Fine Mineral Specimens - Gallery IV           

Sulfur on Aragonite Sicily Italy small cabinet Francis Benjamin isolated crystal

Sulfur on Aragonite - SOLD
Miniera Cozzodisi, Casteltermini, Sicily, Italy
6.5 x 4.8 x 3.3 cm

- ex Francis Benjamin Collection

MMS-140 - This isolated, canary-yellow sulfur crystal is unusually gemmy and sharp, showing 20 distinct faces. Numerous other bitumen-coated crystals mingle among radial clusters of white aragonite. Rare in such quality, this well-balanced miniature is truly worthy of competitive display.





Pyromorphite Bad Ems Germany small cabinet

Pyromorphite - SOLD
Bad Ems, Lahn valley, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
5.8 x 3.3 x 2.5 cm

MMS-200 - This pyromorphite "floater" has lustrous crystals to 1.7 cm which form a cluster that arches gracefully--quite unusual. Classic pyromorphite specimens from this old locality in Germany are highly desired and difficult to secure. This is a prize at this price.





goshenite apatite schorl combination Shengus Pakistan miniature

Apatite, Goshenite, Schorl - SOLD
Shengus, Skardu District, Baltistan, Pakistan
3.9 x 3.8 x 3.4 cm

MMS-165 - A stunning and complex combination piece: a water clear, doubly-terminated goshenite crystal protrudes at a right angle from a lustrous pink apatite crystal, which encases one corner of a striated black schorl. A snow-white bow tie sheave of cleavelandite crowns the piece and several tiny green elbaite crystals poke out from the apatite at several points. Completing the suite, several 3mm vayrynenite crystals are interspersed.







Cinnabar with barite cyclic twin Tongbei China

Cinnabar with Barite - SOLD
Tongbei, Zhangzhou, Fujian Prov., China
4.4 x 3.4 x 4.0 cm

MMS-114 - Transparent yellow barite crystals accentuate the red glow of cluster of cinnabar crystals. The largest cinnabar crystal, a cyclic twin, measures 2.6 cm. White calcite and gray quartz crystals line the matrix, providing a pleasantly contrasting backdrop. Cinnabar specimens of this quality with associated minerals have become scarce on the market.





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