Orpiment

Cut 62, Twin Creeks Mine, Potosi District, Osgood Mountains, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA

5.5 X 4.1 X 2.9cm

One of the better examples from this late 1990s find, with saturated deep to yellowish orange, moderately to highly lustrous crystals of Orpiment. Importantly, this specimen is UNDAMAGED, except along the trim edge. Nearly every specimen of this soft material I've seen from this find have sustained some level of internal damage, visible always as yellow, micaceous cleavages like those seen on the trim edge.

#NV-004          $325

NEVADA GALLERY

Stibnite with “Sugarcube Barite”

Murray Mine, Independendence Mountains District, Elko County, Nevada, USA

14.0 X 8.5 X 5.5cm

One of the 10 best I've seen from here, including the Smithsonian piece, and pieces photographed in collecting magazines and "table books." Ultra-sharp, lustrous, striated Stibnite crystals grew off a high-grade fragment of brecciated Gold ore, then saw scattered development of well-defined Barite crystals, some of them growing on the elevated Stibnite crystals, finalized and perfected by a thin layer of drusey Quartz. The late druse covers the matrix and Barites (giving them their "sugarcube" appearance), but left the flashy Stibnites alone. Mostly "terminated" on this specimen, Murray Stibnites universally show complex, hoppered terminations that, along with the "sugarcube" Barites, are defining characteristics. Most of the Stibnites, including the intergrown pair at the top, are terminated, and the back has been sculpturally sawn. This piece was found circa 2001, and the mine closed several years ago.

#NV-006          SOLD

Nevada Minerals I

Electrum with Quartz

Round Mountain Mine, Round Mountain, Round Mountain District, Toquima Range, Nye County, Nevada, USA

2.9 X 2.1 X 2.0cm

One of three highly representative pieces from this nearly exhausted mine, from which no new specimens have been produced since the mid- 2000s, nor are they expected to be seen in the future.  This one features wispy, elongate spinel twins (?) that locally coalesce into small herringbone structures, which are commonly terminated with CUBES of Electrum! Some of the cubes appear to be distorted, and look slightly more octahedral. The Electrum grew on and in a matrix of white cockscomb quartz lining a bit of greenish gray, unoxidized Mesozoic basement rock, clearly showing this was found below the water table, and probably contains the best primary crystal composition.

#NV-014          $550

Millerite and Violarite on Pyrite

41-20 Heading, Griffin Ore Body, Meikle Mine, Lynn District, Elko County, Nevada, USA

5.7 X 4.5 X 4.2cm

From the small, singular find of 2002, this piece features a nest of bright, brassy millerite crystals 1.2cm across, with individual crystals to 6mm. This rests on a purplish metallic gray coating of Violarite on Pyrite. There is a second concentration of millerites along a seam visible on the left side of the specimen in the photo on the left. This has been stabilized using a proprietary technique; otherwise, the sulfidic matrix would remain highly reactive.

#NV-010          $300

Orpiment

Cut 62, Twin Creeks Mine, Potosi District, Osgood Mountains, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA

6.0 X 4.5 X 3.0cm

The color on this Orpiment from the late 1990s find approaches the very best from the locality, with deeply saturated, yellowish-orange, locally gemmy crystals with a bit of contrasting dark matrix. The crystals are a bit on the small side, and there is slight rubbing on a couple away from the trim edge, hence the lower price than the other Twin Creeks orpiment in this update. The luster is good in general, with a few highly lustrous faces here and there. This is in the same condition it was in when I won it as an award at a local mineral show in Elko, Nevada, in 2002. It had been donated as the "trophy" for the "best" display by Newmont Gold Corp., from a group that Collector's Edge had prepared and returned to Newmont as part of their contract.

#NV-008          $200

Barite

Shotcrete Pocket, 4365’ Downramp, South Meikle, Meikle Mine, Lynn District, Elko County, Nevada, USA

8.8 X 8.5 X 6.2cm

The Shotcrete is one of four major pockets found at Meikle; I've named two of them - this and the Hellhole, based on intimate experience with the mine and the specimens (more on this eventually). This is classic Shotcrete, with grayish yellow to golden yellow, thick and glossy crystals reaching 4.7 across. The main crystal is translucent but dominantly gemmy! There are tiny irregularities on the edge of the this crystal, but they appear to be simple pealing where an internal fractures (present in all Meikle Barites) met the razor sharp edge of the crystal. There are scattered contacts elsewehere, concentrated on the edges where this was intergrown with a larger mass of Barite crystals, but nothing that keeps this from being world-class!

#NV-002          $1,000

Barite with Calcite

Bush Pocket (aka Batch Plant Pocket), 1075’ Level, Meikle Mine, Lynn District, Elko County, Nevada, USA

6.5 X 5.0 X 4.3cm

An undamaged, 5.0cm tall crystal of pale amber to golden yellow barite rises from a mound of clustered calcite. The calcite is accented by a second generation of small, gemmy, pale grayish yellow barite crystals. This is better than the photos show, with glassy luster and a strongly translucent area in most of the lower half of the main barite. There is a bit of castellation on the top frontal face of the barite, providing multiple terminations and transmitting light in a way that is difficult to capture in the photos. This is about as good as a small cabinet specimen gets from this pocket, named for President Bush Sr., who was on the Board of Directors for Barrick Gold Corp. (the mine owner/operator) at the time the pocket was open. He was given a large specimen from here as a gift during a visit to the mine.

#NV-009          $350

Gold

Round Mountain Mine, Round Mountain, Round Mountain District, Toquima Range, Nye County, Nevada, USA

2.7 X 2.0 X 0.5cm

One of three highly representative pieces from this nearly exhausted mine, from which no new specimens have been produced since the mid- 2000s, nor are they expected to be seen in the future. This one features a classic Round Mountain "leaf" with complex crystallinity, showing a herringbone-textured base structure that commonly culminates in small partial octohedra, some of which are hoppered. The color shows at least some silver content, indicating this came from at or near the water-table, and has not been entirely oxidized, which remobilizes the silver and ultimately leaves only gold behind. Weighs 2.4g. Acquired and cleaned in the early 2000s, I 've done nothing to modify the original color of this specimen.

#NV-003          SOLD

Sulfur

Hot Springs Point, Beowawe District, Eureka County, Nevada, USA

3.7 X 2.8 X 2.1cm

Glowing, lustrous, canary-yellow Sulfur crystals on a scrap of dark basalt matrix that distinguishes these from any other Sulfur locality. The Sulfurs are mostly hoppered, and there is only one small broken crystal on the back. This remote locality remains under claim, forbidding public collecting.

#NV-013          $45

Stibnite with “Sugarcube Barite”

Murray Mine, Independendence Mountains District, Elko County, Nevada, USA

7.5 X 5.5 X 6.0cm

Sharp, lustrous, striated Stibnite crystals grew off a high-grade fragment of brecciated Gold ore, then saw scattered development of well-defined barite crystals, some of them growing on the elevated Stibnite crystals, finalized and perfected by a thin layer of drusey quartz. The late druse covers the matrix and barites (giving them their "sugarcube" appearance), but left the flashy Stibnites alone. Mostly "terminated" on this specimen, Murray Stibnites universally show complex, hoppered terminations which, along with the "sugarcube" Barites, are defining characteristics. There is certainly minor pocket damage, including a small area of separation near the termination of the main Stibnite, but otherwise shows no human-induced irregularities, other than a sculpturally sawn base. Found circa 2001; the mine is now closed.

#NV-012          SOLD

SOLD

Orpiment with Fluorite

Getchell Mine, Potosi District, Osgood Mountains, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA

6.6 X 4.8 X 3.0cm

Lustrous, vibrant orange Orpiment crystals to 5.0mm with soft, pale, grayish- to bluish-lilac Fluorite. I believe the Orpiment from Getchell shows the best possible color and luster for this mineral, and is only matched by the best Orpiment from Twin Creeks, Nevada. But, the Getchell pieces are usually small and show more contacting, as the pieces I've handled are from the small open pits operated in the 1980s, where they were found amongst the blasted muck. The Fluorites on this one are highly complex, but occupy a recess with one lustrous 2.5mm Fluorite, visible in the lower-right photo. This piece is from the Mike Baumann collection, and I will provide more information on the provenance of his collection soon! Note: the open pits at Getchell closed decades ago, and the underground mining stopped in the late 2000s; this is a DEFUNCT locality, after 70+ years of periodic operation. This piece could trim one or two competition-level miniature- and/or thumbnail-sized specimens.

#NV-015          $125

Getchellite on Stibnite with Orpiment

Cut 20, Twin Creeks Mine, Potosi District, Osgood Mountains, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA

3.5 X 2.0 X 2.7cm

Like a small flower, with yellowish orange "petals" of Orpiment crystals (mostly contacted) surrounding a 1.1cm-long core of undamaged, gemmy red epimorphs of Getchellite on an earlier Stibnite crystal. This is from a single, football-sized pocket exposed by Collector's Edge during its contracted period with Newmont Gold Corp. (circa 1996 through 2001). Unlike extremely light-sensitve Realgar,  the Getchellites from this singular find have  retained their clarity and color after years of display in glass cases.

#NV-001          $250

SOLD

Orpiment with Fluorite

Getchell Mine, Potosi District, Osgood Mountains, Humboldt County, Nevada, USA

4.0 X 3.1 X 3.0cm

Lustrous, vibrant orange Orpiment crystals to nearly 1.0cm with soft, pale, grayish- to bluish-lilac Fluorite. I believe the Orpiment from Getchell shows the best possible color and luster for this mineral, and is only matched by the best Orpiment from Twin Creeks, Nevada. But, the Getchell pieces are usually small and show more contacting, as the pieces I've handled are from the small open pits operated in the 1980s, where they were found amongst the blasted muck. The Fluorites on this one are highly complex, with no definitive faces available for the unaided eye, but supply a unique and colorful contrast to this miniature specimen. This is from the Mike Baumann collection, and I will provide more information on the provenance of these pieces soon! Note: the open pits at Getchell closed decades ago, and the underground mining stopped in the late 2000s; this is a DEFUNCT locality, after 70+ years of periodic operation.

#NV-011          $65

15 Specimens added June 15, 2016

Barite

Hellhole Pocket, 1075’ Level, Meikle Mine, Lynn District, Elko County, Nevada, USA
4.5 X 4.3 X 3.5cm

The Helhole is one of four major pockets found at Meikle; I've named two of them - this and the Shotcrete, based on intimate experience with the mine and the specimens (more on this eventually). This is classic Hellhole, with golden yellow, tabular, gemmy crystals that were historically referred to as "window panes,"  specifically from the "Rotten Wall," where the crystal masses were aerial and and gemmy but strongly intergrown. Thus, the obvious damage (broken crystals) along the base of the front, and contact at the left termination of one of the two dominant "rabbit-ears," visible at the far bottom-left of the photo on the left. This was literally "chipped" of an outer growth taken when the pocket was first entered. Original material personally obtained from a miner who collected it late 1996 / early 1997.

#NV-005          $135

Gold with Quartz

Round Mountain Mine, Round Mountain, Round Mountain District, Toquima Range, Nye County, Nevada, USA

2.9 X 1.9 X 1.4cm

One of three highly representative pieces from this nearly exhausted mine, from which no new specimens have been produced since the mid- 2000s, nor are they expected to be seen in the future. This one features a complex flattened octahedron with other modifications at the top, with other modified forms including elongate spinels, on and in a matrix of white cockscomb quartz. The color of the gold indicates this was found above the water table, where most/all the silver could leach out. I acquired this from one of the mine sales in the early 2000s, and chose to leave the original patina, which includes some copperish tones, to maintain its distinctive provenance.

#NV-007          $750

SOLD