Italian Minerals Specimens For Sale



                                   Sulfur                                                    Quartz                                                        Leucite


Italy has produced many classic minerals, some of which are well known as "best of species"  One of those are the remarkable sulfur crystals from Sicily. 





OKP-653     Leucite     Mt. Vesuvius, Italy.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection, previous Wards, prior to that Middlburry College collection.  Another old, historic, classic.  This single crystal measures 1.6 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm.  Some damage as seen but mostly complete all around.  $35







OKP-473     Barite      Barbusi, Carbonia, Sardinia, Italy.  Ex. Bob Borofsky.  This is an uncommon piece with large tabular, transpaernt barites to 3.5 cm each.  The piece measures 7 x 4.4 x 4.4 cm.  There are several broken crystals on the back but the front and sides are nice with only one crystal near edge being cleaved.  Sits nicely for display.  A very nice example for the location.  $150







OKO-467     Aragonite on Kutnahorite       RESERVED       Arezzo, Italy.   This is a beautiful thumbnail specimen that measures 2.6 x 2 x 1.3 cm.  It is filled with damage free balls of metallic kutnahorite with radiating sprays of clear, acicular aragonites in their surfaces.  A fine piece in all regards.  Mounted in a perky box.  $80







OKN-889     Sulfur     Sicily, Italy.  Ex. John Davis collection.  This is a fine example with very sharp, gemmy, bright yellow crystals to 1 cm each.  7.5 x 6.4 x 3. 6 cm in size, overall.  Edge damage where removed, as would be expected.  No damage to internal crystals.  Nice specimen!   $450







OKP-207     Leucite     Mt. Vesuvius, Campania, Italy.  Ex. John Davis Collection.  Previous Sir Warington W. Smyth Collection, Circ. 1855.  Specimens (eight total) belonging to famous Italian geologist Warington Smyth (Misspelled first name on tag).  Here is a link to his bio....   Smyth Bio.   Each of the crystals is .5 to 1 cm each and all are damage free and nicely formed.  All tags are original (Ron Bentley tag not shown).  What could have more importance, a famous Italian mineral owned by a famous 19th century Italian geologist?!  $450







OKN-783    Quartz with Chlorite Inclusions     Aurina Valley, Trentino, Italy.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A single crystal measuring 9.5 x 3.3 x 3 cm.  Minor chipping as seen.  The real attention getter are the fantastic green phantoms!  Backside has a contact area at base and chip.  $190








OKN-626     Leucite      RESERVED       Civita Castellano, Rome, Italy.  Ex. Ralph Lapham, Dr. Steve Chamberlain collections.  Historic location and collector along with impeccable form make this damage free floater very desirable.  3.7 x 2.4 x 2.3 cm overall.  Nice piece!  $50








OKN-428     Celestine on Sulfur     Caltanisetta, Sicily, Italy.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  An attractive spray of chisel shaped, translucent, lustrous barite crystals standing up on yellow sulfur.  The spray of crystals diverges in all directions allowing for fantastic views from any direction.  A couple of edge crystals are missing as should be expected but there is no damage to be described.  Nice piece.  $380








OKM-111      Barite and Calcite     Silius, Sardinia, Italy.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  10 x 7.7 x 4 cm.  Largest crystal 2.6 cm.  These barites are yellow, transparent and thickly bladed crystals.  Two spots show some damage but overall in decent condition.  The calcites are white and mostly transparent.  Interesting piece and locality.  $325








OKK-849      Magnetite     Champorcher, Val dí Aosta, Piedmont, Italy.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A complete octahedron that measures .8 to .9 cm on each edge.   Extremely well defined, euhedral example.  One chip on backside.  Mounted in a perky box.   $20








OKL-839    Garnet with Diopside   Italy. Gemmy garnets with gemmy light green diopsides in a 3 x 2 x 2 cm specimen.  Edge crystals have damage but central area is nice.  A good example.  $35








OKJ-908    Idocrase       RESERVED      Val dí Aosta, Piedmont, Italy.  An attractive deep purple blocky crystal, 1.3 cm long on diopside coated matrix.  No damage, backside contact from another crystal.   Very nice views from front/side.  2 x 1.7 x 1.3.  $40









OKL-605     Pyrite    Elba Island, Italy.  This is a nice sized example for the location dominated by one crystal 5.6 cm across.  The entire piece measures 5.6 x 4.6 x 3.7 cm.  The form is excellent and the luster high.  Minor stringers of galena on some surfaces and between crystals.  Base and edge contact isolated to one side.  All other views are excellent with no damage.  The piece sits and displays well.   $290








OKJ-527     Leucite     Civita Castellana, Rome, Italy.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A fairly large TN specimen measuring 2.5 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm.  Light color low luster example with good form, no damage and only one small matrix attachment spot.  $35








OKJ-559     Leucite        RESERVED       Civita Castellana, Rome, Italy.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  A good example, floater cluster with minor attached putty. 2.5 x 2.2 x 2 cm with crystals to 1.9 cm each.  No damage.  $40








OKJ-323    Pyrite     Rio Marina, Island of Elba, Italy.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  This single crystal is a floater measuring 3.4 x 3 x 3 cm (barely fits in a perky box).  Nice luster, impeccable form.  Classic material.  No damage.  Old collection # C.B. Sawyer.  $40









OKJ-339    Pyrite    Island of Elba, Livirno, Prov., Italy, Italy.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.   This location is certainly more famous for its tourmalines, however this fine pyrite would be a stunning example in any collection of Italian minerals.  This specimen is a single crystal measuring 5.2 x 5.5 x 4.6 cm.  It is a pyritohedron modified by what looks like octahedrons.  Some faces are sunken a partially filled by tiny secondary growth pyrites and galenas.  The crystal is highly striated and of extremely high luster.  Its condition is exceptional would only base contact and one very tiny ding which blends in so well with the complex crystal faces that it will be nearly impossible to find.  A top shelf pyrite specimen that takes a lousy photograph. $295









OKJ-338    Pyrite    San Clemente, Appenino, (Bologna), Italy.  Ex. Paul and Dawn Dunning collection.  This very fine Italian pyrite is a matrix specimen numerous spheres of crystals, up to 3.5 cm in diameter, protruding from matrix rock.  The entire specimen measures 8 x 6.8 x 4 cm and sits on edge beautifully for display.  The pyrites are an outstanding condition and of superb luster that takes a lousy photograph.  No damage.  $175








OKH-854   Epidote and Albite    Val Varaita, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  1.8 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm.  Beautiful spray of lustrous green well terminated epidotes.  Translucent and attractive.  No damage, mounted in a perky box.  $25








OKH-777     Aragonite     Giunentaro, Sicily.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning collection.  Several prismatic, translucent, hexagonal aragonite crystals are seen growing out of the aragonite matrix.  The piece is damage free and mounted in a perky box.  Views well.  3.5 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm.  $40








OKH-570    Cinochlore with Vesuvianite and Garnet        Ptitscf, Tyrol, Italy.  Ex.  Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.   This is a very old specimen previously in the Richard Norman Kelley collection  It comes with an old Lazard Cahn label.  This specimen is not big measuring 3.2 x 2 x 1.2 cm overall.  The chlinochlore is nicely formed in measures .7 x .8 x .5 cm.  It has good luster and form.  The other species are minor.  No damage.  $190







OKH-643     Pyrite    Gavorrano Mine, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy.  Ex.  Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  Given the unusual location, high quality, and interesting form, this pyrite is worth a second look.  The luster is extremely high and the piece is a floater.  Each faces sunken centrally and within it you will find small masses of quartz/calcite?  2.7 x 2 x 1.8 cm overall. Very unusual.  Slaked chipping on terminations and edges, still a very noteworthy piece.  $120








OKH-703    Opal (var. Fiorite)     Grosseto District, Tuscany.  Ex.  Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.   This miniature is attractive and from an unusual location.  It is composed of silver white balls of opal to .6 cm each.  It measures 3.5 x 1.8 x 2 cm and is mounted and a perky box.  No damage, aesthetic and unusual.  $225








OKI-612    Leucite     Civita Castellana, Rome, Italy.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  This is one of the nicer examples of this material that I have hadÖit is 2.9 cm cluster of crystals with the addition of several nice black crystals (sorry, Iím just not sure what these are).  The thin crack down the center appears to be natural and not a repair.  Damage free floater.  Really nice.  55$








OKI-583      Vesuvianite   Bellecombe, Aosta Valley, Italy.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.   WOW!  This beautiful TN specimen is a gemmy vesuvianite single crystal which is of a yellowish green color.  It measures 2.3 x .6 x .5 cm and is perfect in its form.  Nicely terminated, high in luster, lightly striated, nicely saturated and singly terminated, the piece displays great.  Nice transparency with minor internal cracks.  Much more transparent if backlit.  Certainly and exceptional TN from and uncommon locale.  220$








OKF-640     Vesuvianite    Ala, Piedmont, Italy.  A blocky brown, translucent specimen measuring 3.5 x 1.8 x 1.8 cm.  It is studded by tiny garnets and has a large crystal contact on one side.  Nicely formed and double terminated.  This damage free crystal has great luster on some surfaces and is frosted on others.  Another nice piece from a classic European locality.  95$








OKF-516      Grossular on Chlorite     Val Malencio, Italy.     Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Prev. Dr. George Robinson.  3.6 x 2.4 x 2 cm plate of matrix has a complete coating of chlorite crystals in which there are several complex garnets to 1.1 cm each.  The grossular is a very deep red and slightly translucent.  No damage and very displayable piece from this classic European locality.  55$








OKF-386    Diopside on Garnet    Val dí Ala, Piedmont, Italy.  Ex Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection.  Previously Wardís.  Here is a European classic which has a centerpiece gem diopside measuring 2.1 cm on cinnamon red garnets.  The diopside shows the whitish veil internally with the exception of the termination area.  The termination is slightly abraded up but overall in very good condition.  Some of the other crystals are complete, some are partial near the base of the specimen.  Collected back in the old days when no one seemed to care if the specimen number was glued to the display face of the piece!  This fine piece is perfectly trimmed, well-balanced and displays beautifully.  My guess is the new owner may want to remove the specimen number.  $275








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OKF-120    Hematite    Isle of Elba, Italy.  Ex. Jim Turek Collection.  This specimen is a large cabinet specimen of substantial size and weight.  It measures approximately 15 x 12 x 7 cm overall with bright silver/ gray hematites to 1.3 cm across in large stacks which undulate across the surface of this impressive piece.  Most of one surface has heavy crystal coverage with a few bare areas where crystal stacks were.  The damage is very minimal for a piece this important.  The matrix is massive hematite with some surface alteration to goethite.  This is a fine display specimen from a classic European location.  400$








OKD-245    Quartz    Poretta, Italy.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  Prev. Wardís specimen from the Dr. Drake collection.  An unusual specimen with some serious provenance.  The crystal measures in at 5.6 cm long and as you can see is very highly skeletal.  There is no damage (very minor rubbing on one termination, visible under magnification and not noticeable otherwise).  The piece is an interesting one having some clay inclusions and lots of openings.  A classic for the discriminating quartz collector.  145$








OKD-366    Sulpur on Calcite on Sulfur      RESERVED       Elba, Italy.  Ex. Nancy Collins Collection.    Another classic which isnít large but is very well formed and exhibits a nice contrast in colors.  The sulfurs are up to .8 cm and sit on tiny calcites which in turn are on larger blocky sulfur crystals and they are quite complex in their form.  A good dome shaped piece which measures 5.5 x 4 cm.   240$

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