to make room in our fully-filled warehouse, we offer a dozen different specimens from a wide range of UK mines, all individually labeled and mounted in TN/Micro boxes at just 49.00 per dozen. While there are more dollars to made selling these interesting minerals individually, enjoy this blowout offer while supplies last. Multiples welcomed, and these are sure to please!

GEMS

CORUNDUM (RUBY - HT-GF)- Unspecified locality Madagascar
These are bright red, transparent faceted oval corundums (ie. ruby) that average about 8x6mm and typically weigh around 2 carats each. Like many modern gemstones, we believe these are both heat-treated and leaded glass filled to disguise faults and improve both color and transparency, and we label them as "HT-GF" based on our opinion. That said, they are nonetheless attractive and inexpensive compared to untreated ruby of this color and transparency, with each stone offered at just 35.00 each. Only a few available!

CATALOG 21708 - Volume XLIV, No.8

AZURITE- Concepcion Mine, Catorce, S.L.P., Mexico
Old time specimens from this excellent silver-copper-zinc locality, considered by Panczer as "limited distribution" in reference to the amount of specimen material produced. These were originally purchased in 1964 and are just now seeing the light of day once again! Azurite occurs here as sparkling druses and elongated crystals up to 7mm long(!!), nicely perched in opened seams in a limonitic matrix, some showing partial pseudomorphing to bright green malachite as well. Quite fine, we offer a range of specimens from several flats of this old material, specimen sizes from about 3.5cm to nearly 7cm across, priced according to quality, not size, @ just 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and a few at 45.00 each. Wonderful in both hand specimens and under the scope as well!

BETAFITE var. CALCIOBETAFITE- Mount Brusa, Luvigliano, Padova, Italy
This uncommon mineral occurs as minute, bright orange glassy micro crystals very sparsely scattered in vugs in sanidine matrix. Approved by the IMA in 1982, it was later discredited in the redefinition of the pyrochlore group minerals in 2010, suggested to be a Ca-dominant betafite since it was Nb-dominant over Ti. Whether it will remain a variety of betafite or another species will depend on future nomenclature changes. These interesting specimens have modest micro potential, and all have pinpointing arrows. Specimens average 2cm @ 65.00 each. Only a few on hand!

CALCITE- nr. Santa Barbara, Curacao, Neth. Antilles
White to pinkish massive calcite matrix with occasional small vugs yielding micro calcites as well. Mildly fluorescent (SW purple-blue), some with minor associated phosphate (predominantly apatite) as well. Very unusual locality material (cactus and salty ocean in the same vista!), about 35 miles off the coast of Venezuela. Be the only kid on the block with an analyzed Curacao calcite; matrix sizes from 2.5cm to 8cm @ 7.50, 15.00 and 30.00 each.

CASSITERITE- Huanuni, Oruro Department, Bolivia
A old lot of excellent cassiterite TNs uncovered from our stock of the Scott Williams collection. The dark brown to nearly black Huanuni specimens show superb, brilliant luster as well as the interesting, blocky crystal form sometimes called a "drill-bit" that displays elongated prism faces terminated with a nicely pointed pyramid. Associations on a few samples are typically elongated quartz crytsals. Obviously older material, specimens quite fine and averaging 2.5cm and mounted in "perky boxes" @ just 30.00 each. Only six available.

CLINOZOISITE var: CLINOTHULITE- Micaville, Yancey Co., North Carolina
Bright pink radiaiting aggregates and masses lightly scattered in white oligoclase matrix, typically associated with minor muscovite and/or quartz. Likely from the Fanny Gouge Mine within the Spruce Pine District, these samples were acquired over fifty years ago. Moderately colorful and representative, specimens range from about 3cm to 8cm across @ 7.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. Neat old stuff!

DIAMOND- Ekati Mine, Lac de Gras, NWT, Canada
From the most significant North American diamond producing deposit, we have several superb single octahedral diamond crystals without matrix, all showing excellent form with hues ranging from pale grey to light tan, most typically with minor carbon inclusions and the larger samples with moderately good transparency. Excellent diamond specimens, these are offered as follows: 2.15 cts @ 440.00; 2.34 cts @ 615.00; 2.67 cts @ 920.00; 3.31 cts @ 1180.00 and one @ 3.59 cts @ 1270.00; all net priced based on size and clarity; don't miss these!

EPIDOTE-CLINOZOISITE- Peavine Peak, Washoe Co., Nevada
These are TN-sized specimens with dark red, elongated crystalline aggregates well scatteed in quartz. While the literature notes that these have traditionally been labelled as piemontite, our chemical analyses have found that there is no Mn in the samples, suggesting that they are actually somewhere between clinozositite and epidote with an intermediate Fe content, and hence, we have labeled them accordingly as epidote-clinozoisite, but they are clearly NOT piemontite. Each colorful TN-sized specimen is accompanied by a copy of our analytical work @ just 15.00 each, about one-third the cost of the analysis itself!

EUCRYPTITE- Londonderry Quarry, W.A., Australia
Rich massive eucryptite comprising matrix and often intergrown with dull beige feldspar, the eucryptite typically white to very pale pink in color. The species is fluorescent dull red to pinkish (SW UV), and these are old specimens originally obtained by Forrest Cureton in Australia many years ago. Specimen sizes range from about 2cm to 5cm across @ 10.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

FERRINATRITE w/ METAVOLTINE etc- Le Cetine Mine, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
This uncommon Na-Fe sulfate mineral occurs here as minute white needle-like micro crystals and aggregates, often intergrown with rozenite and almost always associated with yellowish masses of metavoltine. Only a few specimens available, sizes from 2.5cm to 4cm @ 25.00 and 35.00 each, depending on coverage, not size.

GETCHELLITE- Getchell Mine, Humboldt Co., Nevada
From the famous South Pit discovery many years ago, getchellite occurs here as deep red, platy to micaceous aggregates lightly scattered in matrix, typically with orpiment, pararealgar and occasionally minor realgar as well. Classic material from the type locality and quite colorful, sizes from 2cm to 7cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00, 55.00 and 75.00 each.

GOLD- Marupa River, Jacareacanga, Para, Brazil
From an extraordinary find, we have a pair of exceptional gold specimens found on the left bank of the river in 2015. Offered here as well-crystallized floaters that display well and are of significant size. These are quite aesthetic, appearing as frothy, crystalline masses, ranging from 3.5cm to 4cm tall, weighing an impressive 36.9g to 53.3g @ 4100.00 and 5950.00 respectively. Crystallized gold is not cheap, but Wow!!!

HAUCHECORNITE- Vermilion Mine, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
This complex bismuth and antimony bearing nickel sulfide occurs as pale bronze, sparse metallic grains, often intergrown with visually indistinguishable associated chalcopyrite. Probably more common but difficult to recognize, we have small specimens about 1 cm @ 30.00, and a pair of larger samples, ex-Prosper Williams, 6cm @ 150.00 and 11 cm @ 250.00. List alternates!

HETAEROLITE- Esperanza Mine, Lavrion, Greece
Tiny, black dipyramidal crystals of hetaerolite scattered in limonitic vugs, occasionally with tiny needles of pyrolusite in association. Soem samples have weirdly twisted crystals of brownish dolomite as well, with matrix sizes averaging about 3cm across, all with micro potential, at just 40.00 each.

HYDROKENOMICROLITE-3R- Alto do Giz, Parelhas, RG do Norte, Brazil
Extremely tiny, pale greenish yellow to colorless grains (1mm or less) of this exceptionally rare mineral individually mounted on a boxed, adhesive disk. Confirmed optically and by microprobe, these are type locality specimens very competetively priced at just 45.00 each! Rare stuff, the material a valid mineral now considered as a Ba-rich variety from this locality and recently IMA approved from the former parabariomicrolite name to the new mineral in CNMMN proposal 16-C!

HYDROMAGNESITE- Chalk Mountain, Churchill Co., Nevada
Small white botryoids to several millimeters richly scattered over rock matrix, these comprised of tightly packed, radiating clusters and needles of hydromagnesite. Recently XRD-confirmed, these were collected on the west side of Chalk Mountain and were recently uncovered in our warehouse (see Mindat image). Some associated with pale blue mcguinnessite, specimen sizes from about 2.5cm to nearly 10cm across @ just 8.00, 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each. Neat, and all with micro potential as well!

JAMBORITE pseudo @ MILLERITE- Ca' dei Ladri, Emilia Romagna Reg. Italy
Old material from this uncommon locality, here as sparsely scattered, small radiating needles of dark greenish jamborite lying flat in matrix, likely as pseudos after millerite. Only a few specimens on hand, specimen sizes from 2cm to 3.5cm @ 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each.

KARNASURTITE-(Ce)- Pegmatite #62, Mt. Karnasurt, Lovozero, Russia
Dull yellowish to tan platy aggregates sparsely scattered in matrix, these from the type locality for the species in the Hackmanite Stock of the #62 pegmatite. Most samples are associated with massive, white natrolite, fluorescent hackmanite, etc. Specimens range from 1cm @ 25.00 to 3cm @ 65.00.

LEISINGITE- Centennial Eureka Mine, Juab Co., Utah
This rare species occurs as minute, bright yellow platy crystals and aggregates very sparsely scattered in drusy quartz vugs. A rare copper-tellurate mineral, and there were fewer than a dozen good specimens available on the worldwide market from the 1992 find. These are the very last of our stock, all micros requiring at least 25x, matrix sizes average about 1cm @ 350.00 each. List alternates!

MEGACYCLITE- Tsentral'nyi Mi, Rasvumchorr, Kola, Russia
An exceptionally rare mineral, here from the second find for the species at Rasvumchorr Mtn in Khibiny. The mineral occurs here as snow-white aggregates and extremely thin veinlets up to several millimeters long, sparsely scattered in and on dark green aegirine aggregates and crystals frozen in matrix. All specimens with pinpointing arrows, overall matrix sizes from 1.5cm to 4cm across @ 85.00, 120.00, 165.00 and 200.00 each.

MEGAWITE (IMA #2009-090)- Lakargi Mt., Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia
This relatively NEW SPECIES occurs as minute inclusions in a complex hydrogrossular-larnite matrix, occasionally with other identified species noted. Superbly documented samples of polished sections about 5mm across in 10mm epoxy mounts, each including a color image and four (4) labelled SEM images that pinpoint and identify the species and its associations. A new CaSnO3 (orthorhombic) mineral in minute, pale yellowish-brown aggregates, IMA #2009-090, co-type material with full probe data, a new member of the perovskite group, only one specimen available @ 245.00.

MELANOVANADINITE- Minasragra, Cerro de Pasco, Peru
Small black to dark brownish aggregates intermingled with patronite and possibly other phases from this well known type locality for the species. A rare mineral from one its more prolific occurrences, granular aggregates of micro masses in full 2cm vials @ 25.00 each, matrix specimens from 1cm to 2cm @ 45.00 and 65.00 each. Ugly stuff but uncommon and from the classic occurrence!

MONTMORILLONITE- Willard District, Pershing Co., Nevada
Relatively pure, greyish white montmorillonite completely comprising these specimens, collected over 30 years ago from the clay deposits found among several tributaries in Coal Canyon. Rich but blandly ugly material, specimens ranging from about 4cm to 8cm across @ just 8.00, 15.00 and 25.00 each.

NACAPHITE- Koashva Mt., Khibiny, Kola, Russia
Small stacked tabular aggregates of white to slightly pinkish nacaphite perched in small pods in a dark green, aegirine-rich rock matrix. Superior to the nearby type locality material, we have only a few samples of this rare phosphate, sizes from several small fragments in a capsule @ 25.00 per vial to matrix pieces to 1cm @ 55.00 each.

NOVACEKITE-II- Animas Mine, Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico
Minute, bright yellow platy aggregates of this uncommon uranium mineral lightly scattered on gypsum matrix. Many samples labeled simply as "novacekite" are often novacekite-II, the phase with 10 waters rather than 12, heading towards metanovacekite (8 waters) due to the mineral's well-known loss of water at ambient conditions. Specimens range from about 3cm to 5cm across @ 30.00, 50.00 and 75.00 each, depending on coverage.

OLIVENITE- Black Pine Mine, Granite Co., Montana
From material described in our June, 2012 Mineral News article, we have a small lot of micro green olivenite specimens on hand, typically as zincian olivenite in tiny sheaf-like crystals rarely exceeding 1mm perched in quartz vugs sometimes with associated corroded tetrahedrite and sometimes with other late-stage copper minerals. Specimen sizes range from about 2.5cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each, most with modest micro potential as well.

PERTLIKITE with COQUIMBITE- Alcaparrosa Mine, Calama, Atacama, Chile
A fairly rare mineral described about ten years ago, perlikite occurs as pale yellowish to slightly greenish when Zn-rich micro crystal aggregates sparsely scattered on sulfate matrix, here with a nice lavender band of crystalline coquimbite running through throughout a white, krausite-rich matrix. IMA #2005-055, and only a couple samples available, and trimming may expose occasionally associated alcaparrosaite, overall sizes about 4cm @ 155.00. List alternates!

QUARTZ variety AMETHYST- Unyang, Hwanghae-namdo, North Korea
An obscure locality highlights these small, relatively clean single crystals of amethyst, showing good transparency at the pyramidal faces and typically cloudy at the prisms. Recently uncovered from the detritus of the Julius Weber collection, the vintage of these TN-boxed specimens is unknown. Among the few North Korean minerals we have ever offered, crystals range from about 1.3cm to 2cm tall at just 10.00 and 15.00 each. Only a few available; list alternates!

ROOSEVELTITE- Moldava, Dubi, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Minute, dull white, somewhat platy aggregates of this unusual bismuth-arsenate mineral offered as tiny aggregates in a capsule. Named by Herzenberg in 1946 for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Old Cureton stock that is strictly reference material for the species, just a few vials available @ 30.00 each. List alternates!

SPHALERITE var "RUBY JACK"- Baxter Springs, Cherokee Co., Kansas
Classic Tri-State sphalerite, here as rich, deep red to nearly black glassy crystals fully scattered on greyish chert matrix, occasionally as darker floater groups comprising matrix. Originally purchased in 1957 (!!) from the famous Tri-State dealer Boodle Lane, these are surley an American mineral classic, with most specimens in the 5cm to 9cm size range @ just 8.00, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. About 10 flats of this 60 year-old stock!

SPINEL- An Phu Mine, Luc Yen, Yenbai Prov., Vietnam
Deep red to pink octahedral spinel crystals nicely contrasted on and protruding from brilliant white marble matrix, with individual crystals ranging in size from about 1.5mm to 3mm across, with virtually all specimens showing multiple crystals on each matrix sample. The overall specimen sizes average about 6cm across and are very inexpensively priced at just 30.00 each, far below previous stocks!

TUNGSTENITE-2H- North of Chase Creek, B.C., Canada
Dull grey metallic masses of the 2H polytype of tungstenite and admixed sulfides scattered in white qyartz matrix. Old Cureton material from many years ago, lean specimens range from about 1.5cm to 4cm @ 25.00, 45.00 and 85.00 each. Only a few available from this unreported occurrence!

URANINITE- North Jack Pile Mine, near Laguna, New Mexico
A pair of dark, granular sandstones collected by E. W. Heinrich from the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation, each moderately radioactive due to included granular uraninite. Frequently associated with coffinite as well, Heinrich noted in 1958 that both the Jack Pile and North Jack Pile were being mined via an open cut, ultimately planning to connect the two deposits into a single operation, located about 6 miles north of Laguna in Cibola County. Many references today simply call the deposit "Jackpile Mine" (one word), ignoring its earlier naming and history. The specimens average about 7x5cm @ 125.00 each.

VANADINITE- Mammoth Mine, Tiger, Pinal Co., Arizona
From an old dealer's stock, we've located a handful of well crystallized vanadinites from this prolific locality, here as small orange-red barrel shaped micro crystals very richly scattered on matrix. Attractive specimens, overall sizes ranges from about 3cm to 6cm across @ just 15.00, 25.00 and 35.00 each. Neat old-timers as either display pieces or can be broken down for prolific micros!

WAKABAYASHILITE- Jas Roux, Hautes Alpes, France
Minute, bright yellow needles and thin laths of this unusual species sparsely scattered on matrix, typically with minor realgar and a variety of odd sulfides. Older samples originally from the BRGM in Paris and analytically confirmed, we have a few on hand, most with modest micro potential, sizes from about 2cm to 4cm @ 20.00, 40.00 and 60.00, priced according to quality not specimen size.

WARDITE- Rapid Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada
Clear to pale greenish-grey tetragonal crystals (some to 1cm !!) and lustrous aggregates scattered on gossan martix from this excellent locality, more precisely designated as Stoneman Camp. These are not mine-run specimens, but rather are select, well-crystallized wardite specimens from this challenging collecting area, largely accessible by helicopter or small plane only a couple of months of the year. Matrix sizes range from about 3cm to 5cm across, priced according to quality, @ 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each. Excellent for the price!

ZOISITE variety TANZANITE- Merelani Hills, Manyara Region, Tanzania
Crudely crystalline purplish-blue zoisite (variety tanzanite) here as crude, matrix-free partial crystals and aggregates showing some striated faces, some with minor graphite. Although relatively translucent to opaque, these are among the most reasonably priced, colorful example of tanzanite we have seen, with specimen sizes ranging from about 2cm to 3cm @ 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each. If you prefer gemmy, well formed single crystals, we have those as well at considerably higher cost. Please inquire.


COLLECTIONS

CLASSIC AGATES- POLISHED NODULE HALVES - Worldwide
In the 1960s and 1970s, agate nodules coming from a number localities were of such high quality that they often received specific names to denote their special status among lapidaries and collectors. Today, most of those localities produce little, if any, worthy specimens, and prices for top grade rough can approach $100 a pound for some. We recently acquired from a long-time collector and cutter a very handsome lot of these classic nodules, all expertly cut and polished! The collection includes rare Laguna agates, Coyamito, Agua Nueva and Moctezuma agates from Mexico, excellent banded Botswana from Africa, as well as fine Condor agate from Argentina. These are not slabs, but highly desirable polished nodule halves, and none are heat-treated or dyed. Specimen diameters range from 3.5cm to 5cm across, and a collection of six different localities @ just 95.00 per collection. Every specimen is individually labeled as to precise locality as well, but limit two collections per order, please, as these are in very short supply!

UNITED KINGDOM PYROMORPHITES- 6 Different Mines in the United Kingdom
From a modest acquisition of older micromounts, we have assembled small collections of pyrophite from SIX DIFFERENT MINES in the United Kingdom, including localities in Wales, Scotland and England. All specimens are mounted in 2.5cm clear-top micro boxes and fully labelled as to precise locality, with crystals ranging in color from yellow to green and shades in between. Six different and often unusual UK locality pyromorphite specimens @ just 30.00 per lot. Limited availability - list alternates!

SECONDARY PHOSPHATES- White Elephant Mine, Custer Co., South Dakota
We recently uncovered a flat of secondary phosphates from this locality that were collected years ago by grad students of Willard Roberts at the South Dakota School of Mines. While the locality has produced over forty (40) different species, about half of them occur as well-formed micro crystals of various secondary phosphates. A casual look through the flat disclosed at least ten or more are easily recognizable under the scope in these samples, and trimming would likely yield others as well. To move these out quickly, we are offering two different sized lots of unlabelled samples, sizes from 2.5cm to 5cm for the low price of just 5 specimens for 45.00, or 12 specimens for 100.00. We will include a short checklist of what you may find, but it will be up to you to trim, clean, label and mount these on your own. Limit one lot per order, please!


GEMS

CORDIERITE- Tamil Nadu, India
Nicely faceted gems of cordierite (variety iolite) show good violet-blue color, as well as the fascinating property of trichroism in which different orientations will show good variation in color from purplish to bluish to greyish within the same stone. Only a few on hand, available as 6mm rounds @ 20.00, and ovals that average about 9x7mm @ 30.00 each.


PETROLOGY SAMPLES

SHONKINITE- Shonkin Sag Iaccolith, Chouteau Co., Montana
From the petrological type locality, these are rather ugly specimens of shonkinite rock that show embedded augite and several other minerals. Shonkinite is a coarse-grained, plutonic igneous rock that typically contains nepheline and alkali feldspars, conventionally defined today as a melanocratic variety of foid syenite. Excellent locality material, acquired in 1974 and likely collected decades earlier, specimens about 5cm @ 35.00 each.

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ANDRADITE- Ocna de Fier, Banat (ex-Hungary), Romania
An old specimen comprised of desnsely intergrown dodecahedral crystals of murky, brownish green andradite to 6mm richly scattered on the surface of a massive garnet-rich matrix. The piece is ex-Czech National Museum and is accompanied by their label, the locality a significant producer with over 100 species known, many discovered when the region was an active gold mining region and part of Hungary. The specimen measures about 8x5cm @ just 65.00.

AZURITE- Chessy, Le Bois d'Oingt, Rhone, France
An old and classic specimen, here as small miniature of thickly tabular, very dark azurite blades densely intergrown and fully comprising matrix, with a trace of green malachite evident as well. Samples from this TYPE LOCALITY may not be as gemmy as those from Tsuemb and elsewhere, they are, nonetheless, among the most sought-after specimens among collectors. It is reported that the azurites from Chessy were largely mined out by 1845! The piece is ex-Paterson Museum and is accompanied by their rather ratty label, overall size about 3.5cm x 2.5cm @ 225.00.

BARICITE- Rapid Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada
From an old hoard, thick micaceous masses of pale "metallic blue" baricite richly comprising matrix. Type locality material, obtained in the 1970s after the species was first described, sizes from single 1cm plates @ 15.00 to larger 2cm to 5cm matrix specimens of high purity @ 25.00, 45.00 and 65.00 each.

BERYL variety AQUAMARINE- Mangochi District, Malawi
Pale blue, translucent vitreous aggregates and masses of aquamarine fully comprise these specimens, a few with trace mica evident. The gem region in this landlocked country (formerly known as Nyasaland) borders Mozambique to the east, but specimens have previously been largely limited to the Zomba region. Only a few massive samples on hand, sizes from about 2.5cm to 8cm across @ 5.00, 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each. One large crystal section about 12x9x7cm on hand @ 100.00.

BRINDLEYITE- Victorio, Luna Co., New Mexico
Rather ugly greenish to brown masses of this rarely recognized mineral, a nickel-rich member of the kaolinite-serpentine group. We have brindleyite as small masses and flakes packed into capsules, varying from tiny aggregates slightly masses, at 35.00 per capsule. Ex-Dr. Sidney Williams, the late mineralogist and manager at Phelps-Dodge's Research Laboratory who described many rare species during his career.

CALEDONITE with LINARITE- Los Azules, Zapallar, Copiapo, Chile
A fairly uncommon Pb-Cu-carbonate-sulfate mineral, the caledonite occurs here as delicate, pale sea-blue micro crystals and aggregates scattered in seams and vugs, associated with striking, dark purplish-blue linarite and potentially other phases in pale rock matrix. Most samples will have good micro potential as well, and specimen sizes range from about 2cm to nearly 5cm across @ 35.00, 50.00 and 65.00 each, depending on coverage.

CLINOZOISITE- Ward Mine, White Pine Co., Nevada
As featured in the September, 2017 issue of Mineral News, this is the first confirmed clinozoisite to be found at this prolific locality. The mineral occurs as pink micro crystals lying flat on a pale grey, cherty matrix. Coverage is relatively lean but obvious, and some have modest micro potential. XRD data is supplied with each sample, and matrix sizes are commensurate with coverage, ranging from about 2cm to 8cm across @ 8.50, 15.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

DARAPSKITE- Pampa del Toro, Antofagasta, Chile
A rather ugly mineral, a sodium-nitrate-sulfate-hydrate, occurring here as relatively pure, colorless to tan crusty aggregates comprising matrix. From the type locality, old Gunnell material offered as tiny fragments in a 2cm vial @ 35.00 each. Limited availability!

DIAMOND - Macle Twin- Oranjemund, Orange River, Namibia
After combing through our extensive inventory of diamond crystals, we have located several gemmy, transparent white macle twins from this prolific area that borders South Africa. These transparent crystals have the shape of an equilateral triangle, rather flat in aspect, but all quite clean and gemmy. Good examples of these interesting crystallographic habits include one of each of the following:
0.81 cts 7x6x2mm @ 480.00; 1.43 cts 8x6x3mm @ 745.00. List alternates!

ECLOGITE- Newberry, Newberry County, South Carolina
Yes, its a rock, not a mineral, but what a rock! Eclogites are often quite striking in appearance and useful indicators for some diamond occurrences as they represent high-pressure, densely metamorphosed mafic igneous source rocks from mantle depths. These show richly scattered red garnet grains, omphacitic pyroxene, darker amphiboles and possibly other phases. Specimens from this relatively unexploited locality make superior thin sections and polished sections as well, or you can just study their complexity in hand specimens or under the 'scope! Sizes range from about 3cm to 6cm across, very reasonably offered at just 10.00, 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

FLUORITE- Fluorite Ridge, nr. Deming, Luna Co. New Mexico
An old E. W. Heinrich specimen and accompanied by his label, comprised of massive, color-zoned fluorite that ranges from the predominant sea-green to white to red-brown included areas, all quite vitreous and showing interesting fluorescent color zones under LW and SW UV as well. The piece weights just over four (4) pounds(!!) and measures a hefty 12x9x9 cm @ just 45.00.

GALENA- Sullivan Mine, Kimberley, B.C., Canada
Fine-grained, massive galena with admixed sphalerite and pyrhottite result in an odd, banded metallic ore sample in these rich specimens. Old material, acquired with the unrealized thought of preparing neat polished sections, we offer specimens from 5cm to 7cm @ just 15.00 and 20.00 each. Heavy!

GANOMALITE- Jacobsberg Mine, Varmland, Sweden
Exceptionally rich granular white aggregates of ganomalite intergrown with brilliantly fluorescent (red-orange) calcite comprising matrix, most with minor dispersed biotite and possibly other species. The larger pieces are perhaps the richest specimens we've ever offered, sizes from about 1.5cm to an astounding 12cm long @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00, 65.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each.

GAUDEFROYITE- N'Chwaning II Mine, Kuruman, Rep So Africa
Superb groups of handsome, brilliantly lustrous small black elongated hexagonal crystals of gaudfroyite perched on and covering black manganese ore matrix, some with minor calcite and/or hematite as well. Excellent for the species, these are half the price of similar material of 20 years ago. Only a few specimens on hand, sizes range from TNs @ 25.00 to 4cm specimens @ only 55.00 each! List alternates!

GAYLUSSITE- Lake Amboseli, Rift Valley Province, Kenya
Excellent single crystals and strangely distorted hoppers of translucent gaylussite without matrix. All are at least singly terminated, some better are doubly terminated, and the hoppers are quite sharp and elongated. Only a few mounted TNs @ 20.00 each. Old material from a great locality!

GEDRITE- Skisshyttan, Dalarna, Sweden
From a well known locality for the species, gedrite occurs here as black, radiating aggregates well-scattered in matrix. The material is known for the metavulcanite rock matrix, reported to be 1.7 billion years old! Specimens range in size from 2cm to 6cm across at just 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each, all with relatively good coverage.

INYOITE with MEYERHOFFERITE- New Pit, Boron, Kern Co., California
From a classic U.S. locality, these are glassy, greyish white aggregates of inyoite richly scattered in matrix, typically with white, opaque meyerhofferite. Specimens range from about 1.5cm to nearly 12cm across @ 12.50, 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 75.00 each. Excellent Kazakhstan material also available - inquire!

JOHANNSENITE- Black Hole Prospect, Aravapai Dist. Arizona
Brownish radiating columnar sprays and divergent aggregates of johannsenite richly comprising matrix, originally from the first discovey of the species in Arizona in the early 1960's by the USGS. Specimens range from about 2cm to 6cm across, a few larger, occasionally with minor admixed magnetite, at just 10.00, 17.50 and 25.00 each.

KOGARKOITE- Mt. Princeton Hot Spring, Chaffee Co., Colorado
This uncommon species occurs as minute crystal aggregates and relatively pure cellular masses to 0.5mm intergrown in epsomite matrix, offered as crude fragments in a capsule. The material was once mistakenly identified as schairerite, but subsequent XRD work showed it to be this rare Na-F-sulfate mineral. Originally obtained from Adolf Pabst (pabstite) via Forrest Cureton, only a few available @ just 25.00 each.

MIMETITE- Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
From an old hoard of material originally supplied by the late Scott Williams some years ago, these are excellent, bright yellow groups and of sheaves of mimetite crystals to 4mm nicely radiating and free-standing on matrix, most mounted in Scott's classic pedestal style in standard TN boxes. Quite attractive, most reach 2.5cm across, and these were prepared more than 25 years ago by one of the more prolific dealers of that time. Fewer than a dozen available @ just 25.00 each. Attractive and most with fine MM potential as well; don't miss these from the heyday of Tsumeb material!

OLIVENITE- Tin Stope, Majuba Hill, Pershing Co. Nevada
From an old-time hoard, we have a half dozen specimens of excellent Tin Stope olivenite, here as sharp and highly lustrous dark green to nearly black micro crystals scattered on dense, rhyolitic matrix. Expertly prepared, most with a saw-cut base, these display well and are priced according to overall quality/size. Specimens range from about 5cm to nearly 10cm across @ 50.00 and 75.00 each. Nice!

PELLYITE- Esquire #8, Big Creek, Fresno Co., California
Dark brown masses of pellyite in matrix, occasionally with other rare barium minerals. An unusual species, these from the most prolific of the few localities we have in stock, matrix sizes from about 1.5cm to 3cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each, depending on richness.

PHURCALITE- Posey Mine, San Juan County, Utah
Phurcalite is available in moderate to richly covered specimens of bright yellow crusts intermixed with sharp acicular tufts of minute crystals. Fluorescent green as well, these make both good hand specimens and fine micromounts. Available as TN's @ 20.00 or larger sized matrix specimens from 5cm to 9cm @ 45.00, 65.00 and 80.00 each.

PYROMORPHITE on BARITE- Machacamarca Mine, Potosi, Bolivia
An unusual locality and occurrence, here as small hexagonal crystals of greyish to dull green pyromorphite lightly scattered over platy, opaque white barite crystals comprising matrix. Collected nearly 20 years ago and recently uncovered in our warehouse, only three specimens are on hand, averaging about 5cm across @ just 35.00 each, all with modest micro potential as well.

RHODOCHROSITE- Camp Bird Mine, Ouray Co., Colorado
We are excited to offer this old material, originally purchased circa 1968 and rarely seen on the market today from this famous Colorado locality. The rhodochrosite occurs as delicate pink druses fully covering the concave side of calcite-rhodochrosite molds, presenting pleasing, dimpled specimens with virtually no rock matrix. The convex side of the samples shows paler rhodochrosite with more prolific white calcite that is brightly fluorescent (red SWUV), these as relatively thin drusy aggregates. Excellent for the locality, originally acquired about 50 years ago, sizes from about 2cm to 6cm across @ 15.00, 30.00, 45.00 and 60.00 each. See one of ours pictured on Mindat; fewer than two dozen available from this old find!

RICHELSDORFITE- Burrus Mine, nr. Reno, Washoe Co., Nevada
Excellent neon-blue, spongy crystalline aggregates and stacked tabular crystals of richelsdorfite scattered in vugs in matrix, typically with malachite, chrysocolla and possibly other species. Old material recently uncovered in our warehouse, fine for the species, good micro potential on the better pieces, and matrix sizes from 1.5cm to nearly 4cm @ 10.00, 15.00, 25.00 and 35.00 each.

ROBERTSITE- Tip Top Pegmatite, Custer Co., South Dakota
This phosphate mineral, named for the well known mineralogist and author Willard Roberts, occurs as medium to dark brown crystalline coatings scattered over a phosphate rock matrix. The robertsite is distinguished by its radiating structure, and is associated with the typical group of secondary phosphates this locality is well known for. Sizes from 2.5cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 35.00, and 50.00 each. Similar material from the White Elephant Mine also available - inquire!

RODALQUILARITE- Joe Shaft, Tombstone, Cochise Co., Arizona
Pale yellowish green flattened aggregates of this rare tellurium mineral scattered on rock matrix, occasionally with other species. From the famous discovery of about 45 years ago, then only the third world locality for the species. We have specimens from 1.5cm to 6cm across @ 10.00, 20.00, 35.00, 50.00, 75.00.

ROSASITE with HEMIMORPHITE- Nevada Superior Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada
This little-known locality first produced a smattering of Ag-Pb-Zn-Cu minerals in 1905, and this material is the first reported occurrence for rosasite, as well as hemimorphite from the mine! Rosasite forms tiny, late-stage blue botryoids and isolated balls in a brown, quartz-rich gossan matrix, some with tiny sheaves of radiaiting, clear hemimorphite as well. Specimens are primarily TNs with good micro potential, and the locality will be featured in an upcoming Mineral News article. Matrix sizes from about 2cm to 3cm across @ 8.50 and 12.50 each, depending on quality.

SIDORENKITE- Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Minute, reddish-brown crystalline aggregates of very tiny sidorenkite very sparsely scattered in typical aegirine-rich MSH matrix, these originally obtained from Dr. George Chao at Carleton University many years ago. Only three specimens available, averaging about 4cm across @ 150.00 each. List alternates!

STRACHERITE (IMA 2016-098)- Arad, Hatrurim Basin, Negev Desert, Israel
This NEW SPECIES occurs as microscopic crystals to 0.4mm in spurrite, offered as polished samples averaging about 1cm across and expertly prepared, presented with accompanying color sample image plus two (2) SEM images and full micrprobe chemical data. Formula: BaCa6(SiO4)2[(PO4)CO3)]F - trigonal, IMA #2016-098. Author's studied co-type material with a wide array of unusual associated species, the first phosphate-carbonate member of the nabimusaite group. Only two prepared and documented specimens on hand @ 295.00 each.

TROEGERITE- 40 mi. so. Green River, Emery Co., Utah
Lemon yellow platelets and crusts of this uranyl arsenate on sandstone/conglomerate matrix. Not particularly attractive but fluorescent bright green! An uncommon member of the autunite group. Sizes from 1.5cm to 3.5cm @ 20.00, 35.00, and 55.00 each.

URANOCIRCITE- Bergen, Vogtland, Germany
Small platy greenish yellow crystals of uranocircite sparsely scattered on matrix, the largest group about 5mm across. An old, classic material, sizes from 2cm to 6x3cm @ 40.00, 60.00 and 95.00.

WOLSENDORFITE- Wolsendorf, Bavaria, Germany
Dark orange-red masses of this unusual uranium mineral richly scattered on matrix, often associated with uraninite and possibly fourmarierite and other species. Classic locality material, TN sizes to 1.5cm @ 40.00 each.

YANOMAMITE- Mangabeira Mine, Mt. Alegre de Goias Brazil
This rare indium mineral occurs as extremely small micro balls in vugs, often associated with minor scorodite in a quartz/topaz matrix. One of the few indium minerals available anywhere, specimens with one or more arrows from about 1cm to 3cm @ 75.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each, depending on coverage, not size. Type locality material, ex-Luis Menezes.

ZINKENITE with BERTHIERITE etc.- Sterling Mine, Ogdensburg, Sussex Co New J
A pair of large, greyish calcite masses, each lightly embedded with pale red-orange realgar grains, accomapnied by very tiny, thin metallic streamers of elongated berthierite and zinkenite scattered in several areas of each specimen. Occasional platy molybdenite, as well as small masses of arsenopyrite and pyrite have also been observed in these samples, and the literature reports seligmanite and baumhauerite, which I have not been able to verify as yet. Rare at the locality, these specimens range from about 2.5cm to 6cm @ 45.00, 75.00 and 100.00 each. List alternates!


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COLLECTIONS

POLISHED AGATES- Minas Gerais, Brazil
We stumbled across a flat of hand-polished Brazilian agate slices recently, these imported some years ago before the craze to dye everything began. These are choice slices with a range of excellent banding, colors and patterns, polished on both sides and ranging from 8cm to 10cm across. Old stuff in an ideal size, offered as mini collections of three different at just 25.00 per lot. Limit two per customer, please; all suitable for framing, and seen elsewhere at three times our price!

UNITED KINGDOM PHARMACOSIDERITE- Various Mines in the United Kingdom
An interesting lot of six (6) mounted micromount specimens of pharmacosiderite, each from a different mine in the UK, the majority from various Cornwall localities. The tiny cubic crystals range from green to brown, and it is an unusual offer due to the diversity of localities in the lot. The collection of six different locality specimens is just 35.00 for the lot!

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ANDALUSITE- Brazil
A highly unusual gemstone, here as excellent, sherry colored 6x4mm ovals that are nicely faceted and are eye-clean gems! While these are likely from one of the Bahia mines, we are uncertain of the exact locality beyond Brazil. Rarely offered in this quality and clarity, these well-cut ovals are just 30.00 each. Limit two per customer, please!

CATALOG 21706 - Volume XLIV, No.6

Our latest catalog has our well-known assortment of new and rare species, old classics and representative specimens from a wide range of worldwide localities. Of particular interest are the excellent molybdofornacite samples, and especially the world-class specimens of whewellite from a new mining venture in South Dakota, perhaps the finest ever discovered! As usual, all items are first-come, first-served, FOB our warehouse.

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ALCAPARROSAITE (2011-024)- Alcaparrosa Mine, Antofagasta, Chile
This rare species occurs as tiny, pale yellow tapered crystal blades in very small radiating aggregates perched on matrix, all collected from a now-exhausted vein. Formula: K3Ti4+Fe3+(SO4)4O(H2O)2, monoclinic, IMA #2011-024, and a new structural type. These is good micro potential on these with some careful searching, common associations including pale lilac coquimbite and possibly other sulfates. Specimens averagem about 3cm to 4cm across @ just 65.00 each.

AMBLYGONITE- Tin Mountain Mine, Custer Co., South Dakota
Rich, nearly pure cleavages of greyish white amblygonite comprising matrix, all showing excellent cleavage and form. Analyzed material with a distinct fluorine peak distinguishes the material from similar appearing montebrasite. A copy of our analytical work accompanies each specimen, sizes range from about 4cm to 10cm across @ just 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each.

ARTHURITE- Cu Stope, Majuba Hill, Pershing Co, Nevada
Bright green radiating micro sprays of well crystallized arthurite richly scattered over dense, occasionally altered, rhyolitic matrix, sometimes with other species such as chenevixte, arsenisiderite etc., and quite striking under the 'scope as well! Perhaps some of the finest, old material from the Copper Stope that we have uncovered in our extensive warehouse stash! Matrix sizes ranging from about 2cm up to 6cm @ 10.00, 20.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each. If you know an Arthur, get him one of these! A few superb specimens from 75.00 to up to 150.00 are also available, a typical one pictured on our website in the Photo Gallery.

BARROISITE- Iratuyama, Doi cho, Uma Gun, Ehime, Japan
Strictly representative specimens of this more exotic amphibole group mineral, occurring as dark green crystal prisms scattered through a schist-like rock matrix. Great locality material, old stuff, sizes from 2cm to 4cm @ 25.00, 35.00 and 45.00 each.

CLINOENSTATITE- Bad Harzburg, Harz, Germany
This unusual species occurs as small, highly vitreous flattened aggregates lightly scattered in dark, ultramafic rock matrix, easily observed due to the striking contrast of luster between the species and its host. Old Cureton material obtained decades ago, specimen sizes range from about 2.5cm to 7cm across @ just 10.00, 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

DIAMOND- Tshikapa, Kasai Province, Dem Rep Congo
Excellent, frosty cubic single crystals of natural diamond without matrix, these rather large for the locality which is better known for significantly smaller samples. Typically opaque to slightly translucent, color hues are generally silvery to brownish, all with adamantine luster. We have priced these in the relatively low 100.00 per carat range, with a small selection of stones ranging from 2.05 carats up to 3.20 carats @ 200.00, 275.00 and 325.00 each.

DIVERSILITE-(Ce)- Yukspor Mt., Khibiny, Kola, Russia
This rare species occurs as peach to yellowish tan plates and pearly masses to 2mm perched in vugs and exposed seams in matrix. A K-Na-Ba-REE titanium silicate, offered here in matrix specimens from 1.5cm to 2.5cm @ 125.00, 150.00 and 175.00 each depending on size and coverage.

FERROLAUEITE & FERROSTRUNZITE- nr. Hanover Twp., Burlington Co., New Jersey
First described in the late 1980s but not formally published until 2012, the species occurs in several locations along an unnamed creek that crosses via a roadway culvert into both Monmouth and Burlington counties. (For a detailed discussion of the locality, see the Mineral News article of April, 2017 pertaining to ferrostrunzite and ferrolaueite.) The mineral occurs as extremely tiny, honey-brown micro crystals perched among excellent radiaitng crystals of ferrostrunzite, occasionally with tiny green balls of glauconite-1M or other species. We have only four specimens, collected by the late Frank Leans in 1972 and originally labeled for the ferrostrunzite, supplied some years ago by Jim Ferraiolo, both co-authors of the new mineral. Sizes range from about 2.5cm to 3.5cm @ 125.00 and 150.00 each. List alternates!

FLUORCAPHITE- Koashva, Khibiny, Kola Peninsula, Russia
Repeat of a sellout first offered a few years ago! This relatively NEW SPECIES occurs as minute, clear glassy to pale greenish aggregates and small hexagonal CRYSTALS in matrix, here associated with natrolite and some with fine-grained sitinakite pseduomorphs after lomonsovite. Formula: (Ca,R)5(PO4)3F, where R=Sr,Na,REE., dimorphous with fluorapatite. Type locality material, only a few specimens available, matrix sizes from about 2.5cm to large 5.5cm samples @ 50.00, 75.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each depending on coverage and quality!

GEHLENITE- Crestmore Quarry, Riverside Co., California
Translucent greyish masses of gehlenite intimately intergrown with merwinite and comprising matrix, occasionally with minor greenish vesuvianite as well. An old US locality for the mineral, rich, massive specimens from 3cm to 6cm across @ just 10.00, 20.00, and 35.00 each.

HEMATITE- Taouzm, Er Rachidia Province, Morocco
Interesting, black botryoids of hematite comprising matrix, the top surfaces being quite lustrous, and the sides of the specimens showing the radiating structure of the mineral in cross section. Fairly attractive and from a locality that started to produce specimen material less than ten years ago. Samples average about 4.5cm across at just 15.00 each.

HEULANDITE-Ca with STILBITE-Ca- Vaijapur, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India
A recently acquired lot of attractive, pale orange-tan heulandite-Ca as tiny coffin-shaped crystals, very richly scattered over weirdly convoluted matrix, associated with similar colored stilbite crystals and larger bowties of paler stilbite on every specimen. Attractive, analytically confirmed (copy of our EDS supplied) specimens that are quite showy, specimens ranging in size from about 5cm to 15cm across @ just 25.00, 50.00, 75.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each depending on size and aesthetics. Great stuff!

JAMESONITE- Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico
Superb, thick metallic rods of stibnite-like crystals of jamesonite nicely scattered in/on matrix with well crystallized pyrite. From the original 1975 find, these modern classics are exceptional for the species, with overall sizes from 3cm to 6cm @ just 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00.

KENTROLITE- Langban, Varmland, Sweden
Dark reddish black granular masses of this rare lead silicate, richly distributed through a matrix containing biotite, variety manganophyllite, minor calcite, and possibly magnetoplumbite. Representative, and difficult to obtain, these are old Cureton stock samples. Sizesfrom 3cm to 8cm @ 35.00, 50.00, 80.00 and 100.00.

KETTNERITE- Three Muskateers Mine, Mohave Co., Arizona
Tiny, bright yellow-orange micro crystals of kettnerite scattered in seams in quartz, occasionally with minor fluorescent scheelite, bismutite and crude, platy yellow wulfenite. Interesting association pieces with good micro potential, sizes from 2cm to 5cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 35.00 and 45.00 each.

LATRAPPITE- La Trappe, Oka, Quebec, Canada
Minute, pseudocubic black crystal sections and aggregates of submetallic latrappite sparsely scattered and embedded in carbonatite matrix. Type locality material for this niobium analog of perovskite. Matrix sizes from 1.5cm to 4cm @ 10.00, 20.00, and 35.00 each.

MARCASITE- Cap Blanc-Nex, Pas-de-Calais, France
Solid nodules of marcasite without matrix, occasionally with intimately intergrown minor pyrite that often contributes better stability to these odd ball0like structures. Matrix free, nodules sizes range from about 2cm to 4.5 cm acrss @ 15.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each. List alternates!

META-AUTUNITE- Apex Mine, Lander Co., Nevada
This hydrated calcium-uranium-phosphate occurs here as small (1-1.5mm) pale green platy crystals lightly scattered on dark rock matrix. The specimens will also yield decent micromounts, as the crystals show sharp tetragonal form and contrast nicely against the matrix. Distinguishable from the commonly associated meta-torbernite by its fluorescent response under SW UV. Specimens range from 4cm to 12 cm across, @ just 10.00, 20.00, 35.00, 55.00 and 75.00 each for the largest.

MOLYBDOFORNACITE- Alice Mine, Goodsprings, Clark Co., Nevada
Excellent micro crystals of olive green molybdofornacite lightly scattered on matrix, occasionally associated with a wide range of other species, mostly typically hemimorphite, rosasite, cerussite and others. A moderately rare mineral in well-formed, elongated tiny crystals from the Yellow Pine Extension, the mineral has been EDS-confirmed for Mo>Cr content, and a copy of our analytical work accompanies each specimen. (We have found no fornacite thus far, and some earlier reports of the mineral at the locality may have been in error due to overlapping EDS peaks of Pb and Mo which an inexperienced operator might miss!). Fine micro material, specimens range from about 2cm to nearly 6cm across @ just 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 65.00 each priced according to quality.

NATROLITE- Upper New Street, Paterson, Passaic Co., New Jersey
Thin, needle-like sprays and tufts of white natrolite well-scattered on basaltic matrix, some associated with prehnite, calcite etc. Old material collected many years ago from this prolific New Jersey locality, now sitting under a housing development. Specimens range from about 2.5cm to 5cm across @ just 7.50, 15.00 and 25.00 each.

OLIGOCLASE- Dordal, near Bamle, Norway
Salmon to pink colored grains of "sunstone", as oligoclase is referred to at times, to several cm occur in igneous quartz and biotite bearing matrix. The characteristic schiller effect is evident in many of these pieces; old Claus Hedegaard specimens, sizes range from 3 to 6cm @ 12.50, 20.00, and 35.00 each.

POTASSIC-MAGNESIO-FLUORO-ARFVEDSONITE- Hgwy 366, Val-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada
Perhaps one of the longest species names in mineralogy, this amphibole was originally described in 1985 from here, the type locality. It occurs as crude, small bluish-black aggregates scattered in matrix, often with somewhat corroded microcline overlaying coarse gnessic matrix, and potentially other rock-forming minerals. Specimens range from 4cm to 8cm across @ just 20.00, 35.00, 55.00 and 75.00 each, but this is ugly stuff!

POTASSIUM ALUM- Silver Peak, nr. Alum, Esmeralda Co Nevada
Excellent, pure columnar masses of colorless, transparent, ice-like potassium alum with little or no matrix. XRD-confirmed material, fine vitreous masses from 3cm up to exceptional 7cm cabinet specimens, priced @ only 10.00, 20.00, and 35.00 each.

PYRITE- Homestake Mine, Lead, Lawrence Co., South Dakota
From this famous gold producing mine that reached a depth of almost 7500 feet (2300 meters), we have uncovered a small lot of very brilliant cubic pryites forming thumbnail groups of both isolated and intergrown crystals, occasionally with minor quartz. Small but quite attractive TNs from about 1.5cm to 2.5cm @ just 8.50 and 15.00 each, also suitable for splendid micromounts!

SAPONITE var: AQUACREPTITE- unspecified locality in Peru
A mineralogical nomenclature oddity, the name "aquacreptite" had variously been used to label both a ferroan antigorite and a hydrated talc, now generally believed to be a Fe-rich saponite. This is a small 3cm pale brown nodule showing a distinct layed banding and smooth, greasy surface with ill-defined conchoidal fracture. The accompanying Scott Williams label suggests a composition near Mg4Fe3+2Si6O19*8H2O, with some Al2O3 present, but the analytical technique is unknown and results are not a clear match for a specific phase, suggesting a mixture. Many well known Peru localities are rich in talc, kaolinites or smectites, so this one will remain an enigma. Only only available, with Williams labels, @ 25.00.

SATTERLYITE- Big Fish River, Yukon Territory, Canada
Greenish brown, somewhat glassy radiating aggregates of this unusual phosphate species scattered in small nodular matrix from this prolific locality. Only a few specimens available, priced according to overall richness, from 2cm to 3cm @ 45.00, 60.00 and 75.00 each.

SCHAFERITE- Arsenatnaya fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
Another extraordinary find from this Kamchatka volcano, the mineral occurs as bright yellow-orange spherical aggregates forming attractive clusters up to 5mm (!!) across. Discovered in 1997 at Eifel, this occurrence of schaferite from the second scoria cone of the Great Tolbachik Fissure Eruption is far superior to the type locality material, much like the previously offered nichenichite crystals from our previous list. Only three specimens available, sizes average 2.5cm to 3cm across @ 195.00 each. List alternates!

SPURRITE (lilac!)- Fuka, Bicchu-cho, Okayama Pref., Japan
Although a prolific mineral here, at Crestmore, and elsewhere, these are quite interesting in that the spurrite is a wonderful lilac-purple color and comprises much of teh entire matrix of each specimen, occasionally with subordinate amounts of colorless calcite and/or wollastonite. Neat, colorful stuff, specimens from about 3.5cm to 5cm across @ just 35.00 and 45.00 each.

THOMSONITE-Sr- Mt. Rasvumchorr, Khibiny, Kola, Russia
This rare zeolite species described in 2000 occurs as minute radiating "brushes" of crystalline groups to 1cm nicely scattered in veinlets and exposed seams on matrix. Formula: (Sr,Ca)2Na[Al5Si5O20]*6-7H2O. Type locality material with some micro potential, and only one of three known localities in the world for this rare Sr-dominant zeolite. Author's material; sizes from 1.5cm to 3.5cm @ 85.00, 120.00 and 150.00 each.

URALOLITE- Boevskoye Dep., nr.Kamensk, Ural, Russia
This rare Ca-Be-phosphate occurs as minute needle-like aggregates perched in matrix. These are author's material from the original find at the type locality, available as minute fragments with modest micro potential in a capsule @ just 30.00 each.

VANDENBRANDEITE- Musonoi Extension, Katanga(Shaba), Dem Rep Congo
A selection of half a dozen excellent vandenbrandeite specimens, most from the Vandall King uranium collection, here showing well formed, dark greenish black vandenbrandeite crystals to several millimeters isolated and in small groups on uranium-rich, digenite ore matrix, often associated with other uranium minerals such as kasolite, cuprosklodowskite etc.. Fine for the species from this prolific (formerly Zaire) locality, specimens from 2cm to 6cm priced according to quality @ 50.00, 75.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each.

WHEWELLITE on CALCITE- Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota
Extraordinarily large crystals and complex, reticulated aggregates of whewellite perched on brownish, botryoidal calcite matrix, occasionally with yellow calcite points and druses as well! We recently acquired a significant lot of about a dozen high-quality samples from a private mining venture, and these are clearly the best and largest we have ever seen! The mineral ranges from elongated and flattened, crudely etched and reticulated beige to white aggregates that extend from 4cm(!!!) and up, o large, blocky plates of sharper single crystals with minor yellow transparency! Quite incredible for the species, these were recently featured in a short Mineral News article (August, 2017), and a couple are pictured in Mindat as well. Certainly the "Best of Species", specimens range in size from about 6cm to a monster 18cm sample, priced according to whewellite quality, at 500.00, 750.00, 1000.00, 2000.00 and 3000.00. These are brilliantly fluorescent at all wavelengths and phosphorescent with some color zoning, too! Second to none, we believe!

WODGINITE var: TANTALOWODGINITE- Veshnyakovskoye, Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia
This uncommon species was originally submitted and approved as tantalowodginite (IMA#2000-026), but then subsequently discredited. It occurs here as small (~1mm) dark brownish grains without matrix, obtained by a Russian scientist from the Elash stream beds! An interesting occurrence, once a member of the ever-expanding wodginite group @ just 20.00 each.

ZIRCON on SIDERITE- Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
A rather aesthetic thumbnail specimen showing several greenish-tan intergrown rhombic crystals of siderite to nearly 1cm each comprising the host matrix for a euhedral, brownish tetragonal 1cm zircon crystal that sits perched among the siderites, showing perfect faces and form on all exposed surfaces! The rear of the specimen is filled with micro white, tabular albite crystals, and the specimen is carefully mounted on a clear leucite square in an upright position. The piece is pictured on Mindat.org; quite attractive, well formed, overall size about 2.5x2cm @ 75.00. One only!

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SPESSARTINE GARNET- India
Nicely cut 7x5mm cabochons of bright orange spessartine garnet, all are quite transparent and show good color for this manganese-rich garnet. A moderately unusual cabochon material at just 25.00 per stone or 45.00 for a boxed matched pair!

PETROLOGY SAMPLE

GNEISS- White Plains, Westchester Co., New York
A classic example of this metamorphic rock showing tight gneissic banding of alternating light and dark minerals. Obtained years ago during the blasting and extension of Route 287 near the Tappan Zee bridge, this is a fairly heavy and large specimen measuring about 12x10 cm in cross-section, offered at just 45.00.


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CATALOG 21705 - Volume XLIV, No.5

This latest catalog offers an assortment of new mineral species, some excellent mcguinnessite samples, the finest occurrence of nickenichite ever discovered, and our usual one-of-a-kind specimens from old collections, fluorescent specimens etc. All material offered first-come, first-served, FOB our warehouse. Virginia residents: add sales tax. Read on!

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AFGHANITE- Casa Colina Q., Pitigliano, Tuscany, Italy
Afghanite occurs as clear to almost opaque, colorless to white blocky small but sharp crystals scattered in a vuggy matrix. An interesting cancrinite group mineral from this locality collected about 10 years ago, each specimen will probably yield several nice afghanite micros, and these show an obvious fluorescent response under both SW and LW, too! Matrix sizes from about 2cm to nearly 5cm @ 20.00, 30.00, and 45.00 each.

ASTROPHYLLITE- St. Peter's Dome, El Paso Co., Colorado
Rich, golden brown flattened lath-like crystals and aggregates well scattered in quartz pegmatite matrix. Old material from the Cheyenne District once offered by A.E. Foote and recently rediscovered in our warehouse. Over 50 species occurred at the deposit, and specimens range from about 2.5cm to 5cm across @ just 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each. Quite nice for the mineral and locality!

CALCITE (FL)- Santa Fe/Calvada Mine, Mineral Co., Nevada
Excellent, frosty white to translucent calcite crystals in pleasing equant and twin forms to 1cm nicely scattered on rock matrix, all nicely fluorescent red under both LW and SW UV. Surprisingly not listed on Mindat for the locality, these are noted in an upcoming 2017 issue of Mineral News. Specimens range from 2cm to 7cm @ 7.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each. Moderately attractive and from a new locality for the species.

CANAVESITE- Brosso Mine, Torino, Piedmont, Italy
Rich white needle-like tufts of this uncommon mineral richly scattered and intergrown over sulfide/rock matrix. Modest micro potential on these old and interesting specimens from the type locality for the species, sizes ranging from about 3cm up to nearly 8cm across @ 25.00, 45.00 and 75.00 each.

DIAMOND- Premier Mine, Pretoria District, Rep So Africa
Excellent, gem quality transparent white octahedrons without matrix from this famous mine that produced the world's largest diamond ever found in 1905! These crystals are quite small (0.5mm) but of exceptional gem grade, each lot suitable for multiple, outstanding micromounts. We offer a collection of 5 crystals in a classy, glass-topped box @ just 25.00 per lot; U.S. shipments only.

DUGGANITE- Black Pine Mine, Granite Co., Montana
Another rare species at this prolific locality, dugganite occurs here as green to unusual purplish-green micro hexagonal aggregates sparsely scattered in white quartz matrix. Each sample has been individually analyzed and confirmed via EDS and is accompanied by two color images to assist in pinpointing the mineral that is best viewed at 40x. Only a few samples on hand, matrix sizes range from about 1.2cm to 2.5cm @ 85.00 and 125.00 each. all with complete documentation and imaging.

FLUORITE w/ CELESTINE- Clay Center, Ottawa Co., Ohio
From the H.E. Moore collection, an older specimen comprised of honey-brown(!!) fluorite cubes to 4mm richly scattered across both top and bottom of a limestone matrix, accompanied by several white, tabular crystals of celestine to 2.5cm long. Moore's label indicates the piece was acquired circa 1967, and a small adhered label is also attached from a predecessor collector. The first time I missed a specimen ID on my Mineralogy 101 course at CCNY back in the 1960s, it was a similarly colored brown fluorite that tripped me up! The piece is brilliantly fluorescent (bight creamy yellow) under both LW and SW UV! Specimen size about 7x6cm @ 65.00. Moderately attractive old timer!

FLUORWAVELLITE (IMA 2015-077)- Willard Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada
A remarkable occuurrence for this relatively new species, fluorwavellite occurs here as white radiating micro crystals that form balls and divergent, acicular aggregates well scattered in seams and exposed vugs in a dark, cherty matrix. Formula: Al3(PO4)2(OH)2F*5H2O, orthorhombic, IMA # 2015-077, the fluorine-analog of wavellite. Among the 40+ localities checked by the authors in the publication of this new species' description, the Willard Mine material had the highest fluorine content of any locality surveyed, well-above the type locality specimens! Specimens are priced according to quality and range from TNs to about 6cm @ just 15.00, 30.00, 45.00 and 60.00 each, many with good micro potential as well. One large matrix sample about 17x7cm @ 175.00.

FRESNOITE- Big Creek, Fresno Co., California
Minute pale yellow to colorless grians of fresnoite sparsely scattered in rock matrix, associated with minor celsian (FL blue) and possibly other species. The fresnoite is weakly fluorescent approaching a pale yellow color, matrix sizes from 2.5 to 8cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00 and 65.00 each.

GALENA- Huanzala Mien, Ancash Dept., Peru
Neat miniatures of brightly metallic galena, here as weird and typically intergrown cubo-octahedral crystals and highly modified forms largely comprising matrix, some with minor sphalerite, quartz etc. Interesting specimens about 3cm across from this prolific locality, very reasonably priced at just 10.00 each.

HALITE (bicolor)- Herringen, Werra Valley, Hesse, Germany
Likely from the famous Wintersahll Potash Works, these interesting halites are essentially clear and transparent to
translucent, but all showing an interesting purplish-blue zoning. Like the New Mexican material, it is believed that radiation exposure is responsible for the color variation seen in these specimens. Old Cureton stock, specimens average about 4cm across @ just 20.00 each.

HEDYPHANE in CALCITE (FL)- Vrancice, nr. Pribram, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Dull tan to brownish masses of hedypahne to a few millimeters sparsely scattered in matrix, overwhelmed by the brilliantly fluorescent (redish orange SW UV) calcite embedded in the matrix. This locality has produced many interesting species, and sulfides such as chalcocite, stromeyerite etc. may be found here as well. These old specimens are generously sized from about 4cm to 6cm across @ just 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

JOSEITE-B- Glaicer Gulch, nr. Smithers, B.C., Canada
Grey metallic masses of this unusual Bi-Te-S mineral scattered in matrix, occasionally associated with mior tetradymite or other phases. Type locality material, described prior to the IMA's founding and currently a valid mineral, but questioned as a possible Te-rich ikunolite or possibly other phases. Collected in 1963, a few samples available from 2cm to 8cm across @ 20.00, 45.00, 70.00 and 95.00 each.

LOPARITE-(Ce)- Lovozero Massif, Kola Peninsula, Russia
Black granular masses to 5mm across very richly scattered in matrix and richly comprising these specimens. According to I.V. Pekov, it is likely that perovskites described as early as the 1890s from here were very likely loparite-(Ce), not formally described until 1921. Originally obtained from the Fersman Museum in the 1970s, we have a half dozen samples that average about 4cm across @ just 40.00 each. Tiny single crystals about 0.5mm across are also on hand - please inquire.

MARCASITE- Tri-State District, U.S.A.
Solid nodules of marcasite without matrix, occasionally with intimately intergrown minor pyrite that often contributes better stability to these odd ball-like structures. Matrix free, nodules sizes range from about 2cm to 4.5 cm acrss @ 15.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each. List alternates!

MCGUINNESSITE- Chalk Mountain, Churchill Co., Nevada
Collected many years ago from the west side of Chalk Mountain, we were among the first to offer mcguinnessite from Chalk Mountain as new locality for the species back in the early 1990s. The mineral occurs here as bright blue botryoidal knobs and tiny radiating balls scattered on dark rock matrix, making fine micros and colorful, larger specimens, occasionally with massive magnetite and a variety of white Mg-carbonate phases. These have good coverage and are quite attractive, overall matrix sizes from 2cm to 5cm @ just 7.50, 15.00, and 25.00 each; a few larger 8cm to 10cm @ 55.00, and a monster museumm specimen about 25x10cm @ 250.00! Nice material!


MERELANIITE (IMA 2016-042)- Merelani Hills, Manyara Region, Tanzania
This NEW SPECIES occurs as micro, cylindrical whiskers of dark grey metallic needles, here lightly embedded in transparent calcite cleavages, occasionally with flakes of graphite and/or other phases. Formula: Mo4Pb4VSbS - triclinic, IMA # 2016-042, a new member of the cylindrite group. Recently dubbed the New Mineral of the Year, viewing at 10x easily shows the whiskers that reach up to several millimeters in these samples! Matrix sizes average about 1cm @ 135.00 each.

NEKOITE- Iron Cap Mine, Graham Co., Arizona
A locality known for its odd suite of minerals, nekoite occurs here as bright white to stained tan botryoidal coatings and aggregates of acicular divergent crystal sprays, occasionally to more massive pearly crystalline aggregates scattered on massive johannsenite. XRD confirmed material with modest micro potential as well, sizes from about 3cm to 6cm rich samples @ 25.00, 40.00 and 75.00 each; superior to the more massive California material seen in most collections!

NICKENICHITE- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
A highly unusual occurrence for this rare species, here as superb, electric blue micro crystals to 1mm scattered on vuggy basalt scoria from this famous Kamchatka volcano! Minor hematite and orthoclase may be present, but the violet-blue crystals, formed on fumarolic gas-altered scoria, are certainly the best in the world, and far superior to the type (and only other reported locality) material from Germany. Quite exceptional under the scope, specimens from about 2cm to 4cm across priced according to quality @ 150.00, 200.00 and 250.00 each. Only a few available of this world-class complex copper-rich arsenate micro mineral!!

PEKOVITE- Dara-i-Pioz, Alaiskii Range, Tadjikistan
This rare species occurs as minute colorless grains in matrix, these in prepared 2cm probe mounts and accompanied by at least one SEM image and an X-ray spectra. The formula: SrB2Si2O8, the Sr-analog of danburite and maleevite, named for prolific Russian mineralogist and author Igor V. Pekov. IMA #2003-035, type locality material and author's studied specimens, only a few available @ 145.00 each.

PHARMACOSIDERITE- Gold Hill Mine, Tooele Co., Utah
Rich brown to olive green, splendant micro cubes of pharmacosiderite well scattered on matrix, occasionally with scorodite, quartz, arsenopyrite or other phases. Excellent for the species and locality, and these will yield fine micros from the well-covered matrix specimens. Sizes range from about 2.5cm to 8cm samples @ 10.00, 20.00, 45.00 and 75.00 each, all quite rich!

PLATTNERITE- Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
From the classic finds of the late 1960's, we have a uncovered several flats of black, micro plattnerite crystals as tiny needles well-scattered on limonitic matrix. Good micro material and quite rich, occasionally with calcite crystals and/or other species, specimens from about 4cm to 12cm @ 15.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 75.00 each. Classic!

POTASSIC-CHLORO-HASTINGSITE- Dashkesan Deposit, Caucasus, Azerbaijan
This approved amphibole mineral was originally accepted and named as chloro-pottasic-hastingsite (IMA 2005-007), then renamed in 2012 based on later IMA nomenclature recommendations. It occurs as nearly monomineralic masses of dark greenish grey, coarsely prismatic skarn rock largely comprising matrix. Formula: (K,Na)Ca2(Fe2+,Mg)4Fe3+[Si6Al2O22](Cl,OH02. Author's neotype material from the type locality for the species, specimens average about 1.2cm @ 115.00 each. One of only two known Cl-rich amphiboles found in nature to date!!

RHODOCHROSITE- Wuzhou Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang, PR China
Neat thumbnail specimens of bright pink, opaque rhodochrosite masses and partial rhombic crystals in matrix, appearing much like old Silverton material with associated quartz and sulfides scattered about the underlying matrix. Colorful and relatively inexpensive, sizes average 2.5-3cm at just 15.00 each.

RHODONITE- Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey
An old timer acquired in the 1950s by Howard E. Moore, here as a stout, dull pink rhodonite crystal about 4cm wide and 3cm tall partially embedded in massive franklinite/calcite/willemite matrix, with a lesser partial crystal of rhodonite also evident. While far from perfect, it is a decent crystal and the matrix is nicely fluorescent, of course, and the specimen measures 5x5cm overall at just 65.00.


SIDERITE- Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
An excellent thumbnail comprised of two intergrown siderite rhombs just under 2cm on edge forming a neat small display sample nicely mounted on a leucite square. The siderite has the odd but typical for MSH olive-tan hue. One only, overall size about 2.5cm @ just 30.00.

SILLIMANITE- nr. Dry Creek, Natrona Co., Wyoming
From material collected years ago, these are excellent, rich samples of silvery, slightly greenish aggregates of nearly pure, somewhat waxy sillimanite comprising matrix. We are likely the first to reveal that the locality is near Dry Creek, and it is just about in the middle of nowhere, as there are no significant towns within miles of the deposit! Specimens range in size from about 3cm up to nearly 8cm, reasonably priced at just 10.00, 20.00 and 40.00 each.

SULFUR- El Desierto Mine, San Pablo de Napa, Bolivia
Excellent, elongated single crystals of native sulfur without matrix, these showing steep pyramidal faces and weird, skeletal growth patterns. Excellent for both this Potosi Department locality and the species, these bright yellow, native element crystals average about 3.5cm tall at just 10.00 each. Neat!

TODOROKITE on COLEMANITE- 20 Mule Canyon, Inyo Co., California
Minute black aggregates of dusty todorokite lying on the surface and lightly included in drusy colemanite crystals comprising matrix. An interesting association and not bad looking, nicely crystallized matrix sizes from 5cm to 12cm @ 45.00, 75.00 and 125.00 each. Old material collected over 20 years ago!

WODGINITE- McAllister Pegmatite, Coosa County, Alabama
Small black rounded aggregates of wodginite relatively free of matrix, some with minor mica but quite pure, offered as numerous granular masses in a small vial. Old Cureton stock originally obtained from the late Eugene Foord atthe USGS, one of the authors of the Canadian Mineralogist article (1989, Vol. 27), and a first reported occurrence for the state (misspelled on Mindat as "McCallister"). Average weight about half a gram in each vial @ just 20.00 per vial; author's studied material.

ZIRCON- Tambani Area, Blantyre District, Malawi
Analyzed single crystals of medium brown zircon without matrix, most showing good crystal faces on several sides, most often with a variety of tetragonal forms. Crystals range from about 9mm to 2.5cm, priced individually at 10.00, 15.00 and 25.00 each, all accompanied by our representative EDS spectra, the larger crystals typically more crude in habit. Inquire for bulk quantities useful for research.


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Economic Analysis of- Heavy Minerals in Sediments Editor; G. Luepke
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We continue to offer our popular "mystery flats" of twenty (20) different specimens from worldwide localities, all individually labeled and ranging in size from about 2.5cm to 6cm across for the princely sum of just $125 plus shipping. These are from old collections, excess stock, single specimens and material available only in small quantities too labor intensive to describe and catalog. Some will be colorful, some will be ugly, some will have micro potential, some from obscure localities, but the lot will be worth a minimum of $250 or more, yours sight-unseen for our liquidation price of just $125 plus shipping! Multiple orders up to three sets (60 specimens) received at the same time will not have duplicates! A bargain for anyone wishing to expand their collection horizons, these now include specimens from a recent University purchase! Try one!

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Yes, we are also stamp collectors, and over the years have accumulated many mineral and mining stamps. We offer a batch of 35 colorful, mineral-related postage stamps from many foreign countries (no U.S.) and with only minor duplication, all off-paper and in very fine or better condition. Each lot of 35 is just 11.00 postpaid with any mineral order. Get 'em while you can, as these can make for an interesting display addition to your collection!

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PYRITE CABOCHONS- Peru
No, we are not really sure why anyone would cut cabochons out of perfectly good pyrite specimens, but here they are! We recently acquired a small lot of calibrated 18x13mm cabochons that show moderately good luster of typical, metallic pyrite. Out of curiosity, we even analyzed one in our SEM/EDS system to be sure they were pyrite (they were!). So, if you want to start a oddball cabochon collection, here is your first one! Each cab comes with a copy of our analysis as well for just 7.50 per cab. Lots of 5 for just 30.00 per lot.

PETROLOGY SAMPLES

LIMESTONE (FOSSILIFEROUS) - Glenerie Falls, Ulster Co., New York
An interesting specimen of dark grey, fossiliferous limestone, collected in 1974 by Prof. Wayne Ault along Esopus Creek at the falls. The Glenerie Limestone is siliceous and somewhat cherty in texture and composition, often showing crude outlines and shell patterns of brachiopods and possibly other fossil remnants. A hefty and dense specimen measuring about 8x7x6cm @ just 40.00.

CATALOG 21704 - Volume XLIV, No.4

ANDORITE- San Jose Mine, Oruro, Bolivia
Crudely crystallized andorite masses showing interesting etched surfaces or striated aggregates richly comprising matrix, often intergrown with stannite or other phases. Smaller samples in TN boxes, these average 1.0cm to 1.3cm long and are priced at just 20.00 each, a few larger 2.5-3cm @ 45.00 each.

ARANGASITE (TL)- Alyaskitovoe Depsoit, Ust'Nera, Yak. Russia
This relatively new Siberian raroity is ofered here as pure, dull silky white aggregates with little or no matrix. Type locality material for this hydrous Al-F phosphate-sulfate mineral has seen little distribution since its IMA approval in 2012, and these are perhaps the only specimens available from this single-locality species. Specimens range from about 1.4cm to 2cm long @ 150.00 and 200.00 each. Only a few on hand!

BERZELIITE- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Kam Russia
An unusual occurrence of this uncommon mineral better known from Langban, here as surprisingly rich, micro aggregates of pale yellow-orange berzeliite crystals intimately intergrown among colorless anhydrite crusts. Coverage is quite good on the few samples we have, and these could easily be broken down to yield multiple micros if desired. Matrix sizes are in the 3cm-4cm range @ 125.00 each.

CINNABAR on DOLOMITE- Tongren, Guizhou Province, PR China
Rather colorful specimens showing bright red cinnabar crystalline aggregates and partial crystals lightly scattered on brilliant white dolomite crystals, some with minor calcite and/or underlying rock matrix. Moderately attractive and relatively inexpensive, sizes average about 4cm @ just 20.00 each.

DUFTITE (CALCIAN)- Centennial Eureka Mine, Juab Co., Utah
Excellent micro crystals of isolated, apple-green calcian duftite scattered on vuggy matrix, most sitting on micro quartz crystals and occasionally with other secondary minerals such as cuprian adamite. Collected over 20 years ago, superb for the species with fine micro potential, matrix sizes average 2.5cm @ just 12.50 each. Quite attractive under the scope!

FERSMITE- Dark Star Claim, Alta, Ravalli Co., Montana
Excellent, dark brown to nearly black vitreous masses of fersmite well-scattered in quartz matrix. Originally collected by Bart Cannon (cannonite) in 1973, this often-overlooked mineral was the second one named after the founder of the Fersman Museum in Moscow, A.E. Fersman. A few TN specimens available @ 25.00 each.

GALENA with SPHALERITE etc.- Madan, Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria
A rather nice specimen comprised of tiny, nearly black sphalerite crystals well scattered amoung larger, silvery metallic galena cubes to 7mm richly covering the entire matrix of this old classic. The piece is accompanied by a Bulgarian museum label, and the specimen sits flat with several hillocks and waves of crystals. A neat galena specimen with typical associated species, overall size about 13x11 cm at just 135.00.

GASPEITE- Carr Boyd Mine, Western Australia, Australia
Rich foamy crusts of yellow green gaspeite fill seams and cavities in a reddish limonitic matrix. Some samples show good botryoidal development and excellent color contrast, old material from Westaus Mineral Museum, sizes from about 2cm to 6cm across @ 20.00, 35.00, and 50.00 each.

GOLD- La Campania Mine, Sierra Gorda, Chile
Tiny micro aggregates of native gold sparsely scattered on rock matrix, these suitable as micro reference specimens from this prolific locality. All will require some magnification to appreciate, some with minor atacamite, only a few small TNs on hand, averaging 1.5cm, @ just 25.00 each.

GYPSUM- Lockport, Niagra Co., New York
An older specimen, ex-St. Lawrenece University mineral collection and accompanied by their label, comprised of transparent to translucent crystalline gypsum in a complex intergrowth of crude crystals, also with a white drusy coating of dolomite and bladed calcite)?) as well. A neat specimen that displays well due t its brilliant white/clear combination, overall size about 8x6cm @ just 35.00. One only!

JUANITAITE- Gold Hill Mine, Tooele Co., Utah
This relatively rare species occurs as small, yellow-green micro rosettes and druses sparsely scattered in vugs and exposed seams on matrix, some associated with needle-like blue connellite, or fine tyrolite, or occasionally other species. Most of this material was collected on the 150 level over 20 years ago and was subsequently named for its discoverer, the late Juanita Curtis. Modest micro potential as well, matrix sizes from about 2cm to nearly 6cm @ just 40.00, 65.00, 85.00 and 100.00 each, depending on quality/size.

LOPARITE-(Ce)- Lagendalen, Larvik, Vestfold, Norway
Brownish black, submetallic masses of loparite-(Ce) to 5mm scattered in feldspar matrix, typically with minor aegirine, possible lorenzenite, analcime pinkish eudialite etc. Old material and only a few specimens on hand that average 5cm across @ 55.00 each.

MILLERITE- Halls Gap, Lincoln Co., Kentucky
Small geodes and sections containing tiny fibrous needles of brilliant, elongated brassy millerite. Once a featured article in Mineralogical Record in 1997, these are old specimens collected nearly 50 years ago, most with good micro potential as well, some with micro pyrite etc. Sizes range from about 1.5cm to nearly 4cm across @ 20.00, 30.00, 45.00 and 60.00 each, depending on coverage and quality

MUSCOVITE (Ball Peen Mica)- Fillow Quarry, Branchville, Connecticut
A pair of large, old specimens showing the classic "ball peen" habit of muscovite so well known from this classic locality, sometimes called "margarodite" in the distant past. Specimen #1 is a 14x10x10cm monster that perfectly displays the contact between the thick band of tan spodumene and white quartz pegmatite, with rather small pods of ball peen mica to a few mm scattered about the top of the piece, offered at just 55.00.

NELENITE- Huanggang Mine, Chifeng, I. Mongolia China
From a relatively recent find several years ago, this rare mineral occurs here as micro hexagonal plates that are typically stacked in minute, somewhat globular aggregates nicely perched on white, rhombic cleavages of calcite matrix. Identification has been confirmed by chemistry, XRD and Raman, and a copy of the original Raman spectra is included with each sample. Coverage is obvious to the naked eye and will also yield decent micromounts if trimmed further. Specimens range in size from about 1 cm to nearly 4cm @ just 20.00, 35.00, 55.00 and 85.00 each, priced according to coverage, and from one of only a handful of known localities for the species.

ORTHOSERPIERITE- Vezzani Mine, Corsica, France
Bright bluish-green platy masses and aggregates of this unusual but colorful mineral comprising small, crusty matrix samples. Once thought to be devilline, these small but brightly hued samples are from an interesting locality, offered as numerous tiny fragments in a capsule @ 10.00 or as 1cm small TNs @ 17.50 each.

OZEROVAITE- Second Scoria Cone, Tolbachik, Kam. Russia
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute (<0.3mm) red to reddish-yellow single grains mounted on an adhesive stub, typically with minute amounts of transparent, colorless aphithitalite as well. IMA approved (2016-019), formula: Na2KAl3(AsO4)4 - orthorhombic. An extremely rare arsenate from the type locality on the Northern Breakthrough of this famopus Kamchatka volcano. Only a few tiny grains available @ 145.00 each.

PEROVSKITE var: KNOPITE- Langorsholmen, Alno, Medelpad, Sweden
Small black masses of this Ce-rich phase about 4x1mm scattered in and on matrix, from the type locality for the knopite variety first described in 1894. "Knopite" was later shown to be a perovskite-group phase rich in cerium, perhaps loparite-(Ce), but more extensive analytical work is needed to properly classify the mineral. Similar perovskite from Kola was sometimes found to actually be loparite and was later described as the new mineral loparite-(Ce). An old specimen from the original locality for knopite, only one, matrix about 4cm across @ 60.00.

PLUMBOAGARDITE- Alforja Mine, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
This moderately rare mineral occurs here as tiny, pale green fibrous matted aggregates to micro needle-like hexagonal crystals elongated on [0001], typically associated with barite, quartz and possibly other phases. Strictly micro material, accompanied by a representative SEM image and EDS spectra with weight percents rom a Russian scientist, some showing modest praseodymium and other REEs as well. A new mineral for the locality and the first occurrence of the species in Spain! Specimens range from about 1.5cm to 4cm across, priced according to quality @ 20.00, 30.00. 45.00 and 65.00 each.

RUTILE- Tokke, Telemark, Norway
Rather ugly stuff, acquired years ago from the late Claus Hedegaard, and represented here by crude, nearly black elongated aggregates to 1.2cm of rutile scattered in pegmatitic matrix.These may be from the ilmenorutile occurrence at Spafjell, but the precise locality beyond Tokke is unknown. Specimens range from about 2cm to nearly 6cm across @ just 6.00, 15.00 and 25.00 each.

SILVER- Central City District, Gilpin Co., Colorado
From a small highgraded lot, we have a few well-formed dendritic native silver specimens, all showing bright, richly aggregated herringbone to wirey masses on minor matrix. Attractive thumbnail specimens from an excellent older locality, specimens from about 1.5 cm to nearly 2.4cm @ only 20.00, 30.00 and 40.00 each. Neat!

STIBICONITE with STIBNITE- Santa Fe/Calvada Mine, Mineral Co., Nevada
Silvery-grey elongated aggregates of metallic stibnite lightly scattered in matrix, all with heavy overcoatings and replacement bodies of yellow to orange-yellow stibiconite richly covering these heavy specimens. The nature of stibiconite, while still IMA-approved, may someday be determined to consistently be a member of the roemite group, either one of several now known or another that could be a new mineral. For the moment, we are content to call these by their grandfathered name of stibiconite, pending analytical work beyond our lab's capability. Good specimens from a seldom-seen locality, sizes from 3.5cm to nearly 9cm across @ just 10.00, 20.00 and 40.00 ea.

TAKANELITE- Marfa, Presidio Co., Texas
Minute, dull greyish submetallic masses sparsely scattered in light colored matrix fragments in a capsule. Rarely offered material, ex-Cureton stock,these from an interesting locality @ 25.00 per capsule.

THALENITE-(Y)- Guy Hazen Prospect, nr. Kingman, Arizona
Old material collected in the 1960's, thalenite-(Y) occurs here as greyish to pale tan masses richly scattered in and comprising matrix. XRD confirmed, only a few specimens from 1cm to nearly 2.5cm @ 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each. A rarity for Arizona!

VOLBORTHITE- Douglas Hill Mine, Artesia Lake, Nevada
Bright yellowish green flattened radiating platy aggregates of volborthite to 1mm sparely scattered on rock matrix, these often with pale green, fibrous malacite and occasionally brochantite or other species. From an old stock of this uncommon copper-vanadium species from Lyon County with moderate coverage and some decent micro potential as well, SEM-verified, matrix sizes from small TNs to nearly 10cm across @ only 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each. Nice under the scope!

YOFORTIERITE w/ POLYLITHIONITE- Mont Saint Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
From the original 1960's find, yofortierite occurs as pinkish hair-like fibers intergrown with flaky polylithionite, with smaller amounts of other minerals, but often with rather large, globular analcime crystals as well. Fairly rich, colorful and well mixed material from a classic locality, many with micro potential as well. Sizes from 1.5cm to nearly 6cm @ just 20.00, 35.00 and 60.00 each.

ZERAVSHANITE- Dara-I-Pioz, Alaiskii Range, Tadjikistan
Another rare species from this prolific area, here as minute grains mounted in a 2cm probe mount, accompanied by an SEM backscatter image and X-ray spectra. IMA #2003-034, a new Cs-Zr silicate and a new structural type! Formula: Cs4Na2Zr3Si18O45*2H2O; author's material from the type locality, a few available @ 145.00 each.

ZEUNERITE-METAZEUNERITE- Majuba Hill, Pershing Co., Nevada
From an old hoard, fairly good specimens of small, flattened radiating plates of medium green zeunerite/metazeunerite sparsely scattered in exposed seams on matrix. The sprays extend to 6mm across, and they are highly lustrous against the dull, grayish rock matrix, these likely collected many years ago from the base of the Copper Stope where the mineral was once found. Only a few specimens on hand, sizes ranging from about 2cm to 6cm, priced according to quality @ 15.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each, some with good micro potential as well!

BOOKS

FLEISCHER'S GLOSSARY- 2008 and 2014 Editions by Malcolm Back
We are clearing out our inventory of all editions of Fleischer's Glossary of Mineral Species. The expanded 2008 edition that encompasses 346 pages covering 4233 species and mineral group appendix is available at just 19.00 per copy with any mineral order, and the last edition, the 2014 that saw limited distribution and was expanded to 434 pages(!!), is offered at just 29.00 per copy while our supplies last. There will be no restocking of these in the future, so get them while you can!!

FOSSILS

FOSSIL FERNS- Mazon Creek, Grundy Co., Illinois
Found in Carboniferous period ironstone concretions, there are several species of ferns known from this prolific area. We recently uncovered a few exceptionally well-preserved specimens in this red ironstone matrix, fully covering an exposed concretion surface about 12x3cm, quite attractive, at just 30.00 each. Only a few on hand, list alternates!

GEMS

SAPPHIRE- Sri Lanka
Excellent, rich blue faceted sapphires in attractive 6.5mm trillion cuts! These normally sell in the $200 per carat range, and these handsome stones average about 1.3 carats each and are offered at just 135.00 per stone! Classy, desireable color, likely heat treated but still half the market price; only three available, each in a glass-topped, white Bates box for display.


ODDITIES

FULGURITE- Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab, Western Sahara Morocco
These interesting tubes are lechatelierite (amorphous SiO2 glass) typically formed by lightning strikes that fuse sand or soil (fulgurite). Elongated and mostly hollow, these are interesting as well for the locality, a disputed and largely ungoverned country bordered by Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria and the Atlantic Ocean in NW Africa. The specimens average about 3cm long and show interesting, convoluted forms @ just 15.00 each.

STORAGE VIALS

Many of you have commented favorably on the various storage vials that we use, and some have asked us to offer small lots of the various sizes we routinely stock. Hence, we attach to this list a selection available with any mineral order for our regular customers. These are ideal for small crystals, fragments or powdered samples that are otherwise difficult to handle and store in conventional boxes.

Descriptions and Minimum Orders:

C1-Standard gel capsule, ~ 2cm tall @ $4.00 per 50 capsules
C2-Small stoppered glass bottle, ~2.2 cm tall w/ cork stopper @ $5.00 per 25 sets
C3-Plastic XRD/2ml container, ~2.5cm tall, with plastic cap* @ $6.00 per 50 sets
C4-Plastic tube, ~5.5cm, with plastic cap @ $4.50 per 25 sets
C5-Medium stoppered glass bottle, ~3.5cm w/ cork stopper @ $7.50 per 25 sets
C6-Plastic tube, ~10cm tall with plastic cap @ $6.00 per 10 sets
MB1-Standard black micromount box, all black, ~2.5x2.5x1.8cm @ $12.50 per 20
MB2-Magnifier top, all clear micro box, ~2.5x2.5x2.2 cm @ $17.50 per 20

*Note: XRD/2ml container tops are meant to be sealed with hot wax, tape or other method. These are NOT friction fit tops that will sit tightly and seal the contents.

CATALOG 21703 - Volume XLIV, No.3

This list has the usual assortment of new species, classic specimens and odd-ball locality pieces from many old collections that stock our extensive inventory. As usual, all specimens are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, FOB our warehouse. Enjoy!

AFMITE- Bachman Mine, Hellertown, Pennsylvania
Pearly white radiating platelets of this uncommon and relatively new phosphate lightly scattered on cherty limonitic matrix, occasionally with tan crandallite or possibly other species. The mineral was named for the Association Francaise de Mineralogie (AFM) by Kampf et al in 2010, and structurally confirmed from this U.S. locality in 2012. Only a few specimens available averaging 4cm to 5cm and priced according to richness and coverage @ 40.00, 60.00 and 75.00 each.

ALLANITE-(Ce)- nr. Reno, Washoe County, Nevada
Nicely formed crystal sections of the rare earth mineral allanite-Ce are offered here as free standing with little or no matrix, all with good prism faces. These are black, occasionally with trace feldspar and with typical dull luster, and most show several good faces. Collected over 30 years ago from a small prospect about 12 miles north of Reno, priced according to crystal quality and size, overall 1-2.5cm @ 20.00, 30.00 and 40.00 each.

AUGELITE- Machacamarca Mine, Potosi, Bolivia
Excellent colorless, transparent to translucent crystals of augelite to 5mm well scattered on rock matrix, occasionally with minor pyrite, barite or other species. The locality was the first to produce crystallized augelite in the world, later surpassed by Yukon material for "best in the world". We have a few old matrix specimens that range from 3.5cm to about 9x5cm with multiple crystals scattered about at just 35.00, 55.00 and 85.00 each. List alternates!

AZURITE in GRANITE- Mount Godwin-Austen (K2), Baltistan, Pakistan
An unusual geological occurrence of flattened, circular azurite masses in pale grey granite, collected from a small area on K2, the second highest mountain in the world! Known as the "Savage Mountain" due to the difficulty and high death rate among climbing attempts, here is one locality few of us will ever visit in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. Some of this material has shown up in the past as crudely polished pieces, this is the first uncut specimen material we have been able to secure. Only a few samples available, sizes average 5 to 6cm across at just 25.00 each. Great locality material!

BISMOCLITE- Falcacci Stope, Rio Marina, Elba, Italy
This uncommon bismuth oxy-chloride occurs in these specimens as white, pearly to greasy micro platelets richly scattered on matrix, often associated with minute magnetite and/or relict pyrite. From the type locality for riomarinaite, we acquired these samples more than 30 years ago and have just recently rediscovered them in an old Dover, NJ crate. Small fragments in a capsule @ 15.00, matrix specimens from 1cm to 2cm across @ 25.00 and 40.00 each, one 4.5cm sample @ 125.00. List alternates!

CHRISTOFSCHAFERITE-(Ce)- Wingertsberg, nr. Mendig, Eifel, Germany
The rare mineral was IMA-approved (2011-107) several years ago, but little has found its way into collector hands. We recently obtained from one of the authors a few tiny crystals from the holotype material, each offered here as a black single micro aggregate in a 2cm vial! A rare mineral, the Mn2+ dominant member of the chevkinite group. Only a few available @ 110.00 each.

CORUNDUM variety RUBY- Kidal Region, Mali
Crude hexagonal crystals of opaque, pinkish corundum without matrix, these appearing slightly rounded and surface abraded. This is apparently a new find, and the locality remains somewhat of a mystery although nepheline syenites and related minerals are known from this obscure region. We have a small lot of single crystals ranging in size from about 2cm to 3cm tall, most with obvious prism faces and pinacoid terminations @ just 10.00, 15.00 and 20.00 each, depending on quality.

DIAMOND- Tshikapa, Kasai Province, Dem Rep Congo
From a old hoard of interesting diamond rough when DRC was still Zaire, we offer a small lot of seven (7) different diamond crystals packaged in a 2cm screw-top vial. Each lot will contain a range of hues, typically white to greenish, the vast majority showing usual cube habits. Crystals will range from about 1.5mm to 2mm across, total lot weight usually under 0.5 carats at just 30.00 per lot! Neat samples for micromounting or jewelry work, limit 3 lots per order, please! Domestic shipments only.

FERROSTRUNZITE- Marlton, Burlington Co., New Jersey
This largely undocumented (thus far) locality apparently produced a number of interesting phosphates, with the ferrostrunzite forming excellent radiating micro crystals and sprays tucked in exposed seams and vugs in brown, hardened mud-like matrix. Soon to be featured in a Mineral News article (currently being written by yours truly), these will make superb micros! Ex-Julius Weber material (and likely collected by teh late Frank Leans over 35 years ago), specimens from about 2cm to nearly 5cm across @ just 7.50, 15.00 and 30.00 each. Excellent stuff!

FLUORAPOPHYLLITE over KINOITE- Christmas Mine, nr Hayden, Gila Co. Arizona
Unusually coarse crystals for the locality, hand culled from a large lot, these are sharp colorless crystals to several mm's, almost cubic in habit, covering deep blue kinoite and richly coating these matrix specimens. All will make excellent and colorful micromounts, from 2cm to 5cm @ only 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

GOWERITE- nr Ryan, Furnace Creek, Death Valley, California
Rich coverage of this borate mineral on matrix! Gowerite is found as radiating tufts, to 0.5cm, of translucent microcrystals with moderate to thick coverage on at least one side of the matrix. Micro potential on this material, likely from the Corkscrew Canyon Mine, now impossible to obtain from this locality since its elevation to National Park status. Sizes from 3cm to 6cm @ 20.00, 40.00, 60.00, and 80.00 each.

HYDROZINCITE- Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Delicate, minute white sprays of micro crystals of hydrozincite richly scattered on gossan matrix. Old material from the late 1970's with good micro potential and brillaint, blue-white fluorescence as well, occasionally with hemimorphite or other phases! Matrix sizes from 1.5cm to 5cm @ 5.00, 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each, a few to 8x5cm @ 55.00 each.

IDAITE- Gruvberget, Kiruna Region, Lappland, Sweden
Rich metallic masses of idaite nicely scattered in rock matrix, most intergrown with other sulfides and with secondary copper minerals. Old material obtained from Hans Wilke many years ago, and mentioned in his book of Swedish mineralogy. Interesting locality sizes from 1.5cm to 4cm @ 25.00, 40.00 and 65.00 each.

ISOFERROPLATINUM (crystal!)- Konder, Ayan Maya, Far Eastern Reg., Russia
From a more recent find of CRYSTALS offered as native platinum, we have a nice selection of specimens averaging 3m to 5mm across, each showing slightly water-worn cubic faces. Each sample is accompanied by a copy of our chemical analysis, all showing these are actually isoferroplatinum. Others are charging up to $900 per gram(!!) for crystallized samples, we offer ANALYZED specimens at about half that price, at only 95.00, 125.00 and 150.00 each, all with documentation!

LAHNSTEINITE (IMA 2012-002)- Dornberg Mine, Ramsbeck, Germany
This relatively NEW SPECIES occurs as colorless to cloudy white triclinic crystals scattered on the surface of sphalerite-rich, Pb-Sb-S ore matrix. Formula: Zn4(SO4)(OH)6*3H2O - triclinic - IMA #2012-002. This is the second German locality for the species, provided by one of the authors. only a few small (1cm) specimens with rich micro potential @ 185.00 each.

LITHIOPHORITE- Queen City Mn Mine, Nye Co., Nevada
Non-descript but exceptionally rich black masses of ugly lithiophorite comprising matrix, here with small amounts of fluorescent gibbsite as well. Recently featured in Mineral News, Vol. 33 (2017) No. 2 issue, and from one of only a few localities for the species in Nevada. Specimens range in size from about 3cm to 8cm across @ 7.50, 15.00 and 25.00 each. One 13cm specimen @ 55.00. List alternates!

MAGNETITE- nr. Bangassou, Mbomou Prefecture, Central African Republic
Sharp, single octahedrons of well-formed magnetite without matrix, these averaging about 2.5cm tall! As expected, they are magnetic and show only a light rusty patina over the crystal faces. The original source for these excellent octahedral crystals has long been disputed, and a locality in Mindat refers to "Ilogo Prefecture", which does not exist in the Central African Republic! With only two small (and now defunct) known iron mining areas in the country, the locality is likely here in this SE area of the country, bordering on the Mbomou River and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Well formed crystals, matrix-free, at just 15.00 each.

MALACHITE- Kolwezi, Katanga Copper Crescent, Dem Rep Congo
We have gathered a large selection of our better malachite specimens obtained over the years from this prolific district, here as both acicular, somewhat fibrous malachite, as well as rich botryoidal malachite, both habits that are appealing, sit well, and are excellent display specimens. These are MINERAL specimens, not polished pieces, and a wealth of sizes and habits are on hand from 5cm up to 12cm across, priced competitively at just 15.00, 30.00, 45.00, 75.00, 100.00 and 125.00 each. All are attractive, and a few higher are available, inquire!

MARGAROSANITE, CALCITE etc.- Jacobsberg, Nordmark Dist., Varmland, Sweden
A rather ugly rock comprised of densely packed biotitic mica and other phases, showing a non-descript patch of nicely fluorescent (SW blue-white) margarosanite plume about 3x2cm, with a similarly sized calcite (SW red-orange) mass perched at the opposite end of the piece. There are other crusty white phases on the same surface as well, but none are fluorescent. One specimen only, size about 6x6cm @ 125.00.

METAVARISCITE w/ VARISCITE- Lucin Hill, Box Elder Co., Utah
Excellent micro crystals of tabular to elongated transparent to pale green metavariscite crystals nicely scattered in seams with green variscite. Some crystals are nearly equant and show interesting twinning, and all have superb micro potential. Matrix sizes from 1.5cm to 4.5cm @ 7.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each. Great stuff from an old locality, collected circa 1985!!

NONTRONITE with HEDENBERGITE- North Wilson Pit, Union Carbide Mine, Arkansas
This normally unappealing clay mineral occurs here at this Garland County property as rich, pistachio-green to yellowish crusts nicely covering a calcite-bearing carbonatite rock matrix that is rich in tiny, brownish black hedenbergite pyroxene crystals and masses. Old material recently uncovered here, specimens with good coverage for a normally ugly mineral, sizes from about 3.5cm to 8cm at just 10.00, 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00.

NORDSTRANDITE- Poudrette Quarry, Mont St. Hilaire, Canada
The mineral occurs here as extremely small colorless to greyish-white radiating crystalline aggregates in tiny balls very sparsely scattered on feldspar matrix. We located a few older specimens in the Sole Collection, most in the 2cm-3cm size range at just 25.00 and 35.00 each.

NORRISHITE- Hoskins Mine, Grenfell, N.S.W., Australia
Black micaceous masses of this relatively new species scattered in/on matrix. A rare Mn-end member mica-group mineral obtained more than fifteen years ago from the type locality, sizes from 1cm to 4cm @ 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 65.00 each, depending on overall size and coverage.

OLIVENITE- Centennial Eureka Mine, Juab Co., Utah
Dark green, brilliant glassy olivenite micro crystals perched in vugs and on matrix, occasionally with malachite, chenevixite and possibly other species. There are two distinct habits, one long and slender, generally with pale green color (excellent micros!), and stouter, much darker green crystals. Good micro potential on these neat specimens, sizes from 1.5cm to 3cm @ only 5.00, 7.50 and 10.00 each.

PYROXMANGITE- Conselheiro Lafaiete, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Rich, deeply hued, opaque pink-red masses and cleavages comprising matrix. Attractive, colorful material, originally identified as rhodonite but subsequently X-rayed and confirmed as the more uncommon species pyroxmangite! First obtained in 1995, we recently uncovered a small lot of this material, likely from the Morro da Mina property but not the gemmy, transparent rhodonite also found here. Matrix sizes from 2.5cm to 5.5cm @ just 15.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

QUARTZ variety CHALCEDONY- Unspecified Locality in Madagascar
Weird, globular to mammillary botryoids of translucent white chalcedony forming oddly-shaped clusters and "ear like" specimens, typically with little or no associated matrix. A mineralogical curiosity, specimens averaging 4cm to 5cm across at just 15.00 each. Strange!

SANTACLARAITE- Pennsylvania Mine, Santa Clara Co., California
Pink to tan masses of santaclaraite richly scattered in/on rock matrix. From the type locality Pennsylvania Mine that lies just east of Mt. Hamilton. Originally from very old Cureton stock supplied by Richrd Erd, the USGS mineralogist who described the mineral. Specimens range from 2.5cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 30.00, and 45.00 each; a fine and rich 8cm specimen @ 75.00.

SIBIRSKITE in PROBERTITE- Anatolia, Turkey
A single specimen of this rare species, here as intimately associated with crystalline probertite forming a 1cm TN. Likely from the Sankaya Boron Deposit near Kirka, the sample is ex-Br. Juan Salvador Collection, only only, @ 160.00.

SPADAITE- Palos Verdes Hills, Los Angeles Co, California
An hydrous magnesium silicate mineral, spadaite occurs as light brown fibrous masses on matrix. Resembling a pale chocolate colored asbestos, the enigmatic and still questionable spadaite species apparently formed as a secondary mineral, developing substantial masses on one side of the Miocene sediment matrix. Likely from the Livingston Quarry at this locality and collected many years ago, sizes from 3cm to 6cm @ 35.00, 50.00, and 75.00 each, or smaller pieces in a capsule @ 15.00. One huge 11cm specimen @ 175.00.

SPODUMENE variety KUNZITE- Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Before you get excited, these are NOT the gem kunzites from the region (we have those, too) but rather hefty, opaque spodumenes with a pronounced pinkish hue that show excellent fluorescence under both LW and SW UV, with the LW response (pinkish-orange) the better of the two! The specimens all show crude crystal faces as well, but we were only able to secure of few of these fluorescent oddities, averaging about 5.5cm tall and up to 4cm wide at just 25.00 each. Limit one per order, please!

STILLWELLITE-(Ce)- Castellaccio di Petrignano, Latium, Italy
Very tiny, pale pink transparent crystals of stillwellite-(Ce) very sparsely scattered and perched in vugs among crystalline sanidine matrix. Typical associations include magnetite and occasionally other species, these from the 1977 discovery at this Vetralla locality. Specimens average 2.5-3cm @ 40.00 each, all with a pinpointing arrow.

THOREAULITE- Bakeanoe Ta-Deposit, E. Kalba Range Kazakhstan
This moderately rare tin mineral occurs here as thin, somewhat tabular yellow-brown platelets without matrix. A single plate just under 1mm across, most with some micro potential, packaged in a capsule @ only 35.00 each.

TINZENITE- Falotta, nr. Tinzen, Grisons, Switzerland
Dark, nearly black braunite and white barite comprise the matrix of these rather lean samples, here showing pinkish orange tinzenite lightly scattered in isolated areas of the specimens. One of several known localities in the Albula Valley near the type locality, specimens range from 2.5cm to nearly 4cm @ 35.00 and 50.00 each. Only a few on hand!

TYROLITE- Gold Chain Mine, Mammoth, Juab Co., Utah
Fine radiating micro aggregates and flattened crystal sprays of rich, greenish blue tyrolite nicely scattered in vugs and exposed seams on quartz-rich matrix. Some of the finest we've seen from the locality, these are 2cm to 4cm specimens, very reasonably priced @ just 10.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each, depending on quality and overall size/coverage. Good micro potential on better pieces!

WOLLASTONITE- Estrella Mts., Maricopa Co., Arizona
Radial aggregates of shimmering white wollastonite crystals are abundantly present throughout a grey-white, metamorphosed limestone matrix. Fluorescent bluish white in dull red matrix under SW UV. Reasonably attractive, sizes are from 2.5cm to 5cm @ 5.00, 10.00 and 15.00 each. Old material!

BOOK

PORTFOLIOS of MINERAL PHOTOGRAPHS - Parts 1 & 2
These two mineral portfolios were produced about 15 years ago by the same people who now publish the fine, glossy Mineralogical Alamanac magazine in Russia. Each portfolio contains 12 different color mineral photographs (yes, actual glossy photographs!) as generously sized 15x15cm (about 6 inches by 6 inches) images, carefully mounted on heavy, slate-grey stock and contained in a matching slate-grey folder. Each mineral is identified on the back of the mounted image in both Russian and English. Set #1, "The Creative Earth" has a dozen different aesthetic specimens on generally dark backgounds, while Set #2,"On Planet Earth" offers a dozen attractive samples superimposed on natural backgrounds such as fields, lakes, mountains etc., certainly more nature-oriented than the first set. We have very limited quantities of each set, with #1 (minerals only) offered @ $35.00/portfolio, and #2 (minerals + nature) @ $25.00 per portfolio of 12 different; order early and get both for just $55.00. Real photographs suitable for framing!

COLLECTION

MYSTERY FLAT- Various Localities Worldwide
We continue to offer our popular "mystery flats" of twenty (20) different specimens from worldwide localities, all individually labeled and ranging in size from about 2.5cm to 6cm across for the princely sum of just $125 plus shipping. These are from old collections, excess stock, single specimens and material available only in small quantities too labor intensive to describe and catalog. Some will be colorful, some will be ugly, some will have micro potential, some from obscure localities, but the lot will be worth a minimum of $250 or more, yours sight-unseen for our liquidation price of just $125 plus shipping! Multiple orders up to three sets (60 specimens) received at the same time will not have duplicates! A bargain for anyone wishing to expand their collection horizons, these now include specimens from a recent University purchase! Try one!

GEMS

TSAVORITE GROSSULAR- Merelani, Arusha, Tanzania
Excellent, clean bright green tsavorite garnet faceted stones, here as calibrated 5x3mm ovals showing fine color and careful cutting. Judgung from the rough crystals we have in stock, finding rough clean enough to facet is certainly a challenge! We offer 5x3mm ovals @ 30.00 each, or a lot of three for 75.00. Limited availability!


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CATALOG 21702 - Volume XLIV, No.2

This list has the usual assortment of new species, classic specimens and odd-ball locality pieces from many old collections that stock our extensive inventory. As usual, all specimens are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, FOB our warehouse. Enjoy!
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AKERMANITE- Oka, Quebec, Canada
This uncommon Ca-rich Mg-silicate occurs widely in small amounts, here as greyish white to slightly yellowish aggregates lightly scattered in intruded alkaline rock matrix. Not much to look at, but older material ex-Canadian Geological Survey, a few samples from about 2.5cm to 5cm across @ 20.00 and 45.00 each; one extraordinarily large specimen sporting two drill holes from an old exploratory mining venture, about 12x10cm @ 150.00. List alternates!

AZURITE- Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona
Selected from numerous collections in our warehouse, we offer a modest range of classic Bisbee azurites obtained over the years, many pre-1950, some from museums, dealers and private collections. Typically small, dark blue druses, crystals and botryoidal crystalline knobs of azurite richly scattered on matrix, some with minor green malachite, all with micro potential and all with rich coverage. Specimens priced according to quality, sizes 2.5cm to 4cm @ just 20.00, 30.00, 50.00, 75.00 and 100.00 each. Old, classic material!

BARITE with PYRITE- Rosiclaire, Hardin Co., Illinois
An unusual combination of white to transparent platy barite crystals to 5mm well-scattered on greyish micro dolomites, also showing very rare (for the district) micro pyrite druses richly spread over the samples. Excellent TN-sized samples with good micro potential as well, the pyrite so rare from the Rosiclare district that images on Mindat are sorely lacking! Speicmens from about 2cm to 2.5cm @ 10.00 and 15.00 each.

BERYL variety EMERALD- Itabira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Yes, emeralds can be ugly, and these are the ones! Dull green masses of poorly crystallized emerald generously fill these nondescript specimens, largely comprised of the green to greyish-green beryl and a dark mica (phlogopite?). While the color is distinctive, these are rather opaque and offer no serious gem potential nor sharp crystal faces. From the Iron Quadrangle, specimens average 4cm to 5cm long @ just 10.00 each!

CALCIOMURMANITE (IMA 2014-103)- Mt. Pyalkimpor, Lovozero, Kola, Russia
This NEW SPECIES occurs as pale pinkish tan micaceous plates to several millimeters wide, scattered in nepheline-rich lujavrite rock matrix, typically with fine-grained potassic feldspar, aegirine etc. Formula: (Na,[])2Ca(Ti,Mg,Nb)4[Si2O7]2O2()H,O)2(H2O4) - triclinic, IMA #2014-103. This locality is approximately 1km from the type where the species was found on an old museum sample. Fairly rich specimens, sizes from 2cm to 3cm across and priced according to size and coverage @ 150.00 and 195.00 each.

CALCITE pseudo @ FOSSIL CLAM- Azanarusawa, Chiba Pref., Honshu, Japan
Weirdly fluorescent (SW and LW bluish white) and briefly phosphorescent (pale green) translucent to white calcite has completely replaced the upper surface of a fossil clam shell. The underside of the shell is a mix of caliche-like shell fragments mixed with granular aggregates of numerous unidentifed mineral grains. A unique occurrence, with Japanese label, size about 5cm across @ 55.00. List alternates!

CLINOCHLORE var: KAMMERERITE- Kop Daglari, Erzurum, E. Anatolia, Turkey
One of the more handsome examples of this chromian clinochlore that we've had, these samples show numerous, deep magenta colored crystals to 5mm on the better samples nicely scattered over one surface of rock matrix, most showing a good triangular outline and raised slightly from matrix. Old and very colorful material from the 1970's, specimens from 3cm to nearly 6cm @ 50.00, 75.00, 100.00, 125.00 and 150.00 ea

COVELLITE- Lily Mine, Pisco Prov., Ica Dept., Peru
From the locality better known for its "Andean Opal", we have a small lot of rather rich, dense, massive blue-black metallic covellite, intergrown with minor pyrite, quartz and possibly other phases. The material is quite heavy and takes an excellent polish, sold for lapiday use starting at $100 a pound! Our samples are rough chunks from 4cm to 11cm across, certain to turns your hands black when handling, offered at just 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 75.00 each. A few specimens with one cut face and lightly buff polished, 5cm to 9cm across the face @ 30.00, 55.00 and 80.00 each

DESCLOIZITE- Overland Mine, White Pine Co., Nevada
From a uncommon locality in Nevada, we have an interesting lot of attractive, red to orange-red descloizite, here as thin crusts of minute botryoidal knobs richly scattered on matrix, some with a paler yellow-orange color but still analytically confirmed as descloizite. Attractive specimens under the scope as well, the locality is one of many old and obscure mining prospects listed in the County Recorder's records, but not mentioned in any mineralogical or geological reference we can find! Heyite has been reported in the area as pseudomorphs after descloizite, but we found little or no iron in any of our analyses. Colorful specimens, very reasonably priced and featured in Mineral News (September, 2012), sizes from about 3cm to 7cm @ 7.50, 10.00, 20.00 and 30.00; a few larger, 10cm to 15cm long @ 50.00, 65.00 and 80.00 each, all with a copy of an analysis!

DIAMOND- Zimi Region, Western Area, Sierra Leone
Best known for its brilliant yellow diamonds, the Zimi region was once rich in excellent, highly productive diamond deposits, but production has largely moved to eastern parts of the country. We recently uncovered some old (ex-David New) crystals in the inventory, offered here as pale amber-brown, highly striated cubic crystals without matrix. Under the scope, these show remarkably complex morphology. Sizes include: 4x4x3mm (0.62 cts) @ 90.00; 5x4x3mm (0.80 cts) @ 120.00. List alternates!

DIOPTASE on MALACHITE etc.- Tsumeb, Namibia
An old specimen comprised of a half dozen small (2mm) deep green dioptase crystals perched on one edge of large, cauliflower-like, velverty botryoidal malachite specimen, also with a few small greysih whilte dolomites and a partial 1.5 cm fragment of a wulfenite crystal sitting in the middle of the specimen. Ignoring the dioptase and wulfenite, this is an otherwise excellent Tsumeb malachite brought out circa 1980, the associations making it especially desirable, overall measuring a hefty 8.5cm across @ just 200.00. Nice!

FERRI-FLUORO-LEAKEITE- Flora Mt., Lovozero, Kola Peninsula, Russia
A new locality for this complex amphibole species, here as short prismatic black crystals to a few millimeters long, lightly scattered in fenite matrix, largely comprised of quartz and alkali feldspar, occasionally with trace beige colored narsarsukite as well. Specimens range from about 2cm to 3.5cm across priced according to size and richness @ 60.00, 90.00 and 125.00 each. List alternates!

FRAIPONTITE- Silver Bill Mine, Cochise Co., Arizona
This uncommon mineral occurs here as pale blue masses and streamers running through matrix, most associated with micro hemimorphite, calcite and occasionally altered galena as well. Moderately colorful material collected over 25 years ago, ex-Cureton specimens from 2.5cm to nearly 9cm across @ 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each.

GIBBSITE with LITHIOPHORITE- Queen City Mn Prospect, Nye Co., Nevada
Opaque, off-white cherty masses of gibbsite are the primary matrix mineral in these decidedly ugly specimens, with black lithiophorite appearing as spots and small masses scattered about the gibbsite. Recently described in Mineral News (2017, Vol. 33, #2), the material is weakly fluorescent (SW - green), perhaps it's only redeeming characteristic other than it represents one of the few reported occurrence of lithiophorite in the state, and the only Nye County occurrence of gibbsite! Likely one of the ugliest (but still interesting) mineral combinations of all time, offered here in sizes from 3cm to 7cm @ just 7.50, 15.00 and 25.00 each.

GOSLARITE- Grube Rammelsberg, Goslar, Harz, Germany
Goslarite from this excellent old type locality occurs as nearly pure friable, tan opaque and somewhat powdery masses comprising matrix. Offered as a generously filled capsule @ 12.50, or as solid masses from 1cm to 3cm @ 25.00, 40.00, and 55.00 each.

GOUDEYITE- Majuba Hill, Pershing County, Nevada
Bright to pale green coatings and micro-botryoidal crusts of this rare aluminum copper arsenate, found in the 'Copper Stope' of this prolific Nevada locality. Collected by Forrest Cureton many years ago, most have good micro potential and are associated with other arsenates. Priced according to size and quality, from 2cm to 5cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00, and 65.00 each.

GRAFTONITE etc.- Rice Quarry, Groton, Grafton Co., New Hampshire
Red-brown crystalline masses of graftonite are embedded and intimately associated with altered triphylite and occasionally bluish vivianite, richly comprising matrix in this old and rich phosphate assemblage. Collected over 40 years ago, excellent locality specimens, sizes from about 2.5cm to 4cm @ 15.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each.

GROSSULAR variety HESSONITE- Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
Recently uncovered in the warehouse: an old lot of transparent, pale orange to cinnamon colored grossular garnets (variety "hessonite")scattered on matrix, collected in 1972 by the late Russell Buckingham! Still wrapped in local newspapers, these are small (largest xl to 1cm), complex and generally flattened and somewhat crude dodecahedral and trapezeohedral crystalline aggregates on rock matrix, occasionally with minor diopside or other species. Specimens range in size from about 3cm to 12cm across, with coverage light to fair on larger matrix samples. While not the killers this mine once produced, they are representative of the variety and typical of field collected specimens of the time. Priced according to quality/size @ 10.00, 20.00, 30.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each.

HEMIMORPHITE- Sterling Hill, Ogdensburg, Sussex Co New Jersey
An interesting miniature comprised of white, botryoidal hemimorphite completely covering thin rock matrix, with evidence of concentric banding seen from the side of the specimen. The underside shows many micro crystals that are considerably more transparent than the opaque surface botryoidal mass, and the surface is mildly fluorescent under both SW and LW. Size about 5.5x3cm @ 45.00. One only.

HYDROCERUSSITE- Mendip Hills, Somerset, England
Off-white crystalline masses of hydrocerussite are richly scattered with white calcite (easily distinguished by FL-red SW UV) and blackish brown manganese minerals composed primarily of crednerite in these rich specimens from the classic Higher Pitts location. Old material, ex-Cureton, sizes from 2cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each.

JARLITE- Ivigtut, Arsuk Fjord, Greenland
Jarlite is one of several strontium bearing fluoride minerals first noted from this unusual and prolific pegmatite. Jarlite occurs here at the type locality as greysih crystalline to vuggy masses, associated with fluorite, and possibly containing areas of drusy jarlite as well. Old material, sizes from 3cm to nearly 6cm @ 30.00, 45.00, and 65.00.

LAURELITE- Grand Reef Mine, Laurel Canyon, Arizona
Minute, elongated clear rod-like crystals of this rare species packaged in a gelatin capsule with associated galena, anglesite etc. Lustrous micro crystals and aggregates to a couple of millimeters long, and missing from many reference collections!. Type locality material collected about 25 years ago; good micro potential, @ only 35.00 per capsule of material.

LIMONITE pseudo @ PYRITE- Marion Co., Kentucky
From a small box of old Ward's material, these are typical limonitic pseudos after pyrite, all matrix-free and crystal forms ranging from pyritohedrons and cubes to weirdly elongated rectangular crystals. The locality is old and obscure, and we offer three different cystals, averaging 1cm to 1.5cm each @ just 12.50 per lot of three.

LITHIOTANTITE w/ THOREAULITE- Ognevka Deposit, Kalba Range, Kazakhstan
A surprising find from the type locality for the species, here as unusually large (to 1mm) colorless and highly lustrous grains intimately associated with bright yellow, glassy thoreaulite and occasionally with dark brownish cassiterite as well. Small samples to a several millimeters across but excellent for type locality specimens, only a few on hand @ 125.00 each.

LIZARDITE pseudo @ ENSTATITE- Kennack, Lizard, Cornwall, England
Small platy aggregates of "bastite" to a few millimeters across, richly scattered in dark martrix. These are lizardite pseudomorphs after enstatite, and many older labels simply called them "bastite" or "enstatite" or even "bronzite". From the TYPE LOCALITY for lizardite, classic stuff obtained many years ago, only a few specimens on hand, sizes ranging from about 2cm to 4.5cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each.

MAGADIITE w/ SILHYDRITE etc.- Trinite Mine, Trinity Co., California
White microcrystalline masses of altered volcanic material comprised of densely intergrown magadiite, typically with minor kenyaite and/or silhydrite comprising matrix, occasionally with minute rhodesite as well. This is type locality material for silhydrite, sometimes designated as near Watson Creek, specimen sizes from 1.5cm to 5cm @ 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 65.00 each. A rare assemblage!

MAGNESIOHATERTITE (IMA 2016-078- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
Another NEW SPECIES from this Kamchatka volcano, here as minute, dark blue-grey crystals intergrown into tiny aggregates and groups without matrix. Formula: (Na,Ca)2Ca(Mg,Fe3+)2(AsO4)3 - monoclinic, IMA approved #2016-078, the Mg>Fe analog of hatertite. A skilled photomicrographer would likely get an excellent image of these tiny crystal groups, but barely 1mm across is beyond our limited photo capability! Tiny samples, mounted on adhesive disks @ 175.00 each. List alternates!

NABALAMPROPHYLLITE- Kovdor Massif, Kola, Russia
Repeat of a sellout: this NEW SPECIES occurs as small, yellowish brown prismatic aggregates scattered in matrix, typically with minor feldspar, lorenzenite and possibly other phases. Formula: Ba(Na,Ba){Na3Ti[Ti2O2Si4O14](OH,F)2} - monoclinic. IMA #2001-060, specimens from 8mm to nearly 5cm @ 50.00, 75.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each.

PHOSPHOSIDERITE, ROCKBRIDGEITE- White Elephant Mine, Custer Co., South Dako
An uncommon mineral at the locality, phosphosiderite occurs here as minute, pale lavender to pinkish botryoids and crystalline aggregates sparsely scattered in rockbridgeite-rich matrix, the latter forming desnse radiaiting aggregates of brownish-black sprays well-scattered in rock, occasionally with odd, yellowish jahnsite microcrystals as well. Specimens from about 2cm to 4cm @ 10.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each.

PREISWERKITE- Geisspfad, Binnental, Valais, Switzerland
Type locality material! Preiswerkite, a mica group member, occurs as fine grained pale green masses scattered through a tough, schist-like rock matrix. Good representative material, difficult to obtain today, in sizes from 1.5cm to 3cm @ 20.00 and 35.00 each. A few larger pieces up to 6cm @ 75.00 and 100.00.

PYRITE- Grand View Mine, nr Bayard, Grant Co., New Mexico
Distinctive but crude cubic pyrite crystals to 1cm in larger samples, here frozen in disseminated, galena-rich matrix. Good examples of isolated cubes shot through ore-bearing rock, not especially attractive but inexpensively offered for specimens from 5cm to 10cm across @ only 10.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. Heavy stuff and will likely require larger priority box postage.

QUARTZ with INCLUSIONS- Sichuan Province, PR China
A recently acquired small lot of well formed singly terminated, transparent quartz crystals, all showing inscrutable inclusions of an unknown black, somewhat wispy, material, some appearing rod-like when travelling along an internal fracture plane. We have seen similar material from both Leshan and Liangshan Prefectures in Sichuan, variously labelled as bitumen, hematite or graphite, with a hydrocarbon being the most likely candidate for the inclusion ID. Interesting crystals, averaging 6cm-7cm tall at just 20.00 each.

QUARTZ-AMETHYST "Grape Agate"- Mamuju, Sulawesi Barat Province, Indonesia
We have been able to secure a few more of these fascinating specimens from last year's discovery of these extraordinarily attractive specimens that have been called chalcedony as well as "grape agate". These are actually tiny radiating amethyst crystals forming wonderful balls and botryoids of pale purple color completely scattered on and about the samples, looking much like small bunches of miniature grapes (and hence, the name)! Quite attractive and a unique habit from an obscure locality, specimens range from about 6cm to 9cm across with varying heights and depths, priced very reasonably at just 35.00, 50.00, 65.00 and 85.00 each. Nice stuff!

SENEKEVICHITE- Dara-i-Pioz, Tien Shan Mtn., Tajikistan
This exceptionally rare species occurs as micro aggregates in fluorite/quartz matrix, some with minor neptunite, leucosphenite or possibly other phases. A relatively new cesium mineral, formula: CsKNaCa2TiO[Si7O18(OH)], IMA-approved over 10 years ago (2004-017) but rarely available since. The cesium analog of tinaksite, type locality material from the author, offered as small microprobed samples in a 1.8cm mount, accompanied by an SEM image and full quantitative chemical analysis @ 225.00. List alternates!

STRACZEKITE- Union Carbide Mine, Wilson Springs, Arkansas
Greenish-black micro crystals and platy aggregates of straczekite scattered on cherty matrix. An unusual species from this prolific locality, some associated with minor yellow nontronite or possibly others. Type locality material from the North Wilson Pit, sizes from 1.5cm to 7cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 35.00, 50.00 depending on size and coverage, a few to 12cm (!!) @ 125.00. Rarely seen on the market today!

TANEYAMALITE- Taneyama Mine, Toyo, Kumamoto Pref., Japan
Specimens from the type locality (!!) obtained over 30 years ago from a Japanese scientist, offered here as dark, greenish brown to nearly black somewhat wavy and vitreous fibrous aggregates sparsely scattered in seams in an iron-rich, metamorphosed chert matrix. The mineral is the Mn-analog of howieite, and legitimate specimens from the type locality are rarely available. Only a few specimens on hand, as small 2+cm TNs @ 35.00; or as considerably larger ore chunks to 6cm @ 125.00 each.

VICANITE -(Ce)- Vico Complex, Tre Croci, Vetralla, Italy
Minute euhedral yellowish-green crystals of this rare mineral sparsely scattered in vuggy sanidine matrix, occasionally covered by or with pale brown micaceous blades of tadzhikite-(Y) and possibly other rare species. A rarely offered Ca-Ce-Th arsenate, these with micro potential. Each specimen is arrowed, sizes from 2cm to nearly 4cm @ 35.00, 45.00 and 55.00 each, depending on quality.

WILANCOOKITE (IMA 2015-034)- Larva Ponte do Piaui, Itinga, M.G., Brazil
This NEW SPCEIES occurs as minute, transparent cubes (and occasionally modified by dodecahedrons) sparsely scattered on matrix, often associated with bronze mica and/or fibrous moreasite. Formula: Ba8(Ba3Li2[])Be24P24O96*32H2O, cubic, IMA # 2015-034. Named by the senior author for the late William and Anne Cook, avid systematic collectors and micromounters. The crystals are quite small (0.2mm) and will require at least 20x, but they are lustrous and well-formed micros! Small matrix samples to a few millimeters in a micro box, priced according to the number and/or quality of crystals, @ 60.00, 90.00 and 125.00 each.

BOOK

MINERALS FIRST DISCOVERED IN SWITZERLAND - Philippe Roth
Last call! We have only a handful of copies left of this hardcover book presented in the style of the similar "Minerals First Discovered in Canada" and other country-specific works. In a larger format of 8.5 x 11 inches, the 239 page work provides a brief history of mineralogy in Switzerland, geology of the major deposits etc. Each species is given a two page treatment of locality and morphology details, images of the specimens, the people they are named for (when appropriate), locality images etc.. followed by an additional chapter of species named for Swiss citizens but discovered elsewhere. Because this work was heavily sponsored, it's cost is surprisingly low at just 45.00 plus shipping. We are the exclusive North American distributor, and all copies are new and shrink-wrapped!

COLLECTION

MYSTERY FLAT- Various Localities Worldwide
We continue to offer our popular "mystery flats" of twenty (20) different specimens from worldwide localities, all individually labeled and ranging in size from about 2.5cm to 6cm across for the princely sum of just $125 plus shipping. These are from old collections, excess stock, single specimens and material available only in small quantities too labor intensive to describe and catalog. Some will be colorful, some will be ugly, some will have micro potential, some from obscure localities, but the lot will be worth a minimum of $250 or more, yours sight-unseen for our liquidation price of just $125 plus shipping! Multiple orders up to three sets (60 specimens) received at the same time will not have duplicates! A bargain for anyone wishing to expand their collection horizons, these now include specimens from a recent University purchase! Try one!

GEM

SYNTHETIC "ORANGE SAPPHIRE"- Lab Grown Quartz from China
We recently acquired a fairly robust lot of wonderfully large, laser-cut faceted ovals, purported to be synthetic sapphire. A few quick tests suggests these are actually lab-grown quartz, admittedly of a fine, orange padparadscha color, but closely resembling fine citrine. While the real padparadscha sells for over $2000 a carat, we will blow these out at about 1.50 a carat, with nicely cut, perfectly clean faceted ovals ranging in size from about 18x13mm to monster 28x22mm (about 20 carats to nearly 40 carats) at 30.00, 45.00, 50.00 and 60.00 each. Impressive, but still synthetic! Order by price, please!

CATALOG 21701 - Volume XLIV, No.1

Our first list for 2017 has the usual assortment of new species, classic specimens and odd-ball locality pieces from many old collections that stock our extensive inventory. Pay special attention to the last of our Virginia turquoise crystals, the finest U.S. occurrence of kobellite from North Carolina, and many other interesting specimens. As usual, all specimens are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, FOB our warehouse. Enjoy!

ALLANITE-(Ce)- Cranberry Lake Q, Westchester Co., New York
Collected over ten (10) years ago, these are interesting specimens from this small abandoned quarry located in the Valhalla/North White Plains area of Westchester County. The allanite-(Ce) occurs as tiny, elongated black grains in gneiss. The quarry was opened in the early 1900s and produced stone for construction of the nearby Kensico Dam. Specimens of smoky quartz and feldspar were also recoved, and the allanites were analyzed by us in 2005 but never offered for sale until now. Not previously reported, this is the first mineral assemblage documented from this property. Matrix samples in granular, black and white gneiss, sizes from about 2cm to 10 cm @ just 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each, with a copy of our analysis.

BOHMITE- Mas Rouge, Les Baux Province, France
Rather ugly stuff, here as massive tan to reddish masses completely comprising this "bauxite" matrix. From a classic area for this major aluminum ore mineral, old specimens ex-Cureton stock ranging in size from about 2cm to nearly 6cm across @ 15.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

CALCIOJOHILLERITE (2016-068)- Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia
This NEW SPECIES was discovered on the second scoria cone of the Northern Breakthrough of the Great Tolbachik Fissure Eruption of this famous volcano. It occurs as micro crystals (about 1mm) of colorless to slightly bluish color lightly scattered on a basaltic scoria, typically associated with splendant black hematite and minute rods of white orthoclase. Formula: NaCaMg3(AsO4)3 - monoclinic, IMA #2016-068. The mineral is a member of the alluadite group and an analog of johillerite in which copper has been substituted by calcium. Modest micro potential as well, specimens averaging about 2.5cm @ 150.00 each.

CONNELLITE etc.- Black Pine Mine, Granite Co., Montana
This prolific mine has produced over 75 different species, many n attractive micro crystals. The connellite is no exception, here as very tiny, electric blue micro crystals perched on quartz matrix, often with other secondary phases as well. Neat micros and uncommon from here, specimens in TN sizes averaging 2cm @ just 25.00 each, all with pinpointing SEM copper arrows.

CORUNDUM var: SAPHHIRE- Dachsbusch, nr. Huttenberg, Eifel, Germany
Very tiny micro crystals of blue-grey elongated corundum crystals sparsely scattered in biotite schist, some possibly associate with minute, white sillimanite/andalusite (EDS cannot distinguish) sprays. An interesting locality and strictly for the micromounter and sapphire collector, small specimens averaging about 1cm across @ just 15.00 each.

CRONSTEDTITE w/ CHILDRENITE- Siglo Veinte Mine, Llallagua, Bolivia
Odd, murky greenish brown botryoids of the hexagonal (2-H) polymorphs of cronstedtite scattered on matrix, associated with pyrite, and occasionally weird pinkish massive sphalerite, nice childrenite micros and possibly other phases! Interesting material from a classic locality, specimen sizes from about 2.5cm to nearly 4cm @ 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each, some with micro potential as well.

DIAMOND- Bou River, Seguela District, Ivory Coast
From an obscure and unusual locality, we have a small lot of diamond crystals without matrix, all exhibiting unusually modified dodecahedral habits! Sizes average 2mm, most are quite transparent, and we will select a PAIR OF CRYSTALS that show different habits and/or color tints for just 15.00 per pair!

DUFTITE etc.- Black Pine Mine, Granite Co., Montana
Apple green micro balls, crystals and aggregates of duftite well scattered on quartz matrix, typically associated with darker green malachite, and occasionally other secondary minerals such as brochantite, adamite, etc. Attractive under the 'scope, excellent specimens from about 2cm to 5cm across @ 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each. Nice!

FERGUSONITE-(Y)-Beta- Arendal, Aust-Agder, Norway
An old stock of this uncommon mineral was recently analyzed and confirmed as fergusonite-(Y)-beta, once called beta-fergusonite when it was first described in the early 1960s. A monoclinic dimorph of tetragonal fergusonite-(Y), this material is filled with weird REE elements, typically with measurable Dy, Ho etc. It occurs as resinous to somewhat vitreous black, glassy aggregates feldspar matrix, and overall specimen sizes range from 2cm to 4cm @ 30.00, 45.00 and 65.00 each, each supplied with a copy of our EDS spectra and a standard XRD spectra as well.

FRANKLINITE in KUTNOHORITE etc- Sterling Hill, nr. Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey
This large specimen sports several black octahedral franklinite crystals to about 6mm lightly scattered in large, pinkish-white, non-fluorescent kutnohorite matrix, shot through in several areas with brightly fluorescent (green SW UV) dull brownish red, "troostite" variety willemite pods (to 2cm across) and small, crude crystals providing the only FL response in the piece! This large specimen was collected in November, 1972, nearly 45 years ago, and it measures about 17x11x5 cm @ just 125.00.

HAUYNE- Niedermendig, Laach Lake Volcano, Germany
Small but vibrantly colored, electric blue crystalline hauyne, crudely crystallized and extracted from pumice matrix, typical specimen size averaging about 4mm across of pure material and showing some faces as well. Excellent, gemmy color @ just 12.00 each from this Eifel locality.

HUBEITE - Daye Mine, Huang Si, Hubei Province PR China
This uncommon species occurs as attractive, well formed, glassy brown, micro prismatic crystals to 6mm richly scattered on matrix, sometimes intergrown on and about calcite crystals etc. Formula: Ca2Mn2+Fe3+SiO4(OH)(H2O)2. Very interesting specimens from the type locality, generous sizes averaging 9cm across @ just 150.00 each. A few with elongated pink inesite crystals @ 200.00 each, the latter very attractive and quite superb!

JAHNSITE-(CaMnMn)- Bull Moose Mine, Custer Co., South Dakota
Excellent micro crystals of the (CaMnMn) member of the jahnsite series, here as tiny, yellowish green glassy crystals perched in vugs in massive primary phosphate-rich matrix. EDS work on these oddly-colored micro crystals repeatedly showed the Mn:Fe ratio near 1:1 to 3:2, with low Mg present as well. All samples with arrows and accompanied by a copy of our analytical work! Although small, these are well formed and make for excellent micros with a wide variety of secondary phosphate associations, with overall matrix sizes ranging from about 1.5cm to 4cm across @ 20.00, 30.00, and 45.00. Nice!

KOBELLITE- Nello Teer Q., Raleigh, Wake Co., North Carolina
This relatively small locality has produced about two dozen species, most from early workings of the quarry prior to 1970 that were subsequently analyzed by modern methods. The kobellite occurs as rich, silvery-grey metallic masses richly scattered on matrix and potentially intergrown with other uncommon sulfosalts. Formula: Pb22Cu4(Bi,Sb)30S69, the Bi-analog of the rare mineral tintinaite. More commonly known from Sweden, these are, by far, the best U.S. occurrence for the mineral we have ever seen. Specimens range in size from 3.5cm to 7cm @ just 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each, and one monster sample with a saw-cut base measuring 20x9cm @ 200.00!

LUNEBURGITE- Mejillones, Antofagasta, Chile
Nearly pure white masses of this rare phosphate comprising matrix. From one of the few described localities for the species, we offer these as small fragments about 1mm across @ 40.00 each, first obtained in 1992 from this locality. Only a few on hand!

MALACHITE- Nevada Scheelite Mine, Mineral Co., Nevada
A newly reported mineral for the locality, malachite occurs here as small, radiating felted masses and micro acicular crystals scattered on the surface of a vuggy, limonitic quartz matrix. Other species may be present, and this material, collected at the 200 ft. level some time ago, deserves additional study. Only a few TNs available, all with micro potential, @ just 10.00 each.

METARAUCHITE- Eduard Mine, Jachymov, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Collected from the Schweitzer Vein at this, the type locality for the species, metarauchite occurs as dull yellowish green crusts well-scattered over dehydrated clay-like matrix, also filling apparent expansion cracks in the matrix as well. A rare, hydrated nickel-uranium arsenate, nicely fluorescent, only one 2cm TN available, ex-Vajdak, @ 395.00. List alternates.

NATROCHALCITE- Chuquicamata, Antofagasta Prov., Chile
Excellent apple-green aggregates of this uncommon mineral lightly scattered over matrix. These are older specimens, occasionally with other minor associations, classic material from TNs to 4cm across @ 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each.

PICROPHARMACOLITE, REALGAR etc- White Caps Mine, Manhattan, Nye Co. Nevada
An exceptional lot of rich, handsome specimens from this prolific mine, the picropharmacolite occurs as tiny, white spiny balls of acicular crystals to severall millimeters across, well-scattered on matrix, typically over a pale orange-red druse of realgar and occasionally with transparent gypsum, yellow sulfur and/or white globular pharmacolite. A new mineral for the locality, SEM/EDS verified, and with great micro potential as well. Overall sizes from 3cm to 8cm across @ just 15.00, 25.00, 40.00, 65.00 and 100.00 each. Superb!

SCAPOLITE variety WERNERITE- Newtown, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
A very old specimen, likely late 1800s, comprised of densely packed, pale purple scapolite as thick elongated aggregates and masses completely comprising matrix. The piece is ex-Michigan College of Mines and is accompanied by three old labels from the school. A classic U.S. locality for this marialite-meionite mid-member, not fluorescent, overall size about 6x5cm @ 45.00. One only.

SULFUR- Steamboat Springs, Washoe Co., Nevada
Rich, bright yellow crystals and druses of native sulfur fully covering silaceous sinter matrix. Ols and colorful material as recently described in the January, 2017 issue of Mineral News, most with good micro potential as well, and all quite reasonable in sizes from 3cm to nearly 8cm @ 8.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 35.00 each.

TARBUTTITE- Skorpion Mine, Rosh Pinah, Karas, Namibia
Excellent, densely aggregated small crystalline aggregates and triclinic groups of transparent to pale green tarbuttite forming seams and exposed fields of this uncommon anhydrous zinc phosphate on matrix. An uncommon color, habit and occurrence for the mineral that was discovered about 10 years ago (and offered at outrageous prices!), we have a few representative 5cm specimens on hand @ just 55.00 each.

TORRECILLASITE (IMA 2013-112)- Torrecillas Mine, Salar Grande, Chile
This relatively NEW SPECIES occurs here as extremely small, colorless aggregates of high luster sparsely scattered on grayish white anhydrite/gypsum matrix, potentially with white tamarugite and other phases present. Formula: Na(As,Sb)3+4O6Cl, orthorhombic, IMA # 2013-112. Type locality material, but otherwise difficult to differentiate, specimens average about 2cm across @ 55.00 each. List alternates!

TURQUOISE (Crystals!)- Bishop Mine, Lynch Station, Virginia
From the classic locality for crystallized turquoise, we have a small selection of excellent mounted specimens, all showing fine, blue, wedge-shaped micro crystals on quartz/schist matrix. The Bishop Mine was the first reported locality for crystals of turquoise, and this Campbell County site remains today as one of the finest occurrences of the mineral despite being worked out long ago. Specimens to 1.5cm in standard micro boxes, priced according to coverage and quality @ just 25.00. 35.00 and 45.00 each. The last of our stock with limited availability!

VESUVIANITE- nr. Blue Bird Mine, Mineral Co., Nevada
From a new find at an unnamed prospect near the Blue Bird Mine, we have a good selection of small, pistachio green vesuvianite crystals richly lining exposed seams and cavities, most carefully etched out of calcite and therefore showing good prism faces and terminations, most samples with full surface coverage as well. Recently featured in a Mineral News article, these specimens range from about 2.5cm to 8cm across, priced very reasonably at just 7.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each, a few better to 75.00. Nice stuff!

VOLKOVSKITE- Boulby Mine, North Yorkshire, England
This rare borate mineral is a member of the veatchite group, and it is found at only a handful of localities worldwide. These specimens are thin, transparent crystalline platelets and cleavages up to 2x1cm in cross-section with a bare trace of pinkish hilgardite (?) providing a hint of color. Only a few specimens available, sizes from about 1cm to 2cm long @ 45.00, 85.00 and 125.00 each. List alternates!

XENOTIME-(Y)- Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
Excellent elongated single crystals and groups of translucent dark brown glassy xenotimes without matrix. Perhaps the finest find in recent years for this rare-earth phosphate, these are singly terminated or partially double-terminated crystals averaging about 2cm long nicely mounted in a TN box at only 55.00 each.

YEGOROVITE- Palitra Peg., Kedykverpakhk Mt., Russia
A fairly recent NEW SPECIES from Lovozero, this one approved in 2008 with only a few samples available! The mineral occurs as tiny colorless to semi-transparent coarse prismatic to flattened, lamellar crystals up to 1mm long, often associated with minor revdite and megacyclite. Named for crystal chemist Yuriy Klavdievich Yegorov-Tismeno (1938-2007), the mineral is a new structural type, the first natural sodium silicate with single chains of Si tetrahedra. IMA #2008-033, Formula: [Si2O4(OH)2]2*7H2O, monoclinic. Offered as tiny single crystals on a carbon tape mount @ 95.00; small matrix samples from 0.3cm to 0.4cm @ 150.00, or a few larger specimens to nearly 1cm @ 175.00. Author's material and the last of the type locality find.

ZALESIITE- Gold Hill Mine, Tooele Co., Utah
Although we have offered this relatively uncommon species before, this is from the confirmed locality find (see Mineral News, Vol 21 #8), with the mineral occurring as pale yellowish green acicular crystals and sprays perched on a garnet skarn matrix. Good micro material selected from a larger lot, with specimen sizes averaging about 1.5-2cm temporarily mounted in clear topped micro boxes at just 20.00 each, occasionally with minor conichalcite. Only a few available!

BOOK

PORTFOLIOS of MINERAL- PHOTOGRAPHS - Parts 1 & 2
These two mineral portfolios were produced about 15 years ago by the same people who now publish the fine, glossy Mineralogical Almanac magazine in Russia. Each portfolio contains 12 different color mineral photographs (yes, actual glossy photographs!) as generously sized 15x15cm (about 6 inches by 6 inches) images, carefully mounted on heavy, slate-grey stock and contained in a matching slate-grey folder. Each mineral is identified on the back of the mounted image in both Russian and English. Set #1, "The Creative Earth" has a dozen different aesthetic specimens on generally dark backgrounds, while Set #2,"On Planet Earth" offers a dozen attractive samples superimposed on natural backgrounds such as fields, lakes, mountains etc., certainly more nature-oriented than the first set. We have very limited quantities of each set, with #1 (minerals only) offered @ $35.00/portfolio, and #2 (minerals + nature) @ $25.00 per portfolio of 12 different; order early and get both for just $55.00. Real photographs suitable for framing!

GEM

FORSTERITE var. PERIDOT- San Carlos, Gila Co., Arizona
A small but select lot of excellent, yellow-green forsterite variety peridot cut as faceted octagons from this well-known Arizona locality. These are eye clean, well-cut 7x5mm octagons, competitively priced at just 10.00 per stone, or a lot of 5 for just 40.00. If you want a large variety of shapes, we can offer an excellent buy of 20 faceted peridots in assorted shapes for just 125.00, with about 20 cts as the average total carat weight for each lot. A real bargain in these large lots - don't miss them

CATALOG 21608 - Volume XLIII, No.8

Our latest list, the last for this year, has a number of new species, as well as our usual assortment of rarities, old classics and interesting locality pieces. Also, this list continues the unveiling of long-held petrology specimens from E.W. Heinrich and others, and for those of you interested in such samples, note that, like minerals, they are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, FOB our warehouse.
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ANDALUSITE var: CHIASTOLITE- Sangping Mine, Xixia, Henan, PR China
These are sliced and polished (one face) cross sections of andalusite crystals (variety chiastolite) showing typical cross patterns due to carbon inclusions so well known in this variety. Only a few on hand, slices from about 2.5cm to 3.5cm across at just 15.00 and 20.00 each.

ARSENATROTITANITE (2016-015)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
Another NEW SPECIES from this famous Kmachatka volcano, these from the second scoria cone of the northern breakthrough fissure eruption. The mineral occurs as minute (<1mm) single red distorted crystals and clusters, each individually mounted on an adhesive pad. Formula: NaTi(AsO4)O, monclinic, IMA #2106-015. Type locality material, a new member of the tilasite-durangite group and isostructural with titanite, named for its composition. Very little material available @ 125.00 each. List alternates!

AZURITE - Gold Quarry Mine, Eureka Co., Nevada
Nice micro crystals and druses of azurite, from the same material often described as"the best known" from Nevada. These are sharp translucent deep blue to 1-2mm crystals, usually associated with malachite and occasionally other copper minerals, with over 110 different species recorded from this prolific mine! Good micro material as well, matrix sizes from 2cm to 5cm @ only 7.50, 12.50, 20.00 and 30.00 each, with mid-priced TNs generally the best coverage.

BADALOVITE (2016-053)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
This NEW SPECIES occurs as tiny but rather lustrous and well-formed terminated crystals (about 1mm) often intergrown in clusters on altered basalt scoria matrix. Formula: Na2Mg2Fe3+(AsO4)4, monoclini, IMA #2016-053, the first of several new members of the alluaudite group from this Kmachatka volcano. The mineral is named for Stepan Tigranovich Badalov (1919-2014), professor at the Abdullaev Institute of Geology & Geophysics in Tashkent at the UIzbekistan Academy of Sciences. Nice vuggl matrix specimens averaging 2.5cm @ 175.00 each, all with modest micro potential as well!

BARITE- Onderra Mine, Kaokoveld Plateau, Namibia
From the early find about ten years ago, these are small, transparent, yellowish, glassy barite crystals with little or no matrix, these averaging about 1 cm tall and supplied in clear micro boxes. Moderately attractive small TNs with good form and color for the princely sum of 7.50 each. Limit three per order, please.

BETEKHTINITE- Dzhezkazgan, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan
A superb miniature of this rare Cu-Fe-Pb-sulfide, here as grayish black, elongated crystalline aggregates showing good separation and aesthetically presented in a complex group with little matrix. The piece is ex-University of Arizona (#14182) and is accompanied by their black on transparent display label. Well formed, moderately attractive for a typically ugly mineral, a 4cm group @ 225.00. One only!

BURBANKITE with SODALITE etc.- Cerro Sapo, Cochabamba Dept., Bolivia
Small pinkish micro druses and crusts of burbankite lightly scattered on matrix, typically with pale blue masses of sodalite, pale green to grey ankerite and massive, sugary barite. From one of the very few alkaline provinces in the Andes, burbankite is one of the unusual minerals found among the 50+ species known from the locality. Specimens range from about 3cm to 5cm at just 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each.

CALAMAITE (2016-036)- Alcaparrosa Mi, Calama, Antofagasta, Chile
This NEW SPECIES occurs as tiny, colorless to white acicular crystals intergrown into sprays and clusters to nearly 2mm on a reddish brown romerite matrix. Formula: Na2TiO(SO4)2*2H2O, orthorhombic, IMA # 2016-036. The mineral is named for this, the type locality, Calama commune in which the mine is situated. Only a few specimens on hand, averaing in the 2-2.5cm size range @ 195.00 each.

COPPER (w/ Drill Hole)- Keeweenaw Peninsula, Michigan
An unusual, sculpture-like display specimen from an undocumented locality in Michigan's Copper Country, ex-Buckingham Collection. The specimen has a dense rock base about 13x10 cm with a large native copper-impregnated rock mass about 10x10cm protruding and extending upward from the base. The copper shows one complete and one partial drill bit impression from a miner's 4cm diameter drill, the impression piercing directly into the copper and leaving a stepped rotary pattern and a small central nipple in
the copper mass! A marvelous mining artifact specimen that has not be cleaned (which would likely improve appearance greatly!), weighing about 6 pounds and measuring about 14x13x13cm @ 275.00. One only!

DAVIDITE-(Y) in TITANITE- Quijotoa Mts, nr, Covered Wells, Arizona
An old batch of davidite-(Y) specimens, originally from famous mineralogist Richard Gaines (gainesite) and each sample accompanied by a copy of his label. The mineral occurs here as dark brown to nearly black masses and pods lightly scattered in massive titanite/rock matrix, subsequently identified in Cureton labels as originating from the Pandora Prospect which is by the Papago Indian Reservation in Pima County, close to the Linda Lee Claims. Only a few samples available, sizes from 1.5cm to 4.5cm @ 15.00, 30.00 and 55.00 each, with a large 7.5cm sample @ 95.00. List alternates!

FLUORITE- Cumberland, England
An exceptionally large (and old!) specimen, comprised of several, well formed, large cubic crystals to 8cm on edge (!!) densely intergrown over the entire sample and perched on a thin rock matrix. The specimen shows pale purple to clear areas under ordinary light, and extraordinary and brilliant blue-white fluorescence under both SW and LW UV, with the latter being very striking. Unlike many U.S. fluorites, UK specimens often show good transparency as this one does, and the piece is ex-A.E. Seaman Museum and E.W. Heinrich, famous geologist and one of the Museum's great benefactors. The piece shows many cleaved edges on the cube faces and a typical assortment of dings throughout, but that all disappears under the intended UV display specimen that it is. Overall museum-size sample about 23x16x13 cm, weighing nearly 15 pounds (!!) of solid, cubic fluorite, only one available @ 1500.00. Wow!

HEULANDITE-Ca with CELADONITE- Nasik, Maharashtra, India
A large specimen of GREEN heulandite, here as well formed crystals to 1.5cm richly scattered over the entire surface of the specimen, overlaying broadlaths of flattened stilbite sitting under a thin chalcedony layer. The murky green color of the unusual heulandite is caused by inclusions of celadonite, and it does not detract from the moderately vitreous luster of the heulandite. Hefty and quite attractive with an uncommon color, overall about 12x9cm @ just 65.00.

HUREAULITE in TAVORITE- Bull Moose Mine, Custer Co., South Dakota
Small pods of micro-crystalized hureaulite entrapped in dark green masses of tavorite matrix, occasionally with other phosphates and minor micro potential as well. The Bull Moose is a very well-known but surprisingly small deposit, consisting of workings about 25 x 10 feet in total. Only a few old specimens on hand, sizes from about 2.5cm to 5cm @ just 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

KINGSMOUNTITE (TL)- Foote Mine, Kings Mountain, North Carolina
This uncommon phosphate occurs here at the type locality as tiny, white radiaiting crystals lightly scattered on matrix, typically with nearly black birnessite and/or mitridatite. Kingsmountite is the ferroan analog of montgomeryite and was first foun din 1968 but not described until more than 10 years later. Modest micro potential, specimens from about 1.5cm to nearly 3cm @ 20.00 and 40.00 each.

KOROBITSYNITE (TL)- Umbozero Mine, Alluaiv, Lovozero, Russia
Small translucent greyish-white bladed crystals of this rare species scattered on matrix, some with epitaxial needles of nearly transparent elpidite crystals, aegirine and albite as well. Korobitsynite is the Ti-analog of nenadkeichite, and these are type locality specimens as well! Sizes from about 1.5cm to nearly 4cm @ 45.00, 75.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each for the best samples.

LAVENITE- Laven Island, nr. Stokkoya, Norway
Small yellowish-brown grains of lavenite sparsely scattered in nepheline/barkevikite/aegirine matrix from this type locality. Not attractive but classic nonetheless. Sizes average 2cm to 5cm @ 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each. A few larger, ex-E.W. Heinrich, to 9cm @ 75.00 each.

LAZULITE in QUARTZITE- Graves Mt., Lincoln Co., Georgia
Classic locality material showing crude crystals of lazulite to 1cm on the better pieces lightly scattered in sandy, granular quartzite matrix. A fairly large selection available from this old locality, specimens not as pretty as they sound and priced according to size and quality from about 2cm to 7cm across @ just 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each.

MICROCLINE- Morefield Mine, Amelia Co., Virginia
Dull beige massive microcline comprising matrix, occasionally with minor quartz or rarely with small black masses of unanalyzed columbite-tantalite phases. Not attractive but modest reference samples from this historic locality, specimens from about 2.5cm to 9cm across @ just 4.00, 7.50, 15.00 and 25.00 each.

MOSANDRITE- Laven Island, Langesundfjord, Norway
Several dark amber-brown, prismatic crystals of this rare-earth bearing silicate occur in a complex, coarse-grained nepheline syenite matrix. The crystals only occasionally show faces (prism) since they are exposed in cross section (both longitudinally, and as sharp, diamond-shaped sections normal to the c-axis) along the rock's fracture surfaces. Several other interesting, crystalline species occur in this material, including zircon and others. Specimens primarily ex-E.W. Heinrich, sizes range from about 2.5cm to 8cm across @ 20.00, 35.00, 55.00 and 70.00 each.

PARSETTENSITE- Foote Mine, Cleaveland Co., North Carolina
Old material collected many years ago and informally called "unknown #2", consisting of richly scattered bronze-brown radiating spherules and frothy , platy aggregates of micro parsettensite well scattered in vugs on white albite matrix, the smaller samples sometimes underlying pink rhodochrosite. Attractive micro material from this prolific locality, with odd-ball associations possible with careful study. Matrix specimens from about 1.5cm to nearly 5cm @ 15.00, 30.00 and 50.00 each.

PHILIPSBURGITE (TL)- Black Pine Mine, nr. Philipsburg, Montana
Recently uncovered in our warehouse, a flat of excellent, emerald-green micro crystals of philipsburgite scattered over quartz matrix, typically showing finely bladed micro crystals and rosettes! The crystals are typically overgrown with minute quartz druses, making colorful, pale green vitreous balls, sometimes associated with pale green duftite, malachite etc. Matrix sizes from 2cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00, 65.00 and 100.00 each for the most aesthetic. Superb type-locality material, and all with micro potential, too.

PROBERTITE- Borax Open Pit, Boron, Kern Co., California
From the 1987 find from Extension 18, these are sharp, slender elongated probertite CRYSTALS and radiating, divergent aggregates comprising matrix. Most specimens show rounded, warty terminations and are from the finest US occurrence ever reported for the species. Many show dull yellowish orange FL response under SW UV. Specimen sizes from about 2.5cm up to 6cm specimens, priced at 10.00, 25.00, 45.00 and 60.00 each. Excellent with decent display potential as well!

QUARTZ var: POLYCHROME JASPER- Sofia Region, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar
Very attractive, polished end-cuts of this excellent, banded and colorful jasper, a cryptocrystalline variety of quartz. Predominant colors are typically gentle shades of rusty brown and tan, with occasional splashes of greys, greens etc. Expertly cut and polished faces average about 7x5cm on each specimen, only a few available at just 20.00 each.

ROMANECHITE- Fourth Payday Mine, Sierra Co., New Mexico
A new locality for the species, located within the Burnt Cabin Flat area of the Taylor Peak quadrangle in Sierra County. The original find of the specimens was thought to be botryoidal cassiterite because of its very high density and rich luster, but XRD and EDS confirmed romanechite as the species, here as rich, black botryoids of nearly pure material. Moderately attractive for a black species, we have a modest selection of solid and very heavy botryoidal samples ranging from about 3cm to 8cm across at just 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each. Neat!

SHIMAZAKIITE (IMA #2010-085a)- Fuka Mine, Bitchu-cho, Okayama Pref, Japan
This rare mineral occurs here at this prolific locality as nearly pure, greyish white masses comprising matrix, rarely associated with extremely small, pale violet henmilite or possibly other species scattered in matrix. A relatively new anhydrous calcium borate, IMA #2010-085, type locality, of course. Only a few small specimens on hand, averaging about 1cm across at just 45.00 each. Rich!

TRIDYMITE- nr. Black Rock, Millard Co., Utah
Minute druses of vitreous tridymite lightly scattered on lithophysal rhyolite, forming unusual concentric banded material from this obscure locality. This is the material featured in the February, 2016 issue of Mineral News that had been XRD confirmed some years earlier, and it is the first reported occurrence of the mineral in Millard County. Specimens range from about 5cm to nealry 10cm across at 25.00, 40.00, 65.00 and 90.00 each, depending on coverage.

TRIPHYLITE- Grafton, Grafton Co., New Hampshire
Very old material, collected by L.L. Hubbard (1849-1933) and ex-Michigan Mining College, here as coarse crystalline masses admixed with typical granitic pegmatite matrix showing greenish brown to bluish (from incipient vivianite alteration) color richly comprising these old specimens. Sizes from about 2cm to nearly 8cm across @ 7.50, 15.00, 30.00 and 55.00 each. Old stuff!

URANINITE- Shinkolobwe, Shaba, (Zaire) Dem Rep Congo
A fairly hot, mass of black uraninite scattered in rock matrix, here with minor secondary minerals evident, including dull greenish metatorbernite and sparse curite. Very old material from this famous Congo locality, ex-Cleveland Museum of Natural History, a rather flat specimen about size about 5 x 3 cm @ 185.00.

VONSENITE- Burgillos del Cerro, Extremadura, Spain
Widespread in small amounts, vonsonite occurs in this Spanish locality as rock forming, nearly pure schist-like aggregates of indistinct prismatic crystals. Dense, interesting ferrous ferric boron oxide material with a high luster, in sizes ranging from 2cm to 8cm @ 10.00 and 15.00 for the smaller samples, then 45.00 and 60.00 each for the larger.

WAVELLITE etc.- Lucin, Box Elder Co., Utah
From the famous minyulite find (see Mineral News, April, 2012 issue), these are superb, transparent and colorless glassy micro sprays of wavellite well scattered on matrix, typically as overgrowths and associations with more silky, needle-like sprays and balls of minyulite, occasionally with other phosphate species as well. Selected from a large lot of material, these are quite spectacular under the 'scope, with overall matrix sizes from about 2cm to 6cm across @ 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each, depending on coverage and associations.

ZINCOBRADACZEKITE (2015-041)- Yadovitaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
Yet another NEW SPECIES from this Kamchatka volcano, here as tiny blue to bluish grey tabular to irregular micro grains on an altered basalt scoria, occasionally with hematite, K-feldspar etc. Formula: NaZn2Cu2(AsO4)3, monoclinic, IMA # 2105-041. This interesting phase is a new member of the alluaudite group Nd the Zn-Cu ordered analogue of bradaczekite, all specimens with arrows and perched on vuggy matrix averaging 2cm across @ 165.00 each. Only a few!

BOOKS

WALKS and TALKS in the GEOLOGICAL FIELD- by Alexander Winchell (1886)
One of Professor Winchell's best known works, the "Walks and Talks in the Geological Field" was written to bring concepts and theories of geological sciences to the casual reader, "starting with observations at their front door" and proceeding into mines, metallic ore formation, the fossil record etc.. Over 325 pages, first edition hardcover, moderately good condition for its age @ just 25.00!

COLLECTIONS

AZOTIC TREATED QUARTZ - Brazil
Ever since the first appearance of "aqua aura" many years ago, there has been considerable interest (and several scams as well) in weirdly colored quartz crystals often sold as completely natural. While the crystals themselves are, indeed, natural quartz crystals, the vibrant colors available today are the result of a molecular deposition treatment first employed years ago by vaporizing gold (and now other substances) to impart color to otherwise colorless, transparent crystals. We recently acquired a rather large collection of these specimens, all as individual quartz crystals, all singly terminated, and averaging 5 cm to 6 cm tall. Colors include blues, greens, yellows, reds etc., and it appears these were originally intended as pendants, as they have a tiny, 1mm hole drilled through the non-terminated end, suitable for lacing a small wire through the crystal so that it would hang "point down" from a necklace. We offer a lot of five (5) different colored crystals at just 45.00 per lot. Orders for multiple lots welcomed: 2 lots (10 xls) for 85.00; 5 lots (25 xls) for 195.00! Crazy stuff!

GEMS

ZOISITE variety TANZANITE- Merelani Hills, nr. Arusha, Tanzania
Quickly becoming one of the most popular gemstones, we have a small lot of pale purplish blue zoisite var: tanzanites in nicely cut ovals, all eye clean and quite nice! Although you'd expect to pay up to $250 per carat in this size and quality range, we offer a low flat price for stones in the 0.70 to 1.10 carat range, @ just 70.00, 95.00, and 110.00 per stone. Larger, darker (and considerably more expensive) faceted stones available, as are good single crystals without matrix - enquire!

PETROLOGY SAMPLE

CROCIDOLITE - Bechuanaland, Botswana
A striking E.W. Heinrich specimen, museum-sized and quite impressive, comprised of densely packed fibrous blue riebeckite (variety crocidolite), an asbestiform mineral commonly referred to as blue asbestos, here as the major component of an altered metamorphic rock. The mineral is present in thick, stacked, wavy
bands up to 2cm tall and completely running through the entire 15 pound (!!) sample. Heinrich's label indicates the locality as "Bechuanaland, South Africa", suggesting it was collected long before Bechuanaland became the Republic of Botswana in 1966, when it was still a protectorate under Great Britain administration. The specimen is a monster-sized example, about 26x15x9 cm, the largest I have ever encountered, @ 300.00 plus shipping. Purported to be among the nastiest asbestiform minerals. Don't eat or breathe this one!

CATALOG 21607 - Volume XLIII, No.7

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As autumn arrives, our latest list has a number of new species, as well as our usual assortment of rarities, old classics and interesting locality pieces. Also, this list continues the unveiling of long-held petrology specimens, and for those of you interested in such samples, note that, like minerals, they are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, FOB our warehouse.
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ANALCIME- Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
We have a pair of excellent MSH analcimes, each showing well-formed, white trapeziohedral crystals of good size. The first is a 2.5cm single crystal perched in the center of an 8x6cm complex, etched greyish white crystal of microcline that shows a small (<1cm) orange serandite fragment at one edge, priced at 175.00. The second is a group of somewhat larger (to 3cm) analcime crystals intergrown into a 6.5x4cm group, with a 7mm well-terminated, redish black mangan-neptunite crystal protruding from the base, accompanied by platy polylithionite, small natrolite crystals and other attractive micro minerals as well! This one deserves greater study at only 250.00.

ANGLESITE- San Rafael Mine, Nye Co., Nevada
Small thumbnails from this prolific locality showing weird pods of greyish-white banded anglesite as banded rims replacing altered galena in matrix. Best viewed under the 'scope, these will typically show micro quartz, cerussite or possibly other species associated with these strange-appearing specimens. Only a few available @ 8.50 each.

ANILITE- Painesdale, Houghton Co., Michigan
From the 2009 find, the first analytically confirmed occurrence for the species in Michigan, we have a good selection of brilliant, metallic greyish blue to nearly black splendant aggregates and masses of anilite in seams in white quartz matrix, many with malachite and possibly other secondary copper minerals very richly scattered. XRD data on unground material shows trace admixed chalcocite but otherwise nearly pure anilite at this new surface find!!! Perhaps the richest material ever encountered for the species, the first confirmed for the state, specimens from about 3cm to monster 15cm specimens @ 20.00, 30.00, 45.00, 60.00, 75.00, 100.00, and 150.00 each.

BARIOPHARMACOSIDERITE- Clara Mine, Oberwolfach, Germany
Fine micro cubes of honey gold to brown bariopharmacosiderite richly scattered on matrix. Excellent micro potential specimens from this prolific Black Forest deposit. Type locality material collected more than 20 years ago, sizes from 1.5 to 2.5cm @ 15.00 and 20.00 each, depending on quality.

BAVSIITE (IMA 2014-019)- Gun Claim, Wilson Lake, Yukon Terr., Canada
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute, glassy blue crystals sparsely scattered in white, granular witherite/celsian matrix, often associated with tiny green aggregates of its close dimorph suzukiite. Formula: Ba2V2O2(Si4O12) - tetragonal, IMA# 2014-019. Only a few specimens available, all with arrows, sizes average 2.5cm @ 75.00 each.

BECQUERELITE, URANINITE etc.- Shinkolobwe, Katanga (Zaire) Dem Rep Congo
A very dense and heavy black uraninite specimen showing a number of secondary uranium minerals scattered abouts its surface, the most interesting an excellent patch of yellow laths and sprays of excellent becquerelite crystals, accompanied by minor needles of uranotile, dull greenish powdery metatorbernite, curite and possibly others. Exceptionally hot sample, ex-Al McGuinness (mcguinnessite) specimen, size about 6x3.5cm @ 495.00.

BERYL- Helen Beryl Mine, Custer Co., South Dakota
A large but rather ugly cabinet specimen showing a 3.5cm pale greenish beryl mass perched at the edge of a hefty pegmatite matrix, here with a larger (6cm diameter), non-descript beryl mass embedded in obvious muscovite, quartz and feldspar matrix, along with black dendritic oxides and apparently other admixed phases revealed by spotty, preferential creamy-yellow fluorescent response under LW UV. Ex-E.W. Heinrich, and his label indicates "core margin replacement unit", likely collected by him in the 1940s. Overall size is about 12x9x9cm @ 65.00.

CASSITERITE- Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Brazil
A small lot of pristine, vitreous black cassiterite crystal groups with little or no matrix, these thumbnails showing very sharp faces and high luster! Only a few available, old Luis Menezes material from years ago, sizes averaging about 1.5cm @ just 15.00 each. Nice!

CAVANSITE on STILBITE- Wagholi, Maharashtra State, India
A nice lot of exquisite, electric blue cavansite in radiating crystal sprays and groups nicely isolated and perched on white stillbite crystals. Attractive specimens at less than half of what others have charged for these excellent specimens. All good quality, priced according to size, coverage, completeness and asthetics, from 2.5cm to 5x3cm @ only 30.00, 45.00, 70.00, and 100.00, a few very dense, compact balls of very deep color on 7cm matrix @ 150.00 each. Beautiful pieces!

CHALCOCITE- Flambeau Mine, Rusk Co., Wisconsin
Interesting, dark greyish blue metallic aggregates and crude crystals of chalcocite completely comprising matrix, these from the well known find of some years ago, now defunct. Someday these may rival Bristol, Connecticut specimens in pricing, but for now are still quite reasonable, with 2.5cm TN's at just 15.00 to 35.00 each, and a few larger samples to 5cm @ 50.00 to 100.00 each, depending on qulaity. Get 'em while you can..

COLEMANITE- Boraxo Pit, Death Valley, Inyo Co., California
Attractive, short prismatic monoclinic spear-shaped crystals of colemanite full covering matrix, all showing excellent form in radiating and up-standing groups. These are transparent to translucent and have a subtle, pleasing greyish-white color. Quite exceptional when compared to the more typical blocky white specimens, these are very aesthetic and yet reasonably priced, sizes from about 2.5cm to 10cm across @ 8.00, 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00. A few larger available - inquire!

CORDIERITE variety IOLITE- Guilford, New Haven Co., Connecticut
A small lot of very old material, ex-Wards Natural Science, recently uncovered here, comprised of dense, greyish to slightly bluish grey massive cordierite richly scattered in minor quartz/sillimanite schist matrix, potentially with other rock forming minerals and minor sulfides as well. A Dana location, likely from the long-gone "Hungry Hill" deposit. Several specimens available, sizes from about 2cm to 4.5cm across at just 10.00, 15.00 and 25.00 each. Great eastern U.S. locality material!

CORUNDUM variety RUBY- nr. Longido, Arusha Region, Tanzania
Pale pink, somewhat translucent single ruby crystals without matrix, these from an old hoard assembled over forty-five years ago. All show reasonably well-formed hexagonal plates or barrels and trigons on the pinacoid faces; these are somewhat tabular in habit, sizes range from about 8mm to 15mm across @ 7.50, 10.00 and 15.00 each.

CORUNDUM variety RUBY- Ambodilarja, Corindon Range, Madagascar
A selection of deep purplish-red ruby crystals without matrix, all showing typical hexagonal outlines, and varying from tabular, pinacoidal crystals to slightly more elongated columnar crystals! Most average about 1.5cm in diameter, varying from tabular 6mm samples to 1.5cm columns @ 8.50, 12.50 and 17.50 each.

DATOLITE- Prospect Park, Passaic Co., New Jersey
Frosty, pale green datloite crystals to 1.5cm nicely fill a large exposed vug in matrix, the seam (about 5x5cm) sitting in the center of a large 10x7cm dark basaltic matrix. An old specimen from this famous New Jersey locality showing fairly nice translucent to transparent crystals, ex-Mecke Collection and likely obtained more than 50 years ago, just one available @ 85.00. Nice!

FERRICORONADITE w/ FRANKLINITE- nr. Nezilovo, Veles, Macedonia
This NEW SPECIES occurs as brilliant, lustrous black metallic grains and crude aggregates to 1mm scattered in matrix which is largely composed of massive, brownish-black franklinite partially replaced by gahnite, and associated with minor white barite. Formula: Pb(Mn4+6Fe3+2)O16, tetragonal, IMA #2015-093, the Fe3+ analog of coronoadite. Only a few of these type locality specimens available, author's material, sizes average 1cm @ 125.00 each. List alternates!

FLUORITE with CALCITE- Pint's Quarry, Black Hawk Co., Iowa
Fluorite from this locality is typically a pale honey-brown, here in cubic crystals to 1cm perched among translucent to white sacalenohedral calcites on limestone. The fluorite shows a unique, brilliant WHITE fluorescent response under SW UV, also nicely phosphorescent, and a pale yellowish LW UV response as well. A saw cut base from this uncommon locality near the town of Raymond enables the samples to sit upright and display well; a fine 6x5cm sample @ 65.00.

GOLD- Serra do Caldeirao, Pontes e Lacerda Brazil
A small lot of WELL CRYSTALLIZED gold specimens, these showing excellent herringbone patterns and elongated spinel twins, all with no matrix. These are from the one-time find that was recently exhausted, and if you have ever lusted for a very well crystallized gold specimen, this is your opportunity! Not cheap, but thumbnails to 1.8cm showing excellent form, ranging from about 2.1g to 4.5g @ 525.00, 750.00, 800.00, 875.00, 900.00 and 1125.00 each, with a few minor size and price variations in between. Images and specific specimens per attached. Don't miss these!

GRIPHITE- Sitting Bull Mine, Pennington Co., South Dakota
Rich, brown resinous to vitreous aggregates and masses of griphite scattered in and comprising matrix. A complex phosphate, described in 1979 from the nearby Everly Mine. Matrix sizes from about 2cm to 6cm across @ 10.00, 15.00, 25.00, 35.00 and 45.00 each.

HANKSITE- Searles Lake, San Bernadino Co., California
Excellent single crystals of dipyramidal hanksite without matrix, ranging from transparent to greyish translucent specimens. Fine for the species, we have a large lot from an old hoard that are also faintly fluorescent (LW-bluish), crystals and groups from 1.5 to 7cm across @ 8.50, 12.50, 25.00, 40.00 and 65.00 each.

HAWLEYITE on SPHALERITE- Alpine Mine, Pershing Co., Nevada
Dull yellowish orange filmy mases of this cadmium sulfide lightly scattered over sphalerite/quartz ore matrix. EDS confirmed, hawleyite is more likely than similar material erroneously reported as greenockite that requires XRD to properly distinguish. From a a Nevada locality that produced this material as recently as 2009, specimens from about 2cm to 7cm across @ only 12.50, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

MAGNESIO-HORNBLENDE- Sterling Hill, Ogdensburg, Sussex Co New Jersey
Agonizing over amphibole identifications is a painful process. We uncovered a old, small lot of nearly black, densely aggregated amphibole from Sterling, most intergrown with small patches of fluorescent calcite, occasionally with trace willemite. It took four analyses, literature comparisons with Palache, Dunn and Klein et al to determine that it is closest to magnesio-hornblende based on our analytical work. Specimens range from 2.5cm to 6cm across, priced at 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00, each accompanied by a copy of an X-ray spectra and a copy of our comparative worksheet against edenite, pargasite etc...I hate amphiboles and rapidly changing IMA nomenclature for the group!

MAGNESIOVOLTAITE (IMA#2015-095)- Alcaparrosa Mine, Calama, Chile
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute, well-formed, transparent yellow cubo-octahedral crystals scattered in matrix comprised largely of coquimbite and possibly other phases. Formula: K2Mg5Fe3+3Al(SO4)12*18H2O, isometric, IMA #2015-095, the Mg-analog of voltaite and K analog of ammoniomagnesiovoltaite as well. Type locality material with modest micro potential, author's material, specimens from 2cm to 3cm across @ 95.00 and 125.00 each. List alternates!

NATROJAROSITE- Kamareza Mine, Laurium, Attica, Greece
Rich, dark brown micro crystals of natrojarosite scattered in seams and vugs in matrix. Good micro potential on most; excellent older locality material, sizes from 1.5cm to 5cm @ 10.00, 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

OPAL pseudo @ FOSSIL WOOD- Tonopah, Nye Co., Nevada
We recently acquired an old lot of exceptional, massive grayish white opal that had replaced fossil wood, yielding interesting, conchoidal masses that show some fluorescence (green SW due to trace uranium salts, as well as bluish white SW) as well as distinctly banded color variation that testifies to the former concentric growth and replacement process. Ex-G.B. Robbe (1884-1963), a pioneer in chemical extraction techniques for copper ore benefaction. His monster-sized collection took two men twelve days to pack and move it to Michigan Tech upon his death. A large range of sizes, from 2.5cm to 7cm @ just 5.00, 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each, a few larger @ 50.00,

PARISITE-(La) (IMA #2016-031)- Mula Mine, Tapera Village, Bahia, Brazil
This NEW SPECIES occurs in stout, pyramidal pseudohexagonal crystals to 1cm or more, the yellowish cores being La-dominant, with most showing dark surface alterations and often partially replaced by other REE-rich phases such as bastnaesite-(La) and pinkish brockite. Formula: CaLa2(CO3)3F2, monoclinic, IMA # 2016-031. Excellent for a new mineral, priced far below what was seen in Denver, specimens from about 1cm to 1.5cm @ 95.00, 125.00 and 175.00 each, priced according to quality, not overall size. A few larger, to 3cm @ 250.00.

SCHEELITE- Oriole Mine, Minerva, White Pine Co. Nevada
Brightly fluorescent (blue-white SW UV) scheelite richly scattered as veinlets and pods in matrix, these somewhat richer than specimens from several other localities recently offered. Coverage is reasonably good on the surface of each sample, overall sizes ranging from about 4cm to 10cm @ 10.00, 20.00 35.00 and 50.00 each, depending on size and coverage.

SPODUMENE var: HIDDENITE- Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
From a large lot of cutting rough, we have obtained a number of interesting, translucent to transparent, very pale green spodumene samples without matrix, most as pure cleavages or partial crystals of this Cr-rich spodumene. Some are rather gemmy, and are offered as specimens from about 1cm to 2cm tall (weighing anywhere from about 4 carats to 15 carats each), priced at 5.00, 10.00 and 15.00 each. Special: 100 carat, hand-selected transparent lots @ just 85.00 per lot! Also on hand: one excellent 12cm nearly colorless crystal of 740 carats @ 1250.00!

STEPHANITE- Zaca Mine, Alpine Co., California
Greyish black, somewhat tabular micro crystals of stephanite scattered in exposed quartz vugs in matrix, occasionally with minor pyrargyrite and other species. Well crystallized although small, matrix sizes from 1.5 to 3.5cm @ 8.50, 15.00 and 25.00 each.

STILPNOMELANE etc.- Laytonville Quarry, Mendocino Co., California
Dark brownish to nearly black stilpnomelane occurs here as pods and aggregates scattered in matrix, most associated with the classic rock forming mineral assemblages of deerite, howieite and/or zussmanite. A wide variety of associations possible in random samples, specimen sizes range from about 3cm to 7cm across @ 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each.

TELLUROBISMUTHITE- Mangfallberg, Boliden, Sweden
This uncommon mineral (Bi2Te3) occurs here as grey metallic scales and foliated masses richly comprising matrix, typically admixed with granular metallic tetradymite in this gold-bearing sulfide ore. Ex-Cureton specimens, quite rich and dense, sizes from about 2.5cm to 7cm @ 20.00, 40.00, 60.00 and 85.00 each.

THAUMASITE- Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey
Rich white masses and crystalline aggregates largely comprising matrix, occasionally with minor admixed pectolite. Old material from many years ago from this classic locality, specimens from 3cm to 5.5cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. One very rich, large sample about 11x8cm @ 125.00.

VAUXITE- Siglo Veinte Mine, Llallagua, Bolivia
From material brought out in the 1970's, we have a few superb specimens of pale blue vauxite richly scattered on matrix, mostly with wavellite and often micro glassy crystals of paravauxite as well. Stable and quite attractive, type locality material from 1cm to 1.5cm @ 25.00 and 35.00 each; one 6cm @ 175.00. Excellent!

VLASOVITE in EUDIALYTE- Kipawa Complex, Villedieu, Quebec, Canada
The last of this significantly fluorescent mineral, occurring as relatively large, tan colored pods to 1.3cm across scattered in bright pink, attractive eudialyte matrix. The vlasovite shows an excellent cream colored fluoresence under SW UV, and these representative samples range from 2cm to 3.5cm @ 20.00, 30.00 and 40.00 each. A very few larger to 125.00; please inquire!

WAGNERITE var: KJERULFINE- Havredal, Bamle, Telemark, Norway
Buff colored masses of this variety of wagnerite richly scattered in matrix. A widespread but otherwise unimpressive and rarely offered phosphate, these specimens range from 1.5cm to 3.5cm @ 12.50, 20.00 and 30.00 each, a few to 6cm @ 55.00.

WILLEMITE with CALCITE (FL)- Vrancice, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Streamers and spots of brightly fluorescent (and usually phosphorescent green) willemite scattered in fluorescent (red) calcite, associated with a variety of manganese minerals. Looks identical to Franklin material under the UV light, but remarkably different in daylight! From a short-lived 1950's mining venture looking for silver minerals, this locality is quite extraordinary! Matrix specimens from about 3cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

WOLFEITE- Wilson's Peg. Broken Hill, NSW, Australia
Rich brown masses of this unusual Fe-Mn phosphate comprising matrix, a dimorph of satterlyite. Uninspiring in appearance but from an unusual locality, matrix sizes from about 1cm to 3cm @ 8.00, 15.00 and 25.00 each.

YINGJIANGITE- Kladska, nr. Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic
This exceptionally rare uranium phosphate occurs as minute golden yellow aggregates sparsely scattered on matrix, some with minor torbernite. Weakly fluorescent and XRD-confirmed material, this from the second world occurrence for the species. Only a few available, small fragment in a capsule @ 40.00, matrix specimens from 0.8cm to 2.4cm @ 75.00, 100.00 and 145.00 each for the richest. Rare stuff!

ZIPPEITE- Apex Mine, Lander Co., Nevada
Deep orange-yellow balls and somewhat tabular glassy aggregates of fluorescent zippeite nicely scattered on matrix, occasionally with gypsum and other phases. Rarely in such good form, these have been XRD and EDS-confirmed. Sizes from 2.5cm to nearly 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00 and 65.00 each.

BOOKS

ECONOMIC MINERAL DEPOSITS- by Alan M. Bateman
The classic work of this critically important topic, dealing with the formation and classifcation of mineral deposits, here as a harcover second edition in very good condition. Copiously illustrated with diagrams throughout, this 900+ page magnum opus discusses all aspects of formation, extraction, classification etc. of ore minerals, including 14 chapters pertaining to specialized metallic and non-metallic mineral deposits. Later editions are considerably smaller and less detailed, and this 900+ page monster is the classic one to have for your library! Clean, no stamps or markings, some wear on linen cover @ just 55.00.

GEMS

BERYL variety EMERALD- Colombia
Recently uncovered here, faceted emerald from Colombia in classic emerald cut style: one stone weighing 0.65 carats and showing pleasing, light green color with good transparency and minor inclusions, size about 6x4mm @ 100.00 (less than $150 a carat!). The other is a similarly cut, darker stone with better color but less transparency and typical inclusions, weighing 1.65 carats and about 8x6mm in size @ 275.00 (less than $200 a carat!). Only one of each; list alternates!

PETROLOGY SAMPLES

BIOTITE-HORNBLENDE SCHIST - Texas Creek, Fremont Co., Colorado
Collected by Professor Wayne Ault of the defunct King's College (Briarcliff Manor) in 1973, this large specimen shows typical, fine-grained biotitic schist with crude laths of a hornblende-like amphibole scattered through the specimen. The precise locality was noted as "US 50, 5.5 miles E. of Jct w/ Rt 69". A hefty specimen, about 15x6cm, and typical for the rock type @ 40.00. One only!

 

CATALOG 21606 - Volume XLIII, No.6

ALBITE- Farsky dul, Sobotin, Moravia, Czech Republic
Old stuff with excellent, white to transparent albite crystals to several millimeters richly scattered on rock matrix, some with minor epidote, tourmaline or other species. Good micro potential as well with small twins and numerous habits evident. Rich samples from a fairly obscure locality for the feldspar specialists among you, 5cm to 10cm @ just 12.50, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

ANKERITE with SODALITE- Cerro Sapo, Cochabamba Dept., Bolivia
Unusually rich masses of pale greenish white ankerite largely comprising matrix, many associated with slashes of deep blue soldalite and occasionally greyish to sugary barite. From one of the very few alkaline provinces in the Andes Mountains, over fifty (50!!) species have been described from this locality! Specimen range from about 2cm to 7cm across @ 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each.

ANORTHOCLASE in PERLITE- Dugway Pass, Juab Co., Utah
Small spherules of pinkish tan anorthoclase to 1cm well scattered and frozen in a greyish, glassy perlite matrix. XRD and EDS confirmed samples, and the discovery of the material will be featured in the September, 2016 issue of Mineral News. Previously unreported for the locality, this feldspar is considered somewhere between low sanidine and high albite, and is rarely offered. A new locality, hefty specimens from about 4cm to 12cm across @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 60.00 each.

BERYL variety EMERALD- Panjsher Province, Afghanistan
Crude, elongated crystals of an opaque, pleasing green emerald color, here as coarsely crystalline aggregates on matrix. These were purchased in 2013 in Afghanistan but were likely mined about ten years ago and subsequently rejected as faceting grade material. Few specimens reach the collector market, and these are priced according to crystal quality, sizes from 3cm @ 35.00, one 5x2.5 more gemmy sample @ 65.00.

BORISENKOITE (IMA #2015-113)- Yadovitaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
This NEW SPECIES occurs as small, coarse reddish-brown to golden-brown prismatic to tabular microscrystals to 0.1mm scattered on altered basaltic scoria, typically associated with hematite, lammerite and potassic feldspar. Formula: Cu3[(V,As)O4]2, monoclinic, IMA #2015-113,type locality, of course! This Kamchatka volcano 's second scoria cone continues to yield new mineral species, this one named for Russian geochemist and mineralogist Leonid Fedorovich Borisenko (1922-2000), a specialist in vanadium deposits. Only a few confirmed specimens available, matrix sizes average about 2.5cm @ 175.00 each.

BORNITE- Sweet Home Mine, nr. Alma, Park Co. Colorado
From a 2003 find, we have a handful of analyzed bornite samples from this famous locality! These metallic specimens typically show rounded, somewhat bluish-grey tarnished surfaces, often associated with minor quartz, impure tetrahedrite and occasionally micro fluorite, rhodochrosite etc. Interestingly, the cores of these analyzed samples are relatively pure bornite, the surface areas analytically showing minor silver and zinc in substitution! Two EDS spectra accompany each sample, sizes from about 3cm to nearly 5cm @ 25.00 and 45.00 each, depending on quality and associations. Only a few available!

BRUSHITE- Pig Hole Cave, Giles Co., Virginia
This oddly-named locality was the the site of the first discovery of brushite in the U.S. in 1954. The cave was named, sadly, due to a large pig who had been inadvertantly trapped in the narrow opening to the cavern. The mineral occurs as dull earthy tan masses of micro-crystalline, somewhat nodular to powdery brushite supplied in a capsule, and EDS-confirmed as such. Old material from an unusual locality for this ugly mineral @ 15.00 each, with a copy of our analysis.


CESIODYMITE (IMA 2015-002)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Kamchatka, Russia
A NEW SPECIES from its type locality in Kamchatka, the mineral occurs as crudely prismatic to thickly tabular light green tiny crystals to 0.1mm, or occasionally as irregular grains, typically associated with euchlorine. Formula: CsKCu5O(SO4)5, triclinic, IMA #2015-002. The mineral is named for its cesium content and the Greek for "twin brother", in allusion to it being a Cs-K-ordered analog of cryptochalcite, K2Cu5O(SO4)5. Very tiny samples mounted on adhesive stubs @ 150.00 each. List alternates!

CHABAZITE-Ca variety PHACOLITE- Gads Hill, nr. Liena, Tasmania, Australia
Excellent, clear to white complex rhombohedral crystal clusters of chabazite-Ca very richly scattered and fully covering underlying matrix. These older specimens were obtained back in the 1970s and are quite fine for this highly Ca-dominant zeolite group mineral. A good selection on hand, specimens range from about 2+cm to 10cm across @ 7.50, 15.00, 30.00 and 55.00 each. One superb 12x8cm specimen @ 75.00.

CHURCHITE-(Y)- nr. Sausalito, Marin Co., California
Small white balls and masses of this unusual species sparsely scattered on ugly brownish black, manganese-rich cherty matrix. From one of the better known U.S. localities for the species once known as "weinschenkite", specimen sizes from 2cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 65.00 each.

DADSONITE- Wolfsberg, Harz Mts., Saxony, Germany
Metallic greyish black, somewhat fibrous masses of this uncommon Pb-Sb-sulfide sparsely sattered and embedded in quartz matrix. Old Cureton stock collected prior to 1850, likely from the ancient Graf Jost-Christian Mine, likley admixed with some of the other 40+ species known from here, specimens from about 2cm to 5cm across @ 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 65.00 each, based on quality and coverage, not necessarily size.

DATOLITE- Westfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts
Clear to pale green crystals of datolite richly scattered or comprising matrix. A classic eastern U.S. locality, these collected many years ago by G. Fred Lincks. Overall group sizes from 3cm to 7cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00 & 65.00. A few larger to 12cm @ 125.00; inquire!

DIAMOND (2.99 cts)- Undachnaya Mine, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia
A fairly sharp octahedral diamond crystal without matrix, here measuring 9x6mm and weighing an impressive 2.99 carats. The color is pale greyish white ansd this fairly large crystal exhibits well-formed trigons across the octahedral faces. An attractive and desireable crystal of good size and weight at a very competitive price of just 500.00 for the stone!

DIOPSIDE- Dog Lake, Frontenac Co., Ontario, Canada
Stout pyramidal single crystals and groups of diopside, a high-Ca pyroxene, most without matrix. Individual crystals average 2cm to 2.5cm long and show good prism faces and terminations. Excellent for the species, all specimens nicely mounted in a perky box @ only 10.00 each for a decent crystal group!

DUMORTIERITE- Dehesa, San Diego Co., California
Pinkish to magenta colored dumortierite masses are scattered in pale rock matrix from this old, well documented locality. An interesting and colorful assemblage, specimen sizes from about 3cm to 7cm @ 7.50, 12.50, 20.00 and 25.00 each, according to size and coverage.

DURANGITE- Tin Prospect, nr. Winston, Sierra Co., New Mexico
Orange micro crystals of durangite are liberally scattered throughout a matrix which also shows micro crystals of redish brown cassiterite, black hematite, and possible other species. Good micro potential on the better pieces, matrix sizes from 2cm to 5cm @ 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 to 5cm or so, then 6cm - 8cm @ 75.00, 100.00 and 125.00 for the larger, richer specimens.

ELEOMELANITE (IMA 2015-118)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole. Tolbachik, Kamchatka, Russia
Another NEW SPECIES from this Kamchatka volcano's second scoria cone, here as minute black crusts over green euchlorine. Formula: (K2Pb)Cu4O2(SO4)4, monoclinic, IMA # 2015-118, type locality. Named for the greek words "oil" and "black" in allusion to the highly unusual oily luster on the crystal faces, very uncommon for a sulfate mineral!. Only a few 1mm specimens available @ 125.00 each. List alternates!

GYPSUM with PARAMONTROSEITE etc- Opera Box Mine, Montrose Co., Colorado
Minute bladed and acicular cryatls of gypsum lightly scattered on matrix, many often tinted pale yellow by included or underlying uranophane and/or tyuyamunite, all on a dark matrix of microscopic paramontroseite admixed with rauvite and likely other phases. A few of the better specimens have bright orange magnesiopascoite (see our article in the February 2015 issue of Mineral News). You'll need a 'scope to see the needles, some specimens with apparently multiple generations, sizes from 2.5cm to 7cm @ 15.00, 30.00, and 55.00 each. Weird!

HYDROKENORALSTONITE - Ivigtut, Arsuk Fjord, Greenland
This newly defined member of the pyrochlore supergroup occurs as tiny, transparent to translucent octahedral micro crystals sparsely scattered in massive cryolite among excellent and prolific micro thomsenolite crystals richly spread in seams and voids. Nearly 90 diofferent species occur here, with 17 having type locality status, this one included! Matrix sizes range from about 3.5cm to 6cm across @ 40.00, 60.00 and 85.00 each.

LAPHAMITE- Burnside, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania
This rare species, an arsenic selenide analogue of orpiment, occurs as brilliant, dark red to orange lath-like crystals without matrix. Type locality author's material, these are small but good crystal laths. Sizes from 1mm to nearly 4mm long @ 40.00, 65.00 and 90.00 each. A few larger matrix but lean samples from adjacent Shamokin, collected in 1987 to 2.5cm @ 150.00 each.

LOVOZERITE etc.- Mt. Rasvumchorr, Khibiny, Kola Peninsula, Russia
This uncommon mineral occurs as tan to yellowish-pink masses forming rims around bright pinkish-red eudialyte pods in an aegirine-rich matrix. Obtained many years ago from Russian scientists, only a few samples on hand, sizes from about 2cm to 6cm across priced according to richness @ 45.00, 85.00, 150.00 and 250.00 each.

LUDLAMITE- Black Bird Mine, Cobalt, Lemhi Co., Idaho
Murky green, nearly transparent crystalline masses and crystals up to 0.5 cm of ludlamite highlight these specimens obtained almost 35 years ago. The ludlamite occurs as crystal aggregates to several cm's on larger specimens, containing several sharp well formed crystals or crystal faces. Possible associations include dark blue vivianite. Representative crystallized specimens, 1cm to 5cm @ 15.00, 30.00, 45.00, 55.00 and 85.00 each, priced according to quality.

MACFALLITE included QUARTZ- Jaguarassu, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Interesting quartz crystal sections and faceted gemstones with tiny spines and radiating balls of pinkish red macfallite nicely scattered along a plane in the sample, some also with minute black crystals of braunite. Obtained twenty years ago from the late Carlos Barbosa, a strange and uncommon inclusion, either as quartz crystal sections of 1.5-3.5cm @ 25.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each, or as various faceted gem stones averaging 6mm to 8mm @ 45.00 and 65.00 each.

MAGNETITE- Tilly Foster Mi, Brewster, Putnam Co., New York
A monster specimen comprised of a single black mass of magnetite, extracted from this famous iron mine by the late G.Fred Lincks. The piece weighs roughly nine (9) pounds (!!) and measures about 16x9x8 cm @ 95.00. Expect extra shipping; magnetic and ugly, but a great, historical locality piece from an inaccessible, long-forbidden property.

MINYULITE- Lucin, Box Elder Co., Utah
This is the excellent material described in the April, 2012 Mineral News article. The specimens show fine, needle-like white tufts and spiney crystal groups of minyulite perched on matrix and in seams, some groups reaching 1.5cm or more in diameter! Perhaps the finest minyulite specimens ever encountered, these are rich and fairly attractive for a normally tiny species, mildly fluorescent, some with ferrian variscite, wavellite, carbonate-fluorapatite, crandallite replacing fluellite and possibly other species! Specimens range in size from about 2cm to 8cm across, very reasonably priced at just 10.00, 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 85.00 each. Superb, and likely "best of species" material! A few monster specimens available - inquire!

NABAPHITE- Kukisvumchorr Mt., Khibiny, Kola Peninsula, Russia
Dull white massive material for this extremely rare species sparsely scattered on matrix. Only a few small samples on hand, typically averaging about 5mm across @ 135.00 each. Only a few, so please list alternate selections!

NCHWANINGITE- N'Chwaning Mine, Kalahari Mn Field, Rep. So. Africa
This rare species, a hydrous Mn-silicate, occurs as minute, slender transparent colorless crystals on quartz, some groups having a pale brownish cast. A few superb micro balls of radiating crystals, overall sizes are tiny, averaging <1mm @ 125.00 and 150.00 each. Excellent micro material!

ORPIMENT- Palomo Mine, Castrovirreyna, Peru
Excellent, deep orange to yellow-orange micro crystals and botryoids of orpiment nicely covering matrix, many with micro red realgar crystals and/or barite. Not your typical, flakey material, common sulfides here include potential sphalerite, seligmanite and others, and the mine is the type locality for the orpiment dimorph anorpiment as well, described in 2011. Colorful and attractive specimens, sizes ranging from about 5cm to 7cm across @ just 35.00 and 55.00 each. Only a few on hand!

RINGWOODITE- Tenham Station, S. Gregory, Queensland, Australia
This very rare mineral has been found almost exclusively in meteorites or as minute inclusions in diamonds, and then only by careful microprobe study. We have an elegantly documented sample consisting of a 1cm polished square containing a minute (<1mm) thin sectioned sample from the type locality, the Tenham Meteorite, a hypersthene-olivene chondrite (L6, S4). The meteorite fell in the Spring of 1879, and our microprobed sample is accompanied by a color SEM image as well as full chemical composition. Associations in the sample include plagioclase, as well as kamacite and troilite. First come-first served @ 375.00; list alternates!

SARTORITE- Lengenbach Quarry, Binnental, Valais, Switzerland
Good quality samples of this rarely offered material, type locality of course! Sartorite occurs as steel grey to bluish tarnished platy to foliated masses in white, sugary dolomite matrix, some occasionally with associated red realgar. Specimens from 1cm to 4cm @ 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 75.00 each.

SEARLESITE- Cave Springs Borax Deposit, Esmeralda Co., Nevada
This uncommon species occurs as minute, transparent to translucent glassy aggregates and micro crystals sparsely scattered in seams in pale boraciferous marl matrix. Excellent for the locality as desccribed by Foshag in American Mineralogist in 1934 (Vol. 19, pg 268-74), specimens range from 2cm to nearly 5cm @ 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 75.00 each, depending on coverage and size.

SILVER- Crown Reserve Mine, Coleman Twp, Ontario, Canada
A significant example of native silver from this locality, here as numerous streamers and dendrites richly scattered in an uncommon pink calcite matrix, including minor nickeline and skutterudite, likely with trace acanthite as well. This large specimen has one face cut flat to expose the dendrites, and it is accompanied by a handwritten letter from one Arrian Parcher in Cobalt to John Durkos, the former specimen owner, in 1970. The letter describes the beds of slate greywacke that yielded the specimen and attests to the rarity of pink calcite as a host for the native silver. A monsterous beast, weighing over 7 pounds (!!!) and measuring about 23x11cm on its face, offered at 425.00. The piece would likely take a good sanding and polishing if so inclined.

TARANAKITE- Super Cave, Cervantes, W.A., Australia
Dull white, small nodular masses of this uncommon mineral scattered in loose quano-soil matrix. Decidedly ugly stuff but from an unusual locality, available in 2cm capsules @ 20.00 each, or in 4cm glass vials @ 45.00 each.

TENNANTITE with GALENA- Dos de Mayo Province, Huanaco, Peru
Tiny, metallic greyish black micro aggregates of tennantite intergrown with unusual, brilliant druses of galena richly comprising matrix, most with platy white barite and/or small beige rhombs of siderite and/or crude sphalerite. Interesting and moderately handsome specimens, sizes average about 7cm across at just 35.00 each. Only a few !

URANOPILITE with COFFINITE etc.- Atlas #9 Mine, Tidwell Draw, Emery Co. Utah
Collected over 20 years ago from this obscure locality, these specimens are comprised of bright yellow uranopilite (fluorescent green under SW UV) associated with coffinite, slightly darker yellow tyuyamunite and disseminated uraninite, with other phases possible. The stratified matrix is moderately radioactive, as expected, as are much of the uranium/vanadium deposits in the area. Specimens range from 2cm to 6cm @ 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each; one considerable larger 12x7cm sample @ 75.00.

VOLKOVSKITE- Boulby Mine, North Yorkshire, England
This rare borate mineral is a member of the veatchite group, and it is found at only a handful of localities worldwide. This specimen is a very thin, transparent crystalline platelet about 2x1cm in cross-section with a bare trace of pinkish hilgardite (?) providing a hint of color. Only one specimen available @ 125.00. List alternates!

WINDHOEKITE- Aris Quarry, Windhoek District, Namibia
This relatively new mineral occurs here at the type locality as excellent, micro needles in radiating sprays perched in vugs in rock matrix, all with a golden brown hue and very attractive under the scope. We analyzed a large number of tuperssuatsiate samples we had in stock (all visually indistinguishable from this species!) and found only five (5) specimens that were this new, Ca-dominant member. Every numbered sample will have its own individual analysis included, and the specimens average about 3cm across at 200.00 each. Limit one per customer, please, and if you plan to get one elsewhere, be sure it is a specimen with the actual chemical analysis, as there is no apparent difference in X-Ray pattern or physical appearance between this species and the apparently more common tuperssuatsiatite! Caveat emptor!

BOOKS

ANACONDA- by Isaac Marcosson
A "vanity publication" on behalf of Anaconda, once the most prolific copper mining companies the world! This interesting account presents the history of this epic industrial giant and the people that pioneered the development of this monolithic company, recalling such huge, mineralogically famous operations as Butte, Chuquicamata, Yerington, Grants and others. Published in 1957, this yellowed 370 page hardcover book has about 40 pages of old black & white photos and includes the illustrated but worn paper wrap @ 20.00. Only a few available.

AUSTRALIAN MINERALOGIST- Vol. 3, No. 4
Another warehouse discovery of some 20 copies of this publication's earlier days as a new periodical, this one the Oct-Dec. 1988 edition that had articles such as the description of the new mineral ulrichite, a kolbeckite occurrence in New South Wales, plus the sampleite find in the Lake Boga granite etc. About 40 pages, some color plus excellent SEM images, all below cover price for just 5.00 each with any mineral order.

COLLECTIONS

MOUNTAIN VIEW MINE- Frederick Co., Maryland
This small and obscure property was worked prior to the Civil War for lead and zinc and was abandoned after little commercial ore was produced. We have uncovered a flat of small TN specimens from this locality, known to have produced more than 15 different minerals prior to 1940. The sulfides found are primarily bornite, galena and chalcopyrite, with secondary minerals like malachite, smithsonite etc. evident. We want to move these, so we offer lot of 10 assorted specimens (sizes 1-2cm) that will provide some interesting locality micros, too, all offered at just 20.00 per lot of 10! Take out your 'scope and hurry, hurry as these will go quickly.

FOSSILS

FOSSIL COLLECTION- Pierre Shale, Pennington Co., South Dakota
We stumbled across a flat of these interesting fossils, but confess to being deficient in paleo knowledge beyond some very basic identifications. These are from the Upper Cretaceous, probably ~65 million years old, and they represent a range of ammonites, bacculites, scaphites and possibly others, all presenting as pearly white to nearly black, lustrous and often slightly iridescent specimens in and out of matrix. The locality is near Box Elder Creek, better known to mineral collectors for its excellent brown barites, and we wish to move these quickly. Hence, the following offer: four fossil specimens in generous sizes averaging 4cm to 8cm across @ just 50.00 per lot, with precise ID work up to you. Note: Our shipping minimum on these lots will run 14.00 due to size/weight of the specimens!

GEMS

TOPAZ - "Swiss Blue" Brazil
Excellent, faceted Brazilian topaz in an unusual 10mm heart shape, these are heat treated to yield a superb "Swiss Blue" color that is the most desireable of topaz hues. Well-cut, gemmy and fully transparent and eye-clean stones average over 4 carats each @ just 30.00 per stone, or a matched pair at 55.00. Very attractive!

CATALOG 21605 - Volume XLIII, No.5

Our latest list has a number of rare species, as well as our usual assortment of rarities, old classics and interesting locality pieces. Don't miss the crystallized howlites in this issue - certainly the world's best occurrence of the mineral! Specimens are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, all FOB our warehouse.

ALMANDINE-SPESSARTINE- Garnet Hill, nr Ely, White Pine Co. Nevada
Complex, somewhat distorted but sharp and very lustrous trapezeohedral crystals of almandine-spessartine garnet are scattered through quartz-lined vugs in pinkish lithiophysal rhyolite matrix. Each specimen contains one or more red-black opaque crystals varying in size from several mm's to 1cm or more! Attractive material from an old and well known area that first produced specimens well before the 1930's. Our analytical work confirms a roughly 65:35 compositional split between almandine and spessartine. Overall sizes range from about 2cm to nearly 7cm across @ 10.00, 20.00, 35.00, 45.00 and 55.00 each, depending on overall quality and size. Excellent and attractive matrix garnet specimens, recently featured in Rock & Gem magazine!

ARMENITE- nr. Remigny, Quebec, Canada
Masses of white crystalline to fibrous aggregates of armenite scattered in/on albite/quartz matrix, most associated with pinkish vitreous zoisite. Older material, sizes from 1cm to 5cm @ just 17.50, 25.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each.

BERYL (Red: variety "Bixbite")- Violet Claims, Millard Co., Utah
A few small crystals available, sizes from about 6mm to 9mm tall @ 125.00 and 150.00 each. Excellent color!

BRUCITE- Asbest, Ural, Russia
An excellent specimen comprised of thick bands of white, chatoyant brucite about 8mm thick running through the entire length of this 5cm specimen. A classic locality for the species, only one available, @ 75.00.

CALCITE- Logansport, Cass Co., Indiana
Pale, slightly yellowish hued calcite single crystals, most with little or no matrix, all showing excellent trigonal terminations atop rather stout prismatic crystal forms. The diaphaneity on these ranges from transparent to translucent, and the color is attractively subtle. From an old lot, ex-A.E.Seaman Mineral Museum, sizes range from about 2x2cm to 4cm across @ just 6.00, 10.00 and 15.00 each.

CALCITE on STILBITE- Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
A handful of these from the Jean Hamill collection recently came to light in our warehouse, and they are wonderfully hued, amber-brown translucent to transparent rhombic crystals to 1.5cm nicely perched on druses of micro white stilbite, the latter mineral never reported on Mindat from this location before. The locality was originally labeled as "Ciruela", a non-existent town, but subsequent labels indicate "Los Mochis" as the location, lying just to the NE of Rio de Culiacan, the only reported occurrence (Salinas, 1923) of stilbite in Sinaloa. It is likely that the original find is somewhere between these two towns along the Sinaloan coast. Only a couple of attractive specimens on hand, most in the 6cm size range at just 40.00 each. See Mindat images for color!

CHEGEMITE- Lakargi Mt., Upper Chegem Caldera, Russia
This relatively new mineral was described from this, the type locality, in 2008, and occurs as abundant pink, transparent grains to several millimeters scattered in a greenish-white matrix of calcium hydrosilicates. Found in Xenolith No. 1 in this Northern Caucasus deposit, we have only a few small TNs available @ 95.00 each. List alternates!

CHENEVIXITE- Wheal Gorland, St. Day, Cornwall, England
Old specimens comprised of dull yellowish green crusts of chenevixite richly scattered over most of the surface of these fairly ugly matrix specimens. Type locality material and therefore desirable from this depleted historical location, specimens from about 3cm to 6cm across @ 15.00, 35.00 and 60.00 each.


CHLORAPATITE- Odegardensverk, Bjordam, Telemark, Norway
Massive crystalline cleavages of chlorapatite scattered in matrix, occasionally associated with talc, enstatite etc, although having a decidedly non-apatite appearance. The color of the nearly pure material ranges from pale olive-green to white to pale pink, and has a greasy to dull luster on some, almost vitreous on others. In sizes from 2 cm to 5 cm priced at 20.00, 35.00 and 45.00 each, depending on size.

CROCOITE- Berezovsk, Sverdlovsk, Ural Mts., Russia
From ancient stock in our warehouse, a few representative examples of type locality crocoite, here as small, deep
orange-red crystalline masses lightly scattered in flattened sprays and aggregates on massive quartz-rich matrix. Recently featured in Mineralogical Record, these are not killer cabinet specimens at unreachable prices, but rather typical mine-run examples from this classic deposit rarely available today. Specimens average about 4cm across @ just 55.00 each. Old stuff!

CUSPIDINE- San Vito Quarry, Vesuvius, Italy
A great combination of nice micromount and fluoresecent material, cuspidine is found as 1 mm-sized beige chisel to spear shaped distinct, beige microcrystal clusters, scattered in a vuggy vesuvianite matrix and associated with other fluorescent and non-fluorescent minerals such as humite, phlogopite etc. The type locality for cuspidine is the nearby Mt. Somma section of Mt. Vesuvius. In matrix sizes from 2.5cm to 5cm @ 20.00, 45.00, and 60.00.

DIAMOND- Paragua Region, Bolivar Province, Venezuela
Transparent, pale brownish to clear complex octahedral diamonds without matrix, these from an older locality recently uncovered in our inventory. The single crystals average just under a quarter-carat each and measure at least 3mm across, very competitively priced at just 20.00 each. Limited availability!

EITELITE- Westvaco Mine, Sweetwater Co., Wyoming
This rare Na-Mg carbonate occurs here as somewhat columnar, waxy aggregates of pale yellow-brown color largely comprising matrix, apparently from a single seam within this prolific Green River formation locality, best known for its loughlinte and shortite specimens (yes, we have those as well). Sizes average about 3cm tall @ 75.00 each. Only a few available!

GADOLINITE-(Y)- Iveland, Aust-Agder, Norway
Rich, brownish black greasy to vitreous masses of this rare-earth species richly comprising matrix, numerous pieces filling a 4.5cm stoppered glass vial. Old material that was recently analyzed in our lab, each vial complete with a copy of our analysis (SiO2 distorted due to lack of beryllium detection by EDS) that shows a surprisingly high dysprosium content @ just 20.00 per vial.

GIRDITE- Grand Central Mine, Tombstone, Arizona
Dull white masses of this rare tellurate sparsely scattered on matrix, these original obtained from the author, Dr. Sid
WIlliams, shortly after its description. Only a few small specimens on hand, typically 1cm to 1.5cm @ 75.00 and 100.00 each, depending on coverage.

GRAESERITE- Gorb, Lercheltini, Binntal, Wallis, Switzerland
This rare arsenite mineral occurs here at the type locality as extremely small, black rod-like needles sparsely scattered in a well-crystallized mica-rich gneiss. In 2006, yours truly co-authored the description from the only other known locality in the world for this mineral (see Mineral News, Vol. 22, no. 9 - 2006), at Sterling Hill in New Jersey. Only a couple of type locality specimens available, matrix sizes averaging about 5cm long @ 125.00 each.

HALLOYSITE- Concan Mine, Uvalde Co., Texas
Your basic non-descript but representative mineral, and one of four hydrous aluminum silicate polymorphs, halloysite occurs here as chalky to powdery white to tan masses richly scattered in/on matrix. Perfect for the systematic collection, halloysite can be had in sizes from 2cm to 3.5cm @ 15.00, 20.00 and 25.00 each. Off-beat locality!

HAUYNE- Valle Biachella, Scarofano, Roma, Italy
Greyish to pale blue crystals and aggregates of hauyne scattered in greenish pyroxene matrix. Nicely FLUORESCENT pale orange-pink (LW best), from 2cm to 4.5cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 35.00, 45.00 each.

HENMILITE- Fuka, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
Deep blue grains of this rare copper borate to 0.2mm dispersed in white calcite matrix with various calc-silicates, most typically with pentahydroboroite, these from the type (and only!) locality. Specimens are small, ranging up to 0.5cm matrix samples @ 65.00 each.

HOWLITE on ANHYDRITE- Bras D'Or Lake, Iona, Nova Scotia, Canada
From the finest (and perhaps only) occurrence of truly well crystallized howlite in the world, these are small groups of this unique anhydrous Ca-B-silicate found as greyish to pale brown radiating crystal groups to 2cm across perched on massive anhydrite matrix. The individual monoclinic spears are the finest of the species which is normally found primarily as massive or chalky botryoids. A rare occurrence, specimens ranging from 3cm to 7cm across, typically with one group and only rarely as multiples. priced according to quality, not size, @ 45.00, 65.00, 95.00 and 125.00 each for the best.

LAUMONTITE variety LEONHARDITE- Pine Creek Mine, nr Bishop, Inyo Co. Califo
Unusual and fairly delicate aggregates and radiating crystals of laumontite to a couple of centimeters completely comprising matrix, some with a minute drusy calcite overgrowth. Quite attractive and from a very old stock recently uncovered, groups range from about 2cm to 5cm across @ 15.00, 30.00 and 55.00 each.

MATTAGAMITE in ALTAITE- Mattagame Lake Mine, Matagami, Que., Canada
Rich specimens from the type locality, here as brightly metalalic inclusions in altaite well-scattered in matrix. Likely associations include visually indistinguishable tellurantimony and possibly other species. Old Curetom material, specimens from 3cm to 6cm across @ 60.00, 90.00 and 125.00 each.

OPAL- Mintabie, South Australia, Australia
Handsome matrix specimens consisting of dense, white Ordovician sandstone with veins or exposed surface seams of firey, white-based opal, showing blue, orange, yellow and green flashes. The material is also nicely fluorescent (LW:UV-blue white) and shows an uncommon and long-lasting phosphorescence as well. Specimens range from reference pieces to rich, gemmy exposures, overall sizes from about 7x6cm to 17x8cm, priced at 45.00, 75.00, 100.00, 150.00, 200.00 and 300.00 each, depending on size and firey opal exposure. Free with each specimen: a copy of the April, 2015 Mineral News article that more fully described the locality and acquisition of these interesting specimens!

PERETAITE- Pereta Mine, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy
Fine microcrystals of this secondary antimony mineral! Peretaite is found as transparent to almost opaque elongated and flattened lath-like microcrystals in altering stibnite, associated with sulfur microcrystals and dull red metastibnite, kermesite etc. Each specimen contains as least one area of nicely formed crystals, available as 2cm to 5cm matrix specimens @ 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each. Good micro stuff!

PERITE- nr. Benson, Cochise Co., Arizona
Extemely small, bright yellow masses and filmy aggregates of this unusual mineral sparsely scattered on the surface of copper-bearing quartz, some with minor chrysocolla. Magnification required to see the tiny aggegates, overall matrix sizes from 2.5cm to 7cm @ 20.00, 35.00, 50.00, 75.00 and 95.00 each, based on size and coverage. Lean and ugly stuff!

PHOSPHOHEDYPHANE- Coeur d'Alene Dist., Shoshone Co., Idaho
These are rather stange looking hopper crystals of tan to brown phosphohedyphane, collected in the 1960s by Ted Morley of Piedmont Minerals. At the time, these were known as "polyspaherite", believed to be a calcian pyromorphite. Work on similar Chilean material led to the new species description in 2005 by Kampf et al. Sadly, the mine these came from was never revealed, and whether these are pseudos after pyromorphite or just cavernous, crystallized phosphohedyphane is unknown. A typical specimen was pictured in the June, 2016 issue of Mineral News, and we have a few TNs and small groups from 1.5 cm to nearly 3cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00 and 55.00 each.

PREHNITE- Paterson, Passaic Co., New Jersey
A fairly large selection of older specimens, many from a small university collection recently obtained. Colors of these prehnite specimens ranges from pale green to murky, darker material, habits typically botryoidal but also as thickly intergrown, small wedge-like aggregates from the 1930s nicely covering matrix. Recently featured in Mineralogical Record, we have a good selection of these classic samples, sizes from TNs to 10cm @ just 5.00, 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each.

PUMPELLYITE-(Mg):CHLORASTROLITE- Isle Royale, Keeweenaw Co., Michigan
This uncommon pumpellyite group mineral is Mg-dominant and is often found as rounded, amigduloidal fillings, often showing a spider web pattern in the chlorastrolite variety that was discovered here in 1847, later described by Palache et al in 1925 and redefined by the IMA in 1973. We offer a 2cm stoppered glass vial containing over a half dozen rounded amygdules at just 12.50 per vial. Limit 2 vials per order, please.

QUARTZ- Aiguille D'Arves, Savoie,Rhone-Alpes France
Transparent quartz crystals to 1.5cm nicely perched on matrix of smaller quartz crystals, all nicely terminated and occasionally with a pale yellowish iron staining. Coolected over 20 years ago, reasonably attractive, great locality, inexpensive price: 2.5cm to 5cm groups @ 8.50, 12.50 and 20.00 each.

RHODOCHROSITE- American Tunnel, nr. Silverton, Colorado
A recently uncovered older lot of pale pink rhodochrosite, here as rhombic crystals nicely intergrown and occasionally perched on quartz/sulfide ore matrix. Attractive small specimens, sizes from about 1.2cm to nearly 3cm @ 10.00, 15.00 and 20.00 each.

SCHOEPITE ps @ RUTHERFORDINE- Musonoi Open Pit, Shaba,(Zaire) Dem Rep Congo
Complex and colorful specimens: bright yellow,spear-shaped micro crystals and groups of schoepite occur here largely as pseudomorphs after tan aggregates of rutherfordine. Associations vary but often include other colorful uranium minerals typical of the locality (uranophane, cuprosklodowsite etc.) with significant amounts of malachite, hematite, and digenitic rock on most specimens. Attractive specimens with terrific micro potential, these are priced according to coveage and aesthetics more than size, with specimens from 3cm to 5cm @ 100.00, and 125.00 each. Uncommon pseudomorphs that are moderately hot as well, and easily visible but really superb under the scope!

SEGNITITE- Gold Hill, Tooele Co., Utah
From the only confirmed occurrence of the species at this prolific mine, this material was collected from a single pocket in the Glory Hole over 20 years ago and has recently been XRD and EDS confirmed (see May, 2016 issue of Mineral News). The mineral occurs as greenish yellow, somewhat earthy crusts richly scattered in/on micro boxwork structures, typically associated with minor scorodite and quartz. A unique find, only the second for the state of Utah, specimens from TNs to 6cm @ 10.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each. Not pretty, but certainly interesting!

SMITHSONITE- Kelly Mine, Magdalena, Socorro Co., New Mexico
Most mineral collectors know of the superb, blue-green botryoidal smithsonites from this famous locality that command incredibly high prices,, but these are NOT those smithsonites! Rather, they are a delicate greyish to very pale bluish hue, presented as thin botryoids on matrix, some with small black splotches of manganese oxides or light overcoatings of mildly fluorescent calcite. Interesting old material, collected circa 1958 and offered as representative specimens from about 2cm to 5cm across @ just 7.50, 15.00 and 25.00 each.

SYNCHYSITE-(Y) (DOVERITE)- Scrub Oak Mine, nr. Dover, Morris Co New Jersey
Dark brick red masses of synchesite-y speckle a matrix of dark greyish black magnetite ore on these massive granular samples from the type locality. Originally called "doverite" due to the Mine Hill Borough's proximity to the adjacent town of Dover. Collected by your's truly over 30 years ago while residing there! Sizes from 1cm to 5cm @ 8.50, 15.00, 25.00, and 40.00. A few larger samples available to 8cm @ 65.00. Impossible to find this type locality material today!

TURQUOISE- Zhilandy, Maikain Deposit, Kazakhstan
From the 2006 find, these are exceptionally attractive nodules of bright blue turquoise, some showing attractive dark brown rims and a variety of spider-webbed color bands and circles of various shades of blue. These have been neatly sliced and are professionally polished nodule halves with rough exteriors on one side and beautiful blue turquoise on the other! From a fairly obscure locality, these colorful nodules range from about 2cm to 3.5cm across, priced according to aesthetics and size @ 40.00, 50.00 and 60.00 each.

YAROSHEVSKITE (IMA 2012-003)- Yadovitaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Kam. Russia
We have been able to obtain a few more of these extremely rare specimens, collected by the authors from this type locality volcano! The mineral occurs as minute, lustrous black prismatic crystal aggregates delicately perched on bright green euchlorine, occasionally with altered chalcocyanite. Formula: Cu9O2(VO4)4Cl2 - triclinic. Small matrix specimens a few millimeters across @ 150.00 each. List alternates!

BOOKS

LANGBAN!- Langban, Varmland, Sweden
The superb 215+page hardcover book printed on exquisite heavy stock that tells the story of this prolific locality, including the mines, descriptive mineralogy, history and personalities. Filled with excellent color photos as well as historic black and white images, this book is a MUST HAVE for every library! New copies, and we were the exclusive North American distributor for this 30x22cm masterpiece, reduced for our mineral catalog customers to only @ 69.00 plus shipping! Price valid until September 2, 2016.

Mineral Optics -- Principles & Techniques by W.R. Phillips
A hardcover volume of some 249 pages useful as a reference and textbook for use of the petrographic microscope, immersion liquids and universal stage, with full discussion and examples for determination of isotropic, uniaxial and biaxial minerals. The book is complete with a large, fold-out, full color Carl Zeiss chart of interference colors, as well as many color plates of flash figures, optic signs etc. using the gypsum plate, mica plate and quartz wedge. Minor foxing on linen covers, size about 23 x 18cm @ 35.00 plus shipping.

GEMS

LEMON CITRINE- Brazil
These are well-faceted, eye-clean gemstones of a pale yellow color, nothing like the deep orange, heat-treated material commonly seen in the mineral trade. We have a modest lot of a few hundred carats of these lightly hued gems, and most stones are ovals with a few other occasional shapes, and these gems broadly average about 10 carats each. We would like to move these quickly, so we are offering a 50 carat lot for just 45.00 per lot, or 100 carats for just 85.00, less than a buck a carat!! Limit of two lots per order, please.

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CATALOG 21604 - Volume XLIII, No. 4

Our latest list has a number of new species, as well as our usual assortment of rarities, old classics and interesting locality pieces. Specimens are first-come, first-served basis, all FOB our warehouse.

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ALLOPHANE- Juanita Mine, Socorro Co., New Mexico
Attractive, pale blue botryoids of allophane richly scattered on matrix, occasionally with white, bladed calcite, barite or possibly other minerals. Old material, collected in 1958 at this well-known Magdalena District locality, with rich coverage and color, specimens from about 2.5cm to 5cm across @ just 7.50, 12.50 and 20.00 each.

ANAPAITE- Prats-Sampsor, Lerida, Spain
This phosphate mineral is found as drusy micro crystals lining vugs in Miocene concretions. Each nodular matrix is internally hollow, and has been broken roughly in half to reveal the olive-green, nearly transparent sharp microcrystals of anapaite covering the inner surface. Excellent mounting material as well as hand specimens, matrix halves from 3cm to 5cm @ 20.00, 35.00, and 45.00 each. Classic!

ANDERSONITE- Slick Rock, San Miguel Co., Colorado
BRILLIANTLY GREEN FLUORESCENT material, nicest we've seen in some time, these andersonite samples were sold to us by a Colorado dealer some years ago as the new mineral CEJKAITE. Our chemical analysis confirms a consistent and distinct calcium peak (hence, andersonite, not cejakite), proving once again that anyone can take a ride buying rare minerals, even yours truly! Fine fluorescent samples with good micro potential, each including a copy of our analysis completed in years past, sizes from 2.5cm to nearly 6cm @ 12.50, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

ANDRADITE- Stanley Butte, Graham County, Arizona
From an old find many years ago, we have a small lot of excellent, oddly colored greenish andradite garnets to 1cm or more, most closely intergrown and showing fine dodecahedral faces in these colorful specimens. Old material collected many years ago. Overall sizes range from about 2.5cm to 6cm @ 7.50, 15.00, and 25.00. A few significantly larger speimens, 10cm to 20cm @ 50.00, 75.00 and 100.00 each. Big but sometimes ugly monsters!

BADDELEYITE with CORUNDUM- Bear Trap Claim, Gallatin Co., Montana
Small black masses to several millimeters of rounded and flattened baddeleyite scattered on and alongside larger grayish blue corundum crystals to several centimneters scattered in schist-like matrix. An interesting association from this old locality, overall sizes from 2cm to nearly 7cm @ 7.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 50.00 each. A few very large matrix samples available up to 20cm across @ 150.00 each with good coverage as above!

BERYL- Bedford, Westchester Co., New York
Chunks of pale greenish blue massive beryl from this old New York locality! Collected in the late 1950's (?) by Harold Uhlin, these are strictly reference specimens for the locality, overall sizes from about 1.5cm to 4cm across @ 4.00, 7.50 and 12.50 each.

BRUCITE- Jeffery Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
Long, pale green fibers of XRD-confirmed brucite without matrix, these extracted from a large seam. The mattered fibers from thick rods and range from 5cm to 30 cm long, all matrix free, and are offered at just 10.00 to 65.00 depending on overall fiber length. All sizes available!

CRONSTEDTITE- Salsigne, Aude, France
Old material obtained many years ago from Dr. Sainfeld at the BRGM, we have a few small samples of tiny, black cronstedtite crystals lightly scattered on matrix, typically with minor pyrite. Specimens range from 1.5cm to 3cm across @ 45.00, 65.00 and 85.00 each. Rare!

DARGAITE (IMA #2015-068)- Nahal Darga, Judean Mts.,West Bank, Palestine
This NEW SPECIES occurs as very tiny grains sparsely scattered in larnite matrix, typically associated the new and rare minerals nabimusaite, gazeevite etc. These are 1cm ore samples mounted in epoxy and microprobed, accompanied by 2 SEM images, one macro image, and complete analytical chemistry. Holotype material, with associations identified in the SEM backscatter images, and there will be multiple rarities in each sample! Formula: BaCa12(SiO4)4(SO4)2O3 - trigonal, IMA #2015-068. Elegantly prepared and documented @ 395.00 each.

DATOLITE on PREHNITE- Upper New St, Paterson, Passaic Co. New Jersey
From an old hoard, we have a handful of nicely crystallized micro datolites richly covering matrix, most overlaying pale green botryoidal prehnite and occasionally associated with other species. Moderately attractive material with good micro potential, sizes from about 3cm to nearly 8cm @ 12.50, 20.00 and 35.00 each. Some with larger crystals in stock - inquire!

DZIERZANOWSKITE (IMA #2014-032)- Jabel Harmun, West Bank, Palestine
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute, dark orange, metallic spots embedded in larnite-fluormayenite matrix, occasionally with brownmillerite and/or other phases. This rare copper mineral's formula is CaCu2S2, trigonal, IMA #2014-032. Co-type material, offered as a 13x10mm polished section with two SEM images, two color section images and EDS data as well, superbly presented, @ 395.00. List alternates!

ELEONORITE (IMA 2015-003)- Gutluick Mine, Braunfels, Wetzlar, Germany
This NEW SPECIES occurs as deep, red-brown radiating crystalline sprays well-scattered in hard gossan matrix. Formula: Fe3+6(PO4)4O(OH)4*6H2O - monoclinic, IMA # 2105-003, a new member of the beraunite group. These will yield decent micromounts and have trimming potential for multiple mounts. Specimens range from 2cm to 3cm @ 35.00 and 55.00 each, depending on coverage.

FERBERITE- Tazna Mine, Potosi Dept., Bolivia
Solid, black platy crystals and aggregates of ferberite (wolframite) comprising matrix, quite dense and showing modest crystal form as well. Excellent for the species, and near end-member in composition with Fe:Mn ratio = 21:1, specimens from about 2cm to 4cm long @ 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

GAHNITE- Davis Pyrite Mine, Rowe, Massachusetts
Several small, bluish-black tetrahedra of gahnite scattered in white matrix. Interesting for the locality, ex-GF Lincks collection, sizes from 2.5cm to 4.5cm @ 10.00, 15.00 and 25.00 each. Old stuff!

GALENA- Obira Mine, Oita, Kyushu Region, Japan
From an unusual and rarely offered locality, we have a few reference specimens of cubic galena, here as small aggregates and crystals perched in sphalerite-rich ore matrix. There are likely other phases here (over 50 are known from this copper-zinc-tin deposit), but lack of material makes further analytical work difficult to justify. Specimens each have a Japanese-character label and range from 3.5cm to 4cm @ just 15.00 each. List alternates!

GEARKSUTITE in PACHNOLITE- St. Peter's Dome, El Paso Co., Colorado
This uncommon species occurs as extremely small, chalky white masses and submicroscopic fibers sparsely filling vugs in massive pachnolite-bearing matrix. Old material from many years ago, specimens range from about 2cm to nearly 5cm across @ 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each depnding on size and coverage.

GEOCRONITE- Kilbrecken Mine, County Claire, Ireland
Grey metallic masses of this sulfosalt scattered in matrix, most associated with minor sphalerite. Named for the Greek words for antimony and lead, these are rather ugly samples from an old Dana locality. Sizes from about 2 cm to 5 cm at 15.00, 30.00, and 50.00 each.

GMELINITE-Na- Prospect Park, Passaic Co., New Jersey
Old material, collected circa 1940, comprised of translucent pinkish crystals nicely scattered on matrix, with some of the better specimens associated with white datolite and possibly other phases. From the Howard Moore Collection, samples range from about 3.5cm to 7cm across @ 20.00, 45.00 and 75.00 each. Colorful!

GRANDIDIERITE- Andrahomana, Madagascar
Greyish blue aggregates of vitreous grandidierite lightly scattered through matrix. Relatively clean material that we have seen variously labeled as "Vohibola", "Andrahomana" or "Mobetsu" as to the precise locality, these all fairly old specimens collected about forty years ago. Specimens range from about 1.5cm to nearly 3.5cm @ 25.00, 40.00 and 60.00 each. Limited availability!

HECTORITE- near Hector, San Bernardino Co., California
Pure, porcelaneous-like sectile masses of off-white hectorite, without matrix. These substantial specimens are from the namesake locality, and of course are representative of this clay forming mineral, a Na-dominant smectite. In sizes from 1cm to 3.5cm, nicely priced at 15.00, 30.00, and 50.00 each. Pure available material @ $6.00 per gram.

KHESINITE (IMA 2014-033)- Gurim Anticline, nr. Arad, Israel
We have a holotype sample of this NEW SPECIES, here as a well-prepared, small polished section showing the black mineral grains, accompanied by a pair of SEM images, a color shot of the piece, and full microprobe data. Formula: Ca4(Mg3Fe3+9)O4(Fe3+9Si3)O36 - triclinic, IMA #2014-033. Typical associations identified in the SEM images include gehlenie and several other speices as well. Excellent, scientifically significant sample @ 295.00.

MALACHITE- Union Bridge, Carroll Co., Maryland
From a small find on Valentine's Day in 1992 in a marble quarry at this uncommon locality, we have several TN-sized specimens showing interesting micros of dark green malachite, habits ranging from small botryoids to more crystalline sprays on matrix. Certainly an uncommon eastern U.S. locality and from an older find, these are selected samples primarily suitable for micromounting, with matrix sizes from about 1.5cm to 2.5cm @ just 7.50 each, or as bonus lots of four (4) for just 20.00 per lot! Get 'em while you can!

MEIERITE (IMA 2014-039)- Gun Claim, Wilson Lake, Yukon Terr., Canada
This relatively NEW MINERAL occurs as tiny, pale blue-grey crystalline aggregates well scattered in quartz/hedenbergite matrix, often with dull red gillespite evident as well. Formula: Ba44Si66Al30O192Cl25(OH)33 - isometric, IMA #2014-039. Type locality, of course, specimens average 2.5-3cm @ 125.00 each. Only a few available; list alternates!

MILLERITE- Demoliaki Mine, Laurion, Attica Pen. Greece
Tiny, elongated needles of brassy millerite very sparsely scattered on minute, rhombohedral dolomite crystals in exposed vugs in rock matrix. Some of the needles show alteration to an unspecified green phase, perhaps honessite, or jamborite or ????. A rare mineral for Greece, and specimens range from about 2.5cm to 5cm across, but are priced based on quality and aesthetics of the millerite groups under the 'scope, from tiny singles to divergent crystal sprays at 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each.

NACRITE with CASSITERITE, QUARTZ- Huanuni Mine, Oruro Dept., Bolivia
Nacrite occurs here as very tiny, pearly white platy aggregates sparsely scattered among excellent, brilliant black cassiterite crystals that are richly scattered over transparent, small quartz crystals. From the same locality as my namesake mineral, certainly more enticing for the cassiterite, these are nonetheless quite brilliant and attractive specimens, overall sizes about 6x3.5cm @ 65.00 each. Only a few available!

PARADOCRASITE- Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico
Minute silvery masses of this extremely rare species richly scattered in duller grey stibarsen matrix. Confirmed by both X-Ray and microprobe, we have just a few of these very rare specimens, sizes from 3mm to 6mm across @ 45.00, 75.00, and 125.00 each. List alternates!

PECTOLITE variety LARIMAR- Los Checheses, Barahona Province, Dominican Repu
From a large lot of material collected in 1976 at the locality by well-known gem expert Joel Arem, we have reference specimens of this strange material, here as pale blue masses and fibrous, radiaiting veinlets of copper-rich pectolite lightly scattered in a rather ugly, greyish and punky limestone matrix. We've analyzed the material (it is, indeed, pectolite), and even polished a few samples for ourselves (they improve dramatically with cutting and polishing), but these are essentially weird geological reference pieces of this unique material known only from this locality, sizes from about 2cm to about 5cm @ just 10.00, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each.

POLYLITHIONITE- Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
A representative sample comprised of numerous tabular crystals of silvery white polylithionite, aesthetically intergrown and comprising matrix. A good display piece and well-crystallized specimen, overall about 3.5m @ 75.00, or a few smaller TN/micro samples to 1.5cm on hand at 25.00 each.

PURPURITE- Usakos, Karibib, Erongo Region, Namibia
These are very colorful specimens of this Mn/Fe phosphate mineral, here as bright magenta/purple masses covering the surface of non-descript brownish-green phosphate matrix. Fairly rich unanalyzed material, specimens average about 3.5cm @ just 12.50 each. A bargain!

QUARTZ var: HERKIMER DIAMOND- Herkimer Co., New York
Excellent, water-clear, doubly terminated single crystals of this well-known variety of quartz. Some samples have intriguing, tiny black inclusions, and all show excellent form. Matrix-free crystals, sizes from about 8mm to 2.2cm @ just 10.00, 15.00 and 25.00 each; larger ones to 6cm @ 50.00, 75.00 and 100.00 each.

RHODIZITE- nr. Mt. Bity, Antandrokomby, Madagascar
Excellent, well-developed single crystals of pale yellow rhodizite without matrix. These are complete, near-perfect dodecahedrons that measure from 0.4cm to 0.7cm across, priced at only 10.00, 15.00 and 20.00 each. Larger matrix specimens of variable quality are available, most associated with deep red tourmaline and quartz, sizes from 2.5cm to 6cm across @ 25.00, 45.00, 70.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each.

SERPIERITE- Jackrabbit Mine, Lyon Co., Nevada
Featured in the May, 2015 issue of Mineral News, we have a small selection of bright blue, micro laths of serpierite lightly scattered on matrix. Uncommon at this relatively obscure locality, fewer than a dozen samples of this interesting copper mineral were found. Colorful and with modest micro potential as well, matrix specimens from 3cm to 6cm @ 10.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each, priced according to quality and not necessarily size.

SWINEFORDITE- Foote Mine, Kings Mt., Cleveland Co North Carolina
Decidedly ugly stuff, swinefordite occurs here as dull, dark greenish waxy masses scattered on the surface of rock matrix. Type locality material collected many years ago from this prolific mine. An uncommon member of the smectite group, specimens from 2cm to 5cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 60.00 each.

TINSLEYITE- Cerro Mejillones, Antofagasta Prov., Chile
This rare phosphate occurs here as pale lilac incrustations and aggregates richly scattered over granitic matrix. From a new discovery, and the first occurrence in Chile, we have a small number of specimens on hand, sizes ranging from about 2cm to 3cm across @ 75.00 and 100.00 each. List alternates!

TOOELEITE- U.S. Mine, Gold Hill, Tooele Co., Utah
This rare mineral occurs here at the type locality as tiny orange crusts and radiating aggregates sparsely scattered on arsenopyrite/scorodite assemblages. Recently uncovered in an old parcel from Dr. Sidney Williams who first described the species with Fabien Cesbron in 1990, we have only a few samples available, priced according to coverage, with matrix sizes ranging from about 1.5cm to 5cm across @ 75.00, 100.00, 150.00 and 200.00 each. List alternates!

USSINGITE- Mt. Karnasurt, Lovozero Massif, Russia
Good crystalline examples of this unusual mineral, here as translucent, pale violet and relatively pure masses comprising the entire samples. Older material, specimens from about 2cm to 5cm @ 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each. Limited availability!

VANOXITE with METASCHODERITE- Van Nev San Claim, Eureka Co., Nevada
A pair of rather ugly minerals, here with black, fine-grained vanoxite lightly scattered in/on grey rock matrix, most specimens associated with minor, pale yellow metaschoderite, this being the type locality for the latter phase. An interesting assemblage from a well-documented locality, specmens from about 2cm to 4cm @ 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

WULFENITE- Mianning, Sichuan Province, PR China
An interesting locality for wulfenite, these occurring as rich, bright orange micro crystals in stout, truncated pyramids and nearly equant crystals very nicely scattered over matrix, many with micro bladed barites as well! Exceptional micro potential from this new find, all quite colorful and attractive! Specimen sizes range from about 3.5cm to 5.5cm @ 20.00, 30.00, 40.00 and 50.00 each. Don't miss these, as they were some of the first wulfenites coming from China in the late 1990s!

YUKSPORITE- Mt. Yukspor, Khibiny, Kola, Russia
Pink fibrous masses of this unusual species richly scattered in matrix, associated with minor white pectolite, microcline and occasional aegirine, all accompanied by copies of a Czech National Museum label. Type locality, matrix sizes from 1.5cm to 4cm @ only 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00.


BOOKS

MINERALOGY OF ARIZONA- by Anthony, Bideaux, Williams & Grant - Third Edition
Over 500 pages of text fill this Third Edition of likely the best hard-copy treatment of mineral occurrences in Arizona. Authored by the some of the best mineralogists, the book offers detailed listings of Arizona mineral species arranged alphabetically, with all their reported their localities, with 60 color plates of the very finest specimens included. In addition to a brief history of Arizona mining, the book also includes about 40 pages of geology and mineral deposit formation details for many notable Arizona occurrences. The last of our stock, all books are new, size is a hefty 10x7 inches perfect bound @ 40.00 each plus shipping.

LOVOZERO!- History - Pegmatites - Minerals by Igor V. Pekov
This excellent hardcover volume describes the history, development, geology and mineralogy of this prolific area in Russia. In a format similar to the much-acclaimed Langban book we distributed, this high quality volume contains nearly 500 pages and is richly illustrated with many hundreds of color and black & white photos and drawings, accompanied by a comprehensive treatment of the 340 minerals that occur here, many with crystal drawings, chemical analyses, photographs etc.. In Dr. Pekov's thorough style, this work is sure to become a mineralogical library requirement! We were the exclusive North American distributor for this fine volume, available @ just 79.00 plus shipping. Foreign clients - please inquire for shipping cost. BONUS: Each order will include a free copy of Dr. Pekov's Mineral News article that later updated many new finds at the locality!

COLLECTIONS

MYSTERY FLAT- Various Localities Worldwide
We continue to offer our popular "mystery flats" of twenty (20) different specimens from worldwide localities, all individually labeled and ranging in size from about 2.5cm to 5cm across for the princely sum of just $125 plus shipping. These are from old collections, excess stock, single specimens and material available only in small quantities too labor intensive to describe and catalog. Some will be colorful, some will be ugly, some will have micro potential, some from obscure localities, but the lot will be worth a minimum of $250 or more, yours sight-unseen for our liquidation price of just $125 plus shipping! Multiple orders up to three sets (60 specimens) received at the same time will not have duplicates! A bargain for anyone wishing to expand their collection horizons, these now include specimens from a recent University purchase! Try one!

GEMS

MOONSTONE- Sri Lanka
Excellent transparent to translucent moonstone cabochons, all showing sharp and distinctive shiller effects commonly called adularescence. Mineralogically, these are predominantly orthoclase with admixed albite, and the alternating layers of the two feldspars are responsible for the light interference and shimmer seen in this material. We have a variety of shapes and sizes, most either rounds or ovals that are all well-polished, and the stones range from about 5 carats to 12 carats in weight. We offer these only in lots of 10 stone assortments, typically weighing about 70 carats per lot, for just 30.00 per lot, a steal at less than 50 cents a carat!! Limit no more than three lots per order, please!

RHODOLITE GARNET- Mozambique
Wonderful, gemmy pale red garnets expertly faceted into trillion shapes, these averaging about 5mm and showing fine rhodolite color. The rhodolites are typically mid-members of the almandine-pyrope series, and they are reasonably attractive, very clean and relatively inexpensive @ just 15.00 each, or three for only 40.00 per lot. Don't miss these little gems!

CATALOG 21603 - Volume XLIII, No. 3

Our latest list has a number of new species, as well as our usual assortment of rarities, old classics and interesting locality pieces. Specimens are first-come, first-served basis, FOB our warehouse.

ANALCIME on CALCITE- Markovice, Caslav, Bohemia, Czech Republic
A very presentable specimen, ex-Czech National Museum and accompanied by their label, comprised of a dense, amphibolite-chloritic rock matrix with an exposed surface comprised of oddly shaped, parallel-growth calcite balls lightly dusted with pyrite and several overlaying, glassy analcime crystals to 9mm showing good trapezeohedral faces. A neat zeolite locality piece with excellent, old provenance,l size 9x6cm @ just 65.00.

BASTNAESITE-(Ce)- Zagi Mountain, Peshawar, Khyber, Pakistan
Excellent single crystals of tabular, orange-brown hexagonal bastnaesite-(Ce) plates without matrix, all showing moderately good translucency and sharp crystal form. Nicely mounted on transparent leucite bases, the crystals average about 6mm across @ just 45.00 each. Gemmy!

BRUCITE- Tilly Foster Mi, Brewster, Putnam Co New York
Thin, flattened and elongated masses of brucite on matrix, typically with minor magnetite, serpentine etc. The mineral has a slightly yellowish-brown color staining, likely due to high iron content in its environment. An old and classic New York locality, specimens from about 2cm to 5cm across @ just 8.50, 15.00 and 25.00 each.

CHABAZITE-(Ca) etc.- East Fork, Gila River, Grant Co., New Mexico
Vitreous, transparent to translucent white crystals ofchabazite-(Ca) to 5mm richly scattered and exposed in large seams and vugs in andesitic matrix, occasionally with minor quartz, and potentially with heulandite, mesolite and possibly other zeolites. Neat specimens with many micro crystals evident, sizesfrom 2cm TNs to 7cm hand specimens @ just 5.00. 10.00 and 20.00 each.

CLINOCHLORE etc.- Bull Run Quarry, Loudoun Co., Virginia
Small green aggregates of analytically confirmed clinochlore nicely scattered in vuggy white albite matrix, typically with several other associated minerals in micro crystals. The locality boasts over 30 different species, and these are quite nice under the 'scope. Rich specimens in the 2cm size range at just 7.50 each, including a copy of our analysis, and if you are an avid micromounter who likes to hunt through rich material, we can offer a lot of twenty (20) samples in the 1-2cm size range for just 55.00 per lot of 20 specimens! What a deal!

CONICHALCITE- nr. Imlay Canyon, Pershing Co., Nevada
Apple green dustings of this prolific copper mineral lightly scattered on massive milky quartz from this unnamed prospect near Imlay Canyon. While not a rare or exciting mineral, These show some decent color and modest micromo potential and are from a reasonably obscure deposit. Specimens are 2.5cm to 3cm across @ just 5.00 and 7.50 each, depending on coverage.

DEVILLINE in GYPSUM- Bou Bekker, Toussit, Jerada Prov., Morocco
Attractive, pale blue masses of devilline richly coated and contained within transparent, water-clear gypsum balls, offering a vitreous luster in good contrast to beige dolomitic matrix. Previously noted as malachite or rosasite by others, we have sacrificed a sample and analytically confirmed these as devilline, and a copy of our EDS spectra is included with each sample. Specimens average 5cm across @ 55.00 each. Quite attractive!!

DIOSKOURIITE (IMA 2015-106)- Arsenatnaya fumerole, Tolbachik, Kam Russia
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute, single grey grains mounted on 1cm stubs. Formula: CaCu4Cl6(OH)4*4H2O - monoclinic 0 IMA # 2015-106. The mineral has intergrowths of its unnamed, orthorhombic polytype, and its name is cleverly derived from Greek mythology for Dioskouri, the inseparable twin brothers. Type locality material, of course, tiny mounted samples @ 120.00 each. Limited availability!

FILIPSTADITE- Jacobsberg, Filipstad, Varmland, Sweden
From a recent discovery, we have several cross-section slices of microporbe-verified material in which the filipstadite occurs as black submicroscopic overgrowths intimately associated with jacobsite, hausmannite and possibly other species. Formerly known from only a single specimen @ Langban, slices from 1.5 to 7cm across @ 45.00, 75.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each.

FLUORAPATITE- Imilchil, Er Rachidia Province, Morocco
Rather large, elongated hexagonal single crystals of fluorapatite without matrix, these showing an odd, translucent slightly yellowish beige color. The crystals have good hexagonal form and most are singly terminated, ranging in height from 2.5cm to 4cm with varying thickness, offered at just 25.00, 35.00 and 45.00 each, all rather pleasing!

GOLD: SPECIAL OFFERING
We have a number of outstanding native gold specimens from three different localities in Brazil. The explosion of recent gold mining operations there has brought many fine specimens to market, and specimens commanding up to $500 a gram (!!) were seen in Tucson this year. Our prices are considerably lower, still not inexpensive, but all are quite solid, moderately crystallized and very impressive. Pictures of a few of our available specimens are available; all are first-come, first served, FOB our warehouse.

HEDENBERGITE- South Mountain, Oywhee Co., Idaho
Rich, dark brownish radiating aggregates and bundled masses of hedenbergite crystals comprising matrix, occasionally with minor magnetite. Described from this area in the late 1920's, these samples were collected circa 1960 and were recently uncovered once again in our warehouse! Specimen sizes range from 3cm to 8cm across @ 8.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. A few monster-sized museum samples from 12cm to 20cm(!!!) or more, from 75.00 to 200.00 each!

JOAQUINITE-(Ce)- Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
Tiny brown micro crystals of joaquinite-Ce sparsely scattered on pale blue crossite matrix, typically with minoir white natrolite as well. All with good micro potential and some with minor neptunite, matrix sizes from 3cm to 6cm @ 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each. A few larger; inquire!

KAERSUTITE- near Hoover Dam, Mojave Co., Arizona
One of the few titanium bearing amphibole minerals, kaersutite occurs as greenish black glassy crystals frozen in camptonite rock matrix, with occasional prism faces evident. Reasonably priced specimens with moderate coverage, 3cm to nearly 8cm @ 15.00, 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

LARNITE in SPURRITE- Camphouse, Ardnamurchan, Scotland
From across the Irish sea from the type locality, larnite occurs here as grey intergrowths in lighter grey massive spurrite. Not much too look at, but most specimen have at least one saw-cut face to reveal the minerals present. Representative for the locality, sizes from 0.5cm to 4cm @ 20.00, 35.00, 50.00, and 75.00 each.

METATHENARDITE (IMA 2015-102)- Glavnaya Tenoritovaya, Tolbachik, Km Russia
Another NEW SPECIES from this famous volcano, here as very tiny greyish grains <1mm mounted on 1cm stubs. Formula: Na2SO4, hexagonal, IMA #2015-102. The mineral is named for its dimorphous relationship with thenardite, and also giving credit to Lacroix who named this then- hypothetical, presumably hexagonal mineral in 1905. We have only a few samples of this rarity on hand @ 95.00 each. List alternates!

MOHNITE (IMA #2014-101)- Punta de Lobos, Iquiqui, Tarapaca, Chile
This NEW SPECIES was found here in 2010, prior to its eventual discovery and description from the nearby type locality at Pabellon de Pica. These are nearly pure, pale tan-brown monomineralic aggregates of the species, formula: (NH4)K2Na(SO4)2, trigonal, IMA #2104-101. The mineral is the ammonium analog of aphthitalite. A small supply available in very rich specimens, sizes from about 2cm to 4cm across @ just 45.00 and 85.00 each, depending on size.

NATROLALUNITE- Sugarloaf Butte, La Paz Co., Arizona
From one of the only reported Arizona localities, we have a few specimens of relatively pure, dense natroalunite comprising matrix. These are a typical dull white color and quite solid, sizes from about 2cm up to 5cm across @ 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

PARAMONTROSEITE- Paradox Valley, Montrose Co., Colorado
A rather ugly mineral, paramontroseite occurs as dull, black coatings and masses, typically forming the altered surfaces of montroseite-rich specimens. The type locality is within the Paradox Valley, but we do not know if these samples came from the precise prospect that yielded the type material in 1955. Rich specimens recently uncovered in our warehouse, sizes from about 2.5cm to 6cm across @ just 15.00, 25.00, and 45.00 each.


QUARTZ- Flowery Lode, Constock, Storey Co., Nevada
From the famous gold-producing Constock District, we've uncovered a small lot of transparent quartz crystal groups on matrix, with individual crystals ranging from druses to 2cm tall richly scattered on massive quartz. Some of the larger specimens show a second generation of tiny spine-like crystals emerging from the bases of larger crystals, while others show small veinlets and mases of unidentified grey metallic sulfides. Specimens from about 2.5cm to 7cm across @ just 5.00, 10.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each.

RHODOCHROSITE- Foote Mine, Kings Mtn, Cleveland Co. North Carolina
From an old stash of material, we have a few smll samples of pale pink rhodochrosite from this prolific locality, here as minute rhombs and slightly elongated and rounded aggregates over quartz matrix. An interesting loclaity for the species, all with modest micro potential as well, sizes average 1cm to perhaps 1.5cm priced according to quality @ just 7.50 and 10.00 each.

SCHAFARZIKITE- Buce della Vena Mine, Tuscany, Italy
Another in a series of iron antimony minerals from this locality, schafarzikite occurs as black masses scattered on and in a limestone matrix, likely associated with and nearly indistinguishable from versiliaite and apuanite, save for the slightly more intense black color. Available as 2cm or 6cm pieces @ 30.00 and 65.00 each.

SCHEELITE- Crater Island Dist., Box Elder Co., Utah
Last year, we offered powellite specimens from this locality, their identity based largely on the typical yellow fluorescence observed. However, we have recently completed analytical work on several of these samples, and the majority are, in fact, chemically tungsten-dominant and therefore scheelite, not powellite! Hence, change those labels! These range in size from modest 5cm specimens to very heavy 15+cm monsters @ just 10.00, 25.00, 50.00, 75.00 and 100.00 each, depending on size and coverage.

SERANDITE on CATAPLEITE pseudo- Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Delicate, salmon-pink triclinic crystals of serandite nicely scattered over strange, dodecahedral-appearing reticulated catapleite pseudomorphs after a eudialyte mineral. These small but attractive specimens are mounted on leucite bases and may disclose other MSH-associated minerals as well, the underlying euhedral crystals resembling Goldschmidt's illustrations (#s 11 and 13) for eudialyte. Choice specimens, overal 1cm to 5cm @ 35.00, 50.00, 65.00, 75.00, 85.00 and 125.00 each, depending on quality. Attractive and curious!

THORIANITE- Balangoda, Ratnapura District, Sri Lanka
We recently uncovered a small lot of thorianite, here as small crude crystals and rounded aggregates without matrix, ex-A.E. Foote and collected in 1905. From the type locality for the species (!), we have a few small samples from 2mm to nearly 5mm across @ 10.00, 15.00, 25.00 and 35.00 each, depending on overall size.

TINNUNCULITE (IMA 2015-021a)- Mt. Rasvumchorr, Khibiny, Kola, Russia
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute, coarsely prismatic pinkish grains, here without matrix and carefully mounted on 1cm adhesive stubs. This organic mineral's formula is: C5H4N4O3*2H2O - monoclinic, IMA # 2015-021a. This is the first natural occurrence of a previously discovered, semi-anthropogenic material found in the excrement of the kestrel bird (Falco tinnunculite) that was altered by the hot gases of the burning coal dumps at Kopeisk in the southern Urals. Single mounted grains @ 80.00 each. Only a few available!

TOPAZ with QUARTZ- Schneckenstein, Kielberg, Saxony, Germany
This old and well known locality is famous for its topaz specimens, perched on a cliff in a quartz greisen, now closed to collecting. This old piece is ex-Czech National Museum and comes with their label, showing a somewhat tabular, small clear topaz about 7mm perched at one edge of a crystallized, quartz-filled vug, with smaller, lesser topaz evident as well. Not an extravagent specimen, but from a classic locality with the Museum label, size about 5x5 cm @ 85.00.

TURQUOISE- Shiyan Prefecture, Hubei Province, PR China
From a small find last year, these are bright blue, nodular masses of turquoise comprising matrix. All show moderately good color in these cauliflower-like masses that average just over 2cm across @ a very modest 30.00 each. Only a few available; please list alternates!

UVITE - Brumado Mine, Bahia, Brazil
Frosted pale green to glassy, deep green single crystals of uvite tourmaline without matrix. Most of these are somewhat flattened, hexagonal-outlined crystals without matrix. Neat specimens, sizes from 0.8 to 1.5cm @ just 10.00 and 15.00 each, originally obtained years ago from Dick Gaines and likely the (OH) dominant end-member of the series.

VASILSEVERGINITE (IMA 2015-083)- Arsenatnaya fumerole, Tolbachik, Kam Russi
This NEW SPECIES occurs as aggregates of bright green, tiny crystals on a friable, altered basaltic breccia. Formula: Cu9O4(AsO4)2(SO4)2 - monoclinic, IMA # 2105-083. The new copper mineral is named for Vasiliy M. Severgin (1765-1826), Russian mineralogist and chemist of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Author's type locality material, of course, from the second scoria cone of this prolific Kamchatka volcano, specimens about 1mm across in a protective capsule @ 125.00 each. Only a few on hand; list alternates!

VIVIANITE pseudo var: MULLICITE- Mullica Hill, Gloucester Co., New Jersey
This well-known occurrence shows elongated, finger-like structures comprised of conglomerated, brownish-red, pebble-rich masses wrapped around and covering rod-like structuers of fossil belemnites that have been completely replaced by dark, greenish-black radiating vivianite, appearing as cores within the finger structures, occasionally with hollow centers. Interesting pseudomorphs from an old locality, specimens average about 4cm tall @ just 15.00 each, a few slightly larger @ 20.00.

WHITMOREITE etc.- Palermo Mine, North Groton, New Hampshire
Small micro crystals of golden yellow to brown, transparent radiaitng clusters of whitmoreite sparsely scattered on matrix, typically with siderite and a variety of phosphates, potentially including strunzite, laueite, jahnsite, messelite etc. From a recently acquired micromount collection, all of these are suitable for viewing under the 'scope and are already mounted in a standard micromount box. Matrix sizes average about 1.5cm @ just 12.50 each, with a few slightly larger specimens @ 25.00 and 40.00 each.

YODERITE in TALC- Mautia Hill, Kongwa, Dodoma Region, Tanganyika
Dark bluish black prismatic aggregates of yoderite richly scattered in a pinkish, schistose matrix with minor admixed talc and quartz. When first described, the locality was considered lying within the Central Province of Tanganika, now Tanzania. A moderately rare species, with a copy of an H. Yoder-signed label, sizes range from 1.5cm to 6cm across @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00, 60.00 and 85.00 each. Type locality, of course!

ZARATITE- Lord Brassy Mine, Tasmania, Australia
Bright green crystalline encrustations of zaratite on serpentinite matrix. Nice examples of this nickel carbonate from a classic locality, old Cureton material in sizes from 2cm to 6cm at 7.50, 15.00, 25.00, and 40.00.

BOOK

LOVOZERO!- History - Pegmatites - Minerals by Igor V. Pekov
This excellent hardcover volume describes the history, development, geology and mineralogy of this prolific area in Russia. In a format similar to the much-acclaimed Langban book we distributed, this high quality volume contains nearly 500 pages and is richly illustrated with many hundreds of color and black & white photos and drawings, accompanied by a comprehensive treatment of the 340 minerals that occur here, many with crystal drawings, chemical analyses, photographs etc.. In Dr. Pekov's thorough style, this work is sure to become a mineralogical library requirement! We were the exclusive North American distributor for this fine volume, available @ just 79.00 plus shipping. Foreign clients - please inquire for shipping cost. BONUS: Each order will include a free copy of Dr. Pekov's Mineral News article that later updated many new finds at the locality!

COLLECTION

MYSTERY FLAT- Various Localities Worldwide
We continue to offer our popular "mystery flats" of twenty (20) different specimens from worldwide localities, all individually labeled and ranging in size from about 2.5cm to 5cm across for the princely sum of just $125 plus shipping. These are from old collections, excess stock, single specimens and material available only in small quantities too labor intensive to describe and catalog. Some will be colorful, some will be ugly, some will have micro potential, some from obscure localities, but the lot will be worth a minimum of $250 or more, yours sight-unseen for our liquidation price of just $125 plus shipping! Multiple orders up to three sets (60 specimens) received at the same time will not have duplicates! A bargain for anyone wishing to expand their collection horizons, these now include specimens from a recent University purchase! Try one!

GEM

GARNET var: RHODOLITE- Mozambique
Wonderful, gemmy pale red garnets expertly faceted into trillion shapes, these averaging about 5mm and showing fine rhodolite color. The rhodolites are typically mid-members of the almandine-pyrope series, and they are reasonably attractive, very clean and relatively inexpensive @ just 15.00 each, or three for only 40.00 per lot. Don't miss these little gems!

CATALOG 21602 - Volume XLIII, No. 2

ALFREDOPETROVITE (IMA 2015-026)- El Dragon Mine, Potosi Dept., Bolivia
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute, greyish white balls and aggregates lightly scattered on matrix, typically with light blue chalcomenite and occasionally white felsobanyaite. Underlying metallic matrix is subordinate, consisting of massive krutaite and possibly other selenides. Formula: Al2(Se4+O3)3*6H2O - hexagonal, IAM #2015-026. Type locality, of course, appropriately named for our good friend and former Excalibur assistant, Alfredo Petrov. Specimens average about 1cm across @ just 55.00 each.

ASPHALTUM with COFFINITE- Dysart #1 Mine, Ambrosia Lake, New Mexico
This McKinley Co., location (aka Rio de Oro Mine) was extensively studied by H.C. Granger in the early 1960s, dividing the mineralogy of this deposit into two distinct categories, these samples apparently from the prefault zones of the deposit. The matrix is a loosely packed sandstone (Westwater Canyon Member within the Morrison Formation) and hosts minute, black hydrocarbon chelate masses (asphaltum) containing extremely fine grained coffinite, with many other reported vanadates and secondary uranium minerals occurring primarily in the post-fault zone of the deposit. These are really ugly specimens, some with minor white kaolinite, mildly radioactive, but interesting nonetheless. Samples range from about 5cm to 9cm across, at just 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

AZURITE with MALACHITE- Sepon Mine, Savannakhet Province, Laos
From a highly unusual locality, these are fairly attractive specimens comprised of deep blue azurite in brilliant, tiny crystals and druses richly lining fully exposed seams and surfaces, virtually all with deep green, somewhat fibrous malachite as well. Colorful specimens and a classic association from a rarely-available country, sizes range from about 4cm to 5.5cm @ just 45.00 and 55.00 each. Only a few on hand!

BERMANITE etc.- White Elephant Mine, Custer Co., South Dakota
Dark reddish brown druses of bermanite nicely filling vugs in phosphate-rich matrix, most associated with minor robertsite, leucophosphite and possibly other species. From an old stash of one of Bill Roberts' former grad students, most have modest micro potential and range from 2cm to 3+cm across @ 20.00 and 35.00 each. Nice!

CALAVERITE- Cresson Mine, Cripple Creek, Colorado
Bright, silvery white metallic aggregates of this interesting gold telluride very sparsely scattered in rock matrix, some with micro purple fluorite, pyrite and/or needle quartz, potentially with other tellurides. Classic locality material but not high grade stuff, matrix sizes from 2cm to 5cm @ 15.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each.

DACHIARDITE-Ca- nr. Zvezdel, Momchilgrad District, Bulgaria
This small locality has produced several interesting species in the past, and these dachiardite-Ca samples occur as colorless to white radiating clusters embedded in crude andesitic matrix, occasionally with minor agate and/or lamellar clinoptilolite-Ca. Recent studies have found several other zeolites new for the locality (see elsewhere in this list), and these are microprobe-confirmed samples, only a few on hand, averaging 2.5cm across @ 60.00 each.

DACHIARDITE-Na- nr. Zvezdel, Momchilgrad District, Bulgaria
A new mineral for this off-beat locality, the first reported occurrence for the Na-dominant diachiardite in Bulgaria, these from microprobe-confirmed material. The mineral appears as small, colorless to slightly yellowish radiating hemispherical sprays of flattened crystals embedded in agate, occasionally with clinoptilolite-Ca. Specimens average a little over 2cm across @ 95.00 each. Only a few on hand!

EUXENITE-(Y)- Sahamandrevo, Antananarivo Province Madagascar
A squat, euhedral crytsal of euxenite-(Y) without matrix, showing typical, tan surface coating over dark brown, glassy REE core. The crystal is accompanied by an original Tuthill label, an active mineral dealer circa 1929 to perhaps 1956. The crystal is about 3.5cm wide and 2cm tall from a neat locality, offered at just 85.00 with Tuthill's original label.

FAIRFIELDITE- Cigana Mine, Galileia, M.G., Brazil
Excellent stacked plates and rosettes of greyish, glassy micro fairfieldite crystals and groups scattered on matrix, typically associated with white albite, quartz and/or muscovite. Fine micro potential, overall sizes from 2cm to 3cm across @ 20.00, 30.00, and 40.00 each.Super!

FERRIERITE-K- nr. Zvezdel, Momchilgrad District, Bulgaria
A new locality for this rare zeolite, the first find in the world outside of either California or Japan! Microprobed samples showing tiny, slightly yellowish rosettes comprised of radiating, flattened crystal aggregates to a few millimeters, occasionally with somewhat flattened clinoptilolite-Ca at the boundaries of greyish agate and andesitic tuff. Only a few specimen available from this zeolite-rich locality, and the first reported occurrence of the species here, sizes average about 2cm across @ 75.00 each. List alternates!

FIZELYITE- nr Velardena Shaft, Santa Eulalia, Mexico
This uncommon mineral occurs here as tiny, dull greyish black masses intergrown with plagionite in blackish brown limonitic matrix. These were from the 1987 find in the West Camp area of Santa Eulalia, ex-Megaw and Cureton material. Ugly stuff but from an unusual occurrence, specimens from 2cm to nearly 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00.

FLUOBORITE- New Method Mine, San Bernadino Co., California
This uncommon mineral occurs here as rich, pale creamy masses largely comprising matrix, typically as lightly fluorescent (SW UV-yellowish cream) chunks, occasionally with minor purple fluorite seams that show a pale greenish fluorescence as well due to minute UO2-mineral inclusions. From an old and prolific locality, specimens from about 2.5cm to 10cm across @ 8.50, 12.50, 20.00, 35.00 and 45.00 each.

FLUORAPOPHYLLITE-(K)- Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India
Attractive, water clear fluorapophyllite-(K) crystals nicely scattered over matrix. Handsome specimens, sizes from about 5cm up to 14cm in longest dimensions @ just 20.00, 40.00, 60.00 and 75.00 each. Larger, decorator specimens available. See our website photo gallery for "Zeolites" or inquire.

GAZEEVITE- Jabel Harmun, Judea Mts., Palestine
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute, white grains in larnite/brownmillerite-rich matrix, often with a wide range of rare associations that are all identified in teh accompanying SEM images for each sample. Formula: BaCa6(SiO4)2(SO4)2O, trigonal, IMA #2015-037. Two samples, about 1cm+ in epoxy mounts, elegantly documented with two color photos, two SEM images, and microprobe data for each, HOLOTYPE samples @ 325.00 each. See next listing!

GAZEEVITE- Negev Desert, W Slope of Har Parsa, Israel
Confirmed at this CO-TYPE locality by the same authors who described it from Palestine, the mineral occurs here in a similar assemblage to the type locality, and it is similarly well-documented with a pair of color images and two SEM images as well, also with a range of specified associations. Formula: BaCa6(SiO4)2(SO4)2O - trigonal, IMA # 2015-037. Each 1cm sample is epoxy mounted and offered at just 295.00 each.

JAROSITE w/ SULFUR, CINNABAR- Steamboat Springs, Washoe Co., Nevada
An unusual occurrence of small, pale orange-brown micro crystals of jarosite lightly scattered on white silaceous sinter matrix, typically with bright yellow native sulfur, pale red druses of cinnabar and occasionally micro pyrite as well. Interesting association specimens with modest micro potential, TNs @ 8.50 each.

KALIOPHILITE- Pollena Q., Mt.Somma, Vesuvius, Italy
Nice looking material, kaliophilite occurs as opaque tan to white acicular to prismatic aggregates and microcrystals scattered in vugs in rock, some associated with glassy meionite crystals. Too large for micromounts as is but can be trimmed, these are uncommon, type locality specimens from 3cm to nearly 8cm across @ 25.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 65.00 each.

KTENASITE- 79 Mine, nr, Hayden, Gila Co., Arizona
Excellent, bluish green masses and crusts of this uncommon species richly scattered on matrix. From the mid-1970's find on the 31 stope at this prolific locality, we have an old lot of specimens, generous sizes from 4cm to nearly 7cm @ just 15.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.


LEMMLINITE-K w/ VINOGRADOVITE- Koashva Open Pit, Khibiny, Kola, Russia
Little material has appeared sisnce our original offering from this rare mineral in 1998, here from the type locality. A small but interesting new discovery shows tiny orange to orange-yellow crystals of this typically colorless phase, all in excellent euhedral micros, associated with natrolite and nicely fluorescent fibrous vinogradovite and potentially other rare minerals. Colorful for the species, fine micro potential with excellent associations, specimens average about 2.5cm @ 125.00 each. Only a few available, all quite fine!

LEPIDOLITE- Aracuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Well crystallized, relatively large plates of "lepidolite" mica, all showing pleasing lavender color typical of the mineral. Although now mineralogically considered an undifferentiated member within the polylithionite-trilithionite series, the lepidolite name is forever locked in the minds of collectors and petrologists, regardless of its official status mineralogically. Typically in small, scaly groups, we have a few very thin but otherwise solid plates of modest size, averaging 3cm to 4cm across @ 10.00 each, with bulk lots at $0.65 per gram (50g minimum), or as extraordinary, thick, solid plates to 9cm across and weighing 340g to 370g each @ 200.00 each! Only a few available!

LOBANOVITE (IMA 2015-15B)- Kirovski Mine, Khibiny, Kola, Russia
This newly named and approved species is the result of a detailed study of the formerly invalid "magnesium-astrophyllite" from this Mt. Kukisvumchorr locality, now designated as the type locality for the species. It occurs as excellent bronze-colored lamellae in pegmatitic matrix, typically with richly fibrous, green aegirine, potassic feldspar and/or minor sphalerite. Rich samples averaging about 3cm across @ just 45.00 each!

LOELLINGITE- Callington, Cornwall, England
Grey metallic crystalline masses of this iron arsenide occur in a quartz matrix. Representative material for loellingite from a great locality, the last of the material; we have stocked for many years, sizes from 2.5cm to nearly 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

LUETHEITE- Patagonia, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona
Pale green to blue-green, vitreous masses and aggregates of this unusual mineral sparsely scattered in/on rhyolite matrix, occasionally with minor chenevixite. Type locality material from the original find, matrix sizes from 2cm to 6cm @ 20.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each.

MANGANONEPTUNITE on pseudomorph- Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Deep red, glassy micro crystals and aggregates of manganoneptunite isolated on the faces of weird, euhedral catapleiite pseudomorphs after a eudialyte ggroup mineral, occasionally associated with other species as well. These are excellent for micros and small TNs, quite attractive, and most mounted on transparent leucite bases. The underlying reticulated pseudomorphs are unique and interesting as well, resembling Goldschmidt's illustrations #11 and 13 for eudialyte. Specimens range from about 1cm to 1.5cm tall and are priced based on coverage and associations, priced at 35.00, 50.00, 85.00 and 125.00 each. Very fine!

MESSELITE etc.- White Elephant Mine, Custer Co., South Dakota
Greyish white splintery aggregates of micro messelite scattered on phosphate-rich matrix, many specimens showing such associations as jahnsite (two generations), mitridatite, rockbridgeite etc. Interesting specimens under the 'scope, with matrix sizes ranging from about 2cm to 4cm across @ 15.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each, depending on size, coverage and associations.

MIXITE variety CALCIAN MIXITE- Gold Hill Mine, Tooele Co., Utah
Minute radiating balls of pale green calcian-rich mixite scattered over quartz-rich matrix, occasionally with cornwallite, conichalcite or admixed chrysocolla in seams in matrix. An odd variety of teh species with excellent micro potential. Several on hand, 2.5cm to nearly 7cm across @ 17.50, 35.00 and 55.00 each.

NAMBULITE- Gozaisho Mi, Iwaki, Fukushima Pref. Japan
This unusual species occurs as dull orange-brown masses sparsely scattered in dense, blackish brown manganese ore matrix, occasionally with other admixed species. Excellent locality material, sizes from about 1.5cm to 3cm @ 20.00, 45.00, and 65.00 each.

PENFIELDITE with BOLEITE- Casucha Mine, Sierra Gorda, Chile
Micro elongated crystals and masses of greyish white penfieldite scattered in vugs in matrix, most associated with dark blue boleite aggregates and possibly other minerals, most typically on corroded cores of galena in rock. Good micro potential on these as well, specimens from about 2.5cm to 8cm across @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00, 75.00 and 100.00 each. Excellent!

PLUMBOGUMMITE pseudo @ PYROMORPHITE- Yangshuo Mine, Guilin Prov, Guangxi, PR China
Very fine, pale greenish-blue plumbogummite replacing hexagonal, hoppered single crystals of pyromorphite, these without discernable matrix and most standing about 2.5cm tall. There has been much discussion about the locality of this latest find, and some have been labeled as Daoping, also in Guilin Province, but the vast majority of experts suggest the Yangshuo Mine is correct. An interesting replacement pseudomorph retaining the pyromorphite habit, actually moderately attractive, only a few specimens available @ 60.00 each.

QUARTZ (Faden Habit)- Tole, Wana, South Waziristan, Pakistan
Excellent, elongated tabular groups of water-clear quartz forming classic faden crystals with multiple and complex terminations throughout, all radiating from a central "spine". These show disjointed growth, typical of the faden pattern. Fine specimens, very attractive, handsome samples from about 6cm to 8cm tall @ just 45.00 and 55.00 each.

RHODOCHROSITE with PYRITE- Oppu Mine, Naka-Tsuharu-gun, Aomori, Japan
A small lot of excellent material from this classic locality was recently uncovered here, these as pale pink botryoids of rhodochrosite comprising matrix, all nicely sprinkled with complex and somewhat rounded, small pyritohedral crystals of brilliant pyrite. Relatively flat specimens range in size from about 5cm to 7.5cm @ 45.00, 75.00 and 100.00 each.

SIDERITE- Allevard, Isere, Rhone-Alpes, France
An old and rather attractive specimen for the mineral, here as tan to pale brown rhombs to 1.3cm richly scattered and intergrown, comprising a dense and heavy matrix with small, water-clear quartz crystals sparsely scattered about. A old A.E. Seaman Museum specimen from a great European locality, overall size about 10x6 cm @ 75.00, with their old cardboard display label.

STAROVAITE with LAMMERITE- Yadovitaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Kam. Russia
From a new find at the type loclaity for the species, starovaite occurs here as extremely tiny, somewhat prismatic pale yellowish green to brownish crystals in aggregates sparsely scattered on scoria matrix, often associated with darker green, glassy lammerite as well. From the second scoria cone of the northern breach of the main fracture of this well-studied Kamchatka volcano, this is a rare K-Cu-O vanadate, from the only known locality in the world for the species. Matrix specimens about 4cm across @ 175.00 each; only five available!

STIBNITE- Hillgrove, Sandon Co., NSW, Australia
Recently uncovered in our warehouse, a small lot of slightly twisted and bent, elongated crystals and aggregates of silvery metallic stibnite, these primarily without matrix and showing rich, convoluted habit typical of the area. Primarily an old gold mining district, the region was discovered circa 1887 and was know for antimony and minor tungsten production as well. Only a few, moderately attractive specimens on hand, sizes from about 3cm to 5cm long at just 30.00 and 55.00 each. Nice!

STRASHIMIRITE etc.- Jackrabbit Mine, Lyon Co., Nevada
As featured in thd May, 2015 issue of Mineral News, strashimirite occurs here as pale greenish, somewhat fuzzy aggregates scattered on matrix, occasionally with minor brochantite, aurichalcite or other species. We have a very few specimens from this relatively obscure locality, specimens from about 2cm to 4cm across @ just 10.00, 15.00 and 25.00 each.

TOSUDITE in KAOLINITE- Takatama Mine, Fukushima Pref., Japan
Masses of the clay mineral tosudite are available once again! This is dusty, ochre-colored material admixed with kaolinite from the type locality for this species, not much to look at but from the classic location. Capsules filled with small fragments @ 15.00 each; small matrix specimens from 1cm to 2cm @ 25.00 and 40.00 each.

TRILITHIONITE- Dobra Voda Pegmatite, Moravia, Czech Republic
Rich pink platy crystalline masses of trilithionite in a pegmatite matrix. Moderately attractive material, occasionally
associated with crude, tiny pink tourmaline in some samples. Some of the nicest lithium-rich mica we've seen from eastern Europe. In sizes from 2.5cm to 6cm, a bargain at just 8.00, 15.00, and 25.00 each.

URANOPYROCHLORE- MacDonald Mi, Hastings Co., Ontario, Canada
Dark brown, vitreous to greasy patches of a mildly radioactive pyrochlore group mineral are richly scattered in feldspar, occasionally with orange-hued calcite as well, with potential for zircon and several other radioactive phases, too. We struggled with a proper name for this material, going back to analyses published as early as 1961, later in 1977 and still later from similarly named minerals! The IMA nomenclature changes of 2010 discredited "uranpyrochlore" suggested "uranopyrochlore" as a name but not a species, and hinted that the material might be oxycalciopyrochlore (already seen elsewhere as hydroxycalciopyrochlore -maybe) or others. Without a detailed structural analysis, all is guesswork, it seems. So we are listing these rich samples as "uranopyrochlore" as the 2010 Atencio paper suggested, even though the name is not an accepted species! Confused? In any case, we have several decent samples, sizes from about 2.5cm to 6cm across @ just 15.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each. Also a monster 17x12cm boat anchor purchased back in 1961 @ 225.00. Take your pick!

VANADINITE- Touissit, Oujda, Morocco
Warm grey-green vanadinite crystals project from all sides of the matrix. These are resinous, hexagonal barrels, some are zoned and display white tips. Reasonably attractive, old material from more than 20 years ago, sizes from 3cm to 5cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 35.00.

COLLECTIONS

AUSTRALIAN THUMBNAILS - Various localities in Australia
We continue to uncrate old hoards of minerals in the warehouse, and recently found a large lot of Australian minerals in thumbnail sizes, all individually labelled and covering a wide range of species. We are offering lots of 15 different at just 60.00 per lot - a steal! Limit one lot per customer, please.

FOSSILS

AMMONITE (polished)- Desmoceras latidorsatum, Mahajanga, Madagascar
These are POLISHED MATCHED PAIRS of Cretaceous age ammonites, carefully split and then polished to reveal the colorful and convoluted interiors of these ancient, carnivorous marine creatures. Although not expert paleo people, we believe these are from the family /species "Desmoceras latidorsatum". Interesting specimens about 100 million years old, moderately attractive and relatively inexpensive, each half measuring 2.5cm to 5cm across at just 12.50 for small and 25.00 for large, prices are PER MATCHED PAIR.

GEMS

TOURMALINE- (treated), Minas Gerais, Brazil
A small batch of faceted tourmalines, most in some shade of pink to red and covering the entire gamut of these hues. most in pear shapes, baguettes etc. All have likely been Azotic treated to enhance their color, and they are typical commercial quality but at a remarkably low price of just 35.00 for a lot of three stones, total carat weight around 3 carats per lot. Only a few lots available, limit three lots per order, please!


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CATALOG 21601 - Volume XLIII, No. 1

ARAMAYOITE- Flathead Mine, Niarada, Flathead Co. Montana
Small, metallic black aggregates of this uncommon Ag-Sb-Bi sulfide sparsely scattered in matrix, typically with minor pyrite, quartz and possibly other phases. Old material collected more than 30 years ago, a few samples available from 1.5cm to 2cm across @ 35.00 and 55.00 each, depending on coverage.

ASBOLAN- Hachberg, St. Avold, Moselle, France
This pitchy dull black cobalt manganese oxide mineral occurs as grains and coatings on and in a sandstone rock. Positively identified from only a few localities, this occurrence is quite rich, with matrix specimens having one side completely covered by asbolan. Offered as a few admixed grains in a capsule @ 12.50, or as a matrix piece in sandstone, 1cm to 2cm @ 25.00 and 45.00 each.

BERYL- South Alstead, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire
From one of the many beryl-rich areas of New Hampshire, these crude beryls were collected by E.W. Heinrich and recently uncovered in our warehouse. Colors range from yellowish to pale blue and all are essentially opaque, the better samples showing some crystal faces but otherwise massive in habit. Old stuff,
good reference samples from about 2.5cm to 6cm, priced according to quality @ 7.50, 15.00 and 30.00 ea.

CHLORMAYENITE & MAGNESIOFERRITE- Kopeisk, Chlyabinsk, S. Urals, Russia
This uncommon mineral was originally approved in 2010 as the mineral brearleyite. In a long list of redefinitions and discreditations in 2013, it became the mineral chlormayenite and was confirmed from six different countries. This occurrence is bright yellowish white, granular aggregates richly covering the surface of black, micro crystallized magnesioferrite matrix. An interesting association, specimens average just over 1.5cm @ 95.00 each, well below similar material from elsewhere!

EMMONSITE- Moctezuma Mine, Sonora, Mexico
Thin botryoidal encrustations and smears of bright green emmonsite sparsely scattered on quartz breccia matrix of these samples. A moderately uncommon species from a prolific locality for tellurium-rich phases. Overall sizes about from 2cm to 4.5cm @ 30.00, 45.00 and 60.00 each.

FERMIITE & OPPENHEIMERITE- Blue Lizard Mine, San Juan Co., Utah
From Area #6 at this prolific locality, a pair of NEW SPECIES that are intergrown on somewhat friable matrix, with both showing good daylight greenish-yellow fluorescence, with oppenheimite micro balls somewhat more yellow and fermiite slightly more greenish-white and less intense, both brilliantly fluorescent
under both SW and LW UV, with LW slightly better for differentiating the two. Oppenheimerite is Na2(UO2)(SO4)2*3H2O, triclinic, IMA #2014-073; and fermiite shown to be Na4(UO2)(SO4)3*3H2O - orthorhombic, IMA #2014-068. A very rich thumbnail with good coverage of both new minerals @ 275.00. Type locality, of course.

GUILLEMENITE- Musonoi Extension, Shaba Province, Zaire
Minute, deep yellow platy crystals and aggregates of rare guillemenite sparsely scattered over matrix of selenium-rich digenite, most with green malachite, goethite and possibly other uranium minerals. We have just a few small TN-sized specimens @ 45.00 and 65.00 each, some with good micro potential.

GYPSUM var. Satin Spar- Prospect Park, Passaic Co., New Jersey
A thick band of mildly chatoyant satin spar runs through and is nicely sandwiched by ledges of trap rock on top and bottom. Minor fluorescent calcite (red SW UV) is perched among the gypsum rods and adds another appealing aspect to the specimens. From the old H.E. Moore collection, sizes about 6-7cm long @ just 25.00 each. Just two available!

LIEBIGITE- Midnite Mine, Wellpinit, Stevens Co. Washington
This unusual uranium mineral occurs as small, bright yellowish green aggregates and flakey crystals richly scattered over matrix, occasionally with minor underlying pitchblende and occasionally other species. Brilliantly fluorescent (bright green) under both LW and SW UV, these from an excellent and unusual locality, specimens from 2.5cm to nearly 5cm @ just 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

LITHIOPHORITE- Mt. Hamilton, Santa Clara Co., California
Brownish black masses of lithiophorite richly scattered and comprising matrix. Older material collected many years ago, this unusual but otherwise ugly mineral is available in specimens from 2cm to 6cm across @ 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each.

LUDDENITE- Rawhide Mine, Mohave Co., Arizona
From one of the few known localities for this mineral, luddenite occurs as pale lime green masses in alamosite/quartz matrix, with possible cerusiite and other minerals occasionally present. Fairly light and disseminated coverage from the Artillery Mountains, sizes from 1.5cm to 3cm across @ only 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

MCBIRNEYITE- Yadovitaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Kamchatka Russia
Minute, lamellar crystals to 0.5mm of black mcbirneyite epitaxially overgrown over the surface of micro green lammerite on dark scoria matrix. In this section, the mcbirneyite is actually deep red. From the Second Scoria Cone at this famous volcano, this is only the second world occurrence of this rare copper vanadate species! Specimens from about 2cm to 3.5cm @ 150.00, 200.00 and 250.00 each. Rare, and excellent for the mineral!

MONAZITE - Brindletown District, Burke Co., North Carolina
From an old university stock, these are heavy concentrates of monazite-rich sands that show pale brownish yellow granular aggregates of monazite admixed with other minor phases, all mildly "hot" and potentially containing a number of REE minerals known from the area. Our Placer concentrates from this area are packaged in 7x1 cm borosilicate tubes and contain about 15 g of rich concentrates at just 15.00 per vial. Limited availability!

NIVEOLANITE- Poudrette Quarry, Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
This relatively new and rare species is the first naturally occurring beryllium carbonate, and it is also a new structural type! The mineral is typically in small, fluffy to fibrous aggregates, similar to flocks of wool (hence the Latin-derived name of "snow-white wool"), with individual fibers up to 3mm but exceptionally thin, a few with larger aggregates, in cavities or as partial pseudomorphs after lamellar eudidymite. Formula: NaBe(CO3)(OH)*2H2O, tetragonal, IMA #2007-032. We have a small selection of choice specimens, matrix sizes from about 1.2cm to 3cm @ 150.00 and 175.00 each.

OPHIRITE (IMA #2013-017)- Ophir Hill Consol. Mine, Tooele Co., Utah
This NEW SPECIES was declared the IMA's "Mineral of the Year" in 2014, occurring here as extremely small, elongated orange-brown microscopic crystals perched on creamy dolomite with black scheelite and other phases. Named for the type locality, this newly described triclinic mineral's complex formula is :
Ca2Mg4[Zn2Mn3+2(H2O)2(Fe3+W9O34)2[*46H2O, IMA #2013-017. Thumbnail specimen, author's material, will need 40x, @ 225.00.

PANASQUEIRAITE- Panasqueira, Covilha, Castelo Branco Portugal
From the type locality for this rare phosphate, we have a small selection of specimens collected years ago and just recently uncovered here in our warehouse. The mineral occurs as somewhat flesh-colored to slightly orange-hued masses richly scattered in massive quartz matrix. Common associations include ferberite, chalcopyrite, arsenopyrite and possibly other phases. Surprisingly rich material, specimens from about 3.5cm to 4cm @ 75.00 each.

PYRARGYRITE in LEPIDOCHROSITE- Bulldog Mt. Mine, Creede, Mineral Co Colorad
Small metallic masses of dark greyish-red pyrargyrite are lightly scattered in densely compacted lepidochrosite-rich matrix, some with minor quartz and possibly other species. Better known for its remarkable silver samples, these are more representative of the ore assemblages at the locality, and the specimens range from 3cm to 6cm @ just 15.00, 30.00 and one at 50.00 each. Only a few available!

SARCOPSIDE- Bull Moose Mine, Custer Co., South Dakota
A handful of sarcopside specimens from this classic phosphate pegmatite, here as rich, rather iridescent, golden brown cleavage masses well scattered in matrix, typically with other massive phosphates. Old material provided many years ago by Bill Roberts, these are good representative specimens from 2.5cm to 6cm @ 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

SHUMWAYITE (IMA #2015-058)- Giveaway-Simplot Mine, San Juan Co., Utah
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute white to yellowish coatings and fracture-fillings, brilliantly fluorescent (green SW) and lightly scattered on matrix. Formula: (UO2)2(SO4)2*5H2O - monoclinic, IMA #2015-058. Author's material and a rare uranium mineral from the co-type locality. Specimens range from about 3mm to 1cm @ 75.00 and 125.00 each. List alternates!

STIBNITE- Hycroft Mine, Sulfur, Humboldt Co., Nevada
This epithermal gold-silver mine is known among geologists for its steam-heated secondary precious metals enrichment, and excellent micro stibnite sprays occur here in vugs within a highly silicified and brecciated matrix. Tiny but readily apparent crystal groups, many with opal and potentially other minerals, are exposed in these specimens. Matrix sizes from about 2.5cm to 5cm @ just 8.50, 15.00 and 25.00 each.

STRENGITE- Indian Mountain, Alabama
Well crystallized medium violet micro strengite crystals highlight these specimens, old material collected in the 1960's! Strengite occurs as sharp 0.2 cm crystals, in clusters, typically scattered across one face of the specimen or in small seams and vugs, occasionally associated with cacoxenite or other secondary minerals, most with good micro potential. Overall sizes from about 2cm to 5cm across @ 8.50, 12.50, 20.00 and 30.00 each depending on quality and coverage. A few larger specimens to 13cm (!!) across @ 85.00.

STRONTIANITE- Fraser Duntile Q., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Rich, white to pale yellowish green radiating aggregates and splintery masses nicely scattered in and comprising matrix. Impress your friends with a flame test on this essentially massive stuff from the 1960's, sizes from 2.5cm to 6cm @ only 7.50, 12.50, 20.00 and 35.00 each, depending on size.

TREVORITE- Kamariza, Lavrion, Attica Peninsula, Greece
An uncommon occurrence of iron-black crystal crusts comprised of minute, distorted octahedra to 0.5mm of never-before-seen trevorite crystals, the first reported find of well-crystallized samples, some with minor, pale green, granular Ni-rich forsterite. Only a few specimens on hand, sizes from about 1.5cm to 2.5cm @ 85.00 and 125.00 each.

URICITE- Baturinskya Mine, Emanzhelinsk, Ural Russia
One of the rare occurrences of organic uric acid (hence the mineral name uricite) usually associated with guano deposits, these are small friable masses in a capsule from a new locality for the species. Rarely offered, only a few confirmed samples available @ 45.00 each. List alternates!

VANTASSELITE- Bihain, Luxemboug Provice, Belgium
Thin, pearly white radiating spherules lying flat on matrix. A moderately unusual species, some with micro potential as well, matrix sizes from about 2cm to 6cm @ 25.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 65.00; one superb ex-University de Liege museum piece with label measuring about 21x8cm with great coverage @ 300.00!

VAYRYNENITE- Viitaniemi Quarry, Erajarvi, Finland
Pinkish crystalline masses of this manganese beryllium phosphate contrast nicely with the complex pegmatite matrix. Vayrynenite, type locality material, may be associated with brown hurlbutite, white cleavages of montebrasite, quartz, beryllonite. etc. Quite nice and typical for the occurrence, available as tiny fragments in a capsule @ 20.00, or as matrix specimens from 1cm to 3cm @ 35.00, 55.00, and 85.00.

VERPLANCKITE- Esquire #7, Big Creek, Fresno Co., California
Pale yellowish to brown subhedral aggregates of verplanckite richly scattered in sanbornite matrix, occasionally with pyrrhotite and other species. Type locality material, sizes from 2cm to 8cm @ 8.50, 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each.

WADEITE- nr. Noonkanbah, Walgidee Hills, WA, Australia
Colorless, translucent finely granulated masses of wadeite in a small plastic vial. This is pure, unassociated wadeite from a research project at the type locality, offered as 0.5grams of pure material @ just 35.00 per vial. Impossible to get in this refined quality before!

COLLECTIONS

San Rafael Mine, Nye Co., Nevada
We have many specimens on hand from our research work on this locality that resulted in the publication of the Rocks and Minerals article in 2010 that we happily co-authored. While the stock lasts, we offer a lot of ten (10) specimens from the locality, with sizes ranging from 2.5cm to 4cm across, most with good micro crystals from a wide range of species. The locality has produced nearly 70 different minerals, and we are certain you will find some interesting species such as wulfenite, mimetite, segnitite, adamite and others. You can expect some duplication in each lot of ten (10) specimens, but you can't beat our price of just 75.00 per lot, and we'll even throw in a signed color copy of our article at no extra charge!

EQUIPMENT

10x Magnification Loupe with 21 mm field of view, polished metal housing with double lens, screw assembly and hanging loop, with see-through plastic box case @ just 10.00 each. Great for the price!

20x Magnification Loupe with 18 mm with built in high intensity LED light (battery included!). The strong light source (with on/off switch) solves the lighting issues present with most higher magnification loupes, and these also have a full metal housing, screw assembly, hanging loop plus battery removal tool and see-through plastic box case @ just $20.00 each. A super deal, and a very useful field and laboratory tool that makes a great gift, too!

GEMS

CHRYSOPRASE- Brazil
This variety of chalcedony is gem-quality, emerald-green in color and superbly eye-clean, the color due to minute amounts of nickel silicate inclusions. Uncommonly clean stones, offered here as 6x4mm calibrated cabochons at just 7.50 for a matched pair, or 15.00 per lot of 5 stones. Don't miss these!

FACET ROUGH ASSORTMENT- Various Localities Worldwide
Among the gem and mineral mining areas of the world, it is not uncommon that glassy, clean material is isolated for its potential as faceting rough rather than as specimens, since a cut stone always brings substantially more that the mere mineral itself. We have a number of mixed lots of facet rough on hand, most of it typically amethyst, citrine, topaz, garnet etc. in mixed varieties and assorted sizes from about 1 to 40 carats. We've lumped these into 500 carat lots, offering them at just 49.00 a lot, less than ten cents a carat!

 

 

 

CATALOG 21408 - Vol. XLI, No. 8

All specimens offered on a first-come first-served basis, FOB our warehouse.

ANORTHOCLASE- Mt. Erebus, Ross Island, Antarctica
Strange, elongated crystals of anorthoclase without matrix, some showing modest twinning, here from a well-documented and sought-after locality for this feldspar-group mineral. These are from an old stash collected circa 1960, and only a few are available, sizes from about 2.5cm to 4cm tall @ 20.00, 30.00 and 40.00 each. depending on quality and size.

APJOHNITE- Brunita, La Union, Murcia, Spain
This uncommon member of the halotrichite group occurs here as minutely fibrous, tiny needle like crystals lightly scattered over buff to white colored clay-like matrix. Modest micro potential on these interesting specimens, average size about 3cm across at just 20.00 each.

AUGITE in SHONKINITE- Shonkin Sag, Chouteau Co., Montana
Perhaps the ugliest specimens one could own, augite occurs here as small black aggregates scattered in dark greyish shonkinite matrix, the locality being the petrologists' type locality for the rock type shonkinite. Material originally acquired circa 1974 and likely collected decades before. A few specimens on hand, sizes from about 3cm to 8cm across @ just 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

BARYTOCALCITE- Blagill Mine, Alston Moor, Cumbria, England
An uncommon mineral from the type locality for the species, barytocalcite occurs here as small bladed aggregates and masses scattered in matrix, potentiallyy with other species such as witherite, galena etc. The mineral fluoresces a please red color under both SW and (lesser) LW UV. Specmens from about 2cm to 6cm across @ 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each. Old material!

BRACCOITE (IMA 2013-093)- Valletta Mine, Cuneo, Piemonte, Italy
This relatively NEW SPECIES occurs as dark orange, microcrystallien aggregates well scattered on one surface of
Mn-rich ore matrix. Formula: NaMn2+5[Si5As5+O17(OH)](OH) - triclinic, IMA #2013-093, the As-analog of saneroite. Type locality material, analyses confirmed by EDS, PXRD, RAMAN and WDS methods, only a few thumbnail specmens on hand @ 85.00 each. List alternates!

CHALCOPYRITE, SPHALERITE etc.- Zenith Mine, nr. Schreiber, Ontario, Canada
Large masses of brassy, metallic chalcopyrite shot through dark, sphalerite matrix, some specimens with apparent pyrrhotite and likely other sulfides as well, all without discernable rock matrix. This Pays Plat Lake area locality was active from the late 1800s, with the original ore body exhausted in 1970. Rarely offered ore samples, sizes from about 5cm to10cm @ 15.00, 30.00 and 55.00 each. Heavy!!

CLAY CONCRETIONS- Fox Creek, Schoharie Co., New York
Weird, carbonate-rich clay concretions with a wide array of shapes, ranging from buttons to flying saucers, with other strange forms as well. Recently featured in Mineral News (Vol. 30, No. 9), we have a diverse selection of these oddities and can offer a collection of 7 specimens for the small lot price of just 25.00 per collection, specimens from 2cm to 5cm across in each lot, plus shipping.

CURETONITE- nr. Golconda, Humboldt Co., Nevada
Minute, pale green masses and aggregates of this rare, one-locality species very sparsely scattered on matrix, some intergrown with white barite. From the original find by Forrest Cureton, matrix sizes from 1.5cm to 6cm @ 25.00, 40.00, 65.00 and 85.00 each. The last of the stock!


DACHIARDITE-Ca with MORDENITE- nr. Cape Lookout, Tillamook Co., Oregon
Clear to white micro crystals of dachiardite-Ca scattered in vuggy basalt matrix, most associated with white, somewhat porcelanous mordenite balls, potentially with clinoptilolite-(Ca) as well. Good micro material from a well-documented find of more than 35 years ago, matrix sizes from 2cm to 6cm @ 10.00, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each.

DEVILLINE- near Arivaca, Pima County, Arizona
Rather non-descript, pale blue masses of devilline scattered over a heavy rock matrix, most with pods of altered galena and possibly other minerals. Locality reference material, potentially worth breaking down to find other weird species. Old Cureton specimens from 2.5cm to 8cm @ 8.00, 15.00, 30.00 and 55.00 each.

DONPEACORITE- ZCA #4 Mine, Balmat, New York
This Mn member of the pyroxene group, one of the more uncommon orthopyroxenes, occurs as orange-red crystalline nearly pure aggregates, associated with dark brown braunite and possibly spots of fluorescent turneaurite. This St. Lawrence Co. locality is the first for donpeacorite, in sizes from 2cm to 7cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00, 60.00, and 75.00 each. Reasonably colorful material!

FAHLEITE- Tsumeb, Namibia
Tiny masses of pale green fahleite without matrix. This extremely rare species is missing from most reference collections and has been chemically analyzed and XRD-confirmed. Only a few 1mm fragments are available @ 75.00 each; one 2.5mm sample @ 125.00, and one larger 4mm specimen is 275.00. Please list alternates!

FLUORITE on QUARTZ etc.- Sweet Home Mine, nr. Alma, Colorado
During the initial Sweet Home rhodochrosite rage, we purchased a great deal of material from the mine, much of it sulfides and other under-appreciated specimens. We recently uncovered a few small fluorite specimens, each showing a small cube (to 5mm) of pale blue to purple color, invariably perched on elongated quartz needles overlaying sulfides. While not spectacular as far as fluorites go, these are moderately attractive association pieces from a famous locality. Overall sizes are in the 3cm to 4cm range at just 20.00 each. Nice!

HEMIMORPHITE- Downeyville Lead Mine, Nye Co., Nevada
Excellent, water-clear micro sprays and sheaves of radiating hemimorphite on limonitic matrix. Attractive material with good coverage and fine micro potential, these show excellent terminations, with matrix sizes ranging from about 2cm to nearly 4cm @ 7.50, 10.00 and 15.00, depending on quality and size.

MAGNETITE- Lyon Mountain, Clinton Co., New York
An old specimen comprised of crudely aggregated magnetite richly scattered in a pale pinkish carbonate matrix. The specimen is ex-Edwin J. Collins, (1875-1956), a Vice President of the famous Calument and Arizona Mining Company that was organized in 1901 and later merged with Phelps Dodge in 1931. From a relatively uncommon locality, the piece measures about 7x5cm is just 40.00 with prior label.

ORPIMENT in KURNAKOVITE- U.S. Borax Mine, Boron, Kern Co., California
Tiny, pale yellow micro aggregates of orpiment very sparsely scattered and frozen in transparent cleavages of kurnakovite. Some magnification will be needed on this very uncommon assemblage, and all specimens have arrows to help pinpoint this very strange association. Only a few specimens found in a large lot of material, overall sizes range from about 3cm to 6cm across @ 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 for the largest.

ORTHOCLASE- Rostrenen, Brittany, France
Elongated and somewhat flattened twinned crystals of tan orthoclase without matrix. Quite large for this interesting and old locality, specimen sizes from 3cm to 5.5cm long and about half as wide @ 25.00, 35.00 and 45.00 each. Excellent and quite sharp, old BRGM material from Dr.Paul Sainfeld!

PABSTITE- Kal-Kar Quarry, Santa Cruz Co., California
Greyish white, sparsely disseminated pabstite occurring as either poorly crystalline contact material or as isolated grains scattered in rock. A rare but lean fluorescent (blue-white, SW) mineral from the classic locality, sizes from 1.5cm to 5cm @ 10.00, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each.

PUSHCHAROVSKITE- Salsigne Gold Mine, Aude, France
This uncommon copper arsenate, formula: Cu(AsO3OH)-H2O, triclinic, occurs as richly distributed, pale bluish-green masses and coatings on an altering bismuth matrix, most associated with other copper arsenates. Moderately attractive for an uncommon species, sizes from 1cm to 2.8cm @ 35.00, 60.00, and 75.00.

PYRARGYRITE w/ GALENA etc.- Highland Bell Mine, B.C., Canada
From an old stock, we have several relatively large chunks of silver-lead ore, consisting primarily of massive galena in rock, typically with minor pyrite and a host of unattractive, massive silver minerals. Probe work shows pyrargyrite to be quite prolific but largely unimpressive in small scattered and disseminated masses, and the locality has produced much acanthite, sternbergite, freibergite and other silver-rich species as well. Only a few ore specimens on hand, sizes from 5cm @ 35.00, 10cm @ 75.00. Heavy!

PYROMORPHITE- Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria, England
A small lot from old stock, these consist of very small, bright green drusy pyromorphite needles nicely scattered over matrix and in seams from this prolific area. Matrix sizes from 2.5 to 8cm @ just 15.00, 25.00, and 45.00 each, most with micro potential as well.

QUARTZ over CHRYSOCOLLA- Ray Mine, Pinal Co., Arizona
While it is impossible to guess how and why this material has been priced up to $1000 a specimen by some, it is, indeed, attractive old material! These are transparent, drusy quartz crystals lining seams and cavities of massive, charming blue chrysocolla matrix, resulting in much sought-after specimen and lapidary material. We uncovered a small flat here in the warehouse, likely 1970s vintage, with pretty specimens ranging from about 2.5cm to nearly 5cm across @ 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

RHODONITE- Gambatesa Mine, Genova, Liguria, Italy
Pink, wedge-shaped micro crystals and druses of pleasing rhodonite are well scattered on these matrix specimens, obtained some 25 years ago and just recently uncovered. A few may show tiny, very pale pinkish balls of rhodochrosite. The locality has produced over 130 different species, and trimming these may disclose other species as well. Only a few on hand, sizes average about 5cm @ just 25.00 each.

SARKINITE on WILLEMITE- Sterling Mine, Ogdensburg, New Jersey
Micro drusy brown sarkinite crystals very sparsely scattered on rich, brilliantly fluorescent red willemite ore matrix, some associated with minor green cuprian adamite and possibly other species. From the 1400' level find some years ago, some with good micro potential, matrix sizes from 3cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each

SHILOVITE (IMA 2014-016)- Pabellon de Pica, Iquique, Tarapaca, Chile
This NEW COPPER SPECIES occurs as pale blue masses lightly scattered in glassy, transparent halite, occasionally with other copper-rich phases. Formula: Cu(NH3)4(NO3)2 - orthorhombic, IMA #2014-016. This unique bat-guano locality has produced a number of new species because of its unusual environment! Fairly colorful and attractive stuff, author's material, only a few TNs available @ 195.00 each. Nice!

SILICOCARNOTITE (IMA 2013-139)- Hatrurim Basin, Negev Desert, Israel
This NEW SILICO-PHOSPHATE SPECIES occurs as minute inclusions within a complex gehlenite-wollastonite matrix, occasionally with other accessory minerals. The precise locality is at Har-Parsa Mountain between Arad and the Dead Sea in the Negev Desert. Formula: Ca5[(PO4)(SiO40](PO4) - orthorhombic, IMA #2013-139. Related structurally to the carnotite group, but it lacks UO2 and VO4 found in other members of the group. Each 1+cm sample is provided in as a polished section and is accompanied by one color image plus two b/w SEM images pinpointing the species, along with full anlaytical microprobe data. Author's material, only a few available @ 225.00.

WERNERKRAUSEITE (IMA 2014-008)- Casper Quarry,Ettringen, Mayen,Eifel German
This NEW SPECIES occurs as microscopic inclusions in a etttringite-taumasite matrix, typically with other minor constituents, in a complex intergrown assemblage. The locality is at the Bellerberg Volcano and lies within the prolific Eifel complex in the Rheinland-Palatinate. Formula: Ca(Fe3+, Mn3+)Mn4+O6 - orthorhombic, IMA #2014-008. Each 5mm sample is in a 1.5cm probe mount and is accompanied by its analytical probe data and at least one pinpointing SEM image. Author's material, elegantly documented, only a couple available @ 295.00 each.

WHELANITE- Old Hickory Mine, Beaver Co., Utah
From the type locality for this approved and now (finally) officially published species, we have a small selection of specimens from the original find, here occurring as pale blue powdery druses and sprays scattered on matrix. Sizes range from 1.5cm to nearly 5cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

WOLLASTONITE- Gold Hill, Tooele Co., Utah
Everyone has wollastonite; few have it from Gold Hill! Largely ignored by collectors and dealers because of the many colorful secondary minerals found at this prolific locality, the wollastonite specimens from here are surprisingly rich, displaying nearly pure, white divergent crystalline aggregates throughout! Sizes are generous at 4cm to 10cm across at just 7.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. Be the first on your block to own one of the few rock-forming minerals from this 100+species locality!

XENOTIME-(Y)- Beryl Hill, nr. Yinnietharra Sta., Australia
A departure from the usual for this mineral, we have a single specimen of blocky rusty brown, crude xenotime crystals without matrix. Not attractive, but the individual crystals are from 1.2cm up to 1.8 cm in length. Old stuff, only a few on hand @ 30.00 and 45.00 each.

BOOKS

URANIUM MINERALS OF THE- CZECH REPUBLIC & THEIR LOCALITIES by Petr Paulis et al
This is a two-volume softcover set written in Czech by Petr Paulis, Stanislav Kopecky and Pavel Cerny that describes the uranium minerals of the Czech Republic as well as the localities in which they are found. There is extensive detail with individual mine diagrams of underground workings and ore body maps, as well as and black/white images of mining buildings, headframes, mill sites and specimens. The two volumes total just over 250 pages and are fully indexed with an extensive bibliography. Color softcover wraps, 21x14cm format, only a few sets avialble @ 59.00 per set, FOB our warehouse. Note: Czech language only!

FRANKLIN & STERLING HILL- -World's Greatest Mineral Deposit by Dr. Pete Dunn
The last of our stock, exclusively from the author: the revised HARDCOVER edition of Dr. Dunn's monumental work on the Franklin and Sterling Hill deposits. Over 750 pages in two volumes, handsomely bound in royal blue buckram, oversewn, with acid-free endpapers and gold-stamped on spine and cover, this set is a comprehensive treatment of the mineralogy and history of this prolific and complex deposit! Over 900 b/w illustrations and photographs fill this careful, descriptive, precise work that meticulously documents the diverse mineralogy of this famous NJ locality. Every serious collector and bibliophile should own this set, and we are the exclusive distributor for this limited printing. The two volume set is 195.00 plus 16.00 s/h (USA); overseas customers: please inquire for shipping costs.

COLLECTIONS

STILBITE - Various Localities Worldwide
We have large amounts of stilbite specimens from a wide range of localities. Most occur as pale greyish to pinkish to white radiating sprays and crystal groups on matrix, varying from 1cm to 3+cm tall, some pure, some with laumontite, calcite, apophyllite etc.. Specimen sizes will range from about 3cm to 7cm across, and we can assemble a variety of localities and/or associations in collections of 5 specimens @ 75.00 or 10 @ 125.00, and up! Many will have old collection labels as well, so enjoy these historic zeolites!

GEMSTONES

TOURMALINE- Minas Gerais, Brazil
A wonderful selection of deep green, fully transparent faceted tourmaline, these primarily in free-form elongated baguette shapes, varying in size from about 8x2mm to 12x4mm, weighing from about 0.5 carats to 1.3 carats each. We have assembled a few choice lots of 8 stones, averaging a little over 6 carats in total weight, at just 55.00 per lot - less than 10.00 per carat! A great bargain for Brazilian faceted tourmalines!

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CATALOG 21407 - Vol. XLI, No. 7

All specimens offered on a first-come first-served basis, FOB our warehouse.

APATITE var: COLLOPHANE- Achan Quarry, Plant City, Polk Co., Florida
Old material collected by famous geologist E.W. Heinrich and accompanied by a copy of his label. The material is tan to white, massive nodules, with Heinrich calling it "nodular phosphorite", an apatite variety generally found as impure, somewhat fibrous masses. His label notes from the Bone Valley formation within the Achan Quarry, and teh "collophane" variety is usually ascribed to carbonate-rich fluorapatite/hytdroxylapatite. Ugly stuff and neat reference material, specimens range from about 2cm to 4.5cm @ just 5.00, 10.00 and 20.00 each.

ARADITE (IMA# 2013-047)- nr. Arad, Negev Desert, Israel
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute, white to colorless grains scattered in a brownish matrix of massive rankinite-schorlomite, with melilite, perovskite and minor wollastonite plus other species present. Formula for this unique silicate-vanadate-phosphate is generalized as BaCa6[(SiO4)(PO4)](VO4)2F, trigonal, IMA 2013-047. From the type locality in the Gurim Anticline, accompanied by a color image just three SEM images and full analytical chemistry. Author's material, a co-type specimen measuring 10x9mm in a 1.8cm polished probe mount, only one on hand @ 300.00. The sample is pictured in MinDat; list alternates!

BAKERITE- Corkscrew Canyon, Death Valley, California
Pure white porcelaneous masses of bakerite, one of the primary boron minerals from this region known for its borates and high day-time temperatures. Bakerite is a complex borate-silicate of the gadolinite group, and is offered as solid, chalky white chunks from 3cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 20.00, 30.00, and 45.00.

BANNISTERITE- Franklin Mine, Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey
Last offered about 20 years ago, we recently uncovered a small lot of bannisterite specimens, available as several tiny flakes of brown micaceous platelets contained in a capsule. These are from the type locality, of course, and we have just a few lots available @ 25.00 each. Ex-Cureton, XRD-confirmed. A few rich, larger samples to nearly 2cm from Broken Hill on hand @ 55.00 each.

BAYLDONITE- Tsumeb, Namibia
Small drusy crystals of micro green bayldonite lighthly scattered on matrix, these are XRD-confirmed specimens that were trimmed many years ago. Only a few small samples on hand, sizes from about 4mm to 9mm @ just 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each. Also on hand, ex-Cilen Collection, a TN sized sample with sparsely scattered micro druses on matrix, about 2.5cm @ 75.00. Also, an exceptionally large, very old specimen, ex-Wards Natural Science, comprised of micro reticulated bayldonite densely aggregated, comprising matrix, with thin seams of crystallized malachite and possibly other species on heavy Tsumeb ore matrix, size about 10x6x5cm @ 450.00.

BERTHIERITE- Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
From an old classic locality, we have a few representative specimens of this uncommon mineral, here as greyish metallic masses scattered in rock matrix. Not as attractive as Romanian material, but considerably less expensive, specimens ranging in size from 3.5cm to 6cm @ only 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. Old stuff!

CALCITE- Banat (ex-Hungary), Caras-Severin, Romania
From our 1974 show inventory, a neat specimen comprised of numerous translucent rhombohedral calcite crystals to 1.2cm scattered on matrix. Banat has a diverse geographical past, ruled by Austria, Hungary, the Ottomans, Serbs etc. and now largely part of Romania. The piece is numbered and has our original Dover, NJ label and a small handwritten paper label. A classic locality and moderately old and unusual specimen, size about 7x6cm @ just 45.00.

CHUBAROVITE (IMA #2014-018)- Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia
This NEW SPECIES, one of many recently approved, occurs at the Arsenatnaya fumerole on the Second Scoria Cone of the Great Tolbachik Fissure Eruption. It forms minute, water-clear lamellar crystals and aggregates, often with white, acicular fluoborite hairs. Formula: KZn2(BO3)Cl2 - trigonal, IMA #2014-018. Named for Russian mineralogist and physicist Valeriy Mikhailovich Chubarov (b. 1948), a specialist in microprobe analysis. We have a few small (~1cm) matrix specimens with arrows and modest micro potential @ 175.00 each. List alternates!

CLINOPTILOLITE-Ca- Succor Creek, Malheur Co., Oregon
Small transparent crystals of this interesting species to 1.5mm very richly scattered in opened, geode-like thunderegg balls, occasionally with minor white mordenite. Old material collected in the 1960's with good micro potential, these are sodium dominant in the interior od the crystals, and calcium dominant at their exteriors. Rich specimens, sizes from about 2cm to 5cm @ 20.00, 35.00 and 45.00 each.

CLINOTYROLITE- Lovelock Mi, Bolivia, Churchill Co. Nevada
This uncommon mineral occurs here as micro pale blue to blue-green acicular crystals and sprays perched on matrix. Old material, XRD-confirmed, from one of several localities we have in stock. These are the best of the bunch and will all yield excellent micromounts from colorful TNs and miniatures as well. Associations can include tiny azurites, brochantite and many other potential secondary minerals. Only a few samples on hand, sizes range from about 2cm up to rich 6cm specimens @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each, these at less than half the price of 20 years ago!

DRAVITE- Guadalupana Mine, Cerro de Chevito, Mexico
From a crate packed in the 1980s, a fine selection of analytically confirmed dravite specimens, typically as black
sheaves and striated crystals fully covering matrix. Often mis-identified as schorl because of its color, our EDS work (copy supplied with each sample) shows this Sonoran material to be consistently Mg-dominant, and hence, dravite, not schorl. Attractive, lustrous specimens from about 4cm to 12cm across @ 30.00, 55.00, 85.00 and 150.00 each; one monster 18cm specimen @ 300.00. List alternates, please!

EPSOMITE- Calatayud, Zaragoza, Spain
Massive aggregates of powdery white epsomite, here as relatively pure masses carefully filling a 4+cm stoppered glass vial. Obtained more than 20 years ago, the material is likely from the Arcilla Cave, interesting stuff and rarely offered from an excellent locality at just 15.00 per vial.

FLEISCHERITE- Tsumeb, Namibia
Minute glassy pinkish needle-like splintery crystals without matrix. A rare species from this prolific, type locality, a few tiny, pinkish-white, glassy fibrous crystals in a capsule @ just 25.00.

HEMATITE- Izenhood Ranch area, Lander Co., Nevada
Interesting thumbnails of steely-black botryoids with little or no matrix, all comprised of densely intergrown, platy micro crystals of splendant hematite. Unusual locality material with both TN and micro display potential, only a few available @ just 8.50 each.

HEMIMORPHITE- 79 Mine, nr. Hayden, Gila Co., Arizona
From a small lot recently uncovered in our warehouse: excellent, pale blue to bluish-grey botryoids of globular hemimorphite richly scattered on gossan matrix. These were collected on the third level of this famous mine in January, 1973, and they represent some of the finest of their type from this prolific Arizona locality. Moderately attractive specimens, impossible to obtain today, sizes from TNs to nearly 7cm across @ just 10.00, 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each, depending on quality and size from a 40 year old stash!

LAZULITE- 6mi NW of Jacksonville, Jackson Co. Oregon
Old material collected in the 1950s at the headwaters of Galls Creek and Jackson Creek, about 6 miles NW of Jacksonville, our location is significantly more precise than previously listed elsewhere! The specimens show rich pods of deep blue lazulite masses well scattered in granular quartz matrix, along with bladed muscovite and trace sulfides. Specimens range in size from flattened 3.5cm specimens to hefty 7cm chunky samples @ just 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00, with a couple of the largest & richest @ 45.00 each.

MENEGHINITE- Kalkar Quarry, Santa Cruz Co., California
Large areas of grey metallic meneghinite, often showing cleavage faces, running through a coarse limestone matrix in these hefty specimens from the classic U.S. locality. Considerably richer than those from Washington and elsewhere, sizes from about 3cm to 6cm @ 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.


MESOLITE- Drain, Douglas Co., Oregon
Minute, thin colorless mesolite needles richly scattered in vugs, often with coarsely bladed thomsonite crystals and underlaying the mesolite in fine grained volcanic rock. Good micro material from an old locality, these collected in the late 1960's, specimens from 2cm to nearly 5cm across @ 8.50, 15.00 and 30.00 each. Nice!

METANOVACEKITE in GYPSUM- Mina las Animas, Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico
From a lot of material unseen for more than 50 years, we have a few flats of this recently EDS-confirmed autunite group mineral, here as minute tabular crystal plates and masses scattered in white to greyish frothy gypsum specimens and imparting a wonderful, bright green (both SW & LW, better SW) fluorescence to the specimens. Based on opacity of the few exposed crystals, we assume these are water-depleted novacekite, hence, the metanovacekite designation. Moderately attractive samples from the "Wet Camp" area of the mine, collected in 1961-1963, sizes about 3cm up to 10cm across @ 10.00, 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 65.00 each, with analysis!

MEYERHOFFERITE pseudo INYOITE- Corkscrew Canyon, Death Valley, California
Chalky white, somewhat silky aggregates of meyerhofferite richly scattered over glassy primary meyerhofferite crystals or more commonly as pseudomorphs after inyoite crystals comprising matrix. Old, classic material, sizes from 1cm to 5cm across @ 7.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each. Quite good for the species!

MICROCLINE var: AMAZONITE- Morefiled Mine, Amelia, Virginia
From an old hoard of material collected in the 1960s by Ted Morley, we have a number of pale blue microcline specimens in chunky cleavages and crudely crystallized aggregates comprising matrix from this famous eastern U.S. locality. We consider this primarily as reference material, inexpensive specimens from 2.5cm to 6cm are on hand @ just 4.00, 8.50 and 15.00 each. Old stuff!

MIMETITE- 4th level, 79 Mine, nr. Hayden, Arizona
A nice selection of bright yellowish orange to pumpkin orange botryoidal skins of mimetite richly covering matrix, some with small tabular crystals of orange wulfenite as well. Old material collected over forty years ago, these are moderately attractive specimens, sizes ranging from 2cm to nearly 6cm across @ 10.00, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 depending on overall quality.

MONAZITE-(Ce) w/ MAGNETITE etc- Travancore, India
From a small bottle of monazite concentrates ex-E.W. Heinrich, we have several 4cm stopped glass vials filled with approximately 10g of these interesting concentrates. Under the scope, many highly magnetic, black octahedra of magnetite are evident, as well as a few (analyzed) Fe-oxide rectangular crystals (likely pseudomorphous), as well as minor quartz etc., all with pale pinkish-tan, rounded micro grains of monazite-(Ce). Our analysis of the monazite (copy supplied) shows Ce>La>Nd>Th phosphate, nearly identical to textbook Ce-end member. From an old and prolific alluvial deposit region in India, just 12.50 per 4cm glass vial.

PHARMAZINCITE (IMA 2014-015)- Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia
This NEW ARSENATE SPECIES was discovered at the Arsenatnaya fumerole of the Second Scoria Cone at Tolbachik, here as tiny but rich aggregates of colorless to white crystals individually mounted on 1cm disks. Formula: KZnAsO4 - hexagonal - IMA # 2014-015. The mineral is named for its chemical constituents (Greek: poison+zinc). Only a few available @ 125.00 each.

PIEMONTITE- Heddal, Telemark, Norway
Finely disseminated masses of rich pink piemontite well scattered in quartz matrix. Ex-Claus Hedegaard material from a rarely offered locality, specimen sizes from about 3cm up to large 10cm pieces @ just 7.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each.

PLANERITE- Mauldin Mt., Montgomery Co., Arkansas
A rarer member of the turquiose group, planerite occurs as green botyroids nearly completely covering one side of a cherty matrix. Passably attractive as cabinet specimens and potential micro material as well. In sizes from 3.5cm to 8cm @ 30.00, 55.00, and 75.00 each.

POSNJAKITE- Ives Mine, nr. Eastman, Quebec, Canada
Pale blue masses of posnjakite nicely scattered over rock matrix, here from an excellent older locality. Moderately rich coverage for this uncommon mineral, specimens from about 2.5cm to 5cm across @ just 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

QUARTZ etc.- Panasqueira, Castelo Branco, Portugal
From an old lot recently uncovered, we have a small selection of singly terminated quartz crystals without matrix from this famous locality. Many have small druses of white, rhombic calcites and occasional trace sulfides as weel, interesting for the locality and collected many years ago. The crystals range from about 3cm to 6cm tall, priced according to size and quality at 10.00, 20.00, 40.00 and 50.00 each.

ROSICKYITE- Pacific Coast, Ventura Co., California
Sharp, yellow transparent micro crystals of rosickyite richly scattered over the surface of a brown shale matrix. Old stuff and good micro material as well, these from a drill core extracted off the coast of Ventura County in the Pacific Ocean. Sizes from 1.5 to nearly 3cm @ 10.00, 15.00 and 25.00 each. One larger 4x2.5cm specimen @ 40.00.

SINCOSITE- S. Rasmussen Ridge Mine, Caribou Co. Idaho
Small tabular micro crystals of dark green sincosite well-scattered in exposed seams in dark, V-rich mudstone matrix. An uncommon locality for the species, better known from South Dakota (which we also have in stock), but these appearing considerably darker than the Ross-Hannibal material. Only a few TN specimens on hand, all with excellent micro potential, @ just 30.00 each.

STANNITE- Redruth, Cornwall, England
Old specimens from the Michigan Mining College collection, most likely circa 1900. These are rich, massive specimens of grey, metallic stannite from the classic locality for the species, most admixed with arsenopyrite and other sulfide minerals but richly comprising a solid, metallic matrix. Our confirming EDS analysis is included with each specimen, only a few on hand, sizes ranging from about 2.5cm to nearly 6cm across @ 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 85.00 each.

STILBITE-Ca with ALBITE- Summit, Union Co., New Jersey
An older specimen comprised of many hundreds of white to pale orange-brown, iron-stained sheaves of radiating stilbite richly covering matrix, associated with small crystalline aggregates of similarly colored albite. Ex-Wallings Collection, hefty size, rather flat specimen about 22x10cm (!!) at just 95.00. One only!

TALC- Huntley Mine, Lodi District, Nye Co. Nevada
Slick, pearly white, greasy masses of richly scattered talc largely comprising these interesting locality specimens. Smaller samples are relatively pure, while the larger ones often have minor altered feldspar matrix associated. Specimens range from about 2.5cm to 7cm across @ 8.50, 15.00 and 30.00 each. Slippery stuff & obscure locality!

TALNAKHITE- Oktyabr Mi,Talnakh, Norilsk,Siberia, Russia
Ore samples of this rare mineral, here as intergrowths in pentlandite/ chalcopyrite matrix obtained from a Russian museum. Specimens range from about 1cm to nearly 3cm across, offered at just 75.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each, the latter in polished ore sections. List alternates!

TELLURIUM- Golden Cycle Mine, Teller Co., Colorado
Excellent, single bladed crystals and lightly intergrown groups of tellurium without matrix, each carefully packaged in a clear-topped, cotton-filled plastic box to best display habit and bright metallic luster. From this Cripple Creek District locality about 20 miles from Colorado Springs, these average about 5mm long @ just 15.00 each. Old stuff!

VESZELYITE- Black Pine Mine, Granite Co., Montana
Choice, deep greenish blue crystalline aggregates and tabular micro crystals of this uncommon species nicely perched on quartz-rich matrix, occasionally with chrysocolla other secondary minerals. Attractive micros for the species and easily visible without magnification, these are hand-selected from a large, old hoard, overall sizes from 2cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00, 55.00 and 75.00 each, depending on size, coverage and quality.

VOLBORTHITE- Gold Quarry Mine, Eureka Co., Nevada
Bright yellow-green balls and tiny aggregates of micro volborthite scattered over matrix and in seams, occasionally with other secondary copper minerals, most typically with azurite. Small but colorfully attractive specimens under the scope, matrix sizes from 1.5cm to 3cm @ 12.50, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

WICKENBURGITE- Potter-Kramer Claim, Wickenburg, Arizona From this Maricopa Co. haven for rare lead minerals, wickenburgite occurs as pink to orange fluorescent whitish masses in rock, with a few small microcrystals possibly present. Mimetite and phoenicochroite may also be associated as well, and this is relatively rich, old material. Sizes from about 2.5cm to nearly 6cm @ only 10.00, 20.00, and 35.00 each.


ZINCOMENITE (IMA 2014-014)- Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia
This NEW SELENIUM SPECIES was found in the Northern fumerole field of the First Scoria Cone at Tolbachik, here as minute, colorless, tabular to prismatic crystals and aggregates on matrix. Formula: ZnSeO3 - orthorhombic - IMA #2014-014. The species is named (Greek) for its chemical composition. Only a few 0.7cm matrix specimens on hand @ 145.00 each. List alternates!

ZIRCON- Buckwheat Dump, Franklin, Sussex Co. New Jersey
A miniature from old A.E. Seaman Museum stock (donated specimen RTC No. 163), comprised of many tiny zircons scattered in a quartz/microcline matrix. Two areas show larger, partially exposed (4mm) brown tetragonal dipyramids protruding from the matrix. Fluorescence is dull, somewhat yellowish orange, and not spectacular. The piece measures about 6x4cm @ 60.00. One only!

BOOKS

MICROMOUNTING- by Quintin Wight
This classy hardcover work, fully titled as "The Complete Book of Micromounting", has over 280 pages of detailed information dealing with the many diverse factors of mineral collecting at the microscopic level. Chapters cover the history of micromineral studies, trading and field collecting methods, specimen preparation, identification, various mounting techniques, microscopes, photography, a wide range of useful tools and more! Included are 165 color photographs (alphabetically arranged) of superb micro specimens as well. If you have contemplated micromounting, this is the bible to follow! Large format (28x21cm), hardbound with dustcover, new shrink-wrapped copies at just 39.00 each plus shipping. The book is now out of print, and this is the last of our stock!

GEMS

COLORED DIAMOND COLLECTION- Princess Cut Squares
We have a few small lots of faceted diamonds, all princess cut squares offered as a collection of four different colored stones, including white, yellow, green and blue! These are good commercial grade diamonds averaging about 1-1.5mm each and handsomely presented in glass-topped, 4cm white display boxes @ just 75.00 per set. Limit two sets per customer, please! If you have ever wanted a reference set of faceted diamond colors, this is it! As in most commercial goods these days, we suspect the fancy colors are treated natural diamonds!

CATALOG 21406 - Vol. XLI, No. 6

All specimens offered on a first-come first-served basis, FOB our warehouse.

AURICHALCITE- 79 Mine, nr. Hayden, Gila Co., Arizona
Just uncovered in the warehouse: a small flat of excellent, needle-like pale blue aurichalcite from the 79 Mine, collected in 1968, wrapped, and unseen by human eyes ever since! Perhaps the finest U.S. occurrence of the mineral ever found, we have a small selection of TN sized specimens, some with hemimorphite or other minerals, all with good micro potential as well, at just 10.00 per specimen. Colorful and attractive!

AZURITE- Mechernich, "Rhenish Prussia" Germany
A very old specimen, ex-A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum and accompanied by their cardboard label, indicating the specimen was provided by L.L. Hubbard (b. 1849) who studied at Harvard, Bonn and Heidelberg. The piece shows numerous balls of pisolitic azurite protruding from a hard, sandy matrix. The azurite balls appear to run throughout the entire piece and are not a superficial coating but rather a dense "bunch of grapes" that average about 5mm across and are individually comprised of hundreds(?) of tiny azurite crystals. The "Rhenish Prussia" on the label suggests the piece was possibly early 19th century or later, as the locality is an ancient mining area now part of North Rhein-Westphalia. A rarely-encountered specimen with excellent pedigree, overall size about 5x5cm @ 175.00.

CALCINAKSITE (IMA #2013-081)- Bellerberg, Eifel District, Germany
This NEW SPECIES occurs as vitreous, greyish white, densely intergrown and flattened sheaves scattered on matrix. Formula: KNaCa(Si4O10)*H2O, triclinic, IMA #2013-081, a new member of the lithiionite group. Boxed specimens average about 1.5cm across, type locality and author's material, @ 125.00 each. Only a few on hand!

CALLAGHANITE- Basic Refactories Mine, Gabbs, Nye Co., Nevada
Extraordinary material from a find of brilliant, deep blue druses and micro crystals of callaghanite richly scattered on matrix, occasionally associated with other species. Excellent for the species, colorful and hence quite attractive for a rarity, some with fine micro potential as well! The best ever! Sizes from 2cm to 10cm @ 10.00, 20.00, 35.00, 55.00, 80.00 and a few at 100.00 each, depending on size and coverage!

CALOMEL- Redwood City, San Mateo Co., California
This uncommon mercury chloride occurs here as patches of transparent to slightly yellowish druses well scattered on rock matrix, potentially associated with other mercury-rich phases. The calomel shows good fluorescence (bright orange-red under SW UV) as well, and these specimens are quite old, recently rediscovered in an old cigar box from the Godshaw collection. Specimens range in size from about 2.5cm to 4cm @ 30.00, 45.00 and 65.00. List alternates!

CANCRINITE- Cancrinite Hill, Dungannon, Ontario, Canada
Cancrinite occurs here as rich yellowish masses scattered in calcitic matrix, typically assocaited with dark blue sodalite and possibly other phases. A moderately attractive combination from a prolific locality, specimens from about 2cm to 8cm across @ 8.00, 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 65.00 each, depending on overall size and coverage.

CARLETONITE- Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Pure, pale blue crystalline chunks of carltonite crystals without matrix, some with a pale lavender rim surrounding the crystal core. Old, rich stock, average sizes from 0.6cm to 1.2cm across @ only 7.50, 10.00 and 15.00 each. A few rather ugly matrix specimens to 5cm at 35.00 each.


CHALCOPHANITE- Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Rich specimens of black, metallic-appearing chalcophanite botryoids nearly completely covering one or both sides of limonite matrix. Associations include calcite in a variety of habits, and possibly other minerals as well. Modest micro potential on these, in samples from 4cm to 8cm @ 20.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each.

CHALCOPYRITE- Anxbach Mine, nr. Lorscheid, Germany
A very old specimen, ex-L.L. Hubbard (b.1849), comprised of numerous small chalcopyrite crystals lightly scattered on rock matrix. The locality is an ancient one in Rheinland-Pfalz, finally abandoned in the 1950s, and the specimen shows crystallization on both the top and bottom surfaces. The piece is accompanied by an old A.E. Seaman Museum cardboard label, overall specimen size is a hefty 11x8cm @ just 65.00.

ELPIDITE- Khan-Bogdinskii Massif, Gobi, Mongolia
Rich masses of vitreous orange brown elpidite are scattered through a pegmatite-like matrix. The elpidite is mostly found as irregular crystalline masses, with an occasional crystal face present. Nice representative specimens from the distant Gobi Desert, in sizes from 2cm to 5cm, reasonably priced at just 15.00, 25.00, and 35.00 each.

EMMERICHITE (IMA #2013-064)- Rother Kopf, Roth, Eifel, Germany
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute, tabular brown crystals perched on matrix. Formula: Ba2Na(Na,Fe2+)2(Fe3+,Mg)Ti2(Si2O7)2O2F2 - monoclinic, IMA #2013-064. This is a new member of the lamprophyllite group, type locality and author's material, sizes average about 1.5cm @ just 75.00 each, most with modest micro potential as well.

ENSTATITE- Stillwater Mine, Nye, Montana
This famous PGM locality is well known for its rare minerals that occur in the ubiquitious enstatite, here as greyish-green crystalline aggregates richly comprising matrix. Excellent locality material despite its ugly look, specimen sizes range from about 1.5cm to nearly 6cm across @ 10.00, 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

EPIDOTE- Rosario Mabel Mine, Castrovirreyma, Peru
Excellent, deep green to nearly black elongated spears of terminated epidote crystals in tightly packed groups without matrix. These are quite lustrous and relatively damage free from this interesting find, with the groups extending from about 2.5cm to 4.5cm long @ 15.00, 30.00, 40.00 and 50.00 each. A few high-end specimens available; inquire!

EUXENITE-(Y)- Tunnelen, Hilltveit, Iveland, Norway
Black to brown resinous masses of this complex uranium-bearing yttrium niobate occur scattered through a reddish feldspar matrix. Quite rich and representative for the species, these are competitively priced in sizes from 2.5cm to 4.5cm at just 10.00, 15.00 and 25.00 each. Old material, ex-Hedegaard Collection.

FERRIMOLYBDITE w/ MOLYBDENITE- nr. Winfield, Chafee Co., Colorado
Old Cureton stock comprised of yellow masses of ferrimolybdite scattered on quartz matrix, associated with greyish metallic molybdenite as well. The precise locality is noted as the "North Fork of Clear Creek, 1 mile W of Winfield". An unusual Colorado occurrence, specimens from about 1cm to 6cm across @ just 5.00, 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

FERROINDIALITE (IMA #2013-016)- Bellerberg, Eifel, Germany
Another NEW SPECIES from this prolific area, ferroindialite occurs as tiny grey to greyish-violet crude hexagonal crystals and sections intergrown in matrix. Formula: (Fe2+,Mg)2Al4Si5O18 - hexagonal - IMA #2013-016. The mineral is a new member of the beryl group and a chemical dimorph of sekaninaite. Type locality and author's material, small specimens about 1.2cm across @ 125.00 each.

FIEDLERITE- Harakas Cove, Lavrion, Attiki Pref., Greece
Minute, thin tabular micro crystals of transparent fielderite sparsely scattered in vuggy ancient slag, sometimes associated with boleite, pseudoboleite or other species. Most can be trimmed for additional micro potential, but only a few samples on hand, overall sizes ranging from about 2.5cm to 3.5cm @ 35.00 and 55.00 each. List alternates.

FLUORAPATITE- Cerro de Mercado, Durango, Mexico
The classic, well studied apatites often used in analytical standards: excellent yellow-green elongated and transparent fluorapatite crystals and prisms, many singly terminated and quite clean, ranging in size from about 7mm to nearly 2cm tall, priced according to completeness, clarity and size @ 10.00, 17.50 and 25.00 each. Very fine, research-grade material and larger matrix specimens occasionally on hand - inquire!

GOBBINSITE- Poudrette Quarry, Mont St Hilaire, Canada
Transparent micro crystals appearing as tiny chevron-like aggregates sparsely scattered in matrix, occasionally with tabular gmelinite-Na, pyrite or other species. These were collected in the late 1990s and will yield modest micromounts, overall matrix sizes average about 2cm @ 25.00 each. Only a few available!

GYPSUM etc.- Black Pine Mine, Granite Co., Montana
From our analytical study published in the June, 2012 issue of Mineral News, these are from the first reported occurrence of the mineral at the prolific Black Pine Mine! Gypsum occurs as colorless to greyish micro spears and aggregates sparsely scattered over yellowish beudantite that coats well-terminated quartz crystal groups. Specimens are primarily TNs to 3.5cm @ just 10.00 and 15.00 each.

HYDROTALCITE-2H in LIZARDITE- Snarum, Modum, Buskerud, Norway
Pearly, white foliated masses of waxy hydrotalcite-2H richly scattered in pale yellow-green lizardite matrix, occasionally associated with crude black "martite" aggregates as well. Excellent locality material, old Cureton stock, specimens from about 2.5cm to 5cm across @ 25.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each.

KURNAKOVITE- US Borax Mine, Boron, Kern Co., California
Remarkably clear specimens of glassy kurnakovite, these collected in the late 1950s! The specimens show weird, wispy inclusions of an unidentified muddy, clay-like grey mineral (possibly saponite or other member of the montmorillonite group), and other inclusions of globular ulexite and needle-like inderite have been reported in the literature. Perfect {010} cleavage yields excellent, somewhat flattened, glassy specimens, ranging in size from about 2.5cm to nearly 7cm across at just 7.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each for the largest and cleanest one. Old stuff from more than a half-century ago, and in an usually unaltered state!

LAACHITE (IMA #2012-100)- Dellen Quarry, Mendig, Eifel Dist., Germany
This relatively NEW SPECIES occurs as tiny, thin elongated needle-like sprays of brownish colored rods sparsely scattered on white crystalline matrix, occasionally with small dark amphibole pods. Formula: (Ca,Mn)2Zr2Nb2TiFeO14 - monoclinic, IMA # 2012-100. The mineral is the Nb-domiant analog of zirconolite-3O. Type locality, author's material, specimens are just under 1cm with modest micro potential @ 145.00 ea.

MILLERITE w/ GROSSULAR- Orford Nickel Mine, Quebec, Canada
Brassy to somewhat silvery micro rod-like crystals of millerite perched in vugs within pale green chromian grossular matrix. Each simple will yield at least one good micromount with a pleasing and colorful association under the 'scope. Overall matrix sizes average about 1.5cm @ just 15.00 each. Nice!

NITROCALCITE- Catalonia, Spain
This uncommon mineral occurs here as small, white grains admixed with brownish black granular soil matrix. Ex-Cureton material, generously packed in a 2.5cm tall stoppered glass vial @ just 30.00 per vial!

PYRARGYRITE w/ QUARTZ- Vienna Mine, Pole Creek, Blaine Co., Idaho
Minute, silvery to deep red metallic masses and crystalline aggregates of pyraryrite scatteed in/on quartz matrix. Old micro material acquired in the distant past, and research on this obscure locality has failed to produce additional information. Only a few small specimens available, averaging 1.5cm @ 25.00 each.

PYRITE-MARCASITE BALL- Stubbenkammer, Island of Rugen, Germany
An old Scott Williams specimen comprised of a solid nodule of pyrite-marcasite, about the size of a clementine, here without matrix. The ball is exceptionally heavy and dense, and shows no sign of typical marcasite deterioration. The old WIlliams label is attached to a small handwritten German label as well, vintage unknown but clearly quite old. The island is Germany's largest, just lying NNE of the coast, now part of the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania region. A neat specimen, size about 5cm in diameter and perfectly round @ just 55.00.

QUARTZ var: CHALCEDONY- unspecified locality in Florida
Perhaps one of the strangest chalcedony specimens we have ever encountered, this is an ex-A.E. Seaman Museum specimen from the J.V.W. Rawlings (b. 1826) collection. It is comprised of about a dozen greyish mammillary teats projecting upward from massive chalcedony seam, most averging about 1.5cm tall, the largest ones grouped in rows of three across. Attractive, strange, quite unique, possibly from the well-known Tampa chalcedony region, but otherwise labelled simply as "Florida". Overall size about 7x5cm @ 75.00.


RIVADAVITE- Tinkalayu Mine, Salta Province, Argentina
White nodules of massive borax with needle-like inclusions of colorless to white rivadavite scattered throughout. Classic, type locality material from this "Salar del Hombre Muerto" locality, specimens from about 1.5cm to 3.5cm @ 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 75.00 each.

ROSASITE & CALCITE- Silver Bill Mine, Pima Co., Arizona
Bright blue balls and globular forms of rosasite richly scattered over exposed seams and vugs, some with white platy rosettes of calcite. Very attractive and rich material collected some years ago. Nice older pieces, sizes from about 4cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each, depending on overall quality. A few large Mapimi specimens also on hand, ranging up to 13x6cm to 100.00.

ROWEITE- Solongo, Buryatia, Siberia, Russia
Small tan to brownish cherty colored masses of somewhat nodular roweite scattered in matrix. Formerly a one-locality, one-known-specimen mineral from Franklin, NJ, these are from a 1997 discovery in this prolific boron-rich locality. Only a few small thumbnails available, averaing about 1.5cm @ 75.00 each.

RUIZITE- Christmas Mine, nr Hayden, Gila Co. Arizona
Fleshy-brown masses of minutely crystalized elongated needles and aggregates of ruizite richly scattered over smectite matrix, occasionally with other species. From the original find in the 1970's, matrix pieces from 2cm to 7cm across @ 15.00, 30.00, 45.00 and 55.00 each. Rather ugly stuff, but type locality material; A few larger specimens to 10cm @ 100.00.

SARCOPSIDE- Solleftea, Angermanland, Sweden
Nicely crystalline examples of this primary pegmatitic phosphate mineral, occuring as dark brown nearly opaque cleavages with varying amounts of matrix. Most clearly illustrate the distinctive fibrous silky habit of sarcopside. From 2cm to 7cm @ 10.00, 15.00, 30.00, and 45.00.

SCHROCKINGERITE- nr. Wamsutter, Sweetwater Co., Wyoming
This uncommon mineral occurs as minute scales of pale yellowish crusts sparsely scattered in a light tan arkose sandstone from the Red Desert area. Brightly fluorescent response as numerous tiny pinpoints highlight this old material, specimens from about 2cm to 5cm @ 12.50, 20.00 and 35.00 each; an 8x4cm rich sample on hand @ 65.00.

SCHULAMITITE (IMA #2011-016)- Bellerberg, Eifel District, Germany
This relatively NEW SPECIES was first described from the Negev Desert in Isreal and has recently been confirmed from the prolific Eifel District as well. The mineral occurs here as rather richly scattered sugary druses of brownish-orange masses in matrix, quite a bit richer than found in the type material. Formula: Ca3TiFe3+AlO8 - orthorhombic - IMA # 2011-016. Only a few specimens on hand, aboout 2cm across, @ 75.00 each.

WOLSENDORFITE etc..- Shinkolobwe, Shaba, Zaire (DRC)
Excellent examples of bright orange wolsendorfite on matirx, typically with uraninite, minor becquerelite, uranophane and/or curite, depending on the sample. Formerly Ziare, now in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ex-V. King collection, ex-Sorbonne material, specimens from about 2.5cm to 3cm @ 250.00, and 350.00. Excellent!!

ZAVARITSKITE- Moldava, Czech Republic
This rare mineral occurs here as somewhat greyish masses sparsely scattered in rock matrix, often with minute native bismuth, purple fluorite, and possibly other phases. An uncommon mineral, old Cureton stock, specimens from about 2cm to 4cm @ 25.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each.


BOOKS

APPALACHIAN MINERAL & GEM- TRAILS by June Culp Zeitner

We have a few first-edition copies of this classic 1968 softcover book published by Lapidary Journal back in the days it covered minerals as well as lapidary and beads. There were several different printings of this edition, but most are in good shape with clean covers and tight bindings. Multiple chapters, each devoted to field collecting in a specific state, cover NJ-PA-MD-VA-WV-KY-TN-NC-SC-GA-AL and FL. Many maps, b/w images, 133 pages in 8.5x11.25" format @ just 10.00 each with any mineral order.

FLEISCHER'S GLOSSARY- 2008 Edition by Malcolm Back

The latest edition of Fleischer's Glossary of Mineral Species has been produced but is not available through dealers. Hence, we will dump our existing supply of the expanded 2008 edition that encompasses 346 pages covering 4233 species. The mineral groups appendix has been added, and many new nomenclature changes have been provided, some among a fair amount of controversy! Our reduced price is just 19.00 per copy with any mineral order as long as our small supply lasts. (You can get a new one from MinRec, and with shipping it will run about 40.00!)

COLLECTIONS

UTAH MINERALS COLLECTION- Various Localities Utah
We've accumulated a large number of individually identified specimens from several prolific mines in Utah, most in the 2cm-3cm size range and virtually all with excellent micro potential. In order to move many of these one-of-a-kind and small quantity specimens, we offer a collection of twenty (20) different pieces our choice for just 89.00! Excellent value, many SEM identified, many are copper minerals with good micro potential. Limit one collection per customer, please!

GEMS

TOPAZ (Pink!)- Azotic Treated, Brazil
Stones from a professional and patented Azotic enhancement treatment of transparent Brazilian topaz, we have a number of excellent, eye-clean faceted gems of fine pink color, available here as small lots of five stones that will include two pear-shaped, two ovals, and one brilliant round. Total carat weight of each lot will average over 4 carats, nicely boxed, at just 40.00 per set. We can also offer a larger lot of 40 carats of assorted shapes at just 350.00 for the lot!

CATALOG 21405 - Vol. XLI, No. 5

All specimens offered on a first-come first-served basis, FOB our warehouse.

ALTAITE- Hilltop Mine, Dona Ana Co., New Mexico
This unusual lead-telluride occurs as brilliant metallic streamers scattered through rock matrix, occasionally with other tellurium minerals. Available as rough matrix samples from 1cm to nearly 6cm across @ 20.00, 40.00, 65.00 and 100.00 each according to coverage; EDS confirmed and copy supplied!

ATACAMITE- Kadina, South Australia, Australia
Small green aggregates lightly scattered over pale brown rock matrix, these from material obtained in the late 1970s. Not as rich as other Australian localities specimens, these range from about 3cm to 6cm across @ 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each, some with modest micro potential.

BOULANGERITE- Oberlahr, Westerwald, Rhein-Pfalz, Germany
Old Ward's Natural Science specimens comprised of dense, massive, silvery-grey boulangerite matrix, potentially with other admixed metallic Pb-Sb-S phases. A somewhat flattened, fibrous structure can be seen under magnification, and this Rheinland-Palatinate material may be from the Silberwiese Mine, although not labeled as such on the original Ward's labels. Specimens range from about 2.5cm to 4cm across @ 15.00 and 25.00 each. Old and difficult locality material to obtain today!

BOURNONITE in QUARTZ- Horhausen, Altenkirchen, Rhineland, Germany
A recently uncovered lot of old material, ex-Wards, but precise vintage unknown despite the inclusion of "Nassau" in the locality labels (Nassau borders have changed many times and ranged from a single town to a large area later part of Prussia!). The bournonite occurs as greyish black, metallic masses richly scattered in white quartz matrix, most specimens showing minor green secondary copper mineral alterations, white cerussite, and possibly other phases. Presented here as chunks of fairly rich ore, specimens range from about 2.5cm to 3.5cm @ just 10.00 and 15.00 each from this classic Dana locality!

BROCHANTITE- Black Pine Mine, Granite Co., Montana
Tiny bladed micro crystals of dark green brochantite scattered on matrix, some with massive azurite, chrysocolla and possibly other species. An interesting assemblage with modest micromount potential, matrix sizes from 2cm to 3.5cm @ 8.50, 12.50 and 20.00 each; a few to 5cm @ 35.00. Uncommon at the locality!.

CELESTINE (Orange!)- Caledon Township, Ontario, Canada
Recently uncovered after our warehouse move, we stumbled upon a box of orange (!!) celestite obtained in the mid/late-1970s. The celestine forms flattened, deep orange crystalline aggregates to several centimeters across (larger in larger specimens) richly scattered in greyish limestone matrix. The locality is likely the Deforest Quarry, but these were was simply noted as Caledon Township. A paper in American Mineralogist (Vol. 64, pgs 160-8) opined that the color was caused by 50ppm inclusions of copper, of which several primary and secondary minerals are known from this locality. Interesting material, and a rare color for celestine, specimen sizes range from about 3.5cm up to 9cm across @ just 10.00, 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00.

CERUSSITE- Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine, Tiger, Arizona
Old-time classics from this famous Pinal County locality! These cerussites form nicely reticulated groups of free-standing translucent crystals and aggregates with or without matrix, all showing moderately well-formed crystals up to a centimeter or more! From an old hoard, likely from the Collins Vein, these range from about 2cm to 3.5cm @ only 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each. Very nice for old time stuff!

COPPER pseudo @ ARAGONITE- Corocoro, La Paz Department, Bolivia
Wonderful pseudohexagonal aragonite-shaped crystals completely replaced by copper, retaining their original, sharp habit. Recently described in Mineral News (May, 2014) we have a number of these exceptional, classic locality pseudos, sizes in singles and intergrown groups from 1cm to nearly 1.8cm @ 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

DELINDEITE- Mt. Rasvumchorr, Khibiny, Kola, Russia
From an unusual occurrence, we recently acquired three small specimens of micro, pale yellow, lamellar delindeite scattered in an orthoclase-rich pegmatite matrix, here associated with dark bronze-colored astrophyylite and occasionally with fibrous pale brown lorenzenite as well. Interesting association pieces with modest micro potential from an unusual locality, specimens average 2.5-3cm @ 125.00 each. List alternates!

DELVAUXITE var: BORICKITE- Brandberg, Leoben, Styria, Austria
This strange mineral, alternately known as foucherite, then borickite (aka borickyite), and now considered to be delvauxite (itself ill-defined), occurs here as orange-brown crusty masses scattered on hard rock matrix. Very old material from this excellent locality, variously labelled as Tollinggraben or simply Leoben, either as small samples in a capsule @ 10.00, or as larger matrix specimens from 1.5cm to 3cm @ 25.00 and 40.00 each; one rich, large ,ex-Albanese specimen, 6cm @ 75.00.

DEPMEIERITE- Karnasurt Mine, Lovozero, Kola, Russia
This relatively rare species occurs as colorless aggregates, offered here as small, relatively pure masses. Found underground by mine geologists in association with minor natrolite in a hyperagpaitic hydrothermal vein more than 25 years ago, and only in a single specimen (!!), this new cancrinite-group mineral was subsequently approved about 5 years ago. Formula: Na8[Al6Si6O24](PO4,CO3)1-x*3H2O - hexagonal, the PO4-dominant analog of cancrinite, vishnevite, hydroxycancrinite and kyanoxalite. IMA #2009-075, named for German crystallographer W.H. Depmeier (b.1944), only a few small samples on hand averaging 0.5cm across @ 125.00 each. A rare, one-locality species! List alternates!

DESAUTELSITE- Union Carbide Mine, San Benito, California
Orange, minutely platy aggregates of desautelsite thinly encrust areas of a serpentine matrix. Some samples have minor white fibrous tufts of artinite, and each comes with a photocopy of a locality label signed by the late Paul Desautels. Sizes are 2.5cm to nearly 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00, and 40.00 each; a few showy samples, slightly larger @ 65.00 each.

DIAMOND- Northern Cape Province, Rep So Africa
A very strange group of four intergrown and somewhat rounded transparent to translucent diamonds without matrix, these forming an odd "L"-shaped crystal group with numerous, highly modified crystal faces! Weight is 4.82 carats, measuring about 1cm along each "leg". A nicely visible, intergrown group that is relatively inexpensive @ just 650.00 for this unique diamond specimen!

DOLEROPHANITE- Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia
This rare copper mineral occurs as minute brown to black micro crusty aggregates and well-formed, complex doubly terminated micro crystals scattered on scoria matrix, often associated with other obscure bluish green copper phases and commonly with green euchlorine. Only a few samples available, far superior to earlier material from 10 years ago, sizes ranging from about 0.7cm to 3.5cm @ 45.00 for small micros, the larger matrix samples @ 75.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each.

ENARGITE with QUARTZ- Moonlight Mine, Butte, Silver Bow Co Montana
Another old-timer from one of the many Butte sub-localities, here as nodular crystals of enargite scattered across the top of the specimen, with stout, milky white quartz points protruding through the enargite. Provided to Michigan Tech by A.M. Mackenzie in the distant past, a pyrite and sulfide rich matrix underlays it all, overall size about 8x7cm @ 135.00, with old cardboard label.

GALENA- Galena, Cherokee Co., Kansas
A beast of a specimen, comprised of densely intergrown galena cubes from 1cm to 2.5cm across in a heavy, upright specimen. The galena crystals comprise most of the piece, and there is a minor amount of rock matrix across the back of the specimen. A white alteration (anglesite?) on the back of the piece coats smaller
crystals, while the front and sides have a sporadic, brownish overgrowth in the recesses of the sample. A large, old specimen (once belonging to English-born John Gerry a mine captain in the Michigan iron mines) that could use some cleaning, it weighs about 7 pounds and measures a hefty 13x10x9cm @ 250.00. Heavy!

GLAUCOCHROITE- Franklin, Sussex County, New Jersey
Typical multi-mineral ore samples taken from the Joe Cilen collection and elsehwere, gluaocochroite occurs as a grey, non-fluorescent, association with brilliantly fluorescent willemite and franklinite, and possibly with fluoresecent clinohedrite or hardystonite (no calcite!). Older, quality pieces, three on hand at 3cm to 5cm @ 80.00, 90.00, and 100.00 each, depending on coverage.

GLAUKOSPHAERITE- Carr Boyd Nickel Mine, W. A., Australia
A copper-nickel member of the rosasite group, glaukosphaerite occurs as medium green crusts on matrix, possible occuring and admixed with takovite and other secondary nickel minerals. Good coverage for this mineral, in sizes from 2cm to 7cm across @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00, 60.00 and 75.00 each.

GOLD- Mile End, New South Wales, Australia
An older specimen from this obscure locality, here showing about a half-dozen micros of crystallized gold scattered on a slightly ferruginous quartz and rock matrix. Although the sample could be trimmed to produce a handful of fine micromounts, we appreciate it more as a small hand specimen. The collection vintage is sometime in the early 1970s, overall size about 4.5x4cm @ 150.00.

HOLMQUISTITE- Uto, Sodermanland, Sweden
A lithium rich member of the amphibole group, holmquistite occurs as dark bluish black fine grained elongated masses comprising much of this amphibolite rock, occasional prismatic crystals or silky masses of the mineral are evident as well. Excellent type locality material, sizes from 2cm to nearly 5cm @ 20.00, 35.00, and 55.00 each. One 8cm sample, ex-E.W. Heinrich, @ 65.00.

JOHNBAUMITE- Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey
Spotty masses of grey to pale greenish grey aggregates of johnbaumite scattered in matrix, these associated with brownish andradite garnet and brilliantly fluorescent willemite, occasionally with other possible species. The johnbaumite is mildly fluorescent as well (SW orange), and this material came from a single boulder collected at the former Franklin Mill Site in October, 1983 by yours truly. Recent analytical work confirms the material as AsO4>PO4 with little or no fluorine, confirming what many believe that the mineral may be more common at Franklin than previously thought. Specimens range in size from about 3cm to 6cm across @ 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each.

KEGELITE- Tsumeb, Namibia
This rare mineral occurs as pearly white aggregates well scattered and comprising the upper surface of these small matrix specimens. One of the more difficult to obtain Tsumeb species, ex-Walter Kahn material obtained many years ago and suitable for good micromounts. Priced according to coverage and size, with specimens ranging from 1mm to 6mm across @ 25.00, 40.00, 60.00, 85.00. Rare!

KYANITE in Pegmatite- Windham, Cumberland Co., Maine
Three large specimens, quite old and originally collected by L.L. Hubbard (1849-1933) that subsequently found their way to the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum before landing in our warehouse some years ago. The specimens show richly scattered, thick, pale blue blades of kyanite from 5cm to 10cm long well-scattered in quartz-dominant matrix. Exceptionally rich specimens that will clean up to excellent cabinet pieces from this old locality. Overall specimens sizes range from 13x10cm up to 21x11cm (!!), priced at just 60.00, 85.00 and 100.00 each. Heavy!!

METARAUCHITE- Belorechenskoe Deposit, N. Caucasus, Russia
This rare mineral occurs as minute, yellow crystalline druses scattered on matrix. Described in 2008 in the Czech Republic (IMA 2008-050, formula: Ni(UO2)2(AsO4)2*8H2O), the mineral remains difficult to locate and has been confirmed from fewer than five localities worldwide. The Belorechenskoe deposit (type locality
for rauchite) was the subject of an excellent, detailed article in the Mineralogical Almanac (Vol. 15, Part 2) and is known for both its nickel and uranium minerals that occur there. We have only a few confirmed specimens, sizes average 2.5-3cm across and are priced at 150.00 each.

MOUNTKEITHITE- Mount Keith Deposit, W.A., Australia
Sparse pale pink masses of mountkeithite are scattered over a bleached serpentinite rock. Derived from the alteration of deeper pink to purple associated stichtite, other associated species include magnetite and possible hexahydrite. A rare, one-locality mineral, each larger sized matrix piece has one or more areas of the mineral. Sizes from 2.5cm to 7cm across @ 45.00, 65.00 and 95.00 each.

NABIMUSAITE w/ YE'ELEMITE- Jabel Harmun, Judea Desert, W.Bank, Israel
This NEW SPECIES occurs within the Palestinian Autonomy and is a co-type sample, offered here as a 1cm polished section in a 2cm probe mount. Formula: KCa12(SiO4)4(SO4)2O2F - trigonal, IMA # 2012-057. The mineral occurs as microscopic colorless grains with ye'elemite, associated with larnite and minor brownmillerite matrix, accompanied by complete chemical quantification as well as three SEM images that pinpoint the various species in the sample. Only one available, superb documentation, at 350.00.

NELENITE- Huanggang Mine, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia China
From a relatively recent find, this rare mineral occurs here as micro hexagonal plates that are typically stacked in minute, somewhat globular aggregates nicely perched on white, rhombic cleavages of calcite matrix. Identification has been confirmed by chemistry, XRD and Raman, and a copy of the original Raman spectra is included with each sample. Coverage is obvious to the naked eye and will also yield decent micromounts if trimmed further. Specimens range in size from about 1 cm up to 4+cm @ just 15.00, 30.00 and 55.00 each.

PARATACAMITE-(Mg) IMA #2013-014- Quebrada, Camarones, Chile
This NEW SPECIES occurs as glassy green, micro crystals sparsely scattered over rock matrix, occasionally with other rare copper phases. Formula: Cu3(Mg,Cu)Cl2(OH)6 - trigonal; IMA #2013-014. This is author's material and a new member of the atacamite group. Specimens will yiled modest micros upon trimming, and
overall sizes average about 3cm across at 120.00 each. List alternates!

PHLOGOPITE w/ PARGASITE - Limberg Quarry, Pargas, Finland
A very old specimen, accompanied by a heavily aged Helsinki Mineral Museum label obtained years ago during one of our trips to Finland. The specimen shows a fairly large, columnar phlogopite crystal about 4cm tall and 2cm wide, perched at the edge of a massive, etched white calcite matrix, accompanied by greyish-green grains and globular aggregates to 1.5cm of analytically-confirmed pargasite. Only one specimen available, a classic from this famous locality, overall size about 10x6x6 cm @ 250.00.

POLLUCITE- Tanco Mine, Bernic Lake, Manitoba, Canada
Nearly pure, greyish white massive pollucite comprising matrix, occasionally with minor quartz. X-Ray verified material, sizes from 2cm to 5cm across @ 8.00, 15.00, 25.00, and 45.00 each, a few to 8cm to 12cm @ 65.00, 85.00 and 100.00, from one of the better documented localities for the species!

PSEUDOMALACHITE- Inspiration Consolidated Copper Mine Arizona
A large specimen, ex- A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, comprised of hefty rock matrix with pale blue-green chrysocolla and other pale green secondary copper staining, with approximately two dozen, dark greenish-black, wonderfully spherical and isolated pseudomalachite balls scattered about on one surface, most in the 2-3mm size range. They contrast nicely against the pale blue-green undercoating, and the piece might be from the Thornton Pit, although the museum label does not specify it, instead indicating the 1912 name of the consolidated workings of this prolific copper ore property in the Globe-Miami District of Gila County. Overall size is about 12x8x5cm at just 125.00.

QUARTZ- Grymes Hill, Staten Island, New York
An odd assortment of matrix specimens showing small cloudy grey to slightly greenish quartz crystals well-covering a limonitic mass. Some samples show a transparent layer over a included quartz, while others are rather opaque, tan-green color. These were primarily collected in 1961 by H.E. Moore, and these odd, New York City specimens are from 4cm to 7cm @ just 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each; one 10cm specimen @ 65.00. From a great locality near Wagner College that now overlooks the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge!

QUARTZ (Smoky)- Anderson's Gully, Mooralla, Victoria Australia
Excellent, doubly terminated small groups of fine, dark brown smoky quartz crystals without matrix. These show multiple crystal faces. some with apparent reverse scepters and other odd habits, all with good luster and richly colored transparency as well. Specimens range from about 2.5cm to 3.5cm @ 15.00 and 25.00 each. Great locality stuff that is attractive and weird as well!

SCHUETTEITE- Oceanic Mine, San Luis Obispo Co., California
Canary-yellow, earthy masses of this rare secondary mercury mineral intergrown in brick-red cinnabar/clay matrix, possibly with other, non-descript secondary mercury minerals. Old, type locality material, only a few specimens available, sizes from 2cm to 5.5cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00 and 60.00 each.

SCOLECITE w/ FLUORAPOPHYLLITE- Pune District, Maharashtra, India
An attractive group of richly intergrown, slender, transparent to opaque white scolecite (EDS confirmed), with some crystals somewhat flattened and surrounding a few pale green fluorapophyllite crystals peeking out among the scolecites. This moderately attractive piece measures about 12x9cm @ is just 65.00.


SEPIOLITE- Valley Quarry, Valley, Stevens Co., Washington
Rich, white, fibrous sepiolite largely comprising matrix, occasionally with minor dolomitic marble present among the seams. The material was collected circa 1980 and is the only reported occurrence of sepiolite in the state of Washington (see Mineral News, May, 2006), although the locality was largely unknown and
is not documented in MinDat or any of the regularly available references to minerals of Washington. While similar palygorskite has been reported in the State, our EDS (and earlier XRD work) confirms the absence of necessary aluminum found in palaygorskite. Perhaps a unique occurrence, now closed, these uncommon, fibrous specimens range in size from about 4cm to 12cm long @ just 7.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each for the largest.

SIDERITE with NATIVE COPPER- Ray, Pinal Co., Arizona
Weird, murky green siderite balls and dumbbell-shaped sheaves a few millimeters across, lightly scattered on quartz/rock matrix, all with small but excellent arborescent masses and/or spinel twinned spears of native copper, some piercing the siderite or showing a variety of forms on the same specimen. Old material acquired over 30 years ago, these are unusual specimens likely confined to a single occurrence, and not found in the usual Arizona literature from this defunct locality. Specimens range in size from about 2cm to 4cm across @ just 7.50, 12.50 and 20.00 each, most suitable for micros as well!

SPENCERITE- Hudson Bay Mine, Salmo, B.C. Canada
Pure white, somewhat micaceous and pearly platy aggregates of spencerite without matrix. A rare zinc phosphate from the type locality, originally obtained from the Royal Ontario Museum. These are offered as small fragments in a capsule @ 15.00; matrix specimens from 0.8cm to nearly 4cm @ 25.00, 50.00, 100.00 and 200.00 each.

STICHTITE- Stichtite Hill, Dundas, Tasmania
Rich, deep lilac-purple masses of stichtite generously scattered throughout matrix, most with minor green serpentine in association. Very colorful, classic material, matrix sizes from 2.5cm to 6cm @ 12.50, 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each. A few to 12cm across and quite attractive @ 75.00!

TONDIITE (IMA #2013-077)- Santo Domingo Mine, Arica, Chile
This NEW SPECIES occurs as emerald green, vitreous micro crystals lightly scattered on rock matrix, occasionally with other secondary copper minerals. Formula: Cu3MgCl2(OH)6 - trigonal, IMA # 2103-077. Excellent, colorful druses with modest micro potential for a new species, sizes average 2.5-3cm @ 125.00 each. Only a few available!

TOPAZ (Imperial)- Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Excellent single crystals of imperial color topaz without matrix. These are singly terminated with good prism faces and display fine pinkish sherry to mild honey color throughout. Gemmy and attractive, getting considerably more difficult to acquire economically, these are older samples from about 1cm to nearly 2.5cm @ just 10.00, 20.00, 30.00, 45.00 and 60.00 each, depending on size and color.

VESUVIANITE variety CYPRINE- Parker Shaft, Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey
A hefty hand specimen of rich, pale brown andradite showing excellent patches of blue vesuvianite (variety cyprine) scattered throughout the piece. There is much willemite in the specimen, but it is only evident under SW UV, as is a generous but filmy patch of clinohedrite (FL SW orange) on one edge of the specimen. Minor calcite, and possibly other phases, are present as well. Ex-H.E. Moore Collection, overall size about 6x5cm @ 65.00.

ZADOVITE (IMA #2013-031)- nr. Arad, Negev Desert, Israel
This NEW SPECIES, a co-type sample from the paralava of the Hatrium formation at the Gurim anticline, occurs as colorless, submicroscopic grains sparsely scattered in melilite/wollastonite matrix, occasionally with minor rankite, schorlomite garnet and possibly other phases. Formula: BaCa6[SiO4)(PO40](PO4)2F, trigonal, IMA #2013-031. Elegantly prepared and thoroughly identified in a 1 cm ore section in a 1.5x1.5cm probe mount, accompanied by a color image plus backscattered SEM images at various magnifications that show the labelled phase boundaries, plus full analytical chemistry of the zadovite in a single specimen at 300.00. List alternates!

BOOKS

MINERALS OF USSR- Minerals First Discovered in the Former Territory of the USSR by Igor V. Pekov
This long awaited book by Dr. Igor Pekov received rave reviews when first published several years ago, written in English and complete with 184 color photos of minerals and localities, 68 SEM images and crystal diagrams. The strength of this 370 page hard cover work lies in the marvelously complete locality information lacking from so many published Russian mineral descriptions, and each description also includes excellent physical characteristics, type locality info, historical data and much more. This is a much-needed reference work @ only 59.00 plus shipping!

COLLECTIONS

NEVADA MINERAL COLLECTION- Various Localities in Nevada
A nice lot of twenty-five (25) different species including many unusual items and odd-locality pieces, all from Nevada! Most are aesthetically challenged but generously sized from 3cm to 6cm across. Individually labelled, these lots are easily worth twice the price of 25 different for only 125.00!

GEMS

QUARTZ (AZOTIC TREATED) - Brazil
Sometimes, we just can't resist something attractive that is only mildly related to our main field of mineralogy. We recently came across a interesting lot of water-clear faceted quartz from Brazil that had been treated by the proprietary, and permanent, Azotic process. The result is transparent gems that show a wild array of purple-blue-green color flashes in each stone! We have several different cuts and sizes, ranging from: about 7.5mm squares (2-2.5 cts each) @ 10.00, fine 10-11mm antique cushion cuts (5.5-6 cts each) @ 20.00, or larger ~15x12mm ovals (about 8 carats each) @ just 25.00 per stone. We can provide matched pairs at 2 times the single stone prices, or offer a special 50 carat lot of assorted stones @ just $135.00 - less than $3.00 a carat! Great looking material, and a suitable enhancement for Brazilian quartz gemstones!

EPHEMERA

The Pseudo News - by Dr. Phil Betancourt
We have a limited number of perfect-bound reprints of the long out-of-print The Pseudo News, a 128 page periodical that focused on the collecting of mineral pseudomorphs. A quarterly magazine that was published in three annual volumes from 1994-1996, it described finds at classic localities, as well as new finds at more obscure sites. It provided excellent technical recounting of the various types of pseudomorphs that occur in the mineral kingdom and was avidly read by a small but enthusiastic group of subscribers. Difficult to locate in full sets, we offer a complete reprint, including a comprehensive index, for just $35.00 postpaid in the U.S.A.; for foreign mailing: add $20.00.


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CATALOG 21404 - Vol. XLI, No. 4

All specimens offered on a first-come first-served basis, FOB our warehouse.


ATACAMITE- San Manuel Mine, Pinal Co., Arizona
Knobby aggregates comprised of micro crystals of atacamite completely comprising these interesting specimens, occasionally with minor azurite evident as well. Old Scott Williams material collected in 1960 and ranging in size from about 2.5cm to 6cm across at just 20.00, 45.00 and 75.00 each.

BARYTOCALCITE- Alston Moor, Cumberland, England
An excellent, old classic specimen from the type locality area, here as many small (to 5mm) crystals standing upright over the entire surface of an exposed seam on matrix. An old Lazard Cahn label accompanies the piece, ex-Cilen, about 4x3cm @ 85.00.

CHANABAYAITE (IMA 2013-065)- Pabellon de Pica, Chanabaya, Chile
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute, purplish-blue tufts and sprays of needle-like crystals lightly scattered on matrix, typically with other secondary copper minerals as well. Formula: CuCl(N3C2H2)(HN3)*.25H2O - orthorhombic, IMA #2013-065. Type locality material, all specimens with arrows, specimens from about 2.5cm to 4.5cm across @ 55.00, 80.00 and 120.00, depending on quality and crystallization.

COPPER- Bridgewater Mine, Somerset Co., New Jersey
Old specimens from this long-defunct locality that was reopened about 1820 and was sporadically worked until 1910. The native copper occurs here as thin seams and masses running through rock matrix, some with drusy calcite and occasionally unconfirmed secondary copper phases usually labeled as "chrysocolla". Rather ugly stuff that might clean up respectably, specimens are all from the Howard E. Moore collection and were collected between 1934 and 1939. Sizes range from about 6cm to 12cm across, priced at just 45.00, 65.00 and 95.00 each.

DIAMOND (FLUORESCENT!)- Bloomfontein, Orange Free State, Rep So Africa
Small but brilliant, gemmy, pale yellow diamond crystals without matrix from this prolific locality, here selected from several thousand loose crystals because of their unique blue fluorescence under LW (and lesser SW) ultraviolet light! In our experience, less than 10% of all diamonds will show any fluorescent response, and these have the bonus of being gem quality octahedrons as well! Sizes average about 2mm @ just 25.00 each! The only available "native element" that fluoresces!

ENARGITE with CALCITE- Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana
An old, A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum specimen and accompanied by their label, the sample shows densely crystallized metallic enargite richly comprising matrix, with numerous small rounded crystals of white calcite liberally scattered over the surface. A small adhered label is also attached to the bottom of the piece, overall size about 8x7cm @ 150.00.

FAHEYITE- Sapucaia Mine, Galileia, M.G., Brazil
The first of this rare and complex Be-Fe phosphate species we have offered in some time, these are small micro groups of white fibrous needles perched on tiny matrix pieces of muscovite, smaller samples placed in capsules or larger ones mounted in a plastic micro box. Overall sizes average 2mm priced according to quality and coverage @ 50.00 and 65.00 each. Limit one per order, please!

FLUOR-LIDDICOATITE- Antandrokomby, Antananarivo, Madagascar
This newly-redefined tourmaline species occurs as matrix-free glassy aggregates and partial crystals, most showing a dark rim with a paler, often pinkish core. Formula: Ca(Li2Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F - trigonal. Not particularly attractive, but representative material, sizes from about 1.7cm to 5cm across, the larger sizes showing some striated faces, @ just 20.00, 45.00 and 75.00 each.

FLUORLAMPROPHYLLITE (2013-102)- Morro do Serrote, Pocos de Caldas, Brazil
Another NEW SPECIES from Minas Gerais, fluorlamprophyllite occurs as yellowish brown elongated micro aggregates scattered in nepheline syenite matrix, typically with nearly black aegirine, microcline, natrolite etc. Formula: Na3(SrNa)Ti3(Si2O7)2O2F2-monoclinic, IMA #2013-102. A new member of the lamprophyllite group, specimens from 2cm to 4cm @ 45.00, 65.00 and 95.00 each. Type locality material, of course!

FLUORO-LEAKEITE- Norra Karr, Jonkoping, Smalland, Sweden
This complex amphibole, approved in 2009, occurs here as dark greenish blue, thin flattened and elongated crystalline aggregates lightly scattered in matrix. The list of amphiboles continues to grow as a result of better analytical tools and restudy of old specimens from classic localities, and these thin samples range from about 1.5cm to 4cm long @ 20.00, 40.00 and 60.00 each. Type locality material, only a few on hand!

HYDROCARBON variety GILSONITE- Bonanza Vein, Bonanza, Uintah Co., Utah
If you are lacking black ugly hydrocarbons in your collection, have we got a deal for you! Variously named as "mineral pitch", kerogen, bitumen, asphaltum, uintahite or other obscure designations, gilsonite is one of four hydrocarbon minerals found in the Uintah Basin, and it is described more fully in a recent (Vol 30, No.4) Mineral News article by geologist Bob Werner, The material is black with a glassy luster, fairly brittle and shows good conchoidal fracture patterns, much like that seen in obsidian. Specimens are pure, relatively light and range in size from about 3cm to 6cm across @ just 5.00, 10.00 and a few at 15.00 each, depending in overall size.

HYDROKENOELSMOREITE- Germania Mine, Stevens Co., Washington
From one of the three co-type localities, this newly defined species (2010) occurs here as yellowish brown filmy crusts sparsely scattered on vuggy quartz matrix, collected sometime in the 1970s and originally named as ferritungstite, since relegated to a Fe-rich variety of this hydrous Fe-W oxide. Only a few specimens on hand, sizes from about 2cm to 4cm across @ 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each.

JOANNEUMITE (IMA# 2012-001)_- Pabellion de Pica, Chanabaya, Chile
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute, purple-red micro crystals sparsely scattered on matrix, typically with other pale blue secondary copper minerals. Formula: Cu(C3N3O3H2)2(NH3)2 - triclinic, IMA #2012-001, Type locality material, some with modest micro potential, and all specimens with arrows, sizes from 2.5cm to 5cm across @ 55.00, 75.00 and 100.00 each. Only a few available!

KONONOVITE (IMA# 2013-116)- Arsenatnaya fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
Yet another NEW SPECIEWS from this famous Kamchatka volcano, these from the second scoria cone of the northern breakthrough of the Great Tolbachik Fissure Eruption. The new mineral occurs as white prismatic to thickly tabular submicro crystals (0.1mm) that form visible white crusts over the volcanic scoria. Formula: NaMg(SO4)F - monoclinic, IMA #2013-116. Named for Russian mineralogist Oleg Vasil'evich Kononov (b. 1932), specimens average about 5mm across @ 125.00 each. List alternates!

LANGITE- Black Pine Mine, Granite Co., Montana
From our studied material published in the June, 2012 issue of Mineral News, we have a few specimens of langite, rarely found at this prolific locality! The mineral occurs as electric blue, transparent micro crystals in vugs, typically with pale mimetite needles, beudantite and a variety of other species. Excellent micro's, choice specimens from about 1.5cm to 5cm across at 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 60.00 each. Limited!

LEGRANDITE- Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Not the type locality for this zinc arsenate mineral, but perhaps the best known, legrandite occurs as small, well developed yellow transparent microcrystals and crude, translucent radiating crystalline aggregates to in vuggy limonitic gossan matrix. Representative and moderately attractive, with micro potential on some to boot. Sizes from about 2cm to 6cm across priced to quality and size @ 15.00, 30.00, 45.00 and 65.00 each.

LENGENBACHITE- Lengenbach Q., Binnetal, Valais, Switzerland
Type locality material! Lengenbachite occurs as small platy to foliated grey metallic masses in aggregates and in vugs in sugary dolomite, often associated with similar appearing but somewhat granular jordanite. Typical material from this prolific locality obtained from a Swiss museum, in sizes from 2cm to 6cm @ 45.00,
65.00, 95.00 and 125.00 each.

LITHIOWODGINITE w/ TA-WODGINITE- Tanco Mine, Bernic Lake, Manitoba, Canada
This relatively rare species occurs as small brownish masses sparsely scattered in quartz matrix. Originally obtained in the early 1990s from the authors when proposed as tantalowodginite, [formula: (Mn,Li)4(Ta,Sn)4(Ta,Nb)8O32 - monoclinic], they subsequently withdrew it when redefining the wodginite group in 1992, instead determining that it is perhaps a mixture of two phases, lithiowodginite and Ta-rich wodginite. It was further studied for a number of years and erroneously published in Canadian Mineralogist (Vol. 39, pg 917-023) as approved tantalowodginite after it was resubmitted in 2000 (IMA #2000-026). The material formerly called tantalowodginite, and the 2000-026 mineral, are still either "discredited" or "suspended", respectively, in IMA parlance. Tired of waiting, we have decided to release the material held in stock for so many years based on the published 1992 reference calling it lithiowodginite+Ta-rich wodginite. Only a few specimens on hand, primarily matrix samples to 1cm with a tiny dark brown mass on each @ 50.00 per sample. Someday, it may be redefined again...

MALACHITE- Lottery Mine, White Pine Co., Nevada
From an obscure locality, these are small green tufts of malachite scattered on limonitic, somewhat vesicular matrix, some of the larger specimens with small pods of white, globular "cave calcite". The Lottery Mine name appears in the local tax records, but nowhere else! Specimens show moderately good color contrasts and range from about 2.5cm to 10cm across @ just 7.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 35.00 each.

NARSARSUKITE- Sage Creek, Whitlash, Liberty Co., Montana
Perhaps the least known of the several narsarsukite localities, this Montana occurrence consists of mustard yellow crystalline masses in quartz and/or grayish green aegirine. Moderately rich, nice specimens, 3cm to 7cm @ 30.00, 45.00 and 65.00 each.

NICKELTSUMCORITE (2013-117)- Km-3 Mine, Lavrion, Attiki Pref., Greece
Another NEW SPECIES from the well-known Lavrion (Laurium) district, here as brown to yellowish brown crusts and tiny (<1mm) aggregates overgrowing an assemblage of calcite, dolomite, annabergite, gaspeite etc., occasionally with Mn-oxides or Sb-rich phases of the romeite group in Ni-Pb-As-Sb ore veins. Formula: Pb(NiFe3+)2(AsO4)2(H2O,OH)2 - monoclinic, IMA # 2013-017. Type locality material and the Ni-analogue of tsumcorite, all with arrows from 1.5cm to 2.5cm @ 125.00 and 155.00 each, depending on coverage.

NIOCALITE- Oka, Quebec, Canada
This unusual species, a calcian niobian silicate, occurs as mm-sized prismatic crystals scattered through matrix. Besides the brownish yellow niocalite, the matrix may also contain dark grey crystalline latrappite and possibly other phases from this classic locality. Sizes from 2cm to nearly 8cm @ 15.00, 30.00, 45.00 and 75.00 each.

NORSETHITE- Kremikovtsy, nr. Sofia, Bulgaria
Interesting pale brown spherules of platy crystals and aggregates of somewhat pearly norsethite scattered in dark brown matrix. A rarely offered mineral from an obscure locality, we have a few samples from about 2cm to nearly 4.5cm @ 25.00, 40.00 and 55.00 each.

NORTHUPITE- Searles Lake, San Bernadino Co., California
From the classic locality, we have a small selection of very sharp single crystals of this unusual carbonate, all showing excellent octahedral habit without matrix. Old material, crystals range from about 0.9cm to 1.3cm tall @ 15.00, 20.00 and 25.00 each. Nice!

OPAL- Bohouskovice, Czech Republic
Pale greenish white, translucent masses of opal richly comprising matrix, some with odd, black dendritic inclusions of an unknown material and a white skin of XRD-confirmed cristobalite. Excellent locality pieces, sizes average 4cm to 5cm @ only 15.00 and 20.00 each.

PARALAURIONITE- Pacha Limani, Laurion, Attiki Pref,, Greece
Recently uncovered in our warehouse is a small lot of old, 1970s vintage specimens of typical vuggy grey slag nodules, each with micro, water-clear, thin and flattened but somewhat elongated paralaurionite crystals. these with a variety of potential associations, the most common being laurionite, blocky phosgenite and/or anglesite, ecdemite, aragonite etc. Specimens range from about 1cm to 2.5cm, priced according to quality @ 20.00, 30.00, and 45.00 each, all with micro potential.

PORTLANDITE- Cerro de la Coronita, Cuernavaca, Mexico
Pure white masses of portlandite from an old Morelos locality, these pieces are chalky, soft and neatly fit their textbook description (ie: quite ugly!). Matrix sizes from about 2.5cm to nearly 5cm across @ just 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each, depending on overall bulk of the specimen.

PYRITE with QUARTZ- Leonard Mine, Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana
An old Cureton specimen comprised of a large partial pyritohedron without matrix, showing excellent, bright luster, sharp faces and a splash of radiating quartz crystals perched at the top of the sample. Attractive miniature, size about 4.5x4cm @ 55.00.

QUARTZ variety CARNELIAN AGATE- Stirling Brook, Warren Township, New Jersey
Nestled among the woods of the Watchung Mountains, the locally famous "Carnelian Creek" has produced excellent, deep red-orange, translucent agate for many years (along with mosquitoes), these agates collected by Howard E. Moore circa 1950. Specimens show gentle botryoids and fine carnelian color, small specimens from about 1.7cm to 4cm across @ just 4.00, 8.00 and 15.00 each. An eastern classic!

RALSTONITE w/ THOMSENOLITE- Ivigtut, Arksuk Fjord, Greenland
Large masses of white cryolite showing open vugs containing numerous micro crystals of prismatic thomsenolite, with small, cubic transparent ralstonite crystals sparsely scattered as well! Good micro potential from this classic material, matrix sizes range from about 3cm to 7cm @ 25.00, 40.00, 60.00 and 85.00 each.

REALGAR- Getchell Mine, Humboldt Co., Nevada
Recently uncovered material from our move, we have located numerous specimens of drusy red realgar in black rock matrix, occasionally as masses with yellowish-orange orpiment or as micro crystals in vugs. The locality has produced many rare micro minerals, and this material has been largely unchecked for nearly 40 years! Specimens range from about 2.5cm to 6cm across at just 5.00, 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00, with a few larger brutes up to 12cm and up to 125.00, these likely collected by Forrest Cureton many years ago.

REDDINGITE- Hagendorf-Sud, Baveria, Germany
Usually offered as unappealing massive phosphate material, we have a small suite of nicely crystallized reddingite, as translucent microcrystal druses of a pinkish brown color, associated with rockbridgeite and other secondary phosphate minerals. Only a few on hand, about 2 cm each, for only 20.00 each Limit one per order; list alternates.

RHODOCHROSITE with SPHALERITE- Emma Mine, Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana
An old-timer comprised of an exposed seam of pink rhodochrosite showing rhombohedral, opaque pink crystals running through a massive, sphalerite-rich matrix, likely intergrown with other sulfides. Ex-Robbe Collection (G.B. Robbe, 1884-1963, pioneer chemist at Bingham mines) which went to Michigan Tech after his death. Overall size about 9x6cm @ 125.00, with Robbe label.

SAL AMMONIAC- Ravat, Tajikistan
Excellent herringboned, spiky rods of crystallized sal ammoniac without matrix, most averaging about 1.5cm tall and up without matrix. Attractive, great locality specimens with superb habits at just 25.00 each for these curious TN-sized groups!.

SANBORNITE- Esquire #1 Mi., Rush Crk, Fresno Co California
Rich, pearly masses of nearly pure, translucent platy sanbornite comprising matrix. Collected over forty years ago, these are exceptionally rich specimens, overall sizes ranging from about 2.5cm to 6cm @ just 8.50, 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 65.00 each.

SANTACLARAITE- nr Mt. Hamilton, Santa Clara Co., California
Pink to tan masses of santaclaraite richly scattered in/on rock matrix. Likely from the type locality Pennsylvania Mine, originally from very old Cureton stock. Specimens range from 2.5cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00, and 40.00 each; a fine and rich 8cm specimen @ 65.00.

SCHULENBERGITE- Ramsbeck, Sauerland, Germany
Pale blue, platy microcrystalline aggregates of this unusual species richly scattered on matrix, all showing fairly rich coverage. Interesting for both the locality and species, matrix sizes from about 2cm to 5cm @ 25.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each.

SIDERAZOT- Lagno di Polleno, Vesuvius, Napoli, Italy
Truly one of the more bizarre "freaks of nature", siderazot is an iron nitride (Fe5N2), occurring as silvery metallic to iridescent films covering good portions of a light weight vesicular scoria rock. Considered doubtful by some, these were collected after the 1941 lava flow, which is no longer accessible. Sizes from 3.5cm to 6cm matrix specimens @ 20.00, 35.00, and 55.00; one fine 11x5cm sample @ 125.00.

SKLODOWSKITE- Musonoi, Katanga Province, Dem Rep Congo
Minute, bright yellow glassy crystal sprays of sklodowskite richly scattered on matrix and in seams and vugs of siliceous dolostone. Excellent material from an old lot, all with micro potential as well, and copious coverage! The locality was formerly within Shaba Province of Zaire before the political upheaval and name changes. Moderately hot stuff, matrix sizes from 2cm to 4cm @ 20.00, 30.00, 45.00, and 75.00.

SPODUMENE in pegmatite- Bessemer City, Gaston Co., North Carolina
A large pegmatite "chunk" comprised of quartz and albite showing flattened, elongated aggregates of pale greenish-grey spodumene scattered about the piece. Ex-Michigan Tech specimen (#DM11665), quite hefty and measuring about 11x7x6cm @ 55.00. Also suitable for a small doorstop.

TENORITE- Fremont District, Hidalgo Co., New Mexico
From old material collected in the 1960's, we have a small lot of black dendritic tenorite well scattered on hard rock matrix, some with minor secondary copper staining evident as well. These were erroneously believed to be Mn-oxides, but EDS showed them to be rather interesting, fern like flattened growths of tenorite! Specimens range from about 2.5cm to 7cm across @ 7.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

THOMSONITE etc.- Drain, Douglas Co., Oregon
Large vugs in greenish basaltic matrix are filled with pink to white coarsely bladed thomsonite richly lining the cavities, occasionally with later-forming mesolite needles as well. Old stock, collected by Ted Morley in the 1960s, likely from the old Whipple Quarry, with specimens ranging in size from 2.5cm to 8cm across @ 8.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each, many with micro potential as well.

TROLLEITE- Champion Mine, Mono Co., California
This anhydrous aluminum phosphate occurs here as pale blue masses richly scattered in quartz matrix, occasionally with darker masses of minor scorzalite. Old material recently uncovered in our warehouse, with specimens ranging in size from small 1.5cm chips to hefty 9cm hand specimens @ 5.00, 15.00, 30.00, 50.00 and 75.00 each.

COLLECTIONS

TEXAS METEORITE COLLECTION- Various Localities in Texas
From our extensive meteorite stock, we are offering a super collection of twelve different Texas meteorite specimens! All are professionally prepared slices with one face polished, and individual weights will range from about 7 grams up to 25 grams or more, sizes from about 2.5cm to 5cm or larger, total weight in excess of 185 grams. No overweight irons here, but stony-irons only, at least four or five different types, all individually labeled, valued at over $1150.00, our net price: $895.00 plus shipping! Limit one per customer.

FOSSILS

FOSSIL ECHONOID - SEA URCHIN- Mepygurus depressus, Madagascar
Excellent, polished hemispheres of these classic five-pointed star sea urchins (species is mepygurus depressus), showing soft shades of brown and tan with well-defined form and all highly polished. Jurassic in age, these range from about 145 to 210 million years old, most about 6cm across at just 20.00 each. Limit one per order, please!

GEMS

GREEN AMETHYST- Brazil
Excellent, transparent pale green faceted quartz, typically called "greened amethyst" or "praisolite" in the trade. The color is a result of slow heat-treating pale amethyst, much of which will turn a pleasing orange-yellow citrine, but occasionally selected stones will be turned a pale green color! We have a small supply of free-form faceted gems of this delicate color, most ranging from 5 carats to over 20 carats in size, all fully transparent and damage-free, at just 4.00 per carat in single stones; just tell us the approximate carat weight you want, and we'll select the nearest size gem. SPECIAL: bargain priced lots in assorted shapes at 50 carats for just 150.00 per lot, a 25% savings!

SAPPHIRE COLOR COLLECTION- Sri Lanka
From the depths of our gemstone stock, we have assembled a few sets of five different colored sapphires, most in good quality oval facetted stones, all eye clean and showing distinctive colors, typically showing pink, pale green, blue, orange and yellow hues. This quality normally sells in the $300 to $400 per carat range, but we are blowing them out at about $100 a carat, with our five stone assortments ranging from approximately 2.5 to 3.0 carats per lot at just 250.00, 275.00 and 300.00 per boxed set! Add these excellent, gemmy stones to your gem collection at a great bargain price! Only six sets available and all subject to prior sale.

ODDITIES

INSECTS in AMBER- Danzig Region, Poland
Reasonably large, transparent amber lozenges, each with a tiny included winged creature! Hand-selected from a large collection, these are generously sized and quite fascinating, each accompanied by its own color photograph of the included insect! Sizes average 1cm to 2cm long, and are only 20.00, 25.00, 30.00 and 40.00 each, depending on size and the quality of the bug and the amber!

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ALUMINITE- Newhaven, East Sussex, England
White chalky masses of cauliflower shaped nodules of aluminite, some with minor matrix. From one of the better known localities for the species, these are old specimens collected many years ago. Nodule sizes range from about 2.5cm to nearly 5cm across @ 15.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

BARAHONAITE-(Fe)- Dolores Mine, Pastrana, Murcia, Spain
This complex hydrated Ca-Cu-Fe arsenate occurs as minute, yellowish green scales and crusts scattered on matrix, typically associated with excellent, deep green hemispheres of micro conichalcite and possibly other species. The Fe-analog of barahonaite-(Al), these are from the type (and only!) locality, most with modest micro potential, overall sizes ranging from about 1.5cm to 2.2cm @ 50.00 and 65.00 each, depending on quality.

BORNITE- Bor, Bor-Majdanpek Mining District, Serbia
A large, solid mass of dark bluish-black bornite, so thick that is displays its subconchoidal fracture over much of its surface. The bornite mass sits over a vein of tarnished pyrite/pyrrhotite-rich sulfides that run through the base rock matrix. An old and excellent, large ore sample from this historic locality that produced over 50 different mineral species, including many copper-sulfides and arsenides. The specimen measures about 12x11x8cm and weighs nearly 7 pounds(!!), only one available @ 250.00.

BRUNOGEIERITE- Tsumeb, Namibia
Extremely tiny, nearly black mass of this exceptionally rare Fe-Ge oxide without matrix, presented here as a homogeneous speck in a small vial. Type locality, of course, exceptionally rare, only two available @ 125.00 each. List alternates!

CALCITE var: Iceland Spar- Gouveia, Minas Gerais, Brazil
We recently uncovered a small lot of these water-clear Brazilian Iceland Spar specimens, all showing excellent double refraction in the matrix-free rhombic cleavages. Specimens with a distinctly yellow hue average about 2.5cm on edge @ 5.00 each, while larger, colorless rhoms average about 4cm on edge at 15.00 each. Neat stuff!

CARNOTITE- Jo Dandy Mine, Montrose Co., Colorado
Bright yellow microscopic balls and veinlets of carnotite richly cattered over pale grey, quartz-rich matirx, Virtually all of these have rather attractive micro gypsum crystals scattered about as well, and these will make interesting micros. Specimens range from 2.5cm to 5cm @ just 10.00, 17.50 and 25.00 each; a few larger to 7cm+ @ 45.00 each, all with a copy of our confirming analysis.

CARROLLITE- Kolwezi, Shaba Province, Dem Rep Congo
Brilliantly metallic, silvery grey octahedrally modified crystals and aggregates of carrollite perched in and on dolomite matrix, occasionally with calcite rhombs and/or other minor sulfides present. Crystals range in size from a few millimeters to nearly a centimeter across, matrix sizes from about 4cm to 5cm @ 50.00 to 65.00 each, or as a large hand specimen of white dolomitic calcite showing a 4cm long seam of silvery aggregates of carrollite, and a second vug disclosing the dinged edge of a 2cm (!!!) crystal(!!), overall about 8x7cm @ just 125.00. One only!

CARYOCHROITE- Umbozero Mine, Alluaiv Mt., Kola, Russia
Another relatively rare species from the Lovozero Massif, here as nearly monomineral masses of this dark brown, nafertisite-like material, some with long slender embedded elpidite crystals. From the type locality in the Elpiditivoye pegmatite, formula: (Na,Sr)3(Fe3+,Mg)10[Ti2Si12O37](O,OH)9*8H2O. IMA #2005-031, author's studied material, rich samples from about 2cm to 4cm across at 60.00, 75.00, 100.00 and 125.00 each.

CORNETITE- L'Etoile Mine, Lumbubashi, Shaba, Dem Rep of Congo
Type locality specimens of brilliant, electric blue cornetite druses scattered on matrix, some with botryoidal chrysocolla or minute, glassy-green libethenite micro crystals (EDS confirmed). Beautiful material, some with minor malachite or potentially other species. Sizes range from about 3cm to 8cm across at only 20.00, 35.00, 50.00, 65.00 and 90.00 each. Type locality material and excellent pieces, all very attractive under the scope from the former country of Zaire!

CRYPTOMELANE- Reaphook Hill, nr. Blinman, S.A., Australia
Rich botryoidal knobs of brownish black cryptomelane richly scattered in and on matrix, some with occasional phosphates and other oxides. Good representative specimens for this normally ugly mineral from a reasonably famous Australia locality, matrix sizes from 3cm to 8cm across @ 10.00, 25.00, 50.00 and 75.00 each.

DIAMOND- Northern Cape Province, Rep So Africa
A rather large (15.1 carats!!) but ugly rough diamond, here as a somewhat greasy-looking, grey cubic mass without matrix. The stone has both the adamantine luster but still greasy outward appearance, something that led us to analytically confirm that, yes, it is a diamond despite its significantly large size. Only one available, accompanied by the confirming analysis, size is a rectangular 15x11x8 mm stone @ just 1100.00, less than 75.00 a carat!

EPIDOTE- near Pampa Blanca, Huancavelica, Peru
The last of an old supply of well formed terminated crystals of epidote, free of matrix. These dark green, nearly opaque crystals are found as sprays and singles of prismatic epidote crystals with nicely defined sharp terminations. Singles and groups from 2 cm to 4 cm, competatively priced at 7.50, 15.00, 25.00, and 40.00 each, depending on quality and size.

FLUOR-BUERGERITE- Mexquitic, Sam Luis Potosi, Mexico
A recently redefined tourmaline species, here as bronze to brown, somewhat chatoyant crystals, either as small sections with minor matrix (4mm to 10mm) @ 15.00, 20.00 and 25.00 each; or as TN specimens with a few tiny crystals, overall ~2cm @ 35.00.

FLUORKYUYGENITE (IMA# 2013-042)- Hatrurim Basin, Negev Desert, Israel
One of several NEW SPECIES discovered here, fluorkyuygenite occrs as colorless microscopic aggregates sparsely scattered in larnite matrix, often with other species. Formula: Ca12Al14O32[(H2O)4F2], isometric, IMA #2013-042, a new member of the mayenite group. We have a few superbly documented specimens that include full WDS chemistry, a color image and a pair of SEM photos as well. Co-type specimens in polished sections averaging 1cm+ @ 295.00 each. List alternates!

FLUORMAYENITE (IMA# 2013-019)- Jebel Harmun, Judea Desert, Israel
Another NEW SPECIES recently approved, these as tiny colorless grains in larnite matrix, intimately associated with ye'elimite and other phases. Formula: Ca12Al14O32F2, isometric, IMA #2013-019, another new member of the mayenite group. These are author's holotype material, prepared as small polished sections and accompanied by full chemistry, color image and a pair of SEM photos as well, only two available, @ 285.00 each.

GALENA- Viburnum Trend, Renyolds Co., Missouri
Old stock from the Scott Williams inventory, these are small (1cm) mounted galena specimens in shallow black-base TN boxes, with all samples showing good cube and/or octahedrally modified cubic crystals with little or no matrix. Many of these are also suitable for neat micro's as well. We have about a dozen of these cuties, offered inexpensively for just 4.00 each from this classic lead-producing district.

GOETHITE ps @ SIDERITE w/RUTILE- Yates Brook Farm, Shelby, North Carolina
A unique specimen, obtained many years ago from our original supplier of the excellent micro anatase crystals that occur here. The specimen shows several rhombs (largest to 3cm on edge) of siderite completely replaced by brown, solid goethite, among which are scattered numberous small rods of deep red rutile (sparse on the top, prolific on the bottom of the piece) along with minor quartz crystals as well. Collected probably in the 1960s or earlier, overall size about 6x5cm @ 185.00. One only!

GYPSUM "Desert Rose"- Sahara Desert, Ouargla Province, Algeria
These are interesting, well formed desert roses from an uncommon locality in the Sahara Desert, formed by interlocking tabular crystals of pale brown gypsum to several centimeters across. Rather attractive and undamaged intergrown roses, overall group sizes averaging 5cm to 6cm long @ just 15.00 each. Neat locality and pleasing to look at!

GYPSUM variety SELENITE- Lake Bumbunga, Lochiel, S.A., Australia
These are transparent, stout gypsum crystals without matrix, most showing interesting twins and intergrowths of two crystals, and often with brownish hour-glass inclusions evident as well. Interesting and reasonably attractive specimens, sizes from about 2.5cm to 4cm across @ just 8.50, 15.00 and 20.00 each.

HALITE (Blue!)- Lea Mine, Carlsbad, Eddy Co., New Mexico
Attractive material collected many years ago, here as transparent to translucent halite masses showing clear to dark blue to purple coloration! The color is caused long exposure to the low-grade radiation within the potash deposit and is unique for this material. The material was from National Potash Company property, 1700' level, 10th. Zone, mined long ago! Specimens from about 2cm up to 3cm @ 7.50, 10.00 and 15.00 each; a couple of handsome 7cm+ specimens on hand @ 125.00 each with unique color!

MARSHALLSUSSMANITE (2013-067)- Wessels Mine, Kalahari, N. Cape Prov Rep Sou
This NEW SPECIES occurs as delicate, pale pink aggregates, from this famous manganese deposit, these without matrix. Formula: NaCaMnSi3O8(OH), triclinic, a new member of the pectolite group with approved IMA #2013-067. Author's material, small boxed specimens, quite pure, averaging about 5mm across @ just 55.00 each.

MESOLITE- Pune District, Maharashtra, India
Transparent elongated rod-like crystals of analytically confirmed mesolite in radiating sheaves varying from 3cm to 6cm tall and largely comprising matrix. There is much confusion and mis-identification of fibrous zeolites, particularly those of the natrolite-mesolite-scolecite varying compositional ranges between Na and Ca. This is largely a result of their similarity in appearance and often confusing, apparent symmetry similarities between the orthorhombic and pseudotetragonal crystals. Recently uncovered in our warehouse from some long-forgotten purchase, these are attactive and relatively inexpensive, each sample accompanied by a copy of our analytical work, with specimens ranging from about 5cm to 9cm across @ just 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each. Nice!

NATROLITE- Chimney Rock Quarry, Bound Brook, New Jersey
From the famous find in the 1970s, we have recently acquired a huge stash of these unique natrolite crystals, all without matrix, and many with tiny druses of heulandite scattered on the crystal faces. All are stout single crystals, typically in an approximate 6:1 length to width ratio and square cross-section. Selected specimens from a large lot, crystal sizes range from about 4cm to 10cm (!!) tall, offered @ just 8.00, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. Old stuff! A few larger: inquire, and dealer inquires invited for lots of 50 or more specimens..

NAUMANNITE- Ken Snyder Mine, Elko Co., Nevada
This uncommon silver-selenide phase occurs as thin, dark grayish masses and crudely crystalline veins running through quartz matrix, occasionally with micro sulfides as well. Good reference material, EDS-confirmed, specimens from about 2.5cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00 and 60.00 each.

PECTOLITE- Paterson, Passaic Co., New Jersey
From a large hoard of older specimens collected between 1950 and 1980, we have a good selection of white, radiating pectolite specimens, some with minor rock matrix or associated minor prehenite or other species. The radiating sheaves and hemispheres can stretch up to 5cm or more across, and these are fairly attractive. Warning: sticky little needles are a devil to get out of your fingers! Good specimens ranging in size from about 3cm up to 8cm @ just 8.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each.

PETALITE- Uto, Sodermanland, Sweden
An unusual locality specimen of petalite. From older material, ex-E.W. Heinrich collection and Michigan Mining College matreial, consisting of crystalline petallite bound by cleavages, and with a tan to greyish white color, sometimes with a few internal plays of color resembling a Schiller effect when trimmed. Sizes range from 3cm to 6cm across @ 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each. Similar material from the Tanco pegmatite in Canada, XRD confirmed, is also on hand at same size/price ranges.

PSEUDOBOLEITE- Santa Catalina Mine, Sierra Gorda, Chile
Minute, electric blue druses of this uncommon mineral richly scattered over rock matrix. The specimens show good color and vitreous flashes from the drusy crystalline coverage that extends over much of each matrix specimen. From an older lot, specimens from about 1.5cm to nearly 5cm across offered at just 7.50, 10.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each, some of the better samples with modest micro potential as well.

QUARTZ var: "AGATE CONCHAS"- Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Uncovered in the new warehouse, these are likely mid-1970s vintage that show greyish chalcedony bodies, often with drusy clear quartz centers, the shapes looking much like (forgive me) little rounded ears or conch shells. Rather flat, odd little things, sizes average about 2cm across at just 4.00 each, a few larger to 4cm @ 8.50; one 6cm @ 15.00. A strange addition to your quartz collection!

SAZHINITE-(Ce)- Ariskop Quarry, Windhoek District, Namibia
This moderately rare hydrated Na-Ce-silicate occurs as grayish white, micro glassy crystals, appearing in typical "broadsword" habit in vugs, often with broze-brown tuperssuatsiaite and occasionally other species. Fairly large matrix specimens, superior to the Russian type material, these will yield good micromount when trimmed. Specimen sizes from 2cm up to 6cm @ 60.00, 80.00 and 100.00 each, depending on quality and associations.

SCORODITE- Black Pine Mine, Granite Co., Montana
From our research material used for the June, 2012 Mineral News article on the Black Pine Mine, we have a selected a small supply of scorodite specimens from this prolific locality. This interesting arsenate occurs as tiny micro crystals with a barely perceptible blue hue (much like Magagascar celestine), typically perched in vugs of massive quartz matrix with scattered sulfides, sometimes associated with beudantite, carminite or other species. Select specimens, most with micro potential, matrix sizes from about 2cm to 5cm across @ 12.50, 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each, depending on quality and associations.

SHIROKSHINITE- Kirovskii Mine, Kukisvumchorr Mt., Russia
From the type locality for this Khibiny rarity, we have obtained a few excellent matrix samples of this new fairly mica with octahedral Na! The mineral occurs as 1mm-3mm yelllowish to white pearly scales in a sodalite-natrolite matrix. Far superior to the tiny amount of material we secured some years ago, these range from 1.5cm to nearly 4.5cm across at 65.00, 95.00, and 125.00 each, or a few capsules available @ 55.00 each.

SIDERITE/GOETHITE ps COPROLITE- Mahajanga Region, Madagascar
For those really strange curiosity collectors out there, we have obtained a small load (no pun intended) of 40 million year old crocodile droppings, replaced by a mixture of siderite and goethite but retaining their unique and unmistakable form. Thankfully solid and odorless, these average about 6cm long @ just 15.00 each.

SPESSARTINE in MUSCOVITE- Wiseman Mine, Mitchell Co., North Carolina
Glassy red, flattened spessartine garnet frozen in thin sections of silvery, translucent muscovite. The garnets are typically small and their restrained growth as flattened pods makes them of special interest, and we have a few specimens ranging in size from about 6cm to 10cm across @ 25.00 and 45.00 each.

SPURRITE (lavender!)- South Sister's Peak, Luna Co., New Mexico
Pale lavender colored massive spurrite largely comprising matrix. Specimens show occasional white, somewhat chalky spots of merwinite (?), and the spurrite is noted for its unusual, non-polysynthetic twinning on (205) observed in thin section. When in combination with the more common (001) polysynthetic twinning, cyclic twins are observed. Old Ward's material, specimen sizes average about 5cm across @ just 20.00 each.

TETRAHEDRITE (Argentian)- Kellogg, Shoshone Co., Idaho
Rich greyish metallic masses of silver-rich tetrahedrite scattered in pale brown siderite matrix. Our analytical confirmation shows approximately 9.4 wt% Ag substituting for copper, but this is insufficent to be categorized as freibergite, the silver-dominant species also known from the district. Specimens are old Ward's material, sizes averaging 2.5cm to 4.5cm @ just 10.00, 17.50 and 25.00 each, with a copy of our analytical work.

TREMOLITE (Fluorescent)- Franklin Quarry, Franklin, Sussex Co New Jersey
Collected sometime in the early 1970s, tremolite occurs here as small, white bladed aggregates lightly scattered in matrix. The tremolite is best distingusihed by its brightly fluorescent (blue-white under SW UV) nature. Only a few available, matrix sizes from about 3cm to 6cm across @ just 10.00 and 20.00 each.

"TURGITE" over KYANITE- Graves Mountain, Lincoln Co., Georgia
Weird specimens, collected in the 1960s by Ted Morely of Piedmont Minerals, all showing densely aggregated plates of intergrown kyanite blades that are consistently and completely coated by iridescent brown "turgite", an ill-defined mixture of hematite and goethite. The iridescent colors are mostly blues, greens and purple shades, and they add an unreal appearance to these otherwise complex specimens. We located a total of nine large specimens in our warehouse, sizes ranging from about 6cm to 10cm across @ just 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each. Old-time stuff, and larger ones are fairly heavy!

TYUYAMUNITE- Jo Dandy Mine, Montrose Co., Colorado
Despite their visual simialrite to the carnotites from the same locality (see earlier in this list), the lack of associated gypsum, different underlying matrix and slightly more greenish yellow color prompted analytcal checking that confirmed these as tyuyamunite rather than carnotite. Specimens show rich coverage of micro aggregates, sizes from 2.5cm to 5cm at just 8.50, 15.00 and 25.00 each; a few larger to 8+CM @ 50.00, all with a copy of our confirming analysis.

WILLEMITE- Franklin, Sussex Co., New Jersey
We've sorted through hundreds of pounds of willemite and selected a handful of choice, greyish white to pale willemite specimens that show superb, brilliant green fluorescence under SW UV, all in nicely isolated, thick bands in ore. One of the more desirable willemite habits in good hand specimens in franklinite ore. Old stuff, choice hand specimens in the 6cm to 10cm size range at just 35.00 and 55.00 each.

EPHEMERA

CRYSTALLOGRAPHY COVERS - Postmarked January 1, 2014 New York City
This year is the International Year of Crystallography, and we have had a number of exclusive, commemorative covers prepared. All have been postmarked by the US Postal Service with a special New York Mineralogical Club postmark of January 1, 2014 in New York City, and each envelope shows the Club's logo and the IYC logo in red as well. Most covers are franked with a variety of mineral-related stamps as listed here:

Item 1a and 1b: Cover franked with a 2013 Medal of Honor stamp @ 5.00 each (There are two different covers available.)
Item 2: Shows the 1974 (10 cent) U.S. diamond-shaped block of 4 different mineral stamps, plus an old (6 cent) stamp @ 7.50 per cover
Item 2a: A set of four different item #2 covers @ 25.00 per set (save 5.00)
Item 3: Shows one of the second group (29 cent) of U.S. mineral stamps, accompanied by a 17 cent stamp @ 6.00 each
Item 3a: One of each of item #3 (all 4 different) @ 20.00 per set -save 4.00!
Item 4: One 2013 coal miner stamp @ 6.00 each
Item 5: One specially produced Nikischerite stamp with one 10 cent mineral stamp @ 7.50 each
Item 5a: Set of four different Item #5s @ 25.00-save 5.00!
Item #6: A complete set of all of the above, a total of 15 different covers @ just 75.00!
Color images will be on our website soon and in the April issue of Mineral News!

COMING NEXT MONTH: Enroute to us are specimens of several new species, including zadovite, vapnikite, ardaite, nabimusaite and more. Stay tuned!

CATALOG 21402 - Vol. XLI, No. 2

ANDALUSITE (red)- Bastnas Mines, Riddarhyttan, Sweden
An unusual occurrence for an otherwise ubiquitous mineral, andalusite occurs here as dull red flattened masses lightly scattered in hard mica-schist matrix. The material was collected some years ago by the late Claus Hedegaard, and we have recently analytically confirmed these while searching for rare Ce and La phases from this prolific locality. Relatively large but ugly samples, sizes from about 5cm to 10cm across @ just 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each, with copy of our EDS spectra included.

ARSENTSUMEBITE- Black Pine Mine, Granite Co., Montana
Small but colorful chartreuse-green micros of arsentsumebite lightly scattered on quartz or in vugs, occasionally with mimetite and possibly other phases. Uncommon at the locality, this arsenate analog of tsumebite was further described in the Mineral News article of June, 2012 (the color issue is available @ 6.00 per copy. Postpaid in the US). Only a few specimens on hand, sizes range from about 1cm to 3cm across @ just 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each, depending on quality and coverage.

BARBOSALITE w/ PHOSPHOSIDERITE- Cigana Mine, Conselheiro Pena, M.G., Brazil
Recently discovered small specimens consistenting of rich aggregates of small, black, pseudo-cubic crystals of barbosalite with small needles and/or spherules of pale lilac to beige phosphosiderite on matrix, typically over dark altered triphylite or reddish cavernous hureaulite. An interesting assemblage with fairly good micro potential for the species, overall sizes from about 1.3cm to 2.4cm @ 30.00 and 45.00 each. Only five specimens available!

BARITE "ROSE"- nr. Norman, Cleveland Co., Oklahoma
The classic barite "rose" formations from the Lake Thunderbird area, here as brick-red radiating plates of sand-encrusted barite, all showing the pleasing rose-petal habits, as individual rosettes or as unusual larger intergrown groups of rosettes without matrix. Attractive samples, overall sizes range from about 3cm up to 7cm @ 5.00, 10.00, 20.00 and 30.00 each. One large 11cm group @ 65.00; list alternates!

CARBOBORITE in SAKHAITE- Titovskoe, Polar Yakutia, Siberia, Russia
This rare mineral occurs here in the Tas-Khayakhtakh range as rich crusts of water-clear and lustrous tiny crystals lightly scattered over borate rock composed primarily of colorless to greyish-white granular sakhaite, often with tiny black acicular needles and rosettes of ludwigite as well. Only the third documented locality in the world for this rare species, here in excellent association with sakhaite from its type locality, only a few on hand, sizes from about 1.5cm to 2.5cm across @ 125.00 and 165.00 each.

CHANGOITE- La Compania Mine, Sierra Gorda, Chile
This rare mineral occurs here at the type locality area (Sierra Gorda) as colorless to pale yellowish, highly lustrous aggregates well scattered on matrix, often with minute hexagonal caracolite crystals, pale blue-green krohnkite and possibly other species, many with micro potential as well. First described in 1997 and generally unavailable until a new discovery in 2011, we have only a few 2.5cm-3.5cm specimens on hand, offered at just 45.00 and 55.00 each! Get them while you can!

DAVIDITE-(La)- Radium Hill, Olary, S.A., Australia
Black, vitreous to resinous masses of davidite-(La) in and on matrix, these quite rich and from the type locality, some with minor yellow carnotite. Matrix sizes from 1.5cm to nearly 4cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 45.00 each.

FERRI-GHOSEITE- Tirodi Mines, Balaghat District, India
Another redefined amphibole species that continues to add to the growing complexity of approved amphiboles appearing in the literature. The mineral appears as somewhat fibrous to radiating masses of pale tan to orange-hued color lightly scattered on black, granular braunite matrix. Chemically noted as a sodium--manganese-iron-magnesium monoclinic amphibole. Type locality specimens range from about 2.5cm to nearly 6cm across @ 25.00, 40.00 and 65.00 each. Get one before the name changes!

FUENZALIDAITE in NITRATINE- Mina Soledad, Pozo Almonte, Chile
Pale yellow, microscopic masses of this rare iodate-sulfate mineral well scattered in white, crystalline niter matrix. The locality is in the Pampa del Tamarugal district and is only the third (?) reported locality for the species. We have only a few of these rich specimens, ranging from about 3cm to 6cm across @ 35.00, 55.00 and 85.00 each.

GALENA with QUARTZ etc.- Joplin, Tri-State Dist., Jasper Co., Missouri
A neat miniature that shows an elongated and singly terminated, frosted quartz crystal (~2.5cm tall) protruding from a nicely crystallized galena matrix, showing a perfectly trigonal outline of a second detached crystal remnant as well. Careful examination under the scope shows delicate black sulfide balls along the base of the quartz and climbing up along several prism faces, as well as tiny pyrite, marcasite, sphalerite etc. evident as well. Originally acquired in October, 1967, an attractive, fine miniature specimen about 3.5cm x 3cm @ just 40.00.

HOCHELAGEITE- Mont St Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
White silky masses of this rare mineral scattered on tiny matrix specimens, here from the Poudrette Quarry, the type locality for the species. Only a few old samples available, from small fragment in a capsule to 2cm across @ 15.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 65.00 each. List alternates!

HOLDENITE- Sterling Mine, Ogdensburg, New Jersey
This uncommon mineral occurs as thin, bright pink seams running through red willemite ore matrix, typically under a thin film of bronze-colored kraisslite on larger samples. Small masses of several millimeters @ 20.00, a few matrix specimens from 1.5cm to 5x3cm @ 45.00, 75.00 and 150.00 each.

HYDROMAGNESITE on SERPENTINE - Spring Street, Staten Island, New York
Rich white spherules and sprays of hydromagnesite nicely scattered on green serpentine matrix, from a fine New York City locality. These were collected in the late 1960s to early 1970s during the construction of a housing project. Some of these may show a subdued yellowish-blue FL response in both LW and SW as well. The locality is also well-known for artinite which is occasionally associated here as elongated, needle-like crystals. Specimen sizes range from about 4cm to 8cm across @ just 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each.

KAATIALAITE- Nieder-Beerbach, Odenwald, Hesse, Germany
Relatively pure, greyish-white masses of this uncommon mineral comprising matrix. Old material recently uncovered here and obtained more than 30 years ago, we offer a pure fragment in a vial @ 25.00, or as large samples reaching nearly 2.5cm @ 75.00 each. List alternates!

KAERSUTITE- Kaersut, Umanadsfjord, Greenland
Brown platy masses of this amphibole mineral nicely scattered in greyish white rock matrix, here from the rarely offered TYPE LOCALITY for the species. Only a few small thumbnails available, averaging about 1.5cm @ 25.00 each. Classic!

KARPATITE- nr. Picacho Peak, San Benito Co., California
Excellent, elongated bright yellow needle-like crystals and aggregates of fluorescent karpatite scattered on matrix, occasionally with minor quartz or other species. Some with micro potential and all quite representative for this unusual hydrocarbon species. Matrix sizes from about 2cm to nearly 5cm @ 20.00, 30.00 and 45.00 each.

KIDWELLITE- near Valmy, Humboldt Co., Nevada
This unusual phosphate occurs as small, olive-green balls and botryoidal masses scattered over hard rock matrix, occasionally with other phosphates. An interesting locality for the species, most with micro potential, generous sizes from 3cm to 7cm @ 20.00, 35.00 and 50.00 each.

LAMMERITE- Abundancia Mine, Guanaco, Chile
A new find of this extremely rare mineral, here occurring as surprisingly rich, dark green micro crystals and aggregates richly scattered in matrix, occasionally with other species. We've XRD-confirmed this material, specimens from about 2cm up to nearly 8cm across (!!) @ 30.00, 45.00, 75.00, 100.00, and 150.00 each!

LAMMERITE-BETA (IMA #2009-002)- Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia
This relatively NEW SPECIES occurs as minute olive green to greenish yellow, coarse, prismatic crystals, typically striated and in crusts. Formula: Cu3(AsO4)2 - monoclinic, IMA #2009-002, a dimorph of lammerite but with a very different structure. Typical association is hematite, but green to bluish green lammerite, or green piypite, are also sometimes present. Specimens average about 1.2cm across @ 140.00 each

LAUTITE- Lauta, Marienberg, Erzgebirge, Germany
Type locality material comprised of small (~1cm) fragments of this uncommon CuAsS mineral as massive aggregates lightly scattered in matrix. Old Cureton material and only a few samples on hand @ 45.00 each. List alternates!

LINARITE with ANGLESITE- Black Pine Mine, Granite Co., Montana
As described in the June, 2012 issue of Mineral News, this is the first (and only) find of the species at he prolific Black Pine, here as extremely tiny laths and aggregates sparsely scattered in and on transparent to translucent anglesite, occasionally with minor malachite, mimetite etc. Only a few specimens known, sizes from about 1cm to 3cm across @ 25.00 and 40.00 each. List alternates!

MANGANO-MANGANI-UNGARETTIITE- Hoskins Mine, nr. Grenfell, NSW, Australia
This rare species, an unusual Mn-rich alkali amphibole, occurs as dark red, fine grained masses in matrix. Approximate formula: NaNa2(Mn2+2Mn3+3(Si8O22)O2, offered as small but quite rich sliced sections ranging in size from 1cm fragments up to 3.5cm @ 45.00, 75.00, 120.00 and 175.00 each. Type locality, of course! And don't you just love the amphibole nomenclature? Say it fast, three times!

MESOLITE- Faroe Islands Archipelago, Denmark
This old and well-formed specimen is comprised of off-white, densely aggregated radiating needles with a distictive satin-like luster and little discernable matrix. The precise locality is possibly from Streymoy Island in the archipelago that lies about midway between Iceland and Norway but is now a self-governing country within Denmark's sphere of influence. The sample is accompanied by an old Michigan College of Mines label (1897-1926), as well as one from the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum. Overall size about 6x4cm @ just 40.00.

NADORITE- Langban, Varmland, Sweden
Modest specimens for the locality, consisting of sulfur-yellow masses of nadorite scattered in typical manganiferous matrix. The specimens are from old material collected many years ago, priced according to overall size and richness, averaging 3cm to nearly 5cm across @ 75.00, 100.00 and 125.00 each.

NICKENICHITE- Nickenich, Lacher See, Eifel, Germany
Minute fragments showing tiny, dull pale blue aggregates of this relatively new Na-Ca-Cu (Mg,Fe,Al) arsenate perched on matrix. Quite rare and available only as small specimens from 5mm to 15mm @ 35.00, 45.00 and 60.00 each.

NIKISCHERITE- Huanuni Mine, Dalence Prov., Oruro, Bolivia
This species occurs as georgian green (RHS#139B) plates to several millimeters stacked in radiating balls up to 1cm, occasionally with minor matrix, here from the type locality, of course! IMA #2001-039, formula: NaFe6^2+Al3(SO4)2(OH)18.12(H2O) - the iron analog of shigaite, and named for Excalibur's founder and owner, yours truly. Moderately attractive for a new species, and each specimen is accompanied by a signed A.J. Nikischer label and copy of our confirming analysis. Specimen sizes from about 6mm to nearly 1.7cm @ 75.00, 95.00, 120.00 and 150.00 each, priced according to quality, not size. Only a handful of specimens available! Current availability: 2-3mm @ 75.00; 5mm group @ 125.00; one 3cm matrix group @ 450.00. All subject to prior sale.

PETALITE- Karibib, Erongo, Namibia
Unusual PINK petallite in largely pure masses comprising matrix. The region is the type locality for karibibite, and petalite, an uncommon Li-Al-silicate, from this district has been known for many years but not widely available. Only a few samples on hand, sizes ranging from 2cm up to 5cm across @ 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 75.00 each.

PYROXMANGITE- Sunnyside M, Silverton, San Juan Co Colorado
Pleasing, bright pink, fine-grained masses of pyroxmangite are richly scattered in and often completely comprising matrix, occasionally with small specks of galena and possibly other phases. Old material from this famous and prolific mine, specimens from about 2.5cm to 7cm @ 10.00, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. A few larger (9-10cm) with a face cut @ 55.00 each.

QUARTZ- Crystal Hill, Monroe Co., Pennsylvania
Water-clear, slender and elongated quartz crystals without matrix, these singly terminated from this obscure locality. Sam Gordon briefly mentioned the occurrence in his 1922 book, The Mineralogy of Pennsylvania, but I have seen few specimens from the locality. From an old university collection, clean crystals from about 1.6cm to nearly 3.5cm tall @ 5.00, 10.00 and 20.00 each, or a lot of three different @ 25.00. Rare locality!

QUARTZ pseudo @ GYPSUM- nr. Crawford, Dawes Co., Nebraska
Odd rosettes of bladed gypsum replaced by quartz, all without matrix and forming weird rosettes similar to the well-known gypsum roses. Interesting pseudomorphs from an excellent and unique locality, sizes from 2.5cm to 5cm @ 25.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each, one exceptional 7x5cm specimen @ 75.00.

SERPIERITE- Otona Mine, Heroica Caborca, Sonora, Mexico
Sky blue crusts of serpierite well-scattered on matrix, representative for the species. Good locality material collected many years ago from this uncommon locality. Old Cureton inventory recently uncover, specimens range in size from about 2.5cm to 5cm across @ just 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

SILVER variety AURIAN SILVER- Elura Mine, Cobar, NSW, Australia
This well-known locality has produced some spectacular silver specimens, and this lot includes a wide range of habits of matrix-free native silver. Our SEM?EDS analysis indicates most of these are aurian silver, with up to 10% gold content (copy of analysis included). Many show elongated spinel twinning, others crude but discreet crystals, wires, herringbone aggregates etc., all quite attractive and delicate. We can offer excellent specimens as boxed micros from 5mm to 1cm @ 10.00 and 25.00 each, or as larger matrix-free groups from 1.5cm to 2.5cm long (!) @ 50.00, 75.00 and 100.00 each. Micromount special: 4 different small boxed mounts in assorted habits @ just 30.00 per lot of 4! Limited availability; list alternates, please!

SWITZERITE w/ ROCKBRIDGEITE- Cigana Mine, Conselheiro Pena, M.G., Brazil
A new but small find of excellent micro switzerite, here as coppery brownish-red to nearly colorless crusts of rhomb-like, lamellar crystals in vugs of deep greenish-black rockbridgeite. Only a very few small specimens with good micro potential on hand, matrix sizes from about 1.2cm to 2cm across @ 35.00 and 55.00 each, depending on quality.

TAKOVITE- Carr-Boyd Nickel Mine, W.A., Australia
Another rarity from this prolific locality, one of only a few reported finds of this nickel member of the hydrotalcite group. Takovite occurs as bright aqua, colorful coatings on rock, occasionally admixed with other Ni-rich phases. Sizes from 2cm to nearly 10cm @ 25.00, 35.00, 65.00 and 125.00 each.

TARBUTTITE- Broken Hill Mine, Kabwe District, Zambia
From the country formerly known as Northern Rhodesia, we have specimens of this zinc phosphate as clear, colorless to pale yellow, prismatic crystals with sharp terminations. These tarbuttite crystals richly cover the dark vuggy matrix, resulting in fairly attractive specimens. These will make great micros as well. In sizes from 1 cm to 5 cm @ 7.50 15.00, 30.00, and 45.00; one large 8x5cm specimen @ 125.00.

TENNANTITE-TERAHEDRITE- Casapalca, Lima Dept., Peru
Sharp tetragonal crystals and aggregates richly scattered over sulfide/quartz crystal matrix, these from very old stock. Our analytical studies of this material have shown the crystals to usually be a border-line compound between these two phases, alternating from antimonian tennantite to arsenian tetrahedrite! Each sample is quite attractive, well crystallized, and will be accompanied by copies of two typical analyses showing the marginal phase boundaries we've discovered. Specimen sizes range from about 4cm to nearly 12cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 45.00, 75.00, 100.00, and 150.00 each, priced according to quality and size. Very nice stuff!

TITANITE with CLINOCHLORE- Shigar Valley, Skardu Dist., N.A., Pakistan
Exceptional, apple green gemmy titanite crystals to more then one centimeter tall scattered on the surface of a very dark greenish clinochlore-encrusted feldspar matrix, with the titanite crystals showing unblemished terminations, with twinned crystals evident as well. You've seen small thumbnails of these these at the shows for more than $1000 a specimen, but we have one large, attractive sample from this great find, averaging 8cm long overall(!!), at just 500.00! Don't miss this handsome specimen!

TRONA (CRYSTALS!!!)- Owens Lake, Inyo Co., California
Perhaps the finest trona crystals ever offered, we have a small selection of superbly crystalized, pale honey-colored trona crystal groups on minor matrix, the elongated, somewhat flattened and radiating crystals reaching up to 4cm tall(!!), and all brightly fluorescent (blue/white SW and LW!) as well. Superb for the species, display quality specimens ranging in size from about 4x3cm to 6x5cm, priced according to quality, at 175.00, 250.00, 300.00 each. Wow!

URANINITE- Richardson Mine,Haliburton Co, Ont., Canada
From an old collection, we have several interesting single crystals of uraninite, most without discernable matrix, and all quite hot! These are crude cubes, varying in size from about 1cm to 1.4cm, priced at 75.00 to 100.00 each.

COLLECTION

Siderites- Various Localities Worldwide
There are likely several hundred siderite specimens in our inventory, many from well known as well as obscure localities, with vintages from the late 1800s to the 1970s. We offer a collection of ten different siderite specimens, ranging in size from about 3cm to 5cm across, @ just 125.00 per lot, plus shipping. All will be individually labelled and there will be no locality duplication as well.

EPHEMERA

Iron Ore Separation Tube
A commercial souvenir circa 1947, mailed from a mining company in the Lake Superior region to a collector in New Jersey, comprised of a mining-themed decorated cardboard box that contained a sealed glass tube about 12cm tall. In the tube are about a dozen different pulverized ores of differing colors, noted as "Actual Ore Samples" and nicely layered within the tube that stands upright. The parcel cost 4 cents (partial stamps still attached to the outer box top) to mail. The box is worn, but is a rather unique mining souvenir of the iron mining industry with interesting mining graphics inside and out. This item was pictured and described in the February, 2014 issue of Mineral News. Overall size about 16x7x4cm @ 55.00. One only!

GEM

BLUE DIAMONDS- Enhanced Stones from the Republic of South Africa
These are faceted, round diamonds, all averaging about 5mm across and weighing in excess of a half carat each, and all have been enhanced (via irradiation methods) to produce a highly desirable blue stone. These are attractive and priced far below what a similarly hued natural stone would sell for, these offered at just 125.00 each, suitable for both fine jewelry as well as a collectible diamond. Only a few available!

CATALOG 21401 - Vol. XLI, No. 1

AUSTINITE (TL)- Gold Hill Mine, Tooele Co., Utah
Uncovered in our move, a treasure trove of excellent, type-locality austinite specimens, here as delicate radiating sprays of reyish-green micro crystals richly scattered on hard limonitic matrix, many overlaying brownish arseniosiderite. These will provide handsome cabinet specimens as well as excellent micros, and we have a good selection of specimens ranging in size from 2.5cm up to 12cm across(!!), priced according to size and coverage at 7.50, 15.00, 30.00, 55.00, 75.00 and 100.00. Superb, old type locality material!

BORNITE with CHALCOPYRITE- Sunnyside Mine, San Juan Co., Colorado
Small metallic masses of dark bluish-black bornite lightly scattered in quartz matrix, most with brassy chalcopyrite and possibly other ore minerals evident. Interesting reference specimens from this old and prolific locality. Sizes average about 4cm @ just 12.50 each.

BYKOVAITE- Umbozero Mine, Alluaiv, Lovozero, Russia
This relatively new species occurs as small, pale brown to creamy white crystalline masses lightly scattered on pale purple ussingite matrix, some with minor yellowish sphalerite. From our original 2004 supply from the author, recently uncovered, formula: BaNa(Na,Ti,[])4(Ti,Nb)2Si4O14(OH,F)4*3H2O. Found here (TYPE LOCALITY) within the Shkatulka pegmatite in the mine, only a few samples available averaging about 0.8cm to nearly 3cm @ 75.00, 100.00, 125.00 and 150.00 each. Limit one per customer, please!

CALCITE - Turquoise Ridge Mine, Adam Peak, Nevada
Colorless, well formed calcite crystals as small groups or singles, some of the larger samples nicely scattered over admixed, shale matrix, most overlaying aggregates of massive, red realgar. Under magnification, small bits of an unidentified black mineral inclusion are often seen within some calcite crystals. Only a few TNs @ 10.00 each; matrix samples about 8cm across @ 55.00. List alternates!

CAMARONESITE (IMA# 2012-094)- Cuya, Camarones Valley, Arica Prov., Chile
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute lavender druses and massive intergrowths on matrix, typically intergrown in an assemblage of copiapite, anhydrite, botryogen etc. in a metamorphosed shale with minor pyrite evident. Formula: [Fe3+(H2O)2(PO3OH)]2(SO4)*1-2H2O, trigonal, IMA # 2012-094. This new ferric iron phosphate-sulfate is structurally related to taranakite. Only a few specimens on hand, all author's material, sizes averaging 2.5cm to 4cm across @ 55.00 and 75.00 each,

CLINOZOISITE- Cornog, Wallace Twnshp., Chester Co. Pennsylvania
An old classic, ex-F. Mecke Collection, comprised of numerous flattened crystals of greenish brown clinozoisite to 3cm long richly scattered in and extending from calcite matrix. Many of the clinozoisite crystals show excellent vitreous luster on the exposed prism faces, and the specimen is likely 1960s vintage or earlier. Only one available, overall size about 9x9 cm @ 125.00. Great locality piece!

CONICHALCITE- Gold Hill Mine, Tooele Co., Utah
Attractive and colorful, rich green botryoidal conichalcite scattered on matrix, some with minor quartz. These are quite good for the locality, collected many years ago and recently uncovered in our warehouse. Specimens range from about 2.5cm to 5cm @ 5.00, 12.50, 20.00 and 30.00 each, a few larger uncleaned specimens to 10cm @ 40.00. Nice stuff!

COVELLITE- Dillenburg, Hesse, Germany
A very old specimen, the original Michigan Tech cardboard label indicating the locality was in Nassau, a principality that once included large parts of Hesse and Rheinland-Palatinate. Today, Hesse is the proper region for old Dillenburg samples, and this one shows a solid metallic masses of admixed covellite, chalcopyrite, quartz and likely other metallic minerals, with flashes of electric blue evident from the planar faces of the covellite. An interesting and old specimen, size about 5x4cm @ 125.00.
DMISOKOLOVITE (IMA# 2013-079)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
The first of three NEW, just-approved copper-rich arsenates from this Kamchatka volcano appearing in this list! The mineral occurs as tiny, bright, bluish green, coarse tabular to dipyramidal crystals to 0.2mm scattered on volcanic scoria matrix, occasionally with other phases and forming crusts to 2mm. Formula: K3Cu5AlO2(AsO4)4- monoclinic, IMA # 2013-079, named for one of the founders of the Russian Mineralogical Society (1817), Dmitry Ivanovich Sokolov (1788-1852). Only a few samples available, type locality, of course, sizes from about 1.5cm to 2.5cm @ 145.00 and 175.00 each. Rare!

DOLOMITE & CALCITE w/ MALACHITE- Florence Iron Mine, Florence Co., Wisconsi
A very large specimen comprised of a huge limonitic matrix showing an exposed central vug about 17x12 cm across (!!), fully coated with small, transparent to translucent dolomite blebs coating tiny calcite rhoms, some with an unidentified black mineral coating, and then topped off with several dozen tiny malachite balls that are widely separated and scattered across the vug. Suitable for making a few hundred micros, an impressive doorstop, or the proverbial boat anchor. The dolomite and malachite are previously unknown and the first reported occurrence for this old Menominee Range locality. The specimen was collected almost 20 years ago and was just recently uncovered here, overall size a very impressive 28x20cm, quite heavy, at just 125.00.

EUCHROITE- Libethen, (Lubietova), Slovakia
An old classic for this rare species, here as excellent micro tabular green crystals richly scattered over matrix. The locality, once part of Hungary, then Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia, has long ceased to produce material, and this excellent, older samples measure from 2cm to 5cm across @ 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each.

GALENA in QUARTZ- Sunnyside Mine, San Juan Co., Colorado
Large hand specimens comprised of massive white quartz largely filled with silvery, metallic galena shot throughout, occasionally with minor pale-colored Fe-rich sphalerite or other sulfide minerals, resulting in exceptionally heavy specimens. Sizes average 6cm across @ 30.00 each; one 10cm monster @ 60.00. List alternates.

GRAPHITE- Canaan, Grafton Co., New Hampshire
An old Michigan Tech specimen comprised of dense, massive silvery graphite richly comprising matrix and overlaying a thin, schistose-like matrix. Under the scope, the matrix is rich in phlogopite, a minor glassy rose-colored mineral (quartz, beryl, elbaite ?), and other phases are evident as well. The piece is noted as ex-L.L. Hubbard (1849-1933) and attests to its apparent age. Much of the mineralogy and current locality precision makes this an interesting specimen for further in-depth study, overall size about 10x6cm @ 65.00.

JOTITE (IMA #2012-091)- Jote Mine, Tierra Amarilla, Copiapo Chile
This NEW SPECIES occurs as minute, pale blue, radiating aggregates and crusts sparsely scattered on greyish-white rock matrix. Formula: Ca2CuAl[AsO4][AsO3(OH)2](OH02(h2O5) - triclinic, IMA # 2012-091. A rare new mineral, with potential for other undifferentiated phases as well. Matrix sizes average 3.5-4cm across @ 85.00, some with modest micro potential as well. Only a few available, so list alternates!

JUNOITE- 700' level, Juno Mi, Tennant Creek, Australia
Minute silvery masses of junoite sparsely scattered in bismuthinite and aikinite-rich matrix, these from the type locality in the Northern Territory. Author's studied material, ex-South Australia Museum, ~1cm fragments @ 45.00, or as larger samples from 1.5cm to 3.5cm long @ 75.00, 125.00 and 175.00 each. Rare!

KANONAITE- Le Coreux, nr. Salmchateau, Belgium
This unusual species occurs as small, dark green aggregates sparsely scattered in bright pinkish talc in rock matrix. An obscure member of the andalusite group, here from the second reported locality, specimen sizes from about 1cm to nearly 4cm @ 15.00, 25.00, 40.00 and 60.00 each.

KARIBIBITE on LOLLINGITE- Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Silvery, metallic lollingite masses with very richly scattered brownish yellow masses and needle-like aggregates of karibibite covering and penetrating matrix. Small masses in a capsule @ 15.00; matrix specimens from 1cm to nearly 4cm @ 30.00, 45.00, 65.00 and 85.00 each.

KEMMLITZITE- Kemmlitz, Oschatz, Saxony, Germany
Tan to brown glassy, powdery aggregates of this type locality material supplied in a capsule, some with other unidentified stream concentrates. About a dozen capsules available @ only 15.00 each.

KESTERITE- Cligga Mine, St. Agnes, Cornwall, England
Metallic masses of kesterite sparsely scattered in rock matrix, occasionally with other sulfides. Formerly known as "iso-stannite" from this locality, we have a number of interesting matrix specimens, sizes from 1.5cm to nearly 8cm across @ 10.00, 20.00, 35.00, 50.00, 75.00 and 100.00 each, the larger specimens showing some crude crystallization as well.

KINGITE- Gold Quarry Mine, Eureka Co., Nevada
This interesting and colorful association features some of the best quality kingite we've ever seen. Here, kingite occurs as thick white chalky masses and occasionally as rare flattened radial sprays; while some are pure, some specimens may also be coated with bright yellow earthy tyuyamunite as well. From 2cm to 7cm @ 20.00, 30.00, 45.00 and 60.00

KRAISSLITE- 1200'L, Sterling Mine, Ogdensburg, New Jersey
Coppery-red to brownish kraisslite forms a micaceous scale that partially covers at least one side of these examples many of which also show fibrous white sussexite. All are on a matrix of brightly fluorescent (green) granular red willemite. Sizes from 1.5cm to 10cm @ only 10.00, 20.00, 30.00, 45.00, 60.00 and 85.00 each, depending on quality and size.

LEVERETTITE (IMA #2013-011)- Torrecillas Mine, Iquique Province, Chile
This NEW SPEIES occurs as dark green, minute vitreous rhombohedral crystals and aggregates sparsely scattered on matrix, typically with crusts of black chalcophanite, red-orange akaganeite and possibly other species. Formula:Cu3CoCl2(OH)6 - trigonal, IMA # 2013-011. Only a few specimens on hand from the type locality near Salar Grande, author's material, all with modest micro potential as well, sizes ranging from 2cm to 3.5cm across @ just 50.00 and 75.00 each. List alternates!

LIEBIGITE- Schwartzwaelder Mine, Jefferson Co. Colorado
Bright greenish yellow pure massess and druses of liebigite richly scattered on and often completely comprising matrix. Superb, bright yellow-green fluorescence, available either as pure, single crystal aggregates about 1cm @ 20.00, and as matrix specimens from 2cm to 4cm @ 25.00, 35.00 and 45.00 each.

LILLIANITE- Gladhammar, Vastervik, Smaland, Sweden
This uncommon Pb-Ag-Bi sulfide occurs here as massive, metallic grey aggregates moderately well-scattered in quartz matrix, potentially with other uncommon phases. The locality was first worked in the 1500s, finally closing in the late 1800s after centuries of iron, copper and cobalt mining, and it has produced over thirty different species, including three type minerals. Specimens range in size from about 1cm to nearly 4cm across @ 15.00, 30.00, 55.00 and 75.00 each.

LIMONITE pseudo @ PYRITE- Sellwood Pit, Ishpeming, Michigan
Euhedral pseudomorphic replacements of "limonite" (a general term for undifferentiated hydrous iron oxides) after pyrite to 2.5 cm, with medium to dark brown color and submetallic to earthy luster. The specimens range from single crystal cubes to complex intergrowths and parallel overgrowth type morphologies. These make nice starter pseudomorphs since they show good crystal form at a reasonable price, and from a somewhat out-of-the-way locality. Sizes range from 1cm to 2.5 cm @ only 7.50, 12.50, and 20.00 each.

LIOTTITE- Pitigliano Quarry, Tuscany, Italy
Small whitish encrustations of this uncommon mineral sparsely scattered over dark greenish brown vesuvianite and grossular-rich rock matrix. From one of the early finds of the mineral, sizes from 2.5cm to 4cm @ 20.00 and 30.00, a few with better defined crystals and micro potential as well @ 35.00 and 45.00 each.

LIPSCOMBITE etc.- Silver Coin Mine, Valmy, Humboldt Co Nevada
This interesting phosphate occurs in two distinctly different habits, one well crystallized, the other botryoidal and massive, these being the dark, olive green micro crystal type scattered on matrix, often with other phosphates such as kidwellite, turquoise etc. Very suitable as excellent micro material, specimen sizes range from about 2cm to nearly 6cm across @ just 12.50, 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each, depending on coverage and associations. Nice!

LITHIOPHILITE- Midnight Owl Mi, White Picacho Dist Arizona
Rich salmon-colored masses of this unusual lithium-manganese-iron phosphate broadly comprising matrix, some with minor triphylite. Collected about 35 years ago, matrix sizes from 2.5cm to 6cm @ 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each.

LOLLINGITE- Mt. Mica Mine, Oxford Co., Maine
These are rich, silvery veins and masses of bright metallic lollingite well scattered through albite/pegmatite matrix. An interesting and old locality for this metallic mineral, specimens showing good coverage and ranging from about 4cm to nearly 7cm across @ 20.00, 30.00, and 45.00 each. Other localities in stock; please inquire!

LORENZENITE- Mont Saint Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Remarkably different in color and habit from lorenzenite found at other localities, at MSH a9poudrette Quarry) it occurs as attractive purple-grey acicular crystal sprays scattered over a vuggy matrix. While enjoyable to behold, this lorenzenite is especially nice under the microscope! Matrix sizes from 3cm to 5+cm @ 45.00 and 75.00 each. Old stuff! Please list alternates!

MACDONALDITE- Esquire Claim, Rush Creek, Fresno Co California
Many sparkling tiny cleavage faces of satiny, needle-like macdonaldite are embedded in a grey-white matrix in these samples from the type locality for this species. Old material, associated with a variety of other Ba-rich silicates, specimens from 2cm to 4cm @ 15.00, 25.00, and 40.00.

MAGNESIOKORITNIGITE (2013-049)- Torrecillas Mine, Iquique Province, Chile
Another NEW SPEIES from this interesting locality near Salar Grande, here occurring as fairly rich, pink aggregates well scattered on matrix, occasionally with minor blue lavendulan. Formula: Mg(AsO3OH)*H2O - triclinic, IMA # 2013-049. Type locality material from one of the authors, specimens average about 3.5cm across at just 45.00 each.

MALACHITE- Black Pine Mine, Granite Co., Montana
Deep green, botryoidal masses and isolated micro balls of malachite nicely scattered over quartz matrix, filling voids and occasionally associated with other secondary minerals. Moderately attractive and good micro potential as well, sizes from about 2cm to 4cm across @ 10.00, 20.00 and 35.00 each.

MICROCLINE- Mt. Malosa, Zomba, Malawi
Large euhedral crystals of cream-colored microcline richly comprising matrix, most with dark splendant needles of aegirine and/or arfvedsonite nicely scattered about, and some showing twinning as well. Mildly fluorescent (dull red) and quite attractive and well-formed for the species; these are XRD-confirmed and from the 1997 find. Matrix sizes from about 2.5cm to 12cm across @ 10.00, 20.00, 35.00, 50.00 and 75.00 each. Nice!

PERRAULTITE- nr. Azov Sea, Donske, Ukraine
Minute, platy orange-brown crystalline aggregates of this uncommon mineral scattered in white albite matrix. From only the second known locality for this relatively rare species, chemically analyzed and X-rayed material. Minute powdery fragments and masses in glass vial @ 45.00; matrix specimens (all with arrows) from 1.5cm to 2.5cm @ 50.00, 75.00, 100.00 and 150.00 each.

PERRIERITE-(La)- Buer, Bjorkedalen, Telemark, Norway
Small, reddish-black micro aggregates of this uncommon mineral scattered in syenite matrix, potentially with minor zircon, pyrochlore, loparite etc. Obtained over 30 years ago from a water tunnel construction site, we have a few speicmens on hand, overall sizes range from about 2cm to 6cm across @ 20.00, 35.00 and 55.00 each.

POPOVITE (IMA # 2013-060)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
Another NEW SPECIES from this famous Kamchatka volcano, this from the second scoria cone of the northern breakthrough. The mineral occurs as olive green to dark olive green coarse crystals and anhedral grains up to 0.1mm in size, typically in clusters sparsely scattered on volcanic scoria with darker green lammerite-beta ore richly scattered. Formula: Cu5O2(AsO4)2, triclinic, IMA #2013-060. Named for Russian mineralogists Vladimir Anatol'evich Popov and Valentina Ivanova Popova (both b. 1941) from the Institute of Mineralogy of the Urals Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Miass. All specimens with arrows and modest micro potential, sizes average 1.7 cm @ 135.00 each.

PYROXMANGITE- Serrana Mine, El Priorat, Tarragona, Spain
Large masses of pale pink pyroxmangite largely comprising matrix, often with black to brown superficial manganese oxides (most typically todorokite) seen on virtually of the speicmens. The locality has produced over three dozen species, most Mn-bearing silicates and oxides. Old Cureton material, specimens from about 3cm to 8cm across @ 8.50, 20.00 and 45.00 each.

QUARTZ var: "AGATE CONCHAS"- Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Uncovered in the new warehouse, these are likely mid-1970s vintage that show greyish chalcedony bodies, often with drusy clear quartz centers, the shapes looking much like (forgive me) little rounded ears or conch shells. Rather flat, odd little things, sizes average about 2cm across at just 4.00 each. A strange addition to your quartz collection!

REALGAR- Turquoise Ridge Mine, Adam Peak, Nevada
Excellent micro crystals and widespread aggregates of deep red realgar on black matrix, some with minor calcite, quartz, micro transparent orpiment etc. Adjacent to the famous Getchell Mine, this is a Carlin-type gold mine on the same property, yielding reasonably attractive "red on black" specimens. Only a few on hand, specimens ranging from 2cm to 5cm @ 8.50, 15.00 and 25.00 each. Attractive!

SHCHUROVSKYITE (IMA #2013-078)- Arsenatnaya Fumerole, Tolbachik, Russia
Yet another NEW SPCEIES, just approved, from this heavily studied Kamchatka volcano. The mineral occurs as very tiny, coarse tabular to prismatic crystals and anhedral grains, rarely larger than 0.15mm, but in parallel aggregates and greyish-green crusts, often with tenorite crystals and possibly other species on volcanic scoria. Formula: K2CaCu6O2(AsO4)4 - monoclinic, IMA #2013-078. Type locality, of course, all specimens with arrows and ranging from about 1.5cm to 2.5cm @ 125.00 and 150.00 each.

TELLURIUM - Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico
Silvery-grey specks and tiny platy aggregates of native tellurium scattered in matrix, some with lightly associated, often well crystallized tellurite on matrix, these consisting of orange-yellow crystal prisms and plates, and often with chalky paratellurite. Formerly abundant from this locality, as our price reflects. Specimens from 2cm to 5cm @ 20.00, 35.00, and 55.00 each, depending on coverage and associations.

TETRAHEDRITE - Sweet Home Mine, Park Co., Colorado
These are attractive, metallic grey tetrahedral crystals of arsenian, zincian tetrahedrite perched on matrix from this prolific locality. Associations range from simple quartz rods to minor bornite, fluorite, rhodochrosite and possibly other phases in this analyzed material. These are from material in our tennantite-tetrahedrite article in the 2004 June & July issues of Mineral News. A sample analysis accompanies each specimen, priced according to quality and associations, sizes from 2cm to 7cm across @ 10.00, 20.00, 30.00, 45.00, 60.00 and 75.00 each. Nice!

VARISCITE- Lucin, Box Elder Co., Utah
Prized as a great lapidary material, these dense, solid masses of green variscite occur as streamers, pods and veins in a grayish chert matrix. The color can range from pale green to an intense, deep green, with specimen sizes ranging from about 2cm to 6cm across @ just 7.50, 15.00, 25.00 and 40.00 each. Colorful!

VUONNEMITE- Poudrette Q., Mont St. Hilaire, Que. Canada
This uncommon mineral occurs here as tiny, pale yellowish crystals and aggregates sparsely scttered in matrix, occasionally with steenstrupine or possibly other species. Old material from the Van Velthuizen find of the 1980s at this prolific locality, all specimens with arrows, overall sizes from about 2.5cm to 6cm @ 30.00, 55.00 and 85.00; one 13x7cm specimen @ 200.00.

WAIRAKITE- Seigoushi Mine, Izu, Shizuoka-ken, Japan
This uncommon zeolite occurs here as small white masses frozen in matrix, rather well-scattered in pods. The locality is a defunct gold and silver mine, and adjacent the roadcut (now fully concreted over) produced a smattering of unusual zeolites in the 1980s. Only a few specimens on hand, averaging about 3cm across @ just 45.00 each.

ZVYAGINITE (IMA #2013-071)- No. 71 Pegmatite, Malyi Punkaruaiv, Russia
Another NEW Lovozero SPECIES, here as colorless, pearly white to pale brown lamellae to several millimeters, likely as pseudomorphs after crystals of vuonnemite or epistolite, all embedded in ussingite/microclien matrix. Formula: NaZnNb2Ti[Si2O7]2O(OH,F03(H2O)4+x (x<1), triclinic, IMA #2013-071. Named for Russian crystallographer and chemist Professor Boris Borisovich Zvyagin (1921-2002) who was a pioneer in the field of electron diffraction studies of minerals with layered structures. A new member of the epistolite group, all specimens with arrows and ranging 1.5-2cm across @ 160.00. List alternates!


GEMS

CHROME DIOPSIDE- Sakha Republic, Eastern Siberia, Russia
Among the most beautiful of gem diopsides are those from this region that display an intense, deep green color. We have a few faceted stones that are fully transparent and show this intense, desirable color, all as 4mm round brilliant cuts @ 15.00 each (5 for 60.00) and averaging about a quarter-carat each, or a few 7x5mm pear-shaped stones @ 75.00 each. Occasionally other sizes available @ $100 per carat. Superb!

RHODOLITE GARNET- Sri Lanka
Excellent, transparent red faceted garnet, offered here in a nice set of six stones with one pair each of ovals, trillions and pears, total carat weight in the 9-10 carat range. Gemmy, clean stones, these are chemically in the almandine-pyrope series and excellent for jewelry use, at just 35.00 for each lot of six!