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Sturmanite N'Chwaning II Kalahari South Africa

Sturmanite - SOLD
N'Chwaning II Mine, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
2.5 x 2.0 x 0.8 cm

- ex Minette Collection


MMS-195 - Two canary-yellow sturmanite crystals converge to form a "V". Each crystals is complete and doubly-terminated with good translucency. The color of this thumbnail will draw attention with its neon purity.

Carrollite Kamoya Democratic Republic of Congo

Carrollite on Calcite - SOLD
Kamoya Mine, Kambove, Katanga, Congo (Zaïre)
9.3 x 8.3 x 6.2 cm

MMS-202 - Several intergrown, nickel-bright carrolite crystals form a cluster to 3.4 cm amidst a calcite matrix interspersed with chalcopyrite and pyrite.

Dioptase Calcite Tsumeb

Dioptase with Calcite - SOLD
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 cm

MMS-158 - Saturated, emerald green dioptase crystals host calcite rhombs in this flashy miniature from Tsumeb. Dioptase specimens from Tsumeb make the short list of "must have" specimens for collectors of minerals from around the world. No damage visible on the display face.

Rhodochrosite Sweet Home Celebration Pocket Colorado

Rhodochrosite on Tetrahedrite - SOLD
Sweet Home Mine (Celebration Pocket), Alma, Colorado
8.2 x 5.7 x 4.7 cm

MMS-184 - A pristine cherry-red rhodochrosite crystal to 15mm on edge stands out against a bed of metallic black tetrahedrite crystals (to 12mm), with many epitaxially coated by brassy chalcopyrite. Scattered throughout are quartz needles and cubic fluorite crystals (to 4mm). Sweet Home rhodo specimens are considered solid investments in that they are unparalleled elsewhere and the locality is no longer producing.

Dioptase on Calcite Tsumeb pristine miniature

Fluorite, Apatite, Aquamarine - SOLD
Nagar, Hunza River Valley, Gilgit, Pakistan
11.5 x 11.0 x 9.0 cm

MMS-103 - Sea-froth, blue-green octahedral fluorite crystals immediately draw the eye to this piece. Attractive in their own right, lustrous pink apatite crystals provide a perfect complement with their contrasting texture and color. Water-clear aquamarine crystals complete the suite of gem minerals all which lie on thick books of silvery muscovite.

Calcite Dal'negorsk Russia small cabinet

Calcite -  SOLD
Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy kray, Russia
5.3 x 4.8 x 2.6 cm

MMB-512 - Well-formed and glassy with light striations, this pleasing miniature specimen illustrates what made Dal'negorsk calcites famous some years ago. The specimen is significantly more transparent in person and is attractive from multiple angles.





Amethyst Amatitlan Guerrero Mexico gem crystal small cabinet specimen Irv Brown

Quartz var. Amethyst - SOLD
Amatitlan, Guerrero, Mexico
6.5 x 3.1 x 3.0 cm

MMB-508 - Striated, yet glassy, the sharp faces of these amethyst crystals draw the eye inward to examine the four distinct grape-colored phantoms. All told, there are at least 18 crystals over 1 cm on this piece, clustering around the main crystal in balanced arrangement. This piece is similar in quality to the Guerrero specimen on the cover of the Mexico issue of the Mineralogical Record (Vol. 35, issue 6).


– custom lucite base



Amethyst Quartz Brandberg Namibia cabinet specimen enhydro

Quartz var. Amethyst - SOLD
Goboboseb Mtns., Brandberg District, Namibia
12.0 x 9.0 x 9.1 cm

MMS-168 - A pristine, highly transparent quartz crystal with multiple amethyst phantoms rises from a vug lined with lepidocrocite-included quartz. What makes Brandberg amethysts especially enjoyable is that occasionally they contain negative crystals with gas bubbles trapped inside. Enjoy tilting the specimen to watch the gas bubble strive to escape from its ancient cell.





gold on quartz Rosia Montana Transylvania Romania miniature crystallized gold Irv Brown collection

Gold on Matrix - SOLD
Rosia Montaña, Transylvania, Romania
4.8 x 3.3 x 2.3 cm

MMB-516 - Crystalline leaf gold with herringbone patterns flares off a quartz matrix. Rosia Montaña, a world-famous locality in northern Romania, produced some of the finest gold specimens from Europe. A real treat...finding a Romanian gold at a mineral show now is every bit as difficult as finding the proverbial needle. Mined in the late 1800's





Lazurite on marble Sar-e-Sang Afghanistan sharp crystal small cabinet

Lazurite on Matrix - SOLD
Sar-e-Sang, Badakhshan, Afghanistan
7.2 x 6.4 x 6.0 cm

MMS-333 - Unusually sharp-edged, this lazurite crystal comes from the famous lapis-lazuli mines that have been worked for 6,000 years or more. Note the lapis banding in the marble and the pyrite flecks. Clearly, the conflict in Afghanistan has hampered the collection and sale of mineral specimens and will continue to do so for years to come. Specimens of this quality are dearly sought.





Eosphorite on Rose Quartz small cabinet Minas Gerais Brazil

Eosphorite on Rose Quartz - SOLD
Taquaral, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
6.0 x 4.0 x 3.5 cm

MMB-517 - A full radial spray of the rare phosphate eosphorite perches on the top of a host of rose quartz crystals to 1.5 cm. The specimen is truly covered by lustrous, translucent crystals. This well-known material from the 1960's is now difficult to find in well-crystalized examples.





Cavansite Wagholi India

Cavansite on Stilbite - SOLD
Wagholi Quarry, Pune Dist., Maharashtra, India
7.1 x 6.0 x 5.7 cm

MMB-531 - Bladed crystals of cavansite to 2 cm rest atop a thick spire of drusy stilbite. Possessing one of the most saturated colors in the mineral kingdom, cavansite less rarely forms in these "wheat sheaf," bladed crystals instead of the radial clusters.





Wulfenite Ahumada Los Lamentos Mexico small cabinet

Wulfenite on Descloizite - SOLD
Ahumada Mine, Los Lamentos, Chihuahua, Mexico
5.4 x 5.0 x 2.4 cm

- ex Irv Brown Collection

MMB-514 - Numerous isolated wulfenite crystals rest on a descloizite matrix upon quartz. The largest of the translucent, caramel-colored crystals measures 1.6 cm and is 7 mm thick. The overall economy of form of this specimen contributes to make this a very fine small-cabinet specimen.





Grossular Garnet Jeffrey Mine Canada pristine specimen

Grossular Garnet - SOLD
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
3.4 x 2.1 x 1.7 cm

MMB-554 - One would be hard pressed to find a superior small miniature grossular specimen than this jewel. With superb gemminess, luster, and the attractive striations that characterize specimens from this locality, the richly-colored crystals are a joy to hold and admire. The largest crystal measures 1.5 cm. No damage.





Witherite Alstonite Alston Moor England Pellman miniature

Witherite with Alstonite - SOLD
Alston Moor District, North Pennines, Cumbria, England
5.0 x 4.2 x 4.0 cm

–ex Pellman Collection

MMB-541 - A textbook fine, pseudo-hexagonal crystal of witherite (1.2 cm) rises from a matrix covered with alstonite crystals and associated galena ore. This specimen was recovered in the 1800's. A classic specimen from a classic locality--need we say more?





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