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Cuprian adamite Ojuela Mine Mexico pristine miniature

Cuprian Adamite - SOLD
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
5.8 x 4.4 x 3.4 cm


MMB-546 - Euhedral and lustrous crystals of cuprian adamite overlook a vug filled with both cuprian and colorless adamite in this fine miniature. The cuprian variety of adamite is quite rare and possesses a fine mint-green color. Click on the picture to view alternative angles of this three-dimensional piece.





Hemimorphite well crystallized miniature Ojuela Mine Mexico

Hemimorphite on Limonite - SOLD
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
5.8 x 4.8 x 4.1 cm

MMB-552 - A lustrous, radial spray of white hemimorphite (to 3 cm) is surrounded by drusy crystals on this aesthetic miniature. The specimen is complete and displays well from all sides. Far better in person than photos indicate.





Malachite and Chrysocolla pseudomorph after Selenite Apex Mine Utah

Malachite pseudo. after Selenite - SOLD
Apex Mine, Jarvis Peak, Washington Co., Utah
5.8 x 5.8 x 2.0 cm

MMB-547 - This unique miniature is a rare pseudomorph of malachite and chrysocolla after selenite. On the right side is a 3 cm "straw" that is a complete tube with hexagonal opening. Quite unusual...from Utah!





Calcite with hematite inclusions Tsumeb Namibia small cabinet

Calcite - SOLD
Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
8.3 x 4.8 x 4.3 cm

MMB-566 - A classic from Tsumeb, this cluster of calcite crystals has a reddish tinge from hematite inclusions that deepens in color towards the tips of the crystals and on the back of the specimen. The crystals are in pristine condition with great luster. The piece is complete and attractive from 360 degrees.





Smithsonite Kelly Mine New Mexico small cabinet very chatoyant

Smithsonite - SOLD
Kelly Mine, Magdalena Dist., Socorro Co., New Mexico
6.4 x 5.0 x 3.5 cm

MMB-501 - A Caribbean Sea-blue smithsonite with amazing "wet" luster demonstrates why such pieces from the Kelly Mine have become classics. Damage free, this small cabinet specimen is a joy to hold in your hand and watch the chatoyant glimmer ride across the crest of the botryoidal waves.





spinel on matrix Luc Yen Vietnam large crystal miniature

Spinel on Matrix - SOLD
Luc Yen, Yenbai Prov., Vietnam
5.0 x 3.7 x 3.1 cm

MMB-553 - An unusally large and complete spinel crystal with sharp edges and high luster rests on a contrasting white matrix. The crystal measures 3.3 cm and is in pristine condition. With just the right amount of matrix, the spinel crystal arrests the eye...a competition quality miniature to be sure.





Azurite malachite Milpillas Mine Mexico small cabinet

Azurite with Malachite - SOLD
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Sonora, Mexico
6.6 x 4.4 x 4.4 cm

MMB-563 - This attractive small cabinet specimen features several azurite crystals with translucent edges and an attractive peacock blue color. Highly chatoyant malachite forming radial sprays adds a color and texture contrast.

— Custom Lucite Base





Tarbuttite Skorpion Mine Namibia miniature

Tarbuttite - SOLD
Skorpion Mine, Rosh Pinah, Karas Region, Namibia
4.0 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm

MMB-572 - From a limited recent find, this tarbuttite specimen features a large (1.2cm) radiating crystal sheaf showing fine luster and translucency. The specimen is much more three-dimensional in person.





Ilvaite with Quartz 1st Sovietskiy Mine Dal'negorsk Russia miniature

Ilvaite with Quartz - SOLD
1st Sovietskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia
3.8 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm

MMB-584 - With wet luster and fine form from all sides, this ilvaite specimen features a large crystal measuring 2.4 x 3.8 cm. Scattered across the surface of the ilvaite, doubly-terminated quartz crystals – little gems, really – add a contrasting element.





Tourmaline bubble-gum pink with Lepidolite Paprok Afghanistan

Tourmaline with Lepidolite - SOLD
Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan
11.6 x 10.0 x 7.8 cm

MMS-271 - This lustrous, gorgeous tourmaline specimen has a bubble-gum pink color with a thin green zone at the termination. The tourmaline crystal rests on a bed of lepidolite with lepidolite also providing accents on the crystal itself. The flat-top termination is as glassy as the rest of the specimen. Superb condition...a masterpiece.





Kammererite gemmy

Kammererite - SOLD
Kop Krom Mine, Erzurum Prov., Turkey
3.1 x 2.6 x 2.6 cm

MMS-259 - A sharp, striated kammererite crystal of nearly flawless clarity sits on a ridge of chromite coated with kammererite crystalization. Specimens of this quality are very difficult to find in today's market. The crystal simply glows with color with only a small amount of backlighting.

– ex Minette Collection, – ex Dave Wilber Collection





Emerald Calcite Coscuez Mine Colombia

Emerald on Calcite - SOLD
Coscuez Mine, Muzo, Boyacá Dept., Colombia
6.0 x 4.9 x 3.9 cm

MMY-1205 - A doubly-terminated, gem-quality emerald crystal (3.4 cm) with rich green color rests among a contrasting grey calcite matrix in this stunning small cabinet specimen. A smaller, equally gemmy emerald intersects the main crystal and is positioned to showcase its perfect termination.

– Custom lucite base





Titanite Albite Capelinha Brazil

Titanite with Albite - SOLD
Capelinha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
5.6 x 4.9 x 4.0 cm

MMS-266 - A pair of gemmy, twinned titanite crystals (to 2.7 cm) with yellow-green color is accompanied by a well-formed albite crystal in this extremely fine specimen from Brazil. This piece has it all...fine horizon, crystal form, overall aesthetics.

– custom lucite base
– ex Gail & Wally Mann Collection





Rutile kapuldzhyk mountains Azerbaijan

Rutile on Quartz - SOLD
Kapuldzhyk Mountains, Azerbaijan
6.0 x 4.1 x 3.4 cm

MMY-1208 - The mirror-bright, sharp faces and fascinating crystal form of this rutile from azerbaijan make this a treasure to hold and admire. These specimens came out in the late 90's and have not been seen since.





Chrysoberyl sixling twin Itaguacu Espiritu Santo Brazil

Chrysoberyl - SOLD
Itaguaçu, Espíritu Santo, Brazil
4.5 x 3.7 x 3.1 cm

MMB-606 - This yellow-green sixling twin shows the classic form that made chrysoberyl specimens from this region of Brazil so famous. The crystal has numerous gemmy areas throughout and shows good luster.





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