Russian Mineral Specimens For Sale

 

       

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Russian minerals offer a great diversity of species from a variety of locations.  During recent times (1990's- 2000's) Dal'negorsk has been a prolific producer of fine mineral crystals from Russia.  The fluorites and spinel law twin galenas have gotten much of the publicity, but as you will see here there are plenty of other mineral options, too.  The Ural mountains have produced fine minerals in the past and are currently being explored for more fine pegmatite minerals.  The minerals of Russia are aesthetic and highly desired. 

 

 

 

OKN-868

OKN-868     Ikaite pseudomorph after Calcite     Bielomore, Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A fine damage-free floater measuring 4 x 3 x 2.8 cm.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-167

OKM-167     Hedenbergite       Primore, Dal negorsk, Russia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble.  An unusual mineral species for this prolific localoty.  It measures 6.6 x 3.5 x 3.2 cm.  There are also small twinned, metallic crystals of what resembles sphalerite.  Zero damage.  $175

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-753

OKO-753      Calcite      Gaj, Ural Mountains, U.S.S.R.   Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  8.2 x 4.6 x 5 cm.  Sawn flat on back.  Nice bladed crystals to 2.5 cm each with nice transparency.  A couple have very light rums as seen.  Overall a good old example.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-770

OKN-770     Galena, Sphalerite, Quartz, Chalcopyrite     Dalí negorsk, Russia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  An attractive assembalage od species measuring 7.9 x 4.9 x 4.1 cm.  No damage, attractive high luster crystals.  Good for the location.  $175

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-736

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OKN-736     Fluorite      500 km North of Vladivostok (old U.S.S.R.), Tetuche, Far Eastern Region, Russia.  Ex. Harold Dibble collection.  7.5 x 6.1 x 4.9 cm dome of cubic, green colored, translucent crystals to 2 cm each on edge.  Frosted surfaces with minor white secondary fluorite overgrowths as seen.  No damage.  $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKO-739

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OKO-739    Quartz     2nd Sovietsky Mine, Dal'negorsk, Primorsky Kray, Russia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  FIGURED SPECIMEN from the book, Quartz: An Introduction to Crystalline Quartz, page 10, by Harold Dibble.  This is the nicest example of this fine beta-form quartz that I have seen outside a museum.  The large plate measures 15.5 x 15.2 x 4.2 cm.  The crystals are both the recognizable light green and white.  Most of the smaller crystals are clear.  The largest crystals are up to 3 cm each.  One crystal near the center of one face (the one most individuals would consider the front and the side that was photographed in Harold's book) has a chip.  Other than this the piece is in amazing shape on both sides and even the edges.  Minor edge contact on one side.  Great example of this uncommon material.  $3,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-814

OKJ-814     Staurolite    Keivy Massif, Kola Peninsula, Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  A nice 3 x 2 x 1 cm piece with a distinct cross.  No damage.  Mounted in a perky box.  $20

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-666

OKN-666     Fluorite on Quartz      Dalínegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Priorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  8.5 x 7 x 5.3 cm dome of quartz with intergrown clear, high luster fluorites to 3 cm on edge.  Lots of interesting modifications.  Fluorite cleave on contact edge and d to one interior crystal but the big one is perfect and aesthetic.  Better in hand.  $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-667

I have cleaned this specimen and it has been improved nicely.

OKN-667     Pyrrohotite    Dalínegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Priorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  These have become classics and are universally recognized as some of the finest for the species.  This example measures 7.3 x 5.1 x 4.5 cm and is a large, double terminated, complex, single crystal.  It is complete all around with only a couple of small contacts.  It has the expected luster/ patina.  The accessory is quartz.  A very fine example.  $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-668

OKN-668     Galena and Sphalerite    Dalínegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Priorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  The galenas are lustrous cuboctahedrons to 1.7 cm each and dominate this domical piece.  In the boundaries between crystals can be found dark sphalerite in unusual parallel growth coatings and crystals.  The specimen is in excellent condition with no damage and only minor base/edge contact.  5.5 x 5.2 x 3.6 cm.  The bottom is even well crystallized.  $75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-669

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OKN-669     Galena and Sphalerite     Dalínegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Priorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  A 7.4 x 5.7 x 3.7 cm piece with well-formed crystals of both species.  Galenas are cuboctahedral in form, have nice patinas and very nice growth hillocks and spiraled surface features.  Really very interesting things here.  The sphalerite is lustrous and beautifully formed with plenty of twins.  No damage, minor edge contact, better in-hand.  Minor quartz and pyrite accessories.  $150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-672

OKN-672     Sphalerite and Quartz     Dalínegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Priorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  A 5.8 x 5.2 x 3.7 cm piece with well-formed sphalerites (often twinned) to 1.8 cm each.  The sphalerite is lustrous and beautifully formed with plenty of twins clearly visible and sitting up high off the matrix.  No damage, one edge contact, better in-hand.  Fine piece.  $65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-673

OKN-673     Fluorite on Quartz     Dalínegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Priorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  Beautiful, lustrous, water clear cubes on quartz matrix.  The cubes have multiple forms modifying their shapes.  This one measures 7.6 x 4.2 x 4 cm overall with crystals to 2 cm on edge.  The fluorites sit up high and are really quite brilliant.  No damage.  $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-674

OKN-674     Galena     Dalínegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Priorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  This is a highly morphed specimen as can be seen in the images.  Almost no crystal form, in the traditional sense, but it is fully crystallized on all sides.  No damage, lustrous, looks like a melted and then solidified piece of metal.  9.8 x 6.5 x 4 cm overall.  Probably one single crystal and very likely spinel law twinned.  $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-675

OKN-675     Quartz and Calcite     Dalínegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Priorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  Simple blades of light pink calcite mied with green (likely chamosite coated) quartz points.  Back and bottom contact but otherwise in fine condition.  7.4 x 4.5 x 4.3 cm.  Nice example with a lower, satin like luster.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-676

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OKN-676     Fluorite on Quartz with Calcite     Dalínegorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Priorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  Beautiful, lustrous, water clear cubes on light blue quartz matrix.  The fluorites show lots of modification and are very attractive.  7.8 x 7.5 x 4 cm.  A floater with stalactitic growth on one edge.   No damage.  $75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-997

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OKM-997    Quartz    Dal'negorsk, Russia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  FIGURED SPECIMEN from the book, Quartz: An Introduction to Crystalline Quartz, page 61 By Harold Dibble.  This specimen is thoroughly discussed in regards to the obvious... interrupted growth.  Transparent in upper regions and light veils in lower areas.  6.8 x 2 x 2 cm.  No damage.  $400

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-982

OKM-982    Calcite Twin    Dal'negorsk, Russia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  4.5 x 1.4 x .8 cm clear crystal of calcite.  Nicely twinned and striated.  Small attachment at base, no damage and mounted on an acrylic base.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-652

OKN-652    Ferroaxinite     Polar Urals, Russia.  4.7 x 2,6 x .7 cm single crystal of the normal light purple color.  This one is super sharp (literally) with excellent transparency, moderate internal fracturing, and a very high luster.  Minor edge crazing is present in places but overall the specimen is in good condition. Both sides are equally display worthy.  $65

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-976

OKM-976     Calcite Scepter      Bor Pit, Dal'negorsk, Russia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  3.3 x 1.4 x 1.4 cm floater.  These calcites were once on the market like so many other minerals... not any more.  This one is an interesting dumbbell form.  No damage.  $220

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-924

OKK-924    Garnet   Karelia , Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning.  A fine deep red garnet in a course grained mica schist.  Great form with only one corner being rough from removal from matrix.  I'm not sure I'd call it damage.  In any case it is not distracting and the specimen displays very nicely on edge.  3.9 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm overall with the garnet being 2.6 cm.  $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-652

OKN-652    Ferroaxinite     Polar Urals, Russia.  4.7 x 2,6 x .7 cm single crystal of the normal light purple color.  This one is super sharp (literally) with excellent transparency, moderate internal fracturing, and a very high luster.  Minor edge crazing is present in places but overall the specimen is in good condition. Both sides are equally display worthy.  $65

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-931

OKK-931     Staurolite      Russia.  Nice twinned group on front and single crystals on back.  5.7 x 4.7 x 2.3 cm.  No damage.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-930

OKK-930     Staurolite      Russia.  Nice twinned group on front, backside is void of crystals.  5.4 x 5 x 1.3 cm.  No damage.  This is a superior example of this material for the size.  $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-996

OKN-996     Calcite     Nikolai Mine, Dal'negorsk, Priorie, Russia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  This "poker chip" style crystal group has hoppered faces that are also selectively include (colored white as compared to the light pink that the crystal's bodies have).  Minor pyrite.  Good luster with nice views all around.  Contact on bottom but close to being a floater.  6 x 5 x 4 cm.  Largest crystal is 4.4 cm across.  No damage.  Minor mineral tac on back (blue).  NICE!  $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-328

OKN-328      Fluorite with Pyrite Inclusion     2nd Sovietskii Mine, Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-eastern Region, Russia.  A fine example of these now famous fluorites measuring 10 x 6.5 x 6.1 cm with cubes to 3.7 cm on edge.  A few cute pyrite crystal inclusions along with enhydros and enhydros with bubbles.  No damage, minor internal fractures, minor base contact.  Displays great and sits nicely on base area.  The crystals are cubes modified by dodecs.  They are gemmy with surfaces that show the characteristic frosted surfaces associated with this material.  A beautiful, high quality specimen!  $500

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-187

OKN-187       Calcite, Sphalerite and Quartz on ?? with Ilvaite and Magnetite??      Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  A nice mix on a fan shaped matrix of ??  Some of the quartz is sceptered.  Bright black octahedrons of what look like magnetite and prismatic crystals of ilvaite?  At least on twinned sphalerite.  Some edge contact, generally in very nice condition.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-185

OKN-185       Sphalerite and Quartz      Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  A bog domical specimen measuring 16 x 12.3 x 6 cm.  On the top is a cluster of bright sphalerites measuring 4 cm across.  Some spahalerites are twinned, others not.  There are two small spots missing small quartz crystals otherwise very clean.  What look like large pseudomorphs by quartz in one area of the specimen.  Nice piece, bright and showy.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-170

OKN-170       Galena, Sphalerite, Quartz     Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  A 5 x 4.7 x 3.6 cm piece that is basically a large "cityscape" galena with twinned sphalerites and small quartz crystals here and there as accessories.  There are no points of contact so it is a floater and there is no damage either.  Very intricate and interesting.  There is a lot going on here and it is very difficult to catch it all in the photos.    $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-171

OKN-170       Galena, Chalcopyrite, Pyrrhotite, Quartz     Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  A great combination piece with a large galena that is twinned, bright white quartz and interlocking chalcopyrites.  The pyrrhotite is well formed and everything except two tiny quartz crystals are in perfect condition.  9.8 x 4.7 x 4.5 cm.  Nice patina on this classic piece.  $195

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-172

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OKN-172       Galena and Sphalerite     Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  This floater has no damage and is quite attractive for a galena specimen.  The sphalerites are small but lustrous and scattered over one side of the specimen extending into the central regions.  Cup shaped, light patina/ higher luster for the most part, cubes modified by octahedrons with some twinning.  Very nice!  $175

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-173

OKN-173       Calcite on Quartz     Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  A3 plus cm calcite on a bed of quartz with an unknown brown colored mineral.  Only one small quartz is missing so it is in nice condition for a piece this size (12 x 9 x 3.8 cm).  Back is partially crystallized too.  $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-174

OKN-174       Pyrrhotite     Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  This example is an elongated grouping of crystals in great shape.  Base contact extends slightly a little ways up edges but not enough to distract from any view.  Looks good from front, back sides, top.  Very nice.  5.4 x 4.3 x 2.8 cm.  Nice patina on this miniature sized classic piece.  $95

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-175

Spinel law twin galena

OKN-175       Pyrrhotite and Galena on Quartz      Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  This example of pyrrhotite is an elongated hexagonal, double terminated crystal in great shape that is sitting on edge.  There is a thin spinel law twinned galena that could be described the same way.  Everything sits on a bed of white quartz crystals.  Only two tiny quartz crystals are missing, everything else is free from any damage.  7.5 x 5.2 x 4 cm.  Nice patina on this miniature sized classic piece.  $140

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-177

OKN-177      Fluorite on Quartz pseudomorphs after Barite      Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  An unusual find that has great aesthetic fluorites on an uncommon matrix of quartz after barite.  Some pyrite as an accessory and the white strips appear to be thin plates of dolomite.  8.2 x 7 x 4 cm.  Back is also well crystallized too.  No damage.  The fluorites are cubes modified by dodecs and other forms I do not recognize.  Some frosting, some growth hillocks.  The fluorites are classic, water clear, and aesthetic.   $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-886

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OKM-886        "Quartz Gwindel"     Northern Ural Mountains, Russia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  14.4 x 11 x 5.1 cm open gwindel.  One small tip is dinged and back has chlorite overgrowths over approximately half the back prevents one from seeing through those areas clearly so it is certainly not the "perfect" specimen that everyone wants from this location.  The up side is it will be far more affordable than what one would expect for an enormous  crystal of this habit.  The twist is obvious, most of the piece is gemmy and the luster is good.  $750

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-158

OKN-158       Pyrrohotite, Sphalerite, Quartz      Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  Classic material.  5.9 x 4 x 3.4 cm.  Crystals of each species up to 3.5 cm across.  No damage to upper surfaces, minimal contact on base.  Good luster.  Nice example.  A fraction of what they cost when they first came out on the mineral market.  $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-159

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OKN-159      Fluorite on Sphalerite or Magnetite and Quartz      Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  Classic material.  Interesting, complex cubes in quartz with accessories.  The one appears to be octahedrons of magnetite but I can not be sure.  The fluorites are water clear with some having frosted faces.  11.5 x 8.8 x 5.7 cm.  No damage and a floater!  Very nice.  $175

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-160

OKN-160      Fluorite, Quartz and Pyrite      Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  Classic material.  Interesting, cuboctahedral crystals on included quartz.  Minor pyrite.  The fluorites are very nice and nice examples of why some consider them the finest fluorites in the world.  These are water clear and have surfaces with interesting triangular shaped growth features.  6.7 x 6 x 4.4 cm.  No damage.  $70

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-161

OKN-161      Galena, Sphalerite, Quartz, Dolomite      Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  A nice mix of accessories on a wonderful spinel law twin of galena.  No damage.  5.8 x 3.7 x 2.2 cm.  $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-162

OKN-162      Sphalerite, Quartz and Pyrite      Dal'negorsk, Kavalerovo Mining District, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.  A 10 x 8.7 x 7.3 cm porcupine of crystals.  The quartz are clear with only a few terminal faces being clear so you can see this quality.  Really interesting piece.  The couple crystals that appear broke off have healed surfaces and I only see one tiny one tucked deep in the formation that actually is broken off... so, not damage free but certainly displays as such.  Great views from any direction.  $140

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-833

OKM-833    Lorenzenite with Aegerine     near Hibini, Kola Peninsula, Murmonsk Oblast, Russia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A very rare species only known in decent crystals from a couple locations.  This is an extremely fine "floater" with one termination showing a small area of matrix contact (so, not really a floater).  It measures 3.8 x 2 x 1 cm and has numerous, acicular aegerine crystals on one termination and along one edge.  No damage.  Very nice luster for the species and text book form.  A rare Russian treasure!   $400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-112

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OKM-112    Galena with Calcite     2nd Sovietsky Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia.  These fine spinel law twins are the classics now rare to find (the Bulgarian material is now dominating the market).  This one is a floater with one small ding/ cleave on one edge.  The ding can be seen clearly from back on top left edge in pic.  Obviously not a big deal when one considers how unusual a floater of this material is.  It will show as damage free if displayed as it is shown in my hand (third photo) or in other frontal positions like the first image.  Calcite coats almost all of the backside.  8 x 6 x 2.3 cm.  Great twins of this classic lustrous material.  $450

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-202

OKM-202    Demantoid    Chokotka Peninsula, U.S.S.R.   Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  Old Soviet Republic piece measuring 6.4 x 4.6 x .6 cm.  Many crystals have damage but many are also fine.  $20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-149

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OKM-149    Calcite on Galena        RESERVED        2nd Sovietsky Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia.    Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection. I remember these only being available for a short time about 12 years ago.  I have always thought of them as the "iconic" Russian specimen.  They were very expensive at the time and I've only manage to ever get a few through the purchase of collections.  This is the best one that I have personally seen anywhere.  Not only is it fairly large, the galena crystals are highly lustrous and beautifully formed, almost sculptural.  The calcites are simple rhombs with white flattened rhombs as overgrowths on the larger first generation crystals.  They coat the backside of the specimen almost entirely and cap the front view as well as creeping down one side of the front display piece.  Aesthetic!!  The attachment to the matrix is all on the bottom on which the specimen sits nicely for display.  The only damage is a small chipped area to a couple calcites on the top...without magnification the spot looks like the second generation calcite crystals!  Great piece!  P.O.R.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKM-122

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OKM-122      Quartz  and Andradite     Sinerechenskoye, Blue River Deposit, Primorsky Kray, Russia.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  FIGURED SPECIMEN from the book, Quartz: An Introduction to Crystalline Quartz, page 43 and 46 By Harold Dibble.  One photo is a full page figure.  Prase quartz such as this widen toward the crystal's termination and all the crystals in this magnificent cluster show this characteristic.  I believe it is actinolite inclusions (hedenbergite) that give these quart specimens their attractive green color.  The quartz are very large and well formed for the location.  The garnets are small, but the simple fact that they are in combination in a multi crystal matrix cluster that is aesthetic and free of damage is a very rare thing.  This grouping measures 10 x 8.5 x 8 cm and the longest crystal is 7.5 cm.  Edge crystals where contacts were present are gone as would be expected.  $2,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKL-145

OKL-145    Gold    Indigizka River, Northern Siberia.  A .7 cm nugget (flake) nicely mounted in a perky box.  $65

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAA-018

OKAA-018    Quartz (var. Citrine)     Yuzhnyi Mine, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Southern Urals Region, Russia.  This large citrine point (natural) measures 10.1 x 6.2 x 6.1 cm overall.  It has a tip ding as is clearly seen in the images but still warrants being in someone's collection.  It has large gemmy areas and once again it is NATURAL... so rare for citrine.  It comes with a large oval cut stone measuring .7 cm wide and weighing in at 45 ct.  Together with a custom base it makes for a nice display.  The point is sawn flat on its base.  $400

 

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