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JWHITE-31 - Grossular Garnet - SOLD
Vesper Peak, Snohomish County, Washingon

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Grossular Garnet from Vesper Peak, Snohomish County, Washingon [db_pics/new09/sea31a.jpg]
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Grossular Garnet from Vesper Peak, Snohomish County, Washingon [db_pics/new09/sea31c.jpg]

A cute miniature for sharp washington garnets, with crystals to 4mm.


JWHITE-29 - Raspite - SOLD
Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

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Raspite from Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/new09/sea29b.jpg]
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Raspite from Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/new09/sea29c.jpg]
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Raspite from Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/new09/sea29d.jpg]
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Raspite from Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [db_pics/new09/sea29e.jpg]

Gemmy, transparent, sharp orange-yellow crystals of raspite to 4mm on matrix. Superb reference specimen of this very rare species, from the best and type locality for the species - the old BHP mine, or Broken Hill Proprietary Mine, at Broken Hill. Turn of the century to early-1900s material.


JWHITE-28 - Lanarkite - SOLD
Susanna Mine, Leadhills, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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Lanarkite from Susanna Mine, Leadhills, Lanarkshire, Scotland [db_pics/new09/sea28d.jpg]
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Lanarkite from Susanna Mine, Leadhills, Lanarkshire, Scotland [db_pics/new09/sea28b.jpg]
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Lanarkite from Susanna Mine, Leadhills, Lanarkshire, Scotland [db_pics/new09/sea28c.jpg]
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Lanarkite from Susanna Mine, Leadhills, Lanarkshire, Scotland [db_pics/new09/sea28e.jpg]

This is a rich specimen for the size with numerous off-white, platy crystals standing up on matrix. Surely there are other species present as well, in this complex assemblage kown for its rarities. However the lanarkite is, unusually, very clear and dominant. TYPE LOCALITY material, now hard to obtain


JWHITE-26 - Szaibelyite - SOLD
Inder B deposit, Atyrau, Kazakhstan

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Szaibelyite from Inder B deposit, Atyrau, Kazakhstan [db_pics/new09/sea26b.jpg]
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Szaibelyite from Inder B deposit, Atyrau, Kazakhstan [db_pics/new09/sea26c.jpg]
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Szaibelyite from Inder B deposit, Atyrau, Kazakhstan [db_pics/new09/sea26e.jpg]
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Szaibelyite from Inder B deposit, Atyrau, Kazakhstan [db_pics/new09/sea26f.jpg]

I thought I knew all the crystallized borates in specimen quality, and I was wrong. THis is a magnesium borate species that does, apparently, come in good crystals. This is the first specimen of Szaibélyite I have seen. It is present as terminated large crystals to 1.2 cm, in a nice showy cluster of beautiful crystals. A display-sized specimen, I am tempted to trim in half to make two of them...


JWHITE-24 - Heulandite - SOLD
Fassa Valley, Trento Province, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

miniature, 5.2 x 5.0 x 3.7 cm
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Heulandite from Fassa Valley, Trento Province, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy [db_pics/new09/sea24b.jpg]
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Heulandite from Fassa Valley, Trento Province, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy [db_pics/new09/sea24c.jpg]

A locality specimen of a varietal of heulandite once called Arduinnite (at least on this label), an oldtimer from the famous Fassa Valley zeolite deposits.


JWHITE-20 - Wodginite epitaxial on Cassiterite - SOLD
Lavia Jabuti, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil

miniature, 3.7 x 1.5 x 0.7 cm
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Wodginite epitaxial on Cassiterite from Lavia Jabuti, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/new09/sea20a.jpg]
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Wodginite epitaxial on Cassiterite from Lavia Jabuti, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/new09/sea20b.jpg]
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Wodginite epitaxial on Cassiterite from Lavia Jabuti, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/new09/sea20c.jpg]

This is a superb, razor-sharp, lustrous Wodginite specimen. Surprisingly, it turns out to be a thick coating of epitaxial Wodginite that overgew a decaying spindle of internal Cassiterite, now almost vanished. Aesthetic, rare, and world-class. This is an important specimen from a small find, of the early 1980's or late 1970s , that really surprised people. The wodginite from this find is superb anyways - unusually lustrous and sharp compared to the mineral from other localities. These are VERY hard to come by. I am told that the pocket was only the size of a basketball and the find limited to some dozens of specimens. This one, at 3.7 cm, is one of the larger pieces and is quite significant . When these first made an appearance at major mineral shows some 35 years ago, they were a big hit with collectors because of their odd formation. Richard Gaines, a well-known collector on the East Coast at the time, had the pocket and many of the best pieces. However, John White's label notes he got this directly from Carlos Barbosa in 1978 - probably right when they came out and before tehir ID as an epitaxial overgrowth had been determined. Unusual, to say the least, and rarely seen in the marketplace!


JWHITE-19 - Koettigite - SOLD
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico

thumbnail, 2.6 x 1.6 x 0.9 cm
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Koettigite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/new09/sea19a.jpg]
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Koettigite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/new09/sea19b.jpg]
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Koettigite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/new09/sea19c.jpg]
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Koettigite from Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico [db_pics/new09/sea19d.jpg]

A very fine spray of relatively large crystals for the species, from the locality generally regarded as having produced the best. These levels of the Ojuela are now watered and inaccessible, and good koettigite has not been found since good legrandite was - 30 years ago , now. This was purchased at the Salt Lake show in 1969 to Beth Gordon, a collector-dealer who sold it to John White later. I find his back-of-label note amusing..."$75, overpriced". Mineral collectors have always thought that rarities in particular were overpriced! Especially when they first come out and we do not have a context. Certainly an understandable comment to make in this case, for a small matrixless group of crystals that arent neon yellow ecxactly. However, his judgement proved correct because these ARE the finest of species, and this piece DOES turn out to be, in hindsight, an excellent thumbnail specimen with superb crystals.


JWHITE-17 - Stolzite - SOLD
Broken Hill, N.S.W., Australia

small cabinet, 7.9 x 6.1 x 3.2 cm
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Stolzite from Broken Hill, N.S.W., Australia [db_pics/new09/sea17b.jpg]
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Stolzite from Broken Hill, N.S.W., Australia [db_pics/new09/sea17c.jpg]

A large plate rich with sparkling crystals to 3 mm of the rare species stolzite, from this classic locale. Unusually these are orangey-brown in color instead of red-brown. Minor raspite is in attendance. Although there is some damage here, you are gettign in general a large display face, a displayable specimen overall, and crystals of superb quality. These came out of Broken Hill long ago, I am told prior to the 1940s. Pieces this rich, that do not break the bank, are hard to come by today


JWHITE-15 - Uranophane on Calcite - SOLD
Jackpile Mine, Cibola County, New Mexico, USA

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Uranophane on Calcite from Jackpile Mine, Cibola County, New Mexico, USA [db_pics/new09/sea15b.jpg]

A rare example of beautifully crystallized, acicular uranophane from NEW MEXICO. At first glance, this looks like the Canadian material above. However, it is from a small and hard to get locality. Specimens are few, and I have seen only 3-4 for sale in the last decade


JWHITE-14 - Gratonite - SOLD
Excelsior Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Pasco Department, Peru

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Gratonite from Excelsior Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Pasco Department, Peru [db_pics/new09/sea14d.jpg]

Gratonite is a VERY RARE species in crystallized form, a lead arsenic sulfide. It is known at its absolute best from this remote locality, and from finds prior to 1950 in general. This piece features sharp, elongated crystals to 5mm leaping out from an ore matrix. It is aesthetic and richly crystallized. Gratonite is hard to obtain these days, and one of th emost desirable of rare sulfides in my opinion for its beauty and crystal habit. Purchased sept. 1967 from Scott Williams


JWHITE-12 - Vaterite - SOLD
San Vito quarry, San Vito, Monte Somma, Vesuvius, Naples, Italy

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Vaterite from San Vito quarry, San Vito, Monte Somma, Vesuvius, Naples, Italy [db_pics/new09/sea12c.jpg]

Vaterite, according to MINDAT, is a rare CaCO3 modification that is metastable below approx. 400°C. I always learned of it as a very rare crystal habit of calcite, but that is technically incorrect according to this entry, because its crystal habit is distinct from normal calcite. In other words, it is a polymorph of aragonite and calcite - same chemistry, different crystal form. I have only in my career seen vaterite from this locality in Italy, and all were older specimens. This is a particularly large and rich piece with sharp crystals to 2 cm. ex Mike Groben collection


JWHITE-13 - Ludlamite with Vivianite - SOLD
Blackbird Mine, Cobalt, Lemhi County, Idaho, USA

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Ludlamite with Vivianite from Blackbird Mine, Cobalt, Lemhi County, Idaho, USA [db_pics/new09/sea13b.jpg]
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Ludlamite with Vivianite from Blackbird Mine, Cobalt, Lemhi County, Idaho, USA [db_pics/new09/sea13c.jpg]
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Ludlamite with Vivianite from Blackbird Mine, Cobalt, Lemhi County, Idaho, USA [db_pics/new09/sea13d.jpg]

A fairly large, rich specimen with sharp crystals of ludlamite, nicely isolated on matrix and to 6 mm in size. A partial vivianite crystal is off to one side, and small smaltite (by xray) crystals accompany. Classic old material from the 1960s era of mining here! Purchased in 1968 towards the end of the productive years when the mine was open. I personally think these discrete ludlamite crystals characteristic of the locale, nicely spaced on matrix, are among the finest for the species.


JWHITE-10 - Hulsite - SOLD
Brooks Mountain, Seward Peninsula, Nome Borough, Alaska, USA

miniature, 4.9 x 4.0 x 3.2 cm
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Hulsite from Brooks Mountain, Seward Peninsula, Nome Borough, Alaska, USA [db_pics/new09/sea10ba.jpg]

Hulsite is an extremely rare iron borate, reported back in the 1890s. I have seen only half a dozen specimens for sale in my life, of which this is the largest and richest by far. All I have seen came from the same , this locality, its TYPE LOCALITY. This piece is rich in massive an dmicrocrystalline material.


JWHITE-09 - Skutterudite on native Bismuth - SOLD
Schneeberg, Saxony, Germany

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Skutterudite on native Bismuth from Schneeberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/new09/sea09d.jpg]
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Skutterudite on native Bismuth from Schneeberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/new09/sea09e.jpg]
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Skutterudite on native Bismuth from Schneeberg, Saxony, Germany [db_pics/new09/sea09f.jpg]

A solid mass of very heavy, metallic ore is host for sharp crystals of smaltite, the cobalt-rich variety of skutterudite. Classic old material! This is a good display piece with crystals to 4mm including a sharp cube, atop. I have chosen not to clean this piece of its acucmulated patina, though it is of course easy to make it cleaner and bright-looking with chemicals. Note the attractive wavy growths of native bismuth, on which the crystals sit.


JWHITE-08 - Woodwardite - SOLD
County Corke, Ireland

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Woodwardite from County Corke, Ireland [db_pics/new09/sea08d.jpg]

A rich solid mass of microcrystallized or noncrystallized woodwardite, on a quartz matrix. This is a hydrated copper sulfate.



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