March 2015 Update, Page 2

 

OKL-851

OKL-851    Tourmaline    Pederneria Mine, Sao Jose de Safrira, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  18% Pocket, circ. 2002.  Ex. Steve Lewis Collection.  3.6 x 1.1 x 1.2 cm.  Just as described in the 2015 issue of the Mineralogical Record. Very gemmy with the expected pink core within a beautiful blue tourmaline body.  The top section is gem and all blue. No damage with exceptional luster.  $495

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-852

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OKL-852     Sphalerite and Galena on Quartz     Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  This is old material that I purchased this year at Tucson (2015).  The material was cleared from a Chinese warehouse and came out in the mid 1990's and has been recognized as some of the finest sphalerite found anywhere.  The crystals are gemmy, of high luster and up to 1.3 cm each.  The specimen measures 12 x 12 x 9.3 cm.  Most of the galena crystals are well formed, smaller than the sphalerites, and on the backside of the piece.  The specimen views from all sides with no damage from any position (except the base where it was once connected to matrix).  Very three dimensional with waves of quartz plates and sphalerite crystals scattered about.  Top quality example of this now more difficult to find material.  $450

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-853

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OKL-853     Sphalerite on Quartz     Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  This is old material that I purchased this year at Tucson (2015).  The material was cleared from a Chinese warehouse and came out in the mid 1990's and has been recognized as some of the finest sphalerite found anywhere.  The crystals are gemmy, of high luster and up to 1 cm each.  The specimen measures 7 x 6.1 x 3.3 cm.  Front and sides are wonderful.  Minor side contacts.  Back is fully crystallized too but is missing one sphalerite.  Nice, showy example.  $300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-854

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OKL-854     Sphalerite on Quartz     Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng County, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China.  This is old material that I purchased this year at Tucson (2015).  The material was cleared from a Chinese warehouse and came out in the mid 1990's and has been recognized as some of the finest sphalerite found anywhere.  The crystals are gemmy, of high luster and up to 1.1 cm each.  The specimen measures 12.5 x 7.2 x 3.5 cm.  All sides, front, back are mineralized.  One crystal is missing on front so it will be priced low for this material.  The small crystals are especially transparent.  $150

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-855

OKL-855     Hubeite, Quartz, Calcite, Inestite, Pyrite      Dayes Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Province, China.  Two nicely formed, lustrous double terminated quartz crystals to 7.6 cm each with coatings of the mentioned mineral species.  7.6 x 5.3 x 3.3 cm overall.  No damage to this floater.  Great mineral assemblage.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-856

OKL-856     Hubeite, Quartz, Calcite, Inestite, Pyrite      Dayes Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Province, China.  A double terminated crystal of quartz with nice coatings of all the mentioned minerals.  7.8 x 4.3 x 3 cm floater with no damage.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-857

OKL-857     Hubeite, Quartz, Calcite, Inestite      Dayes Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Province, China.  A double terminated crystals of quartz with nice coatings of all the mentioned minerals.  5.3 x 4.5 x 3.3 cm piece with only one area of contact and no damage.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-858

OKL-858     Hubeite, Apophyllite, Quartz, Inestite      Dayes Mines, Huangshi, Hubei Province, China.  Slightly amethyst colored quartz heavily coated by blades of clear apophyllite.  Attractive coatings of hubeite and inestite.  6.4 x 4 x 3.1 cm.  A fine example of this material.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-451

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OKL-451      Rhodochrosite     Kalahari Manganese Fields, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.  Ex Thomas Fowler collection.  3.8 x 3.2 cm plate of crystalline rhodochrosite that is .4 cm thick.  Slightly concave, nice luster and color.  Cast after unknown mineral.  No damage.  $200

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-859

OKL-859    Azurite and Malachite    Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico.   large single crystal with minor blades of azurite and some malachite alteration.  Good views all around, nice luster and only base and minor attachment on one side.  Minor chipping but in very nice shape overall.  4.9 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm.  $180

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-860

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OKL-860    Azurite and Malachite    Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Mun de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico.   large single crystal with minor blades of azurite and some malachite alteration.  Good views all around, exceptional luster and only very minor base contact.  Almost a floater.... no damage.   3.8 x 2.8 x 1.5 cm.  $250

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-861

OKL-861     Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  A fine ball of vibrant green epidote on a small crystal of opaque, prismatic, deep green epidote.  Great translucence with a frosted surface typical of this material. No damage.  2.4 x 2 x 1.7 cm.  Outstanding example.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-862

OKL-862     Prehnite with Epidote inclusions     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  Several interlocking balls of very translucent prehnite with acicular needles of epidode as inclusions.  This specimen is a floater measuring 3.7 x 2.3 x 1.7 cm in total.  Each ball has boundaries on each end that are crystalline with low lying blades in compact groups while the ball itself is as smooth as glass.  The contrast is appealing as is the color, luster, and aesthetics of these specimens.  No damage.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-863

OKL-863     Prehnite with Epidote inclusions     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  Several interlocking balls of very translucent prehnite with acicular needles of epidode as inclusions.  This specimen is a floater measuring 3.4 x 2.2 x 2 cm in total.  Each ball has boundaries on each end that are crystalline with low lying blades in compact groups while the ball itself is as smooth as glass.  The contrast is appealing as is the color, luster, and aesthetics of these specimens.  No damage.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-864

OKL-864     Prehnite with Epidote inclusions     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  Several interlocking balls of very translucent prehnite with acicular needles of epidode as inclusions.  This specimen is a floater measuring 3.5 x 2.6 x 2.4 cm in total.  Each ball has boundaries on each end that are crystalline with low lying blades in compact groups while the ball itself is as smooth as glass.  The contrast is appealing as is the color, luster, and aesthetics of these specimens.  No damage.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-865

OKL-865     Prehnite with Epidote inclusions     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  Several interlocking balls of very translucent prehnite with acicular needles of epidode as inclusions.  This specimen is a floater measuring 2.8 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm in total.  Each ball has boundaries on each end that are crystalline with low lying blades in compact groups while the ball itself is as smooth as glass.  The contrast is appealing as is the color, luster, and aesthetics of these specimens.  No damage.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-866

OKL-866     Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  A fine ball of vibrant green epidote on several crystals of opaque, prismatic, deep green epidote.  Great translucence with a frosted surface typical of this material. Some epidotes are terminated but others are not.  Views clean and damage free from most directions.  3.5 x 3.4 x 2.7 cm, barely fitting into a perky box.  Outstanding example.  Very aesthetic and interesting.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-867

OKL-867     Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  A fine ball of vibrant green epidote on several crystals of opaque, prismatic, deep green epidote and rock matrix.  Great translucence with a frosted surface typical of this material.  Views clean and damage free from all directions.  3.8 x 2.8 x 2.2 cm, barely fitting into a perky box.  Two acicular needles of epidote within the prehnite ball.  Outstanding example.  Very aesthetic and interesting.  $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-868

OKL-868     Epidote with Prehnite     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  A single crystal of lustrous epidote.  It is a beautifully formed, double terminated crystal with two small green balls of prehnite on one end.  Not the typical example of material of the material found at this location.  3.8 x 2 x 1.6 cm, barely fitting into a perky box.  Outstanding example.  Very aesthetic and interesting.  No damage.  A steal at...  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-870

OKL-870     Prehnite and Epidote     Sadiola Hill, Kayes Region, Mali, Africa.  A fine ball of vibrant green epidote on several crystals of opaque, prismatic, deep green epidote and rock matrix.  Great translucence with a frosted surface typical of this material.  Views clean and damage free from all directions although an epidote on the bottom is not terminated.  3.9 x 2.5 x 2 cm, barely fitting into a perky box.  Outstanding example.  Very aesthetic and interesting.  $45

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