Hematite is a very common mineral and often combined with other minerals. It usually occurs on the surface and the shallow earth crust.
The hematite in this ball, however, is not common at all. The material was mined many years ago from a very small and unusual outcrop. The hematite, instead of the usual massive metal, had a lattice pattern.
The miner made a few spheres from this hematite and we were lucky enough to buy most of them (something like the early bird…). The spheres sold very quickly. This one was ours and in our personal collection until now.
The sphere is large and heavy and it has an awesome lattice pattern with many voids. Parts of it remind me of span hematite “yarn”. The ball is very shiny and very attractive. It is an outstanding collectors’ item.
It has a 4.36″ diameter (110.8mm) and it weighs about 6.2 lbs.
Origin: Australia. See more photos of this sphere.
Price: $2260.00. Shipping is free in the USA. For other countries see Store Policies.
Here’s a sphere you may not have seen before. It is made of Kimberlite, the diamond carrier rock (hopefully there are no diamonds in this one).
Kimberlite forms deep in the earth’s mantle (93-280 miles) and surfaces as a result of eruptions.
In addition to diamonds, kimberlite, may carry garnet, olivine, ilmenite, and others. This sphere has ilmenite (black and steel black), two large garnet crystals, and olivine.
The sphere has a 1.74″ diameter (44.3 mm) and it weighs about 4 oz. See more photos of this sphere.
Origin: The Kimberlite for this sphere comes from the Monastir Mine near the border of Lesotho in So. Africa.
Price: $225.00. Shipping is free in the USA. For other countries see Store Policies.
Indian Paint Rock comes from Death Valley, California. The location has been closed to collecting since Death Valley became a National Park and this beautiful material is getting rather scarce.
This Indian Paint Rock sphere is very rare and very elegant. It has wonderful colors, artistic patterns (all natural, nobody painted on this stone) and an incredible number of dendrites.
This sphere is another work of art from Dale. His workmanship is excellent. There is a slight uneven feel in one section due to dissimilar hardness of the materials in this stone (clay, hematite, and manganese).
The sphere has 3.1″ diameter (79 mm) and it weighs about 1.5 lb. Origin: Death Valley, California. See more information and photos.
Price: $525.00. Shipping is free in the US only. For other countries see Store Policies
This Prehnite sphere is an outstanding example of the mineral and a great collector’s item. It is translucent to transparent and has a wonderful yellowish-green color, yellow, and cool green.
Dale made this Prehnite sphere and he did an outstanding job. He left a thin layer of the basalt with a translucent (almost transparent) window of prehnite on it. Prehnite occurs inside basalt nodules.
The sphere is absolutely gorgeous. It is of high quality, it is very translucent and has an excellent polish. It also has a geode-like cavity with small prehnite crystals. See more photos of this sphere.
It has 2.58″ diameter (65.6 mm) and it weighs about 1 lb. Origin: Australia.
Price $460.00. Shipping is free in the USA. For other countries see Store Policies
1.9″ Cumberlandite Rare Metal Sphere Rhode Island SPR32
Cumberlandite is the State Rock of Rhode Island. It is an iron rich material but it contains many other minerals as well. It surfaced about 1.5 billion years ago from a volcanic erruption. The metal looks like meteorite but it is not.
Dale made this cumberlandite sphere and he did a great job. The sphere is beautiful and it has a great polish.
It has about 1.91″ diameter (48.6 mm) and it weighs about 8 oz.
Origin: The rough material came from Rhode Island.
Price: $255.00. Shipping is free in the US only. For other countries see Store Policies
Here’s a rare sphere. It is made of cobaltite in a little matrix with possibly some dolomite and silver. It comes from the old silver mines in Cobalt Canada that closed about 30 years ago.
Cobaltite consists of Cobalt, Arsenic, and Sulfur (CoAsS). Please note that Arsenic is toxic (I would not lick this sphere…).
Dale made the sphere and he did a super job. The sphere has beautiful metallic luster in contrast with specs of dull matrix.
This cobaltite sphere has 2.28″ diameter (57.9mm) and it weighs about 1.4lbs.
Origin: Cobalt, Ontario, Canada. See more photos of this ball.
Price: $665.00. Shipping is free in the US only. For other countries see Store Policies
Smithsonite sphere is rare to come by because smithsonite itself is rare. Smithsonite is zinc carbonate (ZnCO3).
Smithsonite, with all its nooks and crannies, is difficult to cut and make it into a sphere. Dale made it into sphere and he did a great job. The smithsonite sections of the sphere are translucent and they have a bluish/greenish color. There are many nooks and crannies and one large geode-like vug lined with botryoidal crystals. The greenish/bluish color indicates that the zinc was partly replaced with copper. The yellowish sections is the host rock.
This smithsonite sphere has a 1.46″ diameter (mm) and it weighs 3.38 oz.
Under shortwave ultraviolet light it glows a soft purple but this may be just a reflection.
Origin: The smithsonite comes from Mexico. See more photos of this sphere.
Price: $265. Shipping is free in the US only. For other countries see Store Policies
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