Crystal Mine
P.O. Box 18941
Reno, NV  89511
775-852-6046
Jack Crowley
jcrowley@crystal-mine.com

NEWS:

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:   jcrowley@crystal-mine.com    when you go to Paypal. 

February 20, 2017.    New Arrivals Page 3  has  been updated with a suite of mixed worldwide minerals.  This update has more sulfides than usual, as well as quite a few Nevada only minerals.  Some real rarities are present. 

February 14, 2017  New Arrivals Page 2  has been updated with a suite of specimens from around the world.  This is the 3rd and final post Tucson show 2017 update of minerals purchased at the show.  A little bit of everything on this one, with my usual emphasis on color...I like pretty rocks!  

February 10, 2017.    New Arrivals Page 1  has been updated with a suite of mixed worldwide minerals.  This is the 2nd of the 3 post Tucson show updates featuring specimens acquired at the various venues at the Tucson megashow.  This update features lots of color...also quite a few azurite specimens from various locations.  I didn't realize how many azurites I picked up until I started unpacking the flats of minerals brought home.  

February 4, 2017.    New Arrivals Page 4  has been updated with a suite of mixed worldwide minerals.  This is the 1st Tucson show update of two that are planned.  I picked these specimens because they are pretty to look at.  There was not much new at the show motels and venues I visited.  There is a lot of new vanadinite from the Mibladen area.  The vast majority is of mediocre quality at increasing prices.  About 5% are really good and prices at the show for these ran from $700 or so to a few thousand dollars, way up in price from the past. Moroccan dealers had a lot of low end azurites from Morocco, mostly tiny, micro-crystalline azurite as films on matrix; not sure why they even bother to bring them over.   There were a few better pieces around, but I didn't see many.  At least in the Moroccan dealers I didn't see much decent quality cobalto-calcite specimens.  Those that I saw were low end for the most part, somewhat botryoidal looking and usually unacceptably damaged. 

Huanzala in Peru has recently had a large pocket zone of pyrite and related sulfides...literally tons of specimens were available at the shows.  95% or so, by my estimate, have damage that is detrimental to the specimens.  There were a lot of really good ones (5% of tons, is still a lot of pyrite!), in cabinet sizes on up, that were priced from $300 or so up into the low thousands.  

From a recent find in an undisclosed location in Washington county, Missouri, are a batch of sphalerite ball like clusters on iridescent microcrystalline marcasite, mostly on drusy quartz, and with some white, poorly crystallized barite.  There were a few hundred of these, from a supposedly limited find in a quarry, according to one of the two dealers that had these, or an old mine, according to the other dealer.   Eventually maybe this location will be disclosed.  Some of these are on the site, and they are really cute.   Lots of Vera Cruz amethyst was present in ever increasing prices, I snagged a couple of cute ones of these. 

There were four dealers that had Sepon mine, Laos, azurite in mid range quality...quite pretty, that I saw.    These were in the few hundred to low thousands of dollars.  Good ones rapidly go into the multiple thousand dollar price range.  Supposedly this was a somewhat limited find according to the dealers, and will quickly disappear from the market. There were a lot of dealers, especially Chinese dealers, with LiuFengshan mine, Anhui, China, azurite and malachite.  The vast majority were strictly mediocre in quality; prices were all over the place on these, with the somewhat better specimens in the several hundred dollar price range, up considerably from a few years ago.  Lots of Chinese plumbogummites were present, with good ones being quite expensive.   Still a bit of Chinese spessartines around, up quite a bit in price compared to the recent past.  

There are still quite a few Milpillas mine azurites around, with rather nice miniatures now going for $500 on up, which seemed like a bit of a decrease in price to me.  Larger pieces are still quite expensive, a few thousand dollars or so on up into the multiple thousands of dollars.    Still a number of brochantites from Milpillas, mostly rather expensive.  Not many Milpillas cuprite specimens around, at least that I saw.  I found a couple of cute ones at reasonable prices that I grabbed.    Prices varied considerably from dealer to dealer, so shopping around was a good idea.  

Jewel Tunnel Imports had a large lot of azurite and related minerals from Greece.  Pretty blue pieces at reasonable prices compared to many dealers, of course being wholesalers, only dealers were allowed to get at these.  

What I noticed less of, was hemimorphite from Mexico, Adamite from Mexico, Wulfenite from Mexico, Mottramite from Mexico.   The Ojuela mine appears to be not producing much at the moment, but this can change quickly as has been seen in the past.  I saw a few cupro-austinite specimens from the Ojuela mine, rather nice ones, with that weird greenish blue/sea green color.  Los Lamentos has recently produced some different wulfenite than usually seen from there, the ones I saw are small yellow to yellow orange thin crystals up to maybe 1 cm, intimately mixed with needle like yellow mimetite; I was told these were new from Los Lamentos, but this should probably be verified.  

The great Russian cuprites of a few years ago are greatly reduced in numbers, and the few dealers that had these, had priced them up considerably; I managed to snag two small cabinet specimens that weren't too bad.  

Still quite a bit of Mali epidote; often with accompanying prehnite; what I did notice was there was very little of that fine garnet that was prevalent in the recent past from Mali.

For the most part, prices are still going up, even in the lower end material, which is rather disturbing...Used to think a $100 would get a pretty nifty specimen, which it can still do with careful searching, but it is getting more difficult to find decent material at reasonable prices. 

So, this is a quick synopsis of what I saw in the 5 days I wandered around down there.  

   

April 20, 2016.  The Sale Pages, General Stock Page 23 and Page 24 have had 37 more specimens added to them with a beginning sale price of 30% off; All of the sale pages, General Stock Pages 22, 23, and 24 have had the vast majority of specimens lowered another 5%.  These are anywhere from 35% to 80% off.     While going through flats of inventory I found three flats of benitoite and neptunite specimens that have been overlooked for several years.  I have placed them on to New Arrivals Pages 1 and 4.   I priced these fairly low I think, in order to move them out.   

 

 

 

    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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