Crystal Mine
P.O. Box 18941
Reno, NV  89511
775-852-6046
Jack Crowley
jcrowley@crystal-mine.com

NEWS:

9-22-15     In order to make payment try:   jcrowley@crystal-mine.com    when you go to Paypal.  Also, the search function is not working and so far I haven't figured out how to make it work.  pages are alphabetical...see below. 

February 26, 2024.    New Arrivals Page 4 has been updated with a suite of mixed world wide minerals, all but one from the recent Tucson show.  Featured are a large dioptase from Mashamba West, a super nice chalcopyrite from the Kaiwu mine...best I have ever seen, and several other colorful pieces.  This update has somewhat more expensive minerals than I usually post...getting really hard to get high quality minerals and reasonable prices any more...not from lack of trying on my part.     

February 17, 2024  New Arrivals Page 3 is the 2nd post Tucson show update.  In this one are 14 bright red rather showy vanadinites on barite from Morocco.  Small miniatures to cabinet sizes.  A few other pieces that caught my eye are also on this update.   

    February 7, 2024.    New Arrivals Page 2  is the first post Tucson show update with more to come.  In this update almost all the pieces from recent purchases at Tucson.  These are a mix of world wide minerals, some recently collected, like the vanadinite/endlichite pieces from Los Lamentos and the prehnite pieces from Morocco. 

A very brief summary of what I saw, as I spent most of my time at the motel shows along the west side of I-10 from Congress street south, and at the Kino Sports Complex arena/fair grounds in south Tucson, as well as the scattered dealer shows along Oracle.  As I had only 3 days, I am sure I missed a lot.  

What I noticed, perusing so many dealers, are some of what was not present....there was very little new material, i.e. epidote, garnet, prehnite from Mali.  A bit less silver from Morocco, with what I saw increasingly expensive.  I didn't notice the axinite/epidote combos from Peru, which were abundant a year or so ago.  Not much stibnite from China, and what I saw rather expensive. 

Very little of the Brazilian ludlamites, ones I saw rather expensive.  Surprisingly though, there was a lot of vivianite from the same occurrence as the ludlamites.   The vivianites usually sort of flat lying crystals, and to large sizes. 

What was present, lots of grape agate, very little of it the pretty sparkly material, and what was available like this rather expensive.   Quite a bit of Moroccan vanadinite, with prices sharply upwards on the better material.   Multiple tons of quartz crystals, from micros to 8 foot tall crystals.   A fair amount of Peruvian pyrite, most of it dinged up to some degree.   Lots of Chinese fluorite in all price ranges.  Much less azurite from Laos and Liufengshan, China, and very little pyromorphite from Daoping, China.  

January 17, 2024. New Arrivals Page 1,  This update is all fluorescent minerals.  Featured are a suite of tugtupites from Greenland, these are quite rare and have a brilliant almost magenta read fluorescence under short wave UV light.  The rest of the update is a suite of fluorescent minerals, mostly from the Franklin, New Jersey area, and all were collected in the early to mid 1970s by a fluorescent collector.  His hand written labels accompany most of these specimens.  A couple of scheelites from the Pine Creek mine, Inyo county, California, collected in 2012 from underground,  are thrown in and one Yaogangxian scheelite thumbnail. 

 

 

 

 

 

November 3, 2023   I moved several dozen specimens to the sale pages, General Stock Pages 21, 22, 23, & 24, at 30% off.  Some nice azurites were moved to sale page 22.  

January 12, 2023  Sale Pages General Stock pages 22, 23, 24 have been updated with additional deductions on all sale minerals.  All sale minerals are now 40 to 50 percent off, with a few at 60% off. 

We have adjusted the site to contain more pages under General Stock.  There are now 25 General Stock Pages.   There are New Arrivals Pages 1, 2, 3, & 4, which are the same.    In General Stock there is General Stock page 1, "A thru Ay", General Stock page 2 is "Azurite", General Stock page 3 is "B", General Stock page 4 is "C", General Stock page 5 is "D", General Stock page 6 is "E", General Stock page 7 is "F and G", General Stock Page 8 is "H, I, J, K", General Stock page 9 is "L and M", General Stock page 10 is "N and O", General Stock page 11 is "P through Py", General Stock page 12 is "Pyromorphite", General Stock page 13 is "Q", General Stock page 14 is "R", General Stock page 15 is "S", General Stock page 16 is "T", General Stock page 17 is "U and V", General Stock page 18 is "W", General Stock page 19 is "X, Y, and Z", General Stock page 20 is the "Nevada" page, General Stock page 21 is "Thumbnail" size specimens at 40% off original price, General Stock Page 22 is the first "Sale Page", General Stock page 23 is the 2nd "Sale Page".  General Stock page 24 is the 3rd "Sale Page".   General Stock Page 25 is now dedicated  to specimens over $300.     General Stock Page 26 is a bit of a misnomer.  I'm reserving it for photos from my collection, photos of interesting field trips and finds, and the like.   More of an information/fun page.   

December 2000
  We are a mineral dealership located in Reno, Nevada.  We are ardent field collectors and have been dealing in and collecting minerals for many years.  

I have been a mineral collector since I was taken underground at the Clayton Silver mine in Idaho at the ripe old age of 9, by my grandfather, who worked there as a foreman.  My first look at the mine's working  face of solid sparkling galena had me hooked on minerals from that moment on.  Since then I went on to get my Masters' degree in Geology with a focus on economics and mineralogy.    My favorite mineral is pyromorphite.  I'm always on the lookout for pyromorphite specimens.  I am particularly interested in Canadian specimens.


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