Crystal Mine
P.O. Box 18941
Reno, NV  89511
Jack Crowley


9-22-15   The Paypal logo on the bottom of the New Arrivals and General Stock Pages is not working.  I'm working on it.  In order to make payment try:    when you go to Paypal. 

July 24, 2018  New Arrivals Page 2  has been updated with a suite of the very rare mineral zunyite.  These were collected shortly after the original find, near Quartzite, Arizona, which was made about 1984.  These were self collected in 1986, a bit longer ago than I care to think about, and have been sitting in storage since then.  Specimens vary from thumbnails to cabinet size.  The zunyite crystals are very large for the species, reaching over 15 mm (1.5 cm) in size.  Color varies from light beige to black, with the black crystals heavily included with micro specular hematite.    As these are self collected I can offer free postage on them within the United States.  

October 29, 2018.    New Arrivals Page 1  has been updated with a suite of mixed worldwide minerals.  A colorful update, featuring a couple of nice large specimens from my personal collection...need to make room for smaller pieces.   Specimens are from thumbnails to large cabinet specimens and the emphasis is on color as usual.  

October 11, 2018  New Arrivals Page 3 and 4  have been updated with a suite of barite specimens on New Arrivals Page 3, and a suite of Azurite specimens on New Arrivals Page 4.   We spent some time collecting in Idaho this summer, while dodging big wildfires in various parts of the state.   Visited and collected at the Mount Borah barite occurrence, and was lucky enough to find a nice pocket of barite.  The specimens are typical tabular squarish looking, light amber crystals, up to about 3.5 cm.  The pocket was quite tight and packed with dry mud, which made collecting rather difficult without dinging the edges of the crystals.   Specimens are from miniature to large cabinet pieces, and excellent quality for the location.   

Also decided to take a look at the Blue Jay mine azurite occurrence we collected rather thoroughly in 2002 and 2003, where we excavated a nice breccia pipe embedded vertically in a somewhat altered granitic rock.  On this trip this summer, we were lucky enough to find another, much smaller breccia pipe, embedded in the granitic rock.  This breccia pipe is highly fractured, and had much less malachite than the 2002 find.  Specimens are mostly azurite and tenorite, with a few pieces being pure, bubbly looking black tenorite over a thin layer of malachite.  The azurite always occurs as thin layers of tiny micro crystals forming sparkly, bright blue drusy layers on the breccia fragments.  They are quite colorful.  

In this update, I posted mostly small cabinet to cabinet sized pieces of the azurite.  Next update I'll post smaller pieces, with a few thumbnails and lots of miniature to small cabinet specimens.   I'll post other Idaho minerals we collected in future updates.   


















    We have adjusted the site to contain more pages under General Stock.  There are now 23 General Stock Pages.   There are New Arrivals Pages 1, 2, 3, & 4, which are the same.    In General Stock there is General Stock page 1, "A thru Ay", General Stock page 2 is "Azurite", General Stock page 3 is "B", General Stock page 4 is "C", General Stock page 5 is "D", General Stock page 6 is "E", General Stock page 7 is "F and G", General Stock Page 8 is "H, I, J, K", General Stock page 9 is "L and M", General Stock page 10 is "N and O", General Stock page 11 is "P through Py", General Stock page 12 is "Pyromorphite", General Stock page 13 is "Q", General Stock page 14 is "R", General Stock page 15 is "S", General Stock page 16 is "T", General Stock page 17 is "U and V", General Stock page 18 is "W", General Stock page 19 is "X, Y, and Z", General Stock page 20 is the "Nevada" page, General Stock page 21 is "Thumbnail" size specimens at 30% off original price, General Stock Page 22 is the first "Sale Page", General Stock page 23 is the 2nd "Sale Page".  General Stock page 24 is the 3rd "Sale Page".

December 2000
  We are a mineral dealership located in Reno, Nevada.  We are ardent field collectors and have been dealing in and collecting minerals for many years.   You can see us in person every year at the following shows:   San Francisco show in August and the Tucson show in February. 

I have been a mineral collector since I was taken underground at the Clayton Silver mine in Idaho at the ripe old age of 9, by my grandfather, who worked there as a foreman.  My first look at the mine's working  face of solid sparkling galena had me hooked on minerals from that moment on.  Since then I went on to get my Masters' degree in Geology with a focus on economics and mineralogy.    My favorite mineral is pyromorphite.  I'm always on the lookout for pyromorphite specimens.  I am particularly interested in Canadian specimens.

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