Fine Mineral Specimens - Recently Sold              

Aquamarine Schorl Erongo Namibia miniature

Aquamarine on Schorl - SOLD
Erongo Region, Namibia
5.1 x 3.3 x 2.5 cm

MMB-674 - Forming a "V" a pair of transparent, fully terminated aquamarine crystals rests on the lustrous, sharp termination of a schorl crystal in this gorgeous association piece from the Erongo Region of Namibia. Several smaller, well-formed schorl crystals are found on the aqua on the right. We've seen quite a few aqua/schorl combination pieces, but this specimen has an aesthetic quality seldomly shared by others of its kind.






Dioptase Shattuckite Malachite Kaokoveld Namibia

Dioptase with Shattuckite - SOLD
Kaokoveld, Kunene, Namibia
4.8 x 3.8 x 3.3 cm

MMB-676 - Rich, emerald green dioptase crystals (to 1 cm) completely fill a small vug along with velvet spheres of shattuckite, radial sprays of malachite, and plancheite in this miniature specimen from Kaokoveld.






Mimetite Congresso-Leon San Pedro Corralitos Mexico small cabinet Wendell Wilson Benny Fenn

Mimetite - SOLD
Congresso-Leon, San Pedro Corralitos, Mexico
5.5 x 4.3 x 3.4 cm

- ex Wendell Wilson, Benny Fenn Collections

MMS-166 - Vibrancy, shimmering luster, three-dimensionality...all combine here to make this a top-notch classic mimetite from the San Pedro Corralitos area of Mexico. The varying sizes of the botryoidal crystalization adds an aesthetic touch that must be seen to appreciate. Though mimetite specimens from Mexico flooded the market decades ago, very few possess both the rich yellow color and the wet luster that this piece displays.




general galleries
Cerussite twinned Tsumeb Namibia Minette Collection

Schorl Tourmaline - SOLD
Erongo Region, Namibia
9.3 x 5.8 x 5.5 cm

MMB-669 - A complex cluster of mirror-bright schorl tourmalines shows no attachment point--the piece is a floater! There is no damage on the specimen, and the specimen can be displayed from any angle. The intricacies of this piece rival any man-made sculpture.






Silver wire Uchucchacua Mine Peru small cabinet

Silver - SOLD
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Prov., Lima Dept., Peru
9.5 x 3.0 x 3.4 cm

MMB-632 - A looping silver wire rises from its matrix of ore like a curl of smoke. The silver measures 6.5 cm and is partially coated by secondary mineralization. A fine small cabinet silver specimen from the famous Peruvian silver mine of Uchucchacua.






Azurite malachite wulfenite Tsumeb Namibia thumbnail

Azurite with Wulfenite - SOLD
Tsumeb Mine, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
2.1 x 2.8 x 1.9 cm

MMS-240 - An azurite crystal, sharp-edged with vibrant flashes of blue, has patches where the azurite has pseudomorphed to malachite. Though primarily an azurite thumbnail, this specimen also features a cluster of wulfenite crystals (mostly complete).






Wulfenite on Descloizite competition quality miniature Los Lamentos Mexico

Wulfenite on Descloizite - SOLD
Erupcion-Ahumada Mine, Los Lamentos, Mexico

4.0 x 3.0 x 2.6 cm

MMS-235 - This killer miniature specimen features a thick, sizeable wulfenite crystal (2.5 x 2.4 x 0.7 cm) nicely isolated on matrix with a few sidecar crystals. Showing the saturated orange color and top luster that made wulfenite specimens from LL so famous, this piece is simply...perfect.






marcasite on enargite miniature Quiruvilca Mine Peru

Marcasite on Enargite - SOLD
Quiruvilca Mine, La Libertad Dept., Peru
4.7 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm

MMB-704 - A drusy layer of marcasite glitters on enargite crystals (to 2.5 cm), catching the eye and inviting a closer look. The specimen is nicely three-dimensional. The marcasite selectively coats the enargite, creating a pleasing contrast between brass and steely gray, rough texture and smooth.






Smoky Quartz large crystal Lincoln County New Mexico small cabinet

Quartz var. Smoky Quartz - SOLD
Lincoln County, New Mexico, USA
8.8 x 4.1 x 4.7 cm

MMY-1209 - Three brilliant smoky quartz spires rise from matrix, showcasing great luster, transparency, and a series of distinct phantoms. The largest crystal measures 7.3 cm. Each crystal is lightly and attractively striated and sharp-edged. This famous locality-- supplying world-class smoky quartz specimens in its day--is within a national park now, meaning new collecting is off-limits. A fabulous small cabinet smoky quartz from a classic American locality!






aquamarine with schorl inclusions Pingwu County China miniature

Aquamarine with Schorl - ON HOLD
Pingwu Co., Sichuan Prov., China
4.6 x 3.0 x 3.7 cm

MMB-689 - A sharp, lustrous and transparent aquamarine crystal hosts a network of fine schorl needles in this gorgeous miniature from China. The crystal measures 3.0 cm and shows attractive hexagonal growth patterns. Muscovite accompanies the aquamarine on the white matrix.






Quartz Herkimer Diamond large crystal cluster New York cabinet specimen

Quartz "Herkimer Diamond" - SOLD
Middleville, Herkimer Co., New York, USA
11.6 x 6.4 x 4.0 cm

MMB-693 - A cluster of three high quality "Herkimer Diamond" crystals includes a very large (7.5 cm) main crystal attached to matrix. The crystals are, of course, much more transparent than photos indicate. The great majority of Herkimer specimens are repaired, and the lower crystal on this piece was reattached to its host matrix. An American classic!






Quartz with Tourmaline and tourmaline inclusions Himalaya Mine San Diego County small cabinet

Quartz with Tourmaline - SOLD
Himalaya Mine, San Diego Co., California, USA
7.9 x 4.6 x 4.9 cm

MMB-692 - Numerous super-fine tourmaline needles radiate in different directions within a light smoky quartz specimen from the famous Himalaya Mine. A terminated, bi-color pink and green tourmaline (3.2 cm) formed near the sharp termination of the quartz. Please note that this piece is re-crystallized on the bottom. A beauty from San Diego County!






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