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JC5683.  Azurite, malachite.  Milpillas mine, Sonora, Mexico.  5 x 6.5 cm  106g.  $225.00.   Up to  4 cm crystals nested in velvet malachite.  The brilliant blue area is where the crystal had some bits of white (sandstone?) embedded on the edges of the crystal...maybe where it was contacting the other side of the pocket?    Another large bladed azurite crystal is in the upper right area of the specimen in this photo.  It has a few fragments of the white (sandstone?) embedded in it.    Pretty piece, with no damage to the naked eye.     The malachite is slightly darker green than the photo would indicate.     
JC5683.  Another view.   
JC9297.    Spessartine, quartz.  Wushan Spessartine mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Zhangzhou prefecture, Fujian province, China.   9 x 12 cm  480g.  $160.00  I have looked at a lot of spessartine specimens from this location and this one is unique to me.  The entire matrix is covered with small, brilliant, light smoky to clear quartz crystals with lots of sparkle; implanted on the quartz are a myriad of wine red spessartine crystals, the largest at about 7mm diameter.  The spessartines are gemmy, and light to dark wine red in color.  The smaller spessartines are gemmy and transparent, looking like little red jewels sitting on the quartz.  Ex Charles Noll collection and an older piece for this locality.  Much better in person...the camera cannot capture the sparkle of the quartz and spessartine.  I think this is a really great piece for its beauty.  
JC9297.  Somewhat oblique view. 
JC9297.  Closer view. 
JC9297.  Closer view. 
JC9300.  Pyromorphite.  Les Farges mine, Ussel, Correze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France.  5 x 8 cm tall.  478g.  $200.00.  Olive green crystals, many with a bit of yellow on the tips, coat a crudely crystallized barite matrix.  The largest crystals are about 6mm in length.  Ex Paul Zerfass collection, and personally collected by him.   The group sticking out on the right side in this photo and the photo below appears to be a barite blade totally coated with pyromorphite.   There are a few broken crystals present, not surprising with the amount of coverage.   
JC9300.  Another view. 
JC9300.  Another view. 
JC9300.  Another view. 
JC9300.  A closer view.   
JC9302.  Azurite.  Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.   3.5 cm tall.  $45.00.  A two centimeter azurite crystal tops this little group.  Below it are half a dozen smaller azurite crystals.  The termination on the main crystal is flat.  There is a bit of malachite present, darker than the photo would indicate.   
JC9302.  Another view.  
JC9302.  Another view.  
JC9304.  Mimetite.  Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.   5.5 x 7 cm   132g.  $150.00.   A solid mass of sparkly light yellow mimetite makes up this piece.  In this view the dark area is much lighter in color than the photo would indicate, and is made up of mimetite crystals with some type of dark inclusion.  A small wulfenite? crystal is located in the front part of the dark area.  The mimetite crystals extend all the way around the specimen as shown in the photos below. 
JC9304.  Another view, front side, tipped back slightly. 
JC9304.  Another view of the front side, with the top angled back to show the basal area.    
JC9304.  Back side. 
JC9385.  Smithsonite pseudo calcite.  San Antonio mine, Mun. de Aquiles Serdan, Chihuahua, Mexico.   6 x 10 cm  415g.  $85.00.   Ex Jimmie Du Foe collection; ex Charles Noll collection.  Lustrous olive smithsonite has replaced the dog tooth style calcite crystals. 
JC9385.  Another view.  
JC9385.  Another view.
JC9386.  Malachite pseudo azurite, azurite.  Chessy-les-Mines, Villefranche, Rhone, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France.   6 x 7.5 cm  214g.  $150.00.   Ex: University of Pennsylvania; Ex: Charles Noll.  Dark green malachite replacing azurite crystals makes up the center of the specimen.  The malachite is darker than the photo would indicate.   Surrounding the malachite on the front and sides are crudely formed dark blue azurite crystals.   The back side is mostly crudely formed ball like groups of dark blue azurite that appear a bit dirty, although I ran this through the ultrasonic cleaner.  SOLD
JC9389.  Smithsonite.  Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia.  10 x 10.5 cm  538g.  $250.00.   Pale pink rhombohedral crystals.  The crystals measure on the average about 1 cm with a pleasing light pink color
JC9389.  Another view. 
JC9389.  Another view. 
JC9389.  Another view. 
JC9390.  Pyrite.  Racine county, Wisconsin.  13 x 15 cm  >1000g.  $75.00.   A solid mass of pyrite.  A bit of partly etched calcite in a few interior places in this convoluted specimen suggests that the piece was etched out of calcite.  Ex Charles Noll collection with his label that says "Racine, Wisconsin".  The only locality in Racine county that has produced pyrite that I could find is the Vulcan Materials quarry several miles north of Racine.   Nice and bright, pretty specimen.   
JC9390.  A closer view. 
JC9390.  A closer view. 
JC9390.  Back side.  
JC9391.  Hessonite, chlorite.  Ala valley, Lanzo valleys, Torino province, Piedmont, Italy.   4.5 x 9.5 cm  147g.  $125.00.  Sparkly cinnamon brown crystals make up all sides of the specimen.  A little larger crystals on the left end in this photo.  The crystals are a bit more brownish orange than the photos would indicate.  
JC9391.  A closer view of the left side. 
JC9391.  Back side.   
JC9392.  Crocoite.  Dundas, Tasmania, Australia.  7 x 11 cm  241g.  $30.00.  Somewhat dullish luster crocoite crystals on dark manganese rich matrix.  Older piece...probably from the 1970-1980 period.  Ex Charles Noll collection.  ON HOLD
JC9393.  Azurite.  Santa Rosa mine, Santa Rosa, Municipio de Mazapil, Zacatecas, Mexico.  9.5 x 13 cm  306g.  $75.00.   Dark blue, somewhat botryoidal crystal groups on both the front and side of the specimen.  The azurite is a bit darker than the photo would indicate.  The crystal balls on the back side are less sparkly than the ones on the front, which is this photo.   Somewhat obscure location with not many specimens around.    ON HOLD  
JC9394.  Arsenopyrite, pyrite, muscovite.  Panasqueira mines, Covilha, Castelo Branco district, Portugal.   9.5 x 10.5 cm  834g.  $125.00.    A flat plate of arsenopyrite crystals measuring approximately 2 cm in length on the larger crystals, to about 1.5 cm in width.  Muscovite is present as bladed aggregates, many of which have been partially coated with a thin film of microscopic pyrite crystals giving them a nice sparkle.   There is a broken ferberite crystal on the extreme left edge in this photo, with a couple of small terminated ferberites attached.   There is a broken off quartz crystal about dead center in this photo.  A few of the arsenopyrite crystals have been bruised/chipped, and there is one area of damage on the top edge of the piece.  
JC9394.  Another view.  
JC9394.  Another view.  
JC9398 Spessartine, quartz.  Wushan mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao county, Zhangzhou prefecture, Fujian prov., China.  12 x 15 cm  836g.  $375.00.   A mass of bright orange crystals completely coating the front and a good part of the back.  Specimens of this quality are no longer being produced from this mine.  Nice large cabinet specimen.  
JC9398.  A closer view.  
JC9398.  Back side.  

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