Item MS1 - BERYL - Ray Mine, Yancey County, North Carolina; four green beryl crystals are exposed from a 2" x 1 1/4" x 1 3/4" piece of the quartz/mica matrix. Top two crystals are roughly 1" in length and 3/8" wide. Specimen is in good condition, and is a nice addition to my NC inventory. This, and many other NC pieces, are from a collection recently purchased. Nice to have these, as the location is now closed to collecting (these were dug in the 1960's). $60.
Item MS2 - TURQUOISE - Kingman Mine, Cerbat Mountains, Mohave County, Arizona; a nice chunk of this sky-blue gemstone, measuring 2" x 1 1/4" x 1 1/4". Completely natural - not cut or the "re-constituted" junk out on the market. $160.
Item MS3 - BARITE - Annabel Lee Mine, Hardin County, Illinois; white barite blades stand up in a cluster off what was once a large purple fluorite corner. Barite crystal edges "catch the light" quite well, giving the piece a nice shine. Specimen is in fine condition, and measures 2 3/4" x 2 1/4" x 1 1/2". $65.
Item MS4 - CALCITE on FLUORITE- Elmwood Mine, Smith County, Tennessee; a semi-transparant, light-purple fluorite cube has small, doubly-terminated calcite crystals growing off one side of it. Cube measures 1" in diameter, with slightly darker perimeter edges than rest of the crystal face(s). Condition is very good. $29.
Item MS5 - CASSITERITE - Viloco, Loayza, Bolivia; what a flashy specimen! This jet-black, high-lustre group of well-formed tin crystals is a great addition. Dimensions are 1 1/2" x 1 1/4" x 7/8", and condition is fine. $70.
Item MS6 - EMERALD - Muzo, Columbia; (thumbnail) a single, terminated, deep-green emerald crystal. Specimen is roughly 1/2" long and semi-transparant. $65.
Item MS7 - HIDDENITE - Adam's farm, Hiddenite, North Carolina; (thumbnail) a small sample of this highly sought-after, chromium-rich spodumene, measuring .5 cm in length. Condition is good. $19.
Item MS8 - DIOPTASE - Tsumeb, SW Africa; (thumbnail) a large (.9 cm), dark-green, emerald-colored crystal sits up on a few smaller ones. A nice specimen from a classic locality. $26.
Item MS9 - AMBER - Columbia; a dark-orange, tear-shaped nodule of amber, 1" in length and 1/2" wide. Good clarity to piece. $45.
Item MS10 - QUARTZ - Grandfather Mountain, Linville, North Carolina; displayed in a 2" x 2" perky box, this sepcimen consists of slender, clear, radiating quartz crystals. Actual piece is 1" x 1/2" x 1 1/4", and condition is good. $40.
Item MS11 - BARITE - Sterling, Colorado; (thumbnail) a sample of the light-blue, prismatic crystals with the chisel-shaped termination. Probably Stoneham location, but not identified as such on label. $8.
Item MS12 - OPAL - Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine, Virgin Valley, Nevada; a (roughly) 1 1/4" long, 1" wide specimen of semi-transparant opal from a well-known US location. This piece shows nice blue/green/violet coloration. Comes in a 2 1/2" tall, 1 1/4" wide glass vial (water-filled). Condition is very good. $300.
Item MS13 - MALACHITE pseudomorph after AZURITE - Arkaroola Station, Australia; a large, single wedge-shaped crystal of velvet malachite after an original azurite crystal (pseudomorphed). This deep-green crystal is roughly 7/8" across a face. Condition is very good. $75.
Item MS14 - DANBURITE - Mina Aurora, Charcas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico; four main crystals, light-pink in color, terminated, and up to 2 1/2" in length. Specimen has nice transparancy and is in good shape. $59.
Item MS15 - PLATINUM with GOLD coating- Kondyor Massif, Yakutsk, Russia; a .27 gram gold-coated platinum nugget (cubic) from the only location known that these come from. From a Tucson purchase roughly 8 years ago. $120.
Item MS16 - APATITE on ALBITE - Sapo Mine, Goiabeira, Minas Gerais, Brazil; a well-formed hexagonal apatite crystal, deep-green in color, sits on a 7/8" x 1" a 1/2" albite matrix piece. Condition is very good. $85.
Item MS17 - CINNABAR on CALCITE - Tongren Mine, Guizhou, China; blood-red cinnabar crystals stand out against the white calcite covering over the matrix. Cinnabar is up to 1/4" to a crystal face, with total measurements at 3" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/4". Condition is fair. $68.
Item MS18 - BIXBYITE - Thomas Mountain Range, Juab County, Utah; (thumbnail) a nice cubic crystal of this manganese iron oxide, with the typical metallic black color. Condition is good. $11.
Item MS19 - AMETHYST - Diamond Hill Mine, Antreville, South Carolina; a good quality specimen from this mine (tips aren't all damaged, as is frequently found). This one has roughly 10 crystals, and measures 4" x 2 1/2" x 2 3/4". Collected by Vel Brousseau back on one of Chet's digs in the early 2000's. $165.
Item MS20 - TOURMALINE - Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil; two very dark-green, wide, terminated crystals are adjoined at their base and slightly offset in this specimen. Measures 1 1/4" x 1" x 1 1/4", and piece is mounted to a beveled plastic base. Condition is good. $130.
Item MS21 - METEORITE - Campo del Cielo, Chaco, Argentina; a sample of this nickel-iron meteorite is encased in a clear vial (which is 1 3/4" in diameter). Meteorite fell in 1576. $16.
Item MS22 - RHODOCROSITE - Argentina; a large specimen of this manganese carbonate, with a side sliced and polished to show the beauty of the raspberry-pink colors (this piece shows great color). Dimensions are 6" x 4 1/4" x 1 1/4". Condition is very good. $425.
Item MS23 - CORUNDUM (Ruby) - Probst Farm, Lincoln County, North Carolina; a well-formed hexagonal crystal, flat-topped and bottom, with a nice red color to it. Crystal is 7/8" tall and 7/8" in diameter. $48.
Item MS24 - CROCOITE - Dundas, Tasmania, Australia; (thumbnail) a wide, 5/8" long, orange crystal of this lead chromate. Condition is good. $20.
Item MS25 - CALCITE - Blaengwynlais Quarry, near Cardiff, South Glamorgan, South Wales; a really neat grouping of stacked rhombs - snow white and transitioning to a tan color near it's base. Aside from the location rarity (in terms of what I normally come across), this piece is quite aesthetic. Dimensions are 3 1/4" x 2" x 1 1/2", and in fine condition. $110.
Item MS26 - DEMANTOID GARNET - Takeb, Aserbaijan, Iran; (thumbnail) a dark-green, well-formed garnet (dodecahedron), 1/4" in diameter, is perched on top of a small matrix section. Condition is fine. $55.
Item MS27 - SMOKY QUARTZ - Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, North Carolina; a long tessin habit (light) smoky quartz crystal - heavily included with chlorite and horizontally striated along it's central face. Dimensions are 2 7/8" long and 3/4" wide at it's base. Condition is fair, due to a slight ding along one crystal face. $40.
Item MS28 - HEMIMORPHITE - Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico; the inside of a vug is filled with sprays of striated hemimorphite crystals. Note that this mineral is highly fluorescent, giving off a green color in short-wave and a light-pink in long-wave lighting. Specimen measures 2 3/4" x 2" x 3", and condition is good. $100.
Item MS29 - PYROMORPHITE - Midnight Mine, Mullan, Idaho; light yellow-green, tapered pyromorphite crystals are clustered togethsr in this specimen. Measures 7/8" x 1" x 3/4", and condition is very good. $49.
Item MS30 - QUARTZ - Smyth County, Virginia; (thumbnail) a smoky quartz crystal is sceptred AT BOTH ENDS! Specimen is in good shape. $10.
Item MS31 - AZURITE - Azilal, Beni Mellal, Morocco; a larger specimen of the deep-blue Moroccoan azurite, which also has minor velvet malachite crystals at various spots. Measures 2 3/4" x 2" x 3/4", and condition is good. $70.
Item MS32 - RUTILE (paramorph after Brookite) - Magnet Cove, Arkansas; (thumbnail) a nice example of the rutile after brookite from this classic location. Minor pyrite matrix attached at back, and specimen is in fine condition. $18.
Item MS33 - QUARTZ - Off Hwy 22South, Guilford County, North Carolina; a few gemmy, water-clear, terminated quartz crystals from a location I've not come across before (and I live nearby!). This facet-quality specimen is 1" x 1/2" x 2", and condition is very good. $50.
Item MS34 - MUSCOVITE MICA with HEMATITE inclusions - Spruce Pine, North Carolina; a large (6" x 3 1/2") sheet of mica loaded with dark hematite forming cross-patterns throughout the sheet. This are a really neat looking NC specimens! $26.
Item MS35 - SIDERITE - Crabtree Quarry, Wake County, North Carolina; (thumbnail) stacked, olive-green siderite rhombs comprise this piece, and condition is good. Minor matrix attached to right side. $12.
Item MS36 - CALCITE - North American Emerald Mine, Hiddenite, North Carolina; a great NC sample of the flattened calcites grouped in a "rosette" type fashion and intermixed with quartz and mica. Dimensions are 1 1/2" x 1" x 1 1/8", and condition is good. Purchased from Terry Ledford in 2014. $45.
Item MS37 - BARITE on QUARTZ - Senorita Mine, Paquin Mining District, Ouray County, Colorado; thin white barite blades sit up on a crystallized quartz-covered matrix piece. Measures 2" x 1 1/2" x 1 3/8", and condition is good. $69.
Item MS38 - RUBY in ZOISITE - Tanzania; a 2 1/2" wide (green) zoisite nodule has a nice red ruby in it's center. Ruby is 1 1/2" in diameter and the six sides are evident. Condition is very good. $158.
Item MS39 - AMETHYST (sceptre) - Little Gem Mine, Jefferson County, Montana; a semi-transparant sceptred amethyst crystal, measuring 1 1/8" x 3/4" x 1 1/2". Crystal termination is good, and crystal has a nice purple color. Condition is good. $85.
Item MS40 - HEMATITE on SMOKY QUARTZ - Alpine Region, Cavradi, Switzerland; a 1 1/4" long, terminated smoky quartz crystal is heavily coated with small hematite plates. Condition is good. $78.
Item MS41 - MIMETITE - Mount Bonney, Northern Territories, Australia; a well-formed, yellow/green, hexagonal crystal of mimetite sits up on a 1 1/4" piece of matrix. Picked up (many) years ago from Joe Polityka at the Goucher College Swap. Condition is very good. $59.
Item MS42 - PYROMORPHITE - Yangshu, Guangxi Province, China; olive-green crystals cover the surface of a 1 1/2" x 1 1/4" x 1/2" matrix section. Condition is fair. $25.
Item MS43 - AMETHYST - Saryshagan, Kazakhstan; a single, deep-purple amethyst crystal sits up on a 3" x 2" x 1 1/2" piece of matrix. The amethyst is 1/2" tall and 1/2" wide. Condition is good. $70.
Item MS44 - BARITE - Oumjrane, El-Rachidia, Morocco; a fist-sized specimen of pink/tan barite crystals on the surface of a 4" x 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" matrix piece. Barites form rounded assemblies of bladed crystals. Condition is good. $70.
Item MS45 - MANGANOCALCITE - Sovietskiy #2 Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia; a large pink crystal, 2 1/4" in diameter, sits on a small matrix piece. Crystal is complete, and in good condition. Full measurements are 2 1/2" x 1 3/4" x 1 3/4". $80.
Item MS46 - NEPTUNITE - Gem Mine, San Benito County, California; a half-dozen neptunite crystals, up to 1" in length, are on the surface of a 2" x 2" x 1/4" piece of matrix. Condition is good. $120.
Item MS47 - MANGANOCALCITE on SPHALERITE - Sovietskiy #2 Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia; light-pink, flattened rhombs of manganocalcite cover much of the surface of a black sphalerite matrix. Dimensions are 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/4", and condition is good. $80.
Item MS48 - RHODOCROSITE - Uchuchaqua, Lima Dept., Peru; a half-dozen, deep-pink, scalenohedral rhodocrosite crystals sit exposed in an open vug. Dimensions are 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/4". Condition is good. $58.
Item MS49 - RUTILE in HEMATITE - Ibitiara, Bahia, Brazil; a fine specimen of golden rutile needles radiating out of a plated (chrome-colored ) hematite base. Piece is mounted on a (removeable) small plastic base. Part of the old M. Phantom Minerals inventory (includes Chris' handwritten label). Measures 1" x 1/2" x 1". $78.
Item MS50 - SPESSARTINE GARNET - Tongbei, Fujian Province, China; orange garnet crystals cover the top of a 1 1/2" x 1" x 3/8" matrix piece. Crystals are well-formed and in good shape. $35.