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 - GALENA - Viburnam Trend Area, Reynolds County, Missouri; a LARGE galena, with a nice crystal lustre! This one measures 4 1/4" x 6" x 4", and is a fine specimen of galena. $450.
Item MS3 - SMOKY QUARTZ - Catawba County, North Carolina; (thumbnail) a wide, doubly-terminated smoky quartz crystal with darker smoky "accents" along the edges of the tips. Condition is good. $19.
Item MS4 - ILVAITE and QUARTZ - Verchniy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia; jet-black, terminated crystals of this calcium/iron sorosilicate radiate upward in this piece. Crystals have a great shine to them, and have minor white calcites growing at spots. Dimensions are 7/8" x 5/8" x 1 7/8". Condition is very good. Mounted on a (removeable) plastic base. $95.
Item MS5 - METEORITE - Campo del Cielo, Argentina; a small sample of this fall in Argentina some 4,000 years ago. This is an iron meteorite, and comes in a 1 1/2" plastic case. Condition is good. $18.
Item MS6 - ANATASE - Nausherwani Mine, Balochistan, Pakistan; roughly a dozen jet-black anatase crystals are dispersed across a 1 1/2" x 1 1/4" x 1 5/8" matrix piece. Crystals are dipyramidal, and in good condition. $60.
Item MS7 - HERKIMER DIAMOND - Herkimer, New York; a grouping of three of these doubly-terminated quartz crystals. Specimen has a smoky coloration and is in good condition. Dimensions are 3" x 2" x 2". $145.
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 - FLUORITE - De'an mine, Jiangxi Province, China; dark-purple, octahedral fluorite crystals are spread across the surface of a 3" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" matrix piece. Individual crystals are up to 1/2" in diameter. Condition is good. $60.
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 - SIDERITE and BIOTITE MICA - Crabtree Quarry, Wake County, North Carolina; (thumbnail) sharp olive-colored rhombs of siderite have jet-black biotite mica at various places in this specimen. Collected by, and purchased from Gerald in the Raleigh Club some years back. Condition is very good. $18.
Item MS15 - NATIVE COPPER - Dzezkazgan, Kazakhstan; a thin, winding specimen of crystallized copper, measuring just shy of 1 1/2" long. Condition is fine. $20.
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 - RUTILE with SIDERITE, QUARTZ and MICA - North American Emerald Mine, Hiddenite, North Carolina; a 3 1/2" smoky quartz crystal has rutile on it, as well as included in it, and on each of the associated minerals. Full dimensions are 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 4 3/4", and condition is good. $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 - CALCITE - Verchniy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia; two glassy, water-clear calcite crystals (scalenohedral) stick up from a 1 1/4" x 7/8" matrix piece. This is in fine condition, and calcites are roughly 1/2" in length. $28.
Item MS22 - WAVELLITE - Avant, Montgomery County, Arkansas; (thumbnail) a chunk of matrix has both a full wavellite nodule, as well as broken nodules to show the radiating light-green spray of the wavellite crystals. Condition is good. $12.
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 - MIMETITE on CERUSSITE - Tsumeb, SW Africa; (thumbnail) fine yellow mimetite druse crystals grow over portions of a grouping of light-tan cerussite crystals. Condition is good. $11.
Item MS25 - ASTROPHYLLITE - Tatarka Eniseiskii, Russia; a nice specimen of this hydrous potassium iron titanium silicate, showing the brown/gold needle-like crystal sprays wrapping down and around a matrix piece. Measures 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" x 1 3/4", and in very good condition. $78.
Item MS26 - FADEN QUARTZ - Dara, Ismael Khan District, Waziristan, Pakistan; water-clear, flat, tabby quartz crystals have the white "thread" (German word "faden") running through them. Crystals are doubly-terminated and in very good shape. Measures 1 1/4" x 1" x 1/4". $20.
Item MS27 - SILVER - Imiter Mine, Dades Region, Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco; a great miniature of silver wire crystals (the piece is loaded with silver). This one measures 1 1/8" x 1" x 3/4", and is (naturally) tarnished, but can be easily cleaned to a bright silver if so desired (I can do it before shipment if you'd like). $140.
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 - AZURITE - Kerrouchen, Morocco; a grouping of sharp, striated, wedge-shaped azurite crystals. Dimensions are 1" x 3/4" x 1 1/4", and condition is good. $100.
Item MS36 - CORUNDUM - Mysore, India; a slightly tapered, hexagonal ruby crystal, measuring a little over 1" in diameter and 3/4" tall. Color is a nice red, and condition is good. $75.
Item MS37 - AZURITE - Azilal, Beni Mellal, Morocco; small, dark-blue azurite crystals run along the surface of a 1 3/4" x 1 1/4" x 1" matrix piece in this specimen. Crystals have a nice lustre to them, and condition is good. $39.
Item MS38 - TOURMALINE - Minas Gerais, Brazil; a thin, terminated, 1 3/4" long tourmaline crystal. Crystal is semi-transparant and blue-green color changing to a pink near the base. Condition is good. $28.
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 - AMETHYST - Las Vigas, Vera Cruz, Mexico; (thumbnail) an inch-long, doubly-terminated amethyst crystal from Mexico. Condition is good. $8.
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 - AZURITE - Milpillas Mine, Cananea, Sonora, Mexico; a very good specimen of the deep-blue azurite crystals from this sought-after Mexican Mine (which I hear is no longer finding the azurite/malachite specimens). The crystals on this sample are nice and vibrant. Measures 1 3/4" x 1 1/4" x 1/2". $180.
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 - Druse QUARTZ - Moncure Quarry, Lee County, North Carolina; a fine coat of druse quartz covers most of the surface of a 7 1/4" x 4 1/4" x 2 1/2" piece. Matrix has seams and is vugs adding to the aesthetics of the specimen. 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.