Russian Mineral Specimens For Sale, Page 3



Russian minerals offer a great diversity of species from a variety of locations.  During recent times (1990's- 2000's) Dal'negorsk has been a prolific producer of fine mineral crystals from Russia.  The fluorites and spinel law twin galenas have gotten much of the publicity but as you will see here there are plenty of other mineral options, too.





OKH-986    Amethyst    Kedon, Magadan Oblast, Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  Attractive, gem crystal measuring 2.5 x 2.3 x 2 cm.  Minor internal fracturing.  Small tip ding on backside, not visible from front.  Very rich in color!  Mounted in a perky box.  Desirable and priced to go.  $40






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OKJ-104    Pyrite     Ural Beresovsk, Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  I think this is as nice as any pyrite Iíve ever owned.  The location is uncommon, the specimenís aesthetics are amazing and the condition is very good.  Only a couple small areas have chips and youíll need to look closely to find them.  The luster is top shelf and the crystals are unusual in their form.  These appear to be cubes with extensive growth modifications.  Basically said, every crystal is very different looking form the one next to it.  You can inspect this one for a long time attempting to get a handle on whatís going on.  I still am having a terrible time describing it.  Iíll have to let the photos speak to the crystal shapes present.  The images can not do justice to the look of this one in hand, however. It sits beautifully on the only area that has contact from the rock it formed on.  This is flat and partially healed so it sits sold!  Smaller pyrites almost look to be a second generation of growth.  They probably are.  The piece is very three dimensional forming a large ridge shaped dome that views very well from any direction including the back where there are some minor white calcites for contrast.  Simply an amazing high end pyrite that is well proportioned at 7.5 x 5.2 x 4.3 cm overall.  The crystals are to 2 cm each on edge.  Very high quality.  $650










OKH-974   Barite on Fluorite on Stibnite    Kadamdjay, Osh, Krgziziya, U.S.S.R.  Ex Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  Such an uncommon and unusual thingÖ the association is certainly rare but the color combination and different crystal forms make this a piece to be desired.  It measures 4.4 x 2.4 x 1.6 cm with fluorite to .8 cm and stibnites almost as long as the entire specimen.  The fluorites are deep purple internally but clear on their surfaces.  No damage (floater) except there are two crystal contacts on the left front/ base of the specimen.  A superb miniature with lots of flash, complex composition and rarity all making it special.  $450








OKH-958    Quartz and Ilvaite    Dalnegorsk, Russia.  Ex Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  A cute little grouping measuring 2.7 x 2.4 x 1.8 cm.  Lustrous beta form crystals with minor ilvaites as attachments and inclusions.  This almost floater has two tiny contacts and a Wilber on one quartz tip that is not distracting.  Very nice.  $90








OKH-763    Quartz with Rutile     Perekatnoye, Polar Urals, Russia.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  A 2.8 x 1.9 x 1.5 cm point with fine hair like rutiles throughout.  Base and minor lower back attachment and a very small tip rub.  Still a nice example to preserve and not facet.  Minor Styrofoam attachment.   $30








OKH-581      Fluorite     Kirgizie, U.S.S.R.  Ex.  Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.   A good representative specimen from the old Soviet republic, this specimen measures 6.2 x 3.7 x 3.5.  The fluorite octahedrons composing it measure up to .9 cm on edge.  A central protrusion, almost stalactitic, as most of the fluorites on it.  The matrix is a micro-quartz.  There is no damage, the fluorites are a light green color, and they are very translucence.  A nice example.  $70









OKH-697    Amethyst Scepter    Artemjeva Mine, 30 Meter Level, Mursinka, Urals, Russia.  Ex.  Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  Circ. 1992. The scepter in this specimen measures 2.6 cm in length.  It is jacketed by small tabular calcites that have a dark band surrounding their ďCĒ axis.  The scepterís cap is light purple and the shaft is a grayish white.  2.6 x 2.4 x 1.7 cm overall.  There is a very tiny tip ding that is more clearly visible in close-up photography as seen here.  $65









OKI-611     Vesuvianite   Vilui River, Yakutia, Siberia.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection.  A fine floater crystal measuring 2.1 x 1.2 x 1.3 cm.  No damage and fine luster on the majority of its surfaces.  40$










OKF-468    Grossular    Vilui River, Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia.    Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain collection, prev. Lewis Beebe, 1976.  A nice green floater with no damage.  1.9 cm long crystal.  Transparent to a short depth into the specimen but more accurately described as translucent to opaque overall.  40$









OKF-440    Datolite with Quartz    Bor Quarry, Dalínegorsk, Russia.   Show 3.3 x 3 x 3 cm cluster of crystals.  A domical grouping of clear, high luster crystals to 1.9 cm each.  Some inclusions help give the specimen more character.  One crystal missing from one side otherwise in fine condition.  Views well from all angles and barely fits in a thumbnail perky box.  25$










OKF-216    Ferroaxinite    Polar Urals, Russia.  An attractive transparent crystal grouping whose primary crystal measures 4.9 cm.  Minor contact to one crystal on the back of the specimen otherwise a floater.  The crystals on its backside allow the piece to be propped up for display almost like a stand would.  A couple micro chatter marks on some edges otherwise damage free.  These crystals are so sharp you can literally shaped with them.  $130









OKE-112    Calcite on Quartz    Dalínegorsk, Russia.  Beautiful and complex calcites to 6 cm on clear beta type quartz crystls.  The calcites are exceptionally clear, stepped in growth and far more complex than I am capable of describing.  Some are singly and others doubly terminated.  The calcites rise off a base coated by small (all less than a cm each) beta quartz crystals.  One minor rub which is unlikely to be noticed.  12 x 7.5 x 6.5 cm.   A fine, showy specimen.  80$









OKE-113    Calcite and Unknown    Dalínegorsk, Russia.  This pices is one of the most unusual calcites I have ever seen from Russia.  The primary crystal is a schalenohedron which may be replaced.  It is brown in color as are the adjoining crystals which are almost clam shell shaped.  Everything stands up nicely off the matrix and is rather showy.  The luster is okay even though it may not appear to have much.  6 x 5 x 3.5 cm overall.  There is a second mineral which forms small white screw like crystals on the schalenoherdron and back of specimen.  I have no idea what these are.  The appear to complex to be stilbite but do have some similarities in form to this mineral.  Youíll have to decide.  There is plenty here to be able to pop one off for analysis without distracting from the specimen.  A fine, showy specimen.  120$








OKE-114    Calcite on Spinel Law Twin Galena on Sphalerite    Dalínegorsk, Russia.  This specimen is composed of high luster galena in spinel law twinned form on sphalerite (little of which shows) with some minor blades of calcite on its surface.  The galena is a single complex crystal measuring 5 x 3 x 3.3 cm.  A fine, showy miniature.  No damage and a great priceÖ40$








OKE-115    Calcite    Dalínegorsk, Russia.  Beautiful and complex, clear calcite balls to 1.5 cm each.  An attractive piece measuring 7 x 6 x 3.6 cm.  No damage.  Nice piece and priceÖ35$








OKE-116    Calcite    Dalínegorsk, Russia.  Beautiful and complex, clear calcite balls to 2.3 cm each.  An attractive piece measuring 5.5 x 5.5 x 3.2 cm.  Zero damage.  Nice piece and priceÖ35$








OKE-117    Spinel Law Twin Galena on Sphalerite    Dalínegorsk, Russia.  3.3 x 2.2 x .6 cm tabular crystal of galena on bright crystalized sphalerite.  Great form and aesthetics to this small specimen.  The galena has an attractive, light patina and no damage/ minor contact on one edge.  A nice value at 40$








OKE-118    Pyrrotite    Dalínegorsk, Russia.  Attractive, hexagonal crystals of pyrrotite with minor calcite crystal overgrowths.  There is minor basil contact to this almost floater so it displays nicely from all directions.  3.5 x 3 x 2 cm with individual crystals to 2.3 cm in diameter.  50$








OKE-119    Calcite    Dalínegorsk, Russia.  Beautiful and complex, clear calcite balls to 2.2 cm each.  An attractive piece measuring 6.5 x 5.5 x 3 cm.  Most of these are penetration twins.  Minor rub on two crystals.  Excellent specimen.   45$








OKE-120    Spinel Law Twin Galena on Sphalerite    Dalínegorsk, Russia.  3.8 x 3.5 x 2.2 cm mix of crystalsÖ. One large spinel law twin galen with several smaller cubotahedral galenas and very sharp high luster sphalerites.  A bit of white calcite too but this is very minor.  There is a basil contact only, so this damage free specimen shows nicely from any view.  40$







OKE-121    Spinel Law Twin Galena on Sphalerite    Dalínegorsk, Russia.  5.5 x 4 x 3.5 cm mix of crystals which form a confusing conglomerate of complex forms and what looks like at least two generations of each mineral.  This piece appears to be a floater with no evident points of contact (even under magnification) so this damage free specimen shows nicely from any view.  Good luster and nice form.  An absolute steal atÖ 30$







OKE-122    Calcite    Dalínegorsk, Russia.  Beautiful and complex, clear calcite schalenohedrons to 3.3 cm each.  The crystals surfaces are covered by some of the most unusual and attractive growth hillocks I have ever seen on calcites.  An attractive piece measuring 7.5 x 5 x 4 cm.  Excellent damage free specimen.   30$








OKE-123    Pyrrotite on Calcite and Quartz    Dalínegorsk, Russia.  Attractive, hexagonal crystals of pyrrotite with minor calcite crystals on ugly quartz.  It makes for a nice contrast and really sets off the pyrrotites which are fare more tabular than usual for this location.  This is an exceptional damage free floater which measures  6.4 x 4 x 3.8 cm with individual crystals to 2 plus cm in diameter.  A great specimen for     50$








OKE-101    Calcite    Dalínegorsk, Russia.  Beautiful and complex, very clear calcite schalenohedrons to 5 cm each.  An attractive piece measuring 5.5 x 5 x 4 cm.  There are contacts on two sides and base but the main crystals are clean and damage free.  A nice and interesting calcite specimen.   50$








OKE-108    Calcite    Dalínegorsk, Russia.  Beautiful and complex, clear calcite balls to 2.4 cm each.  An attractive piece measuring 7.5 x 7 x 6 cm.  This is a dome shaped cluster with basil contact and contact on one side.  Minor rub on a few crystals but nothing readily noticeable without magnification. The surfaces have unusual hillock growths that are very interesting.  Excellent specimen.   45$








OKE-109    Chalcopyrite on Sphalerite    Dalínegorsk, Russia.  Nice large chalcos to 1.5 cm on edge.  These are on dark complex sphalerites.  5 x 4.3 x 3.2 cm overall.  The chalcopyrite crystals have several dings.  45$








OKE-104   Spinel Law Twin Galena with Calcite, Quartz and Pyrite    Dalínegorsk, Russia.  This is a large heavy specimen which measures 9 x 8.5 x 6.5 cm and probably weighs about one kilogram.  The backside is sphalerite with very little showing from the front.  The display face is one large, complex galenas which is embedded in the sphalerite.  It is very high in luster and has small calcites to almost a cm each (white, translucent), minor quartz and an unknown mineral which forms a tan colored druze.  An excellent Russian specimen.  120$







OKE -105...side with fluorite

OKE-105    Fluorite, Sphalerite and Quartz   Dalínegorsk, Russia.  9 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm mix of crystals which form a beautiful dome on which the fluorite coats one side.  The fluorites are clear with many having a secondary clear fluorite overgrowth.  They average about .5 cm on edge.  The sphalerites are very nice in luster, form and many are twinned.  Several are missing leaving cleavage surfaces where they once resided.  The damage is isolated to the sphalerites as the fluorites are damage free.  50$








OKE-067    Fluorite    Dalnegorsk, Russia.  The fluorites from this region have always been highly sought after.  No wonder, they are beautiful in their form and often as clear as water.  This cluster measures 5.4 x 3.2 x 3 cm and is composed of water clear, cubic fluorites on tan colored quartz crystals.  The fluorites are up to 2.2 cm on edge, damage free and aesthetically stacked.  There are interesting clear fluorite overgrowths on the cubes which are isolated to the edges of the crystals.  The entire piece is a floater with no points of attachment.  All the quartz is double terminated.  This is a killer miniature which can not be matched for price elsewhere.  Absolutely perfect and outstanding!!  200$








OKB-607   Almandine   Ural Mountains, Russia.  Ex. Dr. Steve Chamberlain Collection, acquired in 1961.  Low luster crystal with unusual form.  Some basil and minor side damage which is hardly noticeable when displayed correctly.  6 cm.  40$








OKB-518  Datolite, Calcite and others   Bor Quarry, Dal'negorsk, Russia.    Clear gemmy datolites to 2 cm are clustered on calcite.  Unknown inclusions (pyrite?).  30$








OKB-519  Datolite and Quartz   Bor Quarry, Dal'negorsk, Russia.    Exceptional miniature with a 3.5 cm datolite which sits up high on the piece.  Tiny ding on its backside.  Gemmy throughout.  Minor quartz druze adds some flash.  45$









OKB-520  Ilvaite   Dal'negorsk, Russia.    Great 3.8 cm crystal with very minor tiny quartz crystals in a few places on its surface.  Damage free, high luster, fine looking single crystal.  35$









OKB-521  Ilvaite   Dal'negorsk, Russia.    Great 4 cm crystal with very minor tiny quartz crystals and calcites in a few places on its surface.  Very high luster, complex, fine looking single crystal.  42$









OKB-508  Pyrrhotite, Quartz, Calcite and Sphalerite   2nd Sovietskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia.   Really attractive display with pyrrhotites to over 2 cm each standing way off the matrix of sphalerite, quartz and calcite crystals.  White quartz form attractive sprays.  Dome shaped piece views well from all sides except back.  Highest luster possible on this first class miniature (5 x 4.5 x 4 cm).  95$









OKB-509  Pyrrhotite, Quartz, Galena and Sphalerite   2nd Sovietskiy Mine, Dal'negorsk, Russia.    Pyrrhotites to over 3 cm each standing way off the matrix of sphalerite, quartz and twinned galena crystals.  Specimen views well from all sides except back.  Wonderful piece.  (7 x 6 x 3.5 cm).  145$


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