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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!


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!!


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!


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.


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.


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.

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!


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!


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!


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!


A full 16 pages of interesting, collector oriented articles about mineral localities, historical notes, mineral collecting and new or related discoveries. Published monthly, a full year's subscription (12 issues) is just 30.00 in the USA. Just add the costs to you order from this catalog, and we'll do the rest. Specify what issue to begin your subscription (we suggest January for a full volume) or simply begin with the "current issue". Back issues and year sets are available, too! Every issue in full color, now in its 33rd. year!

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!
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.


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!


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!


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!


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!


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.
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!


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!


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!


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!


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


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.
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.


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.


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!


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!


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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!


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.

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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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!

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!

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.


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!


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!


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!

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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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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!


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!




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