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ALMANDINE GARNET, a large, sharp crystal on MUSCOVITE
 

Russell, Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Measures 3 x 2-3/4 x 1-1/2 inches. A large (2x1-1/2 inch), sharp crystal on a crystallized muscovite matrix. Many of these old-time matrix specimens were faked by skilfully gluing the loose crystals  on a rock matrix. When the crystals occur in a muscovite matrix their genuineness is usually assured. This specimen is guaranteed unrepaired and unrestored in any way.
 
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SPODUMENE, a very large, model-like crystal with a smaller crystal attached.
 

Huntington, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

 Measures 4x3-1/2x2-1/2 inches. A very old, classic specimen

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QUARTZ (IRIDESCENT or IRIS) agate slice. Published specimen

Ojo de Laguna, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Measures 2-3/8x2x1/16 inches. A breathtakingly beautiful specimen when viewed with a single, incandescent light source, sunlight or even a candle. It is illustrated in The Beauty of Banded Agates by Michael Carlson, on page 16.
Aside from two other specimens that I saw (but could not buy) many years ago, this is the finest example of iris agate that I know of. Possibly the finest example known.

Price $1,000.
 

 

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SPINEL, a very large, octahedral crystal. 

Monroe, Orange County, New York.

Measures 3-3/8 x 2-1/2 x 2-3/8 inches.

This is specimen 234.6 from the New York State Museum. It was sold to them by George F. Kunz in 1886 and is accompanied by an old hand-lettered label. The tip has been repaired using the broken fragments, which is a most unusual but correct museum procedure. Normally, collectors would not like to see the evidence of the repair, however, in certain circumstances that is considered deception.
 
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IDOCRASE (VESUVIANITE), a very large, brilliant, doubly-terminated, tabular crystal. Somewhat, naturally incomplete at bottom-rear.
 
Olmstedville, Essex County, New York.
Measures 2-1/8 x 1-1/2 x 1 inches.
This specimen was collected in the 1950s from an old, classic locality that was first exploited in the 19th century.

 
Price $1,000.

 

 

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NAGAYGITE in very large crystal plates virtually covering matrix with a little RHODOCHROSITE.
 

Nagyág (Sacaramb), Transylvania, Romania. (Type locality.)

Measures 2-3/4x1-7/8x1-1/2 inches. Retains an old holograph label. An exceptional specimen. From Herbert Obodda by exchange on July 23, 2003.

Price $7,500.

 

 

 

 

 

CALCITE, a most unusual and spectacular, step-like group of crystals partly invested with oriented crystals of SIDERITE. An unusual “architectural” specimen.
 
Dal'negorsk, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia.

Measures 4x3x2 inches.

 
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