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This weeks update features an assortment of 30 different specimens from all around the world. Enjoy!


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ML00625 - Anatase, Albite & Quartz
Hardangervidda, Hordaland, Norway
miniature - 4.1 x 3.5 x 2.1 cm
$ 750.00

A lustrous doubly terminated blueish gray anatase, which when backlit shows a zoned coloration with root beer color in the center and good translucency. Nicely contrasted by a matrix of tiny white albite crystals.

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Anatase, Albite & Quartz from Hardangervidda, Hordaland, Norway [db_pics/update7/ML00625a.jpg] Anatase, Albite & Quartz from Hardangervidda, Hordaland, Norway [db_pics/update7/ML00625b.jpg] Anatase, Albite & Quartz from Hardangervidda, Hordaland, Norway [db_pics/update7/ML00625c.jpg] Anatase, Albite & Quartz from Hardangervidda, Hordaland, Norway [db_pics/update7/ML00625d.jpg]





ML00610 - Epidote on Quartz
Waxi Quartz Quarry, Meigu County, Sichuan Province, China
small cabinet - 7.6 x 6.0 x 2.0 cm
$ 350.00

A group of lustrous quartz crystals with amethyst and hematite phantoms. Clusters of epidote are partally included in the outermost layer of transparent quartz.

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Epidote on Quartz from Waxi Quartz Quarry, Meigu County, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/update7/ML00610a.jpg] Epidote on Quartz from Waxi Quartz Quarry, Meigu County, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/update7/ML00610b.jpg] Epidote on Quartz from Waxi Quartz Quarry, Meigu County, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/update7/ML00610c.jpg] Epidote on Quartz from Waxi Quartz Quarry, Meigu County, Sichuan Province, China [db_pics/update7/ML00610d.jpg]





ML00595 - Gold with Galena & Pyrrhotite
980' Level, Kensington Mine, Berners Bay, Alaska, USA
miniature - 4.8 x 4.7 x 3.4 cm
$ 500.00

The original Kensington Mine ceased operations in 1928. The mine is now currently in production having secured permits for operations in 2005. This specimen was collected in April of 1993, presumably by someone doing exploration in the area. I visited the mine site in 1987, and collected samples at the surface that ran 2 oz/ton, but never saw any visible gold. In fact, this is the only visible gold specimen I have ever seen available from the mine. 


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Gold with Galena & Pyrrhotite from 980' Level, Kensington Mine, Berners Bay, Alaska, USA [db_pics/update7/ML00595a.jpg] Gold with Galena & Pyrrhotite from 980' Level, Kensington Mine, Berners Bay, Alaska, USA [db_pics/update7/ML00595b.jpg] Gold with Galena & Pyrrhotite from 980' Level, Kensington Mine, Berners Bay, Alaska, USA [db_pics/update7/ML00595c.jpg] Gold with Galena & Pyrrhotite from 980' Level, Kensington Mine, Berners Bay, Alaska, USA [db_pics/update7/ML00595d.jpg]





ML00596 - Gold & Arsenopyrite
2400' Level, Homestake Mine, Lead, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4.1 x 3.1 cm
$ 1000.00 SOLD

An exceptionally high grade specimen from America's deepest gold mine. This is a classic biotite gneiss with pyrite and several percent gold by weight.


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Gold & Arsenopyrite from 2400' Level, Homestake Mine, Lead, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA [db_pics/update7/ML00596a.jpg] Gold & Arsenopyrite from 2400' Level, Homestake Mine, Lead, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA [db_pics/update7/ML00596b.jpg] Gold & Arsenopyrite from 2400' Level, Homestake Mine, Lead, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA [db_pics/update7/ML00596d.jpg]





ML00597 - Gold in Quartz
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
small cabinet - 5.7 x 4.0 x 3.3 cm
$ 200.00 SOLD

Historic gold in quartz from Ballarat, Australia. While the piece is not impressive by Australian standards, it came from an important American collection; that of Henry G Hanks, California's first state mineralogist. Hanks (1826-1927) is the namesake of hanksite, a mineral first described at Searles Lake, CA.


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Gold in Quartz from Ballarat, Victoria, Australia [db_pics/update7/ML00597a.jpg] Gold in Quartz from Ballarat, Victoria, Australia [db_pics/update7/ML00597b.jpg] Gold in Quartz from Ballarat, Victoria, Australia [db_pics/update7/ML00597c.jpg] Gold in Quartz from Ballarat, Victoria, Australia [db_pics/update7/ML00597d.jpg]





ML00598 - Gold in Arsenopyrite
Black Diamond Mine, Gibsonville District, Plumas County, California, USA
miniature - 4.6 x 2.5 x 1.6 cm
$ 200.00

Gold in arsenopyrite from a seldom seen mine in northern California's Mother Lode. Interestingly, the gold seems to be completely enclosed in the arsenopyrite crystals.


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Gold in Arsenopyrite from Black Diamond Mine, Gibsonville District, Plumas County, California, USA [db_pics/update7/ML00598b.jpg] Gold in Arsenopyrite from Black Diamond Mine, Gibsonville District, Plumas County, California, USA [db_pics/update7/ML00598a.jpg]





ML00599 - Gold
Serro do Caldeirão, Pontes e Lacerdo, Mato Grosso, Brazil
thumbnail - 2.3 x 1.8 x 1.1 cm
$ 3200.00

A 1/2 oz single crystal with nice hoppered growth.


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Gold from Serro do Caldeirão, Pontes e Lacerdo, Mato Grosso, Brazil [db_pics/update7/ML00599a.jpg] Gold from Serro do Caldeirão, Pontes e Lacerdo, Mato Grosso, Brazil [db_pics/update7/ML00599b.jpg] Gold from Serro do Caldeirão, Pontes e Lacerdo, Mato Grosso, Brazil [db_pics/update7/ML00599c.jpg] Gold from Serro do Caldeirão, Pontes e Lacerdo, Mato Grosso, Brazil [db_pics/update7/ML00599d.jpg]





ML00600 - Gold
Louisiana Mine, Mariposa County, California, USA
miniature - 3.3 x 3.1 x 1.0 cm
$ 1300.00

A well crystallized leaf in quartz. The specimen has trigonal shape suggesting that it is a single crystal.


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Gold from Louisiana Mine, Mariposa County, California, USA [db_pics/update7/ML00600a.jpg] Gold from Louisiana Mine, Mariposa County, California, USA [db_pics/update7/ML00600b.jpg]





ML00601 - Gold in Arsenopyrite
Black Diamond Mine, Gibsonville District, Plumas County, California, USA
small cabinet - 5.3 x 3.2 x 2.2 cm
$ 350.00 SOLD

A very rich example of gold in arseonpyrite.


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Gold in Arsenopyrite from Black Diamond Mine, Gibsonville District, Plumas County, California, USA [db_pics/update7/ML00601a.jpg] Gold in Arsenopyrite from Black Diamond Mine, Gibsonville District, Plumas County, California, USA [db_pics/update7/ML00601b.jpg]





ML00602 - Copper with Gold
Andacollo Mine, Elqui Province, Coquimbpo Region (IV), Chile
miniature - 4.3 x 2.0 x 1.7 cm
$ 350.00

An arborescent specimen of copper and gold typical of pieces from this Au/Cu deposit. The copper crystals are surprisingly sharp for this locality, and the gold reportedly occurs as a thin patina on the copper, giving the unusual color.

ex Liebetrau Collection


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Copper with Gold from Andacollo Mine, Elqui Province, Coquimbpo Region (IV), Chile [db_pics/update7/ML00602a.jpg] Copper with Gold from Andacollo Mine, Elqui Province, Coquimbpo Region (IV), Chile [db_pics/update7/ML00602b.jpg] Copper with Gold from Andacollo Mine, Elqui Province, Coquimbpo Region (IV), Chile [db_pics/update7/ML00602c.jpg]





ML00603 - Gold in Quartz
Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado USA
miniature - 4.3 x 3.3 x 1.0 cm
$ 175.00

A typical slab of high grade gold from Silverton, Colorado's famous Sunnyside Mine.


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Gold in Quartz from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado USA [db_pics/update7/ML00603a.jpg] Gold in Quartz from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado USA [db_pics/update7/ML00603b.jpg] Gold in Quartz from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado USA [db_pics/update7/ML00603c.jpg]





ML00604 - Gold, Silver, & Sphalerite in Quartz
Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado USA
small cabinet - 6.0 x 3.1 x 1.2 cm
$ 200.00 SOLD

Another high grade slab specimen from Sunnyside with gold and sphalerite. Interestingly, one side of the slab is mostly gold, while the other shows more abundant silver.


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Gold, Silver, & Sphalerite in Quartz from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado USA [db_pics/update7/ML00604a.jpg] Gold, Silver, & Sphalerite in Quartz from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado USA [db_pics/update7/ML00604b.jpg]





ML00605 - Gold & Quartz
Olinghouse Mine, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
small cabinet - 6.6 x 4.3 x 3.3 cm
$ 220.00 SOLD

Numerous crystalline gold "wires" growing into open space in a narrow brecciated quartz vein. While the gold looks like wires, they are most certainly very elongate spinel law twins.


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Gold & Quartz from Olinghouse Mine, Washoe County, Nevada, USA [db_pics/update7/ML00605a.jpg] Gold & Quartz from Olinghouse Mine, Washoe County, Nevada, USA [db_pics/update7/ML00605b.jpg]





ML00606 - Gold in Quartz
Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado USA
miniature - 3.9 x 3.3 x 0.9 cm
$ 200.00 SOLD

High grade gold in quartz with sphalerite and galena.


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Gold in Quartz from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado USA [db_pics/update7/ML00606a.jpg] Gold in Quartz from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado USA [db_pics/update7/ML00606b.jpg] Gold in Quartz from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado USA [db_pics/update7/ML00606c.jpg]





ML00607 - Gold in Quartz
Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado USA
small cabinet - 5.9 x 4.5 x 1.0 cm
$ 275.00 SOLD

Fine grained but very high grade slab of gold in quartz.


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Gold in Quartz from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado USA [db_pics/update7/ML00607a.jpg] Gold in Quartz from Sunnyside Mine, Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado USA [db_pics/update7/ML00607b.jpg]


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