There are 133 minerals priced at above $500.
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Lustrous and transparent yellow blades of barite on matrix. These were found over a decade ago (time flies) and could be the best barite locality in the US, unfortunately, there is no mas!
Location: Meikle Mine, Elko County, Nevada
Dimensions: 7.8 x 6 x 2.5cm
Size: Small Cabinet
During the summer of 2012, a small lot of the deep blue aquas appeared on the market and were thought to be Vorobyevite. After analysis by Dr. Federico Pezzotta in Milan, they were confirmed to be a cesium included beryl, but not rich enough to be vorobyevite. Most of the crystals found were under 2.5 cm wide, so this one would be in the top percent for quality color and crystal size (3.4 cm!). No more have been found.
Location: Deo Darrah, Khash, Badakhshan, Afghanistan
Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.1 x 3cm
A group of approximately 12 medium blue crystals that run from milky to gemmy, of the aquamarine variety of beryl, in parallel growth forming a divergent spray with textbook, complete terminations. There is one small broken crystal which prevents it from being a 360 degree rock, but as you can see from the photos, this miniature displays beautifully and is actually a good companion to the indicolite (no. 3449). Choice!
Location: Shigar Valley, Skardu Road, Gilgit, Pakistan
Dimensions: 3.2 x 3 x 2.2cm
A very unusually zoned aquamarine crystal with an exceptional termination and a cloudy core that forms a hexagonal outline within the crystal. As you can see, the beryl is cloudy up until the termination, drawing a very distinct line and then becomes of faceting grade. This wonderful crystal sits on a matrix of quartz, feldspar and a smaller beryl on one side. Super!
Location: Shigar, Gilgit, Pakistan
Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 5cm
Size: Cabinet & Larger
A bi-colored naturally etched beryl crystal (pastel blue and pink) sits inside a pastel greyish cast of biotite crystals. Herb’s label says aquamarine, but I believe the center of the crystal runs towards pink morganite. One of the most unique specimens I have ever encountered. * For some reason I could not get blue color correctly on photos, they appear greener than they are, instead of blue.
Location: Baha, Braldu Valley, Balistan, Pakistan
Dimensions: 7.3 x 6.3 x 3.4cm
Size: Small Cabinet
A medium green, lustrous emerald crystals with a flat termination measuring 2.7 cm sits vertically on a very dark schist matrix alongside a 2.5 cm emerald crystal that’s lying horizontally on it’s left. A very rare beryl from Afghanistan, I have seen very few emeralds from this locality on the market.
Location: Gamitha, Laghman, Afghanistan
Dimensions: 6.5 x 4 x 3.5cm
A light pink lustrous and gemmy crystal of the morganite variety of beryl sits on a quartz matrix with minor albite. A couple of elbaite crystals protrude from the morganite on the rear and an elbaite section can be seen on the front.
Location: Nuristan, Laghman, Afghanistan
Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 4.5cm
A light pink,euhedral and complete crystal of the morganite variety of beryl with highly lustrous , well defined faces and glassy transparency sits on a muscovite matrix with minor albite, cookeite and cassiterite. Exceptional miniature from this world reknown locality and a find for those that collect beryls and/or gem crystals!
Location: Urucum Pegmatite, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Dimensions: 5.5 x 4 x 2.5cm
A lustrous, perfectly terminated single crystal of celestite with a bluish grey to color and a very gemmy termination. The sides of the crystal show some flattened additional crystals in parallel growth. Superb!
Location: Machow Mine, Tarnobzreg, Poland
Dimensions: 5.5 x 3 x 2.3cm