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Minerals Beginning with "B"

JC11930.  Barite.   Palos Verdes Hills (Palos Verdes Cliffs), Palos Verdes peninsula, Los Angeles Co., California.   Single crystal, 3 cm tall.  $5.00    C:1973
JC11931.   Barite.   Palos Verdes Hills (Palos Verdes Cliffs), Palos Verdes peninsula, Los Angeles Co., California.   3.5 cm wide, thin, crystal group  $5.00    C: 1973.
JC11927.  Barite.   Huanzala Mine, Huallanca, Huallanca District, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru.  2.5 x 2.5 cm 17g $15.00.  Thumbnail specimen.   
JC11927.   Another view.  
JC11926.  Barite.   Huanzala Mine, Huallanca, Huallanca District, Bolognesi Province, Áncash, Peru.   2.5 x 3 cm 32g  $20.00. 
JC11926.   Another view.  
JC11894.   Barite.  Kunming, Yunnan, China.  9 x 11 cm 416g   $275.00.   Although the label says Guizhou, this is completely different from any barites I've seen from that area.  Kunming has produced identical pieces, so this is much more likely.  This collection I acquired has had a few label issues, and I think this is one.  Beautiful, clear, gemmy, chisel shaped barite crystals on a flat plate.  
JC11894.  Oblique angle. 
JC11894.  Vertical view.   
JC11893.   Barite.  Washington county, Missouri. 6.5 x 7.5 cm 293g  $35.00.   Label says “Russet crested, Platte River, MO.” No such location as Russet or Russet crested.  There are numerous old barite mines in Washington county, so this is probably a locality known to the locals.    The rust color is not as strong as the photo shows, specimen over all is slightly off white.   
JC11893.  Another view. 
JC11748.  Barite with stibnite and stibiconite.   Xikuangshan Sb deposit, Lengshuijiang county, Loudi, Hunan, China.  2.5 x 4 cm  38g.  $35.00.  A group of stibnite crystals on the front, almost entirely replaced with stibiconite.   Back side shows nice barite crystals. 
JC11748.  Slightly different angle.  
JC11748.  Back side. 
JC11428.   Barite.   Palos Verdes Hills (Palos Verdes Cliffs), Palos Verdes peninsula, Los Angeles County, California.    5 x 8 cm 211g.  $10.00.   Bladed crystals, several broken from this well known location. 
JC11428.   Slightly different angle.  
JC11426.  Barite.  Dufton Fell Mine, Dufton, Eden, Cumbria, England, UK.  5 x 6 cm  93g.  $135.00   An old piece from this long closed mine.  On the back it has a bit of brown goethite as a thin layer.  Some minor rubbing on the crystal terminations, not surprising as it probably was collected in the early 1900's.  Rarely ever seen for sale.  
JC11423.   Barite.   Palos Verdes Hills (Palos Verdes Cliffs), Palos Verdes peninsula, Los Angeles County, California.    4 x 5 cm  81g.  $5.00.  Bladed crystals, some broken, from this well known location.
JC11032.  Barite.  Meikle mine, Goldstrike mines, Bootstrap district, Elko county Nevada.   5 x 7 cm  162g.  $450.00.  From the 1st finds of the classic barite from here.  Brilliant, golden yellow, thick tabular crystals to about 2.5 cm.  No matrix to speak of.   Collected in early 1997.   I acquired the piece in June 1997 from Silver Capital Arts in Wallace Idaho.    Crowley collection #: 1257
JC11032.  Another view. 
JC11032.  Another view. 
JC11032.  Another view. 
JC9522.  Barite.  Willow creek, Freighter spring, Mount Borah, Lost River range, Custer county, Idaho.   4 x 5.5 cm  94g  $8.00.   Three cleaved crystals present on this one.  One is just left of the large crystal on the right edge in this view.   The larger crystal is 1.4 cm across.   Another cleaved crystal is on the left edge, and one in the back is also cleaved.  Hard to spot in the photos.  SOLD
JC9523.    Barite.  Willow creek, Freighter spring, Mount Borah, Lost River range, Custer county, Idaho.  3. x 3.5 cm  102g.  $8.00.   Ding on tip of crystal and small chatter marks along the edge.   Indentation from another crystal, now gone, on the lower front.  Luster is bright satin, almost glassy.   Color is the usual light amber.  
JC9523.  Another view. 
JC9529.    Barite.  Willow creek, Freighter spring, Mount Borah, Lost River range, Custer county, Idaho.  9 x 10.5 cm  630g.  $40.00.   Several broken/cleaved crystals on the edges of the specimen.  Bright satin luster with pale amber color.  
JC9529.  Another view.  
JC9529.  Another view.  
JC9530.    Barite.  Willow creek, Freighter spring, Mount Borah, Lost River range, Custer county, Idaho.  7 x 10.5 cm  481g.  $50.00.   Chip on back edge of the main crystal.  The main crystal measures 3.0 cm wide.    Color is pale amber with smoky gray areas near the centers of the crystals.   One of the best medium sized cabinet specimens with nice glassy luster to the crystals.
JC9530.  Another view.  
JC9530.  Another view. 
JC9535.     Barite.  Willow creek, Freighter spring, Mount Borah, Lost River range, Custer county, Idaho.  12 x 16 cm  $150.00.   >1000g.   Approximately 3.5 cm crystals with a cleaved larger crystal on the top of the specimen just to the right of the edge on crystal on the top center.  The crystal in the left front of the specimen on the lower left has been cleaved off.  This was a large specimen with quite a bit of matrix with broken crystals on the back and base, so it has a sawn base and back to get rid of the 10 Lbs or so of bad matrix.  The left edge in this photo has several broken/cleaved crystals visible in the photo.    
JC9535.  Another view, with the cleaved crystal on the top edge. 
JC9535.  Another view.  
JC9535.  Another view, the cleaved crystal is easily visible in the lower center of the photo, just below the edge on crystal above it.  
JC9473.  Barite.  Cerro Warihuyn, Miraflores, Huamalies province, Huanuco department, Peru.  6 x 9 cm  wide.  131g.  $65.00.   Mass of gray crystals on matrix from this pretty much exhausted locality.   
JC9473.  Another view. 
JC9473.  Another view.
JC8642.   Barite.  Estano Orcko mine, Colavi subdistrict, Machacamarca district, Cornelio Saavedra province, Potosi, Bolivia.   6.5 x 8.5 cm  $90.00    From a new find for Bolivia in about 2002.  Water clear blades on matrix.   Most of the specimens I've seen photos of, the matrix is tiny siderite crystals.   This one looks like micro-pyrite.   
JC8642.  Closer view. 
JC8642.  Closer view.  
JC8495.  Barite on galena.  Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru.  4 x 5.5 cm  113g.  $50.00.   Nicely situated spray of barite on shiny, silvery-blue galena crystals.  I chose this one for its showy aspect with the barites nicely situated on top of the galena.  There is one cleaved barite blade, and it is visible as the shiny edge in the middle of the barite in the photo below this one.   Purchased in 1997.
JC8495.  I over-exposed this one a bit to show the shiny galena better.  
JC8276.   Barite.  Cerro Warihuyn (Huarihuyn), Miraflores, Huamalíes Province, Huánuco Department, Peru.   3.5 x 4.5 cm  23g.  $35.00.   A sharp, complex single crystal. 
JC8276.  Back side
JC7474.   Barite.  Sidi Laheen mine, Nador, Nador province, Oriental region, Morocco.   5 x 5 x 7 cm wide.  225g. with stand.  $300.00   These have been coming out for a year or so now.  Most all of them have some damage or discoloration.  A fine group like this is quite unusual.  A tiny bit of limonite matrix is attached to the bottom.   There is one crystal, about dead center that has the very tip cleaved off.  It is invisible except on close inspection, and in no way detracts from the specimen.  This is a good one.   
JC7474.  Another view. 
JC7474.  Another view. 
JC2518Barite, quartz, fluorite.  Unnamed prospect about 1 mile southwest of the La Colorado mine, Castle Dome district, Castle Dome mountains, Yuma co., Arizona.  3.8 x 5 cm  165g.  $10.00     From a different prospect are these barite specimens with coatings of drusy quartz crystals.   The quartz appears to have a pale purple color, which is actually a partial coating of micro-crystalline purple fluorite.    These were collected about 25 years ago.   
JC2518.   Another view.   The quartz is resting on large white blades of barite.  
JC11812.  Benitoite.  Dallas Gem (Benitoite) mine.  Head of San Benito river, Serpentine dome, nr. Santa Rita peak, New Idria district, San Benito county, California.       3 x 4 cm   18g.   $50.00    Group of partial crystals.  Although hard to see, one is complete on the top
JC11812.  Another view.  
JC11813Benitoite.  Dallas Gem (Benitoite) mine.  Head of San Benito river, Serpentine dome, nr. Santa Rita peak, New Idria district, San Benito county, California.     3 x 5 cm   43g.     $75.00.   Several partial crystals.  A couple of smaller complete crystals.    SOLD
JC11431.   Beryl.   Custer, Custer Mining District, Custer Co., South Dakota.  4 x 6 x 9 cm  212g.   $18.00.   A section of light green beryl.  There can be seen the sides of the crystal in the lower photo, and this piece is broken off on the top and bottom, so only this section remains.  

 
JC11431.  Side view showing the crystals side. 
JC11786.  Beryllonite.  Dara-e-Pech pegmatite field, Dara-e-Pech district, Kunar, Afghanistan.   3.5 x 5.5 cm   $500.00  The finest examples of Beryllonite are those from Afghanistan. This rare sodium beryllium phosphate is often found in smaller, nondescript specimens from various other pegmatite localities around the world, but the specimens from Afghanistan are incredibly well-formed, large and beautiful. This piece is a good-sized, sharp, well-formed, euhedral, pseudo-hexagonal (monoclinic) crystal group of Beryllonite showing the typical heavily striated prism edges, free of matrix. The piece is actually a complete "floater" with no damage or point of attachment anywhere. This piece dates back to the mid to late 1990s, when some of the best examples of the material came out of Afghanistan.  Specimens are virtually not available for sale these days.  One dealer had one very similar to this one in size etc. for $2,500.00
 
JC11786.   Back side.  
JC11703.  Beryllonite.    Telírio claim, Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  TN.  Thumbnail in Perky box.    $100.00.  Fairly sharp, complex, translucent crystal group. 
JC12324.  Biotite in andesite.  Cheese Camp Ridge quarry, Picket Pen Rd., Crystal Lakes basin, El Dorado county, California.  5 x 5.5 x 9 cm  349g.  $20.00.   These fall under the category of weird/odd mineral occurrences.   A very vesicle laden andesite, has in almost all vesicles over a few mm in size, one or more transparent biotite crystals sitting in them.  The biotite is very delicate and thin bladed, with the blades usually transparent.  They don't photograph very well, however, when turned in the light there is lots of sparkle from the bright biotite blades.   The location name is worth a chuckle also....These were collected last fall  (September 21) when I was wandering around checking out old roads just to see where they went.  
JC12324.  Another view.  The dark color in the vesicles are biotite crystals. 
JC12324.   Closer view.  The biotite blades are more visible here in the close up.   
JC12324.   Closer view.  The biotite blades are more visible here in the close up.  
JC12327.  Biotite in andesite.  Cheese Camp Ridge quarry, Picket Pen Rd., Crystal Lakes basin, El Dorado county, California.  5.5 x 6 cm  181g.  $15.00   These fall under the category of weird/odd mineral occurrences.   A very vesicle laden andesite, has in almost all vesicles over a few mm in size, one or more transparent biotite crystals sitting in them.  The biotite is very delicate and thin bladed, with the blades usually transparent.  They don't photograph very well, however, when turned in the light there is lots of sparkle from the bright biotite blades.   The location name is worth a chuckle also....These were collected last fall  (September 21) when I was wandering around checking out old roads just to see where they went.  
JC12327.  Close up of several vesicles with the brown biotite blades in them.  
JC12328.   Biotite in andesite.  Cheese Camp Ridge quarry, Picket Pen Rd., Crystal Lakes basin, El Dorado county, California.  6.5 x 7.5 cm  148g.  $15.00    These fall under the category of weird/odd mineral occurrences.   A very vesicle laden andesite, has in almost all vesicles over a few mm in size, one or more transparent biotite crystals sitting in them.  The biotite is very delicate and thin bladed, with the blades usually transparent.  They don't photograph very well, however, when turned in the light there is lots of sparkle from the bright biotite blades.   The location name is worth a chuckle also....These were collected last fall  (September 21) when I was wandering around checking out old roads just to see where they went.  
JC12328.  Close up of several vesicles with the brown biotite blades in them.  
JC12329.  Biotite in andesite.  Cheese Camp Ridge quarry, Picket Pen Rd., Crystal Lakes basin, El Dorado county, California.  4 x 7 cm  71g.  $12.00    These fall under the category of weird/odd mineral occurrences.   A very vesicle laden andesite, has in almost all vesicles over a few mm in size, one or more transparent biotite crystals sitting in them.  The biotite is very delicate and thin bladed, with the blades usually transparent.  They don't photograph very well, however, when turned in the light there is lots of sparkle from the bright biotite blades.   The location name is worth a chuckle also....These were collected last fall  (September 21) when I was wandering around checking out old roads just to see where they went.  
JC12329.   Close up of several vesicles with the brown biotite blades in them.  
JC12330.  Biotite in andesite.  Cheese Camp Ridge quarry, Picket Pen Rd., Crystal Lakes basin, El Dorado county, California.   6.5 x 7.5 cm  146g.  $15.00   These fall under the category of weird/odd mineral occurrences.   A very vesicle laden andesite, has in almost all vesicles over a few mm in size, one or more transparent biotite crystals sitting in them.  The biotite is very delicate and thin bladed, with the blades usually transparent.  They don't photograph very well, however, when turned in the light there is lots of sparkle from the bright biotite blades.   The location name is worth a chuckle also....These were collected last fall  (September 21) when I was wandering around checking out old roads just to see where they went.  
JC12330.   Close up of several vesicles with the brown biotite blades in them.  
JC12331.   Biotite in andesite.  Cheese Camp Ridge quarry, Picket Pen Rd., Crystal Lakes basin, El Dorado county, California.  5.5 x 6.5 cm  111g  $15.00    These fall under the category of weird/odd mineral occurrences.   A very vesicle laden andesite, has in almost all vesicles over a few mm in size, one or more transparent biotite crystals sitting in them.  The biotite is very delicate and thin bladed, with the blades usually transparent.  They don't photograph very well, however, when turned in the light there is lots of sparkle from the bright biotite blades.   The location name is worth a chuckle also....These were collected last fall  (September 21) when I was wandering around checking out old roads just to see where they went.  
JC12331.   Close up of several vesicles with the brown biotite blades in them.  
JC12332.   Biotite in andesite.  Cheese Camp Ridge quarry, Picket Pen Rd., Crystal Lakes basin, El Dorado county, California.  4.5 x 8.5 cm  92g.  $15.00    These fall under the category of weird/odd mineral occurrences.   A very vesicle laden andesite, has in almost all vesicles over a few mm in size, one or more transparent biotite crystals sitting in them.  The biotite is very delicate and thin bladed, with the blades usually transparent.  They don't photograph very well, however, when turned in the light there is lots of sparkle from the bright biotite blades.   The location name is worth a chuckle also....These were collected last fall  (September 21) when I was wandering around checking out old roads just to see where they went.  
JC12332.  Close up of several vesicles with the brown biotite blades in them.  
JC12333.   Biotite in andesite.  Cheese Camp Ridge quarry, Picket Pen Rd., Crystal Lakes basin, El Dorado county, California.   5 x 7.5 cm  150g.   $15.00   These fall under the category of weird/odd mineral occurrences.   A very vesicle laden andesite, has in almost all vesicles over a few mm in size, one or more transparent biotite crystals sitting in them.  The biotite is very delicate and thin bladed, with the blades usually transparent.  They don't photograph very well, however, when turned in the light there is lots of sparkle from the bright biotite blades.   The location name is worth a chuckle also....These were collected last fall  (September 21) when I was wandering around checking out old roads just to see where they went.  
JC12333.  Close up of several vesicles with the brown biotite blades in them.  
JC12334.   Biotite in andesite.  Cheese Camp Ridge quarry, Picket Pen Rd., Crystal Lakes basin, El Dorado county, California.  4.5 x 5 cm  44g.   $10.00    These fall under the category of weird/odd mineral occurrences.   A very vesicle laden andesite, has in almost all vesicles over a few mm in size, one or more transparent biotite crystals sitting in them.  The biotite is very delicate and thin bladed, with the blades usually transparent.  They don't photograph very well, however, when turned in the light there is lots of sparkle from the bright biotite blades.   The location name is worth a chuckle also....These were collected last fall  (September 21) when I was wandering around checking out old roads just to see where they went.  
JC12334.   Close up of several vesicles with the brown biotite blades in them.  
JC12335.   Biotite in andesite.  Cheese Camp Ridge quarry, Picket Pen Rd., Crystal Lakes basin, El Dorado county, California.  4 x 4.5 cm  30g.  $10.00   These fall under the category of weird/odd mineral occurrences.   A very vesicle laden andesite, has in almost all vesicles over a few mm in size, one or more transparent biotite crystals sitting in them.  The biotite is very delicate and thin bladed, with the blades usually transparent.  They don't photograph very well, however, when turned in the light there is lots of sparkle from the bright biotite blades.   The location name is worth a chuckle also....These were collected last fall  (September 21) when I was wandering around checking out old roads just to see where they went.  
JC12335.   Close up of several vesicles with the brown biotite blades in them.  
JC11771.  Bixbyite, Topaz. Thomas range, Juab county, Utah.    Thumbnail.  Bixbyite is 1.5 cm across.    $95.00
JC11771.  Another view.   
 JC11911.   Bournonite.   Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang Co., Chenzhou, Hunan, China   4.5 x 7 cm 225g  $255.00   A large and brilliant partial crystal.  
JC11911.  Another view. 
JC11911.  Another view. 
JC9205.  Bournonite, pyrite, quartz  Viboras mine, Machacamarca, Machacamarca district, Cornelio Saavedra province, Potosi', Bolivia.   3.5 x 5 cm tall.  55g. with stand.  $150.00  Several crystals with bright satiny luster with minor quartz and pyrite.   Hard to find miniature from this location.  
JC9205.  Another view.
JC9205.  Another view.
JC11669.  Brochantite, cuprite.   Bou Beker, Touissit-Bou Beker district, Jerada province, Oriental region, Morocco.   9 x 15.5 cm  >1000 g.   $190.00.   A bit different from what is usually seen for brochantite from Bou Beker.  Matrix is mostly massive (and heavy) cuprite.  Sawn back, as there was about 5 Lbs of matrix attached to the back of this thing that needed to be removed to make it a better specimen.  Good ore!.    These are sort of felted crystals, with parallel growth of acicular to hair like brochantite forming solid crystal masses.   Hard to describe.   Close ups below.  
JC11669.  Closer view.  
JC11669.  Close up.  
JC11669.  Close up.
JC11669.  Close up.
JC11669.  Close up.
JC11825.   Brookite.  Kharan District, Balochistan Region, Pakistan.  3.5 cm 3g   $40.00.  Terminated single crystal.  
JC11826 Brookite.  Kharan District, Balochistan Region, Pakistan.  2.5 cm 2g   $30.00   Terminated single crystal