The Finest Lot of Getchellite Crystals Ever Offered

Type Locality, South Pit, Getchell Mine, Humboldt County, Nevada

These fantastic getchellite, orpiment and stibnite combo specimens come from the collection of a former Senior Mine Geologist at Getchell.  Between 1988 and 1989 in the South Pit of this famous gold mine, collecting was done in a series of unique, highly-mineralized getchellite zones, right when it was best exposed in the pit wall during commercial mining.  The pieces were kept in 2 large sample bags and preserved for mineralogical and petrographic analysis.  After these studies, the remaining material was placed in storage and forgotten.  In 2004, they were rediscovered and seen in a whole new light.  Once the chunks of horribly-filthy orpiment were cleaned and trimmed down, stunning cherry-red getchellite CRYSTALS could be seen!   This was a very exciting find, since the getchellite occurrence at the Getchell mine has been completely mined-out for over 15 years now.  To this day there remains no hope for present or future finds of the mineral from this mine.   

Getchellite is almost unheard of in showing any crystal faces.  It is almost exclusively seen as cherry-red, mica-like cleavages.  To see even the tiniest bit of a crystal face is extraordinary.  In general, I would rate getchellite crystal faces to be more rare than even lorandite crystal faces.  At Getchell, getchellite cleavage planes over 5mm are unusually large and rare, as well.

Getchellite is a very interesting and unusual mineral species.  First found at the South Pit of the Getchell mine and named back in 1965, This cherry-red, micacious mineral best resembles orpiment in crystal habit.  In fact, chemically, the only difference between the two species is that half of the Arsenic in the orpiment crystal structure has been replaced with Antimony, to make getchellite.  Interestingly, many of the specimens represented in this lot show a very unusual habit of grading in and out of both getchellite and orpiment in the same crystal cleavage face.  These bi-colored crystals are attractive and unique!  Notable examples are mentioned in the descriptions.

In this lot, the main focus on the pieces are of the developement and size of the getchellite crystals.  The richness and coarseness of the getchellite cleavage planes are also important, as many are exceptional in size and quality for Getchell.  I also like the specimens that have some micro stibnite associations.  This species locks in the mineralogic circle of chemistry-  Orpiment, Arsenic-Sulfide; Stibnite, Antimony-Sulfide; Getchellite, Arsenic-Antimony-Sulfide.  These are by far the finest and largest getchellite crystals and cleavages ever to come from Getchell.  When these examples are gone, there will be none to replace them with.

 These notable specimens have been prominently mentioned in the Mineralogical Record (China Issue, What's New at Denver 2004, Page #114)

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Getchellite Specimens for Sale-

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A 2.0 x 1.9 x 1.2cm matrix of mostly cherry-red getchellite, with some orpiment, para-realgar and host rock.  The main getchellite cleavage face is 1.3 x 0.9cm.  No getchellite crystal faces are present-  $35

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A 2.0 x 1.8 x 1.3cm specimen composed of bright getchellite cleavages in altered host-rock matrix and para-realgar.  A few crude getchellite crystal faces can be seen-  $35

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An interesting 2.7 x 2.5 x 1.3cm thumbnail specimen showing colorful associations of getchellite and orpiment cleavages, stibnite and some micro quartz-drused host rock fragments.  No getchellite crystal faces are present-  $35

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A 2.5 x 1.8 x 1.3cm piece showing prolific cherry-red cleavage planes of getchellite to 1cm, in altered host-rock matrix-  $40

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A 1.7 x 1.5 x 1.3cm thumbnail with a flat, partial, 5mm getchellite crystal face along the top of the piece.  Nice yellow orpiment cleavages and minor stibnite add contrast-  $40

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A 2.0 x 1.5 x 1.5cm thumbnail specimen showing a vertical, 4mm crystal face and a flashy 8mm cleavage eminating off a large getchellite crystal on top of the specimen.  There is also orpiment, stibnite and host rock matrix-  $45

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A 3.0 x 2.0 x 1.5cm specimen showing a mixed matrix of getchellite, orpiment and host rock.  A thin, lenticular vug contains a crude 2mm getchellite crystal-  $45

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A 2.0 x 1.8 x 1.3cm thumbnail specimen showing bright getchellite cleavage planes to 1cm in host rock and some para-realgar-  $50

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A rich, 2.0 x 1.8 x 1.0cm showing bright getchellite clevages to 5mm, with a couple of tucked crystal faces to 3mm. The matrix is orpiment, host rock, and a small amount of realgar-  $50

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A 2.1 x 2.0 x 1.5cm thumbnail with a nice, but a bit crude, ~2mm getchellite crystal in a vug of orpiment and host rock.  Some stibnite is also present.  Click on pictures for super-sized view!  $50

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A 3.0 x 2.5 x 2.0cm specimen comprised of a mass of blocky, intergrown getchellite cleavages to over 1cm.  Smal amounts of orpiment and host rock matrix can also be seen.  Some scattered 1-3mm flat getchellite crystals faces can be seen around the base of the piece-  $60

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A 3.5 x 3.0 x 2.5cm toenail specimen with lots of flashy, cherry-red getchellite clevages to 1cm, along with a few scattered, flat getchellite crystal faces to 5mm.  Orpiment, para-realgar and altered gray rock make up the matrix-  $65

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A 3.0 x 2.0 x 2.0cm thumbnail specimen showing a distinct and lustrous 4x3mm getchellite crystal, near the top of the piece.  More bright, cherry-red getchellite cleavages can be seen on the back-side.  The matrix is gray host rock, para-realgar and minor orpiment-  $70

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A 2.0 x 1.5 x 1.3cm specimen displaying a flattened, getchellite crystal face approaching 1cm, on the front-top-center, on a matrix mass of getchellite cleavages and minor orpiment.  Click on pictures for super-sized image-  $70

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A bright and colorful, 2.5 x 1.5 x 1.3cm thumbnail specimen showing several, scattered 1-4mm, getchellite crystal faces of good luster, tucked away in the many small vugs.  Nice orpiment association-  $75

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A 3.2 x 2.5 x 2.0cm specimen with a big and bright, 1.5cm getchellite cleavage on top of host rock matrix. Some orpiment and para-realgar is also present-  $75

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A 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.0 thumbnail with a partial, 6mm getchellite crystal on top of orpiment and stibnite.  Check out the super-sized pix-  $80

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A 5.0 x 3.5 x 3.0 MINIATURE specimen showing a ridge of getchellite cleavages to 7mm on top of orpiment cleavages and host rock matrix.  There are a few isolated getchellite crystal faces to 2mm-  $80

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A bright, 2.3 x 2.0 x 1.8cm thumbnail specimen showing a number of micro getchellite crystal faces between the bright 0.5-1cm cleavages.  Pretty and definitely above average for this lot-  $85

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A 4.5 x 4.0 x 2.5 cm Miniature specimen composed of large, interlocking, composite cleavages of getchellite to over 2cm!  Some orpiment and para-realgar is also present.  This piece looks better in person-   $85

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A 4.0 x 3.5 x 3.0cm Miniature showing several large, imbedded getchellite cleavages to 1.5cm.  Some orpiment, para-realgar, realgar, stibnite and host rock is also present.  Looks better in person-  $90

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A 6.5 x 6.0 x 2.5cm Miniature showing a large, 2cm getchellite/orpiment hybrid cleavage. Also present are stibnite, para-realgar and host rock-  $100 

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A colorful, 2.5 x 2.0 x 1.5cm thumbnail specimen showing a well-centered, lustrous, 4mm getchellite crystal face, in association with orpiment, stibnite and host rock.  More, 1-2mm getchellite crystal faces are present in vugs-  $100

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A bright and colorful 3.2 x 2.3 x 1.7cm thumbnail specimen composed of getchellite and orpiment cleavages, and stibnite.  Multiple, 1-3mm, isolated getchellite crystals faces can be seen in small matrix vugs-  $125

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A display-quality, 4.5 x 4.0 x 3.5cm Miniature showing getchellite, orpiment and hybrid cleavages to over 2cm.  Nice stibnite association, too-  $130

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A colorful, 5.0 x 4.0 x 2.5cm Miniature showing bright flashes of getchellite cleavages to 1cm, aestheticaly laid out on a matrix of host rock stibnite, and orpiment.  Some getchellite crystals to 3mm are present in scattered vugs-  $140

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A quality, 3.5 x 3.0 x 2.0cm Miniature specimen with a very large, fine and lustrous 2 x 1cm getchellite cleavage on the top portion of the specimen.  A few small getchellite crystal faces can be seen on the back side of the specimen.  Orpiment and para-realgar are also present. Very showy-  $150

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A 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.0cm thumbnail specimen showing a well-formed, lustrous, 2.5mm getchellite crystal in a vug of host rock.  Orpiment and stibnite are also present-  $150

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A showy, 2.5 x 2.0 x 1.2cm thumbnail with a lustrous, 1.1cm, single getchellite crystal face protruding off matrix at the top-front of the piece. One other 3mm getchellite crystal face can be seen on the back.  The piece is rich with cherry-red getchellite cleavages.  Orpiment, para-realgar and gray matrix are also present-  $150

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A 2.8 x 2.2 x 1.0cm thumbnail specimen showing lustrous getchellite crystal faces to 4mm, with more on the back.  Orpiment, stibnite and para-realgar are also present-  $150

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A 4.0 x 2.5 x 2.0cm Miniature showing flashy, deep-cherry-red getchellite cleavages to 1cm.  A 1.0 x 0.5cm flattened vug shows clusters of getchellite crystal faces to 3mm, near the top of the front-side getchellite patch, all in gray matrix-  $160

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