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PostPosted: Jan 07, 2015 11:39    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Thanks Martin. Here are a few more pyromorphites from the Bunker Hill Mine.


0253 Pyromorphite.jpg
 Mineral: Pyromorphite
 Locality:
Bunker Hill Mine, Jersey Vein, 9th level, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho, USA
 Dimensions: 4.0 x 5.0 cm
 Description:
Prismatic orange-yellow pyromorphite crystals covering botryoidal orange arsenian pyromorphite on a gossan matrix. Obtained in trade with David Shannon in 1988.
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 Mineral: Pyromorphite
 Locality:
Bunker Hill Mine, Jersey Vein, 9th level, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho, USA
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.1 cm
 Description:
Botryoidal orange arsenic-rich pyromorphite. Mined in the early 1980s.
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1720 Pyromorphite.jpg
 Mineral: Pyromorphite
 Locality:
Bunker Hill Mine, Jersey Vein, 9th level, Bunker Hill properties, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone County, Idaho, USA
 Dimensions: 3.7 x 4.7 cm
 Description:
Lustrous green to yellowish-green barrel-shaped pyromorphite crystals to 0.6 cm long on a matrix of botryoidal arsenic-rich pyromorphite. A better photo of a previously shown specimen.
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PostPosted: Jan 12, 2015 15:40    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

California.


1984 Spodumene 2.jpg
 Mineral: Spodumene var. kunzite
 Locality:
Pala Chief Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala, Pala District, San Diego County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 2.7 x 5.3 cm
 Description:
Gemmy pale pink kunzite crystal collected by Al Ordway in 1963. #583a in his collection.
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0874 Elbaite.jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite
 Locality:
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 6 cm
 Description:
A doubly terminated bicolored elbaite crystal.
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1846 Mercury.jpg
 Mineral: Mercury
 Locality:
Socrates Mine, Castle Rock Springs area, West Mayacmas District, Sonoma County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 4.6 x 6.9 cm
 Description:
Silvery droplets of native mercury scattered over the surface of a cinnabar matrix.
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PostPosted: Jan 16, 2015 11:27    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Continuing with California.


0581 Hanksite.jpg
 Mineral: Hanksite
 Locality:
Searles Lake, Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 3.8 x 5.5 cm
 Description:
Doubly terminated hexagonal hanksite crystal from the type locality. The crystal is somewhat translucent and fluoresces pale yellow under SW UV illumination. I wish I had photographed this crystal in its pristine condition when I acquired it 25 years ago, as it has deteriorated significantly in spite of keeping it coated with mineral oil.
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0592 Barite.jpg
 Mineral: Barite
 Locality:
Palos Verdes Hills, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 4.5 x 6.3 cm
 Description:
Lustrous bladed Baryte crystals to 3.2 cm. arranged in a vertical-standing intergrown group.
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0592 Barite.jpg



1773 Quartz var. amethyst.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz variety amethyst
 Locality:
Purple Heart Mine, Kingston Range, Kingston Range District, San Bernardino County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 4.1 x 5.5 cm
 Description:
A group of pale lavender amethyst crystals from a somewhat uncommon locality.
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PostPosted: Jan 19, 2015 10:08    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Continuing with California.


1679 Woodhouseite.jpg
 Mineral: Woodhouseite
 Locality:
Champion Mine, White Mountain Peak, White Mountains, Mono County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 4.5 x 7.7 cm
 Description:
Straw-colored crystals of woodhouseite scattered across a quartzite matrix. From the type locality for the species.
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1679 Woodhouseite (2).jpg
 Mineral: Woodhouseite
 Locality:
Champion Mine, White Mountain Peak, White Mountains, Mono County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 4.5 x 7.7 cm FOV ~ 3.2 cm
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1776 Tunellite.jpg
 Mineral: Tunellite
 Locality:
Kramer Hills deposit, Boron area, Kramer Hills, San Bernardino County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 4.5 x 5.7 cm
 Description:
Sharp colorless tunellite crystals from the find in 2010 represent some of the best tunellite crystals ever found at the Type Locality.
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2089 Artinite.jpg
 Mineral: Artinite
 Locality:
Artinite Pit, Clear Creek, Picacho Peak, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 7.0 x 8.0 cm
 Description:
Acicular white crystals of artinite covering the surface of an altered serpentine matrix.
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PostPosted: Jan 19, 2015 11:50    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Hi Michael. I like this specimen and marvel how it could be removed, cleaned? handled and transported without significant (if any notable) damage. 2089 Artinite.jpg https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/download.php?id=55535
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PostPosted: Jan 22, 2015 12:52    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Thanks for your comments on the artinite Pierre. It is in remarkably damage-free condition. It's my understanding that when a pocket is encountered, the specimens can usually be pried from the surrounding serpentinite matrix without too much trouble and they don't need much in the way of cleaning. Wrapping and transportation is a whole other story, and is a testament to the collectors and dealers who handle this stuff.

Here are few more from California for today.



Carpathite composite.jpg
 Mineral: Carpathite
 Locality:
Picacho Mine, Picacho Peak, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 4.5 x 7.5 cm
 Description:
Lathlike yellow carpathite on a quartz matrix with small red blebs of cinnabar. The right photo shows fluorescence under LW ultraviolet illumination. Carpathite is an uncommon and interesting mineral in that it is an organic species (a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon).
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2158 Trona.jpg
 Mineral: Trona
 Locality:
Owens Lake, Olancha, Owens Valley, Inyo County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 9.0 x 11.5 cm
 Description:
Sugary-textured pale honey-colored crystals of trona from the find in the late 1990s that is generally considered to have produced the best examples of this species.
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2158 Trona.jpg



1646 Andradite var. topazolite.jpg
 Mineral: Andradite variety topazolite
 Locality:
Yellow Cat Mine, New Idria, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 5.6 x 7.2 cm
 Description:
Gemmy amber-colored andradite crystals associated with green clinochlore.
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1646 Andradite var. topazolite.jpg


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PostPosted: Jan 26, 2015 11:17    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

More from California - the Benitoite Gem Mine.


1236 Joaquinite.jpg
 Mineral: Joaquinite-(Ce)
 Locality:
California State Gem Mine (Benitoite Gem Mine), San Benito River headwaters area, Santa Rita Peak, New Idria District, San Benito County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 6.5 cm, FOV ~ 1.0 cm
 Description:
Cinnamon-brown joaquinite crystals to 1.0 mm on crossite matrix with white natrolite.
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1236 Joaquinite.jpg



1042 Neptunite.jpg
 Mineral: Neptunite
 Locality:
California State Gem Mine (Benitoite Gem Mine), San Benito River headwaters area, Santa Rita Peak, New Idria District, San Benito County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 3.3 x 6.2 cm
 Description:
Lustrous prismatic brown-black neptunite crystals in and on white natrolite and crossite matrix with a benitoite crystal perched on the right end.
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1042 Neptunite.jpg



1042 Benitoite.jpg
 Mineral: Benitoite
 Locality:
California State Gem Mine (Benitoite Gem Mine), San Benito River headwaters area, Santa Rita Peak, New Idria District, San Benito County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 3.3 x 6.2 cm
 Description:
Triply-terminated benitoite crystal measuring 1.0 cm across.
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PostPosted: Jan 29, 2015 11:49    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

More from California.


0290 Molybdenite.jpg
 Mineral: Molybdenite
 Locality:
Bishop Creek Mine, Aspendell, Bishop Creek District, Inyo County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 5.1 x 5.5 cm
 Description:
Bright silvery-gray, distorted crystals of molybdenite embedded in quartz matrix.
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0573 Colemanite.jpg
 Mineral: Colemanite
 Locality:
Billie Mine, Ryan, Furnace Creek District (Death Valley area), Inyo County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 4.3 x 5.5 cm
 Description:
An intergrown group of glassy colorless colemanite crystals to 3.0 cm. Collected in 1991 from the 1490' Level of the mine.
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0573 Colemanite.jpg



1043 Thenardite ps. halite.jpg
 Mineral: Thenardite
 Locality:
Searles Lake, Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 4.1 x 8.7 cm.
 Description:
Pale pink, fine-grained crusts of thenardite over hoppered halite crystals. Collected in 1998.
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PostPosted: Feb 22, 2015 14:49    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Here are a few specimens from Iran, a couple of which are new additions from Tucson.


Wulfenite - Chah Milleh.jpg
 Mineral: Wulfenite
 Locality:
Chah Milleh Mine, Chah Milleh, Anarak District, Nain, Isfahan Province, Iran
 Dimensions: 1.7 x 2.3 cm
 Description:
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1676 Calcite.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Qaleh-Zari Mine, Nehbandan, South Khorasan Province, Iran
 Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.0 cm
 Description:
 Viewed:  23026 Time(s)

1676 Calcite.jpg



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 Mineral: Epidote
 Locality:
Khowrin Mount, Kuhandan, Saveh, Tafresh, Markazi Province, Iran
 Dimensions: 4.0 x 6.0 cm
 Description:
Dark green prismatic epidote crystals to 0.8 cm on a massive epidote matrix.
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2265 Wulfenite.jpg
 Mineral: Wulfenite
 Locality:
Ahmad Abad, Yazd Province, Iran
 Description:
Yellowish-orange bladed wulfenite crystals partially coated with cream to tan calcite.
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PostPosted: Feb 22, 2015 19:54    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Michael, Nice Iranian pieces. I particularly like the Calcite. Looks like some of the Magma Mine pieces from Arizona.
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PostPosted: Feb 23, 2015 12:37    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Thanks Bob. Several dealers had Iranian specimens at Tucson. Crystal Classics had nearly a dozen flats of material including wulfenites, cerussites, mimetites, and some pretty cool descloizite pseudomorphs.
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PostPosted: Feb 24, 2015 17:36    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

New additions from Morocco.


2264 Barite.jpg
 Mineral: Barite
 Locality:
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 5.0 cm
 Description:
An floater aggregate of lustrous barites with minor marcasite.
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2244 Marcasite.jpg
 Mineral: Marcasite
 Locality:
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 10.5 cm
 Description:
A curved stalactite of brassy marcasite crystals, some showing subtle iridescence.
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2243 Quartz.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Toufassmame (Izizauen), Alnif, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 5.6 x 7.7 cm
 Description:
Colorless quartz crystals with a second generation overgrowth of iron oxide tinted red quartz.
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PostPosted: Feb 24, 2015 20:42    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Michael, I like your newly acquired specimens from Morocco, particularly the red quartz.

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PostPosted: Feb 24, 2015 20:56    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Don Lum wrote:
Michael, I like your newly acquired specimens from Morocco, particularly the red quartz.

Don


Thank you Don, I was very happy to add the red quartz to our Moroccan suite. It was nice to see you and Gwen again.
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PostPosted: Feb 25, 2015 02:01    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

I immediately thought, 'what a nice Orange river red quartz' . I did not even know you get these in Morocco! Very nice!
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PostPosted: Feb 25, 2015 11:20    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Michael, that red quartz is such a wonderful specimen, congratulations! As a quartz collector, I really envy you for having such a beauty :-)

And, Pierre:
Pierre Joubert wrote:
I immediately thought, 'what a nice Orange river red quartz' . I did not even know you get these in Morocco! Very nice!

I thought EXACTLY the same, both that it comes from Orange River and that I have never seen such a thing before from Morocco ... well, and of course I also thought it was very nice :-)

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PostPosted: Feb 25, 2015 12:56    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Thank you Pierre and Tobi. These red quartz specimens from Morocco were new at Tucson. There were quite a few of them, so no doubt you will see them at future shows. I do not have an Orange River quartz for comparison, but they do look somewhat similar. The cores of the Moroccan crystals (at least in my specimen) are colorless and transparent. These crystals then were overgrown with a second generation of quartz with uniform inclusions of iron oxide.
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PostPosted: Feb 25, 2015 13:51    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

It's great to see how Morocco always surprises with great new finds, especially quartz specimens. The last really great new find of quartz that I remember were the stunning combinations of quartz with azurite, malachite and red iron ore from Mecissi. But when you say that these red ones were new in Tucson, I don't wonder why I haven't heard of them before ...

Great stuff!

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PostPosted: Feb 25, 2015 14:12    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

crosstimber wrote:
Thank you Pierre and Tobi. These red quartz specimens from Morocco were new at Tucson. There were quite a few of them, so no doubt you will see them at future shows. I do not have an Orange River quartz for comparison, but they do look somewhat similar. The cores of the Moroccan crystals (at least in my specimen) are colorless and transparent. These crystals then were overgrown with a second generation of quartz with uniform inclusions of iron oxide.


Hi Michael, you say that: 'These crystals then were overgrown with a second generation of quartz with uniform inclusions of iron oxide'. As far as I know, the Orange river reds are first generation quartz with a coating of hematite and finaly a second generation overgrowth of clear quartz. If the final growth is more than a thin film, it is a phantom quartz. I would love to have one of these Moroccan reds to study it. Best regards.

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PostPosted: Mar 01, 2015 12:58    Post subject: Re: Collection of Michael Shaw  

Some of Ross Lillie's collection from the southern Illinois fluorspar district has filtered down through several dealers and Jared Freiburg from SAGA minerals had about 2 dozen flats of this material at Tucson. I enjoyed looking through these and reading Ross' detailed comments concerning the date collected, mine level, paragenesis, etc. I ended up selecting a half dozen pieces which were somewhat unique and represented 3 different mines. I'll start of with a delicate celestite fan from the Minerva Mine.


2236 Celestite (2).jpg
 Mineral: Celestine
 Locality:
Minerva I Mine, Ozark-Mahoning group, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 3.1 x 8.2 cm
 Description:
A fan-shaped group of pale blue celestite with a fine bladed habit
collected from the Rosiclare Level during advance mining in 1993.
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2236 Celestite (2).jpg



2236 Celestite.jpg
 Mineral: Celestine
 Locality:
Minerva I Mine, Ozark-Mahoning group, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 3.1 x 8.2 cm
 Description:
Same specimen as above.
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2239 Calcite.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Mahoning No. 4 Mine, Ozark-Mahoning group, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Description:
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2241 Calcite.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Rosiclare, Rosiclare Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 7.1 x 8.0 cm
 Description:
An unusual calcite consisting of flattened scalenohedral crystals aligned in a parallel orientation with cream colored barite and a druse of tiny purple fluorites. This piece fluoresces orange under SW UV, and according to Ross' notes, this was indicative of the vein type deposits in the Rosiclare District.
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