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Exquisite Specimens
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Fluorapatite Mohmand Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
 
photo by Jeffrey Scovil
 

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Hematite coating Quartz Graves Mountain, Lincoln Co., Georgia
 
photo by Jeff Fast
 

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This color specimen is a quartz crystal covered with iridescent hematite. Two common minerals that came together in this case to produce an uncommonly lovely piece.
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Silver with minor Polybasite Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
 
photo by Jeffrey Scovil
 

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This specimen reminds me of a bonsai tree. It bright silver branches are adorned with small polybasite crystals.
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Fluorite Nikolaevskiy Mine, Dalnegorsk, Russia
 
photo by Jeffrey Scovil
 

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I made many trips to Dalnegorsk in the 90s, but I bought this piece at Tucson. It is a huge dodecahedral crystal with tiny cube faces. Dodecahedral fluorite crystals are much rarer than cubic or octahedral crystals, and large dodecs are exceedingly uncommon. I do not have a measurement, but this crystal was about 3 inches across!
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Aquamarine, Schorl, Clevelandite and Quartz Shigar Valley, Skardu District, NWFP, Pakistan
 
photo by Jeff Fast
 

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Rubellite Brazil
 
photo by Jeff Fast
 

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Calcite San Martin, Zacatecas, Mexico
 
photo by Jeffrey Scovil
 

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Wulfenite with minor Calcite Red Cloud Mine, Trigo Mountains, La Paz County, Arizona
 
photo by Jeff Fast
 

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I love how the reflection shows off the calcite perched on the top of the wulfenite.
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Polybasite on Acanthite with minor Calcite Guanajuato, GTO, Mexico
 
photo by Harold Moritz
 

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A wonderful flower of polybasite on an acanthite stalk with calcite highlights. The acanthite has a melted look and may, in fact, have been robbed of its contents to form the polybasite.