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JWHITE-25 - Bementite - CAN$ 106
near Golconda, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA

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Bementite from near Golconda, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA [db_pics/new09/sea25b.jpg]
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Bementite from near Golconda, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA [db_pics/new09/sea25d.jpg]
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Bementite from near Golconda, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA [db_pics/new09/sea25e.jpg]

A rare locality specimen of bementite, named after noted collector Clarence Bement. I had never seen material from Nevada before. The label notes that it is here "all the brown material" in which case, this would be quite rich!


JWHITE-23 - Linarite - CAN$ 479
Grand Reef Mine, Laurel Canyon, Graham County, Arizona, USA

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Linarite from Grand Reef Mine, Laurel Canyon, Graham County, Arizona, USA [db_pics/new09/sea23a.jpg]
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Linarite from Grand Reef Mine, Laurel Canyon, Graham County, Arizona, USA [db_pics/new09/sea23b.jpg]
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Linarite from Grand Reef Mine, Laurel Canyon, Graham County, Arizona, USA [db_pics/new09/sea23c.jpg]

A rather large, showy linarite crystal, with electric blue color, from the best find in Arizona . Specimens from this deposit are very rare now, and this is an excellent thumbnail example


JWHITE-22 - Dyscrasite on Arsenic - CAN$ 80
Schneeberg, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany

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Dyscrasite on Arsenic from Schneeberg, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/new09/sea22d.jpg]
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Dyscrasite on Arsenic from Schneeberg, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/new09/sea22e.jpg]

Brilliant, silvery-metallic microcrystals of dyscrasite atop a ridge of native arsenic ore. Beautiful under a scope. He purchased this from Walt Lidstrom in 1974 and note the added comment.


JWHITE-18 - Uranophane on matrix - CAN$ 106
405 drift, 600 level, Faraday Uranium mine, Bancroft, Ontario, Canada

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Uranophane on matrix from 405 drift, 600 level, Faraday Uranium mine, Bancroft, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/new09/sea18b.jpg]
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Uranophane on matrix from 405 drift, 600 level, Faraday Uranium mine, Bancroft, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/new09/sea18c.jpg]

Two hair-like clusters of acicular uranophane crystals, perched nicelyon a matrix plate . This is classic, now rare, material from this old uranium mine in Bancroft area.


JWHITE-16 - Vanoxite in Sandstone with Carnotite - CAN$ 106
Uravan, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA

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Vanoxite in Sandstone with Carnotite from Uravan, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/new09/sea16a.jpg]
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Vanoxite in Sandstone with Carnotite from Uravan, Montrose Co., Colorado, USA [db_pics/new09/sea16b.jpg]

Vanoxite is a vanadium oxide with water that is , I think, the vanadium equivalent of rust or of rustlike mineral species we see commonly with iron and manganese. However, it seems fairly uncommon. Apparently because it does not crystallize, its IMA status is listed as Questionable/Doubtful as a species although that is a supposition. In any case, the material is present here as dark material in the matrix of carnotite (for which this is an excellent reference specimen)


JWHITE-11 - Collinsite with Asphaltum - CAN$ 106
Francois Lake, Omenica Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada

miniature, 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.7 cm
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Collinsite with Asphaltum from Francois Lake, Omenica Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada [db_pics/new09/sea11b.jpg]
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Collinsite with Asphaltum from Francois Lake, Omenica Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada [db_pics/new09/sea11e.jpg]
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Collinsite with Asphaltum from Francois Lake, Omenica Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada [db_pics/new09/sea11f.jpg]

Collinsite from this locality, according to MINDAT, is said to have its orgiins in large deposits of guano, or bat poop. This is a classic find for the study of such origins, apparently. The collinsite here is in light brown, fibrous aggregates associated with fluorapatite on andesine. Also in association is "wurtzilite", now known as asphaltum, a natural hydrocarbon mineral more commonly referred to perhaps as "tarry goo."


JWHITE-06 - Betafite - CAN$ 479
Silver Crater Mine, near Bancroft, Ontario

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Betafite from Silver Crater Mine, near Bancroft, Ontario [db_pics/new09/sea06a.jpg]
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Betafite from Silver Crater Mine, near Bancroft, Ontario [db_pics/new09/sea06b.jpg]
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Betafite from Silver Crater Mine, near Bancroft, Ontario [db_pics/new09/sea06c.jpg]

A rather large, 3.5-cm-tall crystal from this classic locality known for the material. But specimens like this, and relatively (I use the word carefully here) attractive as a display piece, are uncommon. Old Wards Science label accompanies


JWHITE-05 - Calcite - CAN$ 213
St Gotthard pass road tunnel, St Gotthard pass, Ticino, Switzerland

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Calcite from St Gotthard pass road tunnel, St Gotthard pass, Ticino, Switzerland [db_pics/new09/sea05b.jpg]
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Calcite from St Gotthard pass road tunnel, St Gotthard pass, Ticino, Switzerland [db_pics/new09/sea05c.jpg]

A briliantly lustrous, sharp single crystal of calcite with origins, according to its old label, from the tunnel project here in St. Gotthard pass. Rare locality specimen, and a good calcite crystal as well!


JWHITE-04 - Papagoite - CAN$ 798
New Cornelia Mine, Ajo, Pima County, Arizona, USA

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Papagoite from New Cornelia Mine, Ajo, Pima County, Arizona, USA [db_pics/new09/sea04c.jpg]
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Papagoite from New Cornelia Mine, Ajo, Pima County, Arizona, USA [db_pics/new09/sea04d.jpg]
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Papagoite from New Cornelia Mine, Ajo, Pima County, Arizona, USA [db_pics/new09/sea04e.jpg]

A VERY VERY rich specimen with both sides smothered in microcrystalline, deep blue papagoite. This is from the TYPE LOCALITY circa 1960s. (TYPE LOCALITY). It has an old Scott Williams company label with it. Not only is this significant for the rarity and locale, but it is a relatively large, and pretty, plate


JWHITE-03 - Adamite - CAN$ 106
Gold Hill, Gold Hill District, Tooele Co., Utah, USA

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Adamite from Gold Hill, Gold Hill District, Tooele Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/new09/sea03b.jpg]
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Adamite from Gold Hill, Gold Hill District, Tooele Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/new09/sea03c.jpg]
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Adamite from Gold Hill, Gold Hill District, Tooele Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/new09/sea03d.jpg]
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Adamite from Gold Hill, Gold Hill District, Tooele Co., Utah, USA [db_pics/new09/sea03e.jpg]

A single isolated, fat pinwheel of adamite, just over 1 cm, on contrasting limonitic matrix. Rare locality specimen, self-collected by Bart Cannon in the 1960s or 70s.


JWHITE-02 - Uranophane - CAN$ 160
Madawaska (Faraday) Mine, Bancroft, Ontario, Canada

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Uranophane from Madawaska (Faraday) Mine, Bancroft, Ontario, Canada [db_pics/new09/sea02b.jpg]

A hair-like cluster of acicular uranophane crystals, perched nicely in the middle of a matrix plate . This is classic, now rare, material from this old uranium mine in Bancroft area.


JWHITE-82 - Botallackite - SOLD
Levant Mine, St. Just, Cornwall, England

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Botallackite from Levant Mine, St. Just, Cornwall, England [db_pics/new09/sea82c.jpg]
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Botallackite from Levant Mine, St. Just, Cornwall, England [db_pics/new09/sea82d.jpg]

A small matrix hosting myriad microcrystals of the rare species botallackite, obtained from dealer AL McGuiness long ago. Excellent reference example for the species.


JWHITE-80 - Willemite on Wulfenite - SOLD
Mammoth Mine, Tiger, Arizona, USA

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Willemite on Wulfenite from Mammoth Mine, Tiger, Arizona, USA [db_pics/new09/sea80a.jpg]
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Willemite on Wulfenite from Mammoth Mine, Tiger, Arizona, USA [db_pics/new09/sea80b.jpg]
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Willemite on Wulfenite from Mammoth Mine, Tiger, Arizona, USA [db_pics/new09/sea80c.jpg]

A very rich specimen of beautiful, micro-crystals of bubbly, translucent blue willemite, rare from this locality! They are situated like drops on a carpet of orange wulfenite. Old classic association, rarely seen today.


JWHITE-81 - Lorandite on Orpiment - SOLD
Allchar, Roszdan, Republic of Macedonia

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Lorandite on Orpiment from Allchar, Roszdan, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/new09/sea81b.jpg]
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Lorandite on Orpiment from Allchar, Roszdan, Republic of Macedonia [db_pics/new09/sea81d.jpg]

Sharp, very rare , lorandite crystals to 3 mm on matrix…and overall a rich concentration of them, too! This is a great locality piece , and example of this rare thallium-containing species. Very few thallium mineral species, of the few that do exist, form macrocrystals.


JWHITE-78 - Hagendorfite - SOLD
Siglo Veinte Mine, Llallagua, Potosí Department, Bolivia

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Hagendorfite from Siglo Veinte Mine, Llallagua, Potosí Department, Bolivia [db_pics/new09/sea78c.jpg]

Hagendorfite is a rare iron phosphate, and I personally have never seen one. However, this is an old piece purchased from David New's famous old mail order species lists, in 1976. Although small, it seems rich and well-crystallized with sharp clusters of xls to 4mm. There is a hint of green-brown color, in person.



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