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DEN11-426 - Yugawaralite - £ 1526
Malad, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

thumbnail, 3.3 x 3.0 x 0.8
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Yugawaralite from Malad, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India [db_pics/new2011/Yugawaralite-Maharashtra-India-33mm-JB426-06.jpg]
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Yugawaralite from Malad, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India [db_pics/new2011/Yugawaralite-Maharashtra-India-33mm-JB426-01.jpg]

This superb crystal is the best example, gram for gram, I have had of the species (or, seen). The piece is 3.3 cm tall. tilted, it fits in a TN box but if that is too big for the thumbnail collectors out there, i'd simply advise clipping the bottom nub off. The quality, the gemminess, the robust nature of the crystal, all combine to make this an exceptional piece. Again, for the species, I have seen bigger pieces, but just not of this quality in a gem crystal style suitable for the sophisticated collector as opposed to the species collector. It was formerly in the competition thumbnail collection of Ron Pellar. Joe Budd photos. ex Ron Pellar collction


DEN11-425 - Cuprian Adamite - £ 1465
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico

small cabinet, 5.8 x 3.5 x 2.4 cm
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Cuprian Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/new2011/Adamite-Cuprian-OjuelaMine-Mexico-58mm-JB425-05.jpg]
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Cuprian Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/new2011/Adamite-Cuprian-OjuelaMine-Mexico-58mm-JB425-02.jpg]

An oustanding, dramatic adamite from the Heck collection: this piece shows rich copper-induced green color and are isolated crystals to 1 cm. Seldom do you get such color saturation, let alone in good crystals and not jus tcarpets of drusy , small crystals. This is an old piece, probably from the mid-1980s heyday here. The Heck collection disappeared for a number of years through the 1990s and only turned up for sale just recently (and I happily bought it!). Joe Budd photos


DEN11-424 - Sodalite var. Hackmanite - £ 3358
Pitawak Mine, Kokscha Valley, Badakhshan Province , Afghanistan

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Sodalite var. Hackmanite from Pitawak Mine, Kokscha Valley, Badakhshan Province , Afghanistan [db_pics/new2011/Hackmanite-PitawakMine-Afghanistan-44mm-JB424-06.jpg]
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Sodalite var. Hackmanite from Pitawak Mine, Kokscha Valley, Badakhshan Province , Afghanistan [db_pics/new2011/Hackmanite-PitawakMine-Afghanistan-44mm-JB424-08.jpg]

An intense, saturated purple color so deep and vibrant that one's first thought is that the color is faked with food coloring or dyes.The crystal is sharp and well formed on front, contacted on the back, although 3-dimensional enough to display well. These crystals tend to occur embedded in the marbles of the location, and seldom do you get a pocket crystal that formed in an open space, and thus has better lustre and form than most. This piece, however, grew in such a manner, which partly explains why it looks so different from the vast majjority of generally more pale, worn-looking examples from this locality (which has now produced the world's best of species). I have handled a few others which cost more money, some bigger and some smaller. However, for sheer color saturation, this one is hands down the winner. Joe Budd photos


DEN11-422 - Pink Apophyllite - £ 916
Samson Mine, St. Andreasberg, Harz Mountains, Germany

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Pink Apophyllite from Samson Mine, St. Andreasberg, Harz Mountains, Germany [db_pics/new2011/Apophyllite-StAndreasberg-Germany-55mm-JB422-06.jpg]

Sharp, very lustrous, rich pink apophyllite crystals sparkle here. They have extraordinary lustre. These specimens date to the 1800s: These are very old specimens considered a mark of sophisticated collections with the old classics, highly desired and highly priced at the European dealerships when they get them (for exmaple at the Munich show). An old label from Dr. F. Krantz of Berlin accompanies the piece, still. Joe Budd photos


DEN11-421 - Copper - £ 1099
Ojibway Mine, Ojibway, Keweenaw Co., Michigan, USA

miniature, 3.9 x 3.6 x 1.6 cm
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Copper from Ojibway Mine, Ojibway, Keweenaw Co., Michigan, USA [db_pics/new2011/Copper-OjibwayMine-Michigan-39mm-JB421-12.jpg]

This specimen, from an old collection I purchased, features SHARP cubic copper crystals to 5 or 6 mm. Such crystals are extremely rare in nature, and this is the classic location for them. As well, they are displayed on a full minaiture, in aperch of elongated copper crystals of other habits, making for a complex and interesting specimen. The piece is complete all around. Joe Budd photos


DEN11-418 - Smithsonite - £ 1526
Laurium, Attika District, Greece

large cabinet, 18.3 x 10.4 x 8.5 cm
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This is a very large and fine, showy specimen from the ancient mines at Laurium. I have seen other big smithsonites from here, but usually clunky and with dark and ugly matrix. This solid, heavy piece of nearly solid smithsonite is actually complete on 3 sides, made of stacked botryoidal growths like stalactites run together. It is , simply, exceptional for the locality both for quality and size. Joe Budd photos


DEN11-416 - Smoky Quartz (Gwindel) on Quartz - £ 5190
Dodo Mine, Saranpaul, Prepolar Ural Mtns., Western-Siberian Region, Russia

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Smoky Quartz (Gwindel) on Quartz from Dodo Mine, Saranpaul, Prepolar Ural Mtns., Western-Siberian Region, Russia [db_pics/new2011/Quartz-Gwindel-PuivaMtn-Russia-11cm-JB416-40sm.jpg]
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Smoky Quartz (Gwindel) on Quartz from Dodo Mine, Saranpaul, Prepolar Ural Mtns., Western-Siberian Region, Russia [db_pics/new2011/Quartz-Gwindel-PuivaMtn-Russia-11cm-JB416-06.jpg]
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Smoky Quartz (Gwindel) on Quartz from Dodo Mine, Saranpaul, Prepolar Ural Mtns., Western-Siberian Region, Russia [db_pics/new2011/Quartz-Gwindel-PuivaMtn-Russia-11cm-JB416-10.jpg]
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Smoky Quartz (Gwindel) on Quartz from Dodo Mine, Saranpaul, Prepolar Ural Mtns., Western-Siberian Region, Russia [db_pics/new2011/Quartz-Gwindel-PuivaMtn-Russia-11cm-JB416-11.jpg]
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Smoky Quartz (Gwindel) on Quartz from Dodo Mine, Saranpaul, Prepolar Ural Mtns., Western-Siberian Region, Russia [db_pics/new2011/Quartz-Gwindel-PuivaMtn-Russia-11cm-JB416-12.jpg]

This is a classic twisted quartz (known as a "gwindel") from the classic Russian alpine locality which had its heyday around the 1980s. Along with the Swiss Alps and a few mountains in France, this locale has produced the most famous gwindel quartzes around, known for their bright gemminess and their dramatic twisting style. The twisted quartz here is slightly smoky, contrasting appealingly to the matrix it sits on of normal , upright quartz crystals which are more white in color. This piece has a pronounced twist of, at a guess, 15 to 20 degrees from the vertical as the gem-clear smoky quartz cluster rises up from the matrix of quartz on which it sits. It is one of the more dramatic examples in this size range that we have seen, in fact, for both the degree of twist and the perch on matrix. The gwindel is nearly pristine ( i see only one trivial ding when looking closely), complete all around and good from both sides. This specimen was purchased in Russia by the van Scrivers and traded by them to Richard Kosnar in the late 1980s, for his well-known but secretive Alpine collection. I obtained it directly from the Kosnar family. Joe Budd photos


DEN11-414 - Pollucite, Albite, Kunzite - £ 1069
Mawi, Laghman Province, Afghanistan

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Pollucite, Albite, Kunzite from Mawi, Laghman Province, Afghanistan [db_pics/new2011/Pollucite-Mawi-Afghanistan-11cm-JB414-23sm.jpg]

A highly unusual pollucite crystal we have nicknamed "the brain" for its weird patterning and selective etching of the surface. The crystal is 6 x 4 x 4 cm in size, and perched 3-dimensionally up on bladed cleavelandite matrix. Actually, the piece displays both vertical and horizontally, with equal impact. When vertical, a thin kunzite crystal on one end becomes its base and pokes out at the bottom. This is one of the most unusual pollucite specimens i have seen, and although irregular , it is nevertheless a beautiful specimen. ex Lockhart collection. Joe Budd photos. Ex Brent Lockhart Collection


DEN11-413 - Fluorapophyllite with Stilbite - £ 550
Jalgaon, Maharashtra Province, India

small cabinet, 9.0 x 6.0 x 3.7 cm
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Fluorapophyllite with Stilbite from Jalgaon, Maharashtra Province, India [db_pics/new2011/Fluorapophylite-Jalgaon-India-9cm-JB413-15.jpg]

A sharp crystal with exceptional lustre, and unusual multiply-terminated structure on one end. Apophyllites are common enough, sure, but this is an unusual piece amidst the crowd of them. Joe Budd photos. Ex Brent Lockhart Collection


DEN11-412 - Spodumene var Kunzite on Stilbite - £ 2931
Laghman Province, Afghanistan

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Spodumene var Kunzite on Stilbite from Laghman Province, Afghanistan [db_pics/new2011/Kunzite-LaghmanProvince-Afghanistan-91mm-JB412-06.jpg]

A really interesting and unusual kunzite from the Ed David collection! The crystal was, clearly, once a single crystal that experienced selective etching in situ, and now looks like two crystals isolated on matrix. However, it all is really one crystal, with a natural crevasse between the halves. Rather than look broken, the effect is "really cool" and hard to describe. It is just unique in my experience, and the fact that this matrix is still attached is amazing to me. The nice white matrix is stilbite, which is unusual in itself. Joe Budd photos


DEN11-409 - Rutile on Quartz - £ 1679
Mount Kapydzhik, Nakhchivan A.R., Azerbaijan

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Rutile on Quartz from Mount Kapydzhik, Nakhchivan A.R., Azerbaijan [db_pics/new2011/Rutile-Quartz-Kapudzhuk-Azerbaijan-54mm-JB409-01.jpg]

Although now almost impossible to find on the market, there were at one time a number of these available in the mid-1990s, mined by the crew of a colorful ex-KGB colonel-turned-mineral-dealer. I have not had a good one back in years. This was a fine, very highly rated miniature which i sold back in the late 1990s and got back recently. It features a crystal of 3 cm across, perched smartly atop crystallized quartz matrix. The association, and the quality of these lustrous rutiles, made them instantly wanted by the top collectors at the time. And none were found since, seemingly. This crystal is doubly-terminated and complete all around save only a shallow contact groove in the upper-rear side, not seen from the display face in any case. Joe Budd photos


DEN11-406 - Microcline, var Amazonite & Smoky Quartz - £ 2931
Smoky Hawk Claim, Crystal Peak Area, Teller County, Colorado, USA

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Microcline, var Amazonite & Smoky Quartz from Smoky Hawk Claim, Crystal Peak Area, Teller County, Colorado, USA [db_pics/new2011/Amazonite-SmokeyQuartz-SmokyHawkClaim-Colorado-82mm-JB406-05.jpg]
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Microcline, var Amazonite & Smoky Quartz from Smoky Hawk Claim, Crystal Peak Area, Teller County, Colorado, USA [db_pics/new2011/Amazonite-SmokeyQuartz-SmokyHawkClaim-Colorado-82mm-JB406-06.jpg]
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Microcline, var Amazonite & Smoky Quartz from Smoky Hawk Claim, Crystal Peak Area, Teller County, Colorado, USA [db_pics/new2011/Amazonite-SmokeyQuartz-SmokyHawkClaim-Colorado-82mm-JB406-09.jpg]
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Microcline, var Amazonite & Smoky Quartz from Smoky Hawk Claim, Crystal Peak Area, Teller County, Colorado, USA [db_pics/new2011/Amazonite-SmokeyQuartz-SmokyHawkClaim-Colorado-82mm-JB406-10.jpg]

An unusually sculptural specimen amidst so many that are just jumbly clusters, or flat plates, this piece stood out to my eye. It was found in 2007 and has been in the Wally Mann collection since. As is typical of the material, it is repaired (most are) multiple places, but done cleanly this is considered acceptable for such nice combination specimens from the locality. Very few 3-dimensional specimens can be had, without repairs, in any case. The balanced aesthetics of the piece, and hwo the smoky quartz relates to the amazonites in size and composition, make this stand out - i remember seeing it amongst a table of far more expensive pieces at the time after it was mined, and yet it was the one i LIKED, as it went into a friend's collection (he was faster than I , to the room!). Wally Mann collection. Joe Budd photos


DEN11-405 - Liveingite - £ 1099
Lengenbach Quarry, Binntal, Canton Wallis, Switzerland

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This is a very significant large display specimen of this very rare lead-arsenic sulfide species, from its most important, and type, locality. The piece was found in 1984, and passed through the museum there and a private collector, before being sold by the prestigious Swiss dealership Siber & Siber into the Brent Lockhart Collection. This crystal is a shocking 2.3 cm in length! It may be a little rough at the top (contact and broken in back, but complete from the display face), but the crystal is so big and imposing, that it is of some significance. comes with custom made display base. Joe Budd photos. Ex Brent Lockhart Collection


DEN11-403 - Goethite pseudo. after Selenite, with Calcite - £ 550
Santa Eulalia District, Chihuahua, Mexico

small cabinet, 7.3 x 6.0 x 3.1 cm
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Goethite pseudo. after Selenite, with Calcite from Santa Eulalia District, Chihuahua, Mexico [db_pics/new2011/Goethite-ps-Selenite-SantaEulalia-Mexico-73mm-JB403-16.jpg]

This piece formed from geothite casting over and partially replacing selenite crystals in parallel cluster, which then dissolved (they are water soluble, after all). So, it is hollow and light in weight, though it looks massive somehow, to the eye . We have all seen a lot of this material creep to market over the years, though I suspect much of it actually was a lot older, found in the 1970s and prior. But THIS piece has always stood out to me for many reasons: its sheer sharpness, intense jet black (not gray or brownish) color saturation, wet-looking lustre to the geothite, and that wonderful association with sparkling, colorless calcite atop! I obtained this in an old collection in 2003, and sold it into the Dave Stoudt Mexico collection shortly after. It remains my personal favorite amongst all such examples of this particular material I have handled. Joe Budd photos


DEN11-399 - Adamite - £ 1649
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico

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Adamite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/new2011/Adamite-OjuelaMine-Mexico-6cm-JB399-06.jpg]

Isolated, fat crystals of adamite are actually very uncommon, even here at this once-productive locality. Pieces like this, with a radial grouping of such crystals - never were common. The piece features over a dozen such robust crystals to nearly 2 cm tall, curling up and over the top of a knoll of gossan matrix. It is aesthetic, sparkly, and colorful. More than that, it is a rare and beautiful style that sticks out amongst more common crystal formations for adamite at this important locality. It is old, certainly pre-1980s, we think. Joe Budd photos



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