a super rare Roeblingite Specimen from the world famous Franklin Zinc Mine in
Franklin New Jersey
weight 130 grams and measuring 2 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches
$4,000.00 No Reserve
a = 13.27, b = 8.38, c = 13.09 Å, b = 103.86o, Z = 2
Named after Colonel Washington A.
Roebling (1837 – 1926) , builder of the Brooklyn Bridge and avid
mineral collector, donated collection to Smithsonian.
Roeblingite was reported by Penfield
and Foote (1897) as nodular masses from the 1000 foot level of the Parker
Mine in Franklin. Palache (1935) said that Frank Nason noted it near
the contacts of marble and pegmatite. A subsequent report (Foote, 1898)
was of roeblingite with lead from the 800 foot level.
Some photos of our adventures
underground at the Sterling Hill Zinc Mine
(all photos by Rich Luzzi, Keith Luzzi or Steve Misiur)
an authentic Roeblingite Specimen from the world famous Franklin Mine
in Franklin New Jersey.
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We have been collecting amber in the field and prepping rough fossil
amber specimens since 1993. Photographs of our specimens have appeared
in National Geographic, Nature, Science, Scientific American, Discover,
Time, Newsweek, The New York Times and others. We have been featured
in PaleoWorld's The Amber Hunters. We offer authentic museum quality
Dominican Amber display specimens of rare insects in amber and also
authentic rare Dominican rough unprepared amber for sale. Our collections
include museum quality rare insects in amber, unusual botanicals and
flowers in amber and also rough unprepared Dominican Amber gemstones.
We have traveled many times to the Dominican Republic where we have
chiseled beautiful amber gemstones out of the lignite layers deep in
the amber mines north of Santiago. We have excavated in the Palo Quemado
and Los CaCaos blue amber mines and also in La Nueva Toca and the world
famous La Toca amber mines way up in the mountains north of Santiago.
For many years we have extensively collected mid Cretaceous New Jersey
amber in the Raritan formation of central New Jersey and have traveled
many times to collect late Cretaceous and early Paleocene amber in the
Hanna formation of eastern Wyoming. We have collected mid Cretaceous
amber in the Black Creek formation of eastern North Carolina and we
have spent weeks collecting mid Cretaceous amber in the northern most
Tundra of Alaska. Some of our most recent collecting trips have been
in October of 2003 to the western Aleutian Islands some 1000 miles west
of Anchorage to explore and collect Miocene amber, August of 2004 and
April of 2006 we were back in the Dominican Republic to collect Miocene
amber from the Palo Quemado amber mines which have recently closed due
to the miners finding little amber, we were back to the Dominican Republic
in April of 2006 to video in the La Toca amber mines, and in August
of 2007 we excavated in La Toca and La Bucara. The La Toca amber mines
had much water whereas on the other ridgeline the La Bucara amber mines
were nearly dry! We collected much amber from both La Toca and La Bucara.
In January 2010 we have collected at a new site of early Eocene amber
in Asia. As these specimens are examined and prepared we will post some
additional photos of this new locality. In June 2010 we collected Hell
Creek Amber in the American Midwest..
We have donated many hundreds of amber specimens to museums in the United
States and have several dozen new species of insects in amber named
after us. We have examined several thousand specimens of rough Burmese
amber and have prepped many new Burmese fossil amber specimens. We have
traveled to Europe with colleagues to examine unusual spectacular Dominican
Amber specimens in private collections and we consider the amber curators
of the museums in Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata and New York City our
friends. Exploring for and collecting amber along with the examination
and research of amber is our passion.
To view photos and videos of our some of our amber excavations in
the amber mines in mountains of the Dominican Republic and to see a
small java applet of the amber mines click
here - (opens in a new browser window). Our amber comes direct from
the Dominican Republic amber mines east of the world famous La Toca
amber mine. These specimens do not go through any middle men, we acquire
these specimens from the miners and mine owners directly at the amber