Mineral Gallery

The following is a sample selection of some of

the minerals we offer. Simply click on the thumbnail

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Last Updated: 2/13/2018

thumbnail Item PS1 - SMOKY QUARTZ with Mud inclusions- Rist Mine, Hiddenite, North Carolina; one of many purchased from Terry Ledford 5 years back, this one is a wide grouping of crystals, measuring 4" x 3" x 4". Matrix contact present at bottom and back right side, but specimen has numerous crystal faces showing. Light mud inclusions along crystal edges adds to aesthetics. $165.          
thumbnail Item PS2 - TSAVORITE GARNET - Merelani Hills, Arusha Region, Tanzania; a nice collection of gemmy-green tsavorite garnets on a black graphite matrix. The matrix pieces aren't real common on the market, and this is a reasonably-priced, good quality specimen. Measures 1 5/8" x 1 1/4" x 7/8". $1,250. (Note that both larger and smaller matrix specimens are available too.)          
thumbnail Item PS3 - RED QUARTZ - El Rachidia, Morocco; a plate of this hematite-rich quartz, 8" long. 4 1/2" wide and 1 3/4" deep. Specimen is a very dark red color and a good light adds to it's vibrancy. Condition is very good. $345.          
thumbnail Item PS4 - LABRADORITE - Madagascar; a colorful, polished piece of this feldspar mineral. Bottom is flattened so it stands (stable) really well. Golden colors and reddish hue are great! Dimensions are 3 1/4" x 1 1/2" x 4". $110.          
thumbnail Item PS5 - RUTILE on SIDERITE - North American Emerald Mine, Hiddenite, North Carolina; siderite rhombs are stacked up in this piece, with rutile growing near one end (it's top as I have it photographed). Specimen measures 2 1/4" x 1", and condition is good. $30.          
thumbnail Item PS6 - FLUORAPATITE - Foote Mine, Cleveland County, North Carolina; a 5/16" purple fluorapatite crystal sits on a 1 1/4" long piece of matrix. There's one more fluorapatite present at the lower-front of the first crystal as well. Condition is good. $120.          
thumbnail Item PS7 - QUARTZ on FLUORITE - Wuyi, Zhejiang Province, China; something new picked up at the 2018 Tucson show - a partial growth of white quartz is partially over the top of some of the "crystal peaks" of a fluorite plate. The fluorite has a great green color, and allows light to pass through, giving it a nice showy effect. This piece measures 3 1/4" x 2" x 1", and condition is very good. $125. (Note that larger pieces are also available.)          
thumbnail Item PS8 - BROOKITE on QUARTZ - Magnet Cove, Arkansas; (thumbnail) a 1/2" terminated quartz crystal has a half-dozen jet-black brookite crystal growing on it, and one larger one at its base. Specimen is in good condition. $19.          
thumbnail Item PS9 - BARITE - Sidi Lahcen Mine, Nadour Province, Morocco; tapered, flat barite crystals sit against a 2 1/2" x 2 1/4" x 1 3/4" matrix piece. Barites have a nice blue color to them, and specimen is in good condition. $185.          
thumbnail Item PS10 - AMETHYST - La Valenciana Mine, Guerrero, Mexico; a good sample of the phantom amethyst that comes from this dense-jungle, mountainous region. Specimen is mounted on a plastic base, and is roughly 3 1/2" tall. Condition is good. $64.        
thumbnail Item PS11 - RUTILE and HEMATITE - Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil; flat, dark-chrome colored hematite plates are clustered together with a coating of gold rutile needles. Dimensions are 1 5/8" x 1 1/4" x 1/2", and condition is very good. $110.          
thumbnail Item PS12 - BERYL - Ray Mine, Yancey County, North Carolina; a 1" wide and 2" tall beryl crystal sits up on a small piece of matrix. Condition is good, and crystal has all six sides showing. $55.          
thumbnail Item PS13 - PYRITE - Morococha District, Junin Dept., Peru; a long, winding grouping of Peruvian pyrite crystals. This one measures 5 3/4" x 2 1/4" x 1 1/2", and can be displayed either laying flat of standing vertically with a stand. Condition is very good. $195.          
thumbnail Item PS14 - APOPHYLLITE on STILBITE - Rahuri, Maharashtra, India; a great sample of the "snowball" formation of apophyllite that forms only in the wells in this area of India. This one has gemmy crystals, and is 1" across. The stilbite matrix measures 2" x 2" x 1 1/4". $100. (More specimens, larger, also available.)          
thumbnail Item PS15 - ZIRCON - Jones Mine, Henderson County, North Carolina; a recent purchase from the Rodney Leftwich collection (has his label and one from the dealer he bought it from). This specimen is a 1/2" zircon crystal on a microcline and epidote matrix. There's also another 1/4" zircon near the base/back (as the picture is oriented). Matrix contact at the back/right of the larger crystal, but not what I consider substantial. Full dimensions are 1 1/2" x 1 1/4" x 2". $150.          
thumbnail Item PS16 - DANBURITE - San Luis Potosi, Mexico; a single, terminated crystal with good clarity and form. Dimensions are 3/4" x 1/2" x 1 3/4". Condition is good. $45.          
thumbnail Item PS17 - FLUORITE - Auglaize Quarry, Paulding County, Ohio; (thumbnail) a great fluorite phantom, with a clear layer over a dark-purple core. $45.          
thumbnail Item PS18 - Golden BERYL - Morefield Mine, Amelia, Virginia; this is the best beryl I've seen from this locale. It shows good six-sided form and measures 1" tall and more than 1/2" wide. Condition is good. From a recently purchased collection. $78.          
thumbnail Item PS19 - SMOKY QUARTZ and MICA - North American Emerald Mine, Hiddenite, North Carolina; from the now-closed NAEM mine - a nice grouping of transparant smoky quartz crystals has an association of mica crystals at various points. Piece measures 2 1/4" x 1 1/2" x 2 1/2", and condition is fine. $100.          
thumbnail Item PS20 - SMITHSONITE - Kelly Mine, Magdelena, Socorro County, New Mexico; light-blue nodules of smithsonite are in an exposed vug. Crystals have that silky lustre, and specimen measures 1 1/4" x 1" x 1 1/4". Condition is good. $75.          
thumbnail Item PS21 - MALACHITE - Shaba Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo; a "finger" or stalactite of malachite, measuring a little over 1 1/2" long. Condition is very good. $30.          
thumbnail Item PS22 - QUARTZ with CHLORITE inclusions - Bahia, Brazil; a great choice for the quartz collector! This specimen is a cluster of roughly 20 clear, terminated quartz crystals with neat inclusions of green chlorite and yellow/tan clay. This is one of those specimens that's nice to hold and turn around to observe the inclusions. Dimensions are 3 3/4" x 1 1/4" x 3". $145.          
thumbnail Item PS23 - AMETHYST - Diamond Hill Mine, Antreville, South Carolina; more than a dozen amethyst crystals, the largest of which is 2 1/2" tall, sit partially on a layer of small quartz crystal covered matrix. This is a fairly good piece, as (too) many of the pieces from this locale are damaged. Measurements are 5 1/2" x 4" x 4 1/2". $165.          
thumbnail Item PS24 - LIMONITE on SMOKY QUARTZ - Rist Mine, Hiddenite, North Carolina; a large, doubly-terminated smoky quartz has a 2 1/4" growth of limonite attached to one side. Dimensions are 7" x 4" x 4". Time to offer this at a great price.... $155.          
thumbnail Item PS25 - HYALITE OPAL - Chalk Mountain, Spruce Pine, North Carolina; a great crystallized specimen of this highly fluorescent material! Most of the pieces on the market are simply a layer of hyalite over matrix; not one that is crystals (yes, I sell the "layer" ones too). Measures 2" x 1 1/2" x 1". $59.          
thumbnail Item PS26 - COPPER - Polk County, Tennessee; a large, (HEAVY!), twisted copper slab from the copper mining district of southeastern Tennessee. This area was heavily mined for copper in the early 1900's. Dimensions are 9" x 3" x 3". $150.          
thumbnail Item PS27 - KUNZITE - Nuristan, Afghanistan; a 2 1/4" long, pink spodumene crystal. Condition is very good, and crystal is 1/2" wide. $95.          
thumbnail Item PS28 - AQUAMARINE - Minas Gerais, Brazil; a 1 3/4" long, terminated aqua crystal with really good clarity. Note that this isn't a complete crystal, meaning that there's breakage on the back side (it could however be some great cutting material if so desired). Crystal is 1 1/8" wide. $85.          
thumbnail Item PS29 - APATITE - Ipira, Bahia, Brazil; a large example of this deep indigo-blue Brazilian apatite that came on the market some years back. This one is 2 1/2" tall and roughly 1 1/2" wide at it's base. The color is what made these an easy sell back when we used to see them at shows. From a recently purchased collection. $95.          
thumbnail Item PS30 - SPHALERITE on CALCITE- Zacatecas, Mexico; from the recent aquisition of Paul Burton's mineral collection, this specimen is a cabinet-sized specimen of small, high-lustre sphalerite crystals and tan-colored calcite rhombs that have grown on a 7 1/2" x 6" x 5 1/2" matrix piece. Condition is good. $100.          
thumbnail Item PS31 - AMBER - Santander Province, Columbia; a nice, golden-yellow, transparant piece of amber, measuring 1 3/4" x 1" x 3/4". Condition is very good. $105.          
thumbnail Item PS32 - AMMOLITE - Alberta, Canada; a polished specimen of this opalized ammonite, showing orange, green, yellow and red colors. Measures 2" x 2" x 1/4". $80.          
thumbnail Item PS33 - EPIDOTE in QUARTZ- Minas Gerais, Brazil; clear, terminated quartz crystals have a very noticeable inclusion of green epidote crystals. Measures 5 1/4" x 1 3/4" x 2 1/4", and in fine condition. A nice addition for the quartz collector! $165.          
thumbnail Item PS34 - TOURMALINE - Minas Gerais, Brazil; a slender, 1 5/8" long tourmaline crystal showing a reddish color near the top and increasingly green as you move down the crystal. Condition is very good. $79.          

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