Item MS1 - AQUAMARINE - Wiseman Mine, Spruce Pine, North Carolina; (thumbnail) a single blue aqua crystal with nice clarity. Roughly 5/8" long, and in good condition. $48.
Item MS2 - FORSTERITE (Peridot) - Skardu, Nooristan, Pakistan; an olive-green, semi-transparant, terminated crystal of peridot. Crystal measures 3/4" in length and 3/8" wide. Condition is good. $45.
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 - CORUNDUM (Ruby) - Mysore, India; a nice full hexagonal crystal, more than 1 1/2" in diameter and 5/8" thick. $29.
Item MS5 - CROCOITE - Dundas, Tasmania, Australia; (thumbnail) a single, wide, orange crystal of this lead mineral, found as a secondary growth in the lead mines. Condition is good. $24.
Item MS6 - AMETHYST - Boukenhouthoek, near Pretoria, South Africa; a nice specimen of the "cactus quartz" that's on the market. This piece is a 4 1/2" long plate of the amethyst, with 5 main termination points and numerous smaller crystals clustered around their bases. Condition is good. $74.
Item MS7 - MALACHITE - Milpillas Mine, Cananea, Sonora, Mexico; a good pseudomorph of malachite after azurite, with an open vug of wedge-shaped, "velvet" green crystals. This specimen measures 3 1/4" x 2 3/4" x 1". Condition is good. $89.
Item MS8 - OKENITE - Pune, India; a chunk of basalt, 4" x 3", has a coating of apophyllite and gyrolite on it, as well as white okenite nodules. Specimen comes in a 5" x 3" plastic box. Condition is fair. $45.
Item MS9 - BERYL in QUARTZ - Ray Mine, Yancey County, North Carolina; one of many from the Paul Burton collection recently purchased (Paul probably dug them 40 to 50 years ago). This one is a single crystal, a little over an inch long and just shy of a half-inch across, partially exposed in a piece of quartz. Full measurements are 2 3/4" x 2" x 1". $32.
Item MS10 - LIMONITE - Glen Mabry Farm, near Porters, North Carolina; the largest plate of NC limonite that I've come across, measuring 5 1/4" x 3 1/2" x 1 1/4" and loaded with cubic crystals. From the Rodney Leftwich collection, and including his card (under "remarks", he notes that he purchased it at a swap in Winston-Salem in 1976 for 50 cents!). Specimen does have cracks in some places, but appears to be fairly stable. $27.
Item MS11 - MANGANITE - Lynx Mine, Ontario, Canada; a great specimen of manganite, displaying the prismatic, jet-black crystals and a really nice shine to them. Measurements are 3 1/2" x 2" x 1", and this is one of the better pieces I've come across. $80.
Item MS12 - METEORITES - 12 samples from various locations; a GREAT collection of a dozen meteorites from some of the well-known locations across the globe. Each is labeled with the location and is in a 1 1/2" plastic (round) case. The 12 cases are presented in a foam-lined, reinforced display box. A really nice way to get numerous meteorites (it'd make an excellent Christmas gift)! Full display is 7 1/4" across and 8 1/4" long. $115.
Item MS13 - HERKIMER DIAMOND - Fonda, New York; a clear, 7/16" "herkimer diamond" (doubly-terminated quartz crystal) sits exposed on an open vug. Full specimen dimensions are 2 1/4" x 3 1/2" x 2 1/4", and condition is good. $40.
Item MS14 - CALCITE - Elmwood Mine, Smith County, Tennessee; a 2 1/2" long, doubly-terminated, semi-transparant calcite crystal. Old M. Phantom Minerals inventory (with their card). Condition is good. $25.
Item MS15 - CALCITE on SIDERITE - North American Emerald Mine, Hiddenite, North Carolina; (thumbnail) a brown siderite rhomb has a layer of small, white calcites growing across it's surface. A nice NAEM combination specimen. $25.
Item MS16 - BABINGTONITE - Roncari Quarry, East Granby, Connecticut; (thumbnail) a striated, prismatic crystal, roughly 1.5 cm long, is mounted on a plastic "toothpick". Crystal is the typical green-black color, and is in fine condition. $25.
Item MS17 - ANATASE and QUARTZ - Nausherwani Mine, Balochistan, Pakistan; jet-black anatase crystals sit on and in a quartz-lined vug. Measurements are 3 1/4" x 1 1/4" x 2 1/2", and condition is good. $40.
Item MS18 - MILLERITE - Halls Gap, Kentucky; a calcite-lined vug contains numerous needles of this nickel sulfide. Measurements are 1 3/8" x 7/8" x 1", and condition is good. $30.
Item MS19 - BROCHANTITE - Milpillas Mine, Cananea, Sonora, Mexico; the nicest brochantite I've come across from this location. This specimen is comprised of about 10 crystals radiating out in various directions. The crystals are of nearly-gemmy caliber and exhibit a nice deep-green color and fine lustre. Dimensions are 1 1/8" x 1 1/4" x 1". $170.
Item MS20 - RUTILE on QUARTZ - North American Emerald Mine, Hiddenite, North Carolina; (thumbnail) two rutile crystals form a "V" as they shoot up off the top/back of a group of small quartz crystals. Condition is very good. $28.
Item MS21 - SMITHSONITE - Choix, Mexico; a lilac-pink colored, rolling mass of smithsonite is exposed across the surface of a 3 1/4" x 2" x 1 3/4" matrix section. Smithsonite has that silky lustre to the crystals, and is in good shape. $45.
Item MS22 - RUTILE on SMOKY QUARTZ - North American Emerald Mine, Hiddenite, North Carolina; a doubly-terminated, light smoky quartz crystal has rutile and mica growing off it. Biggest rutile is .5+ cm in length and terminated. Measures 1 1/2" x 1/2" x 3/4". Condition is good. $38.
Item MS23 - UVITE with MAGNESITE - Brumado, Bahia, Brazil; an old Jeffrey Mining Company specimen (with Dave's handwritten label). Deep olive-green colored crystals are clustered together, with crystals exhibiting a really nice lustre. Specimen is 1 1/2" x 1" x 1/2", and condition is very good. $55.
Item MS24 - OKENITE - Pune, India; a single okenite - the radiating crystals in a spherical white nodule. Specimen measures 1" in diameter, comes in a plastic protective box, and is in vey good shape. $36.
Item MS25 - ARAGONITE - Molina de Aragon, Guadalajara, Spain; (thumbnail) two wide, terminated crystals of aragonite (brown, but semi-transparant), in good shape. $14.
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 - AMETHYST - Four Peaks, Maricopa Co., Arizona; a single, wide, terminated amethyst crystal, 1 1/2" in diameter and in fair condition. $20.
Item MS28 - PETRIFIED PALM WOOD - Polk County, Texas; the end of a tree limb, with one side sliced off to show the interior (note that it's unpolished, but that could easily be done). Dimensions are 3" x 2" x 2 1/4", and condition is good. $49.
Item MS29 - DIAMOND - Aikhal Mine, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia; a large, greasy-grey, octahedral diamond crystal, weighing in at 5.18 carats. These are becoming increasingly hard to get in inventory; this being one that I had acquired some years back. Condition is good. $395.
Item MS30 - TOPAZ - Brazil; (thumbnail) a water-clear, wide, terminated topaz crystal. Specimen is in fine consition. $22.
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 - ADAMITE - Mina Ojuela, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico; (thumbnail) a rolling mass of yellow/green, HIGHLY-fluorescent adamite crystals sits up on a small limonitic matrix. Condition is very good. $25.
Item MS33 - CORUNDUM (sapphire) - Haywood County, North Carolina; a grey/blue sapphire, with quartz around it's perimeter, has the top and bottom smoothed to show the sapphire. Note that this is not highly polished - just smoothed out. Measures 1 1/2" x 1" x 5/8". $35.
Item MS34 - OPAL - Virgin Valley, Nevada; a sample of semi-precious opal from Nevada. Specimen measures 1 3/4" x 1 1/4" x 3/4", and is an entry-level piece for a collector. $19.
Item MS35 - MICA - Guibault Claim, Hiddenite, North Carolina; a 2 1/2" x 1 3/4" cluster of mica crystals in good shape. Displayed in a 2" x 2" box. $19.
Item MS36 - WULFENITE - Los Lamentos, Mexico; roughly 30 orange, tabular, blocky crystals of this lead mineral cover a 2 1/2" x 2" x 2 1/4" matrix piece. Largest crystals are approximately 3/8" in diameter, and condition is good. $98.
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 - PYROPHYLLITE with LAZULITE and RUTILE- Graves Mountain, Lincoln County, Georgia; a 2 1/4" x 2" x 2" piece of white pyrophyllite (with some radiating spots) has blue lazulite and small dark rutile growing off it. A good starter sample from a classic collecting location. $16.
Item MS39 - RUBY in SMARAGDITE - Macon County, North Carolina; a red ruby sits partially enclosed in a tan-colored, mica-rich smaragdite matrix. Measurements are 1 1/2" x 1 1/4" x 1 1/4", with ruby being 5/8" in diameter. Condition is good. $50.
Item MS40 - CALCITE on QUARTZ - North American Emerald Mine, Hiddenite, North Carolina; roughly 50 white calcite crystals grow on one surface of a 4 1/2" x 2 1/4" x 1 1/4" (re-healed) quartz crystal piece. A nice sample of Hiddenite calcite. $32.
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 - TOURMALINE in QUARTZ - Minas Gerais, Brazil; a wide, doubly-terminated quartz crystal with nice transparancy has an included green tourmaline (nearly an inch long) running up from it's base and fully inside the quartz. There's also another smaller tourmaline attached outside the base. Crystal is 2 3/4" long and a little over 1" wide. Condition is very good. $55.
Item MS43 - DOLOMITE with CHALCOPYRITE - Vulcan Quarry, Hoxie, Arkansas; a rolling mass of the nice pink dolomite crystals from this quarry, with small chalcopyrites grown over the top in many places. Measures 4" x 3 1/2" x 2", and in fine condition. (I've collected in this mine, and this is a nice one) $40.
Item MS44 - TOURMALINE in QUARTZ- Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil; a clear, wide, terminated quartz crystal has green tourmaline crystals running through it. Measurements are 7/8" x 1" x 3/4", and condition is very good. $49.
Item MS45 - RUTILE on MUSCOVITE - North American Emerald Mine, Hiddenite, North Carolina; (thumbnail) a single, terminated rutile crystal sits up off a muscovite mica sheet in this piece. Assuredly aesthetic, and in fine condition. $30.
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 - Reticulated RUTILE on QUARTZ - North American Emerald Mine, Hiddenite, North Carolina; thin, chrome-colored rutile displays the reticulated cross-pattern as it sits up on the flat faces of a chunk of white quartz. Dimensions are 1 7/8" x 1 1/4" x 1". $45.
Item MS48 - UNAKITE - Madison County, Virginia; a nice slab of this granitic rock (jasper), with the usual colorful pink orthoclase feldspar and green epidote. Measures 3 3/4" x 2 1/4" x 1/4", and condition is good. $26.
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 - CERUSSITE - Shaft #9, Touissit, Morocco; (thumbnail) two transparant, terminated crystals of this lead carbonate for a "V" pattern. Specimen is good shape. $15.